schuchart wins on unusual night at knoxville

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Logan Schuchart won for the second time in the last two races at Knoxville Raceway, claiming the victory Wednesday on the opening night of the 61st annual NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals.

Schuchart, who won the Capitani Classic on Sunday night, held off 10-time Nationals champion Donny Schatz for the second consecutive race on what was a very unusual qualifying night at the legendary half-mile track.

Schuchart won the feature but qualified only 26th earlier in the night and had poor points night, hurting his position for Saturday night’s program.

Still, he led all 25 laps from the pole and held off Schatz to capture the $12,000 top prize.

“It definitely feels good to get two wins at Knoxville,” said Schuchart after putting the Shark Racing No. 1s in victory lane for the second time in four nights. “I would definitely like to do a little better in qualifying. We race well.

“I felt like a sitting duck there at the end,” Schuchart added. “I thought I might see Donny there at the end of the night, but we held on for the victory. We have a good shot at it if we can put ourselves in a position to run for it.”

But the story of the night was the fact that Schatz and David Gravel, who finished third, were the only drivers who qualified in the top 20 and also transferred into the main event. That turned the points upside down.

schuchart wins on unusual night at knoxville

Logan Schuchart (Paul Arch photo)

With 500 points possible, Schatz and Gravel led the way on opening night with 469 markers each, generally quite low for a qualifying night. Schuchart, meanwhile, was eighth in the standings with 444 points.

Gio Scelzi finished fourth in the feature and was fourth in points at 445, while James McFadden came home fifth and ranked ninth in the points.

Schatz nearly ran down Shuchart during the final five laps, but changed his strategy after almost tangling with a slower car.

“Quite a few cars in front of us made mistakes there,” Schatz said about his ability to run down Schuchart. “I could drive across the corner pretty well, and I did that to a few guys. I was aggressive trying to get there and then I got big picture racing I did not want to put myself in a bad position. I came up on a car that basically stopped in the middle of turn four and that really caught me off guard. I just wanted to see what I needed with the car and what we might be able to change.”

Gravel passed Scelzi on the final straightaway to finish third and end up tied with Schatz in the points.

“Happy to hit my last lap good and get on the podium,” said Gravel, who won the Nationals in 2018.

With the points scrambled, a lot of drivers from Wednesday’s program are going to be faced with a lot of work to do during Friday’s Hard Knox program.

The finish:

Feature (25 Laps): Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz, David Gravel, Gio Scelzi, James McFadden, Aaron Reutzel, Justin Peck, Cole Macedo, Corey Day, Roger Crockett, Hunter Schuerenberg, Parker Price-Miller, Brent Marks, Colby Copeland, Justin Sanders, Kyle Reinhardt, Carson Short, Scotty Thiel, Mike Wagner, Lachlan McHugh, Mark Dobmeier, Ian Madsen, Davey Heskin, Brandon Wimmer.

Keyword: Schuchart Wins On Unusual Night At Knoxville

CAR'S NEWS RELATED

JJR — Unique Chemistry

Uncertainties surrounded Jason Johnson Racing in 2018 after the loss of its leader. But during the Knoxville Nationals that year, the team found exactly what it was looking for. That was Lemoore, Calif., racer Carson Macedo. Now, Macedo and JJR are targeting a Knoxville Nationals victory in their second ...

View more: JJR — Unique Chemistry

Rookies Make Noise On Night 1 Of Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Wednesday’s Knoxville Nationals opener saw a handful of Nationals rookies make some noise as four of them qualified for the feature, including one who might’ve already punched their ticket to Saturday. Leading the way was Aromas, Calif.’s Justin Sanders. Sanders may have not finished atop the ...

View more: Rookies Make Noise On Night 1 Of Knoxville Nationals

Knoxville Nationals Preview: Thursday

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Reigning NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals winner Kyle Larson leads a field that includes four other winners of the prestigious event during Thursday night’s qualifying events for the 61st annual event. Larson drove Paul Silva’s No. 57 to victory in the 60th running of the event ...

View more: Knoxville Nationals Preview: Thursday

Sanders & Swindell Click At Knoxville Nationals

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Less than three weeks ago, Justin Sanders wasn’t planning to make his Knoxville Nationals debut when a message from Kevin Swindell appeared on his phone, and now he’s nearly locked into Saturday’s $175,000 to win Nationals finale. While racing at the isolated Skagit Speedway in Washington, ...

View more: Sanders & Swindell Click At Knoxville Nationals

Knoxville Nationals Preview: Wednesday

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — The 61st NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals kicks off Wednesday night at the historic Knoxville Raceway with a field of heavy hitters led by 10-time race winner Donny Schatz. Schatz and the other 51 drivers scheduled for Wednesday’s program will be chasing points in the traditional ...

View more: Knoxville Nationals Preview: Wednesday

Sides Picks Price

While Jason Sides is on the sidelines awaiting hip replacement surgery, 24-year-old Robbie Price of Cobble Hill, B.C., is the racer Sides selected to drive his familiar No. 7s sprint car as the team honors its commitment to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. Price ...

View more: Sides Picks Price

Life Outside The Cockpit

With more than 1,200 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series feature starts on his résumé, Jason Sides is struggling to find his footing outside of the cockpit after a nagging hip injury forced the 49-year-old racing veteran to take a hiatus from driving. “It’s pretty tough,” ...

View more: Life Outside The Cockpit

Schatz & Gravel Tied Atop Night 1 Points

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — On a night when only 18 of the top 20 qualifiers transferred into the feature through the heat races, Donny Schatz and David Gravel emerged as the nights high-point earners during night one of the Knoxville Nationals Wednesday at Knoxville Raceway. Both Schatz and Gravel wound ...

View more: Schatz & Gravel Tied Atop Night 1 Points

Lack Of Passing Leaves Contenders Frustrated

Larson Goes Back To Back For $21,000

Reutzel Takes Charge Of ‘Mr. Sprint Car’ Standings

Marks Holds Slight Lead In Latest Rankings

All’s Fair In Love & Slide Jobs

Knoxville Notes: Contenders Tune Up In Cappy Classic

Hickle Adjusting To New Challenge 

Schuchart Stops Schatz In Capitani Classic

Hafertepe Jr. Leads ‘Mr. Sprint Car’ Standings

Blonde Sizzles In Lorain Sprint

Kody Swanson’s Toledo Six Pack

Reutzel Banks $30,000 In Record Time

OTHER CAR NEWS

; Kênh kiến thức kỹ năng, phát triển bản thân, hướng nghiệp, blog nhân sự