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Stevie Smith Scores First National Open Win in 24 Years

Donny Schatz clinches 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship title

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Oct. 4, 2015 - After having his hopes dashed in a controversial finish one year ago, Stevie Smith roared back Sunday night and scored his third-career Champion Racing Oil National Open victory at Williams Grove Speedway.

The win, Smith's second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season, is his first National Open title since 1991 and comes one year after contact between he and David Gravel in the closing laps of the 2014 National Open ended his run.

Tonight, the memory of last year was a distant one as Smith had 50,000 reasons to smile.

"It's amazing," Smith said of winning the $50,000-to-win 53rd Annual National Open title. "A couple of years ago I pretty much thought I was getting ready to wrap it up and just couldn't get anything going. Just like you said, 24 years later here we are. This all goes to Fred Rahmer and the crew. I'm telling you, they have helped me tremendously. They have given me a really good racecar. I just try not to make too many mistakes. They're the reason we're standing down here."

After crossing the finish line in his No. 51s Miller Chevrolet car, Smith saluted the Pennsylvania Posse fans who rode out three days of rainouts, by stopping on the track in front of the famous 'Beer Hill' on the backstretch of Williams Grove.

Smith battled Danny Dietrich through the early portion of the race and Donny Schatz through the last half. Late cautions set up several side-by-side restarts but Smith held tough.

"Well, I know he's the best driver in the nation - one of them anyways," Smith said of Schatz. "Look at his record. I just drive my race. I try to tell the boys that. I look forward and I don't worry about who is behind me or beside me."

For Smith's team owner, Fred Rahmer, the win was his 10th as a car owner. It was also the second time in the last three seasons Rahmer has stood in victory lane at the event. He won the 2013 National Open title.

"Absolutely unbelievable," Rahmer said. "I want to thank the Grove for persevering. I know as a half-assed promoter I would have bagged it. Here we sit $50,000 richer."

The postponed National Open got underway after the previous three days had rained out thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Joaquin, churning off the East Coast. Though Sunday started off cloudy, the day gave way to sunshine and racing began under clear skies.

Dietrich and Rahmer started on the front row of the 40-lap feature with Logan Schuchart and Justin Henderson in row two. Dietrich led early but after a fierce battle, lost the top spot to Smith on lap eight. Through the next several laps, Schuchart chased down Dietrich and worked to get around him as both maneuvered through traffic.

Disaster nearly struck on lap 21 as Dietrich did a full 360 spin but was able to keep his car moving.

"If he didn't get in the gas and try to spin it around I was probably going to hit him," Schuchart said. "I'm glad that he's a good enough driver that once he got in that situation he was able to back himself back out of it because it probably would have cost us both a run up front."

The spin shuffled the field, as Dietrich slipped back to fifth, Schatz drove his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car into third. Schatz chased down Schuchart six laps later and as they all worked through traffic began running down Smith for the lead.

The yellow flag waved on laps 31 and 33. A red also flew following a restart on lap 33. On the final restart of the night with seven to go, Smith said the track changed.

"It got a little dirty and I just felt like I needed to slow my pace down," Smith said. "Before that I could just run harder and harder. I think the tires were getting a little wore down too so I think that was probably a lot of it."

Schatz closed the gap in the final two laps, but with a 1.5 second lead at the white flag, Smith cruised to victory lane.

"I've never won a $50,000-to-win race! I wanted to win it since Fred won it and I wanted to win it for Fred," Smith said. "I appreciate everyone here. It's been a great year and this just tops it off."

The night was also a big one for Schatz, who, after a dominant and historic season, clinched the 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title, his seventh career series title.

Schatz said that tonight, Stevie Smith was just better than he and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team.

"There's nothing I could really do on the restarts," Schatz said. "Stevie was really good. He made all the right lines on the race track work for him. We got ourselves buried there at the beginning and had to pass those guys one by one without traffic. We got going there about the lap 20 mark but it was just almost too late. Hats off to this whole Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance team… Somedays you're just going to be second best. Today we'll settle for that."

Schatz said he and his team have been trying things with their car in the last several weeks and that some days have worked and others have not. Regardless, the preparation, Schatz said, is giving them a head start on next season.

For Schuchart, a native of nearby Hanover, Pa., his third place finish came in front of family and friends. It's the sixth top-five run of the season and second podium finish in a row for Schuchart and his No. 1S Shark Racing/Mark Pell Tire Service team.

"We come back home with our family and friends and we have a lot of people to thank, a lot of people that are here helping us out… I'm thankful to be here. This Shark car was really fast and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year."

Chase Dietz was named the National Open rookie of the year. He took home a $1,500 prize for the honor.

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Williams Grove Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Stevie Smith's win tonight was his third Champion Racing Oil National Open victory. It is his first since 1991… This is the second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for Smith. He is the ninth repeat winner of the season… Donny Schatz clinched the 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title tonight. It is the seventh series title of Schatz's career… Cody Darrah was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing nine positions to finish in 14th… Chase Dietz was named the National Open rookie of the year. He took home a $1,500 prize for the honor.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Brock Zearfoss; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): N/A; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Super Flow ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Logan Schuchart;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): N/A; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz;Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Brock Zearfoss; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brad Sweet; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brad Sweet.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 30 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset's Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 27, Lakeside Speedway on July 1, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 11, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 26, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 15, River Cities Speedway on Aug. 21, Nodak Speedway on Aug. 23, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 28, Grays Harbor Raceway on Sept. 7, Cottage Grove Speedway on Sept. 9, Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 12, Berlin Raceway on Sept. 26); Shane Stewart - 9 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12, Eldora Speedway on July 17, Eldora Speedway on July 18, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8, Skagit Speedway on Sept. 5, Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 11); Daryn Pittman - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 29, Antioch Speedway on Sept. 13); Brad Sweet - 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25, Deer Creek Speedway on Sept. 19); Rico Abreu - 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Dale Blaney - 2 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Paul McMahan - 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3); Joey Saldana - 2 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 12); Stevie Smith - 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25, Williams Grove Speedway on Oct. 4); Christopher Bell - 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Cody Darrah - 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Danny Dietrich - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25); Stewart Friesen - 1 (Ohsweken Speedway on July 28); Greg Hodnett - 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Danny Lasoski - 1 (I-80 Speedway on June 5); Kerry Madsen - 1 (Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 18); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Jason Sides - 1 (Dodge City Raceway Park on July 3); Greg Wilson - 1 (Eldora Speedway on Sept. 25).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, Pa.; Oct. 4, 2015

A-Main - (40 Laps) - 1. 51S-Stevie Smith [2] [$50,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5] [$12,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4] [$7,500]; 4. 69K-Justin Henderson [3] [$4,000]; 5. 21-Brian Montieth [12] [$3,500]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich [1] [$3,000]; 7. 87-Alan Krimes [11] [$2,700]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] [$2,500]; 9. 14-Lance Dewease [10] [$2,200]; 10. 11C-Cory Haas [13] [$2,100]; 11. 20-Ryan Taylor [9] [$2,000]; 12. 2-Shane Stewart [20] [$1,650]; 13. 16-Gerard McIntyre [14] [$1,550]; 14. 89-Cody Darrah [23] [$1,200]; 15. 1-Sammy Swindell [18] [$1,000]; 16. 27-Greg Hodnett [8] [$1,050]; 17. 3-Pat Cannon [16] [$1,000]; 18. 19M-Brent Marks [6] [$950]; 19. 94-Ryan Smith [17] [$950]; 20. 13-Jac Haudenschild [19] [$950]; 21. 49-Brad Sweet [21] [$900]; 22. 29-Kerry Madsen [25] [0]; 23. 71M-Joey Saldana [27] [0]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [22] [$900]; 25. 25-Aaron Ott [28] [0]; 26. 52-Austin Hogue [26] [0]; 27. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe [15] [$900]; 28. O7-Doug Esh [24] [$900]. Lap Leaders: Danny Dietrich 1-8, Stevie Smith 9-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 89-Cody Darrah [+9]

Qualifying Flight 1 - 1. 51S-Stevie Smith, 18.461; 2. 69K-Justin Henderson, 18.611; 3. 87-Alan Krimes, 18.718; 4. 11C-Cory Haas, 18.779; 5. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 18.783; 6. 19M-Brent Marks, 18.802; 7. 20-Ryan Taylor, 18.872; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 18.977; 9. 94-Ryan Smith, 19.007; 10. 13-Jac Haudenschild, 19.037; 11. 75-Nicole Bower, 19.059; 12. 7-David Gravel, 19.061; 13. 15A-Adam Wilt, 19.064; 14. O7-Doug Esh, 19.068; 15. 49-Brad Sweet, 19.089; 16. 25-Aaron Ott, 19.196; 17. M1-Mark Smith, 19.308; 18. 7S-Jason Sides, 19.323; 19. 52-Austin Hogue, 19.379; 20. 44-Rodney Westhafer, 19.588; 21. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 19.613; 22. 11K-Tim Shaffer, 19.717; 23. 37-J.J. Grasso, 19.753; 24. 39-Tim Glatfelter, 19.886;

Qualifying Flight 2 - 1. 21-Brian Montieth, 18.490; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 18.521; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich, 18.551; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 18.555; 5. 16-Gerard McIntyre, 18.570; 6. 3-Pat Cannon, 18.642; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell, 18.689; 8. 14-Lance Dewease, 18.698; 8. 27-Greg Hodnett, 18.717; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 18.719; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 18.729; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 18.774; 12. 89-Cody Darrah, 18.828; 13. 99M-Kyle Moody, 18.852; 14. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 18.884; 15. 51-Paul McMahan, 18.891; 16. 44D-Chase Dietz, 18.918; 17. 71M-Joey Saldana, 19.000; 18. 19-Paige Polyak, 19.086; 19. 59-Jim Siegel, 19.131; 20. 41-Jason Johnson, 19.153; 21. 29-Kerry Madsen, 19.187; 22. 12W-Troy Fraker, 19.699; 23. 36D-Wayne Dadetto, 19.796; 24. 93-Glenndon Forsythe, 19.910

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 20-Ryan Taylor [1]; 2. 11C-Cory Haas [2]; 3. 51S-Stevie Smith [3]; 4. 13-Jac Haudenschild [4]; 5. 25-Aaron Ott [6]; 6. 15A-Adam Wilt [5]; 7. 11K-Tim Shaffer [8]; 8. 52-Austin Hogue [7]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe [2]; 3. 69K-Justin Henderson [3]; 4. O7-Doug Esh [5]; 5. M1-Mark Smith [6]; 6. 37-J.J. Grasso [8]; 7. 75-Nicole Bower [4]; 8. 44-Rodney Westhafer [7]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 19M-Brent Marks [2]; 2. 94-Ryan Smith [1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 4. 7-David Gravel [4]; 5. 87-Alan Krimes [3]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 7. 39-Tim Glatfelter [8]; 8. 71A-R.J. Johnson [7]

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell [1]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 4. 21-Brian Montieth [3]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 6. 89-Cody Darrah [5]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [8]; 8. 19-Paige Polyak [7]; 9. 93-Glenndon Forsythe [9]

Heat 5 - (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 14-Lance Dewease [1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [4]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre [2]; 5. 99M-Kyle Moody [5]; 6. 59-Jim Siegel [7]; 7. 44D-Chase Dietz [6]; 8. 12W-Troy Fraker [8]

Heat 6 - (8 Laps - Top 3 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 27-Greg Hodnett [1]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 3. 3-Pat Cannon [2]; 4. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [5]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [6]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 7. 36D-Wayne Dadetto [8]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [7]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature - 1. 48-Danny Dietrich [1]; 2. 51S-Stevie Smith [4]; 3. 69K-Justin Henderson [2]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 6. 19M-Brent Marks [5]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [9]; 8. 27-Greg Hodnett [10]; 9. 20-Ryan Taylor [7]; 10. 14-Lance Dewease [8]

D-Main - (8 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the C-Main) - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 2. 37-J.J. Grasso [5]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 4. 71A-R.J. Johnson [1]; 5. 93-Glenndon Forsythe [9]; 6. 11K-Tim Shaffer [3]; 7. 36D-Wayne Dadetto [8]; 8. 12W-Troy Fraker [6]; 9. 39-Tim Glatfelter [7]

C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) - 1. 25-Aaron Ott [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 44D-Chase Dietz [4] [$150]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [6] [$150]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [5] [$150]; 6. 52-Austin Hogue [7] [$125]; 7. 19-Paige Polyak [8] [$125]; 8. 59-Jim Siegel [10] [$125]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [11] [$125]; 10. 44-Rodney Westhafer [9] [$125]; 11. 37-J.J. Grasso [12] [$125]; 12. M1-Mark Smith [3] [$125]

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 21-Brian Montieth [2]; 2. 87-Alan Krimes [1]; 3. 13-Jac Haudenschild [3]; 4. 16-Gerard McIntyre [4]; 5. 89-Cody Darrah [8]; 6. O7-Doug Esh [11]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [6] [$300]; 8. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [12] [$250]; 9. 7-David Gravel [7] [$225]; 10. 51-Paul McMahan [14] [$200]; 11. 99M-Kyle Moody [10] [$200]; 12. 75-Nicole Bower [5] [$200]; 13. 15A-Adam Wilt [9] [$200]; 14. 25-Aaron Ott [13] [$200]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5's

Top 10's

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

9852

0

30

57

65

4

2

2

Shane Stewart

9373

-479

9

36

54

5

3

49

Brad Sweet

9180

-672

4

28

55

2

4

29

Kerry Madsen

9171

-681

1

25

57

11

5

71M

Joey Saldana

9152

-700

2

35

51

16

6

9

Daryn Pittman

9119

-733

5

26

50

3

7

51

Paul McMahan

9015

-837

2

26

47

4

8

7s

Jason Sides

8614

-1238

1

12

29

2

9

7

David Gravel

8536

-1316

0

8

28

2

10

1S

Logan Schuchart

8309

-1543

0

6

27

1

11

11k

Kraig Kinser

7984

-1868

0

4

14

1

12

41

Jason Johnson

7229

-2623

0

6

15

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

7062

-2790

0

0

2

0

14

24

Rico Abreu

3174

-6678

2

7

12

4

15

2KS

Craig Dollansky

2785

-7067

0

1

5

0

16

35AU

Jamie Veal

2567

-7285

0

2

5

1

17

1

Sammy Swindell

2484

-7368

0

5

9

2

18

3

Tim Kaeding

2259

-7593

1

2

9

0

19

44W

Austen Wheatley

2184

-7668

0

0

1

0

20

24

Terry McCarl

2184

-7668

1

3

7

0

 

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), Bad Boy Buggies (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, Impact Race Products, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.



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