Donny Schatz, Chris Madden and Matt Sheppard Win In The Bad Boy Off Road World Of Outlaws World Finalsby Hunter Thomas October 30, 2016 0 comments
CONCORD, N.C. – On Saturday during the 10th annual Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, Matt Sheppard, Donny Schatz and Chris Madden visited Victory Lane at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
To kick-off Day Two of the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals, the Super DIRTcar Big-Block Modifieds’ A-Main was up first. Justin Haers quickly jumped out to a comfortable lead. Early on, it was Pat Ward, Larry Wright, Brett Hearn and Tim Fuller fighting to stay within the top-five.
The first caution of the feature came out on lap 11, and when the field went back to green flag conditions, it was once again, Haers getting a fantastic jump and leading the way around The Dirt Track at Charlotte. Ryan Watt in the No. 14w car spun in Turn 1 a lap later to bring out the second caution of the night.
On lap 14, Erick Rudolph, Mike Maresca and Keith Flach crashed hard in-between Turns 3 and 4. There was a scary moment, when Flach’s No. 43 car flipped over the other two cars. Safety personnel were quickly on-the-scene, and all three drivers escaped with no injuries.
Following the lap 14 crash, the field nearly went green for nearly the entire second half of the A-Main. On lap 35, Matt Sheppard began a strong charge to the front of the pack. He passed Pat Ward for second and then Justin Haers for first; however, the field was bunched back up after the caution came out for Tyler Dippel with just two laps to go.
On the final restart of the night, Matt Sheppard was able to hold off Pat Ward for the win. Sheppard swept the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals weekend, and Saturday’s victory was his 12th of the 2016 season. On top of the win, Sheppard also won his fifth Super DIRTcar Bib-Block Modifieds championship on Saturday night.
“That was a lot of fun out there. This place was so (competitive),” said Sheppard. “These Big Blocks put on a real show. (Friday) night we were able to get the win and tonight it was even more satisfying. I can’t say enough about this race car. It was fantastic.”
Justin Haers, who dominated most of the A-Main finished third. Brett Hearn and Larry Wight rounded out the top-five.
In the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series A-Main, it was David Gravel jumping out into the lead; however, the first caution of the night came out on lap 2, when Sammy Swindell spun in Turn 4. Once back to green, it was Gravel, Greg Hodnett, Donny Schatz, Shane Stewart and Tim Shaffer up front battling for the lead.
The second caution of the feature came out on lap 13, when Dave Blaney spun in Turn 4. Once back to green, Donny Schatz was able to pass David Gravel for the race lead. A multi-car crash in Turn 2 came out at the same time, bringing out the caution. Danny Dietrich and Sheldon Haudenschill were involved.
Ian Madsen spun in Turn 4 to bring out the third and final caution with just nine laps to go. On the restart, Donny Schatz took off and never looked back and won the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series A-Main, his 229th career victory. The Tony Stewart Racing driver won 25 races throughout the 2016 season. Schatz was also crowned champion for the eighth time in his World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car career.
“This is an incredible crowd and an incredible event. It’s awesome to win it,” Schatz said. “Hats off to all our guys on this race team. We have the best car owner in the world and we try to do the best we can for him.”
Finishing second was David Gravel, followed by Greg Hodnett, Joey Saldana and Logan Schuchart.
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series were the final feature of the night. Chris Madden jumped out to an early lead to start the race. By lap 16, the leaders had already caught lapped traffic, and Tim McCreadie was able to make his way around Madden for the race lead. Not long after, Josh Richards moved into the second position, knocking Madden back to third.
The first caution of the feature came out on lap 23 for an accident involving Chris Ferguson and Joey Coulter. On the restart, McCreadie jumped out in front, but Richards was able to overtake Madden for the second position. The second caution came out on lap 29, when Brian Shirley spun in Turn 2.
Just 20 laps from the finish, Josh Richards, who had been so strong throughout the night brought out the caution after slowing in Turn 2. Richards went behind the wall to fix an issue, but he quickly returned. Although, he finished a disappointing 12th, Richards was crowned the 2016 World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series champion. Richards now has four career championships in the series.
In the closing laps, Madden just barely held off McCreadie for the victory as they navigated through heavy lapped traffic. The South Carolinian had to shoot the gap between two lapped cars to solidify the winning distance on McCreadie. Madden was able to break a four-year winless streak in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series with the victory.
“It’s just amazing,” Madden said. “(Thanks to) all the fans who came out. I have a lot of fans who come to support me and can’t travel to all the races. This great facility has an awesome crowd and we appreciate all of them. Thanks to all the people on my crew too. They work hard every week and I appreciate it.”
Finishing behind Madden and McCreadie was Don O’Neal, Eric Wells and Brandon Overton.
The 2017 edition of the Bad Boy Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals will take from Thursday, November 2 through Saturday, November 4.