RANSOMVILLE, N.Y. — Tim Shaffer led flag to flag in the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series’ first visit to the Ransomville Speedway in 20 years on Monday night.
Shaffer fell off the narrow frontstretch in lapped traffic with two laps to go, but was able to corral his No. 49x and grab his second World of Outlaws victory of the year.
Brad Sweet and Shane Stewart completed the podium.
Shaffer reached lapped traffic quickly and was nearly taken out by a spinning Dane Lorenc on lap eight.
“I have no idea how we missed the 00,” Shaffer said after the race.
Sheldon Haudenschild brought out the only other caution on lap 10, as he was battling inside the top 10 before a broken front axle sidelined the No. 93.
Shaffer was untouchable in open air and had a commanding lead with 10 laps to go, with Sweet and David Gravel waiting for lapped traffic to make their move in on the “Steel City Outlaw.”
With three laps to go, Shaffer had to slow his pace significantly with a hoard of lapped cars battling for position in front him. Shaffer actually slipped off the frontstretch into the small moat with three to go, allowing Sweet and Gravel to close in.
Shaffer recovered quickly and went to claim the win .581 seconds in front of Sweet.
“I thought I was in trouble when I slid off, but here we are,” Shaffer said.
Quite possibly the most remarkable feat of the victory was that it was just Tim and his crew chief, Cody Jacobs, in the pits at Ransomville.
“Hats off to Cody, he gave me a great race car that was a lot of fun to drive,” Shaffer added.
It was Shaffer’s second World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win in the past month, after a victory at Eldora in late September.
Sweet settled for second.
“My one shot was when Tim went off the edge. I’d like to do that lap over again,” Sweet said. “It’s nice to be on the podium, we’ll keep pushing to get some wins.”
Gravel blew a tire running third, coming to the checkered, allowing Shane Stewart to inherit the final podium spot.
“Lately, I’ve been the one blowing tires,” Stewart said. “I’m thankful to be here, we’ll settle for third and move forward.”
Donny Schatz finished fourth, while Gravel limped the CJB Motorsports No. 5 home fifth.
Schatz set fast time over the 32-car field in qualifying at a 12.629 seconds, easily establishing a track record. The previous track record was 14.360 set by Mark Kinser back in 1997.
Full race results can be viewed on the next page…