Stewart Goes Two-For-Two With New Crew Chief

Despite contact with Donny Schatz

Greg Wilson (20) will continue to partner with Hercules Tire next season. (Ken Simon Photo)

BEAVER DAM, Wis. — Nothing could keep Shane Stewart from sweeping the two-race World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series weekend as the Larson Marks Racing driver won Saturday night’s Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial presented by Karavan Trailers at Beaver Dam Raceway.

Despite unusual happenings and a rain delay, Stewart backed up his victory Friday at West Liberty Raceway with his second win in as many nights.

“That was a crazy long race,” said Stewart from victory lane shortly before 1 a.m. local time.

Donny Schatz started on the pole with Greg Wilson alongside. Wilson grabbed the early lead, but a yellow flag forced a restart, which saw Jac Haudenschild smack the wall in the Stenhouse Jr./Wood Racing No. 17.

Wilson took the lead again on the restart and Stewart passed Schatz for second on lap six, starting a battle between them. Unfortunately, the battle resulted in contact between the two drivers that sent the Arctic Cat No. 15 flying into the air before taking several flips on the backstretch with 33 laps to go.

Schatz was uninjured, but finished for the night

“I’ve got to say sorry to Donny,” said Stewart. “I didn’t mean to get into him. I got backed up there a little bit, and I didn’t see him go last minute. He’s definitely the last person that you’d ever want to wreck.”

Sheldon Haudenschild was the next driver to taste the wall. More and more cautions followed, and while Wilson and Stewart battled it out up front, Kerry Madsen and Jason Johnson made themselves busy, racing through the field.

Madsen won the Last Chance Showdown and started the feature 21st. He charged through the pack and took second from Wilson with two laps remaining.

Johnson finished third with Wilson and Brad Sweet rounding out the top five.

The victory made Stewart two-for-two with new crew chief Lee Stauffer.

“Confidence. We just lacked a little bit of that,” Stewart said. “He has a lot of self confidence and so has brought a lot to the team. He’s a good leader.”

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