Shane Stewart

CONCORD, N.C. – March 21, 2016 – The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series continues its swing through California as the series travels 90 miles north to Placerville (Calif.) Speedway for Brad Sweet presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts on Wednesday.

Shane Stewart concluded the 2015 season finishing second to seven-time series champion Donny Schatz in the final championship standings. So far in 2016, Stewart has been able to pick up where he left off, as he has carried the momentum into the new season.

Currently, the Bixby, Okla. -native sits third in the championship standings after capturing one win, seven top-five finishes and 10 top-10 finishes so far, tying him with point’s leader Brad Sweet for most top-10’s this year.

“The biggest thing for momentum is that nobody left,” Stewart said. “Our team is still intact from last year. I think that says a lot about Larson Marks Racing. Justin [Marks] and Kyle [Larson] do a good job taking care of the guys.”

“They get treated well and that’s a big part of our industry – keeping everyone together – because that is hard to do. So nothing has really changed, which is a good thing.”

Prior to the final night at the Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track, Stewart, in his American Born Moonshine/Eneos Oil No. 2 had been on a roll in California. Stewart recorded a second at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif. and a third on the first night at Stockton.

The final night of the FVP Western Spring Shootout at Stockton, Stewart had to race his way into the feature through the Last Chance Showdown. Once in the feature, Stewart pushed forward, earning the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award after picking up nine positions to finish 10th.

The 10th place finish continued his top-10 streak which started over two months ago on the second night of the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13.

“Going into the winter you can be complacent,” Stewart said. “You have got to keep working hard and try to find speed secrets here and there.”

“The thing is we ended the year well so we didn’t change a whole lot. We’re running okay this year, but I feel like we should’ve won a few more races than what we have, but it’s still early in the year and to be where we are in the points says a lot about our team.”

With as many races as the series runs in a year, keeping up the momentum can become challenging for a driver and his team.

“You just have to keep up the production,” Stewart said. “At the end of the day, one thing we really wanted to work hard on was our bad nights last year we were 15th, 12th or 16th. Those are the nights we have to be 10th or eighth.”

“Everyone is going to have bad nights, but you just have to limit how many you are going to have. Hopefully our bad nights are an eighth to 10th place car and not a 16th. If we can keep whoever’s leading the points close, I think at the end of the year, hopefully we will be battling for a championship going into Charlotte.”

Stewart will face stiff competition from the Outlaws regulars and his own team owner Kyle Larson as the series takes on Brad Sweet presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts tomorrow. Tickets remain for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway and are available by calling 844-DIRT-TIX (347-8849), or by visitingWorldofOutlaws.com/Tickets.com.

ABOUT THE TRACK
PLACERVILLE SPEEDWAY
is a high-banked, quarter-mile oval. The track record of 9.913 seconds was established by Tim Kaeding on March 27, 2004.

Previous A-Feature winners:
2015 – Donny Schatz on April 8
1992 – Jac Haudenschild on March 11
1987 – Sammy Swindell on Sept. 2
1986 – Sammy Swindell on Sept. 3
1985 – Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 4

DRIVER INFO
The following World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:
Jacob Allen – Shark1s1a.com
David Gravel – DavidGravel89.com
Jason Johnson – JasonJohnsonRacing.com
Kerry Madsen – KenericRacing.com
Terry McCarl – TerryMcCarl.com
Paul McMahan – PaulMcMahanRacing.com
Daryn Pittman – DarynPittman.com
Joey Saldana – JoeySaldanaRacing.com
Donny Schatz – DonnySchatz.com
Logan Schuchart – Shark1s1a.com
Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com
Shane Stewart – ShaneStewart.com
Brad Sweet – Bradsweetracing.com
Greg Wilson – GregWilsonRacing.com
For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Stockton Dirt Track on March 18, Stockton Dirt Track on March 19); Brad Sweet – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Cotton Bowl Speedway on Feb. 26); David Gravel – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 12); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 27);Joey Saldana – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 3); Shane Stewart – 1 (Arizona Speedway on March 6).

LIVE ONLINE UPDATES: Listen live to free audio of the Brad Sweet presents the Placerville Short Track Outlaw Showdown presented by Riebes Auto Parts at Placerville Speedway on the DIRTVision Radio Network at DIRTVision.com.

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COMING UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif. on Friday, April 1. The series then takes on Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. for the Mini Gold Cup on Saturday, April 2.

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

49

Brad Sweet

1528

0

3

10

10

2

2

83

Joey Saldana

1470

-58

1

6

9

2

3

2

Shane Stewart

1464

-64

1

7

10

0

4

15

Donny Schatz

1447

-81

4

7

9

1

5

9

Daryn Pittman

1442

-86

1

6

8

2

6

5

David Gravel

1390

-138

1

4

7

0

7

1

Sammy Swindell

1390

-138

0

2

4

0

8

41

Jason Johnson

1379

-149

0

3

7

1

9

7s

Jason Sides

1324

-204

0

0

3

0

10

1S

Logan Schuchart

1302

-226

0

0

4

0

11

7

Paul McMahan

1288

-240

0

0

1

0

12

88

Terry McCarl

1218

-310

0

0

1

0

13

29

Kerry Madsen

1164

-364

0

1

5

0

14

W20

Greg Wilson

1154

-374

0

0

0

0

15

17W

Bryan Clauson

1070

-458

0

1

4

0

16

1A

Jacob Allen

1070

-458

0

0

0

0

17

2L

Danny Lasoski

945

-583

0

1

2

1

18

11k

Kraig Kinser

892

-636

0

0

1

0

19

21

Brian Brown

757

-771

0

1

4

1

20

55

Trey Starks

608

-920

0

0

0

0

2016 STAT ATTACK
There have been 11 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series features this season.
Winners (6 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 4
2. – BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 3
3. – DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 1
– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1
– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 1

Total Laps Led (8 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Laps

1. – JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 84
2. – DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 67
3. – BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 64
4. – BRIAN BROWN, Higginsville, Mo. – 35
– DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 35
6. – DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 33
7. – SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 22
8. – CHAD KEMENAH, Findlay, Ohio – 4

Pole Positions (7 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Poles

1. – DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 3
2. – BRIAN BROWN, Higginsville, Mo. – 2
– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 2
4. – WILLIE CROFT, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– CHAD KEMENAH, Findlay, Ohio – 1
– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 1

Hard Charger Award (7 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – H.C. Awards

1. – JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – 3
2. – PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 2
– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 2
4. – JOSH BAUGHMAN, Odessa, Texas – 1
– KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 1
– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1
– DOMINIC SCELZI, Fresno, Calif. – 1

Time Trial leaders (7 Different Drivers)
* (1) championship driver point will be awarded to the Time Trial leader
Rank Driver, Hometown – Quick Times

1. – DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 2
– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 2
– BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 2
4. – BRIAN BROWN, Higginsville, Mo. – 1
– JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – 1
– DANNY LASOSKI, Dover, Mo. – 1
– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 1

Podium Finishes (12 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Finishes in the Top-Three

1. – BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif – 7
2. – DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 5
– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 5
4. – SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 4
5. – DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 3
– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 3
7. – DALE BLANEY, Hartford, Ohio – 1
– WILLIE CROFT, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– KYLE HIRST, Sacramento, Calif. – 1
– DANNY LASOSKI, Dover, Mo. – 1
– SAMMY SWINDELL, Germantown, Tenn. – 1
– LUCA WOLFE, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1

Heat Race Winners (17 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Win

1. – JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 7
2. – BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – 6
3. – DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 4
4. – DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – 3
– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 3
6. – BRIAN BROWN, Higginsville, Mo. – 2
– JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – 2
– DANNY LASOSKI, Dover, Mo. – 2
– SAMMY SWINDELL, Germantown, Tenn. – 2
10. – BRYAN CLAUSON, Noblesville, Ind. – 1
– WILLIE CROFT, Roseville, Calif. – 1
– GREG HODNETT, Spring Grove, Pa. – 1
– BRENT MARKS, Myerstown, Pa. – 1
– KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – 1
– DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – 1
– LOGAN SCHUCHART, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– LUCAS WOLFE, Mechanicsburg, Pa. – 1

Last Chance Showdown Winners (9 Different Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Wins

1. – PAUL MCMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – 2
– TREY STARKS, Puyallup, Wa. – 2
3. – JACOB ALLEN, Hanover, Pa. – 1
– BRADY BACON, Broken Arrow, Okla. – 1
– DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – 1
– KRAIG KINSER, Bloomington, Ind. – 1
– AUSTIN MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – 1
– JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – 1
– SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – 1

Dash Draw Selection (11 Dashes)
Number – Times Picked

0 – 4
4 – 4
6 – 1
8 – 2

Feature Winnings (Platinum Drivers)
Rank Driver, Hometown – Winnings

1. – DONNY SCHATZ, Fargo, N.D. – $55,950
2. – BRAD SWEET, Grass Valley, Calif. – $54,900
3. – DARYN PITTMAN, Owasso, Okla. – $41,300
4. – SHANE STEWART, Bixby, Okla. – $36,300
5. – JOEY SALDANA, Brownsburg, Ind. – $34,500
6. – DAVID GRAVEL, Watertown, Conn. – $29,900
7. – JASON JOHNSON, Eunice, La. – $19,150
8. – KERRY MADSEN, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia – $14,850
9. – LOGAN SCHUCHART, Hanover, Pa. – $14,800
10.- JASON SIDES, Bartlett, Tenn. – $14,250
11.- PAUL McMAHAN, Nashville, Tenn. – $11,700
12.- TERRY MCCARL, Altoona, Iowa – $8,900
13.- GREG WILSON, Benton Ridge, Ohio – $6,750
13.- JACOB ALLEN, Hanover, Pa. – $5,725

2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Schedule & Winners

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Number of Wins in 2016)

1. Friday, Feb. 12 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Saturday, Feb. 13 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Donny Schatz (1)
3. Sunday, Feb. 14 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, Fla. / Brad Sweet (2)
4. Friday, Feb. 26 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, Tex. / Brad Sweet (3)
5. Saturday, Feb. 27 / Royal Purple Raceway Park / Baytown, Tex. / Daryn Pittman (1)
6. Thursday, March 3 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Joey Saldana (1)
7. Friday, March 4 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Donny Schatz (2)
8. Sunday, March 6 / The Dirt Track at Las Vegas / Las Vegas, Nev. / Shane Stewart (1)
9. Saturday, March 12 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, Calif. / David Gravel (1)
10. Friday, March 18 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Donny Schatz (3)
11. Saturday, March 19 / Stockton Dirt Track / Stockton, Calif. / Donny Schatz (4)

 

Credit: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series PR