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Winner Brad Sweet (Michael Fry Photo)



KING IN THE QUEEN CITY: Brad Sweet wins first World of Outlaws championship

Sweet beats Schatz by 4 points in closest points battle in Series history; Gravel sweeps Can-Am World Finals

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 9, 2019 – The air chilled your bones and frozen your breath. The crowd of people multiplied every second, fighting over inches of space to snap the best picture. Sandwiched in the middle of it was Brad Sweet, who at that moment said he felt like he could finally relax.

Awaiting him on the front stretch of The Dirt Track at Charlotte Saturday night after his runner-up finish in the Can-Am World Finals was a stage and a bronze trophy to officially announce the Grass Valley, Calif. driver as the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion.

He beat 10-time and reigning Series champion Donny Schatz by four-points — the closest championship finish in the history of the World of Outlaws.

“I feel really relieved,” Sweet said after securing his first World of Outlaws title. “It’s just different than winning big races. A championship is just a different level. You try to act like it won’t affect you if you lose, but it’s been the most stressful couple days of my life to be honest. I tried to act like it wasn’t.”

Coming into the season finale race at the Can-Am World Finals Sweet had a mere two-point lead over Schatz — after losing six points to the Fargo, N.D. driver Friday night at the Charlotte dirt track. Sweet joked Saturday night that he kept asking, “Are you sure it’s two points? Are you sure?”

The last thing he wanted to see in Saturday night’s 30-lap Feature was Schatz’s Toco Warranty No. 15 car in front of him. It only took five laps for his fear to become a reality.

Sweet started third with Schatz behind him in eighth. Once the race went green for multiple laps, after being hindered by a caution and two red flags at the start, Sweet was stationary in third, while Schatz wasted no time charging his way forward.

After two laps Schatz had already rocketed his way to fourth, running the high side of the track. Sweet ran low, not making ground on the leaders and losing time to Schatz. On Lap five, Schatz powered to the outside of Sweet down the backstretch and cleared him for third going into turn three. Schatz needed to either win or finish two positions ahead of Sweet to secure what would have been his 11th championship.

A fire was lit inside the cockpit of the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car. “The Big Cat” was ready to fight back. Schatz slipped off turn four, allowing Sweet to pull even with him down the front stretch. Sweet then pulled the slide job of his life into turn one, darting ahead of Schatz, leaving inches between their bumpers as he slid in front of him. Sweet was then able to get the better run off turn two and drove away from his championship competitor.

“I never wanted to see the 15 pass me,” Sweet said. “I wanted to control our own destiny. I knew if I was ahead of him, you know, he couldn’t beat me. When he passed me, luckily, he slipped off four and I was able to pass him back. And I told myself right then and there you better run the best race of your life or you’re not going to win this thing.”

His self-pep talk worked. He continued to pull away from Schatz and caught Jacob Allen for second five laps after getting back by Schatz. However, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver wasn’t willing to let Sweet run away with the championship either. He passed Allen for third shortly after Sweet went by and then kept his the blue No. 49 car in sight.

With 10 laps to go Schatz almost had the championship handed to him. The lapped car of Danny Dietrich spun directly in front of Sweet, forcing him to make a split-second evasive maneuver. The caution also put Schatz within reaching distance of Sweet.

However, on the restart Sweet didn’t give Schatz a chance to attack. He gapped the No. 15 car by three car lengths when the green flag flew and continued to drive away. He finished the night second behind race winner David Gravel with Schatz settling for third. It was a good enough run to earn Sweet the championship.

“I’ve never been more happy to run second in my life,” Sweet said.

While Sweet enjoyed the spoils of his first championship with his Kasey Kahne Racing team, Schatz was left to swallow a rare defeat — the first time he’s lost a championship since 2013 when Daryn Pittman, who drove for Kasey Kahne Racing, beat him by 14 points.

“We dug everything we could. I drove it as hard as I could,” Schatz said. “Andy Durham, who built this engine did a great job. He told me earlier tonight, ‘Just run it. Pretend that there’s a fan blade there and you’re trying to trim your toenails.’ I did that. It just wasn’t good enough.”

After losing the championship to Pittman in 2013, Schatz went on a five-year streak of winning at least 20 races in a year and having the championship locked up long before the season’s end. This year he won 11 races — the third most wins this year — and trailed Sweet in points for the past two months.

There were some changes made with his team this year, such as getting a new crew chief and crew members, however he lauded their work each week. He did admit there were some personal matters that may have affected his performance, including finding out his father had cancer at the end of 2018.

“All that stuff is behind me,” Schatz said. “Is there times that it probably affected how this team was operated? Yeah. I did my best to not allow it, but we’re here today. We got ourselves in a position where we could still win a championship even with all of my problems, my issues. I did the best I could tonight. It wasn’t good enough. I would have liked to have figured out how to have a little bit luckier hands in the (Dash) draw but it is what it is. I’m not complaining about it. Yeah, it’s been a tough year but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. And cancer hasn’t taken my dad, so I’ll be stronger and so will he.”

Sweet cited Schatz as helping him win the championship, even going as far to call him a “teacher.” He finished second in points to Schatz the last two years — coming as close as 210 points to him. He learned how high of a bar Schatz sets and how consistent he needs to be each week to be in the championship hunt.

His studies paid off. He had the most consistent year of his career by finishing outside the top-10 only seven times in 72 races and collected 47 top-five finishes – the majority of them podiums. He also collected 16 wins – breaking his record for most wins in a season and ending the year as the winningest driver. He also won his second Kings Royal and earned his 50th career World of Outlaws win.

Sweet’s performance was a testament to his and KKR's dedication to win. The championship is team owner Kasey Kahne's second World of Outlaws title and the one he finds most impactful.

“I wasn’t as close to the teams back then (in 2013),” Kahne said. “That was my brother, Daryn and that team. They had an unreal season that year. I wasn’t as close to what they had going on. I was in Phoenix (for NASCAR) when they wrapped it (the championship) up back then. I was watching it on DIRTVision when I was supposed to be doing an appearance, things like that. It was exciting for me but far different this year being so much closer to it.”

The only trophy Kahne said he has in his home is the 2013 World of Outlaws championship trophy. Now he’ll have two.

Sweet got to hold his first championship trophy high above his head with fireworks and firebombs painting the background behind him. He was able to wear a smile many haven’t seen since his Knoxville Nationals victory last year. A smile of relief.

“Just so happy that we came out on top,” Sweet said. “You don’t know when the next opportunity to win a championship is going to be. You know, Donny is so good at running the points. We never really thought we’d have a chance to beat him. To come in here two points ahead, it’s kind of like winning the Knoxville Nationals on a green-white-checkered. Kind of the same feeling. You know he’s going to put pressure on you. Just so thankful we’re able to do it. We’re the best in the country now.”

GRAVEL GETS 12TH WIN

David Gravel swept the Can-Am World Finals weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, concluding a stellar season for he and Jason Johnson Racing in their first year together.

The Watertown, Conn. driver’s win Saturday night in Charlotte was his 12th win of the season – making him the second winningest driver this year, edging 10-time champion Donny Schatz for the spot by one win.

“Last night the car was OK, but tonight it was freaking bad ass,” Gravel said. “I had the best race car tonight, hands down. I could go top, bottom and it showed. I felt like I could get through lap traffic really really good and my job was easy.”

He started on the outside pole and passed leader Jacob Allen for the top spot on Lap six. Once he put his Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 car out front, no one could catch him. Even Brad Sweet said he was rooting for Gravel to pull away so Schatz couldn't potentially steal the win and the championship.

Along with Gravel's collection of wins — which include his first Knoxville Nationals victory — he earned 21 Quick Time awards and finished third in points for the fourth year in-a-row.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will begin its 2020 season Feb. 7-9 at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford. Get tickets and more information.

As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 11/9/19 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte World Finals Championship Night

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$12,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [8][$3,200]; 4. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,500]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [6][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$1,100]; 9. 5-Shane Stewart [24][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [13][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [12][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [26][$100]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog [15][$1,050]; 15. 19P-Paige Polyak [7][$1,000]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,000]; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri [18][$1,000]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$1,000]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee [23][$1,000]; 20. 48-Danny Dietrich [19][$1,000]; 21. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,000]; 22. 98H-Dave Blaney [20][$1,000]; 23. 7S-Tim Shaffer [27][$]; 24. 51-Freddie Rahmer [21][$1,000]; 25. 39-Spencer Bayston [9][$1,000]; 26. 11-Zeb Wise [11][$1,000]; 27. 13-Paul McMahan [16][$1,000];
Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-5, David Gravel 6-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+17]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.737; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.827; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.846; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.88; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.894; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.931; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.938; 8. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.957; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.975; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.975; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.983; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.985; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.014; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.028; 15. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.054; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.057; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.078; 18. 71M-Paul May, 13.106; 19. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.106; 20. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.177; 21. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.216; 22. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.246; 23. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.267; 24. 44-Trey Starks, 13.347; 25. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.4; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.401; 27. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.46

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.785; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.835; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.842; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.852; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 12.924; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.951; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.956; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.969; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.97; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.993; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.023; 12. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.033; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.057; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.141; 15. 7-Jason Sides, 13.154; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.211; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.225; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.234; 19. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.291; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.293; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.371; 22. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.388; 23. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.442; 24. 29-Steve Butler, 14.088; 25. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.367; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 19P-Paige Polyak [4]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5]; 7. 91-Tony Fiore [7]; 8. 44-Trey Starks [8]; 9. 91W-Davey Walsh [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [2]; 2. 11-Zeb Wise [1]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer [3]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 7. 4-Terry McCarl [7]; 8. 40-George Hobaugh [8]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 39-Spencer Bayston [2]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 6. 71M-Paul May [6]; 7. 3C-Cale Conley [7]; 8. J4-John Garvin [8]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 4. 98H-Dave Blaney [3]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 6. K4-Chad Kemenah [7]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee [6]; 8. 2S-Nathan Skaggs [8]; 9. 49H-Bradley Howard [9]

DRYDENE Heat #5 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [6]; 6. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [7]; 7. 11B-Carl Bowser [8]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson [5]

DRYDENE Heat #6 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [1]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 4. 7S-Tim Shaffer [4]; 5. 49D-Shawn Dancer [6]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 7. 27G-Jay Galloway [8]; 8. 7-Jason Sides [5]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 19P-Paige Polyak [3]; 5. 39-Spencer Bayston [6]; 6. 11-Zeb Wise [5]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [3]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [5]

C-Main (10 Laps) – 1. 71M-Paul May [1][]; 2. K4-Chad Kemenah [4][]; 3. 49D-Shawn Dancer [2][$150]; 4. 44-Trey Starks [9][$150]; 5. 91-Tony Fiore [3][$150]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [8][$125]; 7. 11B-Carl Bowser [12][$125]; 8. 40-George Hobaugh [11][$125]; 9. 2S-Nathan Skaggs [10][$125]; 10. 27G-Jay Galloway [14][$125]; 11. 91W-Davey Walsh [15][$125]; 12. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [6][$125]; 13. J4-John Garvin [13][$125]; 14. 49H-Bradley Howard [16][$125]; 15. 4-Terry McCarl [5][$125]; 16. 3C-Cale Conley [7][$125]; 17. 21X-Parker Price-Miller [17][$125]; 18. 5B-Justin Barger [18][$125]; 19. 29-Steve Butler [19][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1][]; 2. 98H-Dave Blaney [2][]; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer [3][]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [4][]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee [14][]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [5][]; 7. 7S-Tim Shaffer [6][$300]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9][$250]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [15][$225]; 10. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [13][$200]; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell [16][$200]; 12. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [11][$200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$200]; 14. K4-Chad Kemenah [18][$200]; 15. 71M-Paul May [17][$200]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [7][$200]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [10][$200]; 18. 7-Jason Sides [12][$200]

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Winner David Gravel (DB3 Photo)



TWO FOR THE MONEY: Schatz Cuts Sweet’s Lead to 2 points as Gravel Earns 50th Win

Championship contenders take historic battle to Can-Am World Finals season finale

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 8, 2019 – History has been writing a novel this year in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and has an epic conclusion planned for its final chapter.

The setup for it came Friday night during the Can-Am World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. Ten-time and reigning champion Donny Schatz narrowed Brad Sweet’s points lead to a mere two points with one race remaining and David Gravel claimed his 50th career World of Outlaws victory.

“Why wouldn’t it come down to the last race? Two points,” Sweet said, allowing half a grin to show. “It is what it is. We’ll go give it our all tomorrow just like any other race. If we go do our jobs, we’ll have just as good of a shot as anyone.”

The historically tight points battle has created several scenarios that could determine the 2019 champion. However, Sweet and Schatz are focused on the scenario that will guarantee them a championship: Win.

“Championships are won by winning races,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. “If I win the race tomorrow, guess what, I’m probably going to be a champion. If I don’t win the race tomorrow, it’s going to come down to some mathematical equation that I have no control over. I can tell you what we’re going to try and do tomorrow is win the race.”

There’s a four-point difference between first and second. So, if Schatz wins and Sweet finishes second, the championship goes to Schatz — giving him his 11th title. From second to last, there’s a two-point difference between every position. So, if Schatz finishes second and Sweet third, and they tie, Sweet wins his first Series championship by having more wins than Schatz — 16 wins to Schatz’s 11.

Even though the points gap is tight, Sweet said he feels this is still his championship. He wanted the points lead at the final race of the year, and he has it. He admitted his team is new at running for a championship and there are some nerves, but once he gets in the car, he’s focused on doing his job.

“I kind of knew coming into this weekend that we were going to have to contend for a win one of the nights and be in the top three to five,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif. “He (Schatz) just runs so good here, you’re not going to just run around mid-pack and be able to keep an eight-point lead. I really just kind of put it in my head that it was zero and felt like we needed to basically run within a spot each night, whether we beat him or lose to him.”

While Schatz has 10 championships — half of them coming in the past five years — he’s just as focused to win his 11th title as he was to win his first. With a few less nerves.

“I can tell you I was extremely nervous trying to win the first one,” Schatz said. “And I’m not nervous at all now. I’ve been in this position a lot of times. For the year we’ve had, and the things that have changed, and all that, to be in this position right now feels pretty satisfactory.”

Schatz was strong all night with his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team. He charged from fifth to third in his DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash on the first lap and then made his way from sixth to second — and closing on the leader — in the 25-lap Feature.

Sweet fought his way into a Dash by racing from fourth to second in his Drydene Heat race. He and Schatz traded slide jobs in the Dash before Schatz pulled away and Sweet had to settle for fifth.

His Kasey Kahne Racing team made rear end adjustments to the car before the Feature, which helped Sweet race his way from 10th to fifth — and hold off attacks from Sheldon Haudenschild to keep his top-five spot.

Neither of the championship contenders were able to match Gravel’s performance, though. The Watertown, Conn. driver launched ahead of the field at the start and began to distance himself from the pack around the 4/10-mile track. However, behind him, an aggressive Aaron Reutzel made an astonishing move to go from eighth to second on the first lap.

Gravel caught lap traffic by Lap 5, allowing the Clute, Texas driver to close in. Reutzel inched close to the Jason Johnson No. 41 car every lap. On Lap 11, he darted underneath Gravel in turn three and cleared him for the lead off turn four.

However, his hard work then went to waste the next corner. When he went high, the slower car of Dave Blaney did the same, blocking his line. The two came inches from colliding, hindering Reutzel’s run and forcing him to fall to fourth. Gravel reclaimed the lead with ease.

A caution with nine laps to go for Giovanni Scelzi’s car having an engine fire put second-place Schatz on Gravel’s rear bumper, and a fast third-place Logan Schuchart in contention to win. When the green flag flew for the final time of the race, Gravel, again, launched ahead and never looked back. He won his 11th race of the season — tying Schatz for the second most wins this year — and accomplished his goal of winning 50 career World of Outlaws wins.

“I really wanted to get to get to number 50 this year,” Gravel said. “It was one of my accomplishments I wanted to do. I can’t do it without this JJR team. Jaxx (Johnson) being here. A lot of our sponsors. A lot of our family. We still have one more race to go. Hopefully we can sweep the weekend, but this is a good start.”

Gravel continued the trend of historical anecdotes this year by being the second driver to get his 50th career win this season — Sweet got his in September at Lernerville Speedway. It’s a trend that will come to a spectacular conclusion Saturday night at the Can-Am World Finals when the champion is crowned — you'll just have to wait until the checkered flag flies to know who that is.

“There’s nobody disappointed that it’s going to come down to the last lap of the last race tomorrow night for the championship,” Schatz said. “It’s not manufactured. It’s the way it is. Good old, hard school racing. That’s what brought us to the World of Outlaws. That’s what made the World of Outlaws what it is.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude its 2019 season Saturday, Nov. 9 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the Can-Am World Finals in Concord, N.C. It’s a sold-out show with only limited standing room and pit access available.

As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 11/8/19 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte World Finals

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1][$12,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$3,200]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [10][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [12][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [4][$2,200]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$2,100]; 9. 13-Paul McMahan [2][$2,050]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [9][$2,000]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [13][$1,500]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [3][$1,100]; 14. 7S-Tim Shaffer [24][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$1,000]; 16. 83-Daryn Pittman [21][$1,000]; 17. 39-Spencer Bayston [20][$1,000]; 18. 5-Shane Stewart [25][$]; 19. 19-Brent Marks [23][$1,000]; 20. 17B-Bill Balog [16][$1,000]; 21. 3C-Cale Conley [18][$1,000]; 22. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [7][$1,000]; 23. 39M-Anthony Macri [15][$1,000]; 24. 98H-Dave Blaney [22][$1,000]; 25. 19P-Paige Polyak [19][];
Lap leaders: David Gravel 1-11, 13-25; Aaron Reutzel 12;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 7S-Tim Shaffer[+10]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.774; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.895; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.916; 4. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.939; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.959; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.98; 7. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.982; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.986; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.993; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.029; 11. 7-Jason Sides, 13.032; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.065; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.095; 14. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.123; 15. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.181; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.181; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.193; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.195; 19. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.28; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.285; 21. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.29; 22. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.347; 23. 44-Trey Starks, 13.371; 24. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.494; 25. 71M-Paul May, 13.662; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.697; 27. 29-Steve Butler, 14.306

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.927; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.938; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.943; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.96; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.02; 6. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.027; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.034; 8. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.092; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.093; 10. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.113; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.123; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.217; 13. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.293; 14. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.308; 15. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.364; 16. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.393; 17. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.445; 18. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.458; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.479; 20. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.487; 21. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.586; 22. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.59; 23. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.957; 24. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.329; 25. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.98; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [5]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [4]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6]; 5. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [7]; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston [3]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee [8]; 8. 19P-Paige Polyak [2]; 9. 71M-Paul May [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [2]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [7]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 6. 7-Jason Sides [4]; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney [5]; 8. 44-Trey Starks [8]; 9. J4-John Garvin [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [7]; 5. 7S-Tim Shaffer [5]; 6. 91-Tony Fiore [8]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 8. 29-Steve Butler [9]; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer [4]; 5. K4-Chad Kemenah [6]; 6. 49D-Shawn Dancer [5]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 8. 40-George Hobaugh [8]; 9. 91W-Davey Walsh [9]

DRYDENE Heat #5 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog [3]; 4. 21X-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 5. 5B-Justin Barger [6]; 6. 11B-Carl Bowser [7]; 7. 49H-Bradley Howard [9]; 8. 2S-Nathan Skaggs [8]; 9. 11-Zeb Wise [1]

DRYDENE Heat #6 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 13-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 3C-Cale Conley [6]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [3]; 6. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [5]; 7. 4-Terry McCarl [7]; 8. 27G-Jay Galloway [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 4. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [4]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 13-Paul McMahan [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]

C-Main (10 Laps) – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1][-]; 2. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [3][-]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [4][$150]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [5][$150]; 5. 11B-Carl Bowser [6][$150]; 6. 4-Terry McCarl [8][$125]; 7. 44-Trey Starks [11][$125]; 8. 49H-Bradley Howard [18][$125]; 9. 99-Skylar Gee [9][$125]; 10. 91-Tony Fiore [13][$125]; 11. J4-John Garvin [17][$125]; 12. 71M-Paul May [15][$125]; 13. 40-George Hobaugh [10][$125]; 14. 27G-Jay Galloway [14][$125]; 15. 91W-Davey Walsh [16][$125]; 16. 5B-Justin Barger [2][$125]; 17. 5-Shane Stewart [7][$125]; 18. 2S-Nathan Skaggs [12][$125]; 19. 29-Steve Butler [19][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 19P-Paige Polyak [1][]; 2. 39-Spencer Bayston [3][]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [7][]; 4. 98H-Dave Blaney [9][]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [15][]; 6. 7S-Tim Shaffer [11][]; 7. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [18][$300]; 8. 48-Danny Dietrich [17][$250]; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [4][$225]; 10. K4-Chad Kemenah [16][$200]; 11. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [14][$200]; 12. 21X-Parker Price-Miller [12][$200]; 13. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$200]; 14. 51-Freddie Rahmer [6][$200]; 15. 11-Zeb Wise [2][$200]; 16. 7-Jason Sides [5][$200]; 17. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8][$200]; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer [10][$200]

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CAN-AM WOLRD FINALS QUALIFYING: Schatz Keeps Pressure on Sweet in Championship Battle
Title contenders on front row of heats; Schuchart, Reutzel set Quick Times

CONCORD, NC – Nov. 7, 2019 – Two rounds of Qualifying for the Can-Am World Finals Thursday night have set the stage for an epic World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship battle at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

This weekend will determine the 2019 champion – Brad Sweet currently leads reigning champion Donny Schatz by eight points.

Schatz earned a front row Drydene Heat race starting spot for Friday’s and Saturday’s events. Sweet earned one for Saturday’s event. With an 11th-place qualifying effort for Friday’s event — in Flight B — Sweet will have to work his way into the top-two to make the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to help him move closer to the front row in the Feature.

Logan Schuchart — who won at in May at The Dirt Track at Charlotte — set Quick Time for Friday’s event with a 12.774-second lap and Aaron Reutzel set Quick Time for Saturday’s event with a 12.737-second lap. Both Time Trial sessions saw two Flights of Qualifying for the 53-car field.

Schuchart and Reutzel will lead the way in their respective Heat races. Official line ups will be posted Friday afternoon.

Reutzel had speed at the start of the night, setting the fastest time in Hot Laps before claiming Quick Time for Saturday’s event. He then qualified third — in Flight (B) — for Friday’s event, earning a Heat Race front row starting spot.

Schuchart’s good fortune started before cars even hit the track Thursday afternoon. Drydene announced its new racing oil — Drydene Racing Formulas — and new paint schemes featuring the product on Schuchart’s and his Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen’s cars. The Hanover, Pa. driver then ran fifth in Hot Laps, was fastest in Flight (B) for Saturday’s event and then set Quick Time for Friday’s event. He has two wins at the 4/10-mile track.

The first Sprint Car Heat race Friday will take place after the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series Heat races are completed. Racing will start at 4 p.m.

As always, if you can’t be there, you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

QUALIFYING RESULTS FOR FRIDAY:

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.774; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.895; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.916; 4. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.939; 5. Giovanni Scelzi, 12.959; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.980; 7. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.982; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.986; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.993; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.029; 11. 7-Jason Sides, 13.032; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.065; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.095; 14. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.123; 15. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.181; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.181; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.193; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.195; 19. 83R-Lyton Jeffrey, 13.280; 20. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.285; 21. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.290; 22. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.347; 23. 44-Trey Starks 13.371; 24. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.494; 25. 71M-Paul May, 13.662; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.697; 27. 29-Steve Butler, 14.306

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.927; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.938; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.943; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.960; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.020; 6. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.027; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.034; 8. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.092; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.093; 10. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 13.113; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.123; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.217; 13. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.293; 14. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.308; 15. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.364; 16. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.393; 17. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.445; 18. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.458; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.479; 20. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.487; 21. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.586; 22. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.590; 23. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.957; 24. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.329; 25. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.980; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard (NT)

QUALIFYING RESULTS FOR SATURDAY:

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.737; 2. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.827; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.846; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.880; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.894; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.931; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 12.938; 8. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 12.957; 9. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.975; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.975; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.983; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.985; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.014; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.028; 15. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 13.054; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.057; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 13.078; 18. 71M-Paul May, 13.106; 19. 91-Tony Fiore, 13.106; 20. 21X-Parker Price-Miller, 13.177; 21. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.216; 22. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.246; 23. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.267; 24. 44-Trey Starks, 13.347; 25. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.400; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.401; 27. 91W-Davey Walsh, 14.460

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.785; 2. 41-David Gravel, 12.835; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 12.842; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.852; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 12.924; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.951; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney, 12.956; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.969; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.970; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.993; 11. 13 Paul McMahan, 13.023; 12. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 13.033; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.057; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.141; 15. 7-Jason Sides, 13.154; 16. 99-Skylar Gee, 13.211; 17. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.225; 18. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.234; 19. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.291; 20. Paul Nienhiser, 13.293; 21. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.371; 22. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 13.388; 23. 11B-Carl Bowser, 13.442; 24. 29-Steve Butler, 14.088; 25. 27G-Jay Galloway, 14.367; 26. 49H-Bradley Howard (NT)

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A ROYAL WIN: Donny Schatz cuts points deficit down to 8 points with Port Royal win
Schatz’s 11th win of the season helped cut Brad Sweet’s points lead down by 24 points

PORT ROYAL, PA – Oct. 26, 2019 – Donny Schatz has spoken modestly about this year’s dramatic points battle with Brad Sweet. However, his on-track performance shouts anecdotes about it every race night.

Friday night at Port Royal Speedway it shouted load enough to capture everyone’s attention.

Schatz won his 11th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory of the year, his third consecutive Series win at Port Royal Speedway and decimated Sweet’s points lead over him by 24 points due to Sweet finishing 12th – now Schatz is only eight points behind Sweet with three races to go.

“We just got to focus on what we do,” a modest Schatz said in Victory Lane. “There isn’t anything I can do to effect what he does. We never won a championship worrying about who we’re racing against or what they were doing. Obviously, what these (Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing) guys are doing is working. They made all of the right changes to the car.”

The Fargo, N.D. driver has been the king of the “Speed Palace” ever since the World of Outlaws returned to the half-mile track in 2014. Since then Schatz has yet to finish worse than third.

He started the night in dominant fashion by winning his Drydene Heat race and the first DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

When the 30-lap Feature for the first night of the Nittany Showdown went green Schatz was a rocket. He launched ahead of the field from his pole position and held the top spot into turn one. Brian Brown was in hot pursuit behind him, though.

While Schatz ran low for the first lap, Brown ran high. The FVP No. 21 built momentum and speed around the top, charging to Schatz’s rear bumper off each corner. Brown eyed an opening to the outside of Schatz off turn four, but the 10-time Series champion slammed the door shut before Brown could sneak his bumper between him and the wall.

Schatz then moved to the middle of the track and began to pull away from Brown. Behind the top-two Aaron Reutzel had charged from sixth to third on the first lap.

The Toco Warranty No. 15 was in lap traffic by Lap eight, but the slower cars did little to slow Schatz down.

The battle for second heated up near the midway point with Reutzel putting pressure on Brown and eventually darting underneath him for second on Lap 12. However, a red flag for Danny Dietrich hitting the wall in turn two came out before the lap was completed and Brown held second.

On the restart Schatz, again, bolted ahead of the field and Anthony Macri charged to third with Reutzel having a bad start.

While Schatz pulled away with the lead, Macri grew faster as the race progressed. He passed Brown for second with five laps to go and reeled in Schatz. Time was not in his favor, though. The Dillsburg, Pa. driver had to settle for second – his first World of Outlaws top-five finish – with Schatz a car length away. Brown rounded out the podium in third.

“The car was pretty solid all night long,” Macri said. “About halfway through the Feature I could pretty much put the car wherever I wanted. That’s always nice. This thing was operating smooth tonight.”

Schatz’s win was his 294th career Series victory and the second win in two weeks for the new Ford FPS 410 engine. The new engine’s capabilities were put to the test in the 30-lap Feature with fuel a potential issue.

“Thirty laps around this place with the way the conditions are was going to be questionable on fuel,” Schatz said. “They said, ‘Hey, you might want to conserve a little bit.’ I don’t know how much fuel we have left, but we made it. That’s the important part. Just the nature of the beast. These things pump a lot of fuel through them, a lot of air. We got a little extra air and fuel tonight with the Ford. Hats off to those guys. It’s been a fun project.”

Sweet was able to race from 18th to 12th on the fast track surface Friday night, but his performance wasn’t enough to withstand Schatz’s dominating run. The final night of the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway on Saturday will be Sweet and Schatz’s last chance to have the points lead before the final two races of the year at the World Finals in November.

“We’re running out of races to win, so it’s good to get one tonight,” Schatz said.

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Oct. 26, will return to Port Royal Speedway for the final night of the Nittany Showdown. The start times have been changed with the front gate and pit gate opening at 11 a.m., Hot Laps scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and Heat races scheduled to start at 2 p.m.

As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 10/25/19 – Port Royal Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$8,000]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [3][$4,000]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [2][$2,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$2,200]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,100]; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,000]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$1,800]; 8. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$1,600]; 9. 41-David Gravel [5][$1,500]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [23][$1,300]; 11. 1-Logan Wagner [19][$1,200]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [18][$1,100]; 13. 2-Carson Macedo [14][$1,000]; 14. 9-Brock Zearfoss [8][$700]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$600]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$600]; 17. 5-Shane Stewart [22][$600]; 18. 72-Ryan Smith [17][$600]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; 20. 11-T.J. Stutts [16][$600]; 21. 11Z-Zeb Wise [21][$600]; 22. 55K-Robbie Kendall [15][$600]; 23. 19P-Paige Polyak [24][$600]; 24. 48-Danny Dietrich [12][$600]; 25. 57J-Jeff Miller [26][$]; 26. 13-Paul McMahan [13][$600];
Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 41-David Gravel, 15.053; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.062; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri, 15.102; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.172; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.222; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.235; 7. 11Z-Zeb Wise, 15.274; 8. 1-Logan Wagner, 15.334; 9. 55-Mike Wagner, 15.337; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.344; 11. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 15.35; 12. 72-Ryan Smith, 15.385; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.394; 14. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 15.45; 15. 57J-Jeff Miller, 15.451; 16. 13-Paul McMahan, 15.46; 17. 75-Nicole Bower, 15.505; 18. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 15.571; 19. 29-Dan Shetler, 15.602; 20. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 15.606; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 15.644; 22. 49H-Bradley Howard, 15.649; 23. 24B-Dustin Baney, 15.956; 24. 14T-Tyler Walton, 15.97; 25. 12-Barry Shearer, 15.99; 26. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 17.475

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 21-Brian Brown, 15.172; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.291; 3. 9-Brock Zearfoss, 15.315; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.333; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.338; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich, 15.348; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.368; 8. 11-T.J. Stutts, 15.373; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.403; 10. 2-Carson Macedo, 15.405; 11. 19P-Paige Polyak, 15.501; 12. 69K-Lance Dewease, 15.525; 13. 58-Jeff Halligan, 15.617; 14. 33-Jared Esh, 15.63; 15. 17K-Kyle Smith, 15.631; 16. 5-Shane Stewart, 15.65; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 15.688; 18. 21X-Christopher Bell, 15.721; 19. 40-George Hobaugh, 15.753; 20. 35-Tyler Reeser, 15.785; 21. 67-Justin Whittall, 15.849; 22. 33W-Michael Walter, 15.928; 23. 19R-Jordan Ryan, 15.952; 24. 12W-Troy Fraker, 16.613; 25. 47K-Kody Lehman, NT; 26. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [6]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 5. 29-Dan Shetler [7]; 6. 11Z-Zeb Wise [3]; 7. 49H-Bradley Howard [8]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 9. 12-Barry Shearer [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 3. 55K-Robbie Kendall [4]; 4. 1-Logan Wagner [3]; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer [5]; 6. 75-Nicole Bower [6]; 7. 5C-Dylan Cisney [7]; 8. 24B-Dustin Baney [8]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 39M-Anthony Macri [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 72-Ryan Smith [4]; 4. 55-Mike Wagner [3]; 5. 24-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 7. 57J-Jeff Miller [5]; 8. 14T-Tyler Walton [8]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 5. 5-Shane Stewart [6]; 6. 58-Jeff Halligan [5]; 7. 33W-Michael Walter [8]; 8. 40-George Hobaugh [7]

DRYDENE Heat #5 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [2]; 3. 11-T.J. Stutts [3]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 5. 19P-Paige Polyak [4]; 6. 33-Jared Esh [5]; 7. 19R-Jordan Ryan [8]; 8. 35-Tyler Reeser [7]

DRYDENE Heat #6 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 9-Brock Zearfoss [1]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease [4]; 5. 21X-Christopher Bell [6]; 6. 17K-Kyle Smith [5]; 7. 67-Justin Whittall [7]; 8. 12W-Troy Fraker [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [4]; 3. 41-David Gravel [3]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash #2 (6 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 4. 9-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 5. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [6]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [5]

C-Main (10 Laps) – 1. 29-Dan Shetler [1][-]; 2. 40-George Hobaugh [2][-]; 3. 35-Tyler Reeser [4][$150]; 4. 5C-Dylan Cisney [3][$150]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [5][$150]; 6. 67-Justin Whittall [6][$125]; 7. 33W-Michael Walter [8][$125]; 8. 19R-Jordan Ryan [10][$125]; 9. 24B-Dustin Baney [9][$125]; 10. 12-Barry Shearer [13][$125]; 11. 12W-Troy Fraker [12][$125]; 12. 49H-Bradley Howard [7][$125]; 13. 14T-Tyler Walton [11][$125]; 14. 47K-Kody Lehman [14][$125]; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$125]; 16. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [16][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 1-Logan Wagner [3][-]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][-]; 3. 11Z-Zeb Wise [1][-]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [14][-]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [16][-]; 6. 19P-Paige Polyak [4][-]; 7. 69K-Lance Dewease [6][$300]; 8. 21X-Christopher Bell [18][$250]; 9. 55-Mike Wagner [5][$225]; 10. 57J-Jeff Miller [13][$200]; 11. 75-Nicole Bower [15][$200]; 12. 24-Lucas Wolfe [17][$200]; 13. 29-Dan Shetler [19][$200]; 14. 40-George Hobaugh [20][$200]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$200]; 16. 58-Jeff Halligan [8][$200]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$200]; 18. 33-Jared Esh [10][$200]; 19. 51-Freddie Rahmer [11][$200]; 20. 17K-Kyle Smith [12][$200]

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STORYBOOK CLASSIC: David Gravel wins Jason Johnson Classic
Gravel wins at Lake Ozark Speedway, his 10th win of the year with Jason Johnson Racing

ELDON, MO – Oct. 19, 2019 – Jason Johnson had a black book of goals he’d like to accomplish. One was to promote a race.

On Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway it was checked off Johnson's list. His widow, Bobbi Johnson, promoted the Jason Johnson Classic with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

The event started with rain but had a storybook ending.

Like a wave rising in the ocean before crashing down, the sea of people filling the grandstands simultaneously rose to their feet and applauded as David Gravel piloted the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 car to Victory Lane.

Family, friends and team members – all with smiles and some with tears – flooded Victory Lane to congratulate Gravel and Johnson on the victory – reminiscent of Gravel’s Knoxville Nationals win in August.

“Just couldn’t have been a better night,” said a jubilated Gravel. “We’ve had two weeks this year that are storybook weeks. To get this done and win tonight… it might look like it’s fixed, but it isn’t. Sheldon (Haudenschild) made me work for that race.”

The Watertown, Conn. driver was fast all night, winning his Drydene Heat race – holding off a hard charging Haudenschild to do so – and finishing fourth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – won by Jason Sides, who also held off Haudenschild for the win.

When the 41-lap Feature when green Sides rocketed ahead of the field and threw his King Racing Products No. 7S car to the high side. He committed to the line in his pursuit for the win. If someone was going to pass him the bottom was their only option.

Haudenschild followed in line with Sides, riding the high side, trying to hunt him down. Behind them, Gravel worked his way by Brian Brown for third on Lap two and reeled in the top two every lap.

Sides got loose off turn two on Lap seven, allowing Haudenschild to close to his tail tank and Gravel to charge toward them both.

When the trio reached turn three Gravel slung his Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 car to the bottom of the track, sliding by Haudenschild and Sides for the lead. Gravel powered in front of them off turn four to officially take the lead on Lap eight, while Haudenschild also snuck by Sides to take second.

The battle was now Gravel versus Haudenschild. Both favored the cushion around the 1/3-mile speedway. Haudenschild’s NOS Energy Drink No. 17 was utilizing it better, though. He caught Gravel on Lap 14 and dove underneath him in turn three to steal the lead away from him.

Haudenschild led the next 11 laps, with Gravel keeping pressure from behind, before a caution spoiled the Wooster, Ohio driver’s night.

On the restart with 17 laps to go Haudenschild slid over the cushion in turn two and Gravel pounced. He charged underneath Haudenschild down the backstretch and sailed his car into turn three, gapping Haudenschild by two car lengths.

“Being on the outside I kind of pinched him (Haudenschild) a little bit,” Gravel said. “You’ve got to do those things to win races. I think I just had a little bit of an advantage on him on the double-file restart and was able to get the lead.”

Haudenschild kept Gravel in sight for the rest of the race but wasn’t able to put together another strong enough run to catch him.

“I would have liked to have raced in traffic a little bit more,” Haudenschild said. “I think it mixes it up and made a little bit more possibilities. When we were in clean air we were just ripping around there and waiting until we got traffic to get anything.”

Logan Schuchart had his own exciting race, charging from 11th to third – his second podium finish in-a-row.

“There in the beginning it was pretty interesting, we were battling back there with Brad (Sweet) and Donny (Schatz). That’s something you don’t want to get in between,” Schuchart said. “It was a good race. We were able to get up there on some restarts, pass some cars when we needed to.”

Sweet and Schatz – who are first and second, respectively, in the championship points ­­– battled around each other most of the night. Sweet had the better night, racing from 12th to fourth, while Schatz raced from 14th to eighth. Sweet is now 32 points ahead of Schatz with only four races left this season – only two before the World Finals.

Gravel’s win was his 10th of the year – first at Lake Ozark Speedway – and 49th career World of Outlaws win.

With Gravel and Schatz having 10 wins and Sweet having 16, it’s the first time since 2000 that there are at least three drivers with 10 or more wins in the Series.

“To hit double digits this year is great,” Gravel said about his win total. “It’s a hard feat to do on the World of Outlaws tour. For us to do that, it feels awesome.

“This is for Jason’s family. Put a smile on their faces tonight and hopefully for the whole week coming up."

Bobbi Johnson called Gravel and the JJR team a “dream team” with how well they have meshed this year and the success they’ve had. Their victory helped put a period on the storybook ending for the inaugural Jason Johnson Classic – a big goal checked off Jason’s list.

“Tomorrow when you sit back and realize and think about all of the man hours and all of the time and all of the help and preparation, there’s a whole team that put on this deal and stood behind me,” Johnson said. “Just to feel like I checked off one of Jason’s things he always wanted to do… he had a black book and there’s a couple of things in there that’s not checked off, so that’s what I’m trying to do next.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Oct. 25, and Saturday, Oct. 26, will be at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, Pa. for the Nittany Showdown.

As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com!

Race Results: Lake Ozark Speedway – 10/19/19

NOS Energy Drink Feature (41 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [4][$10,410]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$5,910]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$3,610]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$3,210]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [8][$2,910]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [1][$2,710]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$2,610]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [14][$2,510]; 9. 5-Shane Stewart [19][$2,460]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [15][$2,410]; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen [18][$1,910]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [20][$1,610]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$1,510]; 14. 2-Carson Macedo [13][$1,460]; 15. 4-Terry McCarl [10][$1,410]; 16. 91-Cale Thomas [16][$1,310]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,210]; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel [21][$1,210]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee [6][$1,210]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [3][$1,210]; 21. O9-Matt Juhl [17][$1,210]; 22. 14K-Kyle Bellm [22][$1,210]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$1,210]; 24. W20-Greg Wilson [23][$1,210];
Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-7; David Gravel 8-13, 25-41; Sheldon Haudenschild 14-24;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 5-Shane Stewart[+10]

Qualifying – 1. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.111; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.116; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.189; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.193; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 11.196; 6. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.226; 7. 91-Cale Thomas, 11.238; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.241; 9. 41-David Gravel, 11.26; 10. 99-Skylar Gee, 11.287; 11. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.29; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.302; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.326; 14. O9-Matt Juhl, 11.346; 15. 19-Brent Marks, 11.374; 16. 4-Terry McCarl, 11.389; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.401; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.507; 19. 14K-Kyle Bellm, 11.518; 20. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.524; 21. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.564; 22. O5-Colin Smith, 11.64; 23. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.652; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 11.665; 25. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 11.67; 26. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.723; 27. 35L-Cody Ledger, 11.878; 28. 7W-Skylar Hunter, 11.901

DRYDENE Heat #1 (10 Laps) – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 99-Skylar Gee [4]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 4. 4-Terry McCarl [6]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [5]; 6. 91-Cale Thomas [3]; 7. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [9]; 8. 14K-Kyle Bellm [7]; 9. 7W-Skylar Hunter [10]; 10. O5-Colin Smith [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (10 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 6. O9-Matt Juhl [5]; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel [7]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [9]; 9. 17B-Bill Balog [8]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (10 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [3]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 7. 5-Shane Stewart [7]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8]; 9. 35L-Cody Ledger [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 4. 41-David Gravel [5]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 6. 99-Skylar Gee [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 5-Shane Stewart [3][]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog [5][]; 3. 33M-Mason Daniel [2][]; 4. 14K-Kyle Bellm [1][]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [8][]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6][]; 7. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [7][$341]; 8. 35L-Cody Ledger [9][$291]; 9. 7W-Skylar Hunter [10][$266]; 10. O5-Colin Smith [4][$241]

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Winner Donny Schatz (DB3 Photo)



VICTORIOUS ONCE AGAIN: Donny Schatz wins with Ford at Lakeside Speedway, cuts into points lead
Schatz puts a Ford powered World of Outlaws Sprint Car back in Victory Lane for the first time in 21 years

KANSAS CITY, KS – Oct. 18, 2019 – When Ford wanted to win Le Mans against the unstoppable Ferrari team it turned to legendary car designer Carroll Shelby, his team and his ace driver Ken Miles to get the job done.

Spoiler: They won.

A similar mentality was used when Ford wanted to return to Sprint Car racing with a new 410 engine, after a more than 20-year absence in the sport. It turned to NASCAR champion Tony Stewart, his team and his ace driver Donny Schatz.

Friday night at Lakeside Speedway, for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown, Schatz brought a Ford powered World of Outlaws Sprint Car back to Victory Lane for the first time since August 26, 1998 when Jeff Swindell won at Southern Oregon Speedway.

It was the new Ford FPS 410 engine’s third appearance in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – Schatz finished on the podium in his first two races with it.

“It’s pretty rewarding,” said Schatz about winning with the new Ford engine. “Sometimes you have to do things in life that are off the beaten path. That’s what this whole program is. They got a lot of dedication to it. Tony (Stewart) does. And what Tony asks us to do we do. Here we are.

“Rick (Warner, Schatz’s former crew chief who helped develop the FPS 410) has put a lot of time and blood and sweat and countless sleepless nights on it and to bring it out and to have two podiums at Williams Grove and a win tonight is huge… It’s going to be a live and learn experience. Tonight, it was a live on it. The next night we might be learning. But they did a great job and that’s what we’re here to do, have fun and win races with it.”

Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing had to fight for the win all night. He finished second in his Drydene Heat race to Logan Schuchart, who was about half of a second faster than everyone else. Schatz then finished fifth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and had to change a motor after.

The motor wasn’t at fault for the change, Schatz said. It wasn’t sealed properly and leaked oil.

With a new FPS 410 installed for the Feature, Schatz put its full potential on display throughout the 30 laps.

The beginning of the race was plagued with multiple cautions for accidents and poor restarts. Brian Brown, in the FVP No. 21 car, led the field through it all. Daryn Pittman, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz battled amongst themselves for position in the short runs between cautions.

Schatz made his way from fifth to second by Lap 10.

A reg flag for Matt Juhl flipping on Lap 12 brought out an Open Red, allowing teams to fuel their cars and make adjustments.

When the Feature when back green Schatz didn’t waste time testing the limits of his new engine to pass Brown for the lead.

Brown hung on to the high side of the track through turns one and two, while Schatz searched for grip low. What he found allowed him to hammer the throttle and exit the corner side-by-side with Brown.

They drag raced down the backstretch and remained in line through turns three and four. However, Brown couldn’t match the lightspeed launch Schatz got off turn four. The Toco Warranty No. 15 shot to the lead on Lap 13.

Brown, of Grain Valley, Mo., was hungry for another hometown win, though. Continuing to favor the top line, he built momentum off turn two and charged to the outside of Schatz down the backstretch. They again raced side-by-side through turns three and four, but the FPS 410 continued to conjure remarkable speed off the corner.

Schatz took the lead and ran away with it. He found himself more than a second ahead of Brown a few laps after passing him.

Schuchart eventually charged his way to second by Lap 20 and Sweet moved into third by Lap 27. Time was running out to catch Schatz, though. Lap traffic became a factor in the closing laps, but before either driver could try to use it to their advantage a caution came out for Ian Madsen slowing in turn four.

When the green flag flew again, Schatz was gone. The 10-time Series champion sprinted away from the field and had almost a second lead over Schuchart when he crossed the finish line.

“I would’ve liked to see what would have happened if we kept going or had some lap traffic,” Schuchart said. “This is a great team. An awesome year. We would’ve liked to have gotten the win… But still a great night.”

Sweet’s third-place finish allowed Schatz to chip away at his points lead. The Fargo, N.D. driver is now 24 points behind Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif., with five races left this season – three before the World Finals in November.

“We’re happy with a podium run,” Sweet said. “We were just a little bit off and fighting a few things. We’ll take a podium with the NAPA Auto Parts car and move on to tomorrow night.”

Schatz’s victory was his 10th of the year – 293rd career Series win – and first win in almost a month.

“These guys, it’s incredible what they do,” Schatz said about his team. “The race car was awesome. Yeah, we got to make changes to it for the extra power and a little bit extra weight, but they do an awesome job. It’s great to finally get a win again.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Oct. 19 will return to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, Mo. for the Jason Johnson Classic.

As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: Lakeside Speedway – 10/18/19

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$3,200]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [1][$2,800]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [2][$2,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [11][$2,300]; 7. 41-David Gravel [3][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,100]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [22][$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$2,000]; 11. 91-Cale Thomas [8][$1,500]; 12. 2-Carson Macedo [10][$1,200]; 13. 17B-Bill Balog [14][$1,100]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson [23][$1,050]; 15. 4-Terry McCarl [16][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [9][$900]; 17. 99-Skylar Gee [18][$800]; 18. 35L-Cody Ledger [24][$800]; 19. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$800]; 20. O9-Matt Juhl [19][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$800]; 22. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [20][$800]; 23. 7-Justin Henderson [12][$800]; 24. 5-Shane Stewart [17][$800];
Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-12, Donny Schatz 13-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+13]

Qualifying – 1. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.911; 2. 41-David Gravel, 13.918; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.935; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.936; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 13.949; 6. 91-Cale Thomas, 14.008; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.039; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.061; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.062; 10. 17B-Bill Balog, 14.125; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.131; 12. 4-Terry McCarl, 14.137; 13. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.17; 14. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.176; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.18; 16. 7-Justin Henderson, 14.193; 17. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.19; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.221; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.229; 20. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 14.236; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 14.283; 22. 1X-Don Droud, 14.323; 23. O9-Matt Juhl, 14.33; 24. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.338; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.422; 26. 99-Skylar Gee, 14.435; 27. 14K-Kyle Bellm, 14.681; 28. 35L-Cody Ledger, 14.763; 29. 7W-Skylar Hunter, 14.931; 30. 81-Wyatt Burks, 15.029; 31. 22-Dustin Barks, 15.082; 32. O5-Colin Smith, 15.453

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) – 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 5. 5-Shane Stewart [5]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel [7]; 8. 7W-Skylar Hunter [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 91-Cale Thomas [2]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog [3]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee [7]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [5]; 7. 1X-Don Droud [6]; 8. 81-Wyatt Burks [8]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 5. O9-Matt Juhl [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 7. 14K-Kyle Bellm [7]; 8. 22-Dustin Barks [8]

DRYDENE Heat #4 (8 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 7-Justin Henderson [4]; 4. 4-Terry McCarl [3]; 5. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [6]; 7. 35L-Cody Ledger [7]; 8. O5-Colin Smith [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 3. 41-David Gravel [4]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 8. 91-Cale Thomas [2]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2][-]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [3][-]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson [1][-]; 4. 35L-Cody Ledger [8][-]; 5. 33M-Mason Daniel [6][$300]; 6. 1X-Don Droud [4][$250]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [5][$225]; 8. 81-Wyatt Burks [10][$200]; 9. 14K-Kyle Bellm [7][$200]; 10. O5-Colin Smith [12][$200]; 11. 7W-Skylar Hunter [9][$200]; 12. 22-Dustin Barks [11][$200]

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Winner Christopher Bell (DB3 Photo)



REALITY OF A DREAM: Christopher Bell wins at Tri-State Speedway as driver, owner
Bell wins an eventful night in Haubstadt, Brad Sweet extends points lead

HAUBSTADT, IN – Oct. 13, 2019 – After winning $100,000 in April through NASCAR’s Dash 4 Cash, Christopher Bell already knew what he would like to do with the money: purchase his own Sprint Car.

Six months later, the Norman, Okla. driver parked his self-owned No. 21 car in Victory Lane for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ Sunday night event at Tri-State Speedway.

The victory was his fifth career World of Outlaws win – first as an owner in the Series – and first win at the speedway.

“So, I had four Outlaw wins coming into today and I promise you those four Outlaw wins would be in my, arguably top-five, definitely top-ten of my favorite wins of my life,” said an elated Bell. “To get number five here with my own race car and a group of friends working on this thing is really special.”

The Indiana race was Bell’s fourth time in his own car, which he built with friend Chad Boat. He already had one win in it, too. However, throughout the night, you would’ve thought he’d been racing it for years. Bell even claimed he wasn’t good at the quarter-mile track.

He first dispelled that allegation with strong runs in his Drydene Heat race, where he finished second, and the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, where he finished third. In both races he had a car capable of charging to the lead but ran out of laps to do so.

In the Feature, Bell had 40 laps to accomplish his mission.

Sweet jumped to the lead at the start of the race with Brent Marks and Bell in tow. However, five cautions – which separately involved drivers such as David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild and Donny Schatz – in the first 12 laps hindered the top three from finding a rhythm.

Bell highlighted his speed in that time span, sliding by Marks for second during a short run in between cautions.

After the accident on Lap 12, the race went caution free for the remaining 28 laps. With Schatz mired in the back of the field, Sweet was poised to have a strong points day, especially if he could secure the win. However, Bell wasn’t sympathetic to his cause.

Both almost saw their winning desire vanish on the restart with 28 laps to go. Third-place Kerry Madsen dove underneath Bell and Sweet in turn three, eyeing the lead. The Australian couldn’t find the grip to exit the corner ahead of them and fell back to third by turn one.

The battle was then Sweet versus Bell. Sweet ran high, while Bell slung his car around the bottom of the track, creeping closer and closer to the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car every lap. And Sweet knew it.

On Lap 16 the Californian stole Bell’s line, running the bottom in turns three and four. Bell countered his move and switched to the high side of the track.

The beneficiary of the swap proved to be Bell. He got a run off turn four, propelling him to Sweet’s rear bumper down the front stretch. He stayed high into turn one, as Sweet went low and, again, charged off the corner with momentum. This time, he was able to use it to dart underneath Sweet into turn three and clear him for the lead by turn four, officially taking it on Lap 18.

“I felt good all night long and I knew our car was really close,” Bell said. “Honestly, we didn’t really change very much all night long. We kept getting those short stints and I felt fine. I felt like I just needed to get some time underneath of us and get going.”

The race was then Bell’s to lose. He distanced himself from Sweet, even with lap traffic creating an unpredictable obstacle course in front of him. Sweet began to fade by the halfway point, losing second to Madsen and eventually falling to fifth. Madsen didn’t have anything for Bell, but another threat behind him did.

After finding himself at the back of the field due to being involved in an early caution, Haudenschild moved his way into fifth with 19 laps to go. He was third with nine laps to go and second with five laps to go. The NOS Energy Drink No. 17 was an unstoppable bullet. But time was not in his favor and Bell worked lap traffic with ease.

However, worry did set in for Bell in the closing laps, unsure how his car would handle as the track changed and if he would have enough fuel to finish.

“This track just changes so much,” Bell said. “I’ve never gone good here before in my life. This is the first time I’ve come to Haubstadt and been competitive. I learned a lot today.”

By the time Bell sped past the waving checkered flag, he had a 3.7 second lead over Haudenschild.

“I set us back tonight with qualifying and getting in that mess in four, just really put us behind,” Haudenschild said. “After I did that my goal was to get back to where I was and go from there. On this type of track we know we’re going to have restarts. Just tried to get track position as early and quick as I could on those restarts and just try to pick them off after that.”

Madsen rounded out the podium with his brother Ian Madsen finishing fourth and Sweet ended the night fifth. After being involved in two accidents, Schatz managed a 13th-place finish but is now 30 points behind Sweet.

Wins are all that matter to Bell when it comes to racing with the World of Outlaws. Every one of them he cherishes, he said, especially when they’re with friends.

“Everyone works their tails off on it, but it’s a lot of fun because we’re all friends,” Bell said. “Just very thankful to be here driving this thing.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Oct. 18, will be at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.

As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: Tri-State Speedway – 10/13/19

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 21-Christopher Bell [3][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$3,200]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$2,500]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon [14][$2,300]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [2][$2,200]; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman [13][$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$2,050]; 10. 2-Carson Macedo [15][$2,000]; 11. 5-Shane Stewart [17][$1,500]; 12. 41-David Gravel [11][$1,200]; 13. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$1,100]; 14. 11-Zeb Wise [20][$1,050]; 15. 5X-Justin Peck [16][$1,000]; 16. 32-Chase Stockon [19][$900]; 17. 7-Critter Malone [22][$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 19. 14X-Jeff Swindell [24][$800]; 20. 39-Hunter Schuerenberg [7][$800]; 21. 96-Parker Price-Miller [12][$800]; 22. 17K-Kendall Ruble [6][$800]; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$800]; 24. 99G-Skylar Gee [8][$800];
Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-17, Christopher Bell 18-40;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+16]

Qualifying – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.825; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.914; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.936; 4. 19-Brent Marks, 13.045; 5. 99G-Skylar Gee, 13.069; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.076; 7. 39-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.105; 8. 17K-Kendall Ruble, 13.11; 9. 32-Chase Stockon, 13.14; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.188; 11. 41-David Gravel, 13.227; 12. 21-Christopher Bell, 13.228; 13. 5X-Justin Peck, 13.244; 14. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.245; 15. 96-Parker Price-Miller, 13.275; 16. 11-Zeb Wise, 13.302; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.356; 18. 7-Critter Malone, 13.369; 19. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.48; 20. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.514; 21. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.61; 22. 14X-Jeff Swindell, 13.613; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.615; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.669; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.67; 26. 33-Andy Bishop, 13.704; 27. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.848; 28. 71M-Paul May, 13.973

DRYDENE Heat #1 (10 Laps) – 1. 19-Brent Marks [2]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 3. 39-Hunter Schuerenberg [3]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [7]; 6. 5X-Justin Peck [5]; 7. 14X-Jeff Swindell [8]; 8. 71M-Paul May [10]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [9]; 10. 11-Zeb Wise [6]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (10 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 17K-Kendall Ruble [3]; 3. 99G-Skylar Gee [2]; 4. 41-David Gravel [4]; 5. 99-Brady Bacon [5]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [7]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 9. 33-Andy Bishop [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (10 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 21-Christopher Bell [4]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 4. 96-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [7]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9]; 7. 7-Critter Malone [6]; 8. 32-Chase Stockon [3]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [1]; 3. 21-Christopher Bell [3]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 6. 17K-Kendall Ruble [5]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 32-Chase Stockon [1][-]; 2. 11-Zeb Wise [2][-]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][-]; 4. 7-Critter Malone [4][-]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6][-]; 6. 14X-Jeff Swindell [5][-]; 7. 71M-Paul May [10][$300]; 8. 33-Andy Bishop [9][$250]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$225]; 10. 33M-Mason Daniel [8][$200]

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