Stevie Smith Scores First National Open Win in 24 Years
Donny Schatz clinches 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship title
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Oct. 4, 2015 - After having his hopes dashed in a controversial finish one year ago, Stevie Smith roared back Sunday night and scored his third-career Champion Racing Oil National Open victory at Williams Grove Speedway.
The win, Smith's second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season, is his first National Open title since 1991 and comes one year after contact between he and David Gravel in the closing laps of the 2014 National Open ended his run.
Tonight, the memory of last year was a distant one as Smith had 50,000 reasons to smile.
At A Glance: The Champion Racing Oil National Open By The Numbers
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes on the newly expanded National Open at Williams Grove Speedway this weekend
CONCORD, N.C. - Sept. 29, 2015 - The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to historic Williams Grove Speedway this Thursday, Friday and Saturday for one of motorsports' enduring traditions - the 53rd Annual Champion Racing Oil National Open.
Since 1963, and the event's first winner, two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Gordon Johncock, the National Open has played host to some of the most familiar names in racing and most memorable moments in the sport's history. In just the last two seasons, who can forget Fred Rahmer's emotional 2013 National Open victory - his first as he prepared to hang up his helmet? Or last year's controversial win by David Gravel over Stevie Smith?
As the World of Outlaws and Williams Grove embark on a new chapter for the event with the expansion to three days and a new points system, here is a look at the numbers that have defined the last 52 years.
Donny Schatz Scores History-Making 30th Win of the Season on Final Lap of NAPA Auto Parts Berlin Brawl
Becomes the first driver since 1992 to win 30 races in a single season
MARNE, Mich. - Sept. 26, 2015 - The NAPA Auto Parts Berlin Brawl looked like it was Daryn Pittman's for the taking on Saturday night at Berlin Raceway as his 1.6 second lead with three laps to go appeared nearly insurmountable. Then Donny Schatz began moving. Schatz closed the gap with two to go and on the final lap, as Pittman worked the top in turns three and four, Schatz went to the bottom and drag raced the No. 9 to the checkered flag.
By .138 seconds Schatz scored his history-making 30th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature win of the season. He is the first driver to win 30 features in a single-season since Steve Kinser achieved the feat in 1992 - Kinser ended that season with 31 wins. Kinser also did it in 1987 (46 wins) and 1991 (36 wins).
"It feels really good," Schatz said of the win. "Daryn had a good car. He was going through traffic so well but the last laps there, the track started changing. I don't know if it cleaned off or it felt like there was a little bit of rubber. My car started getting a little bit better and we kind of expected a little bit of that. I honestly didn't think we were going to get him. The last couple of laps I just drove it as hard as I could without trying to get myself in too much trouble."