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Winner Donny Schatz (DB3 Photo)



BACK TO BUSINESS: Schatz claims championship advantage with River Cities victory
North Dakota’s Donny Schatz wins in home state, takes points lead

GRAND FORKS, ND – Aug. 16 – Unreal. That’s how North Dakota-native Donny Schatz described his World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series home state win Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D.

“It feels good,” said Schatz with a heavy exhale of air.

Unreal traditionally has one meaning. For the 10-time Series champion it had many.

He claimed first home state win of the year with the World of Outlaws – eighth of the season and 291st overall. He swept the night winning in his Sprint Car and NLRA Late Model. And he reclaimed the points lead over Brad Sweet – now leading the Kasey Kahne Racing driver by 24 points.

The word could also define his path to the victory.

Schatz’s second-place finish in his Drydene Heat race put him into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, which didn’t go as planned. He started fifth and finished in sixth-place – last.

He and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team tried something different for the Dash, he said. It didn’t work. They tried something else for the Feature, and it did.

Once the Feature went green, polesitter David Gravel, coming off his recent Knoxville Nationals victory, shot to the lead over second-place Brad Sweet. Schatz immediately went to fifth on the first lap.

Before the leaders could make their way around turn three the red flag was thrown and the race went into an Open Red. Nick Omdahl hit the wall coming off turn four, which bounced his car inches off the ground, and with help from another car, put his front end into the fence near the flag stand. It took 26 minutes to get his car untangled from the fence and repair the spot he hit.

Once the race went back green, Gravel again bolted to the lead. Schatz lost fifth-place to Sheldon Haudenschild and Mark Dobmeier looked underneath him in turn three to take sixth. But with a power move around the high side Schatz made a three-wide pass around Haudenschild and Dobmeier to reclaim fifth-place.

Gravel’s quick pace around the 3/10-mile track put him in lap traffic by Lap six. Behind him, Sweet and Logan Schuchart – who won at River Cities Speedway in June – battled for second. The two traded slide jobs, arguing over who would be second. Sweet lost the fight coming off turn two, hitting the cushion, bicycling, and allowing Schuchart to charge by.

Schatz also took advantage of Sweet’s fumble. Continuing to make ground on the high side, Schatz rocketed his Toco Warranty No. 15 around Daryn Pittman for fourth-place and then Sweet for third in turns three and four. Sweet didn't let him get away, though.

On the exit of the next corner, Schatz and a lapped car almost collided, drastically slowing his pace and allowing Sweet to move back to third. While the top two in points tried to navigate lapped traffic, Haudenschild maneuvered around the slower cars like he placed them there to begin with. The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver raced his way by Schatz and Sweet in one turn on Lap 12.

After bicycling off the cushion on the exit of turn two a few more times, Schatz eventually made his way back by Sweet for fourth-place.

Then, the second Open Red of the night on Lap 16. Contact with another car launched Brendan Mullen’s car off turn two and onto the top of the fence outside the turn. With Mullen OK and the car secure where it was – several feet away from the track – the race resumed.

When it did, Schatz made his “unreal” move. He went from fourth-place to second on the exit of the first corner, throttling around the top groove. He continued his power lust run down the back stretch, closing in on Gravel and diving underneath him in turn three, not knowing if the move would stick.

Once his right foot eased back on the throttle the answer quickly became “yes.” The traction was there. He went side by side with Gravel through turn four and drag raced him down the front stretch.

The reigning champion had the better grip, though. He outpowered the Jason Johnson Racing car to the flag stand and took the lead on Lap 17.

“I knew I was in a little bit of trouble with that red, but they said I had a decent lead,” Gravel said. “We tried to make the car a little bit better. You give Donny Schatz and his team two Open Reds to make their car better… he’s been dominating here for a long time. Obviously, his car wasn’t great earlier, and they made it a lot better. For us, we were in a position that we shouldn’t change too much because we’re in the lead. That’s the way it goes.”

However, Schatz said he and his team didn’t make any adjustments. He found his rhythm and ran a blistering pace for the remaining 23 laps. He weaved through traffic with ease, pulled away to a six second lead and lapped up to ninth-place – including Sweet, who finished 13th.

“Unreal,” said Schatz, after claiming his ninth win in the last 11 races at the speedway. “We had a plan from the word go to be good at the end. The track kind of came around to us. Not bad for a North Dakota boy and a South Dakota boy (Schatz’s crew chief Steve Swenson). I think that was an ass whooping there.”

UP NEXT:

While Schatz dominated in Grand Forks, N.D., he has his eye on the Series’ next race on Saturday, Aug. 17, in his hometown of Fargo, N.D. at Red River Valley Speedway.

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

Race Results: 8/16/19 – River Cities Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$10,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1][$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$3,200]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [12][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,200]; 8. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$2,100]; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [18][$2,050]; 10. 13-Mark Dobmeier [7][$2,000]; 11. 7S-Tim Kaeding [8][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [15][$1,200]; 13. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$1,050]; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,000]; 16. 7-Jason Sides [9][$900]; 17. 8H-Jade Hastings [13][$800]; 18. 9N-Wade Nygaard [20][$800]; 19. 11M-Brendan Mullen [16][$800]; 20. 27-Chris Ranten [23][$800]; 21. 2A-Austin Pierce [21][$800]; 22. 4-Terry McCarl [22][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$800]; 24. O-Nick Omdahl [24][$800];
Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-16, Donny Schatz 17-40;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 41S-Dominic Scelzi[+9]

Qualifying – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.282; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.433; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.456; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.487; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 10.546; 6. 7-Jason Sides, 10.593; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.605; 8. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.61; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.614; 10. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 10.619; 11. 41-David Gravel, 10.624; 12. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.64; 13. 8H-Jade Hastings, 10.686; 14. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.686; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.69; 16. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 10.72; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.724; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.743; 19. 4-Terry McCarl, 10.748; 20. 27-Chris Ranten, 10.79; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 10.837; 22. 2A-Austin Pierce, 10.86; 23. 55-Nick Ranten, 11.018; 24. O-Nick Omdahl, 11.036; 25. 11M-Brendan Mullen, 11.043; 26. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 11.107; 27. 20A-Jordan Adams, 11.167; 28. 8-Jack Croaker, 11.671; 29. 5T-Presley Truedson, 11.792; 30. 26-Blake Egeland, 11.827; 31. 31-Shane Roemeling, 12.104

DRYDENE Heat #1 (10 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 13-Mark Dobmeier [4]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 5. 8H-Jade Hastings [5]; 6. 11M-Brendan Mullen [9]; 7. 4-Terry McCarl [7]; 8. 2A-Austin Pierce [8]; 9. 9N-Wade Nygaard [6]; 10. 31-Shane Roemeling [11]; 11. 8-Jack Croaker [10]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (10 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 41-David Gravel [4]; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding [2]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 7. 27-Chris Ranten [7]; 8. 55-Nick Ranten [8]; 9. 5T-Presley Truedson [10]; 10. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (10 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 3. 7-Jason Sides [2]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [7]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [5]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 8. O-Nick Omdahl [8]; 9. 20A-Jordan Adams [9]; 10. 26-Blake Egeland [10]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [5]

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Winner David Gravel (Frank Smith Photo)



DID IT: David Gravel wins first Knoxville Nationals
Gravel earns first Nationals title in his first year with Jason Johnson Racing

KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 10 – Jason Johnson just wanted to win.

“And we F’ing did it,” said a jubilant David Gravel, standing in Victory Lane with his Jason Johnson Racing team as the Knoxville Nationals champion for the first time in his career Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.

“It just feels amazing,” Gravel said. “I don’t know what else to say. It feels really surreal. It doesn’t feel real at all.”

The Watertown, Conn.-native won the 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store in his first year with Jason Johnson Racing. And the pair did it in dominating fashion.

They started off their week in Knoxville, Iowa by winning Knoxville’s Capitani Classic. Four days later, debuting a new blue and fluorescent color painted car with Axalta on the side of it for the first time, Gravel won his preliminary race for the Nationals – earning a second-place starting position for Saturday’s Feature.

The Jason Johnson Racing team then started their Saturday evening by winning best appearing car and best dressed crew with the entire JJR team looking like rainbow warriors in their red, yellow, orange and blue Axalta gear.

A few hours later, after holding an E-Main, D-Main, C-Main and Last Chance Showdown – which saw Gio Scelzi, Donny Schatz, James McFadden and Rico Abreu transfer to the Feature – it was race time.

The field of 24 cars was set. More than 20,000 people – triple the town’s population – filled the grandstands. The crackling of fireworks echoed around the half-mile raceway.

Once the cars filed in two by two, flagman Doug Clark waved the green flag in front of the field for the final time at the Knoxville Nationals. Polesitter Aaron Reutzel launched to the lead past Gravel with Joey Saldana in his tire tracks. Saldana slid to the cushion in turn one in front of Gravel to take second.

Exiting turn four Reutzel hit the inside berm, got out of shape and allowed Saldana to get a run on him from the high side. Saldana stuck to the cushion in turns one and turn two, finding enough grip and momentum to charge around Reutzel for the lead.

Hugging to the bottom, Reutzel got back in his groove and ran Saldana down two laps later to retake the lead. Their battle wasn’t over yet.

After two cautions – including one for Donny Schatz having throttle linkage issues – Saldana found himself back on Reutzel’s bumper. The "Brownsburg Bullet" continued to run the cushion, while Reutzel remained low. However, with Saldana closing, Reutzel changed lines in turns three and four, moving to the side high. The lane switch blocked Saldana’s run and helped Reutzel extend his lead.

While the two battled, Gravel watched. Waited. He knew there was plenty of time to make a move in the 50-lap Feature.

“I didn’t get too excited,” Gravel said. “I knew if we fell back to fourth or fifth it would be kind of hard to battle back up there and contend for the win. Just kind of fell into third there.”

Once the lead was back in striking distance, Gravel pounced. Running the bottom, he drove past Saldana for second on Lap 10 and then methodically inched his way to the leader. Three laps later, with his front bumper close to Reutzel’s tail tank, Gravel threw a slide job at the Texian in turn three and made it stick off four.

When the score board clicked off another lap, Gravel was officially the new leader on Lap 14. From there, he set his Axalta No. 41 on cruise control until the scheduled caution on Lap 25.

“I just let the race come to me,” Gravel said. “Just, luckily, I was able to maintain third there early. I think that was huge and kind of see what lines worked where and what was the best place to be.”

Before the scheduled caution, Daryn Pittman was on a charge. From his 10th starting spot, Pittman worked his way to third-place, having to fight hard for it with Saldana and Tim Kaeding.

Once the race hit Lap 25, Gravel’s lead evaporated. All 24 cars were brought to the infield and teams were given three minutes to make any adjustments. Despite their speed, the Jason Johnson Racing did take the time to make a few tweaks. However, Gravel said with a chuckle, if he told you what they were he “might have to kill you.”

Whatever they were, they worked.

Gravel shot to the lead on the restart, immediately putting about a half a straightaway lead between he and Reutzel. A new contender emerged, though. Pittman, continuing his earlier charge, worked his way around Reutzel for second and began to track down Gravel.

The difference in speed was apparent. Pittman was making the high side work better than Gravel, inching closer every lap.

Two years ago, Gravel had a motor blow while leading the Knoxville Nationals. This year, it looked like Pittman might spoil his shot at a win once again.

But Pittman wasn't always consistent against the cushion. At times he would hit it wrong, upset his car and lose time to Gravel. It only took a couple of bobbles by Pittman for Gravel to pull away.

Gravel was back on cruise control. He just wanted to win.

Behind the top-two, Logan Schuchart was in a league of his own. From his 22nd starting position, he made his way to ninth by the halfway point. Then found himself in the top-five four laps later. With less than 10 laps to go, he was in third and closing on Pittman. With lapped traffic becoming a factor, Schuchart was able to steal second from Pittman on the last lap.

“To start 22nd and run second at the Knoxville Nationals is pretty awesome,” Schuchart said. “There’s good and bad second-places. The Kings Royal was a tough one. I wasn’t smiling a whole lot on that one. But tonight, I’m smiling.”

Pittman admitted there are also good and bad third-place finishes. His falls somewhere in between.

“Pretty frustrated that we lost second on that last lap,” Pittman said. “A lapped car just made a mistake in front of me.

“On one hand I’m really happy and really proud of this Roth Motorsports team and the effort we’ve put into Knoxville Raceway all season long, especially tonight. On the other hand, I’m pretty disappointed that I feel like that’s the best car I’ve ever had here and the best chance I’ve ever had to win this race.”

Gravel had his own issues with lapped cars in the closing laps. One bounced off the wall in front of him and others blocked his line. They slowed his pace, but not enough to put him in any danger.

He sped by the duel waving checkered flags with a more than 4.5 second lead over Schuchart.

“I’ve put myself in position a lot of times after prelim nights and never had anything to show for it,” Gravel said. “You know, my best finish is 10th. I feel like I’ve always been pretty good here, but no results Saturday night. Obviously, the JJR 41 gets around here good and it shows. It’s just a dream week. I’m numb right now. I don’t even know what is going on.”

The win was joyous and emotional for the entire team, especially team owner Bobbi Johnson, Jason Johnson’s wife, who made the decision to keep the team going after Jason’s death last year.

“I’m still trying the fathom it,” Bobbi Johnson said about the win. “You dream of this stuff.”

In the back of the JJR trailer is a list of goals. Johnson said the team usually sets goals every year. They weren’t going to this year, but then decided to do so. One was to win the Kings Royal. That didn’t happen. But there was still one goal on the list – win the Knoxville Nationals.

“It’s just phenomenal, unreal,” said Johnson, slowing her sentences to hold back the emotion. “Words can’t say what goes into all of the behind the scenes of something like this. I’m just thankful Jason was a great teacher and leader to me.

“If I wouldn’t have known the ins and outs and a lot of the other stuff and have (crew chief) Philip Dietz and these two (crew member) boys that stuck with us after the passing of Jason, there’s no way this team could’ve did it. And it took a whole 'nother army of sponsors to even be here to compete. So, I have to thank everybody that’s out there, and all of the fans. There’d be some down nights and I’d read some of the messages, and they’re very touching. I don’t know if words could every describe it.”

They just wanted to see them win.

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Aug. 16 will return to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. Get tickets and more information. And on Aug. 17 the Series be at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. Get tickets and more information.

As always you can catch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 8/10/19 - Knoxville Raceway

NOS Energy Feature (50 Laps): 1. David Gravel (2); 2. Logan Schuchart (22); 3. Daryn Pittman (10); 4. Tim Kaeding (7); 5. Aaron Reutzel (1); 6. Brad Sweet (6); 7. Sheldon Haudenschild (15); 8. James McFadden (19); 9. Donny Schatz (18); 10. Gio Scelzi (17); 11. Kerry Madsen (21); 12. Shane Stewart (23); 13. Cory Eliason (13); 14. Joey Saldana (3); 15. Ian Madsen (14); 16. Parker Price-Miller (5); 17. Brent Marks (9); 18. Matt Juhl (12); 19. Trey Starks (11); 20. Paul McMahan (8); 21. Tim Shaffer (4); 22. Rico Abreu (20); 23. Lance Dewease (16); 24. Dominic Scelzi (24)

E-Main (10 Laps): 1. Jason Sides (1); 2. Joey Moughan (2); 3. Mason Daniel (3); 4. Kevin Thomas Jr. (5); 5. Harli White (7); 6. Caleb Helms (9); 7. Glen Saville (4); 8. Tom Harris (10); 9. Brodie Tulloch (6); 10. Bobby Mincer (12); 11. John Garvin (14); 12. Joe Simbro (11); 13. Chase Wanner (15); 14. Kevin Ingle (13); 15. Adam Cruea (16)

D-Main (12 Laps): 1. Davey Heskin (2); 2. Rusty Hickman (1); 3. Craig Dollansky (3); 4. Shane Golobic (4); 5. Brooke Tatnell (10); 6. Chase Johnson (8); 7. Skylar Gee (9); 8. Sawyer Phillips (6); 9. Greg Wilson (7); 10. Ryan Roberts (14); 11. Cale Conley (11); 12. Chris Martin (5); 13. Jake Bubak (16); 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. (22); 15. Jason Sides (19); 16. Robbie Price (18); 17. Willie Croft (17); 18. Joey Moughan (20); 19. Mason Daniel (21); 20. Caleb Helms (24); 21. Derek Hagar (15); 22. AJ Moeller (13); 23. Harli White (23); 24. Brian Paulus (12)

C-Main (15 Laps): 1. Tyler Courtney (1); 2. Cale Thomas (4); 3. Brian Brown (8); 4. Carson McCarl (2); 5. Lynton Jeffrey (9); 6. Thomas Kennedy (7); 7. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (3); 8. Skylar Prochaska (6); 9. Brady Bacon (12); 10. Josh Schneiderman (11); 11. Travis Rilat (5); 12. Justin Henderson (10); 13. Jason Solwold (15); 14. Shane Golobic (24); 15. Anthony Macri (13); 16. Davey Heskin (21); 17. Rusty Hickman (22); 18. RJ Johnson (18); 19. Jeff Swindell (14); 20. Sye Lynch (17); 21. Craig Dollansky (23); 22. Marcus Dumesny (16); 23. Don Droud Jr. (20); 24. Justin Peck (19)

Last Chance Showdown (22 Laps): 1. Gio Scelzi (2); 2. Donny Schatz (4); 3. James McFadden (1); 4. Rico Abreu (3); 5. Carson Macedo (8); 6. Mark Dobmeier (5); 7. Brock Zearfoss (9); 8. Scott Bogucki (6); 9. Austin McCarl (11); 10. Jacob Allen (10); 11. Kraig Kinser (15); 12. Brian Brown (23); 13. Sammy Swindell (14); 14. Chad Kemenah (19); 15. Tasker Phillips (20); 16. Bill Balog (16); 17. Tyler Courtney (21); 18. Carson McCarl (24); 19. Hunter Schuerenberg (17); 20. Tanner Thorson (7); 21. Cale Thomas (22); 22. Josh Baughman (13); 23. Spencer Bayston (12); 24. Terry McCarl (18)

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Winner Kerry Madsen (Frank Smith Photo)



HARD FOUGHT RELIEF: Kerry Madsen wins Hard Knox race to transfer to Knoxville Nationals
Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart and Dominic Scelzi transfer with Madsen into the final four spots of the Knoxville Nationals Feature

KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 9, 2019 – A demon was exorcised from Kerry Madsen Friday night.

His relaxed body posture and ability to smile wide proved it. The stress of not being locked in the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals that possessed him was gone.

He won Knoxville Raceway’s Friday night “Hard Knox” race, leading all 25 laps, locking himself into the 21st starting spot for Saturday’s 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores.

“It’s a big relief I’ll tell you that,” Madsen said in Victory Lane. “Not putting her in the show (in the preliminary race) Wednesday night, we just didn’t have a great night. We didn’t perform and we didn’t execute. Come out tonight and the car was a rocket ship all night.”

While Madsen was the one that got to do the wing dance and wave the checkered flag Friday night, there were three other drivers in Victory Lane that shared his solace and big smile. Logan Schuchart, Shane Stewart and Dominic Scelzi also transferred to Saturday’s Feature – starting 22nd, 23rd and 24th, respectively – by finishing in the top four.

All four fought to make that happen.

The initial start of the 25-lap Feature was plagued by several cars stacking up on the backstretch – one flipping on its side – due to Brian Brown slowing from a broken part. When the race went back green Madsen held on to the cushion and used the momentum it gave him to accelerate to the lead. He then moved to the bottom and continued to put distance between he and second-place.

Behind him, the Drydene No. 1s of Schuchart rocketed from his eighth-place starting position to second in one lap using the high side of the half-mile track. Scelzi also charged from fifth to third, and Stewart fell to fifth.

However, two laps later Stewart moved into fourth and then began to hunt down Scelzi. He passed him for third eight laps into the Feature. About the same time, Schuchart caught Madsen and attempted a pass underneath him in turn one, but the Aussie switched lanes to the high side and began to pull away again.

“It was a bit confusing early of which line would be dominant,” Madsen said. “Watching the B-Main it was the bottom. So, I worked the bottom early. I heard him (Schuchart) up there and thought ‘Sweet, right, I can get to the top and go.' So, that was nice.”

The top four then acted as an accordion throughout the Feature, closing the gap to each other then extending it. Scelzi passed Stewart for third in the closing laps, but Stewart took the position back the next corner.

Scelzi did the most battling of the night, having to fend of multiple attempts by drivers to steal the final transfer spot from him. Sammy Swindell pulled a slide job on the California driver to take fourth-place, but Scelzi didn’t let the veteran keep it for long. He quickly powered back by Swindell and held onto fourth-place for the remainder of the race. Austin McCarl and Spencer Bayston put pressure on him in the closing laps, though.

Stewart’s vision of starting up front for the Knoxville Nationals – one he saw possible after setting Quick Time during Thursday's preliminary race – vanished on the first lap of his Heat race that night when he over shot the cushion and flipped, ending his night.

His vision of transferring into the Feature almost vanished with nine laps to go Friday night. A car spun directly in front of him, missing his KI Crossbows No. 5 car by inches when he drove by. And then with four laps to go, his car started to run out of fuel.

“We were completely out of gas coming across the checkered flag, so I wouldn’t have made it one last corner,” Stewart said. “Very fortunate. Happy that the CJB car is in the show.”

Schuchart’s second-place run was in a different car than the one he ran during his preliminary Qualifying race. He and his Shark Racing team switched from a new car to the one he finished second with at the Kings Royal.

To Schuchart, a chassis is a chassis. The new one didn’t work because of adjustments made to it. But he said he believes confidence is key. So, if the team felt more confident in going to the old car, that’s what they were going to do. It worked.

Madsen, the 2005 Knoxville Raceway track champion, found the right set up and cruised to the Hard Knox victory. He couldn’t wait for the race to be over, however, and the stress to be gone.

“I think all four of us during the last few laps there were looking going, ‘We don’t really care about winning, just let this thing end and the checkered come out,’” Madsen said. “I can’t tell you how relieving it is.”

Now their attention is turned to Saturday. The $150,000-to-win Knoxville Nationals. With it, a new kind of stress. How are they going to make their way from the rear to the front in the 50-lap race?

For 21st-place starter Madsen:

“Honestly, just going to push hard the whole way. We’re going to have to race hard for fifty (laps). There’s going to be no kind of strategy, patience or pace yourself. It’s going to be go hard.”

For 22nd-place starter Schuchart:

“I think we’ll keep it pretty similar for the start of the [Feature] tomorrow and have some things ready, our guys will be ready to change if we feel like we need to change it. I feel like we have a great car and I feel like and hope we’ll be able to race our way up there tomorrow.”

For 23rd-place starter Stewart:

“It’s really two twenty-five lap Features. Starting in the back where we’re going to be, you can’t settle. You have to get after it and try to race as hard as you can all fifty laps and see how it all shakes out.

“We need to get a little bit more traction. I feel like Logan and the 2 was a little bit better than we were. The thing is there’s twenty-four good cars that’s going to be in that A-main and every spot is going to be a tough spot to get. Hopefully it works out.”

And for 24th-place starter Scelzi:

“I can’t go backwards,” Scelzi said. “We’re going to be plus positions regardless. Just got to be smart, race smart. And, in all honesty, my goal is a top-ten. I think it’s realistic. I think it’s possible. My goal is to stay on the lead lap for the first twenty-five (laps) and then the second twenty-five. Hopefully we’re around fifteenth, sixteenth and see what we can do.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Aug. 10, will return to Knoxville Raceway for the 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. If you can’t be there, watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 8/9/19 - Knoxville Raceway

NOS Energy Feature (25 Laps): 1. Kerry Madsen (2); 2. Logan Schuchart (8); 3. Shane Stewart (3); 4. Dominic Scelzi (5); 5. Austin McCarl (9); 6. Spencer Bayston (17); 7. Josh Baughman (4); 8. Sammy Swindell (7); 9. Kraig Kinser (18); 10. Bill Balog (10); 11. Hunter Schuerenberg (1); 12. Terry McCarl (19); 13. Chad Kemenah (23); 14. Tasker Phillips (24); 15. Tyler Courtney (14); 16. Carson McCarl (20); 17. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (21); 18. Cale Thomas (6); 19. Travis Rilat (13); 20. Skylar Prochaska (22); 21. Thomas Kennedy (16); 22. Brian Brown (11); 23. Lynton Jeffrey

Qualifying Group A (2 laps): 1. 92, Sye Lynch, Apollo, PA (19), 16.151; 2. 48, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (18), 16.153; 3. 11, Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, MO (8), 16.205; 4. 5, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (13), 16.229; 5. 41S, Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA (28), 16.229; 6. 4, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (27), 16.276; 7. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (2), 16.288; 8. 39, Sammy Swindell, Lakeland, TN (4), 16.321; 9. 2KS, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (10), 16.340; 10. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (15), 16.357; 11. 1, Travis Rilat, Heath, TX (21), 16.369; 12. 39M, Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, PA (22), 16.383; 13. 7X, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (7), 16.426; 14. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (36), 16.443; 15. 5H, Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN (39), 16.470; 16. 18S, Jason Solwold, Mount Vernon, WA (5), 16.474; 17. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (32), 16.481; 18. K4, Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH (35), 16.515; 19. 19T, Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, AL (14), 16.518; 20. 3C, Cale Conley, Vienna, WV (6), 16.547; 21. 51, Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, PA (31), 16.556; 22. 7JS, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (1), 16.561; 23. 73AF, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (11), 16.599; 24. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (12), 16.627; 25. 18R, Ryan Roberts, Aurora, NE (3), 16.679; 26. 28P, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (29), 16.710; 27. 9X, Jake Bubak, Arvada, CO (26), 16.722; 28. 99X, Skylar Gee, Leduc, ALB, Can. (23), 16.724; 29. 70X, Justin Peck, Monrovia, IN (34), 16.777; 30. 45, Rusty Hickman, Bendigo, VIC, Aust. (25), 16.786; 31. 84, Tom Harris, Banbury, OXFD, UK (16), 16.801; 32. 33M, Mason Daniel, Springville, CA (30), 16.823; 33. 64, Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, WI (24), 16.871; 34. 21P, Robbie Price, Cobble Hill, BC, Can (37), 16.874; 35. 2AU, Andrew Scheuerle, Toowoomba, QLD, Aust. (33), 16.907; 36. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (17), 17.415; 37. 56, Joe Simbro, Pleasantville, IA (9), 17.892; 38. 83C, Adam Cruea, Troy, OH (20), 18.021; 39. 2MM, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (38), NT.

Qualifying Group B (2 laps): 1. 2M, Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust. (7), 16.292; 2. 17B, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (17), 16.363; 3. 91, Cale Thomas, Fairland, IN (2), 16.372; 4. 1S, Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA (38), 16.401; 5. 17BX, Bill Balog, Hartland, WI (1), 16.474; 6. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (32), 16.487; 7. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (10), 16.505; 8. 35P, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN (12), 16.506; 9. 83J, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (14), 16.534; 10. 71BC, Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN (36), 16.562; 11. 21K, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can. (15), 16.578; 12. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (16), 16.628; 13. 17WX, Harli White, Lindsay, OK (11), 16.640; 14. 27, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA (19), 16.679; 15. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (13), 16.681; 16. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (28), 16.686; 17. 7SW, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (33), 16.686; 18. 14M, Marcus Dumesny, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (5), 16.725; 19. 10, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (20), 16.726; 20. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aust. (26), 16.731; 21. 17W, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (34), 16.736; 22. 1X, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (22), 16.750; 23. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (3), 16.790; 24. 11C, Roger Crockett, Broken Arrow, OK (23), 16.807; 25. 2C, Wayne Johnson, Tuttle, OK (29), 16.848; 26. 29, Willie Croft, Roseville, CA (25), 16.858; 27. 3H, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (27), 16.907; 28. J4, John Garvin, Sarver, PA (21), 16.921; 29. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (35), 16.945; 30. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH (18), 16.948; 31. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (39), 16.953; 32. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (37), 16.971; 33. 68, Chase Johnson, Penngrove, CA (9), 17.021; 34. 85, Chase Wanner, Batavia, IA (6), 17.051; 35. 15M, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (8), 17.096; 36. 9JR, Derek Hagar, Marion, AR (4), 17.222; 37. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust. (30), 17.248; 38. 17XL, Caleb Helms, Findlay, OH (31), 17.301; 39. 74, Brodie Tulloch, Upper Caboolture, QL (24), 18.075

Group A Drydene Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Brian Brown (1); 2. Justin Henderson (5); 3. Shane Stewart (3) / 4. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (2); 5. Jason Sides (8); 6. Jason Solwold (6) 7. Sye Lynch (4); 8. Skylar Gee (10); 9. Kevin Thomas Jr. (7) / 10. Ryan Roberts (9); 11. Robbie Price (12); 12. Tom Harris (11); 13. Joe Simbro (13)

Group A Drydene Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Travis Rilat (1); 2. Sammy Swindell (2); 3. Dominic Scelzi (3) / 4. Josh Schneiderman (6); 5. Craig Dollansky (5); 6. Justin Peck (10); 7. Cale Conley (7); 8. Mason Daniel (11); 9. Brian Paulus (9) / 10. Joey Moughan (8); 11. Adam Cruea (12); 12. Danny Dietrich (4) DNS – Andrew Scheurele

Group A Drydene Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Hunter Schuerenberg (4); 2. Austin McCarl (2); 3. Spencer Bayston (5) / 4. Anthony Macri (1); 5. Chad Kemenah (6); 6. Terry McCarl (3); 7. Freddie Rahmer (7); 8. Jamie Ball (8); 9. Jake Bubak (9) / 10. Rusty Hickman (10); 11. Scotty Thiel (11); 12. Kevin Ingle (12) DNS – Matt Moro

Group B Drydene Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. Kerry Madsen (4); 2. Logan Schuchart (3); 3. Tyler Courtney (1) / 4. Harli White (5); 5. RJ Johnson (7); 6. Wayne Johnson (9); 7. Davey Heskin (11); 8. Don Droud Jr. (8); 9. Glen Saville (13) / 10. John Garvin (10); 11. Chase Wanner (12); 12. AJ Moeller (6); 13. Clint Garner (2)

Group B Drydene Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. Thomas Kennedy (1); 2. Bill Balog (3); 3. Josh Baughman (4) / 4. Skylar Prochaska (2); 5. Brooke Tatnell (7); 6. Sawyer Phillips (8); 7. Jeff Swindell (6); 8. Brady Bacon (10); 9. Carson McCarl (5) / 10. Willie Croft (9); 11. Greg Wilson (11); 12. Caleb Helms (13); 13. Bobby Mincer (12)

Group B Drydene Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. Kraig Kinser (1); 2. Lynton Jeffrey (2); 3. Cale Thomas (4) / 4. Tasker Phillips (5); 5. Shane Golobic (7); 6. Marcus Dumesny (6); 7. Chase Johnson (11); 8. Derek Hagar (12); 9. Brodie Tulloch (13) / 10. Chris Martin (3); 11. Jac Haudenschild (9); 12. Paige Polyak (10)

C-Main (10 Laps): 1. Chris Martin (1); 2. AJ Moeller (4); 3. Rusty Hickman (5); 4. Willie Croft (6); 5. Greg Wilson (12); 6. Robbie Price (10); 7. Ryan Roberts (3); 8. Joey Moughan (2) / 9. Scotty Thiel (8); 10. Caleb Helms (17); 11. Tom Harris (7); 12. Joe Simbro (13); 13. Bobby Mincer (16); 14. Kevin Ingle (11); 15. John Garvin (9); 16. Chase Wanner (14); 17. Adam Cruea (15); 18. Roger Crockett (18) DNS – Danny Dietrich, Clint Garner, Jac Haudenschild, Paige Polyak, Andrew Scheurele, Matt Moro

Last Chance Showdown 1 (12 Laps): 1. Terry McCarl (2); 2. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (3); 3. Chad Kemenah (8) / 4. Josh Schneiderman (7); 5. Anthony Macri (4); 6. Jason Solwold (6); 7. Sye Lynch (1); 8. Justin Peck (15); 9. Rusty Hickman (20); 10. Craig Dollansky (5); 11. Chris Martin (17); 12. Greg Wilson (19); 13. Skylar Gee (16); 14. Cale Conley (10); 15. Brian Paulus (14); 16. Ryan Roberts (21); 17. Jake Bubak (13); 18. Freddie Rahmer (11); 19. Jason Sides (12); 20. Mason Daniel (18); 21. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9) DNS – Jamie Ball

Last Chance Showdown 2 (12 Laps): 1. Carson McCarl (3); 2. Skylar Prochaska (1); 3. Tasker Phillips (4) / 4. Brady Bacon (13); 5. Jeff Swindell (5); 6. Marcus Dumesny (6); 7. RJ Johnson (7); 8. Don Droud Jr. (10); 9. Davey Heskin (14); 10. Shane Golobic (9); 11. Sawyer Phillips (11); 12. Chase Johnson (15); 13. Brooke Tatnell (8); 14. Wayne Johnson (12); 15. AJ Moeller (19); 16. Derek Hagar (16); 17. Willie Croft (20); 18. Robbie Price (21); 19. Joey Moughan (22); 20. Glen Saville (17); 21. Brodie Tulloch (18); 22. Harli White (2)

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Winner David Gravel (DB3 Photo)



BEST SHOT: David Gravel wins second Qualifying race for Knoxville Nationals
Gravel gets back-to-back wins at Knoxville Raceway and is locked into the Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 8, 2019 – Knoxville Raceway has been on David Gravel’s mind for a while.

Particularly the 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores.

Before even making a lap in his new No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing ride at the beginning of the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season, Gravel couldn’t help but mention his excitement for going to the Iowa raceway with JJR.

“That car is extremely good at Knoxville,” Gravel had said.

Six months later, Gravel brought the Knoxville Raceway crowd to its feet Thursday night by claiming his second win in-a-row at the iconic track during the second Qualifying race for Saturday’s Knoxville Nationals – which he locked himself into and will start outside pole. He also won the raceway’s Capitani Classic on Sunday.

“I really feel good about where we’re at,” said Gravel, who was also sporting a blue and florescent colors for new sponsor Axalta. “I was nervous drawing the seventy-one today, out of seventy-five, but we’ve been qualifying well all year and was able to capitalize on that and qualifying good. It was an awesome night.”

Gravel and his JJR team have been stellar in Qualifying all year long, with 12 Quick Times, so far this season. He was the third to last car to qualify Thursday night but still managed to break into the top-10, qualifying ninth on the aged track.

That set him up to start seventh in his Heat race. He held the position for about the length of the front stretch before diving to the bottom in the first turn, passing four cars. He worked his way to leader Sye Lynch, but had to settle for second at the end.

The start of the 25-lap Feature mirrored Gravel’s performance in the Heat race. He started sixth, but again held the position for about a second. He out powered two cars down the front stretch to take fourth by turn one and then passed Cory Eliason for third exiting turn two. Brock Zearfoss had pulled away with the lead and Brad Sweet held second-place.

Nine laps into the Feature Gravel put Sweet within striking distance. He looked underneath Sweet going into turn one. Sweet slammed the door, almost making contact with Gravel. The next time around Gravel moved to the high side and found more speed.

With 19 laps to go, he placed his right rear against the outside cushion through turn one and then cut down to the middle of the track through turn two. The move rocketed his car off the corner like he found a secret line of grip, projecting him past Sweet for second-place.

With the fire lit, Gravel continued his strong run into turns three and four looking to end Zearfoss’ time up front. He closed to the bumper of the No. 70 car but couldn’t match Zearfoss’ traction off the corner.

The next circuit around Gravel went low in one and two, then high in three and four.

“You have to search around and find something that nobody else does,” Gravel said. “Like when Jason (Johnson) won the Nationals he kind of entered high and turned down. I was kind of able to do that a little bit, but I feel you could spin your tires quite a bit. I feel like on the bottom you kept your tires underneath you the best."

His search for grip put him to the outside of Zearfoss down the front stretch with 18 laps to go. Zearfoss fought back the next corner. He charged into the first turn and slid up in front of Gravel.

The two raced hard the next couple of corners, battling side-by-side, even splitting the lap car of Jacob Allen through turn two and remaining side-by-side off the turn. A caution with 16 laps to go for Lynch blowing a tire ended their battle. When the race went back green Zearfoss slowed due to an ignition box issue, handing the lead to Gravel.

The race wasn’t a sure win for Gravel at that point, though. The 2018 Knoxville Nationals champion was behind him, eager to capitalize on claiming another Knoxville Raceway win and earning as many points as possible.

However, Sweet had to worry about holding off third-place Cory Eliason, first. The two California-natives battled side-by-side for several laps. Sweet prevailed in the end, finding his line and his rhythm. With five laps to go, he was back to Gravel.

The Watertown, Conn.-native’s pace had slowed so much it seemed like there was an issue with the Axalta No. 41 car. Sweet was now breathing down Gravel's neck. However, Gravel didn’t know it. He didn’t want to know. He knew his last few laps weren’t the greatest.

“I was just trying not to crash or hit the berm too hard,” Gravel said. “The last five laps weren't very good. Just had to get the job done.”

Gravel focused on hitting his marks and bringing new sponsor – Axalta, which Jeff Gordon helped JJR secure for the Nationals – to Victory Lane in their first race together.

“We’ve got all of the Axalta people here, Jeff (Gordon), so it can’t get any better than this,” Gravel said.

Sweet knew he was closing on Gravel and had visions of challenging him for the lead, but had his own problems in the closing laps.

“I thought we were going to have a run on him late there,” Sweet said. “We got close, but he covered his lines and a couple of lap cars messed me up. And I honestly just missed my marks a little bit. I think if I was a little more on my game I could have given him a run for his money there. But it’s all about Saturday night.”

Gravel and Sweet’s performance locked them into the Knoxville Nationals Feature on Saturday, along with 14 other drivers who locked themselves in by collecting enough points on their race night to be in the top 16 of combined points between the two Qualifying races. Aaron Reutzel will be on the poll, with Gravel to his outside.

“Just because we won tonight, and the Capitani, doesn’t mean we don’t have to improve Saturday night and get the job done,” Gravel said.

“It’s fifty laps. You never know what can happen. Anything is possible. I feel like this is as good of a shot we’re ever going to have. You never know when your next chance is to win the Knoxville Nationals.”

All Gravel is looking for is a shot to win the race. And he knows he has it with his JJR car being “extremely good at Knoxville.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Aug. 9, will return to Knoxville Raceway for the “Hard Knox” race, giving drivers who haven’t transferred to Saturday’s Feature or Last Chance Showdown an opportunity to finish in the top four of the Hard Knox Feature and transfer to the rear of Saturday’s Feature.

If you can’t be there in person you can watch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 8/8/19 - Knoxville Raceway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. David Gravel (6); 2. Brad Sweet (3); 3. Carson Macedo (13); 4. Cory Eliason (2); 5. Rico Abreu (10); 6. Joey Saldana (7); 7. Tim Shaffer (21); 8. Parker Price-Miller (8); 9. Matt Juhl (5); 10. Daryn Pittman (22); 11. Jason Solwold (12); 12. Jason Sides (18); 13. Thomas Kennedy (17); 14. Lance Dewease (4); 15. Mason Daniel (20); 16. Kraig Kinser (15); 17. Scott Bogucki (23); 18. Brooke Tatnell (11); 19. Brock Zearfoss (1); 20. Clint Garner (9); 21. Jacob Allen (24); 22. Sye Lynch (14); 23. Harli White (19); 24. Tyler Courtney (16)

Qualifying: 1. 5, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (4), 15.679; 2. 49X, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (7), 15.685; 3. 71P, Parker Price-Miller, Kokomo, IN (2), 15.706; 4. 83, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (16), 15.717; 5. 12N, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN (27), 15.74; 6. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (41), 15.759; 7. 1A, Jacob Allen, Hanover, PA (3), 15.76; 8. 28, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Au (1), 15.763; 9. 41, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (54), 15.872; 10. 09, Matt Juhl, Tea, SD (14), 15.916; 11. 69K, Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA (24), 15.946; 12. 4, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (46), 15.987; 13. 17B, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (31), 16.018; 14. 91, Cale Thomas, Fairland, IN (8), 16.022; 15. 49, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (42), 16.037; 16. 26, Cory Eliason, Visalia, CA (45), 16.041; 17. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (13), 16.048; 18. 70, Brock Zearfoss, Jonestown, PA (9), 16.049; 19. 40, Clint Garner, Sioux Falls, SD (18), 16.061; 20. 17BX, Bill Balog, Hartland, WI (26), 16.107; 21. 35P, Skylar Prochaska, Lakefield, MN (19), 16.111; 22. 24, Rico Abreu, St. Helena, CA (43), 16.117; 23. 55, Brooke Tatnell, Sans Souci, NSW, Aus (29), 16.127; 24. 39M, Anthony Macri, Dillsburg, PA (21), 16.139; 25. 18S, Jason Solwold, Mount Vernon, WA (20), 16.15; 26. 14M, Marcus Dumesny, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (15), 16.157; 27. 2, Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA (35), 16.172; 28. 3C, Cale Conley, Vienna, WV (37), 16.194; 29. 92, Sye Lynch, Apollo, PA (38), 16.218; 30. 11T, TJ Stutts, Liverpool, PA (23), 16.242; 31. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (25), 16.249; 32. 71BC, Tyler Courtney, Indianapolis, IN (36), 16.264; 33. 21K, Thomas Kennedy, Winnipeg, MB, Can. (12), 16.27; 34. 2AU, Andrew Scheuerle, Toowoomba, QLD, Aust (6), 16.277; 35. 7, Craig Dollansky, Elk River, MN (44), 16.289; 36. 7JS, Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN (50), 16.29; 37. 17WX, Harli White, Lindsay, OK (56), 16.325; 38. 9JR, Derek Hagar, Marion, AR (11), 16.327; 39. 33M, Mason Daniel, Springville, CA (28), 16.353; 40. 3P, Sawyer Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (30), 16.38; 41. 29, Willie Croft, Roseville, CA (32), 16.425; 42. K4, Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH (47), 16.438; 43. 18M, Lance Moss, Cherryville, NC (52), 16.484; 44. W20, Greg Wilson, Benton Ridge, OH (34), 16.487; 45. 53, Jack Dover, Springfield, NE (48), 16.497; 46. 49J, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (10), 16.498; 47. 28P, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (5), 16.504; 48. 15M, Bobby Mincer, Burlington, IA (51), 16.531; 49. 17W, Shane Golobic, Fremont, CA (55), 16.546; 50. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (49), 16.56; 51. 84, Tom Harris, Banbury, OXFD, UK (39), 16.631; 52. 21P, Robbie Price, Cobble Hill, BC, Can (33), 16.64; 53. 2K, Kevin Ingle, Huron, SD (22), 17.036; 54. 10, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (40), No Time; 55. 83C, Adam Cruea, Troy, OH (17), No Time; 56. 17XL, Caleb Helms, Findlay, OH (53), No Time;

Drydene Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Jason Sides (1); 2. Lance Dewease (6); 3. Kraig Kinser (2); 4. Cory Eliason (5); 5. Brian Brown (7); 6. Skylar Prochaska (4); 7. Josh Schneiderman (10); 8. Marcus Dumesny (3); 9. Willie Croft (9); 10. Shane Stewart (8);

Drydene Heat 2 (10 Laps):1. Harli White (1); 2. Rico Abreu (4); 3. Tyler Courtney (2); 4. Carson Macedo (3); 5. Tim Shaffer (8); 6. Terry McCarl (6); 7. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (5); 8. Jacob Allen (7); 9. Brian Paulus (10); 10. Chad Kemenah (9);

Drydene Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Brock Zearfoss (5); 2. Thomas Kennedy (2); 3. Brooke Tatnell (4); 4. Parker Price-Miller (8); 5. Scott Bogucki (7); 6. Cale Conley (3); 7. Josh Baughman (6); 8. Lance Moss (9); 9. Bobby Mincer (10); 10. Derek Hagar (1);

Drydene Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. Sye Lynch (3); 2. David Gravel (7); 3. Mason Daniel (1); 4. Clint Garner (5); 5. Daryn Pittman (8); 6. Anthony Macri (4); 7. Cale Thomas (6); 8. Shane Golobic (10); 9. Greg Wilson (9); 10. Andrew Scheuerle (2);

Drydene Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. Brad Sweet (6); 2. Joey Saldana (8); 3. Jason Solwold (4); 4. Matt Juhl (7); 5. Jack Dover (9); 6. TJ Stutts (3); 7. Chris Martin (10); 8. Craig Dollansky (2); 9. Bill Balog (5); 10. Sawyer Phillips (1);

C-Main (10 Laps): 1. Bill Balog (1); 2. Greg Wilson (7); 3. Willie Croft (5); 4. Chad Kemenah (6); 5. Robbie Price (11); 6. Andrew Scheuerle (2); 7. Bobby Mincer (9); 8. Tom Harris (10); 9. Kevin Ingle (12); 10. Shane Stewart (14); 11. Derek Hagar (3); 12. Sawyer Phillips (4); 13. Brian Paulus (8); 14. RJ Johnson (15); 15. Adam Cruea (16); 16. Caleb Helms (13);

Heat Non-qualifiers: 1. Tom Harris (1); 2. Robbie Price (2); 3. Kevin Ingle (3); 4. RJ Johnson (4); 5. Adam Cruea (5); 6. Caleb Helms (6);

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. Tim Shaffer (1); 2. Daryn Pittman (2); 3. Scott Bogucki (5); 4. Jacob Allen (4); 5. Terry McCarl (6); 6. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (9); 7. Josh Baughman (7); 8. Shane Golobic (19); 9. Brian Brown (3); 10. Anthony Macri (11); 11. Cale Thomas (8); 12. Cale Conley (13); 13. Bill Balog (21); 14. Marcus Dumesny (12); 15. Chad Kemenah (24); 16. Greg Wilson (22); 17. Skylar Prochaska (10); 18. Willie Croft (23); 19. Chris Martin (20); 20. Lance Moss (16); 21. TJ Stutts (14); 22. Jack Dover (17); 23. Craig Dollansky (15); 24. Josh Schneiderman (18);

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Winner Trey Starks (DB3 Photo)



BIG BREAK: Trey Starks grabs important first Knoxville win
Starks wins the first Qualifying race for the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, IA – Aug. 7, 2019 – Dozens of people surrounded him. Four women dawning silver crowns and white sashes stood directly behind him like statues. To his right, the 2019 360 Knoxville Nationals winner James McFadden. To his left, the 2017 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year Sheldon Haudenschild.

With the microphone up to his mouth Trey Starks admitted with a chuckle, “I don’t even know what’s going on right now.”

The Puyallup, Wash.-native had won his first race at the iconic Knoxville Raceway. Not just any race at the Iowa raceway, either. The Wednesday night event was the opening Qualifying race for the 59th annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores.

“I absolutely cannot believe it,” Starks said.

The victory was not only a celebration, but a relief. He and his team have been dealing with bad luck the past couple of weeks, he said. Recently, he failed to transfer to the Feature for Sunday’s Capitani Classic at the raceway, ran out of fuel before the end of Monday’s race at Southern Iowa Speedway and then blew the motor in his 360 Sprint Car on Tuesday at the same track.

Wednesday night was a different story.

He started the night qualifying 15th, which put him in the sixth starting position in the Heat race. He raced his way to fourth-place, grabbing the final transfer spot into the Feature – placing him fourth for the starting line-up.

When the green flag was presented in the Feature, polesitter Mark Dobmeier pulled away with the lead and extended it through turns one and two riding the low line. Behind him, hugging the cushion, Starks powered around the outside of Haudenschild and McFadden to go from fourth to second in the first corner.

Starks and Dobmeier then traded lines. Dobmeier began running high and Starks down low – a line he said he never runs at Knoxville. However, he was making it work. The black and yellow Buffalo Wild Wings No. 13 was growing bigger in his visor every lap.

Nine laps in to the 25-lap Feature Starks dove underneath Dobmeier into turn three and slid up in front of him by the exit of turn four. The lead was then officially his on Lap 10.

“I knew Mark was going to like the top,” Starks said. “I myself like the top. I hardly ever go to the bottom here. Frankly, I’m awful at it. I did OK tonight I guess.”

Starks built a gap between he and Dobmeier, each lap, continuing to run the bottom. And while he pulled away, Dobmeier was had pressure from McFadden for second.

McFadden had a run brewing to drive to the inside of Dobmeier exiting turn four with 13 laps to go, but a caution came out for Scotty Thiel, who spun in turn three.

A few laps after the restart, Dobmeier found himself back on Starks’ bumper. Finding more grip on the high side, Dobemeier went side-by-side with Starks down the front stretch with 10 laps to go.

However, Starks still found enough grip on the bottom to hold off Dobmeier’s attack. He changed his line in turns three and four, sliding up to the high side in front of Dobmeier, killing his run, and driving away.

Four laps later McFadden was able to build up a run again to challenge Dobmeier for second and this time complete the pass. The Australian was then on the hunt for Starks.

While Starks kept his E-Z-GO No. 44 up top, McFadden was slowly gaining on him by placing his Wicked Energy Gum No. 9 on the bottom of the track. However, he hit the inside berm with his left front wheel a couple of times, upsetting the car and hindering his charge for the win.

“We were there if Trey made a mistake, but he didn’t,” McFadden said. “I feel like if the race was longer we would have had a little bit more of a shot. But could’ve would’ve should’ve.”

McFadden ran out of time and had to settle for second. Haudenschild, after having to make a couple of big saves with his car during the race, snuck by Dobmeier in the closing laps to round out the podium. Starks went mistake free and saw the checkered flag for the first time at Knoxville Raceway

“We were solid in Qualifying, put ourselves in a decent spot,” Starks said. “We picked up the positions that we needed to in the Heat and I think we made the right adjustments and I made a couple of key decisions in the Feature that put us here where we are. It’s not miraculous what happened, it’s just not necessarily expected. We were just hoping for a solid night and build some good points.”

He did that, too.

His performance in qualifying, the Heat race and Feature earned him enough points – 463 – to be ranked fifth out of the 53 cars entered in Wednesday’s race.

Fifty-two more cars will compete Thursday night to also collect points. The top 16 in points, combined from the two nights, will lock themselves into the Knoxville Nationals Feature on Saturday. Aaron Reutzel is the current points leader – 487 points – with a second-place qualifying effort, runner-up finish in his Heat race and fifth-place finish in the Feature.

While points were important to Starks, his emotions were too focused on getting his first Knoxville win.

“I just cannot believe it,” an elated Starks said in Victory Lane. “I cannot believe it. We needed this one and tonight was the right time to do it.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Thursday, Aug. 8, will return to Knoxville Raceway for the second Knoxville Nationals Qualifying race. If you can’t be there, make sure to catch all of the action LIVE on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 8/7/19 - Knoxville Raceway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. Trey Starks (4); 2. James McFadden (2); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (3); 4. Mark Dobmeier (1); 5. Aaron Reutzel (8); 6. Brent Marks (6); 7. Tanner Thorson (10); 8. Jac Haudenschild (12); 9. Paul McMahan (7); 10. Tim Kaeding (21); 11. Donny Schatz (24); 12. Gio Scelzi (22); 13. Tasker Phillips (14); 14. Wayne Johnson (13); 15. Austin McCarl (16); 16. Ian Madsen (23); 17. Carson McCarl (15); 18. Spencer Bayston (17); 19. Skylar Gee (20); 20. Justin Peck (9); 21. Jamie Ball (11); 22. Paige Polyak (5); 23. Jeff Swindell (19); 24. Scotty Thiel (18)

Qualifying: 1. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (7), 15.165; 2. 87, Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX (22), 15.331; 3. 7S, Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA (15), 15.418; 4. 48, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (2), 15.476; 5. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (17), 15.48; 6. 13X, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (18), 15.515; 7. 83J, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (11), 15.523; 8. 71, Gio Scelzi, Fresno, CA (49), 15.548; 9. 57, Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA (27), 15.548; 10. 15, Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND (40), 15.567; 11. 19, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA (14), 15.611; 12. 7X, Justin Henderson, Tea, SD (5), 15.626; 13. 11, Hunter Schuerenberg, Sikeston, MO (33), 15.638; 14. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH (1), 15.674; 15. 44S, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (26), 15.714; 16. 2M, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (46), 15.76; 17. 1S, Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA (37), 15.765; 18. 17, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (21), 15.78; 19. 41S, Dominic Scelzi, Fresno, CA (32), 15.794; 20. 1, Travis Rilat, Heath, TX (47), 15.8; 21. 68, Chase Johnson, Penngrove, CA (6), 15.807; 22. 9, James McFadden, Warrnambool, VIC, Au (44), 15.838; 23. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (8), 15.865; 24. 70X, Justin Peck, Monrovia, IN (10), 15.871; 25. 88, Tanner Thorson, Minden, NV (38), 15.88; 26. 5J, Jamie Ball, Knoxville, IA (4), 15.91; 27. 39, Sammy Swindell, Lakeland, TN (24), 15.925; 28. 11C, Roger Crockett, Broken Arrow, OK (41), 15.945; 29. 18R, Ryan Roberts, Aurora, NE (3), 15.948; 30. 20, AJ Moeller, Rockwell City, IA (23), 15.967; 31. 1X, Don Droud Jr., Lincoln, NE (12), 15.971; 32. 3H, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (19), 16.017; 33. 2C, Wayne Johnson, Tuttle, OK (43), 16.025; 34. 7TAZ, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (35), 16.025; 35. 27, Carson McCarl, Altoona, IA (20), 16.026; 36. 2KS, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (50), 16.027; 37. 5H, Spencer Bayston, Lebanon, IN (52), 16.028; 38. 64, Scotty Thiel, Sheboygan, WI (25), 16.034; 39. 7SW, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (45), 16.061; 40. 99X, Skylar Gee, Leduc, ALB, Can. (28), 16.068; 41. 85, Chase Wanner, Batavia, IA (48), 16.071; 42. 51, Freddie Rahmer, Salfordville, PA (51), 16.122; 43. 19T, Kevin Thomas Jr., Cullman, AL (42), 16.184; 44. 45, Rusty Hickman, Bendigo, VIC, Aust. (13), 16.203; 45. 74, Brodie Tulloch, Upper Caboolture, QL (9), 16.21; 46. 73AF, Joey Moughan, Springfield, IL (31), 16.223; 47. J4, John Garvin, Sarver, PA (16), 16.228; 48. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (39), 16.268; 49. 56, Joe Simbro, Pleasantville, IA (29), 16.324; 50. 9X, Jake Bubak, Arvada, CO (34), 16.334; 51. 2MM, Matt Moro, Polk City, IA (36), 16.34; 52. 35, Zach Hampton, Plainfield, IN (30), 16.695; 53. 75, Glen Saville, Razorback, NSW, Aust (53), No Time

Drydene Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. Jamie Ball (3); 2. Austin McCarl (1); 3. Brent Marks (6); 4. Paul McMahan (7); 5. Kerry Madsen (5); 6. Ian Madsen (8); 7. Chase Johnson (4); 8. Chase Wanner (9); 9. Don Droud Jr. (2); 10. Joey Moughan (10)

Drydene Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild (2); 2. Aaron Reutzel (8); 3. James McFadden (4); 4. Spencer Bayston (1); 5. Logan Schuchart (5); 6. Sammy Swindell (3); 7. Justin Henderson (6); 8. Lynton Jeffrey (7); 9. Freddie Rahmer (9); 10. John Garvin (10)

Drydene Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. Wayne Johnson (2); 2. Scotty Thiel (1); 3. Mark Dobmeier (4); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (5); 5. Tim Kaeding (8); 6. Gio Scelzi (7); 7. Kevin Thomas Jr. (9); 8. Roger Crockett (3); 9. Davey Heskin (10); 10. Hunter Schuerenberg (6)

Drydene Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. Tasker Phillips (2); 2. Jeff Swindell (1); 3. Justin Peck (4); 4. Paige Polyak (6); 5. Dominic Scelzi (5); 6. Danny Dietrich (8); 7. Kyle Larson (7); 8. Ryan Roberts (3); 9. Joe Simbro (10); 10. Rusty Hickman (9)

Drydene Heat 5 (10 Laps): 1. Tanner Thorson (4); 2. Carson McCarl (2); 3. Skylar Gee (1); 4. Trey Starks (6); 5. Brady Bacon (8); 6. Donny Schatz (7); 7. Travis Rilat (5); 8. AJ Moeller (3); 9. Jake Bubak (10); 10. Brodie Tulloch (9)

C-Main (10 Laps): 1. Freddie Rahmer (3); 2. Jake Bubak (10); 3. Rusty Hickman (4); 4. Matt Moro (11); 5. Brodie Tulloch (5); 6. Joe Simbro (9); 7. John Garvin (7); 8. Glen Saville (13); 9. Joey Moughan (6); 10. Zach Hampton (12); 11. Hunter Schuerenberg (1); 12. Don Droud Jr. (2); 13. Davey Heskin (8);

Heat Non-qualifiers, 0 Laps, No Time: 1. Matt Moro (1); 2. Zach Hampton (2); 3. Glen Saville (3)

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. Tim Kaeding (2); 2. Gio Scelzi (6); 3. Ian Madsen (1); 4. Donny Schatz (8); 5. Danny Dietrich (3); 6. Kyle Larson (7); 7. Kerry Madsen (10); 8. Brady Bacon (4); 9. Lynton Jeffrey (5); 10. Dominic Scelzi (12); 11. Justin Henderson (9); 12. Logan Schuchart (11); 13. Sammy Swindell (15); 14. Kevin Thomas Jr. (20); 15. Chase Johnson (14); 16. AJ Moeller (18); 17. Rusty Hickman (23); 18. Jake Bubak (22); 19. Ryan Roberts (17); 20. Travis Rilat (13); 21. Chase Wanner (19); 22. Freddie Rahmer (21); 23. Matt Moro (24); 24. Roger Crockett (16)

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Winner Sheldon Haudenschild (DB3 Photo)



INVINCIBLE IRONMAN: Sheldon Haudenschild blows away competition at Ironman 55
Haudenschild earns $20k and Ironman title with dominating performance at Federated Auto Parts Raceway

PEVELY, MO – Aug. 3, 2019 – Ironman; a title earned, not given.

Earned with the display of great strength. Earned with the display of great endurance. And earned with the display of great will power.

Sheldon Haudenschild displayed all three traits during Saturday's World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Ironman 55 event at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

On the 70-degree night with 90% humidity, Haudenschild led 45 of the 55 laps in the caution free Feature, sprinted to the finish with an unprecedented 10.3 second lead over runner-up Donny Schatz and lapped up to fifth-place – including Series points leader and Friday night’s winner at the raceway Brad Sweet.

“That right there was just a great car, me feeling comfortable and having a lot of fun,” Haudenschild said.

The fun started for the Wooster, Ohio-native and his Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing team Friday night with a runner-up finish to Sweet in the Night Before the Ironman 35-lap event. Haudenschild then backed up his performance with a second-place finish in his Drydene Heat race, coming to the finish side-by-side with Daryn Pittman. He then charged from fifth to the win in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – a victory he initially didn’t want.

“I wanted to win the Heat race to get a better draw,” Haudenschild said. “Once I didn’t win the Heat my mindset kind of changed starting in the back of that Dash. I really didn’t want to win the Dash. I was thinking a third-place start would be good to see what they (the leaders) were doing.

“But after the track prep, I think winning the Dash was a good move.”

The entire 1/3-mile track was worked on before the 55-lap Feature, creating a new tacky racing surface.

When the 55-lap Feature went green, Schatz rocketed around the outside of Haudenschild on the exit of the first corner to take the lead. Tim Shaffer did the same the next corner, moving Haudenschild to third.

Five laps into the race – which saw lap times in the low 11 second bracket for the majority of it – Schatz caught lap traffic. At the same time, Haudenschild found his rhythm and charged his way back by Shaffer for second.

Then, in the time it takes to snap your fingers, the NOS Energy Drink No. 17 was on Schatz’s bumper. No matter where Haudenschild placed his car on the track he found grip. The 10-time Series champion was prey with no protection.

On Lap 10, Schatz covered the high side into turn one, while Haudenschild launched his car to the middle lane. Haudenschild’s tires held the better relationship with the clay surface and powered him by the Toco Warranty No. 15 car.

“I was really worried once [Shaffer] and Donny got by me,” Haudenschild said. “I didn’t quite know what to do. Once we got into traffic, I had the mindset I was going to get around them and run consistent laps.”

From there, Haudenschild showed his strength. Showed his endurance. And showed his will power. He was the man without fear. His charge through lapped cars looked more like a game than a challenge. Whether it was a slide job to drive by several cars at a time or going three-wide between two lapped cars, Haudenschild didn’t hesitate to make the move.

Once he lapped his way to the top-10, Sweet gave him his biggest challenge of the night. The two dueled for laps, with Sweet aggressively charging his way back by Haudenschild several times to remain on the lead lap. However, no one could match the No. 17 car.

Haudenschild eventually slid his way by Sweet with 17 laps to go and continued his hunt through the field. Schatz and Pittman’s battle for second-place was quickly going from being a battle behind Haudenschild, to one in front of him.

The two series champions dueled for the position throughout the race, but Schatz prevailed with Pittman never finding a strong enough run to get by the reigning champion. However, with Haudenschild out of sight, they thought they were potentially battling for the win.

“I thought I actually won; I couldn’t see him,” Schatz said. "I thought maybe he had run out of fuel or pulled off or something. I can’t believe it went green to checkered.”

He added all he could do was commend Haudenschild on his performance and applaud him.

“That was a whoopin’ right there,” said Schatz, who is now two points behind Sweet in the Series point standings.

Pittman also stated he thought he was battling Schatz for the win at the end. He was happy with the result, though, after a few weeks of undesired finishes.

Nothing surprised Haudenschild. The heat didn’t get to him. The long duration of the race didn’t get to him, and he knew he had a good car underneath him.

“Really, it wasn’t that physical at all,” Haudenschild said. “Keeping your mind right, making smart moves. I looked up at the board on Lap 51 and I probably shouldn’t have, ‘cause I think I did make one mistake after that. When the board is right in front of your face it’s hard not to. Especially in this long of a race. I was trying to play it cool and wanted to get it over with. Fifty-five laps is a long race.”

At the end of those 55 laps, though, celebration. After climbing to the top wing of his Sprint Car, spewing NOS Energy Drink all around Victory Lane, Haudenschild was greeted with congratulatory remarks and a hug from his hero – his dad.

“It was pretty awesome,” Jac Haudenschild said about his son’s win. “He lapped me a couple of times, so I know he must have been going pretty good.”

Haudenschild’s victory earned him a $20,000 payday and his second win of the season – seventh career World of Outlaws win overall. After some struggles in the first half of the season – missing five Features – he and his team have been building momentum in the summer months.

“It’s huge,” Haudenschild said about the win. “Just to get it for our guys. Build a little bit of confidence. Put another win on the calendar and just keep working on it. I feel like we still have work to do on different kinds of tracks. Definitely this track is kind of my style.

“It’s been a little bit of a struggle the beginning of the year. We’re not quite where we want to be win wise, but we’re working at it and I feel like we’re doing it at the right time.”

He’s leaving Missouri not only with the confidence of another win, but the prestige of a new title.

He earned it by showing his strength. Earned it by showing his endurance. And earned it by proving his will power.

Sheldon Haudenschild is the new Ironman.

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series from Wednesday, Aug. 7, to Saturday, Aug. 10 will be at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa for the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Stores. Get tickets and more information.

As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Knoxville Nationals action on www.DIRTVision.com.

Race Results: 8/3/19 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 – Ironman 55

NOS Energy Drink Feature (55 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$20,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$6,000]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$3,750]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [3][$3,250]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$2,750]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [6][$2,500]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$2,400]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$2,300]; 9. 41-David Gravel [10][$2,200]; 10. 11-Hunter Schuerenburg [8][$2,100]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,700]; 12. 2M-Kerry Madsen [16][$1,400]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$1,300]; 14. 2-Carson Macedo [13][$1,200]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,100]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$1,000]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$1,000]; 18. 91-Cale Thomas [18][$1,000]; 19. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [21][$1,000]; 20. 51B-Joe B.Miller [24][$1,000]; 21. 14M-Marcus Dumesny [19][$1,000]; 22. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle [22][$1,000]; 23. 3-Jac Haudenschild [12][$1,000]; 24. 71M-Paul May [23][$1,000];
Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-10, Sheldon Haudenschild 11-55;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+9]

Qualifying – 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 10.761; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.784; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.786; 4. 41-David Gravel, 10.798; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.798; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.804; 7. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.822; 8. 11-Hunter Schuerenburg, 10.879; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.909; 10. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.921; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.939; 12. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 10.968; 13. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.987; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 10.989; 15. 91-Cale Thomas, 10.997; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.009; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.079; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.133; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.149; 20. 14M-Marcus Dumesny, 11.318; 21. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.35; 22. 71M-Paul May, 11.357; 23. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle, 11.422; 24. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman, 11.473; 25. 51B-Joe B.Miller, 11.483; 26. 8S-Steve Short, 11.66; 27. 56-Jeff Asher, 12.173

DRYDENE Heat #1 (10 Laps) – 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [1]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [3]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 4. 41-David Gravel [2]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [5]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. 51B-Joe B.Miller [9]; 9. 71M-Paul May [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (10 Laps) – 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 11-Hunter Schuerenburg [3]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 7. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle [8]; 8. 14M-Marcus Dumesny [7]; 9. 8S-Steve Short [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (10 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 4. 3-Jac Haudenschild [4]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 6. 91-Cale Thomas [5]; 7. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [7]; 8. 56-Jeff Asher [9]; 9. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 14M-Marcus Dumesny [2][]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1][]; 3. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [3][]; 4. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle [5][]; 5. 71M-Paul May [4][]; 6. 51B-Joe B.Miller [7][]; 7. 56-Jeff Asher [9][$300]; 8. 8S-Steve Short [8][$250]; 9. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [6][$225]

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NEW FIRST: Brad Sweet earns first Federated Auto Parts Raceway win
Sweet holds off Sheldon Haudenschild and Donny Schatz for 12th win of the season

PEVELY, MO – Aug. 2, 2019 – Brad Sweet’s 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series "dream season" has so far seen the Grass Valley, Calif.-native lead laps, take home big paychecks and now earn a first win.

Leading all 35 laps of the Night Before the Ironman Feature at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Friday night, Sweet rolled into Victory Lane at the Pevely, Mo. track for the first time in his career – his 12th win of the season.

“Pevely is a really awesome race track,” Sweet said. “I remember the first time I came here I was just in awe of the place. I’ve led a lot of laps here. I either stuff it in the fence or we got beat at the end. It’s nice to get the first one out of the way.”

While he led every lap en route to the victory, the Kasey Kahne Racing driver was not handed the victory with ease.

Missouri-native Hunter Schuerenburg started on the pole for the Feature, after winning his Drydene Heat race and the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and rocketed to the lead on the initial start. However, he hit the launch button too early. That forced the race to be restarted with Donny Schatz moved up to the front row and Schuerenburg moved behind him in the second row.

The front row was now Schatz and Sweet – the top two in the point standings. The two have been almost inseparable on the race track, having to race each other for position every week.

Schatz darted to the lead on the restart. Going into turn one, he chose low, while Sweet chose high. The Toco Warranty No. 15 car slid up the track exiting turn two, allowing the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 of Sweet to charge off the high side and bolt underneath Schatz down the backstretch.

Sweet then launched his car into turn three, sliding past Schatz and up in front of him exiting turn four. Like Sweet's corner before, Schatz had the momentum on the high side and snuck underneath Sweet for a drag race down the front straightaway. The lap went to Sweet, but only by inches.

The 10-time Series champion went side-by-side with Sweet into turn one and, again, was beat by the speed Sweet could maintain running the high line. Sweet’s lead went from inches to feet to yards over the reigning champion. Schuerenburg also pulled a slide job on Schatz to take second the next lap.

Five laps into the race, the first caution came out for Joe B. Miller coming to a stop on the track. On the restart, Schuerenburg went for the lead, attempting to pull off a slide job on Sweet into the first corner. However, his dive bomb was still not enough to clear Sweet before the No. 49 charged off the turn with a head of stream around the high side.

Before being able to get into a rhythm, the caution came out again. This time for Cale Thomas landing on his side in turn four.

When the green flag flew again, Sweet wasted no time stretching his lead over Schuerenburg. Schatz found his way around the No. 11 for second-place the next lap, too.

The top three remained in their running order for the remainder of the first half of the race. Behind them, though, Logan Schuchart and Sheldon Haudenschild were making their trek to the front. By the halfway point, Schuchart found his was to fourth – from fifth – and Haudenschild fifth – from eighth.

After a caution at the halfway point, both Schuchart and Haudenschild made their way by Schuerenburg to move up a position. Haudenschild didn’t just use his run to put Schuerenburg, behind him, though. He threw a daring slider at Schuchart into turn one and made it work. With 16 laps to go, he found himself in third and closing on second-place Schatz.

With 12 laps to go, Haudenschild threw a slide job at Schatz in turns three and four, and again made it work. Schatz couldn’t make the top work as well as Sweet and Haudenschild to challenge for the position back.

“Trying to hit a little one-inch spot with your right rear… is tough to do,” Schatz said. “Obviously, Brad and Sheldon are good at that kind of stuff. Me, I try to stay in a little bit more control.”

With Schatz behind him, the Wooster, Ohio-native was now in second-place and eager to hunt down his second win of the season.

Lap traffic plagued Sweet’s quest for victory. The slower cars forced him to move around and break out of his rhythm to find his way around them. That allowed Haudenschild to slowly work his way toward Sweet.

Haudenschild had Sweet in sight with five laps to. But Sweet was strong every time he ran the high side, able to carry enough momentum around the track to leave a few cars lengths distance between he and the NOS Energy Drink No. 17 car.

With three laps to go Haudenschild was building a run to catch Sweet. However, before he could fully execute on it, the caution came out for Carson Macedo flipping in turn two.

On the final restart, Sweet chose the middle of the track in the first corner, trying to block a big run by Haudenschild. It worked. The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall driver looked underneath Sweet, but couldn’t put anything together to challenge him in the remaining laps.

“I thought with the restart we would have a little bit better of a shot,” Haudenschild said. “I knew I was running out of laps there. I didn’t really care either way with the caution or not. Brad was a little bit better than us. I feel like I got by Donny at the right time to make some ground up on Brad, but just finished second.”

Sweet sped off to his first Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 win and 46th career win overall.

“The restarts were making me the most nervous,” Sweet said. “Didn’t know if I should be choosing the bottom or the top, you’re just real vulnerable into (turn) one there. Kind of found that line where I was driving across into one and felt a little better about the restarts. I could get to the cushion off (turn) two and as long as I could get a good run, I felt like I was pretty good on top of turns three and four.”

His win also helped his extend his points lead on Schatz – who finished third – after losing points to the Fargo, N.D. driver last weekend.

The focus for all of the drivers is now on Saturday night’s 55-lap $20,000-to-win Ironman event at the 1/3-mile track. A win at the Ironman 55 would be another ideal addition to Sweet’s dream year. Even with a dominating performance Friday night, he knows there could be room for improvement.

“We’ll go back and watch the video and make sure I was going everything right and hopefully come back and get us an Ironman tomorrow,” Sweet said.

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Aug. 3, will return to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for the Ironman 55. Get tickets and more information.

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Race Results: 8/2/2019 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$8,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$4,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$2,500]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$2,200]; 5. 41-David Gravel [6][$2,100]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [13][$2,000]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4][$1,800]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [15][$1,600]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [14][$1,500]; 10. 2M-Kerry Madsen [17][$1,300]; 11. 11-Hunter Schuerenburg [1][$1,200]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [10][$1,100]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,000]; 14. 5-Shane Stewart [19][$700]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$600]; 16. 99-Skylar Gee [18][$600]; 17. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle [23][$600]; 18. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$600]; 19. 14M-Marcus Dumesny [21][$600]; 20. 49X-Tim Shaffer [11][$600]; 21. 3-Jac Haudenschild [16][$600]; 22. 91-Cale Thomas [12][$600]; 23. 51B-Joe B.Miller [24][$600]; 24. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [22][$600];
Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-35;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 24-Rico Abreu[+7]

Qualifying – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.115; 2. 41-David Gravel, 10.212; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.235; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.279; 5. 11-Hunter Schuerenburg, 10.292; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.311; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.318; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.333; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.35; 10. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.376; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.377; 12. 91-Cale Thomas, 10.394; 13. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 10.395; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 10.435; 15. 99-Skylar Gee, 10.451; 16. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.462; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.47; 18. 19-Brent Marks, 10.47; 19. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.471; 20. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.523; 21. 14M-Marcus Dumesny, 10.528; 22. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 10.551; 23. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle, 10.705; 24. 51B-Joe B.Miller, 10.736; 25. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman, 10.909; 26. 8S-Steve Short, 11.033

DRYDENE Heat #1 (10 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 6. 3-Jac Haudenschild [5]; 7. 5-Shane Stewart [7]; 8. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [9]; 9. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (10 Laps) – 1. 11-Hunter Schuerenburg [2]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 8. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle [8]; 9. 8S-Steve Short [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (10 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 91-Cale Thomas [4]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 6. 99-Skylar Gee [5]; 7. 14M-Marcus Dumesny [7]; 8. 51B-Joe B.Miller [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 11-Hunter Schuerenburg [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 6. 41-David Gravel [5]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 5-Shane Stewart [2][-]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1][-]; 3. 14M-Marcus Dumesny [3][-]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [4][-]; 5. 2AU-Andrew Scheuerle [5][-]; 6. 51B-Joe B.Miller [6][-]; 7. 8S-Steve Short [8][$300]; 8. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman [7][$250]

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