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Schatz Gets Friday Win At Finals

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 9 2013

Danny Schatz collected the World of Outlaws A-Main win on Friday.

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Donny Schatz, Darrell Lanigan and Brett Hearn each scored A-Main wins Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during the seventh annual World of Outlaws World Finals in Concord, N.C.

Fans from 50 states, seven Canadian provinces, Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands filled the stands and pit area for the second night of the World Finals around the four-tenths-mile clay oval. The three-day event brings together dirt racing’s three premier divisions – the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds – to end their seasons and crown respective champions.

Schatz earned his seventh career win at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during Friday’s World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series A-Main, cutting into the points lead held by Daryn Pittman, who finished sixth. The win gave Schatz the distinction of being the winningest World of Outlaws driver at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The Fargo, N.D., native started fourth and worked his way to the front, taking the lead from Brian Brown on Lap 13.

“I’m here to win races. I’m not here to count points,” Schatz said of his championship battle with Pittman. “We’ve done as good a job as we can. I’m not going to hang my head.”

Searching for his first career Sprint Car main-event win, Brown won the Dash and started on-pole. Brown finished second , with Joey Saldana, Shane Stewart and Jason Sides rounding out the top-five.

Winners of the five, eight-lap Sprint Car heat races were Jason Sides, Saldana, Cody Darrah, Caleb Helms and Greg Wilson. Jimmy Seger took the D-Main, Justin Henderson won the C-Main and Jac Haudenschild won the Last Chance Showdown.

Lanigan, of Union, Ky., led from flag-to-flag to his first win at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and his 12th of the year in the World of Outlaws Late Model A-Main. “When we had clear traffic, we were really able to pick up the pace there,” Lanigan said. “Once I got behind the lapped cars, I got the same pace they did. When you get clean air, you really pick up the pace. The car has been phenomenal. We got a new set-up on it. It’s unbelievable.”

Lanigan started on-pole and led the field through four cautions and all 50 laps. However, right behind him, Josh Richards and Scott Bloomquist were in constant contention for second place. Despite hard racing, Richards was unable to recapture his second-place position after losing the spot on Lap 2.

Following close behind Bloomquist and Richards were Don O’Neal and Rick Eckert, who rounded out the top-five.

Richards clinched the 2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series championship after Friday’s A-Main Feature. Richards earned his third series championship, making him the first driver since 2004 to hold that honor.

Late Model heat race winners were Richards, Eckert, Bloomquist, Lanigan, Tyler Reddick and O’Neal. Eric Wells, Ryan Gustin and Austin Hubbard scored victories in the three B-Features.

Hearn, of Kinnelon, N.J., led all 40 laps in Friday night’s Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified A-Main to claim his 115th series win and third at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. But the win didn’t come easy to the championship points leader. In a race that saw four cautions, Hearn had to fend-off a hard-charging Stewart Friesen in the closing laps to take the win. Friesen, Matt Sheppard, Dale Planck and Gary Tomkins rounded out the top-five.

“I didn’t know how many laps were left,” Hearn said. “I just ran as hard as I could, then I heard ‘Checkers!’ I just can’t believe it.”

Chasing his eighth series championship, Hearn said his entire team was eager to come to The Dirt Track for the season-finale. “I think the whole team has been motivated all year to come here and race,” he said. “These are real race fans from all over the country and it means a lot.”

Friday’s unofficial results:

Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds

B-Main 1 (10 laps): 1. Tim McCreadie; 2. Billy Dunn; 3. Rob Bellinger; 4. Matt DeLorenzo; 5. Kenny Tremont Jr.; 6. Rick Scagliotta; 7. Justin Wright; 8. Ryan Forte; 9. Chris Hile; 10. Roger Chrysler; 11. Rick Richner; 12. Mike Maresca.

Did Not Start: Travis Stacey

B-Main 2 (10 laps): 1. Peter Britten; 2. Carey Terrance; 3. Rick Laubach; 4. Neal Williams; 5. Dave Rauscher; 6. Tim Currier; 7. Randy Chrysler; 8. Stephanie LaFrance; 9. JaMike Sowle; 10. Brian Gleason; 11. Bob Sarkisian; 12. Mark Forte, Jr.; 13. Bob McGannon.

DNS: Erik Martin

A-Main (40 laps): 1. Brett Hearn; 2. Stewart Friesen; 3. Matt Sheppard; 4. Dale Planck; 5. Gary Tomkins; 6. Jimmy Phelps; 7. Billy Dunn; 8. Ryan Godown; 9. Billy Decker; 10. Matt Billings; 11. Peter Britten; 12. Justin Haers; 13. Duane Howard; 14. Billy VanInwegen; 15. Dave Rauscher; 16. Adam Roberts; 17. Mat Williamson; 18. Brian Swartzlander; 19. Tim Currier; 20. Rick Laubach; 21. Rich Scagliotta; 22. Carey Terrance; 23. Danny Johnson; 24. Jeremiah Shingledecker; 25. Tim Fuller; 26. Tim McCreadie; 27. Keith Flach; 28. Kevin Bates.

World of Outlaws Late Model Series

Heat Race 1 (10 laps): 1. Josh Richards; 2. Kenny Moreland; 3. Jimmy Owens; 4. Eric Wells; 5. Bobby Pierce; 6. Bub McCool; 7. Chris Ferguson; 8. Dan Stone; 9. Don Gordon; 10. Mason Zeigler; 11. Pancho Lawler; 12. Billy Moyer.

Heat Race 2 (10 laps): 1. Rick Eckert; 2. Ricky Elliott; 3. Billy Ogle Jr.; 4. Jared Landers; 5. Clint Smith; 6. Shane Clanton; 7. Mike Marlar; 8. Chris Madden; 9. Vic Hill; 10. Bryan Force; 11. Tim McCreadie; 12. Brandon Sheppard.

Heat Race 3 (10 laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. John Blankenship; 3. Steve Francis; 4. Ryan Gustin; 5. Jonathan Davenport; 6. Chad Hollenbeck; 7. Casey Roberts; 8. Mike Benedum; 9. Dennis Franklin; 10. Brian Tavenner; 11. Kevin Wilson; 12. Jeff Babcock.

Heat Race 4 (10 laps): 1. Darrell Lanigan; 2. Dennis Erb, Jr.; 3. Earl Pearson, Jr.; 4. Duane Chamberlain; 5. Jeremy Miller; 6. Eric Jacobsen; 7. Gregg Satterlee; 8. Chuck Harper; 9. Chub Frank; 10. Coleby Frye; 11. James O’Hara; 12. Brian Ledbetter.

Heat Race 5 (10 laps): 1. Tyler Reddick; 2. Chris Brown; 3. Steve Shaver; 4. Morgan Badgley; 5. Austin Hubbard; 6. John Garvin; 7. J.T. Spence; 8. Will Vaught; 9. B.J. Robinson; 10. Kyle Hardy; 11. Matthew Cochran; 12. Devin Moran.

Heat Race 6 (10 laps): 1. Don O’Neal; 2. Billy Decker; 3. Tim Fuller; 4. Dale Hollidge; 5. Dale McDowell; 6. Jason Feger; 7. Rod Conley; 8. Andrew Reaume; 9. Chase Junghans; 10. Glenn Elliott; 11. Kerry King; 12. Walker Arthur.

B-Main 1 (12 laps): 1. Eric Wells; 2. Clint Smith; 3. Jared Landers; 4. Shane Clanton; 5. Chris Ferguson; 6. Bobby Pierce; 7. Dan Stone; 8. Chris Madden; 9. Mason Zeigler; 10. Bryan Force; 11. Don Gordon; 12. Tim McCreadie; 13. Bub McCool; 14. Vic Hill; 15. Brandon; 16. Mike Marlar.

DNS: Pancho Lawler; Billy Moyer

B-Main 2 (12 laps): 1. Ryan Gustin; 2. Eric Jacobsen; 3. Jonathan Davenport; 4. Chad Hollenbeck; 5. Chub Frank; 6. Gregg Satterlee; 7. Jeff Babcock; 8. Dennis Franklin; 9. Mike Benedum; 10. Coleby Frye; 11. Brian Ledbetter; 12. Brian Tavenner; 13. James O’Hara; 14. Kevin Wilson; 15. Chuck Harper; 16. Duane Chamberlain; 17. Jeremy Miller; 18. Casey Roberts.

B-Main 3 (12 laps): 1. Austin Hubbard; 2. Morgan Bagley; 3. Dale McDowell; 4. J.T. Spence; 5. Dale Hollidge; 6. John Garvin; 7. Will Vaught; 8. Jason Feger; 9. Rod Conley; 10. B.J. Robinson; 11. Andrew Reaume; 12. Kyle Hardy; 13. Devin Moran; 14. Glenn Elliott; 15. Walker Arthur; 16. Chase Junghans; 17. Matthew Cochran.

A-Main (50 laps): 1. Darrell Lanigan; 2. Scott Bloomquist; 3. Josh Richards; 4. Don O’Neal; 5. Rick Eckert; 6. John Blankenship; 7. Tyler Reddick; 8. Billy Ogle, Jr.; 9. Billy Decker; 10. Jimmy Owens; 11. Earl Pearson Jr.; 12. Chris Brown; 13. Dennis Erb Jr.; 14. Ricky Elliott; 15. Clint Smith; 16. Shane Clanton; 17. Kenny Moreland; 18. Eric Wells; 19. Eric Jacobsen; 20. Steve Francis; 21. Morgan Bagley; 22. Chad Hollenbeck; 23. Tim Fuller; 24. Tim McCreadie; 25. Steve Shaver; 26. Austin Hubbard; 27. Ryan Gustin.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Heat Race 1 (8 laps): 1. Jason Sides; 2. Shane Stewart; 3. Jason Meyers; 4. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 5. Steve Kinser; 6. Kraig Kinser; 7. Sammy Swindell; 8. Tim Kaeding; 9. Wayne Johnson; 10. Jimmy Seger; 11. Chris Fraley.

Heat Race 2 (8 laps): 1. Joey Saldana; 2. Donny Schatz; 3. Cole Duncan; 4. Adam Wilt; 5. Bill Rose; 6. Logan Schuchart; 7. Bill Balog; 8. Justin Henderson; 9. Brandon Wimmer; 10. Danny Smith; 11. Jim Perricone.

Heat Race 3 (8 laps): 1. Cody Darrah; 2. Dale Blaney; 3. Chad Kemenah; 4. Paul McMahan; 5. Tim Shaffer; 6. Brent Marks; 7. Ian Madsen; 8. Jacob Allen; 9. Mark Dobmeier; 10. Troy Fraker; 11. Kory Crabtree.

Heat Race 4 (8 laps): 1. Caleb Helms; 2. Brian Brown; 3. Craig Dollansky; 4. Randy Hannagan; 5. Travis Philo; 6. David Gravel; 7. Danny Holtgraver; 8. Jack Sodeman; 9. Neal Williams; 10. Paul Nienhiser.

Heat Race 5 (8 laps): 1. Greg Wilson; 2. Daryn Pittman; 3. Kerry Madsen; 4. Ryan Smith; 5. Jac Haudenschild; 6. Tyler Courtney; 7. Glenn Styres; 8. Todd Hoddick; 9. Dylan Cisney; 10. Brooke Tatnell.

B-Main (12 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild; 2. Bill Rose; 3. Travis Philo; 4. Tim Shaffer; 5. Brent Marks; 6. Sammy Swindell; 7. Steven Kinser; 8. Ian Madsen; 9. Danny Holtgraver; 10. Kraig Kinser; 11. Logan Schuchart; 12. Brooke Tatnell; 13. Tim Kaeding; 14. Paul Nienhiser; 15. Bill Balog; 16. Justin Henderson.

C-Main (10 laps): 1. Justin Henderson; 2. Kraig Kinser; 3. Brandon Wimmer; 4. Jimmy Seger; 5. Glenn Styres; 6. David Gravel; 7. Tyler Courtney; 8. Wayne Jonson; 9. Jacob Allen; 10. Mark Dobmeier; 11. Jack Sodeman; 12. Troy Fraker.

D-Main (8 laps): 1. Jimmy Seger; 2. Jacob Allen; 3. Todd Hoddick; 4. Neal Williams; 5. Chris Fraley; 6. Dylan Cisney; 7. Jim Perricone; 8. Kory Crabtree; 9. Danny Smith; 10. Josh Davis; 11. Eric Riggins Jr.

Dash (6 laps): 1. Brian Brown; 2. Joey Saldana; 3. Paul McMahan; 4. Donny Schatz; 5. Shane Stewart; 6. Daryn Pittman; 7. Jason Meyers; 8. Dale Blaney; 9. Jason Sides; 10. Cody Darrah; 11. Greg Wilson; 12. Caleb Helms.

A-Main (30 laps): 1. Donny Schatz; 2. Brian Brown; 3. Joey Saldana; 4. Shane Stewart; 5. Jason Sides; 6. Daryn Pittman; 7. Cody Darrah; 8. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 9. Jason Meyers; 10. Paul McMahan; 11. Greg Wilson; 12. Tim Shaffer; 13. Bill Rose; 14. Jac Haudenschild; 15. Steve Kinser; 16. Caleb Helms; 17. Travis Philo; 18. Craig Dollansky; 19. Chad Kemenah; 20. Adam Wilt; 21. Dale Blaney; 22. Kerry Madsen; 23. Kraig Kinser; 24. Randy Hannagan; 25. Ryan Smith; 26. Cole Duncan.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, November 9 2013
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