He leads all 35 laps to claim his first career World of Outlaws feature victory
ALGER, Wash. - Sept. 1, 2012 - As confetti littered the frontstretch and the crowd roared, hugs and high fives were distributed around a grinning Travis Jacobson like he just won the Showcase Showdown on "The Price is Right."
In a way, he did.
Jacobson led all 35 laps to claim the $12,000 prize in his first career World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature victory on a brisk Saturday night at Skagit Speedway, where the wild celebration began once the Lake Stevens, Wash., native crossed beneath the checkered flags.
"I'm just in awe," he said wearing an ear-to-earn smile. "I grew up watching guys like Sammy Swindell and Steve Kinser. To be able to compete with those guys is more than a dream come true. Racing has been my passion since I could turn a car, so it's very, very special to me."
Jacobson has established a successful career at Skagit Speedway. He's won the last three 360 Nationals titles and earned the 360 track championship last season. Jacobson also recorded the 410 track title in 2006.
However, prior to Saturday, Jacobson had never logged a top five in World of Outlaws action. That all changed in front of a packed facility, which became louder and louder as the laps clicked off the scoreboard.
Jacobson, who started the feature third, inherited the lead after polesitter Kerry Madsen was called for starting the race too early. The penalty forced Madsen back one row, which put Jacobson on the pole. He seized the opportunity by rocketing to the lead on the restart of the opening lap.
"That was definitely a big break," he said. "I hadn't had a chance to run behind anybody yet, so I don't know how the dirty air would have affected us. It's always better to be out front. I want to say I would have been able to do just as good, but you never know."
Madsen maintained a close second until Donny Schatz drove around him exiting turn four on lap 12. Schatz then set his sights on Jacobson, who entered traffic on lap 17. Schatz began to close the gap through the traffic and he cut the deficit to a car length before a caution on lap 27.
Jacobson chose the inside lane on the double-file restart and utilized a strong restart to hold onto a car-length advantage for several laps until extending it in the final handful of circuits.
"He made 35 great laps and I'm happy for him," Schatz said after finishing second. "I threw everything I had at it and I had a great car, it was just a second-place car tonight."
Jason Sides maneuvered through the field to challenge Schatz at the end and ultimately settle for third place.
"I don't think there was anybody that was going to catch him," Sides said of Jacobson. "He was running his own race and out front. We're racing kind of each other. Donny's trying to catch him. I'm trying to catch Donny. It's just one of those things where he's got the open track and can kinda go where he needs to go."
Madsen finished fourth and Craig Dollansky placed fifth to extend his World of Outlaws championship standings lead to 44 points, which is the largest margin any points leader has held all season.
Cody Darrah ended sixth, Jac Haudenschild seventh, Chad Kemenah eighth, Joey Saldana ninth and Tim Kaeding rounded out the top 10 after starting 17 th to earn the KSE Hard Charger Award.
Skagit Speedway Night 2 Notebook
NOTES - Jason Sides established quick time in qualifying for the first race this season. … Sides became the 20th different driver to earn a quick time this year. … Craig Dollansky claimed his 11th heat race win, Kraig Kinser his ninth and Kerry Madsen his ninth of the season. … Madsen won his second straight dash and fifth this season. … Trey Starks became the 36th different Last Chance Showdown winner. … Travis Jacobson became the fourth different first-time winner this season.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS - Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Kevin Smith; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Travis Jacobson; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Travis Jacobson; Armor All (case of product): Travis Jacobson; STP ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; UNOH ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Gravely Tractors ($50 cash): Jac Haudenschild; VP Racing Fuel ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; JE Pistons (set of rings): Lucas Wolfe; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; Wix Filters ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; Superflow ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Kevin Smith; JE Pistons (set of rings): Kevin Smith; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jonathan Allard; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Kevin Smith.
WINNERS - Sammy Swindell - 11 (Grays Harbor Raceway on Aug. 29, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 25, River Cities Speedway on Aug. 17, Autodrome Granby on July 27, Eldora Speedway on July 14, Lakeside Speedway on June 30, Red River Valley Speedway on June 16, Eldora Speedway on May 5, Knoxville Raceway on April 28, Missouri State Fair Speedway on April 20 and Merced Speedway on March 30); Craig Dollansky - 7 (Castrol Raceway on Aug. 24, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 22, Lernerville Speedway on July 17, I-96 Speedway on June 2, Hagerstown Speedway on May 20, Tri-State Speedway on April 21 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Donny Schatz - 7 (Nodak Speedway on Aug. 19, Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 14, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 11, Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 29, Farmer City Raceway on April 25, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Joey Saldana - 5 (Autodrome Drummond on July 28, Eldora Speedway on July 13, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 25, Paducah International Raceway on April 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Kraig Kinser - 4 (Beaver Dam Raceway on July 7, Dodge City Raceway Park on June 23, River Cities Speedway on June 15 and Kokomo Speedway on June 5); Kerry Madsen - 4 (Skagit Speedway on Aug. 31, Limaland Motorsports Park on July 11, Belleville High Banks on June 29 and Knoxville Raceway on June 9); Tim Kaeding - 3 (Cedar Lake Speedway on July 6, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Steve Kinser - 3 (Dodge City Raceway Park on June 22, Orange County Fair Speedway on May 19 and Williams Grove Speedway on May 12); Chad Kemenah - 2 (Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 28 and Eldora Speedway on May 4); Tony Stewart - 2 (Ohsweken Speedway on July 31 and Lernerville Speedway on July 17); Cody Darrah - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21); Danny Dietrich - 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 10); Mark Dobmeier - 1 (Huset's Speedway on July 3); Travis Jacobson - 1 (Skagit Speedway on Sept. 1); Danny Lasoski - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18); Paul McMahan - 1 (Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on May 16); Fred Rahmer - 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 11); Brad Sweet - 1 (Clay County Fairgrounds on June 8) and Lucas Wolfe - 1 (Bloomington Speedway on Aug. 3).
TIME TRIALS - Jason Sides was the fastest qualifier around the 3/10-mile oval with a time of 11.170 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Donny Schatz (4 points), Sammy Swindell (3), Joey Saldana (2) and Travis Jacobson (1).
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