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Friesen edges McCreadie by a Nose at Hall of Fame 100

Stewart Friesen picks up second Super DIRTcar Series win of the season at Weedsport Speedway

WEEDSPORT, NY - July 11, 2017 - On a night that honored Northeast Dirt Modifieds new hall of famers, it was potentially two-future Hall of Famers that battled it out for 100-laps in the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway. Tim McCreadie and Stewart Friesen were the class of the field but in the end, it was Friesen who edged out McCreadie for his second Super DIRTcar Series win by a half-car length at the line and to come home $10,000-dollars richer.

On Monday evening, the Northeast Dirt Modified Hall of Fame inducted it's 2017 class which included active drivers, Alan Johnson and Steve Paine along with pioneer Freddy Adam's.

Fittingly on the night after being inducted into the Hall of Fame, Alan Johnson and Steve Paine would roll off for the 100-lap Feature event side-by-side in the 10th-row. Johnson would bring home his No. 14J with a 14th-place finish while Paine, who was in the Matt Sheppard No. 7x came home with a 12th-place finish.

When the night kicked off, it was second-place in points, Billy Decker showing the way early by wrapping up the Pole Position Raceway Fast Qualifier award with a lap of 15.348-seconds. Decker would also go on to win his heat race. In the other three heat races, it was Brett Hearn, Eric Rudolph, Larry Wight making them eligible for the 811 Dig Safely redraw. Both Rich Scagliotta and Max McLaughlin drew the number 8 and 11 starting position, giving them the opportunity to take home a little extra cash with a win. The 811 Dig Safely award would not be awarded out as both drivers finished outside of the top-10.

Andrew Ferguson qualified for the Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway by winning the Last Chance Qualifying race giving him the 21st-starting position in the 100-lap Feature event.

Up front for the Hall of Fame 100 it was Tim McCreadie and Peter Britten as the field took the green flag. McCreadie quickly rocketed out to the lead while Stewart Friesen jumped around Britten for the second spot.

On lap 15 the race saw its first yellow flag for the 98H of Jimmy Phelps who tagged the front stretch wall during a heated battle for fifth-place along with Britten, Decker, Wight. Phelps would head pit side only to return. Because of tonight's hardship and 19th-place finish, Phelps took home the Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award.

As the field got back under way, McCreadie once again jumped out to a lead showing the way over Friesen.

At the quarter-mark of the 100-lap Feature event, from the ninth-starting position, Lightning Larry Wight had worked his way all the way up into contention to fourth place and was quickly challenging for a spot on the podium.

"We were pretty good on the bottom in the beginning," said Larry Wight who finished third in the Hall of Fame 100. "When the [bottom] went away we were just too tight but we were also too tight on the top. I kind of had to toss the car in but we were losing too much time getting into the corner. It kind of sheered my right-rear tire up and after that we were just kind of riding."

While McCreadie was out front of the 31-car field, the leaders had to pick their way through lap traffic. With three distinct grooves to do so, it appeared as the top on the cushion was the place to be. McCreadie seemed to have the better car going through Turns 1 and 2, but Friesen would pull away around Turns 3 and 4.

"We were pretty even, [Friesen] would get away, I would run him down, it was kind of like a rubber band," added McCreadie.

Just before the halfway mark of the 100-lap race, another yellow flag was displayed for a slowed No. 22 of Brandon Walters in Turn 2.

Choosing the inside lane on the lap 51 restart, Friesen got a run going down the back stretch and threw a perfectly executed slide job on McCreadie to get by the No. 39 for the lead.

"I just made a mistake on that restart," said Tim McCreadie. "I should have taken the top but I went in there and slide for life and that was it, I saw the 44 the rest of the race. We were just cruising along pretty good. I was running along as hard as I could. I don't know if Stewart was laying back but I only have one gear and that's go as hard as I can. Hats off to those guys."

Friesen wouldn't be able to get too far out front as McCreadie and Wight were challenging for the top spot.

"We were just waiting for those guys to make a mistake and hope that we could get by [Friesen, McCreadie] but it's not something you're going to see those two do very often, said Larry Wight. "[Friesen and McCreadie] have been running up front for so many years."

For the remaining laps of the Hall of Fame 100 the top-three ran within tenths of each other until a late-race yellow flag came out for the No. 109 of Billy Whittaker who was unable to make it off the track.

Setting up a green-white-checker finish, Friesen got another stellar restart on McCreadie. Both the No. 44 of Friesen would run the top-side and the No. 39 of McCreadie was running down low. The two came off Turn 4 for the final time side-by-side dragging racing to the checkers, it was Friesen who would just barely edge out McCreadie for his second win of the Super DIRTcar Series season. Larry Wight who won at Airborne Park Speedway came home with a podium finish in third.

"I honestly didn't know the race way over with 'cause I was trying to do the best I could and I thought we just got him but then I heard the race director came on the radio and I said, damn it," said McCreadie.

"What a race, Timmy [McCreadie] got 10-grand from me a couple races ago, we got 10 from him tonight," said Stewart Friesen. "What a great race team, pretty top-notice. We got a racing coming up. I've been wanting to win one at [Weedsport Speedway] since Al [Heinke] took over and they redid this place. What a great facility."

The KSE Hard Charger in the Hall of Fame 100 was Gary Tompkins in the No. 84 who started in the 14th position and charged his way up to 7th-place finish.

The Super DIRTcar Series returns to action on Tuesday, July 18 and Wednesday, July 19 at Eldora Speedway for the Tuesday Night Tailgate and all-star race at the Eldora Dirt Derby alongside the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. For additional event information and to purchase advanced reserved seating, please visit www.EldoraSpeedway.com.

Super DIRTcar Series Statistical Report – Hall of Fame 100 at Weedsport Speedway – Weedsport, NY – July 11, 2017

Feature (100 Laps) – 1. 44 – Stewart Friesen [3] 2. 39 – Tim McCreadie [1] 3. 99L – Larry Wight [9] 4. 25 – Erick Rudolph [4] 5. 21a – Peter Britten [2] 6. 19 – Tim Fuller [5] 7. 84 – Gary Tompkins [14] 8. 91 – Billy Decker [7] 9. 3H – Justin Haers [10] 10. 42P – Pat Ward [16] 11. 11R – Rob Bellinger [15] 12. 7x – Steve Paine [19] 13. 6H – Max McLaughlin [11] 14. 14J – Alan Johnson [20] 15. 20 – Brett Hearn [12] 16. 8 – Rich Scagliotta [8] 17. 43 – Keith Flach [13] 18. X – Chad Phelps [23] 19. 98H – Jimmy Phelps [6] 20. 33 – Mike Mahaney [26] 21. 7M – Mike Maresca [24] 22. 23 – Kyle Coffey [27] 23. 34 – Andrew Ferguson [21] 24. 109 – Billy Whittaker [22] 25. 19W – Justin Wright [17] 26. 22 – Brandon Walters [25] 27. 5H – Chris Hile [18] 28. 21G – Kody Graham [31] 29. 14 – C.G. Morey [29] 30. 93 – Ryan Barlett [28] 31. 16 – Mike Bowman [30]

Qualifying Group 1 - 1. 20 – Brett Hearn, 15.662; 2. 8 – Rich Scagliotta, 15.723, 3. W19 – Justin Wright, 15.744, 4. 39 – Tim McCreadie, 15.930, 5. 34 Andrew Ferguson, 15.930, 6. 43 – Keith Flach, 15.978, 7. 21g – Kody Graham, 16.337, 8. 33 – Mike Mahaney, 16.363, 9. Y21 – Yan Bussiere.

Qualifying Group 2 – 1. 99L – Larry Wight, 15.657, 2. 44 – Stewart Friesen, 15.835, 3. 6H – Max McLaughlin, 15.864, 4. 84 – Gary Tomkins, 15.907, 5. 5H – Chris Hile, 16.031, 6. 14 - C.G. Morey, 16.112, 7. X – Chad Phelps, 16.252, 8. 23 – Kyle Coffey, 16.252, 9. 48T – Dave Rauscher, NT.

Qualifying Group 3 - 1. 25r – Erick Rudolph, 15.669, 2. 3H – Justin Haers, 15.676, 3. 21a – Peter Britten, 15.927, 4. 11r – Rob Bellinger, 16.002, 5. 7x – Steve Paine, 16.040, 6. 7m – Mike Maresca, 16.099. 7. 22 – Brandon Walters, 16.246, 8. 4 – Tim Murphy, NT

Qualifying Group 4 - 1. 91 – Billy Decker, 15.348, 2. 19 – Tim Fuller, 15.919, 3. 98H – Jimmy Phelps, 15.926, 4. 109 – Billy Whittaker, 16.006, 5. 42P – Pat Ward, 16.010, 6. 14J – Alan Johnson, 16.176, 7. 16 - Mike Bowman, 16.176, 8. 93 – Ryan Barlett

Heat 1 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 20 – Brett Hearn, 2. 8 - Rich Scagliotta, 3. 39 – Tim McCreadie, 4. 43 – Keith Flach, 5. 19W – Justin Wright, 6. 34 – Andrew Ferguson, 7. 33 – Mike Mahaney, 8. 21g – Kody Graham, 9. Y21 – Yan Bussiere.

Heat 2 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 99L – Larry Wight, 2. 44 – Stewart Friesen, 3. 6H – Max McLaughlin, 4. 84 – Gary Tompkins, 5. 5H – Chris Hile, 6. X – Chad Phelps, 7. 23 – Kyle Coffey, 8. 14 – C.G. Morey.

Heat 3 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 25 – Erick Rudolph, 2. 3 – Justin Haers, 3. 21a – Peter Britten, 4. 11r – Rob Bellinger, 5. 7x – Steve Paine, 6. 7m – Mike Maresca, 7. 22 – Brandon Walters, 8. 4 – Tim Murphy.

Heat 4 (8 Laps – Top-5 Qualify – Top-3 Redraw) - 1. 91 – Billy Decker, 2. 19 – Tim Fuller, 3. 98H – Jimmy Phelps, 4. 42p – Pat Ward, 5. 14J – Alan Johnson, 6. 109 – Billy Whittaker, 7. 93 – Ryan Bartlett, 8. 16 - Mike Bowman.

Last Chance Qualifier 1 (10 Laps – Six Transfer to Feature) – 1. 34 – Andrew Ferguson, 2. 109 – Billy Whittaker, 3. X – Chad Phelps, 4. 7m – Mike Maresca, 5. 22 – Brandon Walters, 6. 33 Mike Mahaney, 7. 23 – Kyle Coffey, 8. 93 – Bartlett, 9. 14 – C.G. Morey, 10. 16 – Mike Bowman, 11. 21g – Kody Graham, 12. 4 – Tim Murphy.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: VP Racing Fuels ($50 Cash): Billy Decker; Pole Position Raceway Fast Time ($100 Cash): Billy Decker ; Bicknell Racing Products ($100 Product Certificate): Stewart Friesen; Cometic Gasket ($50 Cash): Steve Paine; Comp Cams ($50 Cash): Pat Ward; Comp Cams ($50 Product Certificate): Stewart Friesen; Edelbrock ($50 Cash): Pat Ward; Fox Racing Shocks ($50 Cash): Erick Rudolph; JE Pistons ($50 Cash): Peter Britten; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Rich Scagloitta; JE Pistons (Product Certificate): Brandon Walters; KSE Racing Products Inc. ($50 Product Certificate): Gary Tompkins; MSD Ignition ($50 Cash): Stewart Friesen; MSD Ignition ($25 Cash): Justin Wright; SuperFlow Dynos & Flowbenches ($50 Cash): Rich Scagloitta; Wrisco Aluminum (Product Certificate): Stewart Friesen; JRI Shocks ($50 Cash): Max McLaughlin; Dig Safely 811 Redraw Bonus ($100 Cash): N/A; Speedy First Aid Hard Luck Award (Product Certificate): Jimmy Phelps; ASi Racewear ($50 Cash): Gary Tompkins.

SEASON WINNERS

Billy Decker - 2 (Fulton Speedway on April 29; Outlaw Speedway on June 20)
Ryan Watt – 1 (Bridgeport Speedway on May 16)
Matt Sheppard – 1 (Five Mile Point Speedway on June 11)
Tim McCreadie – 1 (Albany-Saratoga Speedway on June 27)
Stewart Friesen – 2 (Utica-Rome Speedway on July 2, Weedsport Speedway on July 11)
Larry Wight – 1 (Airborne Park Speedway on July 6)

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Redemption: Kraig Kinser Wins the Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway

By: Tony Veneziano

SPRING VALLEY, Minn. - July 6, 2017 - Kraig Kinser was five laps away from picking up his first win of the season last week with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at The Dirt Oval at Route 66 in Joliet, Ill., only to have the power steering go bad while leading, the third-generation driver made up for that near-miss on Thursday night, as he was victorious in the Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway in Minnesota.

For Kinser, it was his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the season and his first since 2014. The veteran driver now has 17 career World of Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature wins.

"You never want to have issues when you are running up front and tonight we didn't," said Kinser. "It was a struggle, because we were so good at the beginning. I knew we weren't going to be quite as good at the end. Seeing Donny (Schatz) the last five or 10 laps, you have to be at your best. I definitely wasn't leaving much on the table. There were a few spots I was getting really good bite, but other than that, I was sliding through the turns and just trying to keep momentum up."

The event, which began on Thursday, June 29 and was postponed by rain three laps into the feature, set up a unique race night, which consisted of hot laps and the remaining 37 laps of the 40-lapper. Kinser asserted himself early in the race as a contender, while David Gravel, the pole sitter paced the first one-third of the race.

"We were pretty good here the other day and had to wait a week, but were close to how good we were last week," Kinser noted. "This is a high-banked momentum track and if you can get the top working it's usually better than hitting the bottom. Early, it had some moisture and we could stop, get the car turned and get off the corner. At the end, it was kind of just a momentum deal."

Kinser lined up fifth when the race resumed on Thursday night and was up to third just a handful of laps into the 40-lap race. He moved into second when Brad Sweet had a flat tire on the 10th lap. Just prior to the halfway point of the race, Kinser used a strong run on the high side of the track to take the lead from David Gravel coming off turn four. Down the stretch, Kinser held off a furious charge by Donny Schatz to claim the win. Kinser endured a number of restarts while out front,

"The restarts were very important, though everything you do with the Outlaws is," said Kinser.
"To say you beat the 15 car and 2 car and all the guys, everything is important and has to go right."

Schatz, who re-started the race ninth on Thursday night, steadily worked his way forward. He tried both the high and low side of the track as he tracked down Kinser. Schatz nearly drew even with Kinser a handful of times, often diving under him turns three and four, but never was able to quite make a pass stick.

"Our job is to make something happen," said Schatz. "I tried to make something happen, but Kraig (Kinser) was pretty good. I knew I didn't want to get next to him unless I could get by him. He had a little bit left in there. Hats off to those guys. They have been knocking on the door for quite some time and got one done tonight. For us, we normally don't run that well here, so second is pretty respectable. We were wanting to win and were there fighting for it and that's all you can ask for."

Shane Stewart, who lined up eighth for the re-started main event, used a late-race charge to cross the line third to continue his recent hot streak. Stewart was engaged in a spirited battle with Ian Madsen and Sheldon Haudenschild for the third spot for several laps.

"That was a fun race," Stewart said. "My car seems to get better as the race goes on. On a 40-lap race, that's what you want. It would have been interesting if there would have been a late-race caution. I'm happy with third. I have to thank all the fans for coming back out and supporting this race. I am looking forward to the rest of the summer."

Sheldon Haudenschild, who ran as high as third, ended up fourth. The leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, put on a show, as he bounced the right rear off the wall several times, even passing cars in the process.

Brad Sweet recovered from an early race flat tire to round out the top-five, after having to re-start at the tail of the field.

Paul McMahan was sixth, with Greg Wilson seventh, early leader David Gravel was eighth, with Jason Johnson recovering from a trip to the work area to finish ninth. Jacob Allen rounded out the top-10.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action this weekend with the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisc., on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8.

DEER CREEK RESULTS:

FEATURE (40 Laps): 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$5,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [9][$3,200]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$2,500]; 6. 4-Paul McMahan [7][$2,300]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [14][$2,200]; 8. 5-David Gravel [1][$2,100]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [19][$1,500]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$1,200]; 13. 55-Brooke Tatnell [11][$1,100]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [23][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$1,000]; 16. 84-Scott Bogucki [15][$900]; 17. 9-Daryn Pittman [25][$800]; 18. 24-Terry McCarl [16][$800]; 19. 1M-Danny Lasoski [13][$800]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [12][$800]; 21. 17B-Bill Balog [17][$800]; 22. 19P-Paige Polyak [18][$800]; 23. 7W-Tasker Phillips [24][$800]; 24. 3-Tim Kaeding [22][$800]; 25. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$800]; Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-3, 5-14; Brad Sweet 4; Kraig Kinser 15-40;KSE Hard Charger Award: 1A-Jacob Allen[+10]

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.161; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.163; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.297; 4. 5-David Gravel, 12.323; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.347; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.362; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.372; 8. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.386; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.421; 10. 21-Brian Brown, 12.434; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.436; 12. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.47; 13. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.476; 14. 1M-Danny Lasoski, 12.49; 15. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.498; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.519; 17. 84-Scott Bogucki, 12.543; 18. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 12.563; 19. 64-Scott Thiel, 12.575; 20. 19-Brent Marks, 12.59; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.62; 22. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.626; 23. 3-Tim Kaeding, 12.68; 24. 56N-David Heskin, 12.695; 25. 7W-Tasker Phillips, 12.702; 26. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.728; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.8; 28. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.809; 29. 85-Jason Tostenson, 13.037; 30. 23-Russel Borland, 13.521

Heat #1 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 5-David Gravel [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [8]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [10]; 8. 64-Scott Thiel [7]; 9. 7W-Tasker Phillips [9]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]

Heat #2 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 1M-Danny Lasoski [5]; 6. 84-Scott Bogucki [6]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9]; 8. 3-Tim Kaeding [8]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [7]; 10. 85-Jason Tostenson [10]

Heat #3 (10 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 55-Brooke Tatnell [6]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog [5]; 7. 19P-Paige Polyak [4]; 8. 56N-David Heskin [8]; 9. 23-Russel Borland [10]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [9]

Craftsman Club Dash (8 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [6]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 19P-Paige Polyak [1][-]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [4][-]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][-]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [10][-]; 5. 3-Tim Kaeding [5][-]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8][-]; 7. 7W-Tasker Phillips [7][]; 8. 64-Scott Thiel [3][$300]; 9. 56N-David Heskin [6][$250]; 10. 23-Russel Borland [12][$225]; 11. 13-Clyde Knipp [9][$200]; 12. 85-Jason Tostenson [11][$200]

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Schatz Outlasts Kaeding and Stewart for Victory at Dakota State Fair

Schatz picks up 13th victory of the Outlaws season

HURON, S.D - July 1, 2017 - Starting from the front row, Shane Stewart grabbed the lead exiting Turn 2 on the opening lap and set sail setting a blistering pace. With the main event being cut short by one lap due to track conditions, Stewart had to withstand one final restart. On that restart with one lap to go, Stewart restarted directly in front of Schatz. The top two of Stewart and Schatz headed down the backstretch coming to the checkers. Schatz was able to get a run on the high side coming out of Turn 2 allowing him to drive by Stewart to pick up his 13th victory of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series season.

In a night that saw numerous flat tires throughout the 22-car field, the 30-lap race at Dakota State Fair Speedway was shortened to 29 laps due to track conditions.

Shane Stewart, the driver of the No. 2 Larson Marks Racing entry has been on a hot streak over the last couple of week. Having won two-in-a-row at West Liberty and Beaver Dam, just a week ago, Stewart was looking to pick up his fifth win of the season at Dakota State Fair Speedway on Saturday night.

After jumping out to an early lead on the start, Stewart set a blistering pace putting a gap between him and the No. 9 of Daryn Pittman who also started on the front row with Stewart. The first of six stoppages of the night was for the No. 93 who slowed at the top of Turn 1 with a flat tire. Sheldon Haudenschild would recover for a fifth-place finish.

Stewart would jump back out to a big lead on the restart. Schatz who was running third behind Pittman at the time was able to get by the No. 9 Great Clips machine on lap 22 for second. It was on lap 25 that Pittman sustained a flat tire, bringing out a yellow flag.

As the field was coming to get two laps to go at the stripe, Schatz dove aggressively under Stewart for the lead in Turn 3 and made it stick. However, the No. 5 of David Gravel went for a flip in Turn 1 at the same time, giving Stewart the lead back for the restart, Gravel was able to be pushed to the work area but could not return.

"We got by [Stewart] before the red came out," Said Donny Schatz. "I knew it got to be where [Stewart] was going to stay down on the bottom groove and we just had a little bit left to get around him on the outside coming out of Turn 2."

Due to track conditions, officials made the decision to the shorten the race by one lap. Stewart regained the lead after the previous lap was not scored complete. Stewart lead Schatz, Kaeding and the rest of the field to the restart where both the green and white flags were displayed.

"Man, that was tough," said Shane Stewart. "I actually thought my tire was going flat coming to the green [on the last restart]. When [track] takes rubber like this the restarts are so hard on your tires."

Stewart led into Turn 1 but Schatz used the top grove exiting Turn 2 to get by Stewart for the lead.

"You don't ever want to lead that many laps and finish third," said Shane Stewart. "It's a testament to how good my car is right now. My guys did a great job, just wasn't meant to be."

"I'm here to win races, that's what we're here to do," said Schatz regarding his winning pass. "When you're in second and got an opportunity to win a race, that's what you're going to do - you're going to go for it. You're not going to do anything silly and we didn't. We got the win and that's what matters," added Schatz.

Schatz would complete the rest of the 3/8th-mile en-route to his 13th victory of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car season.

"We definitely got our monies worth on the tires tonight," said Donny Schatz who's right-rear tire was bald.

"I didn't think it was going to get that abrasive and rubbered up that early," said Schatz. "Shane [Stewart] got out there and set a pretty good pace and I was trying to make the bottom work, it felt ok but those guys got away. I moved up and you could feel it - that's the point you have to decide how hard you want to go. I'm glad I did that because there was no way I was going to be around at the end to have an opportunity to win that race."

Stewart would eventually lose another position to Tim Kaeding in the No. 3 who took advantage of others misfortunes and drove up through the field from the 12th-starting spot.

"Man, this feels like a win for me," said Tim Kaeding. "We've struggled pretty much all year. To run second with these guys on a rubbered down track like that and not pop a tire, I'm definitely going to enjoy a beer tonight."

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action on Thursday, July 6 for a make-up Feature at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, MN before heading off to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, WI on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8. Tickets for these events can be purchased on WorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

DAKOTA STATE FAIR SPEEDWAY RESULTS:

Feature (29 Laps—shortened due to track conditions): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$10,000]; 2. 3-Tim Kaeding [12][$5,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$2,800]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [19][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,300]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [11][$2,200]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [10][$2,100]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [14][$2,000]; 11. 82-Thomas Kennedy [16][$1,500]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$1,200]; 13. 5-David Gravel [6][$1,100]; 14. 17B-Ryan Bickett [15][$1,050]; 15. 2K-Kevin Ingle [20][$1,000]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$900]; 17. 47-Brant O'Banion [21][$800]; 18. 4-Paul McMahan [4][$800]; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp [18][$800]; 20. 19P-Paige Polyak [9][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$800]; 22. 101-Chuck McGillivray [22][$800]; Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-28, Donny Schatz 29; KSE Hard Charger Award: 93-Sheldon Haudenschild[+14]

Qualifying: 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.785; 2. 5-David Gravel, 15.888; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.906; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.928; 5. 4-Paul McMahan, 16.026; 6. 19P-Paige Polyak, 16.026; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.096; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.114; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.118; 10. 41-Jason Johnson, 16.162; 11. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.24; 12. 3-Tim Kaeding, 16.274; 13. 82-Thomas Kennedy, 16.515; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 16.53; 15. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 16.595; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.639; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.792; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 16.967; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.658; 20. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 17.667; 21. 47-Brant O'Banion, 19.53; 22. 101-Chuck McGillivray, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [4]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 6. 82-Thomas Kennedy [5]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 8. 101-Chuck McGillivray [8]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 4-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 7. 2K-Kevin Ingle [7]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 3. 19P-Paige Polyak [2]; 4. 3-Tim Kaeding [4]; 5. 17B-Ryan Bickett [5]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [6]; 7. 47-Brant O'Banion [7]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [2]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 6. 5-David Gravel [5]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Chuck McGillivray; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; JE Pistons ($50 cash) Sheldon Haudenschild; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Super Flow ($50 cash): Ryan Bickett; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Daryn Pittman, Shane Stewart, Paul McMahan, Logan Schuchart, David Gravel, Craftsman/Sears: N/A; KSE Hard Charger: Sheldon Haudenschild; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jacob Allen.

SEASON WINNERS

Donny Schatz - 13 (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, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1)
David Gravel - 9 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16)
Brad Sweet - 4 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil’s Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9)
Shane Stewart – 4 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24)
Logan Schuchart - 3 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte on May 26)
Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil’s Bowl on April 14)
Brian Brown – 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7)
Rico Abreu – 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Parker Price-Miller – 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen – 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kerry Madsen – 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2)
Kyle Larson – 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)

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Gravel Wins Rain-Soaked River Cities Speedway
After three-hour delay, Gravel held off Madsen for ninth win of season

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - June 17, 2017 - It was Jacob Allen who jumped out to an early lead during the initial start of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour. As Allen was coming to complete lap five of the 40-lap race, Allen jumped the cushion in Turn 4 went for a wild flip, bringing out the red flag. During the red-flag stoppage, a passing rain storm hit the Grand Forks, N.D.-area forcing a nearly three-hour stoppage. When the show got back under way, it was Gravel that withstood a couple charges from the No. 2M of Kerry Madsen en route to his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the 2017 season.

"There's some crazy fans here," said David Gravel. "They were standing in the bleachers that had no roof over them in the down-pouring rain. Those guys are diehard; I give them props for sure."

With weather threatening the River Cities Speedway, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series was forced to go into hurry up mode in an effort to get night one of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour at River Cities Speedway in its entirety. After winning the Craftsman Club Dash, Jacob Allen secured the pole position for the Feature. Jumping out to an early lead over second-place David Gravel, Allen was quickly catching lap traffic early in the race.

"I tried to go to the top because I saw that I was coming up on some lap cars," said Jacob Allen. "I figured I needed to go up there and see how it was before I got up on [lap cars]. Unfortunately, it was slick up in Turn 4 and [the car] flew into the barrier. I probably should have stuck on the bottom; but I was able to lead my first Outlaws race."

After getting the track back in racing condition, the field was allotted a couple lap hot lap session. Drivers were turning laps in the nine-second bracket; close to a half-second quicker than lap times that were being turned earlier in the day. When it was time to go, David Gravel and Kerry Madsen led the field to the restart with four-laps complete.

"It's a bummer it rained," said David Gravel. "Typically the track is three-grooves top-to-bottom. It was pretty narrow, you just had to try not to make any mistakes."

David Gravel and Kerry Madsen led the field back to the green. As the field was getting up to speed exiting Turn 4, the No. 41 of Jason Johnson slapped the outside wall with his right-rear tire, sending the field scrambling. Multiple cars, including the No. 4 of Paul McMahan and the No. 3 of Tim Kaeding went for a flip. Both drivers were able to get out under their own power, however, their night was done early.

For the second attempt the field would line up single file. Gravel was able to get another solid jump on Kerry Madsen and put a five-car length gap between the two. That gap closed on lap nine when Madsen and Gravel banged wheels coming off Turn 2; both where able to keep going.

"I drifted up and let Kerry [Madsen] get by me, but we were lucky enough to get right back by him."

Madsen pounced on lap 19 to get by Gravel on the backstretch, however, Gravel was able to work his way back by the No. 2M.

"We had the car to beat," said Kerry Madsen. "We got the lead there once, just couldn't hang onto it good enough, it's a great result for the team."

With five laps to go, the field was slowed when Clyde Knipp in the No. 13 slowed on the backstretch.

Again with a single-file restart, Gravel was able to rocket out to a commanding lead and didn't look back en route to his ninth win of the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season.

The Series returns to action on Saturday, June 17 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Fans can purchase tickets by visit the ticket gate or by visiting slspromotions.ticketforce.com.
River Cities Speedway Results

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$2,800]; 5. 17-Joey Saldana [4][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [13][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [21][$2,100]; 9. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [10][$2,050]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [15][$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [18][$1,500]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$1,200]; 13. 9-Daryn Pittman [12][$1,100]; 14. 2A-Austin Pierce [16][$1,050]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$1,000]; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp [25][$100]; 17. 20A-Jordan Adams [20][$800]; 18. 82-Dusty Zomer [22][$800]; 19. 24-Terry McCarl [9][$800]; 20. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [11][$800]; 21. 4-Paul McMahan [14][$800]; 22. 3-Tim Kaeding [24][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$800]; 24. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [19][$800]; 25. 9N-Wade Nygaard [23][$800];

Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-4; David Gravel 5-19; 21-40; Kerry Madsen 20;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 9.963; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 9.997; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.038; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.109; 5. 24-Terry McCarl, 10.113; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.132; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.144; 8. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, 10.211; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 10.232; 10. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.241; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 10.247; 12. 82-Dusty Zomer, 10.286; 13. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 10.322; 14. 8-Casey Mack, 10.36; 15. 3-Tim Kaeding, 10.372; 16. 7T-Trent Stengl, 10.466; 17. 91M-Jackson Moffett, 10.6; 18. 92-Mitch Mack, 10.637; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 10.639

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 17-Joey Saldana, 10.08; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.088; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.137; 4. 5-David Gravel, 10.238; 5. 4-Paul McMahan, 10.24; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.246; 7. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 10.271; 8. 20A-Jordan Adams, 10.318; 9. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.362; 10. 2A-Austin Pierce, 10.376; 11. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 10.426; 12. 19P-Paige Polyak, 10.526; 13. 13T-Ty Hanten, 10.576; 14. 8H-Jade Hastings, 10.715; 15. O-Nick Omdahl, 10.96; 16. 31-Shane Roemeling, 11.133; 17. 14-Tom Egeland, 11.308; 18. 26-Blake Egeland, 11.441; 19. 8B-Jack Croaker, 11.815

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 3. 24-Terry McCarl [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 7. 3-Tim Kaeding [8]; 8. 9N-Wade Nygaard [7]; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp [10]; 10. 91M-Jackson Moffett [9]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 5. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [4]; 6. 82-Dusty Zomer [6]; 7. 8-Casey Mack [7]; 8. 7T-Trent Stengl [8]; 9. 92-Mitch Mack [9]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 17-Joey Saldana [1]; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [4]; 4. 4-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 6. O-Nick Omdahl [8]; 7. 13T-Ty Hanten [7]; 8. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [6]; 9. 14-Tom Egeland [9]; 10. 8B-Jack Croaker [10]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (10 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 2A-Austin Pierce [5]; 5. 20A-Jordan Adams [4]; 6. 26-Blake Egeland [9]; 7. 19P-Paige Polyak [6]; 8. 8H-Jade Hastings [7]; 9. 31-Shane Roemeling [8]

Craftsman Club Dash (8 Laps): 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 2. 5-David Gravel [1]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 4. 17-Joey Saldana [3]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [8]

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer: 1. 7T-Trent Stengl [1][-]; 2. 31-Shane Roemeling [2][-]; 3. 92-Mitch Mack [5][$150]; 4. 13-Clyde Knipp [7][$150]; 5. 26-Blake Egeland [6][$150]; 6. 91M-Jackson Moffett [3][$125]; 7. 8B-Jack Croaker [8][$125]; 8. 14-Tom Egeland [4][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 19-Brent Marks [1][-]; 2. 82-Dusty Zomer [3][-]; 3. 9N-Wade Nygaard [5][-]; 4. 3-Tim Kaeding [9][-]; 5. 19P-Paige Polyak [4][$300]; 6. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [2][$250]; 7. 8-Casey Mack [7][$225]; 8. O-Nick Omdahl [10][$200]; 9. 7T-Trent Stengl [11][$200]; 10. 13T-Ty Hanten [6][$200]; 11. 31-Shane Roemeling [12][$200]; 12. 8H-Jade Hastings [8][$200]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Paul McMahan; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Super Flow ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jacob Allen, David Gravel, Joey Saldana, Kraig Kinser, Brad Sweet; Craftsman/Sears: Kerry Madsen; KSE Hard Charger: Brent Marks; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Clyde Knipp; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Sheldon Haudenschild.

SEASON WINNERS

Donny Schatz - 10 (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, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10)
David Gravel - 9 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16)
Brad Sweet - 4 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil’s Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9)
Logan Schuchart - 3 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte on May 26)
Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil’s Bowl on April 14)
Brian Brown – 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7)
Rico Abreu – 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Shane Stewart – 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29)
Parker Price-Miller – 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen – 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kerry Madsen – 2 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2)
Kyle Larson – 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)

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Larson Parks It at Eagle Raceway

Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing picks up first Outlaws win

EAGLE, NE - June 14, 2017- After leading 29 of the 30-lap Feature, Daryn Pittman couldn't withstand the late-race charge from Kyle Larson and Shane Stewart. Larson whipped around the top-side of the high-banked third-mile track to go by Pittman en route to win the return of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at Eagle Raceway.

When Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series superstars Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. team up, you get one potent team. During an off day from NASCAR, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. co-owner of Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing decided to put Monster Energy Cup Series standout, Kyle Larson in a second entry for the Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway.

Good friends away from the track, Larson and Stenhouse Jr. also share a special bond, having been really close friends with the late-Bryan Clauson.

Stenhouse Jr. during the off season teamed up with Matt Wood to form Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing - the team that Clauson raced with before his tragic death in 2016.

When the 24-car field got the green flag, it was Daryn Pittman that got the jump and rocketed out to the lead - a lead that he had to relinquish because of a yellow flag for a spinning Paul McMahan and Jason Johnson. The field would have a complete restart with the yellow coming out before a lap could be completed.

Once the field got back going again, Pittman once again found himself out front, holding off eight-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz.

Having worked his way up from the sixth starting-spot to inside the top-five at the time of a red flag on Lap 12. It was the No. 2KS and No. 82 who got upside-down in Turn 3; both drivers were able to walk away unscathed.

Back under green, Larson Marks Racing's Shane Stewart and Kyle Larson put the pressure on second place Donny Schatz. With under 10-laps remaining, both Stewart and Larson were able to get by and set their sights on the leader, Pittman.

"I got racing Shane [Stewart] pretty hard - I have fun racing him," said Kyle Larson.

Navigating their way through lap traffic through Turns 3 and 4 with less than three laps to go, Stewart stuck to the bottom of the track while Larson went to the top. As the two entered Turn 1, they banged wheels; Larson was able to gain the second position.

With his sights clearly set on the leader, Larson kept his No. 17K wound up on the top-side of the Eagle Raceway to get by Pittman to lead the white flag lap. Larson would go on to win

"We are there [close to a win], unfortunately we just need to finish it out," said Daryn Pittman. "Second sucks. We haven't been in the position all year and here we were. [Kyle] ran a good race and we just got beat."

Clearly a special win for Larson and the Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing team as Larson paid homage to an old friend, Bryan Clauson in Victory Lane.

"I can't believe I parked it here, it's pretty cool. I think this is this team's first win, so happy to be a part of that."

Larson joked in Victory Lane that he had three crew chief's at Eagle, Ricky Stehouse Jr., Tyler Swank and David Fero, a crew member on his No. 42 NASCAR entry.

This win marks the first Outlaws win for the newly formed Stenhouse Jr. Wood Racing. This is Larson's firth overall World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win; first since 2013 and his first Outlaws win outside of his home state of California.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is back in action on Friday, June 16 when the Series visits River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. The Series will then continue onto Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, June 17. For tickets, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/tickets.

Eagle Raceway Results

Feature (30 Laps) : 1. 17K-Kyle Larson [6][$6,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$3,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$2,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$1,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$1,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$1,400]; 7. 5-David Gravel [12][$1,350]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$1,300]; 9. 17-Joey Saldana [10][$1,250]; 10. 24-Terry McCarl [22][$1,200]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$900]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$800]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$700]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [14][$650]; 15. 4-Paul McMahan [9][$600]; 16. 3-Tim Kaeding [16][$550]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$500]; 18. W20-Greg Wilson [24][$500]; 19. 82-Cap Henry [15][$500]; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [17][$500]; 21. 2KS-Austin McCarl [20][$500]; 22. 12-Daniel Harding [19][$500]; 23. 21-Brian Brown [23][$500]; 24. 1M-Danny Lasoski [18][$500];
Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-28, Kyle Larson 29-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 24-Terry McCarl[+12]

Qualifying: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.429; 2. 17K-Kyle Larson, 11.521; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.586; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.616; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.63; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.667; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.72; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.738; 9. 4-Paul McMahan, 11.749; 10. 17-Joey Saldana, 11.777; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.779; 12. 5-David Gravel, 11.78; 13. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.798; 14. 1M-Danny Lasoski, 11.816; 15. 26-Tayler Malsam, 11.849; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.853; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.925; 18. 19-Brent Marks, 11.926; 19. 82-Cap Henry, 11.965; 20. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 11.972; 21. 21-Brian Brown, 11.988; 22. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.004; 23. 12-Daniel Harding, 12.009; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.018; 25. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.023; 26. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.116; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.217; 28. 3-Tim Kaeding, 12.275; 29. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.319; 30. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 12.423; 31. 23S-Stuart Snyder, 12.747; 32. 96-Clint Benson, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 8. 19P-Paige Polyak [8]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 17K-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 17-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 5. 1M-Danny Lasoski [4]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 7. 17B-Ryan Bickett [8]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [6]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 82-Cap Henry [5]; 5. 12-Daniel Harding [6]; 6. 26-Tayler Malsam [4]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [7]; 8. 23S-Stuart Snyder [8]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [3]; 4. 3-Tim Kaeding [7]; 5. 2KS-Austin McCarl [5]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 8. 96-Clint Benson [8]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 6. 17K-Kyle Larson [7]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [8]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2][-]; 2. 24-Terry McCarl [5][-]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [4][-]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [3][-]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$300]; 6. 26-Tayler Malsam [1][$250]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$225]; 8. 19P-Paige Polyak [9][$200]; 9. 17B-Ryan Bickett [10][$200]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [8][$200]; 11. 23S-Stuart Snyder [11][$200]; 12. 96-Clint Benson [12][$200]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Daniel Harding; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Kyle Larson; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Terry McCarl; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Super Flow ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Daryn Pittman, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart, Jason Johnson, N/A; Craftsman/Sears: Ian Madsen; KSE Hard Charger: Terry McCarl; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Kyle Larson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Daniel Harding.

SEASON WINNERS

Donny Schatz - 10 (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, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10)
David Gravel - 8 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24)
Brad Sweet - 4 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil’s Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9)
Logan Schuchart - 3 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte on May 26)
Jason Johnson - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil’s Bowl on April 14)
Brian Brown – 1 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7)
Rico Abreu – 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Shane Stewart – 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29)
Parker Price-Miller – 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen – 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kerry Madsen – 2 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2)
Kyle Larson – 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)

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Second to None: Kerry Madsen Wins Night 2 of AGCO Jackson Nationals

By: Tony Veneziano

JACKSON, Minn. - June 2, 2017 - Kerry Madsen was part of a historic finish on the opening night of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series at Jackson Motorplex, finishing second to his brother Ian, which made them the first-ever Australian-born brothers to finish 1-2 in an Outlaws race. K. Madsen felt as if he didn't get the job done, though on Thursday night. He made up for the near-miss on Friday night, leading flag-to-flag in the 25-lap main event to earn his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the season and the 20th of his career.

Madsen withstood a trio of yellow flags and one red flag period en route to the win. For the native of St. Marys, NSW, Australia, who now calls Knoxville, Iowa home, it was his second win of the season at Jackson Motorplex, which is owned by his car owner, Tod Quiring.

"The car was working everywhere until we lost the front wing, then we lost our front downforce," said Madsen. "I had to run not as hard as I wanted to going into (turn) one and gave up a lot of speed there. I just kept watching the front wing and it was still on so, I kept trying harder. I saw Kraig and thought, 'Oh no,' but I saw the lapped traffic and knew if I could get to the outside of the lapped traffic it would block the lane and I would be okay. I was just hanging on at the end and it was a handful in (turn) one and two. It was great to get the job done tonight."

Madsen, who entered the night as the overall event point leader, put himself in a very solid position to go for a repeat in the AGCO Jackson Nationals, which he won for the first time last season.

"This track is all about being in the right place and being in the right line," explained Madsen. "You can't just stick to a line. You have to constantly search and keeping your eye out. It's going to take 30 good laps to be in contention again tomorrow."

Madsen started on the pole Friday night and jumped to an early lead, when the red flag flew for his brother, getting upside in turns three and four on the opening lap. On the complete restart, K. Madsen again jumped to a lead, with Jason Johnson in second. Johnson tried a huge slide job, going for the lead on the lap-5 and spun, which brought out the caution. Madsen chose the low side of the track each time on double file restarts, with Kraig Kinser lining on the outside and was able to open a quick gap each time.

Kinser was able to pull alongside Madsen coming off turn four with five laps to go, but the latter was able to pull away on the front straightaway to retain the lead. Kinser, who started sixth, earned his best World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series finish of the season in second.

"I was trying to follow him and stay as close as I could in (turns) one and two," said Kinser. "He was pretty good in one and two and always kept a little gap. The closer I got to him the worse the handling got, going through those bumps. I had a couple of chances at him, but he kept motoring around. The little bit I could gain in (turns) three and four he just motored down the straightaway and kept it nice and straight. It was tough and I was going to need some help. I saw traffic down low and knew I probably wasn't going to get him."

Brad Sweet finished third for the second straight night. After having trouble in the dash, he lined up eighth and found himself in third by the fifth lap of the race. He was able to gain some ground on Kinser in the middle stages of the race, but in the late going fell back a bit.

"We just have to keep working on it," said Sweet. "Kerry (Madsen) is fast. We had that problem in the dash and that set us back. It's nice to come from eighth to third. We got to third pretty quick and I thought we may have something for those guys. My car just didn't feel as good those last few laps. We'll take some good notes tonight and the big night is tomorrow night. I think we are in a good position and have had a solid two nights and should be in the top-four in points. We'll come back tomorrow night"

Donny Schatz finished fourth for the second consecutive night, with Jason Sides rounding out the top-five. Daryn Pittman crossed the line sixth, followed by Shane Stewart in seventh. Stewart, who started 20th picked up the KSE Hard Charger Award. David Gravel was eighth, with Joey Saldana ninth and Johnson rebounding from the early spin to charge back through the field to finish 10th.

The 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals wraps up on Saturday, June 3 with a $25,000-to-win main event for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Tickets for the remaining two nights of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, along with the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS), Midwest Sprint Touring Series (MSTS), Nebraska 360 Sprint Series and the RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Cars at the Jackson Motorplex can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com and at the track.

Jackson Motorplex Results

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1][$8,000]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][$4,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$2,200]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$2,100]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [9][$2,000]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [19][$1,800]; 8. 5-David Gravel [10][$1,600]; 9. 17-Joey Saldana [3][$1,500]; 10. 41-Jason Johnson [2][$1,300]; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$1,200]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$1,100]; 13. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [13][$1,000]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [24][$700]; 15. 82-Cap Henry [14][$600]; 16. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [22][$600]; 17. 17B-Bill Balog [15][$600]; 18. 55-Brooke Tatnell [18][$600];19. 17X-Josh Baughman [17][$600]; 20. 3-Tim Kaeding [20][$600]; 21. 33-Danny Lasoski [5][$600]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$600]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$600]; 24. O9-Matt Juhl [23][$600];Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-25;KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Shane Stewart[+12]

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Brotherly Battle: Ian Wins Battle of Madsen Brothers on opening night of 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals

By: Tony Veneziano

JACKSON, MN - June 1, 2017 - The Madsen brothers are nothing short of exciting every time they strap into a sprint car. The intensity level is often ratcheted up even more when they are racing each other for a win. They lived up to this moniker Thursday on the opening night of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. While younger brother Ian led all 25 laps of the main event, older brother Kerry gave him a run for his money, especially on a late-race double file restart.

Ian fended off Kerry on that restart, which saw the elder brother get a monster run on the high side of the track heading down the front straightaway. As the laps wound down, the leaders encountered lapped traffic, with Kerry closing back in on Ian, nearly stealing a win on the last lap. The finale margin of victory was a scant three-tenths-of-a-second.

"When you come to race with the World of Outlaws, the double-file restarts are always tough," said Ian Madsen. "It's pretty cutthroat and can go either way. You have to give it your all. I'm really thankful we could get the job done tonight. We've had an awesome car lately and have been strong with the World of Outlaws all years. It's great to finally get one."

The race started with I. Madsen on the pole, quickly jumping out to a lead before a caution with four laps in the books. On the ensuing double-file restart, I. Madsen chose the low side of the track. David Gravel actually took the lead in turns one and two on that restart, but a red flag, before that lap was completed, kept I. Madsen in the lead for the next restart, which was single-file.

The win was Madsen's second with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, with the first coming in 2013 at Deer Creek Speedway, also in Minnesota.

"Jackson is kind of like a home track for us," said Ian Madsen. "We gave a lot of friends, fans and supporters of the KPC team here tonight. I can't thank my team enough. This is awesome. Minnesota is kind of close to home and I really like the tracks. Thanks to Tod (Quiring) and everyone for putting this event on. Hopefully it gets bigger and bigger each year."

Kerry Madsen, the defending winner of the AGCO Jackson Nationals, started third and had a torrid battle in the early going with David Gravel, before moving into second behind his brother. Kerry had a strong car on the top side of the half-mile and used this to his advantage to keep pace with brother as the laps wound down.

"That last restart, I was thinking, 'You gave me the top' and I got a good run," said Kerry Madsen. "I thought I was going to get him, but just didn't quite have it. That last corner, the last lap, I thought I had position and kind of wished I had gone in there a little harder and maybe was a little forceful. I just didn't get it done, but the Go Muddy/AGCO car was great. This car is a rocket ship right now and it's fun to drive and I am enjoying every minute of it."

Brad Sweet finished third aboard his No. 49 NAPA machine for Kasey Kahne Racing. Sweet lined up sixth and worked his way into the top-five in the early going. He used a couple of strong restarts to gain spots on his way to a podium finish.

"It's fun watching the Madsen brothers up there," said Sweet. "Kerry definitely gave his brother a run for his money. I guess he had to make his little bro work for it. The key was to get through this first night. Our NAPA car has been fast, so we'll come the next two nights and hopefully can get a win."

Current series point leader Donny Schatz finished fourth in the Arctic Cat machine for Tony Stewart Racing, while Danny Lasoski rounded out the top-five. David Gravel, who ran among the lead pack in the early going, ended up sixth, after nearly getting into the wall coming off turn four, battling for the second spot. Jason Sides was seventh, with Tim Kaeding eighth, while Sheldon Haudenschild came from 16th to ninth. Shane Stewart rounded out the top-10.

The 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals continues on Friday, June 2, with another complete race program for all three sprint car classes.

Tickets for the remaining two nights of the 39th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, along with the Upper Midwest Sprint Car Series (UMSS), Midwest Sprint Touring Series (MSTS), Nebraska 360 Sprint Series and the RaceSaver IMCA Sprint Cars at the Jackson Motorplex can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or at the track.
Jackson Motorplex Results

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$8,000]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][$4,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 5. 33-Danny Lasoski [9][$2,100]; 6. 5-David Gravel [2][$2,000]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [4][$1,800]; 8. 3-Tim Kaeding [14][$1,600]; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [16][$1,500]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [12][$1,300]; 11. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [8][$1,200]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [24][$1,100]; 13. 41-Jason Johnson [13][$1,000]; 14. 17-Joey Saldana [10][$700]; 15. 19-Brent Marks [25][$]; 16. 82-Cap Henry [11][$600]; 17. 4-Paul McMahan [17][$600]; 18. O9-Matt Juhl [18][$600]; 19. 21-Brian Brown [22][$600]; 20. 17B-Bill Balog [20][$600]; 21. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [15][$600]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [23][$600]; 23. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7][$600]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$600]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$600]; Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-Daryn Pittman[+12]

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