A LOT ON THE LINE WHEN THE WORLD OF OUTLAWS RETURN TO TERRE HAUTE ON OCT. 12

By Nick Graziano

Brad Sweet held off reigning World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz last year to win a thrilling event at Terre Haute Action Track.

When the stars of the World of Outlaws return to the Indiana track on Saturday, Oct. 12, Sweet and Schatz will again be in a fierce battle for the win as the two are in a tight battle of the championship.

Sweet dominated on the half-mile track last year, but in the closing laps Schatz inched his way closer to the Kasey Kahne Racing car every lap before having to settle for second by the time the checkered flag waved.

Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team have collected nine wins, so far, this year and will be determined to reach double digit wins by the end of the season. Schatz continues to be the most consistent driver this year, only finishing outside the top-10 four times in more than 60 races. He won at Terre Haute in 2014 and is looking to get his 11th Series championship by the season’s end.

With 15 wins, including a win at the Kings Royal, Sweet is having a career year as he searches for his first championship. He has given Schatz his biggest fight for the championship in six years by trading the points lead with him all year long. The two drivers seem to be inseparable on track, racing each other almost every race.

Terre Haute will be another important race in their quest for the 2019 championship.

Along with Sweet and Schatz, Indiana-local Kraig Kinser – son of 20-time Series champion Steve Kinser – will be eyeing a win in his home state. Kinser’s last win came in 2017, but he has been close to a win several times this year.

This year’s Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel will also be hungry for a win at the track in his quest to get double digit wins with his Jason Johnson Racing team. He’s been stellar on half-mile tracks this year winning at Williams Grove Speedway, Knoxville Raceway and Calistoga Speedway.

With the Series championship on the line for Schatz and Sweet and $10,000 on the line for the winner, Terre Haute Action Track is sure to see a lot of excitement. Plus, DIRTcar UMP Modifieds will also be on the card. Grandstands will open at 3 p.m. with Hot Laps at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets and more information at terrehauteactiontrack.net or worldofoutlaws.com.

As always, if you can’t make it to the race, you can watch all of the action LIVE on DIRTVision.com.

PREVIOUS TERRE HAUTE ACTION TRACK WINNERS

2018 – Brad Sweet on Oct. 13

2014 – Donny Schatz on Sept. 17

2006 – Joey Saldana on June 4

2003 – Danny Lasoski on May 9, Danny Lasoski on July 13

2002 – Danny Lasoski on June 8, Danny Lasoski on July 14

2001 – Mark Kinser on May 11, Tim Shaffer on July 18

2000 – Steve Kinser and Mark Kinser on May 13, Danny Lasoski on July 17

1999 – Mark Kinser on May 22

1998 – Mark Kinser on May 15, Stevie Smith on May 16

1997 – Sammy Swindell on May 9

1995 – Mark Kinser on May 12, Stevie Smith on Oct. 13, Mark Kinser on Oct. 14

1994 – Steve Kinser on May 13, Kenny Jacobs on Oct. 14, Steve Kinser on Oct. 15

1993 – Steve Kinser on May 14, Steve Kinser on Oct. 15, Steve Kinser on Oct. 16

1980 – Doug Wolfgang on July 12, Rickey Hood on July 13