Wilmot Warrior: David Gravel wins O’Reilly Auto Parts Badger 40 at Wilmot Raceway
Scores his sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season
By Tony Veneziano
WILMOT, Wisc. - July 30, 2016 - David Gravel has been under the weather over the course of the last week, but he didn't let that slow him down on Saturday night in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Badger 40 at Wilmot Raceway in Wisconsin. The native of Watertown, Connecticut, led all 40 laps to claim his sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win of the season.
Gravel has now won in both of his starts with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Wilmot Raceway and has 13 career wins with the series.
"It's been a rough last six or seven days for me and I'm just starting to feel better," said Gravel, who drives the Big Game Treestands machine for CJB Motorsports. "The car was just awesome. I've only had one other car ever that has driven perfect like that. There was a lot of yellows and that gave Donny (Schatz) a lot of shots at me and chances to try to change it up a little bit."Read more: David Gravel Wins at Wilmot
Schatz Comes Out On Top of Three-Way Battle at Ohsweken
Scores his 16th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season
OHSWEKEN, Ont. - July 26, 2016 - A three-way battle for the lead dominated Tuesday night's Six Nations Showdown at Ohsweken Speedway with Donny Schatz, Jacob Allen and Brad Sweet jockeying for the top spot. Ultimately, it was Schatz who broke away from the pack and claimed his 16th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
The win was the third in the last four seasons for Schatz at Ohsweken - the series' only stop in Canada this season.
"Always good to get a win," Schatz said. "Canada has been very good to me. I love coming up here… Glad to be at Ohsweken tonight. We're going to go back to the (United) States and try to win some more."Read more: Schatz Wins Three-Way Battle at Ohsweken
A Little Luck and A Lot of Skill Help Lance Dewease to Summer Nationals Win
Retains coveted Morgan Cup trophy for the Pennsylvania Posse and pockets $25,000
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - July 23, 2016 - Lance Dewease's World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory in the the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals finale at Williams Grove Speedway on Saturday night took a lot of hard work and a little good luck.
Dewease, who spent much of the first two-thirds of the feature looking for a line around Joey Saldana, battled to the lead on one restart, had do it again after the caution flew before a lap was completed and then, after the caution flew on the final lap for Aaron Ott, who spun near the start/finish line, ran out of fuel as the open red was called.
"I was out (of fuel) about six laps before that," Dewease said. "It kept shutting off going down the straight away. I just slowed way out of the throttle so I could try to make it to the end, took the white, it sputtered a little going up the back stretch, I thought I was good and we come of four for the checkered and the yellow comes out. I thought, man, we're done… Everything went our way tonight."Read more: Dewease Scores Win for Posse at the Grove
Daryn Pittman Pounces on the Posse at Williams Grove Summer Nationals
Posse regulars Dewease and Hodnett round out the podium
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - July 22, 2016 - Daryn Pittman held off the Pennsylvania Posse in Friday night's Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals opener at Williams Grove Speedway to score his seventh World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
Posse regulars Lance Dewease and Greg Hodnett both tried to run down the No. 9 Great Clips car, but Pittman held tough and gave the Outlaws their second win in Posse territory this season.
"I don't know if I'm more nervous with (Hodnett) behind me or (Dewease) - neither one of them you want to see on the scoreboard," Pittman said in victory lane. "Man, we won again at Williams Grove… this is a special race track to win at."Read more: Pittman Pounces on Posse at the Grove
David Gravel Battles to Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Victory
Picks up his fifth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season
SARVER, Pa. - July 19, 2016 - Donny Schatz did not make it easy, but David Gravel proved up to the task as he battled to his fifth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season in the 25th Annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway on Tuesday night.
Gravel started from the front, but did not have an easy road as Schatz moved forward early and then began challenging the Watertown, Conn.-native for the lead. Through lapped traffic, Schatz closed the distance and then battled by Gravel. Gravel kept up the pressure though and, the next lap by, was in position when Schatz bobbled on the cushion. He took back the top spot and held off challenges through the end of the 40-lap feature.Read more: Gravel Battles to Silver Cup Win
Eldora Speedway Crowns King Donny XXXIII at Kings Royal
Schatz scores his third Kings Royal title and 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the year
ROSSBURG, Ohio - July 16, 2016 - It has been nearly a decade since he last stood in victory lane at the Kings Royal, but Donny Schatz looked like a natural as he was crowned King Donny XXXIII – his third Kings Royal title since 2007 – on Saturday night at Eldora Speedway.
Schatz who drew number 15 in the qualifying pill draw and was looking to get his 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season had the luck on his side, he just needed the hard work to push him through - and that's exactly what he and his team did.
"This is unbelievable," Schatz said. "It's been a challenge here all weekend and it's one of them places, we felt like we've been good at the Royal and we've maybe just done the wrong things. But not tonight. We were awesome all night. These guys got the car qualified well, got through the Heat, the car was awesome in the Heat races. It's such a blast."Read more: Eldora Crowns King Donny XXXIII
Daryn Pittman Tops in Knight Before the Kings Royal Victory
Donny Schatz and Rico Abreu repeat their previous night’s performance
ROSSBURG, Ohio - July 15, 2016 - Daryn Pittman dominated the Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway on Friday night, as he cruised to his sixth World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
For Pittman, the win was his first at the historic half-mile oval in Rossburg, Ohio since May 4, 2013. Even with the victory, Saturday night's $50,000-to-win Kings Royal, one of the most coveted wins in all of motorsports, was on Pittman's mind.
"Hats off to this Great Clips team. We had a really great car," Pittman said. "It doesn't matter how good you are tonight. We can't do exactly what we did, tomorrow night. Tomorrow night is a new race track. Try to go after my second Kings Royal. It was a pretty special win in 2008."Read more: Pittman Knighted at Eldora Speedway
David Gravel Is Nobody’s Fool in Jokers Wild Win at Eldora Speedway
Captures his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season
ROSSBURG, Ohio - July 14, 2016 - David Gravel had his hands full through much of Thursday night's inaugural Jokers Wild at Eldora Speedway, but the 24-year-old driver held tough and scored his fourth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
"It's awesome. It's pretty friggin' surreal," Gravel said in victory lane.
The 24-year-old driver kicked off his dominant run by powering past Donny Schatz in the Dash to take the feature pole position.Read more: Gravel Takes Jokers Wild Win
Outlaws vs. All-Stars: Schatz Wins Brad Doty Classic
Rolls out of Attica Raceway Park with his 14th win of the season
ATTICA, Ohio - July 12, 2016 - It was a battle between the All-Star Circuit of Champions regulars and World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series regulars in Tuesday night's Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park as Donny Schatz charged forward and persevered to score his 14th series win of the season.
It was Schatz's first win at Attica since 2011.
"I just had to be calm and cool through that race," Schatz said. "Early on those guys were going at it pretty hard. 40 laps, you've got to be smart at the beginning. A lot of guys passed a lot of cars tonight."
"I'm just happier than hell that we won the Brad Doty Classic!"Read more: Schatz Perseveres Against the All Stars
Donny Schatz Scores Lucky No. 13 at FVP Outlaws at Cedar Lake
Scores his fifth career Outlaws win at Cedar Lake
NEW RICHMOND, Wisc. - July 9, 2016 - Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet battled throughout much of Saturday night's FVP Outlaws at Cedar Lake feature at Cedar Lake Speedway, as they traded the lead back and forth through lapped traffic and cautions, but it was Schatz who held tough to score his 13th World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series victory of the season.
"I've got to thank these guys," Schatz said. "They're incredible in what they do."
Schatz, who closed out the previous night at Cedar Lake with a close second place run, jumped out to an early lead in Saturday night's main event with Sweet hot on his trail. Through the first five laps, Sweet looked for a way around but Schatz held tough.Read more: Schatz Scores Lucky 13 at Cedar Lake