Author Archive

World of Outlaws


Contact: Nick Graziano
World of Outlaws PR
ngraziano@dirtcar.com

Please click here for the original World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series article

Winner Sheldon Haudenschild (Trent Gower Photo)



HIGHLIGHT HAUD: Sheldon Haudenschild Excites With Kokomo Win In His 300th Start
Logan Schuchart closes points gap to Brad Sweet entering the season finale at the World of Outlaws Last Call

KOKOMO, IN — Oct. 24, 2020 — A raise of his NOS Energy Drink can to the crowd and a delighted sip from it was all Sheldon Haudenschild needed to do to acknowledge his career milestone Saturday night at Kokomo Speedway.

The Wooster, OH driver claimed his seventh win of the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season in his 300th start. He entered the year with seven wins in total through his three years as a full-time driver.

“I feel like having the crew and the team behind you gets your confidence to a whole nother level,” Haudenschild said. “I feel like I’m just getting a glimpse of what Donny (Schatz) has had for a long time. Just trying to keep the same guys together and keeping the team together and growing as a team. Not just as myself. That’s been my biggest goal this year, just work good with my guys and work on myself as a driver and just try to get the whole package together.”

To claim the win in the Series first time back to Kokomo since 2015, he had to beat the driver he mention – 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz.

The two started on the front row for the 40-lap Feature, and each had a milestone to try and achieve. Haudenschild was looking to win in his 300th career start, while Schatz was on the hunt for his 300th career win.

Haudenschild wasn’t shy about the onslaught he was willing to put on to achieve that milestone either. While mixed in a three-way battle for the lead on the final lap of the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Haudenschild threw the slide job of the year on Aaron Reutzel and Schatz to steal the Dash win in the final corner.

That set him up as the early favorite to conquer the quarter-mile speedway for 40 laps. And when the Feature commenced, he didn’t let that theory down. Haudenschild led the opening lap and pulled away from Schatz in the early stage of the race.

However, Haudenschild was already in heavy traffic by Lap 6. That allowed Schatz to reel in the NOS Energy Drink #17. While Haudenschild tried to navigate his way through traffic around the high side of the track, Schatz worked the bottom.

Schatz snuck underneath Haudenschild on Lap 8 and the two raced side by side for about the entire circuit. With a slower car blocking Haudenschild’s lane off Turn 4 and Schatz gifted clean air on the bottom, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing CARQUEST #15 pulled ahead to officially take the lead on Lap 9.

With Schatz out front, Haudenschild broke out his notebook and pen and went to school. He studied what Schatz was doing; what lines he was running. Haudenschild could make the most speed up top, but at times he overstayed his welcome along the cushion. At times he bounced off of it, allowing Schatz to pull further away.

After three cautions, Haudenschild had gathered enough notes to put his newfound knowledge to the test.

On the restart with 17 laps to go, Haudenschild placed his car up high in Turns 1 and 2 to build a run that would rocket him down the backstretch. He used that momentum to sneak underneath Schatz the next corner and drag race with him down the front stretch. When they found their way back to Turns 1 and 2, Haudenschild and Schatz ran side by side, inches apart, in perfect tandem through the corner.

They remained that way down the back stretch before Haudenschild made better work of the low lane than Schatz could of the top and reclaimed the lead on Lap 25.

“I got the lead there early and Donny got by us,” Haudenschild said. “I just tried to watch Donny there. You can learn a lot from watching him. He is so smooth and makes it look so easy. He was just running a little bit higher and keeping his speed up. I kind of slowed her down in (turns) three and four and just started to hit the bottom a little slower and started to get off the corner. I got under him and ran beside him for a couple laps there and was able to clear him.”

Once Haudenschild reclaimed the lead from Schatz, he never relinquished it. Schatz maintained the runner-up finish – his second podium in a row.

“He was better than we were,” Schatz said about Haudenschild. “He made the top in (turns) one and two work. I wasn’t going to do it. He was up the fence and it just wasn’t me. I tried to make something else work and he got the best of us on that. That’s what got the win.”

While Haudenschild pulled away with the victory in the final five laps, reigning champion and current points leader Brad Sweet captured most of the attention. He was in position to finish fourth, but a cloud of smoke, laced with oil, began to billow from his engine. The smoke blew the entire way around the track and worsened as he went. Sweet slowed and fell to an 11th-place finish.

With two races remaining this season, that helped Schatz, Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart, who finished third after starting ninth, chip away at Sweet’s lead.

“I'd liked to put pressure on him (Sweet),” said Schuchart, who is currently second in points. “He has a good lead right now. Those guys are fast every night. I’m just proud of what this team did this year and if we can put some pressure on him in these last two races and make something happen. We run good at Charlotte and I think the last time we were here at Kokomo we were lap traffic. So, I just want to keep growing with this Drydene performance products team.”

Entering the Nov. 6-7 season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Sweet now holds a 46-point lead over Schuchart, a 64-point lead over Schatz and a 128-point lead over Haudenschild. And for the team championship, Kasey Kahne Racing holds a 30-point lead over Jason Johnson Racing.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Nov. 6-7, returns to The Dirt Track at Charlotte for the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call. Click here for tickets. https://mpv.tickets.com/?agency=WRG_SNG_MPV&orgid=52711&packageId=57675&packageListId=57673#/event/PKG/ticketlist/?view=pricescales&minPrice=80&maxPrice=80&quantity=2&sort=price_desc&ada=false&seatSelection=false&onlyCoupon=true&onlyVoucher=false

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Race Results: 10/24/20 – Kokomo Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$3,200]; 4. 9-James McFadden [14][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [16][$2,500]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$2,300]; 7. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [10][$2,200]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [12][$2,100]; 9. 41-David Gravel [22][$2,050]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$1,200]; 13. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [18][$1,100]; 14. 16-DJ Foos [24][$1,050]; 15. 14-Tim Kaeding [21][$1,000]; 16. 26-Cory Eliason [6][$900]; 17. 71X-Spencer Bayston [13][$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20][$800]; 19. 83-Dominic Scelzi [8][$800]; 20. 72-Daryn Pittman [25][$]; 21. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [15][$800]; 22. 67-Buddy Kofoid [11][$800]; 23. 5K-Paul Nienhiser [19][$800]; 24. 71-Shane Stewart [5][$800]; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson [17][$800];
Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-8, 25-40; Donny Schatz 9-24;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-David Gravel[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.031; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.102; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.122; 4. 71-Shane Stewart, 11.138; 5. 14-Tim Kaeding, 11.151; 6. 5R-Ryan Ruhl, 11.291; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.298; 8. 67-Buddy Kofoid, 11.342; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 11.353; 10. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.412; 11. 71X-Spencer Bayston, 11.417; 12. 5K-Paul Nienhiser, 11.457; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.516; 14. 21X-Brinton Marvel, 11.591; 15. 21-Carson Short, 11.608; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.647; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.701; 18. 27Z-Zane Devault, 11.828; 19. 1-Nate Dussel, 11.893; 20. 6M-Justin Grant, 11.991; 21. 6-Bill Rose, 12.123; 22. 16C-Tyler Rankin, 12.328

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.981; 2. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.118; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 11.128; 4. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 11.178; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 11.187; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.198; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.225; 8. 11-Ian Madsen, 11.226; 9. 41-David Gravel, 11.227; 10. 72-Daryn Pittman, 11.232; 11. 16-DJ Foos, 11.241; 12. 5X-Justin Peck, 11.279; 13. 9-James McFadden, 11.399; 14. 101-Austin McCarl, 11.411; 15. 18-Gary Taylor, 11.538; 16. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.69; 17. 19-Chris Windom, 11.879; 18. 98-Clinton Boyles, 12.012; 19. 5S-Chase Stockon, 12.126; 20. 22-Koby Barksdale, 12.156; 21. 6X-Frank Rodgers, 12.71; 22. 19P-Paige Polyak, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 4. 71X-Spencer Bayston [6]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [5]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [9]; 7. 1-Nate Dussel [10]; 8. 21-Carson Short [8]; 9. 6-Bill Rose [11]; 10. 14-Tim Kaeding [3]; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 71-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 67-Buddy Kofoid [4]; 4. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5]; 5. 5K-Paul Nienhiser [6]; 6. 27Z-Zane Devault [9]; 7. 21X-Brinton Marvel [7]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [8]; 9. 5R-Ryan Ruhl [3]; 10. 6M-Justin Grant [10]; 11. 16C-Tyler Rankin [11]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [3]; 4. 9-James McFadden [7]; 5. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 6. 16-DJ Foos [6]; 7. 19-Chris Windom [9]; 8. 18-Gary Taylor [8]; 9. 5S-Chase Stockon [10]; 10. 6X-Frank Rodgers [11]; 11. 41-David Gravel [5]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 2. 83-Dominic Scelzi [2]; 3. 11-Ian Madsen [4]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [8]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 6. 72-Daryn Pittman [5]; 7. 5X-Justin Peck [6]; 8. 101-Austin McCarl [7]; 9. 98-Clinton Boyles [9]; 10. 22-Koby Barksdale [10]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 5. 71-Shane Stewart [6]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [7]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 8. 83-Dominic Scelzi [1]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 6-Bill Rose [1][-]; 2. 5S-Chase Stockon [2][-]; 3. 5R-Ryan Ruhl [3][$150]; 4. 98-Clinton Boyles [4][$150]; 5. 22-Koby Barksdale [7][$150]; 6. 6M-Justin Grant [5][$125]; 7. 16C-Tyler Rankin [8][$125]; 8. 6X-Frank Rodgers [6][$125]; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen [9][$125]; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak [10][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 14-Tim Kaeding [1][-]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2][-]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [3][-]; 4. 16-DJ Foos [4][-]; 5. 5X-Justin Peck [10][$300]; 6. 19-Chris Windom [8][$250]; 7. 1-Nate Dussel [7][$225]; 8. 21-Carson Short [11][$200]; 9. 21X-Brinton Marvel [9][$200]; 10. 18-Gary Taylor [12][$200]; 11. 6-Bill Rose [15][$200]; 12. 33M-Mason Daniel [13][$200]; 13. 5S-Chase Stockon [16][$200]; 14. 101-Austin McCarl [14][$200]; 15. 72-Daryn Pittman [6][$200]; 16. 27Z-Zane Devault [5][$200]

Comments (0)

World of Outlaws


Contact: Nick Graziano
World of Outlaws PR
ngraziano@dirtcar.com

Please click here for the original World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series article

McClassic: James McFadden leads triumphant night for Kasey Kahne Racing at Lake Ozark
Brad Sweet and Kasey Kahne Racing make significant gains in the championship points battle

ELDON, MO — Oct. 17, 2020 — Water glazed James McFadden’s eyes. His lips quivered with every word.

The emotions of winning the Jason Johnson Classic Saturday night at Lake Ozark Speedway with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series started to get to him.

“Jason (Johnson) was a close friend to our family and we spent a lot of time in Australia together,” McFadden said. “To get this is huge. It’s a privilege to be here and unreal to get the win.”

McFadden, of Warrnambool, VIC, Australia, had been through a crazy year already. He ran the DIRTcar Nationals in February and then was unable to returned to the United States from Australia for five months to continue running the Karavan Trailers #9 car for Kasey Kahne Racing due to COVID-19 restrictions. Once he was able to make the leap back over, he and the team toyed with a victory on multiple occasions.

The Aussie and KKR had done the same last year, picking up three runner-up finishes with the Series. They’d found success at other levels, winning the 360 Knoxville Nationals in 2019, but never scored a World of Outlaws victory together.

Entering the night at Lake Ozark, they had no clear data to tell them a win would be guaranteed as it was McFadden’s first ever start at the 1/3-mile speedway. But numbers on a paper – or lack thereof – meant nothing to the driver that cut his teeth on bullring tracks in Australia and to KKR, which scored a win at the track last year.

McFadden led from green to checkers in the 41-lap Feature, holding off multiple slid job attempts from Sweet, to claim his second career Series win and the $15,000 top prize.

“It’s so good,” McFadden said about finally getting a Series win with KKR. “We’ve been so close.

“I’ve got to thank my Karavan guys; KKR; Curb Records; Team ASE. I’m pretty pumped. This is my [most special] win. To do it is unreal.”

KKR dominated the night with Sweet first setting Quick Time in Qualifying. Sweet and McFadden both went on to win their Drydene Heat Race and McFadden won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, holding off Sweet for the win.

The teammates held the top two spots for the entire Feature. Sweet closed on McFadden at various points throughout the race and tried to throw a slider on him in Turns 3 and 4 twice. Both attempts failed as Sweet had to bail on his attempt or risk plowing into the side of McFadden.

Each time Sweet bailed on his slider he lost three car lengths to McFadden and allowed third-place Donny Schatz to close on him. On a restart with 13 laps to go, McFadden, Sweet and Schatz went three-wide for the lead, but their epic battle ended with another caution before the lap was completed.

The Feature saw six cautions throughout the 41 laps and McFadden had every restart mastered. Sweet would dive into Turn 1 to show his nose to McFadden in the corner, but the orange #9 car out powered Sweet’s NAPA Auto Parts #49 off Turn 2 each time.

With a handle on the high groove in the closing laps, McFadden beat Sweet to the finish line by nearly two seconds.

“I nearly gave it away with three to go,” McFadden said. “When you’ve got Donny (Schatz) and Brad (Sweet) behind you, you’ve got to give it 100 percent. It’s tough. Those guys are racing for points. You don’t want to make a mistake and get in their way. Just super pumped to get the win.”

While Sweet had to settle for his second runner-up finish in a row, and his 10th second-place finish with the Series this year, he and KKR made significant gains in the driver and team championship points. With Logan Schuchart, who is currently second in points, finishing 16th, Sweet is now 62 points ahead of him. And with Shane Stewart – driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41 – finishing 15th, KKR is now 34 points ahead of JJR for the team title hunt.

“I kind of got a little conservative thinking about the points, which sucks, you shouldn’t do that,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “He (McFadden) was fast and drove a great race. Just happy to bring the NAPA Auto Parts car home in second tonight.”

Schatz rounded out the podium and made his own gain on Schuchart in the points chase. He currently sits third, 20 points behind Schuchart and 82 points behind Sweet.

“It was a guessing game of what was going to happen when they redid the track there for the Feature,” said Schatz, of Fargo, ND. “It got really fast on the top and kind of took everything away from the bottom. Kind of thought that’s where it was going to go, so that’s the direction we went. We tightened the car up and got laid over a little too much.”

Their championship battle is now down to three races to go.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 24, returns to Kokomo Speedway in Kokomo, IN. Click here for tickets. https://mpv.tickets.com/?orgid=52711&agency=WRG_SNG_MPV&pid=8863813#/event/8863813/ticketlist/?view=sections&minPrice=35&maxPrice=35&quantity=2&sort=price_desc&ada=false&seatSelection=false&onlyCoupon=true&onlyVoucher=false

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Race Results: 10/17/20 – Lake Ozark Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (41 Laps) – 1. 9-James McFadden [1][$15,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$5,725]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$3,425]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [22][$3,025]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,725]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6][$2,525]; 7. 14-Tim Kaeding [11][$2,425]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [5][$2,325]; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller [13][$2,275]; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [17][$2,225]; 11. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [18][$1,725]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][$1,425]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,325]; 14. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [10][$1,275]; 15. 41-Shane Stewart [12][$1,225]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [14][$1,125]; 17. 2-Carson Macedo [21][$1,025]; 18. 83-Dominic Scelzi [23][$1,000]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 20. 18-Gio Scelzi [3][$1,000]; 21. 72-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,000]; 22. 11-Ian Madsen [16][$1,000]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$1,000]; 24. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,000]; 25. 6-Bill Rose [25][$];
Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-41;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 2M-Kerry Madsen[+18]

Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.402; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.464; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.496; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi, 11.512; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.519; 6. 9-James McFadden, 11.575; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.587; 8. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.599; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 11.636; 10. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 11.648; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 11.656; 12. 41-Shane Stewart, 11.669; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.716; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.727; 15. 14-Tim Kaeding, 11.742; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.745; 17. 72-Daryn Pittman, 11.754; 18. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 11.808; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.844; 20. 11-Ian Madsen, 11.858; 21. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.86; 22. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.883; 23. 99-Skylar Gee, 11.954; 24. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.001; 25. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 12.006; 26. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 12.14; 27. 14E-Kyle Bellm, 12.205; 28. 6-Bill Rose, 12.226; 29. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 12.253; 30. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.258; 31. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.319; 32. 75-Tyler Blank, 12.45; 33. 5-Kory Bales, 12.7; 34. 21B-Adam Parmeley, NT; 35. 6X-Frank Rodgers, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 3. 72-Daryn Pittman [5]; 4. 71-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [7]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 7. 35-Skylar Prochaska [8]; 8. 5-Kory Bales [9]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [4]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 9-James McFadden [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [3]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 5. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 6. 83-Dominic Scelzi [5]; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel [8]; 8. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [7]; 9. 21B-Adam Parmeley [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 14-Tim Kaeding [4]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 6. 99-Skylar Gee [6]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8]; 8. 14E-Kyle Bellm [7]; 9. 6X-Frank Rodgers [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 26-Cory Eliason [2]; 2. 18-Gio Scelzi [1]; 3. 41-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [5]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [6]; 7. 75-Tyler Blank [8]; 8. 6-Bill Rose [7]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 9-James McFadden [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [2]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [1][]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3][]; 3. 83-Dominic Scelzi [2][]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8][]; 5. 24-Terry McCarl [5][$300]; 6. 33M-Mason Daniel [7][$250]; 7. 14E-Kyle Bellm [12][$225]; 8. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [11][$200]; 9. 5-Kory Bales [10][$200]; 10. 6-Bill Rose [13][$200]; 11. 21B-Adam Parmeley [14][$200]; 12. 99-Skylar Gee [4][$200]; 13. 35-Skylar Prochaska [6][$200]; 14. 75-Tyler Blank [9][$200]; 15. 6X-Frank Rodgers [15][$200]

Comments (0)

World of Outlaws


Contact: Nick Graziano
World of Outlaws PR
ngraziano@dirtcar.com

Please click here for the original World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series article

Winner Shane Stewart (Trent Gower Photo)



HONOR AND PRIVILEGE: Shane Stewart Wins In Debut With Jason Johnson Racing At Lakeside
Jason Johnson Racing closes championship points gap and Brad Sweet extends his lead

KANSAS CITY, KS — Oct. 16, 2020 — Shane Stewart showed the emotion of a first time winner Friday night at Lakeside Speedway.

He bathed in confetti, waved the checkered flag with glee and smiled with pride for every photograph.

However, it was his 36th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory and his second of the 2020 season. What made it one of his most prized victories is he won driving for his late friend Jason Johnson’s team.

Stewart made his debut in the Jason Johnson Racing #41 car at Lakeside, sporting a red throwback scheme that resembled Johnson’s Knoxville Nationals winning car and kept it up front all night, leading every lap in the Feature.

“What’re the odds of just throwing a guy in car with a team he hasn’t worked with ever and go out and win an Outlaw race,” said Stewart, of Bixby, OK. “It just shows how well prepared this (JJR) race team is. It hasn’t sunk in yet. It probably won’t for a couple of days.”

Stewart and the team spent the early half of Friday getting his seat and seat belts fitted in the car, but Stewart felt at home the second he fired up the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41.

They unloaded with speed, qualifying seventh to start the night. Stewart then finished second in his Drydene Heat Race, placing him in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. With the luck of drawing the Dash pole, he went on to win the 6-lap race and claim the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

“Man, I’ve been in so many different cars now,” said Stewart, who has driven for five different teams in 2020. “I know measurements and where my seat needs to be to be comfortable. And it was close. You put your seat in and you change your belts, you really don’t know where you’re going to be until you start it. Once I started it, I knew I was going to be OK.”

When the Feature commenced, Stewart drag raced second-place Daryn Pittman to Turn 1. On entrance, Pittman went high while Stewart hammered his car down into the corner and slid up in front of Pittman by the exit of Turn 2. From then on, Stewart left everyone else to fight for second as he pulled away.

Sheldon Haudenschild made an early run at Pittman for the runner-up spot before fading late in the race. The hunter among the prey for the majority of the race was “The Big Cat” Brad Sweet. The reigning champion and current points leader wasted little time navigating through the field of cars in front of him. He was in the top-10 by Lap 2. He found the top-five by Lap 12. And then made his way to the podium by Lap 14.

Two cautions in that time frame helped Sweet make quick work on his charge forward. They also highlighted the strength of Stewart’s car, which lit a fuse and rocketed ahead of the field each restart.

With three laps to go, Sweet found another gear. He passed Pittman for second and closed to within a car length of Stewart on the final lap.

However, with his emotions in check, Stewart hit his marks and held off Sweet to claim the big win.

“I knew if someone was going to beat me tonight that they would have to have an exceptionally good car,” Stewart said. You just don’t get cars like that very often. I know why this team is fast. I’ve chased this (#41 car) a lot. In many different cars I’ve chased this car. Hats off to this (JJR) group. You can see they work together so well… Man what an honor to win for Jason and Bobbi (Johnson) and (crew chief) Philip (Dietz).”

With a runner-up finish, Sweet earned his first podium finish in five races.

“I didn’t quite do a good enough job,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “We’ve got to do a little bit better to get this NAPA Auto Parts car back in Victory Lane. My guys gave me a great race car for the [Feature]. We just need to get a little better track position and I think we would’ve had a car to win tonight.”

He gained two points on his closest championship contender Logan Schuchart, who finished third after Pittman had a rear end issue on the final lap and fell to 16th. For the Shark Racing driver, it’s his second top-five finish in a row, but he’s again left wondering if it could’ve been better with a higher starting position.

“Just need to start up front,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We’ve been so fast but coming from the back a lot. That 49 car is hard to beat. Just need to start up front. Great run. Nice to be on the podium.”

Stewart helped closed the points gap in the team championship with his win – JJR’s seventh win of 2020 – putting the team only eight points behind leader Kasey Kahne Racing. He’ll look to do so again on Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway for the $15,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic and win another race in Johnson’s honor.

“Our goal is to try and win that race tomorrow on behalf of Jason and it would be really special to sweep the weekend, but that’s hard to do,” Stewart said. “But what a win. What a win for me. It means a lot.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 16, returns to Lake Ozark Speedway in Eldon, MO for the $15,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic. Click here for tickets. https://mpv.tickets.com/?orgid=52711&agency=WRG_SNG_MPV&pid=8813403#/event/8813403/seatmap/?selectBuyers=false&minPrice=35&maxPrice=41&quantity=2&sort=price_desc&ada=false&seatSelection=true&onlyCoupon=true&onlyVoucher=false

If you can’t make it to track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Race Results: 10/16/20 – Lakeside Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-Shane Stewart [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [13][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$3,200]; 4. 14S-Tim Kaeding [3][$2,800]; 5. 9-James McFadden [10][$2,500]; 6. 14-David Gravel [17][$2,300]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [14][$2,100]; 9. 71-Parker Price-Miller [15][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,000]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,500]; 12. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,200]; 13. 21X-Christopher Bell [8][$1,100]; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [11][$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,000]; 16. 72-Daryn Pittman [2][$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$800]; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [23][$800]; 19. 83-Dominic Scelzi [24][$800]; 20. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [16][$800]; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel [20][$800]; 22. 18-Gio Scelzi [18][$800]; 23. 11-Ian Madsen [12][$800]; 24. 26-Cory Eliason [22][$800];
Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+11]

Qualifying – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.613; 2. 14S-Tim Kaeding, 13.638; 3. 72-Daryn Pittman, 13.641; 4. 21X-Christopher Bell, 13.647; 5. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.717; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.719; 7. 41-Shane Stewart, 13.727; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.729; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.731; 10. 18-Gio Scelzi, 13.734; 11. 71-Parker Price-Miller, 13.751; 12. 11-Ian Madsen, 13.763; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.768; 14. 9-James McFadden, 13.773; 15. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.774; 16. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 13.859; 17. 14-David Gravel, 13.866; 18. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.885; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.893; 20. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.909; 21. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.92; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.921; 23. 21-Brian Brown, 13.965; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.007; 25. 83-Dominic Scelzi, 14.05; 26. 99-Skylar Gee, 14.135; 27. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.167; 28. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer, 14.171; 29. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.184; 30. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 14.228; 31. 6-Bill Rose, 14.262; 32. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.548; 33. 9W-Chris Morgan, 14.82; 34. O5-Colin Smith, 15.068; 35. 101-Wyatt Burks, 15.171; 36. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.559

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 5. 14-David Gravel [5]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [6]; 7. 83-Dominic Scelzi [7]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 9. 9W-Chris Morgan [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 14S-Tim Kaeding [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 9-James McFadden [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 5. 18-Gio Scelzi [3]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee [7]; 8. 35-Skylar Prochaska [8]; 9. O5-Colin Smith [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 72-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 41-Shane Stewart [2]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [4]; 4. 71-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 7. 24-Terry McCarl [7]; 8. 6-Bill Rose [8]; 9. 101-Wyatt Burks [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 21X-Christopher Bell [1]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 11-Ian Madsen [3]; 4. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [4]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5]; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel [8]; 8. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [7]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 41-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 72-Daryn Pittman [4]; 3. 14S-Tim Kaeding [3]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [2]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 8. 21X-Christopher Bell [7]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1][-]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [3][-]; 3. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [2][-]; 4. 83-Dominic Scelzi [5][-]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$300]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [7][$250]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee [6][$225]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [8][$200]; 9. 35-Skylar Prochaska [10][$200]; 10. 6-Bill Rose [11][$200]; 11. O5-Colin Smith [14][$200]; 12. 9W-Chris Morgan [13][$200]; 13. 2C-Wayne Johnson [4][$200]; 14. 27-Tucker Klaasmeyer [12][$200]; 15. 101-Wyatt Burks [15][$200]; 16. 17A-Austin McCarl [16][$200]

Comments (0)

World of Outlaws


Contact: Nick Graziano
World of Outlaws PR
ngraziano@dirtcar.com

Please click here for the original World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series article

Winner Kyle Larson (Trent Gower Photo)



ROYAL SWEEP: Kyle Larson Claims Back To Back Victories At Port Royal
Kasey Kahne Racing reclaims the team championship points lead from Jason Johnson Racing

PORT ROYAL, PA — Oct. 10, 2020 — The ink hadn’t even dried on the page before Kyle Larson had another accomplishment to be written in his 2020 book of dirt racing records.

Less than 24 hours after winning the opening night of the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway on Friday, Larson, of Elk Grove, CA, swept the weekend by winning Saturday night's $15,000-to-win finale, earning his 20th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory – tying him with Greg Hodnett for 27th on the Series all-time wins list. It was also the third time he’s swept a doubleheader weekend with the Series in 2020.

“Another awesome race car,” Larson said. “Can’t thank everybody enough. There’s a lot of people that help (owner and crew chief) Paul’s (Silva) team do what we do, and we can’t do it without them.”

His victory didn’t come without a pinch of luck, though. While Larson had the dominate car Friday night, Brent Marks, of Myerstown, PA, did what few have been able to do all year during Saturday night’s race; he passed Larson for the lead.

It first took 27 laps of eye widening racing to get to the point.

PA Posse members Lance Dewease, of Fayetteville, PA, and Anthony Macri, of Dillsburg, PA, lined up on the front row, poised to end the Posse’s losing streak against the Outlaws this year and not be shutout of a win for the first time since 2008.

When the 30-lap Feature commenced, Dewease pulled ahead with the lead and Larson wasted little time to catapult himself from fourth to second on the opening lap. Dewease used the clean air to his advantage and gapped Larson by about a second in the opening laps. However, he almost lost everything when he hit the wall in Turn 2.

Keeping his throttle control and steering in line, Dewease was able to recover from his mistake and continue with no issues. The only problem it presented for him was it allowed Larson to close in. And once Larson had Dewease within reach, his charge was imminent.

Larson and Dewease waged a two-lap war for the lead on Laps 9 and 10 before the Finley Farms #57 prevailed as the victor. The race was now Larson’s to lose.

On a restart with 14 laps to go, Marks was poised to be the one to make Larson lose it. He powered around the outside of Sheldon Haudenschild to take third and then made quick work of Dewease to steal second. Larson pulled away to about a second lead, but Marks had the high side mastered and cut a tenth of a second off Larson’s lead each lap. And once lap traffic came into play, Larson’s reign at the front started crumpling.

Marks, a Posse member that used to be a full-time Outlaw, was on the hunt for his first Series win in 2020 and to end that Posse losing streak. With three laps to go, he held the key to accomplish both feats. But before he could get a grip on it, a caution took it away.

Larson got held up by the lap car of Spencer Bayston while trying to pass him around the bottom, giving Marks a surprising run around the top to power around Larson for the lead down the backstretch. Seconds later, yellow lights flashed around the track for Kerry Madsen, who stopped on the track with a right front issue. With the lap no completed, Larson was able to keep the lead for the restart.

“I’m a little disappointed but it’s hard to be disappointed with second with the World of Outlaws, especially against Kyle,” Marks said. “For once we had a better car than he did. It just didn’t work out. It’s all good. I’m really proud of our team.”

When the green flag waved for the final time Saturday night, Larson launched ahead of Marks on the start and pulled away to his 12th Series victory of the season in 24 starts and 41st dirt racing victory in 81 starts this year.

“I definitely got really lucky there,” Larson said. “Marks surprised me when he ripped around me. Honestly, I thought Lance (Dewease) would be the guy coming. I peeked back and I could see someone was running the middle and I thought it was Lance. I should’ve peeked at the board I guess and seen the 5 (car of Marks) was coming and I would’ve known where he was running. I would’ve been more aggressive when I got to traffic. I got lucky and I’ll take it.”

Dewease rounded out the podium and championship contender Logan Schuchart finished fourth – earning the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award with his run from 12th to fourth. Schuchart’s finish also helped him chip away at reigning champion Brad Sweet’s points lead. He’s now 32 points behind Sweet – who finished eighth.

“It’s nice just to go forward,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We’ve been so consistent for so long. And to be at the front of the points, you have to be consistent to be up there. Just says how are team is running. For the last few weeks, for whatever reason, we’ve been struggling a little bit. But these Drydene guys they keep working hard and we just keeping working at it. You’re going to have good nights and bad nights. Hopefully more good than bad.”

Sweet’s eighth-place finish was good enough to help his Kasey Kahne Racing team reclaim the points lead for the team championship from Jason Johnson Racing. David Gravel, driving the JJR #41, finished 21st, allowing KKR to move to a 12-point lead ahead of JJR.

With five races remaining this season, there’s five more chances for Larson to add a new World of Outlaws record to his book and five more important events to determine the 2020 champion.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Fri., Oct. 16, returns to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, KS. Click here to get tickets. https://slspromotions.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=186

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Race Results: 10/10/20 – Port Royal Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$15,000]; 2. 5-Brent Marks [8][$5,700]; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease [1][$3,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$3,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,600]; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi [3][$2,400]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,300]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,200]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$2,150]; 10. 1-Logan Wagner [13][$2,100]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz [16][$1,600]; 12. 72-Daryn Pittman [20][$1,350]; 13. 48-Danny Dietrich [21][$1,300]; 14. 2X-Dylan Cisney [11][$1,200]; 15. 9-James McFadden [22][$1,100]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [24][$1,000]; 17. 10X-Ryan Smith [19][$900]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$850]; 19. 11-T.J. Stutts [26][$]; 20. 14S-Tony Stewart [23][$800]; 21. 41-David Gravel [18][$800]; 22. 83-Spencer Bayston [25][$]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [28][$]; 24. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$800]; 25. 51-Freddie Rahmer [17][$800]; 26. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 27. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [9][$800]; 28. 39M-Anthony Macri [2][$800];
Lap Leaders: Lance Dewease 1-10, Kyle Larson 11-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+8]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 18-Gio Scelzi, 16.095; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.227; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.229; 4. 2X-Dylan Cisney, 16.322; 5. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.346; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.367; 7. 9-James McFadden, 16.373; 8. 83-Spencer Bayston, 16.391; 9. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.462; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.489; 11. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.541; 12. 10X-Ryan Smith, 16.604; 13. 15B-Zach Hampton, 16.619; 14. 91F-Tony Fiore, 16.631; 15. 55-Mike Wagner, 16.762; 16. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey, 16.834; 17. 19M-Landon Myers, 16.857; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel, 16.98; 19. 57J-Jeff Miller, 17.056; 20. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.112; 21. 47K-Kody Lehman, 17.232; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.237; 23. 880-Drew Ritchey, 17.321; 24. 6-Bill Rose, 17.337; 25. 12-Brent Shearer, 17.355; 26. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.759

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 2-Carson Macedo, 16.233; 2. 5-Brent Marks, 16.235; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.34; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.342; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.363; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.512; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 16.532; 8. 57-Kyle Larson, 16.542; 9. 41-David Gravel, 16.564; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.591; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 16.647; 12. 72-Daryn Pittman, 16.682; 13. 14S-Tony Stewart, 16.705; 14. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.834; 15. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 16.911; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.925; 17. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.001; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.001; 19. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.11; 20. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 17.169; 21. 29-Michael Bauer, 17.323; 22. 73B-Brett Michalski, 17.359; 23. 54-Zach Newlin, 17.582; 24. 97-Brie Hershey, 18.002; 25. 15X-Mark Bitner, 18.584

Non-Qualifier (8 Laps) – 1. 29-Michael Bauer [2]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson [3]; 3. 47K-Kody Lehman [1]; 4. 12-Brent Shearer [9]; 5. 73B-Brett Michalski [4]; 6. 54-Zach Newlin [6]; 7. 97-Brie Hershey [8]; 8. 15X-Mark Bitner [10]; 9. 6-Bill Rose [7]; 10. 12W-Troy Fraker [11]; 11. 880-Drew Ritchey [5]

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 18-Gio Scelzi [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [5]; 4. 1-Logan Wagner [3]; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer [6]; 6. 9-James McFadden [4]; 7. 55-Mike Wagner [8]; 8. 19M-Landon Myers [9]; 9. 29-Michael Bauer [11]; 10. 57J-Jeff Miller [10]; 11. 15B-Zach Hampton [7]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease [3]; 3. 2X-Dylan Cisney [2]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 5. 10X-Ryan Smith [6]; 6. 83-Spencer Bayston [4]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson [11]; 8. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey [8]; 9. 91F-Tony Fiore [7]; 10. 11-T.J. Stutts [10]; 11. 33M-Mason Daniel [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [2]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 5. 41-David Gravel [5]; 6. 14S-Tony Stewart [7]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 8. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [8]; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody [9]; 10. 47K-Kody Lehman [11]; 11. 75-Nicole Bower [10]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 5-Brent Marks [1]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [4]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 5. 72-Daryn Pittman [6]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [7]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 9. 12-Brent Shearer [11]; 10. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 11. 14-Parker Price-Miller [10]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [1]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [4]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [2]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [6]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [8]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [7]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 11-T.J. Stutts [3][-]; 2. 54-Zach Newlin [8][-]; 3. 47K-Kody Lehman [2][$150]; 4. 75-Nicole Bower [4][$150]; 5. 73B-Brett Michalski [9][$150]; 6. 33M-Mason Daniel [7][$125]; 7. 97-Brie Hershey [11][$125]; 8. 15X-Mark Bitner [10][$125]; 9. 15B-Zach Hampton [5][$125]; 10. 6-Bill Rose [13][$125]; 11. 12W-Troy Fraker [12][$125]; 12. 57J-Jeff Miller [1][$125]; 13. 14-Parker Price-Miller [6][$125]; 14. 880-Drew Ritchey [14][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [2][]; 2. 9-James McFadden [1][]; 3. 14S-Tony Stewart [4][]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [8][]; 5. 55-Mike Wagner [5][$300]; 6. 83-Spencer Bayston [3][$250]; 7. 24-Lucas Wolfe [6][$225]; 8. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey [11][$200]; 9. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [12][$200]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$200]; 11. 19M-Landon Myers [9][$200]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$200]; 13. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7][$200]; 14. 29-Michael Bauer [13][$200]; 15. 91F-Tony Fiore [15][$200]; 16. 11-T.J. Stutts [18][$200]; 17. 54-Zach Newlin [19][$200]; 18. 12-Brent Shearer [17][$200]; 19. 99M-Kyle Moody [16][$200]

Comments (0)

World of Outlaws


Contact: Nick Graziano
World of Outlaws PR
ngraziano@dirtcar.com

Please click here for the original World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series article

Winner Kyle Larson (Trent Gower Photo)



RECORD WRITER: Kyle Larson Wins Nittany Showdown Opening Night
Brad Sweet avoids potential disaster to increase points lead, while Jason Johnson Racing extends its team championship points lead

PORT ROYAL, PA — Oct. 9, 2020 — Refill the ink and turn the page. Kyle Larson added another line to his 2020 book of dirt racing records Friday at Port Royal Speedway.

During the opening night of the Nittany Showdown, the Elk Grove, CA driver won his 11th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event in 23 starts and his 40th dirt track event in 80 overall starts this year – which includes a Late Model win at Port Royal in August.

“I would’ve liked to have gotten to 30 (wins). That was probably a more realistic goal,” Larson said with a smirk. “But once we got racing... this is the most I’ve ever raced with Paul. We usually only do 25 to 30 shows. I think with us getting to race more together, days in a row, too, it helped us get into a rhythm. I think that’s why we had such a strong summer.”

Larson didn’t let anyone else have a thought of victory in the 25-lap Feature. He cleared the 26-car field by the exit of Turn 4 on the initial start and extended the rope of time between he and second-place Danny Dietrich each lap. By Lap 5, Larson already had a two second lead on the PA Posse member.

While Larson set sail around the top of the half-mile track, the championship points contenders were hunting for every position they could. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who started the night setting Quick Time, eventually fell from fifth to seven and David Gravel fell from seventh to eighth. Further behind them, reigning champion Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart were trying to fight their way forward, starting 15th and 21st, respectively.

Several drivers, including Sweet, were involved in an accident in Turn 4 with 10 laps to go. The wreck resulted and Carson Macedo and Lance Dewease’s nights coming to an end, but Sweet had minimal damage and was able to continue. He made his way back through the field to finish 11th, while Schuchart finished 12th.

By virtue of their finishes, Sweet now leads Schuchart by 40 points for the driver points title. Schatz continues to sit third in points, but is now 62 points behind Sweet, closing in on the championship battle for the second race in a row. Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team did lose points to Gravel’s Jason Johnson Racing team for the team championship title hunt, though. JJR now leads KKR by 14 points.

The Lap 10 wreck was the sole caution of the night, giving Dietrich and third-place Sheldon Haudenschild their best shot at challenging Larson. On the restart, Dietrich tossed his car to the bottom of Turn 1 and pulled even with Larson. However, Larson had the better momentum around the top and launch ahead of him down the backstretch.

Even with lap cars in his way, Larson didn’t let anything slow his march to victory and crossed the finish line having led all 25 laps.

“I felt really good in the (DIRTVision Fast Pass) Dash there. Really really good,” Larson said. “The balance of the car felt different in the Feature. But I felt like I could still maintain good grip off and I could slide lappers and not lose too much momentum. I knew my car was good. It always is. As the race went on, I started to slide more but got a good enough start on the restarts to maintain a decent gap. Awesome car again. Can’t say enough about everyone who works on it.”

Dietrich’s runner-up finish is his best showing in 12 races with the Series this season. It was also the best showing for a PA Posse member. If he or another Posse member is unable to win Saturday night’s $15,000-to-win Nittany Showdown finale, it will be the first time since 2008 that the PA Posse has been shutout of winning in their home territory against the Outlaws.

“He’s (Larson) really good on the restarts,” said Dietrich, of Gettysburg, PA. “Going to the bottom (on the restarts) was not the place to be but it was the only option if you wanted to try and pass him. Just really happy with the car. We made huge improvements from last week.”

Sheldon Haudenschild rounded out the podium – his seventh podium finish in his last 15 World of Outlaws starts.

“To come out of here with a podium is good,” said Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH. “Just building for tomorrow.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 10, returns to Port Royal Speedway for the $15,000-to-win Nittany Showdown Finale. Click here for tickets. https://mpv.tickets.com/?orgid=52711&agency=WRG_SNG_MPV&pid=8863698#/event/8863698/seatmap/?selectBuyers=false&minPrice=30&maxPrice=35&quantity=2&sort=price_desc&ada=false&seatSelection=true&onlyCoupon=true&onlyVoucher=false

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Race Results: 10/9/20 – Port Royal Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [1][$8,000]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [2][$4,000]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$2,500]; 4. 18-Gio Scelzi [6][$2,200]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [4][$2,100]; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri [8][$2,000]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$1,800]; 8. 41-David Gravel [7][$1,600]; 9. 51-Freddie Rahmer [20][$1,500]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [10][$1,300]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [15][$1,200]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$1,100]; 13. 14S-Tony Stewart [9][$1,000]; 14. 9-James McFadden [11][$700]; 15. 5-Brent Marks [13][$600]; 16. 11-T.J. Stutts [19][$600]; 17. 10X-Ryan Smith [14][$600]; 18. 21-Brian Brown [17][$600]; 19. 72-Daryn Pittman [22][$600]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [18][$600]; 21. 83-Spencer Bayston [25][$]; 22. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [24][$600]; 23. 2X-Dylan Cisney [26][$]; 24. 2-Carson Macedo [16][$600]; 25. 69K-Lance Dewease [12][$600]; 26. 55-Mike Wagner [23][$600]; Lap Leaders: Kyle Larson 1-25; KSE Hard Charger Award: 51-Freddie Rahmer[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.19; 2. 18-Gio Scelzi, 15.308; 3. 41-David Gravel, 15.318; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri, 15.354; 5. 14S-Tony Stewart, 15.361; 6. 9-James McFadden, 15.365; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 15.368; 8. 55-Mike Wagner, 15.435; 9. 72-Daryn Pittman, 15.456; 10. 11-T.J. Stutts, 15.49; 11. 5-Brent Marks, 15.546; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.58; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.647; 14. 1-Logan Wagner, 15.688; 15. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.735; 16. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 15.769; 17. 19M-Landon Myers, 15.88; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel, 15.962; 19. 2X-Dylan Cisney, 15.981; 20. 57J-Jeff Miller, 16.054; 21. 12-Brent Shearer, 16.056; 22. 73B-Brett Michalski, 16.146; 23. 47K-Kody Lehman, 16.218; 24. 12W-Troy Fraker, 17.023

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.349; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich, 15.408; 3. 57-Kyle Larson, 15.452; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 15.465; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.587; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease, 15.605; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.654; 8. 2-Carson Macedo, 15.69; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.698; 10. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 15.769; 11. 10X-Ryan Smith, 15.773; 12. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 15.805; 13. 83-Spencer Bayston, 15.824; 14. 91F-Tony Fiore, 15.927; 15. 99M-Kyle Moody, 15.948; 16. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 15.955; 17. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 15.983; 18. 54-Zach Newlin, 16.158; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.202; 20. 880-Drew Ritchey, 16.245; 21. 6-Bill Rose, 16.416; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 16.524; 23. 97-Brie Hershey, 16.598; 24. 15B-Zach Hampton, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2]; 3. 14S-Tony Stewart [3]; 4. 5-Brent Marks [6]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 6. 72-Daryn Pittman [5]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 8. 19M-Landon Myers [9]; 9. 12-Brent Shearer [11]; 10. 2X-Dylan Cisney [10]; 11. 47K-Kody Lehman [12]; 12. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 18-Gio Scelzi [1]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [2]; 3. 9-James McFadden [3]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 5. 11-T.J. Stutts [5]; 6. 55-Mike Wagner [4]; 7. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [8]; 8. 1-Logan Wagner [7]; 9. 73B-Brett Michalski [11]; 10. 33M-Mason Daniel [9]; 11. 57J-Jeff Miller [10]; 12. 12W-Troy Fraker [12]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 10X-Ryan Smith [6]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 7. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [9]; 8. 83-Spencer Bayston [7]; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody [8]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [10]; 11. 6-Bill Rose [11]; 12. 97-Brie Hershey [12]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease [3]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer [5]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 7. 14-Parker Price-Miller [8]; 8. 91F-Tony Fiore [7]; 9. 880-Drew Ritchey [10]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [11]; 11. 54-Zach Newlin [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi [7]; 7. 41-David Gravel [3]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri [5]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 2X-Dylan Cisney [1][-]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson [4][-]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [2][$150]; 4. 33M-Mason Daniel [3][$150]; 5. 54-Zach Newlin [8][$150]; 6. 83J-Lynton Jeffrey [9][$125]; 7. 6-Bill Rose [6][$125]; 8. 57J-Jeff Miller [7][$125]; 9. 97-Brie Hershey [10][$125]; 10. 12W-Troy Fraker [11][$125]; 11. 47K-Kody Lehman [5][$125]; 12. 15B-Zach Hampton [12][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][-]; 2. 72-Daryn Pittman [3][-]; 3. 55-Mike Wagner [1][-]; 4. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [6][-]; 5. 24-Lucas Wolfe [4][$300]; 6. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [7][$250]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$225]; 8. 19M-Landon Myers [9][$200]; 9. 83-Spencer Bayston [10][$200]; 10. 14-Parker Price-Miller [8][$200]; 11. 91F-Tony Fiore [12][$200]; 12. 99M-Kyle Moody [14][$200]; 13. 2X-Dylan Cisney [17][$200]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson [18][$200]; 15. 73B-Brett Michalski [15][$200]; 16. 12-Brent Shearer [13][$200]; 17. 880-Drew Ritchey [16][$200]; 18. 1-Logan Wagner [11][$200]

World of Outlaws


Contact: Nick Graziano
World of Outlaws PR
ngraziano@dirtcar.com

Please click here for the original World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series article

Winner Donny Schatz (Trent Gower Photo)



JUST WHAT HE NEEDED: Donny Schatz claims sixth National Open title, $75K top prize
Jason Johnson Racing takes team points lead and Brad Sweet loses points in the driver title hunt

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Oct. 3, 2020 — Ten-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz doesn’t need extra motivation to win.

But when given, especially if given in a callous manor, get ready to write the check. And Williams Grove Speedway did. A big one. The biggest check they’ve even written and the biggest one awarded to a Sprint Car driver this year.

Schatz, of Fargo, ND, won his sixth Champion Racing Oil National Open at this historic half-mile and claimed the $75,000 top prize awarded with it Saturday night.

However, before doing so, he got a little rambunctious with his victory lap and put his CARQUEST #15 into the wall in Turn 3, knocking the steering out of it. All in good fun, though.

“I was probably pretty excited,” Schatz said. “I was trying to wave at them guys in the infield in Turn 3. They told me that I suck before the race started, so I figured that I would remind them that before that race I was the only five-time National Open champion. Now it’s six. Thank you, guys, for the motivation in Turn 3. That’s just what I needed.”

The win is his fifth of the season and 299th of his career.

Getting to it took patience and aggression. Especially with Kyle Larson lurking behind him in the closing laps.

Schatz won his Drydene Heat Race and then finished fourth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, which was won by David Gravel, who won Friday’s race at Williams Grove in dominating fashion.

Gravel, of Watertown, CT, led every lap Friday night and won my more than two seconds. That made him a favor to earn his three National Open title on Saturday. However, when the green flag unraveled in the air, Logan Schuchart stole the spotlight.

From the outside pole, Schuchart darted ahead of Gravel off Turn 4 and had the Mesillva Valley Transportation #41 cleared before they entered the first corner. Schatz pulled a similar move on Schuchart’s teammate, Jacob Allen, and stole third before the leaders crossed the starting line.

Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, held command out front for the first 11 laps before a caution dampened his chances of winning a National Open title. Gravel kept pace with the Drydene #1S on the restart and stayed close enough down the back stretch to throw a slider underneath it into Turn 3. He cleared Schuchart off the corner and set course for a weekend sweep. Behind him, Schatz took advantage of Schuchart’s wide exit off Turn 4 to sneak by into the runner-up spot.

“I feel like we made the right decision, starting on the outside there (on the restart),” Schuchart said. “There was a little bit more grip in the middle of the racetrack. I felt like if I could hold David (Gravel) down a bit I could get the jump. He kept getting better and better at it (restarts). The more times he got a shot at it we were even out of (Turn) four.”

Gravel was unable to run away with the lead like he had Friday night. Schatz had a rope hooked to the #41 car and pulled himself closer to it every lap. With 19 laps to go, Schatz snuck underneath Gravel into Turn 1 and pulled ahead of him off Turn 2.

From then on, Schatz made it his race to lose. Gravel faded and Schuchart couldn’t make up ground once he got back to second.

Larson was on the hunt, though. With 15 laps to go, he moved into third. With 14 laps to go, he was second. Initially, Larson was unable to cut into the two second gap Schatz had on him. But with five laps to go, he found a surge. The gap between he and Schatz shrunk each corner. He threw everything he had at the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing machine after passing the white flag.

He looked low in Turn 1. Wasn’t enough. He tried going high in Turn 3, nearly pulling even with Schatz through the corner, but the wall and his right rear didn’t get along. Schatz pulled away with the big win, while Larson had to settle for his second runner-up finish in a row at the track.

“I knew Donny (Schatz) was getting to traffic and he’d went to the top in Turns 1 and 2 to get around somebody there earlier and made it work,” Larson said. “I knew he would do that again. I was just hoping that I would be close enough off Turn 4 to be there to get to his inside when he went to the top. Just wasn’t quite close enough and tried just running the top there to do what I could, even though I knew a miracle was going to have to happen.”

Schuchart rounded out the podium, which helped him cut a few points off of Sweet’s championship lead. Sweet, who finished 10th, now leads the driver championship by 38 points over Schuchart in second and by 70 points over Schatz in third.

With Gravel finishing fourth, that moved Jason Johnson Racing to the points lead for the team championship. JJR is currently eight points ahead of Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team with seven races to go.

Schatz admitted 2020 has been one of his worst seasons, coming off an eight season stretch of winning 11 or more races. However, winning the biggest Sprint Car event of 2020 has been a welcomed boost.

“Feels good to win that race,” Schatz said. “We tried something in the Dash. Wasn’t all that great but rebounded. “Scuba” (Crew Chief Steve Swenson) changed the car back. He made the right call and did a great job. We’re standing here.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Oct. 9-10, returns to Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA for the Nittany Showdown. Click here for tickets. https://mpv.tickets.com/?orgid=52711&agency=WRG_SNG_MPV&pid=8863701#/event/8863701/seatmap/?selectBuyers=false&minPrice=60&maxPrice=65&quantity=2&sort=price_desc&ada=false&seatSelection=true&onlyCoupon=true&onlyVoucher=false

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Race Results: 10/3/20 – Williams Grove Speedway – National Open

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$75,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [5][$12,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$7,500]; 4. 41-David Gravel [1][$4,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$3,500]; 6. 72-Daryn Pittman [8][$3,000]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$2,700]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri [13][$2,500]; 9. 5-Brent Marks [17][$2,200]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$2,100]; 11. 69K-Lance Dewease [23][$2,000]; 12. 51-Freddie Rahmer [19][$1,650]; 13. 9-James McFadden [7][$1,550]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [21][$1,200]; 15. 26-Cory Eliason [10][$1,100]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [25][$50]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [24][$1,000]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich [14][$1,000]; 19. 5C-Dylan Cisney [20][$1,000]; 20. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$1,000]; 21. 11-T.J. Stutts [26][$]; 22. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [11][$1,000]; 23. 24-Lucas Wolfe [28][$]; 24. 14-Parker Price-Miller [18][$1,000]; 25. 6-Bill Rose [29][$]; 26. O7-Bill Balog [22][$1,000]; 27. 83-Spencer Bayston [27][$]; 28. 87-Aaron Reutzel [16][$1,000]; 29. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-11, David Gravel 12-21, Donny Schatz 22-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 69K-Lance Dewease[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.685; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.807; 3. 57-Kyle Larson, 16.851; 4. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.953; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.989; 6. 9-James McFadden, 16.998; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.018; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 17.069; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 17.122; 10. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 17.125; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 17.161; 12. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.178; 13. 83-Spencer Bayston, 17.186; 14. 39-Justin Peck, 17.254; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.275; 16. 11Z-Zeb Wise, 17.285; 17. 5-Brent Marks, 17.302; 18. 1-Logan Wagner, 17.308; 19. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.324; 20. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 17.338; 21. 1X-Chad Trout, 17.355; 22. 33M-Mason Daniel, 17.515; 23. 12-Brent Shearer, 17.523; 24. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 17.563; 25. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.688; 26. 73B-Brett Michalski, 17.765; 27. 6-Bill Rose, 17.962

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 71-Shane Stewart, 17.103; 2. 41-David Gravel, 17.156; 3. 17X-Ian Madsen, 17.176; 4. 72-Daryn Pittman, 17.227; 5. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 17.316; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.351; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 17.355; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 17.379; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.389; 10. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 17.391; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.464; 12. 69K-Lance Dewease, 17.488; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.507; 14. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.51; 15. O7-Bill Balog, 17.602; 16. 18-Gio Scelzi, 17.691; 17. 35-Zach Hampton, 17.703; 18. 19M-Landon Myers, 17.708; 19. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.741; 20. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.768; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.932; 22. 54-Zach Newlin, 17.966; 23. 21P-Brian Montieth, 18.031; 24. 49H-Bradley Howard, 18.262; 25. 75-Nicole Bower, 18.297; 26. 19-Troy Wagaman, 18.392; 27. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.875

Non-Qualifier (8 Laps) – 1. 1X-Chad Trout [1]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson [2]; 3. 33M-Mason Daniel [3]; 4. 99M-Kyle Moody [9]; 5. 21P-Brian Montieth [6]; 6. 19-Troy Wagaman [12]; 7. 54-Zach Newlin [4]; 8. 73B-Brett Michalski [11]; 9. 75-Nicole Bower [10]; 10. 6-Bill Rose [13]; 11. 49H-Bradley Howard [8]; 12. 12-Brent Shearer [5]; 13. 12W-Troy Fraker [14]; 14. 55K-Robbie Kendall [7]

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri [8]; 5. 5-Brent Marks [9]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 8. 13-Paul McMahan [6]; 9. 83-Spencer Bayston [7]; 10. 1X-Chad Trout [11]; 11. 11-T.J. Stutts [10]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 9-James McFadden [3]; 3. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [2]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer [6]; 6. 11Z-Zeb Wise [8]; 7. 1-Logan Wagner [9]; 8. 24-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 9. 39-Justin Peck [7]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [11]; 11. 3-Jac Haudenschild [10]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [10]; 5. 14-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 6. O7-Bill Balog [8]; 7. 17X-Ian Madsen [2]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 9. 35-Zach Hampton [9]; 10. 33M-Mason Daniel [11]; 11. 71-Shane Stewart [1]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 72-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 5. 5C-Dylan Cisney [5]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [7]; 7. 69K-Lance Dewease [6]; 8. 18-Gio Scelzi [8]; 9. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [10]; 10. 99M-Kyle Moody [11]; 11. 19M-Landon Myers [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [8]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 7. 9-James McFadden [5]; 8. 72-Daryn Pittman [6]

D-main (8 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 19-Troy Wagaman [2][-]; 2. 54-Zach Newlin [3][-]; 3. 21P-Brian Montieth [1][$125]; 4. 73B-Brett Michalski [4][$125]; 5. 6-Bill Rose [6][$125]; 6. 49H-Bradley Howard [7][$125]; 7. 12W-Troy Fraker [9][$125]; 8. 75-Nicole Bower [5][$125]; 9. 12-Brent Shearer [8][$125]; 10. 55K-Robbie Kendall [10][$125]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 83-Spencer Bayston [1][-]; 2. 35-Zach Hampton [2][-]; 3. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [4][$150]; 4. 33M-Mason Daniel [6][$150]; 5. 39-Justin Peck [3][$150]; 6. 1X-Chad Trout [5][$125]; 7. 19M-Landon Myers [10][$125]; 8. 11-T.J. Stutts [9][$125]; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody [8][$125]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7][$125]; 11. 19-Troy Wagaman [12][$125]; 12. 54-Zach Newlin [13][$125]; 13. 3-Jac Haudenschild [11][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 71-Shane Stewart [2][]; 2. O7-Bill Balog [4][]; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease [10][]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [3][]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1][$300]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$250]; 7. 17X-Ian Madsen [8][$225]; 8. 13-Paul McMahan [9][$200]; 9. 11Z-Zeb Wise [5][$200]; 10. 1-Logan Wagner [7][$200]; 11. 24-Lucas Wolfe [11][$200]; 12. 83-Spencer Bayston [14][$200]; 13. 18-Gio Scelzi [13][$200]; 14. 35-Zach Hampton [15][$200]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$200]

World of Outlaws


Contact: Nick Graziano
World of Outlaws PR
ngraziano@dirtcar.com

Please click here for the original World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series article

Winner David Gravel (Trent Gower Photo)


OPENING ATTACK: David Gravel Wins At Williams Grove In His 600th Start
Brad Sweet gains in driver points but loses in team points to Jason Johnson Racing

MECHANICSBURG, PA — Oct. 2, 2020 — David Gravel made the most of his 600th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series start at Williams Grove Speedway Friday night.

He won the opening night of the National Open – his sixth win of the season and second in a row at the historic half-mile – took home the $10,000 check and made big gains for Jason Johnson Racing in the team championship.

His path to victory consisted of a dominate reign out front, leading all 25 laps and crossing the finish line by 2.5 seconds ahead of Kyle Larson.

“I had a couple of close calls,” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “I had no idea what kind of lead I had. When I passed a lap car, they poked their nose at me, and I didn’t think that was a very good corner. It was a lot of work up there on the curb. It started getting built up pretty big. I knew I just had to attack, attack, attack. When Kyle (Larson) is behind you, know who you have to run all 25 laps hard.”

Riding the high of his win at Lernerville Speedway last week, Gravel – who already had seven wins at Williams Grove, including his Summer Nationals win in July – showed his strength early by setting Quick Time in his qualifying flight. He then won his Drydene Heat Race and went on to finish second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash behind PA Posse member Freddie Rahmer.

However, the runner-up finish proved to benefit Gravel more than the win did for Rahmer. By starting on the outside pole for the 25-lap Feature, Gravel got the jump on Rahmer at the start and ran away like a thief out of a bank.

In the first five laps of the Feature, Gravel had already pulled ahead of Rahmer by 2.2 seconds. Lap traffic came into play the next lap but had no hinderance on the Mesilla Valley Transportation #41. Keeping his foot to the floor, Gravel gained tenths every lap on Rahmer. And while he pulled away, Rahmer found himself under attack by Larson.

Rahmer and Larson waged war throughout the final half of the race for the runner-up spot. There was no consideration for space between the two cars. Larson closed to Rahmer’s tail tank in the corners, but Rahmer could pull ahead down the straightaways. Then came the dance of slide jobs. Larson would dive underneath him and Rahmer would slide him back. It wasn’t until Lap 23 that Larson finally completed the pass and looked to run down Gravel.

Larson ran out of time to do so, though. He cut about a second off of Gravel's lead in three laps but had to settle for the runner-up spot.

“He (Gravel) was really fast,” Larson said. “He’s been really fast here at Williams Grove no matter what team he’s with. He got a good start there and got the lead and set the pace. He picked off some lappers and didn’t get hung up at all. It didn’t allow us to close on him. I felt really really good. I feel like if I cleared Freddie (Rahmer) the first time I tried I would have been able to run Gravel down.”

Rahmer – the current track points leader at Williams Grove – rounded out the podium. The PA Posse has now lost eight straight Series races in Pennsylvania to the Outlaws.

“The big part of the race is trying to get the lead on the start, and I didn’t get a good start,” Rahmer said. “I didn’t bring them around at a fast-enough pace for how our car fired off. And he got through lap cars better than us. I didn’t think Larson was that much better than I was. We were running each other pretty hard. He just got by me at the end.”

With Gravel’s win tonight, and points leader Brad Sweet finishing 11th, Jason Johnson Racing is now only four points behind Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team for the team championship points lead.

For the driver championship, Sweet was able to gain points again on Logan Schuchart, who finished 17th. Sweet now holds a 52-point lead over Schuchart and a 90-point lead over 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who sits third in points.

Tomorrow, Gravel will compete for his third National Open title at Williams Grove and the illustrious $75,000 top prize.

“It’s all about putting yourself in position,” Gravel said. “You’re not going to win every time from the front row, but you like your chances.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Sat., Oct. 3, returns to Williams Grove Speedway for the $75,000-to-win Champion Racing Oil National Open.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Race Results: 10/2/20 – Williams Grove Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2][$10,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [3][$5,000]; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer [1][$3,000]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,700]; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri [5][$2,500]; 6. 71-Shane Stewart [4][$2,200]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,000]; 8. 69K-Lance Dewease [14][$1,800]; 9. 9-James McFadden [6][$1,600]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [9][$1,450]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [22][$1,300]; 12. 5-Brent Marks [15][$1,200]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [17][$1,100]; 14. 18-Gio Scelzi [12][$1,000]; 15. 21P-Brian Montieth [11][$950]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [25][$200]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$850]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich [24][$750]; 19. 26-Cory Eliason [13][$725]; 20. 72-Daryn Pittman [16][$700]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$700]; 22. 11-T.J. Stutts [19][$700]; 23. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [26][$]; 24. 14-Parker Price-Miller [21][$700]; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser [29][$]; 26. 11Z-Zeb Wise [23][$700]; 27. 7S-Jason Sides [30][$]; 28. 21-Brian Brown [18][$700]; 29. 83-Spencer Bayston [27][$]; 30. 24-Lucas Wolfe [28][$];
Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-25;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 71-Shane Stewart, 16.111; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 16.371; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri, 16.403; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.404; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 16.416; 6. 11-T.J. Stutts, 16.448; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 16.518; 8. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 16.524; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.543; 10. 21P-Brian Montieth, 16.544; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.612; 12. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.723; 13. 13-Paul McMahan, 16.725; 14. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.726; 15. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.733; 16. 1X-Chad Trout, 16.787; 17. 99M-Kyle Moody, 16.806; 18. 1W-Matt Campbell, 16.843; 19. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 16.917; 20. 6X-Ryan Smith, 16.94; 21. 19M-Landon Myers, 16.964; 22. 5-Brent Marks, 16.982; 23. 12-Brent Shearer, 17.009; 24. 83-Spencer Bayston, 17.068; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard, 17.149; 26. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.191; 27. 73B-Brett Michalski, 17.559; 28. 12W-Troy Fraker, 17.946; 29. 39-Justin Peck, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 41-David Gravel, 16.419; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 16.5; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.594; 4. 9-James McFadden, 16.671; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.682; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi, 16.699; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.745; 8. 72-Daryn Pittman, 16.771; 9. 11Z-Zeb Wise, 16.82; 10. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 16.85; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 16.905; 12. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 16.913; 13. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.926; 14. 17X-Ian Madsen, 16.951; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.986; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.015; 17. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 17.049; 18. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.052; 19. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter, 17.072; 20. 91F-Tony Fiore, 17.145; 21. 17B-Bill Balog, 17.182; 22. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 17.216; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.243; 24. 19-Troy Wagaman, 17.26; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel, 17.631; 26. 35-Zach Hampton, 17.677; 27. 6-Bill Rose, 17.745; 28. 54-Zach Newlin, 17.78

Non-Qualifier (8 Laps) – 1. 12-Brent Shearer [11]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog [2]; 3. 83-Spencer Bayston [3]; 4. 3-Jac Haudenschild [3]; 5. 49H-Bradley Howard [5]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 7. 73B-Brett Michalski [9]; 8. 35-Zach Hampton [12]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [10]; 10. 54-Zach Newlin [14]; 11. 6-Bill Rose [13]; 12. 12W-Troy Fraker [11]; 13. 19-Troy Wagaman [8]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 71-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 39M-Anthony Macri [2]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8]; 8. 13-Paul McMahan [7]; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody [9]; 10. 19M-Landon Myers [10]; 11. 12-Brent Shearer [11]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer [2]; 3. 21P-Brian Montieth [5]; 4. 5-Brent Marks [10]; 5. 11-T.J. Stutts [3]; 6. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [7]; 7. 1X-Chad Trout [8]; 8. 14-Parker Price-Miller [4]; 9. 1-Logan Wagner [6]; 10. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [9]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog [11]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease [3]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 6. 11Z-Zeb Wise [5]; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich [8]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 9. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter [10]; 10. 55K-Robbie Kendall [9]; 11. 83-Spencer Bayston [11]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 9-James McFadden [2]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [3]; 4. 72-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [9]; 8. 5C-Dylan Cisney [5]; 9. 17X-Ian Madsen [7]; 10. 3-Jac Haudenschild [11]; 11. 91F-Tony Fiore [10]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer [1]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2]; 3. 57-Kyle Larson [4]; 4. 71-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri [6]; 6. 9-James McFadden [5]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7]

D-main (8 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson [2][-]; 2. 49H-Bradley Howard [1][-]; 3. 73B-Brett Michalski [3][$125]; 4. 33M-Mason Daniel [5][$125]; 5. 54-Zach Newlin [6][$125]; 6. 19-Troy Wagaman [9][$125]; 7. 35-Zach Hampton [4][$125]; 8. 12W-Troy Fraker [8][$125]; 9. 6-Bill Rose [7][$125]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$125]; 11. 6X-Ryan Smith [11][$125]; 12. 1W-Matt Campbell [12][$125]; 13. 39-Justin Peck [13][$125]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 99M-Kyle Moody [1][-]; 2. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter [2][-]; 3. 19M-Landon Myers [5][$150]; 4. 17X-Ian Madsen [4][$150]; 5. 3-Jac Haudenschild [8][$150]; 6. 55K-Robbie Kendall [6][$125]; 7. 12-Brent Shearer [9][$125]; 8. 91F-Tony Fiore [12][$125]; 9. 49H-Bradley Howard [14][$125]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$125]; 11. 1-Logan Wagner [3][$125]; 12. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [7][$125]; 13. 83-Spencer Bayston [10][$125]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog [11][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 14-Parker Price-Miller [1][-]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][-]; 3. 11Z-Zeb Wise [2][-]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [6][-]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [8][$300]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [7][$250]; 7. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [5][$225]; 8. 24-Lucas Wolfe [4][$200]; 9. 13-Paul McMahan [11][$200]; 10. 1X-Chad Trout [9][$200]; 11. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter [14][$200]; 12. 99M-Kyle Moody [13][$200]; 13. 5C-Dylan Cisney [12][$200]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [10][$200]

Archives