Weather conditions were anything but ideal for a World of Outlaws race Friday night.
When the Outlaws hit the track at River Cities Speedway, the temperature was 93 degrees and the wind was blowing out of the south at 25 mph.
That made for difficult track conditions.
But Logan Schuchart made the most of it, leading from start to finish in winning the WoO 40-lap feature before an estimated crowd of nearly 6,000 fans at The Bullring.
Schuchart started on the pole and fought off challenges from James McFadden and Brad Sweet, who finished second and third, respectively. Donny Schatz, who has dominated RCS the past few years -- winning nine of the previous 11 WoO features -- in Grand Forks, finished fourth.
Mark Dobmeier was the top local driver, finishing 10th.
Most of the race, drivers ran the low groove -- making passing difficult at best.
There were a handful of restarts in which Schuchart had to hold off charges from Sweet early and McFadden late.
“The restarts were tricky,” said Schuchart, who picked up his series-leading fourth win of the season. “James got me on the outside one time (on a restart) when I was going real slow.”
But McFadden’s pass for the lead was wiped out by a yellow flag.
“I was trying to set a pace to make it tough for somebody to pass me but enough that I wasn’t going to catch the lapped cars," said Schuchart.
Track conditions were dry most of the night. In the feature, only two drivers posted sub-12 second times -- Schuchart (11.916) and McFadden (11.998).
“The heat had a lot to do with track conditions,” said Schuchart. “It’s tough to make the track really good and wet and keep moisture in it when it’s like this. But props to SLS for still making it a good show. It’s awesome to see the fans come out when the weather is like this. It was hot for us; it was hot for everybody.”
Schuchart said winning at RCS is special.
“I love this track,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to win here. I’ve had some bad finishes here and some good finishes. We’ve led laps here in the past but haven’t been able to get it done. So it’s great to be able to get a victory here.”
Schuchart beat McFadden to the checkered flag by 1.072 seconds.
In qualifying, David Gravel -- a past winner at RCS -- posted the fastest time at 10.399 seconds.
The NLRA also competed with the Outlaws.
Once again, it was Schatz who captured the 25-lap late model feature.
Schatz, who started in the second row, grabbed the lead on Lap 2. He had to survive a surge midway through the race from Joey Pederson, who finished second.
World of Outlaws
1. Logan Schuchart; 2. James McFadden; 3. Brad Sweet; 4. Donny Schatz; 5. David Gravel; 6. Sheldon Haudenschild; 7. Terry McCarl; 8. Kerry Madsen; 9. Kraig Kinser; 10. Mark Dobmeier; 11. Shane Stewart; 12. Daryn Pittman; 13. Brent Marks; 14. Carson Macedo; 15. Ian Madsen; 16. Nick Omdahl; 17. Jason Sides; 18. Jack Croaker; 19. Jordan Adams; 20. Shane Roemeling; 21. Jade Hastings; 22. Austin Pierce; 23. Wade Nygaard; 24. Jacob Allen; 25. Brendan Mullen