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SPRINT CAR SERIES POSTPONES EVENTS THROUGH APRIL 9

Due to escalating concerns and mixed guidance from various county, state and health organizations with regard to the impact and response to COVID-19, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is postponing all events through April 9, effective immediately, in the wake of growing health concerns.

This decision has not been made lightly, and while everyone in our sport wants to race, we believe this is the right decision given the traveling nature of our Series and the local makeup of our events.

The Series will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, and provide additional information at a later date. The health and safety of our community is our top priority.

Updates on the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model Series, not scheduled to compete until March 27, will be provided at a later date.

This affects the following events:
03/13/20 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Cotton Bowl Speedway
03/14/20 East Texas Lone Star Shootout LoneStar Speedway
03/21/20 Wildcat Shootout USA Raceway
03/22/20 Arizona Desert Shootout Arizona Speedway
03/28/20 SoCal Showdown Perris Auto Speedway
03/29/20 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars Santa Maria Raceway
04/03-04/20 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Thunderbowl Raceway

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GATOR HUNTERS: Schuchart wins DIRTcar Nationals finale, Sweet claims Big Gator championship
Logan Schuchart wins first Volusia Speedway Park Feature and Brad Sweet wins his second Big Gator

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 9, 2020 – The wild hunt commenced Sunday night at the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series finale at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford.

The trophies: A golden gator. And a Big Gator.

Logan Schuchart put an assault on the 27-car field, in front of a packed house, to earn his first win at Volusia Speedway Park and Brad Sweet cruised to his third podium finish in-a-row, awarding him his second Big Gator championship. Sweet won his first Big Gator in 2016.

“It was a lot of fun,” Sweet said about the event. “I thought we had a lot of different tracks all week. The NAPA car was fast on all the different conditions, but we’ll take that… 2020 is looking to be a strong year for us.”

Schuchart, who had never finished inside the top-five and never led a lap at the half-mile speedway, ended his 2020 DIRTcar Nationals with three top-five finishes in-a-row and 50 laps led. He placed second the first night. Charged from 25th to fifth the second night. And won the DIRTcar Nationals Sprint Car Week finale.

“This place is just so tough,” Schuchart said. “You know, we come here, we learn, I watch videos in the wintertime. We just try to make our cars better as a whole.

“Just kind of studying the racetrack. Notes from the past. Watching the highlight videos from the past few years and what other people’s cars look like compared to ours and maybe what we could have done better to qualify and put us in better positions… First three races were awesome. To pull away with a win really helps our confidence.”

That confidence showed before the conclusion of Sunday night’s 30-lap Feature when the Hanover, PA driver powered his way underneath Daryn Pittman on Lap 2 to take the lead. From there, he never relinquished it, leading the final 29 laps. Although, those on the hunt behind him tested his poise.

Schuchart held a commanding lead on the field but as lap traffic continuously hindered his pace, Pittman closed in. With 10 laps to go, Schuchart got caught behind a slower car coming off Turn 2, allowing Pittman to close within a car length’s distance.

However, once Schuchart found his way back into clean air, Pittman was left having to fend off Cory Eliason and Sweet.

In the closing laps of the race, Eliason found another gear. With five laps to go he charged his way around the outside of Pittman for second and set his sights on Schuchart. Three laps later, with smoke billowing out of his exhaust, Eliason powered his way around Schuchart off Turn 2.

Not willing to forgo his first DIRTcar Nationals win, Schuchart threw a hold-your-breath-slide job on Eliason through Turns 3 and 4 to reclaim the lead.

A large cloud of smoke erupted from Eliason’s motor the next lap, ending his night. The yellow flag flew with one lap to go.

On the restart, with Pittman and Sweet breathing down his neck, Schuchart darted away from the field. No one could touch the red and white Drydene car. Pittman and Sweet had to settle for second and third, respectively.

“Just pissed off at myself,” Pittman said. “I feel like if I would have stayed second… Man, like on that white flag, I couldn’t believe how far back he (Schuchart) came to me and Cory (Eliason). Honestly, I think it was anybody’s race going down the backstretch there on the white flag lap. We were kind of nose to tail. I wish I would have been in second there, I think I would have had a shot.”

Behind the top-three, Sheldon Haudenschild had one of the most impressive runs of the race in his NOS Energy Drink #17 car. For the second time in three races during the DIRTcar Nationals, Haudenschild earned the KSE Hard Charger award, racing his way from 18th to fourth.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who opened the 2020 World of Outlaws season with a win found himself having to settle for a seventh-place finish. He finished sixth the night before.

Sweet started the DIRTcar Nationals being presented his 2019 World of Outlaws championship ring and ended it being presented his second Big Gator trophy. He’ll also leave Florida with the Series points lead – two points ahead of Schuchart.

The championship is far out of Schuchart’s head with more than 80 races to go this season. He said his focus is just to win as many races as he can. Nabbing his first golden gator trophy is one he can finally cross of his list.

“I really wanted one of these gators,” Schuchart said. “I’m really glad we got one.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, March 13, will return to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX. Get tickets and more information. www.worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars/schedule/event-info/?event=55708

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

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$10,000]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [1][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$3,200]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [18][$2,800]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [3][$2,500]; 6. 41-David Gravel [7][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,200]; 8. 9-James McFadden [16][$2,100]; 9. 7-Shane Stewart [6][$2,050]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [14][$2,000]; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich [12][$1,500]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$1,200]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [17][$1,100]; 14. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [13][$1,050]; 15. 21-Brian Brown [10][$1,000]; 16. 57-Kyle Larson [21][$900]; 17. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$800]; 18. 14-Tim Shaffer [24][$800]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [23][$800]; 20. 15K-Chad Kemenah [19][$800]; 21. 4-Terry McCarl [20][$800]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [26][$]; 23. 33M-Mason Daniel [27][$]; 24. 26-Cory Eliason [4][$800]; 25. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [22][$800]; 26. J4-John Garvin [11][$800]; 27. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1, Logan Schuchart 2-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+14]

Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 13.351; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.386; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.417; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.448; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.465; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.478; 7. 7-Shane Stewart, 13.491; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.515; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri, 13.56; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.609; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.629; 12. 9-James McFadden, 13.653; 13. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.662; 14. 21-Brian Brown, 13.664; 15. J4-John Garvin, 13.705; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.709; 17. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.729; 18. 14P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.744; 19. 15K-Chad Kemenah, 13.747; 20. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.773; 21. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.797; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.811; 23. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.816; 24. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.821; 25. 5-Brent Marks, 13.832; 26. 14-Tim Shaffer, 13.835; 27. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.856; 28. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.9; 29. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.97; 30. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.989; 31. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 14.02; 32. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.166; 33. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.184; 34. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.189; 35. 6-Bill Rose, 14.263

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [8]; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri [3]; 7. 57-Kyle Larson [5]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [7]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 6. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 7. 14-Tim Shaffer [7]; 8. 3C-Cale Conley [8]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 7-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. J4-John Garvin [4]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [6]; 5. 15K-Chad Kemenah [5]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [8]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [3]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 9. 6-Bill Rose [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [4]; 4. 9-James McFadden [3]; 5. 4-Terry McCarl [6]; 6. 13-Paul McMahan [5]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 6. 7-Shane Stewart [6]; 7. 41-David Gravel [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [6][-]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2][-]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [4][-]; 4. 14-Tim Shaffer [7][-]; 5. 13-Paul McMahan [5][$300]; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri [1][$250]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$225]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [9][$200]; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8][$200]; 10. 33M-Mason Daniel [14][$200]; 11. 3C-Cale Conley [10][$200]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson [12][$200]; 13. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [3][$200]; 14. 6-Bill Rose [15][$200]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$200]

BIG GATOR CHAMPIONSHIP TOP 10

Rank-Driver-Points
1-Brad Sweet-1234
2-James McFadden-1186
3-Logan Schuchart-1180
4-Daryn Pittman-1180
5-Donny Schatz-1176
6-Carson Macedo-1166
7-Sheldon Haudenschild-1152
8-Cory Eliason-1118
9-Danny Dietrich-1112
10-Kerry Madsen-1112

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Winner Brad Sweet (Trent Gower Photo)



BACK ON TOP: Brad Sweet wins second night at DIRTcar Nationals
Sweet leads Kasey Kahne Racing World of Outlaws 1-2 finish at Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 8, 2020 – Brad Sweet is beginning the 2020 season the same way he ended the last, as the top dog — or in his case, the Big Cat.

The reigning champion, of Grass Valley, CA, won Saturday’s second night of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action during the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford — after opening the season with a third-place run.

“It’s nice to get the first Outlaws win out of the way,” said an elated Sweet, holding his daughter in Victory Lane at Volusia Speedway Park.

Sweet has yet to finish outside the top-three throughout the Sprint Car races at the DIRTcar Nationals. He won the opening DIRTcar Nationals race with the All Star Circuit of Champions, finished second the next night with the All Stars, finished third in the season opener for the World of Outlaws and then found Victory Lane once again.

His path to his first World of Outlaws win of the year – and 51st career win overall – was not claimed with ease.

At the start of the 30-lap Feature, Sweet – who lined up second alongside polesitter Ian Madsen – found himself chasing the swift Australian in the opening laps. Madsen pulled ahead to almost a half straightaway lead over the 2019 champion.

Once Madsen reached lap traffic, Sweet began to slowly reel him in. On Lap 7 Sweet dove underneath Madsen into Turn One, taking the lead. As Sweet’s car drifted up the track off Turn 2, Madsen had a power run around the top, rapidly charging toward Sweet, and the two collided. Sweet’s right rear touched with Madsen’s left front, sending Madsen into the catchfence.

After the hard hit, Madsen later went to Twitter and said: “I take responsibility for the crash tonight. World of Outlaws wins are extremely hard to come by, and you can’t give an inch when racing for the win. That being said, I made a misjudgment which cost my team a car and a chance for the win.”

After an Open Red period to repair part of the Turn 2 fence, Sweet launched to the lead on the restart, pulling away from second-place Brian Brown by a half straightaway. Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing teammate James McFadden charged from fourth to second in two laps and began his hunt for the lead.

By the time McFadden comfortably placed himself in the runner-up position, Sweet had already pulled away to a straightaway lead. However, by Lap 16, McFadden cut Sweet’s lead in half.

McFadden closed within a car length of his teammate, but Sweet gave a masterclass in working through lap traffic, at times dodging cars like he saw the future and knew exactly where every car would be.

“He (Sweet) did a really good job there getting into (Turn) 3 and splitting those (lap) cars,” McFadden said. “I was actually thinking, ‘We’re pretty good here and might have a shot,’ but he got by those cars pretty quick and left me hanging.”

Sweet and McFadden gave Kasey Kahne Racing its first one-two finish since 2016 at Cotton Bowl Speedway.

“Early in the season, great way to start for the teams,” Kasey Kahne said. “Brad and the NAPA guys have been on every single night. It’s great to have James back in the #9. He did a great job for us last year and is back at it. It’s going to be a lot of fun this whole season.”

Last year’s DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championship winner Daryn Pittman rounded out the top three.

A few spots back, Logan Schuchart put on the other show of the night. The Hanover, PA driver went from finishing second in the season opener, to having to use a provisional to start the Feature, but in the main event he made an impressive charge from 25th to fifth.

“I felt good all night,” Schuchart said. “I felt like I had a good car. We were really fast last night. I don’t know what we missed in qualifying. I’m still stumbled about that.”

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who won the season opening race, placed sixth after starting ninth.

Sweet is back in familiar territory, atop the World of Outlaws point standings – six points ahead of Schatz. He also leads the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championship points with one race remaining. McFadden is second, 38 points behind Sweet and Schatz is third, 50 points out of the lead. If he is able to secure the Big Gator on Sunday, it would his second – having one his first in 2016.

“They (KKR) have been giving me great race cars,” Sweet said. “We’ve been on the podium every single night, second win of the week. Hats off to them and hopefully we finish strong tomorrow.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Feb. 9 returns to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL for the final night of DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford action.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$10,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [7][$5,500]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [6][$3,200]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [3][$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$1,700]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [9][$2,300]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [5][$2,200]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$2,100]; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel [23][$2,050]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [4][$2,000]; 11. 5-Brent Marks [10][$1,500]; 12. 26-Cory Eliason [8][$1,200]; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen [12][$1,100]; 14. 41-Parker Price-Miller [16][$1,050]; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich [17][$1,000]; 16. 7-Shane Stewart [15][$900]; 17. 3C-Cale Conley [20][$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [26][$]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [22][$800]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [21][$800]; 22. 39M-Anthony Macri [18][$800]; 23. 57-Kyle Larson [19][$800]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson [27][$]; 25. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [14][$800]; 26. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$800]; 27. 14-Tim Shaffer [11][$800]:
Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-7, Brad Sweet 8-30;
KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+20]

Qualifying – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.412; 2. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.454; 3. 14-Tim Shaffer, 13.465; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.474; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.51; 6. 9-James McFadden, 13.54; 7. 21-Brian Brown, 13.579; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.593; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.597; 10. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.625; 11. 7-Shane Stewart, 13.659; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.675; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.68; 14. 5-Brent Marks, 13.682; 15. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.688; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.701; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.728; 18. 39M-Anthony Macri, 13.73; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.736; 20. 41-Parker Price-Miller, 13.738; 21. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.739; 22. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.751; 23. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.77; 24. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.81; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.818; 26. J4-John Garvin, 13.885; 27. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.915; 28. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.928; 29. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.93; 30. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.933; 31. 15K-Chad Kemenah, 13.96; 32. 6-Bill Rose, 14.267; 33. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.323; 34. 11K-Kraig Kinser, NT; 35. B15-Kurt Conklin, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) – 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 7. 4-Terry McCarl [8]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 9. 33M-Mason Daniel [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) – 1. 9-James McFadden [2]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [1]; 3. 5-Brent Marks [4]; 4. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri [5]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [8]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9]; 8. 13-Paul McMahan [6]; 9. J4-John Garvin [7]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) – 1. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 14-Tim Shaffer [1]; 4. 7-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [6]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 8. 15K-Chad Kemenah [8]; 9. B15-Kurt Conklin [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 (8 Laps) – 1. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 41-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 5. 3C-Cale Conley [6]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. 6-Bill Rose [8]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2]; 5. 2-Carson Macedo [5]; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman [4]; 7. 9-James McFadden [6]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [8]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][-]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1][-]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4][-]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6][-]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$300]; 6. 13-Paul McMahan [10][$250]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [3][$225]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [8][$200]; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson [9][$200]; 10. 15K-Chad Kemenah [11][$200]; 11. 33M-Mason Daniel [13][$200]; 12. 6-Bill Rose [12][$200]; 13. 4-Terry McCarl [5][$200]; 14. J4-John Garvin [14][$200]; 15. B15-Kurt Conklin [15][$200]

DIRTCAR NATIONALS BIG GATOR POINTS TOP 10

Postion-Driver-Points

1-Brad Sweet-990
2-Donny Schatz-952
3-Daryn Pittman-934
4-Logan Schuchart-930
5-Carson Macedo-926
6-Cory Eliason-916
7-Sheldon Haudenschild-910
8-Kerry Madsen
9-Parker Price-Miller
10-Tim Shaffer-886

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Winner Donny Schatz (Trent Gower Photo)



HE’S BACK: Donny Schatz Takes 2020 World of Outlaws Season Opener
10-time champ thrills packed stands with late pass to win at DIRTcar Nationals

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 7, 2020 – Donny Schatz celebrated his 295th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win Friday night during the season opening race at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford like it was his first.

The smile that never left the 10-time Series champion’s face said more than the words he gave in Victory Lane at Volusia Speedway Park.

Schatz, of Fargo, ND, who in 2019 won 11 races and lost the championship by four points, admitted last year he faced mental blocks throughout the season – dealing with things in his personal life.

This year, though…

“Those are definitely gone,” Schatz said. “I had a lot of mental blocks. Yeah, they’re gone. I learned a lot of things through that process. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

“I’m here. I’m happy. These (Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing) guys are motivated. They’re doing everything right. We’re going to have a lot of fun. We may not win as many races as we like, but we’re going to have fun along the way. And that’s the name of the game.”

That new level of fun showed throughout the night with Schatz winning his Drydene Heat Race and making a power move on the first lap of the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to take the lead and win — giving him the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

His biggest competition throughout the night was Hanover, PA driver Logan Schuchart. Coming off a career season in 2019, Schuchart gave a career best performance at Volusia Speedway Park Friday night.

After finishing second to Schatz in his Heat Race and the Dash, Schuchart outmuscled him on the start of the Feature to take the lead. However, a lap later Schatz powered back by. With lap traffic in Schatz’s way by Lap 4, Schuchart worked his way back to the lead two laps later.

While traffic helped Schuchart get the lead, it also led to his loss of it. While Schuchart lead for the next 20 laps, Schatz patiently and methodically worked his way back to the Shark Racing driver. He moved to the high side of the track once rubber built up and slid back by Schuchart for the lead, forcing him to take a runner-up finish – before the night, Schuchart had never led a lap at the half-mile speedway and had a best finish of seventh.

“When you got that car (Schatz) behind you nothing is ever wrapped up,” Schuchart said. “I know it was going to be close there. He showed his nose, five, six, seven laps to go. I knew he was there. He set me up just right. That’s why he’s so good.”

There was edge-of-your-seat and hold your breath close quarters racing among the top five throughout the entire race. Schatz and Schuchart even made contact racing side-by-side down the front stretch, which Schatz owned up to and admitted was a mistake.

Reigning champion Brad Sweet knocked on Schatz and Schuchart’s back door for the majority of the race. The Grass Valley, CA driver passed Schatz for second on Lap 10 but made a mistake and lost the position. Unable to make another run at the top two, he had to settle for third.

“It was an intense race,” Sweet said. “Lap traffic made it really interesting. That’s what wins and loses these races … We were probably a little too good too early and weren’t as good as we needed to be late.”

Despite missing out on the win, Sweet continues to lead the DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator championship points — having won the first Sprint Car race of the DIRTcar Nationals with the All Star Circuit of Champions and placing runner-up in the second All Star event. He currently leads David Gravel by 32 points. Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing teammate James McFadden is third, Schatz is fourth and Schuchart is fifth.

After practicing a Stock Car at Daytona International Speedway all day, Gravel showed up at Volusia claiming the first Quick Time of the year — after earning 21 in 2019 — and finished the night fifth.

Parker Price-Miller, driving for Dietz Motorsports — owned by Gravel’s crew chief Philip Dietz and making its World of Outlaws debut — had an impressive run, winning his Heat race and finishing fourth in the Feature.

Schatz is now only five wins away from his 300th career win and off to a good start in his hunt for his 11th Series title. However, to get his first Big Gator since 2018 and another Series championship, he knows the next race is still just as important as the first or last.

“It’s always good to win the first one,” Schatz said. “That means you’re going to have a good year, but it’s that two through eighty-four race that count more than the first and the last one.”

It’s probably safe to say, this year, he’ll be smiling all of the way through the season.

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Saturday, Feb. 8 returns to Volusia Speedway Park for the fourth night of Sprint Car racing at the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Bozard Ford and second World of Outlaws race of the year. Get tickets and more information.

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

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1][$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$3,200]; 4. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [4][$2,800]; 5. 41-David Gravel [7][$2,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$2,300]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [11][$2,200]; 8. 83-Daryn Pittman [3][$2,100]; 9. 14-Tim Shaffer [18][$2,050]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [10][$2,000]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [22][$1,500]; 12. 9-James McFadden [14][$1,200]; 13. 7-Shane Stewart [13][$1,100]; 14. 26-Cory Eliason [9][$1,050]; 15. 33M-Mason Daniel [26][$200]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson [12][$900]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [8][$800]; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [20][$800]; 19. 5-Brent Marks [27][$800]; 20. 48-Danny Dietrich [16][$800]; 21. 4-Terry McCarl [21][$800]; 22. 13-Paul McMahan [15][$800]; 23. 15K-Chad Kemenah [17][$800]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$800]; 25. 7S-Jason Sides [24][$]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [25][$]; 27. 21-Brian Brown [23][$800]; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+11]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1, 7-26; Donny Schatz 2-6, 27-30

Qualifying – 1. 41-David Gravel, 13.015; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.132; 3. 14P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.161; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman, 13.17; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.186; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.188; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.193; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.195; 9. 7-Shane Stewart, 13.237; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.24; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 13.24; 12. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.254; 13. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.259; 14. 39M-Anthony Macri, 13.291; 15. 2-Carson Macedo, 13.291; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.305; 17. 57-Kyle Larson, 13.319; 18. 9-James McFadden, 13.325; 19. 14-Tim Shaffer, 13.339; 20. 21-Brian Brown, 13.391; 21. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 13.411; 22. 15K-Chad Kemenah, 13.425; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.439; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.465; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.5; 26. 3C-Cale Conley, 13.524; 27. 5-Brent Marks, 13.537; 28. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.564; 29. 4-Terry McCarl, 13.564; 30. J4-John Garvin, 13.6; 31. 6-Bill Rose, 13.718; 32. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.867; 33. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.903; 34. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.978; 35. 33M-Mason Daniel, 14.495; 36. B15-Kurt Conklin, NT

DRYDENE Heat #1 (8 Laps) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 41-David Gravel [1]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 4. 7-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5]; 6. 4-Terry McCarl [8]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

DRYDENE Heat #2 (8 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 4. 9-James McFadden [5]; 5. 15K-Chad Kemenah [6]; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri [4]; 7. 3C-Cale Conley [7]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [9]; 9. J4-John Garvin [8]

DRYDENE Heat #3 (8 Laps) - 1. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 13-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 14-Tim Shaffer [5]; 6. 5-Brent Marks [7]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [9]; 9. 6-Bill Rose [8]

DRYDENE Heat #4 (8 Laps) - 1. 83-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2]; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson [6]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [4]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 9. B15-Kurt Conklin [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [6]; 4. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [8]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 7. 41-David Gravel [7]; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [3]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1][-]; 2. 4-Terry McCarl [3][-]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][-]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [5][-]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [Unable to start Feature][$300]; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri [2][$250]; 7. 3C-Cale Conley [7][$225]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$200]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$200]; 10. 33M-Mason Daniel [12][$200]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$200]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [11][$200]; 13. 6-Bill Rose [15][$200]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [13][$200]; 15. J4-John Garvin [14][$200]; 16. B15-Kurt Conklin [16][$200]

DIRTCAR NATIONALS POINTS TOP 10

Rank. Driver - Points

1. Brad Sweet – 740
2. David Gravel – 708
3. James McFadden – 706
4. Donny Schatz – 702
5. Logan Schuchart - 690
6. Carson Macedo -690
7. Daryn Pittman -690
8. Tim Shaffer -690
9. Cory Eliason -690
10. Sheldon Haudenschild -676

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World of Outlaws Set to Star at All-New I-70 Speedway
Tickets on sale now for World of Outlaws’ historic return to Odessa, MO

ODESSA, MO – Dec. 18, 2019 – For the first time in almost 40 years, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on May 30 will return to I-70 Motorsports Park.

Race fans can now purchase tickets to the exciting Missouri Outlaw Showdown, which will see The Greatest Show on Dirt thrill fans at a new state-of-the-art facility.

The Series first visited the I-70 venue in the 1980s before the track was converted to an asphalt, hosting NASCAR sanctioned races. The track closed in 2008, but was recently purchased by Chris Payne, who revamped Heartland Motorsports Park in Kansas into a thriving racing facility.

Payne is turning the Odessa facility into a state-of-the-art motorsports park, which includes the new dirt oval and a dragway.

The new $10,000-to-win event will have fans at the edge of their seats with the winged warriors of the World of Outlaws battling to be the first to win at the new track.

Reigning champion Brad Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing team will be on the hunt to try and win back to back championships. He had a record year in 2019, winning 16 races, including the Kings Royal and his 50th career win.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz is sure to be a threat, as he’ll be on a mission to return to his winning ways and claim his 11th title. He also enters the 2020 season only six wins away from his 300th career World of Outlaw victory.

There will also be a large local racing presence at the event with Missouri-based teams, such as Jason Johnson Racing, Mason Daniel Racing and Brian Brown Racing in attendance.

For Brian Brown, of Grain Valley, MO, it would be a hometown win. The track is only about 15 minutes away from his shop. He always dreamed of being able to race at the facility.

“I’m excited,” Brown said. “We don’t get to race close to home in front of our local sponsors too often. Any time we can we enjoy it. This one’s going to be the closest we’ve ever ran… We never thought this place, after it shut down, that it would even open back up. But fortunately, it has and excited to bring the World of Outlaws back to I-70.”

Grandstands will open at 4 p.m. with Hot Laps scheduled for 6:45 p.m. and racing at 8 p.m. (CT).

Tickets can be purchased by going to www.WorldofOutlaws.com/tix or by calling 844-DIRT-TIX.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GRAVEL GETS 12TH WIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Winner David Gravel (DB3 Photo)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UP NEXT:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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