The wait is finally over. The Greatest Show on Dirt is returning to the west coast.
After a two-year absence, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is back in Washington state with four straight nights of racing scheduled from Friday to Monday.
Highlighting the Pacific Northwest adventure is the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals, a three-night affair at Alger’s Skagit Speedway capped off by a $25,000-to-win finale on Sunday, September 5. Following that, a Monday night edition of DIRTVision rolls on with a trip to Grays Harbor Raceway on September 6.
Some of the top storylines to follow include:
POWER UP: Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 team have hit a new level since they switched to a newer edition of the Ford Performance Stewart 410 engine earlier this month. Their current streak of 14 consecutive top-10 finishes is highlighted by an extraordinary stretch of six straight top-four results over the last three weeks, including two wins at Red River Valley (ND) Speedway and I-80 (NE) Speedway.
With Washington in play this weekend, Schatz has all the potential to keep his hot streak rolling and even take it to the next level. He’s the only full-time driver with wins at both tracks this weekend, topping Skagit on four occasions and winning five Features at Grays Harbor. Sitting -102 points of Gravel in second, Schatz has plenty of time to make more ground in the championship chase.
HOMECOMING: For the first time since 1998, Kasey Kahne will compete in his home state of Washington this weekend with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series. Since that August night at Grays Harbor 23 years ago, Kahne has become a NASCAR Cup Series superstar with 18 wins and built a perennial contender in The Greatest Show on Dirt with Kasey Kahne Racing. This time, he’s heading back home as a “full-time” driver since taking the reigns of the Roth Motorsports, Beef Packers #83.
A frequent competitor at Skagit and Grays Harbor while growing up, this weekend’s four-race stretch in Washington is the perfect opportunity for the Enumclaw, WA native to snag his first-career World of Outlaws win. The Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals on Friday through Sunday is located just over two hours away from his childhood home, while Monday’s stop at Grays Harbor is only 80 miles away with Kahne fans expected to pour into the gates at both venues.
SECOND-HALF SURGE: Brock Zearfoss’ momentum from making the Knoxville Nationals A-Main has without a doubt carried over to the rest of his World of Outlaws tour. His five races post-Knoxville have resulted in an average finish of 8.4 and he’s racked up four consecutive top-10 finishes, the longest stretch of his career against The Greatest Show on Dirt.
Next on the agenda for the Jonestown, PA native is a top-five finish, something he’s had within his grasp on countless occasions, but has yet to achieve in 2021. He’ll take the #3Z to Washington this weekend in preparation for his first-ever west coast swing with five new tracks on deck.
MONDAY NIGHT DIRTVision: Next Monday’s stop at Grays Harbor (WA) Raceway will mark the 15th and (as of now) final weeknight race of the 2021 campaign. From there on out, it’s back to being weekend warriors as the remaining 15 races are run on Fridays and Saturdays through the season-ending NGK/NTK World Finals on November 4-6 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Brad Sweet has undeniably been the king of weeknight shows this year, scoring five of his 15 victories on weekdays. David Gravel is the only other driver with multiple weekday wins, claiming two to his credit.
HAUD’S HOT: Sheldon Haudenschild averaged a 1.6 finish last week in three Features through North Dakota, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The newly-turned 28-year-old never finished outside the top-10 during August and collected three of his career-high eight victories this season during the eight-race stretch.
With $25,000 on the line at the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals this weekend, the Wooster, OH native looks to cash in on his recent momentum with the richest win of his World of Outlaws career. The Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 is no stranger to victory lane at the Washington oval, as Sheldon scored a win at the track in 2018.
THE WAIT IS OVER: When The Greatest Show on Dirt finally roars back to life in the Pacific Northwest on Friday night, it will have been exactly two years and one day since the last World of Outlaws race in Washington on September 2, 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic locked the Series out of the state last year and more protocols shut down a west coast swing this spring, but there’s no stopping the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars this fall.
For Skagit, a three-day show will bring about the track’s 39th, 40th & 41st World of Outlaws races. At Grays Harbor on Monday, the Elma, WA facility hosts the Series for the 30th time.
BACK ON TRACK: It’s been a whirlwind summer for Logan Schuchart and the Shark Racing boys. They won $50,000 in June’s Jackson Nationals, but a dismal July followed with six finishes outside the top-10 and only one podium appearance to show in 13 races. The Drydene Performance Products #1S turned it around in August, though, recording six top-fives in eight events, including a fifth-place finish at the Knoxville Nationals.
The Hanover, PA native enters the month of September with a perfect opportunity to return to form at the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals. In 2019, when the World of Outlaws last raced at the Alger, WA 3/10-mile, Schuchart led all 70 laps and swept the weekend. He’ll try to recreate that magic with $25,000 on the line in Sunday’s finale to the three-day special.
POINTS CHASE: With 19 points-paying Features left, the championship chase remains on middle ground as it’s not locked up by any means, but it’s not wildly close either. Entering the Washington weekend, Brad Sweet and the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 lead David Gravel (-120) and the Big Game Motorsports #2 and Carson Macedo (-160) and the Jason Johnson Racing #41.
All three drivers will have four chances this weekend to either extend or cut away at the points lead. With hopes for a third-straight World of Outlaws championship, Sweet just needs to keep up business as usual with his 4.98 average finish. For Gravel, he needs to out-earn Sweet by an average of 6.32 points per night, while Macedo needs to make up a greater task of 8.42 points per night.
This Week at a Glance – When and Where
Friday-Sunday, September 3-5 at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA
Monday, September 6 at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA
On the Internet
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Around the Turn: Following a four-night stay in Washington, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series continues its west coast swing with back-to-back weekends in California. First on the Golden State agenda for The Greatest Show on Dirt is the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway on September 10-11.
NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (14 Drivers):
15 wins – Brad Sweet, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #49
8 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
8 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17
7 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
4 wins – Aaron Reutzel, Roth Motorsports #83
3 wins – Kyle Larson, Silva Motorsports #57
3 wins – Logan Schuchart, Shark Racing #1S
3 wins – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
2 wins – Kerry Madsen, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #14
2 wins – Brent Marks, Brent Marks Racing #19
1 win – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne Racing w/ Mike Curb #9
1 win – Dave Blaney, Dave Blaney #10
1 win – Spencer Bayston, Sam McGhee Motorsports #11
1 win – Tyler Courtney, Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC
FEATURE LAPS LED (27 Drivers):
297 laps – Brad Sweet
292 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
224 laps – Carson Macedo
201 laps – Donny Schatz
189 laps – David Gravel
188 laps – Aaron Reutzel
174 laps – Logan Schuchart
72 laps – Kyle Larson
63 laps – Kerry Madsen
57 laps – Tyler Courtney
36 laps – James McFadden
33 laps – Spencer Bayston
29 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
27 laps – Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
13 laps – Wayne Johnson
11 laps – Sye Lynch
10 laps – Jacob Allen, Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller
9 laps – Austin McCarl
3 laps – Ian Madsen
1 lap – Kasey Kahne, Kraig Kinser, Brandon Spithaler, Dave Blaney, Brian Brown
SLICK WOODY’S QUICKTIME AWARDS (21 Drivers):
13 QuickTimes – David Gravel
7 QuickTimes – Sheldon Haudenschild
6 QuickTimes – Logan Schuchart
5 QuickTimes – Brad Sweet
4 QuickTimes – Kerry Madsen
3 QuickTimes – Aaron Reutzel
2 QuickTimes – James McFadden, Kasey Kahne, Cory Eliason, Giovanni Scelzi, Parker Price-Miller, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
1 QuickTime – Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo, Kraig Kinser, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Brian Brown, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu, Sye Lynch
DRYDENE HEAT RACE WINNERS (39 Drivers)
25 Heat Wins – David Gravel
22 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
17 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
16 Heat Wins – Aaron Reutzel
15 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
12 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart
10 Heat Wins – James McFadden
7 Heat Wins – Brian Brown
5 Heat Wins – Kraig Kinser, Kerry Madsen
4 Heat Wins – Brock Zearfoss, Giovanni Scelzi, Tyler Courtney
3 Heat Wins – Jason Sides, Wayne Johnson, Ian Madsen, Anthony Macri, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Kyle Larson, DJ Netto, Parker Price-Miller
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Hunter Schuerenberg, Lance Dewease, Brandon Spithaler, Tim Kaeding, Jack Dover, Scotty Thiel, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Justin Peck, Jac Haudenschild, Sye Lynch, Chad Trout, TJ Stutts, Brent Marks
PODIUM FINISHES (27 Drivers):
28 Podiums – Brad Sweet
20 Podiums – Carson Macedo
19 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild
18 Podiums – David Gravel
12 Podiums – Logan Schuchart
10 Podiums – Aaron Reutzel
7 Podiums – James McFadden
6 Podiums – Kerry Madsen, Brent Marks
5 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi
3 Podiums – Brian Brown, Lance Dewease, Kyle Larson
2 Podiums – Kraig Kinser, Cory Eliason, Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Tyler Courtney
1 Podium – Jacob Allen, Justin Peck, Brian Brown, Anthony Macri, Dave Blaney, Spencer Bayston, Daryn Pittman, Paulie Colagiovanni, Austin McCarl, Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Schedule & Winners
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, Feb. 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Sun, Feb. 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Logan Schuchart (1)
3. Fri, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
4. Sat, March 6 / East Bay Raceway Park / Tampa, FL / Aaron Reutzel (1)
5. Fri, March 12 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
6. Sat, March 13 / The Rev / Monroe, LA / David Gravel (1)
7. Fri, March 19 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
8. Sat, March 20 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
9. Sat, March 27 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
10. Fri, April 2 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (4)
11. Sat, April 3 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (5)
12. Fri, April 9 / Kokomo Speedway / Kokomo, IN / James McFadden (1)
13. Sat, April 10 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Carson Macedo (2)
14. Fri, April 22 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (2)
15. Sun, April 24 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN / David Gravel (3)
16. Thur, April 29 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / Brad Sweet (6)
17. Fri, April 30 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (7)
18. Sat, May 1 / I-70 Motorsports Park / Odessa, MO / Brad Sweet (8)
19. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Brent Marks (1)
20. Sat, May 8 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
21. Wed, May 12 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Brad Sweet (9)
22. Fri, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Carson Macedo (3)
23. Sat, May 15 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Aaron Reutzel (2)
24. Tues, May 18 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ / Logan Schuchart (2)
25. Fri, May 21 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / David Gravel (4)
26. Sat, May 22 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Dave Blaney (1)
27. Mon, May 31 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / Kyle Larson (1)
28. Sat, June 5 / Granite City Speedway /Sauk Rapids, MN / David Gravel (5)
29. Fri, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (4)
30. Sat, June 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Carson Macedo (5)
31. Thur, June 17 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA / Brad Sweet (10)
32. Fri, June 18 / Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway / Dubuque, IA / Donny Schatz (1)
33. Sat, June 19 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, WI / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
34. Mon, June 21 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (6)
35. Tues, June 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / Aaron Reutzel (3)
36. Thur, June 24 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (1)
37. Fri, June 25 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Kerry Madsen (2)
38. Sat, June 27 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN / Logan Schuchart (3)
39. Fri, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (11)
40. Sat, July 3 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI / Brad Sweet (12)
41. Sat, July 10 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI / Brad Sweet (13)
42. Tues, July 13 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Spencer Bayston (1)
43. Wed, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (6)
44. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Tyler Courtney (1)
45. Sat, July 17 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Kyle Larson (2)
46. Sun, July 18 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Carson Macedo (7)
47. Tues, July 20 / Lernerville Speedway / Sarver, PA / Brad Sweet (14)
48. Fri, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Sheldon Haudenschild (5)
49. Sat, July 24 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brent Marks (2)
50. Fri, July 30 / Ransomville Speedway / Ransomville, NY / Aaron Reutzel (4)
51. Sat, July 31 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY / David Gravel (7)
52. Fri, August 6 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (6)
53. Sat, August 7 / I-55 Raceway / Pevely, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (7)
54. Sat, August 14 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Kyle Larson (3)
55. Sat, August 21 / Red River Valley Speedway / Fargo, ND / Donny Schatz (2)
56. Sun, August 22 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD / David Gravel (8)
57. Wed, August 25 / River Cites Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / Brad Sweet (15)
58. Fri, August 27 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE / Donny Schatz (3)
59. Sun, August 29 / Black Hills Speedway / Rapid City, SD / Sheldon Haudenschild (8)