Never Say Die for Logan Schuchart; Williams Grove National Open Notes – DTD Exclusive

By DEAN REYNOLDS

MECHANICSBURG, PA – Coming into Sunday’s $50,000 to win National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, the deck of cards were stacked against Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen.

To say the first two nights didn’t go as planned was an understatement. Coming home always is special for the team lead by Hall of Famer Bobby Allen and the Grove is a track they are all so familiar with. But, after the two nights there wasn’t a Shark Racing sprint car to be seen in any of the A-Mains…none.

With points being tallied this year to earn starting spots in either the 40 lap A-Main or the qualifying heat events on Saturday, not qualifying at all did bode well for with driver.

The eight lap events saw Schuchart starting in seventh and Allen in eighth. Allen’s struggles continued but for the leader of Shark Racing and four-time Outlaw winner in 2017, Schuchart showed some much needed speed. He placed third and locked him into the finale’. It was a small battle won however they weren’t done just yet.




“We were down a little bit with what happened the last two nights but we don’t give up. That’s not us,” Logan said as a matter of fact. “We learned what we did wrong both nights, we weren’t that far off on Thursday so we took it from there.”

Starting in 20th you can see right at the drop of the green flag there was speed in the #1S.

“The car was working well, we could roll the corners right from the heat and we built from that,” he went on. “I was using the top in three and four and I think I was about the only one to make it work.”

Schuchart was in the top five with 10 laps to go but the car then stabled out. “The tires were just about gone there late. Then the top went away so I was hoping someone would juts mess up there at the end, “ he noted.

After almost three days of total frustration, there was a bit of sun shining on the team on this National Open. He ultimately took fourth and the $4,000 pay day and earning hard charger laurels. But more importantly he gave the local fans something to cheer about as it was noticed after the event with a long line of autograph and selfie seekers.

“This is what it’s all about, to have a good run in front of you fans that come out to see you,” he continued. “We didn’t give them much the first two nights but just shows what we are made of. You’re going to have ups and downs but you just can never give up so you can have a night like this.”

2017 Natty Open Notes

For the first time, the point system was used to set the stage from Saturday night and you can tell it meant a little more on the preliminary nights with some extra chances being taken to get that one extra position…

On aspect that was missing however was the usual influx of Saturday travelers as in the past each night was just a separate show. Some said that contributed for the car count at 49 total. While nothing to shake a stick at, past open’s drew car counts near or in the 60’s…

Lance Dewease was a big crowd favorite but the team fought engine woes. They lost a powerplant on Friday and had to change to qualify through the B-Main to rally to an 11th place finish. Hard work still saw the famed #69K starting fourth but smoke came from under the hood right at the start and Dewaese eventually pulled in while running in fourth…

Shane Stewart had an interesting Open with the much talked about altercations with Greg Hodnett on Thursday to flipping during the 40 lapper on Saturday…

Freddie Rahmer was crowned the Williams Grove Champion which was well received the Posse Fans. On track though he second generation driver struggled using a provisional to start the Open. He finished 14th after starting 25th…

Besides Stewart, Jac Haudenschild (Friday) and Kraig Kinser (Saturday) found themselves on their wings…

Danny Dietrich had two nights he would like to forget. Using a provisional to start 26th and up to 13th on Thursday and then spinning around going for the lead in the $20,000 to win Summer Nationals make up after. He then hopped the cushion going into the wall hard on the restart. Then he was also to involved with the Haudenschild altercation on Friday. The team wasn’t sure if they were even going to enter Saturday but they did pull in the pits as the last car. He finished 18th in the 40 lapper…

Dale Blaney and the Zemco Team changed cars for Saturday but still struggled some on Saturday…

Tony Stewart, Tim Shaffer, Steve Buckwalter, Justin Barger, Eric Tomacek, Tim Wagaman ran preliminary nights but didn’t return for Saturday…

Ryan Smith took home $1,115 from Camp Mayhem and Dirt Track Digest for winning the Just Missed Award being the first alternate. And, James McFadden won over $2,000 for winning the Beer Hill Gang Rookie of the Year…

The win by David Gravel was well earned and controversial free (although Posse fans do not forget) as he passed Donny Schatz to earn the $50,000 winners check.