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Stewart Goes Back to Back in the Capitani Classic

By T.J. Buffenbarger

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 7, 2016) – Shane Stewart bested a 62 car field to win the Kustom Concrete Pumping Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank on Sunday night at the Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Stewart had to overcome three attempts to start the race and pressure mid-race from Kerry Madsen before pulling away over the final 9 laps for his second Capitani Classic victory in a row.

For Stewart the victory was a contrast to his visit with the World of Outlaws earlier in the season where he ended up with a couple of torn up race cars.

“I tried to clean out the trailer the last time I was in town,” Stewart remarked in victory lane. “I have to say thanks to Justin (Marks) and Kyle (Larson). We haven’t had the best of seasons, but they have stuck with us. They just give us everything we need to come out here and do our jobs. All of our sponsors Enos, GoPro, Cool Chassis, Rider Engines and my guys. They have worked wireless, way too many hours, to keep us up front on the World of Outlaws tour.”

Kerry Madsen and Stewart started on the front row for the 25-lap main event with Stewart getting the lead on the initial start before Paul McMahan spun between turns three and four. On the second attempt to star the feature Madsen led the field off turn two when Dave Blaney spun in the same spot McMahan had on the first attempt.

The third attempt to star the main saw Madsen lead with Stewart on his back bumper. Stewart slide past Madsen for the lead through turns one and two. Just as Madsen was able to cross Aaron Reutzel spun down the front stretch to bring out the caution flag, allowing Madsen to retain the lead.

After the restart Madsen and Stewart continued to race for the lead with Brian Brown and Joey Saldana racing for third. Stewart dove to the inside of Madsen in turn three and took the lead from Madsen on lap (3). Stewart continued to pull away until encountering lapped traffic on lap six. Behind them Brent Marks was on the move to challenge Saldana for fourth, taking the position on lap seven.

As traffic slowed Stewart Madsen closed the gap again with 10 laps to go. Then on lap 16 the red flag appeared when Bronson Maeschen and Danny Lasoski tangled and flipped in turn one. Both drivers were able to climb from their damaged cars under their own power.

Stewart pulled away around the top of the race track while Madsen found himself under siege from Brown for second. Brown slid by Madsen in turn two on lap 17, but Madsen was able to cross and take the position back down the backstretch. Behind them Brent Marks and Jason Solwold were locked in a race for fourth spot.

Brown continued to pressure Madsen for second working the inside of the track, but could not make the pass off turn two.

Up front though it was all Shane Stewart as he pulled away for the victory. Madsen held on for second with Brown, Solwold, and Marks rounding out the top five.

For Madsen he felt there was a missed opportunity to pass Stewart.

“I (got by Stewart once) and blew it,” said Madsen. “On a long run there we actually strayed with him and thought ‘well, we are still in this thing’. Then on that last short run he just drove away and left everybody.”

Kustom Concrete Pumping Capitani Classic presented by Great Southern Bank
Knoxville Raceway
Knoxville, IA
Sunday August 7, 2016

Time Trials Group A, 1. 29, Kerry Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (14), 15.188; 2. 55L, Aaron Reutzel, Clute, TX (4), 15.195; 3. 83, Joey Saldana, Brownsburg, IN (6), 15.224; 4. 21, Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO (13), 15.247; 5. 99, Brady Bacon, Broken Arrow, OK (3), 15.281; 6. 5, David Gravel, Watertown, CT (10), 15.286; 7. 7, Dustin Selvage, Indianola, IA (7), 15.31; 8. 19M, Brent Marks, Myerstown, PA (11), 15.312; 9. 18JS, Jason Solwold, Mount Vernon, WA (2), 15.38; 10. 10H, Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH (16), 15.394; 11. 7P, Paul McMahan, Nashville, TN (28), 15.44; 12. 82, Dusty Zomer, Sioux Falls, SD (23), 15.503; 13. 49K, Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA (22), 15.558; 14. 15H, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sunnyvale, TX (1), 15.559; 15. 18W, Colby Copeland, Roseville, CA (24), 15.588; 16. 49X, Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA (19), 15.594; 17. 3H, James McFadden, Ormeau, QLD, Aust. (17), 15.619; 18. 27, Greg Hodnett, Spring Grove, PA (20), 15.667; 19. 4, Jon Agan, Knoxville, IA (12), 15.68; 20. 44, Chris Martin, Ankeny, IA (8), 15.692; 21. 47, Jeff Swindell, Bartlett, TN (18), 15.709; 22. 29W, Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA (27), 15.71; 23. 11K, Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN (21), 15.713; 24. 84, Scott Bogucki, McLaren Vale, SA, Au (31), 15.717; 25. 3G, Brandon Wimmer, Fairmount, IN (30), 15.719; 26. 1B, Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (15), 15.722; 27. 12H, Daniel Harding, Perth, WA, Aust. (29), 15.832; 28. 7J, Joe Swanson, Etna Green, IN (9), 15.914; 29. 88N, DJ Netto, Hanford, CA (26), 16.109; 30. 1X, Chad Trout, Dover, PA (25), 16.218; 31. 23, Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA (5), No Time;
Time Trials Group B, 1. 9, Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK (25), 15.504; 2. 1H, Dale Blaney, Hartford, OH (5), 15.515; 3. 95, Matt Covington, Glenpool, OK (1), 15.526; 4. 2S, Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK (13), 15.594; 5. 96, Bronson Maeschen, Pleasantville, IA (9), 15.626; 6. 7W, Tasker Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (24), 15.704; 7. 71M, Dave Blaney, Concord, NC (10), 15.71; 8. 11N, Randy Hannagan, Pittsboro, IN (2), 15.72; 9. 2, Danny Lasoski, Dover, MO (21), 15.757; 10. 71, Jamie Veal, Warrnambool, VIC, Au (18), 15.767; 11. 2C, Wayne Johnson, Knoxville, IA (8), 15.824; 12. 49, Josh Schneiderman, West Burlington, IA (3), 15.84; 13. 93, Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH (23), 15.876; 14. 12, Lynton Jeffrey, Sydney, NSW, Aust. (26), 15.896; 15. 09, Matt Juhl, Sioux Falls, SD (19), 15.904; 16. 17, Josh Baughman, Odessa, TX (16), 15.917; 17. 18, Ian Madsen, St. Marys, NSW, Aust (20), 15.932; 18. 19P, Paige Polyak, Tiffin, OH (17), 15.943; 19. 70, Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh, PA (11), 15.981; 20. 56N, Davey Heskin, St. Michael, MN (27), 16.001; 21. 24, Terry McCarl, Altoona, IA (29), 16.012; 22. 17A, Austin McCarl, Altoona, IA (22), 16.055; 23. 71A, RJ Johnson, Tampa, FL (14), 16.12; 24. 10V, Rager Phillips, Pleasantville, IA (4), 16.136; 25. 13, Mark Dobmeier, Grand Forks, ND (28), 16.142; 26. 68, Chase Johnson, Penngrove, CA (12), 16.148; 27. 10, Dakota Hendrickson, Omaha, NE (30), 16.176; 28. 22, Tony Shilling, Knoxville, IA (31), 16.227; 29. 28AM, Brian Paulus, Mooresville, IN (6), 16.246; 30. 28X, Jonathan Cornell, Sedalia, MO (15), 16.496; 31. 19, Bob Weuve, Newton, IA (7), 16.704;
Group A Heat 1, 8 Laps, No Time: 1. Kerry Madsen (4); 2. Brian Brown (3); 3. Dustin Selvage (2); 4. Chad Kemenah (1); 5. Danny Dietrich (8); 6. Brad Sweet (5); 7. Jon Agan (7); 8. Tim Shaffer (6); 9. Joe Swanson (10); 10. Brandon Wimmer (9);

Group A Heat 2, 8 Laps, No Time: 1. Paul McMahan (1); 2. James McFadden (6); 3. Brent Marks (2); 4. Aaron Reutzel (4); 5. Brady Bacon (3); 6. Kraig Kinser (8); 7. DJ Netto (10); 8. Chris Martin (7); 9. Jac Haudenschild (9); 10. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (5);

Group A Heat 3, 8 Laps, No Time: 1. Dusty Zomer (1); 2. Joey Saldana (4); 3. Jason Solwold (2); 4. David Gravel (3); 5. Greg Hodnett (6); 6. Jeff Swindell (7); 7. Colby Copeland (5); 8. Daniel Harding (9); 9. Chad Trout (10); 10. Scott Bogucki (8);

Group B Heat 1, 8 Laps, No Time: 1. Jamie Veal (1); 2. Shane Stewart (3); 3. Dave Blaney (2); 4. Daryn Pittman (4); 5. Danny Holtgraver (7); 6. Sheldon Haudenschild (5); 7. Josh Baughman (6); 8. Mark Dobmeier (9); 9. Austin McCarl (8); 10. Tony Shilling (10); 11. Bob Weuve (11);

Group B Heat 2, 8 Laps, No Time: 1. Wayne Johnson (1); 2. Randy Hannagan (2); 3. Lynton Jeffrey (5); 4. Bronson Maeschen (3); 5. Dale Blaney (4); 6. Ian Madsen (6); 7. Davey Heskin (7); 8. RJ Johnson (8); 9. Brian Paulus (10); 10. Chase Johnson (9);

Group B Heat 3, 8 Laps, No Time: 1. Danny Lasoski (2); 2. Josh Schneiderman (1); 3. Tasker Phillips (3); 4. Matt Covington (4); 5. Matt Juhl (5); 6. Paige Polyak (6); 7. Terry McCarl (7); 8. Rager Phillips (8); 9. Jonathan Cornell (10);

Pole Shuffle Round 1, 2 Laps, No Time: 1. Dustin Selvage (1); 2. Randy Hannagan (2);

Pole Shuffle Round 2, 2 Laps, No Time: 1. Dustin Selvage (2); 2. Dave Blaney (1);

Pole Shuffle Round 3, 2 Laps, No Time: 1. Brian Brown (1); 2. Dustin Selvage (2);

Pole Shuffle Round 4, 2 Laps, No Time: 1. Brian Brown (2); 2. Tasker Phillips (1);

Pole Shuffle Round 5, 2 Laps, No Time: 1. Brian Brown (2); 2. Joey Saldana (1);

Pole Shuffle Round 6, 2 Laps, No Time: 1. Shane Stewart (1); 2. Brian Brown (2);

Pole Shuffle Round 7, 2 Laps, No Time: 1. Kerry Madsen (1); 2. Shane Stewart (2);

B main Group A, 12 Laps, No Time: 1. Chad Kemenah (4); 2. Brad Sweet (5); 3. Aaron Reutzel (1); 4. Brady Bacon (2); 5. David Gravel (3); 6. Greg Hodnett (9); 7. Tim Shaffer (8); 8. Kraig Kinser (14); 9. Colby Copeland (7); 10. Jeff Swindell (12); 11. Daniel Harding (16); 12. Chris Martin (11); 13. DJ Netto (18); 14. Chad Trout (19); 15. Joe Swanson (17); 16. Jon Agan (10);

B main Group B, 12 Laps, No Time: 1. Daryn Pittman (1); 2. Dale Blaney (2); 3. Bronson Maeschen (4); 4. Matt Covington (3); 5. Josh Baughman (7); 6. Sheldon Haudenschild (5); 7. Ian Madsen (8); 8. Terry McCarl (12); 9. Austin McCarl (13); 10. Matt Juhl (6); 11. Davey Heskin (11); 12. Danny Holtgraver (10); 13. Mark Dobmeier (16); 14. Rager Phillips (15); 15. Brian Paulus (19); 16. Bob Weuve (21); 17. Chase Johnson (17); 18. Paige Polyak (9); 19. RJ Johnson (14); 20. Tony Shilling (18);

A main, 25 Laps, No Time: 1. Shane Stewart (2); 2. Kerry Madsen (1); 3. Brian Brown (3); 4. Jason Solwold (11); 5. Brent Marks (9); 6. Joey Saldana (4); 7. Daryn Pittman (20); 8. Dusty Zomer (15); 9. Randy Hannagan (8); 10. Jamie Veal (12); 11. Chad Kemenah (19); 12. Dale Blaney (22); 13. Josh Schneiderman (16); 14. Tasker Phillips (5); 15. Lynton Jeffrey (18); 16. James McFadden (17); 17. Dave Blaney (7); 18. Danny Lasoski (10); 19. Bronson Maeschen (24); 20. Paul McMahan (13); 21. Dustin Selvage (6); 22. Wayne Johnson (14); 23. Brad Sweet (21); 24. Aaron Reutzel (23);