KANSAS CITY, KA — The FVP Platinum Battery Shootout for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas is quickly approaching on Friday, October 20. The date coincides with the NASCAR weekend at Kansas Speedway, which is less than 10 miles from Lakeside Speedway.
The FVP Platinum Battery Shootout will mark the eighth consecutive season that the series has competed at Lakeside Speedway and the 18th time overall, dating back to 1980. Each of the last six races for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Lakeside have seen a different driver visit victory lane.
Brad Sweet was victorious last year at Lakeside, picking up his first win at the venue. Sweet took the lead near the halfway point of the race from Joey Saldana, and then held off his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Daryn Pittman in the late going. For Sweet, the win ended a 30-plus race winless drought that had dated back over three months. The Californian has been consistent at Lakeside, recording four top-10 finishes in the same number of starts. Sweet is second in points this season on the strength of five wins to go along with 67 top-10 finishes.
Donny Schatz, the eight-time and defending series champion was victorious at Lakeside Speedway in 2015. That win marked the first for Schatz at the historic venue. Kerry Madsen won at Lakeside Speedway in 2014. Pittman, the 2013 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, won at Lakeside back in 2003. In six starts at Lakeside, Pittman has six top-10 finishes.
Shane Stewart has only made three starts with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Lakeside Speedway, but has finished in the top-10 in each of those races, including a fifth-place effort last year. The veteran driver is fourth in points this year and has eight wins, which is third-most of any driver following the series full-time.
Logan Schuchart, who is ninth in points this season and has four wins, finished a career-best third at Lakeside Speedway in 2016. The Pennsylvania native has made three visits to the historic venue in his young career, as has his Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen.
Also in action at Lakeside Speedway in the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout will be David Gravel, who is having a career-high. The 25-year-old has 17 A-feature wins and 19 overall victories this season. Gravel, who is third in points, was quickest in time trials last year at Lakeside.
Veteran drivers Jason Johnson, Jason Sides and Kraig Kinser will also be on hand. Johnson has four wins thus far in 2017, while Kinser has one victory this year. Jac Haudenschild will be making his first start at Lakeside since a runner-up finish in 2010. The Hall of Famer has four top-10 finishes in five career starts at the track.
Greg Wilson, who finished ninth and Clyde Knipp, who hails from nearby California, Missouri, each made their first appearance at Lakeside with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2016. Knipp had previously raced at the oval in non-wing sprint car competition.
Sheldon Haudenschild and Brent Marks, who are contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award this season, will each be making their first visit to Lakeside Speedway. Parker Price-Miller, who took over the seat of the Destiny Motorsports No. 4 last month, will also be making his first trip to Lakeside. Price-Miller, who won his first-career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series race earlier this season at Tri-State Speedway in his home state of Indiana, will be seeing Lakeside Speedway for the first time.
Tickets for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout, featuring the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas on Friday, October 20 and can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling SLS Promotions at 815-344-2023 and at the track on race day. Reserved tickets for Sections B and D, can be purchased by calling the track office at (913)-299-9206.
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