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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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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

TULARE USAC WEST COAST SPRINT RESULTS

USAC WEST COAST SPRINT CAR RACE RESULTS: March 18, 2017 – Tulare, California – Merle Stone Chevrolet Thunderbowl Raceway

WOODLAND AUTO DISPLAY QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Ryan Bernal, 73, Ford-16.576; 2. Austin Liggett, 83, Liggett-16.631; 3. Richard Vander Weerd, 10, Vander Weerd-16.677; 4. Geoff Ensign, Finkenbinder-16.712; 5. Jake Swanson, 92, Sertich-16.748; 6. Danny Faria Jr., 17V, Faria-16.911; 7. Tristan Guardino, 15T, Guardino-16.966; 8. Ryan Stolz, 63, Stolz-17.087; 9. Jace Vander Weerd, 88, Vander Weerd-17.130; 10. Cody Majors, 81M, Watt-17.209; 11. Tye Mihocko, 5, Mihocko-17.337; 12. Kyle Smith, 55, Smith-17.499; 13. Steven Garris, 58, Garris-17.587; 14. Brandon Wiley, 33B, Wiley-17.633; 15. Koen Shaw, 88K, Shaw-17.636; 16. Shannon McQueen, 7, Van Meter-17.706; 17. Steve Hix, 57, Hix-17.730; 18. Jeff Sibley, 42N, Sibley-17.740; 19. Jim Richardson, 8, Richardson-18.048; 20. Jay Ervine, 51, AJ-18.336; 21. Garrett Long, 38, Long-NT.

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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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David Gravel Wins at Thunderbowl, Scores First of the Season

Reigning champion Donny Schatz does not race in feature for the first time since 2012

TULARE, Calif. – March 12, 2016 – David Gravel claimed his first World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway as he held off Shane Stewart through the 35-lap feature.

The win was the first series win for Gravel since he won the National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in 2014 and the first for him with his new team, CJB Motorsports.

“It’s awesome to win this early in the season,” Gravel said. “Running second last week and now a win is great. The track was narrow but I had to take advantage of our track position. I didn’t want to give up a win there – you never want to give up wins. I tried to be aggressive when I was supposed to be aggressive and be passive when I was supposed to be passive but it worked out.”

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Clauson Circulates into Another Pair of Wins on Busy Weekend

QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. (March 10, 2016) – A busy five-race weekend over the course of four days netted Bryan Clauson another pair of feature wins in Nevada and California as the “Circular Insanity Tour” race count climbed to 27.

In the pursuit of 200 races in 2016, Clauson picked off his sixth win of the year in USAC Southwest vs. USAC West Coast action at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on Friday night before running the win total to seven with a USAC/CRA Sokola Shootout score on Saturday at Perris Auto Speedway. Both triumphs came aboard Mike Martin’s Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Jonathan Byrd’s Restaurant and Hospitality Group No. 16b.

Mix in three nights of strong World of Outlaws competition in the Cancer Treatment Centers of America/Elk Grove Ford No. 17w Sprint Car and it was a fast-paced weekend to be sure.
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At A Glance: Joey Saldana Leads His Roth Team Back Home

The Series takes on Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California on March 11 and 12

CONCORD, N.C. – March 10, 2016 – With one World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win on the season and a second place position in the championship standings, Joey Saldana has started the season off right with his new team, Roth Motorsports. As the series heads to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. on Friday and Saturday, the team looks for a second win – this time, on home turf.

With four wins over the years at the third-mile oval, Saldana hopes to add another to the record books for his Fresno-based team.

“I’m definitely looking forward to going to Tulare, just down the road from the Roth shop,” Saldana said. “Definitely a lot of Roth people will be there and (team owners Dennis and Teresa Roth) will be there, so looking forward for that. And we’ve had some success driving for other teams at Tulare and we’ll take that momentum and get a good result with this car.”

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Reutzel Reaches Victory Lane in Montana – Set for Three Races in Four Days this Week

CLUTE, Texas (July 22, 2015) – The weekend sweep, it was oh so close for Aaron Reutzel.

The Clute, TX, racer fell just one position short of sweeping the Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour weekend of competition in Montana aboard the Shark-powered BC Fundz/Basic One Services No. 87 Triple X Sprint Car with a win at Great Falls’ Electric City Speedway on Friday night and then a runner-up finish at Billings Motorsports Park on Saturday.

It was another stellar weekend that kept Reutzel and the Wren Motorsports/Momentum Racing Suspensions team atop the $60,000 ASCS National Tour title chase.

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Abreu Claims First World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Victory

Californian cruised into victory lane at Thunderbowl Raceway

TULARE, Calif. – March 15, 2014 – Rico Abreu earned the biggest victory of his career on Saturday night when he powered to the checkered flag at Thunderbowl Raceway for his first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory.

Abreu took the lead from Terry McCarl on lap eight, and then had to hold off veterans McCarl and Joey Saldana to earn the victory.

Rookie Logan Schuchart followed up a strong run on Friday night by eventually finishing second after making a daring late pass to the outside of McCarl on the banked one-third mile dirt oval. McCarl, who set quick time and then became the first driver to benefit from the “0” being pulled in the dash draw, settled for third after coming back from a near wreck on a restart. Sammy Swindell finished a season-best fourth while two-time event winner in 2014, Brad Sweet, was fifth.
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Pittman Surges to His First World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Victory of Season

Defending champ takes checkered flag at Thunderbowl Raceway

TULARE, Calif. – March 15, 2014 – Daryn Pittman charged to his first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season on Friday night at Thunderbowl Raceway after a thrilling battle with polesitter Logan Schuchart.

After 22 laps, Pittman finally surged ahead of Schuchart, with Donny Schatz and Paul McMahan also motoring ahead of the rookie for podium finishes. Kerry Madsen followed his runner-up finish at Tucson with a fourth-place finish and Joey Saldana rounded out the top five.

Schuchart started the 35-lap main event from the pole at the high-banked, third-mile oval and jumped to the early lead over second starting Schatz. In the early going the battle was for third as Brad Sweet, a two-time winner this season, moved up to battle McMahan and the CJB Motorsports #51 for fourth. Sweet earned the position and immediately set his eyes on third, a position he quickly captured from Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Pittman. Schuchart continued to lead as the laps clicked away.

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