2017 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Schedule Announced
Outlaws to break ground at three tracks
CONCORD, N.C. - December 8, 2016 -The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series solidifies its 2017 season not only on familiar grounds - visiting some of the most storied tracks nationwide - but also by adding three new tracks to an already big stage.
The series is scheduled to visit 25 states and one province for its upcoming season. Notably, the Greatest Show on Dirt will leave its usual tracks at some of dirt racing's most prestigious venues.
The grand introduction of the Outlaws' 40th season will be at the DIRTcar Nationals from February 17-19 at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park. In the event's 45th running, the Sprints will be accompanied by the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, and the Super DIRTcar Series, among others. All divisions will be seeking the coveted "Big Gator" trophy, along with bragging rights to start off the season.
As usual, the season will be headlined by its stops at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway and Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway. Eldora will host six days of action-packed racing, including the #LetsRaceTwo blockbuster show May 12-13 and Kings Royal to conclude a triple-header on July 15. Williams Grove Speedway will host seven days of racing, including the Champion Racing Oil National Open from September 28-30.
A highly anticipated mid-season event will feature Sprint car's cream of the crop, as the 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals hits the scene August 9-12 at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. The Outlaws will seek to extend the event's storied 57-year history with yet another barn-burner for the books. Last season series regular Jason Johnson celebrated an emotional victory, beating out superstar Donny Schatz for a night to remember.
Traditionally, the Outlaws have invaded Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway for the Wine Country Outlaw Shootout in April.
However, in the series' 26th year making the stop, the event at the stoic half-mile has moved forward to September 15-16 in hopes of more reliable weather. This will be the first time the Outlaws return to Calistoga for an early-September race weekend since 2007.
Continuing a streak of 15 stops in Canada since 2011, the series will make its annual stop at Ohsweken (Ont.) Speedway for the Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown. Schatz, the reigning race champion, has won the show three times since the series' inaugural stop in 2007.
Tracks making their debut in the series include: Gator Motorplex (Tex.), Cocopah (Ariz.) Speedway and West Liberty (Iowa) Speedway.
The series will make a cameo appearance at "Racing's Biggest Party" in the Northeast to headline Fulton Speedway's Saturday Night Special. The sprint car showdown on October 2 will be a part of the 46th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week in Upstate New York.
To conclude a rigorous 90-plus race schedule, the Outlaws will settle the points championship at the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals from November 2-4. Last season, Schatz solidified his eighth championship campaign at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, a series best. Not only was a champion crowned in front of a jam-packed crowd, but the three-day extravaganza also decided the final finish for a narrow points battle between the following three positions in points.
*Tentative schedule - subject to change
Friday, February 17, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park
Saturday, February 18, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park
Sunday, February 19, 2017 Volusia Speedway Park
Friday, March 03, 2017 Lone Star Speedway
Saturday, March 04, 2017 Gator Motorplex
Thursday, March 09, 2017 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track
Friday, March 10, 2017 Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track
Friday, March 17, 2017 Stone Chevrolet Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway
Saturday, March 18, 2017 Stone Chevrolet Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway
Friday, March 24, 2017 Stockton Dirt Track
Saturday, March 25, 2017 Stockton Dirt Track
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Placerville Speedway
Friday, March 31, 2017 Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds
Saturday, April 01, 2017 Perris Auto Speedway
Fiday, April 07, 2017 Cocopah Speedway
Saturday, April 08, 2017 Arizona Speedway
Sunday, April 09, 2017 Arizona Speedway
Friday, April 14, 2017 Devil's Bowl Speedway
Saturday, April 15, 2017 Devil's Bowl Speedway
Friday, April 21, 2017 Riverside International Speedway
Saturday, April 22, 2017 Raceway at I-55
Friday, April 28, 2017 Plymouth Speedway
Saturday, April 29, 2017 Tri-State Speedway
Friday, May 05, 2017 Missouri State Fair Speedway
Saturday, May 06, 201 81 Speedway
Friday, May 12, 2017 Eldora Speedway
Saturday, May 13, 2017 Eldora Speedway
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 Lincoln Speedway
Friday, May 19, 2017 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, May 20, 2017 Williams Grove Speedway
Sunday, May 21, 2017 Weedsport Speedway
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 New Egypt Speedway
Fiday, May 26, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Monday, May 29, 2017 Lawrenceburg Speedway
Thursday, June 01, 2017 Jackson Motorplex
Friday, June 02, 2017 Jackson Motorplex
Saturday, June 03, 2017 Jackson Motorplex
Friday, June 09, 2017 Knoxville Raceway
Saturday, June 10, 2017 Knoxville Raceway
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 Eagle Raceway
Friday, June 16, 2017 River Cities Speedway
Saturday, June 17, 2017 Red River Valley Speedway
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Granite City Speedway
Friday, June 23, 2017 West Liberty Raceway
Saturday, June 24, 2017 Beaver Dam Raceway
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 The Dirt Oval @ Route 66 Raceway
Thursday, June 29, 2017 Deer Creek Speedway
Saturday, July 01, 2017 Badlands Motor Speedway
Sunday, July 02, 2017 Badlands Motor Speedway
Friday, July 07, 2017 Cedar Lake Speedway
Saturday, July 08, 2017 Cedar Lake Speedway
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Attica Raceway Park
Thursday, July 13, 2017 Eldora Speedway
Friday, July 14, 2017 Eldora Speedway
Saturday, July 15, 2017 Eldora Speedway
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Lernerville Speedway
Friday, July 21, 2017 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, July 22, 2017 Williams Grove Speedway
Sunday, July 23, 2017 Ransomville Speedway
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Ohsweken Speedway
Friday, July 28, 2017 Hartford Speedway
Saturday, July 29, 2017 Wilmot Raceway
Friday, August 04, 2017 Raceway at I-55
Saturday, August 05, 2017 Raceway at I-55
Wednesday, August 09, 2017 Knoxville Raceway
Thursday, August 10, 2017 Knoxville Raceway
Friday, August 11, 2017 Knoxville Raceway
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Knoxville Raceway
Friday, August 18, 2017 River Cities Speedway
Sunday, August 20, 2017 NoDak Speedway
Friday, August 25, 2017 Black Hills Speedway
Saturday, August 26, 2017 BMP Speedway
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 Central Washington State Fair Raceway
Friday, September 01, 2017 Skagit Speedway
Saturday, September 02, 2017 Skagit Speedway
Monday, September 04, 2017 Grays Harbor Raceway
Wednesday September 06, 2017 Willamette Speedway
Friday, September 08, 2017 Silver Dollar Speedway
Saturday, September 09, 2017 Silver Dollar Speedway
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 TBA
Friday, September 15, 2017 Calistoga Speedway
Saturday, September 16, 2017 Calistoga Speedway
Friday, September 22, 2017 Eldora Speedway
Saturday, September 23, 2017 Lernerville Speedway
Thursday, September 28, 2017 Williams Grove Speedway
Friday, September 29, 2017 Williams Grove Speedway
Saturday, September 30, 2017 Williams Grove Speedway
Friday, October 06, 2017 TBA
Saturday, October 07, 2017 Fulton Speedway
Friday, October 13, 2017 TBA
Saturday, October 14, 2017 Port Royal Speedway
Friday, October 20, 2017 Lakeside Speedway
Saturday, October 21, 2017 Salina Highbanks Speedway
Friday, October 27, 2017 Dodge City Raceway Park
Saturday, October 28, 2017 Dodge City Raceway Park
Thursday, November 02, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Friday, November 03, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Saturday, November 04, 2017 The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Brent Marks Racing to Join Outlaws in 2017
Marks to live ultimate dream on the national tour
CONCORD, N.C. - December 6, 2016 - Brent Marks joins the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car series tour under his family-owned Brent Marks Racing (BMR) team for the 2017 season. Marks, hailing from Myerstown, Pa., has long dreamed of running with the Greatest Show on Dirt from the time he first hopped into a 410 sprint car seven years ago.
"It took a lot of work to make it happen, but I'm ready to go," said Marks, his voice upbeat. "It's been something I wanted to do my whole life. I got into 410 sprints knowing one day I wanted to be a World of Outlaws driver. Ever since then, I've been working at it year after year."
Marks is still seeking his first career World of Outlaws win, having made appearances in the circuit since 2009. The 25-year-old first entered the national tour in May 2009 at Williams Grove Speedway, where he said the experience was "a rude awakening." Marks qualified 37th in a 45-car field and did not advance from the C-Main. But as he developed the knack for competing in a faster field, Marks began to excel.
Since, Marks has compiled three top-5 and 18 top-10 performances in the series. Marks, who usually entered series races in-state, notably was a member of PA Posse Racing, whose rivalry with the Outlaws spans decades. In 2017, the No. 19M M&M Painting & Construction/ BAPS Auto Paint & Supply teamwill commit to a series it previously sought out to beat. But to Marks, the decision was based on a personal reflection of reaching the highest level in sprint car racing.
"I want to go ahead and chase my dream, to take this risk and go out there and do it," Marks said. "For me, it got to the point in my life where I didn't want to waste any more time. Time flies, and the next thing you know I'll be 35 [years old] and feel like this opportunity slipped through my fingers. I didn't want that to happen."
Marks finished fifth in the 2016 Speedway Motors/Champion Racing Oil Central PA Sprint Cars presented by Hoseheads championship. In 64 races last season, Marks amassed four wins, 23 top-5 and 41 top-10 performances traveling as far west as Texas. Even as Marks branches out nationally, the roots of his success will always hold strong.
"[Pennsylvania] is one of those places I'll be proud of - where I grew up racing," Marks said. "The PA Posse is such a famous brand, and it was really cool. But I've always been a fan of the World of Outlaws - even before I was racing sprint cars. I'm sure I'll be called a traitor, but we'll see. I have to follow my dreams."
Marks' childhood dream of becoming a racecar driver materialized when he was nine years old. His father, Jeffrey Marks, took him to the nearby Silver Spring Flea Market in search of a suitable go-kart. The search lasted hours. With his father already involved in racing, it was in the family bloodline. They had to find the perfect fit.
In his first year, Marks won the Shippensburg (Pa.) Speedway track championship. Marks started locally, but went on to win more than 350 races and 16 championships coastally in go-karting and micro sprints. When Marks upgraded to the 600cc micro sprints, he and his dad focused more on traveling throughout the state. Marks said it was neither in his father's mind nor budget to pursue full-sized sprint cars, but the racing spirit overwhelmed the father-son duo to take the leap.
With no experience in regular sprint cars, Marks found it difficult to find a ride - the path most drivers suggested. Taking the road less traveled, Marks and his father bought a car to race a limited schedule. Even with finite resources, Marks said he throttled down and never worried about conserving his equipment. His exposure in the industry demanded solid performances.
"We ran it like a business," Marks said. "If we didn't have the money, we didn't spend it. If we did, we bought what we needed to build a race team. Now, here we are seven years later, a World of Outlaws team. It's just amazing what we've been able to do. You don't really know what you've accomplished until you sit back and think about it. We never could've dreamed that this was what it was going to be."
As BMR embarks on a national tour, Marks' father - a businessman by trade - is also giving him the chance to operate the team. For Marks, denied rides and rockier roads have forged a divine passage to his dream. Now he will take his father's teachings to numerous tracks over a 10-month span.
"I know I'll have a ride next week," said Marks jokingly. "This is a sense of accomplishment now that I followed my dreams. There's a lot on my plate now, but I love the challenge. We're really pumped to have come this far together. This is something that when I'm old and retired, I can sit back and realize how I was able to do this with my dad."
Saldana to Park It in 2017
Will drive the No. 17 for Matt Wood and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
CONCORD, N.C. - Nov. 28, 2016 - Joey Saldana is not only carrying on his family legacy into the 2017 racing season, but also living out the legacy left by the late Bryan Clauson. Saldana teamed up with Matt Wood and NASCAR star Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to pilot the Elk Grove Ford/ Roth Investments No. 17 racecar in the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series tour next season - an aspiration of Clauson's since he first hopped into a 410 Sprint Car.
Saldana finished the 2016 season with Dennis Roth and Roth Motorsports amassing five wins, 31 top-five and 62 top-ten performances with 10 quick times in 81 points races. Saldana is nearing the 100-win milestone heading into his 18th consecutive season with the series; he stands at 99 wins, a mark that has taken the 1996 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year 19 seasons to build.
Saldana has finished within the top five in series championship point standings three of his last four seasons full-time. Roth Motorsports, which began its first World of Outlaw season in 1995, expected to carry its team's momentum into the following season. However, a series of unfortunate events prompted Roth to take a step back and not field the No. 83 car in 2017. Saldana, 43, said he still has plenty of gas left in the tank but worried that this may have been "it."
"If you're going to compete and be a racecar driver, if you don't do it 100 percent then why do it?" Saldana said. "I'm past the point of just racing. I want to race the best, or I really don't want to do it. This is what you dream about when you're 15 [years-old], and what you still dream about when you're 43. It was unsettling because I don't want to just step back. If I can't race at this level - the ultimate level - then I'm not going to do it. If you're going to put the effort into it you might as well race the best."
While Roth is taking a more reserved role - still helping to fund the new team - Saldana's racing career took an emotional turn and came full-circle. Saldana will not only represent Wood and Stenhouse on the track, but also keep the spirit of Clauson alive in the racing community. Saldana will have the chance to "Park it" for Clauson, his team and those who have supported him throughout the difficult transition. Clauson intended to join the Outlaws full-time in 2017, and Saldana said he knows he will be there to enjoy the ride.
"You want to 'Park It,'" Saldana said. "[Clauson] made that phrase popular so when you did park it, it meant you did your job that night and won the race. We need to do that as many times as possible for him so we can be competitive. Just making that No. 17 car competitive every night would make Bryan proud because his whole goal was to run with the World of Outlaws."
Not only were Saldana and Clauson connected through the racing family tree, but their friendship is also rooted by their own families. Clauson was there for Saldana's sons, Reece and Ragan. To Saldana, the ride is "Bryan helping me take care of my kids." It was not just his family. Clauson also kept Saldana's wide-eyed love for racing strong. Clauson had a watchful eye on Saldana and vice-versa - for a different reason.
Through Saldana's career, his goal was to always be the proven-dirt driver in the INDY 500 field. It was uncanny that while Saldana envied Clauson's career, he was doing the same. It was Clauson's goal to run full-time with the Outlaws but before he made the plans, he watched Saldana. The two admired each other's paths in motorsports, no matter how different they were. It just so happened that they were both living each other's dreams.
"It's weird, Bryan was doing everything that I always wanted to do, and here he was wanting to do what I was doing," Saldana said. "He did what all racecar drivers aspired to do and that was run the INDY 500, but still be a dirt track guy. That doesn't happen anymore. You don't see that. But Bryan Clauson did that. He was ready for that next challenge [The Outlaws]. In a weird way, it's all come full circle."
In 2017, Saldana will complete the circle when he barrels down the front stretch in the No. 17 car. Saldana has not taken his road for granted. He simply wants to do right by everyone, and make the season one to remember. Both parties are in it to create a championship contending team, enough to even move the once Missouri-based team to Brownsburg, Ind., the "Brownsburg Bullet's" hometown. Tyler Swank will remain the crew chief.
"Hopefully, we're going to be a first-class team that will compete with the Tony Stewart Racing, Kasey Kahne Racing and Larson-Marks Racing," Saldana said. "Hopefully I can make Bryan proud, make the Wood/Stenhouse team proud and just be competitive. I want to make them proud that they made the right choice with the driver, and that I do the right things by them and everyone that's involved with this team. I hope we can be the thorn in other teams' sides."
A Message from Rick Rogers of Destiny Motorsports
Well 2016 is in the books and all I can say is thank god that is over. When we started this season we thought that we had done everything possible to improve on our previous season finish of 10th place in the WoO standings. When we went to Florida and it didn't go the way we wanted it to, we were stunned to say the least. We decided that we were not going to panic and we would reevaluate after California and to be honest after California, I definitely thought about shutting the team down and moving on with life.
Surprisingly though a few things stopped me from doing this. My wife and I sat down and had a long conversation about the future of this team along with our partner from our largest sponsor, MonDak Portables, and they both reminded me of my passion for this sport of sprint car racing. They also told me that the difference in me being successful in my business life is that in business I have a more hands on approach, and am in charge on a daily basis. Another point they made to me was that my employees in business would walk through fire to do what I ask them to do, and they see the same thing with this driver and most of the crew and they encouraged me to run Destiny Motorsports more like my business.
So after California, I started having talks with members of my team to find out who would be on board for forging ahead and working to improve our race team. I found out that the crew that I had in front of me was so determined to make this better that it sent chills down my spine.
I have never had a driver that was as committed to my dream and me more then Paul McMahan. When we spoke to him about the results of the team and how things were going, the first thing I told him was that I understood that this is how he feeds his family and that I would not hold it against him if he left my team as we were not doing well at all and it was hurting his bottom line. Caught a little off guard with his response, Paul looked me straight in the eye and said "how about you and I work to fix this team and put us on the map where this team belongs?", which as a car owner is very good thing to hear.
Paul and I made a commitment to each other and our crew that we together were going to do everything in our power to change our fate. The favorite quote of Paul's is "we have two options we can quit or we can keep digging and make it better and neither one of us is a quitter." That is a mantra that drove us through the season, and continues to drive us today.
As a team we have worked so hard to fix this team, and we all feel that we are very close to completing our goal even though our results did not pick up as the year moved along. We end this season knowing exactly what we need to work on for next year, and we have a very good plan moving into this off-season. We will work diligently this off-season to make this team better for next year.
We are committed to Paul McMahan for next year and we are also committed to running the full WoO tour again in 2017.
We cant thank Paul McMahan, Tyler Rhey, Dennis Christ (Fud), Sonny Kratzer, Kyle Kenoyer, and Scott Benic for all their hard work and dedication to this team as we would not be where we are at without them.
We also want to thank the McMahan family for all of their sacrifices this year and allowing Paul to continue on with us even though it was tough at times. Thanks to Brayden McMahan for always providing laughter when all we wanted to do was cry, this kid sure can find a ray of hope and comedy in every bad situation.
And last but not least, we want to thank all you fans for staying true to us while we go through this trying season. The positive thoughts that you guys have given us truly kept us going when we were down, and those negative comments worked as well. As an owner take them very personal, and that makes me thrive to make this team better. We strive to improve this team for our core group, but we also work to silence our critics.
With 2016 officially in the books, we are very excited to continue our work for the 2017 season. We hope all of you are just as excited, and we look forward to sharing some new things as they unfold this winter.
Schatz Sweetens the Season with Win
Gravel records career-best season on tour
CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 29, 2016 - Donny Schatz orchestrated the celebration of his 229th career trip to victory lane differently Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The 20-year World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series superstar - as usual - hoisted the flag into an erupting confetti machine after the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals. But the thousands of fans erupted too when he casted the VP Racing Fuels checkered flag into the stands among the falling confetti.
Another extraordinary component to Schatz's night-cap was his reflection on the other 24 wins during the season. Each victory added value to his season - alongside the 60 top-five's and 77 top-10's in a season with some-90 points races. Collectively, his consistent success throughout the rigor of one of the most premier national tours led to a dominant 314-point spread in the series' points race. With the points lead, Schatz officially captured his eighth series championship; Schatz has won a championship in 40 percent of his seasons with the Outlaws.
"I know fans would have loved to see it go down to the wire," said Schatz about his championship campaign. "It's hard to say in this sport when you take 92 events coast-to-coast you have during the season. We left Florida to start this season 100-plus points in the hole. We had to win. We dug out of that hole - a 100-point deficit to a 300-point deposit with four DNFs along the way. To me, it was one of the hardest fought comebacks that we've had, and I'm really proud of my guys for that. After that, it says there's nothing my guys can't do."
Like Schatz alluded to, he and his Tony Stewart Racing team encountered adversity at DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Though he captured his first win of the season on the second night of the three-day event, Schatz did not make the feature in the opener and concluded the event placing outside of the top 10. For the reigning series champion, who won 31 races in 2015, he felt the pressure early-on.
"On paper, we won a lot of races and had no DNFs," said Schatz recollecting on 2015. "The hardest thing you can ever do is come out of a hole. We came out of that hole, and had consistent top-five and top-three finishes. But, there were also some things we left on the table. We left a championship out of Knoxville [Nationals], but this championship somewhat makes up for that."
This year's championship and a victory at the highly-regarded King's Royal at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway were two redeemable up-sides to the season. To him, those moments are still "hard to put into perspective." In the 10-month span of preparation and competition, Schatz's successes have yet to resonate with him. Though it will take Schatz some time to absorb the total success of the year, his triumph for the finale of World Finals was felt immediately in victory lane.
Schatz, who started fifth for the 30-lap feature, used his momentum from the previous night toward his 2016 season send-off. Schatz was honored with the KSE Hard Charger award the previous night, climbing 10 spots to a third place finish. Starting nine spots better than Friday's feature, Schatz was in a better position to contend for the win.
Platinum driver David Gravel, who won his heat race and the Craftsman® Club Dash earlier in the program, was seeking his 10th win of the season; by doing so, he would have joined Schatz as the only two drivers in the series to record double-digit win totals. Gravel led the field into the green flag. From there he alternated from the top in turns one and two to the bottom in turns three and four to maintain the top spot.
The first of four cautions on the second lap not only diminished Gravel's buffer, but also regrouped the field. On the restart, Schatz charged forward. He picked-up his podium spot then, thereon setting his sights on quick-timer Greg Hodnett and Gravel ahead of him. Schatz eventually used lapped traffic to take over the second spot on the backstretch. More importantly, a trend was developing: Schatz used the breaks in momentum from the cautions to his advantage.
The race's second caution on the 13th lap again regrouped the field; the top-three was beginning to separate by half-second intervals before the yellow flag waved. His strategy of using cautions came into play three laps later when it paired him with Gravel. Gravel defended his top spot on the restart and more importantly in turns one and two. However, the following lap reopened the door in Schatz's favor. Schatz, unable to get under Gravel the first time, made a successful move the second time around before another caution on the 15th lap.
Halfway home, Gravel dipped below Schatz in an attempt to reclaim the lead. But, a strong restart from Schatz made it an ill-attempt. Gravel stayed on pace with Schatz thereafter, maintaining a sub-second distance away from him. The race's final caution with nine laps remaining gave Gravel another opportunity to strike.
Gravel, taking the same approach, tried to leverage his racecar underneath Schatz's in turns three and four. However, Schatz's raw speed kept the battle at bay; he led Gravel by 0.472 seconds with eight laps to go. Within those laps, Platinum driver Joey Saldana sealed the deal for third. Saldana started seventh in the feature.
"As the run went on, the more and more [Schatz] slipped off turn four," said Gravel, explaining his strategy. "The bottom was definitely better there later, but I just could not keep up on the restarts. He just checked-out on the restarts, and I just couldn't close the gap."
While Schatz and Gravel protected their spots for the rest of the feature, Hodnett sought revenge. In the closing laps, Hodnett was able to reclaim the final podium spot. Even so, seven Outlaws finished inside the top 10. Schatz ultimately won the race by a 0.788-second margin.
"Joey races really hard, but I could squeeze in under him a couple of times enough to get out front," Hodnett said. "But I'll tell you what, hats-off to Schatz, Gravel and those guys. All these guys are really tough, and just to be able to half-ass compete with them, I'm just really proud of it. Would have liked the turn out to be better, but we'll be back God-willing to see what we can do in front of these great fans."
Gravel, the 2013 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, recorded his best season with the Outlaws since joining the national tour. He improved on last year's winless season, taking nine more checkered flags and earning 36 more top-five performances.
The Dirt Track at Charlotte Notebook
RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz finished the 2016 season strong, winning the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Starting fifth, Schatz used lapped traffic and a series of cautions to eventually overtake polesitter David Gravel. Greg Hodnett maintained his podium after a late push from Platinum driver Joey Saldana.
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte, N.C.; Oct. 29, 2016
Feature - (30 Laps) -1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$12,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel  [$5,500]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett  [$3,200]; 4. 83-Joey Saldana  [$2,800]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown  [$2,300]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart  [$2,200]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$2,100]; 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah  [$2,050]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides  [$2,000]; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer  [$1,500]; 12. 99-Brady Bacon  [$1,200]; 13. 41-Jason Johnson  [$1,100]; 14. 48-Danny Dietrich  [$1,050]; 15. 2L-Danny Lasoski  [$1,000]; 16. 49-Brad Sweet  [$1,000]; 17. 1B-Dale Blaney  [$1,000]; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$1,000]; 19. 23-Trey Starks  [$1,000]; 20. 17B-Bill Balog  [$1,000]; 21. 71M-Dave Blaney  [$1,000]; 22. 7-Paul McMahan  [$]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson  [$]; 24. 18-Ian Madsen  [$1,000]; 25. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild  [$1,000]; 26. 82-Sammy Swindell  [$1,000]
Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-14, Donny Schatz 15-30
Unofficial Championship Standings
1. Donny Schatz 11321
2. Daryn Pittman 11007
3. David Gravel 10978
4. Brad Sweet 10973
5. Joey Saldana 10800
6. Shane Stewart 10773
7. Jason Johnson 10256
8. Logan Schuchart 10127
9. Jason Sides 9866
10. Paul McMahan 9454
Johnson Earns Fourth Series Win of 2016
Eight Outlaws finish inside the Top 10
CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 28, 2016 - Jason Johnson set the tone for the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Friday night, winning the first night of racing for the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Johnson, who idled his winged sprint down victory lane for the fourth time this season, has made his victories count for the series' most celebrated races in 2016.
"I'll tell you what, these Priority Aviation/ Mesilla Valley Transportation guys have been doing a hell of a job all year long," said Johnson, beaming on the front-stretch. "To cap it off at the end of the year with a victory in front of this great crowd...couldn't say any more bout the facility at such an awesome event...to win is just an honor."
Earlier in the year, Johnson recorded his second win at the prestigious 5-Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey's General Stores on August 13. At Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, the Eunice, La. native battled wheel-to-wheel with points leader Donny Schatz for a valuable extension on the event's 56-year history. Johnson encountered a similar situation at World Finals.
Johnson, who started fourth in the feature, preceded the feature with a heat win and second place finish in the second Craftsman® Club Dash; Dale Blaney finished ahead of him. With Blaney starting second and fellow Platinum driver Brad Sweet on the pole for the 30-lap feature, Johnson faced an uphill battle chock-full of the sport's most proven drivers.
Sweet, riding the high of winning the first dash of the night, started strong into the green flag. However, Blaney superseded his prowess and managed to take the top spot in the opening laps. Within the first three laps, Blaney increased his lead to 2.044 seconds. Two laps later, Johnson caught his stride and undertook Sweet exiting turn one for the second spot.
Sweet did not go down without a fight; he redeemed his spot on the race's ninth lap. The two drivers thereon jockeyed for the runner-up spot, both using an under-over maneuver on each other for the next two laps. Johnson got the best of the battle, securing the spot exiting turn four on the 11th lap.
From there, Sweet faded. Logan Schuchart, who started seventh on the night, got around Sweet for the final podium position. While Schuchart was solidifying his spot on the podium, Johnson was cutting into Blaney's lead. With 10 laps remaining, Johnson came within 0.382 seconds before the race's first and only caution. By this time, the World of Outlaws regulars claimed six out of the top seven spots. Schatz was sitting in sixth.
"I'm very lucky to drive this racecar right now," Schuchart said. "Our guys do a very great job, and it's a fast car. I felt better as the race went on. I felt like it was the fastest car at the end of the race. The weather looks similar tomorrow so hopefully the track is similar."
On the restart, Johnson closed the gap more than he had originally. Blaney and Johnson fought side-by-side, their cars parallel to each other exiting turn four with nine laps remaining. All the while, Schatz began his charge to the front. The seven-time series champion - soon to be eighth once he signs in for the event's finale - made his way up to third with six laps left in the feature.
"These guys did an incredible job," Schatz said. "The racetrack: you really didn't know what was going to happen there. I'm glad those guys worked it. It made for a great race. I thought we were in really great shape coming through there. I tried to change and adapt to what I had. Tonight was definitely a big learning curve, and it's definitely fun."
Johnson proved to be too much for Blaney, and in the closing laps fell back. Johnson had sole possession of the lead. Schuchart and Schatz were able to get by Blaney, finishing one-two respectively behind Johnson. With Schatz's charge, he recorded his 59th top-five performance of the year. Adding to the series' success, the Outlaws placed in eight of the top-10 spots.
"We're a privateer team, and we're definitely financially driven," said Johnson, earning the $12,000 purse. "So, it's an honor to pull-off another victory."
Schatz, who doubled-over into the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series, finished 15th in the 50-lap feature which preceded the Sprint class. Schatz said he is having "a lot of fun" dabbling in both classes, but his focus for the finale will be in sprint car.
"I don't think I was cut-out to drive those cars," Schatz said. "Those 50 laps seemed like 500 to me. It was brutal. Tomorrow will be a little better being able to run the sprint car first. So, we'll see what happens with that."
The Dirt Track at Charlotte Notebook
RACE NOTES: Jason Johnson, who started fourth in the feature, spent the majority of the 30-lap feature battling toward the front. Once the Platinum driver sealed the deal for the second position, he had his sights toward overtaking Dale Blaney for the lead. With six laps remaining, Johnson succeeded. Streaking Logan Schuchart replaced Blaney for the second spot in the closing laps. Donny Schatz, who started in 13th position, followed Schuchart into the podium. Schatz was honored with the KSE Hard Charger Award, climbing 10 positions in all.
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte, N.C.; Oct. 28, 2016
Feature - (30 Laps) - 1. 41-Jason Johnson  [$12,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz  [$3,200]; 4. 1B-Dale Blaney  [$2,800]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,500]; 6. 5-David Gravel  [$2,300]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart  [$2,200]; 8. 10H-Chad Kemenah  [$2,100]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$2,050]; 10. 83-Joey Saldana  [$2,000]; 11. 21-Brian Brown  [$1,500]; 12. 2M-Brent Marks  [$1,200]; 13. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides  [$1,050]; 15. 2L-Danny Lasoski  [$1,000]; 16. 71M-Dave Blaney  [$1,000]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen  [$1,000]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich  [$1,000]; 19. 82-Sammy Swindell  [$1,000]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson  [$]; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer  [$1,000]; 22. 7-Paul McMahan  [$1,000]; 23. 27-Greg Hodnett  [$1,000]; 24. 19-Paige Polyak  [$1,000]; 25. 51S-Stevie Smith  [$1,000]
Lap Leaders: Dale Blaney 1-23, Jason Johnson 24-30 ]
1. Donny Schatz 11171
2. Daryn Pittman 10873
3. Brad Sweet 10855
4. David Gravel 10832
5. Joey Saldana 10658
6. Shane Stewart 10636
7. Jason Johnson 10132
8. Logan Schuchart 9987
9. Jason Sides 9736
10. Paul McMahan 9364
Hodnett, Stewart, McCreadie, Richards Post Quickest Times in Thursday's Kickoff to the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals
CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 27, 2016) – An electrifying first day of the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals kicked off under clear skies and in front of a captivated audience on Thursday at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Greg Hodnett thrilled Pennsylvania Posse fans with a scintillating, 12.633-second lap to earn quick time for Friday’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars showdown. Not to be outdone, Shane Stewart set the quickest time for Saturday at a 12.826-second clip around Charlotte’s high-speed, four-tenths-mile clay oval.
Tim McCreadie’s 14.761-second lap paced the first of two World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models time trials, while Josh Richards – ready to clinch his record fourth title – led the second session with a 14.876-second run.
A thundering herd of Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds rolled into Charlotte on Thursday, but no one in the field could top Larry Wight’s blistering 15.582-second lap in the first of two qualifying sessions. Chris Raabe captured the quickest time in the second session to set the stage for an unforgettable two nights of wheel-to-wheel, championship-deciding action that will conclude all three series’ seasons.
Also announced Thursday, next year’s Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals will commence on Thursday, Nov. 2 and will run through Saturday, Nov. 4. The OneDirt World Short Track Championship, also at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, will kick off the two-week dirt spectacular from Thursday, Oct. 26, to Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars
First Qualifying Session
1.Greg Hodnett, 12.633; 2. Shane Stewart, 12.644; 3. Daryn Pittman, 12.712; 4. Brad Sweet, 12.719; 5. Logan Schuchart, 12.760; 6. David Gravel, 12.785; 7. Ian Madsen, 12.848; 8. Paige Polyak, 12.848; 9. Dale Blaney, 12.852; 10. Chad Kemenah, 12.854; 11. Jason Johnson, 12. 856; 12. Jason Sides, 12.856; 13. Joey Saldana, 12.875; 14. Donny Schatz, 12. 909; 15. Stevie Smith, 12. 923; 16. Danny Lasoski, 12. 926; 17. Tim Shaffer, 12.934; 18. Brian Brown, 12.934; 19. Dave Blaney, 12.947; 20. Danny Dietrich, 12.959; 21. Brent Marks, 12.982; 22. Lucas Wolfe, 12.985; 23. Kraig Kinser, 12.986; 24. Doug Esh, 12.992; 25. Paul McMahan, 13.046; 26. Brock Zearfoss, 13.049; 27. Greg Wilson, 13.049; 28. Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.055; 29. Cole Duncan, 13.072; 30. Tanner Thorson, 13.074; 31. Carson Macedo, 13.090; 32. Kerry Madsen, 13.099; 33. Tyler Courtney, 13.120; 34. Brady Bacon, 13.128; 35. Jac Haudenschild, 13.146; 36. Ryan Smith, 13.159; 37. Tyler Bear, 13.173; 38. Dane Lorenc, 13.190; 39. Hunter Schuerenburg, 13.204; 40. Trey Starks, 13.208; 41. Bill Balog, 13.228; 42. Parker Price-Miller, 13.299; 43. Danny Smith, 13.318; 44. Lance Moss, 13.355; 45. Sammy Swindell, 13.378; 46. Chad Boespflug, 13.417; 47. Cale Conley, 13,541; 48. Clyde Knipp, 13.565; 49. Jay Galloway, 14.051.
Second Qualifying Session
1. Shane Stewart, 12.826; 2. Daryn Pittman, 12.829; 3. Joey Saldana, 12.840; 4. Greg Hodnett, 12.927; 5. David Gravel, 12.933; 6. Logan Schuchart, 12.946; 7. Donny Schatz, 12.982; 8. Jason Johnson, 12.958; 9. Brad Sweet, 12.960; 10. Ian Madsen, 12.965; 11. Tim Shaffer, 12.975; 12. Danny Lasoski, 12.982; 13. Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.000; 14. Dave Blaney, 13.011; 15. Paige Polyak, 13.029; 16. Stevie Smith, 13.046; 17. Brady Bacon, 13.057; 18. Bill Balog, 13.070; 19. Brian Brown, 13.080; 20. Ryan Smith, 13.080; 21. Danny Dietrich, 13.086; 22. Chad Kemenah, 13.088; 23. Dale Blaney, 13.098; 24. Lucas Wolfe, 13.101; 25. Carson Macedo, 13.123; 26. Jac Haudenschild, 13.145; 27. Trey Starks, 13.152; 28. Brent Marks, 13.152; 29. Kraig Kinser, 13.167; 30. Sammy Swindell, 13.171; 31. Hunter Schuerenburg, 13.174; 32. Brock Zearfoss, 13.196; 33. Paul McMahan, 13.224; 34. Kerry Madsen, 13.225; 35. Cole Duncan, 13.230; 36. Jason Sides, 13.252; 37. Tanner Thorson, 13.267; 38. Doug Esh, 13.314; 39. Tyler Courtney, 13.378; 40. Parker Price-Miller, 13.382; 41. Cale Conley, 13.393; 42. Tyler Bear, 13.400; 43. Greg Willson, 13.450; 44. Chad Boespflug, 13.495; 45. Clyde Knipp, 13.548; 46. Lance Moss, 13.711; 47. Dane Lorenc, 13.773; 48. Danny Smith, 13.783; 49. Jay Galloway, 13.964.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models
First Qualifying Session
Group A: 1. Tim McCreadie, 14.761; 2. Chris Madden, 14.766; 3. Shane Clanton, 14.893; 4. Dale Hollidge, 14.980; 5. Austin Smith, 14.999; 6. Donny Schatz, 15.010; 7. Dennis Erb Jr., 15.022; 8. Frank Heckenast Jr., 15.050; 9. Billy Moyer Jr., 15.115; 10. Chris Ferguson, 15.166; 11. Donald Bradsher, 15.212; 12. Steve Casebolt, 15.212; 13. Steven Roberts, 15.214; 14. G.R. Smith, 15.216; 15. Max Blair, 15.216; 16. Eric Wells, 15.226; 17. Hudson O’Neal, 15.237; 18. Kyle Bronson, 15.251; 19. Brain Ruhlman, 15.286; 20. Russell Erwin, 15.326; 21. Timothy Culp, 15.350; 22. Jeremy Miller, 15.353; 23. Brian Shirley, 15.378; 24. Tyler Erb, 15.378; 25. Daulton Wilson, 15.490; 26. Ross Robinson, 15.512; 27. Brandon Overton, 15.529; 28. Dustin Mitchell, 15.601; 29. Andy Fries, 15.618; 30. Justin Williams, 15.691; 31. Ryan King, 15.790; 32. Bob Gordon, 15.853; 33. Doug Sanders, 15.950; 34. Nick Davis, 16.431; 35. Joey Coulter, NT.
Group B: 1. Josh Richards, 14.809; 2. Dale McDowell, 14.946; 3. Darrell Lanigan, 15.096; 4. Don O’Neal, 15.179; 5. Jason Covert, 15.246; 6. Jesse Stovall, 15.259; 7. Rick Eckert, 15.276; 8. Chase Junghans, 15.291; 9. Robbie Scott, 15.306; 10. Tyler Carpenter, 15.312; 11. Mason Zeigler, 15.338; 12. Chad Hollenbeck, 15.367, 13. Willie Milliken, 15.398; 14. Chub Frank, 15.435; 15. Ross Bailes, 15.442; 16. Jason Feger, 15.444; 17. Tyler Horst, 15.469; 18. Morgan Bagley, 15.482; 19. Nick Hoffman, 15.488, 20. Steve Francis, 15.525; 21. Riley Hickman, 15.562; 22. Dean Bowen, 15.566; 23. Johnathan Davenport, 15.576; 24. Kenny Moreland, 15.608; 25. Michael Rouse, 15.651; 26. Pancho Lawler, 15.677; 27. Jordan Yaggy, 15.682; 28. Johnny Pursley, 15.752; 29. Allen Murray, 15,797; 30. Boom Briggs, 15.838; 31. Brian Ledbetter, 16.250; 32. Blake Spencer, 16.442; 33. Jeff Robertson, 17.626; Dan Stone, DQ.
Second Qualifying Session
Group A: 1. Josh Richards 14.876 seconds; 2. Chris Madden, 15.031; 3. Steve Casebolt, 15.237; 4. Don O’Neal, 15.239; 5. Chris Ferguson, 15.285; 6. Chub Frank, 15.352; 7. Donald Bradsher, 15.355; 8. G.R. Smith, 15.373; 9. Eric Wells, 15.378; 10. Steven Roberts, 15.450; 11. Andy Fries, 15.470; 12. Willie Milliken, 15.475; 13. Robbie Scott, 15.493; 14. Tyler Horst, 15.534; 15. Kyle Bronson, 15.585; 16. Dean Bowen 15.600; 17. Jordan Yaggy, 15;613 18. Ross Bailes, 15.650; 19. Brian Ruhlman, 15.663; 20. Frank Heckenast Jr., 15.674; 21. Chad Hollenbeck, 15.696; 22. Brandon Overton, 15.696; 23. Johnny Pursley, 15.732; 24. Dan Stone, 15.881; 25. Michael Rouse, 15.904; 26. Steve Francis, 15.920; 27. Boom Briggs 16.104; 28. Bob Gordon, 16.132; 29. Blake Spencer, 16.321; 30. Nick Hoffman, 16.847; 31. Jeff Robertson, 17.608.
Not classified: Dustin Mitchell, Justin Williams, Jeremy Miller, Russell Erwin.
Group B: 1. Tim McCreadie, 15.052; 2. Dale McDowell, 15.134; 3. Shane Clanton, 15.159; 4. Dale Hollidge, 15.202; 5. Donny Schatz, 15.256; 6. Dennis Erb Jr., 15.324; 7. Rick Eckert, 15.351; 8. Jason Covert, 15.363; 9. Darrell Lanigan, 15.390; 10. Billy Moyer Jr., 15.394; 11. Chase Junghans, 15.404; 12. Max Blair, 15.434; 13. Hudson O’Neal, 15.442; 14. Morgan Bagley, 15.569; 15. Austin Smith, 15.652; 16. Riley Hickman, 15.697; 17. Timothy Culp, 15.702; 18. Tyler Erb, 15.714; 19. Jonathan Davenport, 15.715; 20. Tyler Carpenter, 15.727; 21. Daulton Wilson, 15.748; 22. Kenny Moreland, 15.748; 23. Joey Coulter, 15.754; 24. Ryan King, 15.793; 25. Mason Zeigler, 15.805; 26. Doug Sanders, 15.848; 27. Pancho Lawler, 15.861; 28. Nick Davis, 15.955; 29. Jesse Stovall, 15.992; 30. Brian Ledbetter, 16.158; 31. Ross Robinson, 16.224; 32. Allen Murray, 16.443; 33. Brian Shirley, 16. 758; 34. Jason Feger, NT.
Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
First Qualifying Session
1. Larry Wight, 15.582; 2. Billy Decker, 15.680, 3. Dave Blaney, 15.686; 4. Mike Mahaney, 15.710; 5. Keith Flach, 15.756; 6. Jimmy Phelps, 15.789; 7. Matt Sheppard, 15.809; 8. Erick Rudolph, 15.817; 9. Justin Haers, 15.867; 10. Chris Raabe, 15.875; 11. Brett Hearn, 15.888; 12. Yan Bussiere, 15.902; 13. Billy Pauch Jr., 15.902; 14. Stewart Friesen, 15.954; 15. Chris Hile, 15.967; 16. Pat Ward, 15.971; 17.Peter Britten, 15.973; 18. Mat Williamson, 15.980; 19.Tyler Dippel, 15.999; 20.Justin Wright, 16.040; 21. Tim Kerr, 16.047; 22. Jimmy Horton, 16.073; 23.Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.099; 24. Matt Janiak, 16.134; 25. Danny Johnson, 16.137; 26.Gary Tomkins, 16.147; 27. Jean-Francois Corriveau, 16.150; 28. Dave Rauscher, 16.152; 29. Carey Terrance, 16.157; 30. Ryan Godown, 16.205; 31. Rich Scagliotta, 16.212; 32.Mike Maresca, 16.229; 33.Ryan Watt, 16.318; 34. Joe August Jr., 16.355; 35. J.R. McGinley, 16.370; 36. Gary Edwards Jr., 16.464; 37. Marcus Dinkins, 16.777; 38. Rich Laubach, 17.070; 39. Ralph McBride, 17.911; Frank Cozze, NT; Robbie Bellinger, NT; Brett Kresley, Extra Lap; Tim Fuller, Extra Lap; Kenny Tremont Jr., Extra Lap; Max McLaughlin, Extra Lap; Rick Regalski, Extra Lap.
Second Qualifying Session
1. Chris Raabe, 15.860; 2. Mike Maresca, 15.878; 3. Ryan Watt, 15.898; 4. Pat Ward, 15.913; 5. Rick Scagliotta, 15.955; 6. Dave Rauscher, 15.962; 7. Matt Janiak, 16.006; 8. Kenny Tremont Jr., 16.027; 9.Marcus Dinkins, 16.037; 10. Gary Edwards Jr., 16.039; 11. Justin Haers, 16.050; 12. Tim Fuller, 16.073; 13. Dave Blaney, 16.092; 14. Mat Williamson, 16.097; 15. Billy Pauch Jr., 16.098; 16. Mike Mahaney, 16.108; 17. Yan Bussiere, 16.152; 18. Jeremiah Shingledecker, 16.155; 19. Frank Cozze, 16.170; 20. Brett Hearn, 16.196; 21. Gary Tomkins, 16.212; 22. Erick Rudolph, 16.216; 23. Justin Wright, 16.216; 24. Tim Kerr, 16.251; 25. Matt Sheppard, 16.278; 26. Ryan Godown, 16.280; 27. Max McLaughlin, 16.292; 28. J.R. McGinley, 16.295; 29. Larry Wight, 16.295; 30. Peter Britten, 16.304; 31. Jimmy Phelps, 16.339; 32. Keith Flach, 16.345; 33. Danny Johnson, 16.355; 34. Chris Hile, 16.407; 35. Carey Terrance, 16.451; 36. Jimmy Horton, 16.453; 37. Joe August Jr., 16.465, 38. Billy Decker, 16.527; 39. Rick Laubach, 16.538; 40. Tyler Dippel, 16.577; 41. Brett Kresley, 16.740; 42. Stewart Friesen, 16.780; 43. Rick Reglaski Jr., 17.513; 44. Jean-Francois Corriveau, 32.704; 45. Ralph McBride, 33.580; Robbie Bellinger, NT.
First Session Heats
First Heat (8 laps): 1. Mat Williamson; 2. Pat Ward; 3. Jimmy Horton; 4. Ryan Godown; 5. J.R. McGinley; 6. Brett Kresley; 7. Jeremiah Shingledecker; 8. Joe August Jr.; 9. Ralph McBride; 10. Marcus Dinkins
Second Heat (8 laps): 1. Dave Blaney; 2. Jimmy Phelps; 3. Erick Rudolph; 4. Ryan Watt; 5. Chris Hile; 6. Frank Cozze; 7. Tim Kerr; 8. Jean-Francois Corriveau; 9. Matt Janiak
Third Heat (8 laps): 1. Justin Haers; 2. Stewart Friesen; 3. Yan Bussiere; 4. Peter Britten; 5. Gary Tomkins; 6. Rick Laubach; 7. Mike Maresca; 8. Justin Wright; 9. Gary Edwards Jr.
Fourth Heat (8 laps): 1. Larry Wight; 2. Billy Decker; 3.Mike Mahaney; 4. Danny Johnson; 5. Chris Raabe; 6. Tim Fuller; 7. Max McLaughlin; 8. Rick Regalski Jr.; 9. Kenny Tremont Jr.
Fifth Heat (8 laps): 1. Matt Sheppard; 2. Brett Hearn; 3. Tyler Dippel; 4. Keith Flach 5. Rich Scagliotta; 6. Billy Pauch Jr.; 7. Carey Terrance; 8. Dave Rauscher.
Did not start: Robbie Bellinger.
Second Session Heats
First Heat (8 laps): 1. Pat Ward; 2. Ryan Watt; 3. Chris Raabe; 4. Mike Maresca; 5. Dave Rauscher; 6. Kenny Tremont Jr.; 7. Gary Edwards Jr.; 8. Rich Scagliotta; 9. Matt Janiak.
Did not start: Marcus Dinkins.
Second Heat (8 laps): 1. Justin Haers; 2. Tim Fuller; 3. Mat Williamson; 4. Dave Blaney; 5. Billy Pauch Jr.; 6. Frank Cozze; 7. Mike Mahaney; 8. Jeremiah Shingledecker.
Not classified: Yan Bussiere.
Third Heat (8 laps): 1. Brett Hearn; 2. Matt Sheppard; 3. Gary Tomkins; 4. Erick Rudolph; 5. Ryan Godown; 6. Max McLaughlin; 7. Tim Kerr; 8. J.R. McGinley; 9. Justin Wright;
Fourth Heat (8 laps): 1. Larry Wight; 2. Peter Britten; 3. Jimmy Phelps; 4. Danny Johnson; 5. Jimmy Horton; 6. Keith Flach; 7. Chris Hile; 8. Carey Terrance; 9. Joe August Jr.
Fifth Heat (8 laps): 1. Billy Decker; 2. Tyler Dippel; 3. Rick Laubach; 4. Stewart Friesen; 5. Brett Kresley; 6. Jean-Francois Corriveau; 7. Rick Regalski Jr.; 8. Ralph McBride.
Not classified: Robbie Bellinger.
Pittman Returns to his Winning Ways at Salina
Led every lap in the feature
PRYOR, Okla. - Oct. 22, 2016 - Daryn Pittman returned to his winning ways on the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series tour Saturday night, winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twister Showdown at Salina Highbanks Speedway. Pittman's trip down victory lane was his eighth of the season.
With the win, Pittman - like his teammate Brad Sweet the night before - shattered a winless streak that spanned four months. His last victory was at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway on July 22. Pittman made his return to victory lane convincing, as he led all 31 laps of the night's feature in his No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb GF1 car.
"We haven't really been struggling, but I haven't been able to finish the job and get the win," Pittman said. "We've been there knocking on the door, and it's the driver's job to be able to finish and get the win. Our team has really been working hard and the car's fast. It's good to finally reward them with a win. It's been too
long. Hopefully we can use this momentum headed into Charlotte - we always seem to run well there - and get the win there."
By the courtesy of the Craftsman Club® Draw, Pittman led the 24-car field into the green flag. Pittman held his ground in the opening laps. A notably shift in the podium was last year's winner and Oklahoma-native Shane Stewart, who moved into the podium by passing David Gravel's No. 5 CJB Motorsports GF1 racecar.
Two cautions on the seventh lap ultimately caused a single-file restart. While Pittman extended his lead to nearly a .400-second margin, the same interval separated Stewart and Gravel. The two battled side-by-side, until Gravel reclaimed third position.
Pittman consistently extended his lead. Pittman had a 2.323 advantage with 10 laps remaining, and behind him, the podium began to shuffle. Jason Johnson, who was forced to use a backup car because of a wreck the night before, began to charge to the front. Johnson solidified fourth position; he started eighth in the feature.
Pittman led as much as 3.799 seconds with six laps remaining, and was on his way to the checkers. But, the race's final caution on the last lap of the race regrouped the field, giving hope to those drivers behind him. In a green-white-checkered scenario, Pittman led the single-file restart with Gravel behind him. Johnson's No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing Maxim car was in fourth.
On the restart, Gravel dove to the bottom of the 3/8-mile oval to contend with Pittman for the lead. Pittman slammed the door on Gravel exiting turn four and turn two heading to the checkers. Though Gravel ran out of real estate, Johnson did not for third position. In the closing lap, Johnson made his move into the final podium position in turn three, redeeming the weekend from an 11th place finish on Friday night.
"This car is a car we ran previously this season," Johnson said. "We had a lot of confidence in it, and all of our Maxim cars. We build a chain of them through the winter months, and they have a lot of similarities. Tonight, when we get in a predicament like that to get a car down, we know what to expect. We had to get down tonight after the wipeout last night in the heat race."
Pittman joined fellow Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Sweet as the weekend's feature winners. The duo ended their droughts that dated back to July. Both picked up their eighth win of the season.
Earlier in the program, Gravel recorded his second-consecutive quick time and heat win of the weekend - also in a backup ride. Gravel owed his strong performance to his engine, and said his consistently fast laps will give him momentum leading into the Bad Boy Off Road World Finals on October 27-29.
"Qualifying as good as we have, we keep putting ourselves in a good position," said Gravel, visibly distraught that he could not get Pittman in the final laps for his 10th win. "We've had good motors, and we're putting in the good, fresh ones now. They're showing [up]. We just can't get good feature finishes. So, glad to come home on the podium heading to Charlotte."
Salina Highbanks Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Daryn Pittman led every lap of the 31-lap feature, winning his eighth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature of the season. Pittman established his dominance early, but it was not until late in the race when he got challenged by David Gravel in the final two laps. In a green-white-checkered situation, Pittman fended-off Gravel. Jason Johnson, starting eighth in the feature, made a late push to round-out the podium.
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Salina Highbanks Speedway, Okla.; Oct. 22, 2016
Feature - (31 Laps due to green-white-checkered finish) -1. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$10,000]; 2. 5-David Gravel  [$5,500]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson  [$3,200]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen  [$2,800]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart  [$2,500]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon  [$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz  [$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,100]; 9. 83-Joey Saldana  [$2,050]; 10. 45X-Johnny Herrera  [$2,000]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson  [$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides  [$1,200]; 13. 7-Paul McMahan  [$1,100]; 14. 82-Sammy Swindell  [$1,050]; 15. 12-Lynton Jeffrey  [$1,000]; 16. 95-Matt Covington  [$900]; 17. O9-Matt Juhl  [$800]; 18. 5J-Jeremy Schultz  [$800]; 19. 17W-Kerry Madsen  [$800]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$800]; 21. 71A-R.J. Johnson  [$800]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$800]; 23. 13-Clyde Knipp  [$800]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson  [$800]
Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-31
1. Donny Schatz 11027
2. Daryn Pittman 10741
3. Brad Sweet 10715
4. David Gravel 10694
5. Joey Saldana 10528
6. Shane Stewart 10500
7. Jason Johnson 9982
8. Logan Schuchart 9841
9. Jason Sides 9614
10. Paul McMahan 9258
Sweet Silences the Field at Lakeside
Snaps more than four-month series winless streak
KANSAS CITY, Kans. - Oct. 21, 2016 - Brad Sweet steamrolled ahead Friday night to his eighth win of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series season at Lakeside Speedway. The O'Reilly Auto Parts Rumble on the River did not only give Sweet an advantage to finish the season's points race in the top-three, but the victory also snapped a 33-race drought for Sweet.
Sweet had not won a feature in the series since Badlands (S.D.) Motor Speedway on July 2. His best finish at Lakeside came in June 2014, when he placed sixth in the feature. Sweet started on the pole for this year's 30-lapper, which initially put him in position to break his winless streak.
"It was a little bit frustrating after a while," said Sweet, who also won the $10,000 purse. "We were off to a great start. Then we hit a slump and haven't been in victory lane. But it feels like the monkey is off our back. It's a bigger leap. Tonight we had a fast car, and we were able to move through lapped traffic."
In the opening lap Ian Madsen, who started second in the feature, claimed Sweet's spot in turns one and two. However in the five-caution feature frenzy, yellow flags prevented any of the three race-leaders throughout the race from putting any comfortable cushion between them and the 24-car feature. Though Madsen survived the race's first restart on the third lap, it gave other drivers the chance to make their move.
In turn four of the best lap Joey Saldana, seeking his 100th career series win, joined Madsen and Sweet in a three-wide drag race down the front stretch for the top spot. Saldana managed to overtake both of them and led nearly the remainder of the first-half of the feature.
With two laps before the halfway point - and the race's fourth caution - Sweet challenged Saldana riding the bottom of the track. Closing into the second half of the race, the front of the pack caught up to the back. Saldana, with less than a half-second lead at the time, got swept-up in the traffic, leaving Sweet enough room to claim the top spot.
The top-five underwent its biggest shuffle on the fourth restart, as Daryn Pittman led the charge into second position Pittman, who started third in the feature, regained a podium spot in turn two and through the backstretch overpowered Saldana. Logan Schuchart, with his most recent win the race before, followed Pittman's charge in his No. 1s Bobby Allen Triple X racecar.
Though Pittman carried momentum through that sequence in his No. 9 Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb GF1 winged-sprint, the race's final caution on lap 19 reset the field. From there, Pittman challenged Sweet, at times side-by-side and within a quarter of a second to the No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing GF1 car. Sweet ultimately won by a half-second margin. Sweet and Pittman are fellow teammates on Kasey Kahne Racing.
"We ran some pretty hard tires, and [the track] was really abrasive on tires," said Pittman, who thought the setup hurt him. "We gambled with some pretty hard tires, and the longer we ran the better we were. So I didn't need to see the yellows. We were close. This is one of my favorite half-miles that we run. If we can't win, I guess it's okay to get beat by your teammate, but I thought I had a shot on the last lap. But, I got a little too close to the lap cars and got caught in their dirty air."
Schuchart rounded-out the podium. Schuchart carries back-to-back podium finishes into the final regular series race, the O'Reilly Auto Parts Twister Showdown at Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway.
"At first, I didn't feel good at all," Schuchart said. "We were really loose and all over the place. "But the longer we went, the more fuel I got out of it and it started leaning left a little more. It got off [the turns] better and better. We're just happy to be out here. The car has been fast lately, and I thought we were going to have an off-night in the beginning, but it got better."
Earlier in the racing program, David Gravel recorded the fastest time in hot laps and qualifying, and won his heat race. Gravel's seventh quick time of the season was a 13.704 lap time. In the first heat, Gravel was the only driver to record a lap time below the 14-second mark.
Lakeside Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Brad Sweet took his eighth trip down victory this season Friday night, winning the O'Reilly Auto Parts Rumble on the River at Lakeside Speedway. Using his podium start, Sweet maintained his position up front, and passed Joey Saldana right before the race's halfway mark. He never looked back. Though he had a late challenge by teammate Daryn Pittman, Sweet prevailed. With the win, he broke a winless streak that dates back to early-July.
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Lakeside Speedway, Kans.; Oct. 21, 2016
Feature - (30 Laps) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet  [$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$3,200]; 4. 83-Joey Saldana  [$2,800]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart  [$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz  [$2,300]; 7. 17W-Kerry Madsen  [$2,200]; 8. 82-Sammy Swindell  [$2,100]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson  [$2,050]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson  [$2,000]; 11. 41-Jason Johnson  [$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides  [$1,200]; 13. O9-Matt Juhl  [$1,100]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$1,050]; 15. 5J-Jeremy Schultz  [$1,000]; 16. 71A-R.J. Johnson  [$900]; 17. 13-Clyde Knipp  [$800]; 18. 18-Ian Madsen  [$800]; 19. 21-Brian Brown  [$800]; 20. 7-Paul McMahan  [$800]; 21. 5-David Gravel  [$800]; 22. 12-Lynton Jeffrey  [$800]; 23. 95-Matt Covington  [$800]; 24. 21X-Kameron Key  [$800]
Lap Leaders: Ian Madsen 1-4, Joey Saldana 5-12, Brad Sweet 13-30
1. Donny Schatz 10891
2. Daryn Pittman 10591
3. Brad Sweet 10581
4. David Gravel 10547
5. Joey Saldana 10396
6. Shane Stewart 10360
7. Jason Johnson 9838
8. Logan Schuchart 9735
9. Jason Sides 9488
10. Paul McMahan 9134
Schuchart Slides into Victory Lane at Port Royal
Celebrates second series win in front of local crowd
PORT ROYAL, Pa. - Oct. 15, 2016 - Unlike the others, Logan Schuchart did not scale his car right away in victory lane. Rather, the Hanover, Pa. native took the time to hug his family in front of a local crowd. Schuchart won his second World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series race of the season Saturday night at Port Royal Speedway - less than 100 miles from his hometown.
Thereon, Schuchart jumped on the back of his racecar and began to climb to the wing and the confetti waiting for him at the top. Schuchart slid down the front of the wing as hundreds of fans applauded his dominant performance in the 30-lap feature. He led 28 laps, starting the feature on the outside of the first row in second.
"It means a lot to win here," Schuchart said. "Port Royal is where we started so to win here at home, we're proud. We're still from P.A. no matter what anybody says."
The qualifying flights earlier in the night foreshadowed the battle between pole-sitter Lucas Wolfe and Schuchart. Wolfe recorded the night's quick time with a 15.278; he established the track record for 410-sprints with 15.168 on July 5, 2014.Schuchart was second fastest in qualifying, just .02 seconds off his pace. Together, the feature showcased the two drivers' quickness around the half-mile oval.
Schuchart wasted no time, challenging Wolfe in the opening lap of the race. Though Wolfe slammed the door on his attempts in turns two and four, a caution the following lap essentially gave Schuchart a do-over.
Schuchart took advantage of the early-caution, finally making the pass low in turn two. In the next four laps, Schuchart extended his lead to a 2.316-second margin. By this time, the front of the 25-car field reached lapped traffic. However, his buffer did not last long as the race's second caution compromised his lead.
"It felt like the longest 30 laps ever," Schuchart said. "We've had races where we've been out front and have slowed down in lapped traffic. I got a little nervous. But once I got the top rolling, I could kind of pull the wing back and get my speed back. It felt pretty good. We're just really proud of this whole Shark Racing team."
On the restart, Wolfe reclaimed the lead but only momentarily. Schuchart answered back, soon reestablishing a comfortable cushion between him and Wolfe. Wolfe did not get another chance to challenge him. Within the final 10 laps of the feature, Wolfe began to fade while Greg Hodnett and Donny Schatz took a similar route to the podium. Wolfe held onto fourth position.
"Donny showed me the bottom off two and four and we moved down," said Hodnett, who finished second. "I got going on the bottom but Logan was gone. He was in another zip code. We were just lucky to be able to come up to second. It was a great field of cars and great fans.
Schuchart increased the spread to nearly four seconds in the closing laps of the race and ultimately won by a 4.705-second margin. Schuchart said the second half of the year is when the team really started to click. But, he owed his quick lap times and overall success to car owner Bobby Allen, who is also his grandfather. Allen was inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 1998.
"He's been doing it himself lately," Allen said. "He has a different car a little bit - different motor that seemed to work pretty well. It's great to get [a win] anywhere you can get them, but it was great to get it here. He had the car working good and was driving it very well."
Schatz, rounding out the podium, recorded his 58th top five performance of 2016. With five races left in the season, Schatz is two top five finishes shy of tying his total from last season.
"Obviously you want to win when you come out. That's how you get the 'Champion' status," Schatz said. "When you don't, you have to figure out why. So, we have a little work to do there. It was fun. [The track] did a great job giving us a great surface to race on top to bottom. You get to go to a lot of places in the country, and to see the pride that goes into what everyone has done here...it's just crazy how much pride the fans take in it. A lot of racetracks in the country people take for granted, but it's great to see [the pride] right here."
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Port Royal Speedway, Pa.; Oct. 15, 2016
Feature - (30 Laps)1. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$10,000]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett  [$5,500]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz  [$3,200]; 4. 1-Lucas Wolfe  [$2,800]; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease  [$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown  [$2,300]; 7. 5-David Gravel  [$2,200]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,050]; 10. 83-Joey Saldana  [$2,000]; 11. 51S-Stevie Smith  [$1,500]; 12. 19M-Brent Marks  [$1,200]; 13. 2-Shane Stewart  [$1,100]; 14. 17W-Kerry Madsen  [$1,050]; 15. 70-Danny Holtgraver  [$1,000]; 16. 1B-Dale Blaney  [$900]; 17. 41-Jason Johnson  [$800]; 18. 5C-Dylan Cisney  [$800]; 19. 7-Paul McMahan  [$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides  [$800]; 21. 88-T.J. Stutts  [$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$800]; 23. 17BX-Steve Buckwalter  [$800]; 24. 17B-Bill Balog  [$800]; 25. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss  [$]; Lap Leaders:Lucas Wolfe 1-2, Logan Schuchart 3-30;
1. Donny Schatz 10753
2. Daryn Pittman 10445
3. David Gravel 10438
4. Brad Sweet 10431
5. Joey Saldana 10254
6. Shane Stewart 10220
7. Jason Johnson 9710
8. Logan Schuchart 9591
9. Jason Sides 9362
10. Paul McMahan 9024
Dietrich with Dream Win at Williams Grove
Saldana one position shy of milestone
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Oct. 14, 2016 - A late push to the top Friday night ended in a victory lane celebration on the front stretch for Danny Dietrich, who won the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. The Gettysburg, Pa. driver hoisted the $25,000 check in the air in front of a local crowd.
"This is pretty incredible," Dietrich said. "This may have been one of the toughest races I've ever ran. They were setting a heck of a pace. It was no easy win. Props to those guys for racing me clean. I hope the fans got their money's worth. These are the toughest guys to race against - ever. This is the National Open and people dream about winning this. But, dreams do come true."
Dietrich, who finished on the podium in the series' previous show at Fulton Speedway (N.Y.), finished mid-pack in qualifying earlier in the night's program. Tim Wagaman recorded the fastest lap time at Williams Grove all season with a 16.314 in qualifying. Logan Schuchart, who set the track record at Fulton, was two-thousandths of a second slower than Wagaman in the following group.
It was Dietrich's second place finish in the third heat that gave him a favorable starting spot for the feature. Dietrich finished sixth in the Craftsman Club® Dash and started in the spot for the 40-lap A-Main. However, he was not an outsider looking into the top five for long. When the green flag waved the 26-car field into the feature, Dietrich's No. 48 car sprang into action.
In the opening lap, second place starter Brad Sweet moved to the inside of the half-mile oval; Dietrich followed suit, eventually challenging seven-time Series Champion Donny Schatz for fourth position in turn three of the second lap. Platinum driver David Gravel, who beat Dietrich in the heat race, was also in the mix.
Entering lapped traffic by the sixth lap, Gravel swapped third position with Schatz while Sweet briefly overtook pole-sitter Joey Saldana for first. Both Saldana and Schatz avenged their battles, and Schatz moved by Sweet with 21 laps remaining. On lap 23, Dietrich knocked Sweet's No. 49 car out of his podium position before the feature's first caution.
"We had the speed," Sweet said. "You just need to get the track position. Things went right for us there. We were off the front row. I'm a little disappointed because I thought we had a car capable of winning the race. I felt like the driver gave it away a little there."
The field endured an open red that allowed teams to refuel their winged-sprints. On the restart, Dietrich powered through Schatz into second position before the race's second caution on lap 24. Including another yellow flag on lap 26, Saldana strung together a series of strong restarts to retain first position. Even so, Dietrich gained on Saldana with each lap. Dietrich consistently cut the corner in turn three, shaving seconds off Saldana's half-second lead. Dietrich momentarily passed Saldana until the fourth caution on lap 27.
"These guys are really good out here when you come here to race," Saldana said. "[Dietrich] snickered me on that restart there, and I just got lucky. We did have a good car. You have to come out here and perform."
One more near-perfect restart from Saldana kept his No. 83 car in front of the field; however, Dietrich resumed his strategy by sticking to the inside groove. On lap 34, Dietrich was able to get under Saldana exiting turn four for the lead. Saldana fought back. In a back-and-forth, Saldana was back out front.
"I kept working the bottom there," Dietrich said. "I really wasn't good anywhere but the bottom, so I just kept working it. I felt I could keep-up better down there than running on the top. I was a little too loose to be running around the top. I just couldn't get to the exit with speed like I needed to. If you told me by lap 10 I'd be standing up here [in victory lane], I would've laughed."
In the final laps, Saldana moved to the bottom of the track to block a hard-charging Dietrich. With four laps remaining, Dietrich overpowered Saldana for the lead. Dietrich ultimately won the battle, while Saldana and Sweet rounded-out the podium. In victory lane - removing the storied Outlaws-PA Posse rivalry from the picture in that moment - the three joked and laughed. Surrounded by a packed front stretch, the crowd applauded the three for another instant-classic to be added into the event's 54-year history.
Saldana, who won the dash and led the field into the green flag, was in position to win his 100th series race of his career. He was in contention to join Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Donny Schatz, Mark Kinser and Doug Wolfgang as the only series drivers to record 100-plus series wins.
"That's something I want to accomplish before I'm done is to get at least 100 [wins]," said Saldana, who was not even thinking about his milestone during the race. "We were close tonight, just couldn't get it done."
Williams Grove Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES:Danny Dietrich used the bottom of William Grove Speedway's half-mile oval to his advantage Friday night, capturing the 54th Annual Champion Racing Oil National Open. After battling pole-sitter Joey Saldana for much of the second half, Dietrich made a late push in the race's closing laps to seal the deal.
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Williams Grove Speedway, Pa.; Oct. 14, 2016
Feature - (40 Laps) -1. 48-Danny Dietrich  [$25,000]; 2. 83-Joey Saldana  [$12,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet  [$6,000]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz  [$5,250]; 5. 5-David Gravel  [$4,500]; 6. 27-Greg Hodnett  [$4,000]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [$3,500]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$3,000]; 9. 69K-Lance Dewease  [$2,750]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides  [$2,500]; 11. 1B-Dale Blaney  [$2,300]; 12. 21-Brian Brown  [$2,250]; 13. 51-Freddie Rahmer  [$2,000]; 14. 51S-Stevie Smith  [$1,600]; 15. O7-Doug Esh  [$1,500]; 16. 41-Jason Johnson  [$1,300]; 17. 17W-Kerry Madsen  [$1,250]; 18. 2-Shane Stewart  [$1,050]; 19. 1-Lucas Wolfe  [$1,050]; 20. 1T-Tim Wagaman  [$1,050]; 21. 88-T.J. Stutts  [$1,000]; 22. 71M-Dave Blaney  [$1,000]; 23. 21P-Brian Montieth  [$]; 24. 70-Danny Holtgraver  [$1,000]; 25. 7-Paul McMahan  [$1,000]; 26. 11C-Cory Haas.
Lap Leaders:J oey Saldana 1-14, 16-38; Brad Sweet 15, Danny Dietrich 39-40.
Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
1. Donny Schatz 10609
2. Daryn Pittman 10311
3. David Gravel 10302
4. Brad Sweet 10299
5. Joey Saldana 10124
6. Shane Stewart 10096
7. Jason Johnson 9594
8. Logan Schuchart 9441
9. Jason Sides 9252
10. Paul McMahan 8912
Outlaws travel to Keystone State for blockbuster weekend
CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 13, 2016 - The World of Outlaws and Pennsylvania Posse will butt bumpers for one last weekend in 2016. The Series will meet the Posse at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, October 14 for the Champion Racing Oil National Open and Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, October 15. The weekend will be an extension of last week's barn-burner at Fulton. But this time, the Outlaws will be in Posse territory.
Featured in a satellite event of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series rekindled a fiery battle between the Pennsylvania Posse on neutral soil. But the Upstate New York track ultimately hosted the prelude to this weekend's Pennsylvania stretch.
On Saturday night - an event that ended with 28 of 32 drivers breaking the track record - seven-time World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz was cornered by two of the four Posse drivers entered in the race. Schatz, who had not won at the track since 2006, was tested by Pennsylvania drivers Lucas Wolfe and Danny Dietrich. Dietrich, one of eight drivers in the first batch to record a sub 13-second lap time in the track's history, gunned for the front early in the feature.
Though Dietrich ended up losing the battle to Schatz and Wolfe, he owed his podium finish to starting second in the Craftsman Club® Dash. He did not budge in the dash and started second in the feature, which allowed him the open track to beat Schatz to the green flag. He just could not finish the 30-lapper flag-to-flag.
"This weekend all depends on what we're going to draw," said Dietrich, wishing he could have finished the job. "That's going to be a big factor at The Grove. We're excited to get back racing for good money with the Outlaws and The Grove."
Dietrich traveled five hours to Fulton, New York to take home the third-place prize money of $3,200. To him, the dollar amount made the trip worthwhile. But the stakes for Williams Grove, which is at his doorstep, make the National Open even more alluring. The event is now a $25,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start payoff for the 40-lap feature. Start time will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14.
The Outlaws-PA Posse rivalry is currently even at 2-2. Dietrich is seeking an Outlaws upset, while Wolfe is looking for revenge from Port Royal 2015.
"It's a good rivalry," Dietrich said. "Some guys might take it a little too far, but it's good for the sport. You need a rivalry. You need people who don't like each other, and you need people to say things that shouldn't have been said sometimes."
Stevie Smith picked up his first win in 24 years at Williams Grove last season, while Wolfe lost the battle to Platinum drivers Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman at Port Royal.
Dietrich applauded the rivalry's storied history, claiming that the Outlaws visiting the Keystone state for the sixth time offers a level of completion like none other. The Outlaws' stout group, coupled with the Posse's track experience, creates an even playing field when the green flag drops.
Moreover, he looks at it from a fan perspective. In the Outlaws' frequent stops, empty seats in the grandstands have been scarce if not non-existent. The rivalry riles up the fans for the impending wheel-to-wheel action.
"[The rivalry] keeps fans coming back, and without them, we wouldn't be doing what we're doing," Dietrich said. "It'll be a good Outlaw-Posse rivalry this weekend, and we'll see who comes out on top."
For LIVE video coverage of the Champion Oil National Open, visit dirtvision.com. A free audio broadcast will be available for the Outlaws' trip to Port Royal Speedway.
Schatz Stealthy in Fulton Win
Majority of field shatters track record
FULTON, N.Y. - Oct. 8, 2016 - Donny Schatz earned his 24th World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the season Saturday night in front of a packed Fulton Speedway grandstand. Fans from near and far witnessed the series return after two years for the Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience Saturday Night Special.
"I can't say enough about this race, and the color pink has been awesome," said Schatz, who recorded his second win this season with his Breast Cancer Awareness themed racecar. "It's for a good cause, but I'm happy to find a lucky color for me."
The series made its cameo appearance during Upstate New York's prestigious 45th running of the NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week. The Outlaws shared the spotlight with the Super DIRTcar Series, which competed in the "Win and You're In" portion of the program that decided the final spot for Sunday's famed Bud Light 200. Though the stakes were high for the Big-Block Modified class, the winged-sprints made history at Fulton's 3/8-mile dirt oval.
The last time the Outlaws visited Fulton in 2014, David Gravel set the track record for 410-sprints with a lap time of 13.711. With wet conditions starting off the day, drivers found the silver lining. In qualifying, 28 of the 32 drivers broke Gravel's record. Eight drivers recorded sub-12 second lap times. Gravel, who ultimately finished 10th in the feature, said the moist track was different than when he initially set the record.
"All the rain [Fulton] got put a lot of moisture into the track, and it made the track really fast," said Gravel, who also broke his own record with a 13.298 in qualifying. "But we qualified badly. We dug ourselves a hole, and we had to overcome some adversity today."
The record went to Logan Schuchart, who recorded the night's quick time with a 12.803-second run. This was the first time in track history a sub-13 lap time had ever been recorded. After the qualifying session, Schuchart stood in front of the timing and scoring monitor in disbelief. He owed the record time to the track conditions.
Schatz kept the momentum going thereafter. He placed second in his heat race to advance to the dash draw. With an eight spot inversion, Schatz started the Craftsman Club® Dash in the lead spot. Using the momentum he has gained throughout the season, the Fargo, N.D. native won the dash and led the 24-car feature into the green flag.
"That was big, to be able to pull that eight," Schatz said. "We had a really good car in the dash, and I kind of throttled back on my guys from making the normal changes. I didn't feel as good as I probably would have liked, but you just never know what to expect with all the rain. The racetrack was really fast, and the top seemed like the best place to be. I did my best to get around [the track]. There were some really good cars behind us, and that's a good thing to have behind you."
Within the first lap, Schatz was challenged by Pennsylvania wheelman Danny Dietrich, who momentarily took the lead until the race's first caution regrouped the field. On the restart, Dietrich opened-up a 0.800-second lead. Schatz, slow on the draw, found himself in a battle with Lucas Wolfe for second.
"Donny had a heck of a car, and we thought we were going to beat him," Dietrich said. "We gave him a run for his money but to run like we did on a track like this, we're happy with that."
Wolfe overtook Schatz in turn four of the fifth lap, but a near-caution in turn four gave Schatz an opportunity to make-up the spread. A car in front of the leaders overshot the turn four cushion, slowing down Dietrich and Wolfe. Schatz took advantage of their misfortune and reclaimed the top spot. He never looked back.
"It was good to come here and be somewhat competitive," Wolfe said. "I was good on the restarts and through the middle, but once we got dirtied-up a little bit, we never had the chance to challenge [Schatz]. He got better and better while I was just hanging on."
Schatz, increased his 0.214-second lead at the halfway mark to a 2.441-second cushion with three laps remaining. Schatz held on for the checkers, while Wolfe and Dietrich rounded-out the podium. Schatz's last series win at the track came on July 25, 2006.
"Thank you fans for sticking with it," Schatz said. "The camaraderie with the fans was just great. Also, the track people. Obviously it was not the best of conditions, but it hardly ever is anymore. We just enjoyed it the best we could."
Fulton Speedway Notebook
RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz led the majority of the laps in the Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience Saturday Night Special showdown, recording his 24th World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the season. Notably, 28 out of the 32 total drivers in the class broke the track record in qualifying. Logan Schuchart ultimately claimed the track record with a 12.801.
World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Fulton Speedway, N.Y.; Oct. 8, 2016
Feature - (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$10,000]; 2. 1-Lucas Wolfe [$5,500]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich  [$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [$2,800]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart  [$2,500]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [$2,300]; 7. 83-Joey Saldana [$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,100]; 9. 19M-Brent Marks  [$2,050]; 10. 5-David Gravel  [$2,000]; 11. 94-Ryan Smith  [$1,500]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson  [$1,200]; 13. 7K-Dan Shetler  [$1,100]; 14. 53-Shawn Donath [$1,050]; 15. 1Z-Jessica Zemken-Friesen [$1,000]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides  [$800]; 18. 33-Mike Mahaney  [$800]; 19. 19P-Paige Polyak  [$800]; 20. 7-Paul McMahan  [$800]; 21. 71M-Dave Blaney  [$800]; 22. 747-Davey Sammons  [$800]; 23. 71A-R.J. Johnson  [$800]; 24. M1-Mark Smith  [$800]
Lap Leaders: Danny Dietrich 1-7, Donny Schatz 8-30
1. Donny Schatz 10467
2. Daryn Pittman 10175
3. David Gravel 10162
4. Brad Sweet 10155
5. Shane Stewart 9982
6. Joey Saldana 9978
7. Jason Johnson 9476
8. Logan Schuchart 9307
9. Jason Sides 9122
10. Paul McMahan 8810
Fulton Speedway Ready For The Greatest Show On Dirt The Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Cars Saturday, October 8;
NAPA Super DIRT Week XLV Modified Bud Light 300 Spot On The Line
By Dave Medler
FULTON, N.Y – October 3, 2016 – The final race of the 2016 season at Fulton Speedway will feature the ‘Greatest Show On DIRT’ when Kenny Wallace Driving Experience presents the ‘Saturday Night Special’ with the Craftsman World of Outlaw Sprint Cars.
The intensity for the modifieds will be turned up as they will battle for the ‘Win and You’re In’ final starting spot for the Modified Super DIRTcar Series Bud Lite 300 during NAPA Super DIRT Week XLV at the Oswego Speedway on Sunday, October 9.
Cory Reed, the General Manager for Fulton and Brewerton Speedways, said the excitement of Saturday’s show will set the tone for the weekend finale, which is set to happen just a “crow’s walk” away from Oswego Speedway NAPA Super DIRT Week XLV. He said the combination of the World of Outlaws and Super DIRTcar Series will deliver the one-two punch fans will remember.
”I think the biggest thing is it just makes sense for Fulton to host that event because of its proximity to Oswego,” Reed said. “We share a lot of fans and attention in this area. So to have both tracks operating in the biggest racing spectacle in the Northeast, it just makes sense.”
The Craftsman World of Outlaw Sprint Cars will be led by current points leader Donny Schatz. He will be looking to hold off series hot shoes Daryn Pittman, David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Joey Saldana, Shane Stewart, Jason Johnson, Logan Schuchart, Jason Sides, Paul McMahan, Greg Wilson, Jacob Allen and other Sprint Car Stars.
The last time the series was at the Speedway Daryn Pittman picked up the thrilling A-Main win over Donny Schatz and local racing favorite Jessica Friesen.
The track record for the methanol eating, winged 410 beasts is held by David Gravel on July 13, 2014 as he ripped around the ‘Highbanks’ in an incredible 13.711 seconds.
Previous A-Main Feature winners
2014 - Daryn Pittman on July 23
2010 - Steve Kinser on August 3
2006 - Donny Schatz on July 25
2005 - Brooke Tatnell on July 25
Oswego Speedway is just 15 miles from the Fulton Speedway located on route 57 just south of the city of Fulton.
Adults 18 and Up - $39/$40 Day Of Show
Youths 10-17 - $12
9 & Under - FREE
Pit Passes – DIRTcar Members - $40/Non-Members - $45
Saturday Night Camping - $25
Race Day Schedule
4pm - Pit Gates Open
5pm - Grandstand Gates Open
6:30pm - Hot Laps
7:00pm - WoO Time Trials
7:30pm - Heats
National Open Rescheduled for October 14
MECHANICSBURG, PA - Sept. 30, 2016 - Due to persistent rain, the running of the Champion Racing Oil National Open has now been postponed to Friday, October 14.
The event will become a one-day World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series event with a $25,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start payoff for the 40-lap feature. Start time will be 7:30PM on Friday, October 14.
Fans who hold tickets to the National Open can either exchange them or use them for the new rain date. All tickets will be refunded as per back of ticket, and this week's camping passes will be honored on the rescheduled National Open date.
Please note, however, that the joint National Sprint Car Hall of Fame (NSCHoF)/Eastern Museum of Motor Racing (EMMR) benefit auction will continue as planned, tomorrow, Saturday, October 1, rain or shine.
Meanwhile, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series resumes its regular schedule on Saturday, October 8, at Fulton Speedway as part of NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week.
Rain Cancels First Night of the National Open
Series returns Friday and Saturday as scheduled
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Sept. 29, 2016 - Steady precipitation throughout the area forced the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series to cancel opening night of the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. Friday and Saturday night will remain on schedule.
With high car counts expected, the World of Outlaws will be in the competing for Saturday's $50,000-to-win purse. Last year's finale featured 48 winged-sprints with 28 advancing to the A-Main.
Ticket holders for Thursday's show will be able to use their tickets or armbands at face value toward another show. For details regarding the track's rain-out policy, visit williamsgrove.com.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow for the second night of the Champion Racing Oil National Open. Tickets are still available at both the ticket office or by calling the Williams Grove Office at (717) 697-5000.
For more ticketing and event information, visit woosprint.com/national-open or williamsgrove.com/wootickets.
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