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  1. The Big Cat Stuns Lil Haud in Final Mile at I-70 Sweet Completes Weekend Sweep with Third Straight Win ODESSA, MO - May 1, 2021 - In Kentucky, iconic trainer Bob Baffert rode the coattails of Medina Spirit to his record seventh Kentucky Derby crown. In Missouri, Kasey Kahne witnessed hired gun Brad Sweet deliver his eighth win of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season. Trent Gower photo On Churchill Downs' hollowed grounds, jockey John Velazquez circled 10 furlongs in exactly two minutes and one second. At the revamped I-70 Motorsports Park, Crew Chief Eric Prutzman watched his NAPA Auto Parts #49 rip off 13.5 miles in just 11 minutes and 31 seconds. There were odds on Sweet of course, but front row starters Brock Zearfoss and Sheldon Haudenschild shouldered most of the load when the exacta bets came in. When the 30-lap feature went live, all props were on Lil Haud, who amassed a six-second lead in Saturday's sprint. However, a sudden stoppage allowed The Big Cat to close down the homestretch and sneak away with a stunning victory. It wasn't a crown jewel on the level of the Kentucky Derby, but Saturday's sweep was still meaningful for Sweet, who continues building his championship lead and building momentum with the summer of money approaching. "Sheldon was way better than us throughout most of that race, but you have to finish these off," Sweet said. "He left a little opening and got the tires spinning down the front stretch and I saw a gap to shoot. Sometimes it doesn't matter how you get there, just as long as you get there first." After losing Thursday's trip to Jacksonville Speedway in heartbreaking fashion due to a cut tire with eight laps to go, it was given that Sheldon Haudenschild was owed redemption. For 27 laps on Saturday night, he could taste that sweet, sweet redemption; until Sweet himself stole it away. The Wooster, OH pilot of the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 was in a league of his own from the start. He beat pole sitter Brock Zearfoss into turn one with a big slider and then threw the deuces out and built a massive six-second lead. He mastered traffic and was poised to celebrate a third win of the year until a spinning Tim Kaeding halted his torrid pace with three to go. As untimely as it was, it didn't help anymore that two-time and defending Series champion Brad Sweet had just taken second away from Zearfoss. That put the feared #49 hot on the heels of the #17 with a three-lap sprint to the checkered flag upcoming. All it took was a stellar restart to offer Sweet the launch he needed into turn one to clear Haudenschild with a slider for the lead. From there, he survived an additional two laps and crossed the stripe with an advantage of 1.508-seconds over Carson Macedo, who snookered Haudenschild as well. The win marked Sweet's third in three nights, his fifth in five Missouri races, his eighth in 18 season events, and the 66th of his World of Outlaws career, which ties him with Craig Dollansky and Bobby Davis Jr. for 12th all-time. "We've still got a long summer ahead of us with a lot of big races left," Sweet said on their early success. "We've got to keep our heads down, keep capitalizing, keep executing, and keep winning. We're the best team out here and I feel like I'm at the highest level I've ever been at as a driver. I want to win as many as possible this year." Following Sweet by Haudenschild to take second on the final restart was Carson Macedo, who drove the Jason Johnson Racing #41 to his tenth consecutive top-10 finish. "Our car was really good, but I just felt like there were parts where we fell in in line and I couldn't make something happen," Macedo noted on his race. "I found the rubber before Brock [Zearfoss] because of a lapper, and then Sheldon [Haudenschild] got so tight on the bottom I got by him. Looking forward to a weekend at Eldora next!" The story of the race ultimately ended up third as Haudenschild faded to the show position on the final restart. "We just got beat," Haudenschild admitted. "I let my guys down. We had the winning car, but the driver didn't get it done. It doesn't matter how many you lead, we have to hang on for that last lap. I got too snug on that restart and let Brad get by. He's the guy to beat right now and that's really motivating us to get better." Closing out the top ten on night two of the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown was Kyle Larson in fourth, Donny Schatz in fifth, Brian Brown in sixth, Brock Zearfoss in seventh, Giovanni Scelzi in eighth, David Gravel in ninth, and Logan Schuchart in tenth. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make their first appearance of the season at Ohio's Eldora Speedway next Friday and Saturday, May 7-8. Let's Race Two features the USAC National Sprint Cars on both nights at the 1/2-mile. NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$10,000]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$6,000]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$3,500]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [8][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [3][$2,300]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1][$2,200]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [5][$2,100]; 9. 2-David Gravel [19][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$1,600]; 12. 14-Tim Kaeding [10][$1,400]; 13. 9-James McFadden [7][$1,200]; 14. 83-Aaron Reutzel [15][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$1,050]; 16. 19-Parker Price-Miller [17][$1,000]; 17. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [24][$1,000]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [18][$1,000]; 19. 24-Rico Abreu [11][$1,000]; 20. 20G-Noah Gass [23][$1,000]; 21. 35-Zach Hampton [22][$1,000]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$1,000]; 23. 31-Joe B-Miller [16][$1,000]; 24. 24W-Garet Williamson [21][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-27, Brad Sweet 28-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-David Gravel[+10]
  2. Sweet Survives Bullring Brawl at Jacksonville for Sixth Win of Season Haudenschild's Flat, Larson's Spin & Schatz's Slider Highlight Chaotic 40-Lapper JACKSONVILLE, IL - April 29, 2021 - They sold full seats at Jacksonville Speedway on Thursday night, but the massive crowd only needed the edges of them. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series rolled into town for one night only and continued to offer The Greatest Show on Dirt. It was breathtaking, extraordinary, astounding, chaotic, and dramatic more than anything else. The box score will only show two different official leaders, but in all reality the battle for the win was decided between six, count 'em SIX DRIVERS: Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet, Kyle Larson, Carson Macedo, David Gravel, and Donny Schatz. In the end, it wasn't the fittest, but actually the Sweetest who survived the mayhem to topple the $10,000 Feature at the 1/4-mile. Taking advantage of Haudenschild's cut tire, Sweet inherited the lead then fended off a three-wide attack and a slide job on the final restart to secure his sixth win of the season aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. The Grass Valley, CA native knows he wasn't the best, but hey that's short track racing as The Big Cat put it. "That right there was short track racing as its finest, wow," Sweet proclaimed. "I hope you fans know we can feel all of this energy. It's so fun to be a World of Outlaws driver right now. That was action packed and I don't think I was anywhere close to being the best car, but we survived with luck on our side. It's such a tough 40 laps around this place." Questions mounted with heavy rains dousing the facility on Wednesday evening, but the staff at Jacksonville Speedway was more determined than ever to not let Mother Nature spoil the party. The action got off to a hot start with Sheldon Haudenschild clocking the first-ever nine-second lap at the 1/4-mile with a time of 9.990 seconds in Slick Woody's Qualifying to set the New Track Record. His lightning-quick run put Jacksonville alongside River Cities (9.260), Bloomington (9.300), US-36 (9.840), Cottage Grove (9.991), and I-55 (9.995) as only the sixth track in World of Outlaws history with a nine-second lap. Haudenschild's momentum carried the NOS Energy Drink #17 to the outside pole of the 40-lap feature with Sweet starting inside of him after taking the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. The Wooster, OH native used the outside to his advantage and threaded the needle to lead the opening circuit. Haudenschild paced the opening eight laps before a restart allowed Sweet to slide in front of him and take command. Sweet proceeded to lead the next 19 laps before Haudenschild roared back to the point with a daring move in heavy lap traffic. Just as the #17 pulled a diamond off turn two and slid the #49 for the top spot in turn three, the caution flew and set up the final double-file restart with 11 to go. Lil Haud elected to take the top side and quickly drove away as he looked poised to score his third World of Outlaws win this season. However, a cut tire with only eight laps left soured his shot at the lead and sent him to the work area to change a right rear tire. The ensuing restart gave Sweet the lead, but a mistake in turn one created a three-wide frenzy as he fought Carson Macedo and Kyle Larson for the top spot. The battle was short-lived as contact from Macedo and Larson sent the #57 spinning to a stop and removed him from contention. From there, David Gravel entered the picture, but couldn't make much of his run at Sweet. However, a caution on Lap 39 for Zach Hampton set fans up with a thrilling green-white-checkered as Donny Schatz lined up behind Sweet with the win on the line. Schatz aced the middle of turns one and two then launched a turn three slide job as the duo raced back to the white flag. Sweet was quick to react and crossed under Schatz out of turn four to withhold the lead with one to go. Schatz had one last ditch effort coming to the checkered flag, but ultimately Sweet survived to win the thriller by 0.190-seconds. "Hey, a win is a win it doesn't matter how you get there," Sweet said. "I about flipped, biked up, all but wrecked there at the end. A lot of things played out in my favor to get this win. You never want to see the yellow coming to the checkered I can tell you that. Luckily, I kept my tires underneath to me cross Donny back and held on to put one more lap together." For 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, it was his second consecutive runner-up finish aboard the Tony Stewar/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15. After a tough three-week stretch, he admitted the team has recalibrated and their hard work is showing. "You gotta crawl before you can walk, and you gotta walk before you can run," Schatz noted. "My Carquest, Ford Performance guys are doing great. We've been getting better and that's all you can ask for. We reset and went back to square one, so now we're building ourselves back up again. Times change, people change, and we're changing with it. I'm gonna keep doing what I've been doing for the past 25 years here." Rounding out the top five at Jacksonville was David Gravel (Big Game #2) with his career-best finish of third at the 1/4-mile, Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson #41) with a strong fourth-place finish, and Rico Abreu of St. Helena, CA with his best finish of the season in World of Outlaws competition. Closing out the top ten on Thursday night was Jacob Allen with his first top-ten since February, Tim Kaeding with his best run yet aboard the Tony Stewart #14, Logan Schuchart after going tailback on Lap 29, Sheldon Haudenschild following his heartbreak on Lap 32, and Aaron Reutzel, who also recovered from the work area. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series travels to Odessa, MO for its first appearance at the revamped I-70 Motorsports Park since 1986. The FVP Platinum Battery Showdown is a two-day affair at the 3/8-mile oval with complete programs scheduled for Friday, April 30 and Saturday, May 1. NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$6,000]; 3. 2-David Gravel [3][$3,500]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$2,800]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [5][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [12][$2,300]; 7. 14-Tim Kaeding [15][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,100]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$1,600]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,400]; 13. 9-James McFadden [9][$1,200]; 14. 33M-Mason Daniel [24][$1,100]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$1,050]; 16. 5D-Zach Daum [20][$1,000]; 17. 19-Parker Price-Miller [11][$1,000]; 18. 22-Riley Goodno [21][$1,000]; 19. 35-Zach Hampton [18][$1,000]; 20. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$1,000]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$1,000]; 22. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [23][$1,000]; 23. 24W-Garet Williamson [22][$1,000]; 24. 96-Robert Ballou [16][$1,000]. Lap Leaders:Sheldon Haudenschild 1-8, 28-32; Brad Sweet 9-27, 32-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 33M-Mason Daniel[+10] NEW Championship Standings (16/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,292); 2. David Gravel (-66); 3. Carson Macedo (-98); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-122); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-126); 6. Donny Schatz (-164); 7. Logan Schuchart (-166); 8. Kraig Kinser (-282); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-338); 10. Jason Sides (-446).
  3. Countless hours, effort go into every World of Outlaws/DIRTcar event - No detail is left unturned when it comes to putting on the best dirt car racing events in the country CONCORD, NC – April 29, 2021 – Fireworks fired into the sky along the backstretch at Bristol Motor Speedway, in sync with the race cars passing by. Banners hung around the colosseum-like facility like art in a house. Merchandise trailers lined in an orderly fashion by the entrance of fans efficiently being entered into the track. Those fans saw the pageantry of four events between the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Modifieds at Bristol Motor Speedway executed to perfection. What they didn’t see were the days… no weeks… no months of planning and stress carried on the shoulders of many behind the scenes. And that’s not just for the historic Bristol events. That’s for every event under the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar banner. The birth of an event starts much further in advance than many may imagine. For Bristol, it started in July of last year, according to World of Outlaws and DIRTcar CEO Brian Carter. “It was all conceptual,” Carter said about the idea of returning to Bristol. “They didn’t know what the dirt would be or if it would even happen. It was a pretty significant timeline to make it happen. The key, for most of it, is to get where it balances itself into the schedule because pretty much every weekend is booked with our calendar. So, it has to fit inside the existing calendar. You’re trying to build it in conjunction with the rest of the schedule and the rest of the racing season. Between every weekend from February to November, we’re racing.” While in the development phase, Carter presented the idea to Jeff Hachmann, the executive director of events for the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar, who then takes it and draws out the blueprints before the foundation is made. Can the event be profitable? What are the expenses? What is the business relationship with the venue? What works for ticket prices? What are the storylines? How does it fit with sponsors? Will the facility work for the series in general? Those are just a few of the early questions that need to be answered to bring it all together, according to Hachmann. One of the key early questions to address is whether an event will be promoted by the track, by the Series or a joint venture between them. That’ll determine who is the lead on the rest of the important questions. “The historical events are all their own events. The promoters have been in business way before I got involved,” Carter said. “We’ve spent an extraordinary amount of money marketing and building the World of Outlaws brand, even into the year COVID last year we doubled our marketing campaign to raise awareness for the branding. All that advertising and marketing is captured through the fans coming through the gates. We’ve been joint venturing and renting racetracks to really get a return on that. “All of our new events and events established in the last decade have either been joint ventures or rentals with the racetrack. Candidly, with 200 big-event-style event nights with the Super DIRTcar Series and World of Outlaws, we can kind of mitigate the risk of losing an event to rain. We have a much higher tolerance for having a bad night, than a track itself, because we can mitigate it over 20 nights. If you lose one out of 20 in a month, it’s not that bad. We do joint ventures and rentals where we can.” Bristol is a recent example of a joint venture between the series and the track. The teams from both organizations worked together to make sure every day of the event, and the marketing prior, was flawless. Meetings were held once a week from the beginning of the year up until the day before the event, while departments from both organizations were in constant contact. In those conversations, there was the fine-tuning of the smallest details like where merchandise trailers need to be parked, what’s the extent of the use of the media center, making sure there are different color wrist bands for different purposes and who will handle ticketing at the gate. “We had to divide up all those assets and decide who is doing what, so we didn’t step on each other’s toes,” Hachmann said. “They have a great staff. We have a great staff. How do we use those two staffs to come together?” In contrast, Super DIRT Week (Oct. 6-10) at Oswego Speedway, another big event for the company, is an example of a track rental. That puts every detail, down to the smallest cell, on the shoulders of the company. With more than 900 camping spots on the property, steps need to be followed to ensure permits are in place with the health department. Due to a nuclear plant within five miles from the speedway, there needs to be approval from the Pentagon that there is a proper evacuation plan in place if there were to be an emergency situation. “When you’re creating an area like that, and you have these mass gatherings, you have to be aware of everything,” Hachmann said. “We have to be aware of noxious weeds, believe it or not. We have to make sure we have sanitizers in all bags and if there’s a high mosquito count, we have to provide info on what to do if bit by one. And there’s working with the police and the fire. “We have to worry about people crossing streets and the neighborhoods around the facility and make sure the flow of the traffic doesn’t hinder the neighbors. We have to make sure there’s access for them to go to the grocery store or go to Dunkin’ Donuts.” Before coordinating those details, there’s the challenge of finding a proper spot on the schedule for the event. That’s not only to find a prime spot on the schedule for fans to attend, but it’s also for making sure the travel makes sense logistically for the drivers and teams. “There’s a lot of trial by fire in our world,” Carter said. “The calendar is mostly set. Sprint Cars are quite a bit more established. For the Late Models, the calendar is a little more flexible. It’s also built around events we have less control over. But from a Sprint Car perspective, you’ve got your month of money, you’ve got your huge shows in the summer, we know when we’re starting the season and where we’re ending the season. It all has to fit in, and not only that, you have to manage 20 different businesses going up and down the road with you. “Bristol is a little bit unique because it provided a pretty large opportunity for us, as a sport for awareness, for the racers as merchandise sellers, a huge crowd, and a big paying purse. So, you can put that kind of an event in a place that may not make sense logistically because of the opportunity.” The pandemic threw an unexpected curveball at the company last year, forcing the cancellation, re-creation and creation of events throughout the year. While challenging, the World of Outlaws and DIRTcar came out of it stronger. It showed new methods that could be implemented, where the company can be more efficient and the strength of its team being able to salvage a successful season. That was put to use again this year when the Spring West Coast Swing had to be canceled and less than three weeks later an entirely new Spring schedule was released. “We learned a lot during COVID,” Carter said. “We learned the fans are as flexible as we can be, relative to promoting a show. The shortest show we just pulled off was going back racing. In three weeks, we changed it from going to California to going back to Florida (in March). We learned a lot about what was necessary to put on a good show. We learned the value of having a direct relationship with the customer. We can communicate directly with emails, with our social following, with our website and through DIRTVision, we can communicate directly to the race fans. And the better the communication is, the more flexible we can be with the events. We can capitalize on the direct relationship with the customers, which was started a decade ago when we created our own ticketing system.” Once the I’s are dotted and the T’s are crossed, race day can commence. And the on-track portion of the event is “the easiest part,” according to Hachmann. That’s due to there being efficient formats established for every series, series directors making sure drivers and teams have all the necessary information and the race directors keeping control of the on-track action. Everything off track – the display of banners, DIRTVision’s broadcast, fan engagement, ticketing and media relations – is handled by the coordinators of each element. For Hachmann, he just makes sure everyone has what they need to make each of those elements issue-free. Most of that work will go unnoticed by fans, but that means everything went as planned. That’s a testament to the hours, days, weeks and months of work that goes into every event between the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series and DIRTcar Racing – more than 200 of them in a year. “How long does it take to put on an event?... It never stops,” Hachmann said. Work continues for the upcoming events, such as the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Jacksonville Speedway (April 29) and I-70 Motorsports Park (April 30-May 1), the World of Outlaws Late Models at Boone Speedway (April 30-May 1), the Super DIRTcar Series at Bridgeport Speedway (May 4) and the season-ending World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Nov. 4-6). For tickets to World of Outlaws events, CLICK HERE. For tickets to Super DIRTcar Series events, CLICK HERE. And for tickets to DIRTcar events, CLICK 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. David Gravel Gets $25,000 for Sweeping World of Outlaws at Bristol Motor Speedway - Logan Schuchart Led 23 Laps Before Gravel Slid Him Coming to the White Flag BRISTOL, TN - April 25, 2021 - David Gravel loves making statements, and boy did he make a big one at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend. Brent Smith photo After his downright domination of Friday's opener at the Bristol, TN 1/2-mile, Gravel returned to victory lane on Sunday afternoon and completed a weekend sweep of the Bristol Throwdown. This time, he did it in opposite fashion by sliding to the lead coming to the white flag to earn his 61st career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win. The Big Game Motorsports #2 started on the outside pole of the 25-lapper, but slipped back to third before running down Logan Schuchart in lap traffic and clearing him with a monster run down the backstretch that guided him to a huge turn three slide job on Lap 24. A symbolical weekend in a way, Gravel's impressive weekend sweep at the high-banked oval came with Sammy Swindell in attendance as the Grand Marshal; a passing of the torch if you will. With his two wins on Friday & Sunday, the Watertown, CT native equaled the three-time World of Outlaws champion as the only two drivers through six events to win twice at the iconic venue known as The Last Great Colosseum. Surviving a green-white-checkered restart following Schuchart's sudden mechanical failure, Gravel drove off to a 0.846-second victory for $25,000 over Donny Schatz, another former Bristol winner in 2001. "When I fell back to third I honestly didn't think I had a shot," Gravel noted on surprising himself with the win. "I was kind of just hoping to stay on the podium at a certain point. I think Donny [Schatz] messed up and just couldn't take off on one restart and I slid by him, then catching Logan [Schuchart] was a matter of traffic. Sweeping the weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway is a pretty damn awesome accomplishment." Beyond Gravel's double dip, the biggest story of Sunday came with one lap remaining when Logan Schuchart dropped out of the race with a heartbreaking mechanical issue. The Shark Racing #1S won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and ran away from the pole position to lead the opening 23 laps of the 25-lapper. His run came to a screeching halt on the white flag lap when Gravel built a massive run off the top side of turn two, sped down the backstretch, and launched a slider for the lead into turn three. The bad news came moments later when a mechanical issue forced him to drop form second worth $10,000 to 19th worth $1,200 as he was only a half-mile away from the checkered. "We had some sort of mechanical issue with the engine," Schuchart explained afterwards. "I hate saying that because Michael Newman builds us some of the most badass engines, but sometimes stuff beyond your control happens. We had a really fast Drydene Performance Products #1S this weekend and we really improved since we got here on Thursday. I hope we can come back here next year and go for another win." Rounding out the podium behind Gravel was Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 and Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83. For Schatz, the 10-time Series champion collected his third podium through 15 races and first in over a month. "I wouldn't say we're back yet," Schatz said afterwards. "We had a solid finish and had some good speed, but it's a lot harder to climb out of a hole than people think. It's just the nature of the beat. We had a chance to contend there for a while, but just couldn't follow through. Momentum means everything, that's a big lesson I've learned in my 25 years. So hopefully this is a stepping stone to getting back on track." For Reutzel, his second podium finish of the weekend was a sigh of relief following three different engine changes. "We overcame a lot this weekend, man," Reutzel noted. "We just kept our heads down and kept digging. We weren't as good tonight as were Friday, though. Anytime you run well with the Outlaws you build that momentum and build your confidence, which is what we need right now." Closing out the top-five at Bristol Motor Speedway on Sunday afternoon was Fresno, CA native Gio Scelzi finishing fourth in the KCP Racing #18 and Nashville, TN native Paul McMahan running fifth in the CJB Motorsports #23. The rest of Sunday's top-ten finishers were Carson Macedo, Brock Zearfoss, Spencer Bayston, James McFadden & Cory Eliason. In Sunday's intense qualifying session, the World of Outlaws track record at Bristol Motor Speedway was again shattered for the second time this weekend. This time, it was Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, TX going around the half-mile at an average speed of 142.098 MPH during his 13.326-second lap. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will take a few days off to rest and ready themselves for a Midwestern triple-header this weekend. On Thursday, April 29, The Greatest Show on Dirt visits one of the smallest tracks on tour with Jacksonville (IL) Speedway on tap, but then we're off to I-70 (MO) Motorsports Park on Friday & Saturday, April 30 - May 1 for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown. NOS Energy Drink Feature (26 Laps) – 1. 2-David Gravel [2][$25,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$10,000]; 3. 83-Aaron Reutzel [6][$5,000]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [5][$4,000]; 5. 23-Paul McMahan [4][$3,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$3,000]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,800]; 8. 71-Spencer Bayston [14][$2,700]; 9. 9-James McFadden [11][$2,600]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$2,500]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [18][$2,000]; 12. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [22][$1,800]; 13. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$1,600]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,500]; 15. 20-Ryan Taylor [15][$1,400]; 16. 19-Parker Price-Miller [17][$1,300]; 17. 9JR-Derek Hagar [21][$1,200]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [23][$1,200]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$1,200]; 20. 22-Jac Haudenschild [24][$1,200]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$1,200]; 22. 72-Tim Shaffer [12][$1,200]; 23. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$1,200]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [13][$1,200]. Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-23, David Gravel 24-26. KSE Hard Charger Award: 7BC-Tyler Courtney[+10] NEW Championship Standings (15/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,142); 2. David Gravel (-60); 3. Carson Macedo (-90); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-104); 5. Aaron Reutlzel (-106); 6. Logan Schuchart (-150); 7. Donny Schatz (-160); 8. Kraig Kinser (-260); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-314); 10. Giovanni Scelzi (-392).
  5. David Gravel is Flawless in World of Outlaws Return to Bristol Motor Speedway - Gravel Set New Track Record, Won His Heat, His Dash, and Friday's 25-Lap Feature BRISTOL, TN - April 23, 2021 - A perfect night is hard to come by against the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. It's even harder to come by at the daunting high-banked 1/2-mile of Bristol Motor Speedway. Don't tell that to David Gravel, though. The Watertown, CT native paved his path to victory lane with a trail of downright domination on Friday night. His Big Game Motorsports #2 was simply unstoppable from the time the trailer unloaded. Harnessing 20 years of pent up energy, Gravel made sure he was the first, and biggest, storyline leaving Thunder Valley in the Series' first race since 2001. It all started with his new track record. At 13.672 seconds, Gravel clocked an average speed of 138.502 MPH; officially making him the fastest driver to ever turn laps on the dirt-covered Bristol Motor Speedway. From there, he won his Heat Race, won the Dash, and ran away with a $10,000 Feature victory, the 60th of his World of Outlaws career. With his winning sword in hand, the newest gladiator of The Last Great Colosseum reflected on how special this opportunity is to race on a stage and venue like Bristol. "This is so cool," Gravel said in awe of a massive crowd. "This is just such an iconic place that everyone always talks about. I can't thank Bristol Motor Speedway and the World of Outlaws enough for making this event happen. I hope we get to finish out this weekend and go after that $25,000 check." A noted ace on bigger, faster tracks, Gravel's clean sweep of the night at Bristol equals him with Donny Schatz for the most wins (9) on 1/2-mile ovals since the beginning of 2019. His unbeatable performance on Friday marked the first perfect night of the 2021 World of Outlaws season. "This thing has been incredible ever since we unloaded yesterday," Gravel bragged on his Big Game Motorsports crew. "After the Heat and Dash, I told them not to change a damn thing. I just ripped down five qualifying laps there at the end to try and hold off Reutzel." Not just the physical size, but the stature that Bristol brings can offer true season-changing momentum. Gravel has felt his early-season resume has been lackluster at best with two wins in 14 races, but with a Bristol beatdown in his bank, he feels more and more confident heading into the crucial summer months. "I really think we'll kick ass at big tracks all year long," Gravel noted with a grin. "This schedule is so unique because we're going to a super short track on Thursday and then we're back at a big track on the weekend. You have to be good everywhere with the Outlaws. This engine program is super stout and this team is really hitting our stride." Gravel's closest contender came in the form of KSE Hard Charger Aaron Reutzel, who battled back from a pair of engine changes to roar from ninth-to-second and compete for the win in his Roth Motorsports #83. The Clute, TX native rolled by Sam Hafertepe Jr. on Lap 18 and was cutting into Gravel's lead lap-after-lap with the aid of back markers. By Lap 20, the gap was only five-tenths of a second and Reutzel was poised to give Gravel some heat in the closing circuits. However, a caution for Logan Schuchart changed it all. With Gravel removed from traffic and given the benefit of clean air, his Big Game #2 proved to be too stout. Reutzel hung close with him for the first lap, but the raw speed of Gravel's Morrison Racing Engines powered Maxim Chassis was too much to handle. When the checkered flew on Lap 25, a dejected Aaron Reutzel crossed the line 1.871-seconds short of Gravel's tail tank. "That caution killed every ounce of momentum I had," Reutzel explained post-race. "We went from ninth-to-second, we were flying through there and he couldn't pass the lap cars. That restart gave him clean track and he was gone, though. He was the fastest car all night until lap traffic, and then I thought we were the car to beat. You have to be good to win these races, but you also have to be lucky." Rounding out the podium aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41 was Carson Macedo, who was surprised, but pleased with track conditions. "I was just searching for too long in the beginning," Macedo explained. "I thought the bottom would be dominant, but Aaron found the top and I realized where I needed to be. I think it got a lot more racey there at the end. I can't say enough about how cool this event is. A dream come true for me to be on the podium at Bristol." Following Gravel, Reutzel, and Macedo on night one of the Bristol Throwdown was Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, TX, who actually led the opening two laps before Gravel went storming by. Closing out the top five was Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance #15. The rest of Friday's top ten finishers were NASCAR sensation Kyle Larson in sixth, Gio Scelzi aboard the KCP Racing #18 in seventh, championship leader Brad Sweet in eighth with the Kasey Kahne Racing #49, Paul McMahan in ninth making his season-debut, and rookie contender Brock Zearfoss in the tenth spot. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will wrap up the Bristol Throwdown on Saturday, April 24 with a $25,000-to-win main event. Officials are bound and determined to complete the event on Saturday night, but a Sunday rain date could be used at Bristol Motor Speedway if absolutely necessary. NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 2-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel [9][$6,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$3,500]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2][$2,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$2,500]; 6. 57-Kyle Larson [12][$2,300]; 7. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [5][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,100]; 9. 23-Paul McMahan [4][$2,050]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [16][$2,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$1,600]; 12. 71-Spencer Bayston [7][$1,400]; 13. 9-James McFadden [20][$1,200]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,100]; 15. 26-Cory Eliason [21][$1,050]; 16. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [23][$1,000]; 17. 72-Tim Shaffer [11][$1,000]; 18. 20-Ryan Taylor [17][$1,000]; 19. 9JR-Derek Hagar [24][$1,000]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15][$1,000]; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$1,000]; 22. 22-Jac Haudenschild [22][$1,000]; 23. 19-Parker Price-Miller [14][$1,000]; 24. 24-Rico Abreu [19][$1,000]. Lap Leader(s):Hafertepe 1-2; Gravel 3-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Aaron Reutzel[+7] NEW Championship Standings (14/83 Races) - 1. Brad Sweet (2,014); 2. David Gravel (-82); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-98); 4. Carson Macedo (-100); 5. Aaron Reutzel (-122); 6. Logan Schuchart (-134); 7. Donny Schatz (-178); 8. Kraig Kinser (-246); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-322); 10. Jason Sides (-392).
  6. World of Outlaws Get Back on Track at Bristol - Gravel, Schatz, Reutzel & Haudenschild Headline Practice Night of Bristol Throwdown BRISTOL, TN - April 22, 2021 - History was made on Thursday night as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series ended a 20-year absence at Bristol Motor Speedway. A full night of practice brought The Greatest Show on Dirt back to The Last Great Colosseum in preparation for this weekend's highly-anticipated Bristol Throwdown. The event officially kicks off tomorrow with Hot Laps slated to open a full program of racing at 6:00pm ET. If you can't be here, you can watch it all LIVE on DIRTVision. For most drivers and teams, it was their first chance to hit the high banks in Thunder Valley. Three different sessions for a total of five rounds gave competitors several different looks at the surface with times to make changes and adjust to the .526-mile race track. Donny Schatz, the 10-time Series champion, led the way with the single fastest lap of the night at 14.210 seconds in the opening set. That's an average speed of 133 MPH aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15. For Schatz, a native of Fargo, ND, the World of Outlaws return to Bristol is a homecoming of sorts. He earned one of the biggest wins of his early career at the 1/2-mile on June 8, 2001. Now, two decades later, Schatz is still ruling the Outlaws and he's back at Bristol with a chance to claim his milestone 300th career victory. Whereas Schatz has previous experience to rely on, others like Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Parker Price-Miller are walking in blind. Worried at first, PPM grew more comfortable by the lap and by the end of the night, he hit the fastest lap in the final session at 15.059 seconds. "I feel a lot better leaving tonight than I did when the day started," Price-Miller admitted. "The place is intimidating, especially for someone who hasn't been here before, but I really enjoyed where the track ended up. Hopefully we get a track like this tomorrow." David Gravel made the most noise throughout the three-hour session, ending up as the only driver in the field to record a top-ten time in every single session. The Watertown, CT native also topped two different sessions aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2, the only driver to do that as well. Although the 59-time World of Outlaws winner had never been to Bristol before, he does have the confidence of being a 1/2-mile stud. Since 2019, Gravel has won eight events on the biggest tracks the Outlaws face, second only to Schatz's nine wins. Knowing the World of Outlaws format which relies on qualifying and leads into straight-up heat races, Gravel is excited about the speed they found right out of the gates. "It's a huge confidence boost to roll out of the trailer and be that fast," Gravel noted. "I've always loved racing on these bigger tracks and this place doesn't disappoint. I hope we can get a track just like this when it comes to racing, but maybe get it out a little bit wider." In the fifth and final session of the night, a longer green flag run, Aaron Reutzel and his Roth Motorsports #83 clocked the best eight-lap average at 15.336 seconds. Another notable with a strong eight-lap average in the final session was Spencer Bayston of Lebanon, IN aboard the Indy Race Parts #71 at 15.383. The biggest story of the night came when a special reveal stunned Jac Haudenschild and brought back to life one of the most iconic cars in the history of the World of Outlaws. A deal months in the making, car owner Rico Abreu and businessman Frank Bolter surprised The Wild Child with a modern day version of the yellow Pennzoil #22 for his farewell season, which starts this weekend at the Bristol Throwdown. Haudenschild's historic relationship with the car dates back to the 1990's when he drove Jack Elden's #22 with Pennzoil sponsorship for more than a half-decade. Now, to end his legendary career, the 72-time World of Outlaws winner is reunited with the car he is most associated with. A sixth-place runner at Bristol in 2000, Haudenschild is one of the five drivers this week that competed int the last event here 20 years ago. Also included in that list is Paul McMahan, making his season debut aboard the CJB Motorsports #23 this weekend. "I don't remember much of this place from back then, but it's everything I expected it to be this week," McMahan said. "As long as they get it wide and races, I think it'll be totally fine. We had some great races back then, so I know we can do it again." Now that the entire field has laps at Bristol Motor Speedway, the stage is set to officially return to the Tennessee speed plant in Friday's opener of the Bristol Throwdown. A $10,000-to-win program will lead into Saturday's $25,000-to-win finale. Fans who can’t make it to the track can catch all of the action on DIRTVision with the annual Platinum FAST PASS subscription for $299/year or the monthly FAST PASS subscription for $39/month.
  7. Strickler Jumps from Late Model into Modified, Wins Bristol Bash Finale - Hammer scores back-to-back runner-up finishes, Arnold recovers from Friday to finish third BRISTOL, TN – April 11, 2021 – Most drivers would agree – driving just one car around Bristol Motor Speedway in a day is hard enough. Kyle Strickler drove two on Sunday afternoon and came out $10,000 richer. Josh James Artwork photo Strickler, of Mooresville, NC, jumped out of his PCC Motorsports Late Model after competing with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, immediately strapped into his Longhorn by Loenbro #8 UMP Modified and flat-out dominated the Feature, leading all 20 laps of the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash finale. “The Modified is so much fun to me. After having a rough weekend with the Late Model, it was very refreshing to have a bunch of fun in the Modified,” Strickler said. While it was a trying weekend for him in the Late Model, his Modified program was far more set up to his liking. This, and his familiarity in the seat of the Modified significantly helped him in the Feature. “The Late Model side of it is so finnicky and all of your adjustments are fine-tuned and so touchy,” Strickler said. “The Modifieds – you’re going so much slower; they slip and slide around and there’s so much less grip that they don’t dart around as much.” In short, Strickler ran a flawless race. None of his competitors had any strong challenges for him, even on a Lap 4 restart after a caution that took Friday night’s Feature winner, David Stremme, and Dave Wietholder out of the race when they collided in Turn 4. With outside polesitter Kyle Hammer keeping him in-sight behind him, Strickler reached the rear of the field with only a handful of laps remaining. After mainly running the preferred low groove to that point, The Highside Tickler put his nicknamesake on full display and maneuvered around the slower traffic. “I could rip the top in the Late Model, and I tried it there at the end in the Modified and it really helped me get through lapped traffic,” Strickler said. Strickler’s always preferred the bigger, faster tracks. With several UMP Modified victories in his career at other high-profile half-miles at Volusia Speedway Park and Eldora Speedway, it comes as no surprise he excelled in the high speeds of Bristol. “I think a lot of it is just me liking these big racetracks, and just all fun, no stress, jump in the Modified and have a blast,” Strickler said. “Your finishes are usually directly related to your mood or how you’re feeling about one car or the other.” Despite his best efforts, Hammer was unable to catch Strickler in the final laps. “Down the straightaways I could kinda see him just getting closer and closer each time,” Hammer said. “Toward the middle, once we got opened up and our tires really kicked in, I feel like we had a better car, just couldn’t do much at that point.” However, Hammer did take home the honors of the highest average-finishing driver with two runner-up results on the weekend. Overall, a great showing for the young Illinoisan. Chris Arnold crossed the stripe in third, completing an up-and-down weekend for he and his crew. Starting third in Friday’s Feature, Arnold caught a piece of a wreck heading into Turn 1 on the first lap and was forced to retire. But a great run Sunday showed exactly what the Virginian team is capable of. “I think we had one of the fastest cars like [Hammer] and Strickler all weekend,” Arnold said. “I think [Friday] night, we would’ve been pretty good. I wish I had moved up to the top from Lap 1 and I think both of us probably would have been right there with Strickler.” Like Hammer, Arnold agreed once Strickler got out front, the chances of catching and passing him were slim. “You’ve got to use every type of advantage you have against him, and at this point, it would have been going to the top sooner than he did,” Arnold said. Six drivers recorded top-10 finishes in both Features over the weekend – Kyle Hammer, Ryan Ayers, Nick Hoffman, Dylan Woodling, Trent Young and David Reutimann. Hoffman, the two-time and defending national UMP Modified champion, came back from a broken rocker arm in Qualifying Sunday, qualifying fo the Feature through his Heat Race to finish 7th. The World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Racing action from Bristol Motor Speedway isn’t over just yet – don’t miss the World of Outlaws Bristol Throwdown, April 22-24, featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modifieds. If you can’t be at the track, catch all the action live on DIRTVision presented by Drydene. Feature (20 Laps) 1. 8-Kyle Strickler [1][$10,000]; 2. 45-Kyle Hammer [2][$5,000]; 3. 99W-Chris Arnold [3][$3,000]; 4. 6A-Ryan Ayers [5][$2,500]; 5. OOD-David Reutimann [6][$2,000]; 6. 3W-Dylan Woodling [7][$1,700]; 7. 2-Nick Hoffman [14][$1,500]; 8. 10Y-Trent Young [8][$1,200]; 9. 8S-Kyle Steffans [11][$1,100]; 10. 21A-Nick Allen [9][$1,000]; 11. 72-Todd Neiheiser [12][$1,000]; 12. 29J-Jordan Wever [18][$1,000]; 13. 67-Garret Stewart [13][$1,000]; 14. 1S-Brian Shaw [16][$1,000]; 15. 95-Michael Altobelli [21][$1,000]; 16. 45S-Nick Stroupe [20][$1,000]; 17. 97-Mitch Thomas [22][$1,000]; 18. 8A-Austin Holcombe [17][$1,000]; 19. 5-Jonathan Taylor [24][$1,000]; 20. 11-Troy Loomis [23][$1,000]; 21. 44-KC Burdette [15][$1,000]; 22. 2ND-Jake Leitzman [19][$1,000]; 23. O5-Dave Wietholder [4][$1,000]; 24. 35-David Stremme [10][$1,000] Hard Charger: 2-Nick Hoffman[+7]
  8. Macedo Beats McFadden on Final Lap of Dramatic Tri-State Feature Five Different Leaders & Haudenschild's Heartbreak Highlights Action-Packed Race HAUBSTADT, IN - April 10, 2021 - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series did it again on Saturday night. Visiting a sold-out crowd at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN, The Greatest Show on Dirt lived up to its name. The 40-lap feature on the 1/4-mile offered up five different leaders, drama that you couldn't even dream of, and a last-lap pass to send the crowd home happy. Trent Gower photo It started with Aaron Reutzel out front before Tyler Courtney led in pursuit of his first-career win, and then Sheldon Haudenschild drove to the lead and ran away until a flat tire soured his run with seven laps left. Ultimately, it came down to a duel between Carson Macedo and James McFadden on the final restart. They swapped sliders, exchanged some contact, and eventually Macedo snookered McFadden to win it by 0.398-seconds. "I know he's probably upset with me, but I really wanted to win that race," Macedo noted. "These races are tough to win, I'm gonna give it everything I have. James [McFadden] is a great driver and I have the utmost respect for him; I want to run everybody clean. I beat him to the line there and just tried to protect the bottom the best I could." Before eighth-starting Macedo and 11th-starting McFadden waged war in the end, the beginning was between the front row of Courtney's Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC and Reutzel's Roth Motorsports #83. Reutzel, of Clute, TX, paced the opening four laps before Courtney, of Indianapolis, IN, drove by on Lap 5. It quickly became a non-wing affair as former USAC standouts Courtney and Hunter Schuerenberg of Sikeston, MO ran 1-2 with both drivers chasing their first-career World of Outlaws win. Courtney, AKA Sunshine, led a race-high 19 laps aboard the NOS Energy Drink TURBO machine until Haudenschild in his own NOS Energy Drink whip wheeled by him to take command on Lap 24. Mastering lap traffic, Haudenschild ran off to a 2+ second advantage before a flat left rear tire sent his Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 from the lead to the work area on Lap 33. Inheriting the lead with seven to go, Macedo brought the field back to life in his Jason Johnson Racing #41 and immediately received a challenge from McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9. They ran side-by-side for a handful of laps until J-Mac finally cleared his slider coming to the white flag. McFadden officially led Lap 39, but Macedo was quick to cross under him and steal it back entering turn one. The duo made contact fighting for real estate on the bottom and nearly allowed Courtney to sneak by them both as they went down the backstretch. Macedo made the move to go low in the final two corners and did just enough to survive McFadden's onslaught. For Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, it was his second win at Tri-State, his second win of the 2021 season, and his eighth-career win with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. "I could see him peeking his nose and I knew I needed to stay in front or he would pull the trigger hard enough," Macedo mentioned on his strategy. "I saw the white come out and knew I needed to capitalize. This is a great win for our Jason Johnson Racing crew. I'm glad I can get Phil, Nate and Clyde back to victory lane. A dejected James McFadden came home with a close second-place effort following his victory in Friday's show at Kokomo Speedway. The Alice Springs, NT, AUS native offered up some choice words following his on-track combat with Macedo. "He was racing like a bit of a d**k head to be honest," McFadden said. "He chopped me and put me over the tires and jammed it off the fence a couple of times. I kept giving him room and I probably shouldn't have; I should have parked him and cleared him. I feel bad for letting my team down. Second is decent, but I probably needed to be a bit ruder. For the second night in a row, the third-place finisher collected his first-career podium finish with there World of Outlaws. This time it was Tyler Courtney, a former USAC National Midget and Sprint Car champion adventuring into the winged world with Clauson-Marshall Racing. "I think it was just inexperience in lap traffic," Courtney offered on where he lost the lead. "I've had more laps around here than those guys, but I just struggled with where to put the car. To rebound tonight with a podium against the best drivers in the country, maybe the world, is really awesome for our team." Hunter Schuerenberg earned his second-career World of Outlaws top five, and first since Tri-State in 2018, aboard the Vermeer Motorsports #55. Early leader Aaron Reutzel wrapped up the top five finishers in Saturday's show. Rounding out the top ten at Haubstadt was David Gravel in sixth, Brad Sweet in seventh, Carson Short in eighth, Justin Peck in ninth and Ian Madsen in tenth. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series takes to Lawton (OK) Speedway on Friday, April 16 and Devil's Bowl (TX) Speedway on Saturday, April 17. After that, it's the Bristol Throwdown on April 22-24. NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$10,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [11][$6,000]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [1][$3,500]; 4. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][$2,800]; 5. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$2,500]; 6. 2-David Gravel [3][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$2,200]; 8. 21-Carson Short [14][$2,100]; 9. 13-Justin Peck [18][$2,050]; 10. 11-Ian Madsen [4][$2,000]; 11. 55V-Spencer Bayston [7][$1,600]; 12. 26-Cory Eliason [10][$1,400]; 13. 5S-Chase Stockon [17][$1,200]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,050]; 16. 15-Donny Schatz [21][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [16][$1,000]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$1,000]; 21. 96-Robert Ballou [23][$1,000]; 22. 19-Parker Price-Miller [13][$1,000]; 23. 44-Kyle Cummins [15][$1,000]; 24. 5K-Paul Nienhiser [22][$1,000]; 25. 14-Tim Kaeding [19][$1,000]; 26. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [26][$]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-4; Tyler Courtney 5-23; Sheldon Haudenschild 24-33; Carson Macedo 34-38, 40; James McFadden 39. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-James McFadden[+9]. NEW Championship Standings (13/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (1,880); 2. Sheldon Haudenschild (-92); 3. David Gravel (-98); 4. Carson Macedo (-110); 5. Logan Schuchart (-11); 6. Aaron Reutzel (-134); 7. Donny Schatz (-184); 8. Kraig Kinser (-234); 9. Brock Zearfoss (-318); 10. Jason Sides (-348).
  9. Stremme Strikes First in UMP Modifieds at Bristol Former NASCAR veteran dominates throughout the night for $5,000 victory BRISTOL, TN – April 9, 2021 – He’s been one of the fastest UMP Modifieds at Bristol Motor Speedway all weekend, and now he’s got the hardware to show it. David Stremme wheeled his Lethal Chassis #35 to Victory Lane Friday night on the first race night of the World of Outlaws Bristol Bash in dominating fashion, leading all 20 laps en route to a $5,000 victory over Kyle Hammer and Ryan Ayers. “I tell people when you walk in here, you gotta look around,” Stremme said. “To win here is pretty cool. Just to win at anything anymore is hard.” It was hard to miss the Stremmes on the DIRTVision cameras through the night. David showed the way around the dirt-covered half-mile, setting Quick Time in Qualifying and made the winning pass on Hammer in Heat 3. His wife Ashley then worked her usual magic in the redraw and pulled the pole for the Feature. At the drop of the green, Stremme wasted zero time making his presence felt, wrestling the lead away from Hammer on the low side as they rounded Turns 1-2. From that point forward, it was all Stremme’s race out front, as he piloted his #35 machine around the fast, high-banked track. “I think the track crew did a great job. I feel for the amount of cars we have here, it was in a lot better shape than I thought it would be,” Stremme said. “You could move around quite a bit, and that’s all you can ask for.” As a former NASCAR star on its concrete surface, Stremme has gotten to know Bristol’s high banks well since the start of his motorsports career. While the banking has been cut down to 19 degrees on the dirt, he said he’s been able to recognize the similarities between the two configurations and use it to his advantage. “It still has the same characteristics – each corner is different. Obviously, I’m able to use that, and there is stuff there that I felt I could still do, whether it was in a [NASCAR] Cup car or Xfinity car,” Stremme said. Hammer was solid up front all night long in his Elite Chassis #45. Initially, he lost second to Taylor Cook on Lap 7, after a restart, but regained the spot when Cook ran into issues and dropped out with five laps left. Even with the solid runner-up, Hammer still wants to be better for Saturday’s finale. “Definitely learned we need to be a little stiffer on the right-front,” Hammer said. “At these speeds, these things really upset our cars.” Ayers had a great showing in his Lethal Chassis #6, coming all the way from 11th to finish third. With a wreck on the initial start and a great run down low on Lap 1 to get by cars, Ayers was already in fifth as he crossed the line to complete the first circuit. After gaining two more spots before the home stretch, Ayers was forced to play some tough defense for a moment, as a hungry Nick Hoffman was putting the pressure on from behind for the third spot. Hoffman ultimately slipped on the high side in the end but showed Ayers a better line in the process. “The first 13 or 14 laps, I was right around the bottom,” Ayers said. “Nick showed me the top with about four or five [laps] to go, and I moved up. It was a lot better.” The DIRTcar UMP Modifieds are back in action Saturday night, April 10, for the $10,000-to-win Bristol Bash finale alongside the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series – catch all of the action live at the track or on DIRTVision presented by Drydene! Feature (20 Laps) 1. 35-David Stremme [1][$5,000]; 2. 45-Kyle Hammer [6][$2,500]; 3. 6A-Ryan Ayers [11][$1,700]; 4. 2-Nick Hoffman [8][$1,400]; 5. 3W-Dylan Woodling [10][$1,200]; 6. 10Y-Trent Young [5][$1,000]; 7. OOD-David Reutimann [13][$800]; 8. 8A-Austin Holcombe [15][$700]; 9. O5-Dave Wietholder [22][$600]; 10. 67-Garret Stewart [21][$550]; 11. 7-Evan Taylor [24][$500]; 12. 97-Mitch Thomas [23][$500]; 13. 44-KC Burdette [17][$500]; 14. 21-Taylor Cook [7][$500]; 15. 1S-Brian Shaw [12][$500]; 16. 11-Troy Loomis [16][$500]; 17. 72-Todd Neiheiser [14][$500]; 18. 17N-Dillon Nusbaum [18][$500]; 19. 45S-Nick Stroupe [19][$500]; 20. 2ND-Jake Leitzman [20][$500]; 21. 99W-Chris Arnold [3][$500]; 22. 21A-Nick Allen [2][$500]; 23. 8-Kyle Strickler [4][$500]; 24. 95-Michael Altobelli [9][$500] Hard Charger: O5-Dave Wietholder[+13]
  10. James McFadden Beats Kasey Kahne Racing Teammate Brad Sweet at Kokomo Speedway - Championship Hopefuls Schatz, Schuchart & Gravel Hampered by Feature Trouble KOKOMO, IN - April 9, 2021 - Brad Sweet seemed unstoppable on his four-race winning streak, that is until his own teammate James McFadden stepped up to deny him. Trent Gower photo Making his 100th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series start on Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway, McFadden led the final 30 laps aboard his Karavan Trailers #9 and paved the path for a Kasey Kahne Racing 1-2 finish with Sweet behind him in the NAPA Auto Parts #49. A drama-filled 40-lapper at the Kokomo, IN 1/4-mile saw David Gravel command the opening 10 laps before spinning from second with two to go, saw Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart suffer mechanical issues, saw Tyler Courtney's career-best run of third shattered with a flat right rear, and saw Sheldon Haudenschild roar from 21st-to-5th in the closing stages. For McFadden, the Alice Springs, NT, AUS native banked $10,000 with his first victory of the season in only his sixth start since coming overseas to relieve Kasey Kahne of full-time duties back in March. It's the third career victory for the 31-year-old they call J-Mac. "I'm just pumped to be here right now, man," an elated McFadden said in victory lane. "I gotta thank Kasey [Kahne] and this whole KKR team; it's a pleasure to drive this car. I'm glad I can do it justice and put in victory lane. It's good to get one on that NAPA car. He's been laying it on us, so hopefully we can get on our little roll now." Nearly perfect on the night, McFadden's Kokomo quest began with the Slick Woody's QuickTime Award (11.243 seconds) and continued with a win in the opening Team Drydene Heat Race. He was stopped by Gravel in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, but earned the outside pole position with 40 laps on tap. Aboard the Big Game Motorsports, THE SHOWDOWN #2, Gravel paced the opening 10 circuits of Feature action before lap traffic allowed McFadden to capitalize. Moving up a lane as Gravel became mired on the bottom behind back markers, McFadden quickly swooped right by Gravel on Lap 11 and never looked back. Hampered by six cautions, Saturday's feature saw a Lap 2 mechanical issue for Donny Schatz (5th), Lap 21 problem for Logan Schuchart (16th), Lap 26 trouble for Tim Kaeding (17th), Lap 30 red flag for Carson Short (14th), Lap 37 spin for Jason Sides (13th), and a shocking Lap 38 infield tire incident for David Gravel (2nd). In the end, McFadden survived a green-white-checkered restart and ran off to a 1.059-second advantage at the checkered flag. "The track was surprisingly tough tonight, it just changed around a bunch," McFadden noted. "I was running the top to get around David, but it go so dirty that I felt like I needed to get to the bottom. We got through lap traffic really well, and I think that was big. Being in victory lane six races in is pretty awesome." Chasing McFadden to the stripe was his Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb teammate, Brad Sweet. The Big Cat rallied from 12th on lap one to finish in second, extending his career-best streak of consecutive podium finishes to a whopping nine races. "I just shot myself in the foot during qualifying tonight," Sweet said on getting behind the eight-ball. "Once we got to third in the Feature I think the track just moved down and we ran out of options. I tried the top on the green-white-checkered, but felt like I was gonna give up second and had to come back down. That's what you have to do sometimes: get the best finish you possibly can. Tonight is a great testament to our team. It's fun to be disappointed with second." Finishing third and landing on the podium for the first time in his World of Outlaws career was Justin Peck. The Monrovia, IN native drove from 11th-to-third aboard the Tom Buch owned #13 and kept his early-season hot streak alive; ahead of his return to Haubstadt tomorrow where he's excelled in the past. "Our team morale is pretty high right now, so it makes working with these guys super easy," Peck noted on their success. "We've got everything hooked up right now. It's great to be on the podium, but obviously we want to be a little better. That KKR team is just outstanding right now. We've got a little bit to clean up on our end." Coming home a season-high fourth at Kokomo was Australia's Ian Madsen in the McGhee #11. Rounding out the top five was Sheldon Haudenschild with KSE Hard Charger honors thanks to his magnificent 21st-to-fifth bid in the NOS Energy Drink, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17; which gives him eight-straight top five finishes. Closing out the top ten was Jason Johnson Racing's Carson Macedo, Bloomington, IN native Kraig Kinser, Kokomo's own hometown hero Parker Price-Miller, Indianapolis superstar Tyler Courtney with a solid recovery, and Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports ride. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series wrap up the Hoosier State doubleheader on Saturday, April 10 with a trip down to Haubstadt, IN's Tri-State Speedway. NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 9-James McFadden [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$6,000]; 3. 13-Justin Peck [11][$3,500]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [8][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$2,500]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo [6][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$2,200]; 8. 19-Parker Price-Miller [4][$2,100]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [9][$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [12][$2,000]; 11. 26-Cory Eliason [16][$1,600]; 12. 2-David Gravel [1][$1,400]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [15][$1,200]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [3][$1,100]; 15. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][$1,050]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [24][$1,000]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [25][$]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [19][$1,000]; 19. 10-Zeb Wise [17][$1,000]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$1,000]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [23][$1,000]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$1,000]; 23. 21-Carson Short [14][$1,000]; 24. 14-Tim Kaeding [13][$1,000]; 25. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-10, James McFadden 11-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+16] NEW Championship Standings (12/83 Races) - 1. Brad Sweet (1,744); 2. Sheldon Haudenschild (-78); 3. Logan Schuchart (-86); 4. David Gravel (-100); 5. Carson Macedo (-124); 6. Aaron Reutzel (-138); 7. Donny Schatz (-166); 8. Kraig Kinser (-208); 9. Giovanni Scelzi (-272); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-284).
  11. The Big Cat Sweeps I-55 for Fourth Consecutive Win Sweet Survives Scelzi & Haudenschild to Lead All 40 Laps at Pevely PEVELY, MO - April 3, 2021 - Brad Sweet said "winning gives you more confidence." With that theory, you'd think he has every ounce of confidence in the world. Because he just doesn't lose of late. On Saturday, he led all 40 laps at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 to sweep the weekend and extend his career-best winning streak to four consecutive features with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. It's his fifth win of the year through 11 races aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. The two-time and defending Series champion still has an underdog-like mentality and it's driving him to victory lane on a nightly basis. "I feel like everyone still kind of thinks of us as the underdog, so maybe they'll give us some credit now," Sweet said with a smirk. "We feel really good right now. Winning give you more confidence. I'm in a good place as a race car driver, the car is handling great, and this crew is doing an amazing job. We came from ninth last night and did it from the pole tonight, so we've won from both spectrums." Earning the pole position following his win in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, the odds were already stacked against Sweet, as no pole-sitter had won all year with the World of Outlaws. He and the KKR #49 crew were motivated to snap that streak and extend their own, though. The Grass Valley, CA native led the opening lap and never relinquished command, extending another streak to 62 consecutive feature laps led. His Saturday night sweep wasn't without challenge, though, as Gio Scelzi and Sheldon Haudenschild both kept him honest. Scelzi had a shot through the opening stages and got close on Lap nine with the aid of lap traffic, but the savviness of Sweet's finesse though the back-markers was too much to bare. When Scelzi faltered, Haudenschild rose to second and came within six-tenths of Sweet's #49, but again his moves in traffic separated himself from the rest. A Lap 25 red flag for Tucker Klaasmeyer was the only stoppage of the race and set up a double-file restart, but it could do no harm in slowing Sweet's roll. He cruised around the cushion just inches off the wall and then dipped low, slid through the middle, and made all the right moves through the last 15 laps to run off with a victory by 1.937-seconds. It was the 63rd of his World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series career. "We were off at the end last night, but tonight we made a small change and it was much better," Sweet noted on his setup. "I felt like I had more grip and could move around in traffic with more ease. That's the key to winning these; even when you win, you have to come back better the next night. It's been through 11 races, but it's an 83-race schedule. We want to enjoy these, but our heads are down and we're looking to win a lot more of these." Extending his own record streak, Sheldon Haudenschild finished second to earn a career-best seventh-straight top five finish in his Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17. "Brad was just on top of this weekend," Haudenschild spoke on challenging Sweet. "They're the guys to beat right now and we're chasing them as hard we can. The car was really good, but we'll keep working on it to try and get better. We've got some good tracks coming up, so I'm looking forward to that." Rounding out the podium with his second top-three finish of the year was Gio Scelzi in the KCP Racing #18. After going second-quick, they recovered from an engine change to deliver another strong finish. "I ran as hard as I could for 40 laps," Scelzi said on chasing Sweet. "He just makes such good moves through traffic, he's hard to keep up with. We were a third-place car and a third-place driver tonight. It's honestly relieving though. We were good in qualifying, good in the heat, and good in the feature. Feels like forever since Ive been here on the podium at Volusia." Logan Schuchart scored his 11th top-ten finish in 11 races by virtue of a fourth-place run for his Shark Racing, Drydene Performance Products #1S. Following him was James McFadden with his second top-five of the year in the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9. Closing out the top ten at I-55 was Slick Woody's QuickTime qualifier David Gravel, Kraig Kinser continuing his hot start, Carson Macedo with another consistent finish, Aaron Reutzel racking up another top-ten, and Jason Sides with his first top-ten of the season. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will face an Indiana doubleheader next weekend. The Greatest Show on Dirt heads to Kokomo Speedway on Friday, April 9 and then Tri-State Speedway on Saturday, April 10. NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet (1); 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (4); 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi (2); 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart (7); 5. 9-James McFadden (15); 6. 2-David Gravel (5); 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser (8); 8. 41-Carson Macedo (10); 9. 83-Aaron Reutzel (3); 10. 7S-Jason Sides (6); 11. 15-Donny Schatz (17); 12. 19-Parker Price-Miller (18); 13. 24-Rico Abreu (13); 14. 21-Brian Brown (14); 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. (9); 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (24); 17. 73-Scotty Thiel (11); 18. 1A-Jacob Allen (12); 19. 35-Zach Hampton (16); 20. 21S-Carson Short (23); 21. 33M-Mason Daniel (22); 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson (20); 23. 3-Ayrton Gennetten (19); 24. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer (21). NEW Championship Standings (11/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (-); 2. Logan Schuchart (-46); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-72); 4. David Gravel (-80); 5. Carson Macedo (-116); 6. Donny Schatz (-122); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-122); 8. Kraig Kinser (-198); 9. Giovanni Scelzi (-216); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-262).
  12. Incredible I-55 Action Gives Sweet His Third-Straight Win - Donny Schatz's Mechanical Issue & Kraig Kinser's Revival Highlight Hectic Show PEVELY, MO - April 2, 2021 - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on the high-banked bullring of Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 is like flying jet fighters in a gymnasium. Trent Gower photo The high-octane thrill show lived up that moniker on Friday night as The Greatest Show on Dirt delivered intense battles, shocking drama, jaw-dropping slidejobs, and so much more at the Pevely, MO 1/3-mile. In the end, Brad Sweet romped from ninth and secured the checkered flag for his third consecutive victory, fourth of the season, and 62nd of his career. It was the latest act over a dominating stretch as the two-time and defending Series champion continues to extend his points lead aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb, NAPA Auto Parts #49. "We don't want to give away our secrets," Sweet joked when asked what's clicking. "We've got a lot of experience working together with Eric [Prutzman], Andrew [Bowman] and Joe [Mooney]. There's a lot to be said about us all sticking together. We've got a great car owner in Kasey Kahne and we're blessed to work with NAPA Auto Parts as our sponsor. We're working hard to capitalize on the situation we're in." It was all about Sweet at the finish, but from the start of the night all eyes were on his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate, James McFadden. The Alice Springs, NT, AUS driver collected Slick Woody's QuickTime, won his Team Drydene Heat Race, and won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. A perfect night was brewing for the Karavan Trailers #9 until Donny Schatz stepped in. Bolting from the outside pole at the start of the 40-lapper, Schatz went to the race lead for the first time since February. The 10-time Series champion commanded the opening 17 laps aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest #15 before a mechanical issue stripped him of the top spot. Amid Schatz's heartbreaking moment rose Kraig Kinser's awe-inspiring rise. The Bloomington, IN native officially led one lap aboard the #11K, but then attention turned to ninth-starting Sweet on lap 19. That wasn't without a monumental effort from Sheldon Haudenschild, who launched a behemoth slidejob to clear three cars into turn one at the midway restart. A pair of stoppages for top-five running James McFadden and Jacob Allen slowed the pace before the final restart with with 11 to go. From there, Sweet ran off into the distance to a 1.012-second margin of victory at the end of a grueling 40-lap war. The Grass Valley, CA native has tied career-highs with a run of three consecutive victories and a stretch of seven straight podium finishes. He could establish his own personal record in tomorrow's show. "Winning from ninth against this level of competition says something special about this team," Sweet said. "We don't like to get too excited, but it's nice to get a win. I thought we were off at the end, so we still need to get better." Coming home in second-place was Kraig Kinser with his first podium appearance in almost nine months. The rejuvenated star is off to a stout start with four top tens in the opening ten races, and now he's leading laps and contending for wins. "I felt pretty good," Kinser noted. "I made some "You're always feeling good when you're running good. We'll take it, but we want those wins. Brad is a champion for a reason, though, you can't give him any openings and tonight I did." Rounding out Friday's podium and collecting the KSE Hard Charger Award was Logan Schuchart with an impressive 16th-to-3rd charge. Passing 13 cars in the Drydene Performance Products #1S, the Hanover, PA native extended his record-start to a season with his now tenth top-ten result in ten races. "The restarts were good to us, that's for sure," Schuchart offered. "It's just cool to be at I-55, though. This is one of the best tracks we go to all year. We're lucky to get 3-4 dates here and not just one night. I just need to put ourselves in a better position to compete for a win tomorrow." Chasing those three to the line was Sheldon Haudenschild in fourth, Carson Macedo in fifth, Rico Abreu in sixth, Aaron Reutzel in seventh, David Gravel in eighth, Brian Brown in ninth and Sam Hafertepe Jr. in tenth. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series caps off an exciting doubleheader at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday, April 3 with another $10,000-to-win, 40-lap showdown. NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$10,000]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,600]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$2,350]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [6][$2,150]; 7. 83-Aaron Reutzel [15][$2,100]; 8. 2-David Gravel [19][$1,950]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [11][$1,900]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [12][$1,850]; 11. 9-James McFadden [1][$1,400]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8][$1,200]; 13. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$1,000]; 14. 19-Parker Price-Miller [17][$950]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$900]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [24][$900]; 17. 35-Zach Hampton [20][$900]; 18. 73-Scotty Thiel [5][$900]; 19. 21S-Carson Short [18][$900]; 20. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$900]; 21. 20G-Noah Gass [22][$900]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [10][$900]; 23. 98-Clinton Boyles [23][$900]; 24. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [21][$900]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-17, Kraig Kinser 18, Brad Sweet 19-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+13] NEW Championship Standings (10/83 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (1,448); 2. Logan Schuchart (-38); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-68); 4. David Gravel (-68); 5. Carson Macedo (-100); 6. Donny Schatz (-100); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-104); 8. Kraig Kinser (-184); 9. Giovanni Scelzi (-210); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-230). Photo - Trent Gower
  13. Brad Sweet Tames Tricky Track to Win Jason Johnson Classic Sweet & KKR #49 Land Series-Best Third Win of 2021 at Lake Ozark Speedway ELDON, MO - March 27, 2021 - It was rough and tough, and tricky and treacherous; a track that Jason Johnson himself would've thrived on. If it couldn't be the #41, though, it's no surprise that it ended up going to the #49 Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts car,. Leading all 30 laps on a "cowboy up" surface at Lake Ozark Speedway on Saturday night, Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, CA checked a big one off his bucket list by claiming the third annual Jason Johnson Classic to the tune of $15,000. Trent Gower photo His third win of the 2021 season marked the 61st of his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series career. He's a Knoxville Nationals champion, King's Royal winner, and so much more, but Saturday's win was admittedly one of the biggest of his stout career. "This is definitely one of my biggest wins," Sweet said afterwards. "I know it's not the Knoxville Nationals or anything, but memorial races just mean so much. We lost Jason a few years back and I've missed him ever since. I think about Bobbi, Jaxx, and his whole family still sticking with the sport after everything that has happened to them. They're a lot braver than I am. I hope Jason is looking down on us and smiling tonight." Sweet, the two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, was impressive all night long on the Eldon, MO 3/8-mile. He set Slick Woody's QuickTime, ran second in his Team Drydene Heat Race, and second again in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to claim the outside pole position of the main event. Sheldon Haudenschild, a runner-up twice before at Lake Ozark, had the honors of leading the field to the green flag in his Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17. It wasn't Lil' Haud, but The Big Cat who pounced on the conditions and put his #49 in front of the field to lead the opening lap, a command he would never relinquish it. It wasn't an easy win by any means for the KKR #49. Outside of one stoppage for a flipped fourth-running Jacob Allen on Lap six, it was a grinding 30 laps through lap traffic. Things heated up at halfway when the initial installment of lap traffic slowed Sweet's pace and brought Haudenschild to his back bumper. The #17 was hounding the #49 for a handful of laps before Sweet made the right move and separated himself from Haudenschild, who was boxed-in by traffic. Once able to sneak away, Sweet put on an absolute clinic. He lapped up to the sixth-position and crossed the finish line with an astounding margin of victory at 4.218-seconds. Afterwards, he was adamant in making this night about Jason and the Johnson family. "The night is all about honoring Jason and his legacy as a racer, as a father, and as a husband," Sweet continued. "He was someone we all looked up to in the pits. He really made an impact on this sport. We really miss him. We want to take a moment every now and then and pause to remember him. Tonight is the night we get to do that. It's truly an honor to win this race. This NAPA Auto Parts car was on rails. That's a track that Jason Johnson would've had his elbows up on. He would've been tough to beat tonight." Sheldon Haudenschild of Wooster, OH gave Sweet all he could at halfway, but the combination of traffic and conditions allowed Sweet to escape. Saturday marked his third career runner-up result at Lake Ozark and his third consecutive top five finish at the Jason Johnson Classic. A strong run, but it left him hungry for a win at this joint. "I'm gonna win this race someday," Haudenschild told Bobbi Johnson afterwards. "We were really good, but just Brad out-raced us I think. I hung with him for a really long time, but he got through one pack of lappers better than me and it was game over. We want to win this one real bad. Even though it was rough it was awesome to drive. I had a blast." Coming home with a third-place finish and earning his first podium appearance of the season was James McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing, Karavan Trailers #9. Since making his way overseas, the Alice Springs, NT, AUS driver has yet to finish outside the top ten in World of Outlaws action. "We just sort of rolled around and tried to keep out of trouble and capitalize on everyone else's mistakes," McFadden noted on his strategy. "Tried to minimize my mistakes as much as possible. It was a tough race, though. I always enjoy this track, it's a lot of fun. This is a good confidence booster for us. We struggled in Texas, so running third is great for sure." Rounding out the top ten on Saturday night was Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1S, Carson Macedo in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83, David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2, Brent Marks in the CJB Motorsports #5, Kraig Kinser in the Kinser Racing #11K, and Cory Eliason in the Rudeen Racing #26. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 next weekend. A two-day stop brings The Greatest Show on Dirt to the Pevely, MO 1/3-mile on Friday and Saturday, April 2-3. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE. NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$15,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$6,225]; 3. 9-James McFadden [5][$3,725]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$3,025]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$2,725]; 6. 83-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,525]; 7. 2-David Gravel [9][$2,425]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [20][$2,325]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$2,275]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [11][$2,225]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$1,825]; 12. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$1,625]; 13. 11-Ian Madsen [15][$1,425]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [19][$1,325]; 15. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [18][$1,275]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [13][$1,225]; 17. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [22][$1,225]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [10][$1,200]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$1,200]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [17][$1,200]; 21. 14E-Kyle Bellm [24][$1,200]; 22. 73-Scotty Thiel [16][$1,200]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$1,200]; 24. 98-Clinton Boyles [21][$1,200]. Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Brent Marks[+12]. NEW Championship Standings (9/83 Races) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet (1,298); 2. Logan Schuchart (-32); 3. 2-David Gravel (-52); 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (-60); 5. 15-Donny Schatz (-60); 6. 41-Carson Macedo (-90); 7. 83-Aaron Reutzel (-90); 8. 26-Cory Eliason (-106); 9. 5-Brent Marks (-164); 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser (-180).
  14. Brad Sweet Scores Second Win of Season at Cotton Bowl - Jacob Allen Flips While Leading in Pursuit of Second Career Win PAIGE, TX - March 20, 2021 - Brad Sweet has made his mindset on World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championships very clear: win races, and the points will fall your way. On Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway, Sweet got back to his winning ways with his 60th career victory and his second of the season aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. Trent Gower photo The Big Cat led 28 of 30 laps and cruised to a 1.087-second advantage at the checkered flag. He joined Sheldon Haudenschild as the only two repeat winners of the 2021 World of Outlaws season through the opening eight races. "It's pretty cool," Sweet acknowledged on his 60th career win. "They've all come with Kasey Kahne Racing too, and we've got Kasey here with us tonight. I can't thank him enough for the opportunity he's given us. It's been a fun ride so far, but it's far from over. It's always fun getting back in victory lane. These guys have been sticking by my side even through all my mistakes of late." Sweet himself, however, admitted he didn't feel like the #49 was the car to beat on Saturday. He thought that honor belonged to Jacob Allen of Shark Racing, who looked poised for a second career win in the Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Suppy. Pacing the opening 10 laps, Sweet was in command of the race lead until lap traffic halted his progress and allowed a hard charging Jacob Allen to close quickly. Taking advantage of the back markers, Allen picked off Sweet and took the Drydene Performance Products #1A to the top spot on Lap 11. He controlled two circuits before a mistake entering turn one sent him into the wall, flipping upside down, and eventually on fire. The lovable Hanover, PA native was heartbroken, dejected, and upset with himself, but he still won over all the fans in attendance and those watching at home on DIRTVision. "I stepped on it, that's what I did," Allen admitted. "The car felt phenomenal, I just screwed it up. There's no need for that. That's immature racing. I need to take a chill pill and finish these races to get myself a win. I'm racing with one of the very best in Brad Sweet and I need to capitalize, not end up on my lid." Lap 12 offered the final restart of the race and Sweet promptly used the high-side to his advantage and checked out. Another bout with lap traffic made it interesting on Lap 19, but the two-time and defending Series champion prevailed and survived to run off with his second career win at the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX. "We've been knocking on the door lately," Sweet spoke on his strings of five-straight podiums. "I think Jake had the better car there, but he just made that mistake in lap traffic. It shows us we've still got to get a little bit better. I still fought some things with the car that I'd like to get fixed." Brent Marks of Myerstown, PA finished a season-high second aboard his CJB Motorsports #5. "We just needed lap traffic," Marks mentioned, who almost snookered Sweet in traffic with ten to go. "We got too tight there at the end and I couldn't run turns one and two like I needed to. All in all, a really great night. We've been struggling these last few races, so we needed this run. Make the 20+ hour drive back home a lot easier." After a disappointing Friday night in the Last Chance Showdown, Cory Eliason and the Rudeen Racing #26 rebounded in a big way on Saturday with their second podium finish of the season. "After our embarrassment last night we changed a lot off things and got way better tonight. Things really went our way tonight except for that double file restart. A podium for this team is awesome to get our sponsors the exposure they deserve." Closing out the top five at Cotton Bowl was David Gravel aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2 with a 12th-to-fifth run and Friday's winner Sheldon Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17. Rounding out the top ten was Logan Schuchart of Hanover, PA, Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND, Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX, Brock Zearfoss of Jonestown, PA, and James McFadden of Alice Springs, N.T., AUS. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series heads off to Missouri for a Show-Me State doubleheader next weekend. On Friday, March 26, US-36 Raceway in Osborn, MO takes the spotlight. On Saturday, March 27, the Series heads to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO for the $15,000/Win Jason Johnson Classic. NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 5-Brent Marks [4][$6,000]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [1][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [12][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,200]; 8. 83-Aaron Reutzel [14][$2,100]; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6][$2,050]; 10. 9-James McFadden [7][$2,000]; 11. 41-Carson Macedo [11][$1,600]; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$1,400]; 13. 11-Ian Madsen [16][$1,200]; 14. 19-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,100]; 15. 18-Gio Scelzi [8][$1,050]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [10][$1,000]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,000]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$1,000]; 19. 2B-Josh Baughman [17][$1,000]; 20. 8M-TJ Michael [19][$1,000]; 21. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$1,000]; 22. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [21][$1,000]; 23. 42P-Preston Perlmutter [24][$1,000]; 24. 99X-Dalton Stevens [25][$1,000]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$1,000]. Lap Leaders:Brad Sweet 1-10, 13-30; Jacob Allen 11-12. KSE Hard Charger Award: 2C-Wayne Johnson[+11]
  15. Sheldon Excites with Top Shelf Charge in Cotton Bowl Opener Haudenschild and NOS Energy Drink #17 are First Repeat Winners of Season PAIGE, TX - March 19, 2021 - Much like his legendary father Jac Haudenschild, young Sheldon Haudenschild is continuing to thrill fans nationwide in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. His latest act came in Friday's opener to the Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Supply at Cotton Bowl Speedway. Trent Gower photo Coming from sixth, Haudenschild braved the outside and bolted to the cushion at a time when his competitors were glued to the bottom. His risk paid off in a big way as the Wooster, OH native rocketed to the lead on Lap 25 and made his moves around Aaron Reutzel and Brad Sweet look like a breeze. The final 11 laps flew by as the 27-year-old star sliced and diced his way through a tricky run of lap traffic that included several close calls. By topping his counterparts for the second-straight week, Haudenschild becomes the first repeat winner of the 2021 season. It's his 16th career World of Outlaws win and continues to send the confidence of the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17 through the roof. "Winning these [Outlaw] races is a dream come true," Haudenschild told a huge crowd in Paige, TX. "This NOS Energy Drink car is on rails right now. These guys Ripper, Drew, Nickolas, they all deserve these wins. We're working real hard and the results just keep coming." Before Haudenschild wowed the crowd, Reutzel of Clute, TX was the talk of town. In his home state for the first time as a full-time World of Outlaws driver, Reutzel and the Roth Motorsports #83 looked unstoppable for much of Friday's act at the Cotton Bowl 1/3-mile. Reutzel, the leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender, set a New Track Record (13.356 seconds), won his Team Drydene Heat Race, drew the pole of the redraw, and won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash all ahead of the 35-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature. He led the opening 12 laps before a restart allowed Sweet to lineup alongside him, and subsequently pass him around the outside. Sweet ensued to lead his own share of 12 laps before Reutzel re-entered the picture and Haudenschild emerged to make it a three-way war the top spot. On Lap 25, Haudenschild followed Sweet down the backstretch but refused to follow the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 to the bottom of turn three. Instead, he hauled it off into the corner and buried it deep into the cushion, finding the momentum and sweeping right around the outside of Sweet to take the lead away. From there, Lil Haud maneuvered through lap traffic and ran off to a 0.571-second advantage at the checkered flag as he became the first repeat winner of the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season. "Ripper and I really haven't had a lot of time together with this car," Haudenschild noted on their hot streak. "Getting to work with him and the guys on developing a good base line setup for when we show up has helped a lot. Starting up front is huge too, you're not gonna beat those guys starting behind them every night. We've been working on our qualifying too. We're just making little strides everywhere. It's great to be winning like this so early in the season." Closing out the podium behind Haudenschild was a dejected Aaron Reutzel in second and a consistent Brad Sweet in third. "I'm actually really disappointed," Reutzel said afterwards. "I just did a shitty job driving and you have to be a better driver to win these races. Car was fantastic, I think it was the winning car. These are hard to win. You have to run 35 perfect laps and I didn't do that tonight. It's good to get back on the podium after last weekend, though." Sweet, the two-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, re-claimed the early-season points lead with his fourth-straight podium appearance. "The driver just needs to step up there," Sweet admitted on his loss of the lead. "I knew I needed to move up, especially when you're going that slow on the bottom. The top just didn't look like it was there, though. I was trapped and got going slow, so I knew someone would find something. Didn't surprise me when it was Sheldon that drove around me. I tried to keep up, but he was just a little better tonight." Ian Madsen recorded a season-high fourth-place finish in the McGhee #11. Donny Schatz earned his fifth consecutive top-five finish aboard the Tony Stewart Racing #15. Gio Scelzi and KCP Racing recovered with a sixth-place finish, Kraig Kinser established a new season-best of seventh-place, James McFadden made his 2021 debut in the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 with an eighth-placed run, David Gravel put the Big Game Motorsports #2 in ninth-place, and Logan Schuchart extended his streak to seven top-tens in seven races with a tenth-place bid for the Drydene Performance Products #1S. The perseverance of Jason Johnson Racing paid dividends with KSE Hard Charger honors for a 24th-to-13th run in the feature from Carson Macedo. It was a wild night to get to said result. The #41 was solid in qualifying and won a Team Drydene Heat Race, but a wicked flip in the Dash forced them to a backup car. Macedo flipped again on Lap six of the feature, but the never-say-die attitude in the work area led him back on track and allowed him to rise through the field again. UP NEXT - The Drydene Texas Two-Step pres. by American Lube Supply wraps up on Saturday night at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX. You can watch the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event LIVE on DIRTVision. NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$10,000]; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel [1][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$3,200]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [3][$2,600]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,350]; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi [9][$2,150]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$2,100]; 8. 9-James McFadden [15][$1,950]; 9. 2-David Gravel [7][$1,900]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$1,850]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [5][$1,400]; 12. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [22][$1,200]; 13. 41-Carson Macedo [24][$1,000]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$950]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [12][$900]; 16. 8M-TJ Michael [21][$900]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [18][$900]; 18. 5-Brent Marks [13][$900]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$900]; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$900]; 21. 19-Parker Price-Miller [14][$900]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [4][$900]; 23. 2B-Josh Baughman [23][$900]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [19][$900]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-12, Brad Sweet 13-24, Sheldon Haudenschild 25-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: Carson Macedo [+11]NEW World of Outlaws Point Standings --- 1. Brad Sweet (998); 2. Logan Schuchart (-12); 3. Donny Schatz (-24); 4. David Gravel (-30); 5. Sheldon Haudenschild (-46); 6. Carson Macedo (-58); 7. Aaron Reutzel (-62); 8. Cory Eliason (-80); 9. Kraig Kinser (-128); 10. Gio Scelzi (-130).
  16. Cotton Bowl Speedway eager for World of Outlaws return - The Series will make its first trip back to the track since 2018 for a doubleheader weekend PAIGE, TX – March 18, 2021 – There’s no quit in Texas. Cotton Bowl Speedway, in Paige, TX, is a prime example of that. It’s had to suffer rain, a pandemic and a severe snowstorm in the past two years, forcing the cancellation of multiple World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series events. However, its determination to host the World of Outlaws again has never faltered. That Texas-tough attitude is bringing The Greatest Show on Dirt back to Cotton Bowl Speedway this Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, for the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply. This will be the Series’ first time back at the 3/8-mile track since 2018. “It’s a shame the Series hasn’t been able to race at Cotton Bowl the past few years due to varying factors, so we’re excited to bring the World of Outlaws back to Texas this weekend for a fun two-night event,” said Carlton Reimers, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director and Texas-native. “Cotton Bowl Speedway is a great facility and its team did a good job getting it ready in a short amount of time to allow for this weekend to happen.” Rain plagued the Series’ return to the speedway in 2019 and then hours before the start of the event in 2020, the growing emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the event. Knowing the level of interest from the fans and the track’s ability to produce thrilling racing, the World of Outlaws worked with the speedway to create a doubleheader event this year in February. Then, as Mary Ann Naumann, the owner and operator of Cotton Speedway called it, “Snowvid” hit Texas. A massive snowstorm, accompanied by record-setting freezing temperatures, hit nearly the entire state, creating hazardous conditions. Millions were initially left without power. Thousands were stuck in their homes. And a few deaths were reported. Cotton Bowl Speedway was prepared for the storm to hit, according to Naumann, but no one expected the impact to be as severe as it was. “We really prepped the track really well with the plumbing and everything like that,” Naumann said. “We were completely ready. The first night of the storm, we lost electricity. So, we froze almost from the first night. Then, we couldn’t get to the racetrack. When the water finally unfroze, we had flooding issues. We had flooding in VIP (suite) and race control. Flooding in the restrooms. We lost the ceilings in the restrooms in the pit area. Our concessions got flooded. It was really a nightmare. “It’s been none stop for us. But things are looking up. We had a race last weekend, and everything went great. We were like, ‘How did we even do this?’ But we pulled it off. We’re excited. Everyone is excited.” With the track crew’s ability to get the facility ready in time, and, coincidentally enough, the cancellation of the West Coast Swing due to COVID, the Series was able to push the Texas Two-Step to a new date a couple of weeks later. The excitement for the event is growing among the local communities, Naumann said. Not only does the arrival of teams and fans bring in more business to the town, but the locals are just ready to see the World of Outlaws back at the speedway. “I think even more so (this year) because the couple of years of excitement was there and then wasn’t able to happen,” Naumann said. “I know there’s been a lot of chatter going on in the town close to us, which is Bastrop. It has the haulers in there at different hotels and stuff. The excitement is even more because they see the big haulers and everything. I think the community is excited. We love that we’re an outdoor venue and blessed that we’re able to do this. And that people get to be out and about and be safe at the same time. I think they can have good family fun and see exciting action on the racetrack.” Fans could see multiple historic milestones reached at the track this weekend. It starts with the doubleheader being the Series’ first two-day event at the track. Currently, the Series has only made two visits to Cotton Bowl Speedway – in 2016 and 2018. Two-time defending Series champion Brad Sweet picked up the win in 2016 and 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion David Gravel won in 2018. A win for either of them at the track would be their 60th career World of Outlaws victory. Both have one win this year. Gravel is the most recent winner, outdueling Sweet for the win in a spectacular race at The Rev. Another milestone win could come from 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz. He’s on the verge of his 300th career World of Outlaws victory. Aaron Reutzel, of Clute, TX – less than 3 hours from Cotton Bowl – will be on the hunt for his first home-state win with the World of Outlaws. The leading Rookie of the Year contender picked up his third career win, and first of the year, at East Bay Raceway Park, by following the driving style of his idol and fellow Texas native Gary Wright. So far, in six races, there have been six different winners in 2021. That streak could go to seven and eight this weekend – a streak that hasn’t been reached since 2015. “I’m so excited,” Naumann said. “I’m excited about the double night. The enthusiasm is great. We’ve worked really hard on the track even though we’ve had to overcome a lot of objectives. But the track looks good and we’re so excited.” For tickets to the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply, CLICK HERE. If you’re unable to 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.
  17. Texas Two-Step at Cotton Bowl Awaits the World of Outlaws - Intense Action and Thrilling Races Move to The Lone Star State This Weekend PAIGE, TX - March 15, 2021 - The Dirty South Swing was epic. Now, it's time for the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply. This Friday and Saturday, March 19-20, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is coming to Cotton Bowl Speedway. BUY TICKETS HERE For the Lone Star State fans, this return to the Paige, TX 3/8-mile is a special one. From Mother Nature's rain to the COVID-19 pandemic to State of Emergencies, fans have been stripped of the Outlaws at Cotton Bowl far too many times for too many different reasons. This weekend, that's not happening. A pair of previous Outlaw visits in 2016 and 2018 gave the Austin area fans a taste of The Greatest Show on Dirt with exciting last-lap passes and thrilling green-to-checkered wins. This weekend, fans get not only one show, but two full nights with the 900-horsepower machines. Before the fun begins on Friday night, let's catch you up on the storylines to follow: HISTORY IN THE MAKING: The 2021 season is officially tied for the second-most diverse start in 44 years of competition for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. The current streak of six winners - Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, Sheldon Haudenschild & David Gravel - is tied for the second-longest streak without a repeat winner alongside seasons in 1984, 2006 and 2007. The all-time record is held by the 2015 campaign, which featured eight different winners to start the year with wins from Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart, Terry McCarl, Brian Brown, Tim Kaeding and Rico Abreu. THE GREATEST SHOW ON DIRT - FOR A REASON: You get yours monies worth at a World of Outlaws show. Four of the last five races have featured a pass for the lead with less than ten laps remaining. There was Schuchart capitalizing on Schatz's ignition box failure with two to go at Volusia; then Macedo's charge from tenth to steal a Volusia victory from Hafertepe; then Haudenschild snookering Schuchart through lap traffic at The Mag; and most recently, Gravel beating Sweet in a barnburner at The Rev. The good news? We're heading to a track that has already proven to create some instant classics. During Cotton Bowl Speedway's World of Outlaws debut in 2016, the feature provided three different leaders, two lead changes in the last ten laps, and a last-lap, last-corner pass for the win. Relive those highlights below for an idea of what to expect this weekend. IT'S GOOD TO BE HOME: For Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX, this weekend is a chance to get some much-needed and enjoyed time in his native state. A resident of Knoxville, IA these days, the leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender appreciates every moment he gets to spend back home at his parents' house with his family. He says "it's like a weeklong vacation" any chance he gets to go racing in Texas. Returning to Cotton Bowl Speedway for the first time as a full-time Outlaw, Reutzel will have a previous experience to rely on as he and Roth Motorsports chase their second win of the year. The multi-time ASCS National Tour champion ran second in a pair of ASCS regional races in 2013 and 2014, and he also has a top ten finish during the World of Outlaws debut at Cotton Bowl in 2016. DONNY WANTS NEXT: Surprisingly enough, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz is not one of the six winners this season. A win this weekend at Cotton Bowl would not only extend that streak to seven, it would also mean his 300th career World of Outlaws Sprint Car feature victory. In two previous trips to the Paige, TX facility, the Fargo, ND has finishes of fifth and ninth. Although winless, Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Carquest, Ford Performance #15 have been incredibly consistent, proven by their fourth-place points position. Through six races, Schatz has five top-five finishes and it would be a perfect six if it wasn't for an ignition box failure while leading at Volusia. Could this be the weekend for #300? THE RACE TO WIN AGAIN: If any of the early-season track were to provide a repeat winner, Cotton Bowl would be among the favorites looking at previous results. Fresh off their jaw-dropping battle at The Rev, David Gravel and Brad Sweet return to a track they've both already won at. Sweet, driving his Kasey Kahne Racing #49, won the Series' debut at Cotton Bowl in 2016 with a last-lap pass over Daryn Pittman. Gravel, now with Big Game Motorsports, is the most recent winner at the track with a wire-to-wire route in 2018. Along with Sweet and Gravel, any of four including of Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Aaron Reutzel, or Sheldon Haudenschild could be the first repeat winner of 2021 this weekend. Photo - Tim Aylwin
  18. Reutzel Down South after First World of Outlaws Triumph aboard the Roth Motorsports Machine by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (March 12, 2021) – Aaron Reutzel wasted little time breaking into World of Outlaws victory lane in the new pairing with the Roth Motorsports No. 83 Sprint Car team. After a third consecutive WoO top-ten finish on Friday night at Volusia Speedway Park, Reutzel finished out the Florida weekend by storming to victory lane in Saturday night’s 35-lapper at Tampa’s East Bay Raceway Park in just the fourth series event of the 2021 campaign. Reutzel looks for more this weekend as he visits a pair of racetracks in Mississippi and Louisiana for the first time. Friday’s tilt takes place at the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS, before action shifts to Monroe, Louisiana’s Revolution Park on Saturday. “I’ve never seen either track before,” Reutzel says. “It seems like we’ve had pretty good success at first-time tracks over the last several years, so I’m hoping to continue that this weekend.” After sitting idle for nearly a month due to weather and scheduling adjustment, Reutzel hit the track again last Friday at Barberville’s Volusia Speedway Park and produced another strong run by finishing tenth in the night’s main event. Making the way to East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday night, Reutzel clearly had a plan and executed that plan to perfection. Reutzel opened the night by timing in fourth-quickest before winning his heat race and then earning the front row outside starting position for the 35-lap main event. From there, Reutzel gunned into the initial lead and led throughout while fighting off bids from Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz along the way, running well above the cushion much of the distance before breaking away from the field in traffic over the closing circuits to secure his third career World of Outlaws Sprint Car win after accumulating 44 overall wins during his past three years of securing All Star Circuit of Champions titles. And Reutzel paid homage to Hall of Famer and fellow native Texan Gary Wright in victory lane. “I dream for stuff like that,” Reutzel exclaimed. “This is what makes me love sprint car racing, when we can go out and do stuff like that. The cushion was so treacherous, but my car was loose enough that I could go up there and just get after it. It was so much fun. Running up there was a blast. I watched a video on the way up here of Gary Wright, my all-time sprint car hero, winning here doing the same thing, rippin’ four tires above it.” With that elusive first World of Outlaws win in the books for the newly-formed team, Reutzel and the Roth Motorsports No. 83 Sprint Car team will be gunning for more hardware this weekend in Mississippi and Louisiana. 2021 Quick Stats: 13 races, 2 wins, 4 top-fives, 10 top-tens. Next Up: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS) on Friday and Revolution Park (Monroe, LA) on Saturday. Those unable to attend can watch all the action live on www.dirtvisions.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at aaronreutzel@yahoo.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.
  19. Reutzel Rides the Tide to Thrilling East Bay Win - East Bay Return Lives up to the Hype with Epic Racing and Massive Crowd TAMPA, FL - March 6, 2021 - Saturday's World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event at East Bay Raceway Park lived up to 38 years worth of hype. When Aaron Reutzel climbed from his Roth Motorsports ride in victory lane, he couldn't stop smiling. Neither could the fans. The Clute, TX native was a one-man thrill show for the near standing room only crowd in attendance at the Tampa, FL facility. Reutzel, the leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender, delivered a gutsy run to collect his third career World of Outlaws win and first of the 2021 season. His inspiration for such a daring drive? His hero and six-time World of Outlaws winner, The Texan Gary Wright. "I dream for stuff like that," Reutzel exclaimed. "This is what makes me love sprint car racing, when we can go out and do stuff like that. The cushion was so treacherous, but my car was loose enough that I could go up there and just get after it. It was so much fun. Running up there was a blast. I watched a video on the way up here of Gary Wright, my all-time sprint car hero, winning here doing the same thing, rippin' four tires above it." For a show that was in serious jeopardy to start with a bleak weather forecast, Saturday's program ended up being one many fans won't forget soon. Lining up for the 35-lap, $10,000-to-win NOS Energy Drink feature, it's safe to say the betting favorites were two-time and defending Series champion Brad Sweet from the pole and ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz from the second row. However, Aaron Reutzel had something to say about that. Reutzel, who started on the outside pole in his Speedway Engines / Triple-X #83, ripped the top right around Sweet and commanded the opening lap, a lead he would never relinquish. Both Schatz and Sweet presented multiple challenges to Reutzel, but neither could make a move stick, partly due to Reutzel's bold decision making. Putting all four wheels above the cushion and flying through the fluff, Reutzel went where others wouldn't dare, and it paid off. With cleaner track and more avenues available up in no man's land, he made quick work of lap traffic which served as the deciding factor when Sweet ran into a log jam on the low line while challenging him with less than ten laps left. In his fourth start as a full-time World of Outlaws competitor, Reutzel held off proven champions Sweet & Schatz along with title contenders Macedo & Schuchart. He officially crossed the line with a 1.683-second advantage, making him the fourth different winner in four races this season. "I can't thank Dennis and Teresa Roth enough for this opportunity," Reutzel mentioned. "We've been struggling, but we've been working really hard to prove to them they made the right decision by bringing me and Dylan on board. Hopefully we made 'em proud today." Following Reutzel to the stripe with a second-place finish was The Big Cat Brad Sweet. Following a dismal 11th-place outing in Friday's show at Volusia, the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 crew was happy to put their NAPA Auto Parts entry back on the podium with a shot at winning. "Track position was the biggest thing tonight," Sweet noted. "The fact that he had that line up his sleeve was huge. When we got to traffic he basically had a clean track up there. My car was really good on the race track I thought we were racing on, but he found another lane so hats off to him. We were way too tight to be up there." Closing out the podium and scoring KSE Racing Hard Charger honors for the second straight night was Carson Macedo with an impressive 17th-to-third bid. Following their victory on Friday at Volusia, Macedo and the Jason Johnson Racing #41 crew continued their stellar weekend and officially claimed sole command of the World of Outlaws championship standings. "Again, my race car was just incredible in the feature," Macedo praised. "It just got better and better as the race went on. I've got to figure out qualifying and heats so we can get up closer to the front come showtime. I'm having so much fun driving this #41 right now. Carrying on Jason's legacy with this car and now Phil as involved as he is, it's a special deal." Rounding out the top ten at East Bay Raceway Park was North Dakota's Donny Schatz, Pennsylvania's Logan Schuchart, California's Cory Eliason, Pennsylvania's Brock Zearfoss, Washington's Kasey Kahne, and Indiana's Kraig Kinser and Justin Peck. Cory Eliason was Saturday's Slick Woody's Cornhole Company Quick Time award winner at 12.396 seconds. Scoring Drydene heat race wins was Aaron Reutzel, Jason Sides and Brock Zearfoss. Brad Sweet was the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash winner. UP NEXT - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will hit the Dirty South Swing next weekend with a trip to Mississippi and Louisiana in line. On Friday, March 12 it's off the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS for a night at The Mag. Then, it's all about The Rev on Saturday, March 13 with a night at Dylan Scott's Monroe, LA venue. You can BUY TICKETS HERE. NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$6,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [17][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,500]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$2,300]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6][$2,200]; 8. 9-Kasey Kahne [9][$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$2,050]; 10. 13-Justin Peck [13][$2,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$1,600]; 12. 5-Brent Marks [14][$1,400]; 13. 2-David Gravel [8][$1,200]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson [21][$1,100]; 15. 24-Terry McCarl [18][$1,050]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$1,000]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [12][$1,000]; 18. 19-Parker Price-Miller [22][$1,000]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$1,000]; 20. 18-Gio Scelzi [16][$1,000]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [5][$1,000]; 22. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [19][$1,000]; 23. 20-AJ Maddox [24][$1,000]; 24. 22-Johnny Gilbertson [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Carson Macedo [+14].
  20. REVISED SCHEDULE: New events added, postponed races find dates in March-April - The Series returns to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time in 38 years before venturing through the South and Midwest CONCORD, NC – Feb. 23, 2021 – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will return to action at the beginning of March with the addition of eight new events and four postponed events finding new dates. Josh James photo The Greatest Show on Dirt will pick up where it left off in Florida with a weekend doubleheader, including a return to East Bay Raceway Park for the first time since 1983, before trekking through the south and Midwest to fill out a full slate of racing throughout March into April. Those events include: -Friday, March 5 – Volusia Speedway Park -Saturday, March 6 – East Bay Raceway Park -Friday, March 12 – Magnolia Motor Speedway -Saturday, March 13 – The Rev -Friday & Saturday, March 19-20 – Cotton Bowl Speedway -Friday, March 26 – U.S. 36 Raceway -Saturday, March 27 – Lake Ozark Speedway -Friday & Saturday, April 2-3 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 -Friday, April 9 – Kokomo Speedway -Saturday, April 10 – Tri-State Speedway “A lot of work has gone into putting this revised schedule together, and I’m grateful to all the tracks that have graciously worked with us throughout this process,” World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers said. “While we’re disappointed in not being able to get the Spring West Coast Swing in this year, I’m excited for the fans and drivers that we’re still able to present them with a full schedule of racing at great venues.” The best Sprint Car drivers in the world will converge at Volusia Speedway Park for the third time this year when the season resumes – current points leader Logan Schuchart and defending champion Brad Sweet took home the trophies in the first two races there. On the following day, the Series will return to East Bay Raceway Park in Tampa, FL for the first time in 38 years. Steve Kinser was the last driver to win at the track in 1983. Then, the next two weekends will host new dates for previously postponed events. The new additions to the schedule this year, Magnolia Motor Speedway, in Columbus, MS, will run on March 12, and The Rev in Monroe, LA will run on March 13. A doubleheader at Cotton Bowl Speedway will be the following weekend, March 19-20, with the Drydene Texas Two Step presented by American Lube. It’ll be the Series’ first time back at the track since 2018 – won by David Gravel. The following three weekends will feature new events, leading to the originally scheduled April 16 event at Lawton Speedway and April 17 event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Missouri will host a doubleheader weekend, March 26-27, with the return of U.S. 36 Raceway and Lake Ozark Speedway. The March 27 event at Lake Ozark will be the third annual Jason Johnson Classic presented by FK Rod Ends with $15,000-to-win on the line. James McFadden, a friend of the late Jason Johnson, earned an emotional win at the event last year and will go for another this year as he runs for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year title with Kasey Kahne Racing. Always a source of excitement, the 1/3-mile Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 returns for a spring doubleheader, April 2-3, giving the track two more dates in 2021 before the Aug. 6-7 Ironman 55 weekend. Then, fan-favorites Kokomo Speedway and Tri-State Speedway return to the schedule for an Indiana doubleheader weekend, April 9-10. Both tracks brought fans to their feet last year with Sheldon Haudenschild executing spectacular passes to claim the win and Carson Macedo edging Sweet by inches to win at Tri-State. “I’m just excited we have found some great racetracks to fill in the dates of the West Coast Swing,” said two-time defending champion Brad Sweet. “I was looking forward to racing in front of my friends and family in California but just still too many restrictions to race in front of full crowds. It’s always tough this time of year with weather and other factors to get races in so thanks to the Outlaws and the promoters for taking these shows on such short notice. I hope to see many fans and I’m excited to get the NAPA Auto Parts #49 back on track.” Tickets for each new event will go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 9 a.m. (ET). If you already have tickets to the events at Magnolia Motor Speedway, The Rev and Cotton Bowl Speedway and can’t make it to the rescheduled dates, you have until March 25 to request a refund through this link CLICK HERE. Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.
  21. State of Emergency in Texas Forces Postponement of Cotton Bowl Officials Working to Reschedule Texas Two-Step in March PAIGE, TX — Feb. 20, 2021 — World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Cotton Bowl Speedway officials are postponing the Feb. 26-27 “Texas Two-Step” due to a State of Emergency in Texas as the state works to recover from its winter weather disaster. New dates and a revised spring schedule will be announced soon. Those who have already purchased tickets to the race at Cotton Bowl can use those tickets for the rescheduled dates. Once the new dates are announced, those unable to make it to the rescheduled dates will have the opportunity to request a refund. As part of the forthcoming new spring schedule, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is slated to race Friday, March 12 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS and Saturday, March 13 at The Rev in Monroe, LA. For Magnolia tickets, CLICK HERE. For Rev tickets, CLICK HERE. Anyone unable to make it to the track can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.
  22. World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will hit 24 states on the more than 80-race tour CONCORD, NC – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will bring The Greatest Show on Dirt to more than 80 races across 24 states for the 2020 tour. From the continuation of iconic events like the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford and Can-Am World Finals to the addition of new and historic venues like Vado Speedway Park and Lawton Speedway, the 2020 schedule will be full of nostalgia and excitement for fans and drivers. “We have another great schedule, which will bring the World of Outlaws to fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers. “There’re several new exciting facilities on the tour this year and a solid core of familiar tracks that always produce great racing.” VENTURING TO NEW FACILITIES Vado Speedway Park – 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 on April 24-25. 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 – While the World of Outlaws visited I-70 Speedway in the 1980s, when the Series returns to the Odessa, MO, facility on May 30 it will be an entirely new 3/8-mile track. The facility started life as a dirt track before being turned into an asphalt track, hosting NASCAR races. It closed in 2008 but was recently purchased by Chris Payne, who revamped Heartland Motorsports Park in Kansas. He is turning the facility into a motorsport park with the new dirt track and a dragway. RETURN TO ICONIC TRACKS Santa Maria Raceway – For the first time in 21 years, the World of Outlaws, on March 29, will return to Santa Maria Raceway in Nipomo, CA. The Series first visited the 1/3-mile track in 1981 with Sammy Swindell picking up the win. Jason Statler won the Series’ last race at the track in 1999. Steve Kinser’s seven wins at Santa Maria is the most of any World of Outlaws racer. Lawton Speedway – On May 1, the World of Outlaws will return to the historic Lawton Speedway in Lawton, OK, for the first time since 1985. The quarter-mile track was one of the original tracks on the Series schedule in 1978. This year will be the Series’ ninth visit to the speedway. Sammy Swindell won the last World of Outlaws race at the track and is tied with Steve Kinser for the most wins there (3). I-80 Speedway – Nebraska will be a new stop on the World of Outlaws schedule in 2020. On June 3, the Series returns to I-80 Speedway in Greenwood, NE. The Series first visited the 4/10-mile track in 1995 and ran there every year up until 2003. It then returned to the track in 2014 and ran there until 2016. Joey Saldana won the last race at the speedway. The Dirt Oval at Route 66 – On June 17, the World of Outlaws will return to the Joliet, IL, track for the first time since 2017. The Series’ first visit to the track was in 1998 when it first opened. The track was a half-mile up until 2016, when it was changed to its current 3/8-mile configuration. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz won the last race in 2017. 34 Raceway – After a five-year absence, the World of Outlaws will return July 10 to the 3/8-mile 34 Raceway in West Burlington, IA. There has yet to be a repeat winner in the Series’ four previous races at the track. Tony Bruce Jr. won the Series’ first race at the track in 2008 and Schatz won the last in 2014. Ransomville Speedway – The World of Outlaws will expand their presence in New York in 2020 by returning to the half-mile Ransomville Speedway on July 31. It will be the Series’ sixth visit to the speedway. David Gravel won the last race in 2018 and Dave Blaney won the first race in 1994. Dakota State Fair Speedway – The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series will make its third visit to the 3/8-mile Huron, SD, track on Saturday, Aug. 22. The Series first visited the track in 2015 and its last race there was in 2017 – Schatz, of Fargo, ND, won both races. Orange County Fair Speedway – After a visit to Ransomville Speedway and Weedsport Speedway, the World of Outlaws will close out its 2020 New York swing on Aug. 2 with a return to Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY, for the first time since 2014. The Series first visited the 5/8-mile speedway in 1983 and then 23 times after. Steve Kinser, who has the most wins at the track (6), won the first race in 1983 and Daryn Pittman won the last race in 2014. Kokomo Speedway – Another track from the World of Outlaws’ inaugural 1978 tour will have a place on the 2020 schedule on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Series last visited the quarter-mile Kokomo, IN, track in 2015, with Joey Saldana picking up the win. Indiana-native and Series regular Kraig Kinser has two wins at the speedway. BIG EVENTS REMAIN IN PLACE The 2020 season will, again, kick off Feb. 7-9 at Volusia Speedway Park for the three-day DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. It will then be followed by a Western tour of the country — including the $20,000-to-win event May 2 at Devil’s Bowl Speedway — before returning East for events like the two-day #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora Speedway and the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway. The “summer of money” continues to grow with the June 25-27 Jackson Nationals at the Jackson Motorplex now paying an incredible $100,000-to-win. A month later the Series will be Eldora Speedway for the illustrious Kings Royal week, July 16-18. And a month after that, from Aug. 12-15, it will be at the iconic Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway. After traveling the country, The Dirt Track at Charlotte will once again play a key role in determining the Series champion. After racing in the United Rentals Patriot Nationals on Saturday, May 23, in the heart of NASCAR country, the season will conclude Nov. 5-7 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte with the Can-Am World Finals, where Brad Sweet won the closest points battle in Series’ history last month. Fans can purchase tickets for the events by going to WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. FULL SCHEDULE Fri-Sun, Feb. 7-9 – Volusia Speedway Park – Barberville, FL Friday, March 13 – Cotton Bowl Speedway – Paige, TX Saturday, March 14 – LoneStar Speedway – Kilgore, TX Saturday, March 21 – USA Raceway – Tucson, AZ Sunday, March 22 – Arizona Speedway – San Tan Valley, AZ Saturday, March 28 – Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA Sunday, March 29 – Santa Maria Raceway – Nipomo, CA Fri-Sat, April 3-4 – Thunderbowl Raceway – Tulare, CA Friday, April 10 – Ocean Speedway – Watsonville, CA Saturday, April 11 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA Fri-Sat, April 17-18 – Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA Fri-Sat, April 24-25 – Vado Speedway Park – Vado, NM Friday, May 1 – Lawton Speedway – Lawton, OK Saturday, May 2 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, TX Wednesday, May 6 – Jacksonville Speedway – Jacksonville, IL Fri-Sat, May 8-9 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH Wednesday, May 13 – Lincoln Speedway – Abbottstown, PA Fri-Sat, May 15-16 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA Tuesday, May 19 – Bridgeport Speedway – Swedesboro, NJ Saturday, May 23 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte – Concord, NC Monday, May 25 – Lawrenceburg Speedway – Lawrenceburg, IN Friday, May 29 – Lake Ozark Speedway – Eldon, MO Saturday, May 30 – I-70 Speedway – Odessa, MO Wednesday, June 3 – I-80 Speedway – Greenwood, NE Friday, June 5 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND Saturday, June 6 – Granite City Speedway – Sauk Rapids, MN Fri-Sat, June 12-13 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA Wednesday, June 17 – The Dirt Oval at Route 66 – Joliet, IL Friday, June 19 – Dubuque Speedway – Dubuque, IA Saturday, June 20 – Beaver Dam Raceway – Beaver Dam, WI Thu-Sat, June 25-27 – Jackson Motorplex – Jackson, MN Thu-Fri, July 2-3 – Cedar Lake Speedway – New Richmond, WI Friday, July 10 – 34 Raceway – West Burlington, IA Saturday, July 11 – Wilmot Raceway – Wilmot, WI Sunday, July 12 – Terre Haute Action Track – Terre Haute, IN Tuesday, July 14 – Attica Raceway Park – Attica, OH Thu-Sat, July 16-18 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH Tuesday, July 21 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA Fri-Sat, July 24-25 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA Friday, July 31 – Ransomville Speedway – Ransomville, NY Saturday, Aug. 1 – Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY Sunday, Aug. 2 – Orange County Fair Speedway – Middletown, NY Fri-Sat, Aug. 7-8 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – Pevely, MO Wed-Sat, Aug. 12-15 – Knoxville Raceway – Knoxville, IA Friday, Aug. 21 – River Cities Speedway – Grand Forks, ND Saturday, Aug. 22 – Dakota State Fair Speedway – Huron, SD Friday, Aug. 28 – Black Hills Speedway – Rapid City, SD Saturday, Aug. 29 – Big Sky Speedway – Billings, MT Fri-Sat, Sept. 4-5 – Skagit Speedway – Alger, WA Monday, Sept. 7 – Grays Harbor Raceway – Elma, WA Wednesday, Sept. 9 – Willamette Speedway – Lebanon, OR Fri-Sat, Sept. 11-12 – Silver Dollar Speedway – Chico, CA Friday, Sept. 18 – Stockton Dirt Track – Stockton, CA Saturday, Sept. 19 – Calistoga Speedway – Calistoga, CA Friday, Sept. 25 – Eldora Speedway – Rossburg, OH Saturday, Sept. 26 – Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA Fri-Sat, Oct. 2-3 – Williams Grove Speedway – Mechanicsburg, PA Fri-Sat, Oct. 9-10 – Port Royal Speedway – Port Royal, PA Friday, Oct. 16 – Lakeside Speedway – Kansas City, KS Saturday, Oct. 17 – TBA Saturday, Oct. 24 – Kokomo Speedway – Kokomo, IN Thu-Sat, Nov. 5-7 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte – Concord, NC *Schedule subject to change
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