FARMER CITY, Ill. — April 25, 2012 — There were nearly a half-dozen drivers within striking distance of the lead eight laps into the World of Outlaws feature at Farmer City Raceway on Wednesday.
As the competitors banged wheels and narrowly negotiated lapped traffic, the packed stands took advantage of the first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at the high-banked, quarter-mile oval since 2003.
“When we got to lapped traffic the first go-around, there were four or five guys that could have got the lead at any point,” four-time Outlaws champion Donny Schatz said. “It was like a hornets nest. We needed to stay out of that situation and that we did. When the race restarted those guys were all beating and banging on each other around there, and I just stayed out of the way on the bottom and got through there.”
The excitement elevated a few levels on a restart following a caution on lap 13 when Shane Stewart and Cody Darrah collided in turn two. Polesitter Kerry Madsen, who led from the drop of the initial green flag, and runner-up Daryn Pittman spun in turn one in front of the field.
Sammy Swindell, who was running fourth, had nowhere to go and skidded into the duo as they slid toward the middle of the track. Third-running Craig Dollansky slid off the top of the track and nearly tipped over during the process to avoid the melee as cars were sideways trying to avoid the mess.
Schatz was there to capitalize. After restarting fifth and maneuvering through the mess, he inherited the lead. Schatz led the final 28 laps of the race to become the first three-time winner this season.
“On the start I got next to Dollansky and he got a good run off into the corner and I needed to slow down because I saw cars in front of us,” he said. “I just went to the bottom and was lucky enough to miss them.
“It doesn’t help to have guys fall out in front of you. We like earning these races. We’ve earned plenty of them, but we’ve had them go that way against us (as well). You had to be smart and stay out of the trouble, and that we did.”
The race was anything but over at that point. Brad Sweet, who went from sixth to second during that restart, stayed within a car length of Schatz for most of the race as the track slicked off with each completed lap.
“I’d like to try it over again,” Sweet said after a season-best second-place finish. “I don’t really know if I could have done anything different. I was just really trying to take care of my tires. It was really slick down in turns one and two. When I was coming off (turn) two I was just trying to take care of my tires and it was kind of on the cushion in (turns) three and four.
“Donny just never made a mistake. I was right there. If he would have made one little mistake or we got some traffic, I think we could have at least made a race out of it. I don’t know if we would have been able to beat him or not.”
Kraig Kinser charged from seventh to third. After losing a couple of positions in the opening laps, he took advantage of the wild restart.
“We were fortunate that we avoided some of the collisions there early in the race and got away with a pretty respectable finish I think,” Kinser said.
He moved to fifth after the restart on lap 13, passed Austen Wheatley for fourth place on lap 15 and eventually worked by Danny Lasoski for the podium finish on lap 23.
Lasoski placed fourth and Brady Bacon charged from 17th to fifth. Joey Saldana was sixth and Steve Kinser drove from 22nd to seventh to earn the KSE Hard Charger Award. Randy Hannagan advanced from 18th to eighth and Chad Kemenah from 23rd to ninth. Wheatley rounded out the top 10.
Madsen, Wheatley, Dollansky and Kraig Kinser each claimed heat race wins and Bacon won the Last Chance Showdown. Sweet turned the quickest lap in qualifying with a time of 10.609 seconds.
Schatz’s victory combined with Swindell’s low finish allowed the duo to swap the points lead. Schatz now leads by five points with Kraig Kinser third – 27 points back – and Saldana fourth – 40 points behind Schatz.
Farmer City Raceway Notebook
NOTES – This was the first midweek event of the season for the World of Outlaws. … Eight drivers made their World of Outlaws season debut. … The 36 cars tied the season high for car count.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Lucas Wolfe; Armor All (case of product): Paul McMahan; STP ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; UNOH ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Gravely Tractors ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; VP Racing Fuel ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (set of rings): Lucas Wolfe; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Wix Filters ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; Superflow ($50 cash): Bill Rose; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Bill Rose; JE Pistons (set of rings): Craig Dollansky; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Danny Smith.
WINNERS – Donny Schatz – 3 (Farmer City Raceway on April 25, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Craig Dollansky – 2 (Tri-State Speedway on April 21 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Tim Kaeding – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Joey Saldana – 2 (Paducah International Raceway on April 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Sammy Swindell – 2 (Missouri State Fair Speedway on April 20 and Merced Speedway on March 30); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18).
TIME TRIALS – Brad Sweet was the fastest qualifier around the quarter-mile oval with a time of 10.609 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Danny Lasoski (4 points), Sammy Swindell (3), Daryn Pittman (2) and Lucas Wolfe (1).
Farmer City Raceway Statistical Report; Farmer City, Ill.; April 25, 2012
A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$6,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet  [$3,500]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$2,000]; 4. 33-Danny Lasoski  [$1,800]; 5. 99-Brady Bacon  [$1,500]; 6. 9-Joey Saldana  [$1,400]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser  [$1,350]; 8. 1X-Randy Hannagan  [$1,300]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah  [$1,250]; 10. 44W-Austen Wheatley  [$1,200]; 11. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$900]; 12. O1-Paul McMahan  [$800]; 13. 4-Cody Darrah  [$700]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides  [$650]; 15. 7SX-Joey Moughan  [$600]; 16. 1M-Jim Moughan  [$550]; 17. 6-Bill Rose  [$500]; 18. 29-Kerry Madsen  [$500]; 19. 71-Daryn Pittman  [$500]; 20. 7M-Geoff Dodge  [$500]; 21. 7-Craig Dollansky  [$500]; 22. 1-Sammy Swindell  [$500]; 23. 3G-Shane Stewart  [$500]; 24. 4S-Danny Smith  [$500]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-12, Donny Schatz 13-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11-Steve Kinser [+15].
Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.609; 2. 33-Danny Lasoski, 10.659; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell, 10.689; 4. 71-Daryn Pittman, 10.733; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 10.754; 6. 6-Bill Rose, 10.775; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky, 10.777; 8. 9-Joey Saldana, 10.778; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen, 10.797; 10. 7M-Geoff Dodge, 10.833; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.856; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.868; 13. 7SX-Joey Moughan, 10.889; 14. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 10.894; 15. 1M-Jim Moughan, 10.911; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.923; 17. 99-Brady Bacon, 10.977; 18. 71M-Paul May, 11.001; 19. 1X-Randy Hannagan, 11.014; 20. 3B-Brad Greer, 11.021; 21. 3G-Shane Stewart, 11.032; 22. 4-Cody Darrah, 11.059; 23. O1-Paul McMahan, 11.064; 24. 11-Steve Kinser, 11.078; 25. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.117; 26. 63-Chad Kemenah, 11.130; 27. 19-Stevie Smith, 11.141; 28. 4S-Danny Smith, 11.311; 29. 28P-Brian Paulus, 11.327; 30. 66-Alex Shanks, 11.403; 31. 84-Ben Wagoner, 11.458; 32. 4M-John Memmer, 11.601; 33. 28-Justin Springer, 12.082; 34. 53H-Matt Harms, 12.088; 35. 6B-Andy Baugh, 12.664; 36. 11B-Mark Brucker, 12.915.
Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 2. 49-Brad Sweet ; 3. 7SX-Joey Moughan ; 4. 3G-Shane Stewart ; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe ; 6. W20-Greg Wilson ; 7. 28-Justin Springer ; 8. 99-Brady Bacon ; 9. 28P-Brian Paulus .
Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 44W-Austen Wheatley ; 2. 33-Danny Lasoski ; 3. 4-Cody Darrah ; 4. 7M-Geoff Dodge ; 5. 6-Bill Rose ; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah ; 7. 66-Alex Shanks ; 8. 71M-Paul May ; 9. 53H-Matt Harms .
Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky ; 2. 7S-Jason Sides ; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 4. 1X-Randy Hannagan ; 5. O1-Paul McMahan ; 6. 19-Stevie Smith ; 7. 1M-Jim Moughan ; 8. 84-Ben Wagoner ; 9. 6B-Andy Baugh .
Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 2. 15-Donny Schatz ; 3. 9-Joey Saldana ; 4. 71-Daryn Pittman ; 5. 11-Steve Kinser ; 6. 4S-Danny Smith ; 7. 4M-John Memmer ; 8. 3B-Brad Greer ; 9. 11B-Mark Brucker .
Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 2. 71-Daryn Pittman ; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell ; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet ; 6. 33-Danny Lasoski ; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 8. 15-Donny Schatz ; 9. 7S-Jason Sides ; 10. 44W-Austen Wheatley .
B-Main – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 99-Brady Bacon  [-]; 2. 1M-Jim Moughan  [-]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah  [-]; 4. 4S-Danny Smith  [-]; 5. 19-Stevie Smith  [$200]; 6. 71M-Paul May  [$180]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson  [$175]; 8. 28P-Brian Paulus  [$160]; 9. 66-Alex Shanks  [$150]; 10. 84-Ben Wagoner  [$150]; 11. 3B-Brad Greer  [$150]; 12. 53H-Matt Harms  [$150]; 13. 28-Justin Springer  [$150]; 14. 6B-Andy Baugh  [$150]; 15. 4M-John Memmer  [$150]; 16. 11B-Mark Brucker  [$150].
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings
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LIVE UPDATES: Schatz Maneuvers to Farmer City win
(10:16 p.m.) Here are tonight’s feature results:
1, Donny Schatz. 2, Brad Sweet. 3, Kraig Kinser. 4, Danny Lasoski. 5, Brady Bacon. 6, Joey Saldana. 7, Steve Kinser. 8, Randy Hannagan. 9, Chad Kemenah. 10, Austen Wheatley. 11, Lucas Wolfe. 12, Paul McMahan. 13, Cody Darrah. 14, Jason Sides. 15, Joey Moughan. 16, Jim Moughan. 17, Bill Rose. 18, Kerry Madsen. 19, Daryn Pittman. 20, Geoff Dodge. 21, Craig Dollansky. 22, Sammy Swindell. 23, Shane Stewart. 24, Danny Smith.
(10:05 p.m.) Donny Schatz held off a hard-charging Brad Sweet with Kraig Kinser, Danny Lasoski and Brady Bacon rounding out the top five.
Complete results will be posted after Victory Lane.
(9:57 p.m.) Red on lap 24 for Cody Darrah, who got upside down in turn two. He’s ok. Also, Jason Sides has gone to the work area with a flat tire.
Donny Schatz leads with Brad Sweet, Kraig Kinser, Danny Lasoski and Austen Wheatley the top five.
(9:50 p.m.) Caution on a restart of lap 21 when Kerry Madsen and Chad Kemenah collided in turn four.
(9:46 p.m.) Donny Schatz leads with Brad Sweet, Danny Lasoski, Kraig Kinser, Austen Wheatley, Brady Bacon, Jason Sides, Joey Saldana, Lucas Wolfe and Steve Kinser the top 10 with 20 laps complete.
(9:43 p.m.) Sammy Swindell and Craig Dollansky were unable to make repairs in time and the race has restarted.
(9:40 p.m.) All four drivers went to the work area with Craig Dollansky being towed. Kerry Madsen and Daryn Pittman have returned to the track. Pittman has no front wing.
(9:36 p.m.) Oh man! The top four just crashed in turn one on the restart. It looked like Kerry Madsen and Daryn Pittman got sideways and couldn’t save it as Sammy Swindell had nowhere to go and ran into them. Craig Dollansky swerved high and slid off the track, coming to a stop outside turn two.
That makes Donny Schatz the leader with Brad Sweet, Danny Lasoski, Austen Wheatley and Kraig Kinser the top five.
(9:31 p.m.) Shane Stewart and Cody Darrah collided in turn two to bring out a caution on lap 13. This is a great race throughout lapped traffic with Kerry Madsen leading with Daryn Pittman, Craig Dollansky, Sammy Swindell, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Danny Lasoski, Austen Wheatley, Kraig Kinser and Jason Sides the top 10.
Madsen and Pittman made contact exiting turn four on lap 10 in a similar circumstance that happened Saturday between Dollansky and Joey Saldana. However, Pittman was able to save the car after getting sideways and continued to battle Madsen for the top spot.
(9:26 p.m.) Four wide! It’s almost feature time.
(9:22 p.m.) Cars are being pushed off. I can see flashes of lightning in the distance.
(9:19 p.m.) Feature cars are on the track.
(9:13 p.m.) The horn just sounded. Cars will be headed to staging.
(9:01 p.m.) Here is tonight’s 40-lap feature lineup:
1, Kerry Madsen. 2, Daryn Pittman. 3, Sammy Swindell. 4, Craig Dollansky. 5, Brad Sweet. 6, Danny Lasoski. 7, Kraig Kinser. 8, Donny Schatz. 9, Jason Sides. 10, Austen Wheatley. 11, Lucas Wolfe. 12, Bill Rose. 13, Joey Saldana. 14, Geoff Dodge. 15, Joey Moughan. 16, Jim Moughan. 17, Brady Bacon. 18, Randy Hannagan. 19, Shane Stewart. 20, Cody Darrah. 21, Paul McMahan. 22, Steve Kinser. 23, Chad Kemenah. 24, Danny Smith.
(8:56 p.m.) Brady Bacon set a blistering pace to win the Last Chance Showdown. Jim Moughan, Chad Kemenah and Danny Smith also earned transfers to the feature. Here are the Last Chance Showdown results:
1, Brady Bacon. 2, Jim Moughan. 3, Chad Kemenah. 4, Danny Smith. 5, Stevie Smith. 6, Paul May. 7, Greg Wilson. 8, Brian Paulus. 9, Alex Shanks. 10, Ben Wagoner. 11, Brad Greer. 12, Matt Harms. 13, Justin Springer. 14, Andy Baugh. 15, Mark Brucker. 16, John Memmer (DNS).
(8:47 p.m.) Kerry Madsen led all eight laps to claim the dash and earn the pole for tonight’s 40-lap feature. Here are the dash results:
1, Kerry Madsen. 2, Daryn Pittman. 3, Sammy Swindell. 4, Craig Dollansky. 5, Brad Sweet. 6, Danny Lasoski. 7, Kraig Kinser. 8, Donny Schatz. 9, Jason Sides. 10, Austen Wheatley.
(8:42 p.m.) The dash is on the track. There is some bad weather heading this way, so we’re going to try to get through everything.
(8:34 p.m.) A “six” was drawn in the pill draw for the dash, which puts fast qualifier Brad Sweet on the outside of the third row. Here is the dash lineup:
1, Kerry Madsen. 2, Craig Dollansky. 3, Daryn Pittman. 4, Sammy Swindell. 5, Danny Lasoski. 6, Brad Sweet. 7, Jason Sides. 8, Kraig Kinser. 9, Austen Wheatley. 10, Donny Schatz.
(8:15 p.m.) Jim Moughan and Brady Bacon start on the front row of the 12-lap Last Chance Showdown. Here is the lineup:
1, Jim Moughan. 2, Brady Bacon. 3, Paul May. 4, Brad Greer. 5, Greg Wilson. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Stevie Smith. 8, Danny Smith. 9, Brian Paulus. 10, Alex Shanks. 11, Ben Wagoner. 12, John Memmer. 13, Justin Springer. 14, Matt Harms. 15, Andy Baugh. 16, Mark Brucker.
(8:11 p.m.) Kraig Kinser outlasted Donny Schatz to win the fourth-and-final heat. Here are the results:
1, Kraig Kinser. 2, Donny Schatz. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Daryn Pittman. 5, Steve Kinser. 6, Danny Smith. 7, John Memmer. 8, Brad Greer. 9, Mark Brucker.
(8:08 p.m.) Caution on lap 8 of the fourth heat race as Brad Greer spun out in turn two. Kraig Kinser leads with Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana, Steve Kinser, Danny Smith, John Memmer and Mark Brucker rounding out the field.
(8:02 p.m.) Craig Dollansky took advantage of being moved to the pole after polesitter Jim Moughan jumped the original start in the third heat race. Jason Sides finished second to also advance to the dash. Here are the results:
1, Craig Dollansky. 2, Jason Sides. 3, Sammy Swindell. 4, Randy Hannagan. 5, Paul McMahan. 6, Stevie Smith. 7, Jim Moughan. 8, Ben Wagoner. 9, Andy Baugh.
(7:55 p.m.) Austen Wheatley led all 10 laps and Danny Lasoski finished second in the second heat race. Cody Darrah drove from fifth to third in the final two laps. Here are the results:
1, Austen Wheatley. 2, Danny Lasoski. 3, Cody Darrah. 4, Geoff Dodge. 5, Bill Rose. 6, Chad Kemenah. 7, Alex Shanks. 8, Paul May. 9, Matt Harms.
(7:50 p.m.) Kerry Madsen held off Brad Sweet to claim the first heat race. Here are the results:
1, Kerry Madsen. 2, Brad Sweet. 3, Joey Moughan. 4, Shane Stewart. 5, Lucas Wolfe. 6, Greg Wilson. 7, Justin Springer. 8, Brady Bacon. 9, Brian Paulus.
Bacon pulled to the infield on the second lap and Paulus went to the pits after the warm-up lap.
(7:45 p.m.) First heat is on the track.
(7:39 p.m.) Sprints are headed to staging.
(7:33 p.m.) They are doing a little track work before the modifieds hot lap. Opening Ceremonies will follow before the sprint car heat races.
(7:18 p.m.) Here are the lineups for the 10-lap heat races:
Heat #1: 1, Joey Moughan. 2, Kerry Madsen. 3, Lucas Wolfe. 4, Brad Sweet. 5, Brady Bacon. 6, Shane Stewart. 7, Greg Wilson. 8, Brian Paulus. 9, Justin Springer.
Heat #2: 1, Austen Wheatley. 2, Geoff Dodge. 3, Bill Rose. 4, Danny Lasoski. 5, Paul May. 6, Cody Darrah. 7, Chad Kemenah. 8, Alex Shanks. 9, Matt Harms.
Heat #3: 1, Jim Moughan. 2, Jason Sides. 3, Craig Dollansky. 4, Sammy Swindell. 5, Randy Hannagan. 6, Paul McMahan. 7, Stevie Smith. 8, Ben Wagoner. 9, Andy Baugh.
Heat #4: 1, Donny Schatz. 2, Kraig Kinser. 3, Joey Saldana. 4, Daryn Pittman. 5, Brad Greer. 6, Steve Kinser. 7, Danny Smith. 8, John Memmer. 9, Mark Brucker.
The top five from each advance to the feature and the top two to the dash.
(7:14 p.m.) Brad Sweet was the fastest in qualifying with a lap of 10.609 seconds. Danny Lasoski was second at 10.659 seconds with Sammy Swindell (10.689), Daryn Pittman (10.733) and Lucas Wolfe (10.754) rounding out the top five.
The top 27 were separated by only .532 seconds.
(6:43 p.m.) Qualifying is about to start. The track record is 10.330 seconds, which was set by Tim Shaffer and Stevie Smith on June 7, 2002.
(6:40 p.m.) Steve Kinser was the quickest in the fourth-and-final session with a lap of 11.115 seconds.
(6:36 p.m.) Lucas Wolfe was the quickest in the third hot-lap session with a lap of 10.905 seconds. Sammy Swindell clocked in at 10.909.
(6:30 p.m.) Shane Stewart was the quickest in the second hot-lap session with a lap of 11.542 seconds.
(6:25 p.m.) Cody Darrah was the quickest in the first hot-lap session with a lap of 11.947 seconds.
(6:16 p.m.) Cars are being called to staging for hot laps.
(5:56 p.m.) The drivers are putting heat in their engines.
(5:31 p.m.) The drivers meeting is just starting. Here is tonight’s format:
There are 36 sprint cars. Each will get two qualifying laps, which determines the order of the four, 10-lap heat races. Those heats will be inverted by four and the top five will transfer to the 40-lap feature. Also, the top two in each heat plus the next two in qualifying who advance from the heat (but don’t finish in the top two) advance to an eight-lap dash. That lineup will be inverted by either four, six or eight based on a random draw.
The drivers who aren’t in the feature will compete in a 12-lap Last Chance Showdown, which transfers the top four to the feature.
(5:27 p.m.) Here is the qualifying order, which will also serve as a roster:
29 — Kerry Madsen
7 — Craig Dollansky
w20 — Greg Wilson
11b — Mark Brucker
7sx — Joey Moughan
7s — Jason Sides
49 — Brad Sweet
4 — Cody Darrah
9 — Joey Saldana
71m — Paul May
3b — Brad Greer
3g — Shane Stewart
4m — John Memmer
33 — Danny Lasoski
44w — Austen Wheatley
6 — Bill Rose
1m — Jim Moughan
53h — Matt Harms
5w — Lucas Wolfe
7m — Geoff Dodge
84 — Ben Wagoner
71 — Daryn Pittman
1x — Randy Hannagan
11k — Kraig Kinser
1 — Sammy Swindell
19 — Stevie Smith
6b — Andy Baugh
15 — Donny Schatz
28p — Brian Paulus
63 — Chad Kemenah
66 — Alex Shanks
99 — Brady Bacon
4s — Danny Smith
01 — Paul McMahan
11 — Steve Kinser
28 — Justin Springer
(5:09 p.m.) It looks like we’re at 36 cars in the pits. There are some dark clouds in the area and green on the radar to the west and south, but only a 10 percent chance of rain the rest of the night (according to weather.com).
(4:47 p.m.) There are 33 sprint cars signed in, including Shane Stewart in the 3g.
(4:27 p.m.) The drivers are doing the pill draw to determine the qualifying lineup.
(4:06 p.m.) New time updates …
The drivers meeting is at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6:10 p.m. Qualifying is set for 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.
(3:17 p.m.) It is fairly humid out here right now, but the bad weather is holding off. There are 23 sprint cars in the pits.
(2:45 p.m.) They are starting to sweep the pits right now.
(2:35 p.m.) We’re at Farmer City Raceway for our only race in Illinois this season.
It is very gusty and there is a 30-50 percent chance of thunderstorms, but the sky looks great right now. It’s in the mid-70s and there are scarce clouds.
The drivers are starting to filter into the pits and I’d anticipate tonight could be a season high for a car count. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. with racing at 7 p.m.