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NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTThe Big Cat Sweeps I-55 for Fourth Consecutive Win Sweet Survives Scelzi & Haudenschild to Lead All 40 Laps at Pevely PEVELY, MO - April 3, 2021 - Brad Sweet said "winning gives you more confidence." With that theory, you'd think he has every ounce of confidence in the world. Because he just doesn't lose of late. On Saturday, he led all 40 laps at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 to sweep the weekend and extend his career-best winning streak to four consecutive features with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. It's his fifth win of the year through 11 races aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. The two-time and defending Series champion still has an underdog-like mentality and it's driving him to victory lane on a nightly basis. "I feel like everyone still kind of thinks of us as the underdog, so maybe they'll give us some credit now," Sweet said with a smirk. "We feel really good right now. Winning give you more confidence. I'm in a good place as a race car driver, the car is handling great, and this crew is doing an amazing job. We came from ninth last night and did it from the pole tonight, so we've won from both spectrums." Earning the pole position following his win in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, the odds were already stacked against Sweet, as no pole-sitter had won all year with the World of Outlaws. He and the KKR #49 crew were motivated to snap that streak and extend their own, though. The Grass Valley, CA native led the opening lap and never relinquished command, extending another streak to 62 consecutive feature laps led. His Saturday night sweep wasn't without challenge, though, as Gio Scelzi and Sheldon Haudenschild both kept him honest. Scelzi had a shot through the opening stages and got close on Lap nine with the aid of lap traffic, but the savviness of Sweet's finesse though the back-markers was too much to bare. When Scelzi faltered, Haudenschild rose to second and came within six-tenths of Sweet's #49, but again his moves in traffic separated himself from the rest. A Lap 25 red flag for Tucker Klaasmeyer was the only stoppage of the race and set up a double-file restart, but it could do no harm in slowing Sweet's roll. He cruised around the cushion just inches off the wall and then dipped low, slid through the middle, and made all the right moves through the last 15 laps to run off with a victory by 1.937-seconds. It was the 63rd of his World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series career. "We were off at the end last night, but tonight we made a small change and it was much better," Sweet noted on his setup. "I felt like I had more grip and could move around in traffic with more ease. That's the key to winning these; even when you win, you have to come back better the next night. It's been through 11 races, but it's an 83-race schedule. We want to enjoy these, but our heads are down and we're looking to win a lot more of these." Extending his own record streak, Sheldon Haudenschild finished second to earn a career-best seventh-straight top five finish in his Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17. "Brad was just on top of this weekend," Haudenschild spoke on challenging Sweet. "They're the guys to beat right now and we're chasing them as hard we can. The car was really good, but we'll keep working on it to try and get better. We've got some good tracks coming up, so I'm looking forward to that." Rounding out the podium with his second top-three finish of the year was Gio Scelzi in the KCP Racing #18. After going second-quick, they recovered from an engine change to deliver another strong finish. "I ran as hard as I could for 40 laps," Scelzi said on chasing Sweet. "He just makes such good moves through traffic, he's hard to keep up with. We were a third-place car and a third-place driver tonight. It's honestly relieving though. We were good in qualifying, good in the heat, and good in the feature. Feels like forever since Ive been here on the podium at Volusia." Logan Schuchart scored his 11th top-ten finish in 11 races by virtue of a fourth-place run for his Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S. Following him was James McFadden with his second top-five of the year in the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9. Closing out the top ten at I-55 was Slick Woody's QuickTime qualifier David Gravel, Kraig Kinser continuing his hot start, Carson Macedo with another consistent finish, Aaron Reutzel racking up another top-ten, and Jason Sides with his first top-ten of the season. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will face an Indiana doubleheader next weekend. The Greatest Show on Dirt heads to Kokomo Speedway on Friday, April 9 and then Tri-State Speedway on Saturday, April 10. NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet (1); 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (4); 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi (2); 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart (7); 5. 9-James McFadden (15); 6. 2-David Gravel (5); 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser (8); 8. 41-Carson Macedo (10); 9. 83-Aaron Reutzel (3); 10. 7S-Jason Sides (6); 11. 15-Donny Schatz (17); 12. 19-Parker Price-Miller (18); 13. 24-Rico Abreu (13); 14. 21-Brian Brown (14); 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (9); 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (24); 17. 73-Scotty Thiel (11); 18. 1A-Jacob Allen (12); 19. 35-Zach Hampton (16); 20. 21S-Carson Short (23); 21. 33M-Mason Daniel (22); 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson (20); 23. 3-Ayrton Gennetten (19); 24. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (21). NEW Championship Standings (11/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (-); 2. Logan Schuchart (-46); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-72); 4. David Gravel (-80); 5. Carson Macedo (-116); 6. Donny Schatz (-122); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-122); 8. Kraig Kinser (-198); 9. Giovanni Scelzi (-216); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-262).
NickHolt posted a topic in Texas Auto RacingSheldon Excites with Top Shelf Charge in Cotton Bowl Opener Haudenschild and NOS Energy Drink #17 are First Repeat Winners of Season PAIGE, TX - March 19, 2021 - Much like his legendary father Jac Haudenschild, young Sheldon Haudenschild is continuing to thrill fans nationwide in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. His latest act came in Friday's opener to the Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Supply at Cotton Bowl Speedway. Trent Gower photo Coming from sixth, Haudenschild braved the outside and bolted to the cushion at a time when his competitors were glued to the bottom. His risk paid off in a big way as the Wooster, OH native rocketed to the lead on Lap 25 and made his moves around Aaron Reutzel and Brad Sweet look like a breeze. The final 11 laps flew by as the 27-year-old star sliced and diced his way through a tricky run of lap traffic that included several close calls. By topping his counterparts for the second-straight week, Haudenschild becomes the first repeat winner of the 2021 season. It's his 16th career World of Outlaws win and continues to send the confidence of the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 through the roof. "Winning these [Outlaw] races is a dream come true," Haudenschild told a huge crowd in Paige, TX. "This NOS Energy Drink car is on rails right now. These guys Ripper, Drew, Nickolas, they all deserve these wins. We're working real hard and the results just keep coming." Before Haudenschild wowed the crowd, Reutzel of Clute, TX was the talk of town. In his home state for the first time as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, Reutzel and the Roth Motorsports #83 looked unstoppable for much of Friday's act at the Cotton Bowl 1/3-mile. Reutzel, the leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender, set a New Track Record (13.356 seconds), won his Team Drydene Heat Race, drew the pole of the redraw, and won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash all ahead of the 35-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature. He led the opening 12 laps before a restart allowed Sweet to lineup alongside him, and subsequently pass him around the outside. Sweet ensued to lead his own share of 12 laps before Reutzel re-entered the picture and Haudenschild emerged to make it a three-way war the top spot. On Lap 25, Haudenschild followed Sweet down the backstretch but refused to follow the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 to the bottom of turn three. Instead, he hauled it off into the corner and buried it deep into the cushion, finding the momentum and sweeping right around the outside of Sweet to take the lead away. From there, Lil Haud maneuvered through lap traffic and ran off to a 0.571-second advantage at the checkered flag as he became the first repeat winner of the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season. "Ripper and I really haven't had a lot of time together with this car," Haudenschild noted on their hot streak. "Getting to work with him and the guys on developing a good base line setup for when we show up has helped a lot. Starting up front is huge too, you're not gonna beat those guys starting behind them every night. We've been working on our qualifying too. We're just making little strides everywhere. It's great to be winning like this so early in the season." Closing out the podium behind Haudenschild was a dejected Aaron Reutzel in second and a consistent Brad Sweet in third. "I'm actually really disappointed," Reutzel said afterwards. "I just did a shitty job driving and you have to be a better driver to win these races. Car was fantastic, I think it was the winning car. These are hard to win. You have to run 35 perfect laps and I didn't do that tonight. It's good to get back on the podium after last weekend, though." Sweet, the two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, re-claimed the early-season points lead with his fourth-straight podium appearance. "The driver just needs to step up there," Sweet admitted on his loss of the lead. "I knew I needed to move up, especially when you're going that slow on the bottom. The top just didn't look like it was there, though. I was trapped and got going slow, so I knew someone would find something. Didn't surprise me when it was Sheldon that drove around me. I tried to keep up, but he was just a little better tonight." Ian Madsen recorded a season-high fourth-place finish in the McGhee #11. Donny Schatz earned his fifth consecutive top-five finish aboard the Tony Stewart Racing #15. Gio Scelzi and KCP Racing recovered with a sixth-place finish, Kraig Kinser established a new season-best of seventh-place, James McFadden made his 2021 debut in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 with an eighth-placed run, David Gravel put the Big Game Motorsports #2 in ninth-place, and Logan Schuchart extended his streak to seven top-tens in seven races with a tenth-place bid for the Drydene Performance Products #1S. The perseverance of Jason Johnson Racing paid dividends with KSE Hard Charger honors for a 24th-to-13th run in the feature from Carson Macedo. It was a wild night to get to said result. The #41 was solid in qualifying and won a Team Drydene Heat Race, but a wicked flip in the Dash forced them to a backup car. Macedo flipped again on Lap six of the feature, but the never-say-die attitude in the work area led him back on track and allowed him to rise through the field again. UP NEXT - The Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Supply wraps up on Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX. You can watch the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event LIVE on DIRTVision. NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$10,000]; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel [$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [$3,200]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [$2,600]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [$2,350]; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi [$2,150]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$2,100]; 8. 9-James McFadden [$1,950]; 9. 2-David Gravel [$1,900]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$1,850]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [$1,400]; 12. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [$1,200]; 13. 41-Carson Macedo [$1,000]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [$950]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [$900]; 16. 8M-TJ Michael [$900]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [$900]; 18. 5-Brent Marks [$900]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [$900]; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [$900]; 21. 19-Parker Price-Miller [$900]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [$900]; 23. 2B-Josh Baughman [$900]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [$900]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-12, Brad Sweet 13-24, Sheldon Haudenschild 25-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: Carson Macedo [+11]NEW World of Outlaws Point Standings --- 1. Brad Sweet (998); 2. Logan Schuchart (-12); 3. Donny Schatz (-24); 4. David Gravel (-30); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-46); 6. Carson Macedo (-58); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-62); 8. Cory Eliason (-80); 9. Kraig Kinser (-128); 10. Gio Scelzi (-130).