Logan Schuchart wins Hard Knox Night, Dominic Scelzi punches golden ticket

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Wednesday night, Logan Schuchart didn’t drive over the scales at Knoxville Raceway after winning the night’s B-Main. As a result, Schuchart was disqualified and his night came to a close. Although, on Friday, Schuchart redeemed himself.

Logan Schuchart wins Hard Knox Night, Dominic Scelzi punches golden ticket

After a long, hard-fought battle with Brian Brown, Schuchart crossed the line in first on Friday, taking the win and punching his ticket to the main event of the Knoxville Nationals.

“It was tough really,” Schuchart said. “You’ve got to expect Brian [Brown] to be really fast here at Knoxville. I just got around the bottom for a couple laps. I watched the B-Main, and the 39 car was fast down there. My plan was to run the bottom until somebody passed me.”

Well, about half way through the race, that finally happened. Brown went by Schuchart on the outside and took the lead for a moment, before Schuchart returned the favor.

“I was able to get back by on the bottom, but I wasn’t sure where I needed to be on the race track,” Schuchart said. “It wasn’t until we got into lapped cars that I could move around a little bit. I felt just as good on the top as I did on the bottom.”

The win was Schuchart’s first ever at Knoxville, and even though it won’t count as a WoO win, he was still thrilled.

“We’re just happy to win a race at Knoxville,” Schuchart said. “It’s pretty awesome.”

Brown finished in second ahead of Paul McMahan and Matt Juhl, earning the final transfer spot into Saturday night’s main event. After the A-Main on Friday, a special, last-chance bonus race is run that gives drivers a final chance to clinch their ticket in the main event. The race, the Speed Sport World Challenge, is compiled completely with international racers and Americans that traveled to Australia to compete in the Grand National.

Dominic Scelzi, a California native, fits the bill. After Brooke Tatnell jumped out to a big lead throughout the first 10 laps, a caution flew in the middle of the race, bunching the field back up. Scelzi took advantage.

Off the restart, Scelzi took Tatnell three-wide with James McFadden to take the lead going into turn one. Scelzi didn’t look back, and he crossed the start-finish line in first.

“We’ve raced here a lot the last couple of years,” Scelzi said. “We’ve had a lot of good runs and we’ve had a lot of bad runs. I really feel like as a driver, I’ve started to put it together here.

“To put it together here tonight after what I felt like was a less-than-stellar performance in the [A-Main] tonight was huge,” Scelzi said. It’s something that I needed as a driver right now.”

2018 Knoxville Nationals A-Main Starting Lineup

1. Brad Sweet
2. Chad Kemenah
3. Kyle Larson
4. Donny Schatz
5. Aaron Reutzel
6. Kerry Madsen
7. Tim Shaffer
8. Carson Macedo
9. Gio Scelzi
10. Tim Kaeding
11. Ian Madsen
12. Jacob Allen
13. Rico Abreu
14. Greg Hodnett
15. Shane Stewart
16. Terry McCarl
17. Logan Schuchart
18. Brian Brown
19. Paul McMahan
20. Matt Juhl
21. B-Main Transfer No. 1
22. B-Main Transfer No. 2
23. B-Main Transfer No. 3
24. B-Main Transfer No. 4
25. Dominic Scelzi

B-Main Starting Lineup

1. Parker Price-Miller
2. Lucas Wolfe
3. Daryn Pittman
4. Brock Zearfoss
5. Cory Eliason
6. Mark Dobmeier
7. David Gravel
8. Sammy Walsh
9. Austin McCarl
10. Kraig Kinser
11. Sheldon Haudenschild
12. Jamie Veal
13. Sammy Swindell
14. Davey Heskin
15. Hunter Schuerenberg
16. Brent Marks
17. Jason Sides
18. Brooke Tatnell
19. Joey Saldana
20. Josh Schneiderman
21. C-Main Transfer No. 1
22. C-Main Transfer No. 2
23. C-Main Transfer No. 3
24. C-Main Transfer No. 4

C-Main Starting Lineup

1. Skylar Prochaska
2. Sam Hafertepe Jr.
3. Trey Starks
4. Cale Thomas
5. Clint Garner
6. Spencer Bayston
7. Don Droud Jr.
8. Greg Wilson
9. James McFadden
10. Lee Jacobs
11. Chase Johnson
12. Brady Bacon
13. Josh Baughman
14. Paige Polyak
15. Thomas Kennedy
16. Tasker Phillips
17. Willie Croft
18. Jeff Swindell
19. Danny Dietrich
20. Shane Golobic
21. D-Main Transfer No. 1
22. D-Main Transfer No. 2
23. D-Main Transfer No. 3
24. D-Main Transfer No. 4

D-Main Starting Lineup

1. John Carney
2. Dave Blaney
3. Kevin Thomas Jr.
4. Matt Covington
5. Cole Duncan
6. Rager Phillips
7. Skylar Gee
8. Carson McCarl
9. Harli White
10. Bobby Mincer
11. Chris Martin
12. Jake Bubak
13. Brian Paulus
14. R.J. Johnson
15. Bobby McMahan
16. Sawyer Phillips
17. Kevin Ingle
18. Allan Woods
19. Tom Harris
20. Jordyn Brazier
21. E-Main Transfer No. 1
22. E-Main Transfer No. 2
23. E-Main Transfer No. 3
24. E-Main Transfer No. 4

E-Main Starting Lineup

1. Lynton Jeffrey
2. Gary Taylor
3. Bill Balog
4. Scott Bogucki
5. Clyde Knipp
6. Roger Crockett
7. Wayne Johnson
8. Jamie Ball
9. Jenna Frazier
10. Chase Wanner