Oval Track News

Schatz Takes Charlotte Outlaw Showdown

Donny Schatz Gets Around Shane Stewart for Charlotte Outlaw Showdown Win
(CONCORD, NC - MAY 25, 2018 - RIS) Speedway press release: Shane Stewart started from the outside pole and led the first 23 laps of Friday night's Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, but Donny Schatz used an expert slide job in Turn 2 on Lap 24 to speed away and collect his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars victory of the season. Schatz started second and struggled to keep pace with Stewart's No. 2 Kyle Larson Racing entry in the early stages. On the second and final restart, however, Schatz used a great jump to draw even - and once Schatz's No. 15 Tony Stewart Racing car pulled to the inside of Stewart's car, there was no stopping the nine-time and defending series champion from claiming his 11th win at Charlotte and his 270th career Outlaw triumph.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 12:33 AM, 05.26.2018

Brandon Jones Wins ARCA General Tire 150

Jones holds off Herbst to win General Tire 150 in ARCA thriller at Charlotte
CONCORD, N.C. (May 24, 2018) -- Brandon Jones held off a late-race, spirited charge from Riley Herbst to win the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards General Tire 150 Thursday night under the lights at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2018, Issue 5, Posted 1:54 AM, 05.25.2018

Gravel, Erb and Sheppard Victors at WoO Finals

Saturday's Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte saw David Gravel capture the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature in a last-lap pass; Dennis Erb Jr. took the World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory and Matt Sheppard triumphed in the Super DIRTcar big-block modifieds; Donny Schatz claimed his ninth Outlaw sprint car title, Brandon Sheppard celebrated the Late Model crown and Matt Sheppard corralled the big-block modified championship.
Fans from 48 U.S. states including Hawaii and Alaska attended the event, with fans also coming from as far away as South Africa and Scotland to witness the 11th annual World Finals – which hosted a sold-out crowd on Saturday

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 11:44 PM, 11.05.2017

Schatz Makes It Twenty With Charlotte Win

Friday's penultimate night of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte saw Donny Schatz win the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature, Brandon Sheppard take the World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory and Mat Williamson prevail in the Super DIRTcar big-block modifieds
Saturday's events mark the final races of the season for all three series; Championships will be decided and fans will be in for a thrill unlike anything on the racing calendar
Tickets to the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals are available by calling the ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS (3267), visiting the gates or shopping online

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 1:05 AM, 11.04.2017

Starks Stars in Thursday Qualifying for Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals Racing for WoO Sprint Cars, Late Models and Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds begins Friday

Thursday's qualifying for the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte set the field for Friday and Saturday action featuring World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars and Late Models as well as the Super DIRTcar Series; David Gravel and Trey Starks paced sprint car qualifying, Mike Marlar and Josh Richards led late models and Mike Mahaney swept big-block modified quick times
Race fans from 48 states and six different countries – including Scotland, England, South Africa and Australia – are at Charlotte for the 11th annual World Finals

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Volume 2017, Issue 11, Posted 1:17 AM, 11.03.2017

Preece Wins Charlotte Modifieds, Myers Claims Title

Preece Prevails, Myers Captures Title after Thrilling 
Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150
Ryan Preece won the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour’s Bad Boy Off Road Southern Slam 150 during Bojangles’ Pole Night on Thursday at Charlotte Motor Speedway; Burt Myers finished sixth to clinch his second series championship

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 11:59 PM, 10.06.2016

ISW: Carson Short Takes 1st At Haubstadt

HAUBSTADT, IN -RIS- The 29th edition of Indiana Sprint Week has six feature winners so far. Four of the winners have been first time winners and the series concludes tonight at Terre Haute with ten points separating Robert Ballou from leader Brady Bacon.

But we are getting ahead of ourselves. The 2016 sprint weeks newest winner is Carson Short who lead all 30 laps of the sixth feature race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.

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Volume 2016, Issue 6, Posted 11:16 AM, 07.17.2016

ISW: Beauchamp Beats Darland For First

BLOOMINGTON, IN -RIS- The track was fast at Bloomington Speedway and so was Chad Boespflug as he set a new lap record but it was another new winner in the feature as Brent Beauchamp fought with Dave Darland for most of the night before winning his first Indiana Sprint Week feature.

All that said, the most important thing may be the Sprint Week points standings, which changed completely after Tyler Courtney flipped in his heat and missed the feature.

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Volume 2016, Issue 6, Posted 11:33 AM, 07.16.2016

ISW: Short Comes Back To Win Putnamville

PUTNAMVILLE, IN -RIS- Following the postponement of the fourth race of 2016 Indiana Sprint Week the fifth race at Putnamville's Lincoln Park Speedway was actually fourth. But like the events so far the results seemed a bit unlikely as Bedford's Brady Short, a driver who missed the first three races came home the winner in dominating style.

Fifty drivers were there for qualifying with first night winner Tyler Courtney taking fast time at 12.670. What was more remarkable was that Lawrenceburg winner Bryan Clauson was not among those 50 as he had elected to run in a winged race at Eldora in Ohio.

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Volume 2016, Issue 6, Posted 11:09 AM, 07.15.2016

ISW: Clauson Domanates The Berg

LAWRENCEBURG, IN -RIS- After two new winners in a row it was about time for the 'established' drivers to be heard from and Bryan Clauson was the the one who did the job in round three of Indiana Sprint Week at Lawrenceburg Speedway. Clauson set fast time at 14.166 seconds and lead 25 of the 30 feature race laps.


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Volume 2016, Issue 6, Posted 10:24 PM, 07.11.2016

ISW: Cummins Takes First In Kokomo

KOKOMO, IN -RIS- Back-to-back first time winners don't happen too often but Kyle Cummins made it happen in Kokomo as he won his first USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car series feature in front of packed stands on the second night of the 29th Indiana Sprint Week.

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Volume 2016, Issue 6, Posted 2:50 PM, 07.10.2016

ISW: Tyler Courtney Takes Opener After Passing Field

GAS CITY, IN -RIS- The 29th edition of “Indiana Sprint Week” kicked off as it usually does, at Gas City I-69 Speedway and very quickly we got a new winner with Tyler “Sunshine” Courtney adding his name to the list of Sprint Week feature winners.

Tyler qualified 19th of 47 drivers and won his heat in a photo finish with Bryan Clauson. Starting the feature in 16th, Sunshine had his work cut out for him. Hunter Schuerenberg went from the pole to lead but gave way to a charging Bryan Clauson on lap 10. Clauson appeared to have 'checked out' as he built a substantial lead in only a few laps. That went away when an incident in turn four put Thomas Meseraull into the fence in turn four on lap 22.

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Volume 2016, Issue 6, Posted 10:33 AM, 07.09.2016

Townley Repeats at Daytona

Secret Weapons Help Townley to ARCA Lucas Oil 200 Victory
[ARCA release] DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2016) - ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards veteran John Wes Townley has a secret weapon at Daytona; his name is Kevin Reed. Townley, in a brand new Zaxby's Chevrolet, returned to the Gatorade Victory Lane at Daytona Int'l Speedway with an old friend. Reed who crew-chiefed Townley to Victory Lane in 2013 at Daytona with a different team, reunited with Townley just in time to win the Lucas Oil 200 Driven By General Tire Saturday afternoon.


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Volume 2016, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 PM, 02.13.2016

Hines Ready For Last Run At Turkey Night GP

PERRIS, CA -RIS- Tracy Hines is poised to join elite company on his last planned USAC event as he can join the ranks of the USAC “Triple Crown” winners. He would join previous USAC "Triple Crown" champions Pancho Carter, Dave Darland, Tony Stewart, J.J. Yeley and Jerry Coons Jr. Tracy's last start will be in the 75th Turkey Night GP held at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, California. The race will be streamed live on the internet at TheCushion.com with Qualifying starting at 6pm Pacific time.

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Volume 2015, Issue 11, Posted 2:50 PM, 11.26.2015

Tanner Thorson Wins 75th Turkey Night GP

PERRIS, CA -RIS- It seemed that Christopher Bell was on his way to a second Turkey Night Midget Grand Prix win until he jumped the cushion, smacked the wall and flipped giving the lead and the win to his Keith Kunz teamate Tanner Thorson on lap 93 of the 98 lap feature race.

Photos of event.

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Volume 2015, Issue 11, Posted 5:31 AM, 11.27.2015

Clauson Takes Western World Title At Tucson

TUCSON, AZ -RIS- After Five lead changes between four different leaders Bryan Clauson ended up the 2015 Western World champion. Robert Ballou came in a close second after leading 12 of the 30 laps.

It was a night of champions as four USAC divisions crowned their champions. They included the National Sprint Car Champion, Robert Ballou; the USAC/CRA Champion, Damion Gardner; the West Coast Sprint Car champion; Danny Faria Jr.; and the Southwest Series champion, R. J. Johnson.

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Volume 2015, Issue 11, Posted 12:14 PM, 11.22.2015

It's Bacon In Tucson On Western World Night 2

TUCSON, AZ-RIS- Brady Bacon took his seventh feature of 2015 in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series. It was the 15th career victory for Bacon in the series and was the 100th victory for the Hoffman stable in USAC competition. The win was a part of the Western World Championship and goes along with a second place finish on Thursdays opener to put Bacon in a good position for the finals Saturday night.

Photos from night 2

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Volume 2015, Issue 11, Posted 12:54 PM, 11.21.2015

Western World First Night Another Ballou Victory

TUCSON,AZ -RIS- It looked to be a night for the local hero as Jerry Coons Jr. took the lead of the first first of three “Western World” feature events on lap two. He lead with no challengers until traffic and Robert Ballou combined to spoil his fun as he rolled multiple times on the back straight while trying lap a backmarker on lap 25. Ballou went on to win his 13th USAC National Sprint Car feature race of the year which ties him with J. J. Yelley for second behind Tom Bigelow, the all time leader at 14.

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Volume 2015, Issue 11, Posted 11:15 AM, 11.20.2015

Bryan Clauson Newest Oval Nationals Sprint Champ

PERRIS, CA -RIS- Bryan Clauson did an all 'nighter' after the race Friday, driving from Perris, California to Glendale, Arizona and back to get a new engine for his car. In Friday nights race his sprintcar engine had seized and blown causing a wreck during the second of three nights of racing in the 2015 edition of the “Budweiser Oval Nationals”. When he returned Saturday morning his crew had the car chassis apart and ready to put back together. All this 'thrashing' paid off in Bryan's first Oval Nationals win.

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Volume 2015, Issue 11, Posted 5:30 AM, 11.15.2015

Who Can Stop Ballou?

PERRIS, CA -RIS- Winning his fourth feature in a row on the Perris oval looked too easy for Robert Ballou. Damion Gardner lead the early laps but as he caught the back of the field Ballou took advantage of the lapped traffic to take the lead and go on to his fourth win in-a-row on Perris clay. It was also Ballou's 12th win of the season tying him with Pancho Carter and Larry Dickson for third on the all time one season win list.

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Volume 2015, Issue 11, Posted 1:39 PM, 11.14.2015

Ballou Continues to Roll At Perris

PERRIS, CA -RIS- The 20th edition of the Budweiser Oval Nationals began Thursday night with the 2014 champion, Robert Ballou continuing his winning ways. In a race which went the full 30 laps without a caution and had five lead changes Ballou passed Dave Darland for the win on lap 28.

Photos from night 1

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Volume 2015, Issue 11, Posted 4:25 AM, 11.13.2015

ISW: Short Wins Feature as Ballou Takes Series

HAUBSTADT, IN -RIS- What seemed so unlikely a year ago came to pass at Haubstadt. Robert Ballou was crowned “Indiana Sprint Week” champion. He did it without winning a feature. Robert Ballou had developed a reputation as a 'win or crash trying' driver but in the last year he has matured and this sprint week title gained through steady driving and good finishes seem to show Robert has made a big change.

"I never really paid attention to points much, but I've figured it out this week and realized you've got to get every one you can, even in qualifying and heats. I've always said you shouldn't win a championship if you don't win a race, but I guess we kept our consistency and did what we had to do to get it done. We had a couple things, specifically the two rain outs, kinda play in our favor to help us.” Said Ballou


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Volume 2015, Issue 7, Posted 8:59 PM, 07.19.2015

ISW: Rain Haults Bloomington Action

BLOOMINGTON, IN -RIS- Rain again cut short “Indiana Sprint Week” action as the heavens opened up and drenched Bloomington Speedway just as the B feature was ending. No announcement was made other than the promise of an announcement at 2pm Saturday.

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Volume 2015, Issue 7, Posted 10:45 AM, 07.18.2015

ISW: Bacon is Repeat Winner in Race 5

PUTNAMVILLE, IN -RIS- The fifth race in this years “Indiana Sprint Week” series was one that produced the first repeat winner of the year as Brady Bacon brought the Hoffman car home a winner as he had in Lawrenceburg in race three. Brady lead all but one lap, lap 13 when Jerry Coons Jr. got a nose in front for a lap on a restart before Bacon retook control. Bacon ran the bottom of the corners all night as did Coons while Kevin Thomas Jr. ran the top and took second late in the race as the top became better.


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Volume 2015, Issue 7, Posted 11:15 AM, 07.17.2015

ISW: Farney Gets First @ Terre Haute

TERRE HAUTE, IN -RIS- When Aaron Farney lead five laps at Lawrenceburg last Sunday he looked fast but he faded to fifth at the end. He was someone to watch for the future it seemed and you did not need to watch for long. Wednesday at the Terre Haute Action track Aaron Farney started on the pole and lead wire-to-wire to win the main event and his first USAC feature.

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Volume 2015, Issue 7, Posted 11:35 AM, 07.16.2015

Bacon Winner On 'Berg Banks

LAWRENCEBERG, IN -RIS- Brady Bacon drove from sixth place at the start to take the win on the fast banks of Lawrenceberg Speedway in the third pace of 2015 “Indiana Sprint Week”.

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Volume 2015, Issue 7, Posted 12:30 PM, 07.13.2015

Rain Halts Action At Kokomo

KOKOMO, IN -RIS- Night two of the 28th “Indiana Sprint Week” was cut short by rain which stopped the program after the last chance race. The program is scheduled to resume Monday, July 13 with hot laps at 7 pm.

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Volume 2015, Issue 7, Posted 1:39 PM, 07.12.2015

28th Indiana Sprint Week Starts With Stockon Win

GAS CITY, IN -RIS- The 2015 addition of Indiana Sprint Weeks kicked off at Gas City I-69 Speedway with Chase Stockon taking the feature win after trading the lead with Jerry Coons, Jr. Coons took the early lead and lead the first seven laps before Stockon took it on lap eight. Coons fought back and retook the lead for laps nine to 13. Stockon made the winning pass on lap 14 while Coons fell to third behind Hunter Schuerenberg at the finish.

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Volume 2015, Issue 7, Posted 10:36 AM, 07.11.2015

Shatz Sweeps WoO At Eldora, Grant Takes USAC Win

Grant FireworksROSSBURG, OH – RIS – Afternoon showers delayed the start of racing but the result was the same as Friday for Donny Schatz as he lead the World of Outlaws feature start to finish to sweep the winged sprintcar portion of the “Mother of All Sprint Car Weekends”.

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 2:01 PM, 05.11.2015

Ballou, Schatz Winners At Eldora Double Night 1

ROSSBURG, OHIO -RIS- It is billed as the as the “Mother Of All Sprint Car Weekends” and it started with wins for Robert Ballou and Donny Schatz in the USAC National and World of Outlaws 30 lap Friday features.

The USAC events lead the schedule with Robert Ballou qualifying sixth and stating on the outside first row, next to Jon Stanbrough. Ballou took the lead at the start and went on to win his fourth feature in 2015 leading wire-to-wire. Stanbrough chased Ballou through the whole race but was never able to launch a serious attack

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Volume 2015, Issue 5, Posted 1:00 PM, 05.09.2015

Bell, Abreu Leave Turkey Night On Top

PERRIS,CA -RIS- Christopher Bell came to the 74th Turkey Night Grand Prix trailing Rico Abreu for the USAC Honda National Title by 26 points. Bell won the 98 lap feature and 'Kissed the Hat' as has become the custom since the trophy featuring the late JC Agajanian's hat was created. But Rico had a good night too and won the 2014 title by ten points after a fifth place finish.


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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 6:55 PM, 11.28.2014

JoJo Helberg Dominant Despite Official SNAFU

IRWINDALE, CA -RIS- Jo Jo Helberg had everything going his way as he set quick time at a new track record, 13.791; 130.520 mph, won the trophy dash and the feature in the “King of the Wing” winged sprintcar event.

The checkered flags end the race, right?

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 4:28 PM, 11.23.2014

Ballou Sweeps 2014 Oval Nationals

PERRIS, CA -RIS- It was a 'first' in the 19 year “Budweiser Oval Nationals” as Robert Ballou swept all the 410 sprintcar features at Perris Auto Speedway.

It was Roberts fourth USAC National feature win of the year and maybe the two biggest nights of his career as he took 20 thousand dollars for the championship to add to the five thousand he won in the Friday preliminary feature. Rockland California is where Ballou calls home and winning in his home state was also a big bonus.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 7:11 PM, 11.09.2014

Ballou Goes Non-Stop To Win Oval Nationals Prelim

PERRIS, CA -RIS- Friday Night was the second night of the 2014 “Budweiser Oval Nationals” but the first for the USAC National Series traditional 410 sprintcars. With 55 cars qualifying it was becoming a long night as five cars flipped including Damion Gardner getting stuck on the fence during his heat. The Feature did not get started until 11 pm. Robert Ballou won the 30 lap Feature leading 20 laps in a race that was caution free and over in 9:24.75!


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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 2:15 PM, 11.08.2014

Leary Opens 2014 Oval Nationals With 360 Win

Forty Six drivers were at Perris Perris Auto Speedway for the opening night of “The Budweiser Oval Nationals” for sprint cars. Opening night was limited to 360 CID cars and featured many drivers from the USAC National Sprintcar series as well as drivers from the numerous 360 series in the southwest. When the results were in it was the National Series had shown their skills as C. J. Leary and Bryan Clauson fought it out for the $2,500 winner's purse.

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 1:41 PM, 11.07.2014

Lenny White Wins First Super Late Race and Championship @ Irwindale

IRWINDALE, CA -RIS- It was “The Night of Champions” on the final night of stock car competition of 2014 at Irwindale. In the top class, the Super Late Models the racing was as close as it could be during the fifty lap event with Jason Patison leading most of the way. Patison started the race in a tie with Tony McCray for the season title but his main rivals were third place Linny White and fourth place Jack Madrid. Patison took the lead when White went off line on the first lap and held it. White and Madrid kept at his heels the whole time.

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 10:27 PM, 10.19.2014

Gardner, 211 and 4 in-a-row

PERRIS,CA -RIS- it's good to be Damion Gardner right now. Just back from Bonneville where he strengthened his claim on the title of 'Worlds Fastest Sprint Car Driver' with 211 MPH in the “Green Demon” last Tuesday. Saturday he was back in the Alexander Brothers Racing CRA sprint car at Perris California working to add to his three race winning streak.

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Volume 2014, Issue 9, Posted 6:00 PM, 09.14.2014