Week in Sprints: Outlaws Invade Texas, Hafertepe Mauls Missouri

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Sam Hafertepe Jr. continued his domination of the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series with a fifth straight win to start the season. This time, at Missouri State Fair Motor Speedway in Sedalia, MO, he had to come from the outside of the second row. Still, he made short work of the field.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series had a three-day Texas shootout. The Gator Bash at Gator Motorplex in Willis was postponed from earlier in the season. That allowed the series to squeeze in a Thursday warmup for the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite.

Three nights of racing featured three winners. Easter break gave three visiting NASCAR drivers a chance to race with the tour, but none of them fared particularly well. Kasey Kahne and Tony Stewart failed to crack the top 10, while Christopher Bell improved throughout the weekend and finished fourth in the Outlaw Nationals finale.

Meanwhile in the USCS, Morgan Turpen swept the Hurricane Hustle weekend.

4/13: Gator Bash, World of Outlaws

Gator Motorplex, Willis, Texas

Who Won: David Gravel
Major Story: Gravel moved up from 10th for his fourth victory of the season. Visiting NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne finished 20th.

4/14-15: Texas Outlaw Nationals, World of Outlaws

Devil's Bowl, Mesquite, Texas

Who Won: Night 1, Jason Johnson; Finale, Brad Sweet
Major Story: Johnson is in the midst of a resurgent period, while Sweet won in front of his car owner, Kahne.
Results, Night 1
Results, Finale
Recap, Night 1
Recap, Finale
NASCAR Visitors Struggle

4/14-15: Hurricane Hustle, United Sprint Car Series

Flomaton Speedway, Flomaton, AL

Who Won: Night 1 & Finale, Morgan Turpen
Major Story: Turpen won her second and third races of the season with this two-night sweep.
Results, Night 1
Results, Finale
Recap, both nights

4/15: Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series

Missouri State Fairgrounds, Sedalia, MO

Who Won: Sam Hafertepe Jr.
Major Story: Hafertepe scores his record-extending fifth win in a row.

Next Week

4/21: Bull Ring Outlaw Blitz, World of Outlaws, Riverside Speedway, West Memphis, AR
4/22: Spring Classic, World of Outlaws, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I55, Pevely, MO

Making The Switch: Max McGhee Transitions To Winged Sprint Car Racing

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By Tony Veneziano

Kenny Wallace: East Bay Winter Nationals Are 'Signal That Racing Has Begun'

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Few drivers across the world of motorsports possess the charisma and personality of Kenny Wallace. He’s a racer’s racer who’s done everything from NASCAR to local modified events.

Promoter Al Varnadore Talks East Bay Winter Nationals

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Next week the East Bay Winter Nationals will begin its 42nd year of kicking off the dirt racing season in Gibsonton, FL. 

10 Reasons Why Dirt Racing Loves East Bay Raceway Park: 5-1

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The snow and ice may be falling up north, but things are getting ready to heat up in the Tampa Bay area.

10 Reasons Why Dirt Racing Loves East Bay Raceway Park: 10-6

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The January snows are drifting in the Midwest and the Northeast is a snowbound tundra. The icy grip of winter has a firm hold on the northern two-thirds of the United States. It is during this time of year, when winter is bearing down hard, that we all look south to see the first glimmers of light at the end of the cold gloomy tunnel.

Spencer Bayston Dominated USAC To Claim A Flo50 Spot

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Spencer Bayston was an all-or-nothing driver in 2017, but fortunately for his ranking in the Flo50 list of the Greatest Dirt Track Drivers, the “alls” greatly outweighed the “nothings.”

Brandon Sheppard Finally Wins A Wild West Race In The Finale

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Brandon Sheppard got glimpses of the front of the field for most of the Wild West Shootout, but he was forced to watch someone else go to Victory Lane — that is, until Sunday night. 

When Kyle Bronson Gets To East Bay For Winter Nationals, His Goal Is To Win

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Kyle Bronson will have to keep up with the action live on FloRacing as he misses the first three nights of next week's Winter Nationals at East Bay Raceway in Gibsonton, FL, but he will try to steal the show during the Saturday night finale on Jan. 27.

Ricky Weiss Goes Back To Victory Lane In Night 5 Of The Wild West Shootout

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Ricky Weiss won the opening night of the Wild West Shootout and was on his way to a second win in Night 2 when he was knocked out of the lead by Bobby Pierce. He was forced to wait a week before returning to the hallowed ground, but he dominated night five at Arizona Speedway in San Tan Valley.

Christopher Bell Earns Back-To-Back Chili Bowls

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Christopher Bell joined Rico Abreu and Kevin Swindell as drivers who have won consecutive Chili Bowls when he rolled into the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, OK Saturday night. Abreu won in 2015/2016; Swindell was victorious for four years from 2010-2013. Bell’s late-race pass on Kyle Larson came after his NASCAR colleague experienced mechanical problems, making it a bitter sweet win for the Oklahoma native.