ALGER, Wash. — Shane Stewart took advantage of the misfortune of Kasey Kahne Racing teammates Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman to inherit the lead and ultimately win Friday night’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series stop at Skagit Speedway.
Stewart took command on lap nine, after Sweet got tangled up with a slower car and collected Pittman, and led the rest of the way for his sixth win of the season.
Jason Johnson and Jac Haudenschild completed the podium on the opening night of the Outlaw Energy Showdown.
Sweet started from the pole after winning the Craftsman Club Dash and was strong early, as was Pittman. Pittman made his bid for the lead on the backstretch during the eighth circuit, but Sweet muscled back ahead to lead the lap.
The following lap, off of turn four, a chain reaction sent the slower car of Austen Wheatley into the front end of Sweet’s Ollie’s Bargain Outlet No. 49, ultimately propelling the car down the track into his teammate Pittman.
Pittman and Clyde Knipp, who was also a lap down, had nowhere to go on the tight three-tenths-mile racing surface.
Both Pittman and Sweet were able to make repairs and return to the rear of the field.
At that point Stewart, who was just inches away from being collected as well, assumed the lead with Kinser, Jason Johnson and Jac Haudenschild in tow. ‘The Wild Child’ used a great restart on the top to shoot into the runner-up position, and quickly begin chasing down Stewart for the lead.
A pair of double-file restarts, for cautions on lap 10 and 18 respectively, gave Haudenschild a chance for the lead but the Wooster, Ohio veteran couldn’t get close enough to mount a serious challenge.
With seven to go, Haudenschild took a chance, ultimately opening the door for Johnson to squeeze by for second.
A yellow with five to go gave the field one last chance to steal the win from Stewart, but it was all to no avail as Stewart scooted away for his 20th-career Outlaws feature victory.
Johnson, Haudenschild, Donny Schatz and Jac’s son Sheldon completed the top five finishers.
Pittman came back to finish 10th, while Sweet ended up 12th in the final rundown.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Skagit Speedway Saturday evening for the conclusion of the Outlaw Energy Showdown.
RESULTS: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series; Skagit Speedway; Sept. 1, 2017
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-Shane Stewart ; 2. 41-Jason Johnson ; 3. 17-Jac Haudenschild ; 4. 15-Donny Schatz ; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 8. 5-David Gravel ; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 11. 4-Paul McMahan ; 12. 49-Brad Sweet ; 13. 19-Brent Marks ; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 15. 7S-Jason Sides ; 16. 35-Jamie Veal ; 17. 41S-Dominic Scelzi ; 18. 59-Eric Fisher ; 19. 44W-Austen Wheatley ; 20. 18S-Jason Solwold ; 21. 21P-Robbie Price ; 22. 26-Tayler Malsam ; 23. 13-Clyde Knipp ; 24. 11EH-Marc Duperron .
Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1-8, Shane Stewart 9-30
KSE Hard Charger Award: W20-Greg Wilson (+8)
CREDIT: World of Outlaws