Logan Schuchart – Chasing His Dream

The ability to chase one’s dream is a reality that most people cherish and strive for. Since he was able to walk, Logan Schuchart has been driven to become the best racer he could be. With family blood lines running deep, it was clear that following in his grandfather’s footsteps and becoming a champion racer would always be his mission.

The now 25-year-old is set to embark on his fifth season competing with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, the pinnacle of grassroots racing. With the help of his Hall of Fame grandfather, he continues escalating his stature with “The Greatest Show on Dirt.” He’s answered the question of “can this kid do it?” every step of the way from go-karts, to regional Sprint cars and now with the Outlaws.

He holds himself to the highest of standards with character, integrity and loyalty being pillars to his daily work ethic. His passion and drive to become a World of Outlaws champion is the every day motivation that continues to push and navigate him to continue chasing his dream.

He has made thousands of laps to reach this point. The journey has included memorable steps along the way. Below are several highlights since first taking the green flag.

1995: Logan got behind the wheel of a go-kart for the first time at Allen’s Kartway (now Speedway 94) in Hanover, Pa., at the age of 2.

 

2001: In his first year of competitive racing, he earned Rookie of the Year honors at Hunterstown Speedway at the age of 8. He scored  three feature victories and nine second-place finishes in the 425 Box Stock class. He finished fourth overall in points at this one-fifth-mile dirt track.

 

2002: His second season was highly successful and included winning the WKA Junior Light division championship at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway by defeating 48 other competitors. He picked up his first career track championship winning the 425 Box Stock class at Hunterstown Speedway.

 

2003: Logan competed in national events during his third season finishing fourth in the World Karting Association (WKA) Junior Sportsman I Lite; fifth in WKA Junior Sportsman I Heavy and 12th in WKA Junior Champ divisions. He was highly successful in his home region winning the Pennsylvania Dirt Karting Association (PDKA) Junior Sportsman I Lite championship and finishing second in both the PDKA’s Junior Sportsman Heavy and Junior Champ divisions.

 

2004: The 2004 became his first double track championship as he earned the Box Stock 500 class championship at both Trail-Way Speedway and Hunterstown Speedway. Logan also finished second in the Junior Champ 500 Cage class at Hunterstown.

 

2005: His success continued with a championship in the Box Stock 575 class at Hunterstown Speedway. He also won nine out of 11 races in the Junior Champ 500 Cage class and seven of nine races in the Junior Champ class at Hunterstown.

 

2006: For the second time in his career, he scored a pair of championships. Logan scored the drivers’ title in both the Junior Restricted 575 class and the Junior Champ class at Hunterstown Speedway.

 

2007:  In his final full season of go-kart competition, he finished third in points in the Junior Champ class at Hunterstown (Pa.) Speedway.

 

2008: Logan made his Sprint car racing debut behind the wheel of a 358 sprint car. In his first race at Trail-Way Speedway, he started at the back of the pack and finished 13th. It was one of three races he competed in that season. 

 

2009: His rookie campaign in 358 Sprint cars was highlighted by his victory at Trail-Way Speedway. Logan also raced at Lincoln Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway and Susquehanna Speedway. In addition to the victory, he also posted three top-five finishes, nine top-10s and earned the Hard Charger Award at Williams Grove. His talent both on and off the track where recognized ad he earned the ARCH (Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown) Junior Achievement award.

1st career 358 Sprint car win – June 26, 2008 – Trail-Way Speedway

 

2010: His second full season in a Sprint car yielded first next championship. When the season was complete, Logan became the youngest driver ever to win Lincoln Speedway’s 358 track championship. En route to his championship, he won his first career one feature there and had a total of 19 top-five finishes and 13 top 10s.

1st career Lincoln Speedway 358 Sprint car win – July 10, 2010
Lincoln Speedway 358 Sprint Car point champion
Lincoln Speedway 358 Most Improved driver

 

2011: In his third season of Sprint car racing, Logan and the Shark Racing team spread their wings and ventured to more tracks. The results included earning the Central Pa. 358 points championship with eight feature victories at four different tracks. He led the Central Pa. series with the most top-five finishes with 24 and won the three biggest 358 Sprint car races in that series – the Firecracker 30 at Selingsgrove Speedway, the Jim Nace Memorial at Selinsgrove Speedway and the 358 Championship race at Lincoln Speedway. Logan earned his highest prize money of $8,000 with his mid-September victory in the 358-360 National Open at Selinsgrove. Two weeks later, he made his debut in a 410 Sprint car. He closed the month splashing onto the national sprint car scene by making a dramatic first impression during the Williams Grove National Open. He raced with reigning World of Outlaws point champion Jason Meyers for the top spot in the preliminary feature before surrendering second-place after flattening his right rear tire.
HTMA 358 Sprint car champion
1st career Williams Grove victory – 358 Sprint car division – May 20, 2011
1st career Susquehanna Speedway – 358 Sprint car division – June 12, 2011
2nd career Williams Grove victory – 358 Sprint car division – June 24, 2011
1st career Selinsgrove victory – 358 Sprint car division – July 2, 2011
2nd career Selinsgrove victory – 358 Sprint car division – July 16, 2011
2nd career Lincoln victory – 358 Sprint car division – July 24, 2011
3rd career Selinsgrove victory – 360 Sprint special – -$8,000-to-win – September 3, 2011
3rd career Lincoln victory – 358 Sprint car division – September 10, 2011
1st career 410 start – Selinsgrove National Open – September 17, 2011
2nd career 410 start/1st WoO start – Williams Grove – September 30, 2011

 

2012: Logan’s first full season of 410 Sprint car racing was filled with competition both nationally and in the tough Central Pennsylvania scene. He started the season competing with the All-Stars in Georgia and Florida before returning home for the local scene. His first career triumph at historic Williams Grove Speedway came over the All-Stars in late April and his grandfather took the kid on the road to get more valuable experience competing in the All-Star Circuit of Champions annual Ohio Speedweek in June. The trip to Ohio paid dividends a couple weeks later with Schuchart scoring his second career 410 victory at Williams Grove Speedway during the Pennsylvania Speedweek. The education process continued as Logan made a World of Outlaw A-Feature field at Bloomington (Indiana) Speedway the week before his first trip to the Knoxville Nationals. The results of the campaign earned Logan both the Speedway Motors Central Pa. 410 Rookie of the Year and the Williams Grove Speedway Rookie of the Year honors. And his talent was also recognized nationally when he was named the National 410 Sprint Car Poll Rookie of the Year by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. 
2012 Williams Grove Speedway Rookie of the Year (410 Division)
2012 Speedway Motors Central PA Rookie of the Year (410 Division)
2012 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Rookie of the Year
1st career 410 win/1st career All-Star Circuit of Champions win – Wm. Grove Speedway – April 27, 2012
2nd career 410 win – Williams Grove Speedway – PA Speedweek – July 5, 2012

 

2013: The 2013 season continued his progress in the 410 Sprint car ranks. Logan and his Shark Racing team followed a similar schedule beginning the season in Florida competing with the All-Stars and World of Outlaws. The early season laps with the top touring series paid dividends again when the 20-year-old returned to racing in Central Pennsylvania. He picked up his first career 410 Sprint car feature win at his hometown track – Lincoln Speedway – on April 20. A top-10 run at Charlotte opened a Memorial Day weekend with the World of Outlaws was in advance of a second consecutive run through Ohio for the All-Stars Speedweek in June. Following the PA Speedweek, Logan returned to Ohio for a week with the World of Outlaws – the Brad Doty Classic, the Kings Royal and Don Martin Memorial. He finished the week with a top-10 finish in the Williams Grove Summer Nationals and followed the Outlaws to New York. A B-main start in the Knoxville Nationals three weeks later was followed by a weekend of wins back home on consecutive nights at Williams Grove and Port Royal Speedway, a race tributing PA legend Keith Kauffman. The win was his first career 410 Sprint car victory at “The Speed Palace”. His first 410 victory at Selinsgrove came the first weekend of October and he closed the Central PA season with The Last Call Season Finale Show at Lincoln Speedway which was a farewell tribute to Fred Rahmer. The race ended up being his final race as a member of the PA Posse with him heading out on the road the following season. He concluded season with a top-10 finish in the World of Outlaws World Finals. In total, he competed in 96 410 sprint car events, recording five victories, three second-place finishes, three third-place finishes, four fourth-place finishes and eight fifth-place. He scored 46 top-10 finishes.

1st career Lincoln Speedway – 410 Sprint car division victory – April 20, 2013
3rd career Williams Grove Speedway – 410 Sprint car division victory – August 16, 2013
1st career Port Royal Speedway – 410 Sprint car division victory – August 17, 2013
1st career Selinsgrove Speedway – 410 Sprint car division victory – October 6, 2013
2nd career Lincoln Speedway – 410 Sprint car division victory – October 20, 2013

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2014: To be the best you have to beat the best and in 2014, Logan’s grandfather took a leap of faith and hit the road full time with the goal of completing with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series. The learning curve was extremely steep, but 21-year-old was relishing in his “college education” learning night after night what it took to be an “Outlaw.” There were a number of flashes including his first weekend in California in March where he led the first 22 laps of the A-Feature in his first-ever appearance at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare. He completed the weekend with a run from sixth to second the following night in Tulare. A podium finish at The Dirt Track at Charlotte during Memorial Day weekend was the next highpoint. He finished fifth in the second Don Martin Memorial 30-lap A-Feature in mid-July before he scored his first podium finish in Canada. In late August, he charged from 14th to fourth in Edmonton to continue his success on Canadian soil. He finished second in World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year award, 12th in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship standings.  

Total races: 93; Five top-five finishes, 16 top-10s, 1 fast-time award, 1 dash win, 3 KSE Hard Charger Awards

 

2015: He kicked off his second season with “The Greatest Show on Dirt” again in Florida and making a cross country trek to Las Vegas. Following a pair of nights at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he earned his first top-10 at USA Raceway in Tucson, Arizona. A pair of top-10s at picturesque Calistoga Speedway highlighted his run through California and top-five finish at Devli’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas closed out the month of April. Another top-10 run at Charlotte over the Memorial Day weekend kicked off the summer. He started on the front row at Granite City Speedway in Minnesota and scored his second top-five finish of the season. Another hard charge from 19th to eighth at I-96 in Michigan in June provided momentum for the Shark Racing team. He finished seventh in both 30-lap A-Feature events of the Don Martin Memorial at Lernerville. A fourth-place finish in the Six Nations Showdown at Ohsweken Speedway in Ontario was followed by two thrilling runs in the Ironman 55 events near St. Louis. He finished on the podium in the second night in Edmonton again before leading the first five laps at Berlin Raceway in Michigan. He finished third at Berlin and the following week scored his best career finish in the National Open by running third. He closed his second Outlaw season with run from 27th to 17th and a sixth-place finish in the World Finals at Charlotte. 

Total races: 83; Seven top-five finishes, 31 top-10s, 1 fast-time award, 7 KSE Hard Charger Awards

 

2016: Year three on the Outlaws again started in Florida before a weekend in Texas. Logan cracked the top-10 in his first visit to Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas when drove the Shark Racing No. 1s to a seventh-place finish. He was strong in his return to Stockton racing from from 13th to sixth and coming home seventh. Two weeks later, it was a banner night for Shark Racing at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California. Logan led the first 21 laps before finishing second to Brad Sweet. Logan was joined on the podium by his Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen. His next top-five came at his home track of Lincoln Speedway in late May when he scored a fifth-place finish. Three nights later, he led the first 30 laps at Weedsport Speedway before finishing second for the second time in 2016. The years of hard work paid off just over a month later as Logan led the opening six laps and then raced past Joey Saldana and led the final 20 laps at Cedar Lake Speedway in Wisconsin to score his first career World of Outlaws triumph. Five consecutive top fives surged him through August and into September. Back-to-back fourth place runs in Colorado and Iowa continued the momentum and two weeks later, he finished second on consecutive nights at Eldora and Lernerville. The late-season surge peaked with a dominant run at Port Royal Speedway where Logan scored his second World of Outlaws victory, this time in front of many family and friends. Once again, he closed the season with a bang in Charlotte finishing second in the opening night A-Feature and charging from 14th to fifth in the finale. Following the Outlaw season, he competed internationally for the first time in his career. After traveling across the country and landing just hours earlier in the day, he led the first 15 laps in his first start at Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane. Two weeks later, he scored a victory in a preliminary feature win during the Scott Darley Memorial at Valvoline Speedway in Sydney. 

Total races: 93; two wins, 20 top-five finishes, 43 top-10s, 3 fast-time awards, 5 dash wins, 5 KSE Hard Charger Awards
1st career World of Outlaws win – Cedar Lake Speedway – July 8, 2016 (1st career Cedar Lake win)
2nd career World of Outlaws win – Port Royal Speedway – October 15, 2016 (2nd career Port win)

 

2017: Following his first international tour of action in Australia, Logan embarked on his fourth season competing nationally with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Seres. For the sixth consecutive season, he started his year behind the wheel of the Shark Racing No. 1s on Florida soil. After missing the opening night feature, he closed Florida with a seventh-place finish before heading to Texas, Nevada. A podium finish in Las Vegas was the first of many big nights in 2017. It was another California run that highlighted the early season as he charged from 19th to win at Keller Auto Speedway in Hanford. He finished third in the Texas Outlaw Nationals opener at Devils Bowl Speedway. The win total doubled when he charged from fifth to win the opening night of the #LetsRaceTwo double header at historic Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. A fifth place finish at Williams Grove Speedway the following weekend carried the team through a tough week of logistical trouble that included their toter breaking down on the Pennsylvania turnpike en route to racing at New Egypt Speedway in New Jersey. The team overcame the adversity and he raced to victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte just two nights later for his fifth career WoO A-Feature triumph. His Canadian success continued in late July as Logan charged past Donny Schatz and dominated the Six Nations Showdown A-Feature to score his fourth win of the season. Three weeks later, he charged from 11th to second in the Friday night qualifying feature at the Knoxville Nationals to secure his first start in the Knoxville Nationals 50-lap A-Feature. He was a hard charging machine during the final months of the campaign racing from 13th to second in Calistoga, 20th to fourth in the historic National Open and both nights of the season-ending World Finals, racing from 20th to seventh and 22nd to sixth. Just six weeks later, he made a triumphant return to Australia by racing to victory in John Weatherall’s Motorguard USA No. 1 at Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane on December 28.

Total races: 85; five wins, 13 top-five finishes, 36 top-10s, 1 fast-time award, 2 dash wins, 9 KSE Hard Charger Awards
2017 WoO KSE Hard Charger Award winner
3rd career World of Outlaws win – Keller Motor Speedway – March 31, 2017 (1st career California win)
4th career World of Outlaws win – Eldora Speedway – May 12, 2017 (1st career Eldora win)
5th career World of Outlaws win – The Dirt Track @ Charlotte – May 26, 2017 (1st career Charlotte win)
6th career World of Outlaws win –  Ohsweken Speedway – July 25, 2017 (1st career Canadian win)
1st win at Archerfield Speedway – December 28, 2017

 

2018: Schuchart opened his sixth calendar year behind the wheel of a 410 Winged Sprint car with a January 1 triumph at Archerfield Speedway in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It was his third start of his 2017/18 Australian tour driving John Weatherall’s Motorguard USA No. 1s. He led all 35 laps to score his second triumph of the tour. He finished in the top-10 in seven starts during his second Australian tour and closed with a fifth-place finish in the Scott Darley Memorial race at Valvoline Raceway near Sydney. His fifth season on the road with the World of Outlaws continued his climb on the national scene. A run from 16th to third at Arizona Speedway in early April highlighted the first quarter of the season before a partnership with Pennsylvania-based Drydene Performance Products in May jump started his run through the summer. He debuted the Drydene No. 1s at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in late May. A quick time, heat win and podium finish springboarded the team into June where a pair of top-five runs in the Jackson Nationals and a top-five in late June at Knoxville provided a hint of what was to come. Logan broke through with a huge win in the 55-lap Ironman event at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. The $20,000 victory was the perfect way to head to the 58th annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals. He set quick time and won the B-Feature in the opening night and followed that up with another quick time Friday in the Hard Knox program. His first career Knoxville Raceway victory qualified him for his third consecutive A-Main at the Nationals where he raced from 17th to 8th. Running up front was the norm during September with Logan scoring a pair of podium finishes at Calistoga Speedway and a runner-up at Eldora Speedway during Four Crown weekend. He dominated the Outlaws return to Fulton Speedway on Oct. 6 and scored his second WoO A-Feature win of the season and eighth of his career. 

Australia: 2nd career win at Archerfield Speedway – January 1, 2018
Total WoO races: 67; two wins (Knoxville win, Non-WoO), 13 top-five finishes, 36 top-10s, 1 fast-time award, 2 dash wins, 9 KSE Hard Charger Awards

7th career World of Outlaws win – Federated Auto Parts at I-55 – Aug. 4, 2018 (1st career $20K win)
1st career Knoxville Raceway win – Knoxville Nationals – Aug. 10, 2018 (Hard Knox Winner)
8th career World of Outlaws win – Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway – Oct. 6, 2018