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At A Glance: Outlaws Head to the Evergreen State with Just 21 Races Left in the Season

A look at the numbers of 2015, so far, as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on Skagit Speedway and Grays Harbor Raceway this weekend

CONCORD, N.C. - Sept. 1, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on Skagit Speedway for the Monster Meltdown on Friday and Saturday and Grays Harbor Raceway for the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel Outlaw Invasion on Monday as it enters the final stretch of the season.

Over the weekend the series completed its 60th feature of 2015. As the events wind down and the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals inches ever closer, here is a look at the numbers that have defined the season up to this point.

873 - the miles that separate Skagit Speedway and Antioch Speedway, the first and final stops on the last West Coast swing of the season
534 - laps led by Donny Schatz this season
360 - the number of different drivers who have received points in a World of Outlaws event in 2015
332 - the difference in laps led between Donny Schatz, the season's lap leader, and Shane Stewart, the second highest lap leader
94 - the points separating the third through sixth place drivers in the championship standings
22 - Kerry Madsen's heat race wins in 2015 (he is the leading heat race winner)
21 - the number of World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series features left to run this season
20 - the number of different winner of World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature this season
7 - the number of repeat winners this season
1 - the number of first time winners in 2015 - Stewart Friesen at Ohsweken Speedway on July 28.

Donny Schatz is once again the driver to beat this weekend after he swept both nights of Skagit's Monster Meltdown and Grays Harbor's Outlaw Invasion last season. Among active series drivers, Shane Stewart, Kraig Kinser, Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana have all stood in victory lane at least one of the two tracks.

ABOUT THE TRACKS
SKAGIT SPEEDWAY is a high-banked, 3/10-mile oval. The track record of10.718 seconds was established by Daryn Pittmanon Aug. 30, 2013. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/skagit-speedway.

PREVIOUS A FEATURE WINNERS
2014 - Donny Schatz on Aug. 29, Donny Schatz on Aug. 30
2013 - Sammy Swindell on Aug. 30, Donny Schatz on Aug. 31
2012 - Kerry Madsen on Aug. 31, Travis Jacobson on Sept. 1
2011 - Craig Dollansky on Sept. 2, Sam Hafertepe Jr. on Sept. 3
2010 - Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 3, Steve Kinser on Sept. 4
2009 - Joey Saldana on Sept. 4, Jason Meyers on Sept. 5
2008 - Jason Solwold on Aug. 30, Joey Saldana on Aug. 31
2007 - Brooke Tatnell on Aug. 24, Craig Dollansky on Aug. 25
2006 - Brooke Tatnell on Aug. 26
2002 - Joey Saldana on Aug. 23
1995 - Dave Blaney on Aug. 26
1994 - Dave Blaney on Aug. 27
1979 - Jack Hewitt on June 14, Sammy Swindell on June 15, Doug Wolfgang on June 16
1978 - Doug Wolfgang on June 17, Doug Wolfgang on June 18

GRAYS HARBOR RACEWAY is a high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. The track record of11.915 seconds was established by Craig Dollansky on Aug. 27, 2004. For more event information, visit http://woosprint.com/grays-harbor-raceway.

PREVIOUS A FEATURE WINNERS
2014 - Donny Schatz on Sept. 1
2013 - Donny Schatz on Sept. 2
2012 - Sammy Swindell on Aug. 29
2008 - Kraig Kinser on Sept. 1
2007 - Shane Stewart on Aug. 27
2005 - Donny Schatz on Aug. 27
2004 - Steve Kinser on Aug. 28
2003 - Jason Meyers on Aug. 23
2002 - Tim Shaffer on Aug. 17
2001 - Stevie Smith on Aug. 18
2000 - Mark Kinser on Aug. 20
1999 - Mark Kinser on Aug. 21
1998 - Steve Kinser on Aug. 22
1997 - Sammy Swindell on Aug. 23
1996 - Dave Blaney on Aug. 24

2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2015)
1. Friday, Feb. 13 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 14 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Donny Schatz (1)
3. Sunday, Feb. 15 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Brad Sweet (1)
4. Wednesday, March 3 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Las Vegas, Nev. / Shane Stewart (1)
5. Thursday, March 4 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Las Vegas, Nev. / Terry McCarl (1)
6. Saturday, March 7 / USA Raceway / Tucson, Ariz. / Brian Brown (1)
7. Friday, March 13 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Tim Kaeding (1)
8. Saturday, March 14 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / Rico Abreu (1)
9. Saturday, March 21 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Donny Schatz (2)
10. Sunday, March 22 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Rico Abreu (2)
11. Saturday, March 28 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, Calif. / Donny Schatz (3)
12. Sunday, March 29 / Antioch Speedway / Antioch, Calif. / Daryn Pittman (2)
13. Wednesday, April 8 / Placerville Speedway / Placerville, Calif. / Donny Schatz (4)
14. Saturday, April 11 / Calistoga Speedway / Calistoga, Calif. / Brad Sweet (2)
15. Sunday, April 12 / Calistoga Speedway / Calistoga, Calif. / Donny Schatz (5)
16. Friday, April 17 / Keller Auto Speedway / Hanford, Calif. / Shane Stewart (2)
17. Saturday, April 18 / Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, Calif. / Paul McMahan (1)
18. Saturday, April 25 / Devil's Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, Tex. / Donny Schatz (6)
19. Friday, May 1 / Salina Highbanks Speedway / Salina, Okla. / Shane Stewart (3)
20. Saturday, May 2 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, Mo. / Christopher Bell (1)
21. Sunday, May 3 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, Ind. / Paul McMahan (2)
22. Friday, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Donny Schatz (7)
23. Saturday, May 9 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Donny Schatz (8)
24. Wednesday, May 13 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbotstown, Pa. / Greg Hodnett (1)
25. Friday, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Donny Schatz (9)
26. Sunday, May 17 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, N.Y. / Donny Schatz (10)
27. Tuesday, May 19 / New Egypt Speedway / New Egypt, N.J. / Daryn Pittman (3)
28. Friday, May 22 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Charlotte, N.C. / Donny Schatz (11)
29. Friday, May 29 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, Ohio / Dale Blaney (1)
30. Wednesday, June 3 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, Ind. / Joey Saldana (1)
31. Friday, June 5 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, Neb. / Danny Lasoski (1)
32. Friday, June 12 / Crawford County Speedway / Denison, Iowa / Shane Stewart (4)
33. Saturday, June 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, Iowa / Donny Schatz (12)
34. Sunday, June 14 / Huset's Speedway / Brandon, S.D. / Donny Schatz (13)
35. Wednesday, June 17 / Granite City Speedway / Sauk Rapids, Minn. / Donny Schatz (14)
36. Friday, June 19 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, N.D. / Donny Schatz (15)
37. Saturday, June 20 / Dakota State Fair Speedway / Huron, S.D. / Donny Schatz (16)
38. Wednesday, June 24 / I-96 Speedway / Lake Odessa, Mich. / Brad Sweet (3)
39. Saturday, June 27 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, Wis. / Donny Schatz (17)
40. Wednesday, July 1 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, Kan. / Donny Schatz (18)
41. Friday, July 3 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City, Kan. / Jason Sides (1)
42. Saturday, July 4 / Dodge City Raceway Park / Dodge City Kan. / Donny Schatz (19)
43. Saturday, July 11 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, Wis. / Donny Schatz (20)
44. Sunday, July 12 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, Wis. / Joey Saldana (2)
45. Friday, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Shane Stewart (5)
46. Saturday, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, Ohio / Shane Stewart (6)
47. Tuesday, July 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, Pa. / Dale Blaney (2)
48. Tuesday, July 21 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, Pa. / Cody Darrah (1)
49. Friday, July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Danny Dietrich (1)
50. Saturday, July 25 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, Pa. / Stevie Smith (1)
51. Sunday, July 26 / Lebanon Valley Speedway / West Lebanon, N.Y. / Donny Schatz (21)
52. Tuesday, July 28 / Ohsweken Speedway / Ohsweken, Ont. / Stewart Friesen (1)
53. Friday, Aug. 7 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, Mo. / Donny Schatz (22)
54. Saturday, Aug. 8 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, Mo. / Shane Stewart (7)
55. Saturday, Aug. 15 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, Iowa / Donny Schatz (23)
56. Tuesday, Aug. 18 / Junction Motor Speedway / McCool Junction, Neb. / Kerry Madsen (1)
57. Friday, Aug. 21 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, N.D. / Donny Schatz (24)
58. Sunday, Aug. 23 / Nodak Speedway / Minot, N.D. / Donny Schatz (25)
59. Friday, Aug. 25 / Castrol Raceway / Edmonton, Alb. / Donny Schatz (26)
60. Saturday, Aug. 26 / Castrol Raceway / Edmonton, Alb. / Daryn Pittman (4)

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Donny Schatz Scores Patient Victory at Oil City Cup Night One

Picks up his 26th win of the season and 199th career series win

EDMONTON, Alb. - Aug. 28, 2015 - Donny Schatz waited patiently Friday night at the Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway as Shane Stewart and Joey Saldana battled each other for the lead for the first two-thirds of the race. When the moment was right, Schatz struck, sliding past the two drivers, then first and second, to take over the lead and eventually score his 26th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

"I don't know that we were probably as good as what Shane and Joey were but we just kept running different grooves and got to traffic and had to wait for them to make a mistake," Schatz said. "I don't know what happened but all I know is I came out of there and I didn't see them in front of me anymore. That's always good for when you're trying to pass."

Schatz, who hovered around third most of the night in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car after starting the feature in fifth, found himself in the position on lap 24 as Stewart and Saldana worked their way through traffic. With Saldana on his bumper bar, Stewart caught up with Jason Sides and made contact with the wall before making slight contact with Saldana. The chain of events was the break Schatz needed as he drove by.

The win is the 199th career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory for Schatz and fourth straight at Castrol Raceway.

David Gravel took home the quick time earlier in the night after a lap of 13.359 seconds in qualifying. Stewart and Saldana led the field to the green flag in the feature following a tight battle in the Dash.

Cautions plagued much of the feature, stopping action eight times throughout the main event. As Schatz rose through the field, taking over third by lap five, one constant was the tight battle between Stewart and Saldana. On at least two occasions, Saldana battled past Stewart on a restart only to have the caution fly before a lap could be completed.

On lap nine after several laps of racing, disaster nearly struck for the two leaders as several cars were caught up in a crash in turns three and four. As the field bunched up and the yellow began to wave, Saldana and Stewart weaved their way through, splitting cars and avoiding contact all while maintaining the battle for the lead.

Saldana finally did get around Stewart's No. 2 Eneos/GoPro/KickIt car for the lead on lap 16, as another caution reset the field. Saldana took the high line in turns one and two and Stewart was not able to close the door. He went on to lead lap 16 and the subsequent six laps.

As Saldana began working his way through the back of the pack, the small lead he had built over Stewart and Schatz evaporated. Stewart was all over Saldana eventually, briefly, retaking the lead, but the lapped traffic proved a formidable foe.

"Just trying to get around Sides and he entered in the middle of the track," Stewart said of the incident that cost he and Saldana. "I thought he was going to stay there and he just kind of kept coming and got into me. He never saw me. Typically, he doesn't go that high on the race track."

Schatz got around both drivers in one fell swoop. One more yellow flag lay ahead for the drivers but Schatz easily jumped out to the lead and scored the victory.

"We definitely didn't have the best car," Schatz said. "But with the best team these guys will definitely go back and try to make it better and see if we can't be a little better tomorrow night."

Stewart, who finished second to Schatz was disappointed for the night that could have been.

"We had a great car," Stewart said. "I had a good enough car to win that race pretty easily. I wasn't really sure what to do on all those restarts. I know Joey kept getting a run on me but I felt like if I could get off of four really well he wouldn't be able to get to me and on that last one he got to me… You've got have a little bit of luck. When you do get on the front row you've got to be able to take advantage of it. It felt like we were able to do that tonight, I just got caught up with a lap car."

Saldana was all smiles as he climbed from his No. 71M Motter Equipment car. The driver and his team have hit their stride in recent weeks and have found success with a series of podium finishes.

"It was a good third place," Saldana said. "This is a fun little race track and lap traffic was just crazy. That is pretty much what got me and Shane, and Donny just snookered us both. That's the way to goes. We had a good car, these have been the two best cars all season so we were hanging right with them tonight but obviously you can see we're third not first or second, so we've got to get a little bit better.

"The guys are working really hard. The Motter car has been fast every time we've been out, it's just trying to seal it up and get a win, the hard part. Hopefully we can do that tomorrow."

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow night at Castrol Raceway for the conclusion of the Ninth Annual Oil City Cup. To find out more information and to learn how to buy tickets, visit http://woosprint.com/oil-city-cup.

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Castrol Raceway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Tonight's win was the 26th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for Schatz and the 199th career series win… Sean McDonnell was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing six positions to finish in 15th... Donny Schatz has won the last four straight World of Outlaws events at Castrol Raceway… The win tonight was Donny Schatz's first series win of the year in Canada - he swept the events last season.

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. Donny Schatz [$10,000]; 2. Shane Stewart [$5,000]; 3. Joey Saldana [$3,000]; 4. Kerry Madsen [$2,700]; 5. Brad Sweet [$2,500]; 6. Paul McMahan[$2,200]; 7. Daryn Pittman [$2,000]; 8. David Gravel [$1,800]; 9. Trey Starks[$1,600]; 10. Jason Johnson [$1,500]; 11. Travis Rilat [$1,300]; 12. Kraig Kinser [$1,200]; 13. Skylar Gee[$1,100]; 14. Jacob Allen [$1,000]; 15. Sean MacDonnell[$950]; 16. Jason Sides [$900]; 17. Casey Adams [$850]; 18. Marc Duperron [$750]; 19. Ross Matthewson [$725]; 20. Kyle Evans [$700]; 21. Matthew Dusseault [$700]; 22. Logan Schuchart [$700]; 23. Kelly Miller [$700]; 24. Don Miller [$700]. Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-16, 23; Joey Saldana 17-22; Donny Schatz 24-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: Sean MacDonnell [+6]

Points
1. Donny Schatz 8256
2. Shane Stewart 7842
3. Kerry Madsen 7740
4. Joey Saldana 7711
5. Brad Sweet 7694
6. Paul McMahan 7652
7. Daryn Pittman 7585
8. Jason Sides 7326
9. David Gravel 7159
10. Logan Schuchart 6880

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Late Race Pass Gives Donny Schatz Win at River Cities Speedway

The Win is the 24th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for Schatz

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Aug. 21, 2015 - With a late race pass of Paul McMahan at Friday night's Second Leg of the Northern Tour at River Cities Speedway, Donny Schatz picked up his 24th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

With the hard fought win, Schatz also scored the sweep of series events at the track in 2015. He stood in victory lane when the Outlaws were in Grand Forks on June 19.

"These three guys working on the racecar, they are the ones you should be talking to," Schatz said. "They're just incredible. (Driving the late model tonight) kind of threw me off a little because I didn't get a lot of time to talk to them in between races. They made great calls to try to make things better for me. We finally got our racecar back to where it's better late in the race and they've worked hard to make that happen."

Schatz picked up quick time to start the night in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car with a lap of 10.398.

McMahan battled past Schatz in the night's Dash and took the top starting spot in the 40-lap feature. When the green flag fell, Schatz tried hard to get around McMahan but the CJB Motorsports driver held the position.

Through several cautions in the early going, a bunched up field and restarts provided opportunities for several drivers not least of which was Schatz and Mark Dobmeier, the winningest driver in River Cities' history.

Joey Saldana had taken over the second position from Schatz in his No. 71m Motter Equipment car on an early restart. When the field came to green following a caution on lap 17, the second, third and fourth place running cars of Saldana, Schatz and Dobmeier bunched up and set up a three-way battle for position. Schatz and Saldana battled side-by-side on the restart and through the succeeding lap. Advantage to Schatz as Dobmeier rode the cushion at the top around Saldana.

"We had a really good car and I gave it away on that restart there," Saldana said. "I don't know what I was thinking. Running the bottom and no, I'm going to try sliding to the top. That was a total mistake on my part."

As McMahan worked his way through lapped traffic, Schatz closed on the leader. McMahan beat Schatz down the front into turns one and two but Schatz ran down McMahan in turn three, lap after lap, McMahan blocked the line and held Schatz off.

The final stoppage of the night occurred on lap 27 as Jason Sides, Dusty Zomer, Austen Wheatley and Mitch Mack were caught up in a crash on the exit of turn four. All drivers were OK.

On the restart a new face emerged. Jason Johnson, who started the feature in 16th had steadily worked his way to sixth and when green flag again flew, Johnson moved from that position to third in one lap.

The pitched battle for the lead once again returned as McMahan worked to hold off Schatz. Lap after lap, with Schatz on the bottom of turns one and two and McMahan on the top, McMahan held off the No. 15. One bobble though was all it took for Schatz to get around McMahan off of turn two. As Saldana fought back in to the top three for his position, Schatz did not look back in the final eight laps.

For Saldana, the third place finish was a solid run for his team but a missed opportunity.

"I had to work my way back up there and had a shot at second and just didn't run a smart race the whole 40 laps," Saldana said. "But it was definitely a good solid effort by the whole team. Anytime you can be on the front straightaway after a World of Outlaws race, you've accomplished something."

McMahan, who finished second to Schatz after leading the first 32 laps of the feature, said his team has been making strides to get better after a rough middle part of the season. Ultimately though, he said every Outlaws team is chasing Schatz.

"I thought I had a shot tonight," McMahan said. "You always have a shot on the front row. You just always know that that 15 car is up there chasing you down. We started to get a little free. We took a big rock to the wing and knocked the right front corner in on it a little bit. No excuses. We just flat got beat, got outdriven tonight."

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action Sunday night at Nodak Speedway in Minot, N.D. for the Gerdau Magic City Showdown. To find out more information and to learn how to buy tickets, visit http://woosprint.com/nodak-speedway.

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River Cities Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz picked up his fourth quick time award of the season Friday night after a lap of 10.398 seconds… With his win tonight, Donny Schatz not only scored his 24th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season, but he swept the series events at River Cities Speedway this season… Brad Sweet was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 18 positions to finish in sixth… The battle for the third through sixth positions in the championship standings continues to be heated as less than 100 points separate the four drivers.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Casey Mack; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): N/A; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart;JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman;Super Flow ($50 cash): Chris Shirek; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Paul McMahan;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1(20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Mitch Mack; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Mitch Mack; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Casey Mack.

A-Main - (40 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [$5,500]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4] [$3,200]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [16] [$2,800]; 5. 13-Mark Dobmeier [8] [$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [24] [$2,300]; 7. 7-David Gravel [7] [$2,200]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [5] [$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10] [$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11] [$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [6] [$1,500]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [13] [$1,100]; 14. 9N-Wade Nygaard [20] [$1,050]; 15. 1K-Chris Shirek [9] [$1,000]; 16. 99-Jordan Graham [21] [$900]; 17. 5-Dave Glennon [14] [$800]; 18. O-Nick Omdahl [23] [$800]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [18] [$800]; 20. 82-Dusty Zomer [17] [$800]; 21. 92-Mitch Mack [19] [$800]; 22. 44W-Austen Wheatley [15] [$800]; 23. 2A-Austin Pierce [12] [$800]; 24. 8-Casey Mack [22] [$800].Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-32, Donny Schatz 33-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet [+18]

Points
1. Donny Schatz 7956
2. Shane Stewart 7562
3. Kerry Madsen 7459
4. Joey Saldana 7441
5. Brad Sweet 7422
6. Paul McMahan 7370
7. Daryn Pittman 7303
8. Jason Sides 7066
9. David Gravel 6910
10. Logan Schuchart 6670

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F\irst at Last: Kerry Madsen Claims his First Win of the 2015 Season

Win at Junction Motor Speedway is the first Outlaws win in nearly a year for Madsen

MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. - Aug. 18, 2015 - After a season of podium finishes and consistent runs that had yet to result in a win, Kerry Madsen finally ended his year-long World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series winless drought with a victory at Junction Motor Speedway's NAPA Auto Parts Sprint Car Extravaganza presented by Mid-Nebraska Land Development on Tuesday night.

Madsen led flag-to-flag at the track in McCool Junction, Neb. and became the 20th different driver to win an Outlaws feature this season.

"We got on a roll last year and somehow we got off it," Madsen said. "And the last month we have been working so hard to try to get our racecars better and we had a great week last week and tonight. You can just never feel complacent when you're on the front row with Donny. I was pushing hard, there probably wasn't really another line, but you're just expecting some big slide job. So every lap you drive as hard as you can. Just great to get the result."

Madsen, who came in to 2015 after a season that saw him in victory lane six times, last won an Outlaws feature on Sept. 7, 2014 at Antioch (Calif.) Speedway.

Joey Saldana kicked off the night at Junction Motor Speedway by scoring his season-leading 13th quick time in qualifying and set a new track record of 13.528 seconds. Saldana's fast lap beat the old 13.586 second record set by Daryn Pittman in 2013.

When the series hit the track for the 30-lap feature temperatures had fallen to an unusually cold 55 degrees and the challenge of the night was amped up with a sustained 10 mph wind.

Madsen and Donny Schatz took up positions on the front row. Madsen jumped out to an early lead with Schatz trying to chase down the No. 29 American Racing Custom Wheels car.

"I caught it really well and got (Donny) right where I wanted him in one and two, got the slider, we had that little bit of moisture in the bottom of three which made it easy," Madsen said of his move for the lead.

He caught the back of the field by lap six and began working his way through.

The only caution of the night flew on lap 11 and proved pivotal for Saldana who spent the early half of the race in third. When the green flag once again fell, Saldana battled Schatz through turns one and two and dove low in three and four, trying a slider on Schatz's No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car for second. As the two cleared turn four, Saldana had taken over the position.

"We just tried something there through three and four and it worked," Saldana said.

Madsen again caught the back of the field on lap 18 and Saldana tried to close the gap on him. Madsen however had built up a persistent one and a half second lead.

As the laps wound down, Schatz caught Saldana in traffic. On laps 27 and 28, Schatz tried to make the move around the No. 71m Motter Equipment car for second but, despite getting side-by-side, was not able to make it work.

"We were fast there at the end of the night and were able to get up to Joe," said Schatz, who closed out the night with a third place finish. "It wasn't our best performance in a long time but we'll take it and lick our wounds and go on to the next one."

Saldana, who finished the night in second, said his Motter Motorsports team is doing what they need to and the consistency is there, they just need to find that little something extra to put them over the top.

"I felt like we had a really good car, it just came up short," Saldana said. "We'll take it and move on to the next race. We're a consistent car, we've just got to get a little bit better and a little out here is hard to do. We've just got to keep digging, doing what we're doing."

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. for the Second Leg of the Northern Tour. To find out more information and to learn how to buy tickets, visit http://woosprint.com/river-cities-speedway-august.

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Junction Motor Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Joey Saldana recorded a new track record at Junction Motor Speedway on Tuesday night with a quick time qualifying lap of 13.528… With his win tonight, Kerry Madsen became the 20th different driver to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature this season… Kerry Madsen's last win came at Antioch Speedway on Sept. 7, 2014. It was the closest finish in series history... Logan Schuchart was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing seven positions to finish in eighth.

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [9]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [15]; 9. 1M-Danny Lasoski [8]; 10. 87-Aaron Reutzel [17]; 11. 44W-Austen Wheatley [10]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [14]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11]; 15. 7-David Gravel [12]; 16. 95-Matt Covington [13]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [18]; 18. 99T-Skylar Gee [19]; 19. 3A-Billy Alley [16]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart [+7]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
1. Donny Schatz 7805
2. Shane Stewart 7434
3. Kerry Madsen 7325
4. Joey Saldana 7297
5. Brad Sweet 7284
6. Paul McMahan 7224
7. Daryn Pittman 7177
8. Jason Sides 6942
9. David Gravel 6774
10. Logan Schuchart 6538

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2015 Points
Aug. 28
1. Donny Schatz 8256
2. Shane Stewart 7842
3. Kerry Madsen 7740
4. Joey Saldana 7711
5. Brad Sweet 7694
6. Paul McMahan 7652
7. Daryn Pittman 7585
8. Jason Sides 7326
9. David Gravel 7159
10. L. Schuchart 6880


 
 
 
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