Logan Schuchart picked up his second win of the season on October 6 with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Fulton Speedway in New York as part of NAPA Super DIRT Week. The Pennsylvania native took the lead on the opening lap and never looked back, leading the entire distance in the 30-lap, non-stop main event. The Outlaws return to the Midwest this weekend for a trio of races as they continue the stretch run of the 2018 campaign.
While he is still a couple of wins away from matching his career-high of four last year, Logan Schuchart is having a career-year in every other statistical category with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. The young driver already had doubled his top-five total from 2017, and that tally currently is at 22. He also has 38 top-10 finishes, which eclipses last year’s total of 32. In the standings, Schuchart sits sixth, which has him on pace for the best result of his career.
Running the high side
Sheldon Haudenschild was one of the only drivers who ran the top side of the race track at Fulton Speedway. The Ohio native started fifth and steadily worked his way forward, “banging the boards.”
Back on the podium
After having some tough luck the last couple of weekends, Donny Schatz rebounded and found himself back on the podium in third at Fulton. The former two-time winner at the three-eighths-mile started fourth and ran third in the early going. He moved into second just before the halfway point and held that positon until Sheldon Haudenschild got by him in the late going. For Schatz, the third-place showing was his series-leading 46thtop-five finish of the season.
In the top-five
Kraig Kinser started on the pole and ended up finishing fifth at Fulton Speedway to earn his fifth top-five finish of the season as he chases his first win. The native of Bloomington, IN, has been locked in a tight battle the last couple of months with Jacob Allen for the 10thspot in points. Kinser moved back into 10thafter Fulton and holds a 12-point advantage.
Ian Madsen made his debut at Fulton Speedway and finished a solid seventh. The leading contender for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award lined up 11thand methodically worked his way forward. Madsen has visited a number of tracks for the first time this year as he continues his first full season on the road.
Larry Wight hurried over to Fulton Speedway to compete with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, after finishing 12thin the Camping World 150 at Oswego Speedway with the DIRTcar 358 Modifieds as part of Super DIRT Week. Wight came from the 18thstarting spot in the 30-lap main event to finish ninth, which earned him the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award.
The entire race program was run under green flag conditions at Fulton Speedway. Hot laps, time trials, three heat races, the dash and the 30-lap A-Feature all were run without a single caution flag flying. Also, the race program was run in “hurry up” mode to beat impending weather. The checkered flag flew on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series main event just past 8:30 p.m., and the companion “Win and You’re in” Big Block Modified race was in the books by 9:00 p.m.
The No. 36 that was signed in for Matt Billings was disqualified, following the heat races, as a different driver was actually behind the wheel. By way of World of Outlaws rules, the driver signed in to a particular car, must drive that car for the bulk of the race program.
Donny Schatz put some more distance between himself and Brad Sweet in the battle for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series title. The gap now is 244, with nine nights of racing remaining this year. David Gravel remains third, with Daryn Pittman fourth and Shane Stewart fifth. Logan Schuchart continues to hold down the sixth spot, with Sheldon Haudenschild, seventh, Ian Madsen eighth and Brent Marks ninth. Kraig Kinser moved back into 10th, 12 markers ahead of Jacob Allen.
A three race weekend in the Midwest awaits the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. First up, is a visit to Jacksonville Speedway for an event that was postponed by rain earlier this season. Joey Saldana won in the series most recent visit to the quarter-mile bullring in 2016. The series then makes a return to the Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana for the first time since 2014, an event that Donny Schatz won. The weekend concludes on Sunday with a stop at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, where Brent Marks won a few weeks ago during the 4-Crown Nationals weekend. Donny Schatz has four wins at Eldora this year, while Shane Stewart also has visited victory lane at the half-mile.