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Winner Kyle Larson (Trent Gower Photo)



PERSONAL VICTORY: Kyle Larson earns emotional World of Outlaws win at I-55
Drydene Double Down Invitational thrilled fans on DIRTVision with Larson’s big win

PEVELY, MO – May 23, 2020 – Kyle Larson climbed out of his #57 Sprint Car and immediately threw his arms around crew chief and car owner Paul Silva.

The two embraced each other for a moment that was both congratulatory and compassion.

One of the highest profile drivers in motorsports, Larson’s last month and a half has been “life changing,” he said. By his side for the whole journey has been Silva, his family and fans.

On Saturday night, in front of a limited crowd of fans at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Memorial Day Weekend, he was able to turn a page in his journey and reward those who stuck behind him with a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory. After a derogatory comment he made during an online racing event cost Larson much of what he built in NASCAR, he was visibly relieved after winning just three races into his return to his dirt racing roots.

“Can’t thank all of you fans enough for the support,” Larson said. “It really means a lot. My family. My friends. This win means so much personally. I can’t even describe it.”

He won big not only for his supporters, but for himself by winning the Drydene Double Down Invitational finale, which paid an incredible $20,000 top prize. The victory is his ninth career World of Outlaws win and first at I-55 — in only his second start there. He broke the track record at the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval and finished second in the Feature the night before, too.

While he made brother-in-law Brad Sweet fight for the win Friday night, Larson, again, had his work cut out for him to take the emotional victory on the second night of the doubleheader weekend.

Sweet and last year’s Ironman 55 winner Sheldon Haudenschild were shaping up to be the two top cars to beat. Both won Drydene Heat Races and Haudenschild set a blistering pace in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, beating Sweet to the finish line by more than two seconds.

At the start of the 40-lap Feature, Sweet bested Haudenschild on the initial start and stole the lead. However, it only took Haudenschild two laps to get into a rhythm around the top of the track — the same line he used to win the Ironman by 10.3 sec. — and rocketed by Sweet as if he had an issue to reclaim the lead.

From then on Haudenschild seemed poised to repeat his Ironman performance. He pulled away from Sweet and sliced through traffic with the precision of a fighter jet.

Larson was on the move behind him, already up to second by Lap 10. However, two laps later he touched the wall with his right rear and broke the Jacobs Ladder on the rear end of the car that helps with handling. His car turned tight and his nerves rose, unsure how he’d fair for the rest of the race.

For some, that’s the end of their night. For Larson, he adapted and learned how to drive his car without it.

“It took me a handful of laps to get used to it,” Larson said. “I finally just started running the crap out of it. And keeping it wide open was the only way I could keep it from bouncing.”

With a handle on his car, Larson said he felt like he could run down Haudenschild and duel with him for the win like he did with Sweet the night before.

That opportunity came to an end on Lap 23 when Haudenschild went over the cushion going into Turn 1 and flipped.

Haudenschild took to Twitter after the race and said, “Man, hate it for my team. Had a great car all weekend. My guys don’t quit.”

Larson then inherited the lead for the final 17 laps. For the final half of the race he had to fend off challenges from Sweet and Brent Marks. However, Marks and Sweet’s battle for the runner-up spot in the back half of the race helped Larson extend his lead over them.

A few cautions interrupted their rhythm in the time frame with the final caution of the night setting up a six-lap shootout with Larson out front, Marks second and Sweet third. Sweet became preoccupied trying to hold off current points lead Logan Schuchart behind him and while Marks made attempts to close on Larson, the Finley Farms #57 was too strong.

“This thing was awesome tonight,” said Marks about his second-place run. “Wish we could have stayed in lap traffic there at the end. The yellows kept falling on us. It just didn’t really work out there. We got lucky to finish there. We were running out of fuel with a couple of laps to go. We were hanging on.”

Sweet was third with current points leader Schuchart behind him in fourth — who now has a two-point lead over Sweet and continues to be the only driver with a top-five finish in every race this year.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz had an eventful night of his own, not transferring to the Feature from the Last Chance Showdown and having to use a rare provisional to start 25th. He was able to work his way to an eighth-place finish and earn the KSE Hard Charger award.

As Larson sped down the front stretch toward the checkered flag, the crowd of fans around the facility erupted into cheers. They continued when his car rolled into Victory Lane, as he hugged Silva and climbed to the top wing of his car to celebrate in an explosion of confetti.

“To win in front of a huge field, and crowd too, it feels great,” Larson said. “Just really proud of Paul (Silva) and everyone who helps out on his team. Everyone who has stuck behind us after my mistake there. It means a lot. I’m having a blast. Trying to have as much fun as I can anyways. Trying to keep my mind off things. It’s cool to come here. We’ve struggled the last two weeks. To turn it around here now, it gives us confidence for sure.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on May 29-30 will RETURN to RACING at Lake Ozark Speedway. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. worldofoutlaws.com/sprintcars/schedule/event-info/?event=124311

Race Results: 5/23/20 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$20,000]; 2. 5-Brent Marks [8][$7,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$3,000]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$2,700]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3][$2,500]; 6. 71-Shane Stewart [6][$2,200]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [12][$2,000]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [25][$800]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [20][$1,600]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [14][$1,450]; 11. 83-Daryn Pittman [7][$1,300]; 12. 14-Parker Price-Miller [10][$1,200]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu [19][$1,100]; 14. 17B-Bill Balog [18][$1,000]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9][$1,000]; 16. 51-Freddie Rahmer [11][$1,000]; 17. 41-David Gravel [23][$1,000]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [26][$]; 19. 13-Paul McMahan [21][$1,000]; 20. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [16][$1,000]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [17][$1,000]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [24][$1,000]; 23. 4-Terry McCarl [13][$1,000]; 24. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$1,000]; 25. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [15][$1,000]; 26. 21-Brian Brown [22][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-2, Sheldon Haudenschild 3-23, Kyle Larson 24-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+17]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.948; 2. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 10.965; 3. 57-Kyle Larson, 11.007; 4. 71-Shane Stewart, 11.032; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.196; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.22; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.308; 8. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.428; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 11.436; 10. 48-Danny Dietrich, 11.667; 11. 4-Terry McCarl, 11.698; 12. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.718; 13. 35X-Stuart Brubaker, 11.724; 14. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.793; 15. 99M-Kyle Moody, 11.82; 16. 17W-Shane Golobic, 11.848; 17. 17A-Austin McCarl, 11.877; 18. 24W-Lucas Wolfe, 11.946; 19. 41-David Gravel, 11.963; 20. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 12.263; 21. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.274; 22. 35-Zach Hampton, 12.314; 23. 44S-Trey Starks, 12.361; 24. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 12.367; 25. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.456; 26. 9K-Kyle Schuett, 12.657; 27. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.679; 28. 55W-Logan Wagner, 12.774; 29. 6-Bill Rose, 12.791; 30. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg, NT; 31. 42-Cory Bruns, NT

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.531; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 11.806; 3. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 11.856; 4. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 11.859; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 11.874; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.886; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 11.894; 8. 5-Brent Marks, 11.923; 9. 13-Paul McMahan, 11.927; 10. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.975; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.986; 12. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.998; 13. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 12.015; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.037; 15. 9-Kasey Kahne, 12.038; 16. 11-Zeb Wise, 12.061; 17. 91-Cale Thomas, 12.074; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.083; 19. 39M-Anthony Macri, 12.12; 20. 2KS-Chad Boespflug, 12.249; 21. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt, 12.279; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.281; 23. 51B-Joe Miller, 12.283; 24. 70-Justin Peck, 12.334; 25. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 12.473; 26. 64-Scotty Thiel, 12.552; 27. 44-Jeff Swindell, 12.556; 28. 11T-T.J. Stutts, 12.61; 29. 21X-Brinton Marvel, 12.935; 30. 23B-Brian Bell, 13.127

Non-Qualifier #1 (8 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 2. 35-Zach Hampton [2]; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [4]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 5. 44S-Trey Starks [3]; 6. 9K-Kyle Schuett [6]; 7. 6-Bill Rose [9]; 8. 55W-Logan Wagner [8]; 9. 42-Cory Bruns [11]

Non-Qualifier #2 (8 Laps) – 1. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [6]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 3. 51B-Joe Miller [8]; 4. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [10]; 5. 70-Justin Peck [9]; 6. 44-Jeff Swindell [12]; 7. 11T-T.J. Stutts [13]; 8. 23B-Brian Bell [15]; 9. 21X-Brinton Marvel [14]

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 4-Terry McCarl [6]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 6. 41-David Gravel [10]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [11]; 8. 17A-Austin McCarl [9]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 10. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [7]; 11. 99M-Kyle Moody [8]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 71-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 3. 51-Freddie Rahmer [1]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [5]; 7. 17W-Shane Golobic [8]; 8. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [9]; 9. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [10]; 10. 33M-Mason Daniel [7]; 11. 35-Zach Hampton [11]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 3. 14-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 4. 26-Cory Eliason [4]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [6]; 6. 13-Paul McMahan [5]; 7. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [7]; 8. 91-Cale Thomas [9]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne [8]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri [10]; 11. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [11]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 5-Brent Marks [4]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [3]; 4. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [2]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. 11-Zeb Wise [8]; 9. 2C-Wayne Johnson [9]; 10. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [10]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [11]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [6]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 6. 71-Shane Stewart [3]; 7. 83-Daryn Pittman [8]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [5]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 39M-Anthony Macri [2][-]; 2. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [1][-]; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [9][$150]; 4. 33M-Mason Daniel [3][$150]; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen [11][$150]; 6. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [4][$125]; 7. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [6][$125]; 8. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [12][$125]; 9. 99M-Kyle Moody [5][$125]; 10. 44S-Trey Starks [13][$125]; 11. 70-Justin Peck [14][$125]; 12. 23B-Brian Bell [20][$125]; 13. 51B-Joe Miller [10][$125]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [8][$125]; 15. 6-Bill Rose [17][$125]; 16. 11T-T.J. Stutts [18][$125]; 17. 9K-Kyle Schuett [15][$125]; 18. 35-Zach Hampton [7][$125]; 19. 42-Cory Bruns [21][$125]; 20. 44-Jeff Swindell [16][$125]; 21. 55W-Logan Wagner [19][$125]; 22. 21X-Brinton Marvel [22][$125]; 23. 64-Scotty Thiel [23][$125]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [24][$125]; 25. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [25][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 13-Paul McMahan [2][-]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1][-]; 3. 41-David Gravel [3][-]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [4][-]; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich [5][$300]; 6. 91-Cale Thomas [10][$250]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$225]; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [6][$200]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [9][$200]; 10. 9-Kasey Kahne [14][$200]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [8][$200]; 12. 11-Zeb Wise [12][$200]; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri [17][$200]; 14. 17A-Austin McCarl [11][$200]; 15. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [13][$200]; 16. 2C-Wayne Johnson [16][$200]; 17. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [18][$200]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [15][$200]

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Contact: Nick Graziano
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Winner Brad Sweet (Trent Gower Photo)



FAMILY FEUD: Brad Sweet holds off Kyle Larson for I-55 win
Reigning champion wins night 1 of the Drydene Double Down Invitational on DIRTVision

PEVELY, MO – May 22, 2020 – Brad Sweet’s win Friday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 was a return to form for the reigning champion after a disappointing return at Knoxville, but it came with a challenge.

A challenge from his own brother-in-law Kyle Larson.

There was no family love in their battle. Both wanted the win just as bad as the other, racing clean but hard. However, the reigning champion made the right move at the right time to hold off Larson to win the first night of the Drydene Double Down Invitational against a star-studded field and in front of a limited crowd of fans in the stands — the first return of fans at a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series race since February.

“That was a lot of fun,” Sweet said. “Kyle is an unbelievable talent. He’s my brother-in-law, but he makes me earn these wins dammit… It’s a lot of fun to see fans back in the stands. It’s not a lot of fun to win in front of empty grandstands. Hopefully the crowds keep getting bigger and bigger.”

Larson, in his first World of Outlaws appearance at I-55, stunned everyone and gave Johnny Gibson a reason to hit his high octave of excitement by announcing Larson’s incredible track record setting 9.995 sec. qualifying lap around the 1/3-mile track. It’s the first lap under 10 seconds at the track for the World of Outlaws.

Shortly after, the attention turned to Jacob Allen — poised to potentially win his first World of Outlaws race. He took a dominating win in his Drydene Heat Race and then bolted by Sweet at the start of the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to claim the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

Allen was impressive in the early laps for the Feature. He pulled ahead of second-place Shane Stewart by half a straightaway in the first three laps and when Sweet moved into the runner-up spot and caught the Drydene #1A Shark Racing car in lap traffic, Allen was still able to hold the hungry champion behind him.

However, a mistake on a restart after a caution nine laps into the Feature cost him the lead. He eventually fell to fifth but is not hanging his head. The Pennsylvania driver had a smile after the race and an attitude of confidence.

“All of these guys have a chip on their shoulder, we’re only getting to race so much,” Allen said. “Those guys that ran in front of me, the other four there, are aggressive racers and the track was aggressive. I’m not hanging my head about it at all. I was leading laps. I felt very strong. I wasn’t looking forward to the caution, but I wasn’t scared of it either. I just think I drove through too hard through the bottom and it took me a few laps to get going. Other than that, I felt like I was ripping just as good as anybody and had a car to win the race.”

Larson followed Sweet by Allen and began to slowly real him in every lap. He looked to steal the lead with 12 laps to go on a restart by diving under Sweet in Turn 1 but didn’t have the traction to pull it off. Sweet sped away and Larson’s slow exit off Turn 2 put third-place Logan Schuchart on his bumper.

A few laps later Sweet found himself caught in lap traffic, giving Larson another opportunity to go after the NAPA Auto Parts #49 car.

He stalked his brother-in-law for several laps before throwing another slide job at him in Turn 3. This time he made it stick, taking the lead with five laps to go. Sweet wasn’t done with Larson either, though.

The next corner, while Larson went high, Sweet dove to the bottom and found enough grip in the track for his Hoosier tires to dig into and charge ahead of Larson’s Finley Farms #57.

With the lead back in his hands, Sweet rode the high side hoping to block any on coming run by Larson and make him have to pass him down low. Larson built up a run to take another shot at Sweet but ran out of time before Sweet was the first to see the checkered flag.

“Early in the race I was tight and waited for the racetrack to come to us,” Larson said. “I could maintain with him (Sweet) and was able to slide by him once in traffic, but I couldn’t get the grip I needed to stay in front of him. It was a good race. Good run for our team. We’ve struggled a lot so far this year with the 57. Good run. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and win and click off some good finishes.”

For Sweet, he said he gave it everything he had in the physically demanding race.

“There were some developing lines on the racetrack,” Sweet said. With him (Larson) behind me, I thought the top would be the place to be. But he found the middle and I got stuck behind in lap traffic there. Just need to do a little better job on my end. They (Kasey Kahne Racing team) gave me a great race car. It was a lot of fun to be back.”

Schuchart rounded out the podium and maintains the points lead by four points over Sweet. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, who finished seventh, has now moved up into third — 26 points behind Schuchart.

UP NEXT

Drivers will compete for an incredible $20,000-to-win prize on Saturday for night two of the Drydene Double Down Invitational at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. All of the action can be watched LIVE on DIRTVision, starting at 6 p.m. (CT).

Race Results: 5/22/20 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$6,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [4][$3,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$2,300]; 4. 71-Shane Stewart [2][$2,000]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [1][$1,850]; 6. 41-David Gravel [8][$1,750]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$1,550]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$1,350]; 9. 21-Brian Brown [7][$1,250]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [16][$1,100]; 11. 26-Cory Eliason [12][$1,000]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [18][$950]; 13. 83-Daryn Pittman [13][$900]; 14. 13-Paul McMahan [9][$850]; 15. 14-Parker Price-Miller [23][$800]; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich [17][$750]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [14][$700]; 18. 9-Kasey Kahne [20][$700]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$700]; 20. 6-Bill Rose [25][$]; 21. 64-Scotty Thiel [6][$700]; 22. 51-Freddie Rahmer [15][$700]; 23. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [24][$700]; 24. 4-Terry McCarl [19][$700]; 25. 2-Carson Macedo [10][$700] Lap Leaders: Jacob Allen 1-9; Brad Sweet 10-24, 26-30; Kyle Larson 25 KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+13]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 57-Kyle Larson, 9.995; 2. 71-Shane Stewart, 10.12; 3. 41-David Gravel, 10.176; 4. 21-Brian Brown, 10.185; 5. 83-Daryn Pittman, 10.212; 6. 4-Terry McCarl, 10.238; 7. 13-Paul McMahan, 10.241; 8. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 10.247; 9. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 10.255; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.261; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich, 10.269; 12. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg, 10.288; 13. 17B-Bill Balog, 10.289; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.311; 15. 6-Bill Rose, 10.326; 16. 24W-Lucas Wolfe, 10.353; 17. 39M-Anthony Macri, 10.356; 18. 35-Zach Hampton, 10.361; 19. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.373; 20. 5-Brent Marks, 10.394; 21. 35X-Stuart Brubaker, 10.454; 22. 21X-Brinton Marvel, 10.457; 23. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 10.488; 24. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.493; 25. 2KS-Chad Boespflug, 10.532; 26. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.537; 27. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 10.543; 28. 11-Zeb Wise, 10.558; 29. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 10.609; 30. 42-Cory Bruns, 10.788; 31. 9K-Kyle Schuett, 10.848

Qualifying Flight-B – 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.113; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.148; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.241; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel, 10.251; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.256; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 10.277; 7. 2-Carson Macedo, 10.278; 8. 9-Kasey Kahne, 10.302; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.312; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 10.323; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 10.336; 12. 26-Cory Eliason, 10.346; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.353; 14. 11T-T.J. Stutts, 10.384; 15. 91-Cale Thomas, 10.397; 16. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 10.416; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.456; 18. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 10.464; 19. 55W-Logan Wagner, 10.51; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 10.516; 21. 17A-Austin McCarl, 10.517; 22. 44-Jeff Swindell, 10.531; 23. 70-Justin Peck, 10.532; 24. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt, 10.574; 25. 17W-Shane Golobic, 10.58; 26. 23B-Brian Bell, 10.594; 27. 33M-Mason Daniel, 10.646; 28. 99M-Kyle Moody, 10.656; 29. 51B-Joe B. Miller, 10.688; 30. 44S-Trey Starks, 10.694

Non-Qualifier #1(8 Laps) – 35X-Stuart Brubaker [1]; 2. 21X-Brinton Marvel [2]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 6. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [3]; 7. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [5]; 8. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [9]; 9. 9K-Kyle Schuett [11]; 10. 42-Cory Bruns [10]; 11. 11-Zeb Wise [8]

Non-Qualifier #2 (8 Laps) – 17A-Austin McCarl [6]; 2. 44-Jeff Swindell [7]; 3. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [9]; 4. 70-Justin Peck [8]; 5. 17W-Shane Golobic [10]; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody [13]; 7. 23B-Brian Bell [11]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [12]; 9. 44S-Trey Starks [15]; 10. 51B-Joe B.Miller [14]

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [2]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [1]; 3. 13-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]; 6. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 7. 17B-Bill Balog [7]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu [10]; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri [9]; 10. 6-Bill Rose [8]; 11. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [11]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 71-Shane Stewart [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 4. 51-Freddie Rahmer [4]; 5. 4-Terry McCarl [3]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [6]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [10]; 9. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 10. 21X-Brinton Marvel [11]; 11. 35-Zach Hampton [9]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 3. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 8. 55W-Logan Wagner [10]; 9. 17A-Austin McCarl [11]; 10. 91-Cale Thomas [8]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 64-Scotty Thiel [2]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [6]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 5. 9-Kasey Kahne [4]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [5]; 7. 14-Parker Price-Miller [9]; 8. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [8]; 9. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [10]; 10. 44-Jeff Swindell [11]; 11. 11T-T.J. Stutts [7]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 2. 71-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [3]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel [6]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 8. 41-David Gravel [8]

D-main (8 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 99M-Kyle Moody [2][-]; 2. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [1][-]; 3. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [3][$125]; 4. 44S-Trey Starks [8][$125]; 5. 33M-Mason Daniel [6][$125]; 6. 11-Zeb Wise [11][$125]; 7. 51B-Joe B. [10][$125]; 8. 9K-Kyle Schuett [7][$125]; 9. 42-Cory Bruns [9][$125]; 10. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [5][$125]; 11. 23B-Brian Bell [4][$125]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer – 1. 91-Cale Thomas [2][-]; 2. 6-Bill Rose [1][-]; 3. 44-Jeff Swindell [4][$150]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [9][$150]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [6][$150]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [11][$125]; 7. 21X-Brinton Marvel [3][$125]; 8. 91R-Kyle Reinhardt [10][$125]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic [14][$125]; 10. 35X-Stuart Brubaker [5][$125]; 11. 11T-T.J. Stutts [8][$125]; 12. 99M-Kyle Moody [15][$125]; 13. 35-Zach Hampton [7][$125]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson [13][$125]; 15. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [16][$125]; 16. 70-Justin Peck [12][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][-]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][-]; 3. 14-Parker Price-Miller [8][-]; 4. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [1][-]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [4][$300]; 6. 5-Brent Marks [11][$250]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [9][$225]; 8. 17A-Austin McCarl [14][$200]; 9. 55W-Logan Wagner [10][$200]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri [13][$200]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog [5][$200]; 12. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [16][$200]; 13. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [15][$200]; 14. 91-Cale Thomas [17][$200]; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [12][$200]; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2][$200]; 17. 6-Bill Rose [18][$200]; 18. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [3][$200]

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Winner David Gravel (Trent Gower Photo)


ONE TO REMEMBER: David Gravel wins historic, unusual night at Knoxville

Broadcast-only event engages thousands of fans around the world on DIRTVision

KNOXVILLE, IA – May 8, 2020 – The silence was different. An oddity that confused a mind used to Johnny Gibson calling the four-wide salute and fans yelling as loud as they can in reaction to an epic battle waged for the glory.

However, it was replaced by an unexpected sense, shared by the few fortunate enough to be in attendance. A sense that you knew Friday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Invitational at Knoxville Raceway presented by McKay Insurance was big. Not in the sense of a Knoxville Nationals or Kings Royal. Bigger. Historic.

A 48-car field of the best Sprint Car drivers in the world that included the return of Kasey Kahne and Kyle Larson, following strict COVID-19 regulations, set by the World of Outlaws, competed for $10,000-to-win in front of an empty grandstand and thousands of fans watching live on DIRTVision desperate for Sprint Car racing. Desperate to forget for a few hours about life.

The silence around the half-mile track was an adjustment, but when drivers fired their cars for the first time in more than two months, normalcy set in. And when their helmets went on, the passion, aggression and competitiveness returned, knowing no difference from before.


(RELATED: It was a night unlike any other in World of Outlaws history.)

It showed during the 30-lap Feature. Last year’s Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel, of Watertown, CT and two-time Knoxville track champion Ian Madsen, of Saint Marys, NSW, Australia, put on such an electrifying show that you couldn’t help but feel like everyone watching at home was at the track with you.

Every slide job the two traded for the lead added another level of tension and drama. Then, with the white flag in the air, Gravel stole the lead from Madsen to win yet another race at Knoxville with the eyes of the world upon him.

“We don’t really feel how many people are watching, maybe tens of thousands of people are watching tonight (on DIRTVision) and hopefully that was a good race for everyone to get their blood pumping again,” Gravel said. “Me and Ian just battled and battled and battled … It’s just good to get back in a race car and be competitive.”

Gravel earned his first small victory of the night by setting the fastest time in Flight 2 of Qualifying, however Aaron Reutzel set overall Quick Time. Gravel dominated his Drydene Heat Race and then finished fourth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – won by Madsen.

When the Feature went green, Daryn Pittman darted ahead of Madsen for the lead and led the opening eight laps before Madsen tracked him down and powered around the outside of him. Pittman spent the next eight laps trying to claw his way back by Madsen, but the Australian’s car was in love with the black-clay and pulled away.

Behind them, Gravel looked to be struggling after an early run at the leaders. He fell from third to fifth on a restart and came close to crashing with Lynton Jeffrey as they banged side bars going into Turn 2. It took him a few laps to recalibrate and work at building his momentum again. He got to fourth by Lap 11. Third by Lap 13. And the passed Pittman for second on Lap 16.

With the same engine under his hood that guided him and Jason Johnson Racing to a Knoxville Nationals win and sweep of the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, it only took Gravel another lap to eliminate Madsen’s half a track lead. The two drivers then put on a battle that will be remembered for years.

Gravel had a run underneath Madsen that was sure to give him the lead, but a slower car running the bottom hindered his exit of Turn 4, allowing Madsen to pull back ahead. The two then traded slide jobs each lap, but Madsen continued to carry the better momentum off the corner to hold the lead.

With about three laps to go, Gravel threw a desperate slider underneath Madsen going into Turn 1. However, if he continued the trajectory of his slider he could have plowed into the side of Madsen. Gravel thought better and cranked his car sideways to avoid that outcome. He then watched Madsen fire down the backstretch to about a half of a track away.

Gravel thought the race was lost. A valiant attempt gone sour. But in this unusual event, the unexpected was ever present.

Madsen’s car got sideways off Turn 4 coming to two laps to go. That allowed Gravel one final shot at running Madsen down. He closed through Turns 1 and 2, but not enough to set up another desperate slider the next corner. Looking to cruise to his first World of Outlaws win at Knoxville, Madsen road the high side through Turns 3 and 4, coming to one lap to go.

However, Madsen, again, had an issue trying to exit Turn 4, getting sideways and killing his speed. Gravel didn’t hesitate to take advantage. He sped by Madsen down the front stretch to lead his first lap of the race and only had one more to go.

You could hear the thunder of cheers building in your head, even though they weren't there in reality. This momentous moment in time was about to come to a close in thrilling fashion. No matter who won, it was going to be an exciting memory in Sprint Car history. After one final lap with no mistakes, Gravel etched his name in history once again and claimed a win that may be remembered more than his Knoxville Nationals win or any other big win after.

“I don’t know how,” said an elated Gravel about winning after the race. “Me and Ian made a lot of mistakes. If it was a 25-lap race, I would have lost that one. I was really good in (Turns) 1 and 2 on the bottom, but man, I could not come off. It was so treacherous, and he was kind of running up the track and turning down and getting more momentum. If I hit my marks, I was faster, but man, it was hard to do.”

Also, in an occurrence like no other, fans and companies watching on DIRTVision donated money for various contingencies throughout the night – totaling nearly $15,000 – and part of it brought Gravel’s win total from $10,000 to more than $15,000.


(RELATED: Fans watching on DIRTVision share their experiences on social media.)

On the other end of the spectrum, while Madsen had a great performance, he said he’s devastated with the results.

“I gave it my all,” Madsen said. “Probably made a little error there at the end. Got my wing too far back and I couldn’t get around the top of (Turns) 3 and 4. I buried myself a couple of times, which allowed David to get by. You just can’t make a mistake like that around him.”

There was a completely different scene for Logan Schuchart, who finished third — after finishing second at the Knoxville Nationals last year — and took the points lead for the first time in his career by doing so.

“Definitely a good start,” Schuchart said. “Started off good. We were quick right off the bat in qualifying. Ran good in the Heat Race. We have some things we can work on to be a little bit better in the Feature, but a great start to the season. Thanks to DIRTVision and the World of Outlaws for putting this on and letting us be here. And Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there.”

There may not have been fans in the stands, but Gravel knew they were there in spirit, looking to the stands when he did his wing dance and then to the camera in recognition of everyone watching on DIRTVision. The silence in Victory Lane was different. But that didn’t diminish his understanding of the historic nature of the event and how good it is to win.

“For us to be the only race this weekend and win it is just good for everybody,” Gravel said. “Good for JJR. Good for (team owner Bobbi Johnson’s son) Jaxx’s birthday. His favorite number is five. We drew that in the Dash. It was all meant to be.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Friday, May 22 and Saturday, May 23 will be at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for a doubleheader event with limited fans at both events. Tickets for the Saturday's race are already sold out, but you can still get tickets for Friday's race by clicking here.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-David Gravel [4]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman [2]; 5. 26-Cory Eliason [8]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [10]; 7. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [19]; 10. 57-Kyle Larson [18]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [13]; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich [9]; 13. 17A-Austin McCarl [15]; 14. 2-Carson Macedo [16]; 15. 4-Terry McCarl [14]; 16. 71-Shane Stewart [22]; 17. 64-Brooke Tatnell [17]; 18. 2M-Kerry Madsen [11]; 19. 56N-Davey Heskin [24]; 20. 24-Rico Abreu [23]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [25]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [26]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [12]; 24. 7-Justin Henderson [20]; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21]; 26. 17W-Shane Golobic [3]; Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-8, Ian Madsen 9-28, David Gravel 29-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+10]

Qualifying Flight-A –1. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.162; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.398; 3. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.47; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.478; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.527; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman, 15.535; 7. O9-Matt Juhl, 15.615; 8. 5-Brent Marks, 15.631; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 15.643; 10. 24W-Lucas Wolfe, 15.735; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich, 15.751; 12. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.768; 13. 14P-Parker Price-Miller, 15.774; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.788; 15. 64-Brooke Tatnell, 15.859; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.871; 17. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg, 15.876; 18. 13-Paul McMahan, 15.886; 19. 56N-Davey Heskin, 15.891; 20. 41G-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.904; 21. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 15.911; 22. 17B-Bill Balog, 16.053; 23. 9W-Ryan Giles, 16.239; 24. 3P-Sawyer Phillips, 16.243

Qualifying Flight-B –1. 41-David Gravel, 15.446; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.5; 3. 4-Terry McCarl, 15.544; 4. 26-Cory Eliason, 15.587; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 15.689; 6. 17W-Shane Golobic, 15.74; 7. 71-Shane Stewart, 15.754; 8. 2-Carson Macedo, 15.765; 9. 57-Kyle Larson, 15.786; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.797; 11. 24-Rico Abreu, 15.904; 12. 7-Justin Henderson, 15.913; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.924; 14. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 15.951; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.977; 16. 44-Chris Martin, 15.994; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 16.122; 18. 2KS-Chad Boespflug, 16.149; 19. 9-Kasey Kahne, 16.16; 20. 44S-Trey Starks, 16.281; 21. 33M-Mason Daniel, 16.426; 22. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 16.691; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.72; 24. 15M-Bobby Mincer, 17.495

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer –1. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 2. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [2]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich [6]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 5. 64-Brooke Tatnell [8]; 6. 56N-Davey Heskin [10]; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [9]; 8. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [7]; 9. 9W-Ryan Giles [12]; 10. 55K-Robbie Kendall [11]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 12. O9-Matt Juhl [4]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer –1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [3]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 4. 17A-Austin McCarl [6]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [8]; 7. 41G-Giovanni Scelzi [10]; 8. 5-Brent Marks [4]; 9. 13-Paul McMahan [9]; 10. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 11. 3P-Sawyer Phillips [12]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [11]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer –1. 41-David Gravel [1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 4. 4-Terry McCarl [2]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson [5]; 6. 71-Shane Stewart [4]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 8. 7S-Jason Sides [12]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne [10]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 11. 33M-Mason Daniel [11]; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer –1. 26-Cory Eliason [2]; 2. 17W-Shane Golobic [3]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 4. 2-Carson Macedo [4]; 5. 7-Justin Henderson [6]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [7]; 8. 44-Chris Martin [8]; 9. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [9]; 10. 44S-Trey Starks [10]; 11. 15M-Bobby Mincer [12]; 12. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [11]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (6 Laps) –1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 83-Daryn Pittman [7]; 3. 17W-Shane Golobic [8]; 4. 41-David Gravel [2]; 5. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 8. 26-Cory Eliason [4]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer –1. 44S-Trey Starks [2]; 2. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog [9]; 4. 33M-Mason Daniel [4]; 5. 15M-Bobby Mincer [6]; 6. O9-Matt Juhl [7]; 7. 3P-Sawyer Phillips [5]; 8. 24W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 9. 55K-Robbie Kendall [1]; 10. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [10]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 2. 71-Shane Stewart [2]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 4. 56N-Davey Heskin [3]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [5]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [8]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [10]; 8. 14P-Parker Price-Miller [11]; 9. 5-Brent Marks [13]; 10. 13-Paul McMahan [17]; 11. 9-Kasey Kahne [14]; 12. 44-Chris Martin [12]; 13. 55-Hunter Schuerenburg [7]; 14. 44S-Trey Starks [19]; 15. 2KS-Chad Boespflug [16]; 16. 41G-Giovanni Scelzi [9]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [20]; 18. 9W-Ryan Giles [15]; 19. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]

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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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