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Winged Sprint Car Weekly Recap: Donny Schatz Wins 34th Annual Kings Royal

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The World of Outlaw Sprint Car week started early on last week, with a stop at the Attica Raceway Park for the Brad Doty Classic. One of the premier races of the season, drivers race to celebrate the legendary career of Brad Doty. Tim Shaffer dominated the early going before championship contender David Gravel made the move with two laps to go, to nab his 10th win of the season and make a bid for the title. Tim Shaffer would hang on to the second position, Daryn Pittman third, Brad Sweet fourth and Rico Abreu hangs on to round out the Top 5.

The week’s second of four events of the WoO week came with the “Jokers Wild”, the first of the weeks annual Kings Royal, one of the Top 5 Winged Sprint Car races of the season. As the night wore on, Kerry Madsen, who has one of the best Eldora Speedway records in the pit area, cut his hand leading the A-Main. Pushing through the injury, Madsen dominated the night and won, Night 1, of Kings Royal. Brad Sweet, Brian Brown, Tim Shaffer and David Gravel would round out the Top 5.

On night number two of the event, the stars took to Eldora Speedway for their last tune-up before the $50,000 to win 34th Annual Kings Royal. As the “Knight Before The Royal” began, Christopher Bell proved to be the best, charging to the lead from his third starting spot and cashing in $12,000. Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet, Ian Madsen and Brian Brown would round out the Top 5.

In front of a record Eldora Speedway Kings Royal crowd, the World of Outlaw Sprint Cars put on one of the best Kings Royals in history. The night began with drivers trying to place themselves in the front of the Heat Races and play the invert right, with no Dash in the format, it placed an even higher importance on your performance in the Heat Races. As the 34th Annual, 40 lap Kings Royal began. Cole Duncan led the field to green and stayed there for a few laps. Donny Schatz, who entered the week as a three-time and defending Kings Royal winner, charged to the front and took off. Dominating the event, Schatz became the only back-to-back Royal winner and pocketed his fourth event win and the $50,000 check. Christopher Bell charged to a 2nd place run, from his 20th place starting position, to finish off a Tony Stewart Racing 1-2 finish for the second night in a row. Brad Sweet, Cole Duncan, and Ryan Smith finished out the Top 5, Smith who started in the 24th position grabbed the nights’ hard charger award.

Schatz holds a slim 62 point lead over Brad Sweet and an 118 point lead over David Gravel.

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The Lucas Oil ASCS Sprint Cars headed into the week with two events on their schedule. The first of two races took place at the Black Hills Speedway,  Sam Hafertepe Jr. continued his dominate ASCS season, with yet another event win. Aaron Reutzel, Seth Bergman, Matt Covington and Skyar Gee rounded out the Top 5 on the night, a race that was spectacular from start to finish, wire-to-wire.

The second of two events on the ASCS Sprint Car week happened at the Black Hills Speedway as well, the second of a two-night show for the series. Aaron Reutzel captured redemption from night one of the week, winning night two, over Johnny Herrera, Wayne Johnson, Matt Covington and Blake Hahn. Sam Hafertepe Jr. would have to settle for a seventh place finish on the night, but holds onto a slim ASCS National Tour points lead of 30 points over the hot Aaron Reutzel.

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