Donny Schatz and Darrell Lanigan Crowned Champions at VAULT World Finals
Donny Schatz scored his 18th win of the season and the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title in Saturday's VAULT World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In late model action, Josh Richards took home the win and Darrell Lanigan was crowned champion.
Schatz started from the point position in the 24-car field and was never challenged for the lead as he claimed his third win at the four-tenths-mile clay oval and took home the $10,000 top prize. The Sprint Car Championship is Schatz's third-consecutive title and the second World of Outlaws title for Tony Stewart Racing.
"This is great. This is definitely how we wanted to end the year," said Schatz. "We came in here the other night a little bit nervous. Obviously we weren't really focused on winning the championship; we just wanted to win here this weekend.
"We couldn't get the motors going and my guys did so much changing to this thing. We learned so much in the last two days, that the last two nights we have just been able to fine tune this race car. It's one awesome piece to drive."
In addition to claiming the win and championship, Tony Stewart Racing also scored a one-two finish as Kraig Kinser moved up from his fourth starting spot to finish second.
Jason Meyers got past Jason Sides midway through the race and finished third. Daryn Pittman and Sides rounded out the top five.
The red flag waved on lap 19 as Rob Chaney flipped end-over-end in the middle of turns three and four and was then hit by Kerry Madsen. While his car was heavily damaged, Chaney walked away.
The race was slowed by an additional three cautions, including one on lap one when Cody Darrah spun in turn four and was hit by Mark Smith.
The eight-lap sprint car heat races were won by Schatz, Chaney, Jac Haudenschild and Kinser.
Niki Young won the C main while Louie Carufel flipped. The No. 47X car landed right side up and Carufel was able to walk away from his mangled car.
Kerry Madsen took the checkered flag in the B main and Schatz led wire-to-wire to win the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position in the feature.
Lanigan finished seventh in Saturday's World of Outlaws Late Model Series feature as he claimed his first series championship.
Richards started the late model race from eighth position and steadily moved his way up through the field. He was in fourth by lap 14 and passed Dale McDowell for second on lap 32. Three laps later he passed Earl Pearson Jr.
for the lead off turn four.
"I don't even know what to say," said Richards as he exited his car and claimed the winner's trophy. "This is definitely a top moment in my career.
"I was nervous coming in. We had to defend second place in the points and to come out here and win is just amazing."
The win was Richards' sixth of the season and first at The Dirt Track. He finished second in the World of Outlaws Late Model Series points.
Pearson Jr. looked to the high side with two laps to go in a challenge for the lead, but was unable to pass Richards and settled for second. McDowell led more than 30 laps before he was passed by Pearson Jr., and ended up third. Donnie Moran and Steve Francis rounded out the top five.
The late model feature was slowed by six caution periods for a series of minor incidents.
McDowell, Owens, Pearson Jr., Chris Madden, Davey Johnson and Tim McCreadie won the 10-lap heat races for the late models.
Francis, Michael England and Scott Bloomquist topped the 12-lap late model B mains.
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World of Outlaws Sprint Cars
First Heat (8 laps): 1. Donny Schatz; 2. Terry McCarl; 3. Jason Meyers; 4.
Tony Bruce Jr.; 5. Wayne Johnson; 6. Chad Hiller; 7. Mark Smith; 8. Kerry Madsen; 9. Jessica Zemken; 10. Brian Paulus; 11. Greg Wilson; 12. Brian Smith.
Second Heat (8 laps): 1. Rob Chaney; 2. Jason Sides; 3. Joey Saldana; 4.
Danny Lasoski; 5. Daryn Pittman; 6. Paul McMahan; 7. Brian Ellenberger; 8.
Lucas Wolfe; 9. Lance Dewease; 10. Niki Young; 11. Lee Jacobs.
Third Heat (8 laps): 1. Jac Haudenschild; 2. Cody Darrah; 3. Ed Lynch Jr.; 4. Fred Rahmer; 5. Greg Hodnett; 6. Brian Leppo; 7. Lynton Jeffrey; 8. Scott Flammer; 9. Josh Weller; 10. Tim Shaffer; 11. T.J. Winegardner.
Fourth Heat (8 laps): 1. Kraig Kinser; 2. Brooke Tatnell; 3. Steve Kinser; 4. Chad Kemenah; 5. Alan Cole; 6. Brandon Martin; 7. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 8.
Jimmy Stinson; 9. Danny Smith; 10. Glenn Styres; 11. Louie Carufel.
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps): 1. Donny Schatz; 2. Jason Sides; 3. Terry McCarl; 4. Kraig Kinser; 5. Rob Chaney; 6. Jason Meyers; 7. Jac Haudenschild; 8.
Brooke Tatnell; 9. Cody Darrah; 10. Daryn Pittman.
C Main (10 laps): 1. Niki Young; 2. Jimmy Stinson; 3. Chad Hillier; 4. Brian Paulus; 5. Josh Weller; 6. Louie Carufel; 7. Scott Flammer; 8. Brian Smith.
Did not start: Lee Jacobs.
B Main (12 laps): 1. Kerry Madsen; 2. Mark Smith; 3. Paul McMahan; 4. Tim Shaffer; 5. Brandon Martin; 6. Lucas Wolfe; 7. Brian Leppo; 8. Danny Smith; 9. Lynton Jeffrey; 10. Sam Hafertepe Jr.; 11. Brian Ellenberger; 12. Greg Wilson; 13. Jessica Zemken; 14. Niki Young; 15. T.J. Winegardner; 16. Glenn Styres; 17. Jimmy Stinson; 18. Lance Dewease.
Feature (30 laps): 1.Donny Schatz; 2. Kraig Kinser; 3. Jason Meyers; 4.
Daryn Pittman; 5. Jason Sides; 6. Steve Kinser; 7. Brooke Tatnell; 8. Terry McCarl; 9. Cody Darrah; 10. Ed Lynch Jr.; 11. Wayne Johnson; 12. Fred Rahmer; 13. Paul McMahan; 14. Chad Kemenah; 15. Tim Shaffer; 16. Greg Hodnett; 17. Tony Bruce; 18. Rob Chaney; 19. Kerry Madsen; 20. Alan Cole; 21. Danny Lasoski; 22. Mark Smith; 23. Joey Saldana.
World of Outlaws Late Models
First Heat (10 laps): 1. Dale McDowell; 2. Josh McGuire; 3. Donnie Moran; 4.
Eric Jacobsen; 5. Danny Johnson; 6. Vic Coffey; 7. Jeff Rine; 8. Jeep Van Wormer; 9. Jerry Bowersock; 10. Bob Gordon; 11. Austin Hubbard.
Second Heat (10 laps): 1. Jimmy Owens; 2. Josh Richards; 3. Darrell Lanigan; 4. Steve Francis; 5. Tommy Kerr; 6. Rick Eckert; 7. Gregg Satterlee; 8. Eric Wells; 9. Joe Isabell; 10. Chris Ferguson; 11. Rob McLaughlin; 12. Curt Spalding.
Third Heat (10 laps): 1. Chris Madden; 2. Chub Frank; 3. Ricky Elliott; 4.
Mike Balzano; 5. Jeff Smith; 6. Brian Shirley; 7. Jared Miley; 8. Jackie Boggs; 9. Mike Knight; 10. Jeff Isabell Jr.
Fourth Heat (10 laps): 1. Davey Johnson; 2. Steve Shaver; 3. Tim Fuller; 4.
Michael England; 5. Clint Smith; 6. Tim Allen; 7. Wayne Chinn; 8. Dean Bowen; 9. Austin Dillon; 10. Jill George; 11. G.R. Smith.
Fifth Heat (10 laps): 1. Tim McCreadie; 2. Ricky Weeks; 3. Dan Schlieper; 4.
Scott Bloomquist; 5. Shannon Babb; 6. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 7. Jeremy Miller; 8. Justin Ratliff; 9. Jordan Bland; 10. John Winge; 11. Justin Labonte.
Sixth Heat (10 laps): 1.Earl Pearson Jr.; 2. Shane Clanton; 3. Jonathan Davenport; 4. Matt Miller; 5. Dan Stone; 6. Chad Ruhlman; 7. Chuck Harper; 8. Bruce Hall; 9. Chesley Dixon; 10. Tony Izzo Jr.; 11. Jeremy Faircloth.
B Main 1 (12 laps): 1. Steve Francis; 2. Danny Johnson; 3. Eric Jacobsen; 4.
Tommy Kerr; 5. Rick Eckert; 6. Jeff Rine; 7. Jeep Van Wormer; 8. Gregg Satterlee; 9. Curt Spalding; 10. Bob Gordon; 11. Joe Isabell; 12. Vic Coffey; 13. Eric Wells; 14. Jerry Bowersock; 15. Chris Ferguson.
Did not start: Rob McLaughlin; Austin Hubbard.
B Main 2 (12 laps): 1. Michael England; 2. Mike Balzano; 3. Clint Smith; 4.
Brian Shirley; 5. Jackie Boggs; 6. Tim Allen; 7. Jared Miley; 8. Jeff Smith; 9. Austin Dillon; 10. Dean Bowen; 11. Don O'Neal; 12. Wayne Chinn; 13. Jill George.
Did not start: Mike Knight; Jeff Isabell Jr.; G.R. Smith.
B Main 3 (12 laps): 1. Scott Bloomquist; 2. Matt Miller; 3. Shannon Babb; 4.
Justin Ratliff; 5. Eddie Carrier Jr.; 6. Chad Ruhlman; 7. Chuck Harper; 8.
Dan Stone; 9. Justin Labonte; 10. Jordan Bland; 11. John Winge; 12. Bruce Hall.
Did not start: Jeremy Miller; Chesley Dixon; Tony Izzo Jr.; Jeremy Faircloth.
Feature (50 laps): 1. Josh Richards; 2. Earl Pearson Jr.; 3. Dale McDowell; 4. Donnie Moran; 5. Steve Francis; 6. Chub Frank; 7. Darrell Lanigan; 8.
Steve Shaver; 9. Josh McGuire; 10. Scott Bloomquist; 11. Tim McCreadie; 12.
Rick Eckert; 13. Shannon Babb; 14. Chris Madden; 15. Tim Fuller; 16.
Jonathan Davenport; 17. Clint Smith; 18. Shane Clanton; 19. Michael England; 20. Matt Miller; 21. Dan Schlieper; 22. Vic Coffey; 23. Ricky Weeks; 24. Mike Balzano; 25. Danny Johnson; 26. Davey Johnson; 27. Jeff Rine; 28.Jimmy Owens; 29. Ricky Elliott.