Gold Cup Champion is Jonathan Allard

Californian help Pittman claw back Schatz at Gold Cup.

Jonathan Allard Gold Cup Champ 2014

Jonathan Allard Gold Cup Champ 2014

CHICO, Calif. — Sept. 5, 2014 The Donny Schatz domination of recent Outlaw a Mains was halted first by Shane Stewart at Willamette and then Pittman at Southern Oregon. Enter the guys from California at the Gold Cup event at Silver Dollar Speedway.

Night one of the Gold Cup and Pittman makes a solid start in his efforts to pull back points from Schatz when he puts down the quick time and Schatz only manages to time in 6th position., A strong win in the dash gives Pittman the early advantage he has been looking for and get the pole spot for the 30 lap A Main.

Pittman gets out of the start fast and leads the A main for the first 7 laps before the young Californian smoked past the defending Champion. The locals were on their feet but few would have expected the young charger to withstand a race long challenge from Pittman. As the race moved into the final stages it was becoming clear that Macedon’s first Outlaw win was closing in. Nine laps out from the finish, a late caution gives Pittman chance. The restart, Pittman sees his chance and gets around the young Californian but THEN a red comes out after the start when teammate Sweet, McMahan and Gregg get together.

The restart and Macedo covers Pittman and continues to lead until the last caution with 5 to go .The win was in sight, just the restart to control and he closes Pittman out of the race and his first career World of Outlaws win is in the bag.

Carson Macedo first WoO win

Carson Macedo first WoO win

Carson Macedo
“I’m just speechless,” Macedo said after beating the 41 car field. “I can’t even say how happy I am,” Macedo said. “This is really like my first real win. To do it here with the Outlaws is unheard of. I’m so happy, so happy. This is the stuff kids dream about.”
Results:

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 21X-Carson Macedo [2] [$8,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1] [$4,000]; 3. 25-Bobby McMahan [8] [$2,500]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [5] [$2,200]; 5. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [7] [$2,100]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [16] [$2,000]; 7. OO-Jason Statler [12] [$1,800]; 8. 22-Mason Moore [24] [$1,600]; 9. 83-David Gravel [23] [$1,500]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [15] [$1,300]; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen [20] [$1,200]; 12. 4-Cody Darrah [22] [$1,100]; 13. 51-Paul McMahan [9] [$1,000]; 14. O-Bud Kaeding [17] [$700]; 15. 53-Andy Gregg [18] [$600]; 16. 5V-Colby Copeland [4] [$600]; 17. 71M-Joey Saldana [25] [$]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley [19] [$600]; 19. 3C-Jonathan Allard [21] [$600]; 20. 41-Dominic Scelzi [11] [$600]; 21. 49-Brad Sweet [3] [$600]; 22. 29W-Willy Croft [13] [$600]; 23. 121-Shane Golobic [14] [$600]; 24. 83SA-Tim Kaeding [10] [$600]; 25. 2-Shane Stewart [6] [$600]. Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-7, Carson Macedo 8-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 22-Mason Moore [+16]
Night 2 is Championship night at the Gold Cup.
CHICO, Calif. — Sept. 6, 2014 — And the Gold Cup stays in California when Jonathan Allard manages a last desperate pass on leader Pittman to win by the barest margin his very first Gold Cup in front of his home crowd . The Californians have taken the Outlaws apart with the win by Carson Macedo in the Friday night preliminary and now on the Championship night Johanathan Allard repeated the dose on defending Outlaw Champion Pittman.

Pittman although disappointed with successive seconds he did however manage to claw back dome valuable points from Donny Schatz.

The night belonged to Allard , crowd favorite not only in the States but down under in New Zealand and Australia .The Californians took home the Gold and Allard became the 21st different winner of an Outlaw Sprint in season 2014 .-
The podium interviews with Natalie Speed Sather shows the emotions and the disappointment. Listen to the  interview  on this link :

The swing through California again demonstrates by the results just how strong the Sprintcar competition is with winners coming from the Pennsylvania Posse, the Ohio Boys and now the Californians.

Allard in Victory lane at Silver Dollar Speedway

Allard in Victory lane at Silver Dollar Speedway

A-Main – (40 Laps) - 1. 3C-Jonathan Allard [2] [$12,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$5,700]; 3. 75-Sean Becker [1] [$3,500]; 4. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [10] [$3,000]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [19] [$2,600]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [21] [$2,400]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [24] [$2,300]; 8. 21X-Carson Macedo [3] [$2,200]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [7] [$2,150]; 10. 51-Paul McMahan [20] [$2,100]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu [9] [$1,600]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [12] [$1,350]; 13. 71M-Joey Saldana [17] [$1,300]; 14. 4-Cody Darrah [8] [$1,200]; 15. 5V-Colby Copeland [18] [$1,100]; 16. 83SA-Tim Kaeding [6] [$1,000]; 17. 41-Dominic Scelzi [16] [$900]; 18. 83-David Gravel [4] [$850]; 19. O-Bud Kaeding [23] [$800]; 20. 121-Shane Golobic [13] [$800]; 21. 11-Steve Kinser [14] [$800]; 22. OO-Jason Statler [15] [$800]; 23. 25-Bobby McMahan [11] [$800]; 24. 22-Mason Moore [22] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Sean Becker 1-24, Daryn Pittman 25-39, Jonathan Allard 40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 29-Kerry Madsen
Championship points after Silver Dollar Speedway :

Donny Schatz leads Daryn Pittman by 191 points as the teams head  to Antioch Speedway California where more competition from the locals is waiting.

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No wings for Pittman-Wins Jason Leffler Memorial

No wings for Pittman – wins the Jason Leffler Memorial

Wayne City, Illinois and Wayne County Speedway honored the memory of fallen NASCAR, USAC and World of Outlaws Sprintcar favorite Jason Leffler who tragically lost his life in a race accident one year ago.Jason Leffler memorial poster wayne country (Small)
The POWRi group together with Wayne County Speedway owner Doug Stringer are the two forces behind this event and the roll up of midget and Sprintcar drivers exceeded 38 on the night
The second annual Leffler Memorial attracted the best midget teams plus USAC Sprint drivers and World of Outlaws.

Defending Woo Champion Daryn Pittman, NASCAR’S JJ Yeley and the record breaking USAC Sprints ,  Peoples Champ Dave Darland added some extra spice to what turned out to be a wonderful night of midget racing and a successful night of fund raising in support of Jason’s son, Charlie Dean Leffler.

Pittman's Leffler ride

Pittman’s Leffler ride

On the Monday before the race a special benefit concert and fund raiser featuring Ryan Daniel the 2014 Indie Music Channel (IMC) winner of album and country song of the year. Lots of special items were donated and auctioned off including an autographed Larry Bird Basket Ball.

Larry Bird

Larry Bird

Danny Stratton produced the Jason Leffler memorial helmet for the race and it was included in the auction during the benefit Concert.  ” We tried to keep it true Lefturn style with gold leaf and flat colors….words can’t explain how hard it was to paint this……… miss you bud and that stupid grin “ Danny Stratton

one of the Danny Stratton Jason Leffler tribute helmets

one of the Danny Stratton Jason Leffler tribute helmets

Proceeds from the Danny Stratton’s Jason Leffler memorial Helmets go directly to the Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Fund. 100% of the front gate entry on race night was also donated to the fund and the race received sponsorship from Great Clips

As always the Speedway community came together in support of one of the racing family , it is a special part of Speedway that makes you love the sport and the commitment of all those involved .

I can hear you saying what about the race. A race worthy of its billing, Daryn Pittman certainly did not need a wing tonight .Starting out of P8 in the 40 lap Feature and with Bell and Clauson on the front row and Abreu and Daum ahead .Pittman’s win was awesome and special for a number of reason least of all the $10,000 winner’s purse. To win the Leffler Memorial, a very special race close to every racers heart and to beat the midget starts at their own game

Pittman wins the Leffler memorial 2014

Pittman wins the Leffler memorial 2014

.Pittman’s words after the race tell it all “WOW! We just won the Leffler memorial! We just beat Keith Kunz and Rusty Kunz cars .Petty cool a winged driver takes on and beat the best Midget guys at their own game.”

The final placing after the 40 lap feature at Wayne County Speedway:

Leffler result 2014

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Sammy Swindell Retiring From Full-Time Racing Effective Immediately

Sammy Swindell Retiring From Full-Time Racing Effective Immediately

SammY Swindell A Winner

SammY Swindell A Winner

 

Inside Line Promotions Press release  – GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (Aug. 25, 2014) – Sammy Swindell has decided to retire from professional racing effective immediately.

 Swindell, who has driven for Big Game Motorsports the past four years of his 40-plus year career, isn’t planning to race again outside of the Chili Bowl Nationals.

Sammy Swindell Winning at Chilli Bowl

Sammy Swindell Winning at Chilli Bowl

 

Here are his words to the fans:

“After the last two weeks of our break from racing I have decided to retire from racing. I would like to still drive my midget at the Chili Bowl. I have been thinking a lot about this for the last three months. It has been a hard decision to make. I always knew when the time came to retire it would be clear. I’ve had a long and very successful career. Part of the reason for the timing now is I’ve spent the last two weekends with my son, Kevin, racing. I haven’t had any time to spend with his racing the last four years. He will drive a (NASCAR) Nationwide car for the rest of the year and I want to be there to support him. I was going to do a limited schedule next year or retire at the end of this year. I’ve had a long talk with (Big Game Treestands Founder) Tod Quiring and we both agreed that this is the best for me.

“Amy and I would like to thank Tod and everyone at Big Game Treestands for the last four seasons. We would also like to thank everyone who has helped or been a part of my career, my fans and the friends that I have met over the last 43 years.”

 

Swindell has one of the most well-rounded racing careers at any level. While he had stints in NASCAR and IndyCar, Swindell made a name for himself on dirt race tracks across the country.

He earned three World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championships and he ranks second in career wins – 294 – with the premier sprint car series.

Swindell has also claimed almost every major sprint car event, including the Knoxville Nationals, Gold Cup Race of Champions, Kings Royal, Williams Grove National Open, Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, Selinsgrove Open, Western World Championships and Syracuse Super Nationals to name a few.

1979 Sammy at Terre Haute

1979 Sammy at Terre Haute

 

Additionally, Swindell won an unprecedented two World of Outlaws features on the same day in 1991 and he picked up victories at Bristol Motor Speedway when it was covered in dirt in 2000-01.

Also, his five Chili Bowl victories are the most for any driver at the famed midget event.

 

Swindell, who was elected into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2006, started racing when he was 15-years-old. Two years later he began a sprint car career that has culminated in more than 600 feature victories and at least one win in every season.

His career during the past 40-plus years of chasing races from state to state and coast to coast is legendary. Now he will focus on another career – that of his son, Kevin, who is the youngest driver to win a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series main event, is the only driver to win four consecutive Chili Bowl titles and is embarking on an opportunity in NASCAR.

The announcement by Sammy Swindell while a suprise to some has been on the cards for the past few months .A  very limited World of Outlaws appearences , ASCS outings and a last chance at lifting his second Knoxville National Title. Sammy Swindell last won the Knoxville nationa in 189983 driving for Raymond Beadle .

Sammy Swindell's Knoxville livery 2014

Sammy Swindell’s Knoxville livery 2014

The race suit and the helmet have been bagged but the memories and Swindell stories will be passe down to all the youngerSpeedway fans for many years to come .

TALKING SPEEDWAY -thanks Sammy !

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Darland wins Smackdown – takes USAC Sprint record at Kokomo

Darland claims Smackdown, tops Bigelow’s USAC record with 53 career Sprint wins

dave Darland wins Smackdown at Kokomp 214  Pic credit USAC

dave Darland wins Smackdown at Kokomp 214 Pic credit USAC

Mother nature tried so hard to wash out the 2014 Smackdown at Kokomo, but the peoples Champion Dave Darland defied the conditions to win two of the Smackdown Features . first tying the all time win list record of USAC all time great Jim Bigelow’s 52 wins before taking the field apart on the final night for win 53 and to stand a top of the all time USAC Sprint winning list and the Smackdown Title.

The promoter. Race teams and fans were left wondering all weekend how the weather would behave and thankfully the skies cleared and the final night of Smackdown 2014 delivered the locals, most fans of Darland the chance to get behind the Phillips Motorsports – Racer’s Advantage Store #71P DRC/Foxco cushion cruising Kokomo local.

Brady Bacon put the challenge in front of Darland early when he jumped into the lead from pole in Sundays Feature but under a heavy track and with Darland grinding out a high race line it was a short lived race lead. Darland made ground quickly on the top of the track and by the end of lap 5 had worked the outside line to the lead in lap 6 and would never he headed in the 40 lap Smackdown final.

Three race cautions, the last involving Leary when he lost air in his right rear and stopped. , Robert Ballou came calling on Brady Bacon and with Jon Stanbrough fought a torrid battle for the second spot.
The final restart with 3 laps to run it was Ballou who looked like he might have a chance at Darland when he placed his Deaton’s Waterfront Services – Don Ott Engines #12x Maxim/Ott down on bottom and managed to get alongside the peoples Champ, momentum is everything and the Kokomo local kept his shape and managed to keep the lead .The final dash to the flag was tight but Darland had it covered to take the double triumph of the Smackdown Title and the Bigelow long standing record of USAC Sprint wins .Darland was welcomed by the frenzied fans when he arrive in victory lane .
Bryan Clauson made a late charge on the bottom to round out the podium in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing – Chevy Performance #20 Beast/Kistler.
After such lousy weather which presented two wash out nights the final night was all about the peoples Champion –Dave Darland

Dave Darland after passing Tom Bigelow's USAC Sprint reord at Smackdown

Dave Darland after passing Tom Bigelow’s USAC Sprint reord at Smackdown

Driver quotes  Dave Darland “53 feels great! Breaking Tom’s record is special enough, but to do it here with my family and so many friends and fans at Kokomo Speedway, it just couldn’t be better. This place has been really good to me, and it’s nice to get it done. There’s a lot of attention that comes with the chase, so it’s a bit of a relief. We’ve got a lot of races left this season, and it’s off my mind now,” Darland contimued
“I actually was happy to be in traffic because they were mostly blocking the bottom for me. There late in the race, I had all kinds of cars underneath me and made me feel a little better, so I hated to see that last caution. Usually, I would be the other way around. Luckily, we got a good restart and I was able to get my momentum up to get those last three laps over,” Darland said.
Robert Ballou “We’ve had a great weekend and we ended up running second to the best guy in the business at his home track where he never makes mistakes. We’ve had a great stretch and finished strong this weekend. We just needed to keep a mud cover on it to the end and we may have had a better chance, but our best bet was probably to stay in traffic to the end,” Ballou said.
Bryan Clauson “I’d say we probably needed the race to be a little longer to have a shot, but a hundred laps might not have been enough to beat Dave. We were just a tick off there, but we kept digging all weekend and got all we could, so we focus our attention on defending our championship down the stretch and try to give Dave and Brady all they can handle,” Clauson said.
Rich Forman designed a commemorative photo for the All-Time Win Record with help from John Mahoney and presented to Dave Darland .

Dave Darland and Rich Forman and the Photo Photo credit USAC-Rich Forman

Dave Darland and Rich Forman and the Photo
Photo credit USAC-Rich Forman

The points from his Kokomo results have moved Darland to the head of the Title chase for the USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car Title from early leader Brady Bacon .Current standing as the team’s head to Terre Haute for the Jim Hurtubise Classic
NEW AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT POINTS: 1-Darland-1,520, 2-Bacon-1,515, 3-Clauson-1,480, 4-Stanbrough-1,428, 5-Stockon-1,297, 6-Grant-1,230, 7-Windom-1,206, 8-Hines-1,195, 9-Ballou-1,085, 10-Hunter Schuerenberg-1,067.
NEXT AMSOIL NATIONAL SPRINT RACE: August 29 – Terre Haute (IN) Action Track – “Jim Hurtubise Classic”

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Speedway embraces the ALS ice bucket challenge

Speedway embraces the ALS Ice bucket challenge

Schatz after the Ice bucket challenge at Nadak

Schatz after the Ice bucket challenge at Nadak

Speedway fans and race teams across the world have come together in a combined effort to raise awareness and funds in support the insidious crippling and life threatening illness, Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis or Motor neurone disease
The illness first made headlines back in the 1930 when well known US baseball hero Lou Gehrig, the Iron Horse was diagnosed with ALS which later became known across the US as Lou Gehrig Disease.

Indy Ice Bucket Challenge  Ed Carpenter

Indy Ice Bucket Challenge Ed Carpenter

.Amyotrophic lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is the umbrella term used in the US ,on the other side of the world this horrible life threatening disease is widely referred as Motor neurone disease.
The ice bucket challenge started after a baseball player with MND, Pete Frates, volunteered to have it done to him. Since then it has gone viral across social media and has become a crazy, fun loving and successful fund raising activity that bring both awareness and funds in support of finding way to improve the life expectancy and  possible cures for the horrible, horrible disease .The ALS Ice Bucket challenge is attracting many high profile personalities across a wide range of sports ,  entertainment and in the media ..

Speedway has been quick to add their support across all levels of the sport. At the recent World of Outlaws Show at Nodak Speedway both Donny Schatz and Daryn Pittman took the challenge.
Watch the Pittman takes the challenge here on this link

Former USAC National Midget Champ Darren Hagen then accepted the Pittman challenge. Soaking wet and cold Hagen passed the challenge to Brad Sweet and Kale Kahne. You can watch the Hagen challenge here via this link

A motor neutron is a nerve cell that makes voluntary muscle movement.MND is a disease in which these cells stop working properly
Motor neutron disease (MND) affects a person’s ability to move voluntarily. MND stops people, walking, talking and eating. This disease still enable the suffer to think and feel, but in many cases it is like they are locked up in their body unable to communicate or share their feelings.

The terrible down side of this illness is that it attacks with lighting speed and half the patients diagnosed will die within 14 months

The ice bucket challenge give us all the opportunity to contribute to increasing the awareness and to raise much needed funding so that our brilliant medical brains across the world can find a cure or at the very least find ways of increasing the life expectancy of those suffering .To start simply volunteer to have a bucket of ice water tipped over your head by a friend, cold but worth it .

After taking the challenge ask two of your friends to accept the challenge within 24 hours or donate to the Motor Neurone disease charity in your area, if they want to stay dry it will cost! You will be surprised how quickly the challenge will be accepted and how much fun you will have while doing something really positive for MND.

You can also nominate a friend and agree to donate $ if he or she accepts the challenge,

http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html

https://www.mndaust.asn.au/Home.aspx

Both these site can direct you to the donate page on their site. When will you take the ALS ice bucket challenge?Ice bucket ice

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Bell back to winning form at Angell Park

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.…
Bell back to winning form at” Cornfest” Angell Park
Christopher Bell and the Keith Kunz Toyota teams are never too far away from the checker and Sunday night at Angell Park Bell and Kunz returned to the winner circle in a dominating show of speed. The Angell Park win was Bells 5th for the season and 14th career USAC Midget win.

Bell wins the Cornfesat Angell Park

Bell wins the Cornfesat Angell Park

Heading the Feature Race from Pole at Angell Park was a gift for the USAC Champion and from the green he dominated the race completely. The early challenge offered by Bryan Clauson went west when Clauson’s move on Robinson resulted in the two coming together. After contact the two cars went spinning up the track and collecting series point-leader Rico Abreu. All three cars were able to restart.
The only serious challenge to Bell superiority was former USAC Champ Hagen but the Great Clips – Fatheadz Eyewear #56 Beast/Esslinger already suffering from tyre and water loss problems had little to attack with.
Tyler Thomas running out position 10 gradually move through the field and with late passes managed to find his way onto the podium behind Hagen and Bell.
After setting a new USAC track record during his qualifying Tracey Hines brought his Parker Machinery – Turbines, Inc. #24 Spike/Stanton Toyota 4th ahead of a recovering Bryan Clauson.
Angell Park and Bell , just seem to click as they appear to have the track worked out each time they roll the Kunz Beast Toyota out .The win enable Bell to close the points gap on team mate Abreu in the race to defend his USAC Championship .
After failing to get his 3F, RFMS to set a qualifying time due to continuing issues but the New Zealander Michael Pickens would have been encouraged by his heat win and his 9th place finish. Pickens charge from position 24 in the 24 car Feature. After all his problems of recent time a most rewarding effort and a reminder of his special talents.
Driver comments

: Christopher Bell “It seems like 30 laps takes forever at this place. Running by you and seeing those laps on the board, it seems like they click off so slowly. All those yellows and being out front is just agonizing. It’s special to be so good here, especially after having so much trouble here last year. We’ve had a great stretch this season up here at the Prairie,” Bell said.
Daren Hagen ““This is one of the great tracks in the country, so I’m happy just to be back here and definitely to get a good finish. We had our challenges. Both rear tires were losing air and I had some problems with my helmet, along with us spewing water too. We never could get anything together to challenge for the lead, but it was good to come out in front of a good crowd and run second,” Hagen said.
Tyler Thomas ““The open red gave us a chance to make some changes and take a shot at running the bottom. We ran right up through there to fifth before leveling off some. Those two were racing hard for third on the last couple laps and gave us a chance to hit the bottom and get to third. It was really tricky down there. If I could stay right against the tires, it was pretty good down there,” Thomas said.
FEATURE: (30 laps) 1. Christopher Bell, 2. Darren Hagen, 3. Tyler Thomas, 4. Tracy Hines, 5. Bryan Claus on, 6. Zach Daum, 7. Jerry Coons, Jr., 8. Andrew Felker, 9. Michael Pickens, 10. Jake Blackhurst, 11. Seth Motsinger, 12. Daniel Robinson, 13. Rico Abreu, 14. Tanner Thorson, 15. Austin Brown, 16. Terry Babb, 17. Kevin Olson, 18. Isaac Chapple, 19. Brady Bacon, 20. Spencer Bayston, 21. Chris Windom, 22. Parker Price-Miller, 23. Robbie Ray, 24. Brandon Waelti. NT
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Price-Miller flipped in Heat 1. Windom flipped on Lap 4 of the Feature. Clauson flipped on Lap 10 of the Feature. Bacon flipped on Lap 29 of the Feature.

FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-30 Bell.
The Angell Park event was co sanctioned by USAC-POWRi and BMARA

NEW HONDA USAC NATIONAL MIDGET POINTS: 1-Abreu-822; 2-Hines-740; 3-Bell-719; 4-Clauson-675; 5-Daum-606; 6-Windom-559; 7-Thorson-531; 8-Pickens-499; 9-Dave Darland-418; 10-Felker-378.
NEXT HONDA NATIONAL MIDGET RACE: September 20 – Rossburg, Ohio – Eldora Speedway – “4-Crown Nationals”

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Schatz back to winning form at Nodak Speedway

MINOT, N.D. — Aug. 17, 2014

Matching his wing number #15 to his race wins was the way Schatz answered Pittman’s challenge from River City.when he posting his 15th win for the season . Donny Schatz did not disappoint his many local fans at Nodak Speedway,
The Gerdu Magic City Showdown presented by the Schatz Truck Stop was tailored made for a Schatz victory.

Schatz win number 15 for the year at Nadak

Schatz win number 15 for the year at Nadak

Early on in the 35 lap race it looked like the Brownsburg Bullet Joey Saldana might well secure his 6th tour win for 2014 . Saldana started on pole with Kraig Kinser alongside in the 11K. Green for go ! and the #71 Yellow bullet grabbed the lead and controlled the race for the first 26 laps.

Schatz started out of position three and was always going to menace Saldana. The yellow cautions and a rain delay did little to stop the Schatz power house and with the number 15 blazing atop of the wing the North Dakota racer took the race lead from Saldana on lap 27 and put the eight remaining laps in book to quickly to secure his 15th win

The Nodak win increased his lead over Daryn Pittman to 154 points and the form of Schatz makes it hard to see , even with 26 shows and lots of laps remaining just how Pittman can stop loosing points to Schatz .

Last season it was Pittman’s consistency that proved the difference, so far in 2014 the roles have been reversed

Paul McMahan upstaged both Schatz and Saldana with his 9th quick time for the year. David Gravel continues to impress in the Roth’s Motorsports car with another podium finish.

Nodak results A-Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$10,000]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [1] [$5,500]; 3. 83-David Gravel [5] [$3,200]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2] [$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [8] [$2,300]; 7. 4-Cody Darrah [9] [$2,200]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$2,100]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [10] [$2,050]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [11] [$2,000]; 11. 1s-Logan Schuchart [14] [$1,500]; 12. 44W-Austen Wheatley [13] [$1,200]; 13. 1K-Chris Shirek [15] [$1,100]; 14. 7-Trent Stengl [21] [$1,050]; 15. 20A-Jordon Adams [18] [$1,000]; 16. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [17] [$900]; 17. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [16] [$800]; 18. 21-Ryder Olson [22] [$800]; 19. 5-Dave Glennon [19] [$800]; 20. 8-Casey Mack [12] [$800]; 21. 2K-Kevin Ingle [20] [$800]; 22. 11-Steve Kinser [7] [$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob :

Joey Saldana at the post race interview at Nodak Pic - Motter

Joey Saldana at the post race interview at Nodak
Pic – Motter

The next race for the Outlaws will be back to Canada at the Castrol Raceway Edmonton Alberta

 

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Pittman tells Schatz -Not done yet!

Pittman tells Schatz, not done yet!
Daryn Pittman sent Championship leader Donny Schatz the strongest possible message that his Championship defense is not done yet. The KK driver posted his 12th win on the STP tour at River City and in the process clawed back some valuable points from the second finishing Schatz.

Pittman win number 12 at River City Pic-WoO

Pittman win number 12 at River City
Pic-WoO

The River City show started like so many other shows this year with the Yellow Motter #71 race car of Joey Saldana posting quick time for the  21st  time this year .Heat races and the pill draws this year have not always been kind to the Brownsburg bullet.

Taking the pole for the 40 Lap show was only the beginning for Pittman and although Schatz would start out of position 9 recent storming drives by the Fargo North Dakota ace would have been foremost in the mind of the Great Clips Kasey Kahne number 9 driver.

With 11 tours wins in 2014 Pittman would be looking to take the best possible advantage over Schatz that he could. Jumping into an immediate lead over Logan Schuchart Pittman‘s early advantage was lost when Australian Kerry Madsen turned his American Racing Custom Wheels #29 into the fence. Madsen was ok and they took the car to work area after which it returned to race .After seeing off the challenge of Schuchart Pittman had to defend his lead from Kraig Kinser .Cautions seemed to be on the race agenda , another four times the yellow would be displayed with the last just 3 laps out from the finish.

Pittman continued to lead at every restart but Schatz slowly made ground ending up in second at the time of the last yellow.Three laps to run, Schatz coming fast, not the ideal way to run to the finish. As the pair raced to the finish plenty in the crowd would have been expecting the number 15 to grab the lead but Pittman would not be denied his 12th victory and those very important championship points.

Schatz interview 2nd at River City pic WoO

Schatz interview 2nd at River City
pic WoO

Pittman’s win might just be the break in the momentum that he needs to stops the amazing run of recent wins by the Tony Stewart, STP/Armour All backed man from Fargo North Dakota
After his 21st quick time Joey Saldana finished in 7th place, a return to victory lane must be close for this entertaining team and driver .

The Pittman crew in victory lane River City pic Tracey Cornil

The Pittman crew in victory lane River City
pic Tracey Cornil

A-Main – (40 Laps) - 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [9] [$5,500]; 3. 4-Cody Darrah [5] [$3,200]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8] [$2,800]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [11] [$2,500]; 6. 13-Mark Dobmeier [24] [$2,300]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [6] [$2,200]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [18] [$2,100]; 9. 11-Steve Kinser [10] [$2,050]; 10. 83-David Gravel [3] [$2,000]; 11. 82-Dusty Zomer [7] [$1,500]; 12. 1s-Logan Schuchart [2] [$1,200]; 13. 29-Kerry Madsen [12] [$1,100]; 14. 2A-Austin Pierce [14] [$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [13] [$1,000]; 16. 8-Casey Mack [16] [$900]; 17. 44W-Austen Wheatley [19] [$800]; 18. 1K-Chris Shirek [17] [$800]; 19. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [20] [$800]; 20. 20A-Jordon Adams [22] [$800]; 21. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [15] [$800]; 22. 9N-Wade Nygaard [21] [$800]; 23. 5-Dave Glennon [23] [$800]; 24. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 13-Mark Dobmeier [+1

Next stop for the Outlaws is Nodak Speedway – Minot and the big question can Pittman keep Schatz behind and close the points gap. All will be answered on Sunday

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The big cars are back Silver Crown at the Springfield mile

The big cars are back Silver Crown will hug the fence line at Springfield

Hugging the fence line at the Springfield mile

Hugging the fence line at the Springfield mile

The big cars are back this week end at the Illinois State Fairgrounds when USAC runs the 80th” Tony Bettenhausen 100 ” at the wide open iconic track. We can’t really turn back the clock but the sight of these big cars hugging the fence line at Springfield reminds us of the excitement and pleasure the Champ brought to so many all those years ago. The Springfield mile is the second longest running race in the history of US

The “Tony Bettenhausen 100″, perfect for the occasion with the race attracting a record field of 35 Silver Crown cars.
A J Fike will attempt to become only the second driver in the 80 year history of the race to win the 100 lapper on three successive occasions. Chuck Gurney is the only three time winner with Trophies in 1989, 1990 and 1991.

A J Fike chasing three in a row at Springfield

A J Fike chasing three in a row at Springfield

Kody Swanson winner of all 3 Silver Crown events in 2014 will be the pre race favorite but will have added completion for the Bettenhausen 100 with the inclusion of Bryan Clauson, Brady Bacon and Christopher Bell.

Clauson will team with owner Gene Nelson out of Edinburgh and the team will have the brilliance of Keith Kunz directing the race preparation. Clauson returns to the big cars after two wins, the first in 2010 and the most recent in 2012.

Bacon will make his Silver Crown debut at Springfield with car owners Dennis and Dave McQuinn. Bacon is currently running second behind Dave Darland in the USAC AMOILS National Sprint Car Championship…

Look at the quality of the field, track record holder Tracey Hines, the peoples Champ Dave Darland and current POWRi National Midget Champ Zach Daum .are joined by, Jacob Wilson, Caleb Armstrong, Bobby East, Chris Windom, Davey Ray, Russ Gamester, Jon Stanbrough, Kody Swanson, Chris Urish, John Heydenreich, and Jerry Coons Jr.

. Kody Swanson currently leads the Silver Crown standings and has won all three previous 2104 races on dirt. Urish won last year’s 100-miler at the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds and Tracy Hines holds the one-lap Springfield track qualifying record of 122.846 mph.

NEW USAC SILVER CROWN SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1-K.Swanson-345, 2-Hines-300, 3-East-291, 4-Windom-243, 5-Wilson-195, 6-Coons-177, 7-Tanner Swanson-165, 8-Bobby Santos-159, 9-Armtsrong-155, 10-David Byrne-147

Welcome to the Big Cars

Welcome to the Big Car

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Schatz cool at McCool Junction Speedway

MCCOOL JUNCTION, N.D. – Aug. 12, 2014 – With his eighths Knoxville Championship locked away the wining form of Donny Schatz seems to know no boundaries as he charged to his 14th tour win when the Outlaws started their Midwestern swing at McCool Motor Speedway in Nebraska .

Win 14 for the season pic credit WoO

Win 14 for the season
pic credit WoO

Joey Saldana continued his quick time form with his 20th quick time .As fast as the Motter #71 racecar is early it seems unable to regularly convert his pace into Feature wins. Shatz has no such problems.

Schatz shadowed Saldana during the qualifying laps posting 2nd quick. Schatz then backed up with a heat win and a fifth place in the dash won by Paul McMahan.

Feature time and McMahan jumped out to the early lead over Kraig Kinser and would lead the 30 lap feature into the lap 10 when the shadow of Schatz became real and the #15 SPT charged into the race lead. The race went wire to wire and in cases like this Schatz offers little to those chasing.

20th quick time for Joey Saldana pic credit Jeff Peck

20th quick time for Joey Saldana
pic credit Jeff Peck

There is nothing like winning form and now with 14 wins for the World of Outlaws STP series Schatz‘s Championship lead over Daryn Pittman continues to grow. . Paul McMahan, possibly one of the most underrated drivers on the tour ran a solid second ahead of Kraig Kinser

Final Feature results McCool Junction: .A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$6,000]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [$3,500]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2] [$2,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3] [$1,800]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [4] [$1,500]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [6] [$1,400]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [11] [$1,350]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [8] [$1,300]; 9. 11-Steve Kinser [7] [$1,250]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [10] [$1,200]; 11. 83-David Gravel [13] [$900]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [12] [$800]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [9] [$700]; 14. 4-Cody Darrah [15] [$650]; 15. 1P-Curtis Evans [19] [$600]; 16. 1s-Logan Schuchart [17] [$550]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [18] [$500]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley [16] [$500]; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [14] [$500]. Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-9, Donny Schatz 10-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+4]

The road out of Junction Speedway leads to River City Speedway Grand Forks for the next round of the series on Friday night. The final night of the Midwest campaign will be at Nodak Speedway on Sunday August 17

The Outlaws leave McCool for River City pic credit WoO

The Outlaws leave McCool for River City
pic credit WoO

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