MARCH 19, 2017
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THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
‘DOUBLE-D’ DANNY DIETRICH ENTERS USAC NON-WING EASTERN STORM, SERIES OPENS AT GRANDVIEW ON TUESDAY, JUNE 13
BECHTELSVILLE, PA (MARCH 19, 2017) – 410 Sprint Car ace, Danny Dietrich has thrown his name into the hat of local competitors that will ‘Chase the Storm’ when the USAC National Wingless Sprint Car Championship Eastern Storm rolls into town for a week of ultra-exciting racing action, beginning on Tuesday, June 13 at Grandview Speedway.
Dietrich will strap into the Tom Buch-owned/APEX/DKW Transport No. 13 machine for action at Grandview Speedway (June 13), Lincoln Speedway (June 14), Williams Grove Speedway (June 15), and Port Royal Speedway (June 17) before the team heads west to compete with the All-Star Circuit of Champions at Waynesfield Raceway (June 18).
“Tom has given me a great opportunity to run these wingless races and I’m looking forward to going out and trying something different,” Dietrich explained. “It’s going to be tough because we’re out of our element, but I think I can adapt and I believe we have a chance of winning at any of these tracks.”
‘Double-D’ certainly isn’t a stranger to victory lane in Central Pennsylvania, having claimed winged 410 victories at Lincoln, Williams Grove, and Port Royal Speedway in the 2016 season – including the $25,000 Williams Grove National Open victory against the World of Outlaws. Dietrich first found victory lane at the Berks County Grandview Speedway in the inaugural Thunder Cup event in 2015.
But all bets are off with this being Dietrich’s first foray into wingless Sprint Car racing.
“With a wing on we’re used to running really hard on entry,” the 28-year-old racer explained. “I think there’s going to be a learning curve, but this is going to make me a more versatile racer.”
“Danny Dietrich is one of the sport’s most popular racers on and off the race track,” Bob Miller co-promoter of the USAC events at Grandview Speedway and Lincoln Speedway stated. “Having someone of his caliber compete against the USAC drivers adds another layer to the excitement of the Eastern Storm.”
The leanest and meanest racers from USAC’s AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series – the nation’s largest group of non-wing open-wheel racers – make their annual stop on the east coast for a five-race series touring through Central Pennsylvania.
The 11th year of the ‘Eastern Storm’ kicks off on Tuesday, June 13 at Grandview Speedway; followed by Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, June 14; Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday, June 15; Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, June 17; and rounding out the series on Sunday, June 18 at Susquehanna Speedway.
2017 USAC AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES EASTERN STORM
DATE: Tuesday, June 13, 2017
TRACK: Grandview Speedway (Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania) - 1/3-mile, dirt oval
NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
Jesse Hockett Classic for USAC NON-WING Sprints & 358 NASCAR Modifieds
TRACK ADDRESS: 43 Passmore Rd, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
TRACK PHONE: (610) 754-7688
TRACK WEBSITE: www.grandviewspeedway.com/
SERIES WEBSITE: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
DATE: Wednesday, June 14, 2017
TRACK: Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, Pennsylvania) - 3/8-mile, dirt oval
USAC NON-WING Sprints & 358 Sprints
TRACK ADDRESS: 800 Racetrack Rd, Abbottstown, PA 17301
TRACK PHONE: (717) 624-2755
TRACK WEBSITE: www.lincolnspeedway.com/
SERIES WEBSITE: www.thunderonthehillracingseries.com
DATE: Thursday, June 15, 2017
TRACK: Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania) – ½-mile, dirt oval
TRACK ADDRESS: 1 Speedway Dr., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
TRACK PHONE: (717) 697-5000
TRACK WEBSITE: www.williamsgrove.com/
DATE: Saturday, June 17, 2017
TRACK: Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, Pennsylvania) - 1/2-mile, dirt oval
TRACK ADDRESS: 302 6th St, Port Royal, PA 17082
TRACK PHONE: (717) 527-2303
TRACK WEBSITE: portroyalspeedway.com/
DATE: Sunday, June 18, 2017
TRACK: Susquehanna Speedway (York Haven, Pennsylvania) – 4/10-mile, dirt oval
TRACK ADDRESS: 690 York Rd, York Haven, PA 17370
TRACK PHONE: (717) 938-9170
TRACK WEBSITE: www.susquehannaspeedway.net/
Contact: Richie Murray - USAC Media / email@example.com
GRANT GETS USAC NATIONAL MIDGET WIN #1 AT SHAMROCK CLASSIC
Du Quoin, Illinois.........Thus far, USAC's 2017 season has already become the year of Justin Grant.
The record books were rewritten in Saturday night's "Shamrock Classic" USAC Midget National Championship season-opener at the Southern Illinois Center as Grant became the first driver in the 62-year history of the organization to record season-opening feature victories in both the National Sprint and National Midget divisions in a single year.
Now, the Ione, California driver finds himself in an envious early-season position: sitting atop the standings in both the USAC National Sprint and National Midget series. It's a remarkable accomplishment for Grant, a driver who readily admits that his racing career was floundering less than a year ago.
"Last summer, I was sitting on the couch," Grant recalls. "I wasn't doing much racing. I couldn't beg my way into a racecar. From then 'til now, it's just incredible. I keep thinking I'm going to wake up from a dream and it's not going to be real."
The dream is now reality for the 26-year-old Grant as he gladly accepted a fortuitous bout of Irish luck with 17 laps remaining when Christopher Bell saw his chance of winning fade into the haze as the lapped cars of Korey Weyant and Chris Andrews tangled in front of him on the high side of turn four. Bell became trapped in a box with the two stalled cars and the outside retaining wall surrounding him as he looked for an escape.
Just moments before, second-running Grant had decided to take his shot at Bell and the race lead. Just seconds later, the move proved to be a wise one as he avoided the mayhem and came away with the lead on the ensuing restart.
"It was just kind of a chance deal," Grant believes. "I'd been kind of shadowing him, waiting and waiting for lapped traffic to try and take a shot at him. I thought the top was slowing down enough that I could maybe make a move on the bottom if he caught some lapped traffic on the top. As soon as we caught that pack of cars on the top, I dove to the bottom in turn three to try and take a shot and capitalize. It just happened to work out for me with those guys crashing right in front of him. I don't know why I picked that lap to do it or why it worked out that way, but I'll take it."
On the lap 34 restart, a new, but familiar member joined the fray at the front of the field in the name of defending "Shamrock Classic" winner Shane Golobic.
Golobic, originally beginning the 50-lap feature from the 14th spot, busted his way from fifth to second in quick fashion when action resumed. Soon enough, Golobic was right on the tail of Grant for the lead with 12 laps to go until clipping the berm on the inside of turn two. That dropped Golobic back a bit as Grant began to create a bit of separation between he and his CMR teammate.
In the final five circuits, Golobic had reeled Grant in as the two weaved their way through the tail-end of the field. The two dipped and dove between the lapped cars of Weyant and Daniel Adler as the pair threaded through the eye of a needle in a game of racing limbo to see who could be the first to get the lowest on the racing surface.
"I caught sight of Shane (Golobic) off the middle of (turns) three and four. I kind of got a run back around him off the cushion of (turn) four. I knew he started real deep and if he'd come from that far back on the bottom, I knew I needed to get back to the bottom in a hurry. I had just enough to get back by him off (turn) four and shut him down on the bottom getting into (turn) one. From there on out, it's about not missing the bottom and not getting caught up on the berm. Once it started laying rubber, I knew if I didn't get out of the rubber, he wasn't going to be able to get by me. Catching lapped cars and rubber is highly frustrating. You can't get out of it to get around him and they're not going to get out of it. You just have to settle in, follow, stay in it and hope you're not a sitting duck."
Grant never flinched an inch as Golobic swarmed Grant's tail tank coming to the checkered flag to no avail, providing Grant his first career USAC National Midget victory in his Clauson-Marshall Racing/Driven 2 Save Lives - Priority Aviation/Spike/Stanton SR-11 over Golobic, Jerry Coons, Jr., Brady Bacon and Brent Beauchamp.
The spirit of Bryan Clauson was prominent throughout the event, which was promoted by Bryan's fiancée Lauren Stewart. The winner's share of the purse was $3900 in honor of Bryan who drove the No. 39 to consecutive USAC National Midget titles in 2010 and 2011. Grant's drive was reminiscent of Bryan's magnificence throughout the years as he piloted Bryan's father's, Tim Clauson's, car to victory lane Saturday night.
The combination of the Southern Illinois Center, plus Tim Clauson and Tyler Ransbottom on the wrenches has proven to be an unstoppable equation since the first USAC-sanctioned midget race at the one-sixth-mile indoor oval in December of 2015. Since then, the pairing has earned four-straight victories with four different drivers: Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Shane Golobic, Tyler Courtney and, the latest, Justin Grant.
"They're racecars are fast," Grant exclaimed. "They were fast at the Chili Bowl. They're fast here. They've clearly got this place figured out. I've been racing a long time now and I've never been this quick. It's obviously the car I'm sitting in. Tim and Tyler do such a good job. They're so good at what they do and it's such a pleasure to drive for them."
Shane Golobic has yet to finish outside the top-two in his three Southern Illinois appearances since his inaugural "Shamrock Classic" victory in March of 2016. On Saturday night, he collected a close second behind his teammate in his Clauson-Marshall/Matt Wood Racing/Elk Grove Ford - Driven 2 Save Lives/Spike/Stanton SR-11.
"I don't know if it's me who's got this place figured out or if it's the team. I'm thinking it's the team," a humble Golobic said. "The team's won the last four here and I've finished second the last two times and won the time before that. This team's obviously got this place figured out and it's made it very easy for me to get the track figured out. I think if we could've gotten a little further up on Justin before he changed lanes, it might've been a different story. He switched lanes at just the right time just like the veteran that he is. If I'm going to be beaten by anybody, I'm glad it's by a teammate."
"I kind of had the bottom figured out," Golobic continued. "I was catching a little bit of rubber on the bottom. As I was reeling Justin (Grant) in, I really just needed to get to the point where I could get wheel-to-wheel with him. I just couldn't quite get there. If he wasn't my teammate, I might have had a little different mindset getting into (turn) three when he shut the door down there. I might've shoved the car in there a little bit harder, but I lifted and hoped to get another opportunity in traffic. That opportunity never showed up; Justin never made a mistake."
Jerry Coons, Jr. equaled his best finish of a year ago at the Belleville (Kans.) High Banks with a third-place run Saturday night in his Petry-Goff Motorsports/Petry Excavating - Gray Auto/Spike/Stanton Toyota.
"I started off the race a little too tight on the right rear," Coons explained. "It kind of came to us and got better midway through the race. I thought we were pretty good until the early yellow came out and we got smoked on the bottom. I went down there, it was a little free and I made a bunch of adjustments on the shocks. Then, the rubber really started laying down and I got too tight. I was going back on the shock adjustment. The car was really good all throughout the night. Hopefully, we can go on to the next one and keep piling up top-threes.
Contingency award winners include Brent Beauchamp (Simpson Race Products First Qualifier Winner), Billy Wease (CSI Second Heat Winner), Justin Grant (Chalk Stix Third Heat Winner), Christopher Bell (Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat Winner), Shane Golobic (KSE Racing Products/Elliott's Custom Trailers Winner) and Gage Walker (Wilwood Brakes 13th Place Finisher Winner).
USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 - Du Quoin, Illinois - Southern Illinois Center - "Shamrock Classic"
FIRST HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tyler Thomas (#91T Thomas), 2. Daniel Robinson (#57D McCreery), 3. Christopher Bell (#21 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Andy Malpocker (#22 Malpocker), 5. Mark Chisholm (#56x Fifty6x), 6. Tim Siner (#15 Siner-Cyliax), 7. Shane Golobic (#17w Clauson-Marshall-Wood), 8. Tyler Courtney (#7BC Clauson-Marshall), 9. Robert Bell (#71-1/2 Bell). NT
SECOND HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Justin Grant (#39BC Clauson-Marshall), 2. Josh Most (#92M Most), 3. Justin Peck (#7k Irwin), 4. Tyler Nelson (#91 Harris), 5. Chad Boat (#84 Tucker-Boat), 6. Ryan Robinson (#71 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Shane Morgan (#15M Morgan), 8. Kyle Cummins (#5 Briscoe), 9. David Budres (#31 Manic). NT
THIRD HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Colten Cottle (#5c Cottle), 2. Jake Neuman (#3N Neuman), 3. Tanner Thorson (#67 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 4. Gage Walker (#7 Walker), 5. Derek Hagar (#9jr Hagar-Proctor), 6. Holly Shelton (#67k Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Isaac Chapple (#52 Chapple), 8. Kellen Conover (#2 Baue). NT
FOURTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Jerry Coons Jr. (#25 Petry-Goff), 2. Brent Beauchamp (#11B B & B), 3. Jeff Zelinski (#68 SFH), 4. Tony DiMattia (#50 DiMattia), 5. Kory Schudy (#28 Sawyer), 6. Tanner Carrick (#71k (Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 7. Cole Fehr (#15F Live Loud). NT
FIFTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Matt Veatch (#56v Fifty6x), 2. Brady Bacon (#76m FMR), 3. Joe B. Miller (#51B Grogan), 4. Daniel Adler (#50A Adler), 5. Chris Andrews (#91A Thomas), 6. Mitchell Davis (#15s Morgan), 7. Chris Urish (#77u Pollock), 8. Kyle Schuett (#9k Schuett). NT
SIXTH HEAT: (8 laps) 1. Tony Roney (#1T Roney), 2. Billy Wease (#12w Wease), 3. Korey Weyant (#9 Allen), 4. Terry Babb (#88 Babb), 5. Spencer Bayston (#97 Kunz/Curb-Agajanian), 6. Chris Baue (#35 Baue), 7. Brayton Lynch (#1k Kunz), 8. Alex Bright (#77 Bright). NT
ALSO AT THE TRACK: Dave Darland (#11 Gray).
LAST CHANCE QUALIFIER: (10 laps) 1. Courtney, 2. Bright, 3. Schuett, 4. Cummins. 5. Budres, 6. Fehr, 7. Bell, 8. Chapple. NT
SIMPSON RACE PRODUCTS FIRST QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Beauchamp, 2. Coons, 3. Most, 4. Malpocker, 5. Andrews, 6. Bacon, 7. R.Robinson, 8. Davis, 9. Zelinski, 10. Baue. NT
COMPETITION SUSPENSION (CSI) SECOND QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Wease, 2. Miller, 3. Thorson, 4. DiMattia, 5. Neuman, 6. Bayston, 7. Nelson, 8. Morgan, 9. Veatch, 10. Lynch. NT
CHALK STIX THIRD QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Grant, 2. Weyant, 3. Roney, 4. Adler, 5. Peck, 6. Shelton, 7. Urish, 8. Chisholm, 9. Babb, 10. Siner. NT
INDY RACE PARTS FOURTH QUALIFIER: (12 laps) 1. Bell, 2. Walker, 3. Golobic, 4. Cottle, 5. Boat, 6. Schudy, 7. Thomas, 8. Carrick, 9. D,Robinson, 10. Hagar. NT
B-MAIN #1: (15 laps) 1. Bacon, 2. Adler, 3. Andrews, 4. Chisholm, 5. Malpocker, 6. Boat, 7. Hagar, 8. Schuett, 9. Lynch, 10. Courtney, 11. Veatch, 12. Zelinski, 13. Davis, 14. Thomas, 15. Schudy, 16. Nelson. NT
B-MAIN #2: (15 laps) 1. Golobic, 2. Miller, 3. Bayston, 4. Peck, 5. Siner, 6. R.Robinson, 7. Babb, 8. Bright, 9. Morgan, 10. Cummins, 11. Urish, 12. DiMattia, 13. Carrick, 14. Shelton, 15. D.Robinson, 16. Baue. NT
FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Justin Grant, 2. Shane Golobic, 3. Jerry Coons Jr., 4. Brady Bacon, 5. Brent Beauchamp, 6. Tony Roney, 7. Josh Most, 8. Jake Neuman, 9. Billy Wease, 10. Christopher Bell, 11. Colten Cottle, 12. Spencer Bayston, 13. Gage Walker, 14. Tanner Carrick, 15. Daniel Adler, 16. Korey Weyant, 17. Chad Boat, 18. Chris Andrews, 19. Mark Chisholm, 20. Justin Peck, 21. Tanner Thorson, 22. Joe B. Miller. NT
**Conover flipped during the third heat. Fehr flipped during the fourth heat.
FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Lap 1 Grant, Laps 2-33 Bell, Laps 34-50 Grant.
KSE RACING PRODUCTS/ELLIOTT'S TRAILERS HARD CHARGER: Shane Golobic (14th-2nd)
NEW USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES POINTS: 1-Grant-70, 2-Golobic-67, 3-Coons-64, 4-Bacon-61, 5-Bayston-39, 6-Walker-37, 7-Carrick-35, 8-Boat-29, 9-Thorson-23, 10-Darland-10.
NEXT USAC MIDGET NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RACES: April 7-8 - Kokomo (IN) Speedway - "Kokomo Grand Prix"
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Donny Schatz charges from third to first in closing laps to win sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature in eight races
Tulare, CA - March 19, 2017 - Fargo, North Dakota's Donny Schatz found more late-race magic on Saturday night getting around Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman with just a few laps left en route to his sixth victory of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season.
The triumph for Schatz was his first at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare since the 2007 season and came aboard the familiar Tony Stewart Racing/ Arctic Cat No. 15 machine. The eight-time World of Outlaws champion was settled in the third spot as the laps wound down, until making a thrilling move around the outside of the speedway to thread his way by the leaders in heavy lapped traffic.
"It feels really good to finally say we won in Tulare again," Schatz said emphatically on the front stretch. "I didn't think the track would take rubber so it kind of caught me by surprise. I really tried to save my tires and when we got to traffic late in the race the pace slowed down a lot. I decided I might as well try something and luckily it worked. I get all the credit, but it's really all about my team. We have an incredible group of people that work on this race car and that makes it so much fun. I can't thank all our sponsors enough for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to win races."
The 35-lap feature started out with a three-wide battle for the lead that saw Pittman get the better of it to motor out into the lead over Sweet and pole sitter Shane Stewart.
Early on in the feature the racing was fantastic throughout the field, as the slick surface made for some tremendous action. Caution periods kept the leaders out of traffic however, as Pittman held command out front. Once the midway point of the feature approached rubber began to come down on the surface and made passing opportunities limited. Sweet had kept Pittman in his sights though and hounded the rear bumper of the Great Clips No. 9 for much of the distance.
When the five to go signal was given the top-three bunched up as Schatz looked to make his move. With 32-laps in the record books the current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series point leader blasted to the high-side to drive around Sweet for the second spot. He then stayed up high and charged around Pittman for the lead coming down to complete lap 33. After that Schatz pulled away to take the checkered flag by 1.951 seconds back to runner up Pittman.
Even though he was disappointed in the outcome Pittman kept an upbeat attitude following the race saying, "This is basically a new team this year with our crew chief change so hopefully it will be a momentum boost for us. I did everything I could tonight, but our engine just wouldn't run right in the feature. I definitely didn't want to see the rubber because our car wouldn't pull forward in it. Tulare is a tough track for me so I'm happy to be on the podium. It's a long season and the wins will come. I'm definitely happy with the effort that our whole has put forth."
Sweet crossed the stripe in third to earn another podium finish in the Kasey Kahne Racing/ Napa Auto Parts No. 49 Sprinter. "I was nervous that it would take rubber and Donny pretty much showed why he is the best tonight. He was able to make his line work the best and kind of schooled us, so we'll keep plugging away to try and get better. We have some good tracks for us coming up so that has me excited. We'll move on to Stockton and hopefully get a win next week."
Wooster, Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild capped a strong weekend by finishing in the fourth spot, while Rutherford's Rico Abreu rounded out the top-five. Completing the top-10 were Shane Stewart; Eunice, Louisiana's Jason Johnson; San Jose's Tim Kaeding; Lemoore's Carson Macedo and Watertown, Connecticut's David Gravel. Hanover, Pennsylvania's Logan Schuchart earned the KSE Hard Charger Award by coming from 25th to 13th in the feature.
Australian Ian Madsen won the night's Last Chance Showdown, with Shane Stewart taking home the Craftsman Club Dash. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Jason Johnson, Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz and Rico Abreu. Shane Stewart kicked-off the night by setting fast time in the 36-car field with a lap of 13.392 around the one-third mile clay oval.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action this coming Friday and Saturday at the Stockton Dirt Track for the FVP Western Spring Shootout.
Thunderbowl Raceway Notebook
Race Notes: Donny Schatz used lap traffic with two laps remaining to slip by Daryn Pittman for his sixth win of the 2017 season. Sweet secures second podium finish of weekend at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway.
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18 ); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); David Gravel - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17)
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report, Thunderbowl Raceway, CA, March 18, 2017
Feature - (35 Laps) 1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet  [$3,000]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  [$2,700]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu  [$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart  [$2,200]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson  [$2,000]; 8. 83JR-Tim Kaeding  [$1,800]; 9. 21X-Carson Macedo  [$1,600]; 10. 5-David Gravel  [$1,450]; 11. 17-Joey Saldana  [$1,300]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen  [$1,200]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$400]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$1,000]; 15. 19-Brent Marks  [$950]; 16. 18S-Jason Solwold  [$900]; 17. 4-Paul McMahan  [$850]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides  [$50]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson  [$725]; 20. 51-James McFadden  [$700]; 21. 21-Brian Brown  [$700]; 22. 3C-DJ Netto  [$700]; 23. 88-Terry McCarl  [$700]; 24. 20-Cory Eliason  [$700]; 25. 41S-Dominic Scelzi  [$700]; 26. 83-Kyle Hirst  [$700] Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-32, Donny Schatz 33-35 KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+12]
Qualifying - 1. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.392; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.448; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.451; 4. 3C-DJ Netto, 13.498; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.512; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.568; 7. 20-Cory Eliason, 13.646; 8. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.662; 9. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.672; 10. 5-David Gravel, 13.708; 11. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.799; 12. 51-James McFadden, 13.807; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 13.828; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.830; 15. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.832; 16. 88-Terry McCarl, 13.835; 17. 83-Kyle Hirst, 13.893; 18. 4-Paul McMahan, 13.894; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.994; 20. 21-Brian Brown, 14.072; 21. 18S-Jason Solwold, 14.131; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.213; 23. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.241; 24. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 14.318; 25. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 14.323; 26. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14.395; 27. 21X-Carson Macedo, 14.442; 28. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.446; 29. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr, 14.460; 30. 22-Cori Andrews, 14.461; 31. 98-Sean Watts, 14.513; 32. 29-Willie Croft, 14.581; 33. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.611; 34. 68-Chase Johnson, 14.681; 35. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.760; 36. O-Bud Kaeding, 14.850
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 41-Jason Johnson ; 2. 2-Shane Stewart ; 3. 17-Joey Saldana ; 4. 18S-Jason Solwold ; 5. 19-Brent Marks ; 6. 83-Kyle Hirst ; 7. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr ; 8. 37-Mitchell Faccinto ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 3. 5-David Gravel ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 5. 4-Paul McMahan ; 6. 68-Chase Johnson ; 7. 2X-Parker Price-Miller ; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp ; 9. 22-Cori Andrews
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 15-Donny Schatz ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet ; 3. 20-Cory Eliason ; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi ; 5. 21X-Carson Macedo ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson ; 7. 7S-Jason Sides ; 8. 98-Sean Watts ; 9. 18-Ian Madsen
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) 1. 24-Rico Abreu ; 2. 3C-DJ Netto ; 3. 51-James McFadden ; 4. 83JR-Tim Kaeding ; 5. 88-Terry McCarl ; 6. 21-Brian Brown ; 7. 29-Willie Croft ; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 9. O-Bud Kaeding
Craftsman Club® Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of Feature)
1. 2-Shane Stewart ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 3. 15-Donny Schatz ; 4. 49-Brad Sweet ; 5. 24-Rico Abreu ; 6. 3C-DJ Netto ; 7. 41-Jason Johnson ; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the Feature)
1. 18-Ian Madsen [-]; 2. 83-Kyle Hirst [-]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [-]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [-]; 5. 29-Willie Croft [$300]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$250]; 7. 68-Chase Johnson [$225]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [$200]; 9. O-Bud Kaeding [$200]; 10. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [$200]; 11. 13-Clyde Knipp [$200]; 12. 2X-Parker Price-Miller [$200]; 13. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr [$200]; 14. 98-Sean Watts [$200]; 15. 22-Cori Andrews [$200]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [$200]
Hafertepe Perfect At The Lucas Oil Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals
MESQUITE, Texas (March 18, 2017) Sam Hafertepe, Jr. proved unstoppable at the 44th annual Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals as the Hwy. 79 Collision/Keith Dobbs Motorsports No. 15h sailed to his second victory in as many nights with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network.
Having to bounce back from an inauspicious start that saw Sam slip back to sixth from a third starting spot, the point was held by Johnny Herrera with Justin Henderson in tow.
"You know, I looked like an idiot there early on. I think we fell back to sixth and that's not like us but we just had it a little too tight early on. I had them make a change after that 305cid A-Feature and we probably shouldn't have made the change, but it actually made our car great later on in the race," commented Hafertepe, who also topped the night's IMCA RACEsaver Sprint Car feature event. "I just have to say, hats off to everyone who helps make this thing happen."
Caution working Lap 6 as the leaders found the tail of the lead lap, the field rolled back to life with John Carney II taking over the runner-up position Lap 7 with Hafertepe back to third by Lap 8. Working into slower traffic, the leaders ran multiple grooves on the Devil's Bowl with Herrera working low in one and two, then high in three and four while Carney railed the cushion.
With momentum and traffic working to his favor, the Lubbock Wrecker Services No. 11x bolted to the lead on Lap 18. Taking over second two laps later, Hafertepe pursed Carney with great vigor; running down the No. 11x as the pair approached slower cars. Able to move the No. 15h through the different grooves of racing, Hafertepe took the point with eight laps to run.
Leaving Carney to battle for second with Herrera and Henderson, the No. 11x would see his night come to an early close due to a cut right rear tire that brought out the caution on Lap 24.
Keeping the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 45x at bay on the restart, Johnny was left to contend with the NGK Spark Plugs No. 1 of Justin Henderson who grabbed away second on Lap 28, but there was not catching Hafertepe as the Texas native raced the win by 3.337 seconds.
Justin Henderson's runner-up finish was his second result in as many nights. Like Henderson, the No. 45x placed on the bronze step for the second night running. Improving his position by one from Friday night, Washington's Seth Bergman raced to a fourth place finish with Wayne Johnson rebound from a DNF on Friday night to round out Saturday's top-five.
Another driver turning a 180 on the weekend, a fresh bullet under the hood put Aaron Reutzel sixth with Sammy Swindell coming from 11th to seventh. Ray Allen Kulhanek crossed eighth with Sean McClelland ninth. Earning the CP-Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night, Zane Lawrence advanced eight spots to finish tenth.
Saturday saw 44 drivers returning to competition in the 44th Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals. Five Heat Races were topped by Scott Bogucki, Chris Martin, Kaley Gharst, Zane Lawrence, and Sean McClelland. Qualifier wins went to Skylar Gee, Wayne Johnson, and Aaron Reutzel. A pair of B-Mains went to Scott Bogucki and Zane Lawrence.
The Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network returns to competition at the Randolph County Raceway in Moberly, Mo. on Sunday, March 26, 2017. For more information on the Show-Me oval, log onto http://www.randolphcountyraceway.com.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the seven Regional Tours that make up the ASCS Nation and its over 150 nights of racing in 2017, log onto http://www.ascsracing.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region
Devil's Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, Texas
44th Spring Nationals - Night 2
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Car Count: 44
Event Count: 48
ButlerBuilt Heat Races: (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to a Qualifier)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 84B-Scott Bogucki; 2. 84-Brandon Hanks; 3. 99-Skylar Gee; 4. 17-Josh Baughman; 5. 8M-Kade Morton; 6. 6-Dustin Gates; 7. 29-Travis Rilat; 8. 1J-Danny Jennings
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 44-Chris Martin; 2. 17G-Chad Wilson; 3. 02-Brandon Long; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 5. 17W-Harli White; 6. M1-Mark Smith; 7. 3C-Raven Culp; 8. 13M-Chance McCrary
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 7-Kaley Gharst; 2. 99X-Dalton Stevens; 3. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 5. 12-Scott Smith; 6. 93-Dustin Morgan; 7. 2-Logan Payne; 8. 20G-Jake Greider
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 76-Zane Lawrence; 2. 23-Seth Bergman; 3. 52-Blake Hahn; 4. 51-Caleb Martin; 5. 2X-Tucker Doughty; 6. 28-Tommy Bryant; 7. 18-Ryan Roberts; 8. (DNF) 57-Jacob Lucas
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 1S-Sean McClelland; 2. 3-Sammy Swindell; 3. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 4. 03-Joe Wood Jr; 5. 95-Matt Covington; 6. 88-Scottie McDonald; 7. 12W-Dale Wester; 8. 77X-Alex Hill
Hoosier Tire Qualifiers: (Top 16 in Combined Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 99-Skylar Gee; 2. 23-Seth Bergman; 3. 17G-Chad Wilson; 4. 03-Joe Wood Jr; 5. 99X-Dalton Stevens; 6. 7-Kaley Gharst; 7. 51-Caleb Martin; 8. 84B-Scott Bogucki; 9. 88-Scottie McDonald; 10. (DNF) 2X-Tucker Doughty
Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 2. 3-Sammy Swindell; 3. 52-Blake Hahn; 4. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 5. 02-Brandon Long; 6. 95-Matt Covington; 7. 76-Zane Lawrence; 8. 6-Dustin Gates; 9. (DNF) 17W-Harli White; 10. (DNF) 12-Scott Smith
Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 2. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 3. 1S-Sean McClelland; 4. 8M-Kade Morton; 5. 44-Chris Martin; 6. 28-Tommy Bryant; 7. 84-Brandon Hanks; 8. M1-Mark Smith; 9. 93-Dustin Morgan; 10. 17-Josh Baughman
BMRS B-Feature: (Top 3 advance to the tail of the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 84B-Scott Bogucki; 2. 7-Kaley Gharst; 3. 02-Brandon Long; 4. 93-Dustin Morgan; 5. 6-Dustin Gates; 6. 28-Tommy Bryant; 7. 17W-Harli White; 8. 1J-Danny Jennings; 9. 12W-Dale Wester; 10. 8M-Kade Morton; 11. 2-Logan Payne; 12. 2X-Tucker Doughty; 13. 77X-Alex Hill; 14. (DNF) 3C-Raven Culp
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 76-Zane Lawrence; 2. 95-Matt Covington; 3. 84-Brandon Hanks; 4. 17-Josh Baughman; 5. M1-Mark Smith; 6. 51-Caleb Martin; 7. 29-Travis Rilat; 8. 88-Scottie McDonald; 9. 99X-Dalton Stevens; 10. 18-Ryan Roberts; 11. 57-Jacob Lucas; 12. 20G-Jake Greider; 13. 13M-Chance McCrary; 14. (DNF) 12-Scott Smith
Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 2. 1-Justin Henderson; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 4. 23-Seth Bergman; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 7. 3-Sammy Swindell; 8. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 9. 1S-Sean McClelland; 10. 76-Zane Lawrence; 11. 03-Joe Wood Jr; 12. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 13. 95-Matt Covington; 14. 99-Skylar Gee; 15. 44-Chris Martin; 16. (DNF) 11X-John Carney II; 17. (DNF) 7-Kaley Gharst; 18. (DNF) 84-Brandon Hanks; 19. (DNF) 02-Brandon Long; 20. (DNF) 17G-Chad Wilson; 21. (DNF) 84B-Scott Bogucki; 22. (DNF) 52-Blake Hahn
Lap Leader(s): Johnny Herrera 1-17; John Carney II 18-21; Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 22-30
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Zane Lawrence +8
FSR High Point Driver: Seth Bergman
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS A-Main Winner(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. - 2 (3/17 - Devil's Bowl Speedway; 3/18 - Devil's Bowl Speedway);
2017 Lucas Oil ASCS Driver Standings (Top 10: 1. Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 300; 2. Justin Henderson 284; 3. Johnny Herrera 270; 4. Seth Bergman 255; 5. John Carney II 228; 6. Matt Covington 226; 7. Joe Wood, Jr. 216; 8. Wayne Johnson 214; 9. Kyle Bellm 212; 10. Ray Allen Kulhanek 208;
ENGLER MACHINE & TOOL PARTNERS WITH MID-ATLANTIC SPRINTS SERIES AS HEADLINE SPONSOR
By ERIKA PALMAI-WAGNER
TRENTON, NJ... In addition to the growing list of sponsors partnering with the newly formed Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, Engler Machine & Tool has signed on as the series headline title sponsor for 2017. Engler will be providing the series with a BRAND NEW 2 3/16 injection system, worth $3,800 dollars, for MASS to raffle off at the end of the season, as well as six-hundred dollars worth of gift certificates to be given away at three Engler sponsored events on the 2017 season schedule.
“We are hoping that this huge offering provided to MASS by Engler will encourage members to remain loyal to our series when we give away tickets at the events which will be marked ‘Ticket Races’ (TR) on our schedule,” Regional Director Eddie Wagner explained. “We have a number of unique ways to win the fuel injection system that is up for grabs that will keep things interesting through the season, which included selling the tickets, as well as giving them out to competitors who qualify for the drawing based on a position they may finish on Engler sponsored race nights”.
Tim Engler, who is the owner and founder of Engler Machine, started his business in 1980 in Princeton, Indiana, focusing first on plastic injection molds. As time went on, Engler diversified into the high performance products such as fuel injection systems, custom made pulling chassis, specialty CNC items including gears, shafts and other miscellaneous custom machined items made specifically for diverse high performance vehicles.
“MASS is lucky to have such an impressive company come onboard in our inaugural season, and we can't thank Mr. Engler enough for joining this series. Last year was my first year using a Engler Injection and the throttle response and power on restarts was flat out impressive. I really hope anyone looking for an injection system gives Tim a call because his products and dedication to our sport shows in his workmanship,” stated MASS General Manager Jeff Geiges.
Gary Thayer, owner of Thayer Performance, the official parts dealer for MASS and a distributor of Engler fuel injection systems for over five years, speaks highly of Engler Machine products, expressing that “Tim Engler’s precision and intricate designs on all of his custom products are second to none, and I always encourage my customers to use his products on the engines that I build”. Thayer goes on to say that “The Engler Injection is the most reliable, trouble free, has smooth throttle control, and it holds its settings like no other. It just simply makes power!”
The Engler Machine & Tool Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series will hold their very first event on Sunday, April 30th at South Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway. Tickets for the Engler fuel injection system that is up for grabs will be on sale at this race for $10 a ticket. Anyone can purchase these raffle tickets, as long as they are bought for a registered Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series team (driver or owner). Tickets can also be received in different ways also by members who attend three consecutive races in a row, finishing in the top five of the three scheduled Engler Machine & Tool sponsored events, and the top five in points will receive a number of tickets at the end of the year.
Engler Machine & Tool can be contacted by phone 1-812-386-6254, or by fax at 1-812-386-6268. Please check out their Facebook page Engler Machine and Tool, or their website at www.englermachine.com/ .
For more info on what’s going on with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, please visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/midatlanticsprintseries/or visit our BRAND NEW website at www.masprintseries.com.
Hafertepe Dominates Lucas Oil ASCS Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals Opener
MESQUITE, Texas (March 17, 2017) Picking up seemingly where he left off in 2016, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. led start to finish to pick up his first win of the season with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network in the series opener at the 44th Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals.
"I don't know how good we really were. I thought I heard him [Henderson] behind me a few times but it may have very well be that we were just over turning it but I'll tell you what, that car on the restarts was just so good rotating the corner," commented Hafertepe.
"We had to make big changes after the Heat Race. We just weren't where we needed to be. Everybody thinks I know this place really well, and I thought I did too but we just had to go to work on the car again and that's what we did last year. If things weren't going good, we just went after it and gave the car what we think it needed."
Giving thanks to his crew, family, and fans Hafertepe followed up saying, "Right now I just have to say that I've got Shirley Kears in my thoughts and prayers for everything she's going through right now and I hope things get better soon."
Earning the outside of the front row, Hafertepe got the jump of pole sitter, Ryan Roberts, going into the first two turns. Chased by Justin Henderson through the opening laps, the BDS Motorsports No. 1 would get his first chance at the leader with a Lap 5 caution for Wayne Johnson who was having braking issues.
Unable to keep pace with Hafertepe's Hwy. 79 Collision No. 15h, the field went under the caution again on Lap 11.
Keeping the field at bay once again, the leaders quickly raced their way to the back of the field. Having to carefully time slide jobs through traffic, Henderson with Herrera in tow were able to close, but never able to capitalize as Sam Hafertepe, Jr. sped away to the victory by 1.786 second.
Chasing Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour points for the first time, Justin Henderson crossed runner-up in the NSCHoF No. 1.
"Sam is on a different level here than most so running second to him isn't bad. I don't know if we had anything for him. Lapped traffic was difficult but this EMI Chassis, Parker Engine was great. Bryan [Sundby] worked hard all night and gave me a good car and just have to thank BDS Motorsports," said Henderson of his runner-up result.
With the start of the race key to his success, Johnny Herrera took the race five wide on the opening lap to advance from eight to the final podium step.
"On the start, they left the top wide open. A few guys got tight there and I was able to sneak by and really, it was just a hope and a prayer. I knew we had to get there in a hurry before we fell in line because here, the guys that start up front tend to finish up front. Had I started front row, it would have been a different deal but hats off to Sam. I felt like we had a great car, and looking forward to tomorrow."
Racing back and forth with Seth Bergman throughout most of the A-Feature, John Carney II captured the final transfer spot into Saturday's championship feature event with Seth Bergman completing the top-five.
Moving up from 12th, Matt Covington came up to finish sixth with Blake Hahn seventh. Josh Baughman from 13th came up to eighth with Travis Rilat capturing the CP-Carrillo Hard Charger of the Night with a run from 18th to ninth. Advancing from 16th, Brandon Long completed the top-ten. Paring with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region, Ray Allen Kulhanek was the highest finishing regional driver.
The opening night of the Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals saw 48 drivers draw in for competition. Six Heat Races went to Josh Baughman, Johnny Herrera, Chad Wilson, John Carney II, Ryan Roberts, and Sean McClelland. Qualifiers were topped by Justin Henderson, Blake Hahn, and Wayne Johnson. The night's B-Mains went to Dustin Morgan and Travis Rilat.
The 44th Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals continues on Saturday, March 18, 2017. For more information, log onto www.devilsbowl.com.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the seven Regional Tours that make up the ASCS Nation and its over 150 nights of racing in 2017, log onto www.ascsracing.com.
Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour
Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region
Devil's Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, Texas
44th Spring Nationals - Night 1
Friday, March 17, 2017
Car Count: 48
ButlerBuilt Heat Races: (Top 30 in Passing Points advance to a Qualifier)
Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Josh Baughman; 2. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 3. 2-Logan Payne; 4. 17W-Harli White; 5. 29-Travis Rilat; 6. 4-Austin Mundie; 7. (DNF) 51-Caleb Martin; 8. (DNF) 12-Scott Smith
Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 2. 2X-Tucker Doughty; 3. 7-Kaley Gharst; 4. 03-Joe Wood Jr; 5. 57-Jacob Lucas; 6. 88-Scottie McDonald; 7. 20G-Jake Greider; 8. (DNF) M1-Mark Smith
Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 17G-Chad Wilson; 2. 23-Seth Bergman; 3. 13M-Chance McCrary; 4. 12W-Dale Wester; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 6. 45-Martin Edwards; 7. 77X-Alex Hill; 8. 76-Zane Lawrence
Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 11X-John Carney II; 2. 1-Justin Henderson; 3. 52-Blake Hahn; 4. 99X-Dalton Stevens; 5. 8M-Kade Morton; 6. 84B-Scott Bogucki; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel; 8. 3C-Raven Culp
Heat 5 (8 Laps): 1. 18-Ryan Roberts; 2. 95-Matt Covington; 3. 07-Michael Bookout; 4. 28-Tommy Bryant; 5. 1J-Danny Jennings; 6. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 7. 99-Skylar Gee; 8. (DNF) 84-Brandon Hanks
Heat 6 (8 Laps): 1. 1S-Sean McClelland; 2. 44-Chris Martin; 3. 02-Brandon Long; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 5. 93-Dustin Morgan; 6. (DNF) 55-Brad Queen; 7. (DNF) 3-Sammy Swindell; 8. (DNF) 6-Dustin Gates
Hoosier Tire Qualifiers: (Top 16 in Combined Passing Points advance to the A-Feature)
Qualifier 1 (8 Laps): 1. 1-Justin Henderson; 2. 23-Seth Bergman; 3. 17G-Chad Wilson; 4. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 5. 11X-John Carney II; 6. 02-Brandon Long; 7. 03-Joe Wood Jr; 8. 17W-Harli White; 9. 13M-Chance McCrary; 10. 12W-Dale Wester
Qualifier 2 (8 Laps): 1. 52-Blake Hahn; 2. 18-Ryan Roberts; 3. 95-Matt Covington; 4. 2X-Tucker Doughty; 5. 1S-Sean McClelland; 6. 44-Chris Martin; 7. 57-Jacob Lucas; 8. 29-Travis Rilat; 9. 99X-Dalton Stevens; 10. 07-Michael Bookout
Qualifier 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 3. 7-Kaley Gharst; 4. 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 5. 17-Josh Baughman; 6. 93-Dustin Morgan; 7. 28-Tommy Bryant; 8. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 9. 2-Logan Payne; 10. 8M-Kade Morton
BMRS B-Feature: (Top 3 advance to the tail of the A-Feature)
B Feature 1 (12 Laps): 1. 93-Dustin Morgan; 2. 03-Joe Wood Jr; 3. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 4. 99X-Dalton Stevens; 5. 84B-Scott Bogucki; 6. 57-Jacob Lucas; 7. 2-Logan Payne; 8. 99-Skylar Gee; 9. 4-Austin Mundie; 10. M1-Mark Smith; 11. 3C-Raven Culp; 12. 20G-Jake Greider; 13. (DNF) 87-Aaron Reutzel; (DNS) 1J-Danny Jennings; (DNS) 84-Brandon Hanks; (DNS) 12W-Dale Wester
B Feature 2 (12 Laps): 1. 29-Travis Rilat; 2. 28-Tommy Bryant; 3. 17W-Harli White; 4. 44-Chris Martin; 5. 88-Scottie McDonald; 6. 8M-Kade Morton; 7. 51-Caleb Martin; 8. 45-Martin Edwards; 9. (DNF) 07-Michael Bookout; 10. (DNF) 6-Dustin Gates; 11. (DNF) 12-Scott Smith; 12. (DNF) 13M-Chance McCrary; 13. (DNF) 77X-Alex Hill; 14. (DNF) 76-Zane Lawrence; 15. (DNF) 55-Brad Queen; (DNS) 3-Sammy Swindell
Protect the Harvest A-Feature:
A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 2. 1-Justin Henderson; 3. 45X-Johnny Herrera; 4. 11X-John Carney II; 5. 23-Seth Bergman; 6. 95-Matt Covington; 7. 52-Blake Hahn; 8. 17-Josh Baughman; 9. 29-Travis Rilat; 10. 02-Brandon Long; 11. 03-Joe Wood Jr; 12. 14K-Kyle Bellm; 13. 7-Kaley Gharst; 14. 93-Dustin Morgan; 15. 17W-Harli White; 16. (DNF) 18-Ryan Roberts; 17. (DNF) 2X-Tucker Doughty; 18. (DNF) 17G-Chad Wilson; 19. (DNF) 21T-Ray Allen Kulhanek; 20. (DNF) 28-Tommy Bryant; 21. (DNF) 2C-Wayne Johnson; 22. (DNF) 1S-Sean McClelland
Lap Leader(s): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. 1-25
CP-Carrillo Hard Charger: Travis Rilat +9
FSR High Point Driver: Ryan Roberts
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David Gravel gets by Shane Stewart late to claim first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of season Friday in Tulare
by Gary Thomas
TULARE, CA - March 17, 2017 - After scoring his first Thunderbowl Raceway World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win last season Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel returned on Friday night and made it back-to-back, earning his first series victory of 2017.
Gravel stalked race-long leader Shane Stewart as the laps wound down and made a beautiful power move to the outside with just a few circuits remaining to claim the victory aboard his CJB Motorsports/ Big Game Tree Stands No. 5 machine.
“I’ve watched Rico Abreu and Kyle Larson a lot here at the Trophy Cup so have definitely learned a thing or two about this place,” said Gravel on the front stretch. “Ever since the first time I came to Tulare it’s been an awesome place for me, and it feels great to win back-to-back here. I had nothing to lose there at the end so I just gave it a shot up top and luckily it worked out for us. My team gave me a great car so I can’t thank them enough. It’s been a crazy road these last few years, and I’m really happy with where I am right now. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and do it again.”
The 35-lap feature started out with pole sitter Stewart getting the jump over outside front row Donny Schatz, who had won five of six races contested thus far going into Friday. Grass Valley, CA’s Brad Sweet quickly moved into second and tried to track down Stewart, prior to the caution waving for Willie Croft on lap nine. On the restart Carson Macedo then got upside down to bring out the red flag. On the next attempt Sweet challenged Stewart for the lead, but the Bixby, Oklahoma pilot was able to fend him off and motor away out front.
Things began to heat up at this point as the surface began to come in and allowed drivers the chance to dice it up for position on the one-third mile clay oval. Gravel and Sweet proceeded to fight hard for the second position going back and forth during one five-lap stretch. After exchanging the runner spot multiple times Sweet assumed the position and began to close in on Stewart with just 10-laps to go.
Things then came to a halt on lap 27 when Rutherford, CA’s Rico Abreu got upside down in the first and second corners while battling around the top-five.
On the restart Gravel was able to get around Sweet to grab second, before the final caution of the night flew for Terry McCarl on lap 30. After that Gravel stepped up his challenges on the leader when going back green and closed in on Stewart. With just a couple laps left he made the move of the race to go around Stewart and drive off to claim his second career Thunderbowl Raceway triumph by 0.977 seconds.
Stewart crossed the stripe in second to earn his fourth straight runner up finish in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car competition at Thunderbowl Raceway.
“We had a good car tonight, but the driver just didn’t make the right moves late in the race,” said the pilot of the Larson Marks Racing/ Eneos No. 2 mount. “Sometimes the yellows work for you and sometimes they work against you. Tonight they didn’t quite work in our favor, but that’s how racing goes. Hats off to David Gravel, he drove a great race there at the end and found the faster line. I also have to give a big thanks to Kyle Larson, Justin Marks and all my guys. We have 90 races a year, so you just have to come back and concentrate on the next one. Big thanks to all the fans for coming out to Thunderbowl Raceway tonight.”
After racing near the front of the field for the entire feature Sweet brought home a third place finish at the checkered aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb/ Napa Auto Parts No. 49 Sprinter. “Running third definitely isn’t the goal, but anytime you can finish on the podium with the World of Outlaws is something to be proud of,” Sweet commented.
“We had a good car tonight and I feel like we’re starting to gel. It’s basically a whole new team this year with Kale working on the 49 car and we are making gains. We’ll come back tomorrow and hopefully improve two more positions. This is one of my home tracks so I’d really like to get a win here.”
Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild put on an entertaining charge in the feature to come from 19th to fourth and claim the KSE Hard Charger Award. The Rookie of the Year contender was very impressive on the tricky Thunderbowl clay and was reminiscent of his father Jac during the night. Australian James McFadden rounded out the top-five in the main event after putting together a solid night. Completing the top-10 were Hanover, Pennsylvania’s Logan Schuchart, Schatz, Paradise, CA’s Kyle Hirst, Nashville, Tennessee’s Paul McMahan and San Jose, CA’s Tim Kaeding.
The night’s 12-lap Last Chance Showdown was captured by Mount Vernon, Washington’s Jason Solwold, with the Craftsman Club Dash going to Shane Stewart. The four 10-lap heat races were picked off by Owasso, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart and Donny Schatz. Rico Abreu started out the night by setting the fastest lap in the 36-car field with a blistering 12.630.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow night at Thunderbowl Raceway to finish off the Tulare weekend.
Thunderbowl Raceway Notebook
RACE NOTES: David Gravel chased Shane Stewart to the checkers, taking the lead with only two laps to go. Brad Sweet came in third with Sheldon Haudenschild just missing the podium after starting 19th. A total of 36 cars made the field.
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10); Jason Johnson – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); David Gravel – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway in March 17)
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report, Thunderbowl Raceway, CA, March 17, 2017
Feature - (35 Laps) - 1. 5-David Gravel  [$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart  [$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet  [$3,000]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  [$2,700]; 5. 51-James McFadden  [$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$2,200]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz  [$2,000]; 8. 83-Kyle Hirst  [$1,800]; 9. 4-Paul McMahan  [$1,600]; 10. 83JR-Tim Kaeding  [$1,450]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$1,300]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi  [$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen  [$1,100]; 14. 19-Brent Marks  [$1,000]; 15. 37-Mitchell Faccinto  [$950]; 16. 68-Chase Johnson  [$900]; 17. 88-Terry McCarl  [$850]; 18. 41-Jason Johnson  [$50]; 19. 17-Joey Saldana  [$25]; 20. 3C-DJ Netto  [$700]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu  [$700]; 22. O-Bud Kaeding  [$700]; 23. 29-Willie Croft  [$700]; 24. 21-Brian Brown  [$700]; 25. 21X-Carson Macedo  [$700]; 26. 18S-Jason Solwold  [$700]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-32, David Gravel 33-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [+15]
Qualifying - 1. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.630; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.663; 3. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.704; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.741; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.800; 6. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 12.806; 7. 51-James McFadden, 12.871; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.879; 9. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.883; 10. 5-David Gravel, 12.889; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 12.899; 12. 29-Willie Croft, 12.900; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.902; 14. 83-Kyle Hirst, 12.921; 15. 68-Chase Johnson, 12.929; 16. 21X-Carson Macedo, 12.951; 17. 18S-Jason Solwold, 12.963; 18. 88-Terry McCarl, 12.979; 19. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.981; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.996; 21. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 13.027; 22. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.030; 23. 20-Cory Eliason, 13.036; 24. 19-Brent Marks, 13.050; 25. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.073; 26. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.086; 27. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.115; 28. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.129; 29. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.154; 30. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr, 13.158; 31. 3C-DJ Netto, 13.182; 32. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.232; 33. 98-Sean Watts, 13.362; 34. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.419; 35. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.539; 36. 22-Cori Andrews, 13.725
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 2. 24-Rico Abreu ; 3. 18-Ian Madsen ; 4. 4-Paul McMahan ; 5. 37-Mitchell Faccinto ; 6. 18S-Jason Solwold ; 7. 7S-Jason Sides ; 8. 17-Joey Saldana ; 9. 98-Sean Watts 
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet ; 2. 5-David Gravel ; 3. 83JR-Tim Kaeding ; 4. 83-Kyle Hirst ; 5. 88-Terry McCarl ; 6. 41-Jason Johnson ; 7. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr ; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller ; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp 
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart ; 2. 51-James McFadden ; 3. 21-Brian Brown ; 4. 68-Chase Johnson ; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 6. O-Bud Kaeding ; 7. 3C-DJ Netto ; 8. 20-Cory Eliason ; 9. W20-Greg Wilson 
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz ; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 3. 21X-Carson Macedo ; 4. 29-Willie Croft ; 5. 19-Brent Marks ; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi ; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 8. 22-Cori Andrews ; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser 
Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of Feature) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet ; 4. 5-David Gravel ; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 6. 51-James McFadden ; 7. 24-Rico Abreu ; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart 
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the Feature) - 1. 18S-Jason Solwold  [-]; 2. 41S-Dominic Scelzi  [-]; 3. 3C-DJ Netto  [-]; 4. O-Bud Kaeding  [-]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides  [$300]; 6. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr  [$250]; 7. 20-Cory Eliason  [$225]; 8. 17-Joey Saldana  [$200]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson  [$200]; 10. 41-Jason Johnson  [$200]; 11. 98-Sean Watts  [$200]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$200]; 13. 13-Clyde Knipp  [$200]; 14. 22-Cori Andrews  [$200]; 15. 2X-Parker Price-Miller  [$200]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$200]