At A Glance: Shark Racing Heads West in Second World of Outlaws Season

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series joins the King of the West Series at Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13 and 14

TULARE, Calif. – March 11, 2015 – This time last year, Shark Racing had its fair share of doubters. Could the team make it west? If it could, could it make it the full season?

After a year of proving the critics wrong, Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen lead their family owned team into its second full World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season and second West Coast spring swing.

“We knew that there were people who were going to doubt us,” said Schuchart, who stunned Thunderbowl Raceway fans last year by grabbing a pole one night and a runner-up finish to Rico Abreu the next. “There are always going to be people who are going to doubt us… You just do what feels right and go out and do your best.”

Last season the team persevered and grew along the way. Schuchart scored one quick time and three podium finishes among five top-five finishes and Allen took his first ever heat race win and made his first dash appearance.

“To come out here for the second time in the beginning of the year for the long west coast swing is exciting for me because I learned a lot from last year,” Allen said. “You go back and feel confident because you have the experience with the Outlaws. It’s exciting and I think we’re a lot more prepared. We’re a lot more mature as drivers and mechanics and more aware of what to expect.”

Both drivers said that experience and all of the things that come with it provide a huge confidence booster for the season. Knowing the tracks and having the notes gives them a good foundation instead of starting from scratch night after night, Schuchart said.

“As a driver and a mechanic that works on my own car, you know why certain things do certain things like weight and shocks and tires,” Allen said. “Why people do different things at different tracks or different surfaces. With these guys you’ve really got to be on your game at all times. The track’s adapting, drivers know where to go when the track changes at that lap or that time. They know what to do when they come back in and where to go with things. We want to get to that point so we’re on the ball – just right there on the ball and adapt with those guys.”

This weekend’s event at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. was a particular high point for Schuchart last season. The 22-year-old driver led 22 laps over the two nights and scored ninth and second place finishes.

“I felt like since we were pretty good last year, we put together two good nights and we were never there before,” Schuchart said. “We have notes to go off of. We kind of saw two different race tracks and we were kind of good on both of them.”

“They’re definitely different types of race tracks out in California,” Schuchart said. “But Tulare is probably my favorite just because of how we ran last year. I like small tracks because you have to get up on the wheel. It’s more of a driver’s track. Bigger tracks are more about cars and motor and smaller tracks are more about driver so I think they’re more fun for me.”

Allen agreed, saying he looked forward to Thunderbowl and Silver Dollar Speedway in particular during this California swing.

Coming into the season the team brings the momentum of experience and renewed support from sponsors. The team has a new fleet of chassis from Triple X Race Co. and engines from Don Ott Racing Engines.

“We’re getting really nice equipment. It just shows that people really have faith in us and care a lot about us and see that we have the passion and are willing to work for it,” Allen said. “They’re giving us a lot of really nice things and hopefully we’ll go out here and perform well enough that it makes them proud, makes them happy doing that for us the last couple of years.”

ABOUT THE TRACK
THUNDERBOWL RACEWAY
is a high-banked, third-mile oval. The track record of 12.651 seconds was established by Tim Kaeding on March 5, 2010.For more information, visit http://woosprint.com/thunderbowl-raceway.

Previous A-Feature Winners
2014 – Daryn Pittman on March 14, Rico Abreu on March 15
2013 – Tim Kaeding on March 15, Craig Dollansky on March 16
2012 – Tim Kaeding on March 16
2011 – Joey Saldana on March 19
2010 – Jason Meyers on March 5, Joey Saldana on March 6
2009 – Randy Hannagan on March 20, Joey Saldana on March 21
2008 – Jac Haudenschild on Oct. 18
2007 – Joey Saldana on Feb. 23, Tim Kaeding on Feb. 24, Donny Schatz on Oct. 13
2005 – Tim Shaffer on Feb. 25, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 15
2004 – Terry McCarl on Nov. 1
2003 – Steve Kinser on Sept. 2

DRIVER INFO
The following World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:
Jacob Allen – Shark1s.com
Craig Dollansky – DollanskyRacing.com
David Gravel – DavidGravel89g.com
Jason Johnson – JasonJohnsonRacing.com
Kraig Kinser – KraigKinser.com
Kerry Madsen – KenericRacing.com
Paul McMahan – PaulMcMahanRacing.com
Daryn Pittman – DarynPittman.com
Joey Saldana – JoeySaldanaRacing.com
Donny Schatz – DonnySchatz.com
Logan Schuchart – Shark1s.com
Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com
Shane Stewart – ShaneStewart.com
Brad Sweet – Bradsweetracing.com
For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com

SEASON WINNERS: Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Donny Schatz – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14); Shane Stewart – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

WATCH AND LISTEN LIVE: Watch and listen live to the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at Thunderbowl Raceway on http://www.DIRTVision.com.

LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Check out the Official World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series website at WoOsprint.com for live, interactive text updates of each race. It also includes driver biographies with statistics and pictures, race-by-race stats, detailed track information and race coverage, series news and team press releases.

GET SOCIAL: Follow the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/WorldofOutlaws, like it on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorldofOutlaws, follow on Instagram at @WoOSprint or check out the latest videos on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series continues its swing through the West Coast at Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track for the FVP Western Sprint Shootout on March 21 and 22.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

71M

Joey Saldana

841

0

0

3

6

1

2

49

Brad Sweet

832

-9

1

4

5

0

3

9

Daryn Pittman

830

-11

1

3

5

0

4

2

Shane Stewart

826

-15

1

2

5

0

5

15

Donny Schatz

822

-19

1

3

5

0

6

51

Paul McMahan

811

-30

0

3

4

1

7

7s

Jason Sides

798

-43

0

2

3

0

8

29

Kerry Madsen

795

-46

0

1

5

3

9

2L

Danny Lasoski

789

-52

0

3

4

1

10

83

David Gravel

784

-57

0

0

4

0

11

24

Terry McCarl

764

-77

1

1

3

0

12

1S

Logan Schuchart

712

-129

0

0

1

0

13

11k

Kraig Kinser

708

-133

0

0

0

0

14

41

Jason Johnson

700

-141

0

0

1

0

15

7

Craig Dollansky

608

-233

0

0

0

0

16

1A

Jacob Allen

601

-240

0

0

0

0

17

12

Robbie Stillwagon

510

-331

0

0

0

0

18

27

Greg Hodnett

414

-427

0

2

2

0

19

21

Brian Brown

398

-443

1

2

2

0

20

11

Steve Kinser

360

-481

0

1

1

0

 

2015 STAT ATTACK
There have been 6 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Features this season.
Winners (6 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – BRIAN BROWN, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1

– TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 1

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 1

– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 1

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 1

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

Total Laps Led (9 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Laps

1. – BRIAN BROWN, Grass Valley, Mo. – 30

– TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 30

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 30

4. – JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 27

– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 27

6. – PAUL MCMAHAN, Hendersonville, Tenn. – 21

7. – BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 9

8. – GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 5

9. – DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 1

Pole Positions (6 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Poles

1. – BRIAN BROWN, Grass Valley, Mo. – 1

– GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 1

– STEVE KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 1

– PAUL MCMAHAN, Hendersonville, Tenn. – 1

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

Hard Charger Award (6 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards

1. – DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 1

– GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 1

– KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– CHAD KEMENAH, Findlay, Ohio – 1

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 1

– DOMINIC SCELZI, Fresno, Calif. – 1

Time Trial leaders (4 Different Drivers)
* (1) championship driver point will be awarded to the Time Trial leader

Rank Driver, Hometown – Quick Times

1. – KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 3

2. – PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 1

– DANNY LASOSKI, Dover, Mo. – 1

– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1

Heat Race Winners (16 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Win

1. – TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 4

2. – DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 2

– DANNY LASOSKI, Dover, Mo. – 2

– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 2

5. – RICO ABREU, Rutherford, Calif. – 1

6. – BRIAN BROWN, Grain Valley, Mo. – 1

7. – CRAIG DOLLANSKY, Elk River, Minn. – 1

– GREG HODNETT, Thomasville, Pa. – 1

– JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – 1

– STEVE KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 1

– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 1

– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1

– TIM SHAFFER, Aliquippa, Pa. – 1

– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

– LUCAS WOLFE, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (6 Different Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – CODY DARRAH, Red Lion, Pa. – 1

– KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1

– CARSON MACEDO, Fresno, Calif. – 1

– LOGAN SCHUCHART, Hanover, Pa. – 1

– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 1

– DUSTY ZOMER, Brandon, S.D. – 1

Dash Draw Selection (6 Dashes)

Number – Times Picked

0 – 0

4 – 2

6 – 4

8 – 0

Feature Winnings (Platinum Drivers)

Rank Driver, Hometown – Winnings

1. DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – $23,200

2. SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – $22,700

3. DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – $21,300

4. BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – $21,100

5. JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – $17,400

6. PAUL McMAHAN, Hendersonville, Tenn. – $15,200

7. JASON SIDES, Bartlett, Tenn. – $11,600

8. – KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – $11,550

9. DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – $10,250

10.LOGAN SCHUCHART, Hanover, Pa. – $6,700

11.JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – $5,950

12.KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – $5,350

13.- CRAIG DOLLANSKY, Elk River, Minn. – $3,550

14.JACOB ALLEN, Hanover, Pa. – $3,450

2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2014)

1. Friday, Feb. 13 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Daryn Pittman (1)

2. Saturday, Feb. 14 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Donny Schatz (1)

3. Sunday, Feb. 15 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Brad Sweet (1)

4. Wednesday, March 3 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Las Vegas, Nev. / Shane Stewart (1)

5. Thursday, March 4 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway / Las Vegas, Nev. / Terry McCarl

6. Saturday, March 7 / USA Raceway / Tucson, Ariz. / Brian Brown (1)

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.