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May 29, 2018

Change of Plans Plants Jake Knowles in Dixie Speedway Victory Lane

Rome, Georgia (05/29/18) – While tumultuous early-season weather may continue to wreak havoc with the racing schedule, Jake Knowles didn’t let it slow him down over the weekend. The pilot of the Knowles Race Parts & Bodies #66 Longhorn Chassis Late Model turned a schedule change into his second win of 2018 on Saturday night.

“After the Durrence Layne Series events got axed by the tropical storm we decided to head to Dixie Speedway on Sunday night, and it paid big dividends,” Knowles said. “I sure hated to see Ahnna (Parkhurst) get taken out by that lapped car because she had a really good car. We were able to capitalize though, and it sure feels good to get our second win of the year.”

With Mother Nature wiping out the schedule Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series doubleheader in Georgia, Jake Knowles visited Dixie Speedway (Woodstock, Georgia) on Saturday evening, where he entered the Weekly Racing Series Event in his Crate Late Model.

With the second-fastest time in qualifying, Jake earned the outside-front-row starting position for the feature. Inheriting the top spot after the leader was taken out by a lapped car, Knowles cruised to his second win of the season in the remaining distance.

For full results from this event, please visit

The team will be idle this weekend before resuming action on June 8-9 with the annual Rumble on the Gumbo at Greenville Speedway (Greenville, Mississippi). The Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model Series weekend will see a $2,000 winner’s check up for grabs on Friday night a $2,500 top prize on the line on Saturday night.

Jake enters the weekend third in the latest series standings.

For more information on the events, please visit .

Jake Knowles would like to thank his marketing partners, which include Knowles Race Parts & Bodies, Josh Roberts Trucking, Buster Goss Body Shop, Martins Wrecker Service, Curbow Logging, Coosa Heating & Cooling, JW Motorsports, Cruise with the Champions, Shorty’s Shock Service, Hoosier Racing Tire by Pup, Knowles Trucking, Keyser Manufacturing, Wiles Racing Driveshafts, Joe’s Transmission, Carolina Racing Supply, Big A’s Custom Graphics, AG Calf Ranch, Renegade Racing Fuels, Mitchell Jenkins Photography, Dynojet, and Marketing Services.

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Chris Ferguson Motors to Mike Butler Memorial Checkers at Cherokee
WoO Tennessee Double Shot Up Next

Mt. Holly, North Carolina (05/29/18) – Chris Ferguson turned his luck around on Sunday night at Cherokee Speedway, where he raced his Diff-Tran Machining #22 K and K Trucking/ XR1 Rocket Chassis/ Clements Racing Engines Super Late Model to the $5,000 win in the Mike Butler Memorial.

It was the second win of the year for Ferguson, but more than that it represented that he and his team were turning around their fortunes.

“We haven’t had the best of luck the past month or so, but on the same hand we just haven’t had our program where it needs to be. We were really good at Cherokee though, and were able to get the win,” Ferguson noted. “This win shows that we are getting things pointed back in the right direction. Thanks as always goes to each-and-every person who supports my program and never gives up on us.”

Chris entered a single event over the course of the Memorial Day weekend as he trekked to Cherokee Speedway (Gaffney, South Carolina) to compete in the Mike Butler Memorial, which was sanctioned by the Carolina Clash Super Late Model Series.

Via preliminary action Ferguson earned the outside-front-row starting spot for the feature event. He was joined on the front row by Benji Hicks.

Hicks snared the lead as the race went green and Ferguson would pursue him until lap 14, when he took the lead. Over the remainder of the 40-lap affair Ferguson cruised to a 3.270-second victory. Joey Coulter, Johnny Pursley, Ross Bailes, and Benji Hicks completed the Top-5 finishers.

The win was the second of the year for Ferguson and the 17th of his career with the tour.

For more results from the event, please visit .

Ferguson resumes action with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series this weekend – June 1-2 – with a trip to Tennessee for a pair of $10,000-to-win events. The trip opens on Friday night at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tennessee) before moving to Volunteer Speedway (Bulls Gap, Tennessee) on Saturday night.

Chris is currently second in the WoO Rookie of the Year battle and 10th in the overall standings.

To view the complete standings and for more information on the events, please visit .
Chris Ferguson would like to thank all of his sponsors, which include Diff-Tran Machining, K and K Trucking of Rockwell LLC, Champion Spark Plugs, Christopher Reeve’s Southeast Foundation & Crawl Space Repair, Live Oak Aesthetic and Family Dentistry, The Racing Warehouse, special thanks to Page Lemon, RPM Trailer Sales, New Point Lighting, Carver & Sons Roofing Inc., special thanks to Tom Bennington, Langley Collision Center, TW Automotive, Rocket Chassis, Big A's Custom Graphics, Keith’s Handyman Services, Dirty Grass Soul, Dirt Trackin’ App, ASI Racewear, Hoosier Racing Tires by Bryan, Harkey Racing, Joes Racing Products, K&N Performance Filters, Fluidyne High Performance, RM Services, Indocil Art , Frankland Rear-Ends, Bell Racing USA, Hypercoil Springs, Brinn Transmissions, Weld Racing, Dynamic Drivelines, Outerwears Pre-Filters, Penske Racing Shocks, PFC Brakes, ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, All Star Performance, Motorstate, Keyser Manufacturing, FK Rod Ends, Fragola Performance Systems, Alpha Canvas and Awning, Randy Renfrow Pit Carts, VP Racing, Hooker Harness, CV Products, XCELDYNE, Stock Car Steel and Aluminum Inc., SRI Supplies, SRI Performance, Clements Racing Engines, Waterman Racing Components, Pro Fabrication Headers, Schaeffers Oil, TruForm Race Products, Tadpole Fabrication, NecksGen, Carolina Roofing and Gutters, and Marketing Services.

For more information on Chris Ferguson, please visit the official team website at .

Bacon Aims for Midget Week Crown after Adding another Win

Lonnie Wheatley, WINCHESTER, Ind. (May 29, 2018) – Midway through twelve consecutive nights of racing action, another six nights remain for Brady Bacon beginning with Tuesday night’s opening round of USAC Indiana Midget Week competition at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Bacon will pull double duty on four of six nights of Midget Week competition, taking part in non-wing Sprint Car action on Tuesday and Wednesday at Montpelier and Gas City and then Friday and Saturday at Bloomington and Lawrenceburg.  Thursday at Putnamville and Sunday at Kokomo will be Midget competition only for Bacon.

“We have all the right pieces in place, we have a chance to make a really good week of it,” Bacon said of the Frank Manafort-owned No. 76m Midget team.  Bacon enters the week ranked sixth in points with just two events in the books thus far.

Bacon goes into Midget week after six nights of racing at a half dozen different tracks throughout Indiana and Ohio, with several strong outings along the way including a triumph in the 360-ci portion of Saturday night’s Bob Hampshire Classic at Waynesfield Raceway Park.

The twelve-night run of racing action began last Wednesday with the USAC Sprint Car “Hulman Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track where Bacon raced to a ninth-place finish after timing in third-quick.  One night later, Bacon rallied from 27th to sixth atop the one-mile Indiana State Fairgrounds dirt oval in the USAC Silver Crown “Hoosier Hundred” aboard the Klatt Enterprises No. 6 entry only to have mechanical issues cut his race short.

“We started out struggling a little at Terre Haute, we tried some things that didn’t work as well as we had hoped,” Bacon explained.  “Then we started slow in the Silver Crown car on Thursday, but we got some things figured out and went from 27th to sixth before we hut the motor with 25 laps to go.  It was encouraging to have that speed though.  We had plenty of tire left so I think we had a really good shot at a top-five finish.”

From there, the first of four consecutive nights of winged Sprint Car racing commenced with All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Ohio’s Attica Raceway Park on Friday night.  After timing in quickest among his group and winning his heat race, a feature incident resulted in a finish of 19th.

“We were running around fourth and fifth, and the car was getting better,” Bacon relates.  “Then I got squeezed into the fence and it knocked the front end down.”

It was still an encouraging night for the Bacon racing crew.

“Attica is a place that I’ve struggled at, most times I felt lucky to be top fifteen,” Bacon says.  “We’ve figured some things out and now we had a chance to win that one, it’s encouraging.  We’re getting close.”

Action shifted to Fremont Speedway on Saturday night with Bacon falling just a half-second short of the $5,000 winner’s share in second place.

“It wasn’t your normal Fremont, it was heavy all night,” Bacon explains.  “We were racing for the win and every time I was about to pass him, a caution would come out.  We were right there, just came up a car-length short.”

Double duty was in order in both 410-ci and 360-ci action at Sunday night’s “Bob Hampshire Classic” at Waynesfield Raceway Park.  After winning heat races in both divisions, Bacon raced to a sixth-place finish in the 410-ci All Star Circuit of Champions portion of the event and posted his third overall win of the year in the 360-ci NRA Sprint Invaders main event.

“We started fourth in the All Star feature and were running around fifth to seventh most of the way,” Bacon recalls.  “A car got out of shape ahead of us, if I could have cleared him we would have been in good shape but I slid off the track.  I got back going but I had flat right front the last couple of laps and still finished sixth.”

Victory lane awaited “The Macho Man” at the completion of the 360-ci NRA feature.

“We started on the pole and led every lap to win that one,” Bacon says.  “We have run that particular car five times now and never finished worse than second, and that was the same right rear tire that we won the USAC Sprint Car race on.  It was cool, it felt good to be able to win the Bob Hampshire Classic.”

Bacon finished up the winged portion of the 12-race stretch with Monday night’s World of Outlaws tilt back across the state line in Indiana at Lawrenceburg Speedway where he posted a strong 12th-place finish.

“I think we’re down to about the last night on that motor, we were down a little bit on power and didn’t qualify all that great,” Bacon says.  “We couldn’t really get our speed up, it just took too long to get going so we were satisfied to come away with a 12th place finish.”

Overall, the winged portion of the week proved encouraging for the team.

“We had a fast car each night in Ohio, so that’s really encouraging for us,” Bacon comments.  “That has always been a tough place for us, so we’re making steps in the right direction.”

Now, the focus shifts back to Midgets for six consecutive Indiana nights.

2018 Quick Stats:  32 races, 3 wins, 13 top-fives, 18 top-tens.

Quick Results:

Wednesday, May 23 – 9th in USAC Sprint Cars at the Terre Haute (IN) Action Track.

Thursday, May 24 – 19th in USAC Silver Crown at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Friday, May 25 – 19th in All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars at Attica (OH) Raceway Park.

Saturday, May 26 – 2nd in FAST 410 Sprint Cars at Fremont (OH) Speedway.

Sunday, May 27 – 6th in All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars and 1st in NRA Sprint Invaders 360’s at Waynesfield (OH) Raceway Park.

Monday, May 28 – 12th World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Lawrenceburg (IN) Speedway.

Up Next:

Tuesday, May 29 – USAC Indiana Midget Week and Non-Wing 410 Sprint Car at Montpelier Motor Speedway.

Wednesday, May 30 – USAC Indiana Midget Week and Non-Wing 410 Sprint Car at Gas City I-69 Speedway.

Thursday, May 31 – USAC Indiana Midget Week at Lincoln Park Speedway (Putnamville, IN).

Friday, June 1 – USAC Indiana Midget Week and Non-Wing 410 Sprint Car at Bloomington Speedway.

Saturday, June 2 – USAC Indiana Midget Week and Non-Wing 410 Sprint Car at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Sunday, June 3 – USAC Indiana Midget Week at Kokomo Speedway.

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Donny Schatz earns ninth Outlaw win at Charlotte and runner-up finish at Lawrenceburg to continue championship lead


Dates: Friday, May 25th
Event: Outlaw Showdown
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 1st (1st)

Date: Monday, May 28th
Event: Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 2nd (3rd)

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 5/29): 1st - 3028 points (108-point margin over second place, Brad Sweet)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 29, 2018) - Two World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series starts resulted in two podium finishes for nine-time and defending Series champion, Donny Schatz, kicking-off the long, holiday weekend with a victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (N.C.) on Friday evening, May 25. For Schatz, the WoO triumph raised his season win total to nine, 11 overall, now with an impressive 20 top-ten finishes in 21 World of Outlaws starts.

Donny Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 sprint car, earned his victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte from the pole position. Although earning the evening’s pole by way of dash victory, Schatz did not lead the entire feature distance. Fellow front row starter, Shane Stewart, earned the early advantage and led up until the 23rd circuit with Schatz in tow. As Stewart attempted to negotiate the lapped car of Jason Sides on lap 24, Schatz was able to slide by, immediately extending his lead to an eventual 1.6 seconds at the final checkers.

“We’ve been short a [crew] guy all year. I can’t take credit for this, I just drive the thing. These guys have dug and dug through all the adversity this season. We seem to get better through adversity though. I can’t wait for the next time we race,” Schatz said regarding his Charlotte victory.

Schatz concluded his holiday weekend campaign with a runner-up finish at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., on Monday, May 28. The Fargo, N.D., native faded as far back as fourth during the Memorial Day Spectacular before recovering for the runner-up finish, actually leading laps 10-25 before giving up the top spot to eventual winner, Brad Sweet. David Gravel was also able to apply pressure on Schatz late, ultimately working around the Tony Stewart Racing entry to push Schatz back to third with less than ten circuits to go. Fortunately, a caution with three laps remaining gave Schatz an opportunity to work back by Gravel, eventually succeeding. Schatz secured his spot in the evening’s main event by winning his respective heat race.

Up next on the schedule, Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing will enter three World of Outlaws programs in four days, ready to invade Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, respectively. Schatz’s busy week and weekend will commence tomorrow evening - Wednesday, May 30 - with an appearance at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway, followed by stops at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich, on Friday, June 1, and Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway on Saturday, June 2.

Schatz will enter the three-race stretch on top of the current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series standings by 108 markers over Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet.

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart Racing and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at, as well as at

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.

Donny Schatz: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

Watch Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing live on during each and every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event of 2018.

2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru May 29, 2018)
Total Races: 23
Total Wins: 11
Total Top-5s: 19
Total Top-10s: 22

World of Outlaws Races: 21
World of Outlaws Wins: 9
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 17
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 20


Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
(724) 954-4915,