Stewart Friesen Freezes Outlaws on a Hot Night at Ohsweken

Friesen/Zemken Mudclodbob photo
Friesen/Zemken Mudclodbob photo
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From Aaron Fielder

Ohsweken, ON — (July 28, 2015) — From Aaron Fielder

Ohsweken, ON — (July 28, 2015) — After an epic battle at Tuesday night’s Six Nations Showdown at Ohsweken Speedway, Stewart Friesen scored a thrilling first-ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory besting Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart and Parker Price-Miller.

He also became just the second ever Canadian to win a World of Outlaws feature.

“It’s unreal,” Friesen said in victory lane. “What a great race team. This track just came right to us. Jessica did 100 percent, all the right calls. We had the Dash to play with a little bit and adjusted it from there. Wow, it’s unreal!”

Friesen, who is perhaps best known for success in a modified, including three Syracuse 200 wins, came into the night subbing for his wife, fellow race car driver Jessica Zemken, who is expecting the couple’s first child. Zemken also happens to be the car owner.

“She had a lot of good notes that we went off of. Just kind of worked and worked. The 410 deal is just so much different than the 360 with the weight and we just tried to adjust to keep it balanced,” said Friesen, who has found recent success, including wins, in a 360 sprint car. “This JZR race team is awesome! I’m just thrilled, I can’t be more proud of her right now.”

The Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario-native, in just his fourth ever Outlaws start, took the initial green flag in the No. 1Z Corr-Pak Merchandising car in the seventh position. Brad Sweet and Schatz started on the front row, with Schatz taking an early lead.

A yellow flew on lap nine, just as Schatz began working his way through traffic, provided a big opportunity for Schuchart and Friesen. On the restart, both drivers bobbed and weaved through cars into turn one, as Friesen tried to take over the third spot from Schuchart. Schuchart held him off and then overtook Sweet. Just a couple of laps later, Schuchart ran down Schatz and got around him on the front straight just after the two completed lap 11.

Schatz held on to second in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies car for two more laps before Friesen got around for the second position. As traffic remained in play, the battle between Schuchart, Friesen and Schatz was tight. Friesen worked to hold off an advancing Schatz as Schuchart tried to get breathing room. Lap after lap, the battle continued.

With the middle lane at his disposal on the dry slick track, Friesen was a force. Using the traffic to his advantage he got to turn one ahead of Schuchart on lap 22 and then held off the Shark Racing driver as he tried to slide Friesen through the corner. Schatz took advantage of the situation and followed Friesen through, taking back second on the next lap.

As the battle up front continued, Price-Miller, who won the 360 feature the night before at Ohsweken, was making steady progress in his No. 67 Townline Variety car from an eighth place starting position. He took over sixth on lap nine and fourth on lap 12. As Schuchart fell back, Price-Miller was in position, getting around the No. 1S for third with just six laps to go.

Through one more restart, Friesen held off Schatz and took the win. He joins Tim Gee as the only other Canadian to win a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature.

“I really didn’t want to see that last caution but I was just glad there were no sliders,” Friesen said.
“It was just a clean last lap there. I’m so thankful, just thankful to be there.”

A disappointed Schatz, who won the last Outlaws event at Lebanon Valley Speedway, said despite adjustments his team just can’t get the car to do what they want.

“So, I don’t know if I’ve plugged it into somebody and we’ve bent something that we can’t find or what. It’s still decent, it felt pretty decent but we just need to be better,” Schatz said. “(Friesen) was able to run through the middle like you need to here at Ohsweken. We couldn’t really do it there until the end and I had to be right on the bottom to do it. That’s the way it goes – some nights you win, some nights you lose. It seems like we’ve had a lot of loss here lately.”

Schatz, with 21 wins so far this season and a 366 point lead over Shane Stewart in the race for the 2015 series championship, has finished first or second in 18 consecutive full points Outlaws races and 20 of the last 21.

For the 17-year-old Price-Miller, the weekend was a reminder to everyone that he is one of the sport’s fastest rising stars. After a stellar first night that saw him edge Glenn Styres for a win, Price-Miller said he was really happy to have another good run against the Outlaws.

“They’re the best of the best,” Price-Miller said of his World of Outlaws competitors. “I’m just glad I’m able to race with them, let alone do good. Still a great weekend at Ohsweken. This track – I’m not used to the slick like this. I’ve never been good but Sam Hafertepe and Daryl (Turford), I can’t thank them enough, they had me dialed in and I just drove the thing. Overall a good weekend.”

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series continues its three race swing through Canada with a stop at Brockville Ontario Speedway on Friday. It is the first time the series has raced at the track since 2011. To find out more information and to learn how to buy tickets, visit

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Ohsweken Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Stewart Friesen won his first ever World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory tonight. He is the first, first-time winner of the 2015 season… Stewart Friesen is just the second Canadian-born driver to win a World of Outlaws event. Tim Gee stood in victory lane at Paragon Speedway on July 13, 1983… Kerry Madsen was the quick qualifier of the night, after a lap of 13.810. It is the seventh quick time award of the season for Madsen… Jason Johnson was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 10 positions to finish eighth.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jamie Turner; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): David Gravel; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Cometic Gasket($50 cash): Jacob Allen; Super Flow ($50 cash): Jacob Allen; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Logan Schuchart;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Jason Johnson; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1 (20% off Mark Smith; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Mark Smith.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 21 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset’s Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 27, Lakeside Speedway on July 1, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 11, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 26); Shane Stewart – 5 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12, Eldora Speedway on July 17);Daryn Pittman – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19);Brad Sweet – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25); Rico Abreu – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Dale Blaney – 2 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Paul McMahan – 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3); Joey Saldana – 2(Kokomo Speedway on June 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 12); Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Cody Darrah – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 21);Danny Dietrich – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25); Stewart Friesen – 1 (Ohsweken Speedway on July 28);Greg Hodnett – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13);Danny Lasoski – 1 (I-80 Speedway on June 5);Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Jason Sides – 1 (Dodge City Raceway Park on July 3); Stevie Smith – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Ohsweken Speedway; Ohsweken, Ont.; July 28, 2015

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 1Z-Stewart Friesen [7] [$10,000]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$5,500]; 3. 67-Parker Price-Miller [8] [$3,200]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3] [$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [10] [$2,500]; 6. 7-David Gravel [6] [$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [1] [$2,200]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [18] [$2,100]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5] [$2,050]; 10. 2-Shane Stewart [16] [$2,000]; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen [4] [$1,500]; 12. 35-Jared Zimbardi [19] [$1,200]; 13. 77-Dain Naida [13] [$1,100]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [21] [$1,050]; 15. 5D-Dave Dykstra [24] [$1,000]; 16. 7S-Jason Sides [14] [$900]; 17. 51-Paul McMahan [11] [$800]; 18. 19-Paige Polyak [22] [$800]; 19. 71M-Joey Saldana [17] [$800]; 20. 98-Joe Trenca [9] [$800]; 21. 67C-Steven Collins [12] [$800]; 22. 55-Mark Smith [15] [$800]; 23. 91-Ryan Turner [23] [$800]; 24. 11-Jamie Turner [20] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Brad Sweet 1; Donny Schatz 2-11, Logan Schuchart 12, 19-21; Stewart Friesen 18, 22-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Jason Johnson [+10]

Qualifying – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.810; 2. 7-David Gravel, 14.110; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.276; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.403; 5. 98-Joe Trenca, 14.411; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.451; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.464; 8. 51-Paul McMahan, 14.603; 9. 67C-Steven Collins, 14.619; 10. 1Z-Stewart Friesen, 14.674; 11. 67-Parker Price-Miller, 14.714; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.716; 13. 77-Dain Naida, 14.742; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.762; 15. 55-Mark Smith, 14.815; 16. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.856; 17. 71M-Joey Saldana, 14.954; 18. 41-Jason Johnson, 15.139; 19. 35-Jared Zimbardi, 15.374; 20. 11-Jamie Turner, 15.450; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen, 15.531; 22. 5D-Dave Dykstra, 15.562; 23. 3R-Shane Ross, 15.565; 24. 27H-Tom Huppunen, 15.843; 25. 19T-Cory Turner, 15.939; 26. 91-Ryan Turner, 16.010; 27. 19-Paige Polyak, 16.094; 28. 19K-Joe Kubiniec, 16.301; 29. 5-Keith Dempster, 16.378; 30. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, 16.496

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1Z-Stewart Friesen [1]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 6. 77-Dain Naida [5]; 7. 35-Jared Zimbardi [7]; 8. 19K-Joe Kubiniec [10]; 9. 5D-Dave Dykstra [8]; 10. 19T-Cory Turner [9]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 67-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 4. 7-David Gravel [4]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [6]; 6. 11-Jamie Turner [7]; 7. 3R-Shane Ross [8]; 8. 91-Ryan Turner [9]; 9. 5-Keith Dempster [10]; 10. 98-Joe Trenca [3]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 3. 55-Mark Smith [5]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 6. 67C-Steven Collins [2]; 7. 27H-Tom Huppunen [8]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [6]; 9. 47X-Dylan Westbrook [10]; 10. 19-Paige Polyak [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 6. 7-David Gravel [3]; 7. 1Z-Stewart Friesen [6]; 8. 67-Parker Price-Miller [7]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 35-Jared Zimbardi [3] [-]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [2] [-]; 3. 98-Joe Trenca [1] [-]; 4. 19-Paige Polyak [9] [-]; 5. 91-Ryan Turner [8] [-]; 6. 5D-Dave Dykstra [4] [-]; 7. 3R-Shane Ross [5] [$300]; 8. 19T-Cory Turner [7] [$250]; 9. 47X-Dylan Westbrook [12] [$225]; 10. 19K-Joe Kubiniec [10] [$200]; 11. 5-Keith Dempster [11] [$200]; 12. 27H-Tom Huppunen [6] [$200]