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Winner Logan Schuchart (DB3 Imaging Photo)



Schuchart charges to Texas Outlaw Nationals victory

MESQUITE, TX – April 12, 2019 – Logan Schuchart totaled two wins in the 2018 World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season. He now has two wins in just 12 races this year.

He wrote his name into the record books Friday night, claiming his first win at the historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway – the site of the inaugural World of Outlaws race in 1978 – and his 10th Series win overall.

“I’ve watched old videos of my grandfather (Bobby Allen) running good here and winning races,” Schuchart said. “Now, I get to put my name in the history books and this team gets to put its name in the history books.”

Not only did he claim the win for the Pennsylvania-based Shark Racing team – owned by his grandfather – his teammate Jacob Allen led 10 laps of the 25-lap Feature and finished third – his first top-five this season.

“I love it,” said Bobby Allen, who won at Devil’s Bowl in 1986. “That’s what we’re here for. We got a first and a third, so we’re real happy… Happier.”

Schuchart had to “cowboy up” for his first win of the season at the Stockton Dirt Track, wrestling with rough track conditions. He had to do the same again at Devil’s Bowl, but not because of the track. The competition.

After finding their way into the top-10 for the first time this season at Arizona Speedway, Kraig Kinser started on the pole for the Feature – after winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – and Jacob Allen started second. The two were the class of the field at the start of the race.

When the green flag flew, Kinser pulled away to the early lead. Allen nearly ended his race before it started. He had a slow start, allowing Daryn Pittman to get by him for second and was side by side with Schuchart for third going down the front stretch. But Allen was hooked on the high side of the track.

He bested his teammate through turns one and two, and nearly came side by side with Pittman down the backstretch before Pittman blocked his run. The next lap, Allen didn’t give Pittman the chance to pull the same move twice. He made his way by Pittman and set his sight on Kinser.

Allen took the lead by Lap four and began to put about a car length distance between he and the second-place car every lap. However, his pace put him in traffic by Lap seven.

Behind him, Schuchart and Pittman traded slide jobs turn after turn, lap after lap, fighting to claim third. Schuchart was the victory and led the train of he and Pittman to the front.

While the high side led Allen to the lead, it became his downfall. Schuchart and Pittman both found grip on the bottom of the track and made their way by Kinser and Allen.

“It made it tough trying to take the lead away from Jake,” Schuchart said about passing his teammate, who was going for his first win. “I’m going to race him just as hard as anybody else. He’s going to get his first win. He’s getting better and better every year. That breakthrough win is going to happen for this team.”

Pittman didn’t care about either of them winning. The Owasso, Okla. native wanted another win at the track just a few hours from his home. With about 10 laps to go, Schuchart slid up the track off of turn two, allowing Pittman to get a run underneath him and take the lead. But a lap later, Pittman made the same mistake, allowing Schuchart to get back by and charge to his first Texas Outlaw Nationals win.

“Gave that one away,” Pittman said. “The bottom just took off. It got so much faster in a hurry. Pretty frustrated, but we had a good car.”

It was Pittman’s first top-five finish since finishing second to David Gravel at Keller Auto Speedway last month.

He continues to sit third in points, but now just six points behind leader Brad Sweet. Donny Schatz is second, two points behind Sweet. Rookie Carson Macedo, continues to impress, remaining fourth in points – 84 points behind Sweet – and Schuchart sits fifth – 90 points behind the lead.

After missing three Features early this season, Allen is starting to find consistency, winning two Drydene Heat races in-a-row, making his way into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and earning two top-10 finishes in-a-row.

“Obviously I want to win more than anything,” Allen said. “It is what it is, but I had fun. It’s really good to see Logan win and both Shark Racing cars on the podium. We work hard at this and this is what it’s about.”

Schuchart was the king shark Friday night, and even though he’s already matched his 2018 win total, he said that won’t change his approach to the rest of the season.

“We just want to win races,” a grinning Schuchart said. “We just want to get out there and win races every time we go.”

The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its next stop Saturday, April 13, at the historic Devil's Bowl Speedway for the second night of the Texas Outlaw Nationals.

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

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$8,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [4][$4,000]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$2,500]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1][$2,200]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [6][$2,100]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,000]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$1,800]; 8. 1B-Travis Rilat [8][$1,600]; 9. 41-David Gravel [12][$1,500]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$1,300]; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$1,200]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$1,100]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,000]; 14. 1-Sammy Swindell [19][$700]; 15. 45-Chad Kemenah [18][$600]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$600]; 17. 28-Scott Bogucki [13][$600]; 18. 55-Danny Wood [22][$600]; 19. 33M-Mason Daniel [21][$600]; 20. 99X-Dalton Stevens [24][$600]; 21. 12H-Tony Bruce [23][$600]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$600]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$600]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [17][$600];
Lap Leaders: Kraig Kinser 1-3, Jacob Allen 4-13, Logan Schuchart 14-15, 17-25; Daryn Pittman 16; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1-Sammy Swindell[+5]

Qualifying - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.699; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.76; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.792; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.879; 5. 1B-Travis Rilat, 13.909; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.934; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.942; 8. 19-Brent Marks, 13.957; 9. 41-David Gravel, 13.976; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.992; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.105; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.135; 13. 1-Sammy Swindell, 14.138; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.142; 15. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.149; 16. 28-Scott Bogucki, 14.166; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.201; 18. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.365; 19. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 14.442; 20. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.442; 21. 21P-Robbie Price, 14.466; 22. 55-Danny Wood, 14.563; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 14.595; 24. 12H-Tony Bruce, 14.689; 25. 2X-Tucker Doughty, 15.119; 26. 99X-Dalton Stevens, 15.313; 27. 10P-Jim Perricone, 16.028

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) - 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 5. 28-Scott Bogucki [6]; 6. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell [5]; 8. 2X-Tucker Doughty [9]; 9. 55-Danny Wood [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 1B-Travis Rilat [2]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [8]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [7]; 9. 99X-Dalton Stevens [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) - 1. 2-Carson Macedo [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 41-David Gravel [3]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 6. 45-Chad Kemenah [6]; 7. 21P-Robbie Price [7]; 8. 12H-Tony Bruce [8]; 9. 10P-Jim Perricone [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [5]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [6]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [4]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [1][-]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [2][-]; 3. 33M-Mason Daniel [3][-]; 4. 55-Danny Wood [5][-]; 5. 12H-Tony Bruce [6][-]; 6. 99X-Dalton Stevens [8][-]; 7. 2X-Tucker Doughty [7][$300]; 8. 10P-Jim Perricone [9][$250]; 9. 21P-Robbie Price [4][$225]

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Winner David Gravel (DB3 Imaging Photo)



David Gravel wins Arizona Desert Shootout at Arizona Speedway

QUEEN CREEK, AZ – April 6, 2019 – David Gravel’s first win of the season last month with his new Jason Johnson Racing team was sentimental for several reasons. His second win, Saturday night at Arizona Speedway, was no different.

Not only did he win on his sister Victoria’s birthday, he claimed his 41st career World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win in the #41 car – the number chosen by the late Jason Johnson to run.

“I’ve kind of forgot about it, because if you try too hard to win a race, you know, it’s not going to come,” Gravel said about looking for win number 41. “I knew the next one was going to be 41, but it didn’t really all click. I’m glad to win on my sister’s birthday and it’s cool to be my 41st win. All of those things coming together, I guess it was meant to be.”

Win 41 was no easier than win 40, though.

Starting fourth in the 30-Lap Arizona Desert Shootout Feature, Gravel had his work cut out for him. He made his way by third-place Jacob Allen in a lap, but then had to contend with 2017 Rookie of the Year, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Friday night’s Feature winner Brad Sweet – the two fastest cars of the night.

Sweet was a tenth of a second off setting a new track record in Qualifying, and then went on to win his Drydene Heat race. He took the early lead in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, but Haudenschild showed his muscle in the closing laps, powering by Sweet on the high side for the win.

Haudenschild then continued where he left off in the Dash, cruising to the lead in the Feature and pulling away from the field. His blistering pace put him in lap traffic a third of the way through the caution-free Feature, allowing Sweet and Gravel to get close enough to taste the lead.

Sweet used lap traffic to his advantage the night prior, besting Ian Madsen in the game of maneuverability through slower cars. That looked to be his fortune once again, until Gravel continued to make ground on him. While Sweet reeled in Haudenschild, Gravel had Sweet locked in his visor.

The two battled side by side for about four laps, swapping lanes every corner. By Lap 13, Gravel mastered the bottom of the tacky track through turns three and four, clearing Sweet down the front stretch and maintaining the position with a run on the high side of turns one and two.

That run not only cleared him of the blue Kasey Kahne Racing car, it put him in striking distance of Haudenschild’s car. While Haudenschild tried to maneuver around a lap car in turns three and four, Gravel pulled the same move on him that he pulled on Sweet, claiming the lead on Lap 14 and never relinquishing it.

“He (Haudenschild) didn’t hit his exit, and that just opened the door for me,” Gravel said. “Luckily, it all worked out. Whatever lane I went, I seemed to be faster.”

Haudenschild concurred with Gravel’s assessment of the race, acknowledging he made a mistake.

“I figured if I could just rip the cushion and make consistent laps, I’d be alright,” said Haudeschild, who ended up third. “Once I got to lappers and the guy was running the top, I really didn’t make a good move. Like David said, I lost my run off the exit.”

After starting the season with four finishes in-a-row outside the top-12, the Wooster, Ohio native has found consistency. He’s finished in the top-10 in his last five races – two of which have been top-five finishes.

“It’s been kind of a rocky start, but we’ve been building momentum here in these last few races,” Haudenschild said.

On a more consistent run is second-place finisher, Sweet. He’s finished in the top-five in six of his last seven races – four of which have been podium finishes, and one a victory. That’s placed him as the current Series points leader – four points ahead of reigning champion Donny Schatz.

“It’s always cool to lead the points, but I don’t even think we’re a tenth of the way through the season,” Grass Valley, Calif. native, Sweet said. “It’s going to be a long summer. As long as we keep getting better and standing on the podium, the points will shake out how they will at the end.”

Gravel, of Watertown, Conn., became only the second driver this year to claim more than one victory – Daryn Pittman was the first winning both races at Volusia Speedway Park.

With win number two out of the way, Gravel looks for more consistency with his Jason Johnson Racing team.

“That first win, we struggled, got a win, the next day ran 12th,” Gravel said. “Now, this weekend (in Arizona) we went third and first. As a team, that’s what you’re looking for, is having podiums and top-fives. That’s what makes a good season.”

The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its next stop Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13, at the historic Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.

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

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

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Winner Brad Sweet (DB3 Imaging Photo)



THE CLOSER

‘Big Cat’ Brad Sweet claims Wildcat Shootout at USA Raceway

Brad Sweet becomes the ninth different winner in 10 races this year

TUCSON, AZ – April 5, 2019 – With five laps to go in the World of Outlaws NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Wildcat Shootout at USA Raceway Friday night, Brad Sweet’s victory was far from certain.

Sweet had command of the race, having stolen the lead from Ian Madsen just before a Lap 19 caution. However, Madsen did not let the blue Kasey Kahne Racing car of Sweet out of his sight.

With lap traffic in Sweet’s windshield, Madsen used it to his advantage turning a car length distance between them into half a car length. Then a quarter. The laps were winding down in a hurry, but the race was far from over.

That is until the lap traffic that was helping Madsen catch Sweet, ended up killing his momentum with a lap to go, putting more than a car length back between he and Sweet, who went on to claim his first win of the 2019 season – his 35th career win overall.

“I was just kind of lucky to get through a few of those guys, just mistakes in lap traffic and we were in the right spot to capitalize,” said Grass Valley, Calif. native Sweet. “The car was superfast and made the opportunities for us to take advantage of those opportunities.”

His night didn’t start off looking like he would claim his second win at the raceway – his first coming in 2014. He broke down at the start of Hot Laps, but his KKR team got him back on track in time for Qualifying, ending up fifth. Sweet then went on to finish second in his Heat race – to winner Madsen. However, he then struggled in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, finishing last.

That resulted in Sweet starting sixth for the 30-lap Feature, while Madsen, who fared better in the Dash, started on the outside pole.

When the green flag flew, Madsen, last year’s Rookie of the Year, shot by polesitter Donny Schatz and ran away with the lead.

“Everyone’s always better in clean air,” said Madsen, who ended up second. “It just kind of got pretty tricky there in the middle of the race. We got stuck behind some lap cars and we just weren’t as good as Brad tonight to maneuver around to get past the lap cars.”

Madsen’s blistering pace at the start of the race put him in lap traffic by Lap five. While the Australian hustled his way around the slower cars, Sweet – with a little bit of luck on his side – methodically moved his way to the front, lap by lap.

“I think we were in the right place at the right time a lot of the time and we were able to capitalize,” Sweet said. “Coming from sixth to win is hard in these things, especially on a pretty fast track. We’ll take it any way we can get it.”

Luck wasn’t the only factor that helped him to the front. A little bit of skill, knowing where to put his car helped, too.

“Luckily for me, I kind of found a low line in turn one, and kind of low down the front stretch,” Sweet said. “If I could get off (turn) four equal or a little better than the guy in front of me, I could go low in turn one and it seemed like I could carry more speed. That’s where I made all of my passes.”

While Sweet and Madsen stole the show, Brent Marks raced his way to his best finish so far this year – sixth. Prior to that his best finish this year had been 11th in Las Vegas. After that he missed two races and had finished no better than 12th. But now, momentum is on his side going forward.

“I know my results through California don’t really show, but we’ve been getting our car really good,” said Marks after his first race at USA Raceway. “We’ll just keep plugging away and fine tuning this race car and try to have a little bit better luck on our side. Excited we got a good run tonight.”

Sweet is the ninth different winner this season in 10 races. Both Madsen and third-place finisher David Gravel, claimed a victory during the Series’ March California swing. While Sweet didn’t claim a victory during the swing, he had one of the best performances during it. He finished in the top-10 in all five races – four of them top-five finishes. And had the best average finish of 4.4.

That consistency, in addition to Friday night’s win, has left him tied for the points lead with 10-times Series champion, Schatz. Daryn Pittman, who was tied for the points lead with Schatz coming into the race is now third – just six points behind the two.

“It’s nice to get the first win and hopefully we can carry the momentum going forward,” Sweet said. “It’s a long season. We’re 10 races into a 94-race schedule, so hopefully this is good signs to come for us.”

The Greatest Show on Dirt will make its next stop Saturday, April 6, at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz.

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

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$10,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2][$5,500]; 3. 41-David Gravel [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$2,800]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5][$2,500]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [3][$2,300]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [10][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$2,100]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$2,050]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [8][$2,000]; 11. 13-Mark Dobmeier [16][$1,500]; 12. 24-Rico Abreu [15][$1,200]; 13. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [19][$1,100]; 14. 2-Carson Macedo [13][$1,050]; 15. 45-Chad Kemenah [9][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$900]; 17. 21P-Robbie Price [17][$800]; 18. 33M-Mason Daniel [18][$800]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [20][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$800]; 21. 7-Gravy Fairfield [21][$800];
Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-18, Brad Sweet 19-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg[+6]

Qualifying - 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.234; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.272; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.279; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 13.295; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.302; 6. 41-David Gravel, 13.321; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.339; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.368; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.39; 10. 19-Brent Marks, 13.432; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.433; 12. 45-Chad Kemenah, 13.472; 13. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.505; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.518; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.592; 16. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.619; 17. 21P-Robbie Price, 13.648; 18. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.76; 19. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 13.84; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.866; 21. 7-Gravy Fairfield, 18.4

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 8 Transfer - 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [6]; 6. 13-Mark Dobmeier [7]; 7. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [5]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 8 Transfer - 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [5]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 6. 21P-Robbie Price [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 8 Transfer - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2]; 3. 45-Chad Kemenah [4]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 6. 33M-Mason Daniel [5]; 7. 7-Gravy Fairfield [7]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 4. 41-David Gravel [3]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [6]

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Winner Aaron Reutzel (DB3 Imaging Photo)



SWEEP DREAMS

Texan Reutzel Dominates Every Phase of Perris SoCal Showdown

PERRIS, CA – MARCH 30, 2019 – Aaron Reutzel wrote an eloquent ending to the eventful and riveting story of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series’ California swing, ending it Saturday night in similar fashion to how it began.

Last year’s Rookie of the Year Ian Madsen opened the swing in early March at Thunderbowl Raceway — where Reutzel won his first ever World of Outlaws race last year during the swing — winning everything he could: fastest in practice, Quick Time, Heat win, drew the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, won the Dash, lead every lap in the Feature and won it.

Reutzel did exactly the same at the half-mile Perris Auto Speedway. He was fastest in practice. Quick Time. Won his Heat race. Drew the pole for the Dash. Won the Dash. Lead every lap in the 30-lap Feature and claimed his second World of Outlaws win at the SoCal Showdown.

“Unbelievable,” the Clute, Texas native said, having to pause afterward, as if to try and grasp the dominance himself.

Coming into the Perris race, Reutzel had a top-five and two top-10 finishes in the California swing and sat seventh in Series points, ahead of full-time World of Outlaws drivers such as Shane Stewart and Madsen. But to Reutzel, he was having a terrible year and it was time for a change.

He and his Baughman-Reutzel Motorsports team made one the morning of the race. It worked.

“We just went back to everything we were doing last year,” Reutzel said. “We just made one little change and it made the difference.”

That little change; ditching a newly built car to put an old car back together.

“There’s nothing different between them,” Reutzel said. “Sometimes you just get a car that doesn’t work, and that might have been one that doesn’t work. Everything else exactly them same. It just worked out for us.”

With the car he’s been running, Reutzel said it felt like he and his team were always playing catch up when it came to the Feature and could never qualify well anymore.

“That’s something you can’t do with these (World of Outlaws) guys,” Reutzel said.

Now, his confidence is back. It showed on track, holding off two California natives who grew up racing on the California swing tracks — rookie Carson Macedo and Rico Abreu.

In the early stage of the Feature, Macedo presented himself as a possible threat to Reutzel, inching in on him lap after lap. After an early red flag, for a flip involving Brent Marks, Reutzel had his biggest challenge yet with Macedo starting next to him and Abreu behind them. But when the green flag dropped, Macedo and Abreu were left trading slide jobs to determine who would finish second while Reutzel sailed away. It was the same story with on another restart a couple of laps later.

“I felt like I had a couple of runs at him on a couple of restarts, and it just seemed like… It’s just the way it went,” said Macedo, who finished second. “Aaron did a good job all night. I felt like we had a good race car. I felt like we had a good package all night.”

Macedo has had one of the best California swings out of all full-time World of Outlaws drivers, having finished in the top-10 in all five races and got his first win of the season at Silver Dollar Speedway.

“We’re having a lot of fun right now,” Macedo said. “We’re putting good runs up on the board and that’s what it’s all about with the Outlaws.”

In line with Macedo and Madsen, Reutzel is the eighth different winner this year in the past nine races. And even though it’s his second ever Series win, it’s still as special as the first.

“Whether you have 100 (wins) or your Donny Schatz getting another one or me getting my second one, just winning an Outlaw race is huge in general,” Reutzel said. “It feels really good to get it.”

Reutzel’s win closes the story of the 2019 World of Outlaws Spring Break California swing, but the Series continues next weekend on Friday, April 5, for the Wildcat Shootout at USA Raceway in Tucson, Ariz. and on Saturday, April 6, for the Arizona Desert Shootout at Arizona Speedway in Queen Creek, Ariz.

The Texan’s next chapter with the World of Outlaws will begin in May at Eldora Speedway.

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

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1][$10,000]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [3][$5,500]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [2][$3,200]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6][$2,800]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$2,200]; 8. 5-Shane Stewart [10][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,050]; 10. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$2,000]; 11. 45-Chad Kemenah [4][$1,500]; 12. 41-David Gravel [11][$1,200]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [12][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [18][$1,050]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$1,000]; 16. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [13][$900]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [17][$800]; 18. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [24][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [23][$800]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$800]; 21. 21P-Robbie Price [20][$800]; 22. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$800]; 23. 19-Brent Marks [19][$800]; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel [21][$800];
Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 71P-Parker Price-Miller[+6]

Qualifying - 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.377; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.398; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.409; 4. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.418; 5. 24-Rico Abreu, 14.546; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 14.559; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 14.585; 8. 21-Brian Brown, 14.59; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman, 14.592; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.653; 11. 45-Chad Kemenah, 14.671; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.672; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 14.681; 14. 41-David Gravel, 14.684; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.719; 16. 5-Shane Stewart, 14.724; 17. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.732; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.732; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.748; 20. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.785; 21. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.809; 22. 21P-Robbie Price, 14.832; 23. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 14.842; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.845; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.929; 26. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 15.399

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [6]; 5. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [2]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 8. 21P-Robbie Price [8]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 2. 45-Chad Kemenah [4]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 4. 41-David Gravel [5]; 5. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [7]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 7. 13-Mark Dobmeier [9]; 8. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [8]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [6]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [2]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [6]; 4. 45-Chad Kemenah [3]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer - 1. 19-Brent Marks [1][-]; 2. 21P-Robbie Price [5][-]; 3. 33M-Mason Daniel [3][-]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][-]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [4][-]; 6. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6][-]; 7. 13-Mark Dobmeier [8][$300]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$250]

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Winner David Gravel (DB3 Imaging Photo)



BOTTOM’S UP
Gravel rides low groove to victory for Jason Johnson Racing’s first World of Outlaws win since Johnson’s death

HANFORD, CA – MARCH 29, 2019 – Nothing was going to stop David Gravel from jumping out of his car.

Out of breath with a wide grin on his face, he high-fived and hugged his crew members while en route to a bath of confetti when he stood on the back of his car and pointed to the sky.

Not only was he celebrating his first win of the season at Keller Auto Speedway, his 40th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win and his first win with his new Jason Johnson Racing team, he honored the man whose car he drives.

This is the first win for the Jason Johnson Racing team since co-owner and driver Jason Johnson died in a crash last June at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin.

“It’s definitely special,” said Gravel, almost lost for words.

The start of his night did not signal a potential victory, with the luck of the draw sending him out last for qualifying. He managed a 15th-place qualifying effort on a track several drivers called “tricky” due to its slick condition.

It didn’t take long for Gravel to figure out the trick, winning his Heat race.

“It really set us up for the rest of the night,” Gravel said. “I knew the bottom was going to be a factor.”

Gravel’s crew chief, Philip Dietz, said Gravel called his shot before the Feature. He was going to stick to the bottom until he figured it out. And he did.

Starting from the pole, Sheldon Haudenschild shot to the early lead of the Feature, riding the high side of the slick track. While he led, the hoard of drivers behind him were rarely in the same lane or position lap after lap. They tried high. They tried low. Wherever there was grip, they made sure to use up every inch of it.

Closing in on halfway through the 35-lap Feature, the bottom proved to be the preferred line of choice. Shane Stewart, who faced heart-break last race at the Stockton Dirt Track after blowing a tire while leading with five laps to go, looked to have his sight set on redemption, reeling in the 2017 Rookie of the Year.

Stewart took the lead on lap 20, but his hope for redemption was short lived as Gravel had been working the bottom of the track to perfection and was not far behind. He took the lead from Stewart – driving for Gravel’s former team, CJB Motorsports – two laps later.

“Honestly, I just didn’t have the patients to run the bottom in turns 1 and 2,” said Stewart, who ended up third. “Driver instincts, you just don’t know what to do at times. Once David went by me, I tried to run the bottom again, and missed it a couple of times. I thought I should get back up to the top and then (Daryn) Pittman got me.”

Pittman, who extended his points lead over second-place Donny Schatz to 12 points by finishing second, was still all smiles after his third runner-up finish of the year.

“I would have never guessed from the beginning of that race that we would be just putting around the bottom,” Pittman said. “We were not set up for that at all. I honestly thought the top would stay dominate. It never crossed my mind that we would be running the bottom.”

Like he planned it himself, Gravel said he knew other drivers would burn off the top of the track and the bottom would be the dominate line. He just had to stay patient enough to remain there throughout the race.

Although he did go to the top one lap, but he said that was only because the bottom was crowded. He ran his race.

“I was just trying to run my line,” Gravel said. “I knew if I missed up one corner and was still in the lead, I knew I wouldn’t have gotten passed if I just hit my marks after that. Luckily we were able to hang on and win.”

It was a special win to him and his crew.

“It’s definitely different,” said Tyler Elliott, the car chief for the Jason Johnson Racing team. “It’s not the same. But it’s exciting. Overwhelming.”

After three races in-a-row without a top-10 finish, Elliot said the win is well needed.

Dietz added its “definitely an emotional night” for the team.

“This is one track we’ve struggled at over the years,” he said. “We knew we had to up our game when we came in tonight. To go out and pick up a win for JJR and all of our sponsors, you know, we couldn’t ask for a better night."

Nothing was going to stop Dietz and the Jason Johnson team from celebrating in Victory Lane with an out of breath and wide grinning Gravel.

The Series will wrap up its Spring Break tour through California Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif.

As always, you can catch all the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on www.DIRTVision.com.
For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) - 1. 41-David Gravel [7][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [5][$5,500]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [3][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$2,300]; 7. 17W-Shane Golobic [8][$2,200]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [6][$2,100]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [11][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [23][$1,500]; 12. 26-Cory Eliason [12][$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [4][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$1,050]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$1,000]; 16. 7S-Tim Kaeding [21][$900]; 17. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [16][$800]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$800]; 19. 88N-DJ Netto [19][$800]; 20. 45-Chad Kemenah [18][$800]; 21. 7-Jason Sides [10][$800]; 22. O-Bud Kaeding [14][$800]; 23. 24-Rico Abreu [20][$800]; 24. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$800]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-19, Shane Stewart 20-21, David Gravel 22-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+12]

Qualifying - 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.531; 2. 19-Brent Marks, 14.609; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 14.799; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic, 14.853; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.048; 6. 21P-Robbie Price, 15.125; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.133; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.178; 9. 2-Carson Macedo, 15.207; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.217; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.228; 12. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 15.287; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 15.308; 14. 7-Jason Sides, 15.312; 15. 41-David Gravel, 15.333; 16. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.363; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.37; 18. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.43; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.479; 20. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 15.526; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 15.535; 22. 45-Chad Kemenah, 15.571; 23. 68-Chase Johnson, 15.617; 24. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.618; 25. 33M-Mason Daniel, 15.627; 26. O-Bud Kaeding, 15.643; 27. 88N-DJ Netto, 15.663; 28. 21X-Ryan Bernal, 15.696; 29. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.703; 30. 98-Sean Watts, 15.709; 31. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.743; 32. 28-Nathan Rolfe, 15.95

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 2-Carson Macedo [3]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [8]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel [7]; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 19-Brent Marks [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 3. 7-Jason Sides [4]; 4. O-Bud Kaeding [7]; 5. 45-Chad Kemenah [6]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [5]; 7. 98-Sean Watts [8]; 8. 21P-Robbie Price [2]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 41-David Gravel [4]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8]; 5. 88N-DJ Netto [7]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 7. 68-Chase Johnson [6]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]

DRYDENE Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 17W-Shane Golobic [1]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 4. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 6. 7S-Tim Kaeding [3]; 7. 21X-Ryan Bernal [7]; 8. 28-Nathan Rolfe [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [4]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [7]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [8]; 7. 41-David Gravel [6]; 8. 17W-Shane Golobic [2]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer - 1. 7S-Tim Kaeding [4][-]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6][-]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [5][-]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [1][-]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [7][$300]; 6. 68-Chase Johnson [8][$250]; 7. 21X-Ryan Bernal [10][$225]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [9][$200]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$200]; 10. 98-Sean Watts [11][$200]; 11. 28-Nathan Rolfe [12][$200]; 12. 21P-Robbie Price [2][$200]

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Winner Logan Schuchart (DB3 Imaging Photo)



Schuchart bucks wild Stockton to become sixth different winner in seven races

STOCKTON, CA — MARCH 16, 2019 — Blue and orange confetti painted the landscape around Logan Schuchart, who climbed to the top wing of his Shark Racing Sprint Car with the checkered flag in one hand and other pointing to the sky.

Thousands of fans cheered, and the first-time winner this season, Schuchart, cheered with them in Victory Lane at the Stockton Dirt Track.

It was a scene that could have looked much different for Schuchart until about five laps to go in Saturday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series 30-lap FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.

Shark Racing showed they were the apex predator from the start of the event. Hanover, Pa. native Schuchart was quickest in practice, and backed that up qualifying second behind teammate Jacob Allen. He then won his Heat race and drew the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, which he also won.

At the start of the Feature, Schuchart and Allen dueled side-by-side in front for less than half a lap before Schuchart shot to the lead. Four cautions in the first six laps never allowed him to get into a rhythm, but he maintained the lead each restart.

Lurking behind him, though, was Bixby, Okla., native Shane Stewart — equally as hungry for his first Series win of the season, after finishing outside the top-10 the day prior. When restarting on lap six, Stewart did not let Schuchart out of his sight. With each passing lap he inched closer and closer to the red-and-white Drydene-sponsored #1s.

Coming off of turn four on lap 11, Schuchart, who had kept his car on the high side of the track, hit a rut, about bounced his car completely off the ground and into the wall, and lost the lead to Stewart.

“I was running pretty hard when I was out by myself,” Schuchart said. “That’s what kind of got me in trouble. I almost flipped the thing, bouncing around, jumping up and down.”

He added to stay consistent on the rough track conditions you had to “cowboy up.”

While Stewart began to pull away to close to a half a track lead, Schuchart didn’t lose hope. He knew Stewart would face the same rough conditions running the top side of the track — providing the potential for his own mistake.

But he never made one. Even when navigating lap traffic. Schuchart still didn’t give up hope.

“I knew he was going to have the same issues, he’s going to want to get out front and stand on it,” Schuchart said. “You can count on probably some more yellows, because we were having one right after the other.”

On lap 23, he got one. Kasey Kahne stopped on the front stretch when his right rear tire gave up, with debris left in turn four. When the race went back green, Stewart maintained the point once again. Until a lap later. His paced slowed, and Schuchart shot by Stewart for the lead with Brad Sweet following to surge into second place. Shortly after, Stewart was off the track in turn three with a flat right rear tire.

“They were saying some stuff may have broke off of Kasey’s (Kahne) car when I was trying to get around him, and I must have ran something over,” Stewart said. “Just one of those deals.”

When the race went back green, Schuchart took command of the lead once again and drove his car into Victory Lane, claiming his ninth World of Outlaws win.

“I thought his (Stewart’s) right rear looked a little low, but I’m not going to be the guy running second and tell him his tire is low, but I knew he wasn’t going to give up,” Schuchart said. “I’m just happy for this whole team. It’s very rewarding for all of their hard work to be able to get a win this early in the season.”

Schuchart is the sixth different Series winner this year in seven races. Carson Macedo, who was the fifth different winner this season Friday night at Silver Dollar Speedway pulled off another impressive run finishing seventh after starting 23rd – making him the KSE Hard Charger of the night.

Having as equally of an impressive run was Sheldon Haudenschild, who started 25th using a provisional and finished 10th.

Even though Stewart’s promising night ended with disappointment, he is still leaving with newfound confidence.

“I think we made some big gains throughout the night and learned a lot of stuff,” Stewart said. “We continue to learn. Even Barry (Jackson), you know, he’s been out here a long, long time. But he is dealing with a new driver, so we’re still trying to learn each other. We’re getting better.”

Schuchart’s win moves him to fourth in the Series’ championship points – tied with Macedo, 58 points behind leader Daryn Pittman. The Oklahoma driver finished 11th for his California-based Roth Motorsports team, allowing 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who finished 8th, to continue to close the points deficit to just four points.

Quietly closing on the two points leaders is Sweet, who finished second two nights in a row – now 10 points behind Pittman.

“Tonight, it took some juevos, you had to get up on the wheel and try to hammer through the holes (in the track),” Sweet said. “Logan did a good job. It was kind of survival there… Two seconds place, we’re knocking on the door (of the points lead).”

While Sweet took his second-place finish with stride, Schuchart basked in the glory of his win in Victory Lane, confetti still floating to the ground and fans still cheering.

“The fans are awesome (in California),” Schuchart said. “They’re very passionate. It’s awesome to win in front of this great crowd.”

The Series will make its next stop on the California tour Saturday, March 22, at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. and Saturday, March 23, at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif.

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

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$5,500]; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding [13][$3,200]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12][$2,800]; 5. 88N-DJ Netto [9][$2,500]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [14][$2,300]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [23][$2,200]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$2,100]; 9. 26-Cory Eliason [8][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [25][$1,200]; 11. 83-Daryn Pittman [16][$1,500]; 12. O-Bud Kaeding [24][$1,200]; 13. 5-Shane Stewart [4][$1,100]; 14. 17W-Shane Golobic [18][$1,050]; 15. 41-David Gravel [20][$1,000]; 16. 18-Ian Madsen [22][$900]; 17. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6][$800]; 18. 45-Chad Kemenah [15][$800]; 19. 29-Willie Croft [5][$800]; 20. 9-Kasey Kahne [11][$800]; 21. 5H-Cole Macedo [17][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$800]; 23. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [3][$800]; 24. 4-Terry McCarl [21][$800]; 25. 21-Brian Brown [19][$800];
Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-11, 24-30, Shane Stewart 12-23;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+16]

Qualifying - 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.873; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.889; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.895; 4. 29-Willie Croft, 12.9; 5. 26-Cory Eliason, 12.95; 6. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 12.985; 7. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.011; 8. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.056; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.057; 10. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.059; 11. 9-Kasey Kahne, 13.061; 12. 41-David Gravel, 13.064; 13. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.092; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.133; 15. 45-Chad Kemenah, 13.135; 16. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.14; 17. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 13.16; 18. 17W-Shane Golobic, 13.175; 19. 21-Brian Brown, 13.197; 20. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.201; 21. 5H-Cole Macedo, 13.229; 22. 31C-Justyn Cox, 13.268; 23. 16A-Colby Copeland, 13.273; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.287; 25. 88N-DJ Netto, 13.289; 26. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.313; 27. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.34; 28. 19-Brent Marks, 13.353; 29. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.394; 30. 7-Jason Sides, 13.397; 31. 21P-Robbie Price, 13.433; 32. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.529; 33. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.58; 34. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.637; 35. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 14.15

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - 1. 26-Cory Eliason [2]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 3. 88N-DJ Netto [7]; 4. 7S-Tim Kaeding [5]; 5. 5H-Cole Macedo [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [9]; 9. 4-Terry McCarl [4]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic [5]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [7]; 7. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [9]; 8. 31C-Justyn Cox [6]; 9. 7-Jason Sides [8]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [2]; 3. 9-Kasey Kahne [3]; 4. 45-Chad Kemenah [4]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 7. 16A-Colby Copeland [6]; 8. 21P-Robbie Price [8]; 9. 83T-Tanner Carrick [9]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) - 1. 29-Willie Croft [1]; 2. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [5]; 5. 41-David Gravel [3]; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6]; 7. 19-Brent Marks [7]; 8. O-Bud Kaeding [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 29-Willie Croft [5]; 6. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [6]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [7]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - 1. 4-Terry McCarl [2][-]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1][-]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [6][-]; 4. O-Bud Kaeding [12][-]; 5. 16A-Colby Copeland [4][$300]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$250]; 7. 83T-Tanner Carrick [15][$225]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [13][$200]; 9. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [14][$200]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [8][$200]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$200]; 12. 21P-Robbie Price [11][$200]; 13. 31C-Justyn Cox [3][$200]; 14. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5][$200]; 15. 7-Jason Sides [10][$200]

SEASON WINNERS

Daryn Pittman: 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb 8 and Feb 9)
Tim Shaffer: 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb 27)
Donny Schatz: 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb 28)
Ian Madsen: 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 9)
Carson Macedo: 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 15)
Logan Schuchart: 1 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 16)

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Winner Carson Macedo (Tim Aylwin Photo)



Macedo claims second World of Outlaws win, first with Kyle Larson Racing

CHICO, CA — March 15, 2019 — “Rookie” is a title Carson Macedo will hear before his name throughout the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series tour, but at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif., it should be “veteran.”

Or “winner.”

Lemoore, Calif., native, Macedo, bested 34-time Series winner, and Grass Valley, Calif., native, Brad Sweet in a spectacular dual on Friday night at the quarter-mile speedway, to claim his second ever Series win and second at the track — his first win came in 2014.

His advantage; it’s a track he grew up racing on – local knowledge that paid off as he led an all-Outlaw podium sweep in the Mini Gold Cup presented by Riebes NAPA AUTO PARTS.

“I’ve raced here so much and just know the characteristics of it,” Macedo said. “It’s not a big part of winning these races, but it gives you that edge. It’s a home track for me.”

Sweet is no stranger to Silver Dollar Speedway, though. He, too, grew up racing at the track, and won a race there last year.

Having led more than half the race, Sweet looked to be en route to his second win at the speedway. Last week’s Feature winner at Thunderbowl Raceway, Ian Madsen – who ended up third – hunted Sweet for most of the race with enough speed to potentially make his own challenge for the lead. But then came Macedo.

From his seventh starting spot, Macedo raced much like his car owner Kyle Larson so often does — on the cushion lap after lap. Never considering another line. That confidence almost cost him, though. About half way through the race, he hit a rut on the high side of the track, throwing his car of balance and dropping from fourth to fifth.

That didn’t deter the young rookie’s victory lust. Continuing to stick to the high side of the track, he fought his way into the top three and then traded slide jobs with Madsen for second. In the lead Sweet had a different mentality then Macedo. He stuck to the bottom of the track — a move that ultimately proved to be his downfall.

On a restart with 15 laps to, Macedo got a strong enough run off turn four to slide under Sweet going into turn one and steal the lead. Madsen, on the bottom of the track, tried to best them both, edging Macedo for the lead out of turn two. He couldn’t compete with Macedo’s strength on the high side, though. Once Macedo cleared Madsen, the race was his.

“I had been getting some pretty good runs off of four on the top, with people in front of me, so I knew without anyone there I could get a run on him (Sweet) going down the front stretch,” Macedo said.

Sweet knows his rookie mistake was staying on the bottom of the track.

“Obviously, I made a mistake there, and stayed on the bottom probably one or two restarts too long,” Sweet said. “It was just really hard to get me to change my mind because I kept winning the restarts. But I really felt vulnerable on the restart, so it was no surprise when Carson got by me. You have to be perfect to win these races.”

Madsen went into the Series’ month-long California tour unsure how he’ll perform at the Golden State short tracks, claiming he’s not good at them. In two races, he’s secured two podium finishes — one being a victory.

“It’s (California) has been really good to us, so far,” Madsen said. “We’ve had an awesome race car ever since we got here. I just have to thank my crew for that.”

Macedo also credited his crew for his winning performance, including his crew chief Joe Gaerte, who he called “his hero.” Macedo drove for Gaerte in the All Star Circuit of Champions Series last year, finishing second in points.

With a win in the first six races of the more than 90 race World of Outlaws schedule, Macedo said it won’t change how he approaches the remainder of the season.

“I think I’m just going to race exactly the same,” he said. “Just drive every lap like it’s my last. Wherever the cards fall at the end of the year at the banquet, that’s what they’ll be.”

He currently sits fourth in the Series’ championship points — 66 points behind leader Daryn Pittman.

Pittman, who was coming off two second place finishes in a row, managed to salvage a ninth-place finish after starting 18th. He continues to lead the championship standings for California car owners Dennis and Teresa Roth over second place Donny Schatz, who finished fourth and cut his points deficit in half, now only 10 points behind Pittman.

The Series will make its next stop on the California tour Saturday, March 16, at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., where Macedo hopes to utilize his veteran California track skills to once again be called, “winner.”

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

For tickets and more information, go to www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) - 1. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$5,500]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,800]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [14][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11][$2,300]; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5][$2,200]; 8. 17W-Shane Golobic [12][$2,100]; 9. 83-Daryn Pittman [18][$2,050]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [6][$2,000]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [24][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [17][$1,200]; 13. 16A-Colby Copeland [23][$1,100]; 14. 5-Shane Stewart [25][$250]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$1,000]; 16. 41-David Gravel [21][$900]; 17. 88N-DJ Netto [19][$800]; 18. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [10][$800]; 19. 9-Kasey Kahne [22][$800]; 20. 26-Cory Eliason [16][$800]; 21. 121-Justin Sanders [8][$800]; 22. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [9][$800]; 23. 7S-Tim Kaeding [3][$800]; 24. 92-Andy Forsberg [20][$800]; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [26][$];
Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-20, Carson Macedo 21-35;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 87-Aaron Reutzel[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A - 1. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.536; 2. 9-Kasey Kahne, 11.553; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 11.597; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.692; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.717; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 11.759; 7. 121-Justin Sanders, 11.762; 8. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 11.768; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.772; 10. 88N-DJ Netto, 11.778; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 11.853; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.895; 13. O-Bud Kaeding, 11.903; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 11.943; 15. 21P-Robbie Price, 11.955; 16. 5-Shane Stewart, 11.969; 17. 5H-Cole Macedo, 12.118; 18. 21W-Jake Wheeler, 12.17; 19. 28-Mark Herz, 14.325; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, NT

Qualifying Flight-B - 1. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.551; 2. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 11.56; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.575; 4. 17W-Shane Golobic, 11.671; 5. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi, 11.682; 6. 92-Andy Forsberg, 11.682; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.695; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.7; 9. 29-Willie Croft, 11.744; 10. 41-David Gravel, 11.768; 11. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.794; 12. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.867; 13. 45-Chad Kemenah, 11.874; 14. 16A-Colby Copeland, 11.96; 15. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.067; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.231; 17. 4-Terry McCarl, 12.335; 18. 7-Jason Sides, 12.346; 19. 31C-Justyn Cox, NT

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (10 Laps) - 1. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 2. 121-Justin Sanders [4]; 3. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 6. O-Bud Kaeding [7]; 7. 5H-Cole Macedo [9]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 9. 21P-Robbie Price [8]; 10. 28-Mark Herz [10]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (10 Laps) - 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 5. 88N-DJ Netto [5]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [8]; 7. 83T-Tanner Carrick [4]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne [1]; 10. 21W-Jake Wheeler [9]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (10 Laps) - 1. 24-Rico Abreu [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 3. 83JR-Giovanni Scelzi [3]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 6. 29-Willie Croft [5]; 7. 4-Terry McCarl [9]; 8. 31C-Justyn Cox [10]; 9. 45-Chad Kemenah [7]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (10 Laps) - 1. 7S-Tim Kaeding [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 3. 17W-Shane Golobic [2]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [6]; 5. 92-Andy Forsberg [3]; 6. 41-David Gravel [5]; 7. 16A-Colby Copeland [7]; 8. 7-Jason Sides [9]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 7S-Tim Kaeding [4]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [7]; 8. 121-Justin Sanders [8]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - 1. 41-David Gravel [4][-]; 2. 9-Kasey Kahne [1][-]; 3. 16A-Colby Copeland [8][-]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [10][-]; 5. O-Bud Kaeding [7][$300]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [11][$250]; 7. 29-Willie Croft [2][$225]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$200]; 9. 83T-Tanner Carrick [5][$200]; 10. 45-Chad Kemenah [6][$200]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [9][$200]; 12. 21P-Robbie Price [12][$200]

C-Main (10 Laps) - 1. 5-Shane Stewart [3][-]; 2. 21P-Robbie Price [1][-]; 3. 31C-Justyn Cox [8][$150]; 4. 5H-Cole Macedo [5][$150]; 5. 33M-Mason Daniel [2][$150]; 6. 4-Terry McCarl [4][$125]; 7. 28-Mark Herz [9][$125]; 8. 7-Jason Sides [6][$125]; 9. 21W-Jake Wheeler [7][$125]

SEASON WINNERS

Daryn Pittman: 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb 8 and Feb 9)
Tim Shaffer: 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb 27)
Donny Schatz: 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Feb 28)
Ian Madsen: 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 9)
Carson Macedo: 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 15)

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