Donny Schatz Wins The Knoxville Nationals For The 10th Time

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Dates: Wednesday-Saturday, August 9-12, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Event: 57th annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals

Location: Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway

Winners: Wednesday – Kyle Larson of Paul Silva Motorsports

Thursday –David Gravel of CJB Motorsports

Friday – Jason Johnson of Johnson/Marshall Racing

Saturday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing

TSR Results:  Wednesday – Schatz: Started 6th, Finished 2nd/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps

Christopher Bell: Started 9th, Finished 9th/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps

Saturday – Schatz: Started 2nd, Finished 1st/Running, completed 50 of 50 laps

Bell: Started 6th in B-Main, Finished 8th in B/Running, completed 22 of 22 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 7,675 points, 82 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

The historic pace at the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals continued Saturday night for Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz. The eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion led the final 27 laps of the 50-lap finale of the 57th annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals to earn his 10th Nationals victory.

Schatz started second in the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J and led the field to the green on lap 23 after polesitter David Gravel brought out a caution. Schatz withstood challenges from both Kerry Madsen and Kyle Larson to pick up his 26th career triumph at the famed half-mile dirt oval in Central Iowa and continued his remarkable run on Sprint car racing’s biggest stage, where he’s finished first or second 16 of the past 18 years.




“Winning the Knoxville Nationals never gets old and never gets any easier,” Schatz said. “I may get a lot of the credit, but this Arctic Cat/Ford Performance race team is incredible and they deserve every bit as much. Nobody realizes the pressure that is on this team. They have to make the right decisions every time. With as many races as we have won, the pressure just keeps building and building because, if you don’t win, you are under a lot of scrutiny and we don’t want to be in that position. We want to win races. We want to be competitive and be at the forefront of this sport. Tony Stewart has assembled and incredible team here. We are celebrating 10 years together and tonight we are going to celebrate another incredible week here at the Knoxville Nationals.”

Schatz started on the front row for the sixth time in his career at the Nationals following an impressive qualifying-night performance Wednesday. He qualified fourth in the field of 48 competitors and charged from eighth to win the fourth heat race to transfer into the 25-lap preliminary feature. He started sixth in the A-Main and quickly began his charge forward. He was up to third on lap five and took second from Austin McCarl on lap 13. Polesitter Larson was setting a strong pace up front, but Schatz was able to close the gap as the two worked through lapped traffic. Larson didn’t make any mistakes during the final portion of the race and scored the win ahead of Schatz. The results of the evening earned Schatz 492 points, the most by any driver.

Following Thursday’s qualifying program, Schatz ranked second overall and was locked into Saturday’sA-Main finale.

When Saturday’s A-Main went green, Gravel and Schatz raced side by side into turn one. Gravel dove low and pulled out to a small lead coming out of turn two and, when Gravel went high in turns three and four, Schatz made a run for the lead with a low move in turns three and four. Gravel had enough momentum to maintain the top spot and the two settled in for the early portion of the race. Once Gravel reached traffic, Schatz was able to close in and make a run at the top spot. He tried a slide job in turns three and four and later briefly held the lead down the backstretch on lap 16, but Gravel was able to surge back in front and hold the top spot until his engine expired on lap 22.



Schatz led the field back to the green and raced away from Madsen until a caution two laps later was used for the mandatory pit stop. The TSR crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti replaced the rear tires, filled the Arctic Cat No. 15 with fuel and made minor chassis adjustments before sending Schatz back out for the second half of the race. On the restart, Schatz rode the cushion in turn one and Madsen made his bid for the lead by throwing a big slider at Schatz, but Schatz never flinched and drove around the outside of Madsen to maintain the lead. The gamble cost Madsen second as Larson was able to sneak under the Australian driver coming out of turn two.For the next dozen laps, Schatz set a torrid pace around the top and held a solid margin over Larson until another caution on 38 slowed the pace. Schatz was clean again on the restart and re-established his lead with only 10 laps remaining. Things got dicey during the final three laps as Schatz tried to maneuver lapped traffic. He split a pair of cars and then was forced to make a couple of attempts to lap Brooke Tatnell. Larson was able to cut into the lead, but his last-corner attempt at a slide job fell short and Schatz drove away for the victory.

“These young guys keep getting better, and that Kyle Larson is pretty awesome,” Schatz said. “Early in the race, David set a really torrid pace and he was right up on the top. There were some pretty big holes up there and I didn’t even realize how big they were until we got slowed down on one of those yellows when I saw them and said to myself I may want to be careful up here. Once we got going, I felt really good, but you have to get yourself to the end of the race. You have to make sure when you get into traffic that you are in a good spot, that you are in the right place, and I did that for most of the race. We came down to that last 12-lap run there and I thought we might catch traffic at the end and we caught them. I got to a car that was just going for it and got myself in a couple of bad spots, but we got there. I know Kyle was coming and he had to do whatever I wasn’t and, for two laps, I was all over the place. That’s what racing is. It’s what we strive for and, if I was running second, that’s what I would have been hoping for. It worked out. We got the win and it feels good.”
Knoxville Nationals Notes:

• This was the 25th Knoxville Nationals for Schatz, who made his debut in 1993 as an 18-year-old. In his debut, he qualified 63rd and finished sixth in the non-qualifiers race.

• After qualifying fourth in Wednesday’s preliminary program, Schatz raced from eighth to win his seventh career qualifying-night heat race.

• His runner-up finish Wednesday was his seventh second-place finish and third in a row in Knoxville Nationals qualifying programs.

• Saturday’s triumph was number 10 for Schatz and the 11th Knoxville Nationals A-Main win for car owner Tony Stewart. Schatz has won eight driving for TSR and the organization earned three Nationals triumphs with Danny Lasoski (2001, 2003, and 2004).

• By leading 27 laps Saturday, Schatz surpassed Steve Kinser as the all-time lap leader in the Nationals. Schatz now has led 320 laps, 19 more than Kinser. Schatz also became the first driver in Nationals history to lead laps in 14 A-Mains.

• Schatz trails only Kinser (12) for most Nationals A-Main wins.

• Schatz ranks 10th all-time with 26 career wins at Knoxville Raceway.

• He now has 245 career WoO A-Features wins.

• Schatz has career earnings of $2.17 million in his 25 Knoxville Nationals appearances.

The Nationals only provided WoO teams with participation points since the event follows a format that differs from the regular WoO program. Schatz continues to the lead the 2017 WoO championship standings and has a 82-point advantage over Brad Sweet.

Up Next:

With the Nationals behind them, Schatz and the TSR team will prepare for the Outlaws’ annual August run through North Dakota before heading west for the next month. The North Dakota native will compete on his home soil three nights starting Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks beforeSaturday’s return to Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo. The Fargo event was originally scheduled for June but was washed out and rescheduled for this weekend. The finale of the weekend will be held at Nodak Speedway in Schatz’s hometown of Minot.


“Young Money” Will Have A Full Weekend!

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After a dominating win on Wednesday night at the Knoxville Nationals, Kyle Larson faced a dilemma. He had qualified for the prestigious A-main finals of one of the premiere dirt races in the world. The problem was the race was set for Saturday night, and his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series forbids him from racing on dirt the day before he has to drive the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, be it qualifying, practice or the race.

On Thursday, he appeared with Ganassi at an event in downtown Detroit unveiling the Camaro ZL1 as Chevrolet’s entry in next year’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. On the drive to the airport afterward, Larson tried to talk Ganassi into allowing an exception. The team owner voiced his concerns—the contract language exists to make sure Larson is fresh and to give the team time to find a replacement if he gets injured.

With Larson and other team officials pleading Larson’s case, Ganassi ultimately relented, and now Larson will race in the event in Knoxville, Iowa on Saturday to try to put an exclamation point at the end of what he calls his favorite week of racing of the year. He finished fifth in the event last year. “I’m thankful for Chip to even allow me to do what I get to do right now,” Larson says. “It’s especially nice that he’s making an exception for Saturday night.”

Larson expects to fly to Iowa after his responsibilities at Michigan International Speedway end on Saturday afternoon. He will race at night and fly back to Michigan after that. He doesn’t have to be anywhere at MIS until 11:30 Sunday morning. “I’ll still be able to get plenty of sleep and be ready,” he said.

Larson has won two races in a row at Michigan.

“Young Money” could be flying back to Michigan Saturday night $150,000.00 richer, if he wins the feature at Knoxville!


Tony Stewart Foundation Challenges Knoxville Nationals Fans

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Whether as a car owner, driver or philanthropist, Tony Stewart always expects to finish ahead of the field, and those expectations won’t change on Aug. 9 when the Tony Stewart Foundation presents the fifth annual WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacular at Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville, Iowa.

Fans attending the 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store at Knoxville Raceway can race head-to-head with Stewart, but also recent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who followed Stewart’s path from the dirt tracks to NASCAR.

The Tony Stewart Foundation benefits chronically ill and physically disabled children, animals that are endangered or at-risk, and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing, and the foundation has taken the wheel of this year’s WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacular which had previously been hosted by the Jeff Gordon Foundation.

Those interested in helping the Tony Stewart Foundation’s mission will not only battle Stewart, Larson and Stenhouse, but they will also have the opportunity to showcase their skills against WELD Racing ambassadors “KamiKaze” Chris Day from the Street Outlaws television series on Discovery and Pirelli World Challenge driver Shea Holbrook. The entry fee is $400 per competitor with the total number of entrants limited to 50. Participants will receive an event T-shirt and goodie bag containing WELD Racing merchandise and items autographed by Stewart. Fans can register to compete by visiting and writing “KARTING” in the comment field.

The goal of this year’s event is to promote One Cure, a project led by the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC) where innovative cancer treatments for pets are being researched in clinical trials to benefit people. The FACC sees more than 1,500 new animalcancer patients every year, with approximately 400 patients enrolling in these carefully monitored clinical trials specific to their cancer type. These canine and feline patients are helping pioneer cancer research, moving cutting-edge treatments out of the laboratory and into clinical practice, ultimately providing hope to the next generation of animal and human cancer patients.

“We’ve learned that many cancer treatment breakthroughs are happening because of collaborations between scientists and doctors working with both people and domestic pets,” Stewart said. “It’s a perfect fit with my foundation’s missions to help children and animals. Cancer is cancer. We aim to educate people about comparative oncology and improve the lives of all cancer patients, whether they have two legs or four.”

A second One Cure initiative during the Knoxville Nationals called Flip It For Good is asking for fans of all ages to participate. The Tony Stewart Foundation and Knoxville Raceway are teaming up in an effort to establish a new Guinness World Record for the largest game of heads or tails. The current record was set in July 2016 by 561 fans at Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The event will take place on Aug. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. CDT in the Fan Zone under the main grandstands at Knoxville Raceway.

“Our Flip It For Good competition is for anyone to play,” Stewart said. “Players choose their side, I flip the coin, someone spots me, and we start eliminating players until there’s only one standing. The challenge is to be the last one standing. It’s fun, it’s fast and for a great cause.”

While only 562 participants are needed to break the record, Stewart has issued Knoxville Nationals fans the challenge of bringing 800 players to this round of Flip It For Good. The $10 entry donation includes a commemorative bandana, a player’s wristband for the official count and a $10 gift certificate to upload a photo of a person or pet impacted by cancer onto the “Faces of Team One Cure” online photo mosaic. Participants can register onsite at Knoxville Raceway, or online prior to Aug. 10 by visiting

For more information regarding the Tony Stewart Foundation, visit and follow on Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @14TSF.

For information regarding Stewart, visit or, or follow on Twitter @TonyStewart.

For more information regarding the 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store, visit


Donny Schatz Takes On Ohsweken Speedway

The eight-time and reigning WoO champion leads the Outlaws back to the Canadian province of Ontario for tonight’s Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown as a four-time winner at Ohsweken Speedway. The driver of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J has competed in all 11 previous WoO events at the 3/8-mile, dirt oval. Last July, he and his TSR crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson, and Brad Mariscotti came out victorious in the 30-lap A-Feature and look to be the only winners in Canada in 2017. Tuesday’s stop at Ohsweken is the only opportunity to continue a streak of scoring at least one WoO A-Feature in Canada that started in July 2012, when he scored a flag-to-flag triumph at Cornwall (Ont.) Speedway.

Donny Schatz has captured victories in three of his last four starts at Ohsweken, which included continuing a TSR winning streak from 2011 through 2014. Tony Stewart earned his first career WoO A-Feature win at the track in July 2011 and won again in 2012 before Schatz reeled off back-to-back triumphs in 2013 and 2014. Schatz finished second in 2015 and was part of thrilling three-car battle for the victory last July.

Following Tuesday’s venture into Canada, Schatz and the team will travel to Hartford Speedway for Friday night’s “Battle of Michigan.” In five previous starts at the newly reconfigured 3/8-mile, dirt oval in southwest Michigan, Schatz has finished second on three occasions, including his debut at the track in 2003 and again last September. He is looking to make Hartford the 82nd different dirt track where he’s scored a WoO A-Feature win during his 21 seasons of competition with “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

The week of action concludes Saturday night with the Badger 40 at Wilmot Raceway. Schatz first competed with the Outlaws at the track late in the 2006 season. He finished sixth in his first appearance just three weeks before claiming his first WoO championship. In his first season driving for TSR in 2008, Schatz chased race leader Daryn Pittman but came up short in his bid for victory. He finished ninth in 2014 and came home second again at the track last August.

Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team continue to lead the way in the 2017 WoO championship standings on the strength of their series-leading 15 WoO A-Feature triumphs. Through 50 of the scheduled 92 events, the team has earned 7,030 points and holds a 76-point advantage over Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet.


• Schatz finished second in his first three starts at Ohsweken before finishing third on July 30, 2010. Following a rainout on July 31, Schatz scored his first win at the track on Aug. 1, 2010.

• In 11 starts at the track, Schatz has four wins, 10 top-fives and 11 top-10s.

• He has led laps in the A-Feature in each of the past four years, winning three races (2013, 2014, 2016) and finishing second (2015) in the other.

• Schatz has 11 career WoO A-Feature triumphs in Canada. Four each at Ohsweken and Castrol Raceway in Edmonton; two at Cornwall and one at Autodromme Drummond in Quebec.


Winning races and a World of Outlaws championship isn’t the only goal in 2017 for TSR, Arctic Cat and Donny Schatz. There is shared passion to reach greatness without limits. And fans are encouraged to join the ultimate limitless ride by entering to win a customized, one-of-a-kind Donny Schatz-themed Arctic Cat HDX 700 through Oct. 1. Go to for the chance to win the customized all-terrain vehicle by random draw.

The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to the Outlaws’ season-ending World Finals in Charlotte, including participation in a prerace ceremony. The winners will receive tickets to the World Finals and receive the keys to the Donny Schatz-themed HDX from the eight-time champion during pre-event ceremonies.


Tuesday at Ohsweken, the pit gates open at noon EDT. The grandstands will open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit or call519-717-0023.

For Friday’s “Battle of Michigan”, the pit gates open at 3 p.m. EDT. The grandstands will open at 4 p.m.Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit or call 269-621-4482.

On Saturday at Wilmot Raceway, the pit gates open at 2 p.m. EDT. The grandstands will open at 4 p.m.Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit or call 815-344-2023.

Race fans unable to attend this week’s races can catch all of the action on Free audio coverage is available as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series events on the Visit to for more information.


Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, TSR and the No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J throughout the campaign on the web and social media. More information can be found at, and

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.

Donny Schatz: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

Arctic Cat: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @ArcticCat_atv @ArcticCat_Snow

Curb: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @CurbRecords.

Ford Performance: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @FordPerformance.

Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J:

The annual trip to Ohsweken is up next as you continue the Outlaws’ busy July schedule. The races at Ohsweken have been extremely competitive and you have been very successful there during the last 10 years. What’s been the biggest reason for both?

“It starts with having a well-operated facility. Glenn Styres and his family do a great job of giving us a great racing surface when we go there every year. It usually works out to be a pretty wide racing surface where guys can run the top, bottom and through the middle. I’ve just had the good fortune of being surrounded by really good people who give me a fast racecar. I can remember our first trip up there in 2007 and the place was really racy from the start. After the first couple of years, I wasn’t sure if I was going to win there after running second so many times. We just hung in there and figured out the best way to get around there. It’s definitely been good to TSR, as well. Tony won his first Outlaw race up there and actually won two years in a row. I really enjoy racing at Ohsweken. It’s a stop that I always look forward to. After a couple nights of rain, we are certainly looking forward to getting back on the track tonight.”

You mentioned finishing second a number of times at Ohsweken before breaking through and winning there. You’ve been second a couple of times at both Hartford and Wilmot. What’s the key to breaking through at those two places this weekend?  

“There is no magic formula for winning races at any particular track. You simply have to outwork the competition. These guys (Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti) are incredible and have a passion for winning that is off the charts. They put in the work before, during and after the races to put us in a position to challenge for wins. They’ve been working on giving us a chance to win at Ohsweken and then, after the races, they’ll head back to the shop and turn the attention toward Hartford. We’ve had some good runs at Hartford. Last fall, we were really good there all night and just came up one spot short. They’ve changed the track around now, so we’ll have to see if we can be the first one to figure it out. Same deal with Wilmot. It’s a little track and I’m sure there will be a cushion to manipulate, but we love the challenge. We want to win every night and having a chance to do so is what we’re shooting for.”



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Surviving a season on the rugged World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour is a major accomplishment, and achieving the highest levels of success takes a lot of hard work. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) team continues to chase new challenges while pursuing its fourth consecutive WoO championship. This week, TSR’s Donny Schatz will look make it six consecutive years with a WoO victory north of the border and also try to add Hartford (Mich.) Speedway and Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway to the list of tracks where he’s scored a WoO win.


Donny Schatz Wins The Silver Cup In PA

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Dates: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Friday-Sunday, July 21-23, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Locations: Tuesday – Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania

FridaySaturday – Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Sunday – Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway

Winners: Tuesday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing

Friday – Brock Zearfoss of Aaron Long Racing

Saturday – Rain Postponed A-Feature to Sept. 28

Sunday – Rain Postponed event to October date to be determined

TSR Results: Tuesday – Started 3rd, Finished 1st/Running, completed 40 of 40 laps

Friday – Started 3rd, Finished 3rd/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 7,030 points, 76 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team embarked on a busy week of action as the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series continued the “Month of Money” with four races scheduled in a six-day stretch. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion added to the momentum from his Kings Royal triumph the previous weekend by winning his sixth career Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania last Tuesday. The Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team continued its podium streak Fridaynight in the opener of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with a third-place run. Mother Nature was the winner the rest of the weekend, forcing WoO officials to postpone the 30-lap, $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals finale until Sept. 28 andSunday’s scheduled race at Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway to a date to be determined in October.

“We had a great start to the week with the night we had at Lernerville,” said Schatz, who drove the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J to his 15th WoO win of 2017. “Coming off the Kings Royal, we knew it was going to be a big week. Tuesday was one of those nights where things just worked extremely well. My guys (Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti) gave me a great machine all night. There is a lot of prestige to these big races, but we treat them all the same. Every race out here counts. There are some guys who get in these races and try to do too much. We had to survive a little scare early in the race and then we knew we had to be there at the end. It takes a complete team to win races like the Kings Royal and the Silver Cup and, thankfully, Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with great people.”
The 92-race WoO schedule is highlighted by a number of marquee events and the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup is one of them. Schatz won the event in 2006 and 2007 by racing to victory in the 40-lap contests and earned the Silver Cup title in 2010, 2013 and 2014 when the event was split into twin 30-lap features. Last season, the format returned to a single 40-lap race with $25,000 up for grabs.

Schatz opened the evening by qualifying third in his qualifying group and followed that up by racing to

victory in the third heat. He finished third in the Craftsman Club Dash to earn the second starting spot for the 40-lap A-Feature. Schatz held the fourth position during the first handful of laps and survived a couple of close calls with Tim Shaffer by lap 10. Shaffer made a bold move on lap nine and forced Schatz to take evasive action in turn one. The result was Schatz losing a couple of spots and a lot of track position on leaders Sheldon Haudenschild and Daryn Pittman.

He charged his way forward, ultimately passing Shaffer and Pittman to reach second. With only 10 laps remaining, Schatz did everything he could to get around Haudenschild. The two exchanged the lead while working through heavy traffic, setting up what looked to be a thrilling last five laps. A caution on lap 35 took the leaders out of traffic and provided Haudenschild with an open track. On the restart, Haudenschild pulled away in turns one and two, but he got hung up on the cushion leaving turn four, resulting in his racecar flipping. Schatz would assume the top spot and he drove away following the restart and raced to his eighth career triumph at Lernerville and 244th career WoO A-Feature win.
After traveling across Pennsylvania, Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team took on the “PA Posse” for the second time in 2017. The two-night Summer Nationals is recognized as the third event of the Outlaws’ “Month of Money” with $20,000 on the line in Saturday’s finale. Friday night offered the No. 15 team an opportunity to chase another WoO victory and add to its two-race winning streak. Schatz qualified seventh in his group and flexed his muscle in the third heat race when he charged past two cars to score a coveted spot in the Craftsman Club Dash. Schatz finished third in the six-lap dash and started the 25-lap A-Feature inside of row two. He held the fourth position for the first 15 laps of the race before a caution slowed the action. On the ensuing restart, leader Lance Dewease flipped in turn two, forcing another restart. David Gravel was called for jumping the start, which moved Schatz to the outside of row one alongside leader Brock Zearfoss. Zearfoss was able to pull away from Schatz on the restart and the battle for Schatz was on with Gravel for the next three laps. A final caution on lap 19 offered another double-file restart with Schatz in third. He passed Gravel for second on lap 20, but Gravel got the spot back on the following lap. With Schatz and Gravel fighting for second, Zearfoss pulled away to score his first career WoO A-Feature win.

Saturday’s Summer Nationals finale was pushed through quickly with threatening weather all around the historic half-mile oval. Schatz was the 10th car to make a qualifying lap in the field of 38 cars and he turned the seventh-fastest lap. He finished third in the first heat and was scheduled to start the 30-lap A-Feature ninth. Rain began to fall just as the teams were called to push their cars to the starting grid. After a 40-minute delay, WoO officials postponed the running of the A-Feature until Sept. 28, when the Outlaws return to Williams Grove for the National Open.

The rain unfortunately followed the traveling Outlaws north on Sunday. After making the nearly seven-hour trek to Ransomville Speedway, the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team was ready to lead the WoO stars into action at the half-mile dirt oval for the first time since 1997. A heavy rain shower hit the track just after 5 p.m. and the amount of water the storm delivered caused the race to be postponed until later in the season.

With 50 of the 92 scheduled races complete, Schatz has accumulated 7,030 points and leads the championship standings over Brad Sweet by 76 points. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion also leads the series in wins with 15 and top-fives with 39.


Matt Crafton Reviews His Victory At Eldora

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Team Information:

Started: 2nd

Finished: 1st

Laps: 150/150

Laps Led: 0

Status: Running

Driver Points: 4th

Owner Points: 4th

2017 Stage Points: 115

2017 Playoff Points: 2 (Dover & Eldora)


Matt Crafton, driver of the No. 88 Ideal Door/Menards Toyota Tundra made his fifth career start at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH, on Wednesday night. Starting a track-best second, the ThorSport Racing driver led the field twice, for 24 laps, and ended a 27-race winless streak, winning the fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby, his first win of 2017, and the two-time champions first win at the half-mile clay oval. The win secured the ThorSport Racing drivers spot in the 2017 Chase, which kicks off at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in September.

Crafton, who finished first in Stage 1, earning his second Stage win of 2017, also earned bonus points at the conclusion of Stage 2, for finishing ninth. In the final 60 laps of the 150-lap event, Crafton worked his way from the bottom of the track, to the top, and utilized a lap 128 caution to position himself to challenge a dominant veteran dirt racer, Stewart Friesen, in the final laps. With 17 laps to go, the two-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion took the lead from Friesen, and never looked back, winning the fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby.


A lot of emotion for this victory, where does this win stack up for you?

“Our first dirt win. A lot of fun. In the second part of the race we downright just stunk. It was my fault. We over-tightened it. On the first run we were pretty good, I just thought we were a little bit too free. We tightened it up, and then we just went back to exactly where we started the race. Rico (Abreu) drove by me up top, and I’m like ‘Crafton, you got to put this thing on the fence down there’. I knew I was getting beat on the bottom, and then I found something in the middle over here in 1 and 2. Finally at the end, I’m like ‘well, we ought to tear the right side off this thing and take it to victory lane’.”

You’ve done more dirt racing this past year, how much did that help you tonight?

“It helped a lot. Just learning what the track does, and seeing what spots on the race track are working – in the years past, I didn’t know what I was looking at to be totally honest. Just kept studying and kept studying. There were a lot of great people here. Nick Coffman came here and helped me during the test. They were telling me ‘go down here in the dirt, and spin the tires’ and I’m like why? But I started doing it and this Menards Toyota Tundra was just a rocket ship.”

Talk about your race tonight.

“This definitely wasn’t the one that I thought was going to put us in the playoffs without a doubt. I was looking to come in here and have a top five – a good solid top-five run. Yesterday was just good, it was really good, so we kept tuning on it, and the first run it was really good. Second run, we tightened it up too much and Junior (Joiner, crew chief) was mad, so we came in and made some adjustments on the truck, and I made some adjustments out there on the race track. Kept searching and finally found something at the end.”


  • The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) had two practice sessions on Tuesdayevening in preparation for Wednesday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. Matt Crafton was eighth, and fourth, respectively, in each session.

  • The No. 88 Menards Toyota Tundra was seventh in single truck qualifying on Wednesdayafternoon.

  • Crafton lined-up second in Qualifying Race No. 2, and won, earning a second-place starting position for the main event.

  • Starting a track-best second, Crafton earned his second Stage win of 2017, winning Stage 1. Crafton finished ninth in Stage 2, and won the fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway.

  • The win secured the ThorSport Racing drivers spot in the 2017 Chase, which kicks off at New Hampshire motor Speedway in September.

  • The ThorSport Racing driver led the field twice, for 24 laps, his first laps led at Eldora Speedway.

  • In five starts at the Rossburg, OH track, Crafton has led 24 laps en route to one win (2017), and five top-10 finishes.

  • In 11 starts in 2017, the Menards driver has led 96 laps en route to one win (Eldora), three top-five (Atlanta), and seven top-10 finishes.

  • In 395 career starts, Crafton has 12 poles, and has led 2231 laps en route to 14 wins, 100 top-five, and 233 top-10 finishes.

  • Crafton’s ThorSport Racing teammates finished fourth (Enfinger), 11th (Coughlin), 26th (Abreu), and 30th (Rhodes).

  • Up Next: The Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday, July 29 at 1:00 p.m.on FOX.


Harrison Burton Got Indoctrinated Quickly At Eldora

Date:                            July 19, 2017

Event:                           Eldora Dirt Derby (Race 11 of 23)

Series:                          NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Location:                     Eldora Speedway in Rossburg (half-mile oval)

Format:                       Three Stages; 40 laps/50 laps/60 laps

Start/Finish:                23rd/15th (Running, completed 150 of 150 laps)

Winner:                       Matt Crafton of ThorSport (Toyota)

After an exciting race on dirt, Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Toyota Tundra finished 15th in Wednesday night’s fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. It was a night of learning for the rookie as it was his dirt-racing debut, but his fourth start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) 2017 season.

Stage One Recap:

  • After qualifying 13th and finishing fifth in his heat race, Burton took the green flag at Eldora from the 23rd position. When the race began the 16-year-old used the beginning laps to learn the track and learn how his truck raced on the dirt surface that he was unfamiliar with. When the first caution of the night came out on Lap 4, Burton stopped on pit road to clean his windshield from the muddy track. Halfway through the stage, he was caught up in a spin and had to make another trip to pit road for the team to assess the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Toyota. When Stage One ended, Burton was scored 18th.

Stage Two Recap:

  • Burton started his No. 51 Toyota Tundra from the 24th position at the start of Stage Two. The rookie started to find his groove on the dirt and slowly picked up positions through the field. Throughout the stage, Burton battled with dirt-veteran and fellow teammate Christopher Bell for positions. Burton was running 14th when the caution flag flew to end the second stage of the race on Lap 90.

Stage Three Recap:

  • After the No. 51 Toyota Racing team started Stage Three by not making a trip to pit road when many trucks ahead of them in the field did, Burton took the green flag from the fifth position. On the restart Burton got shuffled in the pack of eager drivers and when the caution came out on Lap 118 he was in the 16th position. For the rest of the stage, Burton minded his own business on the track and stayed out of trouble until the checkered flag flew. When he crossed the finish line, Burton finished his first dirt race 15th.

Harrison Burton, driver of the No. 51 Hunt Brothers Pizza Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:

Talk about your first dirt racing experience…

“I can get around an asphalt track alright, but this dirt stuff is completely different. It is something that I need to learn and figure out how to race on the dirt. We had a great Toyota Tundra. I am learning as much as I can, as fast as I can, but it’s hard when you’re doing something new against some of the best in the business. I’m really proud of all of my guys, they stuck with me all week and really helped me through. It was awesome to have Hunt Brothers Pizza on the truck – they are deeply engrained in racing and I’m glad I could be a part of it!”

Eldora Dirt Derby Recap:

  • Matt Crafton won the race followed by Stewart Friesen, Chase Briscoe, Grant Enfinger and John Hunter Nemechek rounded out the top-five finishers.

  • The race featured 10 cautions for a total of 59 laps. There were seven lead changes among four drivers.

How Burton’s KBM Teammates Fared:

Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished seventh

Christopher Bell, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished ninth

NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:

The No. 51 Toyota Racing team is now eighth in the Truck Series Owner Championship Standings.



Matt Crafton Prevails At The Eldora Dirt Derby 150

Matt Crafton

Using a late-race restart 18 laps from the finish and a strategy to ‘go where the others aren’t,’ Matt Crafton muscled past veteran dirt racer Stewart Friesen to win Wednesday night’s fifth annual Eldora Dirt Derby 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Eldora Speedway.

Over the last forty laps of the race, Crafton patiently worked his way from the bottom of the top-10 and took advantage of a Lap 127 caution to position himself to challenge a dominant Friesen for his first win since Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway last May.

“My first dirt win – a lot of fun,” said Crafton, who picked up his 14th career win. “In the second part of that race we down-right just stunk. It was my fault. We over-tightened it a little bit in the first run. It got free and we just went back to the way we started the race.

“I knew I was getting beat down low. Finally, at the end, I said, ‘Well, we may have to tear the right side off to get the win.’ I started doing it and this truck became a rocket ship.”

Friesen, who finished second to earn his career-best finish in the Truck Series, accepted defeat with dignity.

“Congrats to Matt, he’s been doing his homework on the dirt and it paid off,” said Friesen who led a race high 93 laps.

“We didn’t come here to run second that’s for damn sure, but I’m proud of these guys. They worked hard to get this truck dialed in. We had a great truck, he (Crafton) just got rolling on the top, it cleaned up, I was so committed to the bottom and go there in the middle and he just found a line and got us. It burns.”

Pole-sitter Friesen led his first career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series laps and extended his lead to nearly two seconds when a multi-truck accident ignited in Turn 3 on Lap 19 after Sheldon Creed spun and collected at least six other trucks in the process.

With a competition caution set at Lap 20 to allow teams to clean their windshields and grilles of the mud and dirt sprayed during the first run, NASCAR utilized the second yellow flag of the night to serve as the competition caution.

On the Lap 33 restart, Friesen found himself under attack from two-time series champion Crafton who swiped the lead away on Lap 34 and held it through the conclusion of Stage 1 which ended under caution after pre-race favorite Christopher Bell spun and was t-boned by Kaz Grala.

The start of Stage 2 saw the lead exchange twice in a period of three laps as Friesen grabbed the lead back from Crafton only to be passed by John Hunter Nemechek two laps later. Friesen, however, proved that he had one of the strongest trucks in the field by reassuming the lead on Lap 53 and collecting the Stage 2 victory.

Under yellow for the Stage 2 break, Friesen’s spotter noticed that he had a right-front tire going down forcing the No. 52 Halmar International Chevrolet down pit road for four tires and fuel. The unexpected stop handed the lead to 2015 Eldora winner Bell for the Lap 93 restart.

Restarting sixth, Friesen stormed back though the field and eventually caught the heavily damaged truck of Bell on Lap 115 to reassume command at the front.

When it seemed that Friesen was settling into his comfort zone and potentially sailing towards his first career victory, Crafton using a quicker top lane overpowered him on Lap 133, with the pass setting the tone for the final lead change of the night.

Behind Crafton and Friesen, Chase Briscoe in a backup truck finished third ahead of Grant Enfinger and John Hunter Nemechek. Late model dirt specialist Bobby Pierce finished sixth while Noah Gragson, Justin Haley, Bell and Austin Cindric comprised the remainder of the top-10.

Check out the unofficial results of the Eldora Dirt Derby 150 at Eldora Speedway.


John Hunter Nemechek Is Ready To Sling A Little Dirt At Eldora

John Hunter Nemechek
 This weekend will mark NEMCO Motorsports’ fourth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start at the half-mile dirt track. The organization earned a team best finish of sixth-place at the Rossburg, Ohio,-facility with John Hunter Nemechek on July 23, 2014. Three starts at the Eldora Speedway have earned NEMCO Motorsports an average starting position of 13.7 and an average finish of 12.3, with one lap led.

NEMCO Motorsports’ NASCAR Camping World Truck Series History … Since entering the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 1995, the Mooresville, N.C.,-based organization has logged 108 starts from five drivers, resulting in strong performances that include six victories (Watkins Glen, Chicago, Atlanta, Canada, Gateway, and Iowa) and 24 top-five finishes, as well as 51 top-10 finishes with an average starting position of 13.9 and an average finishing position of 12.9.

Collective NEMCO Motorsports … In the season’s first 10 events, NEMCO Motorsports’ two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series entries have posted two victories (Gateway and Iowa), five top-five and five top-10 finishes. The NEMCO Motorsports-prepared Chevrolet Silverados have completed 1,923 total laps – leading 72 laps. John Hunter Nemechek and Joe Nemechek rank 8th and 24th respectively in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver points.

Follow NEMCO Motorsports on Social Media … To keep up-to-date with the latest news, information and exclusive content, visit NEMCO Motorsports’ Twitter page – @NEMCOMotorsport. Also, follow the NEMCO Motorsports drivers on their personal Twitter pages – @FrontRowJoe87 and @JHNemechek. You can also “like” Joe Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /NASCARJoe, and John Hunter Nemechek on his official Facebook page at /JohnHunterNemechek.

Meet John Hunter Nemechek … John Hunter Nemechek is scheduled to participate in an autograph session with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (ET) on Wednesday, July 19. The autograph session will be located in the Eldora Speedway multi-purpose building located outside of Turn 3 and Turn 4.

Catch the Action … The Eldora Dirt Derby will be broadcast live on the Fox Business Network on Wednesday, July 19 starting with the pre-race show at 9:00 p.m. (ET). It will also broadcast live at 7:30 p.m. (ET) on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Qualifying for the 11th event of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule will air on Wednesdayat 5:00 p.m. (ET) on FS1. The five qualifying races, and the last chance qualifying race will be televised live on FS2 at 7:30 p.m. (ET).

The Eldora Dirt Derby at the Eldora Speedway will re-air on Thursday, July 20 at 12:30 a.m. (ET), and 8:00 a.m. (ET) on FS1.

John Hunter Nemechek

No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado

This Week’s NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado at the Eldora Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek will pilot Chassis No. 036 in the Eldora Dirt Derby at the Eldora Speedway. The Gere Kennon-led team last unloaded this NEMCO Motorsports prepared chassis at the Martinsville Speedway on April 1 where Joe Nemechek finished in the 18th-place after starting in the 21st-place in the chassis’ first appearance of the 2017 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

Sound the Alarm … The NEMCO Motorsports No. 8 Chevrolet Silverado returns with the Fire Alarm Services, Inc., (FAS) brand as the primary sponsor at the Eldora Speedway. Headquartered in Arvada, Colorado, Fire Alarm Services, Inc., provides superior fire and life safety and security services and products for protecting their client’s real estate investment.

Slinging Mud and Sliding Sideways with Nemechek … This weekend marks John Hunter Nemechek’s fourth Eldora Speedway appearance with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, N.C., driver has earned an average starting position of 13.7 and an average finishing position of 12.3 at the Rossburg, Ohio,-facility. Nemechek has led for one lap at the track. He made his track debut on July 23, 2014.

Short Track Stats: In 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts on short tracks (less than one mile in length), John Hunter Nemechek has recorded one victory (Iowa), five top-five and eight top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 11.5 and an average finish of 11.1 on these racetracks.

In the Loop at the Eldora Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek is the top closer at the Eldora Speedway with an average of 2.3 spots gained. In addition, Nemechek is one of two active full-time NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers with laps lead at the Eldora Speedway.

Race Rewind: Eldora Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek and his No. 8 Berry’s Manufacturing Chevrolet Silverado for NEMCO Motorsports battled back from early adversity slinging mud last year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at the Eldora Speedway. Nemechek was collected in an early-race incident on Lap 39, and eventually fell 21 laps down in the 150-lap race, but he fought back to finish in the 24th-postion.

In the Rearview Mirror: Kentucky Speedway … John Hunter Nemechek, the driver of the No. 8 Fire Alarm Services, Inc., Chevrolet Silverado, finished in the 18th-place in the Buckle Up In Your Truck 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on July 6. The 20-year old started in the ninth-place in the 32-truck field, and Nemechek finished the first segment, Lap 35, in the fifth position. At the end of segment two on Lap 70, Nemechek was tenth. He continued to show strength, climbing all the way to first on Lap 93 and leading until Lap 108, and again on Lap 110 for an additional three laps. With 15 laps to go, Nemechek made contact with the wall exiting Turn 4. Nemechek led 20 laps at the Kentucky Speedway to finish in the 18th-place.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoffs … With his win at the Gateway Motorsports Park on June 17, John Hunter Nemechek claimed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Playoff eligibility with a victory during the regular season. Nemechek is second in the Chase standings, with two wins and 11 playoff points.

Season-to-date … Through the first 10 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races of the 2017 season, John Hunter Nemechek has completed 1440 of 1658 laps contested (86.9 percent) and has led 72 laps. Nemechek is currently 8th in the driver point standings and 10th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series owner points. In addition, the NEMCO Motorsports driver has collected two victories (Gateway and Iowa), four top-five and four top-10 finishes, has spent 1,129 laps running in the top 15 and has made 329 green-flag passes thus far this season.


Rico Abreau Gets A Chance To Win At Eldora

Rico Abreau

Eldora Speedway – Eldora Dirt Derby
Team Information:
Crew Chief: Bud Haefele
Spotter: Tracy Hines
2017 Owner Points: No points
Sounding Off – Rico Abreu:
Are you looking forward to making your return to the Truck Series Wednesday at Eldora?
“I can’t wait. It’s Eldora. It’s dirt. It’s a track I’m really familiar with. And it’s a race I really want to win.”
News & Notes:
  • Chassis Chatter… The No. 89 ThorSport Racing (TSR) team will unload chassis No. 39 for Wednesday night’s Eldora Dirt Derby at Eldora Speedway. This is the same chassis Abreu raced at the half-mile clay oval in 2016, finishing third.
  • Eldora Dirt… In his debut at Eldora Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS), Abreu was eighth in single truck qualifying, lined-up second in Qualifying Race No. 3, and finished sixth, following contact with another competitor. Forced to run the Last Chance Race, Abreu started third, and finished second, earning a 27th-place starting position for the main event. In the 150-lap feature, Abreu ran as high as second, and finished third in the fourth annual event.
  • Reunited and it feels so good… Crew chief Bud Haefele called the shots for Abreu in the last five races of 2016. The duo earned one top-five, at Talladega Superspeedway, and four top-15 finishes.
  • Truck Series Stats… The ThorSport Racing driver will make his 26th NCWTS start on Wednesday at Eldora Speedway. In 25 previous starts, the 25-year-old driver has led one lap en route to two top-five, and five top-10 finishes, including a career-best finish of third at Eldora Speedway.
  • Kings Royal… Abreu raced in the 34th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway July 14-16. The St. Helena, Calif., native finished 13th in the “Joker’s Wild” race on Thursday, 10th in the “Knight Before the Royal” on Friday, and 11th in the 40-lap “Kings Royal” on Saturday, July 16.
  • Dirt Trackin’… Abreu is scheduled to compete in more than 60 dirt track events in 2017, in a 410 winged Sprint Car, 360 winged sprint car, and midget. In the first 50 events, the Curb Records driver has earned five wins, 21 top-five, and 12 top-10 finishes.
  • Notables… Abreu is a two-time Chili Bowl Nationals and USAC Midget Champion, and finished 13th in his rookie NCWTS season in 2016. In 2015, Abreu finished fifth in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
  • Catch Rico at Eldora…Abreu, along with his ThorSport Racing teammates, will participate in the NCWTS autograph session from 3:00-3:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 in the Multipurpose Building, outside Turns 3 and 4 at Eldora Speedway.
Abreu’s Career NCWTS stats:
  • Starts: 25, since 2015
  • First Start: Phoenix International Raceway (2015)
  • First Full-time Season: 2016
  • Poles: 0
  • Wins: 0
  • Top-5 Finishes: 2
  • Top-10 Finishes: 5
  • Laps Completed: 3.575
  • Laps Led: 1 (Charlotte, 2016)
  • Avg. Start: 18.1
  • Avg. Finish: 16.2
Eldora Stages:
  • Stage 1 – 40 laps (concludes at lap 40)
  • Stage 2 – 50 laps (concludes at lap 90)
  • Stage 3 – 60 laps (concludes at lap 150)