CONCORD, N.C. — Logan Schuchart pulled a classic slide job on Brad Sweet entering the first turn with less than two laps to go and made it stick.
From there, Schuchart led the final lap and two thirds to earn his third World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race of the season Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Schuchart started third and chased Kasey Kahne Racing driver Brad Sweet, who started from the pole, throughout the night.
The 30-lap feature went caution free with racing two and three-wide all around the four-tenths-mile track with Sweet leading the way from the start. He caught lapped traffic on lap seven and the leaders battled through traffic the rest of the way.
Schuchart made several runs at Sweet earlier in the race, but couldn’t get the job done.
“I didn’t know,” Schuchart said. “I had a chance at Brad earlier in the race and I went to slide him and my throttle stuck and it actually ran me into the wall.”
Schuchart and his low-budget Shark Racing team owned by his grandfather Bobby Allen, towed to Charlotte in a borrowed rig after a breakdown en route to New Jersey’s New Egypt Speedway earlier in the week.
“It’s great to win anywhere,” he added. “But here in Charlotte in front of all these fans, that’s what makes our sport so great. I have a great group of people behind me on this team. A lot of people are part of this deal that keep us out here and help us to get on this stage.”
But the difference came in the final laps when the leaders were working through cars racing for position in the middle of the pack.
With Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz making it a four-car battle for the lead, Schuchart ran up behind Sweet at the flag stand with two laps remaining and dove to the bottom of the track. His No. 1s Shark Racing machine stuck and he had the lead.
“Brad drove a great race and it was really hard to catch him,” Schuchart said. “Some lapped cars really got in his way and it helped us out and we were able to capitalize on that. That’s what makes racing racing.”
Sweet was a disappointed second in the NAPA No. 49.
“Logan drove a great race and I struggled to get by those lapped cars at the end and he passed us,” Sweet said. “That’s what wins you and loses you these races, is lapped traffic. I was disappointed, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”
Pittman was third in a second Kasey Kahne Racing machine, with point leader Schatz fourth and Greg Wilson, who started 15th, fifth.
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Concord, N.C., May 26, 2017
Qualifications: 1. Brad Sweet, 49, 13.591; 2. Kraig Kinser, 11, 13.629; 3. Donny Schatz, 15, 13.630; 4. Logan Schuchart, 1s, 13.706; 5. Shane Stewart, 2, 13.715; 6. Daryn Pittman, 9, 13.731; 7. Sheldon Haudenschild, 93, 13.763; 8. Joey Saldana, 17w, 13.769; 9. Jason Johnson, 41, 13.795; 10. Tim Shaffer, 49x, 13.814; 11. Jacob Allen, 1a, 13.823; 12. Cale Conley, 7c, 13.852; 13. Cole Duncan, 22, 13.858; 14. David Gravel, 5, 13.953; 15. Greg Wilson, w20, 14.036; 16. Brent Marks, 19m, 14.056; 17. Paul McMahan, 4, 14.079; 18. Jason Sides, 7s, 14.105; 19. Dave Blaney, 71m, 14.107; 20. Danny Smith, 4, 14.190; 21. Clyde Knipp, 13, 14.359; 22. Eric Riggins Jr., 47, 14.522; 23. Trey Starks, 44, 15.028; 24. Zach Ames, 1, 15.697.
First Heat (8 laps): Sweet, Schuchart, Haudenschild, Shaffer, Duncan, Blaney, Marks, Riggins.
Second Heat (8 laps): Kinser, Stewart, Allen, Gravel, Saldana, McMahan, Starks, Smith.
Third Heat (8 laps): Schatz, Pittman, Johnson, Conley, Wilson, Sides, Knipp, Ames.
Craftsman Dash (6 laps): Sweet, Kinser, Schuchart, Pittman, Stewart, Schatz.
Feature (30 laps): Schuchart, Sweet, Pittman, Schatz, Wilson, Kinser, Stewart, Gravel, Allen, Haudenschild, Shaffer, Marks, Duncan, Johnson, Conley, Knipp, Starks, Saldana, Sides, Smith, Riggins, Blaney, McMahan, Ames.