Gravel, Schuchart Score California WoO Sprint Wins

David Gravel (left), seen here from an earlier victory, and Logan Schuchart (right) scored wins in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series action last week. Photos: Chris Seelman (left), WoO Media (right)

David Gravel and Logan Schuchart came home with wins last week in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series action in California.

Gravel took victories at Placerville Speedway and Perris Auto Speedway, while Schuchart was the winner at Keller Auto Speedway.

On March 29, Gravel hung on to the top spot through multiple restarts and held off Rico Abreu for the win at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, California.

Shane Stewart took the early lead in the 40-lap feature, but contact with the frontstretch wall left him with a broken shot just past the halfway point of the race.

From there, Gravel took command, but was challenged by Abreu. On lap 38, Abreu got to his inside, but Gravel got a strong fun off the corner and was able to hold on to the lead. From there, Gravel drove away to the victory.

“We haven’t really had much luck here at Placerville the last two years, so it feels fantastic to come out of here with a victory,” Gravel said. “Shane Stewart set a torrid pace there at the beginning, and when he made that mistake I knew that I had to capitalize.

“I saw Rico poke his nose in there late in the race as well, so I moved down to run the bottom coming down for the white flag. It takes an army to win these races, and I have one heck of a team behind me. I can’t thank CJB Motorsports, Barry Jackson and this whole team enough.”

Brad Sweet finished in third, with Greg Wilson in fourth and Kyle Hirst in fifth.

On March 31, Logan Schuchart made a last lap pass on Ian Madsen to score his first victory of the 2017 season at Hanford, California’s Keller Auto Speedway.

“This adds onto the excitement and the accomplishments. It doesn’t matter if you start from the pole or wherever, if you can win an Outlaws race, these things are really tough (to win) no matter where you go,” said Schuchart. “I’m just happy for my team to be able to get a win and it just makes it that much more exciting to start from 19th.”

The event was slowed several times, including on lap four when Brad Sweet, who came into the night second in points, brushed the outside turn 4 wall. Sweet was forced to retire from the event early resulting in a 26th-place finish.

Making his presences known, the Hanover, PA-native Schuchart had worked his way up to the fourth running position by lap 14.

It was on lap 20 when Cory Eliason made a bid to steal the show by charging from the 16th-starting position to wrangle the lead away from Madsen. But Eliason lost the handling and spun on the backstretch, forfeiting the lead just as quickly as he got it.

With Madsen back in control of the lead once again, he fended off a new challenger in David Gravel. In total, Madsen had five different drivers start to his right on the double-file restarts. Schuchart snuck by Gravel on the restart and immediately went to work on Madsen.

Donny Schatz finished in third, with Gravel in fourth and James McFadden in fifth.

On April 1, David Gravel scored his second victory of the week, dominating en route to the win at Perris Auto Speedway.

Gravel was able to pull away on multiple restarts to take home his third series win of the season.

“I’m happy I got the jump on the restarts and got the lead to manipulate the race for yourself,” said Gravel. “Just happy to get another win, this is definitely huge, this the most wins I’ve had this early in the season. Not that it takes the pressure off but you just want to keep it rolling.”

Gravel jumped out to the early lead, leaving pole sitter Brad Sweet to contend with series rookie-of-the-year contender Sheldon Haudenschild for the second spot.

A red flag was displayed on lap 10 when Parker Price-Miller went for a tumble in turn 2. Price-Miller walked away unscathed.

Up front, Gravel drove away to score the win, with Sweet in second, Haudenschild in third, Schatz in fourth and Madsen in fifth.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will be back in action on Friday, April 7 when they make their first visit to Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Arizona. The following night, the Outlaws will head east to Arizona Speedway.

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World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Placerville Speedway – Placerville, CA
Race Results – March 29, 2017

1. 5-David Gravel
2. 24-Rico Abreu
3. 49-Brad Sweet
4. W20-Greg Wilson
5. 83-Kyle Hirst
6. 9-Daryn Pittman
7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild
8. O-Bud Kaeding
9. 7S-Jason Sides
10. 41-Jason Johnson
11. 17-Joey Saldana
12. 15-Donny Schatz
13. 19-Brent Marks
14. 92-Andy Forsberg
15. 1S-Logan Schuchart
16. 83JR-Tim Kaeding
17. 21X-Carson Macedo
18. 18-Ian Madsen
19. 4-Paul McMahan
20. 11K-Kraig Kinser
21. 51-James McFadden
22. 2-Shane Stewart
23. 21-Brian Brown
24. 57-Kyle Larson
25. 22-Shane Golobic
26. 73-Brady Bacon

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Keller Auto Speedway – Hanford, CA
Race Results – March 31, 2017

1. 1S-Logan Schuchart
2. 18-Ian Madsen
3. 15-Donny Schatz
4. 5-David Gravel
5. 51-James McFadden
6. 7S-Jason Sides
7. W20-Greg Wilson
8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild
9. 83-Kyle Hirst
10. 2-Shane Stewart
11. 11K-Kraig Kinser
12. 19-Brent Marks
13. 41-Jason Johnson
14. 21X-Carson Macedo
15. 4-Paul McMahan
16. OO-Cory Eliason
17. 2X-Parker Price-Miller
18. 17-Joey Saldana
19. 41S-Dominic Scelzi
20. 9-Daryn Pittman
21. 21-Brian Brown
22. 3C-D.J. Netto
23. 83JR-Tim Kaeding
24. O-Bud Kaeding 25. 24-Rico Abreu
26. 49-Brad Sweet

World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Perris Auto Speedway – Perris, CA
Race Results – April 1, 2017

1. 5-David Gravel
2. 49-Brad Sweet
3. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild
4. 15-Donny Schatz
5. 18-Ian Madsen
6. 4-Paul McMahan
7. 9-Daryn Pittman
8. 7S-Jason Sides
9. 21X-Carson Macedo
10. W20-Greg Wilson
11. 17-Joey Saldana
12. 21-Brian Brown
13. 1S-Logan Schuchart
14. 19-Brent Marks
15. 1A-Jacob Allen
16. 11K-Kraig Kinser
17. 2-Shane Stewart
18. 82-Stevie Sussex
19. 41-Jason Johnson
20. 26-Tayler Malsam
21. 90-Randy Waitman
22. 9Z-Jared Goerges
23. 2X-Parker Price-Miller
24. 73-Clyde Knipp


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