Outlaws Prepared for Long-Awaited Visit to Riverside
CONCORD, NC – April 5, 2018 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series is set to make its first return to the Riverside International Speedway since 2009 on Friday, April 20. This will be the Outlaws lone date in Arkansas for the season and with last year’s event being rained out, this one has been circled for a lengthy time.
It’s been an intriguing start to the 40th Anniversary Season for the World of Outlaws, with Mother Nature and a weekend off for Easter preventing teams from getting into a rhythm. Usual powerhouses David Gravel, Shane Stewart, Daryn Pittman – who owns a World of Outlaws win at Riverside back in 2007 – and Brad Sweet all search for their first win as April arrives.
Noticeably omitted from the group of drivers looking for their first win of 2018 is nine-time Series Champion, Donny Schatz who has been unfazed by the Mother Nature-influenced start to the season. Schatz has three wins already on the campaign, bringing his win total to a gaudy 264 in his illustrious career. He leads the point standings in search of double-digit championships by 34 markers over last year’s Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, Sheldon Haudenschild.
Haudenschild is the talk of the Sprint Car world currently as he, aboard his new ride for 2018 – the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing No.17 – has taken the Series by storm. After coming excruciatingly close to landing in Victory Lane during his rookie campaign, Haudenschild wasted no time getting that elusive first win, taking the season opener at DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia.
“It has been a great start to the year. A true testament to how good my guys are,” Haudenschild said after dominating the field at Bakersfield for his third win of the young season. Perhaps the most exciting moment of that triumph was in Heat Race competition when Haudenschild recovered from a spin to charge from 10th to third in a span of two laps. “This NOS Energy Drink No.17 has been a lot of fun to drive and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season,” Haudenschild added. It’s no secret that SJM Crew Chief Tyler Swank, a recent guest on the Official World of Outlaws podcast Open Red, has the NOS Energy Drink powered No.17 firing on all cylinders.
Riverside International Speedway is similar to Bakersfield in stature, a high-banked ¼ bullring, meaning drivers will be up on the wheel all night, which often translates to some enthralling action. Reserved Tickets are still available and be purchased here. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to watch all the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com!