Outlaws to engage in Midwestern Melee in North Dakota
CONCORD, N.C. - Aug. 23, 2016 - Current points leader and season-standout Donny Schatz is headed home for a tour through North Dakota. Schatz, a Grand Forks, N.D. native, will lead the charge as the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series invades River Cities Speedway on Friday, August 26 and Nodak Speedway on Sunday, August 28.
During Schatz's 2015 31-win season, three of his wins came from his home state. Schatz swept the board, winning River Cities Speedway twice and capping-off the Outlaws' tour through North Dakota with a trip down victory lane at Nodak Speedway. From there, Schatz extended his winning streak to four.
Though Schatz has been victorious in one-third of the trips to River Cities since 2007, five other drivers have beaten the pack to the checkers. Schatz is seeking his fifth consecutive win at Nodak since 2012.
MYERSTOWN, PA (August 23, 2016) - Brent Marks took full advantage of the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions swing through Central Pennsylvania on August 18-20 by joining the regional series during all three of their scheduled stops.
The Myerstown, Pennsylvania, native followed the Arctic Cat All Stars to Grandview Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway, and Lincoln Speedway, earning two top-ten finishes over the course of the weekend, highlighted with an eighth place charge from 15th at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, August 19. A ninth place finish at Grandview Speedway and a 13th place performance at Lincoln Speedway completed Marks’ weekend outcome. Including his Grandview and Williams Grove Speedway results, Marks now has a total of eight Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions top-ten finishes, all of which during ten main event starts.
WEST LEBANON, N.Y. (Aug. 23, 2016) - Dale Blaney put together an efficient weekend with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during a four-race swing in the East.
"That area of the country is pretty tough to deal with," he said. "Grandview Speedway had five or six of the best Pennsylvania guys that are running now. Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway are extremely tough places to go to. I feel like we ran as well as we could have hoped. If we could have finished out with a second last night it would have been a great weekend."
The action began last Thursday at Grandview Speedway in Bechtelsville, Pa., where Blaney led the Mainstream Holdings, Inc., backed CH Motorsports team to quick time during qualifying. Blaney then placed second in both a heat race and the dash to start the main event on the outside of the front row.
WEST LEBANON, New York (August 22, 2016) - Waiting an extra day to tackle the highbanks of Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York, proved to be beneficial for Sammy Swindell, outlasting and out dueling the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions during their first and only New York appearance of 2016. The Germantown, Tennessee, native, who started on the outside of the front row by virtue of dash finish, led all 25 circuits on Monday evening on the Lebanon Valley highbanks, pocketing $7,000 for his efforts, as well as his first Arctic Cat All Star victory since 2011. Kraig Kinser chased Swindell to the final checkers, followed by Chad Kemenah, Tim Shaffer, and Cap Henry, who advanced 11 positions to secure his top-five finish.
“The CJB guys gave me a great car all night long,” Sammy Swindell explained. “The key was putting ourselves in position early tonight.
Venturing to the Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI for the first ever World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event at the historic facility, Joey Saldana would record his 52nd Top-10 finish of the season.
“It was a decent night for us, but we can always be better,” Joey Saldana said. “It was neat little place that was pretty small and tight, and it got to be technical.”
Having mechanical issues on Tuesday night at the Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, NE, Saldana came out on Sunday night and laid down a great lap during time trials that would end up fourth fastest on the speed chart.
Lining the Roth Enterprises/HR Livestock Transportation/Roth Investments No. 83 machine up on the front row of his heat race, Saldana would pick up the important win and earn a spot in the night’s Dash.
Making his first ever start at the Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI on Sunday night with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Paul McMahan had a nice showing that saw him time in fifth fastest before finishing 10th in the feature event.
“It was a pretty good night for our race team,” McMahan said with a smile. “We timed in well, had a close call in our heat race, but were able to run pretty well in the feature event and get another Top-10.”
With 37 cars checked into the historic facility for the Corn Fest, McMahan would lay down a great lap during time trials as he timed the MonDak Portables/Ft. Union Supply and Trading/Rick Rogers Construction No. 7 machine in fifth fastest in time trials.
Mike Erdley isn't a full-time Sprint Car driver. It's a hobby, a part-time gig to have fun on a Saturday night.
Still, Erdley expects to be competitive. And when the opportunity presents itself, he wants to contend for wins.
Fun and success. Erdley's struggled with both recently, which led to the Herndon ace stepping away from the Tom and Fran Chiappelli No. 98 team Sunday. It was a mutual split between driver and team.
"They weren't getting the results they wanted, and I wasn't having any fun," Erdley said. "It just wasn't working.
"They are three hours away from my house, and I can't go work on the car. I'm grateful for the opportunity they gave me, but at the end of the day, it didn't turn into what either of us wanted."
MINOT, N.D. — August 23, 2016 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is in the midst of the stretch run of the season that takes the series north and then west as around 25 nights of racing remain, before crowing a champion. Donny Schatz leads the series into Nodak Speedway, followed by David Gravel, Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman. Gravel, Sweet and Pittman are separated by just four points, as they battle for the second spot in the standings. This edition of Quick Hits sets the stage for the Gerdau Magic City Showdown Presented by Gerdau, Schatz Crossroads, Visit Minot and Fastlane Carwash-Minot for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Nodak Speedway on Sunday, August 28.
What a streak
Schedule includes eight to 10 races.
Kerry Madsen was a little uneasy after the American side of Keneric Racing folded up shop last week, and he was left without a ride.
It wasn't a case of Madsen doubting his ability. He just didn't know if his phone was going to ring with an opportunity so late in the season.
No problem, there. The right call came, and Madsen accepted the driving duties for the Matt Wood Racing entry, which was formerly piloted by the late Bryan Clauson.
The team will debut this weekend in the National Sprint League event at Knoxville Raceway and plans are in place to run eight to 10 races the rest of the season.
SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (Aug. 22, 2016) - Jason Sides finished one spot shy of tying his career-best result at Junction Motor Speedway last Tuesday.
Sides ended with a seventh-place finish during the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series lone visit of the season to the fast track in McCool Junction, Neb.
"The track got faster and faster all night," he said. "Usually it blows off and gets dusty and slick. It stayed wet."
Sides qualified 12th quickest before placing fifth in a heat race and fourth in a qualifier to line up on the outside of the fourth row for the main event. Sides maintained a top 10 throughout the feature before posting a seventh-place result.
He took that momentum into the World of Outlaws debut at Angell Park Speedway on Sunday.