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Winner Christopher Bell (DB3 Photo)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UP NEXT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Winner Brent Marks (DB3 Photo)



OPENING A DREAM: Brent Marks wins the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway
Marks pockets $65,000 for winning the National Open, his first win of the season

MECHANICSBURG, PA – Oct. 5, 2019 – Williams Grove Speedway announcer Bruce Ellis held up a checkered flag to Brent Marks.

“Do you want to read what that says?” he asked the Myerstown, Pa. driver.

Marks grabbed the flag and held it eye level. Fixated on the printed logo he earnestly said, “Williams Grove National Open winner.”

“That’s you,” Ellis replied.

Marks won the 57th Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway Saturday night – his first win of the season – and pocketed the $65,000 prize.

How did he feel after Ellis proclaimed him the 2019 victor?

“I have no idea,” Marks said with a smile. “This is amazing. I’ve been wanting to win this race for a very long time. I grew up here in the infield. This is where I fell in love with Sprint Car racing. This is awesome.”

Marks described his 2019 season as frustrating. He failed to make four Features throughout the year and has said he felt like he let four potential wins slip through his fingers. Not Saturday night. Not in his home state in front of friends, family and local fans.

He showcased his determination for atonement during the final Drydene Heat race of the night. He went from fourth to second in one lap on a restart and put himself in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

He then drew the pole for the second Dash of the night and went on to win it – placing him on the outside pole for the 40-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature.

At the start of the National Open, Marks and polesitter Brian Brown drag raced down the front stretch toward turn one. Brown launched ahead of Marks into the corner to hold the lead, but before the two drivers could continue their duel down the backstretch a caution came out.

When it came time to stomp the throttle again, Marks acted quicker than Brown. He rocketed ahead of the FVP/Casey’s General Stores No. 21 and claimed the lead before the first turn. He led two laps before yellow lights flashed around the speed, again.

Marks chose the inside line on the restart and found himself in the same situation Brown did two laps earlier. Brown got the jump on Marks off turn four and charged ahead of him to reclaim the lead. He then began to extend his lead over Marks every lap.

On Lap nine, Brown lost traction in turn one and fought to keep his car pointed straight off turn two. His slip allowed Marks to reel him in. Daryn Pittman, in third, was also closing in on them both.

Three laps later Marks carried the momentum of a strong run off turn four to catch Brown before turn one. When they entered the turn, Marks dove underneath Brown and cleared him for the lead. Brown then lost second to Pittman the next corner.

Marks’ lead was short lived again with the caution coming out on Lap 14. After losing the lead to Brown on the last restart by starting on the bottom, Marks chose the high side for his next attempt. However, it didn’t help. Pittman bested him on the start and took the lead down the front stretch.

However, before the lap was completed a caution came out for several cars getting together in turn three – including 2018 National Open winner Lance Dewease, who could not continue. The race was then put under an Open Red, allowing teams to fuel their cars.

Marks was ready for Pittman on the restart. He rocketed ahead of the field, pulling away by half of a second when he reached the backstretch.

While Marks pulled away with the lead, Brown, Donny Schatz and Aaron Reutzel brawled for third. The trio used up the entire track for several laps trying to pass each other. Eventually Schatz and Reutzel made their way by Brown to move into third and fourth, respectively.

Heavy lap traffic became an issue for Marks by the halfway point of the Feature. Pittman closed in. And Schatz and Reutzel closed in on Pittman. A blanket could have covered the top-four with 20 laps to go.

Flashbacks of being held up in lap traffic and losing the win at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway in June projected in Marks’ head. However, that wasn’t going to be the case this time. He learned. He wasn’t going to let another win slip away.

“I tried to play that whole race as smart as I could,” Marks said. “Tried to drive like a veteran and not get over my head. Just be super patient. Because I lost that race earlier in the year at Nashville. Kind of the same situation, you know running the bottom there with lap cars and I felt like I needed to get by them, made a mistake and lost the lead. I made sure I didn’t want to do that tonight.”

His patience with lap cars turned into car lengths gained on Pittman. Pressure from behind faded as the final laps approached. Marks was on his way to his fourth career World of Outlaws win.

Then, a caution. Paul McMahan came to a stop in turn one with a flat tire. Marks had to make two more perfect laps before he could see the checkered flag.

Pittman tried to get a run around the high side of turns one and two, but Marks was too strong on the bottom. By the time the Pennsylvanian finally saw the checkered flag, he had a 1.4 second lead over Pittman. Schatz finished third for the second night in-a-row at the speedway.

The runner-up finish for Pittman was his fifth time finishing second at the National Open. He said he would trade just about any of his win for a National Open win. He thought he might win before the caution came out when he took the lead on the restart. However, he was still pleased with his team’s overall performance – finishing second after starting sixth.

“We had a really good Roth Motorsports car for the weekend,” Pittman said. “We kept fine tuning on it, didn’t make any wholesale changes and continued to get better and better.”

For the second night in-a-row Schatz took a big chunk out of Brad Sweet’s points lead over him – with Sweet finishing ninth. Schatz is now 14 points behind Sweet. David Gravel, who finished fifth, has also crept his way into the points battle, now 88 points behind Sweet with eight races to go.

Reutzel won the National Open rookie award – finishing fourth – and Brian Montieth earned the KSE Hard Charger award with a stellar performance of charging from 26th to eighth.

Marks was the biggest winner in several ways. He celebrated the biggest win in his World Outlaws career, so far, with his family, friends and local fans and earned a large payday for his self-owned Brent Marks Racing team.

“What does it pay, sixty-five (thousand)?” Marks asked Ellis in Victory Lane.

“Sixty-five,” Ellis confirmed.

“That means everything,” Marks said after the race. “That sure as hell gets us through the winter.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Oct. 12, will be at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind. for the Wabash Clash.

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

Race Results: 10/5/19 – Williams Grove Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 19-Brent Marks [2]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [6]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [5]; 5. 41-David Gravel [7]; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer [11]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 8. 21P-Brian Montieth [26]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [16]; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen [9]; 12. 1W-Matt Campbell [3]; 13. 2-Carson Macedo [20]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25]; 15. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [18]; 16. 11-T.J. Stutts [21]; 17. 7S-Tim Shaffer [22]; 18. 44-Trey Starks [19]; 19. 13-Paul McMahan [10]; 20. 72-Ryan Smith [15]; 21. 26-Cory Eliason [24]; 22. 5-Shane Stewart [29]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [27]; 24. 39-Cory Haas [14]; 25. 48-Danny Dietrich [13]; 26. 1-Logan Wagner [17]; 27. 1A-Jacob Allen [23]; 28. 69K-Lance Dewease [12]; 29. 1X-Chad Trout [28];
Lap Leaders: Brent Marks 1-2, 13-40; Brian Brown 3-12;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 21P-Brian Montieth[+18]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 41-David Gravel, 16.909; 2. 1W-Matt Campbell, 17.166; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 17.251; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 17.304; 5. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.384; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 17.4; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.408; 8. 72-Ryan Smith, 17.524; 9. 44-Trey Starks, 17.54; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.564; 11. 19M-Landon Myers, 17.566; 12. 1-Logan Wagner, 17.575; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 17.624; 14. 26-Cory Eliason, 17.632; 15. 87K-Alan Krimes, 17.648; 16. 7-Jason Sides, 17.692; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.705; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.738; 19. 75-Chase Dietz, 17.777; 20. 75B-Nicole Bower, 17.82; 21. 33-Jared Esh, 17.855; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 18.033; 23. 12-Barry Shearer, 18.065; 24. 73B-Brett Michalski, 18.083; 25. 67-Justin Whittall, 18.4

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.444; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 17.514; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 17.518; 4. 69K-Lance Dewease, 17.54; 5. 13-Paul McMahan, 17.549; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.598; 7. 39-Cory Haas, 17.6; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 17.608; 9. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.687; 10. 17B-Bill Balog, 17.699; 11. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.791; 12. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 17.821; 13. 21P-Brian Montieth, 17.832; 14. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.867; 15. 19-Brent Marks, 17.897; 16. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter, 17.955; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 18.002; 18. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 18.006; 19. 1X-Chad Trout, 18.018; 20. 5-Shane Stewart, 18.039; 21. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 18.047; 22. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 18.056; 23. 33M-Mason Daniel, 18.309; 24. 12W-Troy Fraker, 19.315

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 5. 7-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 8. 75-Chase Dietz [7]; 9. 67-Justin Whittall [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 51-Freddie Rahmer [2]; 2. 1W-Matt Campbell [1]; 3. 72-Ryan Smith [3]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [5]; 5. 19M-Landon Myers [4]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 75B-Nicole Bower [7]; 8. 12-Barry Shearer [8]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 1-Logan Wagner [4]; 4. 44-Trey Starks [3]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6]; 6. 33-Jared Esh [7]; 7. 87K-Alan Krimes [5]; 8. 73B-Brett Michalski [8]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease [2]; 3. 39-Cory Haas [3]; 4. 21P-Brian Montieth [5]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 7. 1X-Chad Trout [7]; 8. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter [6]

DRYDENE Heat #5 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 13-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri [5]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 7. 5-Shane Stewart [7]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [8]

DRYDENE Heat #6 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [1]; 4. 7S-Tim Shaffer [4]; 5. 5C-Dylan Cisney [6]; 6. 55K-Robbie Kendall [7]; 7. 11-T.J. Stutts [3]; 8. 12W-Troy Fraker [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash #1 (6 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 1W-Matt Campbell [2]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [5]; 4. 41-David Gravel [3]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 6. 51-Freddie Rahmer [4]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash #2 (6 Laps) – 1. 19-Brent Marks [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 5. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 6. 69K-Lance Dewease [5]

C-Main (10 Laps) – 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson [1]; 2. 5C-Dylan Cisney [2]; 3. 75-Chase Dietz [3]; 4. 33-Jared Esh [7]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9]; 6. 1X-Chad Trout [4]; 7. 75B-Nicole Bower [5]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [12]; 9. 73B-Brett Michalski [13]; 10. 12-Barry Shearer [11]; 11. 12W-Troy Fraker [14]; 12. 24-Lucas Wolfe [10]; 13. 67-Justin Whittall [15]; 14. 5-Shane Stewart [6]; 15. 55K-Robbie Kendall [8]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 44-Trey Starks [1]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [6]; 3. 11-T.J. Stutts [2]; 4. 7S-Tim Shaffer [8]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [9]; 7. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri [12]; 9. 5C-Dylan Cisney [18]; 10. 21P-Brian Montieth [10]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [7]; 12. 19M-Landon Myers [5]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [16]; 15. 87K-Alan Krimes [11]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson [17]; 17. 7-Jason Sides [13]; 18. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter [14]

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Winner David Gravel (DB3 Photo)



GRAND OPENING: David Gravel wins first night of National Open at Williams Grove
Gravel dominated the night by earning his 19th Quick Time and ninth win of the season

MECHANICSBURG, PA – Oct. 4, 2019 – A hunger had been building inside David Gravel the last three weeks.

His appetite for another win had been teased on several occasions. He set Quick Time three times since his last win in September but was unable to make the achievements relevant with another win.

Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway for the opening night of the National Open, Gravel was presented with a full course meal. He made sure to leave no crumbs for his competition.

He set Quick Time for the 19th time this season. Won his Drydene Heat race. Drew the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and won it. And then further demonstrated his mastery of the half-mile speedway by leading all 25 laps to claim his ninth win of the season – tying 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz for the second most wins this season. The victory was also his second win at Williams Grove Speedway this year – sixth overall.

“Just happy to Quick Time and win a race,” Gravel said, of Watertown, Conn. “Seems like the couple of races we’ve been drawing a bad pill for the Dash draw and tonight we were able to get a good draw. So just an awesome night. Finally get to show how good this car is.”

Gravel was proficient on the tacky track conditions all night. He couldn’t afford to be anything less. Fellow masters of the paper clip-shaped track, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and PA Posse veteran Lance Dewease had cars fast enough to keep Gravel starving for another win if he made a mistake.

At the start of the 25-lap Feature, Schatz moved his way from third to second by the second lap of the race and Dewease went from sixth to fifth before the first lap was completed.

Before they could try to make up any more ground, the caution came out on Lap two for Kerry Madsen, who lost his brakes.

On the restart Gravel launched ahead of Schatz. The Fargo, N.D.-native peeked underneath Gravel going into turn one, but the Mesilla Valley Transportation No. 41 was strong around the high side of the speedway. Gravel, again, launched ahead of the Toco Warranty No. 15 car down the backstretch.

Behind them, Dewease continued his relentless charge to the front by making the pass for fourth into turn one and then passed Cory Eliason for third-place off turn four. Schatz was his next target.

Gravel, Dewease and Schatz had already won at Williams Grove Speedway earlier this year. For Gravel, he was on a quest to cure his craving for another win. Dewease was looking for his 99th win in total at the speedway. Schatz was not only eyeing another win, but a chance to close the points gap between he and points leader Brad Sweet, who started 20th.

The caution came out again on Lap five for Jeff Halligan having an issue with his engine, which left oil on the track. Now Schatz and Dewease were close enough to Gravel to potentially spoil his night.

However, on the restart, Gravel shot ahead of the 30-car field, clearing Schatz before turn one. Both drivers went low through the first corner. Gravel, again, showed the strength of his car by being able to pull away from Schatz exiting the corner and down the backstretch.

Schatz faded away from Gravel and Dewease closed to the No. 15 car's bumper. The Fayetteville, Pa.-native stalked Schatz for several laps, while Gravel pulled away from them by more than a second. With 18 laps to go, Dewease dove underneath Schatz into turn three, cleared him for second by the apex of the corner but couldn’t hold the bottom. Dewease slid to the cushion in turn four, allowing Schatz to drive back underneath him and take the position back.

The two stayed in their respective positions for the next 15 laps. Dewease never faded from Schatz. Always kept the pressure on him. He tried to pass Schatz a few more times, but Schatz always ended the battle with the advantage.

Gravel reached lap traffic by Lap 16. It was Schatz and Dewease’s opportunity to try to make up ground on the leader.

“It was real hard,” Gravel said about the lap traffic. “If I went low the guy on the outside of me was just as fast. If they didn’t mess up it was going to be hard to get by them. Luckily Sheldon (Haudenschild) messed up once. Got by him. I was able to get by Kraig (Kinser). The top opened with Jacob (Allen) and I was able to put together a few good laps there. I don’t know how close anybody was.”

There was no pressure from behind for Gravel. Even in heavy lap traffic. With three laps to go Dewease was able to dive underneath Schatz into turn one and clear him for the runner-up spot. However, Gravel was more than two second ahead of him.

The Jason Johnson Racing team found themselves back in Victory Lane, picking up the $10,000 prize, while Dewease settled for a runner-up finish and Schatz rounded out the podium.

“We were pretty good from the start,” Dewease said. “It’s a hard field. A lot of fast race cars. I had some of the best in the country I had to pass.”

After two nights in-a-row of finishes outside the top-15 for Schatz and losing more than 30 points to Sweet, he rebounded with a podium finished and almost cut Sweet’s points lead in half. Coming into Friday night’s race Schatz was 40 points behind Sweet. He is now 26 points behind the Kasey Kahne Racing driver. However, Sweet stopped the bleeding from being worse by charging from 20th to 10th, picking up the KSE Hard Charger award.

“We were kind of hanging,” Schatz said about his race. “We’ve got to adapt to somethings and the guys did a great job with that. Hopefully we can learn from the night and make improvements for tomorrow.”

Schatz also had Ford’s new 410-c.i. motor in his car. He said he was pleased with it.

“It’s finally a relief that it’s here,” Schatz said. “You can’t say enough about these guys. I don’t think anyone will see the work and how much went into this… All we can do is keep building on it and keep working on it and that’s what we’ll do because that’s what we do.”

Friday’s night victory for Gravel and his team helped cure one hungry, but another formulated soon after with the National Open on Saturday night paying $65,000-to-win.

“It feels good to win the first night, but tomorrow is why we’re here,” Gravel said.

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Oct. 5, will return to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. for the National Open.

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

Race Results: 10/4/19 – Williams Grove Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1][$10,000]; 2. 69K-Lance Dewease [6][$5,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$3,000]; 4. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [4][$2,700]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [12][$2,500]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [11][$2,200]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [5][$2,000]; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,800]; 9. 1W-Matt Campbell [8][$1,600]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [20][$1,450]; 11. 72-Ryan Smith [7][$1,300]; 12. 26-Cory Eliason [2][$1,200]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18][$1,100]; 14. 21P-Brian Montieth [13][$1,000]; 15. 18-Ian Madsen [24][$950]; 16. 51-Freddie Rahmer [26][$200]; 17. 11-T.J. Stutts [15][$850]; 18. 1X-Chad Trout [23][$750]; 19. 2-Carson Macedo [16][$725]; 20. 17B-Bill Balog [14][$700]; 21. 19-Brent Marks [29][$]; 22. 5-Shane Stewart [25][$]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [27][$]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [10][$700]; 25. 11K-Kraig Kinser [30][$]; 26. 7S-Tim Shaffer [19][$700]; 27. 39-Cory Haas [28][$]; 28. 58-Jeff Halligan [17][$700]; 29. 19M-Landon Myers [22][$700]; 30. 2M-Kerry Madsen [21][$700];
Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-25;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+10]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 41-David Gravel, 16.206; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman, 16.34; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 16.433; 4. 72-Ryan Smith, 16.489; 5. 11-T.J. Stutts, 16.582; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.597; 7. 7S-Tim Shaffer, 16.608; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.609; 9. 58-Jeff Halligan, 16.647; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.686; 11. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 16.747; 12. 18-Ian Madsen, 16.755; 13. 21P-Brian Montieth, 16.808; 14. 87K-Alan Krimes, 16.855; 15. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 16.864; 16. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 16.899; 17. 13-Paul McMahan, 16.91; 18. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 16.941; 19. 1T-Tim Wagaman, 16.96; 20. 67-Justin Whittall, 16.966; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 16.983; 22. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter, 17.003; 23. 44-Trey Starks, 17.007; 24. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.073; 25. 75-Chase Dietz, 17.178; 26. 73B-Brett Michalski, 17.455; 27. 12W-Troy Fraker, 17.973

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease, 16.396; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 16.425; 3. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 16.463; 4. 19M-Landon Myers, 16.47; 5. 1X-Chad Trout, 16.509; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.673; 7. 17B-Bill Balog, 16.791; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.807; 9. 26-Cory Eliason, 16.835; 10. 1W-Matt Campbell, 16.878; 11. 7-Jason Sides, 16.929; 12. 5-Shane Stewart, 16.955; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.962; 14. 1-Logan Wagner, 16.966; 15. 39-Cory Haas, 16.972; 16. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.008; 17. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.032; 18. 33-Jared Esh, 17.135; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 17.143; 20. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.239; 21. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 17.28; 22. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 17.281; 23. 33M-Mason Daniel, 17.327; 24. 75B-Nicole Bower, 17.36; 25. 49H-Bradley Howard, 17.406; 26. 12-Barry Shearer, 17.94

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 72-Ryan Smith [2]; 3. 21P-Brian Montieth [5]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 5. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter [8]; 6. 5C-Dylan Cisney [6]; 7. 75-Chase Dietz [9]; 8. 1T-Tim Wagaman [7]; 9. 7S-Tim Shaffer [3]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 11-T.J. Stutts [2]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 5. 13-Paul McMahan [6]; 6. 44-Trey Starks [8]; 7. 73B-Brett Michalski [9]; 8. 67-Justin Whittall [7]; 9. 87K-Alan Krimes [5]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 3. 58-Jeff Halligan [3]; 4. 55K-Robbie Kendall [5]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [7]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 7. 51-Freddie Rahmer [6]; 8. 99M-Kyle Moody [8]; 9. 12W-Troy Fraker [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 69K-Lance Dewease [1]; 2. 1W-Matt Campbell [4]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog [3]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8]; 6. 19M-Landon Myers [2]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 8. 49H-Bradley Howard [9]; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri [6]

DRYDENE Heat #5 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [6]; 4. 1X-Chad Trout [2]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 6. 1-Logan Wagner [5]; 7. 7-Jason Sides [4]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [8]; 9. 12-Barry Shearer [9]

DRYDENE Heat #6 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [1]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [4]; 5. 39-Cory Haas [5]; 6. 24-Lucas Wolfe [7]; 7. 33-Jared Esh [6]; 8. 75B-Nicole Bower [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 4. 72-Ryan Smith [5]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [6]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [4]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 2. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [3]; 3. 69K-Lance Dewease [4]; 4. 1W-Matt Campbell [6]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]

D-main (8 Laps) – 1. 44-Trey Starks [3][-]; 2. 33M-Mason Daniel [2][-]; 3. 75-Chase Dietz [7][$125]; 4. 73B-Brett Michalski [9][$125]; 5. 75B-Nicole Bower [4][$125]; 6. 12W-Troy Fraker [10][$125]; 7. 12-Barry Shearer [8][$125]; 8. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter [1][$125]; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody [5][$125]; 10. 49H-Bradley Howard [6][$125]; 11. 39M-Anthony Macri [11][$125]

C-Main (10 Laps) – 1. 5C-Dylan Cisney [1][-]; 2. 39-Cory Haas [2][-]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [3][$150]; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer [5][$150]; 5. 19-Brent Marks [11][$150]; 6. 44-Trey Starks [13][$125]; 7. 67-Justin Whittall [9][$125]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [12][$125]; 9. 24-Lucas Wolfe [10][$125]; 10. 33M-Mason Daniel [14][$125]; 11. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8][$125]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$125]; 13. 33-Jared Esh [4][$125]; 14. 1T-Tim Wagaman [7][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 7S-Tim Shaffer [1][-]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][-]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][-]; 4. 19M-Landon Myers [2][-]; 5. 1X-Chad Trout [4][-]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [7][-]; 7. 5-Shane Stewart [8][$300]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$250]; 9. 39-Cory Haas [14][$225]; 10. 87K-Alan Krimes [9][$200]; 11. 55K-Robbie Kendall [11][$200]; 12. 1-Logan Wagner [12][$200]; 13. 7-Jason Sides [6][$200]; 14. 5C-Dylan Cisney [13][$200]

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Winner Logan Schuchart (DB3 Photo)



RIGHT ATTITUDE: Logan Schuchart conquers Eldora Speedway for second time
Schuchart earned his eighth career win of the season at Eldora, doubling his win total from the start of the season

ROSSBURG, OH – Sept. 27, 2019 – Logan Schuchart entered Friday’s race at Eldora Speedway with an attitude. He felt like the half-mile speedway owned him.

He finished second for the third time in-a-row during the May event at the track. During the four July races there he finished third, third, fourth and second at the Kings Royal.

Schuchart craved a second win at the iconic track – his first came in 2017. He was a shark that sensed blood in the water. No one was going to keep him from his target. He and his Shark Racing team made sure of it.

Aside from Hot Laps, which were ran twice due to a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay before Qualifying, Schuchart won everything he could involving a sprint car Friday night. He set Quick Time, won his Drydene Heat race, drew the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, won the Dash and led all 30 laps in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature – earning his eighth victory of the season.

“This is definitely one, coming to Eldora, is one I always look forward to,” Schuchart said. “It’s been really good to us. We just haven’t been able to win one. So, to end our season at Eldora and win one is cool. Especially since I’ve had so many good runs and haven’t won one since 2017. It’s cool to win at this place any chance you get.”

While the Hanover, Pa.-native dominated the BeFour the Crowns Showdown, a Texan made him work for it. Aaron Reutzel – coming off a podium finish with the World of Outlaws at Jacksonville Speedway and setting the quickest lap in the second round of Hot Laps – hunted Schuchart throughout the Feature, in search of his first Series win at the speedway.

Schuchart launched ahead of the field on the initial start of the Feature with second-place Carson Macedo on his tail and Reutzel making his way to third. Before any of them could build momentum, the red flag came out before the completion of the first lap for Wayne Johnson flipping in turn three.

When the race restarted, Schuchart again shot to the lead with Macedo in pursuit. However, Reutzel put an end to Macedo’s chase in the first corner. He darted to the high side in turn one and charged off turn two with the ferocity of a speeding bullet, pulling alongside Macedo down the backstretch.

Macedo, a rookie, and Reutzel, a part-time driver in the Series, raced wheel-to-wheel for a lap before Reutzel outran Macedo into turn three and stole the runner-up spot on the second lap. Schuchart was half of a straightaway ahead of Reutzel. However, that gap vanished a few seconds later.

Another red flag came out for Brady Bacon wrecking in turn four on Lap two. It was the last time the field had to slow for an accident, though.

On the final restart of the night, with 28 laps to go, Schuchart pulled ahead of Reutzel by about two car lengths into the first turn and grew his lead to more than a second shortly after. By Lap nine Schuchart found himself in heavy lap traffic. Exactly what Reutzel needed.

As the Drydene No. 1s navigated its way through a maze of cars, the Folkens Bros. No. 87 of Reutzel crept closer every lap. Near the halfway point of the Feature, Reutzel found himself feet away from Schuchart’s bumper. But before he could attempt a pass, Schuchart found clean air and pulled away from him again.

The two drivers were an accordion for the remainder of the race. Reutzel would close on Schuchart and then Schuchart would pull away.

“At one time I thought we were going to be able to pass him,” Reutzel said about racing Schuchart. “Where I was making time around the bottom, that kind of went away for me. I started searching around and found sliding myself was pretty good. I got back to him one time, we got to a lap car that was trying to unlap himself or something and I was never able to get by that lap car and just kind of sat there the rest of the race. My car started to go away a little bit at the end, so that was the end of that.”

Having raced with Reutzel before and knowing his style, Schuchart anticipated where he thought the Texan might run and made sure he didn’t leave a door open for him.

“I was trying not to get held up too much or bonsai too many lap cars,” Schuchart said. “I figured if I did do that, he’d be close. I knew he would be, most likely on the top. Aaron is very fast, but a lot of the races that he wins he’s on the top. I was running through the middle and felt like I was slowing down a little and tried to get back to the top as quick as I could to not give him a chance to zoom around the outside of me.”

Schuchart’s plan worked. He held off Reutzel – who had to hold off a fast approaching Sheldon Haudenschild in the closing laps – and won his second career World of Outlaws race at Eldora Speedway.

“To have a year like this. To win races with the World of Outlaws is very, very tough,” Schuchart said. “To win eight of them and get another one here at Eldora, it means a lot to myself. I know it means a lot to everybody else.”

Before the start of the season Schuchart had eight career wins over a five-year span. Now, he’s doubled that statistic in one season. He and his Shark Racing team definitely have an attitude this year. An attitude to win.

He wasn’t the only driver with a big night at Eldora. Brad Sweet earned the KSE Hard Charger award by starting 17th and finishing sixth, and he took the points lead from 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz – who finished 17th. Sweet now leads Schatz by four points.

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Sept. 28, will return to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa. for the Commonwealth Clash.

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

Race Results: 9/27/19 – Eldora Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1][$10,000]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$2,300]; 7. 41-David Gravel [5][$2,200]; 8. 70-Brock Zearfoss [9][$2,100]; 9. 26-Cory Eliason [7][$2,050]; 10. 9-James McFadden [19][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [14][$1,500]; 12. 83-Daryn Pittman [11][$1,200]; 13. 19P-Paige Polyak [8][$1,100]; 14. 5-Shane Stewart [15][$1,050]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu [22][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12][$900]; 17. 15-Donny Schatz [24][$800]; 18. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [18][$800]; 19. 13-Paul McMahan [13][$800]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [25][$]; 21. G1-Cale Thomas [10][$800]; 22. 99-Brady Bacon [20][$800]; 23. 98H-Dave Blaney [23][$800]; 24. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [21][$800]; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$800];
Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+11]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.011; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.123; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.124; 4. 41-David Gravel, 13.134; 5. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.137; 6. 5-Shane Stewart, 13.153; 7. 70-Brock Zearfoss, 13.159; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.173; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.183; 10. 9-James McFadden, 13.191; 11. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.237; 12. K4-Chad Kemenah, 13.249; 13. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.253; 14. 12N-Joey Saldana, 13.262; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.274; 16. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.278; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.289; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.302; 19. 70X-Justin Peck, 13.468; 20. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.469; 21. 2L-Landon Lalonde, 13.607; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.059; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.108; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.122; 4. 19P-Paige Polyak, 13.15; 5. 71P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.219; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.226; 7. G1-Cale Thomas, 13.263; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.28; 9. 71-Giovanni Scelzi, 13.33; 10. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.331; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 13.341; 12. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.393; 13. 67-Buddy Kofoid, 13.398; 14. J4-John Garvin, 13.41; 15. 71M-Paul May, 13.471; 16. 99G-Skylar Gee, 13.507; 17. 45-Trevor Baker, 13.513; 18. 5B-Chad Blonde, 13.539; 19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 13.557; 20. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.645; 21. 35-Zach Hampton, 13.795; 22. 4X-Bradley Ashford, 13.963

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 70-Brock Zearfoss [4]; 4. 13-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [9]; 8. 98H-Dave Blaney [6]; 9. 3C-Cale Conley [7]; 10. 70X-Justin Peck [10]; 11. 2L-Landon Lalonde [11]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 5-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 9-James McFadden [5]; 6. 12N-Joey Saldana [7]; 7. K4-Chad Kemenah [6]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [8]; 9. 49D-Shawn Dancer [10]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [11]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2]; 3. G1-Cale Thomas [4]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 5. 71P-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 6. 67-Buddy Kofoid [7]; 7. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [5]; 8. 71M-Paul May [8]; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [10]; 10. 45-Trevor Baker [9]; 11. 35-Zach Hampton [11]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 2. 19P-Paige Polyak [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson [4]; 5. 99-Brady Bacon [5]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 7. J4-John Garvin [7]; 8. 99G-Skylar Gee [8]; 9. 5B-Chad Blonde [9]; 10. 40-George Hobaugh [10]; 11. 4X-Bradley Ashford [11]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [3]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 5. 41-David Gravel [8]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [7]; 8. 19P-Paige Polyak [4]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 71-Giovanni Scelzi [2][-]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [4][-]; 3. 98H-Dave Blaney [1][-]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [9][-]; 5. 3C-Cale Conley [5][$300]; 6. 12N-Joey Saldana [7][$250]; 7. 67-Buddy Kofoid [6][$225]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [13][$200]; 9. K4-Chad Kemenah [3][$200]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [11][$200]; 11. 99G-Skylar Gee [12][$200]; 12. 45-Trevor Baker [14][$200]; 13. 71M-Paul May [10][$200]; 14. J4-John Garvin [8][$200]

C-Main (10 Laps) – 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1][-]; 2. 45-Trevor Baker [2][-]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [6][$150]; 4. 5B-Chad Blonde [4][$150]; 5. 70X-Justin Peck [3][$150]; 6. 2L-Landon Lalonde [7][$125]; 7. 40-George Hobaugh [8][$125]; 8. 4X-Bradley Ashford [10][$125]; 9. 49D-Shawn Dancer [5][$125]; 10. 35-Zach Hampton [9][$125]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [11][$125]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$125]

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Winner Carson Macedo (DB3 Photo)



CAPITALIZING ON THE MOMENT: Carson Macedo wins thrilling show at Jacksonville Speedway

Macedo brings Kyle Larson Racing its fourth World of Outlaws win of the season

JACKSONVILLE, IL – Sept. 25, 2019 – Rookie Carson Macedo knows if he wants to be an established World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver and stick around the Series for a while, he needs to win races.

That mentality was ingrained in the young Lemoore, Calif.-native Wednesday night at Jacksonville Speedway when he out dueled Sheldon Haudenschild and Brad Sweet in an elbows up brawl to earn his fourth victory of the year.

“I can’t say enough about this (Kyle Larson Racing) team,” Macedo said. “Fourth win this year. I’m super stoked. Happy for them. Happy to get wins. That’s what it takes out here.”

Macedo was fast all night in his Chevrolet Accessories No. 2 car, qualifying second, winning his Drydene Heat race and finishing second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. However, Haudenschild was always one step ahead. The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver set Quick Time, won his Drydene Heat race and won the Dash over Macedo by four seconds.

The two young guns of the Series – in their first Feature race at the quarter-mile Jacksonville Speedway ­­– were set to duel. And they did.

Neither was willing to sacrifice an inch on the initial start, staying wheel to wheel as they crept toward the white start line. When it came time to hammer the throttle Haudenschild gave his more love than needed, showing the complete under belly of his NOS Energy Drink No. 17 as he powered to the flag stand. That allowed Macedo to get a run on the Wooster, Ohio-native into the first corner and take the lead.

Haudenschild dove underneath Macedo into turn three and nosed in front of him through turn four. However, he did another wheelie on the exit of the turn, allowing Macedo to charged back out front. Haudenschild would not let the Californian get away, though. He stayed on his bumper down the straightaways and could power to his inside every corner.

The quarter-mile track was proving to be fun for some and tricky for others, as several cars bounced off the cushion in turn four or over throttled their way into the corner causing them spin – or nearly do so. The fastest line was around the top, against the cushion – a line most comfortable for Macedo and Haudenschild.

Two cautions came out in the first 12 laps of the 40-lap Feature. Macedo was able to launch ahead of Haudenschild on both restarts, but the Ohio driver continued to pester Macedo each lap. The Kyle Larson Racing car was rarely out of reach.

On Lap 14, Macedo did a quick wheel stand off turn four, allowing Haudenschild, with a full steam of momentum, to throw a slide job into turn one and exit turn two with the lead.

Three more cautions came out between Lap 18 and 21 for drivers either spinning or coming to a stop on the track. On the restart with 19 laps to go, Haudenschild rocketed out front. Macedo spun his tires and got passed by Shane Stewart for second.

Macedo wasn’t willing to let the win slip away. To continue to establish himself, he needed it.

Finding grip on the bottom of the speedway, Macedo charged his way back by Stewart and looked to find his rhythm to catch Haudenschild. He didn’t have to put too much effort into it though. Another caution came out a few laps later for several cars colliding in turn four and blocking the track.

On the restart with 15 laps to go, Macedo was now pestering Haudenschild. He poked his nose underneath him each corner, ready to capitalize on any mistake Haudenschild made. And with 14 laps to go Haudenschild made one.

He slid his car too far up the track in turn four, hammering the cushion with his right rear tire and lifting the front of his car off the ground. With a clean run around the bottom, Macedo raced by the upset NOS Energy Drink car and reclaimed the lead.

“You get through there (turn four) really nice if you hit it right, but a couple of times you get tight on the right rear and get into it too much and throw your front end into, so you just had to be really careful,” Macedo said. “Get your entry right. Make sure you had the car turned enough and enough throttle to get through there on the cushion. My car was really good. Especially late in the race. I felt like I kept gaining momentum and gaining speed. That’s what you want.”

While Macedo and Haudenschild continued their close battle for the lead, Sweet, Aaron Reutzel and Donny Schatz were slowly making their way to the front. After Stewart spun, with 10 laps to go, Sweet moved into the position with Reutzel also moving up to fourth and Schatz to fifth. Four laps later, heartbreak for Haudenschild. He too spun, bringing out the caution.

With six laps to go, Macedo now found himself having to hold off Sweet ­– who moved up from seventh to second ­– Reutzel – who moved up from eighth to third – and Schatz – who charged from 17th to fourth.

It proved to be a task he was up to. He pulled away from the field on the restart and comfortably cruised his way to his first win Jacksonville Speedway victory – in his first official start at the track. Sweet remained second and Reutzel rounded out the podium. Haudenschild ended the night 15th.

Macedo credits some of his success to having grown up in California where there are several small bullring sized tracks like Jacksonville Speedway.

“Growing up there, you either get good on small tracks or you get beat because that’s a lot of what we have,” said Macedo, who won on the quarter-mile Silver Dollar Speedway in March. “I guess it just helps to be from California when you go to places like these.”

Sweet, of Grass Valley, Calif., also benefited by picking up another podium finish and continuing to chip away at Schatz’s points lead. The 10-time Series champion now leads Sweet by 18 points.

“It was a bit of a marathon, but we’ll take a second-place run,” Sweet said. “We had a lot of battling to get where we got to. A lot of missing wrecks. Missing some spinning cars. And avoiding contact. It was nice to get the finish.”

Coming into the season Macedo’s goal was to win a few races. Now, having exceeded that goal, his latest win helps he and his team realize their ultimate goal.

“We’re building,” Macedo said. “This is a five-year, six, seven, eight-year plan to try and be at the top at some point. That’s what we’re trying to do. To be out here winning races and build toward next year… it’s all building blocks. We couldn’t be happier.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, Sept. 27, will return to Eldora Speedway for the BeFour the Crowns Showdown.

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

Race Results: 9/25/19 – Jacksonville Speedway

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$5,500]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [8][$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [17][$2,800]; 5. 5-Shane Stewart [3][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [4][$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$2,200]; 8. 96-Parker Price-Miller [16][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [13][$2,050]; 10. 5D-Zach Daum [21][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [9][$1,500]; 12. 5X-Justin Peck [10][$1,200]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [19][$1,100]; 14. 47-Terry Babb [20][$1,050]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$1,000]; 16. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [18][$900]; 17. 9K-Kyle Schuett [23][$800]; 18. O1-Logan Seavey [5][$800]; 19. 67-Buddy Kofoid [6][$800]; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [11][$800]; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$800]; 22. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [14][$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$800]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$800];
Lap Leaders: Carson Macedo 1-15, 27-40; Sheldon Haudenschild 16-26;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+13]

Qualifying – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.115; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.169; 3. O1-Logan Seavey, 10.189; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 10.196; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.265; 6. 39-Hunter Schuerenburg, 10.28; 7. 41-David Gravel, 10.291; 8. 67-Buddy Kofoid, 10.3; 9. 19-Brent Marks, 10.306; 10. 5X-Justin Peck, 10.309; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.312; 12. 96-Parker Price-Miller, 10.316; 13. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.327; 14. 5-Shane Stewart, 10.366; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.402; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.434; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.502; 18. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 10.512; 19. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.523; 20. 5D-Zach Daum, 10.526; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.572; 22. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 10.621; 23. 9K-Kyle Schuett, 10.631; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 10.634; 25. 25-Jake Blackhurst, 10.666; 26. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.68; 27. 33M-Mason Daniel, 10.71; 28. 4-Danny Smith, 10.736; 29. 33-Andy Bishop, 10.757; 30. 51B-Joe B.Miller, 10.757; 31. 79J-Jacob Patton, 10.759; 32. 47-Terry Babb, 10.853; 33. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 11.029; 34. 52F-Logan Faucon, 11.054; 35. 99-Korey Weyant, 11.266; 36. 6-Frank Rodgers, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 (10 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [3]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 6. 25-Jake Blackhurst [7]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 8. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [9]; 9. 33-Andy Bishop [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (10 Laps) – 1. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 2. 5-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 5X-Justin Peck [3]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [5]; 5. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [6]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 7. 51B-Joe B.Miller [8]; 8. 52F-Logan Faucon [9]; 9. 39-Hunter Schuerenburg [2]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (10 Laps) – 1. O1-Logan Seavey [1]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman [5]; 6. 33M-Mason Daniel [7]; 7. 9K-Kyle Schuett [6]; 8. 79J-Jacob Patton [8]; 9. 99-Korey Weyant [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 (10 Laps) – 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 67-Buddy Kofoid [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 4. 96-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 5. 47-Terry Babb [8]; 6. 5D-Zach Daum [5]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6]; 8. 4-Danny Smith [7]; 9. 6-Frank Rodgers [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 3. 5-Shane Stewart [6]; 4. 41-David Gravel [5]; 5. O1-Logan Seavey [1]; 6. 67-Buddy Kofoid [3]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 5D-Zach Daum [2][-]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][-]; 3. 9K-Kyle Schuett [4][-]; 4. 2C-Wayne Johnson [5][-]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [7][$300]; 6. 25-Jake Blackhurst [6][$250]; 7. 4-Danny Smith [9][$225]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [8][$200]; 9. 99-Korey Weyant [15][$200]; 10. 51B-Joe B.Miller [11][$200]; 11. 79J-Jacob Patton [12][$200]; 12. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [13][$200]; 13. 52F-Logan Faucon [14][$200]; 14. 33-Andy Bishop [10][$200]; 15. 39-Hunter Schuerenburg [1][$200]; 16. 6-Frank Rodgers [16][$200]

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Winner Brad Sweet (DB3 Photo)



SHOWDOWN JACKPOT: Brad Sweet wins Dodge City doubleheader finale
Sweets gets his 49th career World of Outlaws win in the No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing car

DODGE CITY, KS – Sept. 21, 2019 – Brad Sweet eyed redemption Saturday night at Dodge City Raceway Park.

After losing 18 points to championship contender Donny Schatz during the first round of the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown doubleheader at the raceway Friday night, Sweet looked to be dealt a new hand in round two.

He got it and played it, leading all 31 laps – due to a green-white-checkered – to claim his first Dodge City Raceway Park victory, his 15th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the season and the $12,000-to-win pot.

“This hasn’t been my best track, so to get a win here I think is one of those things where we have to take the positive here and just move on to the next one and keep focused on what we’re doing here,” Sweet said. “Sometimes it seems like we’re getting a little off track or getting a little confused and trying things and we just need to stick to what we know and finish the year as strong as possible.”

The biggest turning point of the night for him was his Drydene Heat race performance. Sweet had qualified 12th – worse than his 10th-place qualifying run Friday night. That placed the Kasey Kahne Racing driver fourth in his Heat race. However, on the start, “The Big Cat” was ready to pounce. He sprinted by the third and second-place car on the first lap and held on to second, racing his way into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

The Dash draw – with the pole position and the sixth-place starting position still available – came down to Schatz and Sweet. Schatz drew the number six, leaving the pole for the Californian.

Sweet went on to win the Dash, while Schatz, who won Friday night’s race, put on a show behind him. With the help of a few slide jobs, Schatz raced his way to third, lining himself up directly behind Sweet for the 30-lap Feature.

When the green flag hit the air Sweet sprinted to the lead over second-place Ian Madsen. Schatz couldn’t keep up. He found himself in a duel with Sheldon Haudenschild for third-place. The young Ohio-native stole the position from Schatz on the first lap. The reigning champion threw a slide job at Haudenschild into turn one the next lap to take the spot back, but Haudenschild powered back by him down the backstretch.

Sweet hit lap traffic by Lap 6. Most of the slower cars ran low allowing Sweet to hold his line up high and cruise by them. Others blocked his line, forcing him to either slow his entry to not hit them or choose an alternative route around them.

The traffic allowed Madsen to close on Sweet, but also slowed him at times, too.

On Lap 9 the No. 91 of Jeff Stasa blocked Haudenschild’s run into turn two, forcing him to hit the brakes. While the NOS Energy Drink No. 17 slowed, Schatz stayed in the throttle and darted by Haudenschild to reclaim third.

Along with the slower cars, drivers also had to battle the high winds racing around the track.

“The car just does two completely different things at both ends here,” Sweet said. “Driving into the wind you feel like you have tons of down force and the car lays left and when you’re going away from the wind the car wants to pick up and do some crazy stuff. It was definitely good to be out front. Clean air was definitely a bonus tonight.”

The first caution of the night came out on Lap 17 for the No. 9x of Jake Bubak blowing a right rear tire and coming to a stop in turn two. Sweet now had Madsen – hungry for a win with his last one coming in March – at his rear bumper.

However, the NAPA Auto Parts No. 49 car was strong on restarts. Sweet hammered the throttle, blasting through the tunnel of wind, and shot back to a straightaway lead over the Australian driver.

When Sweet hit lap traffic again Madsen and Schatz closed the gap. But once Sweet was back in clean air, he continued to distance himself from the Aspen Air No. 18 of Ian Madsen and Toco Warranty No. 15 of Schatz.

On the final lap of the race, with the victory in sight, red lights flashed around the raceway. Dominic Scelzi flipped in turn three, bringing out the red flag. Madsen had another shot at the win.

The pressure didn’t get to Sweet, though. He said he kept his composure and continued to run his race.

“I think I did a pretty good job at it,” Sweet said.

He did. When the green flag flew for the final time, Sweet gapped Madsen by about three car lengths and drove off with the win. Madsen had to settle for second and Schatz third.

Madsen admitted he knew he didn’t have anything for Sweet on the final restart. He could catch him in lap traffic but once Sweet was in clean air it was tough to close in.

“It’s really tough out here to beat anyone in clean air,” Madsen said. “But it’s an awesome result for us tonight, to get up on the podium. We’ve had some bad luck lately. It’s great to be back up here.”

Schatz also stated he felt like he had a chance to catch Madsen and Sweet in traffic, but every time he got close the caution came out.

“That’s the way it goes,” he said. “That’s racing. You’ve got to be consistent on the days you can’t win and today is one of them days.”

Sweet’s win helped him gain six points on Schatz in the championship standings. With 13 races left this season, Schatz now leads Sweet by 22 points.

The victory also saw another big achievement for Sweet. He won his 49th career World of Outlaws victory driving the No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing car.

“It’s actually really cool,” Sweet said. “I never would have imagined that I would get close to fifty World of Outlaws wins, so it’s a milestone to be proud of for myself, for Kasey giving me the opportunity to be on the Outlaw tour for six years with his team.

“I’ve had a lot of crew chiefs and a lot of ups and downs through it all, so to be having this season is what we all strive for and what we knew we were able to accomplish. So, it’s nice to get those stats. Hopefully it’s just one of the many milestones that will pass through in my career.”

UP NEXT:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Wednesday, Sept. 25, will be at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill.

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

Race Results: 9/21/2019 – Dodge City Raceway Park

NOS Energy Drink Feature (31 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$12,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2][$5,700]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$3,500]; 4. 41-David Gravel [5][$3,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$2,600]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,400]; 7. 5-Shane Stewart [6][$2,300]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [7][$2,200]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [11][$2,150]; 10. 83-Daryn Pittman [8][$2,100]; 11. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$1,600]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [15][$1,350]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,300]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$1,200]; 15. 1X-Don Droud [19][$1,100]; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [9][$1,000]; 17. 91-Jeff Stasa [17][$900]; 18. 9X-Jake Bubak [12][$850]; 19. O-Steven Richardson [16][$800]; 20. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [21][$800]; 21. 72-Ray Seemann [22][$800]; 22. 33M-Mason Daniel [20][$800]; 23. 88-Mike Woodruff [24][$800]; 24. 10-Jordan Knight [23][$800]; 25. 11-Tyler Knight [25][$800];
Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-31;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+5]

Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.706; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.778; 3. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.832; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.866; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.877; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.887; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.9; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.909; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.939; 10. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.964; 11. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.968; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.978; 13. O-Steven Richardson, 13.023; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 13.043; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.061; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.103; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.143; 18. 9X-Jake Bubak, 13.429; 19. 1X-Don Droud, 13.815; 20. 91-Jeff Stasa, 13.875; 21. 10C-Jeremy Campbell, 14.089; 22. 72-Ray Seemann, 14.43; 23. 10-Jordan Knight, 14.001; 24. 88-Mike Woodruff, 14.01; 25. 11-Tyler Knight, 14.494

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. O-Steven Richardson [5]; 7. 1X-Don Droud [7]; 8. 72-Ray Seemann [8]; 9. 11-Tyler Knight [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) – 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6]; 6. 91-Jeff Stasa [7]; 7. 33M-Mason Daniel [4]; 8. 10-Jordan Knight [8]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) – 1. 5-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [2]; 4. 9X-Jake Bubak [6]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 7. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [7]; 8. 88-Mike Woodruff [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 5. 41-David Gravel [5]; 6. 5-Shane Stewart [4]

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Winner Donny Schatz (Tim Aylwin Photo)



BOOT HILL OUTLAW: Donny Schatz outguns field at Dodge City Raceway Park
Schatz dominates the first night of the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown, winning his fifth race at the raceway

DODGE CITY, KS – Sept. 20, 2019 – The crowd of thousands hushed. Only the relentless wind was brave enough to make a sound. Anxiety and impatience brewed in people’s chest as they watched the field of Outlaws pace their steps before hammering the trigger, hoping to be the fastest to fire first.

Leading the field at Dodge City Raceway Park Friday night was 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz with Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel to his outside. Both eyed another win for their team. Both looked to be the best in Kansas. And both were determined to take the lead on the start.

The green flag flew, and the showdown was on. Schatz hit the trigger first, launching to the lead. But Gravel fired back.

He dove to the bottom of turns three and four under Schatz and outgunned him for the lead down the front stretch. The reigning champion was loaded for another attack, though.

Gravel slid off the bottom on the exit of turn two, holding his car sideways onto the backstretch. With a clean run around the bottom of the track, Schatz fired back to the lead and went on to win the first night of the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown weekend doubleheader. It was his ninth win of the season and second win in-a-row at the raceway – fifth overall.

“Hats off to my guys,” Schatz said. “They’re hitting on all cylinders. They always have. Sometimes the drivers falter and that’d be me. Tonight, we didn’t have any of them faults.”

Schatz started the night strong by qualifying fourth, while Gravel picked up his 16th Quick Time of the year. The two drivers then had their first front row battle of the night during the first Drydene Heat race. Schatz got the jump on the outside of Gravel at the start and drove away with the win.

Shortly after, the duo found themselves on the front row together again during the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Schatz started on the bottom with Gravel up top. Gravel got the jump this time. The Connecticut-native charged to the lead, but Schatz methodically ran him down and passed him for the win.

The 25-lap Feature placed Schatz and Gravel back on the front row for the start. After their one lap duel around the 3/8-mile track for the lead, Schatz pulled away from Gravel to about a straightaway lead.

“When they threw the green, I thought it was going to take a while for it (the bottom of the track) to go away,” Schatz said. “I think as you’ve seen what happened with David when he went down in there, we were able to get back by him right away. It went away real quick. I didn’t expect it to do that, either. I like it when it does that.”

Schatz reached lap traffic by Lap 6, but was able to pass every slower car with ease. However, nearing the end of the race, the pack of lap cars grew. They raced each other side by side, sometimes going three-wide. Schatz no longer had an easy passage by. There was now hope for Gravel, who began reeling in Schatz.

Before Gravel could take another shot at the North Dakota-native, the caution came out for Mike Woodruff stopping in turn two. While it put him on Schatz’s bumper for the restart, Schatz was rewarded with clean air again.

“Clean air was going to win there,” Gravel said. “Wish I could have had the lead there on the first lap, I thought we would have had a good chance to win there. Sucks to come up second. We had a shot. Lap traffic was my only shot.”

Once the race restarted Schatz launched back to the lead and cruised to his 292nd career Series victory, with Gravel second and Logan Schuchart third. He also increased his points lead over Brad Sweet, who finished ninth after struggling to find his way forward. Schatz now leads Sweet by 28 points.

“It’s not the year you’ve had when you’ve won 20 plus a year, but, hey, it’s a very competitive deal at the moment,” Schatz said. “I mean, look at all of the cars that have run good. We’re in a position to try and run for a championship and that’s all you can ask for when you start the year.”

He and the rest of the field will again be gunning for the win in the final day of the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday.

UP COMING:

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Sept. 21, will return to Dodge City Raceway Park for the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown.

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

Race Results: 9/20/19 – Dodge City Raceway Park

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$8,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2][$4,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3][$2,500]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [4][$2,200]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$2,100]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$2,000]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [10][$1,800]; 8. 2-Carson Macedo [8][$1,600]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [7][$1,500]; 10. 5-Shane Stewart [13][$1,300]; 11. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [16][$1,200]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,100]; 13. 9X-Jake Bubak [12][$1,000]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$700]; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel [6][$600]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [15][$600]; 17. O-Steven Richardson [21][$600]; 18. 91-Jeff Stasa [22][$600]; 19. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [18][$600]; 20. 1X-Don Droud [20][$600]; 21. 72-Ray Seemann [19][$600]; 22. 2C-Wayne Johnson [14][$600]; 23. 88-Mike Woodruff [23][$600]; 24. 10-Jordan Knight [24][$600]; 25. 11-Tyler Knight [25][$600];
Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1, Donny Schatz 2-25;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 41S-Dominic Scelzi[+5]

Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 12.164; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.209; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.252; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.278; 5. 33M-Mason Daniel, 12.286; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.352; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.363; 8. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.379; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.38; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.398; 11. 19-Brent Marks, 12.412; 12. O-Steven Richardson, 12.424; 13. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.442; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.507; 15. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.52; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 12.538; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.55; 18. 9X-Jake Bubak, 12.665; 19. 91-Jeff Stasa, 13.266; 20. 1X-Don Droud, 13.413; 21. 10C-Jeremy Campbell, 13.579; 22. 72-Ray Seemann, 14.009; 23. 88-Mike Woodruff, 13.38; 24. 10-Jordan Knight, 13.679; 25. 11-Tyler Knight, 14.016

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 5-Shane Stewart [5]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 7. 72-Ray Seemann [8]; 8. 91-Jeff Stasa [7]; 9. 11-Tyler Knight [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) – 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 33M-Mason Daniel [2]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [3]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [4]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 7. 1X-Don Droud [7]; 8. 88-Mike Woodruff [8]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 4. 9X-Jake Bubak [6]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 6. 10C-Jeremy Campbell [7]; 7. O-Steven Richardson [4]; 8. 10-Jordan Knight [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 41-David Gravel [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 6. 33M-Mason Daniel [3]

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