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Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart Kicks Off Gold Cup Race of Champions in Victory Lane at Silver Dollar Speedway

by Gary Thomas

CHICO, Calif. — Sept. 9, 2016 — Putting a recent string of bad luck behind him Bixby, Oklahoma’s Shane Stewart proceeded to score an emphatic victory on opening night of the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series sanctioned Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway on Friday.

Stewart has shown immense speed during the Western Swing, and it paid off with his sixth victory of the 2016 season aboard the Larson Marks Racing No. 2 machine. It was also the second straight season he opened the Gold Cup Race of Champions in victory lane.

“This has always been one of those events that I’ve wanted to win, so hopefully we can come back tomorrow and do the same,” Stewart commented following the race. “We’ve had some tough luck, but have gained a lot of speed lately, which has given me a lot of confidence. These races are so hard to win with the competition that it’s always a big deal when you can do it. My guys have worked really hard so I can’t thank them enough. We got through traffic pretty well in the main event, and the cautions fell our way. We’ll now try and do it again tomorrow.”

Stewart took the lead from Brownsburg, Indiana’s Joey Saldana on lap 11 in traffic and led the remaining distance without worries, except for one slight moment with a couple laps left when he got over the back stretch. It allowed Saldana to close, but Stewart was able to hang on and take the checkered flag by 0.680 seconds.

Saldana himself was locked in a closely fought battle with Wooster, Ohio’s Jac Haudenschild. The two former Gold Cup champions ran closely together the final half of the race, which ended with Saldana claiming second at the stripe.

Saldana had taken the lead at the waving of the green flag over pole sitter Mason Moore of Princeton, California. “My guys worked really hard tonight and it’s nice to be back up here on the front stretch,” said the driver of the Roth Motorsports No. 83 mount.

“Having a shot to win is all you can ask for and we were right there tonight. Shane [Stewart] did a good job in traffic and he had some really nice restarts. We’ll come back tomorrow and try to get one spot better.”

Haudenschild came home in third to continue what has been a solid week driving for California car owner Paul Silva. He hounded Saldana’s rear bumper for a number of laps, but couldn’t quite find a way by.

“Paul Silva gave me a great car again, so I want to give him a huge thanks. It’s nice to be back at the Gold Cup. I’ve always loved coming here to Chico over the years. It would mean a lot if we can get another one tomorrow.”

Owasso, Oklahoma’s Daryn Pittman claimed a fourth place finish for the second race in a row, with Fargo North, Dakota’s Donny Schatz rounding out the top-five. The remainder of the top-10 was completed by Grass Valley, California’s Brad Sweet; Fremont, California’s Shane Golobic; St. Mary’s NSW, Australia’s Kerry Madsen; Eunice, Louisiana’s Jason Johnson and Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel.

One red flag period occurred during the feature when a multi-car pileup was seen in turn three on lap 12. Rutherford, California’s Rico Abreu and Nashville, Tennessee’s Paul McMahan both got upside down during the melee, but were okay. Also involved were Jacob Allen, Logan Schuchart, Kyle Hirst and Jason Johnson.

As noted, Mason Moore won the Craftsman Club® Dash, while Hanford, California’s DJ Netto captured the C-main and Clarksburg, California’s Justyn Cox claimed the Last Chance Showdown. Four 10-lap heat races were held during the night, with victories going to Joey Saldana, Mason Moore, Jac Haudenschild and Shane Stewart.

With 38 cars signing in for opening night of the Gold Cup, split qualifying was used. Daryn Pittman set fast time in the opening group, while Rico Abreu set fast time in group two. Abreu’s lap of 11.652 was the overall quick time for the night.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will return to action tomorrow night for the finale of the 63rd annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico.

Silver Dollar Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Shane Stewart scored his sixth win of the season on the first night of the Gold Cup Race of Champions at the Silver Dollar Speedway. The battle with Joey Saldana was on from the getgo, with Stewart taking the lead on lap 11 and holding it for the remaining 19 laps with numerous cautions throughout. "Wild Child" Jac Haudenschild takes third. 

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Paul McMahan; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Comp Cams ($50 cash): David Gravel; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Dominic Scelzi; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Bud Kaeding; Super Flow ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Joey Saldana, Shane Stewart, Daryn Pittman, Brad Sweet, David Gravel; Craftsman/Sears: Mason Moore; KSE Hard Charger: Jason Johnson; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Shane Stewart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Paul McMahan.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 21 (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, Silver Dollar Speedway on April 2, Lincoln Speedway on May 19, Weedsport Speedway on May 22, Lincoln Park Speedway on June 8, Knoxville Raceway on June 11, River Cities Speedway on June 17, Rockford Speedway on June 29, Badlands Motor Speedway on July 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 9, Attica Raceway Park on July 12, Eldora Speedway on July 16, Ohsweken Speedway on July 26, Junction Motor Speedway on August 16, Angell Park Speedway on August 21, River Cities Speedway on August 26, Nodak Speedway on August 28, Willamette Speedway on September 7); David Gravel - 9 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 12, Tri-State Speedway on May 14, I-96 Speedway on June 6, Eldora Speedway on July 14, Lernerville Speedway on July 19, Wilmot Raceway on July 30, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 5, Skagit Speedway on Sept 2 and 3); Daryn Pittman - 7 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 27, Perris Auto Speedway on April 16, USA Raceway on April 18, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, Jackson Motorplex on June 24, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Williams Grove Speedway on July 22); Brad Sweet - 7 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Cotton Bowl Speedway on Feb. 26, Ocean Speedway on April 1, Bakersfield Speedway on April 15, Plymouth Speedway on May 13, Badlands Motor Speedway on July 2); Shane Stewart - 6 (Arizona Speedway on March 6, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 23, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 30, Granite City Speedway on June 15, Brown County Speedway on June 19, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9); Joey Saldana - 4 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 3, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 22, Jacksonville Speedway on May 4, I-80 Speedway on June 22); Lance Dewease - 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Williams Grove Speedway on July 23); Kerry Madsen - 2 (Eldora Speedway on May 6 and 7); Rico Abreu - 1(Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 6); Bill Balog - 1 (Beaver Dam Raceway on June 25); Chad Kemenah - 1 (Fremont Speedway on June 3); Jason Johnson - 2 (Placerville Speedway on March 24, Knoxville Nationals on August 13);Terry McCarl - 1 (Knoxville Raceway on June 10); Logan Schuchart - 1 (Cedar Lake Speedway on July 9); Jason Sides - 1 (I-30 Speedway on April 26); Greg Wilson - 1 (The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 27).

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Silver Dollar Speedway, Calif.; Sept 9, 2016

Feature - (30 Laps) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [4] [$8,000]; 2. 83-Joey Saldana [2] [$4,000]; 3. 57-Jac Haudenschild [3] [$2,500]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$2,200]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [9] [$2,100]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [6] [$2,000]; 7. 22-Shane Golobic [10] [$1,800]; 8. 83JR-Kerry Madsen [12] [$1,600]; 9. 41-Jason Johnson [24] [$1,500]; 10. 5-David Gravel [8] [$1,300]; 11. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [11] [$1,200]; 12. OO-Cory Eliason [13] [$1,100]; 13. O-Bud Kaeding [17] [$1,000]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [23] [$700]; 15. 92-Andy Forsberg [15] [$600]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [22] [$600]; 17. 31BC-Justyn Cox [21] [$600]; 18. 22M-Mason Moore [1] [$600]; 19. M21-Kalib Henry [20] [$600]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [19] [$600]; 21. 24-Rico Abreu [7] [$600]; 22. 77-Kyle Hirst [14] [$600]; 23. 7-Paul McMahan [18] [$600]; 24. 29-Willie Croft [16] [$600]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-11, Shane Stewart 12-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Jason Johnson [+15].

Qualifying - 1. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.652; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.699; 3. 57-Jac Haudenschild, 11.826; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.885; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.928; 6. 22M-Mason Moore, 11.956; 7. 83-Joey Saldana, 11.968; 8. 77-Kyle Hirst, 12.012; 9. 5-David Gravel, 12.016; 10. 29-Willie Croft, 12.023; 11. 22-Shane Golobic, 12.056; 12-13. 83JR-Kerry Madsen and OO-Cory Eliason, 12.084; 14-15. 31BC-Justyn Cox and 7-Paul McMahan, 12.088; 16.  M21-Kalib Henry, 12.099; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.101; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.106; 19. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.114; 20. 21-Robbie Price, 12.131; 21. 92-Andy Forsberg, 12.132; 22-23. O-Bud Kaeding and 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.141; 24. 11AU-Toby Bell Bowen, 12.142; 25. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 12.188; 26. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.215; 27. 75-Sean Becker, 12.222; 28. 19-Chase Majdic, 12.255; 29. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.268; 30. 12-Jarrett Soares, 12.296; 31. 3C-DJ Netto, 12.318; 32. 98-Sean Watts, 12.406; 33. OOX-Jason Statler, 12.591; 34. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.645; 35. 1H-Billy Wallace, 12.740;  36. 12C-Brian Mcgahan, 12.824; 37. 22A-Cori Andrews, 13.256; 38. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.432

Heat 1 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 83-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. OO-Cory Eliason [3]; 5. O-Bud Kaeding [6]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [8]; 9. OOX-Jason Statler [9]; 10. 22A-Cori Andrews [10]

Heat 2 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 22M-Mason Moore [1]; 2. 5-David Gravel [2]; 3. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [6]; 4. 92-Andy Forsberg [5]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [4]; 6. 19-Chase Majdic [7]; 7. 98-Sean Watts [8]; 8. 12C-Brian Mcgahan [9]; 9. 31BC-Justyn Cox [3]

Heat 3 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)  - 1. 57-Jac Haudenschild [2]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu [1]; 3. 22-Shane Golobic [4]; 4. 77-Kyle Hirst [3]; 5. 7-Paul McMahan [5]; 6. 21-Robbie Price [6]; 7. 11AU-Toby Bell Bowen [7]; 8. 13-Clyde Knipp [10]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [9]; 10. 12-Jarrett Soares [8]

Heat 4 - (10 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 83JR-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 29-Willie Croft [3]; 5. M21-Kalib Henry [5]; 6. 3C-DJ Netto [8]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 8. 75-Sean Becker [7]; 9. 1H-Billy Wallace [9]

Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 22M-Mason Moore [3]; 2. 83-Joey Saldana [1]; 3. 57-Jac Haudenschild [2]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 8. 5-David Gravel [7]

C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) - 1. 3C-DJ Netto [2] [-]; 2. 98-Sean Watts [1] [-]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [4] [$150]; 4. OOX-Jason Statler [3] [$150]; 5. 12C-Brian Mcgahan [5] [$150]; 6. 22A-Cori Andrews [7] [$125]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [8] [$125]; 8. 1H-Billy Wallace [6] [$125]

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 31BC-Justyn Cox [1] [-]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4] [-]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [5] [-]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [9] [-]; 5. 21-Robbie Price [2] [$300]; 6. 3C-DJ Netto [11] [$250]; 7. 19-Chase Majdic [7] [$225]; 8. 75-Sean Becker [8] [$200]; 9. 12-Jarrett Soares [10] [$200]; 10. 98-Sean Watts [12] [$200]; 11. 11AU-Toby Bell Bowen [6] [$200]; 12. 44W-Austen Wheatley [3] [$200]

Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5's

Top 10's

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

9333

0

21

50

64

5

2

49

Brad Sweet

9068

-265

7

38

53

12

3

5

David Gravel

9061

-272

9

39

56

5

4

9

Daryn Pittman

9050

-283

7

38

54

6

5

83

Joey Saldana

8914

-419

4

27

51

10

6

2

Shane Stewart

8852

-481

6

30

55

4

7

41

Jason Johnson

8414

-919

2

15

39

2

8

1S

Logan Schuchart

8266

-1067

1

12

29

2

9

7s

Jason Sides

8106

-1227

1

4

23

2

10

7

Paul McMahan

7960

-1373

0

1

18

0

11

W20

Greg Wilson

7548

-1785

1

4

11

0

12

1A

Jacob Allen

7294

-2039

0

2

10

0

13

29

Kerry Madsen

5505

-3828

2

12

25

2

14

13

Clyde Knipp

4678

-4655

0

0

0

0

15

24

Terry McCarl

3006

-6327

1

1

4

0

16

41

Dominic Scelzi

2986

-6347

0

1

5

0

17

1

Sammy Swindell

2947

-6386

0

2

5

1

18

11k

Kraig Kinser

2770

-6563

0

3

7

0

19

17W

Bryan Clauson

2456

-6877

0

1

6

0

20

18

Ian Madsen

2427

-6906

0

0

9

1


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