Schatz, Lanigan and Decker Claim Series Championships at the Bad Boy Buggies World Finals
Donny Schatz, Darrell Lanigan and Billy Decker were crowned champions in front of a spectacular standing-room-only crowd Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, concluding three action-packed days of racing at the eighth annual Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals. Brian Brown, Jimmy Owens and Danny Johnson were the evening's A-Main winners.
Fans from 48 states, seven Canadian provinces, Australia, England, the Netherlands and New Zealand packed the grandstands for the third night of the World Finals at the lightning-fast, four-tenths-mile clay oval. The three-day event brings together dirt racing's three premier divisions, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds, to end their seasons and crown their respective champions.
Brown claimed the first World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series A-Main victory of his career Saturday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte after starting on the pole. Daryn Pittman challenged him for most of the race and took the lead out of Turn 4 on lap 27 before the yellow flag waved for the third time. Brown restarted with a fire, though, and recaptured the lead going into Turn 3 of lap 28, driving on for the win. Stevie Smith finished second followed by Pittman.
"We've tried a lot and we've ran a lot of second place finishes," Brown said. "I just said I'm going to give it all its got here, either put it in the fence or maybe try to win this, and we got a good run off of two and crossed Daryn over. I'll tell you what, to win your first one, there's nothing like winning it in front of 30,000 of your friends!"
Donny Schatz had already secured his sixth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship before the final race of the year began Saturday night, but that didn't stop him from putting on a show. After coming into some contact with Kerry Madsen on lap 8, Schatz was sent into the wall in Turn 3. However, he was able to rejoin the tail of the field with 22 laps left.
Schatz re-entered the top-10 with 13 laps to go, and worked his way closer to the leaders to wrap up the season with a fourth-place finish.
"It was a great year, winning wise," said Schatz. "When you sit and look at the stats, this car wasn't in the work area but twice all year, and that was last night and tonight; that's just tremendous."
Schatz's celebration was bittersweet as the night's A-Main was also the final race of legendary teammate Steve Kinser's full-time career. Kinser finished 24th in the finale.
"Tonight's a sad night, to have the last night of Steve Kinser full time," said Schatz. "It's been an honor, it's been a privilege to watch him as a child, race, and growing up, racing next to him, be his teammate, have arguments with him, have a few drinks with him and enjoy it. It's going to be different when we get to the next race in a couple months and he's not there, but maybe if we persuade him real hard, he'll come race with us."
The eight-lap heat race winners in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series were Tim Shaffer, Dave Blaney, Craig Dollansky, Jason Sides and Schatz.
Tyler Courtney won the D-Main, Danny Holtgraver finished first in the C-Main and Randy Hannagan brought was victorious in the B-Main.
Owens secured the win in the 50-lap World of Outlaws Late Model Series A-Main after an intense battle with Tim McCreadie and Scott Bloomquist.
Bloomquist took control early in the race, until McCreadie slid into second on lap 17 and was battling Bloomquist by lap 22. McCreadie gained the top position on lap 24 and by that point, Owens had joined the race up front. McCreadie held onto the lead until lap 33 when Owens split two lap cars and surged ahead. He remained uncontested throughout the final 17 laps and took the checkered flag to round out the night's events. McCreadie settled for second, followed by Bloomquist in third.
"Its been an exceptional year, a lot of ups and downs," said Owens. "We've had a really good car this year, made a lot of mistakes this season. It's awesome to come here finish out with a win in front of this big crowd."
B-Main winners for the night were Chub Frank, Jared Landers and John Blankenship.
Owens, Jason Feger, Bloomquist, Chris Madden, McCreadie and Billy Moyer Jr emerged victorious in the 10-lap heat races.
There was no battle for the Late Model championship on Saturday as Lanigan had clinched his third title following Friday night's World of Outlaws A-Main.
All eyes were on Decker and Matt Sheppard during the A-Main for the Super DIRTcar Series as the two would battle to decide the series championship. Decker came out on top to clinch the title by just six points after finishing fourth in Saturday's race.
"You know, ironic as it is, we stink this place up every time we come here and have trouble preforming well here," said Decker, "But I had a feeling, I told these guys we were in pretty good shape. And there's big swings in our series, you know, double the points or points-and-a-half coming down here and points for qualifying and stuff. So, you're not allowed to miss a beat, and Matt missed a little bit there in time trials and ended up deep in the heat race and we turned a good lap. So, subsequently it started us in a good starting position and him deep in a hole. Again, so happy to be here, I can't thank the guys enough, I've got a great team out here these guys are pumped so that's what it's all about."
In Big-Block Modified A-Main action, Johnson started on the pole and took home the victory in the 40-lap feature, but the race was anything but easy. After an early caution on lap 3 caused by Peter Britten leaking fluid, Ryan Godown passed Johnson and took control of the lead until lap 22 when Johnson snuck by him on the bottom. It remained a tough battle for the top spot, but Godown's fate was sealed when he tangled with Doug Manmiller to bring out the caution on lap 27.
Johnson led the field back to green with Tyler Dippel and Brett Hearn close behind him. Dippel stayed with Johnson until he finally made the pass on lap 33. Dipple remained in the lead until making contact with the wall, allowing Johnson to capitalize, claiming his first win at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Earlier in the evening, Manmiller and Pat Ward to the checkers in the B-Mains for the Big-Block Modifieds.
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The unofficial results:
Super DIRTcar Series Big-Block Modifieds
B-Main #1 (10 laps): 1. Doug Manmiller; 2. Matt DeLorenzo; 3. Gary Tomkins.; 4. Jimmy Phelps; 5. Chris Hile; 6. John McClelland; 7. Dave Rauscher; 8. Michael Maresca; 9. Bob Sarkisian; 10. Yan Bussiere; 11. Joe August Jr.; 12. Roger Chrysler; 13. Peter Britten; 14. Tim Currier; 15. C.G. Morey.
B-Main #2 (10 laps): 1. Pat Ward; 2. Brian Swartzlander; 3. Billy VanInwegen; 4. Randy Chrysler; 5. Rob Bellinger; 6. Rich Scalgiatto; 7. H.J. Bunting; 8. Brian Gleason; 9. Jeremiah Shingledecker; 10. Adam Roberts; 11. Michael Chicoine; 12. Daniel Johnson; 13. Tim Kerr.
DNS: Tyler Siri.
A-Main (40 laps): 1. Danny Johnson; 2. Brett Hearn; 3. Stewart Friesen; 4. Billy Decker; 5. Tyler Dippel; 6. Duane Howard; 7. Tim McCreadie; 8. Billy Pauch; 9. Erick Rudolph; 10. Matt Sheppard; 11. Jimmy Phelps; 12. Justin Haers; 13. Kenny Tremont Jr.; 14. Mat Williamson; 15. Pat Ward; 16. Billy VanInwegen; 17. Matt Billings; 18. Keith Flach; 19. Casey Terrance; 20. Larry Wright; 21. Rich Scalgiatto; 22. Matt DeLorenzo; 23. Brian Swartzlander; 24. Neal Williams; 25. Rick Laubach; 26. Ryan Godown; 27. Rich Scagliotta; 28. Billy Dunn.
World of Outlaws Late Model Series
Heat Race #1 (8 laps): 1. Jimmy Owens; 2. Billy Moyer; 3. James Rice; 4. Chub Frank; 5. Eric Jacobsen; 6. Greg Satterlee; 7. G.R. Smith; 8. Kenny Collins; 9. Mike Ahobelli Jr.; 10. Anthony Burroughs; 11. Bob Gordon; 12. Dustin Mitchell; 13. Russell Erwin Jr.
Heat Race #2 (8 laps): 1. Jason Feger; 2. Austin Hubbard; 3. Donny Schatz; 4. Morgan Bagley; 5. Frank Heckenast, Jr.; 6. Jeff Rine; 7. Jonathon Davenport; 8. Matt Parks; 9. Kerry King Jr.; 10. J.T. Spence; 11. Nick Davis; 12. Jason Covert.
Heat Race #3 (8 laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. Dale McDowell; 3. Eric Wells; 4. Jared Landers; 5. Vic Hill; 6. Dan Stone; 7. Duane Chamberlain; 8. Dale Hollidge; 9. Charlie Sandercock; 10. Robbie Stuart; 11. Don Gordon; 12. Cody Mahoney.
Heat Race #4 (8 laps): 1. Chris Madden; 2. Darrell Lanigan; 3. Mason Zeigler; 4. Steve Francis; 5. Dennis Erb Jr.; 6. Casey Roberts; 7. Ray Cook; 8. Bobby Pierce; 9. Kyle Bronson; 10. John Garvin; 11. Walker Arthur; 12. Brian Ledbetter.
Heat Race #5 (8 laps): 1. Tim McCreadie; 2. Rick Eckert; 3. Ricky Thorton Jr.; 4. Josh Richards; 5. Clint Smith; 6. Don O'Neal; 7. Jim Yoder; 8. Boom Briggs; 9. Greg Roberson; 10. Jim O'Hara; 11. Donald McIntosh; 12.
DNS: D.J. Troutman
Heat Race #6 (8 laps): 1. Billy Moyer Jr.; 2. Bub McCool; 3. Ryan Gustin; 4. John Blankenship; 5. Dennis Franklin; 6. Andrew Reaume; 7. Chad Hollenbeck; 8. Chuck Harper; 9. Shane Clanton; 10. Shane Ferugson; 11. Chase Junghans.
B-Main #1 (12 laps): 1. Chub Frank; 2. Frank Heckenast, Jr. 3. Eric Jacobsen; 4. Morgan Bagley; 5. Jonathon Davenport; 6. Greg Satterlee; 7. Jeff Rine; 8. G.R. Smith; 9. Matt Parks; 10. Jason Covert; 11. Mike Ahobelli Jr.; 12. Kerry King Jr.; 13. Dustin Mitchell; 14. J.T. Spence; 15. Anthony Burroughs; 16. Bob Gordon; 17. Kenny Collins; 18. Nick Davis.
B-Main #2 (12 laps): 1. Jared Landers; 2. Dennis Erb Jr.; 3. Casey Roberts; 4. Dan Stone; 5. Duane Chamberlain; 6. Kyle Bronson; 7. Steve Francis; 8. Ray Cook; 9. Vic Hill; 10. Charlie Sandercock; 11. Walker Arthur; 12. Robbie Stuart; 13. Don Gordon; 14. Brian Ledbetter; 15. Cody Mahoney; 16. Bobby Pierce; 17. Dale Hollidge.
B-Main #3 (12 laps): 1. John Blankenship; 2.Josh Richards; 3. Clint Smith; 4. Don O'Neal; 5. Chase Junghans; 6. Shane Clanton; 7. Boom Briggs; 8. Chad Hollenbeck; 9. Jim Yoder; 10. Andrew Reaume; 11. Chuck Harper; 12. Greg Roberson; 13. Jim O'Hara; 14. Dennis Franklin; 15. Chris Ferguson.
A-Main (50 laps): 1. Jimmy Owens; 2. Tim McCreadie; 3. Scott Bloomquist; 4. Billy Moyer; 5. Darrell Lanigan; 6. Bub McCool; 7. Dale McDowell; 8. Chris Madden; 9. Donny Schatz; 10. Rick Eckert; 11. James Rice; 12. Josh Richards; 13. Jason Feger; 14. Ryan Gustin; 15. Chub Frank; 16. Billy Moyer Jr.; 17. Dennis Erb Jr.; 18. Chase Junghans; 19. Morgan Bagley; 20. Ricky Thorton Jr.; 21. Boom Briggs; 22. Eric Wells; 23. Frank Heckenast; 24. John Blankenship; 25. Shane Clanton; 26. Austin Hubbard; 27. Clint Smith; 28. Jared Landers; 29. Mason Zeigler.
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Heat Race #1 (8 laps): 1. Tim Shaffer; 2. Daryn Pittman; 3. Lance Dewease; 4. Greg Hodnett; 5. Joey Saldana; 6. David Gravel; 7. Ed Lynch Jr.; 8. Jessica Zemken; 9. Kory Crabtree; 10. Ian Madsen; 11. Caleb Helms; 12. Troy Fraker.
Heat Race #2 (8 laps): 1. Dave Blaney; 2. Rico Abreu; 3. Brian Brown; 4. Brock Zearfoss; 5. Bill Balog; 6. Kraig Kinser; 7. Cole Duncan; 8. Logan Wagner; 9. Randy Hanagan; 10. Tyler Courtney; 11. Chris Meyers.
Heat Race #3 (8 laps): 1. Criag Dollansky; 2. Paul McMahan; 3. Shane Stewart; 4. Sheldon Haudenson; 5. Dale Blaney; 6. Logan Schuchart; 7. Jac Haudenschild; 8. Justin Barger; 9. Jacob Allen; 10. Wayne Dadetto; 11. Kody Swanson.
Heat Race #4 (8 laps): 1. Jason Sides; 2. Stevie Smith; 3. Brad Sweet; 4. Steve Kinser; 5. Lynton Jeffrey; 6. Greg Wilson; 7. Wayne Johnson; 8. Ryan Smith; 9. Ryan Bohlke; 10. Bradley Howard; 11. Danny Smith
Heat Race #5 (8 laps): 1. Donny Schatz; 2. Kerry Madsen; 3. Brent Marks; 4. Cody Darrah; 5. Danny Lasoski; 6. Terry McCarl; 7. Danny Holtgraver; 8. Chad Kemenah; 9. Paul Nienhiser; 10. Paige Polyak; 11. Eric Riggins Jr.
D-Main (6 laps): 1. Tyler Courtney; 2. Jacob Allen; 3. Paige Polyak; 4. Chris Meyers; 5. Bradley Howard; 6. Troy Fraker; 7. Kory Crabtree; 8. Danny Smith; 9. Wayne Dadetto; 10. Eric Riggins Jr.
C-Main (10 laps): 1. Danny Holtgraver; 2. Ed Lynch Jr.; 3. Paul Nienhiser; 4. Logan Wagner; 5. Cole Duncan; 6. Ryan Smith; 7. Ian Madsen; 8. Chad Kemenah; 9. Justin Barger; 10. Ryan Bohlke; 11. Jessica Zemken; 12. Tyler Courtney; 13. Jacob Allen; 14. Jac Haudenschild.
B-Main (12 laps): 1. Joey Saldana; 2. Dale Blaney; 3. Danny Lasoski; 4. Lynton Jeffrey; 5. David Gravel; 6. Greg WIlson; 7. Kraig Kinser; 8. Wayne Johnson; 9. Terry McCarl; 10. Logan Schuachart; 11. Caleb Helms; 12. Danny Holtgraver; 13. Randy Hannagan; 14. Ed Lynch Jr.; 15. Kody Swanson; 16. Bill Balog.
Dash (6 laps): 1. Brian Brown; 2. Daryn Pittman; 3. Paul McMahan; 4. Stevie Smith ; 5. Kerry Madsen; 6. Donny Schatz; 7. Jason Sides; 8. Tim Shaffer; 9. Craig Dollansky; 10. Dave Blaney.
A-Main (30 laps): 1. Brian Brown; 2. Stevie Smith; 3. Daryn Pittman; 4. Donny Schatz; 5. Kerry Madsen; 6. Danny Lasoski; 7. Joey Saldana; 8. Brad Sweet; 9. Paul McMahan; 10. Craig Dollansky; 11. Rico Abreu; 12. Dale Blaney; 13. Cody Darrah; 14. Jason Sides; 15. Lance Dewease; 16. Dave Blaney; 17. Shane Stewart; 18. Greg Hodnett; 19. Jacob Allen; 20. Brock Zearfoss; 21. Brent Marks; 22. Logan Schuchart; 23. Sheldon Haudenschild; 24. Steve Kinser; 25. Lynton Jeffrey; 26. Tim Shaffer.