Shane Stewart wins Outlaws race in Hanford

World of Outlaws regular Shane Stewart led wire-to-wire Friday night in the touring sprint car series’ 35-lap feature race in Hanford.

The Oklahoma native passed polesitter Bud Kaeding before they finished the first lap on the three-eighths mile Keller Auto Speedway at Kings Fairgrounds clay oval.

Kaeding finished fifth in the Oakhurst-based Williams Motorsports car. With only Saturday night’s Outlaws race at Perris left on the California swing, Kaeding is assured of staying in the top 20 in Outlaws seasons points — the best overall performance on the swing by a driver in a central San Joaquin Valley-based car.

It was a tough night for Connecticut’s David Gravel in the Fresno-based Roth Motorsports Outlaws car. Gravel flipped on the back stretch on lap 5. He finished 21st.

Other feature finishers were Kyle Hirst in the Roth California car, eighth; Tommy Tarlton of Easton in the Tarlton & Son car, ninth (after starting 19th); Dominic Scelzi of Fresno in the Gary Scelzi Motorsports car, 11th; former two-time Outlaws champion Jason Meyers of Clovis, now a part-time driver, 14th; Landon Hurst of Riverdale, a regular on the wingless USAC West Coast Sprint Cars Series, 19th; Hanford teenager DJ Netto, who left Kings 20th in Outlaws points, 22nd; and last-chance qualifier winner Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford, 23rd.

The Valley drivers return to California series including the Kings Weekly Racing Series on Friday, April 24 in Hanford, the touring Civil War on April 25 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare and the touring King of the West on May 2 in Chico.