GRAND FORKS, N.D. — November 17, 2017 — The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series will again visit River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., twice in 2018 as part of the Northern Tour. The 1st Leg of the Northern Tour is set for Friday, June 15, with the series returning on Friday, August 17 for the 2nd Leg of the Northern Tour. This pair of races at River Cities Speedway in 2018 marks the 12th straight year the series has visited the high-banked, three-tenths-mile bullring.
This past season, David Gravel and Donny Schatz split wins at River Cities Speedway. Gravel scored his first win at the track in June, while Schatz was victorious in August. The win for Gravel was one of two in North Dakota during the 2017 season as he also visited victory lane at Nodak Speedway in Minot.
The win for Schatz was his ninth with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at River Cities Speedway. That same night he also won the companion NLRA Late Model race. Schatz has nine wins with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at River Cities Speedway to lead all drivers. Daryn Pittman, the 2013 series champion, is also a past winner at River Cities Speedway.
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series first competed at River Cities Speedway in 2007, with Joey Saldana picking up the win in the inaugural event. A total of eight drivers have been victorious at the track with the series over the last 10 years.
The 2017 campaign was another historic one for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series as 20 drivers picked up wins. Leading the way was Schatz, who scored his ninth series championship and became the first driver in series history to win 20 or more A-Feature events in five consecutive seasons. David Gravel had a career-year, earning 18 A-Feature wins, which was second only to Schatz. The 25-year-old finished third in points for the second consecutive year.
Brad Sweet was nearly as consistent as Schatz, picking up 72 top-10 finishes just two less than the champion, with 56 of those being top-fives. Sweet visited victory lane five times in 2017 en route to finishing second in points. Pittman ended up fourth in the standings, while picking up three wins, with Shane Stewart, who reached victory lane eight times, rounding out the top-five in points.
Jason Johnson, who won four races finished sixth in points, followed by Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award winner Sheldon Haudenschild in seventh. Kraig Kinser, who had a win was eighth, with Logan Schuchart, who earned a career-high four victories, in ninth and rookie Brent Marks rounded out the top-10.
Information on tickets for both the 1st Leg and 2nd Leg of the 2018 Northern Tour for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., will be available soon at www.slspromotions.com.
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