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Montpelier, Indiana………Saturated grounds have forced postponement of Saturday night, April 22nd’s USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship event at Indiana’s Montpelier Motor Speedway.
USAC officials and Montpelier Motor Speedway are discussing a reschedule date.
The series returns to action on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13 for #LetsRaceTwo in a twin-bill with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
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Partnership offers exclusive 20 percent discount for World of Outlaws fans
CONCORD, N.C. – April 19, 2017 – The World of Outlaws welcomes Extended Stay America® hotels (ESA) – the largest owner operated hotel chain in the U.S. – as the official hotel of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series.
Operating 629 properties nationwide, Extended Stay America offers fully-equipped kitchens, free wi-fi, on-site laundry facilities, grab-and-go breakfast and other practical touches to make travelers feel at home while they are on the road. And from February through November 2017, for the length of each racing season, the Outlaws’ home IS the road. Welcoming both the World of Outlaws team and their followers, the partnership extends an exclusive 20 percent discount on rooms at any Extended Stay America hotel to all World of Outlaws fans through esa.com/worldofoutlaws.
The World of Outlaws will run 148 races at 82 different race tracks in 23 states and two different countries during the 2017 season. This keeps them on the road for more than 250 days of the year.
Update on Young Man Injured at Gator Motorplex
WILLIS, TX – April 17, 2017 – Morgan Harrod – son of Jennifer Driver, of Surgent, TX – is in stable condition, but still critical and recovering from head trauma at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center after an incident in the pit area of Gator Motorplex during the Gator Outlaw Bash.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the young man who was injured on Thursday night,” said Randy and Theresa Waller, owners of Gator Motorplex. “The racing community is a close-knit one and everyone here at Gator Motorplex is thinking about the boy and his family. Thank you to everyone who has reached out and offered well wishes and prayers for the boy and his family.”
Second Win of the Season, Seventh Career Series Win
MESQUITE, TX — April 15, 2017 — Jason “the Ragin’ Cajun” Johnson dominated night one of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, leading all 25 laps of the evening’s Feature after winning the Craftsman Club Dash from the pole and running fastest in qualifying.
“It’s one of these nights you always imagine and you dream of,” said Johnson from Victory Lane. “We set quick time, won a heat, won a dash, won a feature. That’s a first for me, so hats off to this crew: Jeff, Jacob, Phillip. They’re working their tails off, and it’s a lot of fun to drive right now,” he continued with a chuckle. “It feels great to be back in Victory Lane.”
Johnson’s second win of the season leaves him fourth in points standings and finally puts a little distance between him and Daryn Pittman. It’s also his seventh career series victory, the first one having been at Texas Motor Speedway fourteen years ago.
While Johnson led flag-to-flag, Brad Sweet was patiently working his Napa Auto Parts/ Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 up from five to make a late-race push for the lead. Running the bottom, he made a pass for second over Jason Sides between turns three and four, but then chose to follow Johnson on the top and came in after him.
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MESQUITE, TX — April 15, 2017 — For the second night in a row, Brad Sweet worked his Kasey Kahne Racing 49 machine along the bottom of the high-banked half-mile oval at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, this time sticking it out for the win. With only five laps to go, Sweet stole the win from David Gravel, who led all previous laps but was having some trouble getting his CJB Motorsports No. 5 out of lap traffic.
“Awesome race there with David [Gravel],” said Sweet. “Lap traffic was just crucial. My car seemed like it was a little bit better. We were just right on him. Once I got a little clean air I was able to start picking off those lap cars and it felt good.”
Gravel had been working on the bottom all race, but he got caught behind Shane Stewart and met his demise when he tried to go high to pass him.
“I cleared a lot of lap cars really good, and then I got to Shane and I just couldn’t do anything with him,” said Gravel. “He was running the bottom in 3 and 4. I tried to pass him on the outside, and obviously, the bottom of three and four was the best lane to be in. That’s where Brad was. That’s just the advantage sometimes of sitting back there watching, seeing what happens.”
David Gravel Scores His Fourth Season Win at Gator Motorplex
Packed House Cheers on Haudenschild after Three Collisions
WILLIS, TX — April 14, 2017 — “It is official. David Gravel has cleared the scales in the CJB Motorsports No. 5, headed to Victory Lane!” cried Johnny Gibson over the P.A. at Gator Motorplex Thursday night. This was win number four of the season in the No. 5 machine, and a twentieth career win for Gravel.
He worked hard for this one, starting in ten and working the high side. While Jason Sides started on the pole, with NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne in second, it was Paul McMahan in the lead when Gravel finally took it in lap 30 — and he took it from below.
“I started tenth and was in second before I knew it,” said the inaugural Gator Bash champ. “I knew it was a 40-lap race. I tried to be really patient with Paul [McMahan]. The curve got really really really tricky as the race went on, and I almost bit the wall a couple of times.”
CLUTE, Texas (April 13, 2017) – A weekend that includes both World of Outlaws and Lucas Oil ASCS National tour action is on tap for Aaron Reutzel and the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team after a Texas Motor Speedway weekend that was highlighted by a podium finish.
This weekend’s pair of events begins with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series debut at the Gator Motorplex in Willis, TX, on Thursday night before Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour action resumes at Sedalia’s Missouri State Fairgrounds on Saturday.
Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team come off an ASCS weekend that began with a third-place finish at Texas Motor Speedway on Friday night before a turn for the worse on Saturday ended up in a mangled mess.
“Texas Motor Speedway started good,” Reutzel summed up.
Historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway Celebrates Outlaws’ 40th Season; TSR’s Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Seeking Second Texas Triumph
INDIANAPOLIS (April 12, 2017) – Making history isn’t something eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz is concerned about, but appreciating it certainly is. For more than half of his life, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver has chased his dream of competing with “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” a series that was created by the late Ted Johnson 40 years ago and started at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas.
This weekend, Schatz and his Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team lead the Outlaws back to Devil’s Bowl, where Johnson first staged an “Outlaw” race in March of 1978. The two-night Texas Outlaw Nationals provides Schatz an opportunity to continue his quest for a ninth WoO title while competing to win a second Ted Johnson Memorial race trophy.
Since the beginning of 1997, Schatz has realized his dream of being an Outlaw, climbing the ranks from teenage rookie to one of the most decorated drivers in series history. In typical World of Outlaws fashion, his journey has been filled with a lot of ups and downs along the way.
ATTICA, Ohio — Ohio Logistics is one of the most successful privately held logistics firms in the Midwest. When you team Ohio Logistics up with one of the most successful sprint car races in the Midwest, it’s a combination that brings world wide attention and excitement.
The 29th Annual Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic Presented by Racing Optics hits the track at Attica Raceway Park on Tuesday, July 11 (rain date of Wednesday, July 12) featuring the best sprint car drivers in the world from the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.
The Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic returned to Attica Raceway Park in 2016 following a 10 year run at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio. The event originated at ARP in 1989. A standing-room only crowd witnessed Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz drive from a 15th starting spot to claim the $10,000 win last July. He became the first three-time winner of the prestigious Brad Doty Classic.
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Abreu Closes Western Swing in Victory Lane Arizona Speedway
Gravel and Brown finish on the podium at Arizona Desert Shootout
QUEEN CREEK, AZ — April 8, 2017 — In a caution free event that saw passing throughout the 24-car field, it was Rico Abreu that perfectly timed a slide-job in Turn 2 to take over the top spot from Brian Brown at the half-way point of the 30-lap event. David Gravel was able to follow Abreu through to give him the second position. Abreu held off a hard-charging Gravel as they made their way through heavy lap traffic to pick up his first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the 2017 season at Arizona Speedway.
Coming into the Arizona stretch of the 2017 season, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series full-time drivers scored wins in first 12 events of the season. That stat changed after Brian Brown ran away with the Yuma Valley Showdown at Cocopah Speedway on Friday Night. The outsiders were looking to make it two-for-two in Arizona when the Series visited the Arizona Speedway for the second time in their history.
For the second night in a row, Brown started from the pole position. After jumping out to an early lead, Brown opened up a half-second lead over Abreu after a pass attempt that didn’t stick.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Returns to Site of Inaugural Event
Sweet and Haudenschild round out top-three at Perris Auto Speedway
PERRIS, CA – April 1, 2017 – David Gravel was the driver to beat at Perris Auto Speedway for the SoCal Showdown bringing an end the spring California swing. As the track rubbered-up, Gravel was in the ideal position, out front. Running mainly the high-lane around the half-mile oval, Gravel was able to pull away on multiple restarts to take home his third victory of the season.
“I’m happy I got the jump on the restarts and got the lead to manipulate the race for yourself,” said the driver of the No. 5 CJB Motorsports GoMuddy.com machine. “Just happy to get another win, this is definitely huge, this the most wins I’ve had this early in the season. Not that it takes the pressure off but you just want to keep it rolling.”
A top-five qualifying effort, a heat-race win, and a second in the Craftsman Club Dash, allowed for Gravel to start on the front row of tonight’s 30-lap Feature. The driver that started the SoCal Showdown from the pole was California-native, Brad Sweet. With Gravel checking-out on the initial start, Sweet had his hands full fending off the rookie-of-the-year contender, Sheldon Haudenschild for the second position. A red flag was displayed on Lap 10 when the No. 2x of Parker Price-Miller went for a tumble in Turn 2; Price-Miller walked away unscathed.
Schatz comes from 21st to third for eighth top-five finish of the year
Schatz comes from 21st to third for eighth top-five finish of the year
HANFORD, CA – April 1, 2017 -Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart started the 35-lap Kings Outlaw Showdown from the 19th position at Keller Auto Speedway – the KSE Hard Charger award winner picked his way to the front of the 26-car field. Late in the race, Schuchart found the bottom groove of the 3/8th-mile oval to work his way past eventual runner-up, Ian Madsen on the final lap to score his first victory of the 2017 season.
After starting the season having overcome adversity when the teams tow-vehicle broke down on the way to the opening World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series event, the team relied on support from the racing industry to assist with getting them to each Outlaw event.
“This adds onto the excitement and the accomplishments. It doesn’t matter if you start from the pole or wherever, if you can win an Outlaws race, these things are really tough [to win] no matter where you go. I’m just happy for my team to be able to get a win and it just makes it that much more exciting to start from 19th. We just really need to thank [Ryan] Smith family for letting us use their toter-home to come all the way [to California] and everyone that donated to the GoFundMe, you never want to be in that position but we were in a tough spot and we wouldn’t be out here if it wasn’t for those people.”
DODGE CITY, Kan. (March 30, 2017) – Get ready for it race fans, as the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series makes its return to the state-of-the-art Dodge City Raceway Park in southwest Kansas this October after a year’s absence.
And you can get your “Boot Hill Showdown” tickets now for the biggest Sprint Car event in the state of Kansas and beyond for 2017. The two-day event that brings the best Sprint Car drivers in the world to the southwest corner of Kansas for a good old-fashioned showdown is set for October 27-28.
Ticket packages for both nights are available for $70 for reserved seats and $65 for general admission. Single night tickets are $45 each night for reserved and $40 for general admission. Children eleven and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets may be purchased at https://dirtcar.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=255.
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Outlaws invade Gator Motorplex on April 13 for the Gator Outlaw Bash
WILIS, TX — March 30, 2017 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series returns to Texas on Thursday, April 13 for the inaugural Gator Bash at Gator Motorplex in Willis, which was postponed by inclement weather on March 4. All tickets from the originally scheduled event will be honored on April 13. The Southern United Sprints will also be in action, making it a full night of all sprint car action.
Over the course of the first 10 races this season, Donny Schatz, the eight-time and defending series has been the driver to beat, picking up six wins. The North Dakota native leads the standings by 50 markers over Brad Sweet. Schatz was victorious earlier this season in the state of Texas at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore.
Sweet, who is currently second in points, driving the No. 49 for Kasey Kahne Racing, picked up his first win of the season recently in his home state of California. Sweet has eight top-10 finishes, with six of those being top-five performances, while his teammate Daryn Pittman, sits fourth in points, with seven top-10 finishes, of which four are top-five showings. Both Sweet and Pittman were victorious in the state of Texas last year.
California Outlaw Swing: From Surviving It to Dominating It
INDIANAPOLIS (March 29, 2017) – One sign of a champion is the ability to transform a perceived weakness into a tangible strength. For most of his 20-plus seasons of competing in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz has been classified as a slow starter because he didn’t typically begin piling up victories until late May. That changed two seasons ago when he and his TSR team flipped the script and turned the Outlaws’ annual California Spring Tour from simply being about survival to domination.
Since 2009, Schatz has competed regularly in California early each Outlaw campaign and, the first six of those seasons, he captured two wins in 30 starts. In 2015 and 2016, Schatz has won seven times in 19 starts and already has picked up one victory on California soil this season in three starts. This week, he’ll look to add to those numbers beginning with Wednesday’s Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts. The Kings Outlaw Shootout at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford Friday and the SoCal Showdown at Perris Auto Speedway Saturday evening caps this year’s six-race run through the Golden State.
Prior to the 2015 WoO campaign, one of the goals for TSR’s No. 15 team was to get better at the places it struggled. Getting through California each March seemed to be one of the tougher tasks of the season. The team went to work after winning the 2014 WoO championship and the results followed.
This Saturday, April 1st, history will be made for the fourth time as the AMSOIL USAC/CRA and World of Outlaw Craftsman Sprint Cars share the spotlight at Perris Auto Speedway. Also featuring the PAS Senior and Young Gun Sprint Cars, the “So Cal Showdown” is also a “Power of Purple Night” Benefiting the City of Perris Relay For Life and The American Cancer Society. Advance tickets with a FREE World of Outlaws “Fan Pit Pass” are available online at www.wooperrisautospeedway.com or by calling 844.347.8849. The spectator gates will open at 4:00 pm and racing at “America’s Premier Dirt Track” will start at 7:00 pm. For more event information, visit the track’s website at www.perrisautospeedway.com or call 951.940.0134.
The “So Cal Showdown” has become one of the “must see” races on the AMSOIL USAC/CRA schedule. Featuring both non-winged and winged 410 cubic inch powered sprint cars, fans can enjoy both styles of racing at one of the finest dirt tracks in the country. “The Demon” Damion Gardner won the inaugural event on April 12, 2014, and Richard Vander Weerd dominated the following year. Last season, Josh Hodges claimed the checkered flags with a dramatic last corner pass over Gardner, Brody Roa, Vander Weerd, and R.J. Johnson. At press time, “The Demon” leads all drivers with 40 Perris USAC/CRA victories and Nic Faas set the 1-lap qualifying record of 15.833 on February 25, 2012. A complete series win list at Perris Auto Speedway is at the end of this release.
Entering the second point race, “The Demon” Damion Gardner (Concord, California) has a slim three-point lead over the competition. Piloting Mark Alexander’s #4 Scott Sales Company / Weld Racing Spike, Gardner qualified second overall, won his heat race, and finished second in the March 4th “Sokola Shootout” at Perris. “The Demon” has seventy USAC/CRA victories to his credit and will be looking to win his second “So Cal Showdown.”
Outlaws Tackle Arkansas Track for First Time since 2009
CONCORD, N.C. – March 27, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will return to Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, AR for the first time since 2009 on Friday, April 21 for the Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz. Located on the west bank of the Mississippi River and just west of Memphis, TN. the high-banked quarter-mile was established in 1949 and is among the longest continuously operated dirt tracks in the United States.
The Outlaws last visited Riverside on April 24, 2009, when Tim Kaeding earned the victory over Tony Bruce Jr. Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz won in 2007 and 2008 visits, respectively. Riverside has hosted the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars nine times, dating back to 1979.
A return of the World of Outlaws is a welcome addition to the Riverside calendar for track owners Clayton and Sherry Allen. The track hosts weekly 305 winged Sprint Car competition, while 360 winged Sprint Cars compete on a bi-weekly basis.
Sweet Simmers Schatz in Late-Race Showdown at the Stockton Dirt Track
Defending FVP Spring Shootout Winner Looks To Continue Stockton Streak; TSR’s Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Focused on Big Picture
INDIANAPOLIS (March 22, 2017) – Constant improvement is the goal for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) each and every night of competition with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series. What they learn now may help them later during one of the most grueling race schedules in all of motorsports. Their expectations continue to soar early in the 2017 campaign and, despite winning six of the first eight WoO A-Feature races, eight-time and reigning WoO champion Donny Schatz and his team of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti know they must continue getting better.
Improvement at this week’s venue, the Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track, will be a tall order for the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J. Schatz swept both nights of the 2016 FVP Western Spring Shootout at the 3/8-mile, dirt oval located on the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Those results won’t factor in the team’s quest to continue one of the best starts a team has ever had in the 40-year history of “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” but the collection of notes from six previous races at the facility should help them build a solid plan of attack.
This weekend is the second leg of the Outlaws’ annual spring tour of the Golden State and, just as was the case last week, the TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team enters the weekend as the series’ most recent winner. After seeing their five-race WoO winning streak end last Friday at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Schatz and crew bounced back in typical championship form by posting a complete nightSaturday at Thunderbowl that began with qualifying third and concluded with Schatz making bold late-race passes around Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman to capture his first victory at the track since 2007.
Brad Sweet Presents Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown Presented by NAPA Auto Parts and Riebes Auto Parts, a mid-week special.
PLACERVILLE, CA – March 21, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Cars will compete in a special mid-week show on Wednesday, March 29 when series driver Brad Sweet puts on the Brad Sweet Presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by NAPA Auto Parts and Riebes Auto Parts at Placerville Speedway.
During it fans from the Golden State will have a special treat, as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point leader Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, CA will be in competition.
Larson is returning to the track that produced his first career sprint car win. “I am excited to race in front of a lot familiar fans at Placerville Speedway and to also get the chance to compete against the best sprint car drivers in the world,” said Larson.
Schatz Ends Thunderbowl Winless Streak with Late Surge
TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Scores First Outlaw Victory in Tulare Since 2007
Dates: Friday-Saturday, March 17-18, 2017
Series: World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Location: Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California
Winners: Friday – David Gravel of CJB Motorsports
Saturday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing
TSR Results: Friday – Started 2nd, Finished 7th/Running, completed 35 of 35 laps
Saturday – Started 3rd, Finished 1st/Running, completed 35 of 35 laps
TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 1,158 points, 74 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)
A pair of streaks were ended this past weekend as the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series made its way to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team led the traveling Sprint car stars to the Golden State for the first of seven races over a three-week stretch as winners of five consecutive WoO A-Feature events.
STOCKTON, CA – March 20, 2017 – In the brief history of the Stockton Dirt Track no driver has taken the checkered flag more than Rutherford’s Rico Abreu, who will look to add more at the FVP Western Spring Shootout this Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25.
In his career, Abreu has captured five victories with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, including the FVP Western Spring Shootout finale in 2015. Along with that night, he has raced to three other career wins at the Stockton Dirt Track, a venue that opened in the 2013 season. This weekend will also be the first World of Outlaws test of the track since modifications were completed to bring the front stretch closer to the grandstands at the end of last year.
“We’ve had a lot of success at the Stockton Dirt Track and look forward to competing there this week,” said Abreu. “It’s never easy running against the World of Outlaws, but I definitely have a lot of confidence with the speed we had in Las Vegas, as well as Tulare last weekend. Paul Silva always gives me a great car no matter where we go, but we’ve seemed to be especially strong at Stockton. We’re excited to see all the fans and hope they will pack the grandstands like usual this weekend.”