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  1. Shark Racing takes a bite out of the record books at Devil's Bowl MESQUITE, TX – April 12, 2019 – Logan Schuchart totaled two wins in the 2018 World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season. He now has two wins in just 12 races this year. He wrote his name into the record books Friday night, claiming his first win at the historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway – the site of the inaugural World of Outlaws race in 1978 – and his 10th Series win overall. “I’ve watched old videos of my grandfather (Bobby Allen) running good here and winning races,” Schuchart said. “Now, I get to put my name in the history books and this team gets to put its name in the history books.” Not only did he claim the win for the Pennsylvania-based Shark Racing team – owned by his grandfather – his teammate Jacob Allen led 10 laps of the 25-lap Feature and finished third – his first top-five this season. “I love it,” said Bobby Allen, who won at Devil’s Bowl in 1986. “That’s what we’re here for. We got a first and a third, so we’re real happy… Happier.” Schuchart had to “cowboy up” for his first win of the season at the Stockton Dirt Track, wrestling with rough track conditions. He had to do the same again at Devil’s Bowl, but not because of the track. The competition. After finding their way into the top-10 for the first time this season at Arizona Speedway, Kraig Kinser started on the pole for the Feature – after winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – and Jacob Allen started second. The two were the class of the field at the start of the race. When the green flag flew, Kinser pulled away to the early lead. Allen nearly ended his race before it started. He had a slow start, allowing Daryn Pittman to get by him for second and was side by side with Schuchart for third going down the front stretch. But Allen was hooked on the high side of the track. He bested his teammate through turns one and two, and nearly came side by side with Pittman down the backstretch before Pittman blocked his run. The next lap, Allen didn’t give Pittman the chance to pull the same move twice. He made his way by Pittman and set his sight on Kinser. Allen took the lead by Lap four and began to put about a car length distance between he and the second-place car every lap. However, his pace put him in traffic by Lap seven. Behind him, Schuchart and Pittman traded slide jobs turn after turn, lap after lap, fighting to claim third. Schuchart was the victory and led the train of he and Pittman to the front. While the high side led Allen to the lead, it became his downfall. Schuchart and Pittman both found grip on the bottom of the track and made their way by Kinser and Allen. “It made it tough trying to take the lead away from Jake,” Schuchart said about passing his teammate, who was going for his first win. “I’m going to race him just as hard as anybody else. He’s going to get his first win. He’s getting better and better every year. That breakthrough win is going to happen for this team.” Pittman didn’t care about either of them winning. The Owasso, Okla. native wanted another win at the track just a few hours from his home. With about 10 laps to go, Schuchart slid up the track off of turn two, allowing Pittman to get a run underneath him and take the lead. But a lap later, Pittman made the same mistake, allowing Schuchart to get back by and charge to his first Texas Outlaw Nationals win. “Gave that one away,” Pittman said. “The bottom just took off. It got so much faster in a hurry. Pretty frustrated, but we had a good car.” It was Pittman’s first top-five finish since finishing second to David Gravel at Keller Auto Speedway last month. He continues to sit third in points, but now just six points behind leader Brad Sweet. Donny Schatz is second, two points behind Sweet. Rookie Carson Macedo, continues to impress, remaining fourth in points – 84 points behind Sweet – and Schuchart sits fifth – 90 points behind the lead. After missing three Features early this season, Allen is starting to find consistency, winning two Drydene Heat races in-a-row, making his way into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and earning two top-10 finishes in-a-row. “Obviously I want to win more than anything,” Allen said. “It is what it is, but I had fun. It’s really good to see Logan win and both Shark Racing cars on the podium. We work hard at this and this is what it’s about.” Schuchart was the king shark Friday night, and even though he’s already matched his 2018 win total, he said that won’t change his approach to the rest of the season. “We just want to win races,” a grinning Schuchart said. “We just want to get out there and win races every time we go.” The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its next stop Saturday, April 13, at the historic Devil's Bowl Speedway for the second night of the Texas Outlaw Nationals. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$8,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$4,000]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$2,500]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1][$2,200]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,100]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,000]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,800]; 8. 1B-Travis Rilat [8][$1,600]; 9. 41-David Gravel [12][$1,500]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$1,300]; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$1,200]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$1,100]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,000]; 14. 1-Sammy Swindell [19][$700]; 15. 45-Chad Kemenah [18][$600]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$600]; 17. 28-Scott Bogucki [13][$600]; 18. 55-Danny Wood [22][$600]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [21][$600]; 20. 99X-Dalton Stevens [24][$600]; 21. 12H-Tony Bruce [23][$600]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$600]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$600]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [17][$600]; Lap Leaders: Kraig Kinser 1-3, Jacob Allen 4-13, Logan Schuchart 14-15, 17-25; Daryn Pittman 16; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1-Sammy Swindell[+5] Qualifying - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.699; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.76; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.792; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.879; 5. 1B-Travis Rilat, 13.909; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.934; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.942; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 13.957; 9. 41-David Gravel, 13.976; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.992; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.105; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.135; 13. 1-Sammy Swindell, 14.138; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.142; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.149; 16. 28-Scott Bogucki, 14.166; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.201; 18. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.365; 19. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.442; 20. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.442; 21. 21P-Robbie Price, 14.466; 22. 55-Danny Wood, 14.563; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 14.595; 24. 12H-Tony Bruce, 14.689; 25. 2X-Tucker Doughty, 15.119; 26. 99X-Dalton Stevens, 15.313; 27. 10P-Jim Perricone, 16.028
  2. Allen, Kinser, Marks look to continue strong finishes at Devil’s Bowl after finding the top-10 in Arizona MESQUITE, TX – While Brad Sweet and David Gravel are carrying winning momentum into this weekend’s doubleheader at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a few drivers are carrying the relieving momentum of getting their first top-10 of the year. Before entering the Arizona races at USA Raceway and Arizona Speedway last weekend, Brent Marks had finished no better than 11th, Kraig Kinser 15th and Jacob Allen 21st. Kinser had also missed transferring to one Feature, Marks two and Allen three – in the first nine races of the season. But their fortune turned in the desert. Marks finished 6th at USA Raceway, and followed it up with an 11th place finish at Arizona Speedway the next night. Kinser and Allen finished 16th and 19th respectively at USA Raceway, but then Allen made his way to seventh and Kinser eighth at Arizona Speedway. “I think things will start going our way,” Marks said, after claiming his first top-10 of the year. The Myerstown, Pa., native is coming off of his best season, finishing ninth in points with three victories. He said his team has been working hard on the car each week to get it back to its competitive nature. Putting together a good race day starts with good time trial results, he said. “We’re getting ourselves better there,” Marks said. “Just need to get ourselves better in race trim, too.” Kinser – son of 20-time Series champion Steve Kinser – also credited good Qualifying results as the key to securing his first top-10 of the season. “It just worked out in our favor,” Kinser said, sweat drenched across his face after the Arizona Speedway Feature. “We’ve been working on our car about every week. Some big changes, some little changes.” Kinser has 17 career wins, but has not won since 2017. He’s looking to carry and build momentum into Devil’s Bowl Speedway and beyond. It’s his goal to be running up front every week. “We struggled pretty hard in the West Coast swing,” the Bloomington, Ind.-native said. Now we’re getting back toward the Midwest and back closer to home and hopefully we’ll start picking up and this is a good start to that.” A seventh-place finish at Arizona Speedway is the confidence booster Allen needed. “It definitely feels good,” Allen said. “I know I can do it.” He started off his night at Arizona Speedway winning his first Drydene Heat race of the year, putting him in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash where he finished third. Allen, who is still looking for his first career World of Outlaws win, credits some of his success to having a better understanding of different set-ups for different track conditions. “Last year, I kind of stuck to one set-up,” said Allen, of Hanover, Pa. “It would work on certain race tracks at certain times for the year, but I’m just learning more of the set-ups.” His struggle this year has been keeping up with the car’s set-up throughout the night. “Sometimes I just struggle,” he said. “Other times I can Qualify good and then I go out there and mess with the set-up for a Heat race and it just makes me feel uncomfortable. I can’t race it the way I want to.” Now after putting together a successful race throughout the whole night, he has momentum to build off of with his Shark Racing team going into the doubleheader at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13. “To get back up front with everybody and not fall, and just to compete and feel that good is definitely rewarding,” Allen said. The last time the Series visited Devil’s Bowl Speedway, Kinser and Marks both finished in the top-10, while Allen finished 11th. Don’t miss a second of the action at Devil’s Bowl, get your tickets by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or call 844-DIRT-TIX. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch the race LIVE on DIRTVISION.com.
  3. Pt. 1 of the 2019 Illini 100 Goes to Shirley, while the rest of the field prepares for Saturday's 75-lapper FARMER CITY, IL – April 5, 2019 – Team Illinois was firing on all cylinders on Friday night at Farmer City Raceway, as Chatham-native Brian Shirley bested the man from New Berlin, Brandon Sheppard, in an exciting 25-lap battle for $6,000. This marked Shirley’s sixth career win with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, as part of the 12th annual Illini 100 presented by Douglas Dodge. Chris Madden earned his hard-fought third-place finish, starting on the outside pole and battling through heavy pressure from those behind him to collect his fourth top-five of the season. He said wasn’t as clean as he would have liked, but Shirley persevered through one intense battle in the closing stages with Series points leader Sheppard on a lightning-fast, yet technical racetrack. “It wasn’t a perfect race, but in the end, it ended up being good enough to get the job done,” Shirley said. Shirley grabbed the lead on the opening lap and held it until Madden pulled the trigger to Shirley’s inside on a lap seven restart. Madden held that lead only for a few laps before hitting a few ruts in turn one and jumping the cushion, handing the lead back over to “Squirrel,” which he held the rest of the way. However, the battle with Sheppard had only begun once he regained the lead. Every corner of each of the last 10 circuits, “The Rocket Shepp” was nipping at Shirley’s heels, making forceful challenges to the inside several times. The Rocket Chassis house car driver’s efforts went unrewarded, but what a show both drivers put on in front of a packed grandstands. “That guy’s an animal, he’s the best driver in the country,” Shirley said of fellow Illinoisan Sheppard. “To be able to compete with him is second-to-none. I’m just glad I was able to beat him this time.” Overall, Shirley said the difference maker was just track position. Even though Sheppard started directly behind him, Shirley admitted a pole-position redraw definitely aided his drive to victory. “It definitely didn’t hurt us, starting in front of him,” Shirley said. “Anytime you can get an advantage over the No. 1 team, it’s pretty good, and I’m thankful.” Sheppard also had himself quite a run in Qualifying, picking up the PFC Brakes Fast Time Award and smashing the Farmer City Raceway track record of 11.973, set by Billy Moyer in 2008, with a lap of 11.750. Chris Madden had a great night up front, aboard his Skyline Motorsports, Capital Race Cars No. 44. He held his runner-up starting spot through the first six laps before catching a better line than Shirley on a lap seven restart, shooting to the bottom and snatching the lead away. His efforts to defend the lead went sour, however, when he hit a rough patch in turns one and two and found himself over the cushion, allowing Shirley and Sheppard to sneak back by. “Earlier on, I was able to get by Brian and the racetrack really wasn’t that bad,” Madden said. “I was able to run the middle through one and two, and I got by Brian racing him down there.” “Smokey” was unable to make up the ground and reclaim the top spots but held off a bit of late-race pressure from Dennis Erb Jr. and Darrell Lanigan to bag the last podium spot. Race highlights by DIRTVision: click here. Tonight, the Outlaws will go back to work at Farmer City, this time, for a much richer prize of $15,000 and a much more demanding distance of 75 laps to complete the Illini 100. Hot laps are scheduled for 5 p.m. CST, catch all the action live on DIRTVision! More event info: click here. Abbreviated results (click here for full results) Morton Buildings Feature (25 Laps) 1. 3s-Brian Shirley [1][$6,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$3,000]; 3. 44-Chris Madden [2][$2,000]; 4. 28-Dennis Erb [8][$1,750]; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan [6][$1,500]; 6. 36v-Kyle Hardy [4][$1,400]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans [9][$1,300]; 8. 25-Shane Clanton [7][$1,200]; 9. 7-Ricky Weiss [13][$1,100]; 10. 28m-Jimmy Mars [15][$1,000]; 11. 32p-Bobby Pierce [20][$900]; 12. 29D-Spencer Diercks [22][$850]; 13. 4G-Bob Gardner [18][$800]; 14. 89-Mike Spatola [14][$775]; 15. 97-Cade Dillard [19][$750]; 16. 99B-Boom Briggs [24][$700]; 17. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [11][$660]; 18. 24-Ryan Unzicker [16][$640]; 19. 22-Tanner English [5][$620]; 20. 21-Billy Moyer [12][$600]; 21. B1-Brent Larson [23][$600]; 22. 7r-Kent Robinson [10][$600]; 23. 6p-Jose Parga [21][$600]; 24. 6-Blake Spencer [17][$600] Hard Charger: 29D-Spencer Diercks[+10] Lap Leaders: 3s - Brian Shirley - 1-6, 12-25; 44 - Chris Madden - 7-11
  4. Texan Reutzel Dominates Every Phase of Perris SoCal Showdown PERRIS, CA – MARCH 30, 2019 – Aaron Reutzel wrote an eloquent ending to the eventful and riveting story of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ California swing, ending it Saturday night in similar fashion to how it began. Last year’s Rookie of the Year Ian Madsen opened the swing in early March at Thunderbowl Raceway — where Reutzel won his first ever World of Outlaws race last year during the swing — winning everything he could: fastest in practice, Quick Time, Heat win, drew the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, won the Dash, lead every lap in the Feature and won it. Reutzel did exactly the same at the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway. He was fastest in practice. Quick Time. Won his Heat race. Drew the pole for the Dash. Won the Dash. Lead every lap in the 30-lap Feature and claimed his second World of Outlaws win at the SoCal Showdown. “Unbelievable,” the Clute, Texas native said, having to pause afterward, as if to try and grasp the dominance himself. Coming into the Perris race, Reutzel had a top-five and two top-10 finishes in the California swing and sat seventh in Series points, ahead of full-time World of Outlaws drivers such as Shane Stewart and Madsen. But to Reutzel, he was having a terrible year and it was time for a change. He and his Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports team made one the morning of the race. It worked. “We just went back to everything we were doing last year,” Reutzel said. “We just made one little change and it made the difference.” That little change; ditching a newly built car to put an old car back together. “There’s nothing different between them,” Reutzel said. “Sometimes you just get a car that doesn’t work, and that might have been one that doesn’t work. Everything else exactly them same. It just worked out for us.” With the car he’s been running, Reutzel said it felt like he and his team were always playing catch up when it came to the Feature and could never qualify well anymore. “That’s something you can’t do with these (World of Outlaws) guys,” Reutzel said. Now, his confidence is back. It showed on track, holding off two California natives who grew up racing on the California swing tracks — rookie Carson Macedo and Rico Abreu. In the early stage of the Feature, Macedo presented himself as a possible threat to Reutzel, inching in on him lap after lap. After an early red flag, for a flip involving Brent Marks, Reutzel had his biggest challenge yet with Macedo starting next to him and Abreu behind them. But when the green flag dropped, Macedo and Abreu were left trading slide jobs to determine who would finish second while Reutzel sailed away. It was the same story with on another restart a couple of laps later. “I felt like I had a couple of runs at him on a couple of restarts, and it just seemed like… It’s just the way it went,” said Macedo, who finished second. “Aaron did a good job all night. I felt like we had a good race car. I felt like we had a good package all night.” Macedo has had one of the best California swings out of all full-time World of Outlaws drivers, having finished in the top-10 in all five races and got his first win of the season at Silver Dollar Speedway. “We’re having a lot of fun right now,” Macedo said. “We’re putting good runs up on the board and that’s what it’s all about with the Outlaws.” In line with Macedo and Madsen, Reutzel is the eighth different winner this year in the past nine races. And even though it’s his second ever Series win, it’s still as special as the first. “Whether you have 100 (wins) or your Donny Schatz getting another one or me getting my second one, just winning an Outlaw race is huge in general,” Reutzel said. “It feels really good to get it.” Reutzel’s win closes the story of the 2019 World of Outlaws Spring Break California swing, but the Series continues next weekend on Friday, April 5, for the Wildcat Shootout at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. and on Saturday, April 6, for the Arizona Desert Shootout at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz. The Texan’s next chapter with the World of Outlaws will begin in May at Eldora Speedway. As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1][$10,000]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [3][$5,500]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [2][$3,200]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6][$2,800]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 8. 5-Shane Stewart [10][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,050]; 10. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$2,000]; 11. 45-Chad Kemenah [4][$1,500]; 12. 41-David Gravel [11][$1,200]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [12][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [18][$1,050]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$1,000]; 16. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [13][$900]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [17][$800]; 18. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [24][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$800]; 21. 21P-Robbie Price [20][$800]; 22. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$800]; 23. 19-Brent Marks [19][$800]; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel [21][$800]; Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 71P-Parker Price-Miller[+6] Qualifying - 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.377; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.398; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.409; 4. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.418; 5. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.546; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.559; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 14.585; 8. 21-Brian Brown, 14.59; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman, 14.592; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.653; 11. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.671; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.672; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 14.681; 14. 41-David Gravel, 14.684; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.719; 16. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.724; 17. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.732; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.732; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.748; 20. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.785; 21. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.809; 22. 21P-Robbie Price, 14.832; 23. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 14.842; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.845; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.929; 26. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 15.399
  5. Gravel rides low groove to victory for Jason Johnson Racing’s first World of Outlaws win since Johnson’s death HANFORD, CA – MARCH 29, 2019 – Nothing was going to stop David Gravel from jumping out of his car. Out of breath with a wide grin on his face, he high-fived and hugged his crew members while en route to a bath of confetti when he stood on the back of his car and pointed to the sky. Courtesy of World of Outlaws PR Not only was he celebrating his first win of the season at Keller Auto Speedway, his 40th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win and his first win with his new Jason Johnson Racing team, he honored the man whose car he drives.This is the first World of Outlaws win for the Jason Johnson Racing team since co-owner and driver Jason Johnson died in a crash last June at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin. “It’s definitely special,” said Gravel, almost lost for words. The start of his night did not signal a potential victory, with the luck of the draw sending him out last for qualifying. He managed a 15th-place qualifying effort on a track several drivers called “tricky” due to its slick condition. It didn’t take long for Gravel to figure out the trick, winning his Heat race. “It really set us up for the rest of the night,” Gravel said. “I knew the bottom was going to be a factor.” Gravel’s crew chief, Philip Dietz, said Gravel called his shot before the Feature. He was going to stick to the bottom until he figured it out. And he did. Starting from the pole, Sheldon Haudenschild shot to the early lead of the Feature, riding the high side of the slick track. While he led, the hoard of drivers behind him were rarely in the same lane or position lap after lap. They tried high. They tried low. Wherever there was grip, they made sure to use up every inch of it. Closing in on halfway through the 35-lap Feature, the bottom proved to be the preferred line of choice. Shane Stewart, who faced heart-break last race at the Stockton Dirt Track after blowing a tire while leading with five laps to go, looked to have his sight set on redemption, reeling in the 2017 Rookie of the Year. Stewart took the lead on lap 20, but his hope for redemption was short lived as Gravel had been working the bottom of the track to perfection and was not far behind. He took the lead from Stewart – driving for Gravel’s former team, CJB Motorsports – two laps later. “Honestly, I just didn’t have the patience to run the bottom in turns 1 and 2,” said Stewart, who ended up third. “Driver instincts, you just don’t know what to do at times. Once David went by me, I tried to run the bottom again, and missed it a couple of times. I thought I should get back up to the top and then (Daryn) Pittman got me.” Pittman, who extended his points lead over second-place Donny Schatz to 12 points by finishing second, was still all smiles after his third runner-up finish of the year. “I would have never guessed from the beginning of that race that we would be just putting around the bottom,” Pittman said. “We were not set up for that at all. I honestly thought the top would stay dominate. It never crossed my mind that we would be running the bottom.” Like he planned it himself, Gravel said he knew other drivers would burn off the top of the track and the bottom would be the dominate line. He just had to stay patient enough to remain there throughout the race. Although he did go to the top one lap, but he said that was only because the bottom was crowded. He ran his race. “I was just trying to run my line,” Gravel said. “I knew if I missed up one corner and was still in the lead, I knew I wouldn’t have gotten passed if I just hit my marks after that. Luckily we were able to hang on and win.” It was a special win to him and his crew. “It’s definitely different,” said Tyler Elliott, the car chief for the Jason Johnson Racing team. “It’s not the same. But it’s exciting. Overwhelming.” After three races in-a-row without a top-10 finish, Elliot said the win is well needed. Dietz added its “definitely an emotional night” for the team. “This is one track we’ve struggled at over the years,” he said. “We knew we had to up our game when we came in tonight. To go out and pick up a win for JJR and all of our sponsors, you know, we couldn’t ask for a better night." Nothing was going to stop Dietz and the Jason Johnson team from celebrating in Victory Lane with an out of breath and wide grinning Gravel. The Series will wrap up its Spring Break tour through California Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif. As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) 1. 41-David Gravel [7][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$5,500]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [3][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$2,300]; 7. 17W-Shane Golobic [8][$2,200]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$2,100]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [11][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [23][$1,500]; 12. 26-Cory Eliason [12][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [4][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$1,050]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Tim Kaeding [21][$900]; 17. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [16][$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$800]; 19. 88N-DJ Netto [19][$800]; 20. 45-Chad Kemenah [18][$800]; 21. 7-Jason Sides [10][$800]; 22. O-Bud Kaeding [14][$800]; 23. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$800]; 24. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$800]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-19, Shane Stewart 20-21, David Gravel 22-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+12] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.531; 2. 19-Brent Marks, 14.609; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 14.799; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic, 14.853; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.048; 6. 21P-Robbie Price, 15.125; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.133; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.178; 9. 2-Carson Macedo, 15.207; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.217; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.228; 12. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 15.287; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 15.308; 14. 7-Jason Sides, 15.312; 15. 41-David Gravel, 15.333; 16. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.363; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.37; 18. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.43; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.479; 20. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 15.526; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 15.535; 22. 45-Chad Kemenah, 15.571; 23. 68-Chase Johnson, 15.617; 24. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.618; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel, 15.627; 26. O-Bud Kaeding, 15.643; 27. 88N-DJ Netto, 15.663; 28. 21X-Ryan Bernal, 15.696; 29. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.703; 30. 98-Sean Watts, 15.709; 31. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.743; 32. 28-Nathan Rolfe, 15.95
  6. Jimmy Owens Beats the Outlaws in Front of a Packed Home-State Crowd MARYVILLE, TN — March 23, 2019 — Series Announcer Rick Eshelman called his name for the redraw, and the packed grandstands on Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway emitted the loudest roar of applause heard at the track in a long time. Jimmy Owens was most definitely among the core of his large home-state Tennessee fanbase, and he cashed in big, winning the 13th World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature of his career and first since June 2 of last year. Jim Denhamer photo “It’s awesome,” said an elated Owens, who hails from nearby Newport, TN. “When you come home and hear all your people cheering for you in your home state, it’s really humbling. It never gets old.” Owens was almost flawless the entire night, laying down a solid qualifying lap, winning his Drydene Heat Race and redrawing the outside pole. The only man standing in his way in the Morton Buildings Feature was the man gunning for a record-tying six wins in-a-row, Brandon Sheppard. Right from the drop of the green, Owens took command, hugging the low line and gradually pulling away from Darrell Lanigan and Sheppard. It was Lanigan’s six-race win streak Sheppard was trying to tie on Saturday night, and it was lap 17 when Sheppard made his move underneath Lanigan to steal second and start running down Owens. Sheppard closed the gap in under five laps and immediately showed Owens just how close he was, getting under the #20 several times before a number of yellow flags restacked the field. While Sheppard was so strong on the low side, Owens was able to hold him off racing one groove higher. Owens consistently hit his marks to lead all 60 laps en route to a $12,000 prize in the 6th annual Tennessee Tip-off. It wasn’t easy, as he was under attack and forced to defend his lead almost the entire race. “It got a little bit more bottomed-out than what we like to see,” Owens said. “But in the end, it was just a pretty good run all night long.” Sheppard tried all three lanes to make a pass, but his efforts went unrewarded. However, that doesn’t mean Owens didn’t feel the pressure. “I could hear him under me and behind me,” Owens said. “I just knew it was going to take a real good car to get around us on the outside because it wasn’t really rubbered-up or anything like that, I was just riding around the bottom and that just seemed to be the better line to go.” Despite Sheppard’s best efforts to keep the win streak alive, it just wasn’t in the cards for the Rocket1 Racing team. He did all he could with the great car he had, and holds his head high, despite falling just one race short of Lanigan’s win streak record. “We had a really good racecar,” Sheppard said. “We’re definitely really happy to be in second and fortunate to keep this thing up front. The team’s working hard and everything’s clicking right now, we’re definitely not disappointed with a second-place run.” Sheppard also acknowledged the fast bottom lane, but moved up for a few laps at one point to try and get around the leader on the top side. Owens is from around these parts, however; perhaps that home-track experience played the biggest factor in his successful defense of the lead. “You could run kind of wherever you wanted to on the racetrack, but there weren’t any lines that were faster than the others, unless the guy in front of you messed up,” Sheppard said. “This is Jimmy’s home turf, so it’s not like he’s going to mess up here.” On the flip side, the next race on the World of Outlaws tour is the Illini 100 on April 5 and 6 at Farmer City Raceway in Illinois, which is Sheppard’s home turf. With his momentum built up through the first eight Series races, Sheppard looks to use that home-field advantage to start a new win streak in his pursuit of a third Illini 100 title. “[Famer City] is my home track and all my family and friends are going to be there,” Sheppard said. “[The Illini 100] is one I really look forward to so hopefully the weather’s nice. We’ve got a really fast racecar right now, so that makes going to my home track even more exciting.” Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Weiss wrapped up his stellar weekend in Tennessee, finishing third on Saturday after a fourth-place effort in Friday’s show at Duck River Raceway Park. Once again, he increases his Rookie points lead over Kyle Hardy, and now sits sixth in overall championship points. Weiss came charging from his ninth-place starting spot, and seemed to be getting faster as the race went on, making a lap-41 pass around Chris Madden for fourth and taking third from Lanigan just two laps later. “We got down to the bottom, got back to where we started and got rolling,” Weiss said. “The longer the race went on, the better we were. Typically, that suits my driving style, suits the car and we came out of there in one piece.” While still searching for his first win on the tour, this was the Headingley, Manitoba, Canada-native’s best finish with the World of Outlaws since 2007 at Tazewell – a third-place run there as well. The Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis hot shoe certainly is turning some heads in the Dirt Late Model world. “We were hoping to open some eyes and pick up a few bigger sponsors to cushion our team and get some help rolling,” Weiss said. “I think we’re going to be a force to be reckoned with by the end of [this season].” Next up for the World of Outlaws stars is the Illini 100 at Farmer City Raceway on April 5 and 6. Click here to purchase your tickets and parking, and here to get your DIRTVision Late Model Fast Pass if you can’t join us at the track! Smoky Mountain race highlights, courtesy of DIRTVision presented by Drydene Performace Products: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5N3Zdk6kKc Abbreviated results (click here to view full results) Morton Buildings Feature (60 Laps) 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [2][$12,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1][$6,000]; 3. 7-Ricky Weiss [9][$4,500]; 4. 29-Darrell Lanigan [4][$3,500]; 5. 44-Chris Madden [6][$3,000]; 6. 49-Jonathan Davenport [10][$2,500]; 7. 157-Mike Marlar [5][$2,000]; 8. 5-Don O'Neal [16][$1,700]; 9. 25-Shane Clanton [19][$1,500]; 10. 50-Shanon Buckingham [8][$1,350]; 11. 2-Brandon Overton [11][$1,250]; 12. 18-Chase Junghans [12][$1,200]; 13. B1-Brent Larson [14][$1,150]; 14. 1v-Vic Hill [7][$1,100]; 15. 97-Cade Dillard [21][$1,050]; 16. 36v-Kyle Hardy [23][$1,000]; 17. 99B-Boom Briggs [24][$950]; 18. 28-Dennis Erb [20][$900]; 19. 4T-Tommy Kerr [18][$850]; 20. 1m-Devin Moran [3][$800]; 21. 3s-Brian Shirley [13][$800]; 22. 14-Josh Richards [15][$800]; 23. 9-Cory Hedgecock [17][$800]; 24. 97c-Michael Chilton [22][$800] Hard Charger: 25-Shane Clanton[+10] Lap Leaders: Jimmy Owens - Lap 1-60
  7. "The Rocket Shepp" Shows Prowess Again at Duck River LEWISBURG, TN — March 22, 2019 — “The Rocket Shepp” has done it yet again. Brandon Sheppard won his 42nd Feature all-time and fifth in-a-row with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Friday night at Duck River Raceway Park, holding off the rejuvenated Chase Junghans and invader Tanner English to the checkered flag. Jim Denhammer photo As has been the case on Sheppard’s ongoing quest of the Series’ all-time consecutive-win record, he was strong right out of the trailer. He captured Drydene Heat three in convincing fashion, setting him up for a third-place redraw. From inside row two, Sheppard pressured early leader Junghans before making a move for the lead on a restart just before the halfway point in the Feature. Once out front, Sheppard never relinquished the lead despite Junghans doing everything he could over the final 10 laps to retake the top spot. For Sheppard and the rest of the Rocket1 crew, it was just another day in the office as they set their sights on tying Darrell Lanigan’s all-time mark of six consecutive wins Saturday night at Smoky Mountain Speedway. “Everything’s just been going our way and I’m just riding it out as long as I can,” said Sheppard, of New Berlin, Ill. “We all know it’s going to come to an end at some point, so we’re just going to keep digging, do the best we can, and do what we always do. Just work hard and hope for the best.” A very stout field of 37 cars were in the house Friday night at Duck River to challenge the World of Outlaws stars, including a number of other nationally touring cars who had ideas on stealing the $10,000-to-win victory. Combined with a great track surface for three-lane racing, it all added up to mean every move on the track was critical, be it making a pass for position or holding off challengers. And Sheppard would agree. “The competition level at all these races is so tough right now,” Sheppard said. “You’ve got to be able to qualify good and start up front in your heat race and get a first-few-rows starting spot for the Feature.” Despite making the move for the lead with just over half of the race left, Sheppard said he was doing quite a bit of studying in his time behind Junghans to see what line would be the fastest once the pass was made. While Sheppard worked the bottom most of the Feature, he had to go to the top to get around Junghans. “The only thing I’m sitting back there doing is trying to move around and change my line just the slightest bit, just to see where I could gain speed or lose speed on [Junghans],” Sheppard said. “Then he moved down there on that one lap, and the top was starting to get good right then, and I knew my car was good up there.” In what was almost a perfect night for Junghans and his ShopQuik Racing team, earning the PFC Brakes Fast Time Award, winning his heat race and redrawing the pole, the team’s efforts earned them a runner-up finish and their fourth top-five in seven races, one less than he had all last season. “Everyone’s getting along, we’re all gelling,” said Junghans, of Manhattan, Kan. “We’re just working hard. This is all we do. It’s a never-ending battle to try and find a bit of speed here and a bit of speed there. We’re going in the right direction and the finishes are showing.” Junghans would have loved to hold on for the win, but knew finishing just .660 seconds behind someone who’s on such a hot streak is not anything to hang his head about. “To run second to [the Rocket1 team’s] accomplishments, we just need to get a little bit better,” Junghans said. “We’ve been working hard since Florida and we’ll just try again tomorrow.” Tanner English lurked inside the top-five for most of the 50 laps and was able to hold off Rookie of the Year points leader Ricky Weiss to complete the podium. Making his fourth appearance in a different car this season, this time in the Tommy Pope Construction #22, English said his car was a dream to drive against such stiff competition. “The car was great,” said English, of Benton, Ky. “This is only about our third time in it. Couldn’t have asked for anything better, going against these guys that know their cars back-and-forth. We’re just happy to be here.” Rookie Spotlight Ricky Weiss had a terrific night aboard his Sweet-Bloomquist Chassis #7, increasing his Rookie points lead over Kyle Hardy, Cade Dillard, Blake Spencer and Chuck Hummer with a fourth-place effort on Friday night. Finishing second in Drydene Heat 1, Weiss redrew the eighth spot and made the most of each groove on the track, making a late-race push for the top-three but coming up just one spot short. This gave the Canadian his second top-five of the year, placing him seventh in overall points standings. Up Next… The Series next heads to Smoky Mountain Speedway in Maryville, TN for another 50-lap showdown in the mountains on Saturday night, March 23. Can Brandon Sheppard tie Darrell Lanigan’s win-streak record? Find out when the 6th annual Tennessee Tipoff kicks off with hot laps at 6:30 p.m. EST., live on DIRTVision! Abbreviated Results (click here for full results) Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [3][$10,000]; 2. 18-Chase Junghans [1][$5,000]; 3. 22-Tanner English [5][$3,000]; 4. 7-Ricky Weiss [8][$2,500]; 5. 40B-Kyle Bronson [6][$2,000]; 6. 29-Darrell Lanigan [16][$1,700]; 7. 14-Josh Richards [4][$1,400]; 8. 25-Shane Clanton [9][$1,300]; 9. 1m-Devin Moran [12][$1,200]; 10. 2-Brandon Overton [13][$1,100]; 11. 28-Dennis Erb [14][$1,050]; 12. 3s-Brian Shirley [22][$1,000]; 13. 50-Shanon Buckingham [15][$950]; 14. 33-David Brannon [10][$900]; 15. 44-Chris Madden [2][$850]; 16. 97-Cade Dillard [20][$800]; 17. 99B-Boom Briggs [23][$770]; 18. B1-Brent Larson [18][$750]; 19. 36v-Kyle Hardy [21][$730]; 20. 157-Mike Marlar [19][$700]; 21. 32-Bobby Pierce [11][$700]; 22. J0-John Ownbey [17][$700]; 23. 8-Jacob Hawkins [7][$700]; 24. 6-Blake Spencer [24][$700] Hard Charger: 29-Darrell Lanigan[+10] Lap Leaders - 18 Chase Junghans: 1-9,11-25; 1 Brandon Sheppard: 10, 26-50
  8. Brad Sweet looks for 1st win of WoO Sprint Car season in California CONCORD, N.C. – Six different tracks. Six different winners. It’s the early story to the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ season, and that story has a good chance of continuing Friday at Ocean Speedway and Saturday at Placerville Speedway. The Series’ month-long swing through California has produced three different winners in its first three races alone. Grass Valley, Calif., native Brad Sweet is one of the drivers with his eye on becoming the next first-time winner this season at either Friday’s Ocean Outlaw Showdown or Saturday’s 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA AUTO PARTS. He is the only driver to finish in the top-five in the three opening California races. “It’s just a nice swing for me,” Sweet said. “I grew up racing here. They’re my home tracks.” While he said he looks forward to all of the California races, Placerville hits closest to home — as it is his actual current home. I like Placerville (Speedway) a lot,” Sweet said. “It’s my event I started a few years ago. I’ve been really trying to build it up. It’s just nice to put on an event for your hometown.” Aside from his early season success — he’s currently third in Series championship points, just 10 points behind leader Daryn Pittman and California-based Roth Motorsports — Sweet won last year’s race at Placerville, and won the Series’ last race at Ocean Speedway in 2016. “There really aren’t a lot of tracks here (in California) we haven’t won at,” Sweet said. “We like all of these tracks.” He came close to winning this past weekend’s two California races at Silver Dollar Speedway and the Stockton Dirt Track, but came up one spot short in both Features. The respective winners of those races, Lemoore, Calif., native Carson Macedo and Hanover, Pa., native Logan Schuchart are just as eager to get to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., and Placerville, to continue their early season success and end the streak of first-time winners this season. Schuchart finished second to Sweet at the last Ocean Speedway race. “We were fast the last time we were there, but that was three or four years ago,” said Schuchart, who claimed his ninth career Series victory at Stockton. “We’re going to go there with an open mindset and throw are best at it.” Like Sweet, Macedo has a home-field advantage at the California tracks, having grown up racing on them. He used that knowledge to best Sweet at Silver Dollar Speedway and claim his second World of Outlaws victory. He used it again in Stockton to charge from 23rd to seventh. He’ll look to put it to use two more times this weekend. “I’ve raced so much at Ocean,” Macedo said. “Placerville is the only one I’ve been sort of hit or miss. I’ve won some races there and I’ve been terrible there. That’s going to be more of a crapshoot. But we’ll do our best.” THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE WHEN & WHERE Friday, March 22, at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. and Saturday March 23, at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif. For Ocean Speedway, grandstand gates are scheduled to open at 5 p.m. with Hot Laps and Time Trials at 6 p.m. and Racing will start at 7:30 p.m. At Placerville Speedway, grandstand gates will open at 3 p.m. with Hot Laps and Time Trials at 5 p.m. and Racing at 6 p.m. ABOUT THE TRACK Ocean Speedway is a quarter-mile, slightly banked track. The track record is 10.949 sec. by Mark Kinser on Sept. 1, 2000. Online – OceanSpeedway.com Phone – 831-662-9466 Placerville Speedway is a quarter-mile, high-banked track. The track record is 9.913 sec. by Tim Kaeding on March 27, 2004. Online – PlacervilleSpeedway.com Phone – 530-626-3680 TICKETS Tickets can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX. 1/4-mile winners There has been one race on a 1/4-mile track so far this year at Silver Dollar Speedway. Carson Macedo was the winner on Friday, March 15. OCEAN SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS 2016 - Brad Sweet on April 1 2008 - Steve Kinser on October 17 2002 - Brad Furr on September 3 2001 - Andy Hillenburg on August 29 2000 - Joey Saldana on September 9 PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY PREVIOUS WINNERS 2018 – Brad Sweet on Sept. 12 2017 - David Gravel on March 29 2016 - Jason Johnson on March 23 2015 - Donny Schatz on April 8 1992 - Jac Haudenschild on March 11 1987 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 2 1986 - Sammy Swindell on Sept. 3 1985 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 4 ON THE INTERNET World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – Woosprint.com Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws - @WorldofOutlaws Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint - @woosprint Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision - @DIRTVision Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision DRIVER INFO Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter: Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49 Brent Marks – @bmracing19 Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com (not on Twitter) Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5 Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17 AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, Calif. on Friday March 29, and then to the Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif. on Saturday March 30. 2019 STATS There have been seven World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season. FEATURE WINNERS (6 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2 2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 HEAT RACE WINNERS (18 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 4 2 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 3 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 3 3 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2 4 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1 – Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Willie Croft, Roseville, Calif. – 1 DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (7 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (7 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W.Va. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1 – Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1 C-MAIN WINNERS (1 driver) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1 PODIUM FINISHES (12 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of podiums 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4 2 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3 3 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2 4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 HARD CHARGER AWARD (6 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards 1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2 2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Chad Kemenah, Alveda, Ohio – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1 TOTAL LAPS LED (9 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 36 2 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 35 3 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 30 4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 27 5 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 25 6 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 20 7 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 18 8 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 15 9 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14 QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (5 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs 1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2 2 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1 FASTEST IN PRACTICE (6 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of times fastest 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2 2 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins) 1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1) 2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2) 3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Rainout-Canceled 4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Rainout-Canceled 5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Rainout-Canceled 6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1) 7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1) 8. Friday, March 8 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rainout-Canceled 9. Saturday, March 9 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Ian Madsen (1) 10. Friday, March 15 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Carson Macedo (1) 11. Saturday, March 16 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Logan Schuchart (1) 2019 World of Outlaws Championship Top 10 (Through Stockton Dirt Track) Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5s Top 10s Entered Started Earnings 1 83 Daryn Pittman 988 0 2 4 6 7 7 $36,050 2 15 Donny Schatz 984 -4 1 5 7 7 7 $25,600 3 49 Brad Sweet 978 -10 0 5 6 7 7 $22,300 4 1S Logan Schuchart 930 -58 1 2 4 7 7 $20,000 5 2 Carson Macedo 930 -58 1 1 6 7 7 $21,250 6 87 Aaron Reutzel 904 -84 0 1 3 7 7 $11,900 7 41 David Gravel 890 -98 0 0 3 7 7 $10,450 8 26 Cory Eliason 888 -100 0 0 4 7 7 $11,000 9 18 Ian Madsen 884 -104 1 3 3 7 7 $19,125 10 5 Shane Stewart 880 -108 0 1 3 7 7 $12,350
  9. California rookie Macedo conquers Mini Gold Cup with veteran moves CHICO, CA — March 15, 2019 — “Rookie” is a title Carson Macedo will hear before his name throughout the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series tour, but at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., it should be “veteran.” Or “winner.” Lemoore, Calif., native, Macedo, bested 34-time Series winner, and Grass Valley, Calif., native, Brad Sweet in a spectacular dual on Friday night at the quarter-mile speedway, to claim his second ever Series win and second at the track — his first win came in 2014. Courtesy of World of Outlaws PR His advantage; it’s a track he grew up racing on. Local knowledge that paid off as he led an all-Outlaw podium sweep in the Mini Gold Cup presented by Riebes NAPA AUTO PARTS. “I’ve raced here so much and just know the characteristics of it,” Macedo said. “It’s not a big part of winning these races, but it gives you that edge. It’s a home track for me.” Sweet is no stranger to Silver Dollar Speedway, though. He, too, grew up racing at the track, and won a race there last year. Having led more than half the race, Sweet looked to be en route to his second win at the speedway. Last week’s Feature winner at Thunderbowl Raceway, Ian Madsen – who ended up third – hunted Sweet for most of the race with enough speed to potentially make his own challenge for the lead. But then came Macedo. From his seventh starting spot, Macedo raced much like his car owner Kyle Larson so often does — on the cushion lap after lap. Never considering another line. That confidence almost cost him, though. About half way through the race, he hit a rut on the high side of the track, throwing his car of balance and dropping from fourth to fifth. That didn’t deter the young rookie’s victory lust. Continuing to stick to the high side of the track, he fought his way into the top three and then traded slide jobs with Madsen for second. In the lead Sweet had a different mentality then Macedo. He stuck to the bottom of the track — a move that ultimately proved to be his downfall. On a restart with 15 laps to, Macedo got a strong enough run off turn four to slide under Sweet going into turn one and steal the lead. Madsen, on the bottom of the track, tried to best them both, edging Macedo for the lead out of turn two. He couldn’t compete with Macedo’s strength on the high side, though. Once Macedo cleared Madsen, the race was his. “I had been getting some pretty good runs off of four on the top, with people in front of me, so I knew without anyone there I could get a run on him (Sweet) going down the front stretch,” Macedo said. Sweet knows his rookie mistake was staying on the bottom of the track. “Obviously, I made a mistake there, and stayed on the bottom probably one or two restarts too long,” Sweet said. “It was just really hard to get me to change my mind because I kept winning the restarts. But I really felt vulnerable on the restart, so it was no surprise when Carson got by me. You have to be perfect to win these races.” Madsen went into the Series’ month-long California tour unsure how he’ll perform at the Golden State short tracks, claiming he’s not good at them. In two races, he’s secured two podium finishes — one being a victory. “It’s (California) has been really good to us, so far,” Madsen said. “We’ve had an awesome race car ever since we got here. I just have to thank my crew for that.” Macedo also credited his crew for his winning performance, including his crew chief Joe Gaerte, who he called “his hero.” Macedo drove for Gaerte in the All Star Circuit of Champions Series last year, finishing second in points. With a win in the first six races of the more than 90 race World of Outlaws schedule, Macedo said it won’t change how he approaches the remainder of the season. “I think I’m just going to race exactly the same,” he said. “Just drive every lap like it’s my last. Wherever the cards fall at the end of the year at the banquet, that’s what they’ll be.” He currently sits fourth in the Series’ championship points — 66 points behind leader Daryn Pittman. Pittman, who was coming off two second place finishes in a row, managed to salvage a ninth-place finish after starting 18th. He continues to lead the championship standings for California car owners Dennis and Teresa Roth over second place Donny Schatz, who finished fourth and cut his points deficit in half, now only 10 points behind Pittman. The Series will make its next stop on the California tour Saturday, March 16, at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., where Macedo hopes to utilize his veteran California track skills to once again be called, “winner.” As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com. For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com. NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) - 1. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,500]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,800]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [14][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,300]; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5][$2,200]; 8. 17W-Shane Golobic [12][$2,100]; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman [18][$2,050]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [6][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [24][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [17][$1,200]; 13. 16A-Colby Copeland [23][$1,100]; 14. 5-Shane Stewart [25][$250]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$1,000]; 16. 41-David Gravel [21][$900]; 17. 88N-DJ Netto [19][$800]; 18. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$800]; 19. 9-Kasey Kahne [22][$800]; 20. 26-Cory Eliason [16][$800]; 21. 121-Justin Sanders [8][$800]; 22. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [9][$800]; 23. 7S-Tim Kaeding [3][$800]; 24. 92-Andy Forsberg [20][$800]; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-20, Carson Macedo 21-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 87-Aaron Reutzel[+13] Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.536; 2. 9-Kasey Kahne, 11.553; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 11.597; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.692; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.717; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 11.759; 7. 121-Justin Sanders, 11.762; 8. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 11.768; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.772; 10. 88N-DJ Netto, 11.778; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.853; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.895; 13. O-Bud Kaeding, 11.903; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 11.943; 15. 21P-Robbie Price, 11.955; 16. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.969; 17. 5H-Cole Macedo, 12.118; 18. 21W-Jake Wheeler, 12.17; 19. 28-Mark Herz, 14.325; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, NT Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.551; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 11.56; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.575; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic, 11.671; 5. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 11.682; 6. 92-Andy Forsberg, 11.682; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.695; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.7; 9. 29-Willie Croft, 11.744; 10. 41-David Gravel, 11.768; 11. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.794; 12. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.867; 13. 45-Chad Kemenah, 11.874; 14. 16A-Colby Copeland, 11.96; 15. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.067; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.231; 17. 4-Terry McCarl, 12.335; 18. 7-Jason Sides, 12.346; 19. 31C-Justyn Cox, NT
  10. Rising Kahne - Kasey Kahne Adds This Week’s Silver Dollar, Stockton Events to His Huge Sprint Car Schedule CONCORD, N.C. – Kasey Kahne’s race days have always been a bit noisy. Dozens of crews scurrying around a nearly two-ton Stock Car for days, wrenching and tuning. Hundreds of fans walking through the garage area, determined to get a picture or autograph. Media and cameras at every turn, questioning every detail of the weekend. Now, that noise has been turned down, but just a bit. In the pit area of a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car event, like the ones this Friday at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., or Saturday at The Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track, Kahne is surrounded by only a couple of crew members, who tweak on his 1,400 lb. Sprint Car. A few dozen fans meandering up and down the pits — some looking for a quick picture or a handshake. And a handful of media members, the majority just looking to take pictures. Turning the volume down was not entirely voluntary. It was forced upon him by a health issue that caused him to put an early end to his NASCAR career. While he was not medically cleared to race again in NASCAR, he’s found a new challenge focusing on racing Sprint Cars – a division he’s loved since a kid. “It’s like the first thing I really got into at a young age,” Kahne says kneeling next his to orange #9 Sprint Car. “Because I got into it at a young age, and liked it so much, whether I was watching or racing myself, I’ve been hooked.” Kahne began racing Sprint Cars as a teenager in his home state of Washington. He eventually moved into the USAC ranks, winning a championship in 2000. Then a couple of years later made his move to NASCAR. A few years into his NASCAR career Kahne formed his own World of Outlaws Sprint Car team, Kasey Kahne Racing (KKR), which helped keep him in touch with the Series — along with running a few races himself. “I’ve had a blast with all that over the years, whether I was at a NASCAR race watching the DIRTVision part of it or actually traveling and watching the races with the guys,” Kahne says. “I’ve always stayed really close to it and enjoyed it.” Since its inception in 2005, KKR has amassed one World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship — in 2013 with Daryn Pittman — and more than 170 Series wins among several drivers, including last year’s Knoxville Nationals championship with Brad Sweet. Of the drivers that have won a Series race for the team, Kahne is not one of them. He would like to be. “When I knew I was done with the NASCAR deal, I thought I would give it a shot (driving Sprint Cars) for a little while, you know, and kind of see how it goes and see if I can’t figure it out and get competitive driving these cars,” Kahne says. NASCAR was his job. Sprint Cars… well, Kahne says he doesn’t really know what it is right now. “I hope that I actually feel like it’s a bit of a job,” Kahne says, following up with a joke that racing is never really a job. But he wants to work at it. “I want to feel like I’m working at it to make it work and do the things I want and then when we do have success it’ll feel that much better,” Kahne says. “I want to put the time in. I want to put the effort in. No matter what it is, to try and have that success. Doing that is definitely a little bit of work.” He knows he has a bit of homework to do, too. Kahne didn’t qualify for the season opening race at Volusia Speedway Park and has cracked the top-15 twice so far this season. “I didn’t feel that my performance was good at all (at Volusia),” Kahne says. “I thought the track was really tough… It was slick and it was greasy all in the same corner. Around the whole track just about. It was tough to learn and figure out. None of it had to do with his health, and he doesn’t expect it to ever be an issue with Sprint Car racing. Kahne says his issue is driving a car for an hour or two hours straight in humid weather. He would sweat a lot, get dehydrated and cramp up. He knows the temperature during mid-summer World of Outlaws races can get humid, but he is only in the car for 30 to 40 minutes. He says he felt fine after racing in Florida and expects to the rest of this season. His issue is seat time. When he first started in NASCAR, Kahne regularly made time to race Sprint Cars, but over time put more focus on his Cup Series car. Leaving less time for Sprint Cars. “I feel like now is by far the most difficult time I’ve had learning Sprint Cars,” Kahne says. “I’ve been so focused on the other style and it’s so much different than this (Sprint Car racing). The feel side of it I’m lacking a little bit and have to do a better job with my feet and my hands in different situations. And I think that’s all just laps. Once I figure that out, I’ll feel a lot more comfortable night in and night out.” His teammate, and last year’s runner-up in Series points, Brad Sweet understands Kahne’s struggles well, having raced in NASCAR for three seasons then transitioning to the World of Outlaws full-time. “It’s relearning a lot of things and retraining himself,” Sweet says. “It’s just a completely different discipline.” Sweet is happy to see his car owner racing with the Series though, citing Kahne’s deep passion for the sport and love for driving the cars. Kahne has scheduled more than 50 Sprint Car races – 44 of which, so far, are World of Outlaws races – for himself this year, but says he could easily add more, bringing his schedule to about 70 races. Kahne says he chose that schedule to ease into Sprint Car racing this year, giving himself time to formulate what he wants to do in 2020. There’s not one race he’s looking forward to more than the other. He’s eager for them all. When the Texas races rained out in late February, Kahne says he was ready to race in the rain. “I don’t like racing in the rain, mud, and all that, but I was like let’s do it, I’ll race,” Kahne says, grinning ear to ear. In the quiet pit area, kneeling next to his car with a couple of crew guys leisurely working around it, Kahne says he knows the new atmosphere and traveling schedule will be a big adjustment. “It’s a different type of pressure,” Kahne says. “There’s so many differences to it. I’m not doing normal things each week I would normally be doing the last 15, 17 years. Everything is different week to week, day to day for what it’s been in the past.” While 50 races are close to half of the World of Outlaws schedule, it’s about a quarter longer than NASCAR’s. There are weekday races, and doubleheader weekend races – sometimes at two different tracks, and sometimes in two different states. Instead of large team debriefs, it’s now just he and a few crew guys. Instead of hundreds of fans, a handful walk by on a race night, some just looking for a quick picture or handshake. And the media mostly is photographers looking for a picture. “So, it’s a much different day to day than what I’ve done for a long time,” Kahne says. “I think as we go, I’ll get more and more use to this and just really, really enjoy it.” To see Kahne take on the Outlaws this weekend (or any of the events on his schedule below), go to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix, or call 844-DIRT-TIX to reserve your seat. Kasey Kahne’s Remaining World of Outlaws schedule: March 15 – Silver Dollar Speedway March 16 – Stockton Dirt Track May 10 – Eldora Speedway May 11 – Eldora Speedway May 15 – Lincoln Speedway May 17 – Williams Grove Speedway May 18 – Williams Grove Speedway May 19 – Weedsport Speedway May 21 – Bridgeport Speedway May 24 – Dirt Track at Charlotte May 25 – Dirt Track at Charlotte May 31 – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway June 1 – Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway June 4 – Fairbury American Legion Speedway June 7 – River Cities Speedway June 8 – Granite City Speedway June 14 – Knoxville Raceway June 15 – Knoxville Raceway June 21 – Farley Speedway June 22 – Beaver Dam Raceway June 27 – Jackson Motorplex June 28 – Jackson Motorplex June 29 – Jackson Motorplex July 3 – Brown County Speedway July 5 – Cedar Lake Speedway July 6 – Cedar Lake Speedway July 16 – Attica Raceway Park July 18 – Eldora Speedway July 19 – Eldora Speedway July 20 – Eldora Speedway July 23 – Lernerville Speedway Oct. 25 – Port Royal Speedway Oct. 26 – Port Royal Speedway Nov. 7 – Dirt Track at Charlotte Nov. 8 – Dirt Track at Charlotte Nov. 9 – Dirt Track at Charlotte
  11. Kyle Larson’s rookie Carson Macedo Taking Aim at His Native California Bullrings World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Cars Begin March Through Golden State on Friday CONCORD, N.C. — March 4, 2019 — World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champions Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz have solidified themselves as early favorites this season, winning three of the four races this year combined. But a new favorite may emerge during this month’s California swing. Rookie contender, and Lemoore, Calif. native, Carson Macedo has put together an impressive start to the season with his Kyle Larson Racing team, claiming three top-10 finishes and two Heat wins in the first four races. While he’s found speed on the bigger half-mile tracks of Volusia Speedway Park and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas, he’s most comfortable on short tracks — like the ones he grew up racing on in California. “My whole life I feel like I’ve been better on the short tracks than the big tracks,” said Macedo, 22. “Lately over the past couple of years I’ve been able to be a little bit better on those (bigger) tracks to try and carry that balance. When you race with the World of Outlaws, you’ve got to be good everywhere.” Going home to tracks he grew up racing on also adds another level of confidence. “You know what to expect, and how the race tracks are going to change,” Macedo said. “A lot of the time, for me, going to a track I’m comfortable at, it’s usually a huge advantage, because you’re usually a little bit quicker right out of the gate.” He used that extra level of confidence to his advantage in 2014 when he won his first World of Outlaws race at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. — a track the Series will return to this year on March 15, and again later in the year Sept. 6-7. Macedo is still looking for his second Series win, having mostly raced with the All Star Circuit of Champions the last couple of years. And while he’s won at Silver Dollar Speedway before, Macedo said he is most looking forward to going to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. — the next track on the Series’ schedule March 8-9. “It’s probably the track I’ve gotten along with the most,” said Macedo, who finished fifth at the track last year. “The past few years it seems like I’ve always been able to put together some good runs there.” To Macedo, Thunderbowl Raceway’s best characteristic is the cushion builds up along the fence, allowing drivers to enter and drive through the turns aggressively. Aggressiveness is a trait Macedo’s car owner, Kyle Larson said he sees in the rookie. “He’s fun to watch,” Larson said. “I think he’ll have a good season (being paired with experienced crew chief Joe Gaerte).” Macedo said he is looking forward to getting to the familiar California tracks and continue his early season success, which has currently left him sixth in the Series championship standings. THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE WHEN & WHERE Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. Gates are scheduled to open at 4 p.m. with Hot Laps starting at 5 p.m., Time Trials at 6 p.m. and racing at 7 p.m. ABOUT THE TRACK Thunderbowl Raceway is a high-banked, 1/3-mile oval. The track record is 12.582 sec. by Brad Sweet on March 13, 2015. Online – ThunderbowlRaceway.com Phone – 559-688-0909 TICKETS Tickets for Thunderbowl Raceway are available by calling the track at 559-688-0909. Tickets for the rest of the events on the California swing can be purchased by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX. 1/3-MILE WINNERS This will be the first World of Outlaws Feature on a track that size this year. PREVIOUS TRACK WINNERS 2018 – Aaron Reutzel on March 9 2017 - David Gravel on March 17, Donny Schatz on March 18 2016 - David Gravel on March 12 2015 - Tim Kaeding on March 13, Rico Abreu on March 14 2014 - Daryn Pittman on March 14, Rico Abreu on March 15 2013 - Tim Kaeding on March 15, Craig Dollansky on March 16 2012 - Tim Kaeding on March 16 2011 - Joey Saldana on March 19 2010 - Jason Meyers on March 5, Joey Saldana on March 6 2009 - Randy Hannagan on March 20, Joey Saldana on March 21 2008 - Jac Haudenschild on Oct. 18 2007 - Joey Saldana on Feb. 23, Tim Kaeding on Feb. 24, Donny Schatz on Oct. 13 2005 - Tim Shaffer on Feb. 25, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 15 2004 - Terry McCarl on Nov. 1 2003 - Steve Kinser on Sept. 2 ON THE INTERNET World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – Woosprint.com Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws - @WorldofOutlaws Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint - @woosprint Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month Twitter – Twitter.com/DiRTVision - @DIRTVision Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision DRIVER INFO Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter: Brad Sweet – @BradSweet4 Brent Marks – @BrentMarks19 Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman Donny Schatz – @donnyschatz Ian Madsen – @IanMadsen Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com (not on Twitter) Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser11k Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s Shane Stewart – @shanestewart_5 Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17 AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. on Friday March 15, and then to the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif. on Saturday March 16. 2019 STATS There have been four World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season. FEATURE WINNERS (3 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2 2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1 HEAT RACE WINNERS (12 different winners) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 3 2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2 3 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1 – Giovanni Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1 DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (4 different drivers) 1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1 LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (4 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Cale Conley, Vienna, W. Va. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 PODIUM FINISHES (6 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of podiums 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 3 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3 2 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 2 3 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. -1 HARD CHARGER AWARD (3 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards 1 – Cory Eliason, Santa Cruz, Calif. – 2 2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 1 TOTAL LAPS LED (5 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 36 2 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 30 3 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 25 4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 15 5 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 14 POLE POSITIONS (4 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Poles 1 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1 FASTEST IN PRACTICE (3 different drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown - # of times fastest 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 2 2 – Brian Brown, Higginsville, Mo. – 1 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1 2019 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners No./ Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins) 1. Friday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1) 2. Saturday, Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (2) 3. Sunday, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park/ Baberville, Fla. / Canceled 4. Friday, Feb. 22 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Texas / Canceled 5. Saturday, Feb. 23 / LoneStar Speedway / Kilgore, Texas / Canceled 6. Wednesday, Feb. 27 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Tim Shaffer (1) 7. Thursday, Feb. 28 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (1) Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5s Top 10s Entered Started Earnings 1 83 Daryn Pittman 582 0 2 3 4 4 4 $27,000 2 15 Donny Schatz 578 -4 1 4 4 4 4 $18,700 3 49 Brad Sweet 544 -38 0 2 3 4 4 $8,500 4 1S Logan Schuchart 530 -52 0 1 2 4 4 $7,500 5 41 David Gravel 526 -56 0 0 3 4 4 $7,350 6 2 Carson Macedo 510 -72 0 0 3 4 4 $6,950 7 26 Cory Eliason 510 -72 0 0 2 4 4 $5,950 8 17X Christopher Bell 510 -72 0 2 3 4 3 $10,375 9 87 Aaron Reutzel 502 -80 0 0 1 4 4 $5,550 10 5 Shane Stewart 496 -86 0 1 2 4 4 $8,450
  12. Schatz defies odds in Sin City LAS VEGAS, NV – Feb. 28, 2019 – The final night of racing at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas was Donny Schatz’s to lose. He was hundredths of a second away from winning his Heat race, he won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and he pulled away with the lead at the start of the Feature in front of thousands that came to see a historic night of racing that paired the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West. But on lap 14 he lost it. Series points leader Daryn Pittman had inched closer and closer to Schatz every lap, eventually finding grip in the middle of the track and darting by him. He stretched the lead of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented Star Nursery between he and Schatz to about a straightaway’s length. Even with multiple cautions, and an Open Red, allowing teams to refuel their car, Pittman never fluttered, always knowing where to find grip on the rubbered down track, gradually moving from the top of the track at the beginning of the race to the bottom of the track by the end. The race was then his to lose. And on the final lap of the race, he lost it. Blocked by a slower lap car – a situation Pittman used to his advantage to win his first race of the season – Schatz took advantage of a clear opening on the high side of the track to get his Tony Stewart Racing car back by Pittman and then held him off to claim a victory he thought he lost. “I didn’t think we’d get him (Pittman),” said 10-time Series Champion Schatz. “But we hit traffic on the last corner. He went there (low), and I was going the other place. It was either win it or wear it, and lucky we won it.” Lady Luck was good to Schatz. Not only did he find luck in lap traffic, he found luck in his tires holding on until the end of the 30-lap Feature, extended by multiple cautions – as his right rear tire could have been mistaken for a slick stock car tire by the end of the race. Pittman cited drivers’ fear of blowing a tire is why he caught lap traffic in five laps after a late race caution, leading to him losing the race. “We were lapping really good cars. The problem was everybody’s pace was off, because I think everybody was afraid of blowing tires,” Pittman said. “They were just going slower than I thought they would. Honestly if I could have replayed it, I probably would have just slowed down from the time we went green with five to go.” However, Pittman acknowledged he couldn’t slow down too much because Schatz “will blow his tire trying to win a race and not think twice about it.” The victory is Schatz’s 13th win at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas and his 284th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory. He went winless in the first three races of the season for the first time since 2013 – a stat he laughed off, but is glad to get past. “I went three races without a win. Holy hell, I’m glad we’re over that hump,” Schatz said. Looking to spoil the Schatz and Pittman battle for the lead, which ended with a 0.071-sec. gap, was third place finisher Logan Schuchart. He quietly worked his way through the field, from 10th, getting to third by lap 13. He stalked the two Series champions throughout the race, staying close enough to pounce if one bobbled, but neither did. “I thought I might have a shot right there at the end with both of them,” Schuchart said. “But these guys are World of Outlaws champions. They’re going to be tough to beat and they’re not going to make many mistakes.” He too was worried about his tires at the end of the race, stating he slowed his pace a little to not blow one. Tires plagued Cory Eliason’s night with his right rear tire blowing in the closing laps of the race, but he still managed to be the KSE Hard Charger for the second night in a row. He finished 13th after starting 24th. While Schatz claimed the victory at the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown, Pittman remains the points leader – by just four points over Schatz. World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series actions resumes March 8-9 at ThunderbowlRaceway in Tulare, CA. As always, you can catch all the action on DIRTVision.com. Historic wins Donny Schatz’s last lap pass to claim his 284th win came on an historic night for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Car Series. For the first time, the World of Outlaws and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West were paired together for a thrilling night of racing at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas. It was an event that drew a crowd of thousands in the stands and attracted a wide range of media attention. “I’m glad to see a lot of the NASCAR fans here,” Schatz said. “We met a lot of NASCAR people the last couple of days, people who have never seen a Sprint Car before. So hopefully it opens their eyes to new things.” Echoing the heart-pounding finish to the World of Outlaws race, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West put on an equally exciting show, with rising NASCAR star Hailie Deegan making a last lap pass for the win in the 100-lap Star Nursery 100. While the 17-year-old is paving a bright future for herself in NASCAR, she couldn’t help but be drawn to the “gnarly” Sprint Cars. “It’s sick,” Deegan said about NASCAR racing with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. “At Volusia (Speedway Park) was the first time I saw Outlaw racing, and man, I wanted to get into a car so bad… I think coming out here with the Sprint Cars definitely made for a good show.”
  13. Lady Luck on Shaffer’s side in Vegas LAS VEGAS, NV – Feb. 27, 2019 – Tim Shaffer was in route to a dominating performance at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown presented by Star Nursery, leading every lap, but with five laps to go worry set in. He could hear his motor sputtering. There was no doubt in his mind he was going to run out of fuel, with Giovanni Scelzi and Tim Kaeding – who made their first World of Outlaws appearance this season – breathing down his neck for the lead. “I knew the laps had to be getting close,” Shaffer said, as the 30-lap Feature saw eight cautions by lap 26. After multiple attempts of restarting the race on lap 26, Series officials called for an Open Red, stopping the cars on the front stretch and allowing the teams to refuel their cars. “Everything worked out, the cautions, the red flag,” Shaffer said. “It was our night.” After the cars were refueled, and the race went back to green on lap 26, Shaffer acted like nothing changed, commanding the lead once again all the way to victory lane – claiming his 26th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win and his fourth win at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas. While everything worked in Shaffer’s favor, Fresno, Calif. native Giovanni Scelzi was not as fortunate. After falling to fourth, from third, at the beginning of the race, he worked his way to second place by lap 10 and began closing in on Shaffer while he entered lap traffic. Scelzi in the #83JR for Roth Motorsports never let Shaffer out of his sight in the closing laps of the race. He even stole the lead from him on one of the restart attempts on lap 26, but a caution was thrown before the field could complete at lap, putting him back in second place. Once the field took the green flag, after stopping to refuel, Scelzi stayed on pace with Shaffer until entering turns three and four too aggressively, hitting the cushion and falling back two positions. “I blistered my tires really, and kind of just overdrove the car and made some mistakes,” Scelzi said. “But first night in this car, it’s a good start with a top five.” Roth Motorsports has had a strong start to the season with Daryn Pittman winning the two season opening races at Volusia Speedway Park – also resulting in his third DIRTcar Nationals championship and Roth Motorsport’s first. Pittman finished seventh, maintaining his points lead from Florida, now eight points ahead of second place Donny Schatz. Schatz also had a strong run coming from 11th to third – his second podium finish in three races. “That’s the best we could do there,” Schatz said. “We’re gaining on things and feeling a little bit better.” Like Schatz, Kaeding had to climb his way through the field, finishing second after starting 10th. When Shaffer entered lapped traffic, you could throw a blanket over he, Scelzi and Kaeding. While Scelzi stocked Shaffer, Kaeding in his Sides Motorsports car was close behind stocking them both. After Scelzi bounced off the cushion, the 21-time Series winner capitalized on the opportunity, darting by the black #83JR to take second place. With a clear track in front of him he could focus on hunting down Shaffer. The only problem was Shaffer had mastered the high line of the track, keeping more than a second between himself and Kaeding by the end of the race. “I think we just ran out of time,” Kaeding said “Right before that red flag came out, I knew something was wrong, he might run out of fuel.” Understanding how to drive the Las Vegas track was key to winning, Shaffer said. “It’s a tricky track,” Shaffer said. “It’s demanding. You know, you’ve got to be on your game. This place is so tough. You’ve got to be good in the slick to get to the tacky (spots). When your car is evil here, it’s a handful.” He credits his team for giving him a good handling car that could handle the track conditions. While Shaffer has more than 20 wins, and has raced with the Series for several years, beating the star-studded field of World of Outlaws drivers is still special to him. “It’s just awesome to be competing with them (the Outlaws),” Shaffer said. “To come here and win this deal is pretty awesome.” World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at the DIRTcar Nationals resumes tomorrow at The DIRT Track at Las Vegas. As always, you can catch all the action from the Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com.
  14. The 2017 Series Champion is Off to a Terrific Start in 2019, as He Eyes the Big Gator Trophy on Saturday BARBERVILLE, FL — Feb. 15, 2019 — Fast fact: the last four World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series races held at the Volusia Speedway Park as part of the DIRTcar Nationals have now been won by the same driver in the same car. “The Rocket Shepp” Brandon Sheppard put on yet another powerful display of motor and muscle on Friday night, as he led 41 of 50 laps en route to his third victory in three days. Sheppard won the fourth and final World of Outlaws race last year at Volusia, making this four in a row for the Rocket Chassis house car driver at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile.” After winning Monday’s DIRTcar Late Model race and two sub-par nights of Outlaw competition Wednesday and Thursday, 2018 Series Champion Mike Marlar put together an incredible rebound race, advancing 21 spots through 50 laps to go from 23rd to second after barely making the race through a Last Chance Showdown. Two-time DIRTcar Summer Nationals Champion Brian Shirley bagged the final spot in the top three with a solid run, rebounding from his 3rd-to-14th-place finish on Thursday night. Sheppard began his night with a win in Heat No. 5 and drew the fourth spot on the starting grid. From the outside second row, he seemed to crack the whip at the exact same time as Thursday night, taking the lead away from Tim McCreadie on lap 10 and getting the jump on every restart, avoiding the destructive activity behind him to garner his 15th top-five finish in 17 overall starts this winter. Track conditions, as they always do, changed throughout the evening, which made for an interesting challenge for the drivers on which line to run and when. Both high and low lanes seemed to be effective, and Sheppard said his car was good enough to work with both. “I feel like I could have ran the same line most of the race and kept the same speed up, but there were guys coming behind me on the top and they were a little better than me at times, so I had to move up and compensate,” said Sheppard, of New Berlin, IL. “I just moved when I had to, and everything just worked out how it worked out – the racecar was really good.” Sheppard, a third-generation racer, grew up on Illinois bullrings, but he’s adapted his game to big houses, as well. “You can’t get good at these places unless you go and get beat and learn from your mistakes,” Sheppard said. “We’ve ran a lot of half-miles in the past few years and our half-mile program has been really, really good. I was definitely excited to come here, for sure. Of all the places that we come to in Florida, or speed weeks in general, I was definitely most excited about here.” Dominance on this half-mile is certainly not easy to come by, but the Mark Richards Racing team certainly has figured it out, winning 10 World of Outlaws Feature events at the facility since 2007. Richards and his crew of Danny White, Austin Hargrove and Joel Rogers have worked especially hard to put Sheppard into victory lane numerous times over the past two seasons. And Richards couldn’t be happier to do it at a place like Volusia. “This starts our year off, so it gives us some momentum to go on,” Richards said. “This place is probably one of my favorite places to race, so to come here and win, it means a lot to us.” Sheppard said on Thursday night that the pressure of winning in 2019 was actually relieved a bit because they fell short of winning the Series championship in 2018. Richards wants the best for his team, and it seems they’re coming back with vengeance in their eyes to begin the year with three-peat victories to kick things off. “It wasn’t because of on-track performance, it was because of some mechanical issues we had,” Richards said. “We had an incredible year, won the most races and all that. But we want to come back and redeem ourselves.” However, little did Sheppard know of Marlar’s charge behind him. Lap by lap, Marlar began to pick off traffic in front of him, climbing to the 16th spot before a bad wreck on the front stretch on lap 27 brought out an extended caution, sending several cars to pit road. On that restart, Marlar put the hammer down and picked up a few more spots, placing him inside the top 10, where he continued to make up ground on the leaders. By lap 40, he was battling Brian Shirley for second – a battle he won at the drop of the checkered. “It went great for me, there were a lot of things happening in that race,” said Marlar, of Winfield, TN. “I started, pretty much, at the rear and had a really good car. I missed some pretty big catastrophes and passed a lot of cars too, so it was a good night for us.” Shirley once again proved his worthiness of running up front again on Friday night with a hard-fought, third-place run. He started eighth and kept his nose clean through 50 laps, holding his own in the top three to stay out of the incidents that were occurring behind him. Steadily, Shirley made the most of his passes on the high side – a familiar place for him this week. “We got off to a pretty good start and was able to pick a few of those guys off,” said Shirley, of Chatham, IL. “Just stuck to my guns, as I was pretty good around the top. Luckily, everything went our way – got a couple spots on some restarts and it all worked out pretty good.” Shirley had some early momentum that proved to be the difference-maker in staying out of each of the five cautions, climbing to second on lap 19, well before the wrecks involving Devin Moran, Tyler Erb, Ricky Weiss, Kyle Bronson, Chris Madden, Gregg Satterlee and Jonathan Davenport led to a lot of mangled racecars in the pits after 50 laps, and Shirley was just glad to be ahead of it all. “Luckily, on the restarts, I was able to get out there and get to second,” Shirley said. “I was able to hold my own in there and not fall back on the restarts, which saved me from getting into that carnage.” Don’t miss the 12th and final night of the 2018 DIRTcar Nationals from Volusia, get your Late Model Fast Pass now to watch every lap live on DIRTVision! Abbreviated results (click here to see the full results) Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [4][$10,000]; 2. 6m-Mike Marlar [23][$5,000]; 3. 3s-Brian Shirley [8][$3,000]; 4. 5-Don O'Neal [9][$2,500]; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan [12][$2,000]; 6. 17M-Dale McDowell [20][$1,700]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans [10][$1,400]; 8. 25-Shane Clanton [5][$1,300]; 9. 7r-Kent Robinson [19][$1,200]; 10. 0-Scott Bloomquist [3][$1,100]; 11. 28-Dennis Erb [11][$1,050]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$1,000]; 13. 97-Cade Dillard [16][$950]; 14. 2-Brandon Overton [25][$900]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [14][$850]; 16. B1-Brent Larson [26][$800]; 17. 44-Chris Madden [1][$770]; 18. 40B-Kyle Bronson [7][$750]; 19. 49-Jonathan Davenport [6][$730]; 20. 22-Chris Ferguson [15][$700]; 21. 111-Tyler Erb [22][$700]; 22. 39-Tim McCreadie [2][$700]; 23. 7-Ricky Weiss [17][$700]; 24. 9-Devin Moran [24][$700]; 25. 22s-Gregg Satterlee [18][$700]; 26. 6-Blake Spencer [28][$110]; 27. 36v-Kyle Hardy [27][$110]; 28. 116-Tanner English [21][$700] Hard Charger - 6m-Mike Marlar [+21] Lap Leaders - Tim McCreadie: Laps 1-9, Brandon Sheppard: Laps 10-50
  15. Another Mark in the Win Column for the Rocket Chassis House Car, Weiss Shows Signs of Strength BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 14, 2019 – The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series had a streak going of three different winners in three races after Wednesday night. Brandon Sheppard’s back-to-back win on Thursday night over Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal and Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Weiss changed all that, as he led 39 laps on his way to victory on Night 4 of Late Model Week at Volusia Speedway Park as part of the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals. Early on, the gloves were off in the battle for the lead between two former Series Champions, Tim McCreadie and Sheppard himself. McCreadie started outside front row and bolted out to the early lead. Sheppard gave chase for 10 laps before using the shortest line around the track to power by on the inside coming out of turn two. Once he grabbed the lead, Sheppard did everything he could to protect it, growing his lead in traffic to as high as 4.2 seconds at one point. “I kind of bided my time a little bit there at the beginning and was able to find out what line I needed to run,” Sheppard said. “When I was running third, I was kind of taking my time, trying to be patient a little bit and see where I could pass them guys clean.” Despite a number of cautions near the end of the race, Sheppard was able to handle the pressure from numerous drivers applying it from behind him. Seven different cars took a shot at the top three in the second half of the race, and the battle ensued quickly after Sheppard grabbed the lead from McCreadie. Don O’Neal, Chris Madden, Jonathan Davenport, Scott Bloomquist, Brian Shirley and Ricky Weiss were all fighting like dogs to break into the podium in various points over 50 laps, which most everyone was able to claim at least once in that timeframe. “T-Mac” defended the runner-up spot early before Madden, Shirley, Bloomquist and O’Neal came in hot pursuit. After a restart on lap 17 that bunched the field together, they raced lap-after-lap, inside and outside, swapping positions back-and-forth for about 15 laps before another caution broke the tension. After the restart, Davenport completed his vicious charge to the front with a pass for second but quickly lost it and began to fade, much like Shirley did around the same time. This left room for one of the best battles for the podium the fans had been treated to all week between Bloomquist, McCreadie, Madden and O’Neal. “Black Sunshine” stayed relatively out of the way, biding his time in sixth for much of the first 40 laps, but cranked things up with ten-to-go and passed three cars in three laps, leaving him with a solid runner-up finish. This gave Bloomquist his second top-five of the week, and another strong run from Team Zero, rebounding from his superb, yet unfortunate-ending run in Wednesday night’s Morton Buildings Feature (2nd to 22nd). McCreadie and Madden held their own battle for the fifth spot near the race’s end, with McCreadie in the position as they took the checkered. This gave Madden his fourth top-10 of the season, bringing him up to fifth in Series point standings. Don O’Neal had another terrific run aboard the Clint Bowyer Racing ride, fending off numerous challenges from McCreadie, Bloomquist and Madden just to protect his third spot. From lap 13 onward, “The Real Deal” was never worse than fourth, showcasing his integrity on the high-line, right where he was the night prior. However, O’Neal said his car may have had more in the tank for a better push for second. “I think I ran so hard on the top, at the beginning that I used my stuff up,” O”Neal said. “At the end, I couldn’t cut across the middle like Scott and Brandon could. I had to live on the cushion. I came home third – it’s not what we wanted but it’s what we’ll have to take.” Coming into the 2019 season, there was much speculation around the Late Model community, concerning who the “top rookies” of the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series were going to be. Ricky Weiss was a frequently mentioned name online, being a five-time WISSOTA Late Models champion, especially on social media. Thursday night’s race was the first to support his fans’ predictions of high-quality finishes throughout the season, as Weiss wrapped up the fourth spot, and it looks as though he’ll only be getting better from here. A few rough finishes at Volusia prior to Thursday night has given Weiss and the rest of his crew a big reason to work hard and get better in all areas. It takes a special team effort to rebound from a 24th-place finish, directly following with a top-five effort. With Scott Bloomquist and his team’s knowledge and equipment backing the Headingly, Manitoba, Canada, team this season, Weiss has proven he’s got what it takes to hang with the big guns on a national tour. “It’s been huge, just growing our relationship with Scott and I and our team,” Weiss said. “We’ve just been tweaking and building as a team, and it’s definitely showing.” Weiss and his team have had experience at Volusia in years past, but never this deep into a points commitment. They key for them will be to just stay out of trouble and focus on consistency, the wins will come soon. “We knew Florida would be a new deal to us,” Weiss said. “If we could get out of here unscathed with our equipment in one piece, I just think if we can contend, not only with the rookie deal but run up front almost every night, we can hopefully make a run for the championship. “Our team definitely proved that we’ve got the speed and we’ve got the skill, Weiss continued. “Now if we get a little bit of luck on our side, maybe we can start picking up some wins.” Late Model Week at the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park continues tonight in round #3 of World of Outlaws competition. Get your tickets here or log on to DIRTVision to get your Late Model Fast Pass now for only $39 per month and watch every lap live, all season long! Abbreviated results (click here for full results) Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard [4][$10,000]; 2. 0-Scott Bloomquist [6][$5,000]; 3. 5-Don O'Neal [7][$3,000]; 4. 7-Ricky Weiss [10][$2,500]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie [2][$2,000]; 6. 44-Chris Madden [3][$1,700]; 7. 18-Chase Junghans [11][$1,400]; 8. 29-Darrell Lanigan [13][$1,300]; 9. 25-Shane Clanton [1][$1,200]; 10. 17M-Dale McDowell [23][$1,100]; 11. 14-Josh Richards [20][$1,050]; 12. 20-Jimmy Owens [21][$1,000]; 13. 49-Jonathan Davenport [9][$950]; 14. 3s-Brian Shirley [5][$900]; 15. 9-Devin Moran [26][$850]; 16. 22-Chris Ferguson [15][$800]; 17. 58-Ivedent Lloyd [18][$770]; 18. 28-Dennis Erb [12][$750]; 19. B1-Brent Larson [27][$110]; 20. 111-Tyler Erb [24][$700]; 21. 36v-Kyle Hardy [17][$700]; 22. 83-Scott James [14][$700]; 23. 2-Brandon Overton [25][$700]; 24. 16-Tyler Bruening [19][$700]; 25. 71-Hudson O'Neal [16][$700]; 26. 7r-Kent Robinson [8][$700]; 27. 6-Blake Spencer [28][$110]; 28. 48-Colton Flinner [22][$700] Hard Charger: 17M-Dale McDowell[+13] Lap Leaders: 39 Tim McCreadie - Laps 1 - 11, 1 Brandon Sheppard - Laps 12-50
  16. Winter Freeze IX, Night Two Goes to the Second Georgian in Two Races SYLVANIA, GA – Feb. 9, 2019 – Georgia native Shane Clanton broke a year-and-a-half winless streak by dominating the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series 50-lap Feature Saturday night at Screven Motor Speedway. Courtesy of World of Outlaws PR Clanton, the 2015 Series champion from Zebulon, GA, had gone 51 races without a win before earning his fourth victory at Screven and 43rd all-time in World of Outlaws competition, holding off Kyle Hardy and Chase Junghans to the checkered flag. According to “The Georgia Bulldog” himself, going winless last season never actually bothered him as much as most fans thought it would have. In fact, he used the dry spell as fuel to get better. Now that the monkey is off of his back, Clanton will look to build on this momentum as the current points leader heading into Volusia, where he has been so dangerous in past years with five wins since 2015. “It feels real good,” Clanton said. “To go almost a year and a half… like I said at the banquet [last year], it just makes you mad. And the guy who wins, it just makes him more determined to come back and win again, and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve worked awful hard over the winter to build a new racecar here.” In what was almost a perfect night, Clanton qualified second overall out of 39 cars, won his heat race and redrew the pole for the Morton Buildings Feature. Taking the lead on lap 1, he faced several long strings of lapped traffic, as the race’s first caution didn’t fly until lap. But Clanton was able to handle the pressure from those behind him, much like all great veterans of the sport do. “I guess it’s lucky to get number one but I think our car was good enough to pass a couple of cars,” Clanton said with the biggest smile on his face. “I was just biding my time, trying not to get into too much lapped traffic, just didn’t want to get myself in a bind. We rode a long way, and to come up with the win, it’s pretty special.” And how special it was for Clanton and the Capital Chassis stable this weekend, with Chris Madden putting his Capital on the podium in Friday night’s race and a top-10 on Saturday. Clanton said Madden’s help has been and will continue to be instrumental in Capital’s success on the tour this season. “I’ve had some help when Chris came along after Charlotte [last year] and we went and tested my car, then we built this car,” Clanton said. “We’ve changed some things on it and evidently we’re going in the right direction, so that’s the good thing.” Another special finish came right behind Clanton - the Viper Motorsports entrant of Rookie contender Kyle Hardy. The Virginian had a solid night on Friday, coming from 17th to finish 11th after winning his Late Chance Showdown. But Saturday night was a much different story, as he set fast time in Group B, won his heat and redrew third. Hardy made the pass for second around Jason Covert on lap 12 and chased Clanton down the rest of the way but was never able to make the pass. However, he held his own through lapped traffic, staying right with Clanton the entire way and closing a two-second gap before the lap 45 caution. Overall, a great showing by the new Barry Wright Race Cars house driver. “It turned out to be great,” Hardy said. “We’ve got a greatly prepared car by Lance and Barry Wright, and that means the world. We ran decent last night, wasn’t the greatest, but second place tonight was, by far, great for us.” After the 11th-place on Friday night and the runner-up finish on Saturday, Hardy now leads in Rookie points by 20 markers over Ricky Weiss, who fell back to 15th in Saturday’s Feature. This gives him a big boost of confidence, heading into Volusia for the DIRTcar Nationals. “Absolutely, it’s a huge boost of confidence,” Hardy said with a grin. “We didn’t have two bad nights, we had a decent and a great night. We’re just super happy about it and ready to get going.” Hardy’s previous experience at Screven played right into his favor on Saturday night, as his three prior starts seemed to give him the edge over his fellow Rookie competitors. “It definitely helped, I’ve raced here three times before and it was the fifth time over the weekend, so it turned out to be great,” Hardy said. In what should have been another Rookie in the top five, Cade Dillard seemed to have a great fourth-place run going before tangling with Jason Covert in turn three with just two laps remaining. Dillard was obviously disappointed by the incident and the resulting 19th-place finish, but it gave him plenty to build off of heading into Volusia next week and was a great rebound, just one night after having to fight for a 14th-place run after taking a provisional. “I had a good car in the feature,” Dillard said. “I was just riding, trying to stay out of trouble. Had a chance there at the end, got under [Covert], I’d say nearly nose-to-nose with him. I’m not sure if he didn’t see us there or saw us and just turned left… Unfortunately, it killed our good run for us.” Up Next... The 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park is the site of the next four Series races, Feb. 13-16. Two DIRTcar Late Model shows will preceed the World of Outlaws invasion on Monday and Tuesday. Get you tickets now and don't miss this exciting event by clicking here, or order your Late Model Fast Pass on DIRTVision and watch every lap LIVE! Abbreviated results (click here for full results) Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 25-Shane Clanton [1][$10,000]; 2. 36v-Kyle Hardy [3][$5,000]; 3. 18-Chase Junghans [4][$3,000]; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard [6][$2,500]; 5. 72-Mike Norris [8][$2,000]; 6. 3s-Brian Shirley [10][$1,700]; 7. 29-Darrell Lanigan [9][$1,400]; 8. 2x-John Henderson [11][$1,300]; 9. 44-Chris Madden [13][$1,200]; 10. 1D-Brent Dixon [12][$1,100]; 11. 28-Dennis Erb [16][$1,050]; 12. 2-Brandon Overton [17][$1,000]; 13. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [20][$950]; 14. 1x-Chub Frank [15][$900]; 15. 7-Ricky Weiss [14][$850]; 16. 9-Billy Moyer [22][$800]; 17. B1-Brent Larson [23][$770]; 18. 72c-Jason Covert [2][$750]; 19. 97-Cade Dillard [5][$730]; 20. 6-Blake Spencer [24][$700]; 21. 27+1-Tyler Carpenter [19][$700]; 22. 6m-Mike Marlar [18][$700]; 23. 22x-G.R. Smith [25][$110]; 24. 58-Ivedent Lloyd [7][$700]; 25. 99B-Boom Briggs [21][$700] - Hard Charger Award: 99jr-Frank Heckenast[+7] - Lap Leaders - Shane Clanton - 50 Laps Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 72c-Jason Covert, 14.558; 2. 25-Shane Clanton, 14.572; 3. 44-Chris Madden, 14.607; 4. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 14.688; 5. 29-Darrell Lanigan, 14.721; 6. 2x-John Henderson, 14.729; 7. 2-Brandon Overton, 14.829; 8. B1-Brent Larson, 14.867; 9. 58-Ivedent Lloyd, 14.876; 10. 42-Cla Knight, 14.935; 11. 22x-G.R. Smith, 14.945; 12. 1x-Chub Frank, 14.961; 13. 6-Blake Spencer, 14.991; 14. 8-Matt Sponaugle, 15.123; 15. 27+1-Tyler Carpenter, 15.18; 16. O-Ryan Scott, 15.233; 17. 99B-Boom Briggs, 15.271; 18. 27-Joe Denby, 15.354; 19. J8-Jadon Frame, 15.441; 20. 0K-Freddie Carpenter, 15.739 Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 36v-Kyle Hardy, 14.622; 2. 18-Chase Junghans, 14.625; 3. 72-Mike Norris, 14.652; 4. 97-Cade Dillard, 14.652; 5. 3s-Brian Shirley, 14.679; 6. 1D-Brent Dixon, 14.692; 7. 7-Ricky Weiss, 14.72; 8. 28-Dennis Erb, 14.745; 9. 99jr-Frank Heckenast, 14.849; 10. 6m-Mike Marlar, 15.004; 11. 16-Tyler Bruening, 15.045; 12. 77-Brian Connor, 15.045; 13. 9-Billy Moyer, 15.058; 14. 53-Ray Cook, 15.071; 15. 24D-Michael Brown, 15.08; 16. 83-Scott James, 15.15; 17. 11B-Stacy Boles, 15.223; 18. C9-Steve Casebolt, 15.412; 19. 25h-Chuck Hummer, 17.722
  17. Pittman Goes Two-for-Two at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 9, 2019 – One of Daryn Pittman’s favorite drivers growing up was Stevie Smith. By capturing his 83rd win – in the 83 car – during the second night of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at the DIRTcar Nationals he is now just one win away from tying his childhood hero. Courtesy of World of Outlaws PR “Just that number (83 wins) to me is pretty staggering,” Pittman said after winning his second race in a row at Volusia Speedway Park. To him, it’s surreal he would ever get close to Smith’s record. He cruised to win number 82 Friday night, making each pass with ease on the bottom of the track. Win 83 wasn’t as easy. NASCAR Xfinity Series star Christopher Bell made sure of it. Bell pulled to the lead at the start of the race and held it until lap 18 when Pittman’s quest for the top spot finally reached the No. 39 Swindell SpeedLab car. The two traded the lead five times – three times in the last five laps. By the time Bell and Pittman began battling for the lead, lapped traffic came into play. The slower cars worked in Pittman’s favor Friday night, as leader Shane Stewart got hung up behind one, allowing Pittman to shoot by. They weren’t an issue for Bell, maneuvering around them like an obstacle course he designed. If Pittman wanted the win, he had to outpower Bell without help. Pittman was able to make the bottom of the track work for him early, clearing Bell on lap 19. But Bell fought back, reclaiming the lead just a lap later. Pittman was forced to regroup and try another method of catching Bell and getting back by him. It took six laps to do so, using the high side and middle of the track as his path back to Bell’s bumper. Pittman was able to again clear him for the lead, but Bell was resilient, throwing his car to the bottom of turn one and again reclaiming the lead. After trading slide jobs in the last five laps of the race, by lap 28 the No. 83 Roth Motorsports car finally found enough grip on the high side of turns one and two to clear Bell and pull away. However, he didn’t know he created gap between himself and Bell. “As a driver I felt like once I got the lead that should have been the end of it, because I felt like my car was better, so once I gave it back, I thought I might be in trouble,” Pittman said. “Honestly I thought he passed me back on the last lap. I thought I gave the race away because I completely missed the bottom on the white flag lap, and I guess it was a lapped car.” While Bell is happy with the speed he’s shown this week, finishing third in Friday’s Feature and winning Saturday night’s DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, he’s left wondering what he could have done better. “Most of the time, I feel like in winged cars, especially on half miles, you get beat in lapped traffic,” Bell said. “In this scenario, I didn’t really get beat in lap traffic. He (Pittman) was obviously better than me, somehow, some way, so just go back and watch what he was doing to make up time on me. It sucks because most of the time you don’t get beat in an open track like that.” Pittman credits some of the early success his team has shown to the ideas his Crew Chief Brent Ventura has provided, and that he has more say with adjustments than he did with the No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing car. While he is coming off two wins in a row, Pittman is not taking his latest wins for granted. “Every win is special,” Pittman said. “Eighty-two is great. Eighty-three is awesome. You never know when your last one is going to be. We’ll enjoy this one, and hopefully we have a lot more left in us.” If he wins the Series’ finale to the DIRTcar Nationals Sunday, not only will he claim his third DIRTcar Nationals championship, he’ll tie his childhood hero, Stevie Smith. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will wrap up its DIRTcar Nationals championship tomorrow at Volusia Speedway Park. As always, you can catch all the action from the DIRTcar Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com. NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$10,000]; 2. 39-Christopher Bell [1][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [2][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [15][$2,300]; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [19][$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$2,050]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$2,000]; 11. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [10][$1,500]; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer [13][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$1,100]; 14. 26-Cory Eliason [14][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,000]; 16. 71-Parker Price-Miller [5][$900]; 17. 13-Paul McMahan [17][$800]; 18. 70X-Spencer Bayston [11][$800]; 19. 5-Shane Stewart [21][$800]; 20. 9-Kasey Kahne [20][$800]; 21. 7K-Cale Conley [16][$800]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [25][$]; 23. 70-Brock Zearfoss [24][$800]; 24. 17W-Shane Golobic [23][$800]; 25. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$] Lap Leaders: Christopher Bell 1-18, 20-25, 27; Daryn Pittman 19, 26, 28-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+11] Qualifying: 1. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 12.849; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.011; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 13.013; 4. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.015; 5. 39-Christopher Bell, 13.065; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.073; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.126; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.147; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.151; 10. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.151; 11. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 13.162; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.173; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.176; 14. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.217; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.222; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.24; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.248; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.249; 19. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.266; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.292; 21. 41-David Gravel, 13.319; 22. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.329; 23. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.347; 24. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.389; 25. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.426; 26. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.532; 27. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.6; 28. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.641; 29. 47-Brant O'Banion, 13.817; 30. 19-Brent Marks, NT; 31. 84-Tom Harris, NT
  18. Night One of Winter Freeze IX Goes Wire-to-Wire for Overton SYLVANIA, GA – Feb. 8, 2019 – The debut of the Morton Buildings brand across the face of the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the new man in charge of its direction, Casey Shuman, left everyone wondering only one thing – how would the action on the track be at the drop of the green flag? If you weren’t in the seats of Screven Motor Speedway or watching live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene, you missed quite a show. Never before has the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series been set to broadcast live video from each of its scheduled shows in any prior season, and the first of 51 race nights was full of hammer-down racing, from start to finish. “Big Sexy” Brandon Overton definitely had the hammer down in the inaugural Morton Buildings Feature event, leading all 50 laps to claim his fourth career Series victory and his first with the Outlaws since his big $30,000 payday at the Firecracker 100 back in June of 2017. Simply put, Overton excelled in all areas of competition on Friday night. Qualifying sixth fastest out of 39 cars in the pit area, Overton sat on the pole of Heat 2 and led all 10 laps. He redrew the outside pole, took the lead on lap one over polesitter Chase Junghans and never looked back, going flag-to-flag for Rum Runner Racing’s best finish with Overton behind the wheel of the Schaeffer’s Racing Oil No. 2. The big win to open the 2019 World of Outlaws season comes just two-and-a-half months after Overton and Rum Runner Racing went public with their plans to team up this year. Former pilot Joey Coulter stepped down from his driving duties at the end of 2018 to make room for the 2015 Rookie of the Year, and the decision seems to have paid off well against the Outlaws. But Overton said it didn’t start out that way in his ventures racing elsewhere earlier this week. After two average finishes of 12th and 14th at Golden Isles Speedway and a dismal 23rd earlier this week at East Bay Raceway Park, Overton found his mojo on Wednesday and Thursday with a fourth and an eighth to give him a boost of confidence heading into Screven. Overton said with a big smile that it was about time things started looking up. “I just rolled off on the outside of that front row,” Overton said. “Hell, if I’d have lost tonight, I’d have been pretty upset, myself. I just got the job done, I guess. Everything fell our way and it had been going pretty [bad], so, it’s time for a change.” Believably, Overton’s previous three finishes at Screven in non-Outlaw competition were all wins aboard three different Rocket Chassis. He said there’s just something about them that makes him more comfortable in them. That, and the fact that he’s had years of experience racing on the grounds, admitting he used to race go-karts on the dirt track behind the 3/8-mile oval. He also makes his home in the town of Evans, Georgia, just 90 minutes North of Screven. Looks like the home-state/field advantage actually does pay off, literally. $10,000 on the big check is quite a solid cut to start the season. “I’m comfortable, I don’t have a bunch of pressure as far as going out there and cutting a lap, I’m pretty good at that,” Overton said. “I don’t know, it just… feels like home again.” But his journey to Victory Lane on Friday night was anything but comfortable, and full of pressure from runner-up Chris Madden and third-place finisher Brian Shirley. Madden started directly behind Overton but had a costly miscue on the opening lap, jumping the cushion in turn three and lightly scrubbing the wall, throwing him all the way back to 9th before the first caution came out. Several yellows and even a red flag for Scott James and Boom Briggs, who managed to stack their cars on top of each other after a jingle in turn 1, gave Overton headaches all race long with constant restarts. This, much to their liking, gave Madden several opportunities to make up the lost ground and aided in Shirley’s efforts to keep up with Overton through lapped traffic. Madden got his new Skyline Motorsports Capital Chassis No. 44 straightened out rather quickly, getting back to fourth by lap 10. He finally broke into the top three with 15 laps to go, getting around Darrell Lanigan after chasing him for half of the race. Then came the pass for second, when Shirley, who drove runner-up for nearly 80 percent of the race, slipped up in turn three with 11-to-go, opening the door for Madden’s slidejob out of turn four. “We finally got some green flag laps in and got to rolling pretty good,” Madden said about his efforts after a large group of cautions. “I was able to rebound from something that could have been real tragic, but we turned it around into a real positive night. To come back and run second here is pretty impressive for our new team.” After starting fifth, Shirley knew his mistake was costly, but said that he had a great night overall and will be ready to come back on Saturday. “I was trying to keep pace with Brandon and I just went into [turn three] and didn’t get turned and it pushed,” Shirley said. “Chris must have been right there on me so he just got to slide by in the rubber better than me. Thankfully, we were able to get back in there and run third. It’s just one of those things where you make a mistake sometimes and it costs you.” Rookie Highlights Ricky Weiss – The Scott Bloomquist protégé, Canadian sensation and now-five-time WISSOTA Late Models champion had a great night at Screven, qualifying fifth in Group A, finishing third in Heat 1 and capping off the night with a solid eighth-place finish. The highest-finishing rookie started ninth and jumped up to fourth on the first lap, showing his tenacity behind the wheel. Look for him to get even more involved with the top five in Feature racing on Saturday, as those wins at the Wild West Shootout back in early January certainly gave him a boost of confidence. Kyle Hardy – The 2018 Ultimate Late Model Series runner-up gave it all he had in the Viper Motorsports No. 36V, winning his Last Chance Qualifier, starting 18th and crossing the line 11th. His previous experience at the track will propel him even farther forward on Saturday. Cade Dillard – The former Modified star had an up-and-down night, to say the least, after qualifying fifth in Group B but finishing eighth in his heat race. Things didn’t get much better in LCS No. 2, as a seventh-place effort forced him to use his one and only emergency provisional for the year. But he did get things figured out in the Feature, as he climbed from his 26th starting spot to 14th, earning him hard-charger honors. Up Next… Night number two of Winter Freeze IX gets underway on Saturday, Feb. 9, with hot laps scheduled for approximately 6 p.m. Watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision with your Late Model Fast Pass!
  19. Pittman Powers to Opening Night Victory at Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 8, 2019 – Daryn Pittman is no stranger to winning at Volusia Speedway Park. However, when he pulled his Sprint Car into Victory Lane during the opening night of the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series at the DIRTcar Nationals it was like a first win. NOS Energy Drink dawned Victory Lane for the first time as the new title sponsor of the Series, but the biggest change for Pittman was the car he drove to the win – the legendary Roth Motorsports No. 83. “There is nothing better than starting the year off with a win,” said Pittman, who won for the 82nd time in his World of Outlaws career. “It’s hard to do. Everyone of these wins is hard to come by. But to start the season off like this, I don’t think we could have scripted it any better.” For the past six years, Pittman drove the No. 9 for Kasey Kahne Racing – winning his only Series championship in 2013, his first year with the team. He lost that ride at the end of 2018, as car owner Kasey Kahne planned to run more Sprint Car races this year. Losing that ride didn’t put any more pressure on him to perform, though. The pressure is always there. “I put enough pressure on myself every day, no matter who I’m driving for or what I’m racing,” Pittman said. “At my age (40), I’m not young anymore. The truth is, you have too many bad seasons and you get to my age, people start wondering ‘Man has he lost it or not?’. I just have pressure on myself to get out there and perform.” Pittman added his goal with Roth Motorsports is to build a long-lasting, competitive program. He showed speed all day, qualifying second, finishing second in his Heat Race and finishing third in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – behind fellow Oklahoma-natives Shane Stewart in the CJB Motorsports No. 5 car and Christopher Bell in the Swindell SpeedLab No. 39 car, who he battled for the win during the 30-lap caution free Feature. Stewart, who is also in a new ride this year with the CJB Motorsports team, shot to the lead on the opening lap of the Feature. He utilized the top side of the track to his advantage most of the night, holding off attacks by Bell and Pittman for the lead. He switched to the bottom of the track for a few laps, allowing Bell, on the high side, to make his best attempt to steal the lead. Bell was able to pull side-by-side with Stewart, but never able to clear him. Bell and Pittman traded second-place a few times throughout the race. By lap 15, Pittman was able to clear Bell for second, utilizing the traction at the bottom of the track. Sticking to the bottom, Pittman began to reel in Stewart, who had entered lap traffic. With 10 laps to go, Stewart looked to have the race under control, keeping a healthy distance between he and Pittman while maneuvering through lap cars. Until five laps later. Coming off turn four on the high side, Stewart’s run was disrupted by a slower lap car, allowing Pittman to get underneath him in turn one, then clearing him on the backstretch. Once Pittman stole the lead, Stewart was unable to challenge for it back and had to settle for second. “I wish I had a couple of them laps back,” Stewart said. “I got caught behind (Jason) Sides, and I wasn’t really sure what to do. And to win these races you can’t make little mistakes like that. We had a solid night. This car has been fast since I’ve set foot in it and I’m really excited about this year.” Bell finished third, ahead of Brad Sweet in fourth and Donny Schatz in fifth. However, Schatz and David Gravel – also in a new ride this year – tied coming to the line for fifth. Schatz was awarded fifth, because per Series rules, going back to the previous lap Schatz was ahead of Gravel. Gravel did earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger honor, coming from 17th to sixth. For Pittman, while he is dealing with a lot of new, Friday night’s win is the start to showing people he will be a threat to win every night, he said. World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action at the DIRTcar Nationals resumes tomorrow at Volusia Speedway Park. As always, you can catch all the action from the Nationals and the World of Outlaws on DIRTVision.com. Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$10,000]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [1][$5,500]; 3. 39-Christopher Bell [2][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [17][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [4][$2,200]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6][$2,100]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [8][$2,050]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [11][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12][$1,500]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$1,200]; 13. 71-Parker Price-Miller [16][$1,100]; 14. 13-Paul McMahan [13][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,000]; 16. 70X-Spencer Bayston [7][$900]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$800]; 18. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$]; 19. 17W-Shane Golobic [19][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$800]; 21. 7K-Cale Conley [21][$800]; 22. 19-Brent Marks [26][$]; 23. 70-Brock Zearfoss [15][$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$800]; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$800]; 26. 49X-Tim Shaffer [18][$800] Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-15, Daryn Pittman 16-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-David Gravel [+12] Qualifying: 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.024; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.097; 3. 70X-Spencer Bayston, 13.11; 4. 39-Christopher Bell, 13.121; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.133; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.188; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.225; 8. 1K-Kyle Larson, 13.238; 9. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.302; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.309; 11. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.341; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.405; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.433; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.439; 15. 7K-Cale Conley, 13.441; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.52; 17. 41-David Gravel, 13.501; 18. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.535; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.552; 20. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.598; 21. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.601; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.634; 23. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.706; 24. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 13.752; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.77; 26. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.771; 27. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.786; 28. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.859; 29. J4-John Garvin, 13.875; 30. 84-Tom Harris, 13.898; 31. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 14.055; 32. K4-Chad Kemenah, 14.079; 33. 47-Brant O'Banion, 14.259.
  20. Three-time WoO LM champ Darell Lanigan is back CONCORD, NC — Jan. 25, 2019 — Darrell Lanigan is back. He’s a three-time World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series champion with 72 career Series victories, and in 2019, he’s aiming to make more history on the tour, full-time, starting Feb. 8-9 at Screven Motor Speedway. Lanigan sits only four wins and one championship away from tying Josh Richards for the all-time Series lead in both categories. After racing throughout the country for the past three years with Clint Bowyer’s team, Lanigan will once again be back behind the wheel of his iconic black Club 29 machine for a run at a fourth World of Outlaws crown. Backed by Gotta Race, Cornett Racing Engines, Mobil 1 and Integra Racing Shocks, Lanigan plans to race all 47 events on the 2019 tour schedule. Lanigan’s impact on dirt Late Model racing and accomplishments behind the wheel are well known: 2003 Dirt Late Model Dream winner, 2012 USA Nationals winner, 2014 Firecracker 100 winner, second on the all-time Series win list, and a fanbase that will surely be happy to see him back competing full-time with the Outlaws. “Hopefully, when we get back, we can have some more success and win some races,” Lanigan said. “And, hopefully capitalize on the win total and try and get back up on top. I honestly enjoy running with the World of Outlaws, enjoy the people there, just glad to be back.” Lanigan gained plenty of knowledge while driving for Bowyer, but he’s excited to be back working with his own equipment. “They definitely have a nice place, it’s definitely professionally run,” Lanigan said. “We had a little bit of success, but nothing like I was used to in my own equipment. I’m just glad to get my hands back on my own stuff. Just put my head down, work at it and see what we can come up with.” Since Lanigan was last with the Outlaws, many new Series regulars have come and gone. The meteoric rise of Rocket Chassis house car pilot Brandon Sheppard came in the 2017 season, when Sheppard dominated and surpassed Lanigan’s second-highest single-season wins record in his first full-time year on the tour. 2019 will see the likes of five-time WISSOTA Late Models Champion Ricky Weiss and recent Wild West Shootout winner Cade Dillard competing for the Rookie of the Year title. Lanigan agreed they all might make things a little tougher, but he’s always up to the challenge. “They’ve definitely got some new talent coming up and they’re definitely well-funded,” Lanigan said. “They’re going to make it a little harder, but we’re going to give them a run for their money.” As the roster rounds out, stay tuned to each of our social channels for all of the updates. The Winter Freeze IX at Screven Motor Speedway kicks off the season on Feb. 8-9 in Sylvania, GA. The Series then heads to the 48th annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL, for a four-race stretch, Feb. 13-16. Get your tickets by clicking here.
  21. World of Outlaws Return to Texas with Early Season Stops at Cotton Bowl and LoneStar CONCORD, NC – January 24, 2019 – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will return to Texas for a pair of crucial early season races at Cotton Bowl Speedway Friday, February 22nd and LoneStar Speedway on Saturday, February 23rd. With the addition of a new title sponsor and new driver and team combinations, The Greatest Show on Dirt will have a new look in 2019, both on and off track, making the February races that much more important as teams attempt to establish momentum for the 2019 season. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its third visit in its 41-year history to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX with Brad Sweet scoring the inaugural win at the semi-banked 3/8th oval in 2016 and David Gravel sweeping the program, including setting a new track record, a year ago. While Sweet will return in 2019 to his Kasey Kahne Racing No.49, Gravel begins a new adventure this season taking over the reins of the Jason Johnson Racing No.41. “We were really good at Cotton Bowl last year and hopefully that translates this time around. Everyone wants to get a good start to the season, especially this year. These early season races are where we establish momentum and I’m looking forward to what the JJR team can do right out of the gate,” Gravel said in anticipation of returning to Cotton Bowl. The following night the Series will trek to Kilgore, TX for its 13th appearance at LoneStar Speedway, dating back to 1984. 10-time Series Champion Donny Schatz is the most recent winner after last year’s event at the 1/3rd-mile high-banked oval was rained out. A strong car count is expected for both Texas races. In addition to the 13 full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series regulars, Kasey Kahne, Terry McCarl, Mason Daniel and a cast of others have both Cotton Bowl and LoneStar Speedway on their schedules. It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see Texas natives 2018 All-Star Champion Aaron Reutzel and 2018 ASCS Gulf South Champion Channin Tankersley make an appearance as well. The Greatest Show on Dirt will return to Texas for the final time in 2019 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX. Tickets for both Cotton Bowl Speedway and LoneStar Speedway are on sale now. If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com.
  22. It's time to do battle in The Sunshine State BARBERVILLE, FL - Jan. 23, 2019 - Lanigan. Bloomquist. Richards. Clanton. Moyer. These are just a few of the legendary names in dirt Late Model racing history who have made their mark on the famed Volusia Speedway Park. The warm Florida temperatures, the palm trees, the Big Gator trophies and the roar of thousands of people when the checkered flag falls after each of the 12-straight nights of racing is what keeps drivers and fans coming back for more every year. Forty-seven years of competition at “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” has spawned tons great racing under many catchy event monikers, seen many iconic trophy styles and privileged certain drivers with special bragging rights that never expire. A feature win at the DIRTcar Nationals is what each participating driver eyes at the beginning of every racing season. The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models have a special relationship with Volusia — it was the site of the very first race back after 13 years of dormancy. Steve Francis earned the victory that February night in 2004, opening the doors to a bright future of Outlaw stars making their mark on dirt Late Model racing history. Over the span of 40 completed Outlaw races at the track, 18 different drivers have tasted victory. This year, in the 48th running of this illustrious event, the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series will hit the track once again for four consecutive nights of racing, Feb. 13-16 – only the third time in Series history the schedule boasts four straight races at the facility. Come February, each of the full-time drivers on the Outlaw circuit will be aiming to start quick at the high-speed half-mile. Some have already gotten the jump on it with success two weeks ago in Arizona; namely 2019 Rookie of the Year contender Ricky Weiss, who picked up two victories at the Wild West Shootout. “[It was great] going out there and being able to be fast every night,” said Weiss, a native of Manitoba, Canada. “We had a few misfortunes early and the track was a little different, took a little bit to tweak it… But our momentum is definitely high and we’re looking forward to getting back in the seat.” Weiss, last year’s North-South 100 winner at Florence Speedway, turned a lot of heads and spoke volumes to his talent on big half-miles. Weiss also has one start at Volusia, in Scott Bloomquist’s ride, but the finish wasn’t the way he planned. This year, he hopes to retain the same success he earned at Florence and transmit that into his own efforts on the high-speed ovals. “We’ve been running more and more with Super Late Models, a little bit all over [the country] with the softer tires,” Weiss said. “We’ve got a pretty good baseline down now. We’ve been working a lot with Cody [Mallory] and Scott, and it really doesn’t matter where we go, we need to contend. We’re just hoping to bring them on and have a good Speedweeks and see if we can come away with a few top-fives and look good in the points.” If anyone else on the track knows anything about momentum, look no further than 2017 Series Champion Brandon Sheppard. Since taking over the driving duties of the Rocket Chassis house car at the beginning of 2017, “The Rocket Shepp” has compiled an impressive 31 wins in 85 starts. With just one win at Volusia, he was the last Outlaw driver to hoist a gator, and the only Outlaw to taste victory at the track during Series competition last year. After scoring the most victories on the tour last season for the second consecutive year, Sheppard ultimately came up just a bit short of winning the points championship for the second time, falling to Mike Marlar by just 28 points. This season, Marlar decided to scale back on his full-time competition schedule to make room for other ventures, ultimately turning the spotlight back on Sheppard and Series veterans Clanton and Chris Madden. In 2019, Sheppard will once again be back behind the wheel of the big-blue No. 1, backed by the craftsmanship and tutelage of car owner and chassis builder Mark Richards. “When I go run the Rocket house car, all I have to worry about is driving the car, worrying about the track and what I need to do in the seat,” Sheppard said. “Mark and the guys take care of everything else.” With all of the “silly season” switches and driver changes during the offseason, there’s lots of new competition to look out for and lots of storylines to be unpacked. For Sheppard and the rest of his team, it all looks the same to them. Their only goal, much like everyone else’s, is to park it in victory lane every night, no matter who’s in what car. “That’s the biggest thing this year going into the Outlaw tour,” said Sheppard, a third-generation racer from Illinois. “It’s just about staying consistent and finishing races and, obviously, winning races. That’s what our goal is, to win races… I know that Mark Richards Racing, Rocket Chassis house car is going to be on point right from the get-go.” Needless to say, both the rookies and veterans will be on their A-game in just a few weeks on Feb. 8-9 at Screven Motor Speedway and then at Volusia’s DIRTcar Nationals. Once all is said and done for Speedweeks, the Outlaws head to the mountains of Tennessee for two shows on March 8 and 9, before heading out to Farmer City for the Illini 100 in the first week of April. If you can’t make it to the track, log on to DIRTVision to start your Late Model Fast Pass subscription today and watch your favorite Outlaws live, all season long!
  23. World of Outlaws Form California Fire Relief Tour in March $1 of all tickets told will be donated to California Fire Foundation CONCORD, NC – December 18, 2018 – In an effort to assist the healing from the devasting California wildfires, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series and California race tracks have come together to form the Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour, where $1 of every ticket sold will be donated directly to the California Fire Foundation. Two separate November wildfires in both Northern and Southern California have left thousands reeling in despair in preparation for the Holiday Season. In Northern California, for more than a month, Silver Dollar Speedway was the home of the courageous firefighters combatting the country’s deadliest wildfire in a century. Simultaneously, a separate wildfire in Southern California distressed their community. In conjunction with the tracks, the World of Outlaws have formed the Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour that will officially start at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday, March 15 and end on Saturday, March 30 at Perris Auto Speedway. In addition to the money donated from the ticket sales, Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour shirts will be sold with $5 from each purchase also going to the California Fire Foundation. Also, a select number of tickets to each event will be donated to local firemen. “One of the most anticipated stretches of the season, especially for California fans, is the World of Outlaws month-long tour in March through the Golden State,” said World of Outlaws COO Tom Deery. “We wanted to do something to help those communities heal and we couldn’t be prouder to raise money for the California Fire Foundation and to be donating tickets to the firefighters, who have become heroes to many families.” “This is a catastrophe that the racing community has never seen, and it is pretty amazing to see the outpouring of support,” said Troy Henning, who has been the announcer at Silver Dollar Speedway for 20 years. “The idea of giving a dollar from every ticket sold is an incredible gesture from the World of Outlaws and our community is very appreciative.” Fans unable to attend the races in California that would like to participate will be able to purchase the Outlaws California Fire Relief Tour shirt online and will be able to purchase additional tickets to donate the local firemen at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. The much-anticipated 2019 World of Outlaws season gets underway in 49 days at Volusia Speedway Park near Daytona Beach, FL, with the running of the DIRTcar Nationals from February 5th through 16th.
  24. 2019 World of Outlaws Schedule: 92 Races in 25 States CONCORD, NC – December 4, 2019 – With great excitement, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series announces its 2019 schedule that will see The Greatest Show on Dirt invade 25 different states and compete 92 times at 53 different facilities throughout the season. The full 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule can be viewed here. “We are looking forward to another great season of World of Outlaws racing in 2019,” longtime Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “On the strength of our excellent relationships with tracks and promoters, we are eager to get the season started with our determined teams for our dedicated fans.” With driver and team changes taking the majority of the early off-season spotlight, the official announcement of the full schedule heightens the excitement for the 2019 season as the days wind down until the 48th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on February 5th-16th in Barberville, FL. Following Florida, the World of Outlaws will head west with stops in Texas and Las Vegas before spending the entire month of March in California, where the Series will stop at eight different facilities, including the return to Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford on Friday, March 29. An additional date in Arizona at USA Raceway in Tucson will open April before the Series heads east for the $20,000-to-win Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX on April 12-13. May remains consistent, with the Series’ first visit of the season to the East Coast with stops in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina. May crosses into June with the much-anticipated inaugural $25,000-to-win Music City Outlaw Nationals at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway that will take place Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 in the heart of Music City, TN. With the premier drivers comes premier events and as the summer begins to heat up, the World of Outlaws will take center stage at every marquee event, starting at the three-day, $41,000-to-win Jackson Nationals in Jackson, MN. Kings Royal weekend at the famous Eldora Speedway promises to be one to remember as a significant purse increase has been confirmed. Following Kings Royal, the Outlaws will take place in four straight events that pay at least $20,000-to-win at Lernerville Speedway (Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup), Williams Grove Speedway (Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals) and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Ironman 55) before ending the lucrative stretch at “The Granddaddy of Them All” the Knoxville Nationals. Following the Nationals, the Outlaws will head west once again with stops in the Dakotas and Montana before their annual stop in Washington and Oregon and fall swing through California. Added to the fall West Coast swing is the Series inaugural visit to Fernley 95A Speedway in Nevada on Sunday, September 15. A return of the two-day Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park and the final stops of the year at the popular Eldora and Lernerville Speedway’s lead the Outlaws to the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, which will pay $56,000-to-win. After a final cycle through the Midwest, the World of Outlaws will finish up on the East Coast at Port Royal Speedway before concluding the season alongside the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds at the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 7-9. With new faces, new partners and the same heart-pounding excitement of 800-plus horsepower Sprint Cars, the 2019 World of Outlaws season promises to be nothing short of spectacular. The full 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule can be viewed here. All 92 nights of Outlaw racing, including the Knoxville Nationals, will be available LIVE on DIRTVision.com! 2019 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series ScheduleFEBRUARY Fri. Feb. 8 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia Speedway Park Barberville, FL Buy Tickets Event Info Sat. Feb. 9 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia Speedway Park Barberville, FL Buy Tickets Event Info Sun. Feb. 10 DIRTcar Nationals Volusia Speedway Park Barberville, FL Buy Tickets Event Info Fri. Feb. 22 Cotton Bowl Speedway Paige, TX Sat. Feb. 23 East Texas LoneStar Shootout LoneStar Speedway Kilgore, TX Wed. Feb. 27 FVP Platinum Battery Outlaw Showdown presented by Star Nursery The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Buy Tickets Thurs. Feb. 28 FVP Platinum Battery Outlaw Showdown presented by Star Nursery The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV Buy Tickets MARCH Fri. March 8 Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA 559-688-0909 Sat. March 9 Thunderbowl Raceway Tulare, CA 559-688-0909 Fri. March 15 Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA Sat. March 16 FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout Stockton Dirt Track Stockton, CA Wed. March 20 49er Gold Rush Classic presented by Riebes NAPA Placerville Speedway Placerville, CA Fri. March 22 Ocean Outlaw Showdown Ocean Speedway Watsonville, CA Sat. March 23 Calistoga Speedway Calistoga, CA Fri. March 29 Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds Hanford, CA Sat. March 30 SoCal Showdown Perris Auto Speedway Perris, CA APRIL Fri. April 5 USA Raceway Tucson, AZ Sat. April 6 Arizona Desert Shootout Arizona Speedway Queen Creek, AZ Fri. April 12 Texas Outlaw Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway Mesquite, TX Sat. April 13 Texas Outlaw Nationals Devil's Bowl Speedway Mesquite, TX Fri. April 26 Lake Ozark Speedway Lake of the Ozarks, MO Sat. April 27 Spring Classic Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO Sun. April 28 Jacksonville Speedway Jacksonville, IL MAY Fri. May 3 Riverside International Speedway West Memphis, AR Sat. May 4 Tri-State Speedway Haubstadt, IN Get Info Fri. May 10 #LetsRaceTwo Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Sat. May 11 #LetsRaceTwo Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Wed. May 15 Gettysburg Clash Lincoln Speedway Abbottstown, PA Fri. May 17 Morgan Cup Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Sat. May 18 Morgan Cup Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Sun. May 19 Weedsport Speedway Weedsport, NY Tues. May 21 Design For Vision/Sunglass Central Speedway at Bridgeport Bridgeport, NJ Fri. May 24 Outlaw Showdown The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord, NC Mon. May 27 Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts Lawrenceburg Speedway Lawrenceburg, IN Fri. May 31 Music City Outlaw Nationals Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, TN Buy Tickets JUNE Sat. June 1 Music City Outlaw Nationals Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville, TN Buy Tickets Tues. June 4 Fairbury American Legion Speedway Fairbury, IL Fri. June 7 Northern Tour River Cities Speedway Grand Forks, ND Sat. June 8 Granite City Speedway Sauk Rapids, MN Fri. June 14 Brownells Big Guns Bash with the World of Outlaws Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Sat. June 15 Brownells Big Guns Bash with the World of Outlaws Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Fri. June 21 Farley Speedway Farley, IA Sat. June 22 Jim "JB" Boyd Memorial presented by Karavan Trailers Beaver Dam Raceway Beaver Dam, WI Thurs. June 27 41st Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals Jackson Motorplex Jackson, MN Fri. June 28 41st Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals Jackson Motorplex Jackson, MN Sat. June 29 41st Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals Jackson Motorplex Jackson, MN JULY Wed. July 3 Brown County Speedway Aberdeen, SD Fri. July 5 FVP Platinum Battery Showdown Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Sat. July 6 FVP Platinum Battery Showdown Cedar Lake Speedway New Richmond, WI Fri. July 12 Hartford Speedway Hartford, MI Sat. July 13 Badger 40 Wilmot Raceway Wilmot, WI Tues. July 16 Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Attica Raceway Park Attica, OH Thurs. July 18 Jokers Wild Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Fri. July 19 Knight Before the Kings Royal Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Sat. July 20 Kings Royal Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Tues. July 23 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Lernerville Speedway Sarver, PA Fri. July 26 Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Sat. July 27 Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 AUGUST Fri. Aug. 2 Night Before the Ironman Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO Sat. Aug. 3 Ironman 55 Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Pevely, MO Wed. Aug. 7 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Thurs. Aug. 8 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Fri. Aug. 9 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Sat. Aug. 10 Knoxville Nationals Knoxville Raceway Knoxville, IA Fri. Aug. 16 2nd Leg of the Northern Tour River Cities Speedway Grand Forks, ND Sat. Aug. 17 Duel in the Dakotas Red River Valley Speedway West Fargo, ND Fri. Aug. 23 Rushmore Outlaw Showdown Black Hills Speedway Rapid City, SD Sat. Aug. 24 The Brawl at Big Sky Speedway Big Sky Speedway Billings, MT Fri. Aug. 30 Outlaw Energy Showdown Skagit Speedway Alger, WA Sat. Aug. 31 Outlaw Energy Showdown Skagit Speedway Alger, WA SEPTEMBER Mon. Sept. 2 Grays Harbor Raceway Elma, WA Wed. Sept. 4 Willamette Speedway Lebanon, OR Fri. Sept. 6 Gold Cup Race of Champions Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA Sat. Sept. 7 Gold Cup Race of Champions Silver Dollar Speedway Chico, CA Fri. Sept. 13 Stockton Dirt Track Stockton, CA Sat. Sept. 14 Wine Country Outlaw Showdown Calistoga Speedway Calistoga, CA Sun. Sept. 15 Fernley 95A Speedway Fernley, NV Fri. Sept. 20 Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown Dodge City Raceway Park Dodge City, KS Sat. Sept. 21 Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown Dodge City Raceway Park Dodge City, KS Fri. Sept. 27 BeFour the Crowns Showdown Eldora Speedway Rossburg, OH Sat. Sept. 28 Commonwealth Clash Lernerville Speedway Sarver, PA OCTOBER Fri. Oct. 4 Champion Racing Oil National Open Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Sat. Oct. 5 Champion Racing Oil National Open Williams Grove Speedway Mechanicsburg, PA 717-697-5000 Fri. Oct. 11 TBA Sat. Oct. 12 Wabash Clash Terre Haute Action Track Terre Haute, IN Fri. Oct. 18 FVP Platinum Battery Shootout Lakeside Speedway Kansas City, KS Sat. Oct. 19 TBA Fri. Oct. 25 Nittany Showdown Port Royal Speedway Port Royal, PA Sat. Oct. 26 Nittany Showdown Port Royal Speedway Port Royal, PA NOVEMBER Thurs. Nov. 7 World of Outlaws World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord, NC Fri. Nov. 8 World of Outlaws World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord, NC Sat. Nov. 9 World of Outlaws World Finals The Dirt Track at Charlotte Concord, NC
  25. Schatz Wins Thriller From 10th in 2018 Season Finale at Charlotte CHARLOTTE, NC – November 3, 2018 – In fitting fashion, Donny Schatz came from 10th at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to win the final night of the World Finals presented by Can-Am. Schatz wrapped up his 10th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship on Thursday. Logan Schuchart, who exchanged slide jobs with Schatz coming to the White Flag, settled for second with ninth-starting Brad Sweet completing the podium. Spencer Bayston, in search of his first career World of Outlaws win, won the Sears Craftsman Dash, earning the pole for the 30-lap Feature alongside Carson Macedo, who won the second Dash. It was Macedo, who will join the Outlaws full-time with Kyle Larson Racing in 2019, getting the jump on the initial start to lead the opening circuit. Bayston remained in tow as fifth-starting Logan Schuchart darted to third on the second lap. Schuchart, who came from 20th to complete the podium Saturday afternoon, took second from Bayston on Lap 8 and set his eyes on Macedo. Schuchart went for the lead on Lap 9 with a big slide job in turn four, but Macedo powered around the Shark Racing No.1S. Schuchart took the lead on Lap 11 with a slide job in turn two but once again Macedo was ready with a slide job of his own out of turn four to lead the lap. Jason Sides brought out the first caution of the event on Lap 14. Schatz, who started 10th, went from sixth to fourth on the restart before Sheldon Haudenschild slowed on the following lap. On that restart Schatz maneuvered by Bayston and Schuchart for the runner-up position and began closing in on Macedo. Macedo set a strong pace and looked poised out front in his second night racing for KLR but it was not meant to be as a flat right rear tire sent the Lemoore, CA native into the wall with 23 laps complete. Schatz inherited the lead, but his job was far from done as a determined Schuchart stayed right with the Champion on the restart. As Schuchart closed in on Schatz, the sellout crowd roared in anticipation of an upset victory. With two laps remaining, Schuchart pulled the big slide job through turn one and two but Schatz returned the favor on the other end to remain in command coming to the White Flag. A last-ditch effort from Schuchart came up just short as Schatz went on to win his 22nd Feature of the season. When asked about the pace set by young guns Macedo and Schuchart, Schatz said, “The sport’s pretty damn bright. Even the old guys can still get it done.” “Hats off to my guys, they have worked their butts off all season. I’m the hardest guy in the pits to work for because if it’s not perfect, I’m not happy,” Schatz said with a smile next to his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No.15. “These guys do an excellent job night in and night out. I felt great on that restart with seven to go and I knew it would take someone with a lot of speed to stay with me and sure enough here comes the 1S.” Before celebrating his victory, Schatz showed true sportsmanship going over and congratulating Schuchart on a great, clean race. “I knew it was going to be tough to beat him. I had one shot and couldn’t make it stick but it is great to be able to have a good, clean race with the 10-time Champion,” Schuchart said. When asked about the progress of Shark Racing, who just secured Drydene Performance as a title sponsor, Schuchart couldn’t help but get emotional, “We have grown tremendously, and it all starts with [Bobby Allen]. I’m so proud to be his grandson,” Schuchart said to a huge ovation. Brad Sweet clawed his way forward from ninth to finish on the podium. “We’ve been in the hunt all year long. It was a great season and it was nice to end on the podium,” Sweet, who enjoyed a career-best season, said. Tim Shaffer finished fourth, his second top-five of the day, with 11th-starting Gio Scelzi completing the top-five.Kraig Kinser earned KSE Hard Charger honors, advancing 13 positions after taking a Provisional. The 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series 40th Anniversary officially comes to an end tomorrow evening with the Awards Banquet. DIRTVision.com will be live streaming both the Sprint Car and Late Model banquets for free. Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$12,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$3,200]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3][$2,800]; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [11][$2,500]; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston [1][$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel [6][$2,200]; 8. 5M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,100]; 9. 41-Joey Saldana [13][$2,050]; 10. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [7][$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [8][$1,500]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [19][$1,050]; 15. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$1,000]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [21][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [27][$]; 18. 71X-Dominic Scelzi [18][$1,000]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$1,000]; 20. 13-Paul McMahan [12][$1,000]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [17][$1,000]; 22. 83-Cory Eliason [22][$1,000]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson [28][$]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$]; 26. 17A-Austin McCarl [15][$1,000]; 27. 22-Carson Macedo [2][$1,000]; 28. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [23][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-23, Donny Schatz 24-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+12] Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.71; 2. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.772; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.775; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.783; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.798; 6. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.83; 7. 41-Joey Saldana, 12.83; 8. 83-Cory Eliason, 12.842; 9. 4-Kasey Kahne, 12.88; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.898; 11. 44-Trey Starks, 12.906; 12. 19-Brent Marks, 12.948; 13. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.967; 14. 17A-Austin McCarl, 13.002; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.004; 16. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.01; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.017; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.043; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.08; 20. 35-Justin Henderson, 13.136; 21. 11-Carl Bowser, 13.159; 22. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.268; 23. 97-Caleb Helms, 13.276; 24. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.369; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard, 13.586; 26. 14-Jeremy Hill, 14.571 Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.686; 2. 5M-Kerry Madsen, 12.73; 3. 22-Carson Macedo, 12.732; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.74; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.749; 6. 13-Paul McMahan, 12.775; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.811; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.836; 9. 71X-Dominic Scelzi, 12.849; 10. 21-Brian Brown, 12.871; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.876; 12. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.899; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.912; 14. 7-Lynton Jeffrey, 12.94; 15. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 12.96; 16. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.986; 17. 71H-Randy Hannagan, 13.09; 18. 1X-Scott Hunter, 13.108; 19. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.123; 20. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 13.173; 21. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.266; 22. 5A-Justin Barger, 13.289; 23. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.303; 24. 84-Tom Harris, 13.55; 25. 5B-Dale Blaney, NT; 26. 49D-Shawn Dancer, NT
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