Yung Money Larson-esque at Eagle

The Wheatley Chronicles – Volume V, No. 28

Lonnie Wheatley, EAGLE, Neb. (June 13, 2017) – It looked like a rainout-to-be for all intents and purposes.

Storms were brewing and the odds of getting Tuesday night’s 30-lap World of Outlaws Sprint Car feature at Eagle Raceway in the books were looking slim.

But even the weather gods that haven’t been particularly cooperative in 2017 wanted to see this one to its fruition.

After all Kyle Larson was in the house.  And one never knows when what can only be described as the next “Larson-esque” moment just might occur.

“Yung Money” didn’t disappoint the weather gods or the massive Nebraska crowd on this one, digging deep to swipe an unlikely win away from an unsuspecting Daryn Pittman as the white flag flew.

“I was kind of frustrated early, it took me a while to get the top of one and two working,” Larson said after the jaw-dropping triumph.  “Once we got going, we were ripping the top pretty good, that race was a lot of fun.”

It wasn’t known until early Tuesday when Larson tweeted that he would be driving a second Stenhouse, Jr./Wood Racing entry teamed with regular shoe Joey Saldana.

Showing up to drive a car he hadn’t seen before at a track that he hadn’t raced upon, Larson responded by setting second-quick time and then winning his heat race before posting the spectacular win in true Larson form.

After starting sixth, Larson was mired in fifth over the first one-third of the race as Kasey Kahne Racing shoe Pittman paced the field ahead of Donny Schatz and Shane Stewart.

Larson made quick work of Brad Sweet on a lap 11 restart and then engaged in a torrid duel with Larson/Marks wheelman Stewart for third for several laps over the middle portion of the race.  Larson finally shook himself of his own hired gun and tracked down Schatz for second.

Larson rallied by Schatz on the high side with ease, but had less than ten laps remaining to chase down Pittman.

It looked to be too much ground to cover.  Pittman was over a half straightaway ahead and cruising stress free.

Larson was on a mission though, pounding the high side and pounding it higher and higher each time by.  He gobbled up car lengths per lap and was knocking on Pittman’s tailtank with three laps to go with a resurgent Stewart right there as well.

Larson slid past Pittman with the white flag in sight and paced the final round ahead of the past WoO champ who was left with no time to retort.  Stewart finished on Pittman’s heels in third, saying that, “I think I had a better car than both of them at the end, I just took a little too long to figure out the top here in one and two.  That was a fun race.”

Sweet made his way into fourth in the closing rounds with Schatz rounding out the top five.

The Vitals

Series:  World of Outlaws

Track:  Eagle Raceway (Eagle, NE)

Car Count:  32

Quick Time:  Kerry Madsen 11.429

Heat Winners (starting position in parentheses): Kerry Madsen (1), Kyle Larson (1), Jason Johnson (1), Shane Stewart (1).

Dash Winner (starting position in parentheses):  Daryn Pittman (1)

“B” Main Winner (starting position in parentheses):  Jason Sides (2)

“B” Main Moments:  Stu Snyder got upside down in the “B”.

“A” Main Cautions:  Three

Original start – Jason Johnson turns it around in turn four before the first lap is completed with Paul McMahan coming to a stop as well; Brian Brown pulled it pitside as soon as the green flag flew.

10 Laps – Daniel Harding spins to a stop in turn four with race-ending front end damage.

11 Laps – Cap Henry slaps the outer fence getting into three and collects Kerry Madsen, who gets muddy on his side.

 “A” Main Hard Charger:  Terry McCarl picks up the honors by advancing a dozen positions from 22nd to tenth.

The Box Score…

Qualifying: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 11.429; 2. 17K-Kyle Larson, 11.521; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.586; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.616; 5. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.63; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.667; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.72; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.738; 9. 4-Paul McMahan, 11.749; 10. 17-Joey Saldana, 11.777; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.779; 12. 5-David Gravel, 11.78; 13. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.798; 14. 1M-Danny Lasoski, 11.816; 15. 26-Tayler Malsam, 11.849; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.853; 17. W20-Greg Wilson, 11.925; 18. 19-Brent Marks, 11.926; 19. 82-Cap Henry, 11.965; 20. 2KS-Austin McCarl, 11.972; 21. 21-Brian Brown, 11.988; 22. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.004; 23. 12-Daniel Harding, 12.009; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.018; 25. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.023; 26. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.116; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.217; 28. 3-Tim Kaeding, 12.275; 29. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.319; 30. 17B-Ryan Bickett, 12.423; 31. 23S-Stuart Snyder, 12.747; 32. 96-Clint Benson, NT

Heat #1 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 3. 4-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 5. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [4]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 8. 19P-Paige Polyak [8]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 17K-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 17-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 19-Brent Marks [5]; 5. 1M-Danny Lasoski [4]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 7. 17B-Ryan Bickett [8]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [6]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 82-Cap Henry [5]; 5. 12-Daniel Harding [6]; 6. 26-Tayler Malsam [4]; 7. 13-Clyde Knipp [7]; 8. 23S-Stuart Snyder [8]

Heat #4 (8 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [3]; 4. 3-Tim Kaeding [7]; 5. 2KS-Austin McCarl [5]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 8. 96-Clint Benson [8]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 6. 17K-Kyle Larson [7]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [8]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [6]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 7S-Jason Sides [2][-]; 2. 24-Terry McCarl [5][-]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [4][-]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [3][-]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7][$300]; 6. 26-Tayler Malsam [1][$250]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$225]; 8. 19P-Paige Polyak [9][$200]; 9. 17B-Ryan Bickett [10][$200]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [8][$200]; 11. 23S-Stuart Snyder [11][$200]; 12. 96-Clint Benson [12][$200]

Feature (30 Laps) : 1. 17K-Kyle Larson [6][$6,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1][$3,500]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [4][$2,000]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$1,800]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$1,500]; 6. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7][$1,400]; 7. 5-David Gravel [12][$1,350]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$1,300]; 9. 17-Joey Saldana [10][$1,250]; 10. 24-Terry McCarl [22][$1,200]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11][$900]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [8][$800]; 13. 18-Ian Madsen [5][$700]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [14][$650]; 15. 4-Paul McMahan [9][$600]; 16. 3-Tim Kaeding [16][$550]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$500]; 18. W20-Greg Wilson [24][$500]; 19. 82-Cap Henry [15][$500]; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [17][$500]; 21. 2KS-Austin McCarl [20][$500]; 22. 12-Daniel Harding [19][$500]; 23. 21-Brian Brown [23][$500]; 24. 1M-Danny Lasoski [18][$500].

Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-28, Kyle Larson 29-30

 

The Wheatley Chronicles brings insight and highlights from all variety of racing series throughout the nation in 2017 and beyond along with the Open Wheel Power Rankings on a regular basis.  Please send any comments, questions or advertising inquiries regarding The Wheatley Chronicles at www.sprintcarmania.com to Lonnie Wheatley at lonniewheatley@gmail.com.