Meet the Drivers of the 2016 World of Outlaws Racing Series
Who are the men who tear through the dirt tracks of the World of Outlaws racing series? Find out below with short bios on each of the drivers. And to see these guys in action, scroll down to the bottom of the post and use the form to enter for your chance to win a trip to an upcoming World of Outlaws race.
“Any sprint car driver is going to want to race with the World of Outlaws and be an Outlaw. … It’s where the competition is at, it’s where the money is at, you get to do the most races. That’s how we live and that’s how we do it.”
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
Birthday: July 11, 1994
Car #: 1a
Chassis: Triple X
Car Owner: Bobby Allen
World of Outlaws History: Jacob Allen undertook his rookie campaign with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series during the 2014 season. Driving for Shark Racing, his family owned team, Allen worked to gain experience and adapt to the grueling series schedule. Through the 93 race season, Allen scored a season best one top-ten finish.
Adding to a list of accomplishments for the year, Allen scored his first heat race win toward the end of 2014 and his first Dash appearance. In 2015, his second full season on the World of Outlaws tour, Allen had two top-10 finishes and finished 13th in the championship standings.
“If you want to be a dirt track racer for a living, you have to race with the Outlaws. It’s the premier dirt track racing series and everybody wants to be like Steve Kinser or Sammy Swindell.”
Hometown: Watertown, Conn.
Birthday: June 23, 1992
Car #: 5
Car Owner: CJB Motorsports
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 7
World of Outlaws History: David Gravel is the 2013 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. The young driver made select starts with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series beginning in 2008. He scored his first series win in 2011 at the Talladega (Ala.) Short Track. Since then he has racked up six more wins.
He joined Roth Motorsports in the middle of the 2014 season and then transitioned to Destiny Motorsports midway through 2015. In 2016, Gravel competes full-time with CJB Motorsports.
“The series is the best in the industry. The teams and drivers are so strong and are able to adapt to every track and its conditions. We go to places that some guys race at every week and then the Outlaws come in and break the track record and dominate. To qualify myself as an Outlaw, I want to be consistently up front and win our fair share of races to carry the banner.”
Hometown: Eunice, La.
Birthday: July 7, 1976
Car #: 41
Car Owner: Jason Johnson Racing
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 1
World of Outlaws History: He made his first start with the series in 1998 and has made 98 starts since then. The first World of Outlaws series win of Johnson’s career came at Texas Motor Speedway in 2003 where he battled series champions Steve Kinser and Daryn Pittman to take the win. He also has one preliminary night win at Williams Grove Speedway in 2005.
In his first full season with the World of Outlaws in 2015, Johnson finished 12th in the driver championship points standings and scored the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.
“Growing up watching Steve Kinser, Brad Doty, Doug Wolfgang and Sammy Swindell when the series first started really made me believe that racing with the Outlaws is something I wanted to do. My family has given up a lot and sacrificed a lot to help me get where I am and let me live out my dreams.”
Hometown: Elk Grove, Calif.
Birthday: Dec. 1, 1970
Car #: 7
Car Owner: Destiny Motorsports
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 26
World of Outlaws History: After a successful career driving sprint cars in his native California and in the Midwest with the All Star Circuit of Champions, Paul McMahan took on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series for the first time in 2001. McMahan quickly picked up his first win. He ran partial schedules with the series in 2002, 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2012.
McMahan competed with CJB Motorsports beginning in 2013 and racked up 12 wins with the team. For the 2016 season he takes on the grueling series schedule with Destiny Motorsports and veteran crew chief Scott Benic.
“Growing up, I used to go to watch the Outlaws race and dream of racing with them full time. Now I get to compete in the most exciting series that you are going to see.
Hometown: Owasso, Okla.
Birthday: Aug. 29, 1978
Car #: 9
Car Owner: Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 57
World of Outlaws History: Pittman began his World of Outlaws career in 1999. In 2001, he won the World of Outlaws Gumout Series championship. In subsequent seasons Pittman scored top-five and top-10 points finishes and racked up 29 wins.
In 2009, Pittman ran a partial schedule (which he did again in 2011 and 2012) and ran no Outlaws races in 2010.
In 2013, after returning full-time, Pittman led his Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb team to its first ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship.
Daryn Pittman entered the 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season following one of the most successful years of his career. Coming off his win of the 2013 series championship, Pittman won 14 feature events, including a stretch of four in a row. He finished the championship battle in second.
Pittman has 57 career World of Outlaws series wins and is tied for 11th on the all-time wins list.
“I grew up racing USAC trying to be the next Jeff Gordon or Ryan Newman, trying to get noticed and make it big. Then I realized, owning my own team and trying to be a professional race car driver, that USAC isn’t a place to do that. Compare that to the Outlaws, where you can actually make it a career, like Steve Kinser. Everything my dad and I have is from racing, and I have been lucky enough to be a part of the Outlaws for 18 years.”
Hometown: Brownsburg, Ind.
Birthday: March 14, 1972
Car #: 83
Car Owner: Roth Motorsports
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 94
World of Outlaws History: Joey Saldana began his full-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series career in 1996. He won the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award that year and finished 11th in the championship standings. After partial schedules in 1997 and 1999 and an absence from the series in 1998, Saldana returned full-time in 2000 – he has been with the series full-time ever since.
He has top-three championship points runs in 2003, 2006, 2007 and 2009. His winningest season to date is 2009, when he raked up 20 wins over the course of the year.
In 2014 Saldana surpassed Danny Lasoski for sixth on the all-time wins list. He closed out the season with 91 total wins. Doug Wolfgang is fifth on the list with 107 wins.
Saldana returns to the World of Outlaws in 2016 with Roth Motorsports.
“[This] was something as a kid, when I sat in the stands, that I wanted to be. You dream big as a kid. When I first came out here, to be able to do this, things were a lot different than they are today. You looked up to all the people that were here – there were a lot of great drivers. The people who ran the series, it was a place that you wanted to fit in and wanted to be part of in a major way. Why is that? I guess it’s just in your blood. It’s a very competitive thing, and you’re racing so much that you get engulfed in it. You don’t even have time to even think about not being part of it until someday maybe you’re not part of it. 20 years later, I’m still here, still have the same passion for racing, and I’m happy to be part of the series and what it has become.”
Hometown: Fargo, N.D.
Birthday: Aug. 10, 1977
Car #: 15
Car Owner: Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 204
World of Outlaws History: 2016 is the 20th season for Donny Schatz on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour. He is the longest continuously running driver on the tour today. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Winner has 204 career wins and seven series champions, including the most recent in 2015.
Since that time, the North Dakota-native has become the most prolific driver on the tour, amassing 173 series wins, making him the third winningest driver in series history, and six championships since 2006.
In 2015, Schatz put together the best season of his career which included 31 wins, a ninth Knoxville Nationals title, 60 top-fives, 70 top-tens, five quicktime awards and no DNFs. When the dust settled on the season, Schatz took the championship with a commanding 544 point lead over Shane Stewart. Schatz’s record season tied him with Steve Kinser for third most single season wins.
“Growing up my grandpa (Bobby Allen) taught me ‘to never give up, keep pushing and keep working at it if you really want something,’ so that’s what we live by when we race.”
Hometown: Hanover, Pa.
Birthday: Dec. 16, 1992
Car #: 1s
Chassis: Triple X
Car Owner: Bobby Allen
World of Outlaws History: Logan Schuchart wrapped up his first full World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season in 2014. Schuchart raked up five top-five finishes, including three podium finishes, 15 top-ten finishes and one quicktime award. He finished the season 12th in the points.
In 2013, Schuchart ran a partial Outlaws schedule with additional 410 sprint car events. With the World of Outlaws he captured three top-10 finishes and one quicktime award. Schuchart captured an additional five victories, and six more podium finishes. He also earned 23 top-five and 46 top-ten finishes.
Schuchart, who returns to the World of Outlaws tour with his family owned team in 2016, finished his second full season on the tour in 2015 with six top-five finishes, 30 top-10 finishes and one quick time award.
“If you want to run with the best and make a living doing this, then you have to race with the Outlaws.”
Hometown: Bartlett, Tenn.
Birthday: Feb. 10, 1973
Car #: 7s
Car Owner: Sides Motorsports
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 14
World of Outlaws History: Jason Sides’ first full World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series season came in 2003. The driver finished that season sixth in the points and took home the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award.
In the 12 seasons that have followed, Sides has scored 13 series wins and scored a top-five place finish in the championship standings twice – 2009 and 2010. Sides’ scored a season-best four wins in 2010 and 2011.
In 2014, Sides scored three top-five finishes and 22 top-10 finishes. Sides’s 2015 included a triumphant win at Dodge City Raceway Park as well as 12 top-five finishes, 30 top-10 finishes and two quick time awards.
“I think these guys are the best drivers in the world. As a driver to do this as a living, it’s the only series I want to be in. It takes a lot of money and resources to be out here, and if it was up to me I would’ve been out here the last 10-12 years.”
Hometown: Bixby, Okla.
Birthday: May 24, 1976
Car #: 2
Car Owner: Larson Marks Racing
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 14
World of Outlaws History: Shane Stewart and Larson Marks Racing take on their second full season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2016. During the their first full Outlaws season together in 2015, the combination, led by crew chief Scotty Martin, picked up nine wins, 38 top-five finishes, 57 top-10 finishes, and 5 quick time awards. Stewart scored some of the most coveted wins on the series schedule, including his first ever Kings Royal win at Eldora Speedway and the Ironman 55 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.
The 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year ran a partial schedule in 2014 with Larson Marks Racing and took home two victories. His first of the season and first ever for his new team was at Eldora Speedway in May. He stood in victory lane again at Willamette Speedway where he ended the six-race win streak by Donny Schatz.
“Anytime you play a sport you want to be at the highest level, and the World of Outlaws is the top level. The Outlaw tour is the toughest and most grinding tour out there and all the best drivers do it, so when you win on it you are beating the best of the best.”
Hometown: Grass Valley, Calif.
Birthday: Dec. 31, 1985
Car Owner: Kasey Kahne Racing
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 12
World of Outlaws History: Brad Sweet capped off a banner 2015 with a third place finish in the championship standings. The season included five wins, 31 top-five finishes, 60 top-ten finishes and two quick time awards. The season followed up 2014 where Sweet scored five wins, 29 top-fives, 59 top-10s and two quicktimes. He also joined the sport’s biggest stars in being named the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award.
Sweet competed with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series 31 times during the 2013 season. He scored one win, 10 top-five and 13 top-10 finishes as well as two quicktimes. The biggest win of Sweet’s season came at Eldora Speedway where he won the Kings Royal.
The Grass Valley, Calif- native made his World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series debut in 2004. Since then he’s made 224 starts.
“This is all I have ever wanted to do. You can ask my parents; from the time I could walk and talk, all I ever wanted to do was race and drive sprint cars in particularly. The Outlaws are the elite sprint car drivers, so I want to be one of those guys that other people say, ‘I want to race with him because he’s one of the best drivers.’ There’s some of it that I anticipated and there’s some that I’m experiencing that I have always dreamed about.”
Hometown: Benton Ridge, Ohio
Birthday: Aug. 29, 1975
Car Owner: Greg Wilson Racing
Career World of Outlaws Wins: 1
World of Outlaws History: Greg Wilson kicks off his rookie season with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2016 in pursuit of the coveted Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year award. Wilson, who has select starts with the series throughout the years has one series win to his credit.
In 2014 Wilson powered past the competition at Eldora Speedway’s Four Crown Nationals to pick up his first ever World of Outlaws win.
“There’s been a lot of history made right here. The best people to ever sit in these cars have been through the series. Whenever fans hear the World of Outlaws, they know the big boys are coming to town. It means a lot to be at that level and be able to compete with them. They are the best in the business and make you go to work.”
Hometown: Longview, Tex.
Birthday: June 10, 1986
Car: No. 14M Gotta Race Apparel/P&W Sales Black Diamond by Club 29
Car Owner: Wayman McMillan
World of Outlaws History: Morgan Bagley joined the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series as a full-time driver in 2013, finishing second in the Rookie of the Year chase and eighth in the overall standings. Bagley improved to fourth in the final 2014 standings to become just the second driver to finish among the top five in points in the season following a rookie campaign. In 2015, Bagley recorded his second consecutive top-five points finish.
“It takes a lot to travel up and down these tracks and compete at this level. To be able to line-up and compete with these guys, it’s something to be proud of. Not everyone can run 50 races a year with the best and still be able to line-up at the end of the day. Family on the road: because I guarantee 80 percent of us hang out together every time.”
Hometown: Bear Lake, Pa.
Birthday: July 29, 1971
Car: No. 99B Briggs Transport/Corry Rubber Corp Longhorn Chassis
Team: Chub Frank Racing
World of Outlaws History: Boom Briggs made the jump from regional standout to national traveling rookie in 2014 racing as teammate to his first cousin and series veteran Chub Frank. He earned three top-10s that season and notched one heat race win and two Last Chance Showdown wins in finishing third in the 2014 Rookie of the Year chase and 11th in the final overall standings.
“An Outlaw is somebody who does what they want to do. They don’t conform to other people’s rules; they take chances and go out on a limb. We’re a group of guys trying to make our living by racing cars on a dirt track. If that’s not an Outlaw, I don’t know what is.”
Hometown: Richmond, IN
Birthday: July 4, 1978
Car: No. C9 Lias Tire/Sudz Car Wash Rocket Chassis
Team: Twarog Racing
World of Outlaws History: Steve Casebolt has competed in a handful of World of Outlaws races each season for more than a decade, but 2016 marks the first time the driver will compete for the series title. In 2015, Casebolt made 11 features in 12 races, capturing one win at Screven Motor Speedway on Feb. 6, four top-fives and seven top-10s.
“It’s the best series out there. Of course there’s only two, and this is the best one or else I wouldn’t be running it. All the rejects, I call them, went over there.”
Hometown: Zebulon, Ga.
Birthday: Aug. 29, 1975
Car: No. 25 Weldbank Energy Capital/Cooper’s Meat Packers Capital Race Car
World of Outlaws History: After earning his first World of Outlaws victory in 2004, Shane Clanton joined the series full-time in 2005. The Georgia native twice challenged for the championship, finishing second in 2006 and 2013 before finally claiming the series title in 2015. Clanton ranks fifth in all-time series wins with 30 victories.
“I think it’s the level of dedication and commitment that all these teams members have to just grind through and get stuff done to get to the next race – no matter what. For us Carolina [Speedway] was a perfect example. We popped a motor, pulled back into the shop at 1:30 a.m. and got our second car ready to go. Got up at 5 a.m. and drove to Fayetteville [Motor Speedway] for another race. You don’t find that in a lot of people in racing. Everyone who runs this tour definitely has it.”
Hometown: Miami Springs, Fla.
Birthday: June 8, 1990
Car: Tempest Cycles/Simpson Racing Products Rocket Chassis
Team: Rum Runner Racing
World of Outlaws History: Joey Coulter is making his World of Outlaws debut in 2016 after making the switch from the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Seres in 2014. Coulter is relatively new to dirt track racing, having competed on asphalt his entire life, while making a few dirt starts over the last few years.
“I was here when they first started the series, one of the first 12 guys competing for the $1,000 purses for the first couple years. I don’t know if we’re an Outlaw Outlaw – like a Jesse James type-thing – but we do go in there to their neighborhood and try to take their money. That’s what makes us an Outlaw.”
Hometown: York, Pa.
Birthday: Dec. 14, 1965
Car: No. 7 Monumental Paving & Excavating/P&J Contracting
Team: Paul Crowl Racing
World of Outlaws History: Rick Eckert was one of the original 12 contract drivers when World Racing Group restarted the World of Outlaws Late Models in 2004 and has been a mainstay on the tour ever since. Nicknamed “Scrub”, Eckert claimed his only series championship in 2011 and finished second in the 2012 and 2014 standings. With 34 series victories, Eckert ranks third on the tour’s modern-era wins list and fourth on the all-time list.
“The Outlaws are the best deal going. We’ll pretty much race anywhere in the country, any time. We’re not afraid to race anybody, and that’s the Outlaw mentality.”
Hometown: Bear Lake, Pa.
Birthday: Jan. 22, 1962
Car: No. 1* Corry Rubber Corp./Nystrom’s Auto Sales Longhorn Chassis
Team: Chub Frank Racing
World of Outlaws History: Chub Frank was one of the original 12 contract drivers when the series was restarted in 2004 and has entered all but two events since then, with the two missed races only occurring due to injury. Frank recorded a career-high point’s finish of second in 2007. He ranks ninth on the tour’s all-time wins list with 16 victories.
FRANK HECKENAST JR.
“Traveling…not a lot of sleep…lots of truck stops…going where the hardest tracks are. We got to do what we have to do, and things are always changing.”
Hometown: Frankfort, Ill.
Birthday: July 9, 1988
Car: No. 99jr
Car Owner: St. Louis U-Pic-A-Part/Storage Squares Club 29 Race Car
World of Outlaws History: Frank Heckenast Jr. joined the World of Outlaws full-time in 2014 and race to the tour’s Rookie of the Year Award and an eighth-place points finish that season. Heckenast followed up his successful rookie campaign with a victory at Bubba Raceway Park, eight top-fives and 17 top-10s in 2015, as he finished eighth in the series standings.
“We’re crazy on the racetrack and a lot more fun in person. Work hard, play harder.”
Hometown: Manhattan, Kan.
Birthday: Dec. 13, 1992
Car: No. 18c Shop-Quik Convenience Stores/Paulson Rock Products Capital Race Car
Team: Junghans Racing
World of Outlaws History: Chase Junghans teamed with series veteran Shane Clanton to launch his World of Outlaws rookie campaign in 2014 and scored five top-10 finishes on his way to finishing second in the rookie chase and 10th in overall standings. Junghans improved on his rookie results during his sophomore season in 2015, as he scored a win on prelim night two of the Firecracker 100 at Lernerville Speedway, to go with his eight top-fives and 19 top-10s. Jughans finished the season seventh in the final standings.
BILLY MOYER JR.
“We do a lot of traveling to a lot of different racetracks all over the country. You need to be as consistent as you can when you’re running everywhere. ‘Outlaws’ just means you need to bring the best of the best every time when you’re lining up against these cars. And wherever you go, you have the local guys, and they’re hard to beat. When a big show like the Outlaws come out, it brings everyone home.”
Hometown: Batesville, Ark.
Birthday: Jan. 5, 1988
Car: No. 21jr Crop Production Services/Mesilla Valley Transportation Moyer Victory Chassis
Car Owner: Moyer Motorsports
World of Outlaws History: Son of legendary Late Model driver Billy Moyer, Billy Moyer Jr. will embark on his first full-time season with the World of Outlaws in 2016. Moyer has never won a World of Outlaws sanctioned race, but has already been victorious this year, as he claimed the opening night of DIRTcar Late Model action at the 45th Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15.
“For someone like me coming up from the lower divisions, this is a dream. I’d rather do this than race NASCAR. I think this is people living the dream.”
Hometown: Evans, Ga.
Birthday: April 13, 1991
Car: No. 76 Budweiser/C-H Paving Moyer Victory Chassis
Team: O.V Racing
World of Outlaws History: In his first full-time season with the World of Outlaws, Brandon Overton earned six top-fives, eight top-10s and two quick-time awards en route to capturing the 2015 Rookie of the Year title and a 10th place points finish. Overton started his rookie campaign off by almost capturing victories on the season opening weekend at Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Ga. where he finished second and third.
“I’m driven to win, determined, hard-working, and I never leave the track without giving 110 percent.”
Hometown: Shinnston, W. Va.
Birthday: March 22, 1988
Car: No. 1 Valvoline/Seubert Calf Ranches Rocket Chassis
Team: Josh Richards Racing
World of Outlaws History: Josh Richards joined the World of Outlaws full-time in 2005 and drove his father Mark’s Rocket Chassis house car to the Rookie of the Year Award. Richards steadily progressed on tour in the years that followed before claiming his first series championship in 2009 and has since added two more titles in 2010 and 2013. Richards ranks second on the tour’s all-time wins list with 58 wins.
“An outlaw is somebody who lives how they want to live, laying their own rules – not taking no shit. We do walk in trying to be the best guys in the business and when guys come and try and run with us, obviously we want to be on top. Outlaw? I don’t know. But it’s a good name to have. We just race. The rest is just smoke and mirrors, man.”
Hometown: Chatham, Ill.
Birthday: April 2, 1981
Car: No. 3s Bob Cullen Racing/Arnie Renta Motorsports Longhorn Chassis
Team: Bob Cullen Racing
World of Outlaws History: Brian Shirley has not competed in more than a handful of races in a World of Outlaws season since 2007 when he finished ninth in the final points standings after making 34 of 37 features. 2007 is also the season that Shirley earned his only series win, to go along with five top-fives and 14 top-10s.
“It’s a family on the road. That’s why we enjoy doing this.”
Hometown: Hazard, Ky.
Birthday: Dec. 19, 1988
Car: No. 18 Allstar Performance/Penske Racing Shocks Longhorn Chassis
Team: Wells Motorsports
World of Outlaws History: Eric Wells launched his World of Outlaws career in 2013, earning one series victory on his way to the Rookie of the Year title and a sixth-place overall points finish. Returning in 2014, Wells finished the season tied for fifth in the points standings, then finished ninth last season. In three seasons on the tour, Wells has yet to miss a feature race and has earned 14 top-fives and 51 top-10s.
“It’s just 100 percent commitment. That’s what kind of makes it a challenge, but at the same time it makes it all worth it. This sport and trying to compete at this level isn’t for normal or sane people. You probably know you’re a little off there doing it anyways.”
Hometown: Rochester, Minn.
Birthday: June 2, 1991
Car: Arnie Renta Motorsports/Tim Logan Racing Rocket Chassis
Team: Yaggy Motorsports
World of Outlaws History: Jordan Yaggy finished his rookie season in 2015 13th in the overall standings, as he made 28 of 40 feature races with one top-10 finish. Yaggy made his first World of Outlaws appearance at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. On July 6, 2013, and earned his first feature start in that same event. Yaggy made the feature for all four events during the 2014 World of Outlaws Wild West Tour and impressed by earning fast time honors and winning his heat race at Hibbing (Minn.) Raceway.#Auto #Automotive #Dirt #dirt racing #drivers #late model #outlaws #racers #racing #sprint #sprint cars #world of outlaws