By Anthony Corini
World of Outlaws

Sheldon Haudenschild and his new Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall racing are firing on all cylinders in 2018.

Haudenschild assumed the lead after early leader Brian Brown slowed with a flat tire 10 laps in and held off veterans Donny Schatz and Tim Shaffer on numerous restarts to score the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory on Night 1 of the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Schatz, who started 10th, and 12th-starting Brad Sweet completed the podium. 

FVP-sponsored driver Brian Brown was vying for a perfect night after setting the fast time in Flight B of qualifying, dominating his heat and winning the Craftsman Club Dash. Brown led the first 10 laps of the feature before succumbing to a flat tire in turn four, bringing out the first of many cautions in the 30-lap feature.

Haudenschild, who had closed in on Brown significantly before his tire blew, assumed the lead with Shaffer to his inside. The next four laps saw three cautions for three different drivers.

By the halfway point, Haudenschild separated himself from Shaffer and 16th-starting David Gravel and worked his way into third. A lap later, Schatz blasted underneath Gravel and Shaffer to secure second.

Willie Croft slowed to a stop bringing out the caution with Schatz to the inside of Haudenschild. Brent Marks spun on the ensuing restart, setting up a single-file restart.

The next start Logan Schuchart hit the infield tire in turn four, and Cory Eliason did the same thing on attempt number three of lap 21. Schuchart and Eliason, who were both competing for a top-five finish, did not return.

Ian Madsen slowed with seven to go, forcing an open red flag and giving Schatz one more chance to steal the win away from Sheldon. It was not meant to be, as Haudenschild powered away on the restart and went on to win by 1.417 seconds.

When asked about the multitude of restarts, Haudenschild said, "It was difficult. On one hand, you are happy because you get a couple of laps with a free track, but it gets hard to jump in front of guys like Shaffer and Schatz on consecutive restarts.

"To get a win here, where I don't have a lot of laps is awesome.

After capturing the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award last season without winning a feature, Haudenschild has now won two of the four World of Outlaws races completed to open 2018.

Schatz, who edged in front of Haudenschild on one of the lap 20 restarts, only to have it negated by another caution, said, "That's the way racing is," before adding, "It was a handful out there, but the guys gave me a great car and we will settle for second tonight."

Sweet, who quietly worked his way forward late in the race, was happy with third.

"It was a marathon," the Grass Valley, Calif., native said. "I got up there early and made a few mistakes. Luckily, we had a good enough car to get back up there. We'll be back tomorrow and hopefully put on a better show."

Shaffer and Gravel held on to complete the top five with Jason Johnson, 21st-starting Kerry Madsen, Daryn Pittman, Brent Marks and Jason Meyers completing the top 10. Despite bringing out the caution with 10 laps remaining, Brent Marks still earned KSE Hard Charger honors after coming back to finish ninth.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Thursday evening for the conclusion of the FVP Outlaw Showdown. As always, you can catch all the action live on www.DirtVision.com

Marriott is Wednesday IMCA Modified winner at LVMS Dirt Track 

By Bill Martin
IMCA

Continuing his torrid early season streak, Hunter Marriott was the $750 IMCA Modified winner in the Wednesday special at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.  

Marriott caught pole starter D.J. Shannon for the lead six circuits in and outran R.C. Whitwell for the checkers.

"The track was fast and the car was pretty good. There was a lot of lapped traffic but we were able to get through without any problems," Whitwell said. "I've raced there a handful of times and always like to get as many laps in there as possible to get ready for the Duel" (in the Desert, in November).

Thirty cars started the 20-lap main event, with Cody Laney, Chaz Baca and Shannon completing the top five.

Coming from the fourth starting spot and piloting a Paul Stone-owned ride, Marriott reeled in Shan­non and brought Laney along.

The first half of the race was dotted by yellows but ran caution-free the last nine laps. The 18th starting Whitwell took over second and 24th starting Baca was up to third just after midway. 

Neither would be able to catch up with Marriott, however, as he followed the high line in the first set of turns and switched to the lower groove for the second, working his way through traffic to take the win two seconds ahead of Whitwell. 

Another top prize of $750 is at stake for the Modifieds Thursday on the half-mile LVMS dirt oval, with IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region and Nevada State points also to be awarded for the midweek event.

 

World of Outlaws
FVP Outlaw Showdown
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Complete Results

Feature: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$5,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$3,000]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$2,700]; 5. 5-David Gravel [16][$2,500]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [7][$2,200]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [21][$2,000]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [9][$1,800]; 9. 19-Brent Marks [25][$900]; 10. 14-Jason Meyers [3][$1,450]; 11. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [23][$1,300]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$1,200]; 13. 26-Joey Saldana [26][$400]; 14. 21-Brian Brown [1][$1,000]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [17][$950]; 16. 18-Ian Madsen [8][$900]; 17. 4-Parker Price-Miller [13][$850]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$750]; 19. 17A-Austin McCarl [14][$725]; 20. 83-Cory Eliason [5][$700]; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6][$700]; 22. 29-Willie Croft [18][$700]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [19][$700]; 24. 45-Paul McMahan [11][$700]; 25. 24R-Rico Abreu [20][$700]; 26. 24-Terry McCarl [22][$700]; Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-10, Sheldon Haudenschild 11-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 19-Brent Marks[+16].

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 14.015; 2. 14-Jason Meyers, 14.131; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.134; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 14.14; 5. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 14.188; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.236; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.247; 8. 45-Paul McMahan, 14.286; 9. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 14.321; 10. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.342; 11. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.351; 12. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 14.371; 13. OO-Dane Lorenc, 14.382; 14. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 14.403; 15. 57-Giovanni Scelzi, 14.409; 16. 26-Joey Saldana, 14.416; 17. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 14.479; 18. 45T-Trevor Baker, 14.526; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.562; 20. 11-Max McGhee, 14.576; 21. 19-Brent Marks, 14.599; 22. 2B-Billy Chester, 15.26.

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 21-Brian Brown, 14.106; 2. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.111; 3. 18-Ian Madsen, 14.158; 4. 83-Cory Eliason, 14.198; 5. 17A-Austin McCarl, 14.207; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.21; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.211; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.248; 9. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 14.261; 10. 5-David Gravel, 14.267; 11. 29-Willie Croft, 14.348; 12. 24R-Rico Abreu, 14.359; 13. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 14.404; 14. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 14.407; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.469; 16. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 14.469; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.58; 18. 88N-DJ Netto, 14.68; 19. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.7; 20. 10-Matthew Moles, 15.102; 21. 22-Cori Andrews, 15.185; 22. 90-Randy Waitman, 15.48.

Heat No. 1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 4-Parker Price-Miller [3]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [5]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [6]; 7. 57-Giovanni Scelzi [8]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [11]; 9. 3C-Tanner Thorson [9]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [10]; 11. OO-Dane Lorenc [7].

Heat No. 2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [2]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [1]; 3. 45-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [6]; 6. 26-Joey Saldana [8]; 7. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [5]; 8. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [7]; 9. 2B-Billy Chester [11]; 10. 11-Max McGhee [10]; 11. 45T-Trevor Baker [9].

Heat No. 3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 17A-Austin McCarl [3]; 5. 29-Willie Croft [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [5]; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel [7]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [9]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [10]; 11. 22-Cori Andrews [11].

Heat No. 4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 83-Cory Eliason [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 5-David Gravel [5]; 5. 24R-Rico Abreu [6]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 7. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [8]; 8. 55-Brooke Tatnell [7]; 9. 88N-DJ Netto [9]; 10. 10-Matthew Moles [10]; 11. 90-Randy Waitman [11].

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers [7]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 5. 83-Cory Eliason [8]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [4]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [6].

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer: 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2][-]; 2. 3C-Tanner Thorson [1][-]; 3. 19-Brent Marks [9][$150]; 4. 13-Clyde Knipp [6][$150]; 5. 88N-DJ Netto [4][$150]; 6. 45T-Trevor Baker [3][$125]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [5][$125]; 8. 10-Matthew Moles [8][$125]; 9. 11-Max McGhee [7][$125]; 10. 22-Cori Andrews [10][$125]; 11. 90-Randy Waitman [12][$125]; 12. 2B-Billy Chester [11][$125].

Last Chance Showdown (12 laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][-]; 2. 24-Terry McCarl [3][-]; 3. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [7][-]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][-]; 5. 55-Brooke Tatnell [8][$300]; 6. 26-Joey Saldana [11][$250]; 7. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [1][$225]; 8. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [12][$200]; 9. 57-Giovanni Scelzi [9][$200]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$200]; 11. 87-Aaron Reutzel [6][$200]; 12. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][$200]; 13. 3C-Tanner Thorson [14][$200]; 14. OO-Dane Lorenc [5][$200].

IMCA Modified feature results
1. Hunter Marriott; 2. R.C. Whitwell; 3. Cody Laney; 4. Chaz Baca; 5. D.J. Shannon; 6. Joey Price; 7. Randy Brown; 8. Zach Olson; 9. Rob Sanders; 10. Chris Delp; 11. Billy Wormsbecker; 12. Chad Reichenbach; 13. Don Martin; 14. Brad Hopkins; 15. Leland Hibdon; 16. Jerry Bailey; 17. Andy Strait; 18. Blake Lyle; 19. Dave Spears; 20. Adam Fischer; 21. Justin Miller; 22. Brenda Kirby; 23. Josh Dingman; 24. Joey Franklin; 25. Hunter McDonald; 26. Jesse Hoskins; 27. Ron Moser; 28. Casey Delp; 29. Terry Hershberger; 30. Paul Stone.