WOO: Knight’s Tale; Shane Stewart Banks Fifth Win of 2015 in Knight Before the King’s Royal

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ROSSBURG, Ohio — official series release — Larson Marks Racing photo —

In spite a qualifying draw that sent him out last, there was little doubt Shane Stewart was the driver to beat at Friday night’s Knight Before the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway.

After qualifying third, Stewart won the Dash and started on the feature pole. Through two attempts to get the race started, Stewart built healthy leads on his nearest competitor. Sammy Swindell worked to catch the Larson Marks Racing driver as they fought their way through traffic but was never able to get much closer than a couple of car lengths.

In his mirror, a familiar foe emerged for Stewart – Donny Schatz. The two drivers, who have found themselves often battling in the first and second positions as the season has worn on, were poised to do it again Friday night.

On a restart on lap eight, Schatz threw a Hail Mary and drove his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies car high against the wall in turns one and two. The daring move gave him two positions and moved him into the fourth spot. He battled past Daryn Pittman, then in third on lap 17 and then set his sights on Swindell who he caught and passed six laps later.

With just six laps remaining when the final caution of the night fell, Swindell tried to fight his way back around Schatz but wasn’t able to make it happen. He eventually lost the third spot to Pittman.

Schatz tried to close the gap on Stewart’s No. 2 Eneos/GoPro car in the closing laps but win number 21 was not to be tonight.

“I’m just really happy to be on the receiving end of having the (No. 15 of Donny Schatz) behind me instead of me being behind the 15, because it’s been that way all year,” Stewart said in victory lane. “Anytime (Donny Schatz) lines up close to you, you know you’ve got to be on your ‘A’ game.”

“It’s obviously great to win the Knight Before the Kings Royal. All these great fans here. You don’t see these big crowds unless you go to the Knoxville Nationals and it’s a testament to all the true fans we have that follow the sport.”

Tonight’s win was the fifth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for Stewart, the 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. He is second to Schatz in both championship points and in total wins.

For the Fargo, N.D. native and six time series champion, the night did not turn out like he had hoped.

“We did everything we could,” Schatz said. “This Bad Boy Buggies team did a phenomenal job and they gave me a great car – still have a little improvement for tomorrow. It felt really good in the top, bottom, middle – we’ve just got to be a little bit better.”

Despite struggles that have plagued the No. 9 Great Clips team this season, third place finisher Daryn Pittman has seen his fortunes on the rise of late with several podium and top-five finishes. The 2013 series champion credited his team for long hours and determination to make things better.

“A win is obviously what you’re shooting for,” Pittman said. “But for us to feel like we were as fast as we were all night long, stay in the hunt and be right there with (Shane Stewart and Donny Schatz) is better than we have been and makes us excited to come back here tomorrow.”

As the series prepares for another night of racing at historic Eldora Speedway on Saturday and of course, the coveted $50,000-to-win Kings Royal title, tonight’s winner Stewart said he feels good about the momentum for his team.

“Hopefully this was a good omen for tomorrow.”

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio; July 17, 2015

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4] [$3,200]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [12] [$2,800]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [2] [$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [15] [$2,300]; 7. 51-Paul McMahan [16] [$2,200]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [3] [$2,100]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [20] [$2,050]; 10. 19M-Brent Marks [6] [$2,000]; 11. 35AU-Jamie Veal [9] [$1,500]; 12. 67-Christopher Bell [17] [$1,200]; 13. 11-Steve Kinser [7] [$1,100]; 14. 41-Jason Johnson [19] [$1,050]; 15. 17W-Bryan Clauson [13] [$1,000]; 16. 59-Danny Holtgraver [18] [$900]; 17. 94-Ryan Smith [8] [$800]; 18. 10H-Chad Kemenah [24] [$800]; 19. 7-David Gravel [25] [0]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [26] [0]; 21. 81-Lee Jacobs [11] [$800]; 22. 1B-Dale Blaney [14] [$800]; 23. 45-Tim Shaffer [10] [$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [23] [$800]; 25. W20-Greg Wilson [22] [$800]; 26. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [21] [$800].

Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-30.

KSE Hard Charger Award: 7S-Jason Sides [+11]

Qualifying – Flight 1 – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.104; 2. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.216; 3. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.221; 4. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.223; 5. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 13.263; 6. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.294; 7. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.331; 8. 94-Ryan Smith, 13.341; 9. 35AU-Jamie Veal, 13.356; 10. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.400; 11. 67-Christopher Bell, 13.407; 12. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.409; 13. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.430; 14. 26-Taylor Malsam, 13.440; 15. 19-Paige Polyak, 13.456; 16. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 13.479; 17. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 13.492; 18. 70-Derek Hagar, 13.506; 19. Q83-David Murcott, 13.613; 20. 60-Kory Crabtree, 13.677; 21. 16-Stuart Brubaker, 13.782; 22. 27-Beau Stewart, 13.787; 23. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.980; 24. 35-Wes McGlumphy, 14.091; 25. 38-Jared Horstmen, 14.258; 26. 89-Cody Darrah, nt;

Qualifying – Flight 2 – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.041; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.093; 3. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.095; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.102; 5. 1B-Dale Blaney, 13.102; 6. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.118; 7. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.148; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.154; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.187; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.223; 11. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.224; 12. 7H-Jojo Helberg, 13.225; 13. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.308; 14. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.320; 15. 49X-Cole Duncan, 13.339; 16. 7-David Gravel, 13.370; 17. 57X-Andrew Palker, 13.401; 18. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 13.497; 19. 21-D.J. Foos, 13.514; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.539; 21. 13-Kevin Swindell, 13.553; 22. 45L-Brian Lay, 13.578; 23. 33M-Caleb Griffith, 13.604; 24. 16X-Ryan Ruhl, 13.611; 25. 3G-James McFadden, 13.727; 26. 91-Cale Thomas, 13.730; 27. 96AU-Bruce White, 14.456

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 2. 81-Lee Jacobs [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [3]; 6. 2M-Dustin Daggett [6]; 7. Q83-David Murcott [7]; 8. 27-Beau Stewart [8]; 9. 38-Jared Horstmen [9]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 94-Ryan Smith [1]; 2. 67-Christopher Bell [4]; 3. 19M-Brent Marks [3]; 4. 1ST-Gary Taylor [6]; 5. 26-Tayler Malsam [5]; 6. 89-Cody Darrah [9]; 7. 17W-Bryan Clauson [2]; 8. 60-Kory Crabtree [7]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 35AU-Jamie Veal [1]; 2. 45-Tim Shaffer [3]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [4]; 4. 40-Caleb Helms [2]; 5. 19-Paige Polyak [5]; 6. 70-Derek Hagar [6]; 7. 16-Stuart Brubaker [7]; 8. 35-Wes McGlumphy [8]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 59-Danny Holtgraver [1]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 5. 7-David Gravel [6]; 6. 10H-Chad Kemenah [5]; 7. 3G-James McFadden [9]; 8. 21-D.J. Foos [7]; 9. 45L-Brian Lay [8]

Heat 5 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 3. 1B-Dale Blaney [2]; 4. 5T-Travis Philo [5]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 6. 33M-Caleb Griffith [8]; 7. 57X-Andrew Palker [6]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 9. 91-Cale Thomas [9]

Heat 6 – (8 Laps – Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 49X-Cole Duncan [5]; 5. 13-Kevin Swindell [7]; 6. 7H-Jojo Helberg [4]; 7. 11N-Randy Hannagan [6]; 8. 16X-Ryan Ruhl [8]; 9. 96AU-Bruce White [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [6]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [8]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [10]; 6. 19M-Brent Marks [4]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [5]; 8. 94-Ryan Smith [7]; 9. 35AU-Jamie Veal [9]; 10. 45-Tim Shaffer [2]

C-Main – (6 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) – 1. 3G-James McFadden [6]; 2. 33M-Caleb Griffith [2] [$-]; 3. 16X-Ryan Ruhl [4]; 4. 38-Jared Horstmen [5]; 5. 89-Cody Darrah [7]; 6. 96AU-Bruce White [9]; 7. 35-Wes McGlumphy [3]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 9. 91-Cale Thomas [8]

Last Chance Showdown #1 – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 17W-Bryan Clauson [2]; 2. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [1]; 4. 70-Derek Hagar [9]; 5. 1ST-Gary Taylor [8]; 6. 40-Caleb Helms [3]; 7. Q83-David Murcott [10]; 8. 26-Tayler Malsam [5]; 9. 27-Beau Stewart [13]; 10. 19-Paige Polyak [6]; 11. 3G-James McFadden [14]; 12. 16-Stuart Brubaker [12]; 13. 2M-Dustin Daggett [7]; 14. 60-Kory Crabtree [11]

Last Chance Showdown #2 – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [2]; 3. 10H-Chad Kemenah [4]; 4. 49X-Cole Duncan [6]; 5. 7H-Jojo Helberg [3]; 6. 13-Kevin Swindell [12]; 7. 7-David Gravel [7]; 8. 11N-Randy Hannagan [9]; 9. 33M-Caleb Griffith [14]; 10. 5T-Travis Philo [5]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11]; 12. 45L-Brian Lay [13]; 13. 57X-Andrew Palker [8]; 14. 21-D.J. Foos [10]

CREDIT: World of Outlaws

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