NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — A pair of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champions could do nothing to stop Jacob Allen on Friday night at Cedar Lake Speedway.
Brad Sweet wanted it for the record books and Donny Schatz wanted it for the heart, but Jacob Allen wanted to prove his legendary father Bobby Allen wrong. Allen’s victory, earned with a meticulous effort around the low side of the three-eighths-mile, brings him to a popular three wins on the season.
“My dad took me on a bet that he thought I could maybe win three races this year, and it made me a bit mad,” Allen joked. “I’ve got three now, and now I gotta get one more to prove him wrong. It definitely takes a toll on you being out here on the road this long and not winning for so long, but giving it everything you’ve got. Already winning three this year feels so amazing.”
While Hanover, PA native fell as far back as fifth, all eyes were on the lead trio of Carspon Macedo, Schatz, and Sweet. Macedo led the opening two circuits, Schatz controlled laps 3-21, and Sweet quickly rose from 10th-to-third as the three orchestrated a nose-to-tail charge through lapped traffic.
It appeared to be between those three throughout the first half, but everything changed on Lap 19 restart when Allen lined up inside of row two and he rocketed to second in the Pells Tire Service No. 1a. With Schatz committed to the fence, Allen slow-rolled the bottom and took to the lead on lap 22.
A lap-31 restart offered Sweet one last chance at stealing the win away, but he fell short by .200 seconds at the line as Allen continued his career year and stopped Sweet’s streak.
“I can’t tell you enough how good this feels,” an ecstatic Allen noted. “My car has never been this balanced, and it just handled so well. This package we’ve put together for these type of race tracks has been incredible. We’ve been making the right decisions and I think I’ve been driving as good as ever.”
After five-straight World of Outlaws wins at Cedar Lake, three-time and defending series champion Brad Sweet finally saw his historic streak come to an end. His second-place result extends his mark to a remarkable 10 consecutive top-two results (when finishing) at the track. He also extends his championship lead in the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts No. 49.
“For whatever reason we just have a really good feel here at Cedar Lake, even when the car is off,” Sweet said. “I was licking my chops on that restart thinking Donny would choose the bottom, but he went high and that flustered me. I did a bad job on that restart. Had I been a little closer I might’ve been able to pull off a last-lap miracle, but Jacob did a great job and earned that one. We’ve been off for a bit, so getting back on the podium at my favorite track feels great.”
Sheldon Haudenschild closed out the podium with a seventh-to-third run in the Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink No. 17. The Wooster, OH native now has 12 podium finishes on the season.
“I wanted to win that one just as bad,” Haudencshild said. “I had a really bad 8-10 and got ate up off the start and was forced to do some battling. We had a good car, but the driver lacked a bit at the beginning.”
In an emotional bid to win one one for his late father, Danny Schatz, the 10-time champion Donny Schatz finished fourth aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance No. 15.
Feature (35 Laps): – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$3,200]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [$2,600]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo [$2,350]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [$2,150]; 7. 83-James McFadden [$2,100]; 8. 73-Scotty Thiel [$1,950]; 9. 2-David Gravel [$1,900]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$1,850]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [$1,400]; 12. 84-Scott Bogucki [$1,200]; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne [$1,000]; 14. 5-Spencer Bayston [$950]; 15. 34DD-Brooke Tatnell [$900]; 16. 19-Paige Polyak [$900]; 17. 6-Bill Rose [$900]; 18. 97-Alan Gilbertson [$900]; 19. 1AU-Marcus Dumesny [$900]; 20. 7S-Robbie Price [$900]; 21. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [$900]; 22. 24T-Christopher Thram [$900]; 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$900]; 24. 22-Riley Goodno [$900].