ROSSBURG, Ohio — Logan Schuchart picked up his first Eldora Speedway victory in Friday night’s #LetsRaceTwo opener for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at the famed half-mile oval.
It was Schuchart’s fourth career WoO triumph and second of the season.
Driving the familiar No. 1s Shark Racing entry, Schuchart battled Shane Stewart during the middle stages of the race, but led the final 18 laps for the victory.
“It’s the place you always want to win at,” Schuchart said. “As a little kid I dreamt about being a World of Outlaws driver. Eldora, with all the history behind it, it’s really cool. My grandfather (Bobby Allen) won the first Outlaw race here in ’78, so being able to win this race with him by my side is really cool.
“I hope it means something for July. My grandfather won the Knoxville Nationals. He won the Williams Grove National Open. But nobody won the Kings Royal, so that’s a race I really want to run well in, and this is where you get your notes and stuff. To win tonight, hopefully that means something for the next couple races in the next couple months.”
Stewart finished second with Brad Sweet coming home third.
Initially, it was looking like a pretty good day for Jason Johnson, who started the Feature on the pole after winning the Craftsman Club Dash, which he also started on the pole after a full-field inversion stemming from a dash draw of eight. But Stewart managed to steal Johnson’s lead in lap seven, after which Johnson fell back and was overtaken by Sweet and points leader Donny Schatz, who had worked their way up from positions nine and seven, respectively.
After qualifying in third and winning the third heat, Schuchart started fifth in the feature and jumped to third at the onset of the race. But when Stewart stole the lead from Johnson, the battle between Stewart and Schuchart was on.
On lap nine, Schuchart finally took the lead from the JJR-Marshall 41, only to lose it again on a restart after a red flag after Travis Philo and Jac Haudenschild crashed. Philo and Haudenschild were each transported to a local hospital for observation.
Both drivers were examined and released and Haudenschild has decided not to race on Saturday night.
Three laps later, Schuchart regained the lead and led to the checkered flag.