Sam Hafertepe, Jr. Focused On Lucas Oil ASCS National Title Defense As Tour Opens At The Devil's Bowl Speedway
TULSA, Okla. (March 13, 2017) The 2017 season for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network goes green this St. Patrick's Day Weekend at the Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas with the 44th running of the Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals.
A favorite destination for many on the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, the Devil's Bowl is the track of choice for defending series champion, Sam Hafertepe, Jr.
"Everybody knows Devil's Bowl Speedway is my favorite place to race, and to start the season off at a place like that means a lot. I'm excited to get there and I always feel like we're one of the cars to beat so to start the year out there makes me really confident about the season," commented Hafertepe who has two Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour triumphs at the Devil's Bowl Speedway.
Having to play a bit of catch up following the opening swing of 2016, that's something that Sam looks to rectify in order to get racing for points out of the way.
"Our weak spot last year was the start of the year and even with a couple solid runs after that, we didn't really get going until about June when the season really took off so what I'm focusing on this year is being up front from the get go and being in contention for wins right out of the gate. We just didn't have that last year so I feel like if we can do that, then hopefully we can get a handle on the points now and just focus on running our races."
No longer a young man, but not yet an old man, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. credits a lot of his success in 2016 to his maturity both on, and off the track saying, "I know that was probably the biggest key to our success is maturing as a driver. I've said for years that I have the talent and the ability, just mentally never focused hard enough and did the right things where last year, that was something I felt I did well and coming into this year I've been working on cutting down weight, getting in better shape, and just tidying up the loose ends we had last year."
Returning as the driver of Keith Dobbs Motorsports, the Hwy. 79 Collision/J&J Chassis No. 15h is one of 15 drivers who have made the choice to be a part of the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network in 2017.
"To be honest, I think first and foremost people are starting to realize how good it is to race in the ASCS division. It's attracted a lot of teams and we've got a lot of good drives. Just going down the list, you've got a good mix of talent and there's no one on the list that doesn't have a chance to run up front and be in contention."
The 44th running of the Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals takes place on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18 with each night of racing getting underway at 8:00 P.M. By the numbers, this weekend stands to be the 87th and 88th nights of racing at the Devil's Bowl with the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour since 1994. In the series last visit for the Winter Nationals on October 16 and 17, Johnny Herrera and John Carney II split the weekend.
The weekend also serves as the opener for the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region which is co-sanctioning the two day affair. Channin Tankersley enters the year as the defending series champion.
For more information on the Devil's Bowl Speedway, and to purchase tickets in advance, call (972) 222-2421 or log onto www.devilsbowl.com.
For continued updates on the American Sprint Car Series, from the National Tour to any of the seven Regional Tours that make up the ASCS Nation and its over 150 nights of racing in 2017, log onto www.ascsracing.com.
The Important Information:
Who: Lucas Oil ASCS Presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network
What: 44th Devil's Bowl Spring Nationals
Where: Devil's Bowl Speedway - Mesquite, Texas
When: Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18
Track Contact Information:
Address: 1171 Lawson Rd. Mesquite, TX 75181
Phone: (972) 222-2421
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/devilsbowl
American Sprint Car Series: www.ascsracing.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lucasoilascs (@lucasoilascs)
Audio Broadcast: www.racinboys.com
Live Scoring (Where Applicable): www.ascsracing.com/live and the Race Monitor App
ASCS National Tour Drivers Online:
Kyle Bellm (Nixa, Mo.): http://www.kylebellm.com
Seth Bergman (Snohomish, Wash.): http://www.sethbergmanracing.com
Matt Covington (Glenpool, Okla.): http://www.mattcovingtonracing.com
Skylar Gee (Leduc, Ont. Can.): https://twitter.com/SkylarGee99
Jake Greider (Haysville, Kan.): https://twitter.com/JakeGreider2013
Sam Hafertepe, Jr. (Sunnyvale, Texas): http://www.sam15.com
Justin Henderson (Sioux Falls, S.D.): http://www.bdsmotorsportsllc.com
Alex Hill (Six Nations, Ont. Can.): https://twitter.com/alexhill77x
Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, Okla.): http://www.blakehahnracing.com
Johnny Herrera (Albuquerque, N.M.): http://www.johnnyherreraracing.com
Wayne Johnson (Oklahoma City, Okla.): https://www.facebook.com/WayneJohnsonRacing?fref=ts
Ray Allen Kulhanek (Danbury, Texas): http://www.rayallenkulhanek.com
Dustin Morgan (Owasso, Okla.): https://www.facebook.com/dustin.p.morgan?hc_ref=SEARCH
Aaron Reutzel (Clute, Texas): http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com
Harli White (Lindsay, Okla.): http://www.harliwhiteracing.net
Lucas Oil Products is the title sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. More information can be found on Lucas Oil Products at www.lucasoil.com. MAVTV Motorsports Network is the presenting sponsor of the American Sprint Car Series. Log onto www.mavtv.com for information regarding availability and listings in your area.
Associate sponsors for the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network include: Hoosier Racing Tire, CP Carrillo Pistons, EMI, and Brodix. All Heat Races are brought to you by ButlerBuilt Professional Seating Systems. All B-Features are presented by BMRS.
Team Lucas Sponsors for the American Sprint Car Series consist of Protect the Harvest, Geico, E3 Spark Plugs, Zotto Mattress, Spray Nine, LucasOilRacing.tv, Carlyle Tools, and General Tire.
Communications for the American Sprint Car Series is provided by Racing Electronics. All events are broadcast online at http://www.racinboys.com.
Product and Contingency Sponsorship provided by: K&N Filters, KSE Racing Products, BMRS, SpeedMart, Engler Machine and Tool, FSR Radiator and Racing Products, Schoenfeld Headers, MyRacePass.com, Weld Wheels, Maxwell Industries, Simpson, Wesmar Racing Engines, Hinchman Indy Racewear, Rod End Supply, Smiley's Racing Products, Speedway Motors, and Hilborn Injection.
MARCH 12, 2017
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
THUNDER ON THE HILL RACING SERIES
THUNDER SERIES OPENER SET FOR SUNDAY, MAY 28, MODS TO CHASE $5,000 TO WIN, $1,000 FOR 10TH AND $500 TO START
BECHTELSVILLE, PA (March 12, 2017) – The twenty-eighth season of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series will open on Sunday, May 28 at the Grandview Speedway with the return of the poplar Memorial Day Weekend Triple Thunder Thriller. On the program will be the Big Block Modifieds/358 Modifieds competing together in a series of qualifying events all leading up to the 40 lap $5,000 to win feature event. The first place prize is certainly an eye catcher complimented by a payoff of $1,000 to finish tenth and $500 just to start the main event. The Sportsman and MASS (Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series) sprint cars will also be on the race card offering heat race qualifying and a feature for both the Sportsman and Sprint Cars. Gates will open at 5 PM with race time set for 7:30 PM.
Long-time partner of the NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series, Pioneer Pole Buildings – the region’s premier builder of post frame buildings --will again be on-board as a key marketing partner for the 2017 series of special events at Berks County’s Grandview Speedway. A great supporter of regional auto racing, Pioneer Pole Buildings can be seen emblazoned on the machines of many of Grandview Speedway’s regular competitors including 2016 Modified Champion, Craig VonDohren – a six-time Thunder on the Hill Series winner.
The Pioneer Pole Buildings mobile sales unit will be on display at all of the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series events kicking off on Sunday, May 28 at Grandview.
The NAPA Auto Parts Thunder on the Hill Racing Series of 2017 will continues just two-weeks later with the invading USAC National Wingless Sprint Car Series on Tuesday, June 13 competing with Grandview’s premier racing division the NASCAR 358 Modifieds. If you have never seen a wingless 410 sprint event, this is a must see show, especially on the high-banks at Grandview Speedway.
The 2017 racing season will include activities and promotions, providing fun for the fans with elements such as: Pre-Race Pit Tours, the Inside/Out Experience – where fans can sign-up to watch hot laps from the infield, take a ride in Eli’s AutoWorld Pace Truck, the Low Down & Dirty Radio Show pre-race Meet & Greet, JOE “THE PIZZA DUDE”, giveaways, fireworks, and appearances by Miss Thunder on the Hill, Lauren Fischer.
NAPA Auto Parts continues their long run with Thunder on the Hill as the Series title sponsor, joined by Pioneer Pole Buildings, Quaker Steak and Lube, Eli’s AutoWorld and GALCO Business Communications.
2017 Racing Schedule:
Memorial Day Triple Thunder Thriller - Sunday, May 28 7:30 PM – Grandview Speedway -- Big Block/358 Modifieds* 40 laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprint
11th Annual Jesse Hockett Classic – Tuesday, June 13 7:30 PM -- USAC National Wingless Sprint Car Series Eastern Storm and 358 Modifieds*
Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek – Tuesday, July 4 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & 358 Modifieds*
3rd Annual Thunder Cup Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions – Thursday, August 17 7:30 PM – 410 Sprint Cars & Sportsman*
Mods at the Madhouse Halloween Party – Saturday, October 14 6 PM – Big-Block/358 Modifieds 40 Laps, Sportsman & MASS Sprints
*NASCAR Points event
GPS USERS: 43 Passmore Road, Bechtelsville, PA 19505
Located less than a mile off Route 100, 10 miles north of Pottstown, PA
Speedway Phone: 610-754-7688
Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
Series Website: Track Website: www.grandviewspeedway.com
About Thunder on the Hill Racing Series
The brainchild of Grandview Speedway owner Bruce Rogers, special events promoter Bob Miller and local driving star Dave Kelly, the Thunder on the Hill Racing Series celebrates 27 years of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar year after year. In 124 events over $4.2 million dollars has been divvied up among the area’s fastest racers. What started as a single 410 Sprint Car event in 1990 has blossomed to feature a variety of racing action including: 358 Modifieds, USAC Wingless Sprints, All-Star Circuit of Champions, 360 & 410 Sprint Cars, Sportsman, Late Models, Midgets, Legends cars, DIRTcar and ROC Modified events.
About Grandview Speedway
Grandview Speedway is a high-banked one-third mile clay oval, celebrating their 55th Anniversary season in 2017. The facility offers free parking, quality food at reasonable prices (be sure to try the french fries), a program book, Grandview Speedway and Thunder on the Hill race wear and great viewing from every seat in the house. Race fans may take part in the Inside/Out promotion, where you can sign up (no charge) to watch warm-ups from inside turn four. Race fans are also invited to victory lane following the racing program and, race fans may enter the pits after the races to meet the drivers. Be ready to enjoy the spine-tingling fireworks salute on the feature event parade lap.
CONTACT: BOB MILLER 443 513 4456
PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS JERSEY RUSH
THE “JERSEY RUSH” 410 SPRINT & MODIFIED ULTIMATE DOUBLEHEADER RETURNS TO NEW EGYPT TUESDAY NIGHT, JULY 25
NEW EGYPT, NJ – The ultimate doubleheader will return to the New Egypt Speedway when the “Jersey Rush VII”, presented by Pioneer Pole Buildings returns to New Jersey on Tuesday night, July 25. This always popular event will carry a Wednesday night, July 26 rain date. Gates will open at 5 PM and fans are invited to the pit area for a pre-race Meet & Greet that will continue until 6 PM. Fans may enter the pit area through the gate behind the grandstands in turn four. Race time is set for 7:30 PM.
410 Sprint expected entries include two time winners Greg Hodnett and JJ Grasso along with Ryan Smith the Jersey Rush winner in 2014. Other likely entries include Davey Sammons and Kyle Reinhart just to name a few. In the modified field look for Ryan Godown, Billy Pauch, Rick Laubach, PJ Oliver, Willie Osmun, Duane Howard, Jimmy Horton, Billy Pauch Jr., David Van Horn, Lou Cicconi and Dominic Buffalino just to a few.
The 410 Sprint Cars will race for a $5,000 winner’s share, with $1,000 going to tenth place and $400 to start the A-main. The area’s fastest Sprint Car drivers will compete in 10 lap heat races – set from time trials, and a 12 lap B-Main prior to the 30 lap main event.
The Modifieds will compete for a $3,000 top prize with $1,000 going to the fifth place finisher and $200 to start the feature event. Modified drivers will draw for heat race groups and take part in timed warm-ups with an invert of four heading in to the qualifying heats. Six cars will qualify with the top-four finishers locked into the redraw. There is no entry fee but drivers are encouraged to pre-register by calling 443-513-4456.
Prior to the racing action fans will be treated to a special pre-race Meet and Greet from 5:00-6:00 PM. All race fans are welcome to visit the pit area and get an up-close look at the stars and cars competing in the JERSEY RUSH VII. Spectators can enter the pit area from the gate behind the fourth turn grandstands.
Adult Admission for Jersey Rush VII is $30, Children (6-11): $10 and Children 5 and under are FREE! Pit admission is $35 with no license required.
Pit Gates open at 3:30 PM, Grandstands open at 5:00 PM, the Driver’s Meeting will be at 6:15 PM, Warm-Ups at 7:00 PM and racing at 7:30 PM.
PIONEER POLE BUILDINGS JERSEY RUSH VII
TUESDAY, JULY 25 7:30 PM (RAIN DATE : WEDNESDAY, July 26
New Egypt Speedway
720 Route 539
New Egypt, NJ 08533
Event Information: Len Sammons: 609-888-3618 or Bob Miller 443-513-4456
About New Egypt Speedway
With state-of-the-art facilities, New Egypt Speedway feature daylight-quality lighting system, excellent sightlines – from any seat in the house. The grandstands are fully wheel-chair accessible with wide, clear and well-groomed walkways. Concession facilities serve up everything from sausage sandwiches to ice cream treats at family-style prices. On the track, the racy 7/16-mile D-shaped clay oval serves the Garden State race fans with some of the best competition in the country.
410 Sprints Modifieds
2011 JJ Grasso Billy Pauch
2012 Daryn Pittman Jimmy Horton
2013 JJ Grasso Billy Pauch
2014 Ryan Smith Billy Pauch
2015 Greg Hodnett Duane Howard
2016 Greg Hodnett Ryan Godown
Contact: Brendan Capria
World of Outlaws PR
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Schatz Secures the Sweep at Vegas Abreu and Schatz battle in the closing laps
LAS VEGAS - March 10, 2017 - In front of a nearly packed grandstand, local fans and beyond witnessed an exciting performance from one of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series' most elite drivers, Donny Schatz. Not only were members of the Nellis Air Force Base in attendance to witness their racing heroes fly around The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the drivers were also racing on the fast-action track as a salute to America's servicemen and women in the final night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown.
Schatz not only won his 11th series race at the half-mile, but also swept the event. Schatz doubled his $15,000 purse from the opener, collecting a total of $30,000 in winnings at Vegas. The North Dakota native was awarded the "Badlands Bonus" for both shows, as well as a gold-toned tool set commemorating Craftsman Tool's 90th anniversary. He also took a pair of slot-machine trophies home to Fargo, N.D., one for each of his victories. Since the season opener in mid-February, Schatz has won five of the first six shows in 2017 - a personal best to start a World of Outlaws season.
"All I can say is, I finally got to 'Park It,'" said Schatz in front of a roaring crowd. "We had something happen there in the mid-part of the race - I just couldn't get into rhythm. I tried to get through lapped traffic and Rico [Abreu] obviously got by us there on the restart. I got in good position to get out front and had clear track after that. It's been tricky here, but if it was easy then it wouldn't be fun for any of us. I was a little nervous when he got by. Every time I get into this car, it's unbelievable.
When you get to when you win 25 or 30 races in a season, it's expected of you. These guys work so hard to do that, and for the driver it's the same way. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're at...you have to work on your flaws. We've never started strong. We're working on that flaw, and it's worked so far."
Schatz, who spent the majority of his time skimming the top cushion, started on the outside of the first row for the 30-lap feature. Earlier in the program, Schatz won his heat race after a thrilling pass entering turn three in the closing laps. Though he made the pass from the bottom in his heat, Schatz laid his tracks on the outside for the feature. This proved to give Schatz's No. 15 Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racingcar enough of a surge to thunder down the front straightaway faster than those around him. Schatz took the lead from fellow series regular Logan Schuchart almost instantaneously to when the green flag dropped; however, Schuchart did not accept an early defeat. A yellow flag followed with one lap completed, which regrouped the field - giving Schuchart a chance to reclaim the lead in his No. 1s Marty Thompson Investments/Newman's Towing & Recovery car.
In Schuchart's eight appearances at the track, his best finish was Thursday night when he recorded a top-five finish. By virtue of the Craftsman Club® Dash, Schuchart went on to lead the field into the green flag for the first time since September 24, 2016 at Lernerville Speedway. Though Schatz had the upper-hand - momentarily - Schuchart quickly recovered on the restart by using the extra momentum exiting turn two to recapture the lead. Thereon, he created a 1.115-second buffer. While Schuchart progressed, Schatz regressed into a battle with Abreu. Abreu climbed 19 positions Thursday night to finish third in the feature; he started third Friday night.
Lap 12 was one of the most pivotal moments of the feature, as Schuchart, Abreu and Schatz spread nearly three-wide across the front stretch. The three virtually locked wheels - a few feet from one another. Schatz reaction time was the quickest of the three, as he weaved through Schuchart and Abreu for the lead entering turn one. Two laps later, Abreu overtook Schuchart in turn two; by this time, Schatz increased his lead to more than a two-second margin.
While Schuchart faded in third position, Abreu continued to gain ground on Schatz. By lap 21, Abreu attempted a risky maneuver by jumping the cushion in turn two. Abreu's move was successful, as he was able to carry enough speed to pass Schatz in turn four. The shear speed of his No. 24R Abreu Vineyards/Priority Aviation car though caused him to tap the wall in turn four, breaking his momentum. Schatz took advantage of Abreu's mistake and reclaimed the spot - until a yellow flag regrouped the field. Abreu was still .053-seconds ahead of Schatz when the two crossed the line, so Abreu retained the top spot because of the caution.
"I was just thinking about what to do to stay ahead," said Abreu, who leaves Vegas with two podium finishes. "Just some poor decisions there at the end of the race on my part. I just live and learn. You learn so much racing with the Outlaws. The pace is so fast, so you try your hardest every lap. When you're trying really hard, it's easy to make mistakes. I felt like once we got to traffic and I got passed Donny, I just made bad decisions behind lapped cars. I just get so nervous trying to clear guys - to try not to clear them too far to blow through the cushion and hit the wall. We're knocking on the door and everyone is chasing this No. 15 Arctic Cat car."
His lead was quickly thwarted. Abreu chose the bottom on the restart. Schatz, who was continually strong from the top, beat Abreu on the restart. He never looked back. Schatz opened-up a 1.272-second lead over Abreu, and finished the feature ahead of the pack by nearly the same margin. Schuchart rounded-out the podium - a personal best at the track.
"Any time you're improving, that's key," Schuchart said. "We've been here a couple times and really haven't had good finishes. Our season started really slow, but we got our engine working really good, and our guys are doing great. We had a good car this week, and we improved every night. But any time you start on the pole and go backward, it's not what you want to happen. The World of Outlaws is a very tough group of drivers and teams, and to be sitting out here...you know you did a good job."
By sweeping the Vegas stretch, Schatz is the only driver eligible for another $10,000 from Badlands Motor Speedway's bonus system. He will attempt that feat at the Outlaw FanFest on July 1-2 at Badlands Motor Speedway. Schatz joking said, "Yeah, no pressure. But we feed off of that."
"Ironically enough, we did win the last race there," said Schatz, who won the finale in 2016. "It's been a great place there. I've always cut my teeth there back in the day - I've wrecked a lot of equipment there. So, it's fun to go there and get those victories. If we can get back there and do it again, it'll be extra-special."
The World of Outlaws acknowledged more than a half-dozen members of the United States Air Force at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Airmen and women took part in pre-race ceremonies before heat races were underway. During the ceremony, thousands of fans stood to their feet, giving them a standing ovation for their service. A deafening "U-S-A" chant echoed throughout the facility. On Thursday morning, drivers took a tour of the base - filled with advanced aviation technology - in hopes of reaching high-octane speeds like the fighter jets circling the Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex.
The tour begins its California swing - seven events through five tracks - with Thunderbowl Raceway from March 17-18. To learn how to purchase tickets, visit www.tularethunderbowl.com.
The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: In an instant-classic, Donny Schatz battled the podium to win the FVP Outlaw Showdown finale at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rico Abreu, who led the race late, made contact with the turn four wall in the closing laps. His mistake gave way for Schatz to secure the lead. Logan Schuchart, who led the field into the green flag, rounded-out the podium for his best finish at the track.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jason Johnson; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Brent Marks; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing ($50 cash):Daryn Pittman; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Brent Marks;Cometic Gaskets ($50 cash):Greg Wilson; Super Flow ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): David Gravel, Kraig Kinser, Greg Wilson;Craftsman/Sears: Rico Abreu; KSE Hard Charger: Carson Macedo; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Terry McCarl; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Joey Saldana
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 5 (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);Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17)
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nev.; March 10, 2017
Feature - (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$10,000]; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu  [$5,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$3,000]; 4. 21-Brian Brown  [$2,700]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart  [$2,500]; 6. 5-David Gravel  [$2,200]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,000]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen  [$1,800]; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen  [$1,600]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$1,450]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$1,300]; 12. 19-Brent Marks  [$1,200]; 13. 21X-Carson Macedo  [$1,100]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson  [$1,000]; 15. 4-Paul McMahan  [$950]; 16. 24-Terry McCarl  [$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides  [$850]; 18. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier  [$750]; 19. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  [$725]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$700]; 21. 17-Joey Saldana  [$700]; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp  [$]; 23. 41-Jason Johnson  [$700]; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer  [$700]; 25. 29-Willie Croft  [$700]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-12; Donny Schatz 13-20, 24-30; Rico Abreu 21-23; KSE Hard Charger Award: 21X-Carson Macedo [+11]
Qualifying - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.228; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 14.241; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.244; 4. 4-Paul McMahan, 14.386; 5. 17-Joey Saldana, 14.458; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.505; 7. 24R-Rico Abreu, 14.576; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.685; 9. 29-Willie Croft, 14.700; 10. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr, 14.768; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.781; 12. 17B-Josh Baughman, 14.796; 13. 21X-Carson Macedo, 14.859; 14. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 14.906; 15. 18S-Jason Solwold, 14.917; 16. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.952; 17. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.970; 18. 51-James McFadden, 15.005; 19. 22-Cori Andrews, 15.361; 20. 99T-Skylar Gee, 15.399; 21. 21P-Robbie Price, 15.432; 22. 5-David Gravel, 14.554; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.670; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.710; 25. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.730; 26. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.741; 27. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.742; 28. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.755; 29. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.792; 30. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.813; 31. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.830; 32. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.980; 33. 19-Brent Marks, 15.038; 34. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 15.046; 35. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.074; 36. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 15.124; 37. O-Bud Kaeding, 15.137; 38. 3C-DJ Netto, 15.244; 39. 73-Brady Bacon, 15.603; 40. Y69-Randy Waitman, 15.858; 41. 90-Lance Norick, 15.881
Heat 1- (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 2. 24R-Rico Abreu ; 3. 18-Ian Madsen ; 4. 17-Joey Saldana ; 5. 29-Willie Croft ; 6. 21X-Carson Macedo ; 7. 18S-Jason Solwold ; 8. 49D-Shawn Dancer ; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 10. 21P-Robbie Price ; 11. 22-Cori Andrews 
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. W20-Greg Wilson ; 2. 21-Brian Brown ; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer ; 4. 4-Paul McMahan ; 5. 24-Terry McCarl ; 6. 51-James McFadden ; 7. 17B-Josh Baughman ; 8. 41X-Dominic Scelzi ; 9. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr ; 10. 99T-Skylar Gee 
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 5-David Gravel ; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet ; 4. 2-Shane Stewart ; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 6. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier ; 7. 3C-DJ Netto ; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller ; 9. 13-Clyde Knipp ; 10. Y69-Randy Waitman 
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz ; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 3. 7S-Jason Sides ; 4. 41-Jason Johnson ; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 7. 19-Brent Marks ; 8. O-Bud Kaeding ; 9. 73-Brady Bacon ; 10. 90-Lance Norick 
Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of feature) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 24R-Rico Abreu ; 4. 5-David Gravel ; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 6. 21-Brian Brown ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 8. W20-Greg Wilson 
C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) - 1. 51-James McFadden  [-]; 2. 3C-DJ Netto  [-]; 3. 49D-Shawn Dancer  [$150]; 4. 73-Brady Bacon  [$150]; 5. 99T-Skylar Gee  [$150]; 6. 21P-Robbie Price  [$125]; 7. 90-Lance Norick  [$125]; 8. 22-Cori Andrews  [$125]; 9. Y69-Randy Waitman  [$125]
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 19-Brent Marks  [-]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen  [-]; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier  [-]; 4. 21X-Carson Macedo  [-]; 5. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr  [$300]; 6. 51-James McFadden  [$250]; 7. O-Bud Kaeding  [$225]; 8. 17B-Josh Baughman  [$200]; 9. 18S-Jason Solwold  [$200]; 10. 3C-DJ Netto  [$200]; 11. 41X-Dominic Scelzi  [$200]; 12. 2X-Parker Price-Miller  [$200]; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel  [$200]; 14. 13-Clyde Knipp  [$200]
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Schatz Slips by to Win at Vegas
Rico Abreu battles his way from the back to finish on the podium
LAS VEGAS - March 9, 2017 - As the sun sank below The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday night, a cool breeze drifted through a near-capacity crowd. Specifically on the half-mile course, the intense crosswinds from the track were the product of 42 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series winged-sprints. The No. 15 Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing car of Donny Schatz was the fastest in the field, taking the first night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown.
Schatz earned his 10th career series win at the track, which has hosted the tour for 20 years sporadically. The stop marks the series' fifth consecutive multi-day event at the track, which is an extension of its 36 total appearances since 1996. Schatz's first victory came in 1999.
"If it wasn't for this Stewart-Curb Racing team, we wouldn't be up here so hats off to them," said Schatz with his team looking-on in victory lane. "They worked their tails off all winter long and it's getting better."
Though the eight-time series champion has reaped the riches several times at the track, this victory offered a purse larger than years passed. A $5,000 winner's bonus was awarded to the North Dakota-native, as a part of a four-show sponsorship from Badlands Motor Speedway. Badlands will offer a $5,000 purse to winners of the Vegas stretch and at its multi-day event, the Outlaw FanFest - a total of $20,000. Schatz earned a grand total of $15,000 for his victory, including the stack of cash presented to him in Victory Lane.
"Thank you Badlands Motor Speedway," Schatz said. "Any time you get the extra money, out of courtesy you thank them for their support - like all you fans in the seats. It sure makes it fun to be standing up here."
Not only did the victory have a larger payout, but it also tested a driver who has won four of the first five shows in 2017. Schatz got the best case scenario in a photo-finish at the line, winning by a narrow 0.046-second margin. He started the 26-lap feature in fourth position, and used a series of restarts to gain ground on each of the podium spots ahead of him. When the green flag dropped, he made his move into the podium and had his sights set on second.
Schatz contested for the runner-up spot in the opening laps, challenging Brian Brown from the bottom. Brown shut down his advances exiting Turn 1 for the first three laps until a red flag reset the field. Shane Stewart, who led the 25-car field into the green flag, got tangled-up in lapped traffic entering turn two of the sixth lap. The aftermath of the wreck forced Stewart to forfeit the top spot, bumping the field up by one position. Schatz thereon targeted Brown for the lead.
It only took one lap for Schatz to wedge his racecar underneath Brown's No. 21 FVP/Casey's General Stores car in turn two. Schatz widened the gap to nearly one-second over Brown, while Jason Johnson moved into the final podium spot by Lap 16. A red flag on that lap regrouped the field yet again; at this point, three of the top-five drivers were series regulars (Schatz, Johnson and Sheldon Haudenschild).
Several battles transpired on the restart, as Brown challenged Schatz for the lead from the bottom, and Johnson and Ian Madsen rubbed tires barreling out of the front-stretch. While Johnson was successful, Brown was not as he was penalized for an early start; he was docked one position. The field regrouped for the race's third restart with Schatz and Johnson - the only two to win a feature event in 2017 - side-by-side in the first row.
In the closing laps, Schatz built a cushion - that did not last. Brown reclaimed second position over Johnson within the final 10 laps of the feature. The race's final caution extended the 25-lap feature by one lap by virtue of a green-white-checkered. In the final lap, Brown launched his car to the outside of Schatz. The two barreled down the front-stretch to the checkers, and it was Schatz by a nose.
"I always want to win ones like those," Brown said. "We got a good run [at Schatz], but when you race with a guy like him you need to make a split-decision at 130 miles per hour. I felt like I got through turns one and two pretty well, but on the backstretch I probably should've done something a little different. He got a good run off of four and I was like, 'Gosh darn it, I'm not going to win this race.' To be up there and race with guys like Donny Schatz is an honor. He's the Steve Kinser of today."
Rico Abreu, who was awarded the KSE Hard Charger award, rounded-out the podium in his No. 24R Abreu Vineyards/Priority Aviation car. Starting 21st in the feature, Abreu swiftly navigated through the pack and eventually bested Johnson in the closing laps. Abreu said, "You just simply need to learn how to breathe and make good decisions."
"When the race gets kind of strung-out, you have to pace yourself," Abreu said. "You just need to be patient at times and be aggressive on those restarts. I knew we were going to get a few restarts where we could get a breather. Schatz and Brown are the best guys right now besides Jason [Johnson]. It feels good just to get a good finish."
Stewart, who won his heat race and the Craftsman Club® Dash, rebounded not only from mechanical issues from earlier in the night but also from an unfortunate wreck in the feature. Stewart climbed his way into ninth, recording his second top-ten finish of the season.
Johnson, who ultimately recorded his fourth top-five performance of the season, set the night's quick-time in time trials. He was roughly one-hundredth of a second off Danny Lasoski's track record of 13.719. Five of the 42 drivers in time trials posted a lap time less than 14 seconds, recording an average time of 13.948 - nearly two-hundredths of a second off the record pace Lasoski set in 2004.
The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz earned his fourth victory in the series' first five events Thursday night, winning the first night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway - by a 0.046-second margin. In a race to the finish, Brian Brown was short by a nose to finish second on the night. Rico Abreu, the KSE Hard Charger award-winner, climbed his way up from 21st position to round-out the podium.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Terry McCarl; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; VP Racing ($50 cash):Shane Stewart; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Joey Saldana;Cometic Gaskets ($50 cash):Daryn Pittman; Super Flow ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Jason Johnson, Joey Saldana, Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild;Craftsman/Sears: Brian Brown; KSE Hard Charger: Rico Abreu; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Greg Wilson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Aaron Reutzel
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 4 (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); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17)
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Nev.; March 9, 2017
Feature - (26 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish) -1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$10,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown  [$5,000]; 3. 24R-Rico Abreu  [$3,000]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson  [$2,700]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$2,500]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen  [$2,200]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$2,000]; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen  [$1,800]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart  [$1,600]; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  [$1,450]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet  [$1,300]; 12. 17-Joey Saldana  [$1,200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks  [$1,100]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$1,000]; 15. 73-Brady Bacon  [$950]; 16. 5-David Gravel  [$900]; 17. W20-Greg Wilson  [$850]; 18. 21X-Carson Macedo  [$750]; 19. 17B-Josh Baughman  [$725]; 20. 4-Paul McMahan  [$]; 21. 87-Aaron Reutzel  [$700]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides  [$700]; 23. 41X-Dominic Scelzi  [$700]; 24. 24-Terry McCarl  [$700]; 25. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier  [$700];Lap Leaders:Shane Stewart 1-6; Brian Brown 7, 25; Donny Schatz 8-24, 26; KSE Hard Charger Award: 24R-Rico Abreu [+18]
Qualifying -1. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.875; 2. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.975; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.021; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.049; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.145; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.160; 7. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.181; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.213; 9. 24R-Rico Abreu, 14.226; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.236; 11. 21X-Carson Macedo, 14.227; 12. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr, +; 13. 18S-Jason Solwold, 14.352; 14. 17B-Josh Baughman, 14.361; 15. O-Bud Kaeding, 14.370; 16. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 14.523; 17. 3C-DJ Netto, 14.555; 18. 99T-Skylar Gee, 14.981; 19. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 15.098; 20. 22-Cori Andrews, 15.172; 21. Y69-Randy Waitman, 15.630; 22. 21-Brian Brown, 13.903; 23. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.990; 24. 17-Joey Saldana, 13.996; 25. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.055; 26. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.056; 27. 5-David Gravel, 14.067; 28. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.082; 29. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.125; 30. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 14.146; 31. 19-Brent Marks, 14.231; 32. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.316; 33. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 14.332; 34. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.343; 35. 73-Brady Bacon, 14.345; 36. 29-Willie Croft, 14.422; 37. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.429; 38. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 14.465; 39. 51-James McFadden, 14.501; 40. 90-Lance Norick, 15.128; 41. 4-Paul McMahan, nt; 42. 21P-Robbie Price, nt
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) -1. 41-Jason Johnson  ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz  ; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser  ; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel  ; 5. 21X-Carson Macedo  ; 6. 24R-Rico Abreu  ; 7. 18S-Jason Solwold  ; 8. O-Bud Kaeding  ; 9. 3C-DJ Netto  ; 10. 9Z-Jared Goerges  ; 11. Y69-Randy Waitman 
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) -1. 18-Ian Madsen  ; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart  ; 3. W20-Greg Wilson  ; 4. 7S-Jason Sides  ; 5. 17B-Josh Baughman  ; 6. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr  ; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen  ; 8. 2X-Parker Price-Miller  ; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee  ; 10. 22-Cori Andrews 
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) -1. 21-Brian Brown  ; 2. 17-Joey Saldana  ; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman  ; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen  ; 5. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier  ; 6. 24-Terry McCarl  ; 7. 29-Willie Croft  ; 8. 21P-Robbie Price  ; 9. 90-Lance Norick  ; 10. 49D-Shawn Dancer  ; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer 
Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the feature) -1. 2-Shane Stewart  ; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet  ; 4. 5-David Gravel  ; 5. 19-Brent Marks  ; 6. 4-Paul McMahan  ; 7. 41X-Dominic Scelzi  ; 8. 73-Brady Bacon  ; 9. 51-James McFadden  ; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp 
Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of feature) -1. 2-Shane Stewart  ; 2. 21-Brian Brown  ; 3. 18-Ian Madsen  ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz  ; 5. 41-Jason Johnson  ; 6. 17-Joey Saldana  ; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart  ; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild 
C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) -1. 51-James McFadden  [-]; 2. 3C-DJ Netto  [-]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan  [$150]; 4. 49D-Shawn Dancer  [$150]; 5. 99T-Skylar Gee  [$150]; 6. 21P-Robbie Price  [$125]; 7. Y69-Randy Waitman  [$125]; 8. 22-Cori Andrews  [$125]; 9. 90-Lance Norick  [$125]; 10. 9Z-Jared Goerges  [$125]
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the feature)- 1. 24R-Rico Abreu  [-]; 2. 41X-Dominic Scelzi  [-]; 3. 73-Brady Bacon  [-]; 4. 24-Terry McCarl  [-]; 5. 51-James McFadden  [$300]; 6. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr  [$250]; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer  [$225]; 8. 18S-Jason Solwold  [$200]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$200]; 10. 29-Willie Croft  [$200]; 11. O-Bud Kaeding  [$200]; 12. 3C-DJ Netto  [$200]; 13. 13-Clyde Knipp  [$200]; 14. 2X-Parker Price-Miller  [$200]
The lady racer from Allentown, NJ began her career racing champ karts at Wall Stadium's inner oval, in 2003 at the age of 11. Stefanie, her sister Erika, and younger brother Nandi competed against each other at numerous tracks before moving up into the Micro Sprint division at Airport and Bridgeport Speedways. Stefanie has been wheeling Sprint Cars since the beginning of the Racesaver era in the Mid-Atlantic region, which started in 2010 under the TSRS banner. In her first year, she earned Rookie of the Year and third place in championship points. Within that time period, she has gained two feature wins, both coming from Bridgeport Speedway, countless top five's, and she is known to always be in contention to win when the opportunity arises.
"I'm excited to start the year off at Bridgeport Speedway on April 30th, which is a place that I have been very successful at in my career in previous years," the newly married twenty-four year old driver said. "With a clear mind and determination to accomplish more great things for this 2017 season, I am just eager to see what this year will bring. We are planning on running the full MASS schedule, and I can't wait to get to tracks that I have never raced at such as Williams Grove, Georgetown, Susquehanna, and Delaware International."
"We have a really good group of guys helping our team this season, and we are just very thankful for all the hard work that MASS has been doing in order to make racing fun for everyone again," Carberry said. "All of the contingencies and cash sponsors that are going to be dispersed this season, as well as the diverse and 'working man' friendly schedule are things that appeal to my team, and I know appeal to other MASS teams as well."
Stefanie mentioned that while she is a huge advocate for women in motorsports, and has always admired female drivers like Gloria Katona, Mares Stelfox and Becca Anderson who have paved the way for girls like herself, she said "it is very important to me that people know that when that helmet goes on, we are all drivers chasing the same trophy".
"I have been very fortunate to have earned the respect as a driver from my peers and other competitors, and I hope that I can be viewed as a role model for other young girls hoping to chase their dreams, just as I did when I was a little girl watching my role models race," Stefanie said.
Returning onboard sponsoring the #99 this season is AFD Performance, A Cut Above the Rest Trucking and Excavating, www.wheelsofspeed.com, Iron's and Anchor's Salon, and Erb's Garage.
"This year, I am hoping to add some more wins to my name, as well as learn as much as I can. You can never stop learning, and with the new places we are planning on visiting this year, I'm sure we will be learning a lot, while having fun of course!"
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Schatz Sweeps the Show at LoneStar
Sheldon Haudenschild records first podium finish in rookie season
KILGORE, Tex. - March 3, 2017 - There is a crater wrapped around turns one and two of LoneStar Speedway - now a reinvented third-mile dirt course. Shortened from a 3/8-mile oval since the last time the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series visited there in 2010, the "Greatest Show on Dirt" competed on the equally as fast bullring Friday night for the first time at the new length. Wheel-to-wheel with 23 other cars, Donny Schatz avoided the expected dangers of short-track racing and took the checkered flag without a hitch.
Schatz led all 35 laps in his victory, taking home not only the trophy but also a gold-toned Limited Edition Craftsman wrench set for the company's 90th anniversary. Though Schatz established his dominance throughout the program - setting the night's quick-time, and winning his heat and the Craftsman Club Dash - it did not come as easily as it seemed on paper. From an assumingly unlikely challenger - in terms of their resumes - the eight-time series champion was challenged by Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Sheldon Haudenschild throughout the night.
"[Sheldon] was there from the start and did everything he needed to do," Schatz said. "It's an experience thing. Obviously he is a good, young driver. He's got a bright future ahead of him. But we try not to focus on what someone else is doing. We have to focus on our own stuff to try to stay ahead of these young guys."
Haudenschild, 23, was less than a tenth of a second off Schatz's quick-time, and he also won his way into the dash. The two started on the front row of the feature, where the son of the "Wild Child" Jac Haudenschild would have his chance to make his own name in the series. He wasted no time.
"I had a good starting spot, but it was just difficult to pass," Haudenschild said. "I tried to make it happen early when I slid [Donny] twice, but just didn't have the speed in the corners to do it. I just need to be there in the end. I'm happy with the performance. To get a good run early in the season is a confidence-booster, and we'll try to carry that momentum. I know I have a really great car and crew. Getting in these dashes is a big part of it."
Haudenschild, starting to the right of Schatz's No. 15 Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing machine, dipped under him once the green flag dropped. He challenged Schatz on the bottom, but the top proved to be the quickest route to shutting down Haudenschild's advances. Schatz and Haudenschild tangoed briefly, but the defending champion quickly opened-up his lead to a 1.345-second margin.
Thereon, Haudenschild was sandwiched in-between two drivers that have wins in 2017 - Schatz and 2016 Knoxville Nationals Champion Jason Johnson. Haudenschild's No. 93 Southern Pacific Farms/ Rico Abreu Racing car escaped Johnson's challenge for second with 20 laps remaining. Haudenschild distanced himself from Johnson, gaining more than a one-second advantage over his No. 41 Priority Aviation/ Mesilla Valley Transportation racecar.
The race's first caution five laps later regrouped the field; Johnson took advantage. Barreling out of turn four, Johnson overtook Haudenschild. By this time, the top-five was all series regulars - Schatz, Johnson, Haudenschild, Brad Sweet and David Gravel respectively. Through two more cautions in the feature, Johnson managed to close the gap between him and Schatz to as narrow as a .733-second margin. He could not capitalize.
"You're racing the best guy in the business (Schatz)," Johnson said. "He's not going to make any mistakes. Those guys are clicking and doing a great job. But my guys have done a great job making great, consistent Maxim cars, and we communicated over the winter with Paul Kistler about the motors we had success with in 2016. We have great communication, and I'm in the best physical shape in my life as far as racing. Mentally, I'm in a great position because of the Jason Johnson Racing- Marshall Racing merger."
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LoneStar Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz swept the East Texas Lone Star Shootout program Friday, putting the exclamation point on the feature by leading all 35 laps. Sheldon Haudenschild, a Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender, dominated alongside the eight-time champion with a strong showing. The two started in the front of a 12-row feature field, where Haudenschild contested for the lead. Nearing the second-half of the feature, Jason Johnson catapulted his racecar to second place; Haudenschild was unable to reclaim his spot.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Clyde Knipp; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; VP Racing ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Cometic Gaskets ($50 cash): Parker Price Miller; Super Flow ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Sheldon Haudenschild, Jason Johnson, Brad Sweet, Paul McMahan; Craftsman/Sears: Tim Shaffer; KSE Hard Charger: Chad Kemenah; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Jason Johnson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brent Marks; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Paul McMahan
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3); Jason Johnson - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17)
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; LoneStar Speedway, Tex.; March 3, 2017
Feature - (35 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$10,000]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson  [$5,500]; 3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  [$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,800]; 5. 5-David Gravel  [$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart  [$2,300]; 7. 99-Brady Bacon  [$2,200]; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer  [$2,100]; 9. 4-Paul McMahan  [$2,050]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$2,000]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$1,500]; 12. 18-Ian Madsen  [$1,200]; 13. 2X-Parker Price-Miller  [$1,100]; 14. 17-Joey Saldana  [$1,050]; 15. W20-Greg Wilson  [$1,000]; 16. 17B-Josh Baughman [23 ][$900]; 17. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr  [$800]; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr  [$800]; 19. 19-Brent Marks [21 ][$800]; 20. 87-Aaron Reutzel  [$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides  [$800]; 22. 9X-Paul Nienhiser  [$800]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson  [$800]; 24. 13-Clyde Knipp  [$800]; 25. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-35; KSE Hard Charger Award: 11K-Kraig Kinser [+9]
Qualifying - 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.170; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.247; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.350; 4. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.387; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.393; 6. 4-Paul McMahan, 12.415; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.427; 8. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.464; 9. 17-Joey Saldana, 12.469; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.476; 11. 2X-Parker Price-Miller, 12.527; 12. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.534; 13. 5-David Gravel, 12.548; 14. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.578; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 12.633; 16. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 12.670; 17. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.719; 18. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.789; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.818; 20. 17B-Josh Baughman, 12.876; 21. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr, 13.061; 22. 19-Brent Marks, 13.070; 23. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 13.137; 24. 17G-Dustin Gates, 13.334; 25. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.471; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.482; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 15.322; 28. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, nt
Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz  ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson  ; 3. 5-David Gravel  ; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman  ; 5. 7S-Jason Sides  ; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel  ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser  ; 8. 19-Brent Marks  ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart  ; 10. 9X-Paul Nienhiser 
Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  ; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer  ; 3. 2X-Parker Price-Miller  ; 4. 18-Ian Madsen  ; 5. 2-Shane Stewart  ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson  ; 7. 17B-Josh Baughman  ; 8. 71A-R.J. Johnson  ; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen 
Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 4-Paul McMahan  ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet  ; 3. 2C-Wayne Johnson  ; 4. 99-Brady Bacon  ; 5. 17-Joey Saldana  ; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp  ; 7. 17G-Dustin Gates  ; 8. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr  ; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr 
Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 6 starting positions of feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz  ; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  ; 3. 41-Jason Johnson  ; 4. 49-Brad Sweet  ; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer  ; 6. 4-Paul McMahan 
Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the feature) - 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr  [-]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [-]; 3. 19-Brent Marks  [-]; 4. 82-Kevin Thomas Jr  [-]; 5. 17B-Josh Baughman  [-]; 6. 9X-Paul Nienhiser  [-]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$300]; 8. 17G-Dustin Gates  [$250]; 9. 71A-R.J. Johnson  [$225]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$200]
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Craftsman (Official Tool), Arctic Cat (Official Side-by-Side Recreational Vehicle), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Penske Shocks, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and TNT Rescue.
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