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  1. James McFadden leads triumphant night for Kasey Kahne Racing at Lake Ozark - Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing make significant gains in the championship points battle ELDON, MO — Oct. 17, 2020 — Water glazed James McFadden’s eyes. His lips quivered with every word. The emotions of winning the Jason Johnson Classic Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series started to get to him. “Jason (Johnson) was a close friend to our family and we spent a lot of time in Australia together,” McFadden said. “To get this is huge. It’s a privilege to be here and unreal to get the win.” McFadden, of Warrnambool, VIC, Australia, had been through a crazy year already. He ran the DIRTcar Nationals in February and then was unable to returned to the United States from Australia for five months to continue running the Karavan Trailers #9 car for Kasey Kahne Racing due to COVID-19 restrictions. Once he was able to make the leap back over, he and the team toyed with a victory on multiple occasions. The Aussie and KKR had done the same last year, picking up three runner-up finishes with the Series. They’d found success at other levels, winning the 360 Knoxville Nationals in 2019, but never scored a World of Outlaws victory together. Entering the night at Lake Ozark, they had no clear data to tell them a win would be guaranteed as it was McFadden’s first ever start at the 1/3-mile speedway. But numbers on a paper – or lack thereof – meant nothing to the driver that cut his teeth on bullring tracks in Australia and to KKR, which scored a win at the track last year. McFadden led from green to checkers in the 41-lap Feature, holding off multiple slid job attempts from Sweet, to claim his second career Series win and the $15,000 top prize. “It’s so good,” McFadden said about finally getting a Series win with KKR. “We’ve been so close. “I’ve got to thank my Karavan guys; KKR; Curb Records; Team ASE. I’m pretty pumped. This is my [most special] win. To do it is unreal.” KKR dominated the night with Sweet first setting Quick Time in Qualifying. Sweet and McFadden both went on to win their Drydene Heat Race and McFadden won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, holding off Sweet for the win. The teammates held the top two spots for the entire Feature. Sweet closed on McFadden at various points throughout the race and tried to throw a slider on him in Turns 3 and 4 twice. Both attempts failed as Sweet had to bail on his attempt or risk plowing into the side of McFadden. Each time Sweet bailed on his slider he lost three car lengths to McFadden and allowed third-place Donny Schatz to close on him. On a restart with 13 laps to go, McFadden, Sweet and Schatz went three-wide for the lead, but their epic battle ended with another caution before the lap was completed. The Feature saw six cautions throughout the 41 laps and McFadden had every restart mastered. Sweet would dive into Turn 1 to show his nose to McFadden in the corner, but the orange #9 car out powered Sweet’s NAPA Auto Parts #49 off Turn 2 each time. With a handle on the high groove in the closing laps, McFadden beat Sweet to the finish line by nearly two seconds. “I nearly gave it away with three to go,” McFadden said. “When you’ve got Donny (Schatz) and Brad (Sweet) behind you, you’ve got to give it 100 percent. It’s tough. Those guys are racing for points. You don’t want to make a mistake and get in their way. Just super pumped to get the win.” While Sweet had to settle for his second runner-up finish in a row, and his 10th second-place finish with the Series this year, he and KKR made significant gains in the driver and team championship points. With Logan Schuchart, who is currently second in points, finishing 16th, Sweet is now 62 points ahead of him. And with Shane Stewart – driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41 – finishing 15th, KKR is now 34 points ahead of JJR for the team title hunt. “I kind of got a little conservative thinking about the points, which sucks, you shouldn’t do that,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “He (McFadden) was fast and drove a great race. Just happy to bring the NAPA Auto Parts car home in second tonight.” Schatz rounded out the podium and made his own gain on Schuchart in the points chase. He currently sits third, 20 points behind Schuchart and 82 points behind Sweet. “It was a guessing game of what was going to happen when they redid the track there for the Feature,” said Schatz, of Fargo, ND. “It got really fast on the top and kind of took everything away from the bottom. Kind of thought that’s where it was going to go, so that’s the direction we went. We tightened the car up and got laid over a little too much.” Their championship battle is now down to three races to go. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 24, returns to Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN. Click here for tickets. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (41 Laps) – 1. 9-James McFadden [1][$15,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$5,725]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,425]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [22][$3,025]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,725]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,525]; 7. 14-Tim Kaeding [11][$2,425]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [5][$2,325]; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller [13][$2,275]; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [17][$2,225]; 11. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [18][$1,725]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$1,425]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,325]; 14. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [10][$1,275]; 15. 41-Shane Stewart [12][$1,225]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$1,125]; 17. 2-Carson Macedo [21][$1,025]; 18. 83-Dominic Scelzi [23][$1,000]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 20. 18-Gio Scelzi [3][$1,000]; 21. 72-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,000]; 22. 11-Ian Madsen [16][$1,000]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$1,000]; 24. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,000]; 25. 6-Bill Rose [25][$]; Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-41; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2M-Kerry Madsen[+18] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.402; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.464; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.496; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi, 11.512; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.519; 6. 9-James McFadden, 11.575; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.587; 8. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.599; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 11.636; 10. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 11.648; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 11.656; 12. 41-Shane Stewart, 11.669; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.716; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.727; 15. 14-Tim Kaeding, 11.742; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.745; 17. 72-Daryn Pittman, 11.754; 18. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 11.808; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.844; 20. 11-Ian Madsen, 11.858; 21. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.86; 22. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.883; 23. 99-Skylar Gee, 11.954; 24. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.001; 25. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 12.006; 26. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 12.14; 27. 14E-Kyle Bellm, 12.205; 28. 6-Bill Rose, 12.226; 29. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 12.253; 30. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.258; 31. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.319; 32. 75-Tyler Blank, 12.45; 33. 5-Kory Bales, 12.7; 34. 21B-Adam Parmeley, NT; 35. 6X-Frank Rodgers, NT
  2. Shane Stewart Wins In Debut With Jason Johnson Racing At Lakeside - Jason Johnson Racing closes championship points gap and Brad Sweet extends his lead KANSAS CITY, KS — Oct. 16, 2020 — Shane Stewart showed the emotion of a first time winner Friday night at Lakeside Speedway. He bathed in confetti, waved the checkered flag with glee and smiled with pride for every photograph. Trent Gower photo However, it was his 36th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory and his second of the 2020 season. What made it one of his most prized victories is he won driving for his late friend Jason Johnson’s team. Stewart made his debut in the Jason Johnson Racing #41 car at Lakeside, sporting a red throwback scheme that resembled Johnson’s Knoxville Nationals winning car and kept it up front all night, leading every lap in the Feature. “What’re the odds of just throwing a guy in car with a team he hasn’t worked with ever and go out and win an Outlaw race,” said Stewart, of Bixby, OK. “It just shows how well prepared this (JJR) race team is. It hasn’t sunk in yet. It probably won’t for a couple of days.” Stewart and the team spent the early half of Friday getting his seat and seat belts fitted in the car, but Stewart felt at home the second he fired up the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41. They unloaded with speed, qualifying seventh to start the night. Stewart then finished second in his Drydene Heat Race, placing him in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. With the luck of drawing the Dash pole, he went on to win the 6-lap race and claim the pole for the 30-lap Feature. “Man, I’ve been in so many different cars now,” said Stewart, who has driven for five different teams in 2020. “I know measurements and where my seat needs to be to be comfortable. And it was close. You put your seat in and you change your belts, you really don’t know where you’re going to be until you start it. Once I started it, I knew I was going to be OK.” When the Feature commenced, Stewart drag raced second-place Daryn Pittman to Turn 1. On entrance, Pittman went high while Stewart hammered his car down into the corner and slid up in front of Pittman by the exit of Turn 2. From then on, Stewart left everyone else to fight for second as he pulled away. Sheldon Haudenschild made an early run at Pittman for the runner-up spot before fading late in the race. The hunter among the prey for the majority of the race was “The Big Cat” Brad Sweet. The reigning champion and current points leader wasted little time navigating through the field of cars in front of him. He was in the top-10 by Lap 2. He found the top-five by Lap 12. And then made his way to the podium by Lap 14. Two cautions in that time frame helped Sweet make quick work on his charge forward. They also highlighted the strength of Stewart’s car, which lit a fuse and rocketed ahead of the field each restart. With three laps to go, Sweet found another gear. He passed Pittman for second and closed to within a car length of Stewart on the final lap. However, with his emotions in check, Stewart hit his marks and held off Sweet to claim the big win. “I knew if someone was going to beat me tonight that they would have to have an exceptionally good car,” Stewart said. You just don’t get cars like that very often. I know why this team is fast. I’ve chased this (#41 car) a lot. In many different cars I’ve chased this car. Hats off to this (JJR) group. You can see they work together so well… Man what an honor to win for Jason and Bobbi (Johnson) and (crew chief) Philip (Dietz).” With a runner-up finish, Sweet earned his first podium finish in five races. “I didn’t quite do a good enough job,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “We’ve got to do a little bit better to get this NAPA Auto Parts car back in Victory Lane. My guys gave me a great race car for the [Feature]. We just need to get a little better track position and I think we would’ve had a car to win tonight.” He gained two points on his closest championship contender Logan Schuchart, who finished third after Pittman had a rear end issue on the final lap and fell to 16th. For the Shark Racing driver, it’s his second top-five finish in a row, but he’s again left wondering if it could’ve been better with a higher starting position. “Just need to start up front,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We’ve been so fast but coming from the back a lot. That 49 car is hard to beat. Just need to start up front. Great run. Nice to be on the podium.” Stewart helped closed the points gap in the team championship with his win – JJR’s seventh win of 2020 – putting the team only eight points behind leader Kasey Kahne Racing. He’ll look to do so again on Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway for the $15,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic and win another race in Johnson’s honor. “Our goal is to try and win that race tomorrow on behalf of Jason and it would be really special to sweep the weekend, but that’s hard to do,” Stewart said. “But what a win. What a win for me. It means a lot.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 16, returns to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO for the $15,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic. Click herea for tickets. If you can’t make it to track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-Shane Stewart [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [13][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$3,200]; 4. 14S-Tim Kaeding [3][$2,800]; 5. 9-James McFadden [10][$2,500]; 6. 14-David Gravel [17][$2,300]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [14][$2,100]; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller [15][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,000]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,500]; 12. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,200]; 13. 21X-Christopher Bell [8][$1,100]; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [11][$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,000]; 16. 72-Daryn Pittman [2][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$800]; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [23][$800]; 19. 83-Dominic Scelzi [24][$800]; 20. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [16][$800]; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel [20][$800]; 22. 18-Gio Scelzi [18][$800]; 23. 11-Ian Madsen [12][$800]; 24. 26-Cory Eliason [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+11] Qualifying – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.613; 2. 14S-Tim Kaeding, 13.638; 3. 72-Daryn Pittman, 13.641; 4. 21X-Christopher Bell, 13.647; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.717; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.719; 7. 41-Shane Stewart, 13.727; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.729; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.731; 10. 18-Gio Scelzi, 13.734; 11. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 13.751; 12. 11-Ian Madsen, 13.763; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.768; 14. 9-James McFadden, 13.773; 15. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.774; 16. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 13.859; 17. 14-David Gravel, 13.866; 18. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.885; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.893; 20. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.909; 21. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.92; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.921; 23. 21-Brian Brown, 13.965; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.007; 25. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 14.05; 26. 99-Skylar Gee, 14.135; 27. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.167; 28. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 14.171; 29. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.184; 30. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 14.228; 31. 6-Bill Rose, 14.262; 32. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.548; 33. 9W-Chris Morgan, 14.82; 34. O5-Colin Smith, 15.068; 35. 101-Wyatt Burks, 15.171; 36. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.559
  3. Kyle Larson Claims Back To Back Victories At Port Royal - Kasey Kahne Racing reclaims the team championship points lead from Jason Johnson Racing PORT ROYAL, PA — Oct. 10, 2020 — The ink hadn’t even dried on the page before Kyle Larson had another accomplishment to be written in his 2020 book of dirt racing records. Less than 24 hours after winning the opening night of the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway on Friday, Larson, of Elk Grove, CA, swept the weekend by winning Saturday night's $15,000-to-win finale, earning his 20th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory – tying him with Greg Hodnett for 27th on the Series all-time wins list. It was also the third time he’s swept a doubleheader weekend with the Series in 2020. “Another awesome race car,” Larson said. “Can’t thank everybody enough. There’s a lot of people that help (owner and crew chief) Paul’s (Silva) team do what we do, and we can’t do it without them.” His victory didn’t come without a pinch of luck, though. While Larson had the dominate car Friday night, Brent Marks, of Myerstown, PA, did what few have been able to do all year during Saturday night’s race; he passed Larson for the lead. It first took 27 laps of eye widening racing to get to the point. PA Posse members Lance Dewease, of Fayetteville, PA, and Anthony Macri, of Dillsburg, PA, lined up on the front row, poised to end the Posse’s losing streak against the Outlaws this year and not be shutout of a win for the first time since 2008. When the 30-lap Feature commenced, Dewease pulled ahead with the lead and Larson wasted little time to catapult himself from fourth to second on the opening lap. Dewease used the clean air to his advantage and gapped Larson by about a second in the opening laps. However, he almost lost everything when he hit the wall in Turn 2. Keeping his throttle control and steering in line, Dewease was able to recover from his mistake and continue with no issues. The only problem it presented for him was it allowed Larson to close in. And once Larson had Dewease within reach, his charge was imminent. Larson and Dewease waged a two-lap war for the lead on Laps 9 and 10 before the Finley Farms #57 prevailed as the victor. The race was now Larson’s to lose. On a restart with 14 laps to go, Marks was poised to be the one to make Larson lose it. He powered around the outside of Sheldon Haudenschild to take third and then made quick work of Dewease to steal second. Larson pulled away to about a second lead, but Marks had the high side mastered and cut a tenth of a second off Larson’s lead each lap. And once lap traffic came into play, Larson’s reign at the front started crumpling. Marks, a Posse member that used to be a full-time Outlaw, was on the hunt for his first Series win in 2020 and to end that Posse losing streak. With three laps to go, he held the key to accomplish both feats. But before he could get a grip on it, a caution took it away. Larson got held up by the lap car of Spencer Bayston while trying to pass him around the bottom, giving Marks a surprising run around the top to power around Larson for the lead down the backstretch. Seconds later, yellow lights flashed around the track for Kerry Madsen, who stopped on the track with a right front issue. With the lap no completed, Larson was able to keep the lead for the restart. “I’m a little disappointed but it’s hard to be disappointed with second with the World of Outlaws, especially against Kyle,” Marks said. “For once we had a better car than he did. It just didn’t work out. It’s all good. I’m really proud of our team.” When the green flag waved for the final time Saturday night, Larson launched ahead of Marks on the start and pulled away to his 12th Series victory of the season in 24 starts and 41st dirt racing victory in 81 starts this year. “I definitely got really lucky there,” Larson said. “Marks surprised me when he ripped around me. Honestly, I thought Lance (Dewease) would be the guy coming. I peeked back and I could see someone was running the middle and I thought it was Lance. I should’ve peeked at the board I guess and seen the 5 (car of Marks) was coming and I would’ve known where he was running. I would’ve been more aggressive when I got to traffic. I got lucky and I’ll take it.” Dewease rounded out the podium and championship contender Logan Schuchart finished fourth – earning the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award with his run from 12th to fourth. Schuchart’s finish also helped him chip away at reigning champion Brad Sweet’s points lead. He’s now 32 points behind Sweet – who finished eighth. “It’s nice just to go forward,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We’ve been so consistent for so long. And to be at the front of the points, you have to be consistent to be up there. Just says how are team is running. For the last few weeks, for whatever reason, we’ve been struggling a little bit. But these Drydene guys they keep working hard and we just keeping working at it. You’re going to have good nights and bad nights. Hopefully more good than bad.” Sweet’s eighth-place finish was good enough to help his Kasey Kahne Racing team reclaim the points lead for the team championship from Jason Johnson Racing. David Gravel, driving the JJR #41, finished 21st, allowing KKR to move to a 12-point lead ahead of JJR. With five races remaining this season, there’s five more chances for Larson to add a new World of Outlaws record to his book and five more important events to determine the 2020 champion. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Fri., Oct. 16, returns to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS. Click here to get tickets. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$15,000]; 2. 5-Brent Marks [8][$5,700]; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease [1][$3,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$3,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,600]; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi [3][$2,400]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,300]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,200]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$2,150]; 10. 1-Logan Wagner [13][$2,100]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [16][$1,600]; 12. 72-Daryn Pittman [20][$1,350]; 13. 48-Danny Dietrich [21][$1,300]; 14. 2X-Dylan Cisney [11][$1,200]; 15. 9-James McFadden [22][$1,100]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [24][$1,000]; 17. 10X-Ryan Smith [19][$900]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$850]; 19. 11-T.J. Stutts [26][$]; 20. 14S-Tony Stewart [23][$800]; 21. 41-David Gravel [18][$800]; 22. 83-Spencer Bayston [25][$]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [28][$]; 24. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$800]; 25. 51-Freddie Rahmer [17][$800]; 26. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 27. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [9][$800]; 28. 39M-Anthony Macri [2][$800]; Lap Leaders: Lance Dewease 1-10, Kyle Larson 11-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+8] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 18-Gio Scelzi, 16.095; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.227; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.229; 4. 2X-Dylan Cisney, 16.322; 5. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.346; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.367; 7. 9-James McFadden, 16.373; 8. 83-Spencer Bayston, 16.391; 9. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.462; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.489; 11. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.541; 12. 10X-Ryan Smith, 16.604; 13. 15B-Zach Hampton, 16.619; 14. 91F-Tony Fiore, 16.631; 15. 55-Mike Wagner, 16.762; 16. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey, 16.834; 17. 19M-Landon Myers, 16.857; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel, 16.98; 19. 57J-Jeff Miller, 17.056; 20. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.112; 21. 47K-Kody Lehman, 17.232; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.237; 23. 880-Drew Ritchey, 17.321; 24. 6-Bill Rose, 17.337; 25. 12-Brent Shearer, 17.355; 26. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.759 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 2-Carson Macedo, 16.233; 2. 5-Brent Marks, 16.235; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.34; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.342; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.363; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.512; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 16.532; 8. 57-Kyle Larson, 16.542; 9. 41-David Gravel, 16.564; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.591; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 16.647; 12. 72-Daryn Pittman, 16.682; 13. 14S-Tony Stewart, 16.705; 14. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.834; 15. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 16.911; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.925; 17. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.001; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.001; 19. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.11; 20. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 17.169; 21. 29-Michael Bauer, 17.323; 22. 73B-Brett Michalski, 17.359; 23. 54-Zach Newlin, 17.582; 24. 97-Brie Hershey, 18.002; 25. 15X-Mark Bitner, 18.584
  4. Donny Schatz claims sixth National Open title, $75K top prize - Jason Johnson Racing takes team points lead and Brad Sweet loses points in the driver title hunt MECHANICSBURG, PA — Oct. 3, 2020 — Ten-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz doesn’t need extra motivation to win. But when given, especially if given in a callous manor, get ready to write the check. And Williams Grove Speedway did. A big one. The biggest check they’ve even written and the biggest one awarded to a Sprint Car driver this year. Trent Gower photo Schatz, of Fargo, ND, won his sixth Champion Racing Oil National Open at this historic half-mile and claimed the $75,000 top prize awarded with it Saturday night. However, before doing so, he got a little rambunctious with his victory lap and put his CARQUEST #15 into the wall in Turn 3, knocking the steering out of it. All in good fun, though. “I was probably pretty excited,” Schatz said. “I was trying to wave at them guys in the infield in Turn 3. They told me that I suck before the race started, so I figured that I would remind them that before that race I was the only five-time National Open champion. Now it’s six. Thank you, guys, for the motivation in Turn 3. That’s just what I needed.” The win is his fifth of the season and 299th of his career. Getting to it took patience and aggression. Especially with Kyle Larson lurking behind him in the closing laps. Schatz won his Drydene Heat Race and then finished fourth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, which was won by David Gravel, who won Friday’s race at Williams Grove in dominating fashion. Gravel, of Watertown, CT, led every lap Friday night and won my more than two seconds. That made him a favor to earn his three National Open title on Saturday. However, when the green flag unraveled in the air, Logan Schuchart stole the spotlight. From the outside pole, Schuchart darted ahead of Gravel off Turn 4 and had the Mesillva Valley Transportation #41 cleared before they entered the first corner. Schatz pulled a similar move on Schuchart’s teammate, Jacob Allen, and stole third before the leaders crossed the starting line. Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, held command out front for the first 11 laps before a caution dampened his chances of winning a National Open title. Gravel kept pace with the Drydene #1S on the restart and stayed close enough down the back stretch to throw a slider underneath it into Turn 3. He cleared Schuchart off the corner and set course for a weekend sweep. Behind him, Schatz took advantage of Schuchart’s wide exit off Turn 4 to sneak by into the runner-up spot. “I feel like we made the right decision, starting on the outside there (on the restart),” Schuchart said. “There was a little bit more grip in the middle of the racetrack. I felt like if I could hold David (Gravel) down a bit I could get the jump. He kept getting better and better at it (restarts). The more times he got a shot at it we were even out of (Turn) four.” Gravel was unable to run away with the lead like he had Friday night. Schatz had a rope hooked to the #41 car and pulled himself closer to it every lap. With 19 laps to go, Schatz snuck underneath Gravel into Turn 1 and pulled ahead of him off Turn 2. From then on, Schatz made it his race to lose. Gravel faded and Schuchart couldn’t make up ground once he got back to second. Larson was on the hunt, though. With 15 laps to go, he moved into third. With 14 laps to go, he was second. Initially, Larson was unable to cut into the two second gap Schatz had on him. But with five laps to go, he found a surge. The gap between he and Schatz shrunk each corner. He threw everything he had at the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing machine after passing the white flag. He looked low in Turn 1. Wasn’t enough. He tried going high in Turn 3, nearly pulling even with Schatz through the corner, but the wall and his right rear didn’t get along. Schatz pulled away with the big win, while Larson had to settle for his second runner-up finish in a row at the track. “I knew Donny (Schatz) was getting to traffic and he’d went to the top in Turns 1 and 2 to get around somebody there earlier and made it work,” Larson said. “I knew he would do that again. I was just hoping that I would be close enough off Turn 4 to be there to get to his inside when he went to the top. Just wasn’t quite close enough and tried just running the top there to do what I could, even though I knew a miracle was going to have to happen.” Schuchart rounded out the podium, which helped him cut a few points off of Sweet’s championship lead. Sweet, who finished 10th, now leads the driver championship by 38 points over Schuchart in second and by 70 points over Schatz in third. With Gravel finishing fourth, that moved Jason Johnson Racing to the points lead for the team championship. JJR is currently eight points ahead of Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team with seven races to go. Schatz admitted 2020 has been one of his worst seasons, coming off an eight season stretch of winning 11 or more races. However, winning the biggest Sprint Car event of 2020 has been a welcomed boost. “Feels good to win that race,” Schatz said. “We tried something in the Dash. Wasn’t all that great but rebounded. “Scuba” (Crew Chief Steve Swenson) changed the car back. He made the right call and did a great job. We’re standing here.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Oct. 9-10, returns to Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA for the Nittany Showdown. Click here for tickets. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$75,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [5][$12,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$7,500]; 4. 41-David Gravel [1][$4,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$3,500]; 6. 72-Daryn Pittman [8][$3,000]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$2,700]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri [13][$2,500]; 9. 5-Brent Marks [17][$2,200]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$2,100]; 11. 69K-Lance Dewease [23][$2,000]; 12. 51-Freddie Rahmer [19][$1,650]; 13. 9-James McFadden [7][$1,550]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [21][$1,200]; 15. 26-Cory Eliason [10][$1,100]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [25][$50]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [24][$1,000]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich [14][$1,000]; 19. 5C-Dylan Cisney [20][$1,000]; 20. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$1,000]; 21. 11-T.J. Stutts [26][$]; 22. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [11][$1,000]; 23. 24-Lucas Wolfe [28][$]; 24. 14-Parker Price-Miller [18][$1,000]; 25. 6-Bill Rose [29][$]; 26. O7-Bill Balog [22][$1,000]; 27. 83-Spencer Bayston [27][$]; 28. 87-Aaron Reutzel [16][$1,000]; 29. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-11, David Gravel 12-21, Donny Schatz 22-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 69K-Lance Dewease[+12] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.685; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.807; 3. 57-Kyle Larson, 16.851; 4. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.953; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.989; 6. 9-James McFadden, 16.998; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.018; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 17.069; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 17.122; 10. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 17.125; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 17.161; 12. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.178; 13. 83-Spencer Bayston, 17.186; 14. 39-Justin Peck, 17.254; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.275; 16. 11Z-Zeb Wise, 17.285; 17. 5-Brent Marks, 17.302; 18. 1-Logan Wagner, 17.308; 19. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.324; 20. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 17.338; 21. 1X-Chad Trout, 17.355; 22. 33M-Mason Daniel, 17.515; 23. 12-Brent Shearer, 17.523; 24. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 17.563; 25. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.688; 26. 73B-Brett Michalski, 17.765; 27. 6-Bill Rose, 17.962 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 71-Shane Stewart, 17.103; 2. 41-David Gravel, 17.156; 3. 17X-Ian Madsen, 17.176; 4. 72-Daryn Pittman, 17.227; 5. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 17.316; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.351; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 17.355; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 17.379; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.389; 10. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 17.391; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.464; 12. 69K-Lance Dewease, 17.488; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.507; 14. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.51; 15. O7-Bill Balog, 17.602; 16. 18-Gio Scelzi, 17.691; 17. 35-Zach Hampton, 17.703; 18. 19M-Landon Myers, 17.708; 19. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.741; 20. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.768; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.932; 22. 54-Zach Newlin, 17.966; 23. 21P-Brian Montieth, 18.031; 24. 49H-Bradley Howard, 18.262; 25. 75-Nicole Bower, 18.297; 26. 19-Troy Wagaman, 18.392; 27. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.875
  5. David Gravel Wins At Williams Grove In His 600th Start - Brad Sweet gains in driver points but loses in team points to Jason Johnson Racing MECHANICSBURG, PA — Oct. 2, 2020 — David Gravel made the most of his 600th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series start at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night. He won the opening night of the National Open – his sixth win of the season and second in a row at the historic half-mile – took home the $10,000 check and made big gains for Jason Johnson Racing in the team championship. Trent Gower photo His path to victory consisted of a dominate reign out front, leading all 25 laps and crossing the finish line by 2.5 seconds ahead of Kyle Larson. “I had a couple of close calls,” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “I had no idea what kind of lead I had. When I passed a lap car, they poked their nose at me, and I didn’t think that was a very good corner. It was a lot of work up there on the curb. It started getting built up pretty big. I knew I just had to attack, attack, attack. When Kyle (Larson) is behind you, know who you have to run all 25 laps hard.” Riding the high of his win at Lernerville Speedway last week, Gravel – who already had seven wins at Williams Grove, including his Summer Nationals win in July – showed his strength early by setting Quick Time in his qualifying flight. He then won his Drydene Heat Race and went on to finish second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash behind PA Posse member Freddie Rahmer. However, the runner-up finish proved to benefit Gravel more than the win did for Rahmer. By starting on the outside pole for the 25-lap Feature, Gravel got the jump on Rahmer at the start and ran away like a thief out of a bank. In the first five laps of the Feature, Gravel had already pulled ahead of Rahmer by 2.2 seconds. Lap traffic came into play the next lap but had no hinderance on the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41. Keeping his foot to the floor, Gravel gained tenths every lap on Rahmer. And while he pulled away, Rahmer found himself under attack by Larson. Rahmer and Larson waged war throughout the final half of the race for the runner-up spot. There was no consideration for space between the two cars. Larson closed to Rahmer’s tail tank in the corners, but Rahmer could pull ahead down the straightaways. Then came the dance of slide jobs. Larson would dive underneath him and Rahmer would slide him back. It wasn’t until Lap 23 that Larson finally completed the pass and looked to run down Gravel. Larson ran out of time to do so, though. He cut about a second off of Gravel's lead in three laps but had to settle for the runner-up spot. “He (Gravel) was really fast,” Larson said. “He’s been really fast here at Williams Grove no matter what team he’s with. He got a good start there and got the lead and set the pace. He picked off some lappers and didn’t get hung up at all. It didn’t allow us to close on him. I felt really really good. I feel like if I cleared Freddie (Rahmer) the first time I tried I would have been able to run Gravel down.” Rahmer – the current track points leader at Williams Grove – rounded out the podium. The PA Posse has now lost eight straight Series races in Pennsylvania to the Outlaws. “The big part of the race is trying to get the lead on the start, and I didn’t get a good start,” Rahmer said. “I didn’t bring them around at a fast-enough pace for how our car fired off. And he got through lap cars better than us. I didn’t think Larson was that much better than I was. We were running each other pretty hard. He just got by me at the end.” With Gravel’s win tonight, and points leader Brad Sweet finishing 11th, Jason Johnson Racing is now only four points behind Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team for the team championship points lead. For the driver championship, Sweet was able to gain points again on Logan Schuchart, who finished 17th. Sweet now holds a 52-point lead over Schuchart and a 90-point lead over 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who sits third in points. Tomorrow, Gravel will compete for his third National Open title at Williams Grove and the illustrious $75,000 top prize. “It’s all about putting yourself in position,” Gravel said. “You’re not going to win every time from the front row, but you like your chances.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 3, returns to Williams Grove Speedway for the $75,000-to-win Champion Racing Oil National Open. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [3][$5,000]; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer [1][$3,000]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,700]; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri [5][$2,500]; 6. 71-Shane Stewart [4][$2,200]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,000]; 8. 69K-Lance Dewease [14][$1,800]; 9. 9-James McFadden [6][$1,600]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [9][$1,450]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [22][$1,300]; 12. 5-Brent Marks [15][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [17][$1,100]; 14. 18-Gio Scelzi [12][$1,000]; 15. 21P-Brian Montieth [11][$950]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [25][$200]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$850]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich [24][$750]; 19. 26-Cory Eliason [13][$725]; 20. 72-Daryn Pittman [16][$700]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$700]; 22. 11-T.J. Stutts [19][$700]; 23. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [26][$]; 24. 14-Parker Price-Miller [21][$700]; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser [29][$]; 26. 11Z-Zeb Wise [23][$700]; 27. 7S-Jason Sides [30][$]; 28. 21-Brian Brown [18][$700]; 29. 83-Spencer Bayston [27][$]; 30. 24-Lucas Wolfe [28][$]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+11] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 71-Shane Stewart, 16.111; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 16.371; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.403; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.404; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 16.416; 6. 11-T.J. Stutts, 16.448; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 16.518; 8. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 16.524; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.543; 10. 21P-Brian Montieth, 16.544; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.612; 12. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.723; 13. 13-Paul McMahan, 16.725; 14. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.726; 15. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.733; 16. 1X-Chad Trout, 16.787; 17. 99M-Kyle Moody, 16.806; 18. 1W-Matt Campbell, 16.843; 19. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 16.917; 20. 6X-Ryan Smith, 16.94; 21. 19M-Landon Myers, 16.964; 22. 5-Brent Marks, 16.982; 23. 12-Brent Shearer, 17.009; 24. 83-Spencer Bayston, 17.068; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard, 17.149; 26. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.191; 27. 73B-Brett Michalski, 17.559; 28. 12W-Troy Fraker, 17.946; 29. 39-Justin Peck, NT Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 16.419; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 16.5; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.594; 4. 9-James McFadden, 16.671; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.682; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi, 16.699; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.745; 8. 72-Daryn Pittman, 16.771; 9. 11Z-Zeb Wise, 16.82; 10. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 16.85; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 16.905; 12. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.913; 13. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.926; 14. 17X-Ian Madsen, 16.951; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.986; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.015; 17. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 17.049; 18. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.052; 19. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter, 17.072; 20. 91F-Tony Fiore, 17.145; 21. 17B-Bill Balog, 17.182; 22. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 17.216; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.243; 24. 19-Troy Wagaman, 17.26; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel, 17.631; 26. 35-Zach Hampton, 17.677; 27. 6-Bill Rose, 17.745; 28. 54-Zach Newlin, 17.78
  6. Donny Schatz Returns To Victory Lane At Plymouth Speedway - Brad Sweet extends his points lead while Schatz cuts into his points deficit PLYMOUTH, IN — Sept. 24, 2020 — Eighteen races. That’s how long 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz went without a win. The last time he went on a winless streak that long was in 2012 when he didn’t win for 33 straight races throughout the summer months. Paul Arch photo He put a stop to the idea of going that long without a win again Thursday night at Plymouth Speedway. With one of the best performances he’s had in two months, and a bit of luck, Schatz parked his CARQUEST Auto Parts #15 in Victory Lane at the Indiana track for the first time in his career. “These (Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing) guys kept digging,” said Schatz, of Fargo, ND. “We know the road to the top. We know the road to the bottom. These guys just keep working. They’ve tried to get a handle on the horsepower (of the Ford FPS 410 engine). This is a different combination for tonight and obviously everything that’s happen shows it’s going in the right direction. We’re happy about that.” Schatz teased the speed of his TSR car around the 3/8-mile track in August by setting a new track record. However, he had to wait until Thursday night to unleash the full potential of his ride due to rain postponing the August event. While he wasn’t able to match his track record, qualifying sixth, Schatz did outrun NASCAR-star Christopher Bell in their Drydene Heat Race to claim his ninth Heat win of the season. He then finished second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, behind winner Gio Scelzi, to lineup on the outside pole for the 35-lap Feature. Sheldon Haudenschild spoiled Schatz and Scelzi’s hopes of leading the first lap of the Feature, though. Hooked around the bottom, Haudenschild passed Schatz for second in the first corner and then snuck by Scelzi for the lead the next. His moment of glory lasted for three more turns before Scelzi pulled the trigger on a slide job entered Turn 3 and cleared Haudenschild for the lead before the exit of the corner. For the next half of the race, Scelzi held Haudenschild at about a car length’s distance back, while Haudenschild did the same to Schatz. Lap traffic changed that. The slower car of Brinton Marvel blocked Scelzi’s line around the bottom for two laps, allowing Haudenschild to close in and plan his attack. With 17 laps to go, Marvel nearly chopped Scelzi’s nose on the exit of Turn 4. Scelzi had to go from throttle to brake, while Haudenschild was all throttle off the corner and rocketed by the Logan Contractors Supply #18 car to take the lead. Schatz worked his way by Scelzi for second a lap later. Perfect timing. After holding the runner-up spot for a lap, Haudenschild handed Schatz the lead. The NOS Energy Drink #17 suffered a broken shock with 15 laps to go. Haudenschild’s time in the work area for repairs expired before the field resumed racing, forcing him to remain there and eventually end the night 23rd. On the final restart of the night, Schatz powered ahead of the field to lead his first laps of Feature. Reigning champion and current points leader Brad Sweet slid by Scelzi for second on the restart but didn’t have the speed to challenge Schatz. “Donny was definitely a little better there,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “He could get through the lap cars. We caught the first lap car and couldn’t pass them. I just need to be a little better. Obviously, we missed the setup. I think we were better in the Heat Race and made our car worse in the Dash. But they reworked the track. We made some not so great decisions. But we win as a team. Lose as a team.” Looking like the dominant Schatz of races past, the multi-time champion cruised to a two-second victory over Sweet. “It feels good to finally get a win here,” Schatz said with a chuckle. “I can’t remember the last time. It’s been a while.” The victory is Schatz’s fourth of the year and 298th of his career. Kasey Kahne Racing ended the night with two podium finishes. Sweet finished second and James McFadden finished third in the Karavan #9 car. Jacob Allen nearly edged McFadden for third at the line but had to settle for fourth. Behind him, Tyler Courtney had an impressive fifth-place run – his first top-five finish with the World of Outlaws. Sweet was able to extend his points lead with 11 races remaining. He entered the night with an eight-point lead over Logan Schuchart and, with Schuchart finishing eighth, ended it 20-points ahead. Schatz’s win helped him cut his points deficit to 88 points behind Sweet. Haudenschild took a points hit. He remains fourth in points but is now 148 points behind Sweet. Carson Macedo, who earned the KSE Racing Hard Charger by racing from 22nd to ninth, is fifth in points, only four points behind Haudenschild now. For the time being, there's one number Schatz is most happy to about. Zero. His new winless streak. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Fri., Sept. 25, returns to Wayne County Speedway for a $15,000-to-win event presented by Slick Woody’s Cornhole Co. Click here for tickets. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$5,500]; 3. 9-James McFadden [8][$3,200]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,800]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [6][$2,500]; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi [1][$2,300]; 7. 21-Christopher Bell [4][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$2,100]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [22][$2,050]; 10. 14-Parker Price-Miller [7][$2,000]; 11. 41-David Gravel [15][$1,500]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [16][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,100]; 14. 72-Daryn Pittman [14][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 16. 83-Spencer Bayston [13][$900]; 17. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [11][$800]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [18][$800]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee [17][$800]; 20. 27Z-Zane Devault [23][$800]; 21. 21X-Brinton Marvel [19][$800]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [21][$800]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$800]; 24. 64-Scotty Thiel [24][$800]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1, 18-20; Gio Scelzi 2-17; Donny Schatz 21-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+13] Qualifying – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.195; 2. 21-Christopher Bell, 11.361; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.37; 4. 9-James McFadden, 11.388; 5. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 11.392; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.417; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.467; 8. 18-Gio Scelzi, 11.493; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.52; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.579; 11. 41-David Gravel, 11.59; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.607; 13. 83-Spencer Bayston, 11.625; 14. 72-Daryn Pittman, 11.643; 15. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 11.657; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.713; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.716; 18. 39-Tyler Rankin, 11.754; 19. 97-Max Stambaugh, 11.76; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.78; 21. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.785; 22. 16A-Justin Sanders, 11.815; 23. 21X-Brinton Marvel, 11.838; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.849; 25. 99-Skylar Gee, 11.952; 26. 27Z-Zane Devault, 11.969; 27. 64-Scotty Thiel, 11.987; 28. 16C-Chase Ridenour, 12.007; 29. 23-Cole Macedo, 12.035; 30. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.16; 31. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 12.19; 32. 5R-Ryan Ruhl, 12.216; 33. 6-Bill Rose, 12.409
  7. Logan Schuchart Ropes Second Devil’s Bowl Win - The championship points battle tightens with only eight points separating Brad Sweet and Schuchart MESQUITE, TX — Sept. 19, 2020 — Blood was in the water. The scent of victory lingered for Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Saturday night. The hunger for a win had been turning in his stomach for the past two months. Since claiming the trophy at the Terre Haute Action Track in mid-July, Schuchart went on a run of 18 top-10 finishes in a row, including four runner-up finishes, but no wins. When the opportunity to visit Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Devil’s Bowl – the birthplace of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – presented itself, Schuchart made the most of it. He maneuvered his way past the likes of Jason Sides, Jacob Allen, Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel to go from fifth to the lead by the halfway point of the 30-lap Feature and then went on to claim the $20,000 win. “We’ve had a lot of seconds and thirds in the last two months,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “Some really good races. Ran up front with big names and with great teams. There’s a lot of great teams out here that are tough to beat but this Drydene Performance Products race team is going to keep working hard and do the best we can to get this thing in the winner’s circle. “Just happy to see these guys’ hard work – Ron Helmick, Ben Witman, Tyler Garber, Brendan Collum, Bill (Klingbeil), my grandfather (Bobby Allen), Michael Newman, everybody that is a part of this team – to just get this thing were it needs to be and see their hard work pay off and get this thing back in victory lane where it belongs.” The victory was his sixth of the season and 22nd of his World of Outlaws career. It also helped him close back in on the championship lead. He now trails points leader Brad Sweet, who finished fourth, by eight points with 12 races remaining. Before Schuchart galloped his Drydene sponsored horse through the field, Gravel and Haudenschild entered the Feature as the early favorites. Gravel set Quick Time for the fifth time this year – tying him with Sweet and Kyle Larson for the most Quick Time awards this season – won his Drydene Heat Race and then the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. However, his Dash win came with a bit of luck. Gravel and Haudenschild crossed the finish line at a dead tie – 0.000. Since Gravel led the lap prior, he was awarded the victory. Like Schuchart, Gravel has craved a return to Victory Lane. His last win came at Knoxville Raceway about a month ago. He earned seven top-five finishes in the nine races after and had been a contender to win in several of them. He felt Saturday night at Devil’s Bowl could finally result in another trophy. He rocketed ahead of the field in the early stage of the Feature, leaving little hope for second-place Haudenschild to get as close to him as he did during the Dash. While he led, Schuchart did his dance through the field. He was in fourth by Lap 3. Third by Lap 8. And second by Lap 9. Five laps later he could sense the blood in the water. Gravel was in sight and in striking distance. As the pair exited Turn 2, they had to split the lap car of rookie Mason Daniel, who ran the middle lane through the corner. Gravel chose to go high and Schuchart went low. The Pennsylvania driver’s choice proved to be most beneficial. Gravel was left little room between he, Daniel, and the edge of the track, forcing him to back off the throttle, while Schuchart was left an open door to jolt by them both. That split second opportunity was all he needed to accomplish his quest of obtaining another victory. Gravel attempted to run him down in the closing laps, keeping him within reach but a caution with three laps to go allowed Schuchart to restart in clear and cruise to the win. “We had a good enough car to win,” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “I’m really bummed for my guys and all our sponsors here tonight. Sometimes it’s better running second there. Mason Daniel has been hard to lap all season and he decides to miss the bottom and give Logan the bottom. It is what it is. We’ll take second and move on.” He’s on a streak of 26 top-10 finishes in a row, which has helped keep Jason Johnson Racing in the hunt for the team championship. They are currently tied with Schuchart’s Shark Racing team for second in points – 8 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing. Haudenschild rounded out the podium with his third-place finish, continuing to be one of the best cars on the tour at the moment. He’s collected 12 top-10 finishes in his last 16 races – five of them being wins. He’s now only 14 points behind 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz for third in the driver points. “The car was good,” said Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH. “Logan (Schuchart) getting by me was a big move. I think we could have kept up with the 41 (of Gravel), but, man, it was a tough track. I feel like in traffic we could have had a shot. We all got bunched up there. We’ll take a third and keep pushing here.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Plymouth Speedway in Plymouth, IN on Thurs., Sept. 24. Get tickets by clicking here. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$20,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1][$6,000]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$3,750]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$3,250]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$2,750]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$2,500]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [12][$2,400]; 8. 11X-John Carney [13][$2,300]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [4][$2,200]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [15][$2,100]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,700]; 12. 17G-Channin Tankersley [14][$1,400]; 13. 14-Parker Price-Miller [6][$1,300]; 14. 83-Daryn Pittman [8][$1,200]; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel [18][$1,100]; 16. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [11][$1,000]; 17. 42P-Preston Perlmutter [20][$1,000]; 18. 9S-Kyle Clark [19][$1,000]; 19. 1J-Danny Jennings [16][$1,000]; 20. 1X-Jake Bubak [17][$1,000]; 21. 6-Bill Rose [22][$1,000]; 22. 72-Chris Tarrant [21][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-14, Logan Schuchart 15-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+5] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 13.631; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.634; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.665; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.67; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.7; 6. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 13.72; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.735; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.756; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.827; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.858; 11. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 13.908; 12. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.043; 13. 11X-John Carney, 14.089; 14. 1X-Jake Bubak, 14.18; 15. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.263; 16. 9S-Kyle Clark, 14.291; 17. 17G-Channin Tankersley, 14.324; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.34; 19. 6-Bill Rose, 14.57; 20. 42P-Preston Perlmutter, 14.588; 21. 72-Chris Tarrant, 14.621; 22. 1J-Danny Jennings, 14.834
  8. Daryn Pittman Claims Meaningful Lawton Speedway Win - The 2013 champion earned his first win of the year in his last weekend with Roth Motorsports LAWTON, OK — Sept. 18, 2020 — Daryn Pittman's wife and two kids fell into his arms after he climbed out of his car in Victory Lane at Lawton Speedway Friday night. It was a moment of celebration, reflection and embracement. Trent Gower photo They'd been on a different emotional ride the week prior. After 25 years of racing, which includes winning the 2013 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship, Pittman, of Owasso, OK, announced he would step away from full-time racing at the end of the year. Seven days later, it was announced he wouldn’t finish the year with Roth Motorsports – who he’s driven for since the beginning of 2019. In a mutual agreement, the two decided to part ways after this weekend at Lawton Speedway and Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Then Pittman will finish the season with Heffner Racing. That announcement came a day before returning to his home state to compete in front of family and friends at Lawton Speedway – the track that gave him his first ever Sprint Car win. Pittman was able to keep it all out of his head on race day, though. “When you do it this long, you’re pretty good at tuning everything else out,” he said. “It’s been a roller coaster few weeks on a couple of fronts. I’m glad to be making news like this, rather than how we have been.” It didn't take him long to prove his mental toughness and level of focus either. Pittman qualified third, won the Drydene Heat Race and then the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – placing him on the pole for the Feature. His last win had come in September 2019. When the 35-lap Feature commenced, he continued to show his starvation for another win. Pittman mastered his relationship with his throttle to launch ahead of second-place Parker Price-Miller on the initial start. The young Indiana-native tried to keep pace with Pittman in the opening laps but eventually lost him by about three car lengths. The technical track conditions left little room for error. Price-Miller discovered that on Lap 11 when he nearly flipped his car in Turn 3. His error gave Pittman a new challenge with David Gravel lining up alongside him on the restart. However, like Price-Miller, Gravel couldn’t keep pace with Pittman on the restart and faded. Gravel then had to fend off Sheldon Haudenschild, who eventually found himself in the work area with a flat left rear tire and fought back to a fourth-place finish. On the final restart with 18 laps to go, reigning champion Brad Sweet took advantage of Gravel's bad start and stole second place. The Roth Motorsports #83 car had a challenger for the first time all night. With 10 laps to go and slower traffic not making Pittman’s life easy, Sweet raised the heart rate and blood pressure of those biting their fingers for the Oklahoma kid. Sweet dove underneath his former Kasey Kahne Racing teammate into Turn 1 with seven laps to go and nosed ahead of him through the corner. Pittman had the better momentum around the high side, though, and charged ahead. Sweet then had six more laps to rebuild another run. He made the most of them. The NAPA Auto Parts #49 inched closer to Pittman every lap. Three car lengths. Two cars lengths. One. On the final lap, he was there. Sweet made a last-ditch effort of again throwing his car underneath Pittman into Turn 1. He just about cleared him by the center of the corner but Pittman wouldn't open the door for him to take the lead. With the momentum on the top lane still on his side, Pittman launched back ahead of his last lap rival off the corner. By clearing Sweet off Turn 2, Pittman went on to end his winless streak, silence any questions of his performance and throw a confetti-filled homecoming party in Victory Lane with his family and friends. “To win here (at Lawton Speedway) with as many friends and family, people that have supported me for 25 years, honestly some of them longer than that, honestly means more than anything,” Pittman said. “Yeah, we’re glad we won, but with as bad as our season has been, I still show up to every race to win and know that we can contend. It’s just been a struggle and a grind. I show up with the same attitude every race. And the same effort, and, man, we just hit it tonight. “I’ve got to thank Dennis and Teresa (Roth) for giving me this opportunity for the last two years to run their car. You know, unfortunately it just didn’t work out the way we wanted. I couldn’t be more grateful for them sticking with me and giving me this opportunity to stay out on the road and continue to do what I love to do. Man, it’s a great feeling. This is what Victory Lane feels like. I was starting to forget.” Sweet had to settle for his eighth runner-up finish this year but was able to extend his points lead. He’s now 16 points ahead of Logan Schuchart, who finished fifth. “I kept getting a run off (Turn) four, thinking I could slide him (Pittman) and maybe show him the bottom and get him off the top,” Sweet said. "I just didn’t do a good job there. But he did a good job. He covered all of his lines right and got through traffic good enough that we couldn’t get him. I know it’s kind of Daryn’s last run here, so I’m really happy for him and his family.” Gravel finished third for the second race in a row and extended his top-10 streak to 25 top-10 finishes in a row. “I felt like I had just as good of a car as anybody there at the beginning and just faded late,” Gravel said. “We want to get these wins. I’m sick of these top-fives and stuff. Being consistent is great, but we want to win races. So, hopefully we can get in Victory Lane tomorrow.” The Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday will be Pittman’s final race with Roth Motorsports. He also has 13 more races this season before he hangs up his helmet as a full-time driver. No matter the results in that time, his home state return provided a moment of celebration, reflection and embracement. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the $20,000-to-win Texas Outlaw Nationals on Sat., Sept. 19. Get tickets by clicking here. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [3][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$2,300]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [4][$2,200]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$2,100]; 9. 14-Parker Price-Miller [2][$2,050]; 10. 11X-John Carney [12][$2,000]; 11. 33M-Mason Daniel [14][$1,500]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$1,100]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$1,050]; 15. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [15][$1,000]; 16. 6-Bill Rose [18][$900]; 17. 42P-Preston Perlmutter [19][$800]; 18. 9S-Kyle Clark [16][$800]; 19. 72-Chris Tarrant [21][$800]; 20. 1J-Danny Jennings [20][$800]; 21. 1X-Jake Bubak [17][$800]; 22. 17G-Channin Tankersley [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+4] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.49; 2. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 12.536; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.57; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.582; 5. 41-David Gravel, 12.618; 6. 11X-John Carney, 12.745; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.76; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.77; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.781; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.786; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.859; 12. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.882; 13. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.91; 14. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.937; 15. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 12.977; 16. 9S-Kyle Clark, 13.033; 17. 1X-Jake Bubak, 13.055; 18. 6-Bill Rose, 13.371; 19. 42P-Preston Perlmutter, 13.566; 20. 1J-Danny Jennings, 13.572; 21. 72-Chris Tarrant, 13.92; 22. 17G-Channin Tankersley, NT
  9. Haudenschild Spurs World of Outlaws in Dodge City - NOS Energy Drink racer dominates Boot Hill Showdown for fifth victory of 2020 by Jordan DeLucia DODGE CITY, KS – Sept. 12, 2020 – Sheldon Haudenschild held a 7.5-second advantage over second place as he crossed the line with five laps remaining. With the wave of the caution flag just two corners later, that gap was erased. Haudenschild was blistering the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series field Saturday night around Dodge City Raceway Park when a right-rear tire let go on Tim Kaeding’s #7, bringing out the caution and putting a hungry Parker Price-Miller and David Gravel right behind him for the restart. Haudenschild stomped on the throttle out of Turn 4 at the drop of the green and began to pull away from the field once again, displaying that speed on the top side of the track he’d shown all race long. Crossing the finish line with a 1.493-second advantage over Price-Miller, Haudenschild scored his fifth win of the season and earned the $10,000 check on the final night of the Boot Hill Showdown. “We qualified a little bit better tonight, and I can’t [stress] how much that means,” Haudenschild said in his post-race interview on DIRTVision. “Gotta start on the front row of them Heats and get in them Dashes. Even after you do that, you’ve gotta draw good for that Dash.” And draw well he did. Haudenschild pulled the #2 out of the NOS Energy Drink redraw can, setting him up for a runner-up finish in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and a front-row starting spot for the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature. At the drop of the green, Price-Miller jumped out to the early lead and hit the tail of the field inside the first five laps. Maneuvering around the first two lapped cars with ease, Price-Miller then approached the rear of Bill Rose with Haudenschild now right on his bumper. Entering Turn 1 on the cushion, Price-Miller took a look underneath Rose at the exit of Turn 2 but lost some speed in the process, opening the door for the Haudenschild on the top. Haudenschild threaded the needle in between Price-Miller and Rose down the backstretch and sailed into the lead entering Turn 3. “You gotta get through lappers with these guys, and can’t hesitate,” Haudenschild said of his move for the lead in traffic. “Parker was really good, but just one little, not even really mess-up, he just lost his speed there and I was able to go around him.” What followed was a powerful display of speed and swiftness in lapped traffic by the NOS Energy Drink #17, similar to his intensity seen in last year’s Ironman 55. By Lap 14, his advantage was at three seconds. Five laps later, a 4.6-second lead. With 10 laps to go, he was 5.5 seconds ahead. Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, built-up that big lead right on the top side of the 3/8-mile oval – the preferred groove for many drivers throughout the race. After all, it’s what helped him grab the lead earlier on. “It was just so slick around the bottom, wasn’t much you could do,” Haudenschild said. “Kinda had to get to the top and wait for them to make a mistake and get through the lappers. That’s what decided this race.” Even after the caution flag flew in the closing laps, Haudenschild was still able to open a gap back up before the finish. He stuck it right on the top side and got back to work on the restart, leading the field back around to the checkers for his 12th career World of Outlaws Feature win. Price-Miller held strong inside the top-three all night and brought the Dietz Motorsports #14 home in second. Albeit, he felt he could have been a little smoother with the slower cars. “I feel bad for my guys; I feel like I didn’t do a good enough job in lapped traffic,” Price-Miller said. “I just wasn’t aggressive enough, Sheldon’s really good about being aggressive, being up on the wheel. He just kinda sucked my doors off there.” David Gravel also had a solid night inside the top-three, keeping pace with Price-Miller throughout the Feature while dicing through traffic on the top. He hung with the leaders for the distance, but just wasn’t able to make the passes he needed at the end. “Sheldon was the class of the field tonight,” Gravel said. “In open track, me and Parker could keep up. But once we got in lapped traffic, we just got too tight and wasn’t able to compete with him.” Defending Series champion Brad Sweet, Friday night’s runner-up Logan Schuchart and 10-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz all finished four-five-six, tightening the championship points battle even further with the season winding down. Sweet now leads Schuchart by 10 and Schatz by 80. Haudenschild now sits 104 points behind in fourth. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars next head to Lawton Speedway in Lawton, OK, for the first time since 1985 on Friday, Sept. 18 and will then return to Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, for the $20,000-to-win Texas Outlaw Nationals on Saturday, September 19. Tickets for the Sept. 18 race at Lawton Speedway can be purchased by clicking here; tickets to the Sept. 19 event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway are available here. If you can’t make it to the track, you can still watch both races live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$10,000]; 2. 14-Parker Price-Miller [1][$5,000]; 3. 41-David Gravel [3][$3,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$2,700]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$2,200]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [10][$2,000]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$1,800]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,600]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [15][$1,450]; 11. 7-Tim Kaeding [7][$1,300]; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman [13][$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$1,100]; 14. 11X-John Carney [9][$1,000]; 15. 1X-Jake Bubak [14][$950]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson [18][$900]; 17. 9S-Kyle Clark [20][$850]; 18. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [17][$750]; 19. 6-Bill Rose [19][$725]; 20. 91-Jeff Stasa [21][$700]; 21. 1J-Danny Jennings [22][$700]; 22. 33M-Mason Daniel [16][$700]; Lap Leader: Parker Price-Miller 1-7, Sheldon Haudenschild 8-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+5]
  10. Kyle Larson Claims $20K With Big Huset’s Speedway Win - Brad Sweet continues to extend his points lead with top-five finish Sunday night BRANDON, SD — Sept. 6, 2020 — Two times Kyle Larson entered Huset’s Speedway with winning potential. Two times the historic track denied him that opportunity. Trent Gower photo During a race at the track in August, Larson flipped early in the night and destroyed the car he had been dominating the year with. Then, Saturday night, during the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ first return to the track in four years, Larson blew a tire while leading and suffered enough damage that he was unable to continue. However, Sunday night, with $20,000-to-win on the line, Larson was unwilling to be denied his chance at a Huset’s Speedway win with the World of Outlaws. Keeping his car on all four wheels and tread on his tires, Larson methodically worked his way through the field to claim his first win at the South Dakota track, his 10th Series win this season and 18th career win overall. “It’s definitely cool to get a win here (at Huset's Speedway),” said Larson, of Elk Grove, CA. “I love bull rings. It had a big curb there. A lot of fun. Really tricky.” He started the night by earning Quick Time for the second night in a row – third time in three races at Huset’s Speedway – and then went on to win the third Drydene Heat Race of the night. Gio Scelzi emerged as an early contender. He passed David Gravel for the lead on the first lap of the fourth Drydene Heat Race and went on to win it. He then gave Gravel déjà vu by passing him for the lead on the first lap of the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and went on to win that, as well – claiming the pole for the 35-lap Feature. Larson finished fourth in the Dash. At the start of the Feature, Scelzi was able to pull ahead of Gravel with ease and claim the early lead. Behind him, a war brewed for the runner-up spot between Gravel, Larson, Kerry Madsen and Carson Macedo. Madsen made early attempts at stealing the spot from Gravel but failed. Macedo was successful in doing so for a few laps before falling victim again to Gravel after a failed attempt of trying to take the lead from Scelzi. Macedo’s fortune continued to turn for the worse with 15 laps to go. Jason Sides spun in front of him, causing the two to collide. Macedo tried to spin his car back around straight but ended up colliding with Saturday night’s winner Sheldon Haudenschild. Macedo was able to continue and finish 15th, while Haudenschild suffered too much damage and had to retire – finishing 20th. On the following restart, Larson, now in third, had enough of watching others battle for second. He darted pasted Gravel for the position on the entry to Turn one. The runner-up spot was his and the lead was now within reach. The familiar scent of victory teased his senses. Like the Larson of races past, he ripped the top of the track, pushing his car to its limits. Doing so helped him gain on Scelzi but also caused him to lose ground when he hit the cushion the wrong way. He didn’t have to work too hard to get back close to Scelzi, though. A caution did that for him. Scelzi chose the top lane, giving Larson the bottom for the restart with 11 laps to go. The advantage went to Larson. Scelzi accelerated and slid sideways through Turn 4 while Larson had a straight shot off the corner. By the time they reached the flag stand, Larson was four car lengths ahead of Scelzi. From then on, Larson looked like he had just been playing with everyone. He pulled away to about a three second lead in five laps. A caution with three laps to go set the stage for Larson to potentially lose another race at Huset’s. But this time, no one, and nothing, was going to stop him. He jetted away from the field on the restart and pulled away to the win – finally conquering the historic track. “The restarts weren’t working out for me early and I made a couple mistakes on some of the restarts,” Larson said. “We were on it pretty good those last few restarts. I was able to get by Gravel and Gio (Scelzi) shocked me when he took the top. I felt like that was a really smart move to take the top because we’re starting to get good runs on the restarts starting up there. I think it was just his first time up there and spun his tires a little bit and I was able to get a good run down here in the moisture and get clear and lead the rest of the way.” James McFadden surprised many with his showstopping late race charge. He muscled his way to the runner-up spot by the end of the race after having started 11th. “Just dialed the restarts there in the last couple,” said McFadden, of Warrnambool, VIC, Australia. “Good to get a runner-up. Would be good to race [Larson]. We just need to start further up toward the front.” Gravel rounded out the podium, collecting valuable points for Jason Johnson Racing, who is now 14 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing for the team championship – tied with Shark Racing for the runner-up spot. “I think we had a good enough car to win, just so many restarts I would lose a spot or lose track time about every single time,” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “Gio had a really slow pace (on restarts) and our car did not like that. We have to do our homework and fix that up.” Scelzi ended the night fourth after leading the first 24 laps and Brad Sweet had a solid night with a fifth-place finish. That helped the reigning champion extend his points lead for the second night in a row – now 14 points ahead of second-place Logan Schuchart, who finished ninth. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz remains third – now 80 points back – but managed to earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award with his march from 20th to eighth. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, KS for the Boot Hill Showdown doubleheader Sept. 11-12. Click here to get tickets. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$20,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [11][$7,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [2][$4,200]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [1][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$2,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$2,300]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [20][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$2,050]; 10. 14-Parker Price-Miller [6][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$1,500]; 12. 44S-Trey Starks [15][$1,200]; 13. 7-Justin Henderson [17][$1,100]; 14. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey [7][$1,050]; 15. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$1,000]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$1,000]; 18. 13-Sammy Swindell [23][$1,000]; 19. 17A-Austin McCarl [19][$1,000]; 20. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$1,000]; 21. 83-Daryn Pittman [18][$1,000]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$1,000]; 23. 19-Paige Polyak [13][$1,000]; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel [14][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Gio Scelzi 1-24, Kyle Larson 25-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+12] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 7-Justin Henderson, 10.843; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.887; 3. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.935; 4. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey, 10.94; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.943; 6. 9-James McFadden, 10.945; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.964; 8. 44S-Trey Starks, 10.988; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.005; 10. 17A-Austin McCarl, 11.027; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.076; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 11.171; 13. 19-Paige Polyak, 11.346; 14. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 11.496; 15. 20A-Jordan Adams, 11.535; 16. 14T-Tim Estenson, 11.546; 17. O5-Colin Smith, 11.588; 18. 101-Chuck McGillivray, 11.629; 19. 11XS-Donovan Peterson, 11.808 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 57-Kyle Larson, 10.725; 2. 41-David Gravel, 10.737; 3. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 10.778; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi, 10.891; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.912; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.989; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.004; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.049; 9. 13-Sammy Swindell, 11.094; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.145; 11. 2KS-Matt Juhl, 11.173; 12. 3-Tim Kaeding, 11.196; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.203; 14. 28-Scott Bogucki, 11.205; 15. 24-Terry McCarl, 11.274; 16. 15M-Bobby Mincer, 11.312; 17. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 11.419; 18. 44-Chris Martin, 11.53; 19. 6-Bill Rose, 11.562; 20. 6X-Frank Rodgers, NT
  11. ONE OF A KIND: Kyle Larson Makes History With Capitani Classic Win at Knoxville - Logan Schuchart and David Gravel make big points gains during “The One and Only” weekend KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 15, 2020 – Kyle Larson was forced to leave Knoxville Raceway with a broken heart last year after failing to qualify for the Knoxville Nationals. A year later, it was healed with the Elk Grove, CA driver winning the biggest Sprint Car race of his career at the historic half-mile with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. Trent Gower photo Larson was a missile among bullets Saturday night, leading from the green to checkers in the 30-lap Feature to claim the Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank win and the big $50,000 check. “It means a lot,” Larson said about winning the Capitani. “We wish it was the (Knoxville) Nationals but hats off to the Outlaws and Knoxville and everyone who helps present this race and award this purse.” He and the Silva Motorsports team have been the class of the field about every time they hit the black Zook clay. Aside from a 10th-place run with the Series in May, Larson has won five out of his last six starts at the track in the #57 car, owned and worked on by Paul Silva. On Thursday, Larson won the opening night of “The One and Only” – which replaced the postponed Nationals – and was forced to settle with a second-place finish Friday night. His performance during the two opening nights of the event helped lock him into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash for Saturday’s Capitani Classic. With the fortune of starting on the outside pole for the Dash, Larson darted past polesitter Aaron Reutzel on the start and ran away with the win. It was teaser of what would come in the 30-lap Feature. Reutzel tried to make it interesting when the green flag flew, crowding Larson on the entrance to Turn 1. However, Larson was strong no matter where he had to put his car. While ridding the inside berm, Larson was able to nose ahead of Reutzel off Turn 2 and pulled further ahead down the backstretch. He cleared Reutzel on the entrance to Turn 3 and again pulled away. A lap later, Larson no longer had to worry about a battle from the Folkens Bros Trucking #87 as Reutzel suffered a rear end issue that took him out of the race. That lined up points leader Logan Schuchart alongside Larson for the restart. When the green flag waved again, Larson had no intentions of allowing another challenge for the lead. He timed his throttle acceleration perfect and rocketed ahead of the field. He became untouchable, pulling away to about a four second lead. Even while having to navigate traffic. His race almost came to an end toward the halfway point when he nearly collided with Shane Golobic while trying to lap him. The incident forced him up the inside berm and got his car out of shape. He lost little time to Schuchart, though, who had been working on keeping 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel behind him. Gravel’s car came to life in the closing laps, passing Schuchart for second with five laps to go. His next target, Larson, was too far gone to catch. Time wasn't on his side. Until it was given to him. James McFadden rolled over in Turn 4 with two laps to go, bringing out the red flag and giving Gravel one attempt at dethroning Larson. It was a rematch from Friday night’s race, where Gravel held of Larson in the closing laps of the race. Knowing Gravel was behind him made Larson a little worried, too. “I wasn’t quite sure what to do because Gravel gets around the bottom so well,” Larson said. “I had been running the top both ends really good. But I didn’t want to leave the door open on the restart. I kind of debated with myself the whole way down the front stretch of what to do.” When they were allowed to mash their throttles again, Larson made the decision to dive to the bottom and block the head of steam Gravel had going into the turn. His decision helped win him the race, as Gravel was unable to work the bottom to his advance and get by Larson. “If he ran the top there, I was going to send it in on him,” Gravel said. “It just didn’t happen. It was a good race. We wouldn’t have had a shot if that red didn’t come out. He was gone. Started fifth and couldn’t get going there early in the race. Had to battle Logan (Schuchart) there quite a bit. I think we had the second-best car.” With his performance this weekend of finishing, fifth, first and second, Gravel has helped propel Jason Johnson Racing to second in the team points – now only four-points back from the leader. Logan Schuchart had a similar feat by reclaiming the points lead the first night of “The One and Only” when reigning Series champion Brad Sweet and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz DNF’d. He held the lead throughout the weekend and with a third-place finish during the Capitani Classic, he leaves Knoxville with an 18-point lead over Sweet. “I just got beat by better experienced drivers and better teams tonight,” Schuchart said. “We’ve gotten better since we’ve come to Knoxville. Really hit it right last year. I just pulled my wing back a little too much at the start of the race and got tight on the cushion and started trying different things that wasn’t really working.” Along with Larson’s impressive run, Schatz had one of his own. He lost a motor during his Drydene Qualifier race and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team had to scramble to get the car out of the track, to their trailer and then replace the motor in time to be back for the C-Main. Schatz went from 17th to the win in the 12-lap C-Main, which transferred him to the rear of the Last Chance Showdown. He then went from 18th to fourth in the LCS to earn the final spot in the Feature. By the time the checkered flag was shown, Schatz had made his way from 24th to 12th in the Feature, earning the KSE Racing Hard Charger award for the second night in a row. Larson’s win is his seventh win of the season with the Series – 15th career win overall – and the most historic one of his Sprint Car career, so far. We’re only a year away from heartbreak or triumph at the 2021 Knoxville Nationals. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to North Dakota for a doubleheader weekend. On Fri., Aug. 21 the Series returns to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. Get tickets by clicking here. And on Sat., Aug. 22 the Series returns to Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND. Get tickets by clicking here. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [1][$50,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [5][$25,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$12,500]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$8,000]; 5. 71-Spencer Bayston [8][$7,000]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$6,000]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$5,750]; 8. 17A-Austin McCarl [19][$5,500]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$5,250]; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman [12][$5,000]; 11. 26-Cory Eliason [14][$4,500]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz [24][$4,250]; 13. 18-Gio Scelzi [16][$4,000]; 14. 12N-Joey Saldana [10][$3,750]; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich [22][$3,500]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [21][$3,250]; 17. O9-Matt Juhl [23][$3,000]; 18. 19-Shane Stewart [15][$3,000]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [20][$3,000]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$3,000]; 21. 9-James McFadden [13][$3,000]; 22. 17W-Shane Golobic [17][$3,000]; 23. 4-Terry McCarl [18][$3,000]; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2][$3,000]; Lap Leaders: Kyle Larson 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+12]
  12. STEPPING IT UP: David Gravel Holds Off Kyle Larson To Win Night Two Of ‘The One and Only’ - Saturday’s Capitani Classic at Knoxville Raceway will see Gravel, Larson, Aaron Reutzel and Logan Schuchart locked into the Feature KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 14, 2020 – A thousand pounds of weight fell from David Gravel’s body when he exited his Jason Johnson Racing #41 car Friday night. His sweat drenched face showed. His tired body language showed it. And his smile showed it as he waved the checkered flag in Victory Lane for the second time this season at Knoxville Raceway. Trent Gower photo Gravel led from green to checkers in the 25-lap Feature during the second night of “The One and Only” but had to survive challenging conditions and a late race charge for Kyle Larson to claim his fourth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the season. “It was very very daring there in (turns) three and four,” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “Dirty air makes it worse. One and two was fairly easy to run the bottom. But it made you step up your game and stay up on the wheel. I know guys would be charging pretty hard. I was able to get by some (lap) guys and didn’t get held up too bad. Definitely got to clean up a few corners to make sure we win these longer races.” A fifth-place run Thursday night at the historic half-mile was suitable but not sufficient enough for Gravel and the JJR team. They stepped up their game on Friday, returning to the winning caliber level that brought them a Nationals victory about a year ago. Gravel qualified third Friday night and then rocketed from eighth to third in his Drydene Heat Race. That resulted in him being the top points earner for the night and the first to draw for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. With the support of Lady Luck, Gravel drew the #1 pile for the Dash and went on to dominate the six-lap event. At the drop of the green flag for the Feature, Gravel mastered the relationship between torque and acceleration to launch ahead of the 25-car field. By the time he reached the flag stand to compete the first lap, his Mesilla Valley Transportation #41 car was already half a straightaway ahead of second-place Rico Abreu. As Gravel pulled away, Abreu became his best friend. The California driver made life hell for Larson, who moved into third on the first lap and was forced to work overtime to get by Abreu. The two Californians waged war for second place in the first eight laps, testing who could throw a better slide job each corner. And while they did, Gravel continued his escape. With 16 laps to go, Larson was able to get a run underneath Abreu down the front stretch and dart ahead of him into Turn 1. Abreu attempted to dive underneath Larson entering the corner but was left minimal room to do so and had to abort his move. That allowed Larson to drive away and reigning Series champion Brad Sweet to make the pass on him for third, as well. By the time Larson finally secured the runner up spot, Gravel already had about a two second lead. With challenging track conditions for Gravel and heavy lap traffic ahead of him, a late race charge from Larson looked inevitable. Gravel was able to put distance between himself and Larson through Turns 1 and 2 but struggled to find grip through Turns 3 and 4 and off the corner. The added obstacles of slower cars allowed Larson closed in every lap. With five laps to go, Larson was within striking distance. Gravel switched to the bottom line through Turns 3 and 4 for a couple of laps to try and find traction, but instead he allowed Larson to rip the top and charge to his bumper. With the white flag in the air, Larson was in prime position to upset Gravel’s night. He dove underneath the red JJR car down the front stretch and had his finger on the trigger to pull the winning slide job. However, when he got to the isle, the lane was closed. Gravel entered Turn 1 through the middle, just above the slower car of Daryn Pittman, and used him as a pick to kill Larson’s attempt at a pass. The move ultimately secured Gravel the win as he was able to find enough grip through Turns 3 and 4 to hold off Larson by 0.203 seconds at the finish line. “All I have to say is Paul Silva and Kyle Larson are really good, but when (JJR crew chief) Philip Dietz and David Gravel are on, we can compete with the best,” Gravel said. “Tonight, it showed. Kyle is a good friend. He’s made us step up our game. This year has been a struggle to find a balance. Tonight, we felt really really good. Had the motor running right tonight. It was definitely intense there. Those lap cars, who knew where they were going?” Gravel’s win ended Larson’s streak of four wins in a row at the Sprint Car Capital of the World and two wins in a row with the World of Outlaws. “Our race car was really good,” Larson said. “Especially when I get to traffic, I feel really good. David did just a little bit better of a job than me at some points. In the early points we got into traffic and then, (turns) one and two is so good you can kind of go anywhere. I couldn’t make it good enough around to stay close to him off (turn) two. We’ll take a second. A good points night.” Sweet rounded out the podium, which is a solid rebound from his disastrous Thursday night run. The Grass Valley, CA driver had suffered his fourth DNF of the year due to being involved in an early wreck. “It feels like a win for us,” Sweet said. “We needed a good rebound after last night. This team has been through a lot with the NAPA Auto Parts car. But we never give up.” His run also helped him gain some points on championship points leader Logan Schuchart, who finished ninth. He’s now 12 points back from the lead. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who also suffered a DNF Thursday night, rebounded to finish 11th, but it was still not the night he and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team were looking for. He had to use a rare provisional to start 25th in the Feature. Gravel’s win has locked him into the Feature and DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash for Saturday’s $50,000-to-win Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank. Larson, Schuchart and Aaron Reutzel are also locked in. The rest of the start-studded field will need to race their way in through four Qualifier races or the D-Main, C-Main and Last Chance Showdown. With a red and black paint scheme that resembles Jason Johnson’s 2016 Knoxville Nationals winning car, the thousand pounds of weight will be back on his shoulders Saturday night. However, having to win under pressure at Knoxville is nothing new for the 2019 Capitani Classic winner and Knoxville Nationals champion. His sweat drenched face has shown it. His tired body has shown it. And his victorious smile. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude “The One and Only” three-day event with the $50,000-to-win Brownells Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank on Sat., Aug. 15 in front of a sold-out crowd. If you can’t make it to the track, you can still watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$7,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$5,000]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [2][$4,500]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic [5][$4,000]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [14][$3,500]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [6][$3,250]; 8. 19-Shane Stewart [7][$3,000]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$2,800]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [15][$2,600]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [25][$1,400]; 12. 9-James McFadden [13][$2,200]; 13. 2-Carson Macedo [24][$2,000]; 14. O9-Matt Juhl [22][$1,800]; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri [9][$1,600]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [3][$1,500]; 17. 39-Sammy Swindell [19][$1,400]; 18. 83-Daryn Pittman [12][$1,300]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$1,200]; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [23][$1,100]; 21. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [16][$1,000]; 22. 3P-Sawyer Phillips [20][$1,000]; 23. 2KS-Brooke Tatnell [18][$1,000]; 24. 5C-Colby Copeland [17][$1,000]; 25. 71-Spencer Bayston [8][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+14] Qualifying – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.718; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 15.723; 3. 41-David Gravel, 15.811; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 15.825; 5. 19-Shane Stewart, 15.833; 6. 71-Spencer Bayston, 15.834; 7. O9-Matt Juhl, 15.854; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.883; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic, 15.886; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.891; 11. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.893; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.909; 13. 33M-Mason Daniel, 15.916; 14. 39M-Anthony Macri, 15.942; 15. 12N-Joey Saldana, 15.952; 16. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.979; 17. 18-Gio Scelzi, 15.987; 18. 26-Cory Eliason, 16.005; 19. 17X-Josh Baughman, 16.007; 20. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.009; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.013; 22. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey, 16.015; 23. 57-Kyle Larson, 16.021; 24. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 16.024; 25. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 16.054; 26. 9-James McFadden, 16.055; 27. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 16.065; 28. 13-Paul McMahan, 16.082; 29. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 16.086; 30. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 16.091; 31. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.091; 32. 2-Carson Macedo, 16.112; 33. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.124; 34. 7-Tim Kaeding, 16.146; 35. 4-Terry McCarl, 16.152; 36. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 16.167; 37. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 16.169; 38. 5C-Colby Copeland, 16.172; 39. 88-Kyle Offill, 16.183; 40. 2KS-Brooke Tatnell, 16.212; 41. 42-Sye Lynch, 16.231; 42. 44S-Trey Starks, 16.242; 43. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.259; 44. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg, 16.265; 45. 39-Sammy Swindell, 16.266; 46. 5-Ian Madsen, 16.293; 47. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 16.311; 48. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, 16.35; 49. 17A-Austin McCarl, 16.364; 50. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 16.394; 51. 70-Cale Thomas, 16.408; 52. 99-Skylar Gee, 16.436; 53. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.439; 54. 56N-Davey Heskin, 16.469; 55. 9W-Ryan Giles, 16.489; 56. 35-Zach Hampton, 16.5; 57. 6-Bill Rose, 16.505; 58. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 16.507; 59. 44-Chris Martin, 16.553; 60. 14K-Tori Knutson, 16.88; 61. 56-Joe Simbro, 17.085; 62. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 17.303; 63. 94-Jeff Swindell, NT
  13. A NIGHT LIKE NO OTHER: Brandon Overton Banks $50,000 in Wild USA Nationals Finale - Erb & Pierce Antics Steal Spotlight from "Big Sexy's" Crown Jewel Triumph at Cedar Lake NEW RICHMOND, WISC. - It was a night, no, a weekend, that should've been solely about celebrating Brandon Overton and his history-making performance at Cedar Lake Speedway. After all, "Big Sexy" controlled the final 56 laps on Saturday night's 100-lapper to score $50,000 with his first career USA Nationals title - becoming the ninth different champion in as many years, and the eighth first-time winner since 2012. Jacy Norgaard photo For Overton of Evans, Ga., Saturday's $50,000 triumph of Cedar Lake's USA Nationals joins his $30,000 score from Lernerville's 2017 Firecracker as his second Crown Jewel victory. An accomplishment coming in a 2020 season where the 29-year old has risen the ranks into contention as one of the best dirt late model drivers in the country. Unfortunately, due to the acts of others, Overton's dominance aboard the Wells Motorsports No. 76 Longhorn Chassis powered Clements Race Engines won't attract all the love he deserves. It all changed on lap 85, when one caution created one of the craziest and most shocking moments in World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series history. The infamous incident between Tyler Erb of New Waverly, Tex. and Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, Ill. quickly sent social media into a frenzy. There was contact, then there was retaliation, and more retaliation, and more retaliation, before a crew member became involved, and ultimately a World of Outlaws official went flying to the ground. Erb was disqualified and towed off to the roar of boos from a standing-room only crowd, while Pierce too was sent to the pits for crew members entering the racing surface. A full penalty report with additional ramifications for the incident is expected to come this week. For Overton though? The $50,000 check is still going to cash the same way come Monday morning. "I never in a million years dreamed that I would win this," Overton exclaimed in victory lane. "I'm just a boy from Georgia trying to get it done. I don't know what to say." Starting from the fifth spot in the 100-lap feature, "that boy from Georgia" quickly made his way to the second spot by lap nine and followed suit of pole sitter and leader, Billy Moyer. While the track continued to widen out, Overton bided his time behind Moyer, sitting through a few rounds of lap traffic, before waiting to pounce when the time was right. That time came on lap 44. With the help of lap traffic, an observant Overton methodically watched the ever-changing surface and made his move underneath Moyer off turn two to secure the race lead. "I was riding around and I could see the top kind of die off, then the bottom came in," Overton said on track conditions. "Then I could see the bottom die off and I had to move up. I kind of knew both routes, like which line I needed to use if I had to protect. My car was really good there through the middle especially. Funny thing is, I was like a half-second slow in hot laps tonight and thought we were terrible. Everything worked out though. I was just trying to manage my tires all race long really." It seemed as if Overton's biggest challenge awaited when 2018 USA Nationals winner and reigning World of Outlaws Late Models champion, Brandon Sheppard, roared into second on lap 56. Coming from 11th-to-2nd, the Rocket1 Racing No. 1 cut into Overton's gap before eventually stalling out and losing momentum. Going up in smoke on lap 85, Sheppard's attempt at stopping Overton ended at the same time of the Erb/Pierce incident, as he was pushed back to the pits with motor trouble. With a massive shakeup in the running order, it seemed as if Overton had a whole new crew chasing him to the final restart with 15 laps left. None of the veterans entering the mix or the legends still in play could throw anything at derailing the No. 76, however, as Overton controlled the last segment and drove away to a 2.213-second advantage at the checkered flag with $50,000 and his first career USA Nationals title waiting for him in victory lane. "This is so cool man," an enthused Overton let out. "It's an honor for me to be in the discussions with Brandon [Sheppard] and Jimmy [Owens] this year. I've got a lot of catching up to do if I'm gonna be as good as those two are though. All we can do is keep going, I want to win all the time." Driving the Drydene Performance Products No. 0e, Rick Eckert of York, Pa. ended up with a second-place finish from 12th in Saturday's USA Nationals finale. A runner-up effort worth $20,000, "Scrub" stayed patient and capitalized on the trouble for others to guide his Rocket Chassis to the front. It's the first time the former World of Outlaws champion is back on the USA Nationals podium since he won the event way back in 2002. "This is a difficult race and it's hard on an old guy, that's for sure," Eckert joked afterwards. "It's just so fast early on and the track changes so much over 100 laps. "I really thought I would have a shot there at the end after I saw Brandon [Sheppard] was smoking and then we got that restart. Overton was just too good in clean track, he's a hard guy to beat. We're not gonna hang our heads running second to him. Hopefully we can come back next year!" Rounding out the podium and leading the charge for the home state was Menomonie, Wisc. native Jimmy Mars in the third spot. "The Iceman" picked up his fifth career USA Nationals podium finish (first since 2014) and made it 11 top five finishes, an event record he shares with Billy Moyer. After starting ninth, it was a slow, but steady crawl to the front for the MB Customs No. 28. "We started out really fats and had little spurts of speed, but then we got slow there, and then picked it up again," Mars commented on his pace. "We definitely got fortunate with some of the others dropping out, but sometimes you gotta be lucky." A pair of legends in Scott Bloomquist and Billy Moyer rounded out the top five in the 100-lap feature. Ricky Weiss, who used a World of Outlaws points provisional to start 25th, ended up as the Hard Charger with an impressive +19 run to the sixth spot in his Team Drydene No. 7. Closing out the top ten at the 33rd annual USA Nationals was Iowa's Chris Simpson in seventh, "The High Side Tickler" Kyle Strickler in eighth-from-2oth, New Mexico's Stormy Scott in ninth-from-18th, and South Carolina's Ross Bailes in his Cedar Lake Speedway debut from 27th-to-tenth. The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series has next weekend off before returning to action with a big four-day swing through Pennsylvania and Ohio in two weeks. On the docket for that trip is Lincoln Speedway on Thursday, August 20, Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, August 21, Sharon Speedway on Saturday, August 22, and Eriez Speedway on Sunday, August 23. Tickets for all four events can be purchased HERE. Morton Buildings Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 76-Brandon Overton [5][$50,000]; 2. 0e-Rick Eckert [12][$20,000]; 3. 28m-Jimmy Mars [9][$10,000]; 4. 0-Scott Bloomquist [19][$6,000]; 5. 21-Billy Moyer [1][$5,000]; 6. 7-Ricky Weiss [25][$4,800]; 7. 32s-Chris Simpson [14][$4,600]; 8. 8-Kyle Strickler [20][$4,400]; 9. 2s-Stormy Scott [18][$4,200]; 10. 58-Ross Bailes [27][$4,000]; 11. 97-Cade Dillard [16][$3,800]; 12. B1-Brent Larson [24][$3,600]; 13. 3s-Brian Shirley [2][$3,400]; 14. 98-Jason Rauen [8][$3,350]; 15. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [10][$3,300]; 16. 1-Brandon Sheppard [11][$3,250]; 17. 32-Bobby Pierce [22][$3,200]; 18. 20-Jimmy Owens [6][$3,150]; 19. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [13][$3,100]; 20. 157-Mike Marlar [15][$3,075]; 21. 28-Dennis Erb [23][$3,050]; 22. 19r-Ryan Gustin [21][$3,025]; 23. 18-Chase Junghans [26][$3,010]; 24. 55c-Chad Mahder [17][$3,000]; 25. 40b-Kyle Bronson [3][$3,000]; 26. 18b-Shannon Babb [28][$3,000]; 27. 12-Ashton Winger [4][$3,000]; 28. 1t-Tyler Erb [7][]. Lap Leader(s): Moyer 1-43; Overton 44-100. Hard Charger Award: 7-Ricky Weiss[+19]
  14. Sheldon Haudenschild takes Sprint Car win "Night Before The Ironman" - Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing picks up its second win of 2020 in dominating fashion PEVELY, MO – Aug. 8, 2020 – Sheldon Haudenschild has excelled when redemption is an added trophy for the second time in 2020. The Wooster, OH driver earned his first win of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season at Lincoln Speedway, where he didn’t qualify for the event last year. He then claimed his second victory of the season Friday night during the Night Before the Ironman at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, where he missed an opportunity to win in May when he flipped while leading. The victory came in dominating fashion as he’s turned the 1/3-mile track into his personal playground. The raceway was built 16 years before Haudenschild was born, but he drives the track like it was built with him in mind. He runs a masterclass of ripping the top and even when he's forced off the high groove to pass cars in traffic, he’s still able to find speed. “I don’t know if there is a secret,” Haudenschild said about his ability to master I-55. “It’s a combo of everything. Having the confidence in this race car and being really comfortable.” However, while he dominated the night, leading 34 of the 35 laps, he was still forced to work for the win. Throughout the majority of the race, reigning champion Brad Sweet kept Haudenschild in sight and was never shy about letting him know the NAPA Auto Parts #49 was on his tail. Sweet, who won the Night Before the Ironman last year, dove under Haudenschild in turns three and four on the first lap to claim the top spot and lead the first lap. Haudenschild had the better run off Turn 4, though, from running high, and crossed underneath Sweet down the front stretch to reclaim the lead by the time they reached Turn 1. Multiple early cautions fizzled their battle but when the race saw consecutive green flag laps, the fans in the stands and those watching on DIRTVision saw a war for the lead with Haudenschild blazing around the high side of the track and Sweet continuously throwing his car underneath Haudenschild every corner. At times, they’d exit Turn 4 side by side, inches apart, able to reach out and touch each other. About halfway through the race Sweet was able to dive far enough underneath the NOS Energy Drink #17 car to slide in front of him and take the lead on the exit of the turn, but a caution came out before the lap was completed. The lead went back to Haudenschild and ultimately the race. Despite his valiant efforts to try and claim another I-55 win, Sweet couldn’t keep pace with Haudenschild in the closing stage of the event. Haudenschild sliced through lap traffic with ease in the final 10 laps, while Sweet struggled to do the same. That allowed Haudenschild to pull away and bring his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing team to Victory Lane for the second time this year and for the second time at I-55. “She was on the fence and fast,” Haudenschild said about the track. “It wasn’t powder up there. It was tacky and grabby. I definitely got tight on the right rear a few times and pushed. I was waiting to see Brad’s nose after I did that. I feel like we recovered from our mistakes and learned on that (early) restart. So, I couldn’t ask for much more.” Sweet’s runner-up finish is his second in a row at the track and third podium finish in a row, as well. While he has two World of Outlaws victories at the track, he’ll be on the hunt for his first Ironman title Saturday night. “Sheldon, he’s just a gasser,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “He was up on the fence and you had to be aggressive. He’s a Haudenschild for sure. I was watching him make moves. It was fun to watch… It’s good to be on the podium. That was a tough 35 laps. We’ve got to make our car a touch better. There’s things we can take away from tonight and go after that Ironman 55.” Rico Abreu raced his way from seventh to third in the 35-lap event, passing Schatz and Schuchart in the closing stage of the race to steal a podium finish. He’s a two-time Ironman title holder and now has the car to try and score his third. Haudenschild’s win helped him close within 100 points of the championship battle. Sitting fifth, he is now 96 points behind Sweet, who continues to lead. And while Sweet lost points to Haudenschild, he gained on the rest. He is now 24 points ahead of Logan Schuchart – who finished fifth – and 30 points ahead of third-place Donny Schatz – who finished fourth. Carson Macedo, who finished 8th after starting 19th – earning the KSE Hard Charger award – is fourth in points, 82 points behind Sweet. They’ll all be gunning for the prestigious Ironman title and $20,000 payday Saturday night. For Haudenschild, he said continued consistency of running smooth laps like he did Friday night could help land to back to back Ironman wins. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for the Ironman 55 Saturday, Aug. 8. Get tickets by clicking here. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$8,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$4,000]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$2,200]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$2,100]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson [9][$2,000]; 7. 71-Shane Stewart [5][$1,800]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [19][$1,600]; 9. 41-Parker Price-Miller [8][$1,500]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$1,300]; 11. 39-Sammy Swindell [10][$1,200]; 12. 13-Paul McMahan [17][$1,100]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,000]; 14. 70-Cale Thomas [13][$700]; 15. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [18][$600]; 16. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [21][$600]; 17. 35-Zach Hampton [14][$600]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$600]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee [23][$600]; 20. 51B-Joe Miller [22][$600]; 21. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [15][$600]; 22. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [12][$600]; 23. 83-Daryn Pittman [16][$600]; 24. 65-Jordan Goldesberry [24][$600]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1, Sheldon Haudenschild 2-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+11] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.335; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.356; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.378; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.397; 5. 41-Parker Price-Miller, 10.451; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.46; 7. 70-Cale Thomas, 10.46; 8. 71-Shane Stewart, 10.48; 9. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 10.518; 10. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.547; 11. 35-Zach Hampton, 10.565; 12. 57-Kyle Larson, 10.568; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.6; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.612; 15. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 10.618; 16. 39-Sammy Swindell, 10.634; 17. 13-Paul McMahan, 10.642; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.648; 19. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.648; 20. 65-Jordan Goldesberry, 10.699; 21. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg, 10.776; 22. 23B-Brian Bell, 10.778; 23. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 10.781; 24. 9K-Kyle Schuett, 10.796; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 10.827; 26. 97-Tommy Worley, 10.836; 27. 6-Bill Rose, 10.842; 28. 33M-Mason Daniel, 10.852; 29. 99-Skylar Gee, 10.891; 30. 51B-Joe Miller, 10.913; 31. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 11.412
  15. CLEAN AIR CRUISING: David Gravel wins Summer Nationals at Williams Grove - Brad Sweet reclaims the points lead after Donny Schatz suffers a DNF MECHANICSBURG, PA – July 25, 2020 – David Gravel knew a second-place starting spot in the Feature would lead to his first Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway Saturday night. He had six laps and two cars to pass to achieve that goal in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – which lineups the first four rows of the Feature by the finishing order. However, once the Dash commenced, he made quick work of the task. He blew by local PA Posse members Brock Zearfoss and Lance Dewease on the first lap to take the runner-up spot and hold it until the finish. With his goal achieved, he knew the race could be his. His main obstacle was to steal the lead away from polesitter and 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz. When the Feature went green, he made it so. Gravel led from green to checkers at the historic half-mile Pennsylvania track, earning his seventh win at the speedway, his third win of the season and the $20,000 top prize. “Clean air in winged (Sprint Car) racing is so important,” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “We’ve been struggling with the pill draw in the Dash and we finally got a good one. You wanted to start on the outside row there (for the Feature). My goal was to finish second. I knew if I could do that, I could get the jump on the start and control the race.” The top lane was dominate all night with those starting on the outside pole always getting the jump on starts to take the lead. The Feature was no different with Gravel pulling ahead of Schatz for the lead before they entered Turn 1 on the initial start. With the advantage of clean air, Gravel could pull ahead of the field by a second in one lap. Schatz was the first to try and contend with the Jason Johnson #41 car, but his fight lasted two laps. With a pop heard among the roar of the 25 410 c.i. engines, Schatz’s car appeared to be the source of the sound as he slowed to a stop on the backstretch during the second lap of the Feature. The undiagnosed mechanical issue was enough to take the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 car out of the race – Schatz’s first DNF since September. With Schatz out of the race, that moved Lance Dewease into second and reigning champion Brad Sweet into third. Four cautions – including an open red – gave Dewease four opportunities to try and challenge Gravel but each time Gravel was too strong. Dewease couldn’t stay with the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41 car on the restarts and eventually feel to the clutches of Sweet. “I knew Lance is known to slide himself in (turns) three and four and carry a lot of entrance speed, so I was just trying to protect on the restarts,” Gravel said. “I knew running the top I was getting a lot of momentum on exit. I just hoped I had a big enough gap and luckily it worked out.” Sweet got by Dewease for second in the early stage of the race, but only held the position for a lap before the famed Hess Iron #69K drove its way back by Sweet’s NAPA Auto Parts #49 car. From then on Sweet became a pong ball between Dewease and fourth-place Logan Schuchart. Some laps he’d close on Dewease and others he’d fad and have to fend off Schuchart. By the end of the 30 laps, Gravel crossed the finish line with a 4.1 second lead over Dewease. Sweet held on to third to round out the podium. “With the way the race track was tonight, we weren’t very good,” Dewease said. “I was happy with the single file starts. I got real tight after that red (flag). Brad kept getting runs at me and runs at me. We had a pretty good race there sliding each other and I run back by him. I was just happy to finish second with the way the track was tonight.” Schatz’s misfortune handed the points lead back to Sweet, who now has an 18-point lead over second-place Logan Schuchart – who finished fourth in the Feature. Schatz fell to third – now 26 points behind Sweet. "I saw Donny have his issues but (points) didn't even cross my mind," Sweet said. "I just kind of thought, it moved me up a spot. We just want to win." Sheldon Haudenschild’s hot streak of top-10s came to an end Saturday night due to a broken rear end. Before the night, he had 18 top-10s in a row, including his win at Lincoln Speedway. He is still fifth in points, but now 100 points behind Sweet. Carson Macedo, who struggled at Williams Grove Speedway last year, had a solid weekend, finishing ninth and eighth, respectively. He maintains the fourth rank in points – 70 points behind Sweet. While Gravel is out of the hunt for the points championship this year after missing a race during the DIRTcar Nationals, Jason Johnson Racing is still in the hunt for the team championship. JJR is tied with TSR for third in points – 26 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing with three months of racing to go in 2020. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, OH for the first time since 1985 on Sat., Aug. 1. Get tickets by clicking here. If you can’t make it to the track, you can still watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$20,000]; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease [6][$12,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$6,000]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$5,250]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][$4,500]; 6. 5-Brent Marks [17][$4,000]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3][$3,500]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [23][$3,000]; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri [12][$2,750]; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman [9][$2,500]; 11. 51-Freddie Rahmer [22][$2,300]; 12. 21-Brian Montieth [20][$2,250]; 13. 14-Parker Price-Miller [15][$2,000]; 14. 11-T.J. Stutts [11][$1,600]; 15. 55K-Robbie Kendall [18][$1,500]; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich [14][$1,300]; 17. 6-Bill Rose [25][$250]; 18. 72-Ryan Smith [10][$1,050]; 19. 71-Shane Stewart [8][$1,050]; 20. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$1,050]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [16][$1,000]; 22. 24-Lucas Wolfe [24][$1,000]; 23. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [21][$1,000]; 24. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$1,000]; 25. 49X-Tim Shaffer [19][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+15] Qualifying – 1. 71-Shane Stewart, 17.167; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease, 17.211; 3. 41-David Gravel, 17.216; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.253; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.325; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.344; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.433; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 17.451; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman, 17.46; 10. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.468; 11. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.537; 12. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.555; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 17.574; 14. 72-Ryan Smith, 17.581; 15. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 17.585; 16. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.586; 17. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.62; 18. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.626; 19. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 17.628; 20. 21-Brian Montieth, 17.637; 21. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 17.657; 22. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 17.661; 23. 1W-Matt Campbell, 17.666; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.715; 25. 5-Brent Marks, 17.716; 26. 19M-Landon Myers, 17.85; 27. 33M-Mason Daniel, 17.869; 28. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.879; 29. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 18.146; 30. 90-Jordan Givler, 18.165; 31. 6-Bill Rose, 18.283; 32. 12W-Troy Fraker, 19.217
  16. CAPITALIZING MOMENT: Shane Stewart Wins Summer Nationals Opener At Williams Grove Ten-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz extends points lead with runner-up result MECHANICSBURG, PA – July 24, 2020 – Shane Stewart was ready to hang up his helmet at the start of the year. Instead, he wore it in Victory Lane Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway for his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win since June of 2019. “There’s no better feeling,” Stewart said about winning with the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove. “This isn’t my best track, but I’ve had good runs. Just was never able to capitalize on the win. Just happy to be here.” After losing his full-time ride with CJB Motorsports at the end of 2019 and no firm prospect on a full-time ride for this year, Stewart considered quitting racing. But before he let that thought become law in his head, Bernie Stuebgen called to offer a part-time deal in the Indy Race Parts #71 car. It was an offer Stewart knew he had to capitalize on. And he has, even before Williams Grove, putting the #71 in the top-five about every time he hit the track with it. A win was near, but still missing each time. The half-mile Williams Grove Speedway is not the track he expected to get his first win with the team at either. Stewart won at the speedway in 2017, but never pieced together consistent finishes after. However, during the opening night of the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals, Stewart was the maestro of the paperclip-shaped clay oval. He won his Drydene Heat Race and then won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, putting him on the pole for the 25-lap race.. Then, when the main event went green, he rocketed ahead of second-place Anthony Macri, of Dillsburg, PA, and pulled away from the field. From then on, no one could touch the Bixby, OK driver. Stewart’s car looked to have 10 more horsepower than everyone else the way it launched ahead of the field on restarts and added seconds between them every lap. On a restart with 13 laps to go, Macri threw a slide job at Stewart going into Turn 1 and took the lead. His stint out front lasted about two more seconds before Stewart fired his car back underneath Marci on the exit of Turn 2 and darted down the backstretch like he was shot out of a canon to reclaim the lead. He led all 25 laps to claim his 35th career World of Outlaws win and become the 10th different winner this year with the Series. Ten-time Series champion and current points leader Donny Schatz made his way from fourth to second, ending the race 1.5 seconds behind Stewart. “We were missing lap traffic. I was thinking to myself, ‘Thank God we have double file restarts on these big tracks, or we’d be spread out pretty quick,” said Schatz, of Fargo, ND. “Everybody’s car was good. Everybody’s motors are good. It’s really a game of chess at high speed. We needed traffic. Every time we got close a yellow would come out. That’s the way it goes.” With his performance, and reigning champion Brad Sweet finishing seventh, Schatz was able to extend his points lead over Sweet again – now 16 points ahead of the Kasey Kahne Racing driver. Macri ended the night third – his second ever top-five and top-10 finish with the World of Outlaws – after starting second, but still took his performance as a victory. “It’s a win in our book,” Macri said. “To run third to these guys, there’s definitely no shame in that. We struggled a little bit tonight. We just kept pushing through. On the one restart I knew I had the chance to slide him (Stewart). So, I slid him and kind of bobbled on the curb and he got by me. I kind of lost my composure there for a lap or two. I think Donny got us the next restart. Shit happens.” Stewart gave a lot of credit for his dominating win to Stuebgen – who had won a World of Outlaws race at Williams Grove before with Gio Scelzi in 2018 – and his Charlie Garrett Racing Engine. “We spent the day at Charlie Garrett’s yesterday, and we had stories of (two-time World of Outlaws champion) Jason Meyers and all of the success he’s had with Brian (Brown) and Jason,” Stewart said. “He told me story that the first time he met Jason he told him, ‘Hey, I’m going to see you in Victory Lane tonight,’ because that was the first time that Jason had run one of Charlie’s motors. And Charlie puts such joy and pride in his motors that he puts a little bit of pressure on you. And he said the same thing to me tonight. He said, ‘I’ll see you in Victory Lane.’” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Williams Grove Speedway for the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals finale with $20,000-to-win on the line on Sat., July 25. Get tickets by clicking here. If you can’t make it to the track, you can still watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 71-Shane Stewart [1][$8,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$4,000]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [2][$2,500]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$2,200]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,100]; 6. 41-David Gravel [6][$2,000]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$1,800]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$1,600]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [15][$1,500]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [24][$1,300]; 11. 51-Freddie Rahmer [11][$1,200]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,100]; 13. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [8][$1,000]; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer [17][$700]; 15. 5-Brent Marks [16][$600]; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich [19][$600]; 17. 11-T.J. Stutts [12][$600]; 18. 24-Lucas Wolfe [14][$600]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$600]; 20. 69K-Lance Dewease [5][$600]; 21. 21-Brian Montieth [20][$600]; 22. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [25][$]; 23. 72-Ryan Smith [23][$600]; 24. 19M-Landon Myers [18][$600]; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson [22][$600]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+14] Qualifying – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease, 17.025; 2. 41-David Gravel, 17.075; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.142; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman, 17.154; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.163; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.169; 7. 71-Shane Stewart, 17.174; 8. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.211; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 17.245; 10. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 17.247; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.264; 12. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.277; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.278; 14. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 17.299; 15. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.326; 16. 21-Brian Montieth, 17.344; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.348; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 17.351; 19. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.359; 20. 72-Ryan Smith, 17.407; 21. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 17.431; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.432; 23. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 17.465; 24. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 17.569; 25. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.595; 26. 19M-Landon Myers, 17.718; 27. 1W-Matt Campbell, 17.754; 28. 5-Brent Marks, 17.777; 29. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.792; 30. 33M-Mason Daniel, 17.935; 31. 6-Bill Rose, 18.037; 32. 12-Brent Shearer, 18.062; 33. 90-Jordan Givler, 18.132; 34. 23-Chris Arnold, 18.157; 35. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.723
  17. GETTING AFTER IT: Sheldon Haudenschild Gets Redemption At Lincoln Speedway - Consistency pays off for Haudenschild and Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing with first win of 2020 ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – July 23, 2020 – When Sheldon Haudenschild pulled his NOS Energy Drink #17 car into Victory Lane at Lincoln Speedway Thursday night, he got more than a trophy and shower of confetti. He got redemption. The Wooster, OH driver missed transferring to the Feature at Lincoln in 2019. This year, he entered the Gettysburg Clash presented by Drydene on a streak of 16 top-10s in a row – nine of them being top-five finishes – and carried that momentum to his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of 2020 and first at Lincoln Speedway. “It definitely feels good, man,” Haudenschild said about the redeeming win. “We were good all night. It definitely feels good to get a win for my team. It’s kind of settled the pain to just be really consistent and gaining points. That’s been a positive. Definitely want to win. These (Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing) guys deserve to win. That’s what we want to do.” His strong run started with a second-place finish in his Drydene Heat Race and then a win in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, which he won by 2.4 seconds. However, Jacob Allen looked to put an end to Haudenschild’s hunt for the win by charging from third to the lead on the first lap of the 35-lap Feature. Allen, of Hanover, PA – just minutes away from the speedway – looked poised to claim his first career win in the early stage of the race. He gapped Haudenschild by over a second in the opening laps before catching traffic on Lap 7. Haudenschild closed in, but Allen was able to keep his Drydene #1A ahead of the NOS Energy Drink car, even while darting high and low to maneuver around the slower cars. Allen ran the top and Haudenschild couldn’t find the grip to pass him low. However, Allen switched to the bottom while racing through traffic, giving Haudenschild his preferred top lane. On Lap 14, Haudenschild flipped the switch and rocketed around the outside of Allen through Turns 3 and 4 to officially take the lead on Lap 15. There was then nothing Allen could do. Haudenschild ripped around the high side of the track like a man desperately trying to lose the hoard of hungry drivers behind him. Although, in clean air, the closest car to him was at least three seconds behind. Cautions eliminated his massive lead twice, but even on a green-white-checkered finish, Haudenschild was still able to gap the field by a second on the restart. “You never know where these guys are at,” Haudenschild said. “You kind of have to race like they’re on you the whole time.” Allen was the one left to fend off the hoard of drivers behind him. First came David Gravel, who was unable to make the pass. And then came his Shark Racing teammate Logan Schuchart. The two Drydene sponsored cars swapped slide jobs each corner for a lap and a half before Schuchart got the upper hand and took second. While Allen had to settle for a third-place finish, after leading the first 14 laps, he was still energized about his performance. “It was fun,” Allen said. “I feel really good. I know I haven’t won an Outlaw race, but this year I feel so good physically and mentally… Sheldon rips. Logan rips. I gave it all I had. The wins are going to come.” The podium finish is his first since earning a third-place finish at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in April of 2019. It’s also his third top-five finish this year, besting his performance last year where he only got two top-fives. Logan Schuchart's runner-up finish at Lincoln Speedway – also his home track – has helped him further cut into the championship points gap. He’s now 20 points behind points leader Donny Schatz and 14 points behind Brad Sweet, who is in second. “I remember racing here locally, seven, eight years ago, and it’s been a struggle to get here. A long journey but we’re gaining on it,” Schuchart said about the Shark Racing team. “It’s nice to get a podium finish.” After winning at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday night, Schatz, the 10-time Series champion from Fargo, ND finished seventh at Lincoln and Sweet, the reigning champion, of Grass Valley, CA, finished eighth. Schatz now holds a six-point lead over Sweet. Carson Macedo, who finished fifth, is still fourth in points – 62 points behind Schatz – and Haudenschild is fifth in points, only four points behind Macedo now. With the consistency Haudenschild and his team have shown this year, he said he’s confident they’ll pick up more trophies and shower in more confetti. “I keep telling these guys, ‘We’ll be consistent and win races,’” Haudenschild said. “It’s hard to tell your guys that and stay motivated with not winning a race until late July but we keep working… I have one of the best teams out there. No doubt.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Williams Grove Speedway for the first of two nights of the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals on Fri., July 24. Get tickets by clicking here. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][$5,500]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$3,200]; 4. 41-David Gravel [5][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [12][$2,500]; 6. 14-Parker Price-Miller [2][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [11][$2,100]; 9. 5-Brent Marks [24][$2,050]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri [13][$2,000]; 11. 72-Ryan Smith [17][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Montieth [20][$1,200]; 13. 88-Brandon Rahmer [15][$1,100]; 14. 83-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$1,000]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$900]; 17. 75-Chase Dietz [26][$]; 18. 24-Lucas Wolfe [7][$800]; 19. 5E-Tim Wagaman [21][$800]; 20. 48-Danny Dietrich [14][$800]; 21. 45-Jeff Halligan [6][$800]; 22. 51-Freddie Rahmer [4][$800]; 23. O7-Gerard McIntyre [18][$800]; 24. 19-Troy Wagaman [22][$800]; 25. 87-Alan Krimes [25][$]; 26. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-14, Sheldon Haudenschild 15-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Brent Marks[+15] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 39M-Anthony Macri, 13.483; 2. 41-David Gravel, 13.535; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.576; 4. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 13.65; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.652; 6. 88-Brandon Rahmer, 13.711; 7. 72-Ryan Smith, 13.721; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.752; 9. 5E-Tim Wagaman, 13.763; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.792; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.802; 12. 87-Alan Krimes, 13.853; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.862; 14. 19-Troy Wagaman, 13.88; 15. 75-Chase Dietz, 13.959; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.01; 17. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 14.072; 18. 16A-Aaron Bollinger, 14.285; 19. 90-Jordan Givler, 14.287; 20. 19M-Landon Myers, 14.379; 21. 59S-Steve Wilbur, 14.511 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 45-Jeff Halligan, 13.579; 2. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 13.628; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.637; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.716; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.721; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.764; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.809; 8. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.822; 9. O7-Gerard McIntyre, 13.878; 10. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.893; 11. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 13.939; 12. 21-Brian Montieth, 13.943; 13. 5-Brent Marks, 13.97; 14. 1X-Chad Trout, 13.978; 15. 15X-Adam Wilt, 13.991; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.017; 17. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.092; 18. 8-Billy Dietrich, 14.15; 19. 59-Jim Siegel, 14.184; 20. 6-Bill Rose, 14.308; 21. 44-Dylan Norris, 14.328
  18. ONE TO REMEMBER: David Gravel wins historic, unusual night at Knoxville Broadcast-only event engages thousands of fans around the world on DIRTVision KNOXVILLE, IA – May 8, 2020 – The silence was different. An oddity that confused a mind used to Johnny Gibson calling the four-wide salute and fans yelling as loud as they can in reaction to an epic battle waged for the glory. However, it was replaced by an unexpected sense, shared by the few fortunate enough to be in attendance. A sense that you knew Friday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Invitational at Knoxville Raceway presented by McKay Insurance was big. Not in the sense of a Knoxville Nationals or Kings Royal. Bigger. Historic. A 48-car field of the best Sprint Car drivers in the world that included the return of Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson, following strict COVID-19 regulations, set by the World of Outlaws, competed for $10,000-to-win in front of an empty grandstand and thousands of fans watching live on DIRTVision desperate for Sprint Car racing. Desperate to forget for a few hours about life. The silence around the half-mile track was an adjustment, but when drivers fired their cars for the first time in more than two months, normalcy set in. And when their helmets went on, the passion, aggression and competitiveness returned, knowing no difference from before. It showed during the 30-lap Feature. Last year’s Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel, of Watertown, CT and two-time Knoxville track champion Ian Madsen, of Saint Marys, NSW, Australia, put on such an electrifying show that you couldn’t help but feel like everyone watching at home was at the track with you. Every slide job the two traded for the lead added another level of tension and drama. Then, with the white flag in the air, Gravel stole the lead from Madsen to win yet another race at Knoxville with the eyes of the world upon him. “We don’t really feel how many people are watching, maybe tens of thousands of people are watching tonight (on DIRTVision) and hopefully that was a good race for everyone to get their blood pumping again,” Gravel said. “Me and Ian just battled and battled and battled … It’s just good to get back in a race car and be competitive.” Gravel earned his first small victory of the night by setting the fastest time in Flight 2 of Qualifying, however Aaron Reutzel set overall Quick Time. Gravel dominated his Drydene Heat Race and then finished fourth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – won by Madsen. When the Feature went green, Daryn Pittman darted ahead of Madsen for the lead and led the opening eight laps before Madsen tracked him down and powered around the outside of him. Pittman spent the next eight laps trying to claw his way back by Madsen, but the Australian’s car was in love with the black-clay and pulled away. Behind them, Gravel looked to be struggling after an early run at the leaders. He fell from third to fifth on a restart and came close to crashing with Lynton Jeffrey as they banged side bars going into Turn 2. It took him a few laps to recalibrate and work at building his momentum again. He got to fourth by Lap 11. Third by Lap 13. And the passed Pittman for second on Lap 16. With the same engine under his hood that guided him and Jason Johnson Racing to a Knoxville Nationals win and sweep of the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, it only took Gravel another lap to eliminate Madsen’s half a track lead. The two drivers then put on a battle that will be remembered for years. Gravel had a run underneath Madsen that was sure to give him the lead, but a slower car running the bottom hindered his exit of Turn 4, allowing Madsen to pull back ahead. The two then traded slide jobs each lap, but Madsen continued to carry the better momentum off the corner to hold the lead. With about three laps to go, Gravel threw a desperate slider underneath Madsen going into Turn 1. However, if he continued the trajectory of his slider he could have plowed into the side of Madsen. Gravel thought better and cranked his car sideways to avoid that outcome. He then watched Madsen fire down the backstretch to about a half of a track away. Gravel thought the race was lost. A valiant attempt gone sour. But in this unusual event, the unexpected was ever present. Madsen’s car got sideways off Turn 4 coming to two laps to go. That allowed Gravel one final shot at running Madsen down. He closed through Turns 1 and 2, but not enough to set up another desperate slider the next corner. Looking to cruise to his first World of Outlaws win at Knoxville, Madsen road the high side through Turns 3 and 4, coming to one lap to go. However, Madsen, again, had an issue trying to exit Turn 4, getting sideways and killing his speed. Gravel didn’t hesitate to take advantage. He sped by Madsen down the front stretch to lead his first lap of the race and only had one more to go. You could hear the thunder of cheers building in your head, even though they weren't there in reality. This momentous moment in time was about to come to a close in thrilling fashion. No matter who won, it was going to be an exciting memory in Sprint Car history. After one final lap with no mistakes, Gravel etched his name in history once again and claimed a win that may be remembered more than his Knoxville Nationals win or any other big win after. “I don’t know how,” said an elated Gravel about winning after the race. “Me and Ian made a lot of mistakes. If it was a 25-lap race, I would have lost that one. I was really good in (Turns) 1 and 2 on the bottom, but man, I could not come off. It was so treacherous, and he was kind of running up the track and turning down and getting more momentum. If I hit my marks, I was faster, but man, it was hard to do.” Also, in an occurrence like no other, fans and companies watching on DIRTVision donated money for various contingencies throughout the night – totaling nearly $15,000 – and part of it brought Gravel’s win total from $10,000 to more than $15,000. (RELATED: Fans watching on DIRTVision share their experiences on social media.) On the other end of the spectrum, while Madsen had a great performance, he said he’s devastated with the results. “I gave it my all,” Madsen said. “Probably made a little error there at the end. Got my wing too far back and I couldn’t get around the top of (Turns) 3 and 4. I buried myself a couple of times, which allowed David to get by. You just can’t make a mistake like that around him.” There was a completely different scene for Logan Schuchart, who finished third — after finishing second at the Knoxville Nationals last year — and took the points lead for the first time in his career by doing so. “Definitely a good start,” Schuchart said. “Started off good. We were quick right off the bat in qualifying. Ran good in the Heat Race. We have some things we can work on to be a little bit better in the Feature, but a great start to the season. Thanks to DIRTVision and the World of Outlaws for putting this on and letting us be here. And Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there.” There may not have been fans in the stands, but Gravel knew they were there in spirit, looking to the stands when he did his wing dance and then to the camera in recognition of everyone watching on DIRTVision. The silence in Victory Lane was different. But that didn’t diminish his understanding of the historic nature of the event and how good it is to win. “For us to be the only race this weekend and win it is just good for everybody,” Gravel said. “Good for JJR. Good for (team owner Bobbi Johnson’s son) Jaxx’s birthday. His favorite number is five. We drew that in the Dash. It was all meant to be.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 will be at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for a doubleheader event with limited fans at both events. Tickets for the Saturday's race are already sold out, but you can still get tickets for Friday's race by clicking here. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 41-David Gravel [4]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [8]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [10]; 7. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [19]; 10. 57-Kyle Larson [18]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [13]; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich [9]; 13. 17A-Austin McCarl [15]; 14. 2-Carson Macedo [16]; 15. 4-Terry McCarl [14]; 16. 71-Shane Stewart [22]; 17. 64-Brooke Tatnell [17]; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen [11]; 19. 56N-Davey Heskin [24]; 20. 24-Rico Abreu [23]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [25]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [26]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [12]; 24. 7-Justin Henderson [20]; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21]; 26. 17W-Shane Golobic [3]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-8, Ian Madsen 9-28, David Gravel 29-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+10] Qualifying Flight-A – 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.162; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.398; 3. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.47; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.478; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.527; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.535; 7. O9-Matt Juhl, 15.615; 8. 5-Brent Marks, 15.631; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 15.643; 10. 24W-Lucas Wolfe, 15.735; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich, 15.751; 12. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.768; 13. 14P-Parker Price-Miller, 15.774; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.788; 15. 64-Brooke Tatnell, 15.859; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.871; 17. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg, 15.876; 18. 13-Paul McMahan, 15.886; 19. 56N-Davey Heskin, 15.891; 20. 41G-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.904; 21. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 15.911; 22. 17B-Bill Balog, 16.053; 23. 9W-Ryan Giles, 16.239; 24. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, 16.243 Qualifying Flight-B – 41-David Gravel, 15.446; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.5; 3. 4-Terry McCarl, 15.544; 4. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.587; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 15.689; 6. 17W-Shane Golobic, 15.74; 7. 71-Shane Stewart, 15.754; 8. 2-Carson Macedo, 15.765; 9. 57-Kyle Larson, 15.786; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.797; 11. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.904; 12. 7-Justin Henderson, 15.913; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.924; 14. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 15.951; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.977; 16. 44-Chris Martin, 15.994; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 16.122; 18. 2KS-Chad Boespflug, 16.149; 19. 9-Kasey Kahne, 16.16; 20. 44S-Trey Starks, 16.281; 21. 33M-Mason Daniel, 16.426; 22. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 16.691; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.72; 24. 15M-Bobby Mincer, 17.495 DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 2. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [2]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 5. 64-Brooke Tatnell [8]; 6. 56N-Davey Heskin [10]; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [9]; 8. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [7]; 9. 9W-Ryan Giles [12]; 10. 55K-Robbie Kendall [11]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 12. O9-Matt Juhl [4] DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 4. 17A-Austin McCarl [6]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8]; 7. 41G-Giovanni Scelzi [10]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [4]; 9. 13-Paul McMahan [9]; 10. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 11. 3P-Sawyer Phillips [12]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [11] DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 4. 4-Terry McCarl [2]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5]; 6. 71-Shane Stewart [4]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [12]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne [10]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 11. 33M-Mason Daniel [11]; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson [9] DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 26-Cory Eliason [2]; 2. 17W-Shane Golobic [3]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 5. 7-Justin Henderson [6]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [7]; 8. 44-Chris Martin [8]; 9. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [9]; 10. 44S-Trey Starks [10]; 11. 15M-Bobby Mincer [12]; 12. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [11] DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [7]; 3. 17W-Shane Golobic [8]; 4. 41-David Gravel [2]; 5. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [4] C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 44S-Trey Starks [2]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog [9]; 4. 33M-Mason Daniel [4]; 5. 15M-Bobby Mincer [6]; 6. O9-Matt Juhl [7]; 7. 3P-Sawyer Phillips [5]; 8. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 9. 55K-Robbie Kendall [1]; 10. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [10] Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 2. 71-Shane Stewart [2]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 4. 56N-Davey Heskin [3]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [5]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [8]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [10]; 8. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [11]; 9. 5-Brent Marks [13]; 10. 13-Paul McMahan [17]; 11. 9-Kasey Kahne [14]; 12. 44-Chris Martin [12]; 13. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [7]; 14. 44S-Trey Starks [19]; 15. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [16]; 16. 41G-Giovanni Scelzi [9]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [20]; 18. 9W-Ryan Giles [15]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]
  19. Owens Earns First Career DIRTcar Nationals Gator Trophy -World of Outlaws Feature win #16 comes in dominant fashion for the Tennessee veteran BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 13, 2020 – With all of his continued success around the national Dirt Late Model racing scene over the years, it seemed odd that one major Florida-Georgia Speedweeks venue Jimmy Owens never had a victory at was Volusia Speedway Park. But on Thursday night at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford, Owens finally added the track to his “conquered” list, as well as the first gator trophy to his collection. “It’s awesome,” Owens said. “We’ve been coming down here for quite a few years now, and just couldn’t quite seem to get our ducks in a row. We’ve been steadily chunking away at it this week and it worked out for us.” In short, Owens was smoother than silk, leading all 40 laps of the Morton Buildings Feature without missing a beat and cleanly fending off all challengers for his 16th career World of Outlaws Feature win. Dale McDowell crossed in second with his best run of the week while Josh Richards came from 12th to cap off the podium. The Newport Nightmare grabbed the lead from polesitter Brandon Sheppard down the backstretch on lap 1 and immediately began putting some distance on the field. Sheppard challenged him to the inside in the opening circuits but was unable to make anything happen. Through 40 laps, that was about the only time Owens was seriously challenged for the lead. Even lapped traffic couldn’t slow down The O-Show, as he maneuvered by every bit of it with ease and never let it slow him down once. Using his preferred line around the bottom for much of the race, Owens seemed to have a terrific drive off of the corner that propelled him away from the rest of the field. “I knew the bottom lane was going to clean-up there a little bit later and be the fastest way around,” Owens said. “When we got to lapped cars, we were still able to maneuver around them on the outside. The car was just flawless.” His acceleration was certainly tested, however, with back-to-back-to-back restarts inside of the final 12 circuits. A hungry McDowell and Richards sat on his rear bumper for the final restart on lap 31, but Owens pulled away and brought the field back to the checkers. Both the car and the track surface worked to Owens’ advantage throughout the race, but he knows Friday night’s race could be different conditions. “As the track dries out, we’ve been missing just a little bit of something, maybe we found it tonight. The track throws something different at you every night, so tomorrow will be a different book,” Owens said. Richards had a very strong car that he put on display early, advancing nine spots to break into the podium by the halfway point. Using that low line, Richards made a great move to McDowell’s inside for second on lap 21, which McDowell took back just nine laps later. “Josh rolled by me and drove off there a little bit, and it took me a little bit to figure out what line to run, to reposition my car, McDowell said. “Then we had a caution come out, and I think that helped me and my right-front tire.” On that final restart, Richards knew the clock was ticking on the time to make another move on McDowell and had to make a tough choice before taking the green. “I really didn’t know whether to pick the top or the bottom on the restart,” Richards said. “Both [McDowell] and [Owens} are excellent in that type of condition when it’s patchy rubber and drive real straight.” Defending DIRTcar Nationals Late Model champion Sheppard started the Feature on the pole but drifted back into the sixth position by race’s end. The 2018 Big Gator champion Chris Madden charged from as deep as 18th at one point to come back and finish eighth. Ricky Weiss was the final car to transfer out of his Last Chance Showdown and started 23rd, picking up 12 spots of position for an 11th-place result. UP NEXT The World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series action continues from the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Friday night, where the field takes on another 40-lap, $10,000-to-win Feature. Catch all the action live on DIRTVision! Morton Buildings Feature (40 Laps) 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [2][$10,000]; 2. 17M-Dale McDowell [4][$5,000]; 3. 14-Josh Richards [12][$3,000]; 4. 49-Jonathan Davenport [14][$2,500]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar [3][$2,000]; 6. 1-Brandon Sheppard [1][$1,700]; 7. 40B-Kyle Bronson [5][$1,400]; 8. 0M-Chris Madden [13][$1,300]; 9. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [8][$1,200]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$1,100]; 11. 7-Ricky Weiss [23][$1,050]; 12. 25-Shane Clanton [10][$1,000]; 13. 0e-Rick Eckert [21][$950]; 14. 28-Dennis Erb [24][$900]; 15. 1st-Johnny Scott [22][$850]; 16. 18-Chase Junghans [20][$800]; 17. 6T-Tyler Erb [15][$770]; 18. 12-Ashton Winger [26][$750]; 19. 0-Scott Bloomquist [17][$730]; 20. 3s-Brian Shirley [6][$700]; 21. B1-Brent Larson [29][$110]; 22. 99B-Boom Briggs [27][$110]; 23. 39-Tim McCreadie [11][$700]; 24. 97-Cade Dillard [25][$700]; 25. 4G-Kody Evans [7][$700]; 26. 66c-Matt Cosner [28][$110]; 27. 25w-Allen Weisser [16][$700]; 28. 22-Gregg Satterlee [18][$700]; 29. 6-Blake Spencer [30][$110]; 30. 5-Mark Whitener [19][$700]; Hard Charger: 7-Ricky Weiss[+12]
  20. Schuchart wins DIRTcar Nationals finale, Sweet claims Big Gator championship - Logan Schuchart wins first Volusia Speedway Park Feature and Brad Sweet wins his second Big Gator BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 9, 2020 – The wild hunt commenced Sunday night at the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series finale at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. The trophies: A golden gator. And a Big Gator. Logan Schuchart put an assault on the 27-car field, in front of a packed house, to earn his first win at Volusia Speedway Park and Brad Sweet cruised to his third podium finish in-a-row, awarding him his second Big Gator championship. Sweet won his first Big Gator in 2016. “It was a lot of fun,” Sweet said about the event. “I thought we had a lot of different tracks all week. The NAPA car was fast on all the different conditions, but we’ll take that… 2020 is looking to be a strong year for us.” Schuchart, who had never finished inside the top-five and never led a lap at the half-mile speedway, ended his 2020 DIRTcar Nationals with three top-five finishes in-a-row and 50 laps led. He placed second the first night. Charged from 25th to fifth the second night. And won the DIRTcar Nationals Sprint Car Week finale. “This place is just so tough,” Schuchart said. “You know, we come here, we learn, I watch videos in the wintertime. We just try to make our cars better as a whole. “Just kind of studying the racetrack. Notes from the past. Watching the highlight videos from the past few years and what other people’s cars look like compared to ours and maybe what we could have done better to qualify and put us in better positions… First three races were awesome. To pull away with a win really helps our confidence.” That confidence showed before the conclusion of Sunday night’s 30-lap Feature when the Hanover, PA driver powered his way underneath Daryn Pittman on Lap 2 to take the lead. From there, he never relinquished it, leading the final 29 laps. Although, those on the hunt behind him tested his poise. Schuchart held a commanding lead on the field but as lap traffic continuously hindered his pace, Pittman closed in. With 10 laps to go, Schuchart got caught behind a slower car coming off Turn 2, allowing Pittman to close within a car length’s distance. However, once Schuchart found his way back into clean air, Pittman was left having to fend off Cory Eliason and Sweet. In the closing laps of the race, Eliason found another gear. With five laps to go he charged his way around the outside of Pittman for second and set his sights on Schuchart. Three laps later, with smoke billowing out of his exhaust, Eliason powered his way around Schuchart off Turn 2. Not willing to forgo his first DIRTcar Nationals win, Schuchart threw a hold-your-breath-slide job on Eliason through Turns 3 and 4 to reclaim the lead. A large cloud of smoke erupted from Eliason’s motor the next lap, ending his night. The yellow flag flew with one lap to go. On the restart, with Pittman and Sweet breathing down his neck, Schuchart darted away from the field. No one could touch the red and white Drydene car. Pittman and Sweet had to settle for second and third, respectively. “Just pissed off at myself,” Pittman said. “I feel like if I would have stayed second… Man, like on that white flag, I couldn’t believe how far back he (Schuchart) came to me and Cory (Eliason). Honestly, I think it was anybody’s race going down the backstretch there on the white flag lap. We were kind of nose to tail. I wish I would have been in second there, I think I would have had a shot.” Behind the top-three, Sheldon Haudenschild had one of the most impressive runs of the race in his NOS Energy Drink #17 car. For the second time in three races during the DIRTcar Nationals, Haudenschild earned the KSE Hard Charger award, racing his way from 18th to fourth. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who opened the 2020 World of Outlaws season with a win found himself having to settle for a seventh-place finish. He finished sixth the night before. Sweet started the DIRTcar Nationals being presented his 2019 World of Outlaws championship ring and ended it being presented his second Big Gator trophy. He’ll also leave Florida with the Series points lead – two points ahead of Schuchart. The championship is far out of Schuchart’s head with more than 80 races to go this season. He said his focus is just to win as many races as he can. Nabbing his first golden gator trophy is one he can finally cross of his list. “I really wanted one of these gators,” Schuchart said. “I’m really glad we got one.” UP NEXT The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, March 13, will return to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [1][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [3][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [7][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,200]; 8. 9-James McFadden [16][$2,100]; 9. 7-Shane Stewart [6][$2,050]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$2,000]; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich [12][$1,500]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [17][$1,100]; 14. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [13][$1,050]; 15. 21-Brian Brown [10][$1,000]; 16. 57-Kyle Larson [21][$900]; 17. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$800]; 18. 14-Tim Shaffer [24][$800]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [23][$800]; 20. 15K-Chad Kemenah [19][$800]; 21. 4-Terry McCarl [20][$800]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [26][$]; 23. 33M-Mason Daniel [27][$]; 24. 26-Cory Eliason [4][$800]; 25. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [22][$800]; 26. J4-John Garvin [11][$800]; 27. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1, Logan Schuchart 2-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+14] Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 13.351; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.386; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.417; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.448; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.465; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.478; 7. 7-Shane Stewart, 13.491; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.515; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 13.56; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.609; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.629; 12. 9-James McFadden, 13.653; 13. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.662; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 13.664; 15. J4-John Garvin, 13.705; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.709; 17. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.729; 18. 14P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.744; 19. 15K-Chad Kemenah, 13.747; 20. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.773; 21. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.797; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.811; 23. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.816; 24. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.821; 25. 5-Brent Marks, 13.832; 26. 14-Tim Shaffer, 13.835; 27. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.856; 28. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.9; 29. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.97; 30. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.989; 31. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 14.02; 32. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.166; 33. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.184; 34. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.189; 35. 6-Bill Rose, 14.263 DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [8]; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 7. 57-Kyle Larson [5]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [7]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9] DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 6. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 7. 14-Tim Shaffer [7]; 8. 3C-Cale Conley [8]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [9] DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 7-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. J4-John Garvin [4]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 5. 15K-Chad Kemenah [5]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [3]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 9. 6-Bill Rose [9] DRYDENE Heat #4 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [4]; 4. 9-James McFadden [3]; 5. 4-Terry McCarl [6]; 6. 13-Paul McMahan [5]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [8] DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 6. 7-Shane Stewart [6]; 7. 41-David Gravel [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8] Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [6][-]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2][-]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [4][-]; 4. 14-Tim Shaffer [7][-]; 5. 13-Paul McMahan [5][$300]; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri [1][$250]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$225]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [9][$200]; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8][$200]; 10. 33M-Mason Daniel [14][$200]; 11. 3C-Cale Conley [10][$200]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson [12][$200]; 13. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [3][$200]; 14. 6-Bill Rose [15][$200]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$200] BIG GATOR CHAMPIONSHIP TOP 10 Rank-Driver-Points 1-Brad Sweet-1234 2-James McFadden-1186 3-Logan Schuchart-1180 4-Daryn Pittman-1180 5-Donny Schatz-1176 6-Carson Macedo-1166 7-Sheldon Haudenschild-1152 8-Cory Eliason-1118 9-Danny Dietrich-1112 10-Kerry Madsen-1112
  21. Dillard Stuns Sheppard at Vado for First World of Outlaws Win - Lanigan, Bloomquist, Weiss all surge forward in wild slide-job-filled Feature VADO, NM – Jan. 5, 2019 – He’s known as Thriller, and on Sunday night at Vado Speedway Park in the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series inaugural Battle at the Border finale, Robeline, LA’s Cade Dillard lived up to his nickname and then some. Adam Mollenkopf photo With two-time and defending Series champion Brandon Sheppard setting the pace, Dillard battled side-by-side with three-time Series champion Darrell Lanigan on almost every inch of the 3/8-mile dirt track, then slowly pulled away from Lanigan and closed the gap on Sheppard as the laps began winding down. After a caution waived with just nine circuits remaining, a single-file restart was Dillard’s last chance. Sheppard, having driven such a versatile car all night, chose to ride the cushion around Turn 4 on the restart while Dillard turned his MB Customs chassis #97 down off the fourth corner. With the bite on the low side, Dillard blasted by Sheppard into the lead at the flagstand – one he would not relinquish, as he turned on the jets and flat-out ran away from his competition to score the first World of Outlaws victory of his young career. Overcome with emotion in Victory Lane, Series Announcer Rick Eshelman welcomed Dillard into the World of Outlaws winner’s club, the 87th driver in tour history to join it, but all the 28-year-old could muster in response was, “I’m speechless.” After celebrating with his crew and embracing the other drivers in Victory Lane, Dillard had some time to let it soak in, and described the feeling of a national tour victory by reflecting back on the heroes of the Series he once looked up to. Now, he stands alongside them. “I’ve watched these guys for a long time, back when I was Modified racing, and dreamed of the day of getting to race with them. Never in a million years did I think something like this would ever happen for me,” he said. Dillard stayed consistent the entire race, never dropping out of the top five in the 75 laps contested. But from the initial drop of the green, it appeared as though Sheppard was going to have his way with the field. The Rocket-Shepp jumped out to the lead and held it through several restarts, including one after an extended red-flag period for a three-car accident in Turn 1. Bobby Pierce was one collected in the incident that went over onto his side, made the repairs and came back out to finish all 75 laps in tenth. As Sheppard continued to show the way and the laps clicked off, Dillard’s battle with Lanigan heated up. The Bluegrass Bandit regained the runner-up spot on lap 30 as Dillard faded back a bit, giving up third to Scott Bloomquist seven laps later. Dillard rebounded on the next lap and got it back, just a few laps before another caution flew that placed him on the rear bumper of Lanigan. “I should’ve picked the outside on that restart, I let Dillard have it,” Lanigan said. “I thought I could get some more grip on the bottom; the top was giving up some.” Scrubbing the outside wall on the restart, Dillard took the momentum line up top and it paid off as he zoomed by the #29v to regain second. Dillard completely reeled-in Sheppard by lap 60 and quickly put his wheelman skills on display, going slidejob-for-slidejob with the leader around the wicked fast oval and bringing the fans to the edge of their seats. Then came the final restart on lap 67, where he made the move that won him $15,000. “I didn’t think he would mess-up up there and I would even have a chance to get around him, honestly,” Dillard said. “He’s so good at running the cushion. If it hadn’t been for that restart… I just had my tires cooled off, and I felt like I fired really good.” From that point, Dillard put his car on the wall all the way to the checkered flag, holding off Sheppard, Lanigan, the legend Scott Bloomquist, and Friday’s winner Ricky Weiss, who started 21st. From Sheppard’s perspective, he said if he could’ve had the restart back, he knows exactly what he would have done. “I would have just turned down and came off the bottom of [turn] four, like I did every other restart,” Sheppard said. “It kept getting slicker and slicker through the middle, so I didn’t want to kill my speed turning down across the track. But obviously I thought wrong on that because I needed to turn down, and I didn’t. I gave it away.” Win or lose, the respect the Outlaws have for each other off the track shines through in the end. Dillard and Sheppard are two of the youngest non-rookie competitors on the tour, and they always go the extra mile to show their sportsmanship. “Brandon Sheppard – he’s probably the best there is on the cushion. He’s probably the best there is in general. I’ve got a lot of respect for them. Just to be able to pass somebody like that, and racing with Bloomquist, it’s just a big dream come true,” Dillard said. “Cade’s been doing a really great job,” Sheppard said. “He always drives us clean and we always do the same for him. He’s a good guy and deserves to win. But I feel like we’ve had the car to win all weekend, we just haven’t got it done.” Lanigan and the new Barry Wright Race Cars / Viper Motorsports pairing had a solid first weekend out in New Mexico, with two top-five finishes to cap off the Southwest stretch. Despite the potential he felt had there been no final caution, his veteran intellect knows there’s always room for improvement as the season moves forward. “If there wouldn’t have been that caution… we were on Sheppard pretty hard,” Lanigan said. “We’ve got something to learn, but the car seems to be pretty good.” Somehow, after winning a record 18 World of Outlaws races last year, Sheppard has now gone 11 complete races without a tour victory. He did, however, finish second in all three races this weekend, and takes the points lead into an event he absolutely dominated last year – Volusia Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals. Make no mistake, Rocket1 Racing will be prepared to defend their Big Gator title at Florida in February. “To come off Volusia with four straight wins and to be going back into there now is really exciting for me,” Sheppard said. “My guys worked really hard all winter to give me a great racecar, and everything’s just clicking right along like it did last year. So, things are looking up.” UP NEXT Four straight nights of World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series action commences on Feb. 12 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 49th annual DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. Don’t miss a moment of the moment of the action from Barberville, FL, as the Outlaws take on The World’s Fastest Half-Mile – get yourself a DIRTVision Fast Pass subscription today and catch every lap live! Morton Buildings Feature (75 Laps) 1. 97-Cade Dillard [4][$15,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [2][$7,000]; 3. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [5][$5,000]; 4. 0-Scott Bloomquist [10][$4,000]; 5. 7-Ricky Weiss [21][$3,000]; 6. 28-Dennis Erb [12][$2,000]; 7. 0e-Rick Eckert [9][$1,900]; 8. 0M-Chris Madden [3][$1,800]; 9. 157-Mike Marlar [17][$1,700]; 10. 32-Bobby Pierce [22][$1,600]; 11. O1-Garrett Alberson [20][$1,500]; 12. 2s-Stormy Scott [13][$1,450]; 13. 18-Chase Junghans [23][$1,400]; 14. 4G-Kody Evans [18][$1,350]; 15. 99B-Boom Briggs [7][$1,300]; 16. 66c-Matt Cosner [25][$250]; 17. 6L-Ivedent Lloyd [26][$200]; 18. 12-Ashton Winger [8][$1,150]; 19. 99jr-Frank Heckenast [11][$1,100]; 20. 21-Billy Moyer [19][$1,050]; 21. B1-Brent Larson [15][$1,000]; 22. 6-Blake Spencer [24][$1,000]; 23. 3s-Brian Shirley [16][$1,000]; 24. 91p-Jason Papich [14][$1,000]; 25. 21jr-Billy Moyer [1][$1,000]; 26. 98-Jason Rauen [6][$1,000] Hard Charger: 7-Ricky Weiss[+16]
  22. Canadian Holds Off Sheppard at Vado for First World of Outlaws Victory - Defending champ challenges Weiss after surging from 7th in battle with Madden VADO, NM – Jan. 4, 2019 – At last, the wait is over. Ricky Weiss has finally achieved his long-overdue goal of becoming a World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature winner, and he did it in style on Saturday night, taking home the trophy in the second round of the inaugural Battle at the Border at Vado Speedway Park. Making a brilliant move for the lead on lap 14 underneath Friday night winner Chris Madden, Weiss drove through lapped traffic and fended-off a hard-charging Brandon Sheppard to become the first Canadian-born driver to win a World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Feature — now just under two months removed from his 13th top-three finish of his 2019 Rookie of the Year Award-winning season when, somehow, he went winless. “It’s a great feeling, finally, to get it accomplished,” said a jubilant Weiss, of Headingley, Manitoba. “Hopefully, Madden’s right when he says once you get the first one, the rest are easy and they come in six-packs.” Sheppard, of New Berlin, IL, surged forward from seventh in the 30-lap race, tried to steal the win from Weiss, and managed to hold off Madden for his second consecutive runner-up finish. Madden, of Gray Court, SC, was third after his late-race move to catch Sheppard came up just short. Madden and Cade Dillard led the field to the drop of the green with Weiss and three-time Series champ Darrell Lanigan following closely behind. Sheppard soon poked his head inside the top four and set up a three-car battle for the lead between himself, Weiss and Madden inside of 10 laps. Soon, the race’s only caution flew with nine laps complete, putting Weiss right on the rear bumper of Madden. Try as he may, however, Smokey was unable to hold off Weiss or Sheppard in the circuits that followed, as Weiss got a great run on the inside lane out of turn four to swipe the lead away at the line. “The caution came out and I knew Sheppard was right beside me, and I knew he was gonna give it everything he had to get around me. I figured if I could clear him, I’d have something for Madden,” Weiss said. In fact, both he and Sheppard had something for Madden, as they lit the fire in their own battle for the lead a few laps later, Sheppard on the top and Weiss continuing to hug the bottom. But even the defending Series champion could not pry the lead from Weiss’ hands as they pressed onward into lapped traffic. Weiss was actually forced to switch to the topside to get around the slower cars, which made him a bit uneasy at first. “When I got up to the lapped cars, I looked up at the board and saw lap 18, so I figured I’d have to go around them sooner or later, or I was going to get passed” Weiss said. “It was a little nerve-wracking going up there, because I knew it was definitely not the preferred lane.” Sheppard’s duel with Weiss came to a boiling point on lap 22 when Sheppard tried to thread the needle going into turn three with Weiss and the slower car of Brent Larson on either side. Weiss shut the door while Sheppard slipped up the track and said goodbye to his last serious challenge for the lead, as Weiss just stayed smooth and out of trouble in the remaining laps to get his first Series win. Lanigan’s consistent run netted him a fourth-place finish while 2018 champ Mike Marlar rounded out the top five. Chase Junghans surged forward from 16th to finish ninth and earn the night’s Hard Charger award. In his record-setting 2019 campaign as the Rookie of the Year last season, Weiss gained a ton of experience on new tracks and made new fans in the stands and online. “We were finally able to go back home for Christmas, and I had a lot of fans calling me and contacting me social media-wise just to say that they’re proud [of me] to put them on the map,” Weiss said. “Being able to say that we’re Canadian, it was a pretty cool feeling when everyone called and said that. I was pretty humbled.” With two races now in the books, Weiss and Madden are now tied for the lead in Series points standings after a win and a third-place for each. Interestingly enough, Sheppard’s second runner-up finish at Vado created an identical top-three in Victory Lane with the winner switches for each night. Sheppard picked up his second runner-up spot in two races on Saturday night, driving what he said was a very stable racecar. He’s been a two-time bridesmaid already this weekend in the two 30-lap Morton Buildings Features, and now he gears up for 75 laps and a chance at a $15,000 check on Sunday. Weiss may have gotten the best of him earlier on in Saturday’s main event, but the momentum he and the team are building on should fair them well in Sunday’s main event. “I slipped up and [Weiss] got back by me, then we both got by Madden,” Sheppard said. “It just didn’t fall my way tonight. We had a really good racecar, we were right there where we needed to be.” One of the biggest keys for success in short track racing is doing well in the qualifying events to start up front, making for an easier time in the Feature. Sheppard had that down pat in 2019 and looks to use that to his advantage again on Sunday. “We’ve got to win our Heat race and start on the front row, that helps a lot here,” Sheppard said. “I know we can keep it out front and we’ve got a few more laps tomorrow to make something happen, so we should be able to, hopefully, get one spot better.” Madden led the opening laps and looked strong out of the gate, and held his own inside the top three throughout the night. “We need to keep doing what we’ve done the past few days. We need to qualify well, get us a Heat race win, or at least a second to put us in the top-8 for the Feature. That way, we’re able to be within striking distance and make our moves when we have to. If not, maybe we’ll be on the pole tomorrow and be able to set our own pace,” Madden said. UP NEXT The 75-lap, $15,000-to-win Battle at the Border finale hits Vado Speedway Park for Hot Laps at 3 pm Sunday, catch every lap live on DIRTVision! Morton Buildings Feature (30 Laps) 1. 7-Ricky Weiss [3][$5,000]; 2. 1-Brandon Sheppard [7][$3,000]; 3. 0M-Chris Madden [1][$2,000]; 4. 29v-Darrell Lanigan [4][$1,500]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar [6][$1,200]; 6. 97-Cade Dillard [2][$1,100]; 7. 21-Billy Moyer [5][$1,000]; 8. 2s-Stormy Scott [11][$900]; 9. 18-Chase Junghans [16][$850]; 10. 1P-Earl Pearson [12][$800]; 11. 3s-Brian Shirley [17][$750]; 12. 28-Dennis Erb [18][$700]; 13. O1-Garrett Alberson [13][$650]; 14. 12-Ashton Winger [14][$625]; 15. 32-Bobby Pierce [19][$600]; 16. 21jr-Billy Moyer [8][$575]; 17. 0-Scott Bloomquist [9][$550]; 18. 0e-Rick Eckert [15][$525]; 19. 99B-Boom Briggs [23][$500]; 20. 1st-Johnny Scott [21][$500]; 21. 66c-Matt Cosner [27][$110]; 22. 98-Jason Rauen [22][$500]; 23. B1-Brent Larson [10][$500]; 24. 6-Blake Spencer [24][$500]; 25. 6L-Ivedent Lloyd [25][$110]; 26. 4G-Kody Evans [26][$110]; 27. 91-Tony Toste [20][$500] Hard Charger: 18-Chase Junghans[+7]
  23. Rocket1 and Sheppard Celebrate 2nd Crown at Can-Am World Finals CONCORD, NC – Nov. 9, 2019 – Racing journalists, industry professionals, statistical experts... all of their writings, findings and compilations have contributed to one common theme seen across the Dirt Late Model world in 2019. The driver-owner-crew combination of Brandon Sheppard, Mark Richards and all of Rocket1 Racing have just completed one of the greatest seasons in dirt track racing history. The money won, to the statistical records broken, to the numerous appearances in Victory Lane, Sheppard & Co. have been nothing short of just plain dominant since the 2019 season kicked off 10 months ago. In Saturday’s Can-Am World Finals season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Sheppard and the team were shooting for one final World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series record to break before the season came to a close, but fell short of the 19-win mark with an 11th-place finish to Jimmy Owens’ seventh career World of Outlaws win at The Dirt Track — now the most of any driver at “America’s Home for Racing.” “The car’s been really good all weekend, we just had a little bit of misfortune the night before,” Owens said in Victory Lane after the race. “I’m just glad to get this Red Line Oil, Reece Monument, Ramirez Motorsports car home in the lead.” Hot on Owens’ tail in the closing stages was none other than the 2019 Rookie of the Year, Ricky Weiss. With his runner-up finish, rebounding from a 14th-place result the night before, the Headingly, Manitoba-native now becomes the highest-finishing Rookie in year-end points standings in Series history at third. For never having raced at Charlotte prior to the weekend, Weiss showed, once again, why he’s one of the most versatile drivers on the circuit at any racetrack. Shane Clanton capped off his 2019 campaign with a 12th-place effort over 50 laps, good enough to defend his runner-up spot in the points standings and rebound from his disappointing seventh-place result in last year’s overall rankings. Chase Junghans and Darrell Lanigan had their struggles over the weekend but were able to hang onto their top-five spots in points, giving Junghans his best-ever year-end result and Lanigan the motivation to come back even stronger in 2020. After the confetti showers had fallen and the trophy presentations completed in Victory Lane, the feeling of a sixth World of Outlaws championship title finally began to sink in for Sheppard and car owner Mark Richards. They may not have come home with the immediate result they wanted, but 18 wins and a record-breaking 340-point margin over second-place in the overall points standings was more than good enough for the boys in blue. “It was just another one of those years,” Sheppard said. “We didn’t get the 19th win like we wanted, but at the end of the day, that gives us something to chase next year. The record is still there, and we know we can do it, it’s just a matter of putting a full season together, doing the same thing we did this year and getting lucky once more.” With eight points races remaining back in September and only one left to win before the end of the season, Sheppard continued to post good finishes, but his hot streak seemed to cool. Northeast and Southeast locals started getting the better of the entire World of Outlaws roster more times than not, and things got tough for the Rocket house car to produce the success it had gotten so accustomed to over the summer. But instead of focusing on the things they didn’t do at season’s end, the Rocket1 gang will head back to Rocket Chassis headquarters in Shinnston, WV, and take pride in each and every big trophy/check they did earn this year because they know, there’s never been a season like the one they just completed before, and no one knows if this level of success will ever be reached again. “In the last eight races, not everything fell our way,” Sheppard said. “But, we won the Dirt Track World Championship, we won $30,000 at Fairbury… it’s not like we weren’t there, it’s just that stuff didn’t go our way like it had been all year. We have nothing to complain about, we just didn’t get the record. And that’s nothing to hang our heads over. “At the end of the day, we want to top it. That’s what our goal is for next year, to top this year. It’ll be pretty extreme if we do that. But you never know, you may never have a chance to win 3 $100,000-to-win races in a year again.” As he does with each and every victory, Sheppard took the time to thank those that helped get him here. “It’s just a testament to how awesome my crew is,” Sheppard said. “Mark Richards, Steve Baker, Danny White, Austin Hargrove, Joel Rodgers – those guys are the hardest-working bunch of guys out there, and the best crew I could ever ask for.” Five of the last seven World of Outlaws championship trophies have been handed off to a driver who pilots a Rocket Chassis XR1. Truly, a big testament to the most popular chassis model in Dirt Late Model racing and the business that Mark Richards and Steve Baker have built over the last two-plus decades. “We put a lot of work into it for a lot of years,” Richards said. “Now, we get to see it paying off, and it’s great to know that we’ve put all the hours in, the late nights and all the sacrifices we’ve made, being away from home.” “But this would be hard to do without Steve Baker, and I’m grateful to have such a great partner.” Having driven Rocket Chassis before coming to the Rocket1 team, Sheppard concurs. “Mark and Steve have developed the best racecar chassis out there, in my opinion,” Sheppard said. “And I’m sure a lot of other people would agree as well. It’s phenomenal what we can do, night-in and night-out with this thing.” At almost 60 years old, Richards has gained what seems like a lifetime of experience in the shop, working every day to perfect his craft. But in recent years, he’s found some youth in the right crew members that helped to put the Rocket1 car in World of Outlaws Victory Lane a record-tying 18 times this year. “It makes me feel good that I can still be out here doing this at 59,” Richards said. “It keeps me feeling young. I feel like I’m 39, so… I feel way better today than I did six or eight years ago because I was doing way more of the work and had way more pressure on me. These guys take the pressure off and makes it to where I feel like I can go for a while.” Taking a slight glance back to his first Series crown in 2017, Sheppard said the first was unique because it was all so new. But he knew it was only the first chapter in a story of success, destined to be re-written multiple times over. “The first one was definitely special,” he said. “It was a new team, new everything to me, and to most of the guys too. For us to do it that first year was amazing, and I knew there were more big things to come.” The entire World of Outlaws family would like to thank all of the great race fans that came out to watch “The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet” over the 2019 season, and look forward to making 2020 even more exciting. The opening round of the Battle at the Border at Vado Speedway Park hits the track Jan 2-5; catch all of the action live on DIRTVision! Morton Buildings Feature (50 Laps) 1. 20-Jimmy Owens [4]; 2. 7-Ricky Weiss [6]; 3. 17M-Dale McDowell [11]; 4. O1-Mike Marlar [8]; 5. 0M-Chris Madden [7]; 6. 49-Jonathan Davenport [3]; 7. 23-John Blankenship [2]; 8. 14-Josh Richards [5]; 9. 0-Scott Bloomquist [14]; 10. 5-Don O’Neal [12]; 11. 1-Brandon Sheppard [15]; 12. 25-Shane Clanton [1]; 13. 28-Dennis Erb [16]; 14. 71-Hudson O’Neal [21]; 15. 22-Chris Ferguson [13]; 16. 2-Brandon Overton [17]; 17. 111-Max Blair [24]; 18. 18-Chase Junghans [25]; 19. 29-Darrell Lanigan [26]; 20. 72-Jason Covert [23]; 21. 1T-Tyler Erb [19]; 22. 111r-Steven Roberts [27]; 23. OE-Rick Eckert [18]; 24. 99B-Boom Briggs [29]; 25. B1-Brent Larson [30]; 26. 6m-Tim McCreadie [22]; 27. 6-Blake Spencer [31]; 28. 87-Ross Bailes [9]; 29. 97-Cade Dillard [28]; 30. 88-Trent Ivey [20]; 31. 15b-Brian Birkhofer [10] Hard Charger: 17M-Dale McDowell[+8]
  24. Brad Sweet wins first World of Outlaws championship - Sweet beats Schatz by 4 points in closest points battle in Series history; Gravel sweeps Can-Am World Finals CONCORD, NC – Nov. 9, 2019 – The air chilled your bones and frozen your breath. The crowd of people multiplied every second, fighting over inches of space to snap the best picture. Sandwiched in the middle of it was Brad Sweet, who at that moment said he felt like he could finally relax. Awaiting him on the front stretch of The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday night after his runner-up finish in the Can-Am World Finals was a stage and a bronze trophy to officially announce the Grass Valley, Calif. driver as the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion. He beat 10-time and reigning Series champion Donny Schatz by four-points — the closest championship finish in the history of the World of Outlaws. “I feel really relieved,” Sweet said after securing his first World of Outlaws title. “It’s just different than winning big races. A championship is just a different level. You try to act like it won’t affect you if you lose, but it’s been the most stressful couple days of my life to be honest. I tried to act like it wasn’t.” Coming into the season finale race at the Can-Am World Finals Sweet had a mere two-point lead over Schatz — after losing six points to the Fargo, N.D. driver Friday night at the Charlotte dirt track. Sweet joked Saturday night that he kept asking, “Are you sure it’s two points? Are you sure?” The last thing he wanted to see in Saturday night’s 30-lap Feature was Schatz’s Toco Warranty No. 15 car in front of him. It only took five laps for his fear to become a reality. Sweet started third with Schatz behind him in eighth. Once the race went green for multiple laps, after being hindered by a caution and two red flags at the start, Sweet was stationary in third, while Schatz wasted no time charging his way forward. After two laps Schatz had already rocketed his way to fourth, running the high side of the track. Sweet ran low, not making ground on the leaders and losing time to Schatz. On Lap five, Schatz powered to the outside of Sweet down the backstretch and cleared him for third going into turn three. Schatz needed to either win or finish two positions ahead of Sweet to secure what would have been his 11th championship. A fire was lit inside the cockpit of the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car. “The Big Cat” was ready to fight back. Schatz slipped off turn four, allowing Sweet to pull even with him down the front stretch. Sweet then pulled the slide job of his life into turn one, darting ahead of Schatz, leaving inches between their bumpers as he slid in front of him. Sweet was then able to get the better run off turn two and drove away from his championship competitor. “I never wanted to see the 15 pass me,” Sweet said. “I wanted to control our own destiny. I knew if I was ahead of him, you know, he couldn’t beat me. When he passed me, luckily, he slipped off four and I was able to pass him back. And I told myself right then and there you better run the best race of your life or you’re not going to win this thing.” His self-pep talk worked. He continued to pull away from Schatz and caught Jacob Allen for second five laps after getting back by Schatz. However, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver wasn’t willing to let Sweet run away with the championship either. He passed Allen for third shortly after Sweet went by and then kept his the blue No. 49 car in sight. With 10 laps to go Schatz almost had the championship handed to him. The lapped car of Danny Dietrich spun directly in front of Sweet, forcing him to make a split-second evasive maneuver. The caution also put Schatz within reaching distance of Sweet. However, on the restart Sweet didn’t give Schatz a chance to attack. He gapped the No. 15 car by three car lengths when the green flag flew and continued to drive away. He finished the night second behind race winner David Gravel with Schatz settling for third. It was a good enough run to earn Sweet the championship. “I’ve never been more happy to run second in my life,” Sweet said. While Sweet enjoyed the spoils of his first championship with his Kasey Kahne Racing team, Schatz was left to swallow a rare defeat — the first time he’s lost a championship since 2013 when Daryn Pittman, who drove for Kasey Kahne Racing, beat him by 14 points. “We dug everything we could. I drove it as hard as I could,” Schatz said. “Andy Durham, who built this engine did a great job. He told me earlier tonight, ‘Just run it. Pretend that there’s a fan blade there and you’re trying to trim your toenails.’ I did that. It just wasn’t good enough.” After losing the championship to Pittman in 2013, Schatz went on a five-year streak of winning at least 20 races in a year and having the championship locked up long before the season’s end. This year he won 11 races — the third most wins this year — and trailed Sweet in points for the past two months. There were some changes made with his team this year, such as getting a new crew chief and crew members, however he lauded their work each week. He did admit there were some personal matters that may have affected his performance, including finding out his father had cancer at the end of 2018. “All that stuff is behind me,” Schatz said. “Is there times that it probably affected how this team was operated? Yeah. I did my best to not allow it, but we’re here today. We got ourselves in a position where we could still win a championship even with all of my problems, my issues. I did the best I could tonight. It wasn’t good enough. I would have liked to have figured out how to have a little bit luckier hands in the (Dash) draw but it is what it is. I’m not complaining about it. Yeah, it’s been a tough year but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And cancer hasn’t taken my dad, so I’ll be stronger and so will he.” Sweet cited Schatz as helping him win the championship, even going as far to call him a “teacher.” He finished second in points to Schatz the last two years — coming as close as 210 points to him. He learned how high of a bar Schatz sets and how consistent he needs to be each week to be in the championship hunt. His studies paid off. He had the most consistent year of his career by finishing outside the top-10 only seven times in 72 races and collected 47 top-five finishes – the majority of them podiums. He also collected 16 wins – breaking his record for most wins in a season and ending the year as the winningest driver. He also won his second Kings Royal and earned his 50th career World of Outlaws win. Sweet’s performance was a testament to his and KKR's dedication to win. The championship is team owner Kasey Kahne's second World of Outlaws title and the one he finds most impactful. “I wasn’t as close to the teams back then (in 2013),” Kahne said. “That was my brother, Daryn and that team. They had an unreal season that year. I wasn’t as close to what they had going on. I was in Phoenix (for NASCAR) when they wrapped it (the championship) up back then. I was watching it on DIRTVision when I was supposed to be doing an appearance, things like that. It was exciting for me but far different this year being so much closer to it.” The only trophy Kahne said he has in his home is the 2013 World of Outlaws championship trophy. Now he’ll have two. Sweet got to hold his first championship trophy high above his head with fireworks and firebombs painting the background behind him. He was able to wear a smile many haven’t seen since his Knoxville Nationals victory last year. A smile of relief. “Just so happy that we came out on top,” Sweet said. “You don’t know when the next opportunity to win a championship is going to be. You know, Donny is so good at running the points. We never really thought we’d have a chance to beat him. To come in here two points ahead, it’s kind of like winning the Knoxville Nationals on a green-white-checkered. Kind of the same feeling. You know he’s going to put pressure on you. Just so thankful we’re able to do it. We’re the best in the country now.” GRAVEL GETS 12TH WIN David Gravel swept the Can-Am World Finals weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, concluding a stellar season for he and Jason Johnson Racing in their first year together. The Watertown, Conn. driver’s win Saturday night in Charlotte was his 12th win of the season – making him the second winningest driver this year, edging 10-time champion Donny Schatz for the spot by one win. “Last night the car was OK, but tonight it was freaking bad ass,” Gravel said. “I had the best race car tonight, hands down. I could go top, bottom and it showed. I felt like I could get through lap traffic really really good and my job was easy.” He started on the outside pole and passed leader Jacob Allen for the top spot on Lap six. Once he put his Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 car out front, no one could catch him. Even Brad Sweet said he was rooting for Gravel to pull away so Schatz couldn't potentially steal the win and the championship. Along with Gravel's collection of wins — which include his first Knoxville Nationals victory — he earned 21 Quick Time awards and finished third in points for the fourth year in-a-row. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will begin its 2020 season Feb. 7-9 at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. Get tickets and more information. As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. RESULTS: NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$12,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$3,200]; 4. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [6][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$1,100]; 9. 5-Shane Stewart [24][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [13][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [12][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [26][$100]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog [15][$1,050]; 15. 19P-Paige Polyak [7][$1,000]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri [18][$1,000]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$1,000]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee [23][$1,000]; 20. 48-Danny Dietrich [19][$1,000]; 21. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,000]; 22. 98H-Dave Blaney [20][$1,000]; 23. 7S-Tim Shaffer [27][$]; 24. 51-Freddie Rahmer [21][$1,000]; 25. 39-Spencer Bayston [9][$1,000]; 26. 11-Zeb Wise [11][$1,000]; 27. 13-Paul McMahan [16][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-5, David Gravel 6-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+17] Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.737; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.827; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.846; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.88; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.894; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.931; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.938; 8. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.957; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.975; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.975; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.983; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.985; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.014; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.028; 15. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.054; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.057; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.078; 18. 71M-Paul May, 13.106; 19. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.106; 20. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.177; 21. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.216; 22. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.246; 23. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.267; 24. 44-Trey Starks, 13.347; 25. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.4; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.401; 27. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.46 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.785; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.835; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.842; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.852; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 12.924; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.951; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.956; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.969; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.97; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.993; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.023; 12. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.033; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.057; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.141; 15. 7-Jason Sides, 13.154; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.211; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.225; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.234; 19. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.291; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.293; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.371; 22. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.388; 23. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.442; 24. 29-Steve Butler, 14.088; 25. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.367; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard, NT
  25. Schatz Keeps Pressure on Sweet in Championship Battle - Title contenders on front row of heats; Schuchart, Reutzel set Quick Times CONCORD, NC – Nov. 7, 2019 – Two rounds of Qualifying for the Can-Am World Finals Thursday night have set the stage for an epic World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship battle at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. This weekend will determine the 2019 champion – Brad Sweet currently leads reigning champion Donny Schatz by eight points. Schatz earned a front row Drydene Heat race starting spot for Friday’s and Saturday’s events. Sweet earned one for Saturday’s event. With an 11th-place qualifying effort for Friday’s event — in Flight B — Sweet will have to work his way into the top-two to make the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to help him move closer to the front row in the Feature. Logan Schuchart — who won at in May at The Dirt Track at Charlotte — set Quick Time for Friday’s event with a 12.774-second lap and Aaron Reutzel set Quick Time for Saturday’s event with a 12.737-second lap. Both Time Trial sessions saw two Flights of Qualifying for the 53-car field. Schuchart and Reutzel will lead the way in their respective Heat races. Official line ups will be posted Friday afternoon. Reutzel had speed at the start of the night, setting the fastest time in Hot Laps before claiming Quick Time for Saturday’s event. He then qualified third — in Flight (B) — for Friday’s event, earning a Heat Race front row starting spot. Schuchart’s good fortune started before cars even hit the track Thursday afternoon. Drydene announced its new racing oil — Drydene Racing Formulas — and new paint schemes featuring the product on Schuchart’s and his Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen’s cars. The Hanover, Pa. driver then ran fifth in Hot Laps, was fastest in Flight (B) for Saturday’s event and then set Quick Time for Friday’s event. He has two wins at the 4/10-mile track. The first Sprint Car Heat race Friday will take place after the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Heat races are completed. Racing will start at 4 p.m. As always, if you can’t be there, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com. QUALIFYING RESULTS FOR FRIDAY: Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.774; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.895; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.916; 4. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.939; 5. Giovanni Scelzi, 12.959; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.980; 7. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.982; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.986; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.993; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.029; 11. 7-Jason Sides, 13.032; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.065; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.095; 14. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.123; 15. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.181; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.181; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.193; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.195; 19. 83R-Lyton Jeffrey, 13.280; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.285; 21. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.290; 22. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.347; 23. 44-Trey Starks 13.371; 24. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.494; 25. 71M-Paul May, 13.662; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.697; 27. 29-Steve Butler, 14.306 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.927; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.938; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.943; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.960; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.020; 6. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.027; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.034; 8. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.092; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.093; 10. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.113; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.123; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.217; 13. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.293; 14. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.308; 15. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.364; 16. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.393; 17. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.445; 18. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.458; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.479; 20. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.487; 21. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.586; 22. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.590; 23. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.957; 24. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.329; 25. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.980; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard (NT) QUALIFYING RESULTS FOR SATURDAY: Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.737; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.827; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.846; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.880; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.894; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.931; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.938; 8. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.957; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.975; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.975; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.983; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.985; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.014; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.028; 15. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.054; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.057; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.078; 18. 71M-Paul May, 13.106; 19. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.106; 20. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.177; 21. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.216; 22. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.246; 23. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.267; 24. 44-Trey Starks, 13.347; 25. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.400; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.401; 27. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.460 Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.785; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.835; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.842; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.852; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 12.924; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.951; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.956; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.969; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.970; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.993; 11. 13 Paul McMahan, 13.023; 12. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.033; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.057; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.141; 15. 7-Jason Sides, 13.154; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.211; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.225; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.234; 19. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.291; 20. Paul Nienhiser, 13.293; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.371; 22. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.388; 23. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.442; 24. 29-Steve Butler, 14.088; 25. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.367; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard (NT)
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