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Tony Stewart Racing: Donny Schatz World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series FVP Spring Shootout Advance

DONNY SCHATZ
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.

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Kyle Larson Returns to Placerville Speedway

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.

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Tony Stewart Racing: World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Thunderbowl Raceway Report

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.

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Abreu looks for more Stockton glory at the FVP Western Spring Shootout

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.”

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Schatz Charges Late to Win Sixth Race of 2017

Donny Schatz charges from third to first in closing laps to win sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature in eight races

Tulare, CA – March 19, 2017 – Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz found more late-race magic on Saturday night getting around Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman with just a few laps left en route to his sixth victory of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season.

The triumph for Schatz was his first at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare since the 2007 season and came aboard the familiar Tony Stewart Racing/ Arctic Cat No. 15 machine. The eight-time World of Outlaws champion was settled in the third spot as the laps wound down, until making a thrilling move around the outside of the speedway to thread his way by the leaders in heavy lapped traffic.

“It feels really good to finally say we won in Tulare again,” Schatz said emphatically on the front stretch. “I didn’t think the track would take rubber so it kind of caught me by surprise. I really tried to save my tires and when we got to traffic late in the race the pace slowed down a lot. I decided I might as well try something and luckily it worked. I get all the credit, but it’s really all about my team. We have an incredible group of people that work on this race car and that makes it so much fun. I can’t thank all our sponsors enough for supporting us and giving us the opportunity to win races.”

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WOOSC: David Gravel Wins at Thunderbowl

Tony Stewart Racing: Donny Schatz World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Thunderbowl Advance

DONNY SCHATZ

Outlaw Point Leader Enters California Swing On a Roll; TSR’s Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Seeking Thunderbowl Triumph

INDIANAPOLIS (March 16, 2017) –The beat goes on for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) along the challenging World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series barnstorming tour. In the midst of a modern day dynasty, TSR’s Donny Schatz carries a five-race winning streak into the weekend doubleheader at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California.

To say the pace Schatz is setting through six races has been torrid would be understatement. He’s parked the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J in victory lane in all but one Outlaw A-Feature. He credits his crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson, and Brad Mariscotti for continuing to raise the bar and always looking for ways to get better. With three consecutive WoO titles and 82 WoO A-Features wins the past three seasons, the expectations for the team continue to rise. Predicting a strong start wouldn’t have been a longshot, but no one saw the five out of six sizzling beginning coming. Their next challenge is conquering California.

Over the next three weeks, the eight-time and reigning champion will look to continue his winning ways beginning Friday night at the 1/3-mile dirt oval located in Central California, where the Outlaws have made an annual spring stop since 2007. It’s been 15 races at the action-packed bullring since Schatz last visited victory lane at the facility back in October 2007. That win was his 70th career WoO A-Feature triumph and came one day after Schatz and Tony Stewart unveiled his first TSR No. 15 during a press conference in Charlotte. He’s won 164 WoO A-Features since that night and the team wants to make that 165 Friday and continue improving their results at each stop on the Outlaw tour.

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Tony Stewart Racing: World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Las Vegas Report

High-Roller Schatz Keeps Outlaws’ Streak Going in Vegas
TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Makes it Five-for-Six To Start 2017 

Dates: Thursday-Friday, March 9-10, 2017
Series: World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Location: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Winners: Thursday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing
Friday – Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing
TSR Results: Friday – Started 4th, Finished 1st/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps
Saturday – Started 2nd, Finished 1st/Running, completed 30 of 30 laps
TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 872 points, 74 ahead of second-place Jason Johnson and Brad Sweet)

After starting the 2017 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series campaign by winning three of the first four races, Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team headed to Las Vegas this past weekend looking to continue setting a blistering pace during the Outlaws’ annual invasion at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. And when the dust settled Friday night, Schatz was the last one standing after collecting all the hardware, bonus cash and the momentum.

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Schatz Secures the Sweep at Vegas

Abreu and Schatz battle in the closing laps
LAS VEGAS – March 10, 2017 – In front of a nearly packed grandstand, local fans and beyond witnessed an exciting performance from one of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series’ most elite drivers, Donny Schatz. Not only were members of the Nellis Air Force Base in attendance to witness their racing heroes fly around The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but the drivers were also racing on the fast-action track as a salute to America’s servicemen and women in the final night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown.
Schatz not only won his 11th series race at the half-mile, but also swept the event. Schatz doubled his $15,000 purse from the opener, collecting a total of $30,000 in winnings at Vegas. The North Dakota native was awarded the “Badlands Bonus” for both shows, as well as a gold-toned tool set commemorating Craftsman Tool’s 90th anniversary. He also took a pair of slot-machine trophies home to Fargo, N.D., one for each of his victories. Since the season opener in mid-February, Schatz has won five of the first six shows in 2017 – a personal best to start a World of Outlaws season.
“All I can say is, I finally got to ‘Park It,'” said Schatz in front of a roaring crowd. “We had something happen there in the mid-part of the race – I just couldn’t get into rhythm. I tried to get through lapped traffic and Rico [Abreu] obviously got by us there on the restart. I got in good position to get out front and had clear track after that. It’s been tricky here, but if it was easy then it wouldn’t be fun for any of us. I was a little nervous when he got by. Every time I get into this car, it’s unbelievable.

Schatz Slips by to Win at Vegas

Rico Abreu battles his way from the back to finish on the podium

LAS VEGAS – March 9, 2017 – As the sun sank below The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday night, a cool breeze drifted through a near-capacity crowd. Specifically, on the half-mile course, the intense crosswinds from the track were the product of 42 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series winged-sprints. The No. 15 Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing car of Donny Schatz was the fastest in the field, taking the first night of the FVP Outlaw Showdown. 

Schatz earned his 10th career series win at the track, which has hosted the tour for 20 years sporadically. The stop marks the series’ fifth consecutive multi-day event at the track, which is an extension of its 36 total appearances since 1996. Schatz’s first victory came in 1999.
 
“If it wasn’t for this Stewart-Curb Racing team, we wouldn’t be up here so hats off to them,” said Schatz with his team looking-on in victory lane. “They worked their tails off all winter long and it’s getting better.” 

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‘Badlands Bonus’ Up for Grabs at Las Vegas and Badlands Motor Speedway

A $20,000-dollar bonus to be divided to the winners of the FVP Outlaw Showdown and Outlaw FanFest

LAS VEGAS – March 9, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series winners’ pockets just got a little deeper. A $5,000 prize – the “Badlands Bonus” sponsored by Badlands Motor Speedway – was just added to the winners’ take for the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Winners who take a trip down Victory Lane from the FVP Outlaw Showdown will each win an additional $5,000 and make them eligible to double the amount from the Outlaw FanFest at Badlands Speedway.
 
Any driver that is competing at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas from March 9-10 will be eligible for not only the “Badlands Bonus” sponsored by Badlands Motor Speedway, but also to win an additional $5,000 bonus July 1-2. To double-up, a driver must win one of the two feature events during the Outlaw FanFest at Badlands Motor Speedway. If a driver sweeps all four shows, they will win a grand-prize of $20,000.
 
“We wanted to give the drivers a little extra incentive while out here in Las Vegas,” said Chuck Brennan of Badlands Motor Speedway. “We’re looking forward to opening the doors at Badlands Motor Speedway for six special events this season and give the drivers a little extra spending money and put bragging rights on the line.”

Reutzel Ready to Roll the Dice in Vegas

Reutzel Ready to Roll the Dice in Vegas

CLUTE, Texas (March 9, 2017) – Early season action for Aaron Reutzel continues with another pair of nights of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car action at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on Thursday and Friday.

It will be one more weekend of 410-ci competition for the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team before kicking off the pursuit of a second Lucas Oil ASCS National championship at next weekend’s Devil’s Bowl Speedway “Spring Nationals” near Dallas, TX.

Reutzel races into Las Vegas on the strength of an impressive charge through the field at Kilgore, Texas’ Lonestar Speedway last Friday night that came to a premature end when caught up in a jumbled restart melee.

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iRacing Named Exclusive Online Racing Partner for World of Outlaws

CONCORD, NC – March 9, 2017 – iRacing.com and the World of Outlaws announced today that iRacing will become the World of Outlaws exclusive online racing partner.  The agreement brings the world’s leading online motorsports simulation service together with North America’s premier dirt track racing series and comes as iRacing prepares to launch its highly anticipated dirt racing feature on March 29.
Known around the racing world as “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” the World of Outlaws sanctions nearly 140 events a year throughout North America as part of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series and the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series, while iRacing’s 235,000 plus member subscribers race dozens of precisely-modeled cars on laser-scanned versions of nearly 100 of the world’s greatest ovals and road courses.
“We couldn’t be happier than to be associated with the World of Outlaws at the dawn of our online dirt racing feature,” says Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer for iRacing.com.  “iRacers around the world are already eager to try their hands at dirt racing, and our partnership with the World of Outlaws will ramp up their enthusiasm to another level.”

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Tony Stewart Racing: Donny Schatz World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Las Vegas Advance

DONNY SCHATZ
Red-Hot Outlaw Champion Looking To Continue Winning Streak; TSR’s Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Head to Las Vegas on a Roll

INDIANAPOLIS (March 8, 2017) – For Donny Schatz, playing the role of the favorite isn’t something new. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver has set the standard for excellence in World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series competition over the past five seasons by capturing four of his eight career championships and 116 of his 232 career WoO A-Features wins.

And he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.

After a torrid beginning to the 2017 WoO campaign – three wins in the first four races – Schatz enters the two-night FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Thursday and Friday looking to continue his winning ways and remain the favorite night in and night out.
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At A Glance: Sides Seeks for the Up-Side at Vegas

Will try for his first career series win at the fast-action half-mile

CONCORD, N.C. – March 6, 2017 – Though they are vastly different in entertainment, there is a distinct similarity between the alluring Las Vegas, Nev. strip and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway less than 20 miles down the road. For “Double Down” Jason Sides, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series FVP Outlaw Showdown is a matter of defeating the odds for the ever-coveted $10,000 jackpot.

Since 2013, Sides has recorded four top-five performances in eight shows. Specifically in 2013, Sides finished runner-up in both shows. He has yet to win an event at Vegas in his 14 years with the series, which is a reason why he will “gamble a little more” to lead the pack into the checkers.

“There’s just something about [the track],” Sides said. “We always have done well there. We can always run the bottom though the top is there too. We seem to be quicker on the bottom, and if you can get around the bottom you should be good. We always love coming to Vegas for the racing and the atmosphere.”

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Rain Postpones World of Outlaws at Gator Motorplex

Gator Outlaw Bash rescheduled to Thursday, April 13

WILLIS, Tex. – March 4, 2017 – Precipitation throughout the area forced the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series to postpone the Gator Outlaw Bash at Gator Motorplex. The Outlaws’ debut at the quarter-mile course will be moved to Thursday, April 13.
Fans were set to experience a full night of winged-sprint action. Joining the World of Outlaws’ high-powered 410-sprints was the Southern United Sprints, which are powered by a 305 engine. A $10,000-to-win purse was up for grabs for the Outlaws.
All tickets for the March 4 race will be honored for the rescheduled date. For more information, visit slspromotions.com or call (815) 344-2023.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series’ Kick-Off Tour will resume with the FVP Outlaw Showdown from Thursday, March 9 to Friday, March 10 at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas. For tickets, visit dirtcar.ticketforce.com. For LIVE coverage from The Dirt Track at Las Vegas, visit dirtvision.com.

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Schatz Sweeps the Show at LoneStar

Sheldon Haudenschild records first podium finish in rookie season

KILGORE, Tex. – March 3, 2017 – There is a crater wrapped around turns one and two of LoneStar Speedway – now a reinvented third-mile dirt course. Shortened from a 3/8-mile oval since the last time the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series visited there in 2010, the “Greatest Show on Dirt” competed on the equally as fast bullring Friday night for the first time at the new length. Wheel-to-wheel with 23 other cars, Donny Schatz avoided the expected dangers of short-track racing and took the checkered flag without a hitch.

Schatz led all 35 laps in his victory, taking home not only the trophy but also a gold-toned Limited Edition Craftsman wrench set for the company’s 90th anniversary. Though Schatz established his dominance throughout the program – setting the night’s quick-time, and winning his heat and the Craftsman Club Dash – it did not come as easily as it seemed on paper. From an assumingly unlikely challenger – in terms of their resumes – the eight-time series champion was challenged by Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Sheldon Haudenschild throughout the night.

“[Sheldon] was there from the start and did everything he needed to do,” Schatz said. “It’s an experience thing. Obviously, he is a good, young driver. He’s got a bright future ahead of him. But we try not to focus on what someone else is doing. We have to focus on our own stuff to try to stay ahead of these young guys.”

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Reutzel Takes on World of Outlaws in Texas

CLUTE, Texas (March 2, 2017) – It’s a rare opportunity for Aaron Reutzel. The Clute, TX, racer gets to take on the World of Outlaws in his home state of Texas for two nights this weekend.

Reutzel and Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BC Fundz No. 87 Triple-X Sprint Car team take on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car series on Friday night at Kilgore’s LoneStar Speedway and then on Saturday night at the Gator Motorplex in Willis.

While Friday’s stop at LoneStar Speedway will mark Reutzel’s first visit to the track since 2012, the Gator Motorplex has been to Reutzel’s liking with the 2015 Lucas Oil ASCS National champion going four-for-four in “Nolan Wren Memorial” action at the track since 2012 including a triumph last April.

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Tony Stewart Racing: Donny Schatz World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Texas Weekend Advance

DONNY SCHATZ Reigning Champion Ready to Resume Outlaw Campaign in Texas; TSR’s Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Looks to Continue Hot Start

INDIANAPOLIS (March 2, 2017) – It’s back to business this weekend for eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team following the only weekend off the series has over the next eight months. And business is good for the driver of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J following a sizzling start that included five wins in eight starts – three Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions victories and a pair of WoO triumphs – on Florida soil during Speedweeks.

Like one of the NASCAR Cup Series teams co-owned by Tony Stewart that is coming off a hugely successful Speedweeks, the TSR No. 15 crew must put a remarkable Florida start behind it and turn its focus this weekend toward the grind of the season-long championship journey ahead. Schatz, who culminated the Outlaws’ opening weekend by scoring two wins on the same day, leads the Outlaws back into action this weekend for a pair of stops in eastern Texas beginning with Friday’s East Texas Lone Star Shootout at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore. The following night, he’ll look to come out on top at the inaugural Gator Bash as the Outlaws make their debut at Gator Motorplex, a quarter-mile, dirt oval located in Willis, roughly an hour north of Houston.

It’s only appropriate the TSR team will continue its season with another “Gator” opportunity in its scope. After winning three Gator trophies at the DIRTcar Nationals, Schatz is already off to one of his best starts in this, his 21st season of competing with the Outlaws. Only the results of the opening week of 2009, which included a run through Florida that included a pair of ASCoC triumphs and two WoO A-Features at Volusia, come close. To go along with his three victories aboard the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed machine, Schatz also came home second twice in two other ASCoC main events and finished 14th in the Outlaws’ season opener. Now, the challenge is continuing the winning streak in Texas as the Outlaws’ begin a 15-race slate being tabbed the Outlaws’ “Kick Off Tour” with stops in Texas, Nevada, California, Arizona, and back in Texas.

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Hats Off for Capitani

CONCORD, N.C. – February 27, 2017 – The World of Outlaws extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Ralph Capitani.

Capitani was instrumental in growing the sport of Sprint Car racing, and more significantly, in the overall growth and development of the legendary Knoxville Nationals.

“Ralph was a visionary promoter in the Sprint Car racing world,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter. “I enjoyed the opportunities I had to learn while working with him. We will miss him.”

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Incident at Volusia Speedway Park

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – Feb. 20, 2017 – On Sunday, February 19 a racecar involved in a multi-car accident became airborne and landed off the racing surface, injuring three participants during the 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals, a World of Outlaws-sanctioned dirt track racing event hosted by Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

The three individuals were standing in what is commonly referred to as the “pit area” or “pits.” The pit area at a World of Outlaws event is separate from the main grandstand and is where the teams participating in the event stage their race cars and support equipment. The individuals struck by the race car were treated immediately by emergency personnel on hand at the event and transported to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

While racing side by side entering Turn 1 at the Speedway several sprint cars touched sparking a chain reaction accident in the middle of the 24-car field. One car was hit by another and subsequently made heavy contact with a steel guardrail betweens Turn 1 and Turn 2. The car’s momentum carried it forward flipping it into the air and towards the catch fence. The car made contact with the upper portion of the catch fence in Turn 2, tumbling over the fence. As it was coming to a stop it struck the individuals referenced above. The driver of the race car was not injured.

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DIRTcar Nationals Night Three Recap

Ruhlman Rallies for Second Career Gator Win
BARBERVILLE, FL – February 17, 2017 – Brian Ruhlman devised a perfect plot and forced Ken Schrader from his preferred line as he engineered a pass in the outside groove with two laps to go for his first win of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Thursday night.
After passing Schrader, the Clarklake, Mich. driver took the checkered flag by over two seconds for his second career Volusia win, extending his point lead in the week long chase for a Big Gator trophy.
Ruhlman started fourth in the 20-lap main event and ran second to the polesitter Schrader until he took advantage of a lap 17 restart. Ruhlman showed the nose of his No.49 to the inside of Schrader’s No.9 several times before the final restart on lap 17, which he revealed was a setup move to make the winning pass.
“Kenny’s a smart racer and he’s one of my heroes,” Ruhlman said in Victory Lane. “He was in the rubber and I had to get him out of the rubber to where I could pass him. I kept showing him the nose on the bottom so he would move down to the bottom, then I could roll the top [lane]. To say I shnookered Kenny Schrader is pretty cool.”

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Reutzel Ventures to Volusia after Strong Ocala Finish

CLUTE, Texas (February 15, 2017) – It will be new territory for Aaron Reutzel this week as the Clute, TX, racer takes to the lightning-fast, ½-mile Volusia Speedway Park clay oval for five nights of DIRTcar Nationals competition beginning on Wednesday night.

The five-night run at the Barberville, FL, track not too far away from Daytona Beach includes two nights of All Star Circuit of Champions competition on Wednesday and Thursday followed up by the opening three rounds of 2017 World of Outlaws Sprint Car action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

“I’ve never been there, so it’s all new to me right now,” the 2015 ASCS National champion commented of Volusia Speedway Park.  “I know I have a good motor and we’re usually good on big tracks, so we’ll see.”

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Arctic Cat the Official Side-by-Side Recreational Vehicle of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

CONCORD, N.C. – Feb. 8, 2017 – The World of Outlaws welcomes Arctic Cat as the official side-by-side recreational vehicle of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series.

Arctic Cat – a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles and recreational off-highway vehicles – will leverage its partnership with World of Outlaws to reach dirt racing fans at over 90 races across the country.

“The geography of our race tracks lines up with the geography of their customer and dealer base,” said World of Outlaws Chief Marketing Officer Ben Geisler. “Our customers align. They’re avid outdoorsmen with a thirst for adventure.”

Last Friday, Arctic Cat announced a partnership with Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) and eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion Donny Schatz that includes primary sponsorship of the TSR No. 15 that Schatz will drive this season, beginning next week in Florida. In addition, Arctic Cat will also be co-primary sponsor on the TSR No. 14 that Tony Stewart will pilot in more than 50 races on dirt in 2017.
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Rush Truck Centers Joins Stewart’s ‘Return to Dirt’

INDIANAPOLIS – (Feb. 7, 2017) – Rush Enterprises, which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, announced today a continuation of its relationship with motorsports icon Tony Stewart by sponsoring his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) team. The company’s Rush Truck Centers brand will serve as co-primary sponsor on the TSR No. 14 Rush Truck Centers/Arctic Cat J&J that Stewart will compete with in more than 50 dirt races in 2017. 

“Rush Truck Centers is extremely proud to continue our relationship with Tony Stewart in this next chapter of his career,” said Rusty Rush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Rush Enterprises, Inc. “We’ve had a great relationship with Tony for more than a decade and it has been an incredible partnership. Whether it’s been with Stewart-Haas Racing or as part of his Sprint car team, there has always been that championship culture with a passion and drive for winning that we have at Rush Truck Centers. As we understand it, Tony will be racing all over the country this year and that’s a great fit for us. Many of our customers and employees are race fans, so continuing our relationship with Tony makes business sense, now and for the future.”

Stewart is returning to his dirt-track roots following an illustrious 20-year NASCAR driving career. After spending the past 18 seasons competing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Stewart begins what he calls the next chapter of his career behind the wheel of a 900-horsepower Sprint car this week competing in the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions-sanctioned Bubba Army Winter Nationals at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida.

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Donny Schatz to Carry Arctic Cat Colors in 2017

Leading Powersports Manufacturer Aligns with Tony Stewart Racing and Eight-Time World of Outlaws Champion

INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 2, 2017) – For the past 20 years, Donny Schatz has attacked the terrain of dirt tracks all across the United States in his quest to become the best Sprint car racer in the world. The driver for Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) is coming off his eighth World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship and is looking to continue raising the bar this season in grassroots racing’s most challenging series with a new partner that shares his passion for reaching greatness and possesses a mindset without limits.

Arctic Cat, a world leader in designing, engineering and manufacturing all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), snowmobiles and recreational off-highway vehicles (side-by-sides or ROVs), announced today a partnership with TSR and Schatz that includes primary sponsorship of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat J&J that the Fargo, North Dakota driver will compete with at more than 90 races from coast to coast in 2017, beginning next week in Florida. In addition, Arctic Cat will also be co-primary sponsor on the TSR No. 14 that Tony Stewart will pilot in more than 50 races on dirt in 2017.

The relationship aligns Arctic Cat, one of the most widely recognized and respected manufacturers and marketers in the powersports industry, with the most decorated driver in short-track racing over the past decade.

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A Sprinter’s Pace

As the 2017 season quickly approaches, who is the man to beat?

CONCORD, N.C. – January 17, 2017 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is on the brink of its 40th season, and the series drivers regroup from the offseason to compete on sprint car racing’s most storied tour. Some 13 full-time drivers will herd their 900-horses to every end of the compass nationwide in 2017, seeking to either build on their existing legacy or make their tracks.

Last season, most of the tracks were up for grabs as 10 full-time drivers took the checkers at least once. Early on, Kasey Kahne Racing proved its dominance in the state of Texas. Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet were the lone stars for the series’ first swing through the state, splitting victories at Cotton Bowl Speedway and Royal Purple Speedway. But it was series veterans Joey Saldana and Larson Marks Racing’s Shane Stewart who ended their Texas tirade with wins at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. In 2017, Gator Motorplex will host the series for the first time and the series will return to LoneStar Speedway for the first time in six years; these two tracks will replace the ones where Kasey Kahne Racing saw success, potentially releveling the playing field.

Tony Stewart Racing’s Donny Schatz – the series’ eight-time champion – has consistently defended his home state of North Dakota. Specifically, at River Cities Speedway, one of his most beloved tracks, Schatz swept 2016. Not only that, but Schatz has also taken six of the last eight races there since 2013. The Outlaws have visited the 3/10th-mile course 19 times since 2007, giving Schatz a 42 percent success rate at a track that has two midseason races in 2017. Schatz claimed 56 series races in two years, nearly one-quarter of his 229 career wins with the series.

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The Countdown is on to the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals

Super event to draw dirt racing’s biggest names – and more!

CONCORD, N.C. – January 11, 2017 – In just a little more than 30 days, the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series will embark on a new season and renew the stakes at one of dirt racing’s biggest shows. The 46th annual DIRTcar Nationals, from February 14-25, offers 12 action-packed days of racing featuring multiple series.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, accompanied by the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions, will compete for the coveted Big Gator trophy through five days of sprint car racing. The World of Outlaws, succeeding the All Stars with three days of racing from February 17-19, will make its 34th appearance in 14 years at Volusia Speedway Park. The Outlaw sprint cars debuted there in 1981.

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World of Outlaws Return to DCRP in 2017 as Track Schedule Released

DODGE CITY, Kan. (November 1, 2016) – After a year’s absence, the Craftsman World of Outlaws Sprint Car series will return to the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval in southwest Kansas in 2017 as the track’s schedule was released today.

The two-night World of Outlaws stand set for October 27-28 highlights a strong schedule of events that includes 14 nights of competition over the course of the year.

The return of the world’s premier Sprint Car series marks the first World of Outlaws events at DCRP since Jason Sides and Donny Schatz split top honors on July 3 and 4 of the 2015 season.

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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.”

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