Donny Schatz showed that he can still get it done on Friday night in the penultimate feature of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series in the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte when the North Dakota native and 10-time WoO champion took the lead early on in the feature then drove on to claim the $15,000 victory.
Three-time and defending series champion entered the night with a 22 point advantage over David Gravel. ‘The Big Cat’ earned a third-place finish compared to Gravel 10th place result which extended his lead to 36 points going into Saturday’s finale.
A total of 52 cars were signed in for competition
Group A Results- 1. Spencer Bayston(12.645), 2. Anthony Macri, 3. Garet Williamson, 4. David Gravel, 5. Brent Marks, 6. Giovanni Scelzi, 7. Logan Schuchart, 8. Brad Sweet, 9. Sye Lynch, 10. Lance Dewease
Group B Results- 1. Cory Eliason(12.741), 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Carson Macedo, 4. Cole Macedo, 5. James McFadden, 6. Michael Kofoid,7. Brock Zearfoss, 8. Rico Abreu, 9. Tyler Courtney, 10. Kyle Reinhardt
Heat 1 Results: 1. Spencer Bayston, 2. Garet Williamson, 3. Logan Schuchart, 4. Sye Lynch, 5. Justin Pack
Heat 2 Results: 1. Anthony Macri, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Giovanni Scelzi, 4. David Gravel, 5. Lance Dewease
Heat 3 Results: 1. Cory Eliason, 2. Carson Macedo, 3. Brock Zearfoss, 4. Tyler Courtney, 5. James McFadden
Heat 4 Results: 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Cole Macedo, 3. Rico Abreu, 4. Jacob Allen, 5. Cale Thomas
C-main Finish: 1. Kraig Kinser, 2. Eric Riggins Jr.
Last Chance Showdown Finish:
WoO Sprints Redraw Results: 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Garet Williamson, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. Anthony Macri, 7. Cory Eliason, 8. Cole Macedo
Fast Pass Dash Results: 1. Schatz, 2. Sweet, 3. Macri, 4. Ca Macedo, 5. Williamson, 6. Co Macedo, 7. Bayston, 8. Eliason
Feature Re-cap: When the green flag waved over the 30-lap feature it was Sweet and Schatz who completed the first lap in a dead heat with Sweet eventually assuming the race lead until a caution for the slowing car of Schuchart.
On the lap 4 restart, a wild crash sent Macri flipping. He was then hit by other cars but was reported by officials to be unhurt. Williamson, Thomas and Wise sustained damage in the crash.
On the second attempt at a restart, Schatz went ot the lead with Sweet and Bayson trailing. Just outside the top-5 Carson Macedo and Scelzi were exchanging the sixth spot through each set of turns as the feature passed the lap 10 mark.
Schatz began to slip away from his pursuers at the halfway mark as the front runners battled slower traffic. With 10 laps remaining, Schatz continued to show the way while Eliason burst into the top-5 further back by passing Bayston and Cole Macedo.
A lap 28 caution for the slowing car of Noah Gass set up a final dash to the checkered flag. Schatz maintained the lead over the final two laps while Eliason blasted up through the top-5 to claim second.
Feature Results: 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Cory Eliason, 3. Brad Sweet, 4. Cole Macedo, 5. Tyler Courtney, 6. Giovanni Scelzi, 7. Justin Peck, 8. Spencer Bayston, 9. Carson Macedo. 10. David Gravel, 11. Brent Marks, 12. Sheldon Haudenschild, 13. James McFadden, 14. Lance Dewease, 15. Sye Lynch, 16. Brock Zearfoss, 17. Zeb Wise, 18. Michael Kofoid, 19. Garet Williamson, 20. Kraig Kinser, 21. Cale Thomas, 22. Rico Abreu, 23. Jacob Allen, 24. Noah Gass, 25. Robbie Price, 26. Anthony Macri, 27. Logan Schuchart
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