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Schatz Outruns Sweet's Consistency, Gravel's Explosiveness to Capture 2017 Title

Looking Ahead, Some Predictions for 2018

CONCORD, NC - Nov. 5, 2017 - The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season saw Donny Schatz claim his ninth Series title. Schatz, who turned 40 in August, has now won five of the last six Championships and will chase his tenth title in 2018, but not without heavy resistance from David Gravel, Brad Sweet and the rest of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series regulars.

Gravel, 25, capped off a career season with a thrilling victory in the Season Finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The win doubled his and CJB Motorsports' win total from last season and left them even hungrier heading into the offseason. "It's been a lot of fun. I'm glad I was able to give Barry Jackson a career year. He deserves it; he is the heart and soul of this team. We are very excited for next year," Gravel said.

Despite Gravel scoring 12 more wins than Brad Sweet, the latter took the runner-up position in the point standings. If Gravel wants to challenge Schatz for a Series Title next season, he will need to find more consistency on a nightly basis.

Then again, Sweet's always the bridesmaid, never the bride model was unprecedented. In comparison to his five wins, the Grass Valley, California native scored 14 runner-up finishes and 18 additional third-place finishes this year. While that is nothing to hang your head over, being so close to victory that many times has to leave a bittersweet feeling heading into the 2018 campaign. "It's always easy to look at the negatives, but we had a ton of positives this year. It took a lot of teamwork to stand up here. It's not easy to be second in points. We'll keep trying and will be better next year," Sweet said at the Banquet.

As for Schatz, what else can be said. 2017 saw the Fargo, North Dakota native score his tenth career 5-Hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals title as well as becoming the first driver to score back-to-back Kings Royal victories. Those two wins alone garnered Schatz $200,000 in winnings. "It's been a hell of a ride. See you all next year," Schatz said amidst a handful of jokes and stories at the Banquet.

While Schatz is without a doubt the man to beat, it wasn't always that way. At age 25 (Gravel's age now), Schatz scored just two wins in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition and finished seventh in the point standings. It wasn't until 2006, at age 29, when Schatz scored his first career Championship Title.

While Gravel is not quite at the Donny Schatz measuring stick right now, Schatz himself was not at the Donny Schatz level at Gravel's age and experience level.

Having said that, all the pieces are in place for the Watertown, Connecticut native to challenge Schatz. Gravel and CJB Motorsports are bringing back the entire crew next year and will be poised to prevent Schatz from scoring his tenth Championship.

Sheldon Haudenschild was awarded the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year as both he and fellow rookie contender Brent Marks vastly improved throughout the season. Haudenschild leaned on the experience of veteran crew chief Bonzai Bruns and his father Jac for guidance on new tracks. Meanwhile, Marks had only one full-time crew guy all year, and neither of them had seen any tracks west of Knoxville. Expect both young guns to be ready to go in 2018.

Looking ahead to next season, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series appears to be stronger than ever in what will be the Series' 40th Anniversary of existence. With all the big names returning and a cast of new drivers expected, here are a few things to look for in 2018.

Count on it:

A pair of multiple-time World of Outlaws winners will join the tour full-time.
o Stay tuned to our social media channels for official announcements.
Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing will score double-digit wins.
o Since the arrival of Crew Chief Lee Stauffer, the LMR No. 2 has been lethal, scoring six wins since Stauffer was hired in late June. Look for Stewart and company to be red hot right out of the box in 2018.
Sheldon Haudenschild will score his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win
o The young Wooster, Ohio native was painfully close on several occasions in 2017. Another year of experience under his belt will only help the young throttle stomper.
Daryn Pittman will have a bounce back season.
o Three wins and 28 top-fives may not sound like an "off" season for many, but for the 2013 World of Outlaws Champion, it was. It took Pittman until August to score his first win of the season. That will not happen in 2018.

Don't be shocked if:

Brent Marks scores his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win.
Marks and his one-man crew team caught fire at the end of the season and surged up the point standings to a top-ten finish.
Logan Schuchart doubles his season-best win total (again)
In 2016, Schuchart scored his first World of Outlaws win and added another later in the campaign. In 2017, Schuchart doubled his season-best with four wins. The once 'little team that could,' Shark Racing has now become a force on the World of Outlaws tour, at times showing flashes of dominance. Schuchart will be a force in 2018 and for years to come.
Kraig Kinser and Jason Sides score multiple wins
The pair of veterans showed flashes of brilliance, but only scored one win between the two of them (Kinser on 7/6). Frequent visitors to the top-ten, look for Kinser and Sides to land in victory lane more often in 2018.

Believe it or not:

There will be a new World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion in 2018.
Until proven otherwise, Schatz is the man to beat. But the likes of Sweet, Gravel and Stewart are chomping at the bit to secure their first championship. The 2018 season will see Gravel and Stewart, specifically, return their entire operation, coming off of career-best seasons. At the very least, Schatz will be challenged significantly in his quest for his tenth Championship.

2017 World of Outlaws Awards

Chassis Builder of the Year: J&J Auto Racing
Engine Builder of the Year: Shaver Engines
Crew Chief of the Year: Barry Jackson, CJB Motorsports
Ted Johnson Outstanding Contribution to Sprint Car Racing: Carlton Reimers
VP Racing Fuels Award: Donny Schatz
KSE Hard Charger Award: Logan Schuchart
Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year: Sheldon Haudenschild

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Gravel Thrills Sellout World Finals Crowd with Last Lap Pass of Schatz

Schatz wins the war; Crowned 9-time Series Champion

Charlotte, NC - November 4, 2017 - David Gravel couldn't clear Donny Schatz with seven to go, but would not be denied, scoring the victory in a thriller with a last-lap pass of Schatz. It was Gravel and CJB Motorsports 18th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of the season, doubling their total from last season. Schatz and Brian Brown completed the podium on the final night of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Ryan Smith led the opening lap of the 30-lap Feature, before Brian Brown took control on lap two with a slide job. Brad Sweet brought out the first of a handful of cautions on lap two, as he faced backwards in turn two.

Schatz worked by Smith for second on the ensuing restart before another caution on lap four halted competition. Schatz was strong on the restart once again, this time sliding Brown for the top spot to lead lap five.

Lap five saw a scary incident in turn two with Jason Johnson, Shane Stewart, Greg Hodnett, Sheldon and Jac Haudenschild creating a pileup and bringing out an #OpenRed with 25 to go. All drivers were okay.

On the restart, Brown kept pace with Schatz as the duo reached traffic before the final caution of the event flew; this time for Kraig Kinser with 14 laps to go. Gravel pounced on the restart, with a big slider on Brown to claim second as he begun to chase down Schatz with 10 laps remaining.

With seven to go, Gravel and Schatz exchanged sliders with the latter maintaining the advantage at the line. With five to go, Gravel pounded the cushion to try and get one more shot at the Series Champion. He got his shot and he took advantage of it. The Watertown, Connecticut driver brought the sold-out Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals crowd to their feet with a thrilling last-lap pass to score the victory.

"That was a blast. I hope this crowd enjoyed it," an elated Gravel said in Victory Lane. "Barry Jackson, Derek and Zach give me an awesome car every night. It's been a badass year," Gravel, who will return to CJB Motorsports in 2018, added.

While Gravel may have won the battle, Schatz won the war - again. "It's been a great year. This race team is phenomenal. We are top three seemingly every night and the car does not drop out of races," Schatz said after the race. After being awarded the Championship hardware for the ninth time in his career and asked about how long he can enjoy this title he said, "You enjoy it. But as long as you're an active race car driver, you continue to put it in the back of your mind."

Brian Brown completed the podium and put it simply, "We got beat by two of the best drivers in the world."

Kerry Madsen, a five-time World of Outlaws winner this season, finished fourth with 2017 IRA Champion, Bill Balog completing the top five.

Logan Schuchart started 22nd and made it to sixth to earn KSE Hard Charger honors. Daryn Pittman, Cole Duncan, Brent Marks and Smith completed the top ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Banquet is Sunday, November 5 and puts the bowtie on the end of what was a fantastic 2017 season. The offseason is much needed but soon enough, it will be time to go racing once again in Florida. Stay tuned to all World of Outlaws social media channels for breaking news on 2018 drivers, the schedule and much more.

Results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway - November 4, 2017

Feature (30 Laps) 1. 5-David Gravel [5][$12,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$5,500]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [1][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$2,800]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [6][$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [4][$2,200]; 8. 12N-Cole Duncan [9][$2,100]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [14][$2,050]; 10. 59-Ryan Smith [2][$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [17][$1,500]; 12. 44-Trey Starks [12][$1,200]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [21][$1,100]; 14. 2-Shane Stewart [19][$1,050]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [23][$1,000]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson [28][$]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [26][$]; 18. 19P-Paige Polyak [15][$1,000]; 19. 13M-Paul McMahan [8][$1,000]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [11][$1,000]; 21. 4-Parker Price-Miller [27][$]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [25][$]; 23. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [16][$1,000]; 24. 71-Joey Saldana [10][$1,000]; 25. 41-Jason Johnson [18][$1,000]; 26. 27-Greg Hodnett [13][$1,000]; 27. 71M-Dave Blaney [24][$1,000]; 28. 17-Jac Haudenschild [20][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Ryan Smith 1, Brian Brown 2-4, Donny Schatz 5-29, David Gravel 30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+16]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.647; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.687; 3. 5-David Gravel, 12.695; 4. 12N-Cole Duncan, 12.703; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.742; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 12.744; 7. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.746; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.759; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.762; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.768; 11. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.772; 12. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.782; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.793; 14. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.808; 15. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.812; 16. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.814; 17. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.826; 18. 17X-Josh Baughman, 12.872; 19. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 12.875; 20. 14-Tony Stewart, 12.919; 21. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.94; 22. 3G-Carson Macedo, 12.968; 23. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.054; 24. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.101; 25. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.445; 26. 12W-Troy Fraker, 14.063

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 44-Trey Starks, 12.606; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.649; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.687; 4. 13M-Paul McMahan, 12.694; 5. 71-Joey Saldana, 12.729; 6. 59-Ryan Smith, 12.774; 7. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 12.79; 8. 3-Sammy Swindell, 12.823; 9. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.828; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.846; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.861; 12. 71M-Dave Blaney, 12.871; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.909; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.912; 15. 7J-Chad Kemenah, 12.918; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 12.926; 17. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.016; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.024; 19. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.028; 20. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 13.045; 21. 17C-Caleb Helms, 13.066; 22. 7KX-Dan Shetler, 13.326; 23. 27G-Jay Galloway, 13.418; 24. 91-Sadie Siegel, 14.165; 25. 47-Eric Riggins, 15.482; 26. 14X-Coleman Gulick, 13.279; 27. 822-John Price, NT

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 12N-Cole Duncan [2]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [6]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 7. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8]; 8. 14-Tony Stewart [7]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) - (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 19P-Paige Polyak [4]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 5. 4-Parker Price-Miller [5]; 6. 17X-Josh Baughman [6]; 7. 39-Spencer Bayston [7]; 8. 5B-Justin Barger [8]

Heat #3 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 13D-Danny Dietrich [6]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 6. 3G-Carson Macedo [7]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 8. 12W-Troy Fraker [8]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 44-Trey Starks [1]; 2. 13M-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [4]; 5. 17-Jac Haudenschild [3]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 7. 7KX-Dan Shetler [8]; 8. 14X-Coleman Gulick [9]; 9. OO-Dane Lorenc [7]

Heat #5 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 71-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 5. 24-Terry McCarl [6]; 6. 49K-Scott Kreutter [7]; 7. 822-John Price [9]; 8. 27G-Jay Galloway [8]; 9. 3-Sammy Swindell [3]

Heat #6 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 2. 59-Ryan Smith [2]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 4. 7J-Chad Kemenah [5]; 5. 71M-Dave Blaney [4]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [6]; 7. 17C-Caleb Helms [7]; 8. 47-Eric Riggins [8]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [4]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [3]; 5. 12N-Cole Duncan [6]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [5]

Craftsman Club Dash #2 (6 Laps): 1. 59-Ryan Smith [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 4. 13M-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 71-Joey Saldana [5]; 6. 44-Trey Starks [6]

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer: 1. 14-Tony Stewart [3][-]; 2. 3G-Carson Macedo [7][-]; 3. 39-Spencer Bayston [5][$150]; 4. OO-Dane Lorenc [4][$150]; 5. 14X-Coleman Gulick [15][$150]; 6. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9][$125]; 7. 17C-Caleb Helms [8][$125]; 8. 49K-Scott Kreutter [6][$125]; 9. 47-Eric Riggins [14][$125]; 10. 5B-Justin Barger [11][$125]; 11. 7KX-Dan Shetler [10][$125]; 12. 27G-Jay Galloway [12][$125]; 13. 822-John Price [16][$125]; 14. 12W-Troy Fraker [13][$125]; 15. 13-Clyde Knipp [2][$125]; 16. 13D-Danny Dietrich [1][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1][-]; 2. 17-Jac Haudenschild [2][-]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3][-]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][-]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [6][-]; 6. 71M-Dave Blaney [8][-]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [5][$300]; 8. 4-Parker Price-Miller [11][$250]; 9. 49X-Tim Shaffer [13][$225]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$200]; 11. 7J-Chad Kemenah [14][$200]; 12. 3G-Carson Macedo [18][$200]; 13. 14-Tony Stewart [17][$200]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$200]; 15. 17X-Josh Baughman [15][$200]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$200]; 17. 24-Terry McCarl [16][$200]; 18. 3-Sammy Swindell [4][$200]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignition ($25 cash): Jason Johnson; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): David Gravel; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Ryan Smith; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Super Flow ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Craftsman Club ($100 cash): David Gravel, Daryn Pittman; Sears ($100): Brian Brown; KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate: David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Greg Wilson and Parker Price-Miller

Season Winners:

Donny Schatz - 20 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 18, Knoxville Raceway on August 12 (NP), River Cities Speedway on August 18, Calistoga Speedway on September 16, Port Royal Speedway on October 14, The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 3)
David Gravel - 18 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11, Hartford Speedway on July 28, Wilmot Raceway on July 29, August 20 at Nodak Speedway, Lernerville Speedway on September 23, Williams Grove Speedway on September 28, Williams Grove Speedway on September 30, Fulton Speedway on October 8, The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 4)
Shane Stewart - 8 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24, Black Hills Speedway on August 25, Skagit Speedway on September 1, Grays Harbor on September 4, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9)
Brad Sweet - 5 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9, Calistoga Speedway on September 15)
Kerry Madsen - 5 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13, Salina Highbanks on October 21)
Logan Schuchart - 4 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, Ohsweken Speedway on July 25)
Jason Johnson - 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14, Red River Valley Speedway on August 19, Willamette Speedway on September 6)
Daryn Pittman – 3 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on August 4, Billings Motorsports Park on August 26, Skagit Speedway on September 2nd)
Tim Shaffer – 2 (Eldora Speedway on September 22, Ransomville Speedway on October 16)
Brian Brown - 2 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7, Lakeside Speedway on October 20)
Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
Christopher Bell - 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 14)
Brock Zearfoss - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21)
Kyle Hirst - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 8)
Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 28 – makeup from 7/22)
James McFadden – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 29, 2017)

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Schatz Reaches 20-Win Plateau for Fifth Straight Year with Win at Textron Off Road World Finals

Ian Madsen and Dave Blaney complete podium in stacked 53-car field

CHARLOTTE, NC - November 3, 2017 - No matter who is in the pits, it's tough to bet against Donny Schatz. That proved true on Night Two of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Schatz bested a stout field of 53 cars from across the world to win his 20th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2017. Ian Madsen and 10th-starting Dave Blaney completed the podium.

The 2017 IRA Champion, Bill Balog, grabbed the early lead from fellow front row starter, Ian Madsen. Balog, a one-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Winner in his career, led the first nine laps of the Feature before extremely heavy lapped traffic slowed his torrid pace. Balog was stalked by the Madsen Brothers in the early going, but it was Donny Schatz that made a three-wide pass for the lead down the backstretch to lead lap 10.

As Balog went high to navigate the lapped cars, Schatz made a jaw-dropping move. The, now nine-time, Series Champion glued his car to the bottom to work by Balog, Kerry Madsen and the lapped car of Parker Price-Miller off of turn two for the lead.

Lap 11 saw a pair of World of Outlaws young guns, Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel, succumb to flat right rear tires. Gravel was running third at the time of the misfortune.

The ensuing restart saw Ian Madsen maneuver his way back into the runner-up position. The Australian actually closed significantly on Schatz for the lead, coming as close as a car-length back of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15.

With six laps remaining, Daryn Pittman's top five run came to an end due to a flat tire. This set up a double-file restart with Ian to the outside of Schatz. Schatz got a brilliant restart and paced the field comfortably the final six circuits to score the victory.

The first thing Schatz mentioned in Victory Lane was the outstanding World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Feature that was held beforehand. "That [Feature] was pretty cool to watch. It got me motivated to get it done as well," Schatz, who is doing double-duty this weekend, said.

"My team has worked awful hard lately. We've been stuck on 19 wins for a long time, so it was great to finally reach 20. It sucks the season is over, because we are rolling right now," Schatz added. Tonight's win marked the fifth consecutive season that Schatz has won at least 20 Features.

Ian Madsen, the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, finished second with 1995 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion, Dave Blaney coming from 10th to complete the podium.

"It's pretty cool to be able to run up front with these guys. I thought we had a shot for the lead a couple of times. It was a lot of fun out there," Madsen said. Schatz echoed Madsen's statement about the track conditions, "I thought the track would rubber up, but it really cleaned off and made it a lot of fun as a driver."

Blaney cited restarts being a focal point to his success on the evening. "The car really took off on the starts and restarts. Going forward in the Heat Races is very important with this format," the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Member said.

Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana completed the top five. Balog, 20th-starting Logan Schuchart, Jason Johnson, 25th-starting Brad Sweet and Tim Shaffer completed the top ten. Sweet's effort was good enough to earn KSE Hard Charger Honors.

The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series concludes tomorrow with the finale of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. If you can't make it to the track, be sure to tune in to www.DIRTVision.com for LIVE VIDEO of all the action!

Results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway - November 3, 2017

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$12,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$5,500]; 3. 71M-Dave Blaney [10][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,800]; 5. 71-Joey Saldana [5][$2,500]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog [2][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$2,200]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [12][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [25][$1,050]; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer [9][$2,000]; 11. 13M-Paul McMahan [11][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,200]; 13. 12N-Cole Duncan [23][$1,100]; 14. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [28][$]; 16. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [26][$]; 17. 5-David Gravel [7][$1,000]; 18. 3-Sammy Swindell [16][$1,000]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6][$1,000]; 20. 17-Jac Haudenschild [29][$]; 21. 14-Tony Stewart [18][$1,000]; 22. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$1,000]; 23. 44-Trey Starks [13][$1,000]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$1,000]; 25. 24-Terry McCarl [14][$1,000]; 26. 19-Brent Marks [27][$]; 27. 59-Ryan Smith [22][$1,000]; 28. 4-Parker Price-Miller [30][$]; 29. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [21][$1,000]; 30. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Bill Balog 1-9, Donny Schatz 10-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+16]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.53; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.584; 3. 71-Joey Saldana, 12.592; 4. 44-Trey Starks, 12.597; 5. 13M-Paul McMahan, 12.605; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.663; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.681; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.681; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.694; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.707; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 12.714; 12. 59-Ryan Smith, 12.72; 13. 12N-Cole Duncan, 12.767; 14. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 12.768; 15. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.812; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.841; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 12.874; 18. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.881; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.889; 20. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 12.923; 21. 3G-Carson Macedo, 12.927; 22. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.053; 23. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.175; 24. 7KX-Dan Shetler, 13.176; 25. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.619; 26. 27G-Jay Galloway, 13.707

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.551; 2. 71M-Dave Blaney, 12.558; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.646; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.649; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.67; 6. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.671; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.696; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.728; 9. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 12.752; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.774; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.789; 12. 14-Tony Stewart, 12.826; 13. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.856; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.867; 15. 7J-Chad Kemenah, 12.87; 16. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.873; 17. 17X-Josh Baughman, 12.89; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.946; 19. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.977; 20. 3-Sammy Swindell, 12.978; 21. 17C-Caleb Helms, 12.984; 22. 14X-Coleman Gulick, 13.081; 23. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.115; 24. 47-Eric Riggins, 13.366; 25. 12W-Troy Fraker, 13.717; 26. 91-Sadie Siegel, 13.914; 27. 822-John Price, NT

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 3. 44-Trey Starks [2]; 4. 12N-Cole Duncan [5]; 5. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 8. 19P-Paige Polyak [4]; 9. OO-Dane Lorenc [9]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 13M-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 5. 17-Jac Haudenschild [5]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 7. 5B-Justin Barger [8]; 8. 27G-Jay Galloway [9]; 9. 49K-Scott Kreutter [7]

Heat #3 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 71-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [2]; 4. 3G-Carson Macedo [7]; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [6]; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston [5]; 7. 59-Ryan Smith [4]; 8. 7KX-Dan Shetler [8]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 3. 24-Terry McCarl [6]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [3]; 5. 7K-Cale Conley [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 7. 4-Parker Price-Miller [7]; 8. 14X-Coleman Gulick [8]; 9. 12W-Troy Fraker [9]

Heat #5 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 71M-Dave Blaney [1]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 3-Sammy Swindell [7]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 7. 17X-Josh Baughman [6]; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [8]; 9. 91-Sadie Siegel [9]

Heat #6 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 3 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart [4]; 4. 13D-Danny Dietrich [3]; 5. 7J-Chad Kemenah [5]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [6]; 7. 47-Eric Riggins [8]; 8. 822-John Price [9]; 9. 17C-Caleb Helms [7]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 71-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 5-David Gravel [6]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 6. 13M-Paul McMahan [5]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 5. 71M-Dave Blaney [5]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [4]

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer: 1. 27-Greg Hodnett [1][-]; 2. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9][-]; 3. 4-Parker Price-Miller [6][$150]; 4. 3G-Carson Macedo [7][$150]; 5. 17X-Josh Baughman [2][$150]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [4][$125]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$125]; 8. 47-Eric Riggins [14][$125]; 9. OO-Dane Lorenc [15][$125]; 10. 7KX-Dan Shetler [13][$125]; 11. 27G-Jay Galloway [17][$125]; 12. 822-John Price [19][$125]; 13. 14X-Coleman Gulick [10][$125]; 14. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [12][$125]; 15. 17C-Caleb Helms [8][$125]; 16. 49K-Scott Kreutter [5][$125]; 17. 5B-Justin Barger [11][$125]; 18. 12W-Troy Fraker [16][$125]; 19. 91-Sadie Siegel [18][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 21-Brian Brown [3][-]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][-]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2][-]; 4. 59-Ryan Smith [5][-]; 5. 12N-Cole Duncan [7][-]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][-]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$300]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [14][$250]; 9. 17-Jac Haudenschild [9][$225]; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$200]; 11. 13D-Danny Dietrich [6][$200]; 12. 7J-Chad Kemenah [16][$200]; 13. 39-Spencer Bayston [11][$200]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [15][$200]; 15. 49D-Shawn Dancer [18][$200]; 16. 7K-Cale Conley [12][$200]; 17. 19P-Paige Polyak [1][$200]; 18. 27-Greg Hodnett [17][$200]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignition ($25 cash): Kraig Kinser; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brian Brown; Super Flow ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Craftsman Club ($100 cash): David Gravel, Jason Johnson, Daryn Pittman; Sears ($100): Ian Madsen; KSE Hard Charger: Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate: Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Sheldon Haudneschild and Daryn Pittman

Season Winners:

Donny Schatz - 20 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 18, Knoxville Raceway on August 12 (NP), River Cities Speedway on August 18, Calistoga Speedway on September 16, Port Royal Speedway on October 14, The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 3)
David Gravel - 17 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11, Hartford Speedway on July 28, Wilmot Raceway on July 29, August 20 at Nodak Speedway, Lernerville Speedway on September 23, Williams Grove Speedway on September 28, Williams Grove Speedway on September 30, Fulton Speedway on October 8)
Shane Stewart - 8 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24, Black Hills Speedway on August 25, Skagit Speedway on September 1, Grays Harbor on September 4, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9)
Brad Sweet - 5 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9, Calistoga Speedway on September 15)
Kerry Madsen - 5 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13, Salina Highbanks on October 21)
Logan Schuchart - 4 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, Ohsweken Speedway on July 25)
Jason Johnson - 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14, Red River Valley Speedway on August 19, Willamette Speedway on September 6)
Daryn Pittman – 3 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on August 4, Billings Motorsports Park on August 26, Skagit Speedway on September 2nd)
Tim Shaffer – 2 (Eldora Speedway on September 22, Ransomville Speedway on October 16)
Brian Brown - 2 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7, Lakeside Speedway on October 20)
Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
Christopher Bell - 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 14)
Brock Zearfoss - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21)
Kyle Hirst - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 8)
Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 28 – makeup from 7/22)
James McFadden – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 29, 2017)

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Gravel, Starks Claim Top Qualifying Honors on Opening Night of World Finals; Schatz Clinches 2017 Title

Racing action for WoO Sprint Cars and Late Models begins tomorrow

CHARLOTTE, NC - November 2, 2017 - David Gravel and Trey Starks topped Friday and Saturday Qualifying, respectively, but it was Donny Schatz stealing the show on the opening night of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Schatz clinched his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship by taking the Green Flag in Hot Laps.

In true The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway fashion, the track surface held its condition throughout the evening. David Gravel set fast-time for Friday's program with a lap of 12.530, over two hours and thousands of laps later, Trey Starks set fast-time for Saturday's program with a lap of 12.606; a true accolade to The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway track preparation crew. Additionally, Starks was the second to last car, out of the 52 sprint cars signed in, to take time for Saturday's program.

"It's really nice to see the track didn't change with all the laps put on it. As a driver, especially when you don't draw well, that's all you can ask for. The track being equal for everyone is a big key when you have a big car count," Starks, who was fourth quick in Friday's program, said following his Saturday fast-time effort.

"Fast time is obviously how you want to start any night. Hopefully we can park this CJB Motorsports on the frontstretch a couple of times this weekend," Gravel, who was also third quick in Saturday's program, said.

Daryn Pittman had a strong evening, setting fast time in Flight B for Friday's program as well as going second quick for Saturday's program. 2018 IRA Champion, Bill Balog cashed in with a pair of third place Qualifying runs.

Additionally, Joey Saldana, Kerry Madsen and Paul McMahan all set themselves up nicely with front row Heat Race positions for both nights. McMahan is making his first starts of the season in the Tom Buch owned No.13.

As for Donny Schatz, all the North Dakota native needed to do was take the Green in hot laps to clinch his ninth Series Championship. Schatz did more than just that, securing second quick for both programs this weekend. Schatz will seek his 20th win of the season this weekend at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Racing action for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series begins at the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals tomorrow evening. You can catch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com; don't miss a second of the action.

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Kerry Madsen Wins Outstanding Salina Highbanks Feature

Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet complete podium in thrilling Feature

SALINA, OK. - October 21, 2017 - Kerry Madsen had over an eight second lead last night at Lakeside Speedway before spinning in heavy lapped traffic. Tonight, the 'Mad Man' made sure he parked his GoMuddy.com No.2M where it belonged - on the frontstretch. In thrilling fashion, Madsen went from third to the lead in half a lap and went on to win his fifth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of the season. Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet completed the podium at the Salina Highbanks Speedway.

With severe weather looming in the area, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series was in a race against Mother Nature all night. David Gravel won the Craftsman Club Dash, but blew up coming to the checkered. Gravel and his CJB Motorsports No.5 scrambled to swap motors before the Feature and did so successfully.

Gravel edged fellow front row starter Brad Sweet down the backstretch on the opening lap. Sweet went for the lead with a slide job into turn three and made contact with Gravel at the exit of turn four, ending the CJB No.5's evening.

"We were racing for inches at 130MPH and neither of us gave an inch," Gravel said post-race in regard to the incident. "There just wasn't enough room."

Sweet survived the incident unscathed and led the field back to Green. Sweet pounded the cushion through lapped traffic as Kerry Madsen and Shane Stewart waged war for second.

At the halfway point, Sweet was in heavy lapped traffic and Stewart had wrestled second from Madsen. Sweet split two lapped cars on lap 19 and had a straightaway of clear track ahead of him.

By this point, the Salina Highbanks crowd was on their feet and with good reason as there were cars all over the racing surface throwing slide jobs in every corner.

On lap 24, Kerry Madsen used a big run down the backstretch to get back by Stewart for second and then threw a huge slider on Sweet to take the lead down the frontstretch. Sweet tried to return the favor as Donny Schatz stuck himself in the mix as well. A blanket could have been thrown over the top four, as they battled for the race lead.

Race action was halted on lap 28 when RJ Johnson took a vicious crash into the frontstretch guardrail. Johnson was uninjured in the incident and walked away under his own power.

The Red Flag allowed fans and drivers alike to catch their breath and set up a single-file restart with two to go.

Madsen powered away on the restart and went on to score the victory. "We gave one away last night," the Australian said. "I'm glad I was able to put this car where it belongs. It is an absolute joy to drive every night."

"Salina is always exciting and I thought that was pretty exciting. I hope the fans did as well," Madsen added.

Schatz settled for second with Sweet completing the podium. "It's tough with a single-file restart with two to go, you almost are just hoping to hang on for second," Schatz said. "We'll come back and try and pick up a pair of wins next weekend."

Sweet led the first 23 laps and was understandably a little disappointed. "I was surprised I hit him. I was expecting him to turn back underneath me," he said in reference to the lap one incident with Gravel. "I'll have to go back and watch it."

Shane Stewart and Jason Johnson completed the top five.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action next weekend at the Dodge City Raceway Park before wrapping up the 2017 season at the Textron Offroad World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Results from Salina Highbanks Speeway - October 21, 2017:

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [1][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$2,800]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$2,500]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [7][$2,100]; 9. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [13][$2,000]; 11. 99-Brady Bacon [11][$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$1,200]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson [16][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [19][$1,050]; 15. 4-Parker Price-Miller [15][$1,000]; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp [18][$900]; 17. 17B-Ryan Bickett [20][$800]; 18. 71A-R.J. Johnson [14][$800]; 19. 17-Jac Haudenschild [10][$800]; 20. 1P-Curtis Evans [21][$800]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$800]; 22. 5-David Gravel [22][$800]; 23. 3-Sammy Swindell [23][$800] Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-22, Kerry Madsen 23-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser[+5]

Qualifying: 1. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.754; 2. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 11.766; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.768; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.794; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.811; 6. 5-David Gravel, 11.821; 7. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.84; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.862; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.876; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.879; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.887; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.894; 13. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.924; 14. 19-Brent Marks, 11.971; 15. 3-Sammy Swindell, 12.018; 16. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.033; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.153; 18. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.154; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.188; 20. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.277; 21. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 12.367; 22. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 12.389; 23. 1P-Curtis Evans, 12.731

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 6. 4-Parker Price-Miller [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 8. 17B-Ryan Bickett [8]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 4. 17-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson [6]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [7]; 8. 1P-Curtis Evans [8]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [2]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 4. 99-Brady Bacon [6]; 5. 71A-R.J. Johnson [7]; 6. 3-Sammy Swindell [5]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [5]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignition ($25 cash): Jacob Allen; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Brady Bacon; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Super Flow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Craftsman Club ($100 cash): David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Jason Johnson, Shane Stewart; Sears ($100): Kerry Madsen; KSE Hard Charger: Kraig Kinser; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate: Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Clyde Knipp and Jacob Allen

Season Winners:

Donny Schatz - 19 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 18, Knoxville Raceway on August 12 (NP), River Cities Speedway on August 18, Calistoga Speedway on September 16, Port Royal Speedway on October 14)
David Gravel - 17 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11, Hartford Speedway on July 28, Wilmot Raceway on July 29, August 20 at Nodak Speedway, Lernerville Speedway on September 23, Williams Grove Speedway on September 28, Williams Grove Speedway on September 30, Fulton Speedway on October 8)
Shane Stewart - 8 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24, Black Hills Speedway on August 25, Skagit Speedway on September 1, Grays Harbor on September 4, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9)
Brad Sweet - 5 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9, Calistoga Speedway on September 15)
Kerry Madsen - 5 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13, Salina Highbanks on October 21)
Logan Schuchart - 4 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, Ohsweken Speedway on July 25)
Jason Johnson - 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14, Red River Valley Speedway on August 19, Willamette Speedway on September 6)
Daryn Pittman – 3 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on August 4, Billings Motorsports Park on August 26, Skagit Speedway on September 2nd)
Tim Shaffer – 2 (Eldora Speedway on September 22, Ransomville Speedway on October 16)
Brian Brown - 2 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7, Lakeside Speedway on October 20)
Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
Christopher Bell - 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 14)
Brock Zearfoss - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21)
Kyle Hirst - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 8)
Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 28 – makeup from 7/22)
James McFadden – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 29, 2017)

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Brian Brown Thrills Hometown Crowd with Outlaws Win at Lakeside

Sheldon Haudenschild and 12th-starting Donny Schatz completed the podium; Salina on deck

KANSAS CITY, KS - October 20, 2017 - Brian Brown led the first seven laps before Kerry Madsen took command on the eighth circuit. Brown inherited the lead with 10 to go after Madsen got spun around in lapped traffic. 'BlackJack' went on to score a popular hometown win in the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout at the Lakeside Speedway. Sheldon Haudenschild and 12th starting Donny Schatz completed the podium.

Brown, who is sponsored by FVP, passed Brent Marks in his Heat Race to score the victory and came from third to win the Craftsman Club Dash to earn the pole of the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout.

Brown survived multiple slide job attempts from both Jac and Sheldon Haudenschild to maintain the early lead as he reached traffic on lap six. By lap eight, Kerry Madsen had worked his way forward from his fifth starting position, surpassed both Haudenschild's and swooped underneath Brown for the lead.

Madsen, who has four World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series wins to his credit this season, clearly established himself as the car to beat once he took command. While Madsen stretched his lead, complete mayhem took place behind him with drivers utilizing all the real estate Lakeside Speedway had to offer. Sheldon Haudenschild and Brown continued their battle for the runner-up position, exchanging the spot multiple times.

Madsen was well on his way to scoring his fifth Outlaw win of the season before disaster struck on lap 20. Madsen got turned around in turn three and ended up with a flat right rear tire. At the time of the accident, Madsen had seven lapped cars and over 8.5 seconds in between himself and the rest of the field.

The see-saw battle between Sheldon and Brown saw the latter assume the lead on lap 20. On the ensuing restart, Schatz and Sheldon waged war for the runner-up position allowing Brown to extend his lead. Brown wouldn't relinquish the lead twice on one night as he was masterful in lapped traffic the last few laps en route to the popular victory.

"My guys did a phenomenal job. These Outlaw races are so tough to win. You can feel the pressure in lapped traffic," a jubilant Brown said in Victory Lane.

"I've won with the Outlaws in Arizona and North Carolina so I've never really been able to celebrate. To do it here, with all the FVP guys in attendance - we'll celebrate with a few beers tonight," the Grain Valley, Missouri native said to a big ovation from the crowd.

Sheldon, who remains the leading contender for Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, settled for second once again as he continues to knock on the door of his first career win with the Series. Schatz, Jason Johnson and Kerry Madsen, with a remarkable comeback completed the top five.

Madsen restarted 14th with ten laps to go and showed the same speed he had while leading, sliding his way forward back to fifth at the finish line.

After the race, Madsen was in good spirits, "Obviously it's a huge disappointment when you have a car that good, but that's racing. We'll try again next time."

Sheldon cited the great racing between he and Brown, although most of it was when they were battling for second. "We had some really good racing going on back there. I threw a couple of good sliders in the middle of the race but could never make it stick," Sheldon said. He then added with a smile, "The track was absolutely perfect."

Shane Stewart, David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Daryn Pittman and 21st-starting Logan Schuchart, who earned KSE Hard Charger honors, completed the top ten.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is in action Saturday night, October 21, at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oklahoma. If you can't make it to the track, DIRTVision.com will have live video coverage of The Greatest Show on Dirt from the high banks of Salina.

Results from Lakeside Speedway - October 20, 2017:

Feature: (30 Laps) 1. 21-Brian Brown [1][$10,000]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4][$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$3,200]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [6][$2,800]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [2][$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel [11][$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,100]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [7][$2,050]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$2,000]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [17][$1,500]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [8][$1,200]; 13. 99-Brady Bacon [13][$1,100]; 14. 17-Jac Haudenschild [3][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [16][$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15][$900]; 17. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [22][$800]; 18. 82-Dusty Zomer [10][$800]; 19. 4-Parker Price-Miller [23][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson [25][$]; 21. 55-Brooke Tatnell [18][$800]; 22. 3-Sammy Swindell [19][$800]; 23. 14-Tony Stewart [14][$800]; 24. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [20][$800]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen [24][$800]; 26. 13-Clyde Knipp [26][$]: Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-7, 21-30; Kerry Madsen 8-20KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+11]

Qualifying: 1. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.966; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.07; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 14.147; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.164; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.172; 6. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 14.208; 7. 19-Brent Marks, 14.231; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.285; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.289; 10. 82-Dusty Zomer, 14.324; 11. 5-David Gravel, 14.33; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.389; 13. 99-Brady Bacon, 14.458; 14. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 14.47; 15. 3-Sammy Swindell, 14.501; 16. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 14.504; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.505; 18. 14-Tony Stewart, 14.515; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.542; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.573; 21. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.601; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.607; 23. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 14.648; 24. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.657; 25. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.67; 26. 65-Jordon Goldesberry, 14.855; 27. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.891; 28. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 14.914; 29. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 15.018; 30. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.039; 31. 13X-Taylor Walton, 15.548; 32. 51B-Joe Miller, 15.585; 33. 90-Riley Kreisel, 15.769; 34. 11W-Wyatt Burks, 15.84; 35. 27-Danny Thoman, 16.989; 36. 1P-Curtis Evans, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 99-Brady Bacon [4]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [6]; 7. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [7]; 8. 17B-Ryan Bickett [8]; 9. 90-Riley Kreisel [9]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 17-Jac Haudenschild [2]; 3. 82-Dusty Zomer [3]; 4. 14-Tony Stewart [5]; 5. 55-Brooke Tatnell [8]; 6. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [4]; 7. 65-Jordon Goldesberry [7]; 8. 11W-Wyatt Burks [9]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 19-Brent Marks [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [3]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 5. 3-Sammy Swindell [4]; 6. 4-Parker Price-Miller [6]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 8. 13X-Taylor Walton [8]; 9. 27-Danny Thoman [9]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 5. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [4]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 7. 71A-R.J. Johnson [7]; 8. 1P-Curtis Evans [9]; 9. 51B-Joe Miller [8]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 3. 17-Jac Haudenschild [6]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [5]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [8]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [7]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][-]; 2. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [6][-]; 3. 4-Parker Price-Miller [5][-]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][-]; 5. 13-Clyde Knipp [3][$300]; 6. 71A-R.J. Johnson [9][$250]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [8][$225]; 8. 17B-Ryan Bickett [10][$200]; 9. 65-Jordon Goldesberry [7][$200]; 10. 90-Riley Kreisel [13][$200]; 11. 51B-Joe Miller [12][$200]; 12. 13X-Taylor Walton [11][$200]; 13. 11W-Wyatt Burks [14][$200]; 14. 1P-Curtis Evans [15][$200]; 15. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [1][$200]; 16. 27-Danny Thoman [16][$200

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignition ($25 cash): Jacob Allen; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jac Haudenschild;; Craftsman Club ($100 cash): Shane Stewart, Sheldon Haudenschild, Jac Haudenschild, Daryn Pittman; Jason Johnson Sears ($100): Brian Brown; KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate: Sheldon Haudenschild; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Kraig Kinser and Jacob Allen

Donny Schatz - 19 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 18, Knoxville Raceway on August 12 (NP), River Cities Speedway on August 18, Calistoga Speedway on September 16, Port Royal Speedway on October 14)
David Gravel - 17 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11, Hartford Speedway on July 28, Wilmot Raceway on July 29, August 20 at Nodak Speedway, Lernerville Speedway on September 23, Williams Grove Speedway on September 28, Williams Grove Speedway on September 30, Fulton Speedway on October 8)
Shane Stewart - 8 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24, Black Hills Speedway on August 25, Skagit Speedway on September 1, Grays Harbor on September 4, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9)
Brad Sweet - 5 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil's Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9, Calistoga Speedway on September 15)
Kerry Madsen - 4 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13)
Logan Schuchart - 4 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, Ohsweken Speedway on July 25)
Jason Johnson - 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil's Bowl on April 14, Red River Valley Speedway on August 19, Willamette Speedway on September 6)
Daryn Pittman – 3 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on August 4, Billings Motorsports Park on August 26, Skagit Speedway on September 2nd)
Tim Shaffer – 2 (Eldora Speedway on September 22, Ransomville Speedway on October 16)
Brian Brown - 2 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7, Lakeside Speedway on October 20)
Rico Abreu - 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
Parker Price-Miller - 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
Ian Madsen - 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
Kyle Larson - 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
Kraig Kinser - 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
Christopher Bell - 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 14)
Brock Zearfoss - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21)
Kyle Hirst - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 8)
Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 28 – makeup from 7/22)
James McFadden – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 29, 2017)

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