LAKE ODESSA, MI – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to I-96 Speedway on Friday, June 1 for the “Rumble in Michigan.” The event will mark the series only visit of the season to the state of Michigan. In the last seven races for the Outlaws at I-96 Speedway, a different driver has been victorious each time. David Gravel won in the series most recent stop at the three-eights-mile in 2016. Thus far in 2018, seven drivers have reached victory lane with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. This edition of Up to Speed sets the stage for the “Rumble in Michigan” at I-96 Speedway.
I-96 Speedway is a three-eighths-mile, which was re-configured a few years ago from its original half-mile configuration. The track record on the three-eighths mile is 12.119-seconds and was established by Cody Darrah on June 2, 2012.
David Gravel added his name to the win list at I-96 Speedway in 2016, in a race which was shortened due to inclement weather. Brad Sweet won in 2015 at I-96 Speedway, while nine-time series champion Donny Schatz was victorious at the track in 2014. For Schatz, it was his first win at I-96 to add another track to the ever-growing list of venues he has won at with the Outlaws. Jason Sides won at I-96 in 2011 to score his first win in the state of Michigan.
Consistency is key
Donny Schatz has finished fourth or better in each of the last five World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events at I-96 Speedway. In his career, he has nine top-10 finishes in 12 starts at the track, with seven of those being top-five performances. Schatz has nine wins to go along with 20 top-10 finishes in 21 races this season as he chases his 10th series title.
At the front
Brad Sweet has finished third or better in each of his last three starts at I-96 Speedway. The Californian won at the track in 2015, was second in 2014 and ran third in his most recent start at I-96 in 2016. Sweet has a pair of wins and 17 top-10 finishes this season, which has him second in points.
Knocking on the door
Shane Stewart and Daryn Pittman continue to close in on a win at I-96 Speedway. Stewart finished second at the track in 2016 and has been among the top-five in each of his last two appearances at I-96. Pittman, who is the 2013 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, has six top-10 finishes in seven starts at the track, including a fourth-place showing in 2014.
Adding to the win total
David Gravel won at I-96 Speedway in 2016, which marked his first win in the state of Michigan. The young driver from Connecticut continues to add to his win total. After racking up 18 A-Feature wins last year, Gravel has 36 in his career with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, including two thus far in 2018.
Sheldon Haudenschild won at I-96 Speedway in 2016 with the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions. The fourth-generation driver scored his first-career World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win on opening night this season and added a couple more victories during the series West Coast Swing.
Knows the track
Greg Wilson made his first start at I-96 Speedway in 1992, finishing fifth. The next year he was victorious at the track and earned three top-five finishes in the same number of starts. Wilson made his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series start at the track in 2004 and finished sixth, which at the time was his ninth straight top-10 finish at the track. The Ohio native has raced at I-96 in a 410-sprint car, a 360-sprint car and a non-wing sprint car.
Plenty of laps
Jason Sides and Kraig Kinser have nearly identical stats at I-96 Speedway in their respective careers. The one difference is that Sides won at the track in 2011. On the similarity side, they both have made 11 starts at the track. Sides has six top-10 finishes at the venue, while Kinser has five. Sides has a trio of top-five performances, while Kinser has two.
The Shark Racing duo of Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen are back on the road for their fifth full season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Each has made three starts at I-96 Speedway in their young careers. Schuchart has a pair of top-10 finishes. The team is owned by Hall of Famer, Bobby Allen, who was one of the original Outlaws drivers back in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Jason Johnson and Clyde Knipp will each be making their second visit to I-96 Speedway. Johnson finished 10th in his debut at the track in 2016. Knipp, who hails from California, Missouri raced his way into the main event in his debut at the track that same year.
Brent Marks and Ian Madsen will be competing at I-96 Speedway for the first time. Madsen is in the midst of his first full season on the road with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, while Marks is in his sophomore season on the road.
Chase Ridenoure is one of the drivers who calls Michigan home, tentatively scheduled to be in attendance on Friday, June 1. Also expected is Brad Lamberson, who raced at I-96 Speedway in 2016 with the Outlaws.
Tickets for the Rumble in Michigan on Friday, June 1 for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at I-96 Speedway can purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by phone by calling: 815-344-2023 and at the track on race day.
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