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Schatz Dominates Outlaws’ Return to Lone Star State
TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Scores Third Consecutive WoO Victory
Dates: Friday-Saturday, March 3-4, 2017
Series: World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Locations: Friday – LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas
Saturday – Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas
Winners: Friday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing
Saturday – Postponed by Rain, rescheduled for April 13
TSR Results: Friday – Started 1st, Finished 1st/Running, completed 35 of 35 laps
TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 572 points, 20 points ahead of second-place Jason Johnson)
The incredibly hot start to begin the 2017 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series campaign continued this past weekend for Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team with a clean sweep Friday night in the East Texas Lone Star Shootout at LoneStar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. Schatz set the night’s quick time in qualifying, led every lap of his heat, scored a flag-to-flag win the Craftsman Club Dash and paced all 35 laps of the A-Feature to score his third consecutive victory aboard the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion was looking to add to his winning streak Saturday night at the Gator Motorplex in Willis, Texas, but rain forced WoO officials to reschedule the event for April 13.
“I say it all the time, but these guys who make up this Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team are simply incredible,” Schatz said following his team’s sixth victory in nine starts this season. “Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with great people and I just go out every night and try to do my job the best I can. We haven’t been to this track in a while but, man, this place was fast tonight. I know in qualifying that we had a car that was really good and Rick (Warner), Scuba (Steve Swenson) and Brad (Mariscotti) just kept dialing it in. Starting up front helped and I just kept searching the track as the night went along. We knew as long as we got a good start in the feature and stayed patient everything would work out. I’m so happy to get another win for Arctic Cat. We spent some time at their National Sales Meeting in Minnesota earlier this week and everyone is so excited about the partnership we have. I couldn’t be prouder to be carrying the Arctic Cat brand and taking it to victory lane. The same goes for Ford Performance. They had a huge weekend winning the Daytona 500 last weekend and we’re excited about our future with them, as well. We can’t wait for the next race. This is a lot of fun.”
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.”
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.
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.
KILGORE, Texas (August 19, 2016) Mother Nature wins again with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region presented by Southern Trailer Works. With heavy rain already claiming Friday night at the Heart O’ Texas Speedway, events at the Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas on Saturday, August 20 have now been called off due to continued wet weather.
Press from the Lone Star Speedway stated, “The ASCS Gulf South Sprint Cars are rained out, along with the complete racing program, for Saturday, August 20. No racing will take place at Lone Star Speedway this weekend in any division. We have received too much rain to dry out – especially since there is little to no Sun drying time forecast between now and then.”
With the weekend washout, this leaves only two nights remaining on the 2016 lineup for the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region presented by Southern Trailer Works.
Continue reading ‘Mother Nature Sweeps ASCS Gulf South Weekend’
TULSA, Okla. (May 27, 2016) That’s two for Mother Nature this weekend, as continued wet conditions on Friday with very little sun has made the grounds of the half-mile impassable, forcing Lanny Edwards to call off Saturday’s showdown with the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region presented by Southern Trailer Works.
As of now, Sunday at the Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas is still on. Updates, if any, will be passed along as soon as they are made available.
Fan can also get updates straight to their cellphones by texting the word ASCSNAT to phone number 84483. The texting service is free, but standard messaging rates may apply.
TULSA, Okla. (May 23, 2016) Memorial Day Weekend is an especially busy one for the Griffith Truck and Equipment ASCS Gulf South Region presented by Southern Trailer Works, as the 14th annual Memorial Day Classic streaks across the state of Texas with stops the RPM Speedway in Crandall, Texas on Friday, May 27. The Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas on Saturday, May 28. And finally, the high-banked Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas on Sunday, May 29.
Season So Far
2016 ASCS Gulf South Driver Points (Top 10): 1. Channin Tankersley 954; 2. Ray Allen Kulhanek 916; 3. Tommy Bryant 886; 4. Travis Rilat 882; 5. Dustin Gates 817; 6. Michael McNeil 815; 7. Jacob Lucas 814; 8. Zane Lawrence 809; 9. J.J. Simmons 799; 10. Scottie McDonald 662;
2016 ASCS Gulf South Winners: Aaron Reutzel 2; Channin Tankersley 2; Josh Baughman 1; Brandon Hanks 1; Andy McElhannon 1;
2016 ASCS Gulf South Lineup:
Date – Track – City, State – Winner
3/12/2016-Battleground Speedway – Highlands, TX – Rain
3/25/2016-Cotton Bowl Speedway – Paige, TX – Brandon Hanks
3/26/2016-Bronco Raceway Park – Cleveland, TX – Josh Baughman
4/8/2016-Jackson Motor Speedway – Jackson, MS – Aaron Reutzel
4/9/2016-Jackson Motor Speedway – Jackson, MS – Andy McElhannon
5/7/2016-Golden Triangle Raceway Park – Beaumont, TX – Channin Tankersley
5/27/2016-RPM Speedway – Crandall, TX
5/28/2016-Devil’s Bowl Speedway – Mesquite, TX
5/29/2016-Lone Star Speedway – Kilgore, TX
6/11/2016-Battleground Speedway – Highlands, TX (vs. ASCS S.O.S.)
7/23/2016-Cotton Bowl Speedway – Paige, TX
8/20/2016-Lone Star Speedway – Kilgore, TX
9/3/2016-Battleground Speedway – Highlands, TX
9/4/2016-Golden Triangle Raceway Park – Beaumont, TX
KILGORE, Texas (October 10, 2015) Picking up his fourth victory of the season with the American Bank of Oklahoma ASCS Red River Region presented by Smiley’s Racing Products, Sam Hafertepe, Jr. came from sixth to top the Texas State Championship at the Lone Star Speedway.
A $3,000 score for the driver of the Hwy. 79 Collision No. 15h, Hafertepe worked past the No. 17t of Dustin Gates as the pair hit traffic. Coming from fifth, the No. 87 of Aaron Reutzel quickly took second, and began stalking Hafertepe through the back markers. With his path to the No. 15h eventually clogged with the slower cars of Michael Lang and Chance Morton, the caution flew with under five laps to run as Blake Hahn and Joe Wood, Jr. tangled in turns one and two.
Making contact with the No. 7m of Chance Morton under caution that resulted in the No. 7m going around and coming to a stop, Aaron Reutzel was disqualified for rough driving; moving Dustin Gates back to second on the restart.