Sweet Homecoming Victory for Shane Stewart at Salina

Stewart was joined on the podium by fellow Oklahome-native Daryn Pittman

SALINA, Okla. – May 1, 2015 – What a sweet homecoming it was for Bixby, Okla.-native Shane Stewart on Friday night as he stood in victory lane at Salina Highbanks Speedway with his third World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the season.

“This was one of the tracks that I really, really wanted to win at this year,” Stewart said. “It’s really, really good to win in front of my fans and all my friends and family. I’ve got Jenn and Nixon here with me. It’s a good night.”

Stewart battled past Brad Sweet and Aaron Reutzel, and through several restarts throughout the 25-lap feature.

“I just wasn’t sure what was going to happen on the restarts,” Stewart said. “Sometimes they help you, sometimes they don’t. We were able to get a pretty good jump on Brad and then a couple of yellows came out and I wasn’t really sure where to go. And that’s how the restarts work out here. Some of them work and some of them don’t.”

Stewart’s third World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season puts him second only to Donny Schatz in total wins. Schatz’s lead in the championship standings is down to six points over Stewart.

Sweet led the field to the green flag but it was Reutzel, in his first ever World of Outlaws start, who led the first five laps of the night after a red flag and then caution flew in the opening laps. Sweet had his sights set on the lead though and by lap five, he found his way around Reutzel.

Two laps later, as the leaders began working their way through lapped traffic, Stewart, who started third and was running in that position in his Larson Marks Racing car, battled past Reutzel to take over the second position.

Kraig Kinser spun on the backstretch just as the field completed lap 9. The subsequent restart proved pivotal.

Stewart battled past Sweet for the lead as 2013 series champion Daryn Pittman got around Reutzel to take over the third position.

Caution flags flew in the waning laps and each time, Sweet tried to regain his spot. Stewart held tough though and built up a sizable lead. He took the checkered flag in first followed by Sweet and Pittman.

“I just didn’t choose the right line on the restart,” Sweet said. “We just didn’t take off good enough. I don’t know what I did wrong. It just didn’t work out in our favor. We’ll just try to keep working hard. We had a fast car all night so that’s something to stay positive about.”

Pittman, a native of Owasso, Okla., said he is feeling better following a crash at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway last month that sidelined him for a weekend with a broken collarbone, but still had some work to do. Like Stewart, Pittman said a win in Oklahoma is one he really wanted.

“Man, I’ve been coming here and been in all four of these races and wanted to win this one bad,” Pittman said. “If I couldn’t do it, I’m pretty proud of Shane to be able to do it and for us to have two Okie boys up here on the front row – I’m pretty proud of that. We grew up racing together and it’s a lot of fun to come back and race. We’ve got some big races this weekend and I’ve got some confidence going into those.”

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. for the Spring Classic. The series then heads east to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. on Sunday, May 3. Great tickets remain for both events. Visit http://www.WoOSprint.com for more information.

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Salina Highbanks Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Paul McMahan scored his third quick time of the season on Friday night… Oklahoma-natives Christopher Bell, Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart swept the Heat races… Aaron Reutzel, in his first ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series start, started on the Dash pole… Shane Stewart claimed his third series win of the season. Only Donny Schatz has more wins… Logan Schuchart was tonight’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing nine positions to finish in ninth.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Brad Loyet; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): David Gravel; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Brian Brown; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): David Gravel; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jamie Veal; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Shane Stewart; Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Brad Loyet; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brad Loyet.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 6 (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); Shane Stewart – 3 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1); Rico Abreu – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Daryn Pittman – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29); Brad Sweet – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Paul McMahan – 1 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Salina Highbanks Speedway; Salina, Okla.; May 1, 2015

A-Main – (25 Laps) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [3] [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [8] [$3,200]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel [2] [$2,800]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [7] [$2,500]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [10] [$2,300]; 7. 51-Paul McMahan [9] [$2,200]; 8. 7-David Gravel [16] [$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18] [$2,050]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz [13] [$2,000]; 11. 71M-Joey Saldana [6] [$1,500]; 12. 41-Jamie Veal [20] [$1,200]; 13. 82-Dusty Zomer [15] [$1,100]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [17] [$1,050]; 15. 83-Kyle Hirst [22] [$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4] [$900]; 17. 24-Rico Abreu [11] [$800]; 18. 67-Christopher Bell [5] [$800]; 19. 99-Brady Bacon [19] [$800]; 20. O5-Brad Loyet [12] [$800]; 21. 77X-Wayne Johnson [14] [$800]; 22. 45X-Johnny Herrera [21] [$800]; 23. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [23] [$800]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [24] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-5, Brad Sweet 6-10, Shane Stewart 11-25 . KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart [+9]

Qualifying – 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.967; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.009; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 13.100; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.119; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.158; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 13.161; 7. 67-Christopher Bell, 13.171; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.177; 9. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.225; 10. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.252; 11. O5-Brad Loyet, 13.254; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.256; 13. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.286; 14. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.367; 15. 82-Dusty Zomer, 13.371; 16. 7-David Gravel, 13.389; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.391; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.412; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 13.437; 20. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.441; 21. 41-Jamie Veal, 13.478; 22. 45X-Johnny Herrera, 13.509; 23. 31B-Kevin Swindell, 13.632; 24. 83-Kyle Hirst, 13.659; 25. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.722; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.790; 27. 1J-Danny Jennings, 14.606

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 67-Christopher Bell [2]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [1]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 7-David Gravel [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 6. 45X-Johnny Herrera [8]; 7. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 8. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [9]; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [7]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. O5-Brad Loyet [1]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 77X-Wayne Johnson [5]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 8. 99-Brady Bacon [7]; 9. 31B-Kevin Swindell [8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 82-Dusty Zomer [5]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 5. 41-Jamie Veal [7]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 8. 83-Kyle Hirst [8]; 9. 1J-Danny Jennings [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 5. 67-Christopher Bell [5]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [7]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [8]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [-]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [2] [-]; 3. 99-Brady Bacon [4] [-]; 4. 83-Kyle Hirst [6] [-]; 5. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [7] [-]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [3] [-]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8] [$300]; 8. 31B-Kevin Swindell [5] [$250]; 9. 1J-Danny Jennings [9] [$225]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

2659

0

6

12

17

1

2

2

Shane Stewart

2653

-6

3

11

15

3

3

49

Brad Sweet

2602

-57

2

10

15

2

4

29

Kerry Madsen

2566

-93

0

7

16

4

5

51

Paul McMahan

2547

-112

1

9

14

3

6

71M

Joey Saldana

2544

-115

0

5

14

2

7

7s

Jason Sides

2446

-213

0

6

8

0

8

9

Daryn Pittman

2442

-217

2

7

12

0

9

7

David Gravel

2421

-238

0

2

10

1

10

11k

Kraig Kinser

2308

-351

0

1

3

0

11

1S

Logan Schuchart

2197

-462

0

1

6

0

12

41

Jason Johnson

2092

-567

0

1

5

0

13

7

Craig Dollansky

1909

-750

0

1

4

0

14

1A

Jacob Allen

1841

-818

0

0

0

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

1617

-1042

2

3

5

1

16

24

Terry McCarl

1481

-1178

1

3

6

0

17

7H

Jojo Helberg

1402

-1257

0

0

0

0

18

0

Bud Kaeding

1179

-1480

0

2

3

0

19

44W

Austen Wheatley

1168

-1491

0

0

0

0

20

83

Kyle Hirst

1100

-1559

0

1

3

0

 

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