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Logan Schuchart (Trent Gower photo)

Schuchart Ends WoO Drought

ELMA, Wash. — Logan Schuchart ended a 26-race drought with a victory in Monday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series feature at Grays Harbor Raceway.

Driving the Shark Racing No. 1s, Schuchart led from flag to flag to score his fourth victory of the season.

Schuchart’s 27th career win ties him with modern-day stars Paul McMahan, Tim Shaffer and Kerry Madsen for 21st on the series’ all-time winners list. He’s now only three wins away from equaling his legendary grandfather and team owner Bobby Allen at 30 World of Outlaws wins.

“This year has been trying, but it’s not for a lack of effort I can guarantee that,” Schuchart said. “I feel like we are one the top teams out here, and I think we have more than proven that. I have so much confidence in my guys, things just haven’t fallen our way this year. We’ve got about 15 races left, so we want to win as many of those as possible.”

Earning the pole position after winning his heat and the dash, Schuchart brought the field to life and never looked back.

Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet and Carson Macedo all ran second at one point in the race, but all failed to offer a serious challenge for the lead. Sweet and Macedo cut into the lead at different stages, but both stalled out as the battle began to brew.

Officially, the margin of victory was 1.831 seconds for Schuchart’s first win since his $50,000 Jackson Nationals title on June 27.

Macedo followed his $25,000 Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals title on Sunday night with a runner-up effort on Monday at Grays Harbor. It was Macedo’s seventh second-place finish this season.

“This place is oddly shaped and it throws you for a curveball,” Macedo said. “You get this huge run of steam into turn three, but slip off in turn four and lose speed down the front stretch. I thought I was catching Logan [Schuchart], but we got to traffic and I just stalled out. Excited with the momentum this team is building ahead of California, though.”

The pursuit for a third consecutive championship for Brad Sweet marched on Monday night as he recorded his 30th podium finish of the year.

“We had a really good in the beginning, but lacked the speed we needed at the end,” Sweet said. “Sometimes you’ll have that, though, it’s just about capitalizing and getting the best finish as possible. Logan [Schuchart] definitely had the best car and once Carson [Macedo] got by me I really didn’t know where to be on the track. We’ll try to get better and hopefully get us a Gold Cup win this weekend.”

Donny Schatz continued his incredible stretch since July, finishing inside the top-four for the 13th time in 18 races aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15.

Behind him in fifth was David Gravel, who established a track record aboard the Big Game Motorsports No. 2 at 11.581 seconds during Slick Woody’s Qualifying.

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