SCHUCHART MAKES IT BACK-TO-BACK TRIUMPHS IN JACKSON NATIONALS

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JACKSON, Minn. (June 27, 2021) – Logan Schuchart let out his best Ric Flair impression in Victory Lane on Sunday at Jackson Motorplex, where he mastered the final three quarters of the 43rd annual AGCO Jackson Nationals main event to earn the $50,000 top prize.

“Hell yeah, man,” he exclaimed. “$50,000. Woooooooo!”

Schuchart was just as entertaining in the arena as the ‘Nature Boy’ while putting it on his opponents, winning the highest-paying World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series feature so far this season by more than four seconds and lapping half of the field. The victory was his second straight at the crown jewel event and it made Schuchart one of five different winners during six nights of THE SHOWDOWN competition within the last eight days.

Schuchart took the lead on the start of the 35-lap race, but a caution on the opening lap set up a complete restart. David Gravel capitalized by darting from third into the lead after hitting the bottom in turns one and two and executing a slide job on Schuchart in turns three and four.

Gravel led the first seven laps before the second-and-final caution came out on Lap 8 when Donny Schatz, who was running fifth, stopped on the track. Gravel chose the inside lane for the double-file restart, but didn’t launch into the lead when the green flag was waved. Gravel and Schuchart stayed side by side throughout three quarters of the lap before Gravel slid across the track in turns three and four. Schuchart turned underneath the slide job and narrowly led the lap.

That was as close as anyone got to Schuchart during the remainder of the race as he pulled away in traffic.

“You never know how long you should push,” he said. “This is probably the best track we’ve had all week and it was during the day. The other night I started to be a little conservative to conserve tires and then Kerry (Madsen) blows right by me.”

The aggressive approach on Sunday worked as Gravel finished 4.454 seconds behind Schuchart.

“He was good in lapped traffic,” Gravel said. “I wish I had a better restart. It kind of stumbled and he got a run on me. He had the dominant car in traffic. I wish I had that chance to try to control the race in the lead.

“If we got to do it again we’d probably do a couple of things different. It’s a little disappointing, but nothing to hang our heads about. It’s definitely a positive day.”

World of Outlaws points leader Brad Sweet passed Kerry Madsen, who won both preliminary nights, on Lap 19 to round out the podium.

Photos courtesy of Trent Gower Photography. 

OPENING STATEMENT: SCHUCHART SCORES TWO WINS AND BIG GATOR TO START 2021

BARBERVILLE, FL – Feb. 8, 2021 – With the focus of many sports fans zeroing in on Florida Super Sunday, Team Drydene’s Logan Schuchart put an exclamation point on the start of the 2021 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series campaign. Schuchart wheeled the Drydene Performance Products/DRF Racing Formulas Shark Racing No. 1s to victory in Sunday’s finale of the 50th DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida to conclude a remarkable first week of Sprint car competition.

The victory capped a week of dominance by the Hanover, PA driver. He won Wednesday night’s DIRTcar opener, sanctioned by the All-Star Circuit of Champions, after starting 13th and finished second on Thursday. He charged from 7th to second Friday night in the Outlaws’ 2021 season opener. The consistency of his four top-two finishes earned the Shark Racing team the DIRTcar Nationals title and iconic “Big Gator.

“It was an incredible start to our season,” said Schuchart. “We couldn’t be here with the great support of Drydene Performance Products. We were confident when we showed up here to practice Tuesday and just kept getting better every night. It was great having Dave Klinger down here to support us and also having Drydene customers enjoy this with us is what it’s all about. We needed power and reliability all week and the DRF we run kept us ahead of the competition. We are all so excited about the start of the season.”

Schuchart’s teammate and fellow Team Drydene racer, Jacob Allen, finished seventh and eighth in the opening two WoO A-Mains, his best two finishes at the track, to begin his eighth season with “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

Sunday’s win was Schuchart’s 24th career World of Outlaws A-Main triumph and second at Volusia. Since the start of the 2019 season, Shark Racing has won 17 WoO A-Mains and every one of them has been with DRF in their Newman’s Racing Engines. 

“We had confidence coming down here, but when it pays off like it means a lot,” Schuchart . “When your confidence is high, your team feels good, and you perform better. It definitely feels good doing this against the quality of cars we had here. The Outlaws are so stacked this year and we’ve got a lot of good invaders joining us. My grandfather’s dream is looking awesome, though. I’m really proud of this Shark Racing team.”

Schuchart leaves Florida as the point leader over two-time and reigning WoO champion Brad Sweet. It’s just the start of a 90-plus nights of racing that concludes in Charlotte in November.  Be sure to catch every lap of every WoO race, both Sprints and Late Models, live on DIRTVision.com presented by Drydene.

SHARK RACING CONTINUING BOBBY ALLEN’S DREAM COMPETING WITH THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS IN 2021

• Drydene Performance Products Enters Third Season As Primary Sponsor for Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen
• NGK Spark Plugs returns as a key partner for a third consecutive WoO tour with Shark Racing
• C&D Rigging Inc. steps up as a major Associate Partner in 2021

• JVI Group joins the team as “Official Transportation Partner” of Shark Racing
• Taggart’s Powersports also new to team in 2021 

HANOVER, Pennsylvania (January 8, 2021) – “Never Give Up” has always been the mantra for Bobby Allen. The Hall of Fame Sprint car driver and Shark Racing’s leader always wanted to be the best and for everyone that loves a feel good story, they are happy “Scruffy” has never given up his desire to do so.  

One of the “Original Outlaws” will continue his passion for success competing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series (WoO) this season with his son, Jacob Allen, and grandson, Logan Schuchart, at dirt tracks all across the United States.

Shark Racing begins its eighth year of competition with the Outlaws February 5, 2021 at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Florida during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals where they will be looking add to their gator collection after Schuchart capped last year’s event with a thrilling triumph.

“This has been my dream to get these boys out here not only racing with the Outlaws, but competing for wins a championship,” said Allen. “It took everyone that ever helped me to get us here and I can’t thank them all enough. There were a lot of doubters when we came out here in 2014 that we could make. Like I said with the help of a lot people and the hard work of Logan and Jacob and the guys that we have had working for us, we are getting there. In 2017 and 2018, we started getting sponsors that helped us make a move upward and then in 2019 and 2020 when Dave Klinger and Drydene stepped up in a big way and we added NGK, Kevin and Doug from C&D last year, we proved we can compete at the highest level. I’m excited that we have added new partners like JVI this year and hopefully we can continue our climb.”

Schuchart’s 2020 opening weekend victory was a preview of what was to come for the central Pennsylvania-based team during a season that required a lot of perseverance. Schuchart was in the WoO championship mix throughout the campaign following his first Volusia triumph, leading the points standings in May and again in August.

The 28-year-old also scored his first crown jewel event triumph with his Jackson Nationals victory last June, a win that added Schuchart’s name to list of winners that includes his grandfather, who claimed the Jackson Nationals in 1986. In all, Schuchart captured seven WoO A-Main triumphs concluding the Outlaws season with a win at Charlotte last November. Schuchart wasn’t the only Drydene Performance Products driver to score a WoO A-Main victory in 2020. After numerous runner-up finishes, Jacob Allen became an Outlaw winner in September with his victory at Dodge City Raceway Park. The win was celebrated by almost everyone in motorsports as social media blew up after Allen crossed the finish line ahead of Schuchart on that fall Friday night.

The goal for Shark Racing is to continue climbing the ladder in one of racing’s premiere and, arguably, most grueling series. In 2021, the Shark Racing is looking to consistently compete for wins and a championship. Goals made possible through what they have learned during the past seven seasons on the road and also because of the people that support the team. A core group of crew members that includes Tyler Garber, Ronald Helmick, Ben Witman and Brendan Collum provides stability in a sport that has very unique challenges.

The right combination of partners, personnel and equipment are the key to maintaining Shark Racing’s trajectory towards the top.

DRYDENE MEANS BUSINESS

For the third consecutive season, Drydene Performance Products, who offers a full product line of motor and grease oils, transmission and hydraulic fluids and diesel exhaust fluids, will serve as the primary sponsor on Allen’s No. 1a and Schuchart’s 1s. Since first jumping on Schuchart’s No. 1s machine back in May 2018 at Charlotte, Drydene has become a prominent influence in grassroots racing, with major sponsorships in WoO Late Models including Ricky Weiss, Chris Madden, Scott Bloomquist and Rick Eckert, to being presenting sponsors of DIRTVision and official partners of both the WoO Sprint and Late Model series. Drydene’s commitment to Shark Racing has been a major factor in the teams ascension to the upper echelon of the WoO Sprint series.

The company’s commitment to Shark Racing and the sport runs deeper than just branding on the cars, uniforms, hats and t-shirts. In January 2019, Drydene began developing a racing oil, Drydene Racing Formulas (DRF), and worked closely with Newman’s Racing Engines analyzing both the on-track performance, Shark Racing has won 16 WoO A-Mains since they started exclusively using the racing oil, and improved engine and component wear. The results have proven to be everything Drydene was hoping for. 

CONTINUITY FROM NGK, C&D RIGGING AND PELLS TIRE SERVICE

Partnerships have been vital for Logan and Jacob’s growth. Major Associate partners NGK Spark Plugs and C&D Rigging continue to be integral parts of Shark Racing. NGK has provided spark plugs for Shark Racing since 2018 and increased their support the past two seasons. Schuchart has enjoyed being an NGK brand ambassador and participated in several promotions with Team NGK. Shark Racing is looking forward to continuing to build this relationship in 2021.

Timing is everything and last January C&D Rigging Inc. owners Kevin Sassaman and Doug Hetrick attended SHARKFEST just weeks before the team headed to Florida. That’s all it took and they joined the team as sponsors before the event concluded. The company, a full service rigging and millwrighting contractor, was founded in April 2013 and provides scheduled maintenance, emergency services and new construction. Sassaman and Hetrick were in Volusia for Speedweeks and along with their families supported the team at a number of events throughout 2020 and the team is looking forward to having their friends from C&D at a number of races in 2021 as well.

For those that have followed Scruffy’s career, they’ll recognize Pell’s Tire Service. The Coldwarter, Michigan company owned by Mark Pell has supported Allen since he was driving and continued that from the moment Logan and Jacob began competing. Mark is at the track when the team is racing anywhere close to Michigan and reported that Pells Tire Service, just like Shark Racing, had an terrific year in 2020.

JVI GROUP BECOMES OFFICIAL TRANSPORTATION PARTNER FOR SHARK RACING

Successfully traveling across the country and competing in the demanding 90-plus nights of action can be one of the toughest parts about being a full time Outlaw. Anyone that knows the Shark Racing story can recall some of the challenges the team has faced during their time on the road. Shark Racing is proud to announce the addition of JVI Group as the official transportation partner of the team. JVI Group’s Sam Elicker is big supporter of short track racing and the team is excited to represent the Dillsburg, PA based company that offers a full range of construction services from excavation, paving, plowing and equipment hauling.

#IWANTTOPUSHSHARKRACING

Shark Racing is also pleased to announce the addition of Taggart’s Powersports Inc. as a Shark Racing supporter. The team will utilize a pair of 2021 Polaris Phoenix 200’s to get their cars to the staging lanes and pushed out for the A-Mains each night. Allen and Schuchart will also use the ATV’s to check out the tracks during race nights. Be on the lookout for news of a special promotion around this partnership being held in June.

PRODUCT PARTNERSHIPS REMAIN IN TACT

Bobby Allen has built his Shark Racing team over the years with hard work and collaborating with very smart people.

Shark Racing has their own dedicated engine program, which “Scruffy” admits is one of the main reasons Logan and Jacob can complete for wins every night. Michael Newman works closely with the team to stay ahead of the competition and has high-performing reliable engines. DRF, NGK, All-Pro Cylinder heads, BAM Lifters, Diamond Pistons, Engler Machine & Tool, Smith Titanium, Walker Filtration, Schoenfeld Headers, and Donovan all help keep Shark Racing near the top of the board each night.

Both drivers will continue run Triple X race cars and utilize a number of components from DMI, Smith Titanium and Moose Blocks, Inc. Factory Kahne shocks and Keizer Wheels are also key to the team’s success and both Logan and Jacob are protected by using products from Bell Helmets and K1 RaceGear.

For more information or to keep up with the team’s progress in 2021, please follow them through social platforms Facebook(SharkRacing), Twitter (@SharkRacingWoO) and Instagram (SharkRacing1a1s) or visit. SharkRacing1.com

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WITH 2020 IN THE BOOKS, FOCUS TOWARDS 2021 BEGINS

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HANOVER, PA (Nov. 16, 2020) After crashing out of the race at Beaver Dam Raceway in June while running second, Logan Schuchart knew if he lost the championship by five points his grandfather would say, “I told you so.”

He lost it by 46 points, but the message delivered by that mistake has stuck with him ever since.

“There’s a few racetracks where we hurt because of my inexperience of being in these situations where I was racing for wins when I should have been more conservative and settled for a second or third-place finish,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We would have definitely been closer.”

While a runner-up finish, or even a win, at Beaver Dam wouldn’t have made Schuchart the champion this year, it would’ve kept he and his Shark Racing team in contention for the title until the final lap, instead of allowing reigning champion Brad Sweet to lock up the championship during the penultimate race of the season.

Now, no longer a rookie at running for a championship, Schuchart is taking the lessons he learned this year to heart for another run at his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship in 2021. But along with implementing a more conservative nature at times, he admitted he and the team still need to work on their consistency.

Hitting the wall at Beaver Dam was Schuchart’s only DNF of the year, but he had two finishes outside the top-15 in the last 10 races, which hurt just as bad. Those two finishes combined cost Schuchart 40 points to Sweet.

“There’s been a few races where we had some issues and didn’t quite figure it out and finished mid-pack,” Schuchart said. “There’s some races and some racetracks that we still need to learn a little bit about; go watch some tape; look back at the notes and figure out what went wrong and fix it.”

Despite losing the championship, Schuchart and the Shark Racing team didn’t hang their heads at the end of the 2020 season. They were held high in celebration of their victory during the season ending World of Outlaws Last Call at The Dirt Track at Charlotte – his seventh win of the year.

Knowing the championship was out of reach, Schuchart was determined to end his season on a high note. Parking his Drydene #1S car in Victory Lane accomplished that and provided he and the team with the confidence that they can enter the 2021 season as championship contenders again.

“We just wanted to come down here and run strong,” Schuchart said about the season finale in Charlotte. “Six wins on the season is awesome, but coming into this racetrack (at Charlotte), knowing we’ve run good and have won in the past, I just wanted to finish this season strong and show everybody that this Shark Racing team is here to stay. We’re going to come out swinging next year.

“We finished a little bit shorter than where we wanted to be, but we started with the goal of a top three (in points). To win a race and finish top two in points is awesome.”

The 2021 season will kick off Feb. 5-7 at Volusia Speedway Park for the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Schuchart demonstrated the growth of his team at the half-mile track this year. Before the 2020 season, he had never led a lap or finished inside the top-five at Volusia. At the end of the three-day event, he had one win, three top-five finishes and led 50 laps.

That was a trend throughout the season for Schuchart. He earned career best finishes at several tracks, giving the team hope they can continue that next year at tracks they still struggled at this season.

“I think we’re just going really good as a team,” Schuchart said. “I feel confident driving. Ron Helmick, Ben Witman, Tyler Garber, working on these cars, they’re really doing a good job with these cars and are confident in what they’re doing. They’re looking over them and making sure they’re not falling apart. Everyone is doing their job.

“We had limited DNFs this year, which is very important in this Series. And my grandfather (and car owner Bobby Allen), at the top, just doing what he needed to do to make sure we were all doing our jobs and to look over us. I feel like our team is working really well together. We’ve been out here [since 2014], using our experience to our advantage. I look forward to 2021.”

SCHUCHART SCORES LAST CALL TRIUMPH TO CLOSE 2020 WOO SEASON

Courtesy of WoOSprint.com by Nick Graziano
CONCORD, NC (Nov. 8, 2020) – Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart closed out the 2020 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season the same way they opened it.

Schuchart won the DIRTcar Nationals finale in February, while Sweet claimed the event’s title. Saturday night, during the World of Outlaws Last Call season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Schuchart won the race, while Sweet was officially crowned the 2020 champion.

“We overcame a lot of adversity to have four DNFs and to still win the points,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, about his 2020 season. “I thought we showed our resilience this week and we came here and executed, I thought, perfectly.

“We did everything we needed to do to win the points and get Kasey Kahne Racing the team championship. Hats off to our competitors. Logan (Schuchart) gave me a good run for my money all season long and the 41 (Jason Johnson Racing) bunch… nothing but respect from all of us here. Obviously, we want to win and stay on top of the mountain.”

Schuchart and his Shark Racing team kept the pressure on Sweet for the championship all year long. The two swapped the points lead twice during the season, but Schuchart’s effort came up short Friday night at The Dirt Track. By Sweet finishing ahead of him, the reigning champion secured enough points to clinch his second consecutive title.

However, that did little to diminish Schuchart’s hunger for another win. His last trip to Victory Lane was in September. So, with a championship mentality no longer needed, Schuchart went full king shark Saturday night.

He set Quick Time in his Qualifying flight; finished second in his Drydene Heat Race; finished second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash; and dusted Sweet in the 30-lap Feature to earn his seventh win of the season and third win at The Dirt Track.

“We came into this weekend saying we just wanted to end strong,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “We knew certain things were out of our control. Last night was a challenge, but we made up for it a little bit. To end the World of Outlaws season with a win is awesome.

“We weren’t able to get the champion. But fifth last year and second this year (in points). This Shark Racing team is coming. We’re going to continue to try and get better and move forward.”

Sweet was the early contender for the win, claiming the pole for the Feature and led the three opening laps. But Schuchart had the NAPA Auto Parts #49 in sight the entire time, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. With a run down the front stretch, Schuchart pulled the trigger and shot a slide job underneath Sweet into Turn 1 and cleared him for the lead by Turn 2.

From then on, the Drydene #1S held command out front. Sweet closed on him in traffic but could never get close enough to attempt a pass.

“I wish I wouldn’t have lost the lead to Logan because I felt like the way the race played out I never really got another great opportunity to get by him,” Sweet said. “Just started out the race just a little off. But it came to me. I felt like we were just as good as Logan in open air. And that says a lot, because he’s usually really good at this place.”

Aside from trying to run down Schuchart for the win, Sweet still had a championship to worry about, other than his own. His Kasey Kahne Racing team entered the night 22 points ahead of Jason Johnson Racing. And JJR’s driver David Gravel didn’t help ease the pressure off Sweet throughout the night.

Gravel set overall Quick Time for the second night in a row and beat Sweet for the win in their Drydene Heat Race. By the luck of the draw, Sweet started on the pole for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and won, claiming the Feature’s pole position. Gravel finished fourth.

In the Feature, Gravel stole third on the first lap and kept Sweet in sight throughout the entire event. Gravel could close on him after a restart, but Sweet pulled away over time in clean air. To have any shot at bringing JJR the team title, he needed to beat Sweet and hope that “The Big Cat” fell at least 11 positions behind him.

He came up short on that goal and ended the season with a third-place finish.

“I knew we had a chance (at beating Sweet),” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “Just lacked a little bit there. We were pretty good, but Brad and Logan were really really good there. We could hang with them on the restart and I had some good runs and Brad made a move and blocked my lane. That was kind of my only chance.”

The race was also Gravel’s final drive behind the wheel of the JJR #41 car. He’ll join Big Game Motorsports in 2021 for a championship run.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz ended the night with a sixth-place finish and ended the year third in the championship standings. That breaks his 14-year streak of finishing first or second in points.

Sheldon Haudenschild had a career best season, finishing fourth in points with a career-high seven wins in a single season. Carson Macedo also had a new career achievement by finishing fifth in points with Kyle Larson Racing. Macedo will join Jason Johnson Racing in 2021 as KLR closes this year.

The Last Call was 2013 World of Outlaws champion Daryn Pittman’s final race as a full-time Series driver. He capped off his career with a ninth-place run at The Dirt Track and finished seventh in the championship standings.

Now, with the 2020 season completed, the World of Outlaws will look to 2021 and, again, open the season in February at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals. A new beginning to Sweet and Schuchart’s budding competitive tale.

SCHUCHART LOVES TEXAS! SHARK RACING DRIVER SCORES SECOND STRAIGHT AT DEVILS BOWL

Courtesy of WooSprints.com by Nick Graziano
MESQUITE, TEXAS (Sept. 20, 2020) Blood was in the water. The scent of victory lingered for Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart at Devil’s Bowl Speedway Saturday night.

The hunger for a win had been turning in his stomach for the past two months.

Since claiming the trophy at the Terre Haute Action Track in mid-July, Schuchart went on a run of 18 top-10 finishes in a row, including four runner-up finishes, but no wins.

When the opportunity to visit Victory Lane for the second year in a row at Devil’s Bowl – the birthplace of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series – presented itself, Schuchart made the most of it. He maneuvered his way past the likes of Jason Sides, Jacob Allen, Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel to go from fifth to the lead by the halfway point of the 30-lap Feature and then went on to claim the $20,000 win.

“We’ve had a lot of seconds and thirds in the last two months,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “Some really good races. Ran up front with big names and with great teams. There’s a lot of great teams out here that are tough to beat but this Drydene Performance Products race team is going to keep working hard and do the best we can to get this thing in the winner’s circle.

“Just happy to see these guys’ hard work – Ron Helmick, Ben Witman, Tyler Garber, Brendan Collum, Bill (Klingbeil), my grandfather (Bobby Allen), Michael Newman, everybody that is a part of this team – to just get this thing were it needs to be and see their hard work pay off and get this thing back in victory lane where it belongs.”

The victory was his sixth of the season and 22nd of his World of Outlaws career. It also helped him close back in on the championship lead. He now trails points leader Brad Sweet, who finished fourth, by eight points with 12 races remaining.

Before Schuchart galloped his Drydene sponsored horse through the field, Gravel and Haudenschild entered the Feature as the early favorites. Gravel set Quick Time for the fifth time this year – tying him with Sweet and Kyle Larson for the most Quick Time awards this season – won his Drydene Heat Race and then the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

However, his Dash win came with a bit of luck. Gravel and Haudenschild crossed the finish line at a dead tie – 0.000. Since Gravel led the lap prior, he was awarded the victory.

Like Schuchart, Gravel has craved a return to Victory Lane. His last win came at Knoxville Raceway about a month ago. He earned seven top-five finishes in the nine races after and had been a contender to win in several of them. He felt Saturday night at Devil’s Bowl could finally result in another trophy.

He rocketed ahead of the field in the early stage of the Feature, leaving little hope for second-place Haudenschild to get as close to him as he did during the Dash.

While he led, Schuchart did his dance through the field. He was in fourth by Lap 3. Third by Lap 8. And second by Lap 9. Five laps later he could sense the blood in the water. Gravel was in sight and in striking distance.

As the pair exited Turn 2, they had to split the lap car of rookie Mason Daniel, who ran the middle lane through the corner. Gravel chose to go high and Schuchart went low. The Pennsylvania driver’s choice proved to be most beneficial. Gravel was left little room between he, Daniel, and the edge of the track, forcing him to back off the throttle, while Schuchart was left an open door to jolt by them both.

That split second opportunity was all he needed to accomplish his quest of obtaining another victory. Gravel attempted to run him down in the closing laps, keeping him within reach but a caution with three laps to go allowed Schuchart to restart in clear and cruise to the win.

“We had a good enough car to win,” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “I’m really bummed for my guys and all our sponsors here tonight. Sometimes it’s better running second there. Mason Daniel has been hard to lap all season and he decides to miss the bottom and give Logan the bottom. It is what it is. We’ll take second and move on.”

He’s on a streak of 26 top-10 finishes in a row, which has helped keep Jason Johnson Racing in the hunt for the team championship. They are currently tied with Schuchart’s Shark Racing team for second in points – 8 points behind Kasey Kahne Racing.

Haudenschild rounded out the podium with his third-place finish, continuing to be one of the best cars on the tour at the moment. He’s collected 12 top-10 finishes in his last 16 races – five of them being wins. He’s now only 14 points behind 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz for third in the driver points.

“The car was good,” said Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH. “Logan (Schuchart) getting by me was a big move. I think we could have kept up with the 41 (of Gravel), but, man, it was a tough track. I feel like in traffic we could have had a shot. We all got bunched up there. We’ll take a third and keep pushing here.”

SHARK RACING LEADS THE DRIVER AND TEAM POINTS WITH JJR CLOSE BEHIND FOR THE TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

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Logan Schuchart and David Gravel left the three-day event at Knoxville Raceway with big gains and a lot to lose.

Schuchart reclaimed the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series points lead – now 18 points ahead of reigning Series champion Brad Sweet – and David Gravel helped propel Jason Johnson Racing to second in points for the team championship – four points behind Schuchart’s Shark Racing team.

With just 21 races left this season – including the North Dakota doubleheader this weekend at River Cities Speedway on Aug. 21 and at Red River Valley Speedway on Aug. 22 – both drivers are focused on winning and securing the best points nights they can every race in their championship quests.

“We want to win races,” said Schuchart, of Hanover, PA. “That’s why we’re out here. Each and every race track we go to that’s our goal. You also want to stay smart about it.”

Logan Schuchart / Trent Gower photo

Schuchart learned firsthand how detrimental a small mistake could be to his chances of winning a championship in June. While running second and trying to chase down Sweet at Beaver Dam Raceway, Schuchart jumped the cushion and got into the wall. He finished 21st and fell from first to third in the championship points.

“That’s the kind of stuff you don’t do,” he said. “I know if we lose the championship by five points my grandpa (Bobby Allen) is going to say ‘I told you so.’”

Gravel isn’t in contention for the driver championship, since he missed two races to run an ARCA and NASCAR Truck Series race, but with Parker Price-Miller filling in for him in those two races, JJR has been able to stay in contention for the team championship. The team currently has four wins this season with Gravel, including their most recent win at Knoxville Raceway.

For Gravel, the remainder of the season is about picking up more wins and helping JJR secure their first championship.

“Obviously, if I can help JJR propel and win a championship is something really cool for me,” said Gravel, of Watertown, CT. “I’m kind of torn as how the season has gone. I’m going to try my best. I try my best every night and see where it ends up. There’s still a lot of racing to go. We’re racing every weekend until the World Finals (at the Dirt Track at Charlotte) pretty much, so a lot could happen.”

Like Schuchart, Gravel knows it takes being fast and smart to secure a championship. And a bit of luck.

“You just got to keep rolling,” Gravel said. “You could be Brad Sweet and have [four] DNFs. You’ve got to enter every night, do the best you can and see what happens.”

David Gravel / Trent Gower photo

The best Schuchart has ever finished in the Series points is fifth last year – with eight wins. So, to be leading the points – and have five wins – with two and a half months to go is already a huge accomplishment in his eyes for he and his Shark Racing team that have gone from trying to make races in 2014 to now being in contention to win every week.

“It’s just a great position to be in during this time of the year,” Schuchart said. “You know you’re doing something right. Especially with our team, where we’ve come from in the last seven years and how hard we’ve worked to put ourselves in this position. My grandfather, Bobby Allen, has built an awesome team and everyone that’s a part of it is doing a great job. To be leading the points here in August says a lot about how far our team has come.”

River Cities and Red River Valley have been good tracks for Schuchart and Gravel. Schuchart picked up his first win at River Cities in June of last year and then finished third at the speedway last August. Gravel, who won at River Cities in 2017, also finished inside the top-five during both races at the quarter-mile track last year.

The Series will make its first trip back to Red River Valley Speedway since 2018 this weekend. The race was won by 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, but Gravel was in contention to win throughout the event before having an issue and finishing 18th. Schuchart finished fifth in that event.

While they’ll be gunning for the win every race, they’ll also be careful to not lose the points they’ve earned to put them in the position they’re in.

SCHUCHART WINS FIRST CROWN JEWEL OF 2020: JACKSON NATIONALS

Crown jewels dangled in front of Logan Schuchart throughout 2019 but were never close enough for him to grab.

He finished second in the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway and then finished second at the Knoxville Nationals.

On Saturday night at the Jackson Motorplex, Schuchart fended off an assault of slide jobs and dive bombs throughout the 35-lap Feature to finally grab a crown jewel. He claimed the 42nd Annual Jackson Nationals title and the $30,000 prize that came with it.

“It’s awesome,” Schuchart said about winning the AGCO Jackson Nationals. “We’ve been so close to a couple of them (crown jewel events). It’s a huge win. Great for our team, without even thinking about the money. To win a race like this at a great facility with all of these great names here. To be able to win during these trying times in 2020 with everything that’s going on and to get a big win is great for our team.”

The win is his fourth of the season – second in a row at the 4/10-mile track – and 20th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win.

The Hanover, PA driver entered the night as the points leader with his Shark Racing team for the event after a fourth-place finish and a win in the preliminary races.

He finished second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass King of the Hill Dash behind winner Daryn Pittman, placing them on the front row of the 35-lap Feature.

Schuchart darted ahead of Pittman at the start of the Feature, bringing two-time and defending Jackson Nationals champion Brad Sweet and Sheldon Haudenschild along with him. The next 30 laps became a summer blockbuster worthy of an Oscar nomination.

The lead officially changed hand six times throughout the event – not counting every time Schuchart, Sweet and Haudenschild swapped the lead before crossing the finish line. Haudenschild stole the lead from Schuchart in lap traffic on Lap 10. However, a red flag for Parker Price-Miller’s flip in Turn 1 put Haudenschild and Schuchart side by side on the restart.

Unwilling to lose another crown jewel event, Schuchart timed the restart perfect and powered his way around the outside of Haudenschild to reclaim the lead. But Haudenschild, who is winless this year, was just as hungry for the victory. He charged his way back around Schuchart the next lap.

Their duel of the fates was not yet over. Schuchart threw a slide job on Haudenschild going into Turn 1 and reclaimed the lead on Lap Lap 13. And this time, he was able to pull away, running the high line. Haudenschild fell victim to Sweet, as well.

With Schuchart in the lead, Sweet second and Haudenschild third, the three drivers ran single file around the top of the track for about the next 10 laps.

Once the Feature was under 10 laps to go and Schuchart again caught slower traffic, Sweet and Haudenschild closed in.

Like fighter jets playing war games, seeing how close they can dive around each other without touching, the three drivers swapped lanes every corner to try and get an advantage on the other. Haudenschild and Sweet almost made contact exiting Turn 4, forcing Haudenschild over the cushion with eight laps to go. He faded to the clutches of Pittman, while Sweet went after Schuchart.

“It’s tough when you get guys like that, that are so good,” Schuchart said about having to race Sweet and Haudenschild for the win. “Sheldon is going to pound the top down and take his shots. He can pull a slider from way far away. And I knew Brad was going to be coming at the end. You just have to keep your composure with those guys. You just have to hit your marks and not get overly excited.”“The Big Cat” pounced on Schuchart and edged him for the lead on Lap 29, but Schuchart dove into Turn 1 and slid ahead of Sweet for the final time. With tires wearing down, the reigning Series champion had nothing more for Schuchart. The Drydene #1S drove away with one of the biggest wins in his career.

Sweet finished on the podium all three nights of the 2020 AGCO Jackson Nationals, including a win on the first night. However, he had to settle for another runner-up finish with his Kasey Kahne Racing team.

“I went really hard there in the middle of the race and kind of used my one shot to get by Logan and didn’t make it stick,” said Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA. “He did a good job. I think he was able to set a nice pace out front and able to save his tires, while I tried to stay close.

“There’s some nights you just can’t get it done. NAPA Auto Parts guys gave me a good car. We’re working hard. It’s competitive out here right now. We’ll take a second and try to get better next week.”

Pittman was able to get around Haudenschild to finish third – his second podium finish in a row.

“We just got some work to do and got beat by, arguably, the two best cars on the tour this year,” said Pittman, of Owasso, OK. “We’re making gains.”

Haudenschild finsihed fourth in his NOS Energy Drink Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing car – his ninth top-10 finish in a row this year. David Gravel rounded out the top-five.

Ten-time Series champion and 2018 Jackson Nationals champion Donny Schatz ended the night eighth – his second top-10 finish in a row with his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team after four straight races outside the top-10.

Carson Macedo earned the KSE Racing Hard Charger award in his Kyle Larson Racing #2 car with his run from 18th to ninth. He’s now tied with Schuchart for the second most top-10 finishes, so far, this season with 14.

Now, with a crown jewel win under his beat, Schuchart said it only gives he and his team more confidence going forward this year.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Cedar Lake Speedway July 2-4 for a three-day Independence Day mega event with the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models. Saturday’s event will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$30,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$8,000]; 3. 83-Daryn Pittman [1][$5,000]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$2,700]; 5. 41-David Gravel [4][$2,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [9][$2,200]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [7][$2,000]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [10][$1,800]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [18][$1,600]; 10. 83R-Lynton Jeffrey [19][$1,450]; 11. 16-Brooke Tatnell [17][$1,300]; 12. 9-Kasey Kahne [14][$1,200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$1,000]; 15. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [24][$1,000]; 16. 17B-Bill Balog [22][$1,000]; 17. 7-Justin Henderson [16][$1,000]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides [12][$1,000]; 19. 17A-Austin McCarl [21][$1,000]; 20. O9-Matt Juhl [23][$1,000]; 21. 49X-Tim Shaffer [15][$1,000]; 22. 21-Brian Brown [11][$1,000]; 23. 2C-Wayne Johnson [20][$1,000]; 24. 14-Parker Price-Miller [5][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-9, 11, 13-28, 30-35; Sheldon Haudenschild 10, 12; Brad Sweet 29; KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+9]

How Shark Racing Went from Scrappy Underdog to Outlaws Points Leader

Story published on Autoweek.com and shared on this sight with permission:

Autoweek.com – June 5, 2020
By Matt Weaver

Before anything else was possible, Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen needed to pay their dues in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. Upon accomplishing that goal, everything else could follow.

As it turns out, the rest is happening ahead of schedule.

Schuchart enters the ninth race of the 2020 season, his seventh as a full-timer, as the World of Outlaws championship leader—12 points ahead of defending champion Brad Sweet and 28 over 10-time champion Donny Schatz.

And while the accomplishment is impactful by itself, it’s even more noteworthy when considering he is doing so with a Drydene Shark Racing team comprised almost entirely of his famous racing family.

Schuchart, 27, is the grandson of Bobby “Scruffy” Allen, one of the discipline’s original true outlaws. Jacob, 25, is Scruffy’s youngest son. Their engines are built and maintained by Michael Newman, Scruffy’s nephew.

Bobby Allen, of course, is the 1990 Knoxville Nationals winner and one of the most decorated and admired Sprint Car personalities.

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Now, Schuchart and the younger Allen are starting to meet the expectations of that legacy—a level that not everyone believed was possible.

Allen remembers wrapping up their first California swing in 2014 and being approached by crew members from Kasey Kahne Racing. They told Allen they had placed money that the Shark Racing boys would load up and return home to Pennsylvania without having finished the two-month stretch.

It wasn’t the most graceful of performances, but they made it.

So, it spoke volumes that when Allen flipped on the first night of racing last month at the Lake Ozark Speedway those same KKR crew members were feverishly laboring in the work area to repair his damaged car.

This wasn’t the first time it had happened, either. Respect had been earned.

“I don’t know the exact moment it happened, but I think people admired that we kept coming back no matter what obstacles were placed in front of us,” Allen said. “We’d flip or have mechanical problems and we would always come right back.

“We’d get hit and we would get right back up. Get hit. Get back up. Get hit. Get back up.

“That came from my dad. You can’t teach that kind of thing. You have to have a certain degree of heart, faith and belief to keep getting back up in those shitty circumstances. My dad has that. Logan has that. I have it. When all three of you have it, it creates something special.”

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It’s certainly been a special season thus far for Schuchart with finishes of second, fifth, first, third, third, third, fourth, first and sixth.

For longtime followers of the tour, that’s a Summertime Schatz-like pace. It’s also a far cry from the Schuchart who went out to California in 2014 and finished outside the top 10 on four different occasions and even missed two features— albeit with a second place at Tulare.

Unlike Allen, who only started racing full time once he joined the Outlaws, Schuchart had a much more robust pedigree before his first season.

In his early teenage years, Schuchart raced 358 Sprint Cars at several Pennsylvania tracks. He is the youngest driver to ever win the Lincoln Speedway 348 track championship. In 2012, his first year behind the wheel of a 410 Sprint Car, he was voted the National Sprint Car Rookie of the Year by the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

It was never the lack of pedigree, but rather experience and additional funding.

“We’ve just continued to put in the work,” Schuchart said. “It’s been about continuing to run well at the places we’ve always raced well at, while also getting better at the places that used to kick our teeth in.

“Everyone has worked hard. My grandfather is tireless. He works so hard to show Jacob and I the ropes. He’s on the phone with Michael Newman five times a day. Tyler Barber has been with us for three years. Ben Whitman, Ron Helmick. Everyone is just working really well together, and that hard work is starting pay off.”

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It’s something of a family tradition for Shark Racing to get the most out of its equipment.

The elder Allen earned the Scruffy nickname for both his outward appearance and also the blue-collar work ethic that accompanied it.

Even at 76 years old, he still drives the team’s hauler across the country and can often be found wrenching on the car alongside his boys. Since taking the team full-time Outlaws racing in 2014, this is the first year that Scruffy feels like his son and grandson have everything they need to contend for wins and a championship.

The latest step can be traced to a national sponsorship commitment from Drydene Performance Products. That agreement was first consummated in 2018 and expanded into a full-time naming rights agreement the following season.

The sponsorship has allowed the blue collar team the means to continually update its parts and pieces, while also providing Newman the ability to provide greater engine inventory and flexibility.

Before connecting with Drydene, Bobby Allen had his boys racing on a shoestring budget, at least in comparison to the powerhouse teams of national Sprint Car competition.

Shark Racing was getting by, but it wasn’t a sustainable model.

 

“Jacob is two years behind Logan, but now they’re both right there in front. I thought Logan would be a dark horse to win the championship and would have been really proud for Jacob to finish sixth to eighth. But now Logan is right there, and Jacob has been right there with him the past couple of weeks, except for the crash and the broken axle.

“We’ve got a long year, and we’re not counting our chickens before they hatch, but we’re actually ahead of where I thought we might be.”

World of Outlaws television analyst and 1980s perennial championship contender Brad Doty believes Schuchart has always been an exceptional talent and simply needed his equipment and experience to match the latent skillset.

“I can say I tore up a lot of stuff when I first started because young drivers just think you mash the pedal and that’s how you win races,” Doty said. “Doug Wolfgang told me that every good driver has a crashing spell. I told him that I had crashed so much that I should be a great driver someday!

“Logan never had that phase. He always seems to reach the line, but he’s never crossed it. He’s so mature and gets everything out of that race car. He’s smooth, has the right feel for every kind of racetrack and has always done a good job.

“He knew that if he crashed a lot, that meant he was going to have to sit out a couple of weeks, and that’s served him well now that he has more resources.”

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Doty also believes the likelihood of a pandemic-shortened season could actually benefit both Schuchart and Shark Racing this season.

“As long as they can maintain their engine program, I believe they can run inside the top five all year,” Doty added. “There’s a lot of luck involved in all kinds of racing. When you run a 90-race schedule, you need luck.

“Steve Kinser would admit it, nights that he had a tire go flat in victory lane, or just having one less bad break than the other guy. With the shorter abbreviated schedule, there are less mulligans and they’re racing from an advantage right now. Every race is going to matter more, and they’re already ahead.

“With a team like Bobby’s, I think the shorter schedule will be easier on their engine program and will help them keep up with teams that have been here the past couple of years.”

No matter what happens the rest of the season, Schuchart just wants to continue building Shark Racing. It’s not enough to contend for the championship or even win it. It’s about improving on whatever the end result is and become even better than that.

“We want the people that are here to stay here,” Schuchart said. “We want to continue pursuing championships. We don’t want to lose sight of where we came from. That’s our goal and that’s what we want to continue to do.”

FIRST ‘WON’: SCHUCHART SCORES FIRST EDIRT RACING SHOOTOUT WINS IN CBS DEBUT

By World of Outlaws – April 29, 2020

Eldora Speedway never disappoints, and that clearly holds true for virtual racing, too. While fans wait for the real dirt to fly, Big E provided a rush of adrenaline during the World of Outlaws: eDirt Racing Shootout debut Tuesday night on CBS Sports Network.

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car star Logan Schuchart brought the virtual crowd and those watching at home to their feet, trading slide jobs with Kevin Swindell for the final five laps and edging him at the finish line to win his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car iRacing Feature … using the DIRTVision studio simulator no less. But before all that excitement, 19-year-old Kaeden Cornell picked up his first World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Model iRacing win in a barn burner race, kicking off the doubleheader.

The two drivers beat star-studded fields that included a host of dirt aces taking on high-profile invaders like Joey Logano, Austin Dillon, Juan Pablo Montoya, William Byron, Ron Capps, Chase Briscoe, Justin Allgaier and Cruz Pedregon.

The start of the NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car eDirt Racing Shootout Feature saw NASCAR Xfinity Series standout Briscoe pulled away from the field as drivers behind him went three and four wide, arguing over positions second through fifth.

Swindell became the benefactor of the battle, splitting the gap between Brad Sweet, Max McLaughlin and Robbie Kendall to launch his #39 Swindell Speedlab car into second. The two-time World of Outlaws iRacing Invitational winner was then on the hunt for Briscoe.

Twelve laps into the 35-lap Feature, Briscoe pounced off the wall off Turn 2 and slid down into Swindell, who was underneath him going for the lead. The two cars locked and slid sideways going into Turn 3, stacking up the field and bringing out the caution.

Swindell and Briscoe held their positions up front, but Swindell now had the lead. He, like Briscoe before him, pulled away from the field while the top-five traded positions amongst themselves every lap.

With 15 laps to go, as Briscoe, Sweet and Balog slowed each other’s momentum while battling for second, Schuchart held the throttle to the floor and fired his Drydene #1a car into the runner-up spot.

Schuchart, a two-time World of Outlaws winner in real life at Eldora, knew exactly what to do to catch Swindell.

“I just kind of used the same line that I used in real life last year at the Kings Royal,” said Schuchart, who powered from 12th to second in the 2019 Kings Royal at Eldora. “It seems to work on this thing.”

He ran the top, putting his right rear tire on the cushion, inches from the wall. That helped him run down Swindell in seconds. Once he caught him, he tried a slide job on Swindell in the first corner, but Swindell charged back by him the next turn.

A couple of cautions got in the way of their battle, but on a restart with five laps to go, the two drivers put on a Sprint Car racing clinic, virtual or not. Schuchart would launch his car ahead of Swindell one corner and Swindell would slide back by him the next. They crossed the finish line separated by thousandths of a second each lap.

With two laps to go, Swindell bounced off the cushion just enough to give Schuchart the advantage to clear him off Turn 4. However, Swindell wasn’t finished. “The Bulldog” stayed close to Schuchart and looked underneath him coming to the checkered flag.

Schuchart had the better momentum off Turn 4 and edged Swindell at the line by 0.25 seconds.

As fast as everyone’s heart was beating by watching the spectacular finish, Schuchart’s adrenaline was up just as high.

“My heart is going, I feel like I just got out of a real car,” said an out of breath Schuchart. “That was a great race with Kevin. That was really cool. We were able to race each other real clean. It was a lot of run. It’s real cool to win one of these things.”

World of Outlaws Sprint Car NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 laps) — 1. 1-Logan Schuchart [6] [$1,000]; 2. 39-Kevin Swindell [5]; 3. 170-Bill Balog [1]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 5. 7-Tyler Courtney [14]; 6. 17-Austin McCarl [11]; 7. 6-Juan Pablo Montoya [20]; 8. 5-Chase Briscoe [2]; 9. 35-Mike Mahaney [13]; 10. 1-Jacob Allen [15]; 11. 17-Max McLaughlin [7]; 12. 2-Wayne Johnson [18]; 13. 41-David Gravel [12]; 14. 5-Brent Marks [10]; 15. 25-William Byron [21]; 16. 28-Ron Capps [19]; 17. 18-Ian Madsen [16]; 18. 21-Brian Brown [9]; 19. 2-Carson Macedo [8]; 20. 55-Robbie Kendall [3]; 21. 2-Kerry Madsen [17]. Lap leaders: Chase Briscoe 1-11; Kevin Swindell 12-33; Logan Schuchart 34-35. KSE Hard Charger: Juan Pablo Montoya +13.