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  1. Schuchart seals DIRTcar Nationals Title in dramatic ending for Schatz - Donny Schatz's 300th Win Stripped Away by Ignition Issue with Two Laps Left BARBERVILLE, FL - Feb. 7, 2021 - Two laps, one mile. That's all that stood between Donny Schatz and his 300th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win on Sunday night. Trent Gower photo It had been eight races since his 299th career triumph on October 3, 2020 at Williams Grove, and he was all but destined to finally reach the landmark accomplishment. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 was cruising through traffic, he had led since the drop of the green flag, and second was nowhere to be found. Of course, then the unexpected happened. His Ford Performance engine lost power and slowed to a stop with the white flag waiting for him on the other side. The Volusia Speedway Park crowd was shocked. A trip to the work area quickly solved the issue, but it didn't take away the dramatics of Schatz's continued pursuit of 300, which will have to continue next week at Dixie (GA) Speedway on Fri, Feb. 12 and Talladega (AL) Short Track on Sat, Feb. 13. "It was just a defective ignition box, that thing was brand new on this engine tonight," Schatz noted afterwards. "I actually thought we cut a fuel line for a minute, because I was getting wet, but it was the MSD. It is what it is." Schatz's suffering came to the benefit of Logan Schuchart, who inherited the race lead ahead of a green-white-checkered finish. His winning move actually came three laps prior on the 25th circuit, when Schuchart finally cleared Cory Eliason for the second spot after a torrid race-long battle. "It took me forever to get by Cory after that long green flag run," Schuchart said. "I glanced forward to look for Donny once I got to second and I couldn't see him. He was really fast, but I still felt like we had a car to beat there at the end, especially if we could've got some traffic. It's not something you want to see happen, you want to win the right away. It's also part of the game, though. For years, they've set the bar as far as handling issues, limiting DNF's, and stuff that saves you championships. It's something we all strive for nowadays because of them." With only two laps remaining and the lead thrown in his lap, the Shark Racing #1S pilot still had one final challenge to complete. Perfecting his launch off turn four to the SeaFoam Restart Zone, Schuchart instantly gapped the field and drove away to a 1.447-second victory over fellow Pennsylvanian Danny Dietrich. Logan's victory put the finishing touches on a near impeccable performance by the Drydene Performance Products crew at DIRTcar Nationals. In four events on the daunting Barberville, FL half-mile this week, the 28-year old ace recorded runs of 1st-2nd-2nd-1st. He secured his first career Big Gator Championship over title contender Brad Sweet, who he also overtook in the early-season standings for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars. "We had confidence coming down here, but when it pays off like this it means a lot," Schuchart mentioned. "When your confidence is high, your team feels good, and you perform better. It definitely feels good doing this against the quality of cars we had here. The Outlaws are so stacked this year and we've got a lot of good invaders joining us. My grandfather's dream is looking awesome. I'm really proud of this Shark Racing team." Following Schuchart to the stripe on Sunday night was Danny Dietrich, who set Slick Woody's Cornhole Company Quick Time at 13.919 seconds. Cory Eliason of Visalia, CA rounded out the podium aboard his Rudeen Racing #26 after starting on the outside pole. David Gravel recorded his fourth consecutive fourth-place finish of the week by chasing that trio to the line in his Big Game Motorsports #2. Friday's season opening winner, Brad Sweet, closed out the top five with another consistent run for his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. California's Carson Macedo, Australia's Kerry Madsen, Pennsylvania's Jacob Allen, Indiana's Tyler Courtney, and Texas' Aaron Reutzel, who also earned KSE Racing Hard Charger honors (+15), finished out the top ten in the DIRTcar Nationals finale to Sprint Week. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will resume a 90+ race championship chase next weekend when the Dirty South Swing begins. It all starts on Friday, February 12 at Georgia's Dixie Speedway and rolls through Saturday, February 13 at Alabama's Talladega Short Track. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE for next weekend's action. NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$10,000]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [3][$6,000]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [2][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [13][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [14][$2,300]; 7. 101-Kerry Madsen [12][$2,200]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,100]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [21][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [25][$1,000]; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5][$1,600]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$1,400]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$1,200]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,100]; 15. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$1,050]; 16. 5-Brent Marks [8][$1,000]; 17. 13-Justin Peck [11][$1,000]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [18][$1,000]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$1,000]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [23][$1,000]; 21. 19-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,000]; 22. 9-Kasey Kahne [6][$1,000]; 23. 18-Gio Scelzi [10][$1,000]; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel [26][$]; 25. 12N-Joey Saldana [20][$1,000]; 26. 72-Tim Shaffer [24][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-28, Logan Schuchart 29-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Aaron Reutzel[+15].
  2. World of Outlaws Fire Off 2021 Season at Volusia This Weekend NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Headline Friday-Sunday Slate at 50th DIRTcar Nationals BARBERVILLE, FL - Grab your favorite NOS Energy Drink and buckle up, the ride is about to begin. After a near three-month off-season, the wait is over. The 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Season begins this weekend! The 90+ race schedule opens with the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia (FL) Speedway Park, headlined by three nights with The Greatest Show on Dirt from Friday-Sunday, February 5-7. Prior to that, drivers will have an opportunity to shake down their cars with a practice night on Tuesday, followed by a pair of races with the All Stars Circuit of Champions on Wednesday and Thursday. With 16 full-time drivers on tour this year, the storylines are plentiful. Here's what to watch for this weekend: NEW FACES IN NEW PLACES: As expected, the Sprint Car world was rocked with a plethora of "silly season" swaps in the months that followed Last Call in November. A handful of the changes will impact the World of Outlaws, beginning this weekend at the season-opening DIRTcar Nationals. Here's the notable changes on the full-time Outlaw trail: 2013 Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman stepped away from his full-time career, vacating the Roth Motorsports #83 and allowing three-time All Star Circuit of Champions title holder Aaron Reutzel to fill that seat. 58-time Outlaws winner David Gravel exited Jason Johnson Racing after a two-year stint to take over the Big Game Motorsports #2M, formerly driven by Kerry Madsen. Gravel's absence at JJR opened the door for six-time winner Carson Macedo to take the reins of the #41, who hit free agency following the closure of Kyle Larson Racing. Parker Price-Miller, who spent 2020 in a part-time deal with Dietz Motorsports as a satellite team to JJR, ventured out to create his own operation at PPM Racing and chase Rookie of the Year honors in his own #19. SWEET'S THREE-PEAT: It hasn't been easy, but Brad Sweet has now claimed back-to-back World of Outlaws championships after dethroning Donny Schatz in 2019 and outlasting Logan Schuchart in 2020. The consistency that he and his Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 crew have displayed has brought them to historic levels. The Grass Valley, CA native affectionally titled "The Big Cat" is now one of only six drivers to obtain multiple Outlaw crowns, joining the likes of Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser, Donny Schatz, and Jason Meyers. Another championship in 2021 would put Sweet in rarified air, making him only the third driver in World of Outlaws history - joining Steve & Donny - to win three consecutive titles. CHASING 300: After eight consecutive seasons of double digit wins, Donny Schatz dipped down to five victories in 2020, his lowest total with the Outlaws since 2010. Tony Stewart Racing's switch to a Ford Performance power plant was a hot topic from Volusia to Charlotte, and Donny's five wins only heightened that. A late-season resurgence, headlined by his $75,000 National Open title at Williams Grove, breathed new life and new confidence into the Carquest #15 camp with a big milestone looming. He's already off to a hot start in 2021, nailing down a dominant victory with the All Stars in Screven (GA) last weekend. Schatz won last year's season opener and is also the winningest Outlaw in Volusia Speedway Park history at 13 wins. Can he score that elusive 300th career win this weekend? THE ROOKIE WAR: In 2021, fans will see one of the most exciting Rookie of the Year battles in recent memory. A quartet of high caliber drivers, all proven winners, are joining the World of Outlaws trail in a full-time capacity; it's a recipe for nothing but success. In the hunt for ROTY honors is: Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX driving a potent Roth Motorsports #83 ride. (WoO Wins at '18 Tulare, '19 Perris) Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown, PA coming on board in his own #3Z operation. (WoO Wins at '17 Haubstadt, '20 34) James McFadden of Warrnambool, Victoria, AUS is bringing the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 back on tour. (2 WoO Wins at '17 Williams Grove, '20 Lake Ozark) Parker Price-Miller of Kokomo, IN forming his own team with the PPM Racing #19. (WoO Win at '17 Williams Grove) DOUBLE SHARK ATTACK: Since hitting the road full-time back in 2014, Shark Racing has grown leaps and bounds, it's almost out of this world from where they first started. Their seventh campaign in 2020 was a huge one; they became a tried and true championship contender with Logan Schuchart, while Jacob Allen's newfound attitude led him to a long-awaited first career victory at Dodge City. Heading into 2021, the operation led by National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and 30-time World of Outlaws winner Bobby Allen (Logan's grandpa, Jacob's dad), is leveling up some more. For the first time ever, they'll have two trailers at their disposal with a grueling 90+ race schedule on tap. A dedicated crew and trailer to Schuchart's #1S and Allen's #1A will be sure to raise the bar for the Drydene Performance Products backed squad. LIL HAUD IS HERE: There's a lot to be said about the chemistry, camaraderie, and connection of an entire World of Outlaws team, and just how important is. Lately, it seems like all the pieces of the puzzle have been coming together for a maturing Sheldon Haudenschild. At 27-years-old, the son of The Wild Child has been molded into a night-in and night-out contender in just four years on the Outlaws trail. After winning seven features in his first three years (215 races), it all clicked in the summer of '20 when the Wooster, OH native matched another seven victories over a 28-race hot streak. His relationship with car owners Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Richard/Jennifer Marshall continues to blossom with full support from NOS Energy Drink on the #17. With Kyle Ripper, Drew Brenner, and Nickolas Goodfleisch all back aboard as crew members, this season could be Lil Haud's biggest breakthrough yet. VOLUSIA / GATOR HISTORY: Since the trophy change was made in 2012, six drivers have won themselves a Big Gator at the DIRTcar Nationals. Daryn Pittman ('13, '15, '19) is still the winningest champ in recent memory, followed by his longtime KKR teammate Brad Sweet ('16, '20). Other gator kings include Sammy Swindell in '12, Paul McMahan in '14, David Gravel in '17, and Donny Schatz in '18. Of the totaled 45 World of Outlaws features at Volusia, Schatz is by far the top dog at 13 victories followed by Sweet (5), Pittman (5), Steve Kinser (5), Danny Lasoski (3), Joey Saldana (2), and Craig Dollansky (2). BOOSTED PURSES IN 2021: Stretch those wallets out, because we're racing for even more money this year. In an effort to increase purses across the board, the World of Outlaws released significant changes to nightly payouts and the championship purse over the off-season. All of the 90+ races will feature an updated standard payout that makes every race a minimum of $10,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start, with healthy upgrades throughout the field. The season-ending points fund also saw more than $90,000 added to the field.
  3. TEXAS TWO STEP: Outlaws Doubleheader at Cotton Bowl One Month Away - Rookie Aaron Reutzel Leads World of Outlaws to Home State on February 26-27 PAIGE, TX - In exactly one month, the superstars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will be in the midst of a Texas tango. Returning to Cotton Bowl Speedway on Friday & Saturday, February 26-27, next month's trip will mark the third and fourth visit in Series history to the Paige, TX 3/8th-mile. Leading the charge will be native Texan and Rookie of the Year contender, Aaron Reutzel. The Clute, TX 30-year-old is venturing onto the World of Outlaws trail for the first time in his career, which presents him and his Roth Motorsports No. 83 machine with a grueling 90+ race schedule. He'll have three opportunities to compete in The Lone Star State in 2021, two at Cotton Bowl in February and an April 17 date at Devil's Bowl in Mesquite. Reutzel, a three-time titelist with the All Stars Circuit of Champions and former ASCS National Tour top dog, brings the benefit of prior experience on Cotton Bowl's long straightaways and tight corners. He ran tenth with the World of Outlaws in 2016 and also owns a pair of runner-up finishes at the track in ASCS Gulf South competition. "It's always special getting to race so close to home," Reutzel said. "Having more fans, friends, and family in the stands really ramps up the intensity behind the wheel. You want to go out and perform for them. That'll be a crucial point in the season for us as a team to get into a rhythm, so hopefully we can get off to a strong start and carry that momentum to Cotton Bowl. It'd be pretty awesome to get a win in Texas!" Both former World of Outlaws winners at Cotton Bowl will be in attendance next month, looking to become the first multi-time victor at the track. The Big Cat Brad Sweet won the Series debut at Cotton Bowl in February 2016. He led only one lap, but it was the most important one, and most exciting too. He completed a turn three slide job on his then Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman to steal the $10,000 victory coming to the checkered flag. David Gravel, the April 2018 winner, scored his won on a much more technical and choppy Cotton Bowl, but he led all 35 laps along the way. It's business as usual for Sweet, who chases his third consecutive World of Outlaws championship this year; but for Gravel, it's about proving a point with big dreams to chase in his new ride aboard the Big Game Motorsports No. 2. "Man, it's been a fun years since we've been there now," Gravel noted. "It's a fun shaped place, though, kind of like a paper clip. Hopefully it just gets slick and wide when we're there, that puts on some great racing." Along with Brock Zearfoss, Carson Macedo, and Mason Daniel, Kokomo, IN's Parker Price-Miller will be one of four full-time Outlaws visiting Cotton Bowl Speedway for the first time ever. He doesn't have the laps that Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, or Sheldon Haudenschild have, but he does have DIRTVision. He mentioned he'll rely heavily on footage of previous races to shorten his learning curve ahead of his debut on February 26-27. "I'll definitely watch some DIRTVision to see what I can learn ahead of time," Price-Miller explained. "It's hard to go ask guys for advice about tracks, because we all race against each other and you don't want to give away too much of an advantage. I've had a few guys help me out with some good pointers, but at the end of the day you just have to take it upon yourself to adapt and figure the track out." This Texas trip will conclude the busiest start to a season in World of Outlaws history. Across four weeks in February, The Greatest Show on Dirt will travel from the DIRTcar Nationals at Florida's Volusia Speedway Park (Feb. 5-7). through the Dirty South swing at Georgia's Dixie Speedway (Feb. 12), Alabama's Talladega Short Track (Feb. 13), Mississippi's Magnolia Motor Speedway (Feb. 19), and Louisiana's Revolution Park (Feb. 20), ultimately to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX for a doubleheader weekend on Feb. 26-27. You can BUY TICKETS HERE for the Cotton Bowl weekend. Fans can find more event information HERE. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.
  4. 2021 SCHEDULE: Huge Payouts, New Venues, Iconic Events Highlight 2021 World of Outlaws Season - WoO NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will tour more than half of the US in its 90-plus race schedule CONCORD, NC — Nov. 25, 2021 — The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is bringing a 90-plus schedule across 27 states with game-changing purses at stake in 2021. Key to next season is the revitalization of a full slate of crown jewel events, including the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals with a potential $200,000 to the winner; TWO Kings Royals each paying $175,000 to win from an $800,000 purse; an additional $100,000 on the line for the Jackson Nationals if the same driver wins the Huset’s 50 ahead of Jackson; and the historic Williams Grove National Open with $75,000 to the winner from an enhanced payout through the field. “We have set the stage for an incredible 2021 season,” World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter said. “The teams will be racing for unprecedented purses in the recent history of the sport, we’ll be back to racing coast-to-coast, celebrating the 50th annual DIRTcar Nationals, the 60th annual Knoxville Nationals, two Kings Royals, a stellar Jackson Nationals with big-money incentives, and we still have a few more surprises to reveal this winter. We’re definitely looking forward to kicking off a huge new season in February.” The Series will make its inaugural appearances at four tracks in 2021 and return to several iconic venues in the upcoming epic new season, which will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals, and run into November when it wraps up with the championship-crowning Can-Am World Finals Nov. 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. “The COVID-19 pandemic put a damper on our initial 2020 plans, but I think we’ve put together an exciting 2021 schedule that brings the Series back to its roots of a long season spanning across the country,” World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “Several new tracks have been added this year that should please drivers and fans alike, along with fan-favorites still in place.” WHAT’S NEW Magnolia Motor Speedway (Fri., Feb. 19) – For the first time since 2011, the World of Outlaws will make its return to Mississippi with its debut at Magnolia Motor Speedway. The 3/8-mile track in Columbus, MS, opened in 2004 and has hosted several Sprint Car and Late Model events since, but will be graced by the World of Outlaws for the first time in 2021. “We’re looking forward to having the World of Outlaws race at the speedway and make their return to Mississippi,” Magnolia Motor Speedway Promoter Johnny Stokes said. “It should be a pretty good show here.” Revolution Park Speedway (Sat., Feb. 20) – The World of Outlaws will return to Louisiana for the first time since 2004 with its debut at Revolution Park Speedway. The 3/8-mile track is asphalt but will have dirt put down on it for the event, which it did for a Late Model event this year. Vado Speedway Park (Fri.-Sat., April 9-10) – The newly constructed multi-million-dollar state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park in Vado, NM, will host its inaugural World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car doubleheader in April. The 3/8-mile track is located off Interstate 10 between Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX. It features paved fan parking, a concrete midway, concrete pit pads and stadium quality suites. I-70 Speedway (Fri.-Sat., April 30-May 1) – While the World of Outlaws visited I-70 Speedway in the 1980s, when the Series returns to the Odessa, MO, facility this year it will be an entirely new 3/8-mile track. It closed in 2008, but was purchased by Chris Payne, who revamped Heartland Motorsports Park in Kansas. He has turned the facility into a state-of-the-art motorsport park with the new dirt track and a dragway. WHAT’S RETURNING Dixie Speedway (Fri., Feb. 12) – Instead of taking a few weeks off after the season opening DIRTcar Nationals, the World of Outlaws will hit the road and make its return to the 3/8-mile Dixie Speedway in Georgia. The Series has made three previous appearances at the track, with the last coming in 2007. Mark Kinser won the first two events in 1999 and Joey Saldana won the last. Talladega Short Track (Sat., Feb. 13) – After stopping in Georgia, the World of Outlaws will make its return to Alabama the following day at the Talladega Short Track. The Series last visited the 1/3-mile track in 2011, which saw David Gravel pick up his first career victory. There have been seven different winners in the Series’ 11 appearances at the track. “Talladega Short Track was a blast back when I was there and I’m excited to get back,” Gravel said. West Coast Swings (March 4-April 10 & Sept. 3-Sept. 18) – After missing out on a West Coast Swing last year, the Series has Spring and Fall swings planned, featuring the return of several exciting venues. The Spring swing will kick off Thursday, March 4, at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas before going to Arizona Speedway the following weekend and then to California. The California tour will include the Series’ return to Santa Maria Raceway for the first time in 21 years and its return to Merced Speedway for the first time since 2014. The Spring swing will then conclude at Vado Speedway Park. The Fall swing begins in Washington, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4, at Skagit Speedway and stays in Washington on Monday, Sept. 6, at Grays Harbor Raceway before returning to California for the Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11, Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway. The Fall swing will then conclude the following weekend Friday, Sept. 17, at Keller Auto Speedway and Saturday, Sept. 18, at Placerville Speedway. “I’m really excited we’re heading back to Placerville,” two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet said. “It’s my home track and I missed not being able to race in California this year in front of all my friends and family. It just didn’t feel like a real Outlaw schedule without the West Coast Swings.” Sharon Speedway (Sat., May 22) – For the first time since 2016 the World of Outlaws will feature three Ohio tracks on the schedule with the addition of Sharon Speedway in 2021. The 3/8-mile track in Hartford, OH has hosted nine Series races in the past with the last event taking place in 2007. None of the current full-time drivers have won a Series race at Sharon. New York Tour (Fri.-Sat., July 30-31) – COVID-19 canceled all plans of racing in New York in 2020, but the World of Outlaws will look to venture North again in 2021 for a doubleheader weekend. For the first time since 2018, on Friday, July 30, the Series plans to return to Ransomville Speedway and then on Saturday, July 31, to Weedsport Speedway. Crown Jewels – The Jackson Nationals, NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals, Kings Royal and Williams Grove National Open return in 2021 as cornerstone events on the schedule. There will be an additional $100,000 on the line for the Jackson Nationals if a driver can win the finale of the Huset’s 50 – taking place a day ahead of the Nationals – and win the Nationals finale. Also, the 60th NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals will pay a potential $200,000 to the winner with each lap paying $1,000 to the driver that leads it. Finally, as released earlier, the 2021 schedule will also feature the Series’ increased purse, which will pay at least $10,000 to the winner each event. (RELATED: PAYING UP: World of Outlaws Increase Sprint Car Purses, Points Fund For 2021) Tickets for all events will be available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every race live on DIRTVision. 2021 SCHEDULE Fri.-Sun., Feb. 5-7 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL Fri., Feb. 12 – Dixie Speedway – Woodstock, GA Sat., Feb. 13 – Talladega Short Track – Eastaboga, AL Fri., Feb. 19 – Magnolia Motor Speedway – Columbus, MS Sat., Feb. 20 – Revolution Park Speedway – Monroe, LA Fri.-Sat., Feb. 26-27 – Cotton Bowl Speedway – Paige, TX Thurs., March 4 – The Dirt Track at Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV Fri.-Sat., March 12-13 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ Sat., March 20 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA Sun., March 21 – TBA Fri.-Sat., March 26-27 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA Fri., April 2 – Merced Speedway – Merced, CA Sat., April 3 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA Fri.-Sat., April 9-10 – Vado Speedway Park – Vado, NM Fri., April 16 – Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK Sat., April 17 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, TX Fri., April 23 – TBA Sat., April 24 – TBA Thurs., April 29 – Jacksonville Speedway – Jacksonville, IL Fri.-Sat., April 30-May 1 – I-70 Speedway – Odessa, MO Fri.-Sat., May 7-8 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH Wed., May 12 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, PA Fri.-Sat., May 14-15 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA Tues., May 18 – Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, NJ Fri., May 21 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, OH Sat., May 22 – Sharon Speedway – Hartford, OH Fri., May 28 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN Mon., May 31 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg. IN Fri., June 4 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND Sat., June 5 – Granite City Speedway – Sauk Rapids, MN Fri.-Sat., June 11-12 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA Thurs., June 17 – 34 Raceway – West Burlington, IA Fri., June 18 – Dubuque Speedway – Dubuque, IA Sat., June 19 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI Mon.-Tues., June 21-22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD Thurs.-Sat., June 24-26 – Jackson Motorplex – Jackson, MN Fri.-Sat., July 2-3 – Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI Sat., July 10 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI Tues., July 13 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, OH Wed.-Sat., July 14-17 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH Tues., July 20 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA Fri.-Sat., July 23-24 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA Fri., July 30 – Ransomville Speedway – Ransomville, NY Sat., July 31 – Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY Fri.-Sat., Aug. 6-7 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – Pevely, MO Wed.-Sat., Aug. 11-14 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA Fri., Aug. 20 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND Sat., Aug. 21 – Red River Valley Speedway – West Fargo, ND Sun., Aug. 22 – Huset’s Speedway – Brandon, SD Fri., Aug. 27 – I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, NE Sun., Aug. 29 – Black Hills Speedway – Rapid City, SD Fri.-Sat., Sept. 3-4 – Skagit Speedway – Alger, WA Mon., Sept. 6 – Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, WA Fri.-Sat., Sept. 10-11 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA Fri., Sept. 17 – Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA Sat., Sept. 18 – Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA Fri., Sept. 24 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH Sat., Sept. 25 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA Fri.-Sat., Oct. 1-2 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA Fri.-Sat., Oct. 8-9 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA Fri., Oct. 15 – TBA Sat., Oct. 16 – TBA Fri., Oct. 22 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS Sat., Oct. 23 – TBA Fri., Oct. 29 – TBA Sat., Oct. 30 – TBA Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 4-6 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte – Concord, NC
  5. Kasey Kahne Racing Pulls Through Adversity To Claim Third Championship - KKR is now the fourth team in World of Outlaws history with at least three championships CONCORD, NC — Nov. 10, 2020 — This year tested everyone’s limits; it tested their mentality; and it tested their stamina. Mainly, it tested how they push through it all. Brad Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team – consisting of Crew Chief Eric Prutzman and crew members Joe Mooney and Andrew Bowman – exemplified the never give up attitude in 2020. At times they faced Hell, yet still walked through the fire ready for another round. That drive and determination led Sweet to his second consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion and gave Kasey Kahne Racing its third team championship. “It feels great to get number three,” said KKR owner Kasey Kahne. “And two-straight for Brad Sweet. The guys have done a really good job. A really good job in an interesting year. But overall, they stayed after it and did all they need to do to win. “They just never slowed up. They never gave up. Brad is as focused and precise out here as ever. It is just fun to watch him. You just know he is always going to be there. He just takes care of everything all of the time. He’s got a really good team behind him and it is fun to watch.” For the first time since 2013, Sweet and the team suffered four DNF finishes this year. Three of them came consecutively. Logan Schuchart, who finished second in points had one DNF and Donny Schatz, who finished third had two. While it may have beaten their spirits at the end of the night, it didn’t kill their drive. In the 16-race span where Sweet suffered the four bad finishes, he still managed to earn seven top-10s – three of them runner up finishes. Then, he and the team returned to Victory Lane at I-80 Speedway for their eighth win of the season. After that win, Sweet reclaimed the points the next weekend from Schuchart, racked off eight top-five finishes in a row and earned five runner-up finishes in the final 15 events. That performance helped him hold of Schuchart by 46 points at the end of the season to get his second title. “It was a tough year,” Sweet said. “NAPA Auto Parts guys, we overcame a lot of adversity, to have four DNFs and still lead the points. We showed our resilience. We came in here (in the season finale weekend), and I thought, executed perfectly. We did everything we needed to do to win the points and get Kasey Kahne Racing the team championship.” This year was Sweet’s third season with Prutzman as his crew chief. In their time together they’ve won the 2018 Knoxville Nationals, 2019 Jackson Nationals, 2019 Kings Royal, 33 World of Outlaws events and now two championships. Prutzman, the 2019 Crew Chief of the Year, was handpicked by Sweet to be his crew chief. However, Sweet had admitted they’re kind of opposites. He likes to talk and figure things out, while Prutzman is a quiet thinker, he said. The key to their relationship is Sweet trusts him and Prutzman trusts Sweet. And the same goes for Mooney and Bowman. “Me and Eric, Joe and Andrew, we’re all meshing,” Sweet said. “Obviously, to overcome some of the stuff we had to overcome this year I feel like it made us stronger. To win, it makes us desire to win next year even more.” Prutzman, who had previously spent seven years with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing as a mechanic and was a part of four championship wins with Donny Schatz, said he sees the continued growth of the team and their strength as championship contenders, no matter the circumstances. “It’s amazing,” Prutzman said about what the KKR team accomplished this year. “It just shows that our team is really strong and that we keep digging and just keep trying to win races and do our best. Obviously, we had really unfortunate races. It’s just really great.” Sweet locked up the driver championship during the penultimate race of the year, but the team championship came down to the final lap of the final race with David Gravel trying to win it for Jason Johnson Racing. And Sweet was just as focused as bringing home another title for KKR as he was for himself. After securing his second championship, he said he felt like his work was half done. “That means a lot,” Kahne said about getting his third championship as a team owner. “That’s kind of a split feeling if you don’t win them both. So, to win them both it feels like you were the best car, the best driver, the best team all season long in the toughest Series that there is in dirt racing.” It means just as much to the entire KKR team, as well. “Obviously, the driver [championship] is really important, but the team is all of us and Kasey,” Prutzman said. “Everybody at KKR, so it is a really big deal.” By claiming a third championship, KKR became the fourth team in the history of the World of Outlaws to have three or more championships. The other three on that elite list our Karl Kinser’s team with 16 championships, TSR with nine championships and Steve Kinser Racing with six championships. KKR is also only 15 wins away from 200 career World of Outlaws wins now. They know their title run next year won’t be easy with the rising level of competition, but that’s still not deterring their drive and determination to go after it. “I know next year is going to be even harder,” Kahne said. “We’re looking forward to that. We’ll be prepared and ready to go again. You can see that next year is going to be a stout field and it will be a lot of fun to see if we can get three in a row.” Their 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Click here for tickets. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.
  6. Last Call On 2020 Title Hunt - Three drivers and four teams will fight for 2020 titles at The Dirt Track at Charlotte CONCORD, NC — Nov. 2, 2020 — Grab your NOS Energy Drink and your tickets. We’re calling last call on the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season Friday and Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The World of Outlaws Last Call will conclude the wild and eventful 2020 season with another exciting championship battle and two Feature events, each paying $12,000 to the winner. Three drivers are still in contention for the driver championship and four teams are in contention for the team championship. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both nights live on DIRTVision. Here are the top storylines to follow this weekend: TITLE HUNT NEARS END: For the second year in a row, reigning champion Brad Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, enters the final two races at The Dirt Track with the championship lead. However, this time, he has two championship battles to worry about and three drivers to contend with. In the driver title hunt, Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, is second – 46 points behind Sweet – and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, is third – 68 points back. Then, for the team championship, Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team is 30 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing, who will have David Gravel, of Watertown, CT, behind the wheel of the #41 car for the final two races. Gravel swept the two races at Charlotte last year. A championship win this year would hold historical significance to each driver and team. For Sweet, it would be his second consecutive championship and would make him the sixth driver to have multiple World of Outlaws Sprint Car championships. For Schatz, this would be his 11th title and if he could grab a win this weekend, he would hit a career milestone of 300 Series wins. If Logan Schuchart and his Shark Racing team can score the 2020 title, it would be their first. The same for Jason Johnson Racing. LARSON/SCHATZ DOUBLING DOWN: Kyle Larson, of Elk Grove, CA, and Donny Schatz will get a couple extra days of seat time around the 4/10-mile track on Wednesday and Thursday by competing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models. Schatz has made three starts with the World of Outlaws Late Models this year, finishing inside the top-10 in each event. This week will be Larson’s debut with The Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet. They’ll then turn their attention back to Sprint Car racing on Friday and Saturday. Larson has never won at The Dirt Track, but seven of his 12 victories this season came at tracks he had never won at before with the World of Outlaws. Schatz has 13 victories at the Charlotte track. LAST CALL FOR PITTMAN/KLR: When the checkered flag waves Saturday night, it will mark the conclusion of two eras. Daryn Pittman, of Owasso, OK, will hang up his helmet as a full-time driver and Kyle Larson Racing will close at the conclusion of the season. In 17 full-time seasons with the World of Outlaws, Pittman claimed the 2013 championship and picked up 86 victories. Two of them came at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – most recently in 2014. Since joining the World of Outlaws in 2014, Kyle Larson Racing earned 33 wins with Shane Stewart and Carson Macedo, including the 2015 Kings Royal with Stewart. The team will be on the hunt for their first win at The Dirt Track this weekend. HOT STREAK HAUD: Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, has had a career season this year. Entering the season finale weekend, Haudenschild sits fourth in points with seven wins. Previously, he hadn’t finished better than seventh in points in his past three seasons and collected seven wins in total in that time. He won the most recent event at Kokomo Speedway and will look to end the season strong with his first Charlotte Dirt Track win. RING THE BELL: NASCAR-star Christopher Bell, of Norman, OK, will join the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars this weekend for the Last Call in his self-owned #21X car. Bell has two starts with the Series this year – finishing seventh at Plymouth Speedway and 13th at Lakeside Speedway. This weekend will be his debut at The Dirt Track with the World of Outlaws. THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE WHEN & WHERE Friday to Saturday, Nov. 6-7, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, NC. Event Info/Tickets ABOUT THE TRACK The Dirt Track at Charlotte is a semi-banked 4/10-mile track. Online – CharlotteMotorSpeedway.com Track Record – 11.880 sec. set by Jeff Shepard on Oct. 6, 2001 4/10-MILE WINNERS IN 2020 There have been seven races on a 4/10-mile track in 2020. Jackson Motorplex: Brad Sweet won on June 25 and Logan Schuchart on June 26 & 27 Lernerville Speedway: Donny Schatz won on July 21, David Gravel won on Sept. 26 I-80 Speedway: Brad Sweet won on Aug. 30 Lakeside Speedway: Shane Stewart won on Oct. 16 THE DIRT TRACK AT CHARLOTTE PREVIOUS WINNERS 2019 – Gio Scelzi on May 24, Logan Schuchart on May 25, David Gravel on Nov. 8, David Gravel on Nov. 9 2018 – Donny Schatz on May 25, Ian Madsen and Donny Schatz on Nov. 3 2017 – Logan Schuchart on May 26, Donny Schatz on Nov. 3, David Gravel on Nov. 4 2016 – Greg Wilson on May 27, Jason Johnson on Oct. 28, Donny Schatz on Oct. 29 2015 – Donny Schatz on May 22, Dusty Zomer on Nov. 6, Donny Schatz on Nov. 7 2014 – Joey Saldana on May 23, Daryn Pittman on Nov. 7, Brian Brown Nov. 8 2013 – Paul McMahan on May 24, Donny Schatz on Nov. 8, Paul McMahan on Nov. 9 2012 – Joey Saldana on May 25, Sammy Swindell on Nov. 2, Dale Blaney on Nov. 3 2011 – Paul McMahan on May 28, Donny Schatz on Nov. 5, Donny Schatz on Nov. 6 2010 – Donny Schatz on May 29, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6, Jason Meyers on Sept. 6 2009 – Joey Saldana on May 22, Jason Meyers on Nov. 6, Joey Saldana on Nov. 7 2008 – Lance Dewease on May 23, Brooke Tatnell on Oct. 31, Donny Schatz on Nov. 1 2007 – Donny Schatz on May 25, Jason Meyers on Nov. 2, Steve Kinser on Nov. 3 2006 – Kevin Swindell on May 24 2003 – Blake Feese on May 24 2002 – Greg Hodnett on May 24, Greg Hodnett on May 25, Tyler Walker on Oct. 11, Daryn Pittman on Oct. 12 2001 – Danny Lasoski on May 26, Mark Kinser on May 26, Tim Shaffer on Oct. 5, Steve Kinser on Oct. 6 2000 – Sammy Swindell on May 25, Mark Kinser on May 26, Donny Schatz on Oct. 5, Mark Kinser on Oct. 6 ON THE INTERNET World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Twitter – Twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws – @WorldofOutlaws Instagram – Instagram.com/WoOSprint – @woosprint Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws YouTube – YouTube.com/WorldofOutlaws DIRTVision – Dirtvision.com – Get your Fast Pass to watch all races LIVE for only $39/month Twitter – Twitter.com/DIRTVision – @DIRTVision Facebook – Facebook.com/WatchDIRTVision DRIVER INFO Follow World of Outlaws full-time drivers on Twitter: Bill Rose – @BillRose6_Rose Brad Sweet – @BradSweet49 Carson Macedo – @carson_macedo Daryn Pittman – @darynpittman David Gravel – @DavidGravel Donny Schatz – @DonnySchatz Jacob Allen – @JacobAllen1A Jason Sides – @SidesMotorsport Kraig Kinser – @KraigKinser Logan Schuchart – @Lschuchart1s Mason Daniel – @MasonDRacing Sheldon Haudenschild – @Haudenschild_17 Wayne Johnson – @wjr77x AROUND THE TURN: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will begin its 2021 season at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the DIRTcar Nationals. Click HERE for tickets. 2020 STATS There have been 52 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature events this season. FEATURE WINNERS (13 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 12 2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8 3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7 4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 6 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6 5 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5 6 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 2 7 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1 DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (47 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 19 2 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 16 3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 12 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 12 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 12 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 12 4 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 11 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 11 5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 10 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 10 6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8 7 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 7 8 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 5 9 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 4 10 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 3 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 3 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 3 – Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 3 11 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 2 – Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, Ind. – 2 – Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Australia – 2 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 2 12 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1 – Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Sunnyvale, Texas – 1 – Chase Stockon, Fort Branch, Ind. – 1 – Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1 – Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1 – Lynton Jeffrey, Prairie City, Iowa – 1 – Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1 – Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 1 – Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1 – Jeff Halligan, Ephrata, Pa. – 1 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1 – Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, Pa. – 1 – Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1 – Colby Copeland, Roseville, Calif. – 1 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1 – Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, Iowa – 1 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1 – Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1 – Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1 – Christopher Bell, Norman, Okla. – 1 – Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1 DIRTVISION FAST PASS DASH WINNERS (21 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 6 2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 5 3 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 4 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4 4 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 3 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 3 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 3 5 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 2 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 2 6 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1 – Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1 LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINNERS (32 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 5 2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 4 3 – Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 3 4 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 2 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2 – Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 2 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 2 5 – Lucas Wolfe, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 1 – Paul McMahan, Nashville, Tenn. – 1 – Brian Bell, Arlington Tenn. – 1 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1 – Bill Balog, Hartland, Wis. – 1 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 1 – Aryton Gennetten, Gravois Mills, Mo. – 1 – Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1 – Paul Nienhiser, Chapin, Ill. – 1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1 – Tim Wagaman, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Steve Buckwalter, Royersford, Pa. – 1 – Brendan Mullen, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1 – Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, Minn. – 1 ­– Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Henry Malcuit, Strasburg, Ohio – 1 – Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 1 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 1 – Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg. Pa. – 1 C-MAIN WINNERS (19 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Trey Starks, Puyallup, Wash. – 1 – Cale Thomas, Fairland, Ind. – 1 – Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1 – Shane Golobic, Fremont, Calif. – 1 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Penn. – 1 – Terry McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1 – Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1 – Hunter Schuerenburg, Sikeston, Mo. – 1 – Cole Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 1 – Adam Wilt, York, Pa. – 1 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1 – Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, Iowa – 1 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 1 – Mason Daniel, Springville, Calif. – 1 – Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1 – Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, Ind. – 1 – Dylan Ciseny, Port Royal, Pa. – 1 – T.J. Stutts, Liverpool, Pa. – 1 – Bill Rose, Plainfield, Ind. – 1 D-MAIN WINNERS (5 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Wins 1 – Kyle Moody, Lewisberry, Pa. – 1 – Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1 – Skylar Gee, Leduc, AB, Canada – Wayne Johnson, Oklahoma City, Okla. – 1 – Troy Wagaman, Jr., Hanover, Pa. – 1 PODIUM FINISHES (25 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – # of podiums 1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 28 2 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 22 3 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 18 4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 16 5 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 15 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 15 6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 8 7 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 5 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 5 8 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 4 9 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 2 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 2 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 2 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 2 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 2 10 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1 – Austin McCarl, Altoona, Iowa – 1 – Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, S.D. – 1 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 1 – Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, Ind. – 1 – Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1 – Rico Abreu, St. Helena, Calif. – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1 – Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, Pa. – 1 HARD CHARGER AWARD (19 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards 1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9 2 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 8 3 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 7 4 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 5 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 5 5 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 3 6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 2 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 2 7 – Sammy Swindell, Germantown, Tenn. – 1 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 1 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 1 – Jason Sides, Bartlett, Tenn. – 1 – Brent Marks, Myerstown, Pa. – 1 – Jade Hastings, Grand Forks, N.D. – 1 – Tim Kaeding, San Jose, Calif. – 1 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 1 – Cap Henry, Republic, Ohio – 1 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1 – Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, Pa. – 1 TOTAL LAPS LED (18 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – Laps 1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 278 2 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 238 3 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 207 4 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 201 5 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 180 6 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 96 7 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 88 8 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 78 9 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 74 10 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 62 11 – James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Australia – 41 12 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 40 13 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 37 14 – Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 32 15 – Carson Short, Marion, Ill. – 30 16 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw, Wash. – 10 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 10 17 – Brian Brown, Grain Valley, Mo. – 3 QUALIFYING QUICK TIME (19 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – QTs 1 – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. – 8 2 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. – 5 – David Gravel, Watertown, Conn. – 5 3 – Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Australia – 4 – Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, Ind. – 4 – Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, Ohio – 4 – Jacob Allen, Hanover, Pa. – 4 4 – Logan Schuchart, Hanover, Pa. – 3 – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. – 3 5 – Carson Macedo, Lemoore, Calif. – 2 – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. – 2 6 – Daryn Pittman, Owasso, Okla. – 1 – Aaron Reutzel, Clute, Texas – 1 – Kasey Kahne, Enumclaw Wash. – 1 – Cory Eliason, Visalia, Calif. – 1 – Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, Wis. – 1 – Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, Pa. – 1 – Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, Pa. – 1 – Gio Scelzi, Fresno, Calif. – 1 NEW TRACK RECORDS (4 drivers) Rank – Driver, Hometown – (TR) 1 – Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, Calif. (9.995 sec. at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55) – Donny Schatz, Fargo, N.D. (11.061 sec. at Plymouth Speedway) – Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, Calif. (12.490 sec. at Lawton Speedway) – Shane Stewart, Bixby, Okla. (16.111 sec. at Williams Grove Speedway) 2020 World of Outlaws Schedule & Winners No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins) 1. Friday, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1) 2. Saturday, Feb. 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1) 3. Sun., Feb. 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1) 4. Friday, May 8 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (1) 5. Fri., May 22 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (2) 6. Sat., May 23 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (1) 7. Friday, May 29 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Logan Schuchart (2) 8. Saturday, May 30 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Donny Schatz (2) 9. Friday, June 5 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (3) 10. Saturday, June 6 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Brad Sweet (4) 11. Friday, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (2) 12. Saturday, June 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3) 13. Friday, June 19 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Short (1) 14. Saturday, June 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (1) 15. Thursday, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Brad Sweet (5) 16. Friday, June 26 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3) 17. Saturday, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (4) 18. Friday, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (6) 19. Sat., July 4 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (7) 20. Friday, July 10 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Parker Price-Miller (1) 21. Saturday, July 11 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / David Gravel (2) 22. Sun., July 12 / Terre Haute Action Track / Terre Haute, IN / Logan Schuchart (5) 23. Tuesday, July 14 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Kyle Larson (4) 24. Tuesday, July 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Donny Schatz (3) 25. Thursday, July 23 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (1) 26. Fri., July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Shane Stewart (1) 27. Sat., July 25 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg. PA / David Gravel (3) 28. Fri., Aug. 7 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (2) 29. Sat., Aug. 8 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Kyle Larson (5) 30. Thurs., Aug. 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (6) 31. Fri., Aug. 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (4) 32. Sat., Aug. 15 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (7) 33. Fri., Aug. 21 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Kyle Larson (8) 34. Sat., Aug. 22 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND / Kyle Larson (9) 35. Sat., Aug. 29 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (3) 36. Sun., Aug. 30 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Brad Sweet (8) 37. Sat., Sept. 5 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (4) 38. Sun., Sept. 6 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Kyle Larson (10) 39. Fri., Sept. 11 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Jacob Allen (1) 40. Sat., Sept. 12 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, KS / Sheldon Haudenschild (5) 41. Fri., Sept. 18 / Lawton Speedway / Lawton, OK / Daryn Pittman (1) 42. Sat., Sept. 19 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Logan Schuchart (6) 43. Thurs., Sept. 24 / Plymouth Speedway / Plymouth, IN / Donny Schatz (4) 44. Fri., Sept. 25 / Wayne County Speedway / Orrville, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (6) 45. Sat., Sept. 26 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / David Gravel (5) 46. Fri., Oct. 2 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / David Gravel (6) 47. Sat., Oct. 3 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Donny Schatz (5) 48. Fri., Oct. 9 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (11) 49. Sat., Oct. 10 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA / Kyle Larson (12) 50. Fri., Oct. 16 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, KS / Shane Stewart (2) 51. Sat., Oct. 17 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / James McFadden (1) 52. Sat., Oct. 24 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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]
  16. 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
  17. 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]
  18. 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
  19. 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]
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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]
  25. 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]
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