SARVER, Pa., July 16 — Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart of Hanover, Pa., finished fifth in the second half of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway, part of twin 30-lap features for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.
Driving the #1s Shark sponsored in part by Your Auto Source NAPA Autocare Center, Pell’s Tire Service and Marty Thompson, Schuchart placed 13th in the first half of the doubleheader and he won the 12-lap B-main by 0.070 of a second over Steve Kinser, the 20-time WoO champion.
Schuchart, 21, a contender for the series’ Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, started fifth in the 25-car second feature but passed the current track point leader, Carl Bowser, and Ed Lynch Jr. to move into third almost immediately. He trailed only the leader, Danny Dietrich, and the eventual winner, Cody Darrah, for the first 10 laps.
Tim Shaffer got by him working lap 11 to push him to fourth place. At the halfway point of the race he was 0.664 of a second behind Shaffer and 1.106 seconds ahead of the fifth-place runner, Lynch. He remained in fourth place in the non-stop race until lap 23 when Shane Stewart got around him to relegate him to fifth, but he went on to finish fifth despite the challenges of the defending WoO champion, Daryn Pittman, and the current point leader, Donny Schatz.
Darrah won the race over Dietrich, Shaffer, Stewart and Schuchart. At the checkered flag Schuchart was 1.211 seconds behind Stewart and 0.386 of a second ahead of Pittman.
Only the winner, Darrah, ran a faster lap in the race. Darrah had a 14.813 to the 14.861 that Schuchart turned on lap four.
Schuchart started 20th in the first 30-lap feature and had worked his way up to 13th place on lap 10. Unfortunately he got over the banking in Turns 3 and 4 on the following lap. Although he didn’t spin, he fell back to 25th position and had to start clawing his way back through the field. He was still 24th at the halfway point, but he was 20th by lap 21 and 19th by lap 22.
When Darrah and Cole Duncan tangled in front of him on lap 24 he moved up to 17th for the restart. He got 16th by passing Dietrich on lap 27 right before Danny Holtgraver flipped on the frontstretch to bring out a red flag. Since Holtgraver had been running 11th that gave Schuchart one more position, putting him in 15th. The 12th-place driver, Jack Sodeman Jr., stopped for medical attention at that point and Schuchart passed Lynch on the restart to nail down 13th. He was 0.533 of a second behind the 12th-place finisher, Stewart, and 0.739 of a second ahead of the 14th-place finisher, Lynch, at the checkered flag.
Schatz won the first feature over Kerry Madsen, Dale Blaney, Paul McMahan and Pittman.
Schuchart set the tenth-fastest lap of that race with a 16.603 on lap 7.
“In the first feature I went off the track once, so we had to race our way back up as far as we could,” he said. “We tightened the car up some for the second feature, and the track was a little different too. I don’t think we were good enough to win the second feature, but we were racing with the leaders and it was good to be right there with them.
“It’s my best finish ever at Lernerville,” he added. “I think it’s only my third time there.”
Schuchart earned his way into the twin features by winning the 15-car, 12-lap B-main in one of the best races of the night, as he had a torrid battle with Steve Kinser.
Schuchart started third and ran in third for the first two laps before the red flag waved when Kraig Kinser flipped and Lucas Wolfe spun to avoid him. Schuchart took the lead on the restart on lap three, but Steve Kinser passed him on lap five.
The youngster chased the veteran until he was able to pass him working lap 12, but the outcome never was a given because Kinser was just 0.070 of a second behind Schuchart at the finish.
“Steve and I got to race back and forth with each other for awhile,” Schuchart said. “I was kind of running in the middle, but then I tried moving up on the race track a little. I got him in the last turn.
“It was just the B-main, but it was fun to race Steve Kinser and beat him at the line,” he added with a smile.
Schuchart’s teammate, Jacob Allen, also of Hanover, Pa., finished tenth in the B-main after both drivers placed eighth in their respective heats. Schuchart was 21st in time trials with a 14.087 while Allen was 32nd with a 14.332. Schuchart’s fastest lap in the B-main was lap five at 14.698 seconds.
Schatz was the overall winner of the event, as he won the first feature and finished seventh in the second feature.
The WoO series travels to Shark Racing’s home tracks, Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa., on Thursday and Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., for shows this Friday and Saturday night.
“I think we’re ready for Lincoln; we have some stuff to do, but I think we’ll be ready,” Schuchart said.
In addition to Your Auto Source NAPA Autocare Center, Pell’s Tire Service and Marty Thompson, the team is sponsored by Don Ott Racing Engines, Rich Fogle Custom Pole Buildings, Newman’s Towing & Recovery, CnB Mushroom Farms, Brenneman Painting, Speedway 94, Dirt: The Game, Silpada Jewelry, Lebo Skin Care, DMI, Penske Shocks, ButlerBuilt Seats, Tony Stewart Racing, SR Lubricant Solutions and Mycroleum.
Free audio coverage of all WoO races is available on Dirtvision.com, as well as pay-per-view coverage of selected events. The series’ Web site is at woosprint.com.
The team, Schuchart and Allen have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, and Schuchart has a Web site at Shark1s.com. Team apparel may be purchased through the latter Web site.