Battles past Donny Schatz to score first ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
PEVELY, Mo. – Aug. 8, 2015 – Kerry Madsen was the class of the field early and Donny Schatz late, but it was Shane Stewart who ultimately outlifted his competition and won the Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 presented by Walker at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday night.
Stewart battled past Schatz on the second to last restart of the night and pulled ahead through the final 10 laps. The win, Stewart’s seventh World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season, is his second big victory of the season following Kings Royal.
“It feels darn good!” Stewart said of beating Schatz after finishing second to him the night before and scoring the $20,000-to-win prize. “I just can’t thank everyone at (Larson Marks Racing) enough. They work tireless hours to keep this car upfront. This win is definitely for them.”
Madsen, who won the 55-lap Ironman feature last season, started on the pole Saturday night. He jumped out to an early and commanding lead as Schatz pulled into second. Through an early caution and battles through traffic, Schatz worked to close the gap and find the right line.
On a restart on lap 13, Paul McMahan jumped two spots in his No. 51 CJB Motorsports car to third. The move set up a several lap battle with Stewart for the position. As Stewart threw sliders at McMahan, McMahan held third.
The battle for the lead was heating up as Schatz tried to find a way around Madsen. The two were side by side off of turn four on lap 23 as Schatz tried to make the bottom lane work, but Madsen maintained. As the leaders waded through lapped traffic, Schatz eventually found the opportunity he needed. After riding low, Schatz moved high and got around Madsen off of turn four as a lapped car blocked the No. 29 American Racing Custom Wheels car. Schatz took the lead on lap 33.
With Schatz now on top, Madsen faded through the succeeding laps which benefitted the No. 2 Larson Marks Racing/Eneos/GoPro car of Stewart, who moved into second on lap 34. Farther back, McMahan, who was running third, had his hands full with the No. 24 Abreu Vineyards car of Rico Abreu.
The caution flag flew on lap 44 which brought out an open red as the field had hit its allotted lap count on fuel. After making a couple of adjustments to tighten the car up, the return to green was exactly what Stewart needed. When the green flag flew once again, Stewart dove to the bottom of turns one and two and took over the lead as he and Schatz exited turn two.
One final caution on lap 47 flew for Madsen who blew a left rear tire after contact with another car. When the green flag flew again, Stewart was nervous.
“On that last restart I just didn’t know where to go,” Stewart said. “You don’t ever give the 15 a second shot at you. I was really surprised that I got by him on the bottom there on that one restart and it stuck. I was waiting for him to slide me going into three and he wasn’t there, so I was like, OK. There’s 11 laps to go, stay calm. And with the restart, I’m like… where do I go, top, bottom, top, bottom?”
Stewart chose the top on the double-file restart and held Schatz into turns one and two.
Abreu used the restart to his advantage and threw a huge slider into one and two, briefly moving around McMahan and Schatz for second. Schatz retook his spot, but the move was short lived as Abreu took over second on the next lap.
Through traffic in the remaining laps of the feature, Abreu tried to run down Stewart, but ran out of time.
The win is the first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory for Stewart at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. Stewart said the win means a lot for him and his team in their first full season with the World of Outlaws.
“When you work as hard as this team works and you can come out here and win races like this, it makes them feel good and it makes me feel good that I can win races for them,” Stewart said. “The 15, those guys work crazy hours and I feel like, to beat them, to be competitive with them, we’ve got to do the same thing. And anytime we make suggestions to put together a new car, the guys don’t even second guess it, they just get it done. To win races like that for them, it definitely makes me feel really good.”
Stewart, the 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, currently sits second in the championship points standings, 365 points out of the lead.
Abreu, who pulled double-duty Saturday night, running both in the Outlaws feature and the POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series feature, said the night was grueling.
“I’m really wore out,” Abreu said in victory lane. “I just tried to stay patient and not get too intense until the end. Don’t grip the steering wheel as tight as I usually do, just try to race smart – that’s one thing I’ve really been working on.”
“I had a lot of corner speed, that’s where we were really good tonight and just raced really smart. Just can’t thank (my team) enough. They work so hard outside the race track to build these racecars. They’ve been really fast this year.”
The run added to what has already been a stellar year for Abreu which has included two World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victories.
A disappointed Schatz came into the night after winning the Monroe Shocks & Struts Prelude to the Ironman on Friday. His third place finish ended a 19 full-points race streak of him finishing first or second.
“You win them on the restarts and sometimes you lose them there too,” Schatz said. “I had a decent racecar. The fuel stop, I didn’t quite have the drive I needed after that but I didn’t make any adjustments. Maybe that’s my own fault for not calling for any adjustments… that’s the way it goes. Sometimes you win them, sometimes you lose them.”
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Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Notebook
RACE NOTES: Shane Stewart’s win tonight was his seventh World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season… This was the first ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory at the track for Stewart… Donny Schatz’s streak of 19 straight first or second place finishes in full points events came to an end tonight… Joey Saldana picked up his 12th quick time award of the season with a lap of 10.641… Logan Schuchart was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 16 positions to finish in eighth.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Greg Wilson; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Sweet Manufacturing ($100 cash): Joey Saldana; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Cometic Gasket($50 cash): Brad Loyet; Super Flow ($50 cash): Jacob Allen; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Shane Stewart;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Shane Stewart; Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Greg Wilson; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Greg Wilson.
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 22 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset’s Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 27, Lakeside Speedway on July 1, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 11, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 26, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8); Shane Stewart – 7 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12, Eldora Speedway on July 17, Eldora Speedway on July 18, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8); Daryn Pittman – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Brad Sweet – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25); Rico Abreu – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Dale Blaney – 2 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Paul McMahan – 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3); Joey Saldana – 2 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 12);Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7);Cody Darrah – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Danny Dietrich – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25);Stewart Friesen – 1 (Ohsweken Speedway on July 28);Greg Hodnett – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13);Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13);Danny Lasoski – 1 (I-80 Speedway on June 5); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Jason Sides – 1 (Dodge City Raceway Park on July 3); Stevie Smith – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25).
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55; Pevely, Mo.; Aug. 8, 2015
A-Main – (55 Laps) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart  [$20,000]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu  [$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz  [$3,750]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan  [$3,250]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana  [$2,750]; 6. 3G-James McFadden  [$2,500]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$2,400]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$2,300]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,200]; 10. 35AU-Jamie Veal  [$2,100]; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen  [$1,700]; 12. O5-Brad Loyet  [$1,400]; 13. 7-David Gravel  [$1,300]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$1,200]; 15. 41-Jason Johnson  [$1,100]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides  [$1,000]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$1,000]; 18. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg  [$1,000]; 19. 6-Bill Rose  [$1,000]; 20. 67-Christopher Bell  [$1,000]; 21. 19M-Brent Marks  [$1,000]; 22. 23D-Trey Datweiler  [$1,000]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson  [$1,000]; 24. 91-Cale Thomas  [$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-32, Donny Schatz 33-44, Shane Stewart 45-55. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart [+16]
Qualifying – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 10.641; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 10.726; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.788; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.791; 5. 24-Rico Abreu, 10.804; 6. 7-David Gravel, 10.894; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.917; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 10.943; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.049; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.059; 11. 3G-James McFadden, 11.087; 12. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.116; 13. 67-Christopher Bell, 11.135; 14. 19M-Brent Marks, 11.145; 15. O5-Brad Loyet, 11.161; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.164; 17. 35AU-Jamie Veal, 11.195; 18. 6-Bill Rose, 11.209; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.219; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.255; 21. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.306; 22. 71MX-Paul May, 11.375; 23. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.412; 24. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 11.473; 25. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman, 11.628; 26. 97-Tommy Worley, 11.658; 27. 17M-Joey Moughan, 11.693; 28. 91-Cale Thomas, 11.748; 29. 52F-Logan Faucon, 11.787; 30. 72-Kevin Petty, 12.258; 31. 99-Kory Weyant, 12.301; 32. 1S-Logan Schuchart, nt
Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 2. 67-Christopher Bell ; 3. 24-Rico Abreu ; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana ; 5. 41-Jason Johnson ; 6. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 7. 52F-Logan Faucon ; 8. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman 
Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 19M-Brent Marks ; 2. 51-Paul McMahan ; 3. 7-David Gravel ; 4. 6-Bill Rose ; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 6. 97-Tommy Worley ; 7. 71MX-Paul May ; 8. 72-Kevin Petty 
Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. O5-Brad Loyet ; 2. 3G-James McFadden ; 3. 49-Brad Sweet ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz ; 5. W20-Greg Wilson ; 6. 17M-Joey Moughan ; 7. 7S-Jason Sides ; 8. 99-Kory Weyant 
Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart ; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 3. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg ; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 6. 91-Cale Thomas ; 7. 23D-Trey Datweiler ; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser 
Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 3. 2-Shane Stewart ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz ; 5. 51-Paul McMahan ; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana ; 7. 19M-Brent Marks ; 8. O5-Brad Loyet 
Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 35AU-Jamie Veal  [-]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides  [-]; 3. 91-Cale Thomas  [-]; 4. 23D-Trey Datweiler  [-]; 5. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman  [$300]; 6. 97-Tommy Worley  [$250]; 7. 17M-Joey Moughan  [$225]; 8. 99-Kory Weyant  [$200]; 9. 52F-Logan Faucon  [$200]; 10. 71MX-Paul May  [$200]; 11. 9X-Paul Nienhiser  [$200]; 12. 72-Kevin Petty  [$200]
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
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