Sheldon in Victory Lane at Wayne County
Sheldon grabbed fast time overall, much to the raucous approval of the fans. Abreu timed 2nd fastest and Donny Schatz was the third fastest. There would be 4 heats, each heat being 8 laps with the 5 top cars going to the feature. There was also a non-qualifiers heat and the top 4 from that started at the tails of the regular heats. As it turned out, it seemed like there was more opportunity for some guys to race with the Outlaws format and I thought that was cool. If you don’t qualify, you have a heat race and then if you are top 4 in that, you have a regular heat race. Then a C main or B main awaits you depending on how you do.
I don’t always eat donuts. But when I do, it’s because I have to take my medicine with food and the regular concession stand line is too long and I don’t want to miss the heat races. Lerch’s donuts are made fresh and they are good. They are famous around here and tonight I was glad they were at the track! Also, the lady that took my donut order was beautiful! Man, was she pretty!
The first heat consisted of 11 cars and was 8 laps and the finish was Sheldon Haudenschild winning followed by Sweet, Carson Macedo, Gravel and Bayston. Shaffer and McFadden missed the transfer. On the last lap Sheldon slowed down after exiting turn 4 but stilled crossed the finish line first. I thought maybe a drive line let go but everything seemed fine back in the pits. In heat 2 the finish was Madsen, Abreu, Kinser, Chris Myers and Spithaler. Spithaler and Henry raced hard, exchanging spots the last 2 laps with Spithaler making a great move to grab the 5th spot back. In the 3rd heat the finish was Schatz, Pittman, Martin, Jac and Sides. Both Allen drivers, Schuchart and Jacob Allen missed the transfer spots. The 4th heat finish is Parker Price-Miller in first followed by, Stewart Conley, Schurenburg and Dean Jacobs. Mason Daniel wins the C main. The dash was next and it was exciting as Sheldon comes from 6th to take 3rd. The crowd went wild to see the passing as Sheldon was blowing around the top. The finish was Sweet, Stewart, Sheldon, Schatz, Pittman, Price-Miller, Madsen and Abreu. The 12 lap B main had some good drivers in it. Henry Malcuit wins it followed by Schuchart, Henry, McFadden, Wayne Johnson and Tim Shaffer. Shaffer faded after starting in the 2nd row.
And now onto the feature. Jacob Allen and Wayne Johnson both take provisionals and start 25th and 26th. The track is still tacky and wide. At the start Sweet grabs the lead as Stewart follows and Sheldon is not far behind. Briefly Price-Miller passes Sheldon for 3rd but Sheldon races back by. On lap 5 Stewart goes around Sweet on the high side at the turn 2 exit and into the lead. That 71 car has won a few races here at Wayne County the last few years and it’s always fast no matter who drives it. And of course Shane Stewart knows his way around here too. There was a yellow on lap 6 and then the dreaded double file restart. I don’t like them. On the restarts you can notice the camera drone flying overhead and racing along with the cars as they scream down the straights! Sheldon gets a good run on the restart and passes Sweet and sets sail for Stewart. Then on lap 11, Stewart bobbles and jumps up the track in turn 1 and 2 and Sheldon is there to pounce and goes right by for the lead. Sheldon would run away with it the rest of the way. The crowd went wild! If Stewart doesn’t bobble there, he may have been able to hold Sheldon off……….mmmm, nah, on second thought, nope. Sweet gets back around Stewart about midway through but Stewart passes him back to take the 2nd spot for good. The finish was Sheldon, Stewart, Sweet, Schatz, Abreu, Price-Miller, Martin, Carson Macedo, Gravel and Pittman. Amazingly, Pittman, who was the 5th starter, had to exit the track before the race started and went to the work area. He came back out and wanted the 5th spot back but they moved him to the tail. So he started dead last and made it up the 10th by the end of the race!
Thank you World of Outlaws for a great time and a great show! Thank you Wayne County Speedway and thank you Jason and Kristen Flory for having a World of Outlaws sprint race and for a great racing surface all evening and a great time. What an electric atmosphere and a huge crowd and a great race and a really enjoyable evening. Let’s do it again!