Shane Stewart Scores Second Win of the Season

The Larson Marks Racing driver narrows his deficit in the championship standings to 22 points behind Schatz after Keller Auto Speedway Win

HANFORD, Calif. – April 17, 2015 – Shane Stewart scored his second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season in dominant fashion Friday night at Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds.

The Larson Marks Racing driver battled past Bud Kaeding to start the feature and through early cautions and lapped traffic, Stewart never looked back.

“It was such a really slow paced race, it’s so hard to judge how fast you need to push yourself,” Stewart said in victory lane. “It was just a really, really tricky track. These races are so hard to win and to get two wins already before we get off the west coast swing is just a true testament to this team.”

Stewart inched closer to reigning World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz in championship points standings. He is now just 22 points back after 16 races.

California-native Bud Kaeding started the feature on the pole with Stewart in second. When the green flag waved, Kaeding jumped to a solid start as Stewart bobbled. By the time the two came around for the first lap however, Stewart had battled past Kaeding and led the first lap. Brad Sweet was the biggest beneficiary of the start as he advanced to third by lap 1 and second by lap 2. Paul McMahan took over the third spot on lap two.

The first caution flag fell on lap five as the No. 37 car of Michael Faccinto stopped just off the back straight. A quick red followed on the restart after David Gravel’s No. 83 car flipped on the back. He was OK. Two more cautions came out in the laps that followed.

One driver who was able to take advantage of the restarts was Schatz. He started in the 16th position and by lap 10 had worked his way to eighth. On the final restart of the night on lap 11, Schatz was able to battle past four cars to take over the fourth position. He ended the night as the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award recipient after advancing 12 positions.

Lapped traffic came into play for Stewart on lap 16 and he worked hard to maneuver his No. 2 Eneos/GoPro car through. With Sweet catching in second, Stewart nearly cost himself the lead as a lapped car slowed him off of turn four.

“When it gets that slow, you know you can’t hesitate, especially with these guys,” Stewart said. “I was thinking that if I did get too slow off of four then some guy is going to duck underneath coming off the bottom.”

He was able to maintain his lead.

When the checkered flag fell, Stewart had built up a sizable lead and lapped up to 11th place.

“Everything worked out well for us tonight,” Stewart said. “It starts at the beginning of the night… Hopefully lady luck stays with us throughout the season.”

Sweet, who has two wins on the season, said he was happy with the consistency of his No. 49 Razor Back Professional Tools team.

“We started seventh in the dash and moved forward there to fourth,” Sweet said. “Started fourth, moved to second. We would have liked to have won it but on nights like this, we’re really happy with the podium finish. We’ve been trying to build some consistency with these cars.”

After bad luck last weekend at Calistoga, McMahan, a California-native and veteran at Hanford, said it was good to get over the hump and finish well with his CJB Motorsports team.

“I had two bad days and then a bad experience going home so hopefully we got all the bad out of the way,” McMahan said. “Very tricky race track, very dirty running the bottom. You just kind of had to bide your time on the time in lapped traffic, wait to catch… We had a good race car. I’ve run a lot of laps at this place and means a lot to be here and finish on the podium.”

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series closes out the spring California swing tomorrow night at the SoCal Showdown at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway. Great seats remain and can be purchased at the track’s ticket booth.

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Keller Auto Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Tonight’s win was the second of the season for Shane Stewart… Paul McMahan scored his second quick time of the season tonight… Donny Schatz’s championship points lead over Shane Stewart shrank to 22 points… Donny Schatz was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 12 positions to finish in fourth… Paul McMahan, who took home his second quick time of the season Friday night, finished third in his heat, third in the dash and third in the feature… Shane Stewart led all 35 laps in his win tonight.

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

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 5 (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); Rico Abreu – 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Daryn Pittman – 2 (Antioch Speedway on March 29, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Shane Stewart – 2 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17); 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).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Keller Auto Speedway; Hanford, Calif.; April 17, 2015

A-Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2] [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$5,500]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [3] [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [16] [$2,800]; 5. O-Bud Kaeding [1] [$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [6] [$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [8] [$2,200]; 8. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [5] [$2,100]; 9. 21-Tommy Tarlton [19] [$2,050]; 10. 1s-Logan Schuchart [11] [$2,000]; 11. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [17] [$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [14] [$1,200]; 13. 71M-Joey Saldana [7] [$1,100]; 14. 41-Jason Meyers [20] [$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [21] [$1,000]; 16. 12-Scott Parker [23] [$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13] [$800]; 18. 99-Shawn Wright [24] [$800]; 19. 9S-Landon Hurst [22] [$800]; 20. 7H-Jojo Helberg [9] [$800]; 21. 83-David Gravel [10] [$800]; 22. 88N-DJ Netto [12] [$800]; 23. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [15] [$800]; 24. 7-Craig Dollansky [18] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+12]

Qualifying – 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.542; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.577; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.577; 4. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 13.603; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.649; 6. 7H-Jojo Helberg, 13.662; 7. O-Bud Kaeding, 13.676; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.676; 9. 83-David Gravel, 13.715; 10. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 13.725; 11. 88N-DJ Netto, 13.725; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.736; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.754; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.754; 15. 37-Mitchell Faccinto, 13.763; 16. 33E-Evan Suggs, 13.859; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.890; 18. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 13.924; 19. 7-Craig Dollansky, 14.090; 20. OOJR-Cory Eliason, 14.108; 21. 21-Tommy Tarlton, 14.112; 22. 41-Jason Meyers, 14.221; 23. 12-Scott Parker, 14.440; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.462; 25. 9S-Landon Hurst, 14.596; 26. 99-Shawn Wright, 14.673; 27. 98-Sean Watts, 15.251

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. O-Bud Kaeding [2]; 2. 1s-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [3]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 6. 41-Jason Meyers [8]; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky [7]; 8. 33E-Evan Suggs [6]; 9. 9S-Landon Hurst [9]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 88N-DJ Netto [1]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 7. OOJR-Cory Eliason [7]; 8. 99-Shawn Wright [9]; 9. 12-Scott Parker [8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 83-David Gravel [2]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 5. 21-Tommy Tarlton [7]; 6. 7H-Jojo Helberg [3]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 8. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [5]; 9. 98-Sean Watts [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. O-Bud Kaeding [1]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 5. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [3]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [8]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 37-Mitchell Faccinto [1] [-]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [6] [-]; 3. 9S-Landon Hurst [7] [-]; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky [3] [-]; 5. 12-Scott Parker [5] [-]; 6. 99-Shawn Wright [8] [-]; 7. OOJR-Cory Eliason [4] [$300]; 8. 33E-Evan Suggs [2] [$250]; 9. 98-Sean Watts [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

2235

0

5

10

14

1

2

2

Shane Stewart

2213

-22

2

8

12

1

3

49

Brad Sweet

2186

-49

2

8

12

2

4

29

Kerry Madsen

2156

-79

0

6

13

4

5

71M

Joey Saldana

2132

-103

0

4

12

2

6

51

Paul McMahan

2124

-111

0

8

11

2

7

7s

Jason Sides

2052

-183

0

5

6

0

8

83

David Gravel

2037

-198

0

2

8

1

9

9

Daryn Pittman

2036

-199

2

6

10

0

10

11k

Kraig Kinser

1918

-317

0

0

2

0

11

41

Jason Johnson

1837

-398

0

1

5

0

12

1S

Logan Schuchart

1799

-436

0

0

4

0

13

7

Craig Dollansky

1785

-450

0

1

4

0

14

1A

Jacob Allen

1522

-713

0

0

0

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

1501

-734

2

3

5

1

16

24

Terry McCarl

1481

-754

1

3

6

0

17

0

Bud Kaeding

1179

-1056

0

2

3

0

18

7H

Jojo Helberg

1170

-1065

0

0

0

0

19

44W

Austen Wheatley

1168

-1067

0

0

0

0

20

88N

D.J. Netto

1066

-1169

0

0

0

0


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