Shane Stewart Breaks Through at Williams Grove; Completes World of Outlaws Weekend Sweep over Pennsylvania Posse
Shane Stewart in Victory Lane at Williams Grove for the first time with track announcer Bruce Ellis
“If you would have told me, my first win of the season would come at Williams Grove, I wouldn’t have believed you,” said Shane Stewart upon exiting his Larson/Marks Racing #2. It was Stewart’s first win of 2017 and first career win at Williams Grove Speedway.
Stewart started on the pole alongside local TJ Stutts for the 30-lap feature. Stutts, who has just one career Williams Grove 410 feature win, leaned on the cushion to get the early advantage and get out front in search of the upset victory. Stutts controlled the pace and led the first ten laps without being challenged before Stewart pulled alongside of him coming to the line on the eleventh circuit. At that point, the caution flew for Sheldon Haudenschild, who spun out of a top ten position. Stutts crossed the line .002 seconds in front of Stewart and held the lead for the ensuing restart.
The World of Outlaws use double-file restarts with the leader getting lane choice. Stutts, who started on the top of the initial start to get to the lead, opted for the bottom lining Stewart up on the outside.
On the ensuing restart, Stewart shot out of a cannon and took the lead. Stutts stayed with him briefly but was unable to mount a serious challenge. A lap 21 caution gave Stewart lane choice and he chose the top. Stutts got a rough restart and slipped back to fourth as Daryn Pittman and Tim Shaffer got by.
Stewart would collect the checkered flag just as he was about to approach lapped traffic. For the second time this week, Pittman settled for second with Shaffer third. The highest finishing Pennsylvania Posse driver was Lance Dewease who crossed fourth, right on the tailtank of Shaffer. Logan Schuchart was strong all night and recorded his seventh top-five of the season.
Stutts faded to sixth with another underdog story, Ryan Taylor, coming home seventh. Wednesday and Friday winner David Gravel, Jason Johnson and 20th starting Brad Sweet completed the top ten.
Stewart’s win was worth $17,000 and gave the touring series the Morgan Cup. “Being in clean air here makes a tremendous difference,” an exuberant Stewart noted in victory lane. The win completed the weekend sweep for the World of Outlaws over the Pennsylvania Posse.
The World of Outlaws move on to Weedsport, NY on Sunday and again to New Egypt, NJ on Tuesday and return to Central Pennsylvania and Williams Grove on July 21-22 for the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals.