By Anthony Corini
World of Outlaws

Donny Schatz patiently chased Sheldon Haudenschild all feature before taking the lead with five laps remaining to capture Night 2 of the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Thursday. Haudenschild led 25 laps, but settled for second to continue his torrid start to 2018, with David Gravel coming from 12th to complete the podium.

Texas native Aaron Reutzel, in search of his first career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series victory, won the Craftsman Club Dash earning the pole, but it was Haudenschild getting the jump to lead lap one of the Feature. Schatz started fifth and began working the bottom of the speedway meticulously, yet effectively, moving into third on lap six and by Reutzel into second one lap later.

Haudenschild's lead disappeared in traffic as he and the nine-time series champion were side by side at the line on lap 12. As the duo entered turn one, the lone red flag of the feature halted action as Kerry Madsen got upside in turn two. Madsen walked away from the incident under his own power.

A lap-15 caution gave Schatz the opportunity to size up the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall No. 17. The duo battled side-by-side for a pair of laps, with the young Haudenschild pounding the cushion and the veteran Schatz smooth as can be on the bottom.

Two laps later, on another restart, Schatz slipped as far back as fifth but came back a man possessed and charged his way, on the bottom, back to the runner-up position in time for the final caution of the night, which flew on lap 22.

Haudenschild fended off Schatz for a trio of laps before lowering his line in turn three and four, allowing Schatz to get underneath him and lead lap 26. Sheldon got up on the wheel and made it close in the final laps, but was unable to secure the sweep of the weekend, settling for second.

"I felt like I ran 29 good laps and one not very good lap and Donny is great at capitalizing on any mistake," Haudenschild said after the race. "I'm still really happy with our performance this weekend. I can't thank NOS Energy Drink, the Marshall family and Ricky (Stenhouse Jr.) enough. We are having a lot of fun, and that's what matters most."

"Sheldon was really good on the cushion, and I was kind of married to the bottom because I knew you are not going to pass him up there," said Schatz, who has now won three of the five Outlaw races in 2018.

When asked about his hiccup and falling back on the restart, Schatz smiled and said, "Well, that's what it makes it fun. We made up for it.

"My guys gave me an awesome working race car, and we are looking forward to Ricky (Warner) coming back to us, but we are hitting on all cylinders right now. Hopefully, we can keep winning some more races," Schatz added.

For the second consecutive night, David Gravel charged from deep to a top-five finish, this time coming from 12th to complete the podium. "We are passing a lot of cars in the feature, we just need to qualify better and get some better track position. Hats off to my guys, we had to change motors before Qualifying and we are able to bounce back," Gravel said.

FVP-sponsored driver Brian Brown bounced back from a DNF in the Craftsman Club Dash to finish fourth with Reutzel completing the top five. Logan Schuchart earned KSE Hard Charger honors coming from 22nd to eighth.

 

Thursday Dirt Track checkers fly for Sanders

By Bill Martin
IMCA

After solid showings at the Duel In The Desert each of the last two years, Rob Sanders got the best of his Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track foes for a $750 IMCA Modified feature win Thursday night.

Sanders started outside Randy Brown on the front row and took charge from the opening green. Alex Stanford was scored second on all 20 circuits and kept the race close after a caution waved with two laps left, but couldn't catch the leader.

"It was amazing," Sanders said after career win number two in the division and his first victory racing for the Bill Henderson team out of Bakersfield, Calif. “I’ve had a lot of seconds and a lot of top fives. It felt good to finally get the monkey off my back.”

After “stumbling on” the right setup, Sanders finished sixth in the 2016 Duel and was ninth last year. He’d also finished ninth in the Wednesday event at LVMS.

“I literally had the same car I had last year at the Duel. It was a rocket ship,” said Sanders, piloting a Victory Circle ride. “I held my line, I stayed on the bottom and I stuck with it.”

“My mother flew out from New Hampshire to watch me race so she got to see me win,” he added. “That was pretty amazing, too.”

R.C. Whitwell worked his way to third on lap 12 and stayed there to the finish. Cody Laney and Chaz Baca completed the top five. 

 

World of Outlaws
FVP Outlaw Showdown
Thursday, March 1
Complete results

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [5][$10,000]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$5,000]; 3. 5-David Gravel [12][$3,000]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [8][$2,700]; 5. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$2,200]; 7. 14-Jason Meyers [3][$2,000]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22][$1,800]; 9. 26-Joey Saldana [7][$1,600]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [20][$1,450]; 11. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$1,300]; 12. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [18][$1,200]; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [21][$1,100]; 14. 4-Parker Price-Miller [11][$1,000]; 15. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [10][$950]; 16. 24R-Rico Abreu [17][$900]; 17. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [24][$850]; 18. 49X-Tim Shaffer [4][$750]; 19. 83-Cory Eliason [19][$725]; 20. 41-Jason Johnson [25][$]; 21. 29-Willie Croft [15][$700]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [27][$]; 23. 17A-Austin McCarl [14][$700]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$700]; 25. 9-Daryn Pittman [26][$]; 26. 2M-Kerry Madsen [13][$700]; 27. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [23][$700]; Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1-25, Donny Schatz 26-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+14]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.123; 2. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 15.24; 3. 26-Joey Saldana, 15.248; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.323; 5. 57-Giovanni Scelzi, 15.402; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.464; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.475; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 15.492; 9. 24R-Rico Abreu, 15.51; 10. 83-Cory Eliason, 15.514; 11. 88N-DJ Netto, 15.593; 12. 29-Willie Croft, 15.603; 13. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 15.659; 14. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 15.687; 15. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.732; 16. 13-Clyde Knipp, 15.775; 17. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.887; 18. 2B-Billy Chester, 16.031; 19. OO-Dane Lorenc, 16.403; 20. 22-Cori Andrews, 17.035; 21. 90-Randy Waitman, 17.34; 22. 45T-Trevor Baker, NT

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg, 15.496; 2. 14-Jason Meyers, 15.515; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 15.518; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.583; 5. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.606; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 15.641; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 15.677; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.695; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 15.714; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 15.719; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.724; 12. 5-David Gravel, 15.771; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.777; 14. 41-Jason Johnson, 15.798; 15. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 15.867; 16. 19-Brent Marks, 15.916; 17. 45-Paul McMahan, 16.053; 18. 3C-Tanner Thorson, 16.065; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.07; 20. 10-Matthew Moles, 16.408; 21. 11-Max McGhee, 16.506; 22. W20-Greg Wilson, 16.619

Heat #1 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 2. 26-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7]; 5. 24R-Rico Abreu [5]; 6. 88N-DJ Netto [6]; 7. 55-Brooke Tatnell [9]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [8]; 9. OO-Dane Lorenc [10]; 10. 90-Randy Waitman [11]; 11. 57-Giovanni Scelzi [3]

Heat #2 - Flight (A) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 4-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 4. 29-Willie Croft [6]; 5. 83-Cory Eliason [5]; 6. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [7]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [8]; 9. 2B-Billy Chester [9]; 10. 22-Cori Andrews [10]; 11. 45T-Trevor Baker [11]

Heat #3 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 87-Aaron Reutzel [5]; 3. 19AZ-Hunter Schuerenberg [1]; 4. 17A-Austin McCarl [3]; 5. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [8]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 7. 45-Paul McMahan [9]; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [4]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [10]; 10. 11-Max McGhee [11]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]

Heat #4 - Flight (B) (8 Laps) - Top 5 Transfer: 1. 14-Jason Meyers [1]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [5]; 3. 5-David Gravel [6]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [8]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [3]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [7]; 9. 3C-Tanner Thorson [9]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [11]; 11. 10-Matthew Moles [10]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 3. 14-Jason Meyers [3]; 4. 49X-Tim Shaffer [6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 7. 26-Joey Saldana [7]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [2]

C-Main (10 Laps) - Top 2 Transfer: 1. 55-Brooke Tatnell [1][-]; 2. 45-Paul McMahan [2][-]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [11][$150]; 4. 11-Max McGhee [10][$150]; 5. OO-Dane Lorenc [5][$150]; 6. 90-Randy Waitman [9][$125]; 7. 22-Cori Andrews [7][$125]; 8. 2B-Billy Chester [3][$125]; 9. 3C-Tanner Thorson [4][$125]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [6][$125]; 11. 10-Matthew Moles [8][$125]; 12. 45T-Trevor Baker [12][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 4 Transfer: 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [3][-]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][-]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [1][-]; 4. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [6][-]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5][$300]; 6. 24-Terry McCarl [8][$250]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [9][$225]; 8. 45-Paul McMahan [14][$200]; 9. 88N-DJ Netto [4][$200]; 10. 19-Brent Marks [11][$200]; 11. 55-Brooke Tatnell [13][$200]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][$200]; 13. 13-Clyde Knipp [10][$200]; 14. 57-Giovanni Scelzi [12][$200]

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