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BUCKEYE BREAKTHROUGH: Carson Macedo Finally Grabs Elusive Win with Rick Ferkel Tribute Victory

The Californian goes from third to first on the opening lap and holds on to claim first World of Outlaws race at Fremont since 2016  

FREMONT, OH (May 27, 2024) - There’s knocking on the door. Then there’s beating the door nearly off its hinges. The latter certainly defines the past two months for Carson Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing.
The pairing entered Monday’s Rick Ferkel Tribute on a stretch of 13 consecutive top five finishes that began on April 6 at Arrowhead Speedway. Eight of them were podiums including the most recent six. But none were wins.

Since topping the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series debut at Kennedale Speedway Park on March 23, a second victory had eluded Macedo. Even when he appeared bound for a win at Attica Raceway Park less than two weeks ago, Michael “Buddy” Kofoid snatched it away in the final set of corners.

But on Memorial Day at Fremont Speedway, Macedo finally broke through. 

The Lemoore, CA driver made a statement move to go from third to first in the opening set of corners, survived a flurry of restarts, and held on during a green-white-checkered finish to grab the first World of Outlaws checkered flag handed out at Fremont since 2016. 

“I’m just really proud of this race team,” Macedo said. “It feels really good to get a win. It’s been a little while. It’s definitely not easy to win these World of Outlaws races, so you’ve got to cherish them when you get them. We hadn’t won in a little while, but we’d been really consistent and really close. We had nights where we almost won, lost on the last lap, things like that. I knew that we had the potential in us. We just had to put it all together. I feel like tonight we did.”

Macedo’s win marked the 37th of his career with The Greatest Show on Dirt. He now owns three wins in only seven attempts at Fremont as Monday’s victory joins his triumphs with FAST (2017) and on a local level (2016) at the northern Ohio oval. And the icing on the cake of the victory is it came a day after Macedo celebrated his 28th birthday. 

There’s a common saying in racing that states you can’t win the race on the first lap, but that’s essentially what Macedo pulled off. At the very least he made the race winning move on the opening lap.

The front row of David Gravel and Cale Thomas led the field to green for the 35-lapper. Gravel pulled ahead of Thomas as the third-starting Macedo peeked to Thomas’ inside heading into Turn 1. Macedo edged ahead of Thomas halfway through the first set of corners while up ahead Gravel slipped off the bottom, opening a lane for Macedo. He quickly grabbed some grip to launch off the bottom of Turn 2 down the back straightaway and went on to lead the opening lap.

A Lap 2 caution brought the action to a halt and set the tone for much of the race. A bevy of yellow and red flags interrupted the early flow of the Feature as drivers fought for space on the hooked-up surface.

A common thread of each caution period proved to be Macedo’s potency on restarts. Every time the green flag resumed the action, Macedo powered ahead of Gravel. The pilot of the Big Game Motorsports #2 tried everything he could. He stayed high with hopes of the top coming in better but never found the necessary speed. He sliced through traffic. But no move could make Macedo flinch.

The race threw one last curveball at Macedo as the caution lights flashed one last time when he crossed under the white flag to begin the final lap. Tyler Gunn came to a stop in Turn 4 setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

But just like each restart before, Macedo aced the final one. He took off on the lowline as Gravel made one final attempt at passing Macedo by working the top. But as it had throughout the main event, the bottom proved to be too strong. Macedo launched ahead and managed to win by a little more than half a second for a special victory at a place that helped elevate his career.

“I thought we got better in the Dash, and we were just better again there,” Macedo said. “Back in 2016 I ran here for my first time ever in the state of Ohio when I moved back to the Midwest. I was driving for Craig and Les Mintz and was able to win my first time here. And to come here for the Outlaw show and win like this is pretty cool.”

Gravel brought his machine home second as he continued his 2024 consistency. The point leader has finished in the top two in 12 of the last 17 Features. Gravel came away satisfied to bounce back after a Saturday crash at Atomic Speedway. 

“The track stayed a lot wetter than we anticipated,” Gravel said. “The only lane I had where I could keep up with him was hammering the top really, really hard. I had to rip a tear off every single corner, so if I did that I would last like 70 tear offs… The #41 guys were just really good tonight.”

Finishing third for his first career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car podium result was Cole Macedo. The Californian got comfortable at Fremont quickly upon arriving in the Midwest earlier in his career and was overjoyed to join his brother on the podium.

“It’s really rewarding,” Macedo said. “I want to start this off with thanking Kevin Newton. He gave me a shot this year when a lot of people weren’t, and we’ve had speed all year... It’s just a testament how hard these guys work. We crashed the other night. The Linder gang came and straightened me up, and we came and ran Fremont. I thought that was a smarter decision than going to back to Atomic, and it paid off.”

Bill Balog and Buddy Kofoid completed the top five.

Balog got to fourth with a drive from 18th to grab the KSE Racing Hard Charger. 

David Gravel set his third consecutive Simpson Quick Time and the 116th of his career in Sea Foam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to David Gravel (257th Heat Race win of career), Carson Macedo (125th of career), and Sheldon Haudenschild (107th of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two belonged to Brock Zearfoss (17th of career).

David Gravel topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Zeth Sabo won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Zane DeVault.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make their first visit to Wisconsin in 2024 for Beaver Dam Raceway’s Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on May 31-June 1. The winner of the finale is going home with $20,000. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 2. 2-David Gravel[1]; 3. 16T-Cole Macedo[6]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[18]; 5. 83-Michael Kofoid[13]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[7]; 7. 23J-Cale Thomas[2]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[17]; 10. 9-Trey Jacobs[9]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[4]; 12. 101-Kalib Henry[8]; 13. 7S-Landon Crawley[25]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart[24]; 15. 5T-Travis Philo[22]; 16. 22-Brandon Spithaler[20]; 17. 68G-Tyler Gunn[23]; 18. 29-Zeth Sabo[21]; 19. 16-DJ Foos[26]; 20. 4-Zane DeVault[10]; 21. 34-Sterling Cling[15]; 22. 15C-Chris Andrews[19]; 23. 35-Stuart Brubaker[11]; 24. 19H-Joel Myers Jr[14]; 25. 9P-Parker Price Miller[16]; 26. 99-Skylar Gee[12]

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Sheldon Haudenschild Rebounds with Atomic World of Outlaws Victory

Haudenschild collects his fifth victory of 2024 with a dominant drive at Atomic Speedway  

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 25, 2024) - They say there’s no place like home. It’s a place of comfort. It’s a place filled with family and friends always ready to welcome you.
Such was the case Saturday night at Chillicothe, OH’s Atomic Speedway. Friday night ended in disappointment for Sheldon Haudenschild as he got into the wall and upside down running third. But the Ohio fans welcomed the Wooster, OH native as warmly as ever the following night. The Buckeyes watched Haudenschild bloom into a star and appreciate every opportunity to cheer him on at home. And he made sure to give them a reason to cheer on Saturday.

Haudenschild started on the pole of the 30-lap Feature and ran away to claim his fifth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car victory of 2024. The 30-year-old worked through traffic and avoided disaster in the same spot that bit him on Friday night to get the job done.

As always when Haudenschild parks in an Ohio Victory Lane, the crowd roared as he stood atop the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink #17.

“It’s so special,” Haudenschild said of winning on home turf. “It’s so cool to see these guys come support this race and all of the Ohio racing. I’ve got my parents here and some friends. Hats off to this whole NOS Energy Drink, West Tennessee Expediting, Frozen Farmer team. Everybody that helps out.”

Haudenschild also had his close friend and World of Outlaws icon Eloy Gutierrez, who is combatting health issues, on the mind.

“I’ve been wanting to win for Eloy,” Haudenschild said. “He’s back home and going through some stuff right now, and we’re thinking about him.”

The win gave Haudenschild 39 for his career with The Greatest Show on Dirt. It moved Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing up to 40. Five of Haudenschild’s career victories have come in his home state, and Atomic became the ninth track where he’s won multiple times. 

The field was brought to green by Haudenschild with David Gravel alongside. Haudenschild pulled ahead on the initial start as Carson Macedo slid ahead of Gravel in Turns 1 and 2, but Gravel countered with a crossover to hold onto the spot.

Haudenschild pulled away from Gravel slightly throughout the early circuits, but as traffic became a factor the lead began to dwindle. And then on Lap 8 came one of the race’s wildest moments. 

In Turns 1 and 2 Haudenschild lapped Keith Baxter with a slide job, but Baxter crossed him over down the back straightaway as Gravel got a huge run behind them. Haudenschild looked to pass Baxter on the top of Turns 3 and 4 as Gravel looked under him to take the lead. But Gravel slid into Baxter sending them both into the wall and leaving Gravel with heavy front end damage. Macedo came in and got a piece of the incident but was able to continue. The Big Game Motorsports team thrashed to fix the Huset’s Speedway #2 but couldn’t get Gravel back out before the restart.

When the green flag brought the action back to life Haudenschild darted away as Michael “Buddy” Kofoid snatched the runner-up spot from Macedo who had inherited it after Gravel’s misfortune. 

Traffic again quickly became a factor, but Kofoid struggled to narrow the gap between himself and Haudenschild. But right when it looked like Haudenschild might drive away comfortably, drama arose when he slapped the wall in between Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 19. Kofoid closed in right on his tail tank. 

But even with the near disaster for Haudenschild, Kofoid couldn’t find the run he needed to make a move. Haudenschild went on to cross the finish line with an advantage of just under seven tenths of a second, completing the ideal rebound after Friday’s crash.

“It seems like we do this every other week – crash one night and win one night,” Haudenschild said. “It just goes to show that my guys are willing to put the work in to win. We’ll just keep working.”

Buddy Kofoid drove the Roth Motorsports #83 to a runner-up finish for his ninth podium of 2024 and second in a row. The Series rookie continues to piece together an impressive stretch of consistency with his 18th consecutive top 10 finish. The Penngrove, CA native keeps building more and more momentum and took over fifth in points.

“I feel like our car has been really, really good here, and I feel like this is the best I’ve ever felt here,” Kofoid said. “We’ll take a second. I can’t thank these Roth Motorsports/Mobil 1/Toyota guys enough for the opportunity. Dennis and Teresa Roth, they’re watching at home. I couldn’t be driving for a better team.”

Carson Macedo came home third and took another step toward the top of the standings as he moved into second. The strong run coupled with Gravel’s troubles positioned Macedo only 36 markers behind the top spot. Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing are on an incredible roll of 13 consecutive top fives and six straight podiums.

“That was race weird,” Macedo explained. “Early in the race I felt like I had a really good car. I felt like I could pace David pretty effortlessly. And then obviously David had the wreck, and I got into him a little bit and didn’t think I had any damage. But the right-side wing board was a little bit tore up. All of a sudden after that I felt like I was sliding in no man’s land. I was using the cushion as much as I could just to get going. It’s amazing how big of a difference that little bit of side board makes.”

Cole Duncan and Giovanni Scelzi completed the top five.

Donny Schatz drove the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian #15 from 20th to ninth to earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

David Gravel claimed his second straight Simpson Quick Time in Sea Foam Qualifying giving him the most (six) in 2024.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One and Three belonged to David Gravel (256th Heat Race win of career) and Giovanni Scelzi (47th of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two went to Carson Macedo (124th of career).

Sheldon Haudenschild topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Bill Balog won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to David Gravel.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars return to Fremont Speedway for the first time in eight years on Monday, May 27 for the Rick Ferkel Tribute. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 2. 83-Michael Kofoid[3]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 4. 22-Cole Duncan[5]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[6]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[11]; 7. 5T-Travis Philo[7]; 8. 99-Skylar Gee[12]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz[20]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[8]; 11. 21H-Brady Bacon[14]; 12. A79-Brandon Wimmer[18]; 13. 17B-Bill Balog[19]; 14. 11C-Kory Crabtree[15]; 15. 70-Kraig Kinser[17]; 16. 15K-Creed Kemenah[10]; 17. 24D-Danny Sams III[13]; 18. 2S-Nathan Skaggs[21]; 19. 5J-Jake Hesson[9]; 20. 83X-Nate Reeser[24]; 21. 2-David Gravel[2]; 22. 42-Sye Lynch[16]; 23. 1B-Keith Baxter[23]; 24. 4-Danny Smith[22]

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

Cannon McIntosh Dominates Atomic Speedway for Third Xtreme Outlaw Win of 2024

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 25, 2024) – Cannon McIntosh has won races in 2024, but none in as dominant of fashion as his victory Saturday night.

McIntosh, 21, of Bixby, OK, took to the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval of Atomic Speedway and put on a clinic for 25 laps, leading flag-to-flag for his third win of the season with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota.

His first two wins on tour this year both came after some misfortune bit his opponents in the final laps. But this one was different – he didn’t need anything other than the speed of his own car, which there was plenty of as he ripped around the top of the track en route to his eighth career Series win.

“The car had great balance, great speed really all night and it showed,” McIntosh said. “Definitely had a good piece under us and executed, which was the most important thing.”

For the first 10 laps, McIntosh began to separate himself from the field, opening up a gap of nearly 1.5 seconds before his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports (KKM) teammates Ryan Timms and Kale Drake began to reel him in. As McIntosh neared lapped traffic, Timms closed the gap even more.

“I couldn’t tell if what I was doing out of (Turn) 2 was good or not,” McIntosh said. “I was trying to cut down the track and make speed. It was getting so slick and I felt like I was starting to lose speed there. I think that’s when Ryan started to close on me.”

Timms, 17, of Oklahoma City, OK, got close enough to make his first bid at the lead on Lap 16 with a big slide job on McIntosh in Turn 1, but he was unable to clear McIntosh as they raced out of Turn 2.

When McIntosh dove low in Turn 1 to slide up in front of lapped cars the next time by, Timms was waiting on the doorstep to try and get a run on him down the backstretch. He tried another slider on his teammate in Turns 3 and 4 but again was unable to get clear.

“I think I started to catch [McIntosh] right before we got to lapped traffic, and then when we got into traffic, I was right on him,” Timms said. “We got racing with lapped cars there, and I threw a couple bombs on him, but here it’s just so hard to clear sliders.”

The race’s only break in the action came on Lap 18 when Jacob Dykstra got into the wall and flipped hard in Turn 3. After he walked with assistance from medical personnel to the ambulance for further evaluation, and was later released, the field was restacked with eight laps remaining.

This took the leaders out of lapped traffic and put them back into clean air, which played right into McIntosh’s favor.

“Once we had the [open] red, Keith just kinda told me where I needed to make adjustments with my line,” McIntosh said. “I was able to take off really well on the restart and just set sail.”

McIntosh got the restart he was looking for and again opened up a gap on Timms that grew every lap – up to a full second by the checkered flag.

“This place is big, it’s fast, it’s hard to get runs on guys so those restarts are key,” McIntosh said. “I knew I had to get a good initial start and that restart, and I was able to get a good launch on both of those.”

Timms crossed the finish line second, backing up the win he scored on Friday night. Though he did not make up any points in the championship standings, needing to beat points leader McIntosh to decrease his gap, he kept things close with another podium finish.

“To come home with a [first and second] is nothing to hang your head about at all,” Timms said. “Really happy with the results this weekend. I just kinda need Cannon to have some bad luck – not wishing it upon him – but if I want to have a shot to catch up here.”

Kale Drake crossed the line third, rebounding from what could have been a second win of the season on Friday after blowing a tire while leading late in the race.

“Cannon and Ryan were racing really hard and it just really opened up the door for me, and I could see what was going on from the outside looking in,” Drake said. “I really felt like we were the car to beat there, but the cards just didn’t fall our way tonight.”

For the second night in-a-row, Drake picked up the Whitz Racing Products Quick Time Award in Qualifying with his best lap of 14.324.

Chase McDermand won Toyota Racing Heat Race 1, while Trevor Cline won TJ Forged Heat Race 2.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets return to competition next Thursday, Friday and Saturday – May 30-31, June 1 – for a swing through Missouri and Illinois at Doe Run Raceway, Coles County Speedway and Wayne County (IL) Speedway.

Tickets for all three races will be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t make it to the track to watch in person, stream live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[2]; 2. 67-Ryan Timms[3]; 3. 97-Kale Drake[4]; 4. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[6]; 5. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[11]; 6. 40-Chase McDermand[1]; 7. 71-Jade Avedisian[7]; 8. 7U-Zach Daum[10]; 9. 55-Trevor Cline[5]; 10. 98-Elijah Gile[12]; 11. 14S-Tyler Edwards[9]; 12. 1K-Brayton Lynch[13]; 13. 66-Jayden Clay[14]; 14. 76-Michael Smith[16]; 15. 26-Corbin Rueschenberg[8]; 16. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[15]

 

 

Ryan Timms Victorious at Atomic After Teammate Kale Drake Blows Tire Late

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 24, 2024) – Winning national Midget series races takes a special blend of speed, skill and good fortune. Ryan Timms had all three on his side Friday night at Atomic Speedway.

Timms, 17, of Oklahoma City, OK, scored his second Feature win of the year with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota, driving from third on the starting grid past his Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports (KKM) teammates Jade Avedisian and later Kale Drake after a right-rear flat tire struck him on a restart in the final laps.

Timms fended off all challengers on the final restart to bank his third career Series victory and the $4,000 prize, joining Cannon McIntosh, Ashton Torgerson and Karter Sarff as the only drivers so far this year to win more than once.

“Overall, it was just an awesome night,” Timms said. “I’m just happy to finally be back in Victory Lane; it feels like it’s been a while.”

While Avedisian – who won the Series’ first-ever main event at Atomic in 2023 – led the opening 11 laps from the pole, Drake and Timms followed close behind, waiting for an opportunity to make a move for the lead on the reigning Series champion.

That opportunity knocked on Lap 12, when Avedisian came up on lapped traffic in front of her and dove from the top to the bottom lane heading into Turn 3 in an attempt to get around the slower cars. When one of the cars stuck to the bottom lane, Avedisian was forced to check-up, opening the door for Drake up high.

“The lappers, about two laps before, I was closing the gap and seeing where they were running,” Avedisian said. “They were running the top, so when I went down the backstretch and got close enough to slide them, they peeled down to the bottom.

“Honestly, it was kind of just a bad decision on my part; I could’ve turned at the last minute and thrown a half-slider and still had more momentum than what I did. That’s how Kale got around me.”

Drake kept his right-rear on the cushion and zipped past Avedisian out of Turn 4 to lead Lap 12.

A red flag halted the action one lap later and prompted a restart with Drake out front and Avedisian and Timms right behind him. Avedisian nearly hit the frontstretch wall coming back to the green, allowing Timms to close the gap behind her and eventually make the pass for second down the backstretch.

“[Avedisian] got kinda jacked-up down the frontstretch and it gave me a big run into (Turn) 1,” Timms said. “I knew she was going to protect, and she did. I still managed to have a big run coming off the corner and was able to get her going into the next corner.”

Now with the second spot, Timms began his hunt for leader Drake, who had gapped himself from the other leaders. However, another caution flag was displayed with 19 laps complete, restacking the field and forcing Drake to survive another restart.

But this time, he did not survive. Drake’s right-rear was reportedly going soft under the caution period, which came to the forefront when he hit the throttle on the restart and jumped the Turn 4 cushion, slowing dramatically down the frontstretch and bringing out another yellow.

Timms said he spotted the flat under caution and knew it was going to create an issue for his teammate.

“I pulled up next to him, we were one-to-green, and I didn’t notice it ‘til then, and I was pointing at my right-rear trying to tell him his right-rear was going down,” Timms said. “I think he was just zoned-in, because I don’t even think he looked over.”

When Drake took his car to the infield to change the tire, Timms was handed the lead for what would be the final restart of the race and held off Avedisian and all other challengers for the win.

Avedisian crossed the line second, notching her best finish of the season. Despite her first Midget podium finish of the year, the 17-year-old Californian was disappointed with the result after starting on the pole.

“I feel like if I didn’t make that one mistake on that one restart Kale was leading, we might have been able to hold-off Ryan,” Avedisian said. “It’s hard to say because he was a lot better than me.”

Cannon McIntosh, a fellow KKM teammate to Timms and Avedisian, crossed the stripe in third, garnering his 11th-straight top-five finish and eighth podium finish of the season. The 21-year-old Oklahoman had his points gap cut by nine points, but still leads by 122 over Timms.

National Midget series rookie Tyler Edwards recorded his best career finish with the Series in fourth place, while 19-year-old Arizona racer Hayden Reinbold rounded-out the top five.

The Whitz Racing Products Quick Time Award went to Kale Drake, who also set a new track record in Qualifying with his lap of 13.760.

Toyota Racing Heat 1 was won by Tyler Edwards. TJ Forged Heat 2 was won by Cannon McIntosh.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets return to Atomic Speedway Saturday night, May 25, for another night of racing action alongside the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. Tickets are on sale in advance at XtremeOutlawSeries.com. If you can’t be at the track to watch in person, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 67-Ryan Timms[3]; 2. 71-Jade Avedisian[1]; 3. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[4]; 4. 14S-Tyler Edwards[5]; 5. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[8]; 6. 40-Chase McDermand[9]; 7. 5D-Jacob Dykstra[10]; 8. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[7]; 9. 1K-Brayton Lynch[11]; 10. 55-Trevor Cline[12]; 11. 98K-Elijah Gile[15]; 12. 97-Kale Drake[2]; 13. 66-Jayden Clay[16]; 14. 76-Michael Smith[17]; 15. 7U-Zach Daum[6]; 16. 98-Luke Drotschie[13]; 17. 26-Corbin Rueschenberg[14]

Photo credit – Tyler Carr

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series is brought to fans by important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Toyota (Title sponsor of the Midgets Series), Racing Electronics (Official Radio Supplier) and SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider). Other partners include: TJ Forged and Whitz Racing Products.

 

 

GRAVEL’S GREATNESS: David Gravel Aces Atomic for Fifth Victory in Last Seven Races

The point leader claims sole possession of eighth on the all-time win list with first Atomic triumph

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 24, 2024) - Nothing seems capable of stopping David Gravel and Big Game Motorsports right now. No drivers. No tracks. Nothing.

The Watertown, CT is taking no prisoners as he chases his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car title. Every time the Huset’s Speedway #2 touches the track, it’s fast. Gravel entered Friday’s race at Atomic Speedway fresh off his seventh victory of the season with a Sharon win. And he added another with an impressive Atomic drive.

Gravel started in the second spot for the 30-lap finale, slid ahead of Brady Bacon on Lap 9 for the lead, and held off a flurry of challenges to seal his eighth win of 2024 with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

“Cody (Jacobs), Zach (Patterson), and Stephen (Hamm-Reilly), man, they’ve been working really, really hard,” Gravel said. “Eight wins this time of year is amazing, and hopefully we can continue to do this.”

The 31-year-old pushed his hot streak to five wins in the last seven races. His 96th career win gives him sole possession of eighth on the all-time World of Outlaws win list. Atomic is the 49th different track he’s won at against the nation’s best Sprint Car drivers. And perhaps most importantly, Gravel extended his lead atop the standings to 64 markers.

Brady Bacon brought the field to green with Gravel alongside. Bacon powered ahead heading into the first set of corners as Carson Macedo slid ahead of Gravel. But Gravel crossed over down the back straightaway to reclaim the runner-up spot.

Bacon paced the field as the opening laps unfolded, but lapped traffic threw the “Macho Man” a curveball. Bacon stared down a hornet’s nest of traffic, and Gravel quickly closed. And then on the ninth circuit, the window opened.

As Bacon made contact with a lapped car in Turns 1 and 2, Gravel got a massive run down the back straightaway. In Turns 3 and 4, Gravel pulled the trigger on a slider and surged ahead of Bacon to takeover the lead.

After taking the top spot, Gravel began to negotiate heavy traffic as the war for second erupted. Carson Macedo, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Michael “Buddy” Kofoid caught up to Bacon and all moved around him. Then that trio traded wild slide jobs and crossovers for multiple laps with Gravel just ahead. Finally, Macedo secured the spot and the yellow flag flew with 11 laps remaining.

Macedo managed to stay right with Gravel on the restart down the front straightaway, but Gravel muscled ahead in Turns 1 and 2 to maintain the top spot.

One last red flag set up a restart with eight laps to go. Gravel pulled away when the green flag brought the field back to life, but traffic became a factor in the final few laps. Macedo closed in as Gravel struggled with lapped cars in his lane. Macedo got one final run as Gravel slipped in the final corner, but it wasn’t enough as Gravel held on to win by just under half a second.

“He (Bacon) was getting messed up pretty early in lapped traffic,” Gravel explained. “He got really messed up off of (Turn) 2 there, and I was able to slide him. But when I went to slide him, I about spun out, so I probably parked it right in front of him. So, it probably didn’t look very good. But I felt like that was my opportunity to pass. Man, lapped cars were so hard to get by. I felt like the top was the fastest, but guys would just kind of park it in front of you. I just tried to be really patient.”

Carson Macedo brought the Jason Johnson Racing #41 home second to continue his impressive streaks of consistency. He’s now up to 17 straight top 10s, 12 top fives, and five podiums. While he’s hungry for a win, Macedo maintained a positive outlook as he and the JJR crew continue to be one of the fastest cars on tour.

“I felt like we had a really strong car tonight,” Macedo said. “We qualified pretty good, won our Heat Race, then we drew, I think, sixth in the Dash, and ran up to second. So, I really can’t complain about that. We just got to keep trying to get that win.”

Rounding out the top three was Buddy Kofoid in the Roth Motorsports #83. The Penngrove, CA native hasn’t missed the top 10 in the last 17 races. He’s also up to eight World of Outlaws podiums in 2024. The third place outing required a major effort as mechanical troubles kept Kofoid from making a Qualifying effort. He drove from last to third in his Heat and from seventh to third in the main event.

“Honestly, it didn’t feel that crazy,” Kofoid said of his night. “Our car is just so good right now. I feel like I can race well from behind or up front. The car just races good. Hats off to these Roth Motorsports/Mobil 1/Toyota guys.”

Cole Duncan and Donny Schatz completed the top five.

A 15th to seventh drive earned Sye Lynch the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

David Gravel secured his fifth Simpson Quick Time of 2024 and the 115th of his career in Sea Foam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One and Three went to David Gravel (255th Heat Race win of career) and Donny Schatz (525thof career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two belonged to Carson Macedo (123rd of career).

Brady Bacon topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Cole Macedo won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are right back on Atomic Speedway on Saturday, May 25 before a Monday, May 27 visit to Fremont Speedway. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[2]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 3. 83-Michael Kofoid[7]; 4. 22-Cole Duncan[4]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[6]; 6. 21H-Brady Bacon[1]; 7. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[8]; 8. 42-Sye Lynch[15]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart[12]; 10. 17B-Bill Balog[10]; 11. 5T-Travis Philo[11]; 12. 16T-Cole Macedo[19]; 13. 24D-Danny Sams III[17]; 14. 70-Kraig Kinser[13]; 15. 99-Skylar Gee[16]; 16. 7S-Landon Crawley[14]; 17. 5AU-Brock Hallett[24]; 18. A79-Brandon Wimmer[18]; 19. 15K-Creed Kemenah[23]; 20. 5J-Jake Hesson[20]; 21. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 22. 2S-Nathan Skaggs[22]; 23. 32-Bryce Lucius[21]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[9]

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Looking Back at Kofoid’s Time in Midgets Before Becoming an Outlaw

The World of Outlaws rookie put together a historic run in Midgets before moving to Sprint Cars full-time  

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 23, 2024) - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will be joined by some open-wheel companions this weekend (May 24-25) at Atomic Speedway. The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets presented by Toyota are also set for two nights of action at the Chillicothe, OH oval.
The pair of evenings will mark the seventh and eighth times the two Series have converged since Xtreme was born in 2022.

Even when Sprint Cars and Midgets aren’t competing on the same card, the worlds are often intertwined. Sprint Car drivers occasionally test their talents in a Midget, especially at the Chili Bowl Nationals, and sometimes Midget drivers like to strap some wings and four extra cylinders on.

For one current full-time World of Outlaws driver, a stint in Midgets elevated his career and helped guide him to The Greatest Show on Dirt. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid cut his teeth in Sprint Cars from his early teenage years in California. Even when he moved to Ohio to broaden his horizons in the sport, Midgets weren’t on the radar. And then an important message appeared on his phone on his way to a Sprint Car Race at, oddly enough, Atomic Speedway.

“I think I was actually on the way to Atomic for either an All-Star race or a FAST show,” Kofoid recalled. “And I got a text on Twitter from Jack Irving from TRD (Toyota Racing Development) saying, ‘Hey, give me a call Monday’ basically. I knew who it was, and I was like ‘Oh my god. I wonder what this could be about.

“I called him, and we talked Monday. And right before he hung up, he said Keith (Kunz) and Pete (Willoughby) from KKM (Keith Kunz Motorsports) will be calling you. And then he hung up.”

The call proved to be life changing for the then 17-year-old. KKM brought Kofoid on to test the waters in a Midget late that year, and he promptly won a local race at Jacksonville Speedway along with picking up a pair of POWRi podiums.

The following year Kofoid tackled his first full USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget campaign and finished fourth in points. Then in 2021 and 2022, Kofoid claimed back-to-back USAC championships, becoming the 12th driver to do so. His 13 wins in 32 races during the 2022 season established a new record for highest winning percentage in a year (40.63%). He’s also won a pair of Chili Bowl prelim Features (2022 & 2024) and finished runner-up in this year’s finale.

“I think first and foremost running for KKM, I couldn’t have run for a better team,” Kofoid said of his Midget success. “With Mobil 1 and Toyota, who I’m happy to still be with to this day, having them in my corner and their knowledge and ability and everything, I think that helped speed up my learning curve.”

The time in Midgets not only developed him as a driver, but it also established connections leading him to where he is today. The 22-year-old is navigating his rookie campaign with the World of Outlaws with Roth Motorsports and Toyota Racing Engines under the hood. Connecting with KKM set him down a fruitful path with Toyota.

“Toyota has changed my life, for sure,” Kofoid said. “I’ve gotten to do things that I’d never done before and that I never thought I’d be able to do because of Toyota and Mobil 1… Toyota, they work harder than any manufacturer in the world. If there’s a problem, they get it fixed and want it done right. And they won’t be done until it’s perfect.”

The speed with Toyota power has continued in the Sprint Car for Kofoid. His debut campaign with The Greatest Show on Dirt has been nothing short of a success. He’s taken the Roth Motorsports #83 to 18 top 10s in 21 races including a current streak of 16 in a row. The Californian has podiumed on seven occasions this year including a win at Attica Raceway Park.

And even though he’s moved into racing Sprint Cars full-time, Midgets will always be important Kofoid. They helped shape him. They established important connections he’ll always value. Kofoid might be with the World of Outlaws now, but he has no plans on fully giving up Midget racing. Especially with a Golden Driller chip on his shoulder.

“I’ll run Midgets as long as I can, especially Chili Bowl,” Kofoid said. “I feel like I’m close to being able to win it. And that’s kind of, in my eyes, the last thing on my bucket list as far as Midgets that I feel like I need to check off to be really proud of what I’ve done in Midgets. Pete and Keith and Toyota have said whenever I want to run a Midget, I’ll have a place at KKM.”

The rookie World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season for Buddy Kofoid continues this weekend at Atomic Speedway (May 24-25) alongside the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series. Then the tour heads to Fremont Speedway on Monday, May 27. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

 

 

 

Zach Daum Wins Double Down Showdown Finale at Millbridge Speedway

SALISBURY, NC (May 22, 2024) – Zach Daum was in need of a spark. Something to get he and the Trifecta Motorsports team back on track after a string of misfortunes and up-and-down results.

Who would have guessed they’d find it at the red-clay, 1/6-mile North Carolina bullring known as Millbridge Speedway – a place Daum took a hard crash at and destroyed his own car one year prior.

Daum, the 33-year-old open-wheel champion from Pocahontas, IL, took the lead on a late restart in the finale of the DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown Wednesday night and drove off to a $5,000 grand prize and his first Feature win of the season with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota.

“It was cool; we needed a win,” Daum said. “We’ve had struggles with engines and stuff. You’ll have them spurts. Luckily, we were able to put together a good night tonight.”

After posting back-to-back third-place finishes to open his 2024 Xtreme Outlaw Series campaign, Daum and the team ran into an array of mechanical issues that hindered their progress and efforts to get back to their 2023 form – in which they won five races together.

First came the engine issues at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex that forced them to retire before Heats were run. Next came more mechanical malfunctions with both the primary and backup car on the same night at Humboldt Speedway. One night later, Daum was caught-up in a late-race incident at 81 Speedway, leaving him with a 16th-place finish.

But that’s all behind them now. The Oklahoma-based operation – over 15 hours away from home – finally got back in gear with the win Wednesday night.

“It just goes in spurts,” Daum said. “Some days, you’re on top of the world and you can’t do anything wrong, and other days you can’t do anything right. It’s one of them deals. Hopefully, we’ve got the monkey off our back, and we can just go for some more wins the rest of the year.”

At the drop of the green flag, Oklahoma-racer Kale Drake jumped to the lead from the outside pole and led unchallenged through the race’s first red-flag period on Lap 18. On the restart, Daum took advantage of the opportunity and began hounding Drake for the lead down low. Daum was able to pull ahead by a bumper’s length on Lap 19, but Drake quickly took the lead back the next time by, beating him with his top-side momentum.

Another red flag halted the action on Lap 23, putting Daum on Drake’s tail for the restart once more. Behind him was Tuesday night’s main event winner Karter Sarff, who had started seventh.

Daum was bested on the restart prior but was not going to allow national Midget series rookie Drake to get the better of him again. This time, Daum was prepared and had his car pointed at a more favorable angle when leader Drake hit the throttle on the restart.

“When [Drake] picked the throttle up, I was still turned the wrong way, so it took me two car-lengths to get going the other way,” Daum said. “He did that restart perfect, and then the next one, I was turned and I was on his bumper when we came across there. So, I gained two car lengths for free, basically, and I was able to race him a lot harder and quicker.”

Daum slid into the lead out of Turn 4 as he crossed the stripe to complete Lap 23. Behind him, Sarff began hounding Drake for second. After a couple slider-crossover combos, Sarff was able to wrestle the second spot away with one final slide job in Turns 1-2 on Lap 27.

“I was just trying to keep the thing wound-up and not get tight on the curb when following those guys in there,” Sarff said of the battle between Daum and Drake in front of him. “I was hoping something would happen and I’d be able to squeak though because I think them racing was holding Zach up. Once Zach got out past him, he was just good enough on the bottom. I don’t know that I could’ve ran the top any harder to catch him.”

Now in second with only Daum in front of him, Sarff set his sights on his fellow Illinois racer. He stuck with his preferred middle-top lane and made up some ground, but not enough, and was forced to settle for second.

“The top was just a little bit trickier than it was last night,” Sarff said. “I feel like I was running it just as hard, and Zach was just really good on the bottom like he always is.”

Points leader Cannon McIntosh crossed the finish line third for the second-straight night, once again extending his points lead, now up to 131 over teammate Ryan Timms. Kale Drake crossed in fourth while Chase McDermand rounded out the top-five.

Karter Sarff won the Whitz Racing Products Quick Time Award in Qualifying with a lap of 9.880.

Trevor Cline won Toyota Racing Heat 1, Ashton Torgerson won TJ Forged Heat 2 and Zach Daum won Heat 3.

Chase McDermand was the Hard Charger, advancing 12 positions on his drive from 17th to finish fifth.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets will now make the trip out to Chillicothe, OH, for another two-day event – Fri-Sat, May 24-25 – at Atomic Speedway alongside the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

Tickets are on sale in advance at XtremeOutlawSeries.com. If you can’t be at the track to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 7U-Zach Daum[1]; 2. 21K-Karter Sarff[7]; 3. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[5]; 4. 97K-Kale Drake[2]; 5. 40-Chase McDermand[17]; 6. 67-Ryan Timms[15]; 7. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[3]; 8. 72-Sam Johnson[8]; 9. 55-Trevor Cline[4]; 10. 25K-Taylor Reimer[12]; 11. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[20]; 12. 55D-Nick Drake[10]; 13. 1K-Brayton Lynch[14]; 14. 98K-Elijah Gile[16]; 15. 71-Jade Avedisian[11]; 16. 89-Zach Wigal[13]; 17. 14S-Tyler Edwards[6]; 18. 5-Chase Briscoe[21]; 19. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[9]; 20. 97-Gavin Miller[19]; 21. 66-Jayden Clay[18]

 

 

 

Karter Sarff Conquers Millbridge Speedway for Second Win of 2024

SALISBURY, NC (May 21, 2024) – Karter Sarff’s recent starts with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota since garnering his first win of the season in early April haven’t met his expectations.

But in unfamiliar territory Tuesday night at Millbridge Speedway, he turned it around, leading the opening round of the DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown flag-to-flag for his second Feature win of the year and first-ever at the North Carolina oval.

“We were in a slump the last couple races, just couldn’t get anything out of the car,” Sarff said. “Come to a bullring like this kinda takes the setup out of it a little… I guess I shouldn’t say that. Paul May (crew chief) had her dialed all night long.”

Between his first win at US 36 Raceway in April and his second Tuesday night, Sarff – 21, of Mason City, IL – had posted three finishes of 10th or worse with a best result of seventh two weeks ago at Humboldt Speedway. But those results are in the past, and the young open-wheel talent once again stands atop the national Midget world with his third career Series victory.

When the green flag dropped in the main event, Sarff took off immediately, grabbing the lead from the pole and jumping out to a lead in lapped traffic that stretched nearly three seconds at its largest.

“I was happy when I got to lapped traffic because I usually get through lapped traffic pretty good, and I was getting through them fast,” Sarff said. “I figured I might have been out a little ways, but I didn’t know if they were right on me or not, so I just kept hammering on it.”

Behind him, Zach Daum and Cannon McIntosh began their battle for the third spot – Daum the first to throw a slide job in Turn 1 and take the position, only to give it right back after stumbling in Turns 3-4. Daum was able to rebound though, getting by McIntosh for good with another Turn 1 slider – one that held up through Turns 3-4.

“Me and Cannon have come back to an understanding; we can race with each other again,” Daum said. “It’s good. That’s how racing should be – I wasn’t gonna crash him and he wasn’t gonna crash me. I had my line; he had his line. When he was better, he would drive around me and if not, we’d drag race down the straightaway.”

“You’d see [Daum] and you’d lift, and you didn’t know if he was sliding all the way across or gonna keep it in the middle,” McIntosh said. “When I lifted, he was just kinda there, and I couldn’t really slide him back just because he was running the middle. I could get momentum and get back to him, just nowhere to really pass him back.”

When the race’s first caution flag appeared on Lap 22, Sarff led the field back to green ahead of Ryan Timms, Daum in third and McIntosh in fourth. Daum wasted no time going after Timms, throwing a slider on him in Turn 1 on the restart.

But Timms held strong, crossing back underneath Daum in Turns 3-4 to regain the spot, at least for the moment. When the yellow came out again for Timms’ Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports teammate Kale Drake on Lap 25, Timms lined up once more with Daum on his tail for the restart.

Timms was smooth through Turns 1 and 2 but stumbled in Turn 4, hitting the outside wall. When Daum and McIntosh got underneath him heading back into Turn 1, Timms jumped up over the cushion in Turn 2 and tagged the wall, which slowed him dramatically. Several cars drove by cleanly on the inside except Ethan Mitchell, who hit Timms’ left-rear tire, puncturing it and bringing out the yellow once again.

With Timms out of the picture, McIntosh assumed third place for the restart with Daum and Sarff in front of him. Try as he may, however, McIntosh was unable to make a move to advance position and crossed the stripe third. In doing so, he increased his lead in the points standings to 108 with Timms ending up 12th and McDermand a DNF, scored in 20th.

Daum challenged Sarff on the final restart, nearly pulling even with him at one point, but was unable to get close enough to make a move for the lead. Though he fell one spot short of his first win of the season, he notched his second podium of the year and first since the season opener in March with the Trifecta Motorsports #7U team.

“Hopefully, we can start this trend,” Daum said. “This race last year was the last race in my car, and we started off with the 7U after these races and kinda went on a tear. Hopefully, this is the start of that again. Championship’s pretty well out of grasp right now, so we’re just gonna go for wins and try to win as many races as we can by the end of the year.”

When he pulled into the pit area Tuesday afternoon, ready to race a track he’d yet to see in a Midget, Sarff had zero fear. Despite his recent results, he wasn’t surprised how fast he was in the main event, as the track conditions played right into his hand.

“I like to have somewhat high expectations, but it’s Midgets – you never know what’s gonna happen,” Sarff said. “I figured it would be somewhat my style – big ol’ curb up on the cushion. It seemed to be that way, and I had a lot of fun.”

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets jump right back into action Wednesday, May 22, for the finale of the third annual Double Down Showdown at Millbridge Speedway. Tickets will be available at the gate. If you can’t be at the track, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ohio Swing Concludes with Huge Atomic Doubleheader, Return to Fremont

The World of Outlaws are joined by the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets for two nights at Atomic before honoring Rick Ferkel at Fremont  

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 21, 2024) - Three races in four nights lie ahead as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars wrap up a two-week stay in Ohio.
First on the agenda is a massive two-night holiday weekend event (May 24-25) at Chillicothe, OH’s Atomic Speedway. The greatest Sprint Car drivers in the country will be joined by the stars of the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota at the high-speed oval.

Then on Monday, May 27 the World of Outlaws return to Fremont Speedway for the first time in eight years for the Rick Ferkel Tribute. The Memorial Day visit will mark the ninth race in Series history to the northern Ohio track.

More than a quarter of the 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car campaign is in the books, and it’s been a thrilling season to date. A record number of winners to begin the year, last lap passes, a tight points battle, and so much more. And this week the second quarter of the season continues through the “Buckeye State.”

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Let’s look at the weekend’s top storylines:

MACEDO’S MOMENTUM: The early season woes from DIRTcar Nationals are long gone for Carson Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing.

Macedo and the Philip Dietz-led team are firing on all cylinders. The Albaugh #41 hasn’t missed the top five in the past 11 races with a 3.5 average finish over that stretch. He’s also qualified for 14 consecutive Toyota Dashes. The hot streak has allowed Macedo to claw his way up to third in the standings with Donny Schatz (+14 points) and David Gravel (+68 points) well within striking distance.

The numbers suggest Macedo could build even more momentum at the tracks ahead. Three of his last four Atomic races have led to podium runs including a World of Outlaws win last May. The Lemoore, CA driver has made six previous Fremont appearances and won twice, topping their 2016 season opener along with a 2017 FAST event.

WEIGHT LIFTED: The first win of a season is always the toughest. That especially proved to be true for Michael “Buddy” Kofoid as he navigated his rookie season. But after six podium runs, Kofoid finally broke through last weekend at Attica.

The Attica triumph is the highlight of what’s been an impressive debut season for the 22-year-old. Kofoid is on a streak of 16 consecutive top 10s, and he hasn’t finished worse than seventh in the last 13. 

Kofoid and the Roth Motorsports team will look to add more checkered flags to the collection this weekend. The Penngrove, CA native has never won at Atomic, but he’s been consistent with five top 10s in six tries including a 2020 top five with FAST. He’s had plenty of success at Fremont to the tune of four victories and 12 top fives in 16 tries. One of the four wins came with the All-Star Circuit of Champions (2020).

A DONNY DOUBLE?: It comes as no surprise that the statistics suggest Donny Schatz should be a favorite at both Atomic and Fremont this weekend. No matter where he goes in Ohio, the 10-time Series champion always seems to find his way to the front.

Through The Greatest Show on Dirt’s 10 previous trip to Atomic, Schatz is the only driver with multiple victories. The Fargo, ND native has won four times in only nine tries. He’s also led Feature laps in six of nine races he’s contested on the high-banked oval. 

The Fremont results have been just as strong for Schatz. He’s made four visits to the northern Ohio oval and topped two of them including an impressive drive from 11th to Victory Lane in 2014. He’s never finished worse than fourth at Fremont, and his average result is second.

A win at both tracks over Memorial Day weekend isn’t inconceivable for Schatz considering his previous success. And it would serve as a tremendous help as he looks to chase down David Gravel who leads him by 54 markers in the standings.

HONORING THE OHIO TRAVELER: Monday’s trip to Fremont is more than a race. It’s a night to celebrate the life of one of Sprint Car Racing’s most impactful figures. 

Rick Ferkel was one of the original Outlaws among Ted Johnson’s band of travelers in 1978. He won the third race in Series history at Eldora Speedway and went on to claim 21 victories with the Series. Even when his time behind the wheel ended, Ferkel remained heavily involved via roles as a World of Outlaws official and Director of the Gumout Series. He also was a car owner and crew chief that mentored many rising talents in the sport. Ferkel passed away on New Year’s Day this year.

Monday is about honoring the “Ohio Traveler,” and where better to do so than the Ohio oval Fremont Speedway — less than 10 miles from Ferkel’s birthplace, Green Springs, OH? A stout field of racers will be on hand to compete for the honor of winning the inaugural Rick Ferkel Tribute.

BUCKEYE BRAWLERS: Both Atomic and Fremont are expected to attract a healthy contingent of local Ohio talent looking to impress on a national stage. Many of them put up strong performances last week at Attica. Fremont is already home to two popular occasions of a local upsetting the nation’s best when Fremont’s own Frankie Kerr won in back-to-back years (1991 & 1992).

The Atomic regulars are undoubtedly headlined by Cole Duncan. The Lockbourne, OH driver has won a whopping 20 races over the last four seasons at the Chillicothe, OH track. It’s also home to his most recent World of Outlaws top five. Bowling Green, OH’s Travis Philo is the most recent Atomic winner, claiming their 2023 season finale.

Fremont features a healthy heap of local talent, and Bellevue, OH’s Cap Henry is near the top of the crop. He’s already been to Fremont Victory Lane this year (April 27), and he made six visits last year. Henry is expected to be joined by many more including Fremont track record holder, Lee Jacobs (Dalton, OH) Greg Wilson (Benton Ridge, OH), Creed Kemenah (Alvada, OH), Zeth Sabo (Fremont, OH), and more.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE 

Friday-Saturday, May 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH
Monday, May 27 at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, OH

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (21/76 Races):

1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (2970 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-54 PTS)
3. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-68 PTS)
4. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-78 PTS)
5. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-118 PTS)
6. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-126 PTS)
7. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-194 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-324 PTS)
9. Brock Zearfoss – Brock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-492 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-572 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (11 Drivers): 

7 Wins – David Gravel
4 Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Wins – Donny Schatz
1 Win – Brad Sweet, Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon, Michael Kofoid

FEATURE LAPS LED (15 Drivers):

190 Laps – David Gravel
107 Laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
79 Laps – Carson Macedo
56 Laps – Giovanni Scelzi
54 Laps – Rico Abreu
47 Laps – Donny Schatz
29 Laps – Kyle Larson
26 Laps – Brady Bacon
25 Laps – Brad Sweet
23 Laps – Michael Kofoid
13 Laps – Anthony Macri
11 Laps – Bill Balog
3 Laps – Brent Marks
1 Lap – Tyler Courtney, Kalib Henry

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (11 Drivers):

5 Quick Times – Carson Macedo
4 Quick Times – David Gravel
2 Quick Times – Brent Marks, Michael Kofoid, Giovanni Scelzi
1 Quick Time – Landon Crawley, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon, Donny Schatz, Sheldon Haudenschild

HEAT RACE WINNERS (24 Drivers): 

13 Heat Wins – David Gravel
9 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
8 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi
7 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
5 Heat Wins – Rico Abreu
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks
3 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz, Bill Balog
2 Heat Wins – Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Landon Crawley, Brock Zearfoss
1 Heat Win – Corey Day, Justin Peck, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Logan Schuchart, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Danny Sams III, Kyle Larson, Emerson Axsom, Anthony Macri, Tim Shaffer

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (41 Drivers):

17 Dashes – David Gravel
16 Dashes – Carson Macedo
15 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi
13 Dashes – Michael Kofoid
12 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild
9 Dashes – Donny Schatz, Bill Balog
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu
6 Dashes – Landon Crawley
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart
4 Dashes – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown
3 Dashes – Emerson Axsom, Brock Zearfoss
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel, Anthony Macri
1 Dash – Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Logan McCandless, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Danny Sams III, Cole Macedo, Kyle Larson, Skylar Gee, Kody Hartlaub, Chase Dietz, Tim Shaffer, T.J. Michael, Craig Mintz, Kalib Henry, Brandon Spithaler, Sye Lynch

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (17 Drivers):

2 LCS Wins – Logan McCandless
1 LCS Win – Austin McCarl, Bill Balog, Corey Day, Kasey Kahne, Koty Adams, Jace Park, Anthony Macri, Landon Crawley, Garet Williamson, Brock Zearfoss, Kevin Newton, Brenham Crouch, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brandon Rahmer, David Gravel, Nate Dussel

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (15 Drivers):

4 Hard Chargers – Logan Schuchart
3 Hard Chargers – Donny Schatz
2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo
1 Hard Charger – Aaron Reutzel, Jace Park, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Chase Randall, Chris Windom, Noah Gass, Austin McCarl, Giovanni Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild, Danny Dietrich, Landon Crawley

PODIUM FINISHES (16 Drivers):

12 Podiums – David Gravel
9 Podiums – Carson Macedo
8 Podiums – Donny Schatz
7 Podiums – Michael Kofoid
5 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild, Giovanni Scelzi
3 Podiums – Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu
2 Podiums – Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks, Bill Balog
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Anthony Macri, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon, Kyle Larson

TOP 10 FINISHES (47 Drivers): 

19 Top 10s �� Giovanni Scelzi
18 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Michael Kofoid, David Gravel
17 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart
14 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild
11 Top 10s – Bill Balog
6 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu
5 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Anthony Macri
4 Top 10s – Brad Sweet
3 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Cole Macedo, Landon Crawley
2 Top 10s – Ryan Timms, Chase Randall, Kraig Kinser, Corey Day, James McFadden
1 Top 10 – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Zeb Wise, Cory Eliason, Jacob Allen, Chris Windom, Garet Williamson, Joe B. Miller, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Scotty Milan, Cale Thomas, Cole Duncan, Kyle Larson, Skylar Gee, Troy Wagaman Jr., Danny Dietrich, Chase Dietz, Brandon Spithaler, Kalib Henry, Tim Shaffer, Zane DeVault

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wed, Feb 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Thurs, Feb 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
3. Fri, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Tyler Courtney (1)
4. Sat, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
5. Mon, March 4 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
6. Fri, March 15 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brent Marks (1)
7. Sat, March 16 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
8. Sat, March 23 / Kennedale Speedway Park / Kennedale, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
9. Sat, March 30 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (1)
10. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / David Gravel (2)
11. Sat, April 6 / Arrowhead Speedway / Colcord, OK / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
12. Fri, April 12 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / David Gravel (3)
13. Sat, April 13 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
14. Fri, April 19 / Paducah International Raceway / Paducah, KY / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
15. Sat, April 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)
16. Wed, May 1 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / David Gravel (4)
17. Fri, May 3 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
18. Sat, May 4 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / David Gravel (5)
19. Wed, May 8 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / David Gravel (6)
20. Fri, May 17 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Michael Kofoid (1)
21. Sat, May 18 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / David Gravel (7)

For the full 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car schedule, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Millbridge, Atomic to Host Big Names, Midget Stars in Four-Race Stretch

SALISBURY, NC (May 20, 2024) – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota takes on one of the busiest stretches of the season this week with four races in five days spread across North Carolina and Ohio.

A homecoming at Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, NC, kicks off the action Tuesday-Wednesday, May 21-22, with the third annual DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown. The 1/6-mile, red clay oval hosted the first event in Series history in 2022 and will present a 30-lap, $4,000-to-win main event Tuesday night before a 35-lap, $5,000-to-win finale on Wednesday.

Teams will take Thursday to make the drive north to Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH, and get set for another two-day event at the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval Friday-Saturday, May 24-25. Running adjacent to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, Midgets will race a 25-lap, $4,000-to-win main event on both nights.

Tickets for both events will be on sale at the gate on race day. Advance sale tickets are available for both nights at Atomic, which can be purchased at the link below.

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If you can’t be at the track to watch in person, stream every lap of both events live on DIRTVision.

Here are the drivers to watch and storylines to follow this week:

CANNON’S HOUSE – Cannon McIntosh maintains the lead in the standings by 74 points over Ryan Timms, coming into a track he’s come to know better than most of his competition since moving to the Mooresville, NC-area in 2023.

McIntosh, 21, of Bixby, OK, was dominant with the Xtreme Outlaw Series on the red clay bullring one year ago, sweeping the midweek program by winning both Features and leading 42 of the 66 total Feature laps contested between the two races.

In the time he’s spent living and working in the area, the 1/6-mile oval has become his unofficial home track away from home as he continues to carve into the weekly Micro Sprint program. McIntosh established himself as a major player in both the Winged and Non-Wing 600cc Micro Sprint ranks last year, winning several races in both divisions, and has continued his involvement in 2024 with the spawning of his new Micro Sprint team – Cannon McIntosh Development.

READY FOR LAUNCH – Currently sitting third in the Series standings, Chase McDermand is still searching for his first win of the season, which could come at either venue this week.

McDermand, the 23-year-old racer from Springfield, IL, was strong in his first appearance at Millbridge one year ago, posting back-to-back third-place finishes after starting on the pole of the Feature both nights of the two-day event.

He also started on the pole of the main event at Atomic last July but faded back to eighth by the checkered flag. However, McDermand has not been shy about his fondness for the larger, faster tracks, which Atomic is at 3/8ths of a mile and a high degree of banking.

THINK PINK – It’s been over a month since Taylor Reimer’s near-victory with the Xtreme Outlaw Series, but she’s set to return to the roster at Millbridge this week – a place she’s seen success at before.

Reimer, 24, of Tulsa, OK, will be back behind the wheel of the BuzzBallz, LynK/Toyota No. 25K for Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports (KKM) as an owner of two podium finishes on the red clay. Her first came as a runner-up finish to McIntosh on the second day of the two-day event in 2022, which was later upgraded to a win via McIntosh’s disqualification in the following weeks, and the second came last year when she ran second to McIntosh again on Wednesday night.

She’s also seen success off the dirt track recently, scoring her first career Limited Late Model Feature win on the asphalt at Tri-County Speedway in Hudson, NC, driving for Toyota Racing Development-associated team Lee Faulk Racing.

FAMILY TIES – While Nick Hoffman has spent most of his career in Modifieds and Late Models, he might still know Millbridge Speedway better than most races on the roster.

Hoffman – the 32-year-old multi-time DIRTcar UMP Modified national champion and current World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series points leader from Mooresville, NC – is the brother of track co-owner Ashly Burnett, who, with her husband Jeremy Burnett, have owned and operated the facility since purchasing the property in 2014. Hoffman has turned many laps around the oval in a variety of car types, including one of his self-built Elite Chassis Modifieds in a one-off test session.

This weekend, Hoffman will climb back behind the wheel of the NOS Energy Drink, King/Stanton No. 2H for Rockwell Security/RAMS Racing for the first time since the season opener in Du Quoin, ready to try for his first career victory in a Midget. While he did not compete with the Midgets at Millbridge last year, he finished fourth and fifth at the Double Down Showdown in 2022.

BIG LEAGUE STARS – Located only 30 minutes north of Charlotte Motor Speedway – the site of the Coca-Cola 600 – Millbridge is the place to race Tuesday and Wednesday night for a select few NASCAR stars before competing on the big track Saturday and Sunday.

News broke last Thursday of J.J. Yeley’s plans to make his Xtreme Outlaw Series debut at Millbridge, piloting the Avanti Windows & Doors, Ripper/Stanton No. 2 for Petty Performance Racing (PPR). The 47-year-old NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series veteran from Phoenix, AZ, has not made a national Midget series start since the USAC-sanctioned BC39 in 2022, but has made multiple starts on dirt in a PPR-backed Non-Wing Sprint Car this year, most notably logging a top-10 finish at a USAC CRA event in April.

Chase Briscoe has been a Millbridge entry to count on in each of the last two years and is scheduled to compete again in the Mahindra Tractors No. 5. The NASCAR Cup Series regular from Mitchell, IN, originally planned to compete on both nights of last year’s event but suffered terminal mechanical failure in the opening Hot Lap session and was forced to sit out the remainder of the week. However, Briscoe did record finishes of 12th and eighth in 2022.

ATOMIC EXCITEMENT – Last July, Jade Avedisian gave the fans of Atomic Speedway plenty of reason to come back to see the Xtreme Outlaw Series in 2024.

The 17-year-old Californian stole the show and the Feature win from fellow California racer Daniel Whitley out of Turn 4 on the final lap, collecting her third checkered flag of the season in one of the closest finishes in Series history. This year, Avedisian will be back to defend her win in the Yahoo, LynK/Toyota No. 71 as part of the KKM stable.

Last weekend, Avedisian was back on the pavement with the Toyota GR Cup Series at Circuit of the Americas, where she drove 21st-to-12th and eighth-to-fourth in the two races at the Texas road course.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE


When and where
Tue-Wed, May 21-22 at Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, NC
Fri-Sat, May 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH


On the internet

Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota
Twitter/X – @Xtreme_Outlaw
Instagram – @XtremeOutlaw
Facebook – @XtremeOutlawSeries.WRG


Live broadcast

DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com. Annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month.


Current championship points standings (
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  1. Cannon McIntosh: 1744 points | Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K
  2. Ryan Timms: 1670 points (-74) | Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67
  3. Chase McDermand: 1669 points (-75) | CMR-Mounce/Stout Motorsports #40
  4. Ashton Torgerson: 1597 points (-147) | Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K
  5. Karter Sarff: 1524 points (-220) | Karter Sarff Motorsports #21K
  6. Zach Daum: 1422 points (-322) | Trifecta Motorsports #7U
  7. Hayden Reinbold: 1407 points (-337) | Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ
  8. TJ Smith: 1294 points (-450) | Mounce/Stout Motorsports #14S
  9. Gavin Miller: 1250 points (-494) | Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97
  10. Trevor Cline: 1231 points (-513) | Cline Racing #55


Toyota Feature winners (6 drivers)

2 wins – Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports), Ashton Torgerson (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)
1 win – Thomas Meseraull (Engler Racing), Karter Sarff (Karter Sarff Motorsports #21K), Kale Drake (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97), Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67)


Toyota Feature laps led (10 drivers)

49 laps – Ashton Torgerson
45 laps – Ryan Timms
36 laps – Cannon McIntosh
35 laps – Joe B. Miller

27 laps – Thomas Meseraull
16 laps – Kale Drake

12 laps – Taylor Reimer
11 laps – Karter Sarff

4 laps – Tyler Edwards
1 lap – Chase McDermand


Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (5 drivers)
4 awards – Ethan Mitchell
1 award – Cannon McIntosh, Kale Drake, Ryan Timms, Kyle Jones


Heat Race winners (16 drivers)

4 wins – Ashton Torgerson, Kale Drake
3 wins – Cannon McIntosh,
2 wins – Tyler Edwards, Chase McDermand, Ryan Timms, Zach Daum, Gavin Miller, Jade Avedisian

1 win – Thomas Meseraull, Shane Cottle, TJ Smith, Nick Hoffman, Karter Sarff, Kyle Jones, Taylor Reimer


High-points honors (7 drivers)

2 honors – Cannon McIntosh
1 honor – Tyler Edwards, Chase McDermand, Karter Sarff, Ryan Timms, Ashton Torgerson, Gavin Miller


Last Chance Showdown wins (6 drivers)

1 win – Taylor Reimer, Gunnar Setser, Austin Torgerson, Gavin Miller, Shane Cottle, Ethan Mitchell


DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (6 drivers)

1 award – Will Armitage, Ryan Timms, Ryan Timms, Hayden Reinbold, Kayla Roell, Gunnar Setser


Podium finishes (9 drivers)

5 podiums – Cannon McIntosh
4 podiums – Ryan Timms
3 podiums – Chase McDermand, Ashton Torgerson
2 podiums – Zach Daum, Kale Drake, Gavin Miller
1 podium – Thomas Meseraull, Taylor Reimer, Karter Sarff


Top-10 finishes (25 drivers)

10 top-10s – Cannon McIntosh, Chase McDermand
7 top-10s – Ryan Timms
6 top-10s – Ashton Torgerson
5 top-10s – Zach Daum, Karter Sarff, Gavin Miller
4 top-10s – Kale Drake
3 top-10s – Ethan Mitchell, Taylor Reimer, Mitchell Davis, Hayden Reinbold, Jade Avedisian
2 top-10s – Shane Cottle, Gunnar Setser, Tyler Edwards, TJ Smith, Kyle Jones
1 top-10 – Joe B. Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Will Armitage, Trey Marcham, Rylan Gray, Todd McVay, Kevin Thomas Jr.


2024 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 15 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Thomas Meseraull (1)
2. Sat, March 16 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)

3. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Karter Sarff (1)
4. Sat, April 6 / Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex / Sweet Springs, MO / Kale Drake (1)
5. Fri, April 12 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, IL / Ryan Timms (1)
6. Sat, April 13 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, IL / Ashton Torgerson (1)
7. Fri, May 10 / Humboldt Speedway / Humboldt, KS / Ashton Torgerson (2)
8. Sat, May 11 / 81 Speedway / Park City, KS / Cannon McIntosh (2)

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: Huset’s High Bank Nationals Week Brings $100K-to-win Hustle, $250K-to-win Finale

BRANDON, SD (May 20, 2024) – Two six-figure paydays will be on the line when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Huset’s Speedway for the BillionAuto.com Huset’s High Bank Nationals, June 19-22.

The four-day event starts with the new two-day Huset’s High Bank Hustle (June 19-20), paying $100,000-to-win on Thursday. Then, the Huset’s High Bank Nationals concludes the week (June 21-22), featuring a $250,000-to-win/$5,000-to-start finale.

That $250,000 payout equals the largest payout in World of Outlaws history established last season with this event. Each of the opening night races (June 19 and June 21) will pay $20,000 to the winner.

Current Series points leader David Gravel, who also drives for Tod Quiring – owner of Huset’s Speedway – won the Huset’s High Bank Nationals last year. Sheldon Haudenschild won the first edition of the Huset’s High Bank Nationals in 2022.

Since the inception of the High Bank Nationals there hasn’t been a repeat winner of any of the nights – eight different winners in eight races.

EVENT INFO
Date – June 19-22
Location – Brandon, SD
Track Record – 10.319 sec. by Terry McCarl on May 10, 2009

Times (CT) –
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available HERE
How to Watch – Can’t make it? Watch every lap live on DIRTVision

Last Race Video Recap (High Bank Nationals June 24, 2023) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwtawzir4zM

Previous World of Outlaws winners at Huset’s –
2023 – Kyle Larson on June 21, James McFadden on June 22, Logan Schuchart on June 23, David Gravel on June 24
2022 – Spencer Bayston on June 22, Michael Kofoid on June 23, Carson Macedo on June 24, Sheldon Haudenschild on June 25
2021 - David Gravel on June 21, Aaron Reutzel on June 22, David Gravel on Aug. 22
2020 – Sheldon Haudenschild on Sept. 5, Kyle Larson on Sept. 6
2016 – Brad Sweet won on July 2, Donny Schatz won on July 3
2015 –Donny Schatz won on June 14
2014 – Mark Dobmeier won on July 2
2013 – Tim Kaeding won on July 3
2012 – Mark Dobmeier won on July 3
2011 –Steve Kinser won on Aug. 20
2010 –Sammy Swindell won on July 1
2008 – Craig Dollansky won on June 13, Craig Dollansky won on July 3
2007 –Donny Schatz won on July 3
2006 – Brooke Tatnell won on May 7, Terry McCarl won on July 3
2005 –Brian Paulus won on June 28
2004 – Sammy Swindell won on July 6
2003 – Steve Kinser won on June 18
2002 – Steve Kinser won on July 2
2001 – Donny Schatz won on April 29, Mark Kinser won on July 3
2000 –Mark Kinser won on May 7, Mark Kinser won on July 3
1999 – Mark Kinser won on May 3, Mark Kinser won on July 7
1998 – Stevie Smith won on July 7
1997 – Sammy Swindell won on April 27, Mark Kinser won on July 3
1996 – Mark Kinser won on July 3
1995 – Dave Blaney won on June 28
1994 – Mark Kinser won on June 29
1993 – Steve Kinser won on Aug. 23
1992 – Steve Kinser won on Aug. 21, Sammy Swindell won on Aug. 22
1991 –Sammy Swindell won on Aug. 23, Sammy Swindell won on Aug. 24
1990 – Doug Wolfgang won on July 4, Sammy Swindell won on Aug. 24, Sammy Swindell won on Aug. 25
1989 –Doug Wolgang won on July 5, Bobby Davis, Jr. won on Aug. 25, Doug Wolfgang won on Aug. 26
1984 – Steve Kinser won on July 11
1983 –Sammy Swindell won on April 30, Steve Kinser won on July 6

 

 

BUCKEYE BOUNCE BACK: Gravel Grabs Seventh Win of 2024 with Sharon Statement

The point leader leads every lap at the Ohio oval and puts himself in a tie for eighth on the all-time win list  

HARTFORD, OH (May 18, 2024) - David Gravel and Big Game Motorsports refuse to stay down for long. 
The pairing has consistently been the fastest team on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour in 2024. Heading into the Ohio weekend (Attica Raceway Park & Sharon Speedway) Gravel had already collected six checkered flags this season. Nine of his last 12 starts had resulted in top two finishes.

But then his fortune faltered Friday at Attica when a troublesome Heat Race put him in the Last Chance Showdown. Gravel won the LCS and went on to finish 11th – only his third time outside the top 10 this season. Both the previous occasions, Gravel promptly rebounded.

Back in March at Cotton Bowl Speedway, an incident gave him a 12th place finish. The following night he brought home a top five. Then a Paducah DNF led to a 23rd place result. The next day he ran second at Tri-State Speedway.

And then on Saturday at Sharon, Gravel and company served up their strongest bounce back. The Watertown, CT native started on the pole and led every single circuit of the main event to park the Huset’s Speedway #2 in Victory Lane for the seventh time in 2024.

“Just happy to get the job done,” Gravel said. “It’s way harder on this type of racetrack to pass cars when you’re behind them, and having that clean air just makes your job so much easier. Cody (Jacobs), Zach (Patterson), and Stephen (Hamm-Reilly) have been working really hard. I can’t thank them enough.”

Gravel upped his career win total with The Greatest Show on Dirt to 95. That mark equals him with Dave Blaney for the eighth most all-time, and fittingly he reached the feat at Blaney’s track. Sharon is now the 48th different track he’s won at with the World of Outlaws. 

The 30-lap Feature was led to green by Gravel and Sye Lynch. The opening start was called back for a jump by Lynch. On the second attempt Gravel quickly took off.

Traffic became a factor only five laps into the race, and it allowed second-running Carson Macedo to close in on Gravel. The Sharon surface offered up grip all over the 3/8-mile, so Gravel searched everywhere for speed as he navigated traffic. Eventually, he began to gap Macedo again.

A pair of cautions offered those chasing Gravel a shot at him, but the veteran never flinched on the restarts. Both times he accelerated at the right spot and had a solid advantage entering the first set of corners.

As the final laps closed Gravel did face one scare when he clipped a rough patch of track and nearly spun. But he managed to regain control and drive away comfortably to Victory Lane. He might’ve led every lap, but it was by no means an easy cruise with a tricky racing surface that proved to be difficult to figure out.

“Man, what character the track had,” Gravel said. “It just kept getting rougher and rougher. I didn’t know where to run. Cody told me to run the middle, so I started running the middle. And then he told me elbows up and run the top, and it was just hard to run the top consistently. It was just a very technical track.”

Donny Schatz climbed from fifth to the runner-up spot for his eighth World of Outlaws podium of the season. Finishing second ensured Gravel couldn’t extend his point lead much over the 10-time champion as Schatz now sits 54 markers behind. Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing team continue to show plenty of speed.

“We were good at the end, decent,” Schatz said. The guys are doing a great job. Everybody at Ford is working their tails off. I’ve got some control, and that’s what we’ve been looking for. The performance shows. I don’t know that we were going to be able to get there on open racetrack. But that’s the way racing is anymore. We needed traffic, and we didn’t really have it there at the end. I feel like we were decent, and we’ll just keep building on it.”

Carson Macedo brought the Jason Johnson Racing #41 home third to post a pair of podiums in Ohio over the weekend. The result was also the 11th consecutive top five for Macedo. The Lemoore, CA driver ran second for much of the race but never found a way by Gravel and also slipped back a spot late when Schatz rolled by on a restart.

“I felt like it was going to be tough there in open air,” Macedo said. “Once we would get a restart there and get that clean air back on his (Gravel’s) wings and clean racetrack, he was lightning quick. I feel like we were pretty good. Our car was fairly balanced. I think in traffic I was as good. I would kind of get to him. It would’ve been tough to make a move, and I was prepared to throw something at him if it did happen. I just had a late race restart and went to the top there, probably wasn’t really the place to be.”

Logan Schuchart and Giovanni Scelzi completed the top five. 

Schuchart also claimed his Series-leading fourth KSE Racing Hard Charger of the season.

Sheldon Haudenschild claimed his first Simpson Quick Time of 2024 and the 30th of his career in Sea Foam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to Brock Zearfoss (16th Heat Race win of career), Sheldon Haudenschild (106th of career), and David Gravel (254th of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two went to Bill Balog (10th of career).

David Gravel topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Nate Dussel won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Landon Crawley.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are joined by the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota for two nights of action at Chillicothe, OH’s Atomic Speedway on May 24-25. Then The Greatest Show on Dirt returns to Fremont Speedway for the first time in eight years on Memorial Day (May 27) for the Rick Ferkel Tribute. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[10]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[3]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[6]; 7. 83-Michael Kofoid[12]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog[7]; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[8]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu[11]; 11. 101-Kalib Henry[16]; 12. 42-Sye Lynch[2]; 13. 49X-Tim Shaffer[19]; 14. 70-Kraig Kinser[9]; 15. 32B-Dale Blaney[15]; 16. 33W-Cap Henry[22]; 17. 29-Logan McCandless[18]; 18. 7S-Landon Crawley[24]; 19. 1-Nate Dussel[21]; 20. 81-Lee Jacobs[13]; 21. W20-Greg Wilson[20]; 22. 11-Carl Bowser[23]; 23. O8-Danny Kuriger[17]; 24. 10-Dave Blaney[14]

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

BUDDY BREAKS THROUGH: Attica Last Lap Pass Lifts Kofoid to First Victory of 2024

The Roth Motorsports driver secures what’s been an elusive first checkered flag of 2024 with a thrilling final lap move  

ATTICA, OH (May 17, 2024) - Michael “Buddy” Kofoid was tired. Tired of finishing third. Tired of finishing second. Tired of watching the winner celebrate atop the podium while he stood on the other two steps.
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car rookie with Roth Motorsports had podiumed six times in 2024 heading into Friday’s race at Attica Raceway Park, but none had resulted in wins. As the laps clicked away at the Ohio oval it looked as if he may be settling for one spot short again. But Kofoid refused. Not this time.

Carson Macedo led in the final stages, and even though Kofoid clearly had the speed to contend, he couldn’t find his way ahead. Multiple times he showed Macedo a nose to no avail. Then came the white flag. With one last gasp on the final lap, Kofoid used a big run down the back straightaway to muscle ahead of Macedo with a slide job in Turns 3 and 4 and steal the win in thrilling fashion.

Kofoid may be from California, but he spent some time in Ohio upon venturing to the Midwest to further his career. And the Buckeyes haven’t forgotten Kofoid as he’s risen to Sprint Car stardom. The packed grandstands rose to their feet for the finish and warmly welcomed him to Victory Lane for the first time in 2024.

“I’m just super happy to finally win a race this year,” said a relieved Kofoid. “These Roth Motorsports guys have been unbelievable. This is the best I’ve ever felt in a Sprint Car. I owe all of that to Dylan, Nate, and Gage. They work their butts off, and we have a hell of a lot of fun together. This one’s for them and of course Dennis and Teresa Roth at home. They gave me a great opportunity to drive such an iconic car, and I’m just really blessed to do it."

The victory marked the fourth of Kofoid’s career with The Greatest Show on Dirt and second since joining Roth Motorsports midway through last season. Kofoid is now the 11th different driver with multiple World of Outlaws wins behind the wheel of Dennis and Teresa Roth’s historic ride. Friday was the 24th Series visit to Attica, and Kofoid made it a dozen different drivers to visit Victory Lane at the 3/8-mile.

Kofoid brought the field to green for the 35-lapper with fellow Californian – Kalib Henry – in the Running Boxer #101 alongside. The two exchanged the top spot during an exciting opening lap that saw Henry pace the first circuit, but Kofoid fired a slide job in Turns 1 and 2 on the second lap that stuck and gave him the lead.

Throughout the early laps Kofoid led without issue, but a charging Carson Macedo was on his way to offer up a challenge. The Jason Johnson Racing pilot had already climbed from eighth to fifth in the Toyota Racing Dash. And then in the Feature, it took him only six circuits to rise from fifth to second.

A Lap 11 restart gave Macedo the opportunity he needed as he pounced with a slider in Turns 3 and 4 to snatch the top spot.

After taking over the lead, Macedo began to distance himself from Kofoid as the race moved beyond the halfway mark. But as traffic became a bigger factor, Kofoid closed back in.

The lead had grown as large as 1.6 seconds, and on Lap 20 Kofoid had it slashed to under a second. Four laps later in heavy traffic Kofoid closed right up to Macedo’s tail tank as the advantage fell under two tenths. 

Over the last 10 laps Kofoid worked and worked on Macedo. He found the best speed in the middle groove in Turns 1 and 2 and Macedo operated one lane higher. Kofoid peeked under Macedo multiple times to let him know he was there. And as they roared down the back straightaway one last time on the final lap, Kofoid pulled alongside and sealed the deal with a full-send slider in the final set of corners. No more settling for second. Kofoid finally broke through for a win.

“I just tried to stay with him and pace him because I knew the race could potentially be won in traffic if it stayed green, and luckily it did,” Kofoid explained. “I was just really stuck a lane lower than him. I figured if traffic played out right or if I could get close enough, I could shoot the gap and get there. I thought it was going to work earlier, and then I’d get tight, and he’d get away and then I could get back to him. I guess it went that way the whole race except the last half a lap.”

A disappointed Macedo came home second after leading 23 laps. On the bright side for Macedo and the JJR team, the night did mark their 10th consecutive top 10 finish, and they jumped a spot to third in points. But Macedo noted if he attacked Turns 1 and 2 differently on the final lap, he might’ve been able to hang on for his second win of 2024.

“I just got beat, outraced there. He just did a better job,” Macedo said. “I was kind of floundering a little bit. I was trying to get my wing back, and the lappers were just throwing that stuff across, and I’d get to spinning a little bit. He was poking his nose underneath me the lap before into (Turns) 3 and 4. So, my thought was he’s obviously getting his runs in (Turns) 1 and 2 running a little bit higher, so I saw the white come out and think, ‘Well, if I can just get through there (Turns 1 and 2), I think I’ll have him covered.’ Then I moved up a lane, and then he slid me so obviously a horrible decision. I’m just a little dejected.”

Rounding out the top three was Bill Balog aboard the Andersons Maple Syrup #17B. The result served as a welcome bounce back for the Series rookie as the last few races had offered some bumps in the road. Balog and his team put together a strong night from start to finish for their second podium of the season.

“This is awesome for us,” Balog said. “This is great, just the way everything went tonight. The car was just working great… It was a great race. I kind of caught them at the end there a little bit and definitely could kind of feel that win, but it just didn’t happen.”

Brandon Spithaler and Kalib Henry completed the top five.

A 25th to 10th run in his Attica debut gave Landon Crawley the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Carson Macedo claimed his fifth Simpson Quick Time of the year and 38th of his career in Sea Foam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to Tim Shaffer (168th Heat Race win of career), Carson Macedo (122nd of career), and Buddy Kofoid (22nd of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two belonged to Bill Balog (ninth of career).

Buddy Kofoid topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

David Gravel won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Craig Mintz.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make a visit to Dave Blaney’s Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH) on Saturday, May 18. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 83-Michael Kofoid[1]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 4. 22B-Brandon Spithaler[3]; 5. 101-Kalib Henry[2]; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer[7]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz[11]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[12]; 9. 4-Zane DeVault[10]; 10. 7S-Landon Crawley[25]; 11. 2-David Gravel[21]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[13]; 13. 35-Stuart Brubaker[16]; 14. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[15]; 15. 19P-Paige Polyak[24]; 16. 99-Skylar Gee[22]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[9]; 18. 11N-Kasey Jedrzejek[17]; 19. 70-Kraig Kinser[14]; 20. 29-Zeth Sabo[20]; 21. 23J-Cale Thomas[19]; 22. 19-TJ Michael[8]; 23. 09-Craig Mintz[6]; 24. 7N-Darin Naida[23]; 25. 16-DJ Foos[18]

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Eloy Gutierrez

A personal message from World of Outlaws icon Eloy Gutierrez:

Dearest friends, colleagues, and racing family, many of you have noticed my absence from the racetrack and have reached out to ask where I’ve been. After much reflection, it is with a heavy heart I find myself needing to inform you of a serious health issue that has surfaced.

I have been undergoing treatment at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston for the past three weeks. After a barrage of testing and scanning, I have been diagnosed with several tumors that have a cancer signature, although doctors are still determining the type cancer I’m up against.

At this time, the medical staff is reviewing what treatment regiments will be needed to fight this war. All I can tell you is it WILL be a war. I have held off making this public as long as I felt I could, but I know questions of where I’ve been are mounting. All of you are my lifeline to what’s one of the most important things in my life, something I have dedicated a significant part of my life to — Sprint Car Racing.

I hoped to have more information that might provide timelines, but at this point I don’t have much more to report. I’m not one for social media, but the World of Outlaws will help me keep you all updated when I feel it’s necessary as I go through this battle. You can still reach out to me like normal, as well.

Your thoughts and prayers are certainly welcomed, and WE WILL wage a war!

ELOY

A native of Albuquerque, NM, Eloy Gutierrez went from working on safety-related elements of nuclear weapons systems at Sandia National Laboratories to becoming the co-founder of electronic timing and scoring systems used by dirt tracks and racing series across the country. While he was always around Sprint Cars, following his retirement from Sandia, Eloy became a full-time traveling Official with the World of Outlaws in 2007.

 

 

Speed Dawg, World of Outlaws Shifting Gears With New Collaboration

Speed Dawg’s award-winning shift knobs will get the World of Outlaws treatment with a new collaboration between the two brands.

The company will offer four officially licensed World of Outlaws shift knobs, with three featuring the iconic World of Outlaws logo and one showcasing the fan-favorite Be An Outlaw design.

“I’m super excited about this partnership because I grew up on Sprint Car racing,” said Chris Figdore, founder and general manager of Speed Dawg. “I was at Outlaw races from the very first season in 1978 as a kid, and with Kevin Gobrecht having been one of my best friends it’s also special because the Rookie of the Year title is in his name. I’m greatly excited to be partnering with the World of Outlaws.”

Speed Dawg was founded in 2005 with the objective to promote and sponsor motorsports. The company started off making clothing before introducing shift knobs in 2007. In 2010, Speed Dawg was awarded a SEMA Global Media Best New Product Award for introducing the Von Hot Rod Signature Series Pinstriped shift knob. Its products have also been featured on premier television broadcasts and used in racing series like NASCAR and NHRA.

Along with Figdore’s passion for the World of Outlaws, Sprint Car racing is already in Speed Dawg’s DNA, having been the founding title sponsor of the Central Pennsylvania Sprint Car Points Series and handing championships to the likes of Fred Rahmer and Greg Hodnett.

The World of Outlaws shift knobs are available now and can be purchased at Speed Dawg’s website.

 

 

JJ Yeley to Make Xtreme Outlaw Midget Debut at Millbridge with Petty Performance Racing

2003 USAC Triple Crown winner continuing passion of dirt track racing with new team owner

CONCORD, NC (May 16, 2024) – J.J. Yeley has spent his last 20 Memorial Day weekends competing in the most prestigious races in motorsports and this year he’ll add a new event to that list.

The NASCAR veteran and former USAC champion will make his debut with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota at Millbridge Speedway – Tuesday-Wednesday, May 21-22 – for the DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown.

“Regardless of where I am in my life and career, I’ve always been a dirt guy,” Yeley said. “That’s always been my passion. That’s where I started my career. Even though I’ve spent 20 years in NASCAR, I’ve run IndyCar, I’ve always kept the dirt side of things close to my heart. It didn’t matter if it was Midgets or Sprint Cars.”

Yeley, 47, of Phoenix, AZ, will get behind the wheel of the Avanti Windows & Doors-sponsored, Stanton-powered Ripper Chassis Midget for one of open-wheel racing’s newest teams – Petty Performance Racing (PPR), which was founded by fellow Arizona-native and Avanti CEO Jerry Petty in fall 2023.

Though it’s been roughly 20 years since he last competed full-time in the USAC ranks, Yeley has found pockets of time to be able to keep in touch with his dirt roots. He made scattered starts in the mid-2000s after taking on NASCAR full-time, but soon made efforts to scale back on the dirt after a hard crash sidelined him.

“The scheduling was always more difficult to do,” Yeley said. “After I was injured in 2009 at Lakeside (Speedway) in a USAC Non-Wing Sprint Car, I pumped the brakes a little bit on some of the events that I did, and then became more comfortable going back and doing it.”

In April, Yeley competed in a USAC CRA Sprint Car race in Arizona, piloting one of Petty’s Non-Wing Sprint Cars to an eighth-place finish.

Petty has been a supporter and investor of dirt track racing for many years, sponsoring multiple events and putting the Avanti logo on the side of several cars across the country. He’s had a strong connection with the Yeley family in sponsoring J.J.’s father Jack, who won several Midget championships around Arizona in the 1980s and 1990s.

Petty broke new ground on the foundation of his PPR race team for 2024, putting a Non-Wing Sprint Car operation together for Indiana racer Kyle Cummins, and a new Midget for Yeley’s own endeavors this season.

“Jerry Petty has been a sponsor of my dad for the last couple years, fantastic guy,” Yeley said. “He reminds me of a modern-day J.W. Hunt.”

Yeley debuted the Midget at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January but had limited results after experiencing mechanical issues during the week.

“It wasn’t a good barometer for what I feel the car has the capabilities of,” Yeley said.

He said he’s resolved those issues and will be ready to go at Millbridge, despite the limited time he’s spent on track with the car.

“Gonna go at it a little bit blindly, but it’s nothing new to show up to the racetrack and just have to make adjustments, see if we can find the speed and do what we need to win the race,” Yeley said.

He’ll race Millbridge next week as one of the only driver, mechanic and crew chief entrants in the field. Yeley said as far back as his days as a full-time USAC racer, he has always been most comfortable as the head wrench on his equipment – something he feels gives him an edge over the competition.

“As far as calling the shots, I’ve always been best doing that myself,” Yeley said. “If it’s not a good night, there’s no one to blame other than myself. If it came down to hard work, perseverance, the success comes from having to do it yourself and not necessarily relying on other people to get the job done for you.”

It’s been almost two years since his last national Midget series start, but he hasn’t forgotten how to wheel. Yeley is taking the two-day event at Millbridge seriously, armed with great equipment, a “DIY” attitude and the spirit of hard work.

“I’m showing up to win,” Yeley said. “There’s no participation trophy in my world; there never has been.”

See Yeley and his new Petty Performance Racing ride compete against the stars of the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota at Millbridge Speedway next Tuesday-Wednesday night, May 21-22, in the third annual DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown.

Tickets will be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t be there in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: Knoxville Welcomes World of Outlaws For June Doubleheader

KNOXVILLE, IA (May 15, 2024) – Two months before World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series drivers contend in "The Granddaddy of Them All" at Knoxville Raceway, they'll get two days of racing at the premier facility in June.

Knoxville will welcome the best Sprint Car drivers in the country for the Premier Chevy Dealers Clash, Friday-Saturday, June 14-15.

The two-day event will feature two $12,000-to-win races and valuable lap time for World of Outlaws drivers before the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals, Aug. 7-10.

Knoxville has ran two weekly shows, so far, this year with Aaron Reutzel picking up the season-opening win and Dusty Zomer scoring the most recent win at the track on May 11.

When the World of Outlaws were last at Knoxville Raceway, Kyle Larson scored his second Knoxville Nationals title. David Gravel finished second with an impressive 22nd to second run, and 11-time Knoxville Nationals winner Donny Schatz finished third.

The Knoxville Nationals was voted the second best motorports race in USA Today's 10Best poll this year.

EVENT INFO:
Date – Friday-Saturday, June 14-15
Location – Knoxville, IA
Track Record – 14.351 seconds by Brian Brown on May 22, 2021

Times (CT) –
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Click HERE to purchase
How to Watch – Can't make it? Watch every lap live on DIRTVision

Last Race Video Recap (Aug. 12, 2023) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfJ66-l-pLY

Previous World of Outlaws Knoxville Winners –
2023 - Brian Brown on June 9, David Gravel on June 10, Kyle Larson on Aug. 12 (Knoxville Nationals)
2022 - Brent Marks on June 10, Brian Brown on June 11, Donny Schatz on Aug. 13 (Knoxville Nationals)
2021 - Carson Macedo on June 11, Carson Macedo on June 12, Kyle Larson on Aug. 14 (Knoxville Nationals)
2020 – David Gravel on May 8, Kyle Larson on June 12, Kyle Larson on June 13, Kyle Larson on Aug. 13, David Gravel on Aug. 14, Kyle Larson on Aug. 15
2019 – Brian Brown on June 14, Brad Sweet on June 15, David Gravel on Aug. 10 (Knoxville Nationals)
2018 – Donny Schatz on June 29, David Gravel on June 30, Greg Hodnett on Aug. 8, Brad Sweet on Aug. 9, Logan Schuchart on Aug. 10, Brad Sweet on Aug. 11 (Knoxville Nationals)
2017 – Brad Sweet on June 9, Donny Schatz on June 10, Donny Schatz on Aug. 12 (Knoxville Nationals)
2016 – Terry McCarl on June 10, Donny Schatz on June 11, Jason Johnson on Aug. 13 (Knoxville Nationals)
2015 – Donny Schatz on June 13, Donny Schatz on Aug. 15 (Knoxville Nationals)
2014 – Brad Sweet on June 14, Donny Schatz on Aug. 9 (Knoxville Nationals)
2013 – Donny Schatz on May 11, Donny Schatz on June 15, Donny Schatz on Aug. 10 (Knoxville Nationals)
2012 – Sammy Swindell on April 28, Kerry Madsen on June 9, Donny Schatz on Aug. 11 (Knoxville Nationals)
2011 – Sammy Swindell on June 11, Donny Schatz on Aug. 13 (Knoxville Nationals)
2010 – Brooke Tatnell on June 3, Jac Haudenschild on June 4
2009 – Donny Schatz on May 2, Terry McCarl on June 27
2008 – Donny Schatz on May 3, Shane Stewart on June 6, Donny Schatz on June 7
2007 – Donny Schatz on April 28, Terry McCarl on June 16
2006 – Joey Saldana on June 23, Donny Schatz on Oct. 7
2005 – Kraig Kinser on June 24, Steve Kinser on April 30
2004 – Craig Dollansky on June 26, Mark Kinser on May 1, Danny Lasoski on Aug. 14 (Knoxville Nationals)
2003 – Danny Lasoski on April 26, Danny Lasoski on July 5, Danny Lasoski on Aug. 16 (Knoxville Nationals)
2002 – Steve Kinser on April 26, Danny Lasoski on June 29, Steve Kinser on Aug. 10 (Knoxville Nationals)
2001 – Danny Lasoski on April 28, Stevie Smith on June 30, Jason Meyers on July 16, Danny Lasoski on Aug. 11 (Knoxville Nationals)
2000 – Danny Lasoski on April 29, Stevie Smith on July 1, Steve Kinser on July 19, Mark Kinser on Aug. 12 (Knoxville Nationals)
1999 – Sammy Swindell on May 1, Danny Lasoski on July 3, Danny Lasoski on July 21, Mark Kinser on Aug. 14 (Knoxville Nationals)
1998 – Jac Haudenschild on May 2, Jac Haudenschild on July 4, Jac Haudenschild on July 22, Danny Lasoski on Aug. 15 (Knoxville Nationals)
1997 – Mark Kinser on April 26, Jac Haudenschild on July 5, Mark Kinser on July 23, Dave Blaney on Aug. 17 (Knoxville Nationals)
1996 – Mark Kinser on April 27, Mark Kinser on June 22, Mark Kinser on July 24, Mark Kinser on Aug. 17 (Knoxville Nationals)
1995 – Mark Kinser on May 6, Mark Kinser on June 24, Steve Kinser on July 19, Steve Kinser on Aug. 19(Knoxville Nationals), Mark Kinser on Sept. 27
1994 – Dave Blaney on April 29, Steve Kinser on June 25, Steve Kinser on July 20, Steve Kinser on Aug. 20 (Knoxville Nationals), Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 23
1993 – Danny Lasoski on April 30, Mark Kinser on June 27, Steve Kinser on Aug. 21 (Knoxville Nationals), Stevie Smith on Sept. 24
1992 – Sammy Swindell on April 26, Steve Kinser on June 20, Steve Kinser on July 22, Steve Kinser on Aug. 15 (Knoxville Nationals), Steve Kinser on Sept. 26
1991 – Steve Kinser on April 27, Doug Wolfgang on June 22, Steve Kinser on July 24, Steve Kinser on Aug. 17 (Knoxville Nationals)
1990 – Doug Wolfgang on April 29, Steve Kinser on June 23, Sammy Swindell on July 25, Bobby Allen on Aug. 18 (Knoxville Nationals)
1989 – Sammy Swindell on April 29, Doug Wolfgang on June 24, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 19 (Knoxville Nationals)
1988 – Steve Kinser on April 30, Steve Kinser on June 22, Steve Kinser on Aug. 13 (Knoxville Nationals)
1987 – Steve Kinser on April 25, Steve Kinser on June 22, Steve Kinser on Aug. 15 (Knoxville Nationals)
1986 – Sammy Swindell on April 26, Steve Kinser on June 25, Steve Kinser on July 23, Steve Kinser on Aug. 16 (Knoxville Nationals)
1985 – Sammy Swindell on April 28, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 17 (Knoxville Nationals)
Doug Wolfgang on Oct. 6
1984 – Sammy Swindell on July 25, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 11 (Knoxville Nationals)
1983 – Sammy Swindell on April 16, Sammy Swindell on July 27, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 13 (Knoxville Nationals), Sammy Swindell on Oct. 16
1982 – Doug Wolfgang on April 17, Danny Smith on July 21, Steve Kinser on Aug. 15 (Knoxville Nationals)
1981 – Steve Kinser on April 18, Doug Wolfgang on May 22, Sammy Swindell on May 23, Sammy Swindell on July 22, Steve Kinser on Aug. 15 (Knoxville Nationals), Doug Wolfgang on Sept. 12
1980 – Steve Kinser on April 19, Steve Kinser on April 20, Doug Wolfgang on May 31, Steve Kinser on Aug. 17 (Knoxville Nationals), Tim Green on Sept. 20
1979 – Sammy Swindell on April 21, Ron Shuman on Aug. 11 (Knoxville Nationals)
1978 – Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 12 (Knoxville Nationals)

 

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Ohio Doubleheader Brings World of Outlaws to Attica, Sharon

The Greatest Show on Dirt makes its first stops of 2024 a pair of Ohio staples  

ATTICA, OH (May 14, 2024) - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are ready to kick off a two-week stay in the “Buckeye State.”
Ohio welcomes The Greatest Show on Dirt for two nights at two tracks this weekend. First up is the 24th visit in Series history to Attica Raceway Park on Friday, May 17. The following night it’s an eastward trip to Hartford, OH’s Sharon Speedway.

The pair of races are the first two of five consecutive in the state of Ohio with Atomic Speedway (May 24-25) and Fremont Speedway (May 27) on the horizon.

The slick ovals of Ohio routinely produce some of the season’s most exciting racing, and the upcoming slate should be no different. A strong crop of Buckeye based talent is ready to face off with the stars of the World of Outlaws tour.

BUY ATTICA TICKETS HERE
BUY SHARON TICKETS HERE

WATCH LIVE ON DIRTVision

Let’s look at the weekend’s top storylines:

HAUD’S HOME: Trips to Ohio are always circled on Sheldon Haudenschild’s calendar. The 30-year-old calls Wooster, OH home, and it’s where he cut his teeth in Sprint Cars. He’ll roll into home territory with four victories under his belt already in 2024.

Attica is home to two of Haudenschild’s 17 career All-Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) victories. The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver is yet to bag a World of Outlaws win at Attica, but he’s been banging on the door with three top fives in his last four tries including a runner-up at last year’s Brad Doty Classic.

Over at Sharon, it’s a similar story for the son of Jac Haudenschild. He topped the 2015 Lou Blaney Memorial in ASCoC competition. Victory Lane has narrowly eluded him with the World of Outlaws as he owns three podiums in four tries piloting the NOS Energy Drink #17.

BIG GAME BRILLIANCE: The combination of David Gravel and Big Game Motorsports are borderline unbeatable right now. Three of the last four races have belonged to the potent pairing as they’ve claimed wins at Jacksonville, Eldora and Lincoln. The most recent made Tod Quiring the sixth owner in Series history to reach 100 wins. The No. 2 has finished in the top two in nine of the last 12 main events. Gravel came into the year as a premier championship favorite, and he’s showing why.

The numbers show no reason for Gravel to slow this weekend in Ohio. The Watertown, CT native three most recent visits to Attica have resulted in top fives. He’s also bagged a pair of Series victories at the 1/3-mile (2017 & 2021).

Over at Sharon, Gravel is yet to make a trip to Victory Lane, but he’s been remarkably consistent. His four starts there with the Big Game Motorsports team have led to a pair of runner-ups, no result worse than fourth, and an average finish of third.

Gravel heads to Ohio atop the standings with a 58-point advantage over Donny Schatz.

OHIO EXPERTISE: There’s no doubt this coming stretch of Ohio races is circled on Donny Schatz’s calendar as he chases an 11th World of Outlaws title. The Fargo, ND native has won at least once at all four tracks within the “Buckeye State” borders over the next couple weeks.

It begins this weekend at Attica where Schatz has excelled. In 17 Attica starts, Schatz owns five wins, nine podiums, and a 4.53 average finish. A DNF in 2009 caused his only result outside the top 10. Last May Schatz picked up his first Series victory at Sharon to complete a weekend sweep at the two tracks ahead this weekend.

Schatz heads to Attica sitting second in the points amid what’s been a resurgent season. He’s already bagged a pair of victories along with seven podiums, and the only occurrences he’s missed the top-10 have been a trio of 11ths. 

READY TO WIN: There are two notable names on the 2024 roster still chasing a victory with the season nearly a quarter complete – Logan Schuchart and Michael “Buddy” Kofoid.

Schuchart and the Shark Racing crew have been consistent all year long with an average finish of 7.21, and they’ve completed every lap of Feature competition through 19 events. None of Schuchart’s 41 career wins have come at Attica or Sharon, but like the story of his 2024 campaign, he’s been close. His last seven outings at Attica have led to top 10s including a trio of top fives. Four of his five Sharon finishes have been inside the top 10.

Kofoid rolls to Ohio on a streak of 14 straight top 10s including six podiums with Roth Motorsports. But none of those top three efforts placed the Penngrove, CA native atop the podium. Kofoid owns plenty of Attica laps courtesy of moving from California to Ohio when his Sprint Car career was blooming. He’s made 11 appearances on the Attica podium highlighted by a 2020 local win. The 22-year-old’s Sharon experience is much more limited, but he did pick up a top five in a 2022 ASCoC race.

The pair currently reside as neighbors in the points with Schuchart in fifth, 18 markers ahead of Kofoid.

BUCKEYE PROUD: With plenty of racing on a weekly basis, Ohio offers up many local talents that are expected to battle the World of Outlaws this weekend.

Bryce Lucius (Findlay, OH), Cap Henry (Bellevue, OH), and Craig Mintz (Gibsonburg, OH) are all Buckeyes who’ve already made visits to Attica Victory Lane in 2024. Greg Wilson is a 25-time Attica Feature winner (tied 16th-most) and is fresh off a runner-up finish at the 3/8-mile this past weekend. The Benton Ridge, OH driver picked up an Attica top five with the World of Outlaws back in 2005. 

Sharon may share the state with Attica, but its location being about 150 miles east typically means the local contingent looks a little different. Dave Blaney owns the racetrack and often finds success when he brings his No. 10 out for battle. Last year, the 1995 Series champion collected a trio of Sharon checkered flags, and it’s also the site of his most recent World of Outlaws win came at Sharon in 2021 with a dramatic last lap pass. Dave’s brother – Dale Blaney – is also strong at the Ohio oval. He matched Dave’s 2023 Sharon win tally with three victories of his own.

Sharon also often invites a western Pennsylvania presence including the likes of A.J. Flick (Apollo, PA), George Hobaugh (Chicora, PA), Brandon Matus (Wampum, PA), and more.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE 

Friday, May 17 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH
Saturday, May 18 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (19/78 Races):

1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (2692 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-58 PTS)
3. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-62 PTS)
4. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-80 PTS)
5. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-116 PTS)
6. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-134 PTS)
7. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-180 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-324 PTS)
9. Brock Zearfoss – Brock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-462 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-538 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers): 

6 Wins – David Gravel
4 Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Wins – Donny Schatz
1 Win – Brad Sweet, Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers):

160 Laps – David Gravel
107 Laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
56 Laps – Giovanni Scelzi
55 Laps – Carson Macedo
54 Laps – Rico Abreu
47 Laps – Donny Schatz
29 Laps – Kyle Larson
26 Laps – Brady Bacon
25 Laps – Brad Sweet
13 Laps – Anthony Macri, Michael Kofoid
11 Laps – Bill Balog
3 Laps – Brent Marks
1 Lap – Tyler Courtney 

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (10 Drivers):

4 Quick Times – Carson Macedo, David Gravel
2 Quick Times ��� Brent Marks, Michael Kofoid, Giovanni Scelzi
1 Quick Time – Landon Crawley, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon, Donny Schatz

HEAT RACE WINNERS (23 Drivers): 

12 Heat Wins – David Gravel
8 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo
6 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
5 Heat Wins – Rico Abreu
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks
3 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz
2 Heat Wins – Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Landon Crawley
1 Heat Win – Corey Day, Justin Peck, Bill Balog, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Logan Schuchart, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Danny Sams III, Kyle Larson, Emerson Axsom, Anthony Macri

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (35 Drivers):

16 Dashes – David Gravel
14 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo
12 Dashes – Michael Kofoid
11 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild
8 Dashes – Donny Schatz
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu, Bill Balog
6 Dashes – Landon Crawley
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart
4 Dashes – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown
3 Dashes – Emerson Axsom
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss, Anthony Macri
1 Dash – Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Logan McCandless, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Danny Sams III, Cole Macedo, Kyle Larson, Skylar Gee, Kody Hartlaub, Chase Dietz

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (15 Drivers):

2 LCS Wins – Logan McCandless
1 LCS Win – Austin McCarl, Bill Balog, Corey Day, Kasey Kahne, Koty Adams, Jace Park, Anthony Macri, Landon Crawley, Garet Williamson, Brock Zearfoss, Kevin Newton, Brenham Crouch, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brandon Rahmer

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (14 Drivers):

3 Hard Chargers – Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart
2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo
1 Hard Charger – Aaron Reutzel, Jace Park, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Chase Randall, Chris Windom, Noah Gass, Austin McCarl, Giovanni Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild, Danny Dietrich

PODIUM FINISHES (16 Drivers):

11 Podiums – David Gravel
7 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo
6 Podiums – Michael Kofoid
5 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild, Giovanni Scelzi
3 Podiums – Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu
2 Podiums – Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Anthony Macri, Aaron Reutzel, Bill Balog, Brady Bacon, Kyle Larson

TOP 10 FINISHES (43 Drivers): 

18 Top 10s – Giovanni Scelzi
17 Top 10s – David Gravel
16 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Michael Kofoid
15 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart
13 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild
9 Top 10s – Bill Balog
6 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney
5 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu, Brock Zearfoss, Anthony Macri
4 Top 10s – Brad Sweet
3 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Cole Macedo
2 Top 10s – Ryan Timms, Chase Randall, Kraig Kinser, Landon Crawley, Corey Day, James McFadden
1 Top 10 – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Zeb Wise, Cory Eliason, Jacob Allen, Chris Windom, Garet Williamson, Joe B. Miller, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Scotty Milan, Cale Thomas, Cole Duncan, Kyle Larson, Skylar Gee, Troy Wagaman Jr., Danny Dietrich, Chase Dietz

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wed, Feb 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Thurs, Feb 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
3. Fri, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Tyler Courtney (1)
4. Sat, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
5. Mon, March 4 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
6. Fri, March 15 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brent Marks (1)
7. Sat, March 16 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
8. Sat, March 23 / Kennedale Speedway Park / Kennedale, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
9. Sat, March 30 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (1)
10. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / David Gravel (2)
11. Sat, April 6 / Arrowhead Speedway / Colcord, OK / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
12. Fri, April 12 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / David Gravel (3)
13. Sat, April 13 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
14. Fri, April 19 / Paducah International Raceway / Paducah, KY / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
15. Sat, April 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)
16. Wed, May 1 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / David Gravel (4)
17. Fri, May 3 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
18. Sat, May 4 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / David Gravel (5)
19. Wed, May 8 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / David Gravel (6)

For the full 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car schedule, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Cannon McIntosh Finds Redemption at 81 Speedway for Second Win of 2024

PARK CITY, KS (May 11, 2024) – One year after losing out on victory at 81 Speedway, Cannon McIntosh has found redemption and his second win of the season with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota.

McIntosh – 21, of Bixby, OK – led several laps of the Feature during the Series debut at the 3/8-mile oval in 2023 but ultimately came up one spot short, giving up the lead in the final laps. Fast forward a full calendar year to Saturday night, and the story ended far more different.

McIntosh spent most of the 25-lap main event chasing teammate Ryan Timms for the top spot, but later found himself holding the race lead on a restart with only six laps left when Timms’ left-rear tire blew out, bringing out the caution flag. McIntosh held strong on the restart, and once more through another restart in green-white-checkered fashion to get redemption and his seventh career Xtreme Outlaw Feature win.

“I was glad to be able to come back here and win after losing it late in the race last year,” McIntosh said. “I thought maybe it was gonna be a broken record again after having those yellows and the green-white-checkered. But I was able to get a good restart and get away.”

The win came as McIntosh’s first since the season-opening weekend inside the Southern Illinois Center in March and second since reuniting with Keith Kunz Curb-Agajanian Motorsports (KKM). Kansas is now the fifth state in which he has won a Series Feature, joining his triumphs in Oklahoma, Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina.

Reuniting with KKM – for the first time since 2021 – was a big change for McIntosh this year after spending the past three national Midget seasons driving for his father’s team at Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports. But the change has produced a positive net effect despite its differences – one that McIntosh has taken notice of.

“We’ve had really good cars every weekend, it’s just been a matter of me adapting and getting used to this thing,” McIntosh said. “It’s just a lot different than our family car. I had to drive it a lot differently.”

McIntosh started the program off strong, collecting the most passing points over all 21 cars after Qualifying and Heat Races. He took the green from outside Row 2, settled into the runner-up spot on Lap 1 and began his pursuit of Timms leading the field.

When the caution flag was displayed on Lap 9, McIntosh saw an opportunity to make a move on Timms for the lead on the ensuing restart and took it, throwing a slide job in Turn 3 and completing it out of Turn 4 to take the lead at the start/finish line.

“We were beating him into (Turn) 1 for sure with the slider, and then I think the frame rail bottomed-out there on the slide job and it just went into a continuous bounce,” McIntosh said. “It took a long time to recover, and by that time I was in third going down the backstretch.”

McIntosh went with high speeds into Turn 1 and began bouncing as he turned into the corner, upsetting the car and allowing Timms to sneak back by underneath.

From there, Timms began to expand his gap over McIntosh and the field, leading by as much as two seconds before disaster struck on Lap 20. His left-rear tire blew out in Turn 4 and left him to coast down the frontstretch as the caution flag flew, sending him to the work area and handing the lead back over McIntosh for the restart.

The green flag dropped and McIntosh took off, defending the lead there and once more on a green-white-checkered finish to seal the win.

“I knew I had to have been pretty good; I hadn’t seen anyone’s nose,” McIntosh said. “I just knew I needed to get a good restart and beat everybody into (Turn) 1. I knew if no one slid me in 1 and 2 and I could beat everyone into 1, I’d be fine.

“Once I cleared 2 and I didn’t see anybody, I knew we were good.”

Crossing the stripe second was the driver who bested McIntosh at 81 last year – Chase McDermand. This time, the scripts were flipped, and McDermand was forced to come from ninth on the starting grid.

While he was able to secure the runner-up spot in the end, winning a slide job battle with Kale Drake in the final laps, McDermand said starting more forward on the grid would have been the biggest help in getting his first win of the season.

“Just struggled for points and then had to start from the back, so that really handicapped us,” McDermand, 23, of Springfield, IL, said. “The car was really good, we had a lot of speed, just took too long to get through the field.”

Under the race’s final caution period with two laps remaining, McDermand devised his plan of attack (and defense) but was unable to get close enough to McIntosh to make a move for the win.

“I was just trying to play defense as much as offense there on that green-white-checkered,” McDermand said. “I knew if I didn’t get a good start, Kale slides me and then Cannon is gone and our chance at winning is gone too.”

Oklahoma racer Kale Drake crossed the stripe in third after spending the entire race inside the top five while Gavin Miller and Jade Avedisian rounded-out the top five, giving KKM four of the top five finishers.

Kyle Jones set the night’s quickest lap time in Qualifying, picking up the Whitz Racing Products Quick Time Award and setting a new track record with a time of 16.625.

Toyota Heat 1 was won by Jade Avedisian. TJ Forged Heat 2 was won by Kale Drake. Heat Race 3 was won by Cannon McIntosh.

Hayden Reinbold was awarded with DIRTVision Hard Charger honors on his run from 21st all the way to seventh.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota takes next weekend off before returning to competition Tuesday-Wednesday, May 21-22 at Millbridge Speedway.

Tickets will be on sale at the gate. If you can’t be there to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[4]; 2. 40-Chase McDermand[9]; 3. 97K-Kale Drake[2]; 4. 97-Gavin Miller[6]; 5. 71-Jade Avedisian[3]; 6. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[10]; 7. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[21]; 8. 60X-Kyle Jones[5]; 9. 67-Ryan Timms[1]; 10. 21K-Karter Sarff[8]; 11. 56-Tyler Edwards[14]; 12. 98K-Elijah Gile[16]; 13. 5U-Peter Smith[18]; 14. 7-Shannon McQueen[11]; 15. 7U-Zach Daum[7]; 16. 55-Trevor Cline[13]; 17. 98-Luke Drotschie[17]; 18. 14S-TJ Smith[12]; 19. (DNS) 1K-Brayton Lynch; 20. (DNS) 84S-Shaun Shapel; 21. (DNS) 66-Jayden Clay

 

 

 

 

 

Ashton Torgerson Gets Redemption at Humboldt with Second-Straight Xtreme Outlaw Win

HUMBOLDT, KS (May 10, 2024) – Humboldt Speedway holds a special place in the heart of Ashton Torgerson.

It’s where he made his national Midget series debut with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota one year ago and nearly went to Victory Lane, leading the first 21 laps of the main event before getting passed for the lead late and coming home third.

Fast forward to Friday night, and he’s standing in Victory Lane, singing a song of redemption as he hoisted his second trophy of the season with the Xtreme Outlaw Series.

“All day, it was in the back of my mind – last year I was here leading laps and lost it [late in the race],” Torgerson said. “Tonight, we had a little bit of red [flags] later on in the race, and then we had the late caution. Both of those were kinda frustrating, but I felt so good that I knew I’d be good if I just hit my marks.”

The 17-year-old from Glendale, AZ, becomes the first repeat winner of the 2024 Xtreme season, ending the streak of different winners at six in the first six races. The $4,000 triumph also goes down as his second in-a-row after a win in the Series’ most recent event at Farmer City Raceway in April.

Torgerson wheeled a Tanner Thorson Racing entry to the third-place run he had in his Series debut at the banked, 1/4-mile oval last year. He’s since joined forces with Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports (KKM) for his rookie national Midget campaign and given team owners Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby their fifth win in the first seven Xtreme races of 2024.

“Coming back here, I was kinda hungry for the win after last year,” Torgerson said. “All night, we’ve been pretty good, and I can’t thank the crew enough for what they’ve done and what they do consistently.”

Torgerson took the green in the main event from third on the starting grid, trailing KKM teammates Ryan Timms and Kale Drake as they completed the opening laps. Drake soon made a move on Timms for the lead out of Turn 4 on Lap 8 and held it through the race’s first red flag period on Lap 13.

Torgerson lined up second after getting by Timms for the position on Lap 11, and prepared for a critical restart.

“I thought [Drake] would go to the bottom there and I thought I’d have to figure out another way to get by him,” Torgerson said. “And then on the restart, he went to the top and I was able to roll right by him.”

When Drake washed up the track in Turns 1-2, Torgerson was there to capitalize, hugging the bottom lane and zooming past Drake at the exit of Turn 2 to take the lead.

From there, it was all Torgerson out front. He defended the lead after multiple restarts, a red flag period and even a green-white-checkered finish with several of his KKM teammates right behind him.

“I just knew I had to hit my marks,” Torgerson said. “If I miss the bottom, I probably would have got passed, so I just knew I had to hit the bottom and be calm and hit my lines. That’s what I did.”

In the end, Drake’s podium run was cut short, as he spun and stalled in Turn 2 on the final lap, taking him out of contention.  However, Gavin Miller was right on the doorstep and moved into the second spot for the restart, which he defended to bag the $2,000 runner-up prize.

“Didn’t quite have enough on the last restart; got a little tight,” Miller said. “I think we were a little bit more free off exit; probably could’ve got under him and had the run to get to him.”

Miller did try a bit of a dive going into Turn 1 on the final restart in an attempt to get by Torgerson, but it was unsuccessful.

“Going into the corner, I didn’t drive it in hard enough on the bottom,” Miller said. “[Torgerson] drove it in too hard, so we kinda both made opposite mistakes.”

Xtreme Outlaw Series points leader Cannon McIntosh crossed the stripe in third and retained his points lead, now expanded 10 points up to 37 over Timms. Chase McDermand finished fourth and Zach Daum rounded out the top five.

The Whitz Racing Products Quick Time Award went to Ryan Timms for a fast lap in Qualifying at 14.036.

Toyota Racing Heat 1 was won by Gavin Miller. TJ Forged Heat 2 went to Kale Drake.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets are back in action on Saturday, May 11 at 81 Speedway in Park City, KS. Tickets will be available at the gate. If you can’t be there in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[3]; 2. 97-Gavin Miller[4]; 3. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[5]; 4. 40-Chase McDermand[11]; 5. 7U-Zach Daum[16]; 6. 67-Ryan Timms[1]; 7. 21K-Karter Sarff[12]; 8. 14S-TJ Smith[9]; 9. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[10]; 10. 71-Jade Avedisian[8]; 11. 56-Tyler Edwards[6]; 12. 60X-Kyle Jones[7]; 13. 98K-Elijah Gile[15]; 14. 5U-Peter Smith[14]; 15. 1K-Brayton Lynch[17]; 16. 7-Shannon McQueen[21]; 17. 55-Trevor Cline[13]; 18. 66-Jayden Clay[19]; 19. 97K-Kale Drake[2]; 20. 98-Luke Drotschie[18]; 21. 43-Gunnar Setser[20]

 

 

 

100: David Gravel’s Lincoln Victory Lifts Big Game Motorsports to Historic Milestone 

Gravel rolls to third win in four races to make Tod Quiring the sixth car owner with 100 World of Outlaws wins  

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (May 8, 2024) - Sprint Car Racing history was made Wednesday night at Lincoln Speedway. 
All the hype heading into Lincoln Speedway’s Federated Auto Parts Gettysburg Clash was the renewal of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car and Pennsylvania Posse rivalry. And while the atmosphere was alive and well in the Pigeon Hills, the evening evolved into a historic occasion not for the rivalry, but for The Greatest Show on Dirt.

David Gravel and Big Game Motorsports had been on a tear entering Pennsylvania. Their previous 11 races consisted of four wins and eight top two finishes. And each victory pushed Tod Quiring’s team closer and closer to 100 career World of Outlaws triumphs. Last Saturday Gravel put them at 99 with a trip to Victory Lane, meaning Lincoln would be the first opportunity at triple digits.

And Gravel delivered.

The Watertown, CT native started on the pole and drove a masterful 35 laps around the Abbottstown, PA oval to make Big Game Motorsports only the sixth team with 100 wins. Gravel fended off challenges from both Carson Macedo and Giovanni Scelzi to get the job done in Posse territory. 

“We got Tod’s 100th win,” Gravel said. “Congrats to Tod Quiring. He’s put so much into this sport, and for him to get 100 is really, really cool. Our joke was once he gets his 100, hopefully I can get mine. We’re still a few away from that, but we’re going to keep working hard and doing our jobs. This Huset’s #2 has been really, really fun to drive lately and really all year. Cody (Jacobs), Zach (Patterson), and Stephen (Hamm-Reilly) have been doing a really good job.”

As Gravel noted, he’s still a handful of checkered flags away from personally hitting 100 wins as Wednesday marked his 94th, moving him within one of equaling Dave Blaney for eighth all-time. With his 100th win, Quiring joined fellow car owners Karl Kinser, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Steve Kinser, and Dennis Roth in the exclusive triple digit category. Six different drivers helped him get there – Gravel (36 wins), Craig Dollansky (28 wins), Sammy Swindell (26 wins), Kerry Madsen (six wins), Terry McCarl (three wins), and Danny Lasoski (one win). Gravel now owns a pair of Lincoln victories with his first coming in 2017.

A last lap pass for the win in the Toyota Racing Dash slotted Gravel on the pole of the 35-lap Feature. The green flag waved, and Gravel pulled ahead of Carson Macedo.

Throughout the early circuits Macedo looked as if he may pose a strong threat to Gravel. The Jason Johnson Racing #41 stayed glued to the tail tank of the #2 as they both ripped around the top of the 3/8-mile. 

Traffic became a factor in the early going, but Macedo still wasn’t able to muster a run as they navigated the earliest batch of lapped cars. With 21 laps remaining, Macedo put together some momentum down the front straightaway and took a look to Gravel’s inside in Turns 1 and 2. But he wasn’t able to complete a pass, and Gravel powered away down the back straightaway.

Gravel pulled away over the next several laps until a yellow flag with 12 laps remaining. That yellow along with a couple red flags put the pressure on Gravel multiple times as the laps faded. But Gravel never flinched.

He nailed every restart as battles broke out behind him. Giovanni Scelzi challenged Macedo for the runner-up spot and secured it with 10 to go. Then it was Anthony Macri attempting to climb onto the podium by following Scelzi around Macedo. The two traded sliders, but Macedo managed to hold on.

Up ahead, Gravel drove away smoothly for his sixth win of the World of Outlaws season and the 100th of Tod Quiring’s career as an owner.

“It got really slick there at the end off of (Turn) 4,” Gravel explained. “And I didn’t know if I needed to move or not, but I got down the backstretch good. I could run her in pretty hard and then just maintain on exit. If I was in second or third, I would’ve definitely been searching around. I think the bottom came in late there.”

Giovanni Scelzi came home second for his fifth podium of the season in the KCP Racing #18 and third top five in a row. The sophomore World of Outlaws campaign continues to be a strong one for Scelzi as he’s third in points.

“There’s no excuses from me tonight. We just flat out got beat tonight,” Scelzi said. “My car was unbelievable tonight. Adam Clark (crew chief) went from delivering beer to crew chief on a Sprint Car. He’s done an incredible job.”

The final step of the podium belonged to Carson Macedo. The Lemoore, CA driver is on a roll of nine consecutive top five finishes. Macedo had plenty of speed early in the 35-lapper behind the wheel of the Jason Johnson Racing #41 but couldn’t find the speed to challenge Gravel.

“I feel like I was pretty good early in the Feature,” Macedo said. “I feel like we had a lot of speed. I feel like Philip (Dietz), Robby (McQuinn), and Adam (Zimmerman) did a great job. I feel like I was kind of just racing my race just waiting to make a move, and it never kind of played out. I feel like he did a good job in traffic.”

Anthony Macri and Donny Schatz completed the top five.

A 24th to ninth drive earned Danny Dietrich the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Donny Schatz grabbed his first Simpson Quick Time of the year and the 111th of his career.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to Donny Schatz, Anthony Macri, and Carson Macedo. Milton Hershey School Heat Two belonged to David Gravel.

David Gravel topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Brandon Rahmer won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

Bill Balog was awarded the Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars go head-to-head with the PA Posse two more nights (May 10-11) at Mechanicsburg, PA’s Williams Grove Speedway in the HVAC Distributors Morgan Cup presented by Daikin. The winner of the finale is taking home $15,000. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[2]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri[6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[7]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[12]; 7. 83-Michael Kofoid[3]; 8. 27-Troy Wagaman Jr[10]; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich[24]; 10. 2D-Chase Dietz[8]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart[14]; 12. 5-Tyler Ross[16]; 13. X-Matt Campbell[15]; 14. 23-Devon Borden[22]; 15. 75-Cameron Smith[23]; 16. 17N-Dylan Norris[18]; 17. 1X-Chad Trout[20]; 18. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[11]; 19. 8-Freddie Rahmer[17]; 20. 95-Kody Hartlaub[5]; 21. 17B-Bill Balog[9]; 22. 99M-Kyle Moody[13]; 23. 8D-Billy Dietrich[19]; 24. 88-Brandon Rahmer[21]

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: A Trio of Battles Reignite World of Outlaws, PA Posse Rivalry

A midweek visit to Lincoln kicks off the Pennsylvania trip before Williams Grove takes center stage on the weekend  

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (May 7, 2024) - The time has come for the Pennsylvania Posse to make room on the porch. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are ready to invade.
Sprint Car Racing’s fiercest rivalry is rekindled this week with three matchups in the “Keystone State.” First up is a Wednesday, May 8, visit to Abbottstown, PA’s Lincoln Speedway for the Federated Auto Parts Gettysburg Clash. The midweek action will be the Series’ lone trip to the 3/8-mile in 2024 and the 53rd in history.

Then, the weekend brings the tour to Mechanicsburg, PA where Williams Grove Speedway awaits to host the HVAC Distributors Morgan Cup presented by Daikin on May 10-11. The finale on Saturday puts $15,000 and possession of the coveted Morgan Cup on the line. 

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Let’s look at the week’s top storylines:

LACKING LINCOLN LUCK: Lincoln Speedway hasn’t been particularly kind to the current crop of World of Outlaws. Only three of this year’s full-timers have been to Lincoln Victory Lane in Series competition, and none of them have done so multiple times.

Donny Schatz managed to grab one Lincoln win, leading flag to flag in the 2016 visit. The Fargo, ND driver owns eight top 10s in 15 tries at the 3/8-mile.

The following season, David Gravel topped the 2017 visit. While Gravel doesn’t own multiple Lincoln wins, he’s been consistent with eight consecutive Series top 10s there.

The last full-timer with a Lincoln victory is Sheldon Haudenschild. The Wooster, OH native came out on top in 2020.

GROOVIN’ AT THE GROVE: Contrary to the lack of success at Lincoln, there are two full-time World of Outlaws drivers in 2024 that have experienced their highest rate of winning at Williams Grove, and it happens to be the duo atop the standings.

David Gravel is the current point leader, and the Big Game Motorsports driver has notched eight of his 93 career wins at the Mechanicsburg oval. The most recent of those came in October of 2020. The Watertown, CT native needs only one more win to push car owner Tod Quiring to 100 World of Outlaws victories.

Donny Schatz is currently second in the standings, and his Williams Grove résumé is mind blowing. The 10-time champion owns 21 Series triumphs at the historic half mile, which ranks second behind Steve Kinser’s 38 for the most all-time. Like Gravel, Schatz is seeking his first Williams Grove checkered flag since October of 2020 in the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15.

POSSE TURNED OUTLAWS: With its tendency to groom some of the country’s best regional talent, Pennsylvania consistently sees competitors test their skills nationally by joining the World of Outlaws tour. And trips to PA offer the opportunity for those drivers to come back home. A pair of 2024 full-timers are former Posse turned Outlaws. 

Logan Schuchart is an established veteran on tour, currently navigating his 11th season. But before he joined The Greatest Show on Dirt, Schuchart cut his teeth in Pennsylvania. The Hanover, PA native is yet to top Lincoln with the World of Outlaws, but he did claim a pair of local wins in 2013 in Abbottstown. Last year, Schuchart snagged his first Williams Grove win using a last lap pass and photo finish to give the World of Outlaws possession of the Morgan Cup.

Brock Zearfoss is in his fourth season after graduating from the PA ranks. Williams Grove is home to the “Jonestown Jet’s” first career World of Outlaws win. Back in 2017, he drove Aaron Long’s #58 to Victory Lane at the Mechanicsburg facility. Zearfoss also owns a trio of local Williams Grove checkered flags.

CA CONQUERS PA: California may be thousands of miles from Pennsylvania, but two of the three Golden State gassers on tour have conquered Williams Grove.

Carson Macedo picked up a pair of Williams Grove World of Outlaws wins in 2021 with Jason Johnson Racing. One of those included a $75,000 payday in the prestigious National Open. The Lemoore, CA driver finished runner-up in the most recent visit to “The Grove.” Macedo enters the week on a roll of eight consecutive top five finishes.

Giovanni Scelzi’s victory at Williams Grove marked a special moment for the Fresno native. Back in 2018, making only his second ever appearance at the half mile, Scelzi became the youngest winner in World of Outlaws history at 16 years old – a record that still stands. He and KCP Racing currently sit third in the standings heading to PA.

PENNSYLVANIA POWER: As always Pennsylvania sends their top talent into battle with hopes of stealing glory from the World of Outlaws and earning some bragging rights.

Anthony Macri undoubtedly headlines the Posse representatives entering the week. The Dillsburg, PA gasser owns seven victories in 25 races this year including two apiece at Lincoln and Williams Grove. One of the Williams Grove wins required an incredible drive from 17th. Last year, Macri stole the Gettysburg Clash with a last lap, last corner pass for his third career World of Outlaws win.

It's impossible to discuss Posse favorites without mentioning Lance Dewease. The Fayetteville, PA legend owns 20 World of Outlaws wins, and 17 of them have come courtesy of Williams Grove. One of the others came at Lincoln in 2019. Dewease is fresh off driving the Shearer #12 to Williams Grove Victory Lane this past Friday.

Danny Dietrich already owns six podium runs in 2024 between Lincoln and Williams Grove including a Lincoln win on March 16. The Gettysburg, PA native owns two World of Outlaws victories apiece at the two tracks ahead this week.

Salfordville, PA’s Freddie Rahmer is always dangerous at Lincoln, where he scored a whopping 14 wins last season. Rahmer’s lone World of Outlaws triumph occurred at Lincoln in 2018. He’s bagged one Williams Grove local win so far in 2024. 

Troy Wagaman Jr. has come out of the gates hot in 2024 aboard the Heffner Racing #27. He’s already won at both Lincoln and Williams Grove and has seven top fives in 13 races. The Hanover, PA native looks to translate that success to strong runs with the World of Outlaws this week.

More Pennsylvanians expected to compete this week include Chad Trout (Dover, PA), Chase Dietz (York, PA), Lucas Wolfe (Mechanicsburg, PA), T.J. Stutts (Liverpool, PA), Dylan Norris (Hanover, PA), Kyle Moody (Lewisberry, PA), and more.


THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE 

Wednesday, May 8 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA
Friday-Saturday, May 10-11 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (18/80 Races):

1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (2542 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-48 PTS)
3. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-58 PTS)
4. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-74 PTS)
5. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-94 PTS)
6. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-120 PTS)
7. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-168 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-282 PTS)
9. Brock Zearfoss – Brock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-402 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-478 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers): 

5 Wins – David Gravel
4 Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Wins – Donny Schatz
1 Win – Brad Sweet, Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers):

125 Laps – David Gravel
107 Laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
56 Laps – Giovanni Scelzi
55 Laps – Carson Macedo
54 Laps – Rico Abreu
47 Laps – Donny Schatz
29 Laps – Kyle Larson
26 Laps – Brady Bacon
25 Laps – Brad Sweet
13 Laps – Anthony Macri, Michael Kofoid
11 Laps – Bill Balog
3 Laps – Brent Marks
1 Lap – Tyler Courtney 

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers):

4 Quick Times – Carson Macedo, David Gravel
2 Quick Times – Brent Marks, Michael Kofoid, Giovanni Scelzi
1 Quick Time – Landon Crawley, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon

HEAT RACE WINNERS (22 Drivers): 

11 Heat Wins – David Gravel
8 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi
7 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
6 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
5 Heat Wins – Rico Abreu
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks 
2 Heat Wins – Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Landon Crawley, Donny Schatz
1 Heat Win – Corey Day, Justin Peck, Bill Balog, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Logan Schuchart, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Danny Sams III, Kyle Larson, Emerson Axsom

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (33 Drivers):

15 Dashes – David Gravel
13 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo
11 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu, Bill Balog, Donny Schatz
6 Dashes – Landon Crawley
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart
4 Dashes – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown
3 Dashes – Emerson Axsom
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Logan McCandless, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Danny Sams III, Cole Macedo, Kyle Larson, Skylar Gee

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (14 Drivers):

2 LCS Wins – Logan McCandless
1 LCS Win – Austin McCarl, Bill Balog, Corey Day, Kasey Kahne, Koty Adams, Jace Park, Anthony Macri, Landon Crawley, Garet Williamson, Brock Zearfoss, Kevin Newton, Brenham Crouch, Sheldon Haudenschild

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (13 Drivers):

3 Hard Chargers – Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart
2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo
1 Hard Charger – Aaron Reutzel, Jace Park, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Chase Randall, Chris Windom, Noah Gass, Austin McCarl, Giovanni Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild

PODIUM FINISHES (16 Drivers):

10 Podiums – David Gravel
7 Podiums – Donny Schatz
6 Podiums – Carson Macedo, Michael Kofoid
5 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild
4 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi
3 Podiums – Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu
2 Podiums – Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Anthony Macri, Aaron Reutzel, Bill Balog, Brady Bacon, Kyle Larson

TOP 10 FINISHES (40 Drivers): 

17 Top 10s – Giovanni Scelzi
16 Top 10s – David Gravel
15 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, Michael Kofoid
14 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
12 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild
9 Top 10s – Bill Balog
6 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney
5 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu, Brock Zearfoss
4 Top 10s – Anthony Macri, Brad Sweet
3 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Cole Macedo
2 Top 10s – Ryan Timms, Chase Randall, Kraig Kinser, Landon Crawley, Corey Day, James McFadden
1 Top 10 – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Zeb Wise, Cory Eliason, Jacob Allen, Chris Windom, Garet Williamson, Joe B. Miller, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Scotty Milan, Cale Thomas, Cole Duncan, Kyle Larson, Skylar Gee

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wed, Feb 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Thurs, Feb 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
3. Fri, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Tyler Courtney (1)
4. Sat, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
5. Mon, March 4 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
6. Fri, March 15 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brent Marks (1)
7. Sat, March 16 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
8. Sat, March 23 / Kennedale Speedway Park / Kennedale, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
9. Sat, March 30 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (1)
10. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / David Gravel (2)
11. Sat, April 6 / Arrowhead Speedway / Colcord, OK / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
12. Fri, April 12 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / David Gravel (3)
13. Sat, April 13 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
14. Fri, April 19 / Paducah International Raceway / Paducah, KY / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
15. Sat, April 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)
16. Wed, May 1 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / David Gravel (4)
17. Fri, May 3 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
18. Sat, May 4 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / David Gravel (5)

For the full 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car schedule, CLICK HERE.

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: River Cities, Ogilvie Setup June Doubleheader Weekend For World of Outlaws

GRAND FORKS, ND (May 7, 2024) – For the first time in 2024, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will venture north for a North Dakota and Minnesota weekend in June.

First, “The Greatest Show on Dirt” will make its 32nd visit to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND on Friday, June 7. The 1/4-mile bullring has become a fan, and driver favorite, consistently producing wheel-to-wheel, edge-of-your-seat, action – demonstrated by Logan Schuchart and Sheldon Haudenschild battling for the win in the final laps last August.

The event will also be the first homecoming of the year for 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND. He has 12 World of Outlaws victories at the track, however, the last came in 2019.

On Saturday, June 8, the World of Outlaws will make its second trip to Ogilvie Speedway in Ogilvie, MN for the Big ‘O’ Showdown. Last year, Carson Macedo dominated the Series’ debut at the 3/8-mile track. He set the track record and then led from start to finish in the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41.

Both races will have a $12,000 payday on the line this year, as well.

EVENT INFO FOR RIVER CITIES
Date – Friday, June 7
Location – Grand Forks, ND
Track Record – 9.269 sec. by Jason Meyers on Aug. 21, 2009

Times (CT) –
2 p.m. Pit Gates Open
4 p.m. Grandstands Open
6:30 p.m. Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – CLICK HERE to get them in advance.
How to Watch – If you can't make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (Aug. 25, 2023) – CLICK HERE

Previous World of Outlaws Winners at River Cities –
2023 – David Gravel on June 2, Logan Schuchart on Aug. 25
2022 – Carson Macedo on June 3, Brad Sweet on Aug. 26
2021 – Brad Sweet on Aug. 25
2020 –Kyle Larson on Aug. 21
2019 – Logan Schuchart on June 7, Donny Schatz on Aug. 16
2018 – Donny Schatz on June 15, Donny Schatz on Aug. 17
2017 – David Gravel on June 16, Donny Schatz on Aug. 18
2016 – Donny Schatz on June 17, Donny Schatz on Aug. 26
2015 – Donny Schatz on June 19, Donny Schatz on Aug. 21
2014 – Donny Schatz on June 20, Daryn Pittman on Aug. 15
2013 – Cody Darrah on June 21, Donny Schatz on Aug. 16
2012 – Kraig Kinser on June 15, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 17
2011 – Craig Dollansky on June 17, Craig Dollansky on June 18, Steve Kinser on Aug. 19
2010 – Steve Kinser on June 19, Joey Saldana on June 20
2009 – Donny Schatz on June 19, Craig Dollansky on Aug. 21
2008 – Donny Schatz on June 27
2007 – Joey Saldana on June 29

EVENT INFO FOR OGILVIE
Date – Saturday, June 8
Location – Ogilvie, MN
Track Record – 11.743 sec. by Carson Macedo on June 3, 2023

Times (CT) –
2 p.m. Pit Gates Open
4 p.m. Grandstands Open
6:30 p.m. Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – CLICK HERE to get them in advance.
How to Watch – If you can't make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (June 3, 2023) – CLICK HERE

Previous World of Outlaws Winners at River Cities –
2023 – Carson Macedo on June 3

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Xtreme Outlaw Midgets Ready for Duel in Kansas at Humboldt, 81

HUMBOLDT, KS (May 7, 2024) – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota returns to competition this weekend with a doubleheader in Kansas, Friday and Saturday night.

A visit to the banked 1/4-mile oval of Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, KS will kick things off on Friday, May 10, featuring a $4,000-to-win main event. Pit gates are set to open at 4 p.m. CT and grandstand gates at 6 p.m. Hot Laps and Qualifying will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 11, brings the Series back to the fast, 3/8-mile oval of 81 Speedway in Park City, KS for the second-straight year with a $4,000 grand prize on the line. Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. CT and grandstand gates at 5 p.m. Hot Laps and Qualifying will follow at 6:15 p.m.

As an added bonus, all regular competitors of the Rocky Mountain Midget Racing Association (RMMRA) are invited to compete in both Xtreme Outlaw Series events over the weekend. These races will present a $200 bonus check to the highest-finishing RMMRA racer and a $100 check to the second-highest RMMRA finisher on both nights.

Tickets for both events will be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t be at the track to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

Here are the drivers to watch and the storylines to follow this weekend:

GRAB A BROOM – No driver on the Xtreme Outlaw Series roster is more ready for a weekend of Midget racing in Kansas than Chase McDermand.

Currently, McDermand, the 23-year-old racer from Springfield, IL, sits third in the standings – 56 points out of the lead – and is the only driver inside the top five in points without a Feature win on tour thus far. However, he won both Series races at Humboldt and 81 last year, beating points leader Cannon McIntosh on back-to-back nights for a sweep of the weekend in Kansas.

Though it’s been a full year since those triumphs, McDermand has been rolling as of late, posting top-five finishes in each of the last four races, including a podium at Farmer City. He’s been open about his fondness for the larger, faster tracks in the past, and will be a contender for his first win of the season at both venues this weekend.

RELATED: Kansas Sweep Helped Establish Chase McDermand as National Midget Series Contender

BRIDESMAID – After finishing second to McDermand at both races in Kansas last year, Cannon McIntosh is ready for another shot at Humboldt and 81.

The 21-year-old from Bixby, OK, came from ninth on the starting grid at Humboldt in 2023 and challenged McDermand for the lead late in the race, but came up one spot short. The next night at 81, he took the lead on Lap 11 and led through Lap 18 but was unable to fend off the challenge from McDermand, who took the lead on Lap 19 and brought the field back around to the checkered to bag his second-straight win over McIntosh.

McIntosh currently leads Series points by 27 over Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports (KKM) teammate Ryan Timms and will be trying for his second win of the season after winning the second race of the season-opening weekend in March.

READY TO POUNCE – Sitting only 27 points behind leader Cannon McIntosh in the standings, Ryan Timms enters the weekend looking to make a move for the points lead as he returns to a track he’s already won at.

Timms, the 17-year-old open-wheel star from Oklahoma City, OK, has yet to compete in a Midget at Humboldt but has had laps around 81 in the past, scoring a win with the American Sprint Car Series at the 3/8-mile oval in 2021.

That experience will play into his favor as he seeks his second win of the season this weekend – four weeks after breaking through to Victory Lane at Farmer City Raceway.

PATCHED UP – Jade Avedisian returns to the seat of the KKM No. 71 this week, now fully recovered from a concussion suffered in a hard crash during a Heat Race at Farmer City Raceway nearly four weeks ago.

Avedisian, the reigning Series champion from Clovis, CA, represented at both Kansas venues last year, running sixth at Humboldt after starting third and led the first 10 laps of the main event at 81 before dropping back to finish fourth.

She’s also coming off another weekend in action with the Toyota GR Cup Series at Sebring International Raceway in Florida, racing twice and posting a best finish of 14th in a field of 29 cars.

BEEN HERE BEFORE – One year ago, Ashton Torgerson made his Xtreme Outlaw Series debut with Tanner Thorson Racing at Humboldt and shined, scoring his first career podium finish with a national Midget series.

Torgerson, of Glendale, AZ, led the opening 21 laps at the 1/4-mile oval before eventual winner McDermand swiped the lead away from him late in the race to secure the win. He fell back to an 11th-place run the next night at 81 but still turned heads in his national Midget debut.

Fast forward to 2024 and the 17-year-old racer is driving as part of the KKM squad and already has two national Midget series Feature wins thus far, scoring one win with POWRi in March and his first with the Xtreme Outlaw Series in the most recent Series event at Farmer City Raceway in April.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

When and where
Friday, May 10 at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, KS
Saturday, May 11 at 81 Speedway in Park City, KS

On the internet
Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota
Twitter – @Xtreme_Outlaw
Instagram – @XtremeOutlaw
Facebook – @XtremeOutlawSeries.WRG

Live broadcast
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com. Annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month.

Current championship points standings (view full standings)

Cannon McIntosh: 1298 points | Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #71K
Ryan Timms: 1271 points (-27) | Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67
Chase McDermand: 1242 points (-56) | CMR-Mounce/Stout Motorsports #40
Ashton Torgerson: 1165 points (-133) | Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K
Karter Sarff: 1142 points (-156) | Karter Sarff Motorsports #21K
Zach Daum: 1055 points (-243) | Trifecta Motorsports #7U
Hayden Reinbold: 1022 points (-276) | Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ
TJ Smith: 949 points (-349) | Mounce/Stout Motorsports #14S
Trevor Cline: 922 points (-376) | Cline Racing #55
Peter Smith: 899 points (-399) | Trifecta Motorsports #5U

Toyota Feature winners (6 drivers)
1 win – Thomas Meseraull (Engler Racing), Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports), Karter Sarff (Karter Sarff Motorsports #21K), Kale Drake (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #97), Ryan Timms (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67), Ashton Torgerson (Keith Kunz/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports #67K)

Toyota Feature laps led (10 drivers)
36 laps – Cannon McIntosh
35 laps – Joe B. Miller
29 laps – Ashton Torgerson

27 laps – Thomas Meseraull
16 laps – Ryan Timms

12 laps – Taylor Reimer
11 laps – Karter Sarff
10 laps – Kale Drake

4 laps – Tyler Edwards
1 lap – Chase McDermand

Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (3 drivers)
4 awards – Ethan Mitchell
1 award – Cannon McIntosh, Kale Drake

Heat Race winners (16 drivers)
3 wins – Ashton Torgerson
2 wins – Tyler Edwards, Chase McDermand, Ryan Timms, Zach Daum, Cannon McIntosh, Kale Drake

1 win – Thomas Meseraull, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, TJ Smith, Jade Avedisian, Nick Hoffman, Karter Sarff, Kyle Jones, Taylor Reimer

High-points honors (6 drivers)
1 honor – Cannon McIntosh, Tyler Edwards, Chase McDermand, Karter Sarff, Ryan Timms, Ashton Torgerson

Last Chance Showdown wins (6 drivers)
1 win – Taylor Reimer, Gunnar Setser, Austin Torgerson, Gavin Miller, Shane Cottle, Ethan Mitchell

DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (6 drivers)
1 award – Will Armitage, Ryan Timms, Ryan Timms, Hayden Reinbold, Kayla Roell, Gunnar Setser

Podium finishes (9 drivers)
4 podiums – Ryan Timms
3 podiums – Cannon McIntosh
2 podiums – Zach Daum, Chase McDermand, Ashton Torgerson
1 podium – Thomas Meseraull, Gavin Miller, Kale Drake, Taylor Reimer, Karter Sarff

Top-10 finishes (25 drivers)
6 top-10s – Cannon McIntosh, Chase McDermand
5 top-10s – Ryan Timms
4 top-10s – Zach Daum, Ashton Torgerson
3 top-10s – Karter Sarff, Ethan Mitchell, Taylor Reimer, Gavin Miller, Kale Drake, Mitchell Davis
2 top-10s – Shane Cottle, Gunnar Setser, Tyler Edwards
1 top-10 – Joe B. Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Will Armitage, Trey Marcham, Rylan Gray, Hayden Reinbold, TJ Smith, Todd McVay, Kyle Jones, Kevin Thomas Jr.

2024 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 15 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Thomas Meseraull (1)
2. Sat, March 16 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)

3. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Karter Sarff (1)
4. Sat, April 6 / Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex / Sweet Springs, MO / Kale Drake
5. Fri, April 12 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, IL / Ryan Timms
6. Sat, April 13 / Farmer City Raceway / Farmer City, IL / Ashton Torgerson

 

 

BIG E BARNBURNER: David Gravel Bests Donny Schatz in Last Lap Eldora Thriller

The point leader moves Big Game Motorsports to 99 World of Outlaws wins with wild Eldora victory

ROSSBURG, OH (May 4, 2024) - Eldora Speedway showed exactly why it’s known as “The World’s Greatest Dirt Track” on Saturday night.

The #LetsRaceTwo finale for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars gave fans a main event they couldn’t look away from. It was everything you could ask for. A 10-time champion battling a driver eying his first. A tricky racing surface with multiple grooves. Several late passes for the lead including one last move to secure the victory on the last lap.

The combatants came in the form of David Gravel and Donny Schatz, and they threw everything they had at each other. Hammering the top. Tiptoeing the bottom. Rolling the middle. Slide jobs. Nothing was left on the table. In the end, Gravel grabbed the checkered flag by powering ahead of Schatz down the back straightaway on the 30th and final lap and holding him off to the finish line. Gravel put the punctuation mark on a clean sweep at “The Big E” as he also set Simpson Quick Time and won both his NOS Energy Drink Heat Race and the Toyota Racing Dash.

“With the lower air pressure and lower tire temps we were really, really good,” Gravel said. “I got my wing so far back I couldn’t steer it, and on the restarts I would move it forward. But then as the run went on I got really loose. Once I got to that lapped traffic, my car kind of stalled out. That’s why I grabbed the wing, but then it made it where I couldn’t move around. I just had to hold the car straight. I couldn’t maneuver. Donny was definitely more maneuverable, but I think in open air we were probably a little bit faster.

“It’s really hard to beat Donny Schatz in the slick like that. He was running really hard in (Turns) 1 and 2 and running the cushion and just hang a little bit off of (Turn) 2. And luckily, we were able to get just better runs down the backstretch each time and get position on him. It feels really good to get another win. Starting on the front row two nights in a row and getting no wins would’ve been very disappointing. Really happy to get this one.”

Gravel grabbed sole possession of the most World of Outlaws wins in 2024 with his fifth. He also moved Big Game Motorsports one step away from a major milestone. Tod Quiring’s team is at 99 victories with The Greatest Show on Dirt. A 100th would make him only the sixth car owner to reach the impressive feat. Five of Gravel’s 93 career triumphs have come at Eldora, putting it in a tie for the third winningest track on his résumé.

The 30-lap Feature was brought to green by Gravel with Michael “Buddy” Kofoid alongside. Kofoid looked under Gravel on the opening circuit but couldn’t find enough speed to make a run at the lead, and Gravel began to pad his early advantage.

It didn’t take long for Gravel to near traffic as third-running Donny Schatz began to close on Kofoid for second. On the eighth circuit, Schatz tried a slider in Turns 1 and 2 and couldn’t clear Kofoid. But in the next set of corners, the 10-time champion rolled the low line to snatch the runner-up spot from the Roth Motorsports #83.

Schatz wasted no time closing on Gravel. He was a second behind the lap he passed Kofoid, and one rotation later it was slashed to six tenths of a second. Then on the 14th lap Schatz found the run he needed and used the low side of Turns 3 and 4 to slip ahead of Gravel and lead the lap. 

A slowing Kalib Henry set up a restart on the 17th lap and opened the door again for Gravel. The Huset’s Speedway #2 got a huge run down the back straightaway and slid ahead of Schatz in the third turn to regain the lead.

Over the next several circuits Gravel pulled away and looked as if he was heading to a comfortable win at Eldora. The gap grew to nearly two seconds on Lap 19, but with less than 10 laps to go the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 came to life as traffic became more and more of a factor. 

By Lap 25 the lead was back under a second and shrinking with every corner. A few laps later the war began. Schatz dipped beneath Gravel in Turns 3 and 4 on Lap 28 and narrowly grabbed the spot on the front straightaway. Gravel returned fire with a slider in Turns 1 and 2 that Schatz countered with a crossover and took the lead back. In Turns 3 and 4 Gravel went low as Schatz opted for the middle, and just as the white flag was within sight the red lights flashed for a flipping Bryce Lucius.

Schatz held the lead for the restart, and the battle immediately resumed when the green lights returned. Gravel got a head of steam exiting the second corner and slid ahead of Schatz in Turns 3 and 4. Schatz turned under him to drive back ahead and lead at the white flag. Like the lap before, Gravel got a run out of Turn 2 and dove under Schatz in the final set of corners. But this time he stuck to the bottom and didn’t leave Schatz the lane to crossover. It proved to be the winning move as he came out on top.

“I just tried to go a car width lower or higher than him (Schatz) on the start and was able to get alongside him,” Gravel said. “And then when I slid across, I slid way too hard across all the way to the fence. I should’ve backpedaled, kept the tires underneath me, and put myself in better shape in (Turns) 1 and 2. But luckily, we were able to get a good run. Cody (Jacobs), Zach (Patterson), and Stephen (Hamm-Reilly) have been working really hard.”

Schatz brought home the runner-up spot after the hard-fought battle aboard the Carquest #15. The Fargo, ND native notched back-to-back podium finishes during the #LetsRaceTwo weekend and is up to seven top threes in 2024. Schatz felt he might’ve been standing in Victory Lane if it wasn’t for the red flag coming to the last lap.

“He ran away on that one restart,” Schatz said. “He drove by us and ran away. And then we caught back up and got back by. So, I guess if we wouldn’t have had the red, it may have been a different story.”

Carson Macedo brought the Jason Johnson Racing #41 home third to complete the top three. The Californian has now bagged six podiums this season. He fought within the top five throughout the entire race and climbed his way onto the podium with a strong run late in the going.

“I think I just had a really good final restart there,” Macedo explained. “Everybody kind of went to the top, and I sort of filled through the middle and felt really good. It’s a testament to Philip Dietz, Robby McQuinn, and Adam Zimmerman. They gave me a great car there. I thought there were points in the race where I had a really, really good car and then faded a little, and then I got good there at the end. I feel like we gain some momentum with that kind of a race car.”

Giovanni Scelzi and Logan Schuchart completed the top five.

A 21st to ninth drive earned Sheldon Haudenschild the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

David Gravel claimed his fourth Simpson Quick Time of 2024 and the 114th of his career in Sea Foam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to David Gravel (252nd Heat Race win of career), Giovanni Scelzi (46th of career), and Emerson Axsom (first of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two belonged to Buddy Kofoid (21stof career).

Gravel also topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Sheldon Haudenschild won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

Bryce Lucius was awarded the Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Pennsylvania for the first three battles with the PA Posse. First up is Lincoln Speedway’s (Abbottstown, PA) Federated Auto Parts Gettysburg Clash on Wednesday, May 8. Then the weekend takes the tour to Mechanicsburg, PA’s Williams Grove Speedway for the HVAC Distributors Morgan Cup on May 10-11. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[4]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[11]; 6. 83-Michael Kofoid[2]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[7]; 8. 99-Skylar Gee[3]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[21]; 10. 22-Cole Duncan[13]; 11. 27-Emerson Axsom[8]; 12. 23J-Cale Thomas[9]; 13. 21H-Brady Bacon[23]; 14. 7S-Landon Crawley[15]; 15. 17B-Bill Balog[17]; 16. 1-Nate Dussel[24]; 17. 42-Sye Lynch[20]; 18. 101-Kalib Henry[16]; 19. 23-Garet Williamson[22]; 20. 24D-Danny Sams III[19]; 21. 55T-McKenna Haase[18]; 22. 32-Bryce Lucius[10]; 23. 24-Logan Seavey[14]; 24. 49X-Tim Shaffer[12]

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

RIGHT AT HOME: Sheldon Haudenschild Rips the Eldora Cushion to Victory on Home Turf

The Wooster, OH native eclipses his 2023 win total with fourth victory of 2024  

ROSSBURG, OH (May 3, 2024) - Sheldon Haudenschild was right at home in more ways than one on Friday night at Eldora Speedway.
First, he was literally on home turf as the Rossburg, OH oval is only a few hours from his hometown of Wooster, OH. Second, he used the part of the racetrack where he feels right at home to drive to Victory Lane.

Haudenschild started on the pole and drove a masterful 30 laps inches from the intimidating fence at the fast half mile. The 30-year-old sliced his way through traffic and held off multiple challenges from Donny Schatz and Giovanni Scelzi to claim the checkered flag. A proud crowd enthusiastically welcomed one of their own to Victory Lane as Haudenschild climbed atop the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 and took a celebratory swig of NOS Energy Drink.

Back in 2021 Haudenschild picked up his first Eldora win during #LetsRaceTwo, but he felt that Friday’s triumph validated the prior victory.

“I don’t really ever count first wins,” Haudenschild said. “I feel like they don’t mean much until you back them up. I’ve been really good here in the past. The Kings Royal I ran behind (Kyle) Larson. Even last year I was pretty good here but just haven’t finished the job off. I feel like we just struggled to make a full Feature really smooth, and we did it tonight. I feel like that was a perfect race. A perfect race car. (Kyle) Ripper busts his ass all the time. We were up until two in the morning last night fixing stuff like old times and running on very little sleep. It feels good. Luke (Vaughn), Kinzer (Dussel), everybody has been putting in the work. Can’t ask for much more.”

The fourth win of the season for Haudenschild already elevated his total beyond the three reached in 2023. He’s up to 38 for his career, and Eldora is the eighth track where he’s won multiple times with The Greatest Show on Dirt. It also marked Haudenschild’s fourth victory in his home state of Ohio.

The path to victory required an incredible early effort from Haudenschild before the Feature even started. His Qualifying effort left him starting fifth in a stacked Heat Race. The two rows ahead of him consisted of nothing but star power – Donny Schatz, Giovanni Scelzi, Logan Schuchart, and Michael “Buddy” Kofoid.”

But Haudenschild did what Haudenschild does. He put on a show with a great start to get to third by Lap 3. And then he snatched the final transfer to the Toyota Racing Dash from Scelzi on the final lap of the Heat.

In the Dash, Haudenschild lined up third and drove by David Gravel and Schatz to earn the pole for the 30-lap Feature.

Even though he had the best seat in the house for the green flag of the main event, it would prove to be no easy drive to the winner’s circle. He pulled ahead of David Gravel in the early part of the race, but it wasn’t long before traffic became a factor.

But traffic didn’t seem to phase Haudenschild. While the top was his preferred line, he could move the NOS Energy Drink #17 anywhere necessary to pass cars. At one point he stared down lapped cars racing three-wide ahead and made a daring move to split between two and give himself a little more breathing room from those in pursuit.

The red flag flew with 11 laps remaining for a flipping Garet Williamson. Under the red, heartbreak struck the runner-up Gravel as his right rear tire went down, forcing him to the Federated Car Care Work Zone for a new one.

On the ensuing restart Schatz blasted from fourth to second and hung right with Haudenschild looking to challenge. Schatz kept the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 rolling through the middle while Haudenschild never wavered from the top. After nearly pulling alongside Haudenschild multiple times, Schatz began to slip back as the laps faded.

Scelzi ripped by Schatz to take over second on the white flag with Haudenschild within sight, but it was too little, too late as Haudenschild crossed the finish line with half a second advantage to make his home state proud.

“Hats off to this whole NOS Energy Drink team,” Haudenschild said. “All these guys have been putting in the work. Happy to be in this.”

Scelzi brought the KCP Racing #18 home P2 for his fourth podium of the season and first since Arrowhead Speedway a month ago. The Fresno, CA native used the low line to make up most of his ground as he moved forward from ninth but found himself wishing he would’ve moved to the cushion sooner after finding speed there late in the race.

“The motor we put in was incredible,” Scelzi said. “I’m kicking myself because I wish I would’ve moved up a couple laps sooner because I think I would’ve maybe slid Sheldon for the lead. But he did his job in the Heat Race and did a great job all night. I tried to do my best Greg Wilson impression around the bottom for most of the race and gave up on it there with two to go and should’ve done it sooner.”

Rounding out the top three was Donny Schatz. The 10-time Series champion put together a productive night for his sixth podium of the 2024 World of Outlaws campaign.

“I thought we were going to have a chance at them there at the end,” Schatz said. “And then as we went by the end, they’d left us hanging again. Either way it was a decent finish. Started there and finished there. Went back and came back forward again.”

Logan Schuchart and Carson Macedo completed the top five.

After going to a backup car, Logan Schuchart drove from 24th to fourth to earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

David Gravel claimed his third Simpson Quick Time of 2024 and the 113th of his career.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One and Three went to David Gravel (251st Heat Race win of career) and Donny Schatz (523rdof career). Milton Hershey Heat Two went to Carson Macedo (120th of career).

Sheldon Haudenschild topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Logan McCandless won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

After a flat tire derailed a potential challenge for the win and left him with an ninth place finish, David Gravel was awarded the Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are back at Eldora Speedway on Saturday, May 4 for the #LetsRaceTwo finale. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[9]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[24]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 6. 83-Michael Kofoid[14]; 7. 70-Kraig Kinser[11]; 8. 23J-Cale Thomas[7]; 9. 2-David Gravel[2]; 10. 7S-Landon Crawley[6]; 11. 42-Sye Lynch[19]; 12. 27-Emerson Axsom[5]; 13. 101-Kalib Henry[8]; 14. 99-Skylar Gee[10]; 15. 29-Logan McCandless[18]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[21]; 17. W20-Greg Wilson[20]; 18. 17B-Bill Balog[15]; 19. 55T-McKenna Haase[16]; 20. 5T-Travis Philo[17]; 21. 6-Bill Rose[23]; 22. 15K-Creed Kemenah[22]; 23. 23-Garet Williamson[12]; 24. 21H-Brady Bacon[13]

For full results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

BIG IN THE BUCKEYE STATE: Ohio’s Long Connection with the World of Outlaws

The World of Outlaws are ready for a heavy dose of Ohio that will add to the significant history between the Series and State  

ROSSBURG, OH (May 2, 2024) - From border to boarder, roughly 40,000 square miles of Ohio’s land is dotted with dirt tracks. And the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars have a long and heavy history spread across that terrain. 
It’s a history that will grow healthily in 2024. The Greatest Show on Dirt is about to embark on a 25-day stretch that features seven races in the “Buckeye State” at five different tracks. It begins with two nights at Eldora Speedway (May 3-4) and leads to stops at Attica Raceway Park (May 17), Sharon Speedway (May 18), Atomic Speedway (May 24-25), and Fremont Speedway (May 27).

The seven nights will add to the immense list of Ohio races in Series history. With more than 300 total trips, it’s the third most visited state since Ted Johnson unleashed the band of travelers in 1978. It didn’t take long for the band to roll into Ohio. The second ever World of Outlaws race was contested at Earl Baltes’ Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH). Pennsylvanian Bobby Allen went to Victory Lane.

“The Big E” welcomed the World of Outlaws eight more times during their debut campaign. Ohio’s own Rick Ferkel made fellow Buckeyes proud by claiming four. Eldora’s nine appearances on the first schedule set the stage for a long and fruitful connection between the track and Series. 

Two more Ohio ovals hosted the nation’s best Sprint Car drivers in 1978. Limaland Motorsports Park was first conquered by Ferkel. And the Series first and only visit to Wauseon, OH’s Oakshade Raceway went to New Oxford, PA’s Steve Smith. A total of 13 races were contested in the state in 1978 – the most of any as the Series came to life.

Each of the first four seasons of World of Outlaws action saw Ohio lead the way in terms of the state with the most events. Eldora remained a mainstay while Wayne County Speedway (Orrville, OH), New Bremen Speedway, Mansfield Motor Speedway, and Millstream Speedway (Findlay, OH) joined the fray during that four-year run.

Throughout the 1980s Eldora remained a staple of the schedule, routinely hosting several races per season. Millstream and Wayne County held occasional dates, but it wasn’t until the turn of the decade that two new facilities were added. Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway joined for a debut weekend in May of 1990 swept by Steve Kinser. On July 15, 1990 Millstream Speedway hosted Ohio’s 100th overall World of Outlaws Race. 

The 1990s also marked another major moment in the connection when the World of Outlaws became part of the Kings Royal – a tradition that continues today as the Series will roll into Eldora on July 19-20 for the 41st edition with $175,000 going to the King.

It took another dozen years for the next new track to come along when Danny Lasoski topped the Series debut at Hartford’s Sharon Speedway in 2002. The following season Atomic Speedway – then K-C Raceway – hosted The Greatest Show on Dirt for the first time, bringing the total of tracks visited to 11.

As a result of the state’s many racetracks, Ohio has also turned many of its local talents into national stars with the World of Outlaws. Of the 152 drivers to win World of Outlaws races, 16 are Buckeyes.

Hartford, OH’s Dave Blaney leads the way with 95 World of Outlaws victories (eighth all-time). His first came at Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL) in 1985. In the mid-1990s Blaney became a dominant force teamed with Casey Luna, topping 56 Features from 1993 through 1996 that also included the 1995 championship. 

The Wooster, OH father-son duo of Jac and Sheldon Haudenschild are the next two most successful Ohioans. Jac’s famous driving style earned him the nickname “The Wild Child” and led him to 72 checkered flags. He won with a record 15 different car owners and enjoyed the most success aboard Jack Elden’s #22, which he wheeled to 32 wins. Sheldon has picked up 37 checkered flags, all since joining Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing in 2018 including a trio already in 2024.

The state’s first winner – Rick Ferkel – is next on the list. “The Ohio Traveler” racked up 21 triumphs, eight of which came in his home state. Millersburg, OH’s Brad Doty collected 18 checkered flags before his career got cut short in 1988.

Other Ohio winners include Dale Blaney (Hartford), Danny Smith (Chillicothe), Kenny Jacobs (Holmesville), Chad Kemenah (Findlay), Jack Hewitt (Troy), Frankie Kerr (Fremont), Greg Wilson (Benton Ridge), Randy Ford (Elmore), Johnny Beaber (Gibsonburg), Rick Ungar (Belpree), and Dean Jacobs (Wooster).

Only a day remains before the World of Outlaws invade Eldora to continue growing the Series’ history in Ohio. With 235 previous trips, Eldora is already the most visited track for the nation’s top talent. 

Five more nights of Ohio racing in May await after Eldora along with a trio in July and two more in September including a return to Wayne County Speedway. Overall, the 2024 calendar boasts 12 Ohio races at six racetracks – all adding new chapters to the long and impactful history between the World of Outlaws and the “Buckeye State.”

WORLD OF OUTLAWS 2024 OHIO RACES

May 3-4 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH (TICKETS)
May 17 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH (TICKETS)
May 18 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH (TICKETS)
May 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH (TICKETS)
May 27 at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, OH (TICKETS)
July 16 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH (TICKETS)
July 19-20 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH (TICKETS)
September 27 at Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, OH (TICKETS)
September 28 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH (TICKETS)

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

 

Kansas Sweep Helped Establish Chase McDermand as National Midget Series Contender

Xtreme Outlaw Series star prepares return to Humboldt, 81 next weekend after sweeping both races in 2023

CONCORD, NC (May 2, 2024) – Chase McDermand’s sweep of both races with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota last year in Kansas was special. Not for what it did for him in the stats column, but for what it showed about his abilities and his place in the open-wheel racing world.

McDermand, the 23-year-old family-team racer from Springfield, IL, came to Humboldt Speedway and 81 Speedway for the first time last May and walked out of both with the checkered flag in hand — his first career sweep of a national Midget series weekend.

As he prepares to return to both tracks with the Series next Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, he recalled the joy of those triumphs and how much it fueled his drive to compete for the Series championship in 2023.

“It helped our team a lot as far as the confidence goes and the knowledge that came with that,” McDermand said. “It was really just a good building weekend for all of us early in the season to have that success.”

Though he came up short in the points standings with a fifth-place finish, McDermand — like several others — cemented his place in the national Midget ranks as a star of the Xtreme Outlaw Series and with the others ushered in a brand-new era of talent.

Midget goliaths of USAC in the late 2010s — Seavey, Thorson, Courtney, Windom — have gone on to broaden their open-wheel racing horizons, opening the door for the present-day roster of stars — McDermand, McIntosh, Daum, Timms, among others — to make their mark aboard the Xtreme Outlaw Series.

McDermand — a multi-time regional Midget champion at the turn of the decade — spent many years watching the USAC and POWRi greats, dreaming of the day he’d make his mark on the national Midget scene. Now a three-year regular on the Xtreme Outlaw Series, that day has dawned, and he’s never been happier now that it’s here.

“It feels good as a driver to know that I’m a contender,” McDermand said. “It goes back to maybe six or eight years ago sitting in the stands watching the national Midget races with the guys that were in that position that I am.

“It’s really come full circle for me as a driver to be fortunate enough to be in that position. I think [that] says a lot about me and who surrounds me with the team and my family and stuff. It means a lot to all of us to be able to have that privilege throughout the year. I’m just looking forward to making everybody happy, hopefully.”

For the past three seasons, McDermand has enjoyed continued success with support from Oklahoma-based Mounce/Stout Motorsports, who he renewed his partnership with in early 2024. Together, they’ve won seven Xtreme Outlaw Series races — tied with Jade Avedisian for most all-time.

“It’s been good so far; it just feels like home again,” McDermand said. “We work well together. Last year showed that.

“It’s been helpful to have the same notebook as last year. I don’t have to learn a different engine platform and stuff like that, so that’s really helped me get back on the right foot.”

His reunion with team owners Jay Mounce and Gavin Stout came after a sudden change from his original plans for 2024. McDermand announced in November he had entered into a deal with Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports (DMD) to pilot team owner Dave McIntosh’s flagship car and chase the Xtreme Outlaw Series championship.

However, McDermand was forced to make other arrangements before the season opener in March after McIntosh informed him that he would not be able to continue operations at DMD in 2024, and so he picked up the phone.

“I feel like I had a good plan moving forward to better myself and my racing career,” McDermand said. “The way things played out — the economy isn’t as good as it once was, and [McIntosh] decided it was better to close the doors on his racing program, at least for now.

“The way things played out so far is probably the best that could’ve happened. I feel like the speed we’ve had already this season shows that. Now, it’s just all focus on the season ahead.”

McDermand has built his racing mentality on forward thinking. He’s back in his comfort zone at Mounce/Stout, looking forward to getting his first win of the year and defending his 2023 victories next weekend at Humboldt and 81. Though it’s been a year since those wins, he’s accepting of the challenge.

“Obviously, it’s a little bit of pressure that I put on myself to go back to place that you had good speed at before — you’re kind of expected to have that same speed again,” McDermand said. “In racing, it’s hard to stay on top of a mountain for a while, especially 365 days later.”

He currently sits 56 points behind leader Cannon McIntosh in the standings with 24 races left on the schedule. With plenty of time left, McDermand said it’s a gap he can make up in pursuit of his first career national Midget series championship.

“I definitely think that we’re a contender; that’s our number-one goal and focus,” McDermand said. “To be honest, anything less than that would probably be a disappointment to us.”

Don’t miss McDermand and Mounce/Stout back in action with the Xtreme Outlaw Series next Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, at Humboldt Speedway and 81 Speedway in Kansas. Tickets for both events will be on sale at the gate. If you can’t be there to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

 

 

MONTH OF MAY MASTERPIECE: David Gravel Tops Jacksonville Barnburner for Fourth Win of Season

A wild win marks the Series leading fourth of 2024 for David Gravel and Big Game Motorsports

JACKSONVILLE, IL (May 1, 2024) - The anticipation filled the entire town of Jacksonville, IL as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars returned for the first time in three years on Wednesday night. Tickets sold out Tuesday night. Fans filled the entire grandstands before Hot Laps even began. Many more headed for the pit area. Could the Hy-Vee Perks 40 live up to the hype? Absolutely it could.

The midweek Feature offered up 35 laps of non-stop action all over the Illinois bullring. Among the battles including a thrilling duel for the lead between two of the best in Sprint Car Racing. David Gravel and Kyle Larson threw everything they had at each other. Haymaker after haymaker. In the end, Gravel used a late slide job to secure a thrilling win in front of the largest crowd in the track’s history.

Once they’d caught their breath, the massive crowd roared as Gravel climbed atop the Big Game Motorsports machine in Victory Lane. The record number of fans came for a show. And that’s exactly what they got.

“You like that s***?” Gravel asked a rowdy crowd in Victory Lane. “Man, what a great race car. Cody Jacobs, Zach (Patterson), and Stephen (Hamm-Reilly), they deserved that win. I was able to run lanes other people weren’t and had a great car. Honestly, I was fairly conservative, and then being too conservative got Kyle back by me, and I knew once I got to clear him, I had to move up because he’d be pounding the top. I had the wing pretty far back and was pushing really bad on entry going into (Turn) 1 and wasn’t making a good corner, but I knew I had to screw him up there at the end.”

Gravel is up to a Series best four victories in 2024 with The Greatest Show on Dirt. His 92nd win broke a tie with Brad Sweet to give him sole possession of ninth on the all-time win list. The victory was Gravel’s first at Jacksonville, making it the 47th track he’s won at with the World of Outlaws. Tod Quiring’s Big Game Motorsports sits at 98 triumphs, two away from becoming the sixth team with 100.

Well before his battle with Larson began, Gravel had to climb through the front of the field. Up front, Larson took off to lead the opening circuit while Gravel took the green flag in fourth and actually slipped back to fifth when Carson Macedo rolled by on the top.

Gravel remained committed to the bottom, keeping the Huset’s Speedway #2 glued to the lowline. The commitment paid off as he began to reel Macedo back in and slipped back around him on Lap 11 for fourth.

A couple circuits later Gravel welcomed himself to a war for the runner-up spot. Giovanni Scelzi and Michael “Buddy” Kofoid raced side by side and Gravel joined the fun. Kofoid attempted to shut the door when he saw Gravel approaching. The tactic briefly worked, but Gravel muscled his way into second on Lap 19.

When Gravel grabbed the runner-up spot, Larson owned a one-second advantage in the Silva Motorsports #57. The gap was slashed in half only a lap later and then down under three tenths of a second on Lap 21 as Gravel continued on the low side while Larson opted for the top.

On Lap 24 Gravel found the momentum he needed and rolled under Larson to grab the lead. The pass lit a fire under Larson who found another gear. “Yung Money” began to hammer the treacherous cushion all around the ¼ mile. Then on Lap 26, Larson ripped back by Gravel on the top in Turns 1 and 2.

Despite Larson using the cushion to get by, Gravel continued his path on the bottom. As the final laps clicked away, Larson looked as if he may pull away from Gravel. But hope flashed for Gravel as Larson looked to split a pair of lapped cars but couldn’t squeeze through. On Lap 32 Gravel gathered enough momentum down the back straightaway to move under Larson and then clear him with a slider in Turns 3 and 4. Gravel then stuck with a defensive line around the top the final few laps to grab the checkered flag.

“What a great race,” Gravel said. “Hats off to the track crew… I think really the Outlaws and track guys made the right call for track prep with 56 cars here. It’s really hard to prep a surface with that many cars here. It got really wide. You got to use every inch of this racetrack, and it was a lot of fun tonight.”

Larson kicked off the month of May with a runner-up in his World of Outlaws season debut. The Elk Grove, CA native plans to partake in his first Indianapolis 500 later this month, and he started a busy upcoming stretch with his 63rd career World of Outlaws podium. Despite leading laps and coming up a spot short, Larson enjoyed the wild race.

“Traffic was thick, for sure,” Larson said. “Being the leader, I knew he was there obviously because he passed me and I got him back. And then Kraig (Kinser) was doing his thing running the middle. I’ve got to watch it back. I don’t know if I got too impatient or what. I couldn’t follow because the pace was starting to slow down as I was getting to his back bumper. I knew Gravel was right there, and he seemed like he could move around a lot. I shot the gap and couldn’t get down the backstretch good and knew he’d be coming. I knew we were getting close to the end there because we had run a lot of laps. It was a great race. Super, super fun.”

Completing the top three was the man who can’t stay off the podium as of late – Buddy Kofoid. The pole-sitter remained a consistent force throughout the Feature but couldn’t quite challenge for the victory. He and Roth Motorsports still managed to collect their fifth consecutive podium. Kofoid continues to bang on the door of a win.

“That was a badass race,” Kofoid said. “I hope you guys all enjoyed that. That was about as tight and full send as you can get at a track like this. I enjoy that stuff. That’s kind of what I come from. And then with the Midget stuff, you could always run like that and make speed. It was fun. I wish we could get a win. We’re so close. Our car is so good.”

Carson Macedo and Corey Day completed the top five.

A 23rd to 11th run gave Donny Schatz his second straight KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Brady Bacon topped Seafoam Qualifying to claim his second career Simpson Quick Time.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to Carson Macedo (119th Heat Race win of career), Giovanni Scelzi (45th of career), and Kyle Larson (40th of career). David Gravel claimed Milton Hershey School Heat Two (250th of career).

Buddy Kofoid topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Brenham Crouch won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Austin McCarl.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Rossburg, OH’s Eldora Speedway for #LetsRaceTwo on May 3-4 and will be joined by the USAC National Sprint Cars. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[3]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson[2]; 3. 83-Michael Kofoid[1]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 5. 14-Corey Day[7]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 8. 83SR-James McFadden[11]; 9. 16T-Cole Macedo[8]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet[13]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz[23]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog[14]; 13. 9P-Parker Price Miller[9]; 14. 24D-Danny Sams III[10]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart[12]; 16. 99-Skylar Gee[16]; 17. 31-Zach Daum[22]; 18. 70-Kraig Kinser[18]; 19. 9X-Paul Nienhiser[24]; 20. 23-Garet Williamson[20]; 21. 2KS-Chase Randall[17]; 22. 1-Brenham Crouch[21]; 23. 51B-Joe B Miller[19]; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel[15]

Jacksonville IL  5/1/24

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[3]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson[2]; 3. 83-Michael Kofoid[1]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 5. 14-Corey Day[7]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 8. 83SR-James McFadden[11]; 9. 16T-Cole Macedo[8]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet[13]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz[23]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog[14]; 13. 9P-Parker Price Miller[9]; 14. 24D-Danny Sams III[10]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart[12]; 16. 99-Skylar Gee[16]; 17. 31-Zach Daum[22]; 18. 70-Kraig Kinser[18]; 19. 9X-Paul Nienhiser[24]; 20. 23-Garet Williamson[20]; 21. 2KS-Chase Randall[17]; 22. 1-Brenham Crouch[21]; 23. 51B-Joe B Miller[19]; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel[15]

MicroLite Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 1-Brenham Crouch[1]; 2. 31-Zach Daum[4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 4. 9X-Paul Nienhiser[8]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[3]; 6. 73-Scotty Thiel[6]; 7. 7S-Landon Crawley[7]; 8. 35-Zach Hampton[9]; 9. 3N-Jake Neuman[11]; 10. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse Jr[14]; 11. 21H-Brady Bacon[2]; 12. 24-Logan Seavey[13]; 13. 34-Sterling Cling[12]; 14. 1T-Trevin Littleton[15]; 15. 88-Austin McCarl[10]

C Feature (10 Laps): 1. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse Jr[2]; 2. 1T-Trevin Littleton[1]; 3. 27-Emerson Axsom[3]; 4. 5-Chase Briscoe[9]; 5. 97-Scotty Milan[6]; 6. B5-Brandon Sheppard[7]; 7. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 8. 9-Tyler Duff[12]; 9. 79G-Max Guilford[13]; 10. 79-Gage Montgomery[8]; 11. 37-Bryce Norris[11]; 12. 3B-Shelby Bosie[4]; 13. 22-Riley Goodno[10]

D Feature (10 Laps): 1. 9-Tyler Duff[2]; 2. 79G-Max Guilford[1]; 3. 17GP-Jadon Rogers[3]; 4. 16TH-Kevin Newton[7]; 5. 5H-Joey Moughan[5]; 6. 7-Tyler Lee[4]; 7. 14T-Tim Estenson[6]; 8. 55T-McKenna Haase[9]; 9. 44-Chris Martin[11]; 10. 29-Brayton Lynch[8]; 11. 10S-Jeremy Standridge[10]; 12. 96-Jake Blackhurst[12]

Non-Qualifiers Race (8 Laps): 1. 5-Chase Briscoe[1]; 2. 3N-Jake Neuman[3]; 3. 31-Zach Daum[4]; 4. 22-Riley Goodno[2]; 5. 79G-Max Guilford[7]; 6. 9-Tyler Duff[8]; 7. 17GP-Jadon Rogers[15]; 8. 7-Tyler Lee[11]; 9. 5H-Joey Moughan[5]; 10. 14T-Tim Estenson[14]; 11. 16TH-Kevin Newton[12]; 12. 29-Brayton Lynch[10]; 13. 55T-McKenna Haase[13]; 14. 10S-Jeremy Standridge[16]; 15. 44-Chris Martin[6]; 16. 96-Jake Blackhurst[9]

Toyota Dash (8 Laps): 1. 83-Michael Kofoid[2]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson[1]; 3. 2-David Gravel[4]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[3]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[8]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 7. 14-Corey Day[7]; 8. 16T-Cole Macedo[5]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[2]; 2. 83-Michael Kofoid[1]; 3. 9P-Parker Price Miller[4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 5. 2KS-Chase Randall[7]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[6]; 7. 1-Brenham Crouch[5]; 8. 35-Zach Hampton[8]; 9. 1T-Trevin Littleton[10]; 10. 6-Bill Rose[9]; 11. 5-Chase Briscoe[11]

Milton Hershey School Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 3. 83SR-James McFadden[4]; 4. 87-Aaron Reutzel[3]; 5. 51B-Joe B Miller[6]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz[8]; 7. 7S-Landon Crawley[5]; 8. 3N-Jake Neuman[11]; 9. 27-Emerson Axsom[7]; 10. B5-Brandon Sheppard[9]; 11. 37-Bryce Norris[10]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[2]; 2. 16T-Cole Macedo[3]; 3. 24D-Danny Sams III[4]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 5. 70-Kraig Kinser[10]; 6. 31-Zach Daum[11]; 7. 9X-Paul Nienhiser[7]; 8. 34-Sterling Cling[8]; 9. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse Jr[9]; 10. 97-Scotty Milan[5]; 11. 21H-Brady Bacon[1]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 57-Kyle Larson[1]; 2. 14-Corey Day[2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[3]; 4. 99-Skylar Gee[6]; 5. 23-Garet Williamson[5]; 6. 73-Scotty Thiel[7]; 7. 88-Austin McCarl[8]; 8. 24-Logan Seavey[4]; 9. 3B-Shelby Bosie[9]; 10. 79-Gage Montgomery[10]; 11. 22-Riley Goodno[11]

Sea Foam Qualifying 1 (2 Laps): 1. 83-Michael Kofoid, 00:10.068[20]; 2. 2-David Gravel, 00:10.086[10]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:10.138[12]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:10.160[13]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:10.176[2]; 6. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 00:10.177[23]; 7. 9P-Parker Price Miller, 00:10.238[15]; 8. 83SR-James McFadden, 00:10.239[3]; 9. 1-Brenham Crouch, 00:10.247[17]; 10. 7S-Landon Crawley, 00:10.349[14]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:10.432[19]; 12. 51B-Joe B Miller, 00:10.485[16]; 13. 2KS-Chase Randall, 00:10.507[8]; 14. 27-Emerson Axsom, 00:10.511[1]; 15. 35-Zach Hampton, 00:10.564[6]; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:10.589[18]; 17. 6-Bill Rose, 00:10.641[27]; 18. B5-Brandon Sheppard, 00:10.642[24]; 19. 1T-Trevin Littleton, 00:10.659[21]; 20. 37-Bryce Norris, 00:10.671[5]; 21. 5-Chase Briscoe, 00:10.674[7]; 22. 3N-Jake Neuman, 00:10.703[28]; 23. 5H-Joey Moughan, 00:10.749[11]; 24. 79G-Max Guilford, 00:10.906[26]; 25. 96-Jake Blackhurst, 00:10.910[22]; 26. 7-Tyler Lee, 00:11.035[4]; 27. 55T-McKenna Haase, 00:11.258[9]; 28. 17GP-Jadon Rogers, 00:11.693[25]

Sea Foam Qualifying 2 (2 Laps): 1. 21H-Brady Bacon, 00:10.062[1]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson, 00:10.158[13]; 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:10.193[8]; 4. 14-Corey Day, 00:10.259[18]; 5. 16T-Cole Macedo, 00:10.338[17]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:10.352[15]; 7. 24D-Danny Sams III, 00:10.436[27]; 8. 24-Logan Seavey, 00:10.445[11]; 9. 97-Scotty Milan, 00:10.516[25]; 10. 23-Garet Williamson, 00:10.520[21]; 11. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:10.535[9]; 12. 99-Skylar Gee, 00:10.625[4]; 13. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 00:10.747[6]; 14. 73-Scotty Thiel, 00:10.751[2]; 15. 34-Sterling Cling, 00:10.772[3]; 16. 88-Austin McCarl, 00:10.794[14]; 17. 17JR-Ricky Stenhouse Jr, 00:10.916[28]; 18. 3B-Shelby Bosie, 00:10.938[7]; 19. 70-Kraig Kinser, 00:10.946[23]; 20. 79-Gage Montgomery, 00:10.970[26]; 21. 22-Riley Goodno, 00:11.013[22]; 22. 31-Zach Daum, 00:11.068[16]; 23. 44-Chris Martin, 00:11.078[5]; 24. 9-Tyler Duff, 00:11.085[24]; 25. 29-Brayton Lynch, 00:11.122[19]; 26. 16TH-Kevin Newton, 00:11.327[10]; 27. 14T-Tim Estenson, 00:11.434[12]; 28. 10S-Jeremy Standridge, 00:11.973[20]

 

 

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: Xtreme Outlaw Midgets Set For Massive Three-Day Weekend in Missouri, Illinois

CONCORD, NC (May 1, 2024) – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota returns to Missouri and Illinois for a three-day weekend to cap off May and kick-start June.

Spanning Thursday through Saturday, the Series will visit Doe Run Raceway (Doe Run, MO) on May 30, Coles County Speedway (Mattoon, IL) on May 31 and Wayne County Speedway (Wayne City, IL) on June 1.

The visits to Doe Run and Wayne County will be the Series' second consecutive year visiting both tracks, while the stop at Coles County's 1/8-mile track will be the Series' first.

Last year, 2022 Series champion Zach Daum, of Pocahontas, IL, locked up Victory Lane at Doe Run and both races at Wayne County. Searching for a second title, Daum will be back to defend his wins with Trifecta Motorsports.

When the Series debuts at Coles County Speedway, it'll also be the track's first national Midget race, having recently opened in 2019.

The events at Doe Run and Coles County will also count toward the Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series, seeing Xtreme Outlaw and POWRi stars going head to head for the Challenge championship – won by last year by Daum, who's also the current Challenge Series points leader.

EVENT INFO FOR DOE RUN
Date – Thursday, May 30
Location – Doe Run, MO

Times (CT) –
2PM Pit Gates Open
5PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at track.
How to Watch – Can't make it? You can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (July 21, 2023) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UymwSRgLQg

Previous Xtreme Outlaw winner at Doe Run –
2023 – Zach Daum on July 21

EVENT INFO FOR COLES COUNTY
Date – Friday, May 31
Location – Mattoon, IL

Times (CT) –
2PM Pit Gates Open
5PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at track.
How to Watch – Can't make it? You can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

EVENT INFO FOR WAYNE COUNTY
Date – Saturday, June 1
Location – Wayne City, IL

Times (CT) –
2PM Pit Gates Open
5PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at track.
How to Watch – Can't make it? You can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (June 3, 2023) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDp0L1R1Yrs

Previous Xtreme Outlaw winner at Wayne County –
2023 – Zach Daum on June 2 & June 3

 

 

Brandon Sheppard Hoping ‘Change of Pace’ With World of Outlaws Sprint Car Debut Leads to Late Model Success

JACKSONVILLE, IL (May 1, 2024) – Brandon Sheppard is getting back to his roots of “put a race car in front of him and he’ll drive it.”

This time, it’s a Sprint Car. A 410 Sprint Car with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

The four-time World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series champion will make his debut with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Jacksonville Speedway on Wednesday, May 1, during the Hy-Vee Perks 40.

“Initially, everyone was surprised that I done it because they’ve offered me a few times over the years and just never had any intentions on doing anything,” Sheppard said. “This year, I just kind of thought it was time to change it up and do something different. Kind of get back to my roots a little bit. I used to drive whatever they put in front of me.”

While the No. B5 Sprint Car he’ll drive for his relatives, Jake and Jim Neuman, bears no comparison to his Sheppard Riggs Racing No. B5 Late Model – other than the design of the number – there’s still benefits he can take away from the experience.

“Definitely hasn’t been the year we wanted in the Late Model,” Sheppard said. “So, just kind of clear my head and change the pace a little bit and see if it helps us out in the Late Model.”

About 36 hours after running the Sprint Car, he’ll jump back behind the wheel of his Longhorn Chassis Factory Team car to compete with the World of Outlaws Late Models at Mississippi Thunder Speedway for the Dairyland Showdown, May 3-4 – still looking for his first win this year with the Series.

That quick change of race car diversity is one of the reasons Sheppard agreed to run the Sprint Car, pointing to how similar situations have helped other drivers.

“Anytime you can drive different cars… I mean, look at Kyle Larson, for example,” Sheppard said. “He’s so good at everything he gets in. I think he’d credit the same thing, that getting to get in and drive all these different cars and do all this different stuff; I feel like that helps him not get too complacent with one thing.

“A lot of times, you get in these cars, and you do the same thing week in and week out, and you get into bad habits. Then, the next thing you know you’re doing bad habits at every track you go to. When you drive different stuff, it helps keep you on your toes and have a little bit different feel. Obviously, the feel is going to be different than anything I’d feel in a Late Model, but it’s just the fact of getting in something and going fast in a different kind of car. Really clearing my head of all things Late Model for one night and just go have fun and see what we can do. Then, hopefully go into Mississippi Thunder fresh and ready to go.”

The New Berlin, IL native will have a large fanbase at Jacksonville, IL track, having grown up about 20 minutes from the speedway and made several laps there in various cars – including a 410 Sprint Car more than a decade ago.

“We do the Outlaw event as really just sort of something fun for our fans to take in during the season and, obviously, having Brandon in a Sprint Car has it have even more interest,” said Jacksonville Speedway promoter Kenny Dobson – who once fielded a Midget for Sheppard. “It gets national interest because Brandon is a national brand, but here, locally, Brandon is Brandon. He just has a huge fanbase. I think everyone around here is pretty confident Brandon can get a Sprint Car around Jacksonville Speedway just fine.”

Sheppard's first laps around Jacksonville in a Neuman car made him internet famous for the night, pulling a photo-worthy wheelie with the nose to sky.

“It literally was on the first lap,” Sheppard said with a chuckle. “I went out there… I knew it wasn’t doing to do me any good to pace around there for two laps, so I got out there and got after it and it stood up on me there. It was definitely crazy, but like I said, the only way to get the feel for it is to jump right in and go do it.”

After the excitement, he began turning decent laps, Jake Neuman said. Sheppard’s car will be one of Neuman’s backups with the Illinois-based team's standard Jacksonville set up.

“I don’t see a problem with him not making the show,” Neuman said. “Our stuff runs good enough. We get around there pretty good and he can in a Late Model and basically anything he’s ever been in, so I think we’ll be OK.”

After Jacksonville, don’t expect to see Sheppard become a Sprint Car regular. For now, it’s a one-time deal, he said. Maybe another Sprint Car run next year. But being a guy that’ll drive anything you put in front of him, he made sure to add… “You never know.”

Grandstand tickets for the Hy-Vee Perks 40 at Jacksonville Speedway are sold out, however, you can still purchase a pit pass. Gates open at 4 p.m. (CT) with Hot Laps scheduled for 6 p.m.

Or, if you plan on attending the Dairyland Showdown at Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City, WI, boasting two $25,000-to-win Features, tickets are available at the track. Gates open at 5 p.m. (CT) with Hot Laps scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

If you can’t make it to the tracks, you can watch both races live on DIRTVision.

 

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Three Races in Four Nights Bring World of Outlaws to Jacksonville, Eldora

The Greatest Show on Dirt returns to an Illinois bullring before heading to one of the country’s most famed half miles  

JACKSONVILLE, IL (April 30, 2024) - An action-packed trio of races are next for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.
A stretch of three races in four nights this week kicks off with a highly anticipated bullring battle at Illinois’ Jacksonville Speedway on Wednesday, May 1, for the Hy-Vee Perks 40. The 1/4 mile in the Land of Lincoln never fails to deliver thrilling action with its tight confines. The Greatest Show on Dirt has made four previous trips to Jacksonville, most recently in 2021.

It’s a diverse week in terms of the style of racetracks. After the midweek stop at Jacksonville, the tour rolls to Rossburg, OH where the wide, high banked, 1/2 mile that is Eldora Speedway awaits. With 235 previous visits, “The Big E” is the most visited track in Series history and will add two more tallies to that total on May 3-4. #LetsRaceTwo gives winged and wingless Sprint Car fans everything they could want as the World of Outlaws are joined by the USAC National Sprint Cars both nights.

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Let’s look at the week’s top storylines:

MACEDO’S MOMENT: The 2024 season has been an uphill battle for Carson Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing since beginning the year with four straight finishes outside the top 10. They’ve clawed their way forward with 11 consecutive top 10s including five podiums, and this week presents an excellent opportunity to gain more ground.

Macedo will be the only driver in the pit area this week with a World of Outlaws win at both Jacksonville and Eldora. Back in 2019 Macedo topped the Jacksonville visit for his fifth career Series victory. Eldora is equaled for the winningest track on Macedo’s World of Outlaws résumé. The Lemoore, CA native has topped a trio of races at “The Big E,” all aboard the JJR #41. The most recent was last year’s Knight Before the Kings Royal.

Three nights at two tracks that have been kind to Macedo offers the chance to make up more ground as he chases a title. He’s currently fifth in points, only four markers behind fourth and 68 behind David Gravel for the top spot. 

ELDORA EXCELLENCE: There’s something about Eldora Speedway that seems to perfectly suit Donny Schatz. Maybe he likes to up his game at his race team’s boss – Tony Stewart’s – racetrack. Whatever it is, you can almost always count on Schatz to be up front at Eldora.

The historic half mile is responsible for 18 of Schatz’s 313 career World of Outlaws victories, most recently claiming his sixth Kings Royal crown last July. The 10-time Series champion has 19 total Eldora triumphs having also topped the 2002 Historical Big One. 

It’s not just about winning for Schatz at Eldora. He’s also extraordinarily consistent. In his last 90 Eldora Feature starts, Schatz has missed the top 10 only eight times. Exactly half of those starts (45) have resulted in podiums. 

BIG E VICTORY: Macedo and Schatz aren’t the only current full-time World of Outlaws competitors with Eldora success under their belt.

The Ohio oval is home to four of Logan Schuchart’s 41 career Series wins. The Shark Racing pilot picked up the most recent of those four during last year’s #LetsRaceTwo opener. Schuchart also famously topped the Eldora Million last July to take home the biggest payday in Sprint Car history.

Current Series point leader David Gravel also owns four Series triumphs at Eldora. They’ve been spread between three teams with a 2014 win with Roth Motorsports, one in 2016 with CJB Motorsports, and a pair in 2022 with his current team – Big Game Motorsports. The Watertown, CT native also scored $52,000 with the All-Star Circuit of Champions at Eldora in 2020.

Ohio’s own Sheldon Haudenschild has made one previous trip to Eldora Speedway Victory Lane, driving the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 to the win during 2021’s #LetsRaceTwo. With three victories already in 2024, he’s currently tied with Gravel as the Series leader in wins this season.

BSHEPP’S CROSSOVER: Wednesday’s visit to Jacksonville will serve up one of the most interesting World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car debuts in Series history. Four-time World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model champion – Brandon Sheppard – is trading the fenders for some open-wheel action.

Sheppard is jumping in an entry fielded by his cousins – Jake and Jim Neuman – that will have his familiar #B5 on the wing. It’s set to be a home game Series debut as Sheppard calls New Berlin, IL home – a mere 20 miles from Jacksonville.

The all-time winningest driver with the World of Outlaws Late Models isn’t entirely unfamiliar with Sprint Cars. Sheppard turned some laps from time to time near the end of the 2000s and the beginning of the 2010s.

DIVERSE FIELD: On top of the unique addition of Sheppard to Wednesday’s roster, the Jacksonville pit area is expected to fill with a variety of drivers to create a diverse field.

Chase Briscoe intends to make his first World of Outlaws Sprint Car appearance since a 2018 trip to Tri-State Speedway. The NASCAR Cup Series full-timer is fresh off picking up a Sprint Car win as a car owner as Karter Sarff claimed the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) checkered flag at Red Hill Raceway aboard the CBR #5 three nights ago. Now, it’s Briscoe’s turn to have some fun behind the wheel at Jacksonville.

On the local side, Pocahontas, IL’s Zach Daum plans to make his second Series appearance of the season. Daum owns plenty of Midget laps around Jacksonville including a POWRi win back in 2016. It’s also home to his one career World of Outlaws top 10 in 2019.

Logan Seavey will be back in the World of Outlaws pit area for the first time in two years as he hops aboard a Landon Simon Racing entry for Wednesday. The Sutter, CA native is a familiar face to Jacksonville fans as he’s won five times at the Illinois oval in POWRi Midget action. Seavey has also raced there twice in a Sprint Car with MOWA, finishing third and fifth.

This trio will be accompanied by many others ready to battle the World of Outlaws in some midweek bullring action.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE 

Wednesday, May 1 at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, IL
Friday-Saturday, May 3-4 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (15/80 Races):

1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (2110 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-34 PTS)
3. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-52 PTS)
4. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-64 PTS)
5. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-68 PTS)
6. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-108 PTS)
7. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-154 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-210 PTS)
9. Brock Zearfoss – Brock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-314 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-388 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers): 

3 Wins – David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Wins – Donny Schatz
1 Win – Brad Sweet, Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon

FEATURE LAPS LED (13 Drivers):

94 Laps – David Gravel
77 Laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
56 Laps – Giovanni Scelzi
55 Laps – Carson Macedo
54 Laps – Rico Abreu
42 Laps – Donny Schatz
26 Laps – Brady Bacon
25 Laps – Brad Sweet
13 Laps – Anthony Macri, Michael Kofoid
11 Laps – Bill Balog
3 Laps – Brent Marks
1 Lap – Tyler Courtney 

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (8 Drivers):

4 Quick Times – Carson Macedo
2 Quick Times – Brent Marks, Michael Kofoid, Giovanni Scelzi, David Gravel
1 Quick Time – Landon Crawley, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel

HEAT RACE WINNERS (20 Drivers): 

8 Heat Wins – David Gravel
6 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild
5 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo, Michael Kofoid
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu
2 Heat Wins – Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Landon Crawley
1 Heat Win – Corey Day, Justin Peck, Bill Balog, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Logan Schuchart, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Donny Schatz, Danny Sams III

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (30 Drivers):

12 Dashes – David Gravel
11 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi
10 Dashes – Carson Macedo
9 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu, Bill Balog
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Donny Schatz, Landon Crawley, Logan Schuchart
4 Dashes – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Logan McCandless, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Danny Sams III

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (12 Drivers):

1 LCS – Austin McCarl, Bill Balog, Corey Day, Kasey Kahne, Koty Adams, Jace Park, Anthony Macri, Landon Crawley, Logan McCandless, Garet Williamson, Brock Zearfoss, Kevin Newton

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (12 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz
1 Hard Charger – Aaron Reutzel, Jace Park, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Chase Randall, Chris Windom, Noah Gass, Austin McCarl, Giovanni Scelzi

PODIUM FINISHES (15 Drivers):

8 Podiums – David Gravel
5 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo, Michael Kofoid
4 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild
3 Podiums – Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Anthony Macri, Aaron Reutzel, Bill Balog, Brady Bacon

TOP 10 FINISHES (36 Drivers): 

14 Top 10s – Giovanni Scelzi
13 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart
12 Top 10s – Michael Kofoid
11 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
9 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Bill Balog
6 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney
5 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu
4 Top 10s – Anthony Macri, Brock Zearfoss
3 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel
2 Top 10s – Ryan Timms, Chase Randall, Cole Macedo
1 Top 10 – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Cory Eliason, Landon Crawley, Jacob Allen, Chris Windom, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Joe B. Miller, Kraig Kinser, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Scotty Milan

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wed, Feb 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Thurs, Feb 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
3. Fri, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Tyler Courtney (1)
4. Sat, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
5. Mon, March 4 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
6. Fri, March 15 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brent Marks (1)
7. Sat, March 16 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
8. Sat, March 23 / Kennedale Speedway Park / Kennedale, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
9. Sat, March 30 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (1)
10. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / David Gravel (2)
11. Sat, April 6 / Arrowhead Speedway / Colcord, OK / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
12. Fri, April 12 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / David Gravel (3)
13. Sat, April 13 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
14. Fri, April 19 / Paducah International Raceway / Paducah, KY / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
15. Sat, April 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)

For the full 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car schedule, CLICK HERE.

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: Big Payouts on Tap at Two-Day Beaver Dam Special For World of Outlaws

BEAVER DAM, WI (April 30, 2024) – When the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Beaver Dam Raceway for the two-day Jim "JB" Boyd Memorial, May 31-June 1, two big checks will be on the line.

First, drivers will contend for a $12,000 payday on Friday. Then, $20,000 will be on the line for Saturday's Feature.

The weekend will be the Series' first of six races in the "Badger State" this year. And the first of six chances for Wisconsin resident Bill Balog to score a home win.

Balog, who's one of the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contenders, has 22 victories at the 1/3-mile track, including a win with the World of Outlaws in 2016 – his first and only with the Series.

Last year, Giovanni Scelzi and Sheldon Haudenschild each picked up a Series win at Beaver Dam. Haudenschild has won four of the last five races there.

EVENT INFO
Date – Friday-Saturday, May 31-June 1
Location – Beaver Dam, WI
Track Record – 11.025 sec. by Sheldon Haudenschild on June 30, 2021

Times (CT) –
2PM Pit Gates open
4PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at SLSPromotions.com.
How to Watch – Can't make it? Watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (June 17, 2023) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXcyZAZ8eaA

Previous World of Outlaws winners at Beaver Dam –
2023 - Gio Scelzi on June 16, Sheldon Haudenschild on June 17
2022 - Sheldon Haudenschild on June 17 & June 18
2021 - Sheldon Haudenschild on June 19
2020 – Brad Sweet on June 5 & June 6
2019 – Brad Sweet on June 22
2018 – Daryn Pittman on June 23
2017 – Shane Stewart on June 24
2016 - Bill Balog on June 25
2015 – Donny Schatz on June 27
2014 – Brad Sweet on June 28
2013 – Craig Dollansky on June 29
2012 – Kraig Kinser on July 7
2011 – Joey Saldana on July 9
2010 – Joey Saldana on July 10
2009 – Danny Lasoski on July 11
2008 – Steve Kinser on Aug. 2
2007 – Jason Solwold on Aug. 3, Daryn Pittman on Sept. 16
2006 – Jac Haudenschild on June 14
2005 – Craig Dollansky on July 6, Daryn Pittman on Sept. 24
2004 – Tim Shaffer on Sept. 25, Steve Kinser on June 12
2003 – Joey Saldana on April 22, Daryn Pittman on Aug. 3
2002 – Donny Schatz on July 10
1998 – Jac Haudenschild on June 17
1997 – Mark Kinser on May 4, Dave Blaney on June 18
1996 – Dave Blaney on May 5

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws Set to Honor Rick Ferkel During Fremont Return on Memorial Day

FREMONT, OH (April 29, 2024) – Fremont Speedway will welcome back the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Memorial Day this year for a special night.

With the passing of Rick Ferkel, the "Ohio Traveler," in January, the track and Series will honor the original Outlaw throughout the event, which is called the Rick Ferkel Tribute.

RELATED: Remembering Rick Ferkel

It'll be the World of Outlaws' first time back at the 1/3-mile Ohio track since 2016. In total, the Series has made eight trips to Fremont and only seen two repeat winners – Frankie Kerr (1991, 1992) and Donny Schatz (2013, 2014). Ohio's Chad Kemenah won the last World of Outlaws race there.

The $12,000-to-win race will also be the final Ohio stop on the World of Outlaws' spring swing before the Series ventures further north. With that, local Ohio competitors will be on a mission to try and top the stars of the Series on their home turf. However, of the Outlaws, Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild will be just as hungry for a home state win.

EVENT INFO:
Date – Monday, May 27
Location – Fremont, OH
Track Record – 11.732 sec. by Lee Jacobs on May 3, 2003

Times (ET) – 
2PM Gates Open
5PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.
How to Watch – Can't be there? Watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (June 3, 2016) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usRy3PZb6D0

Previous World of Outlaws Fremont Winners –
2016 - Chad Kemenah (June 3)
2014 - Donny Schatz (Oct. 18)
2013 - Donny Schatz (Sept. 28)
2011 - Jason Meyers (Oct. 15)
1993 - Stevie Smith (May 22)
1992 - Frankie Kerr (Aug. 8)
1991 - Frankie Kerr (Aug. 10)
1990 - Doug Wolfgang (May 19)

 

 

Ryan Timms in Hot Pursuit of First National Midget Championship While Balancing Sprint Car Schedule

CONCORD, NC (April 26, 2024) – Ryan Timms has been a fixture of the youthful wave of open-wheel racers sweeping the country over the last several seasons. He’s got wins in both Midgets and 410 Sprint Cars, but there’s one thing he wants that he’s never had.

The 17-year-old Oklahoma racer has yet to win a national Midget series championship. 2024 is only his second full season chasing points for team owners Keith Kunz and Pete Willoughby of Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM), but he’s hot on the trail of a first national crown.

Timms has already broken through to Victory Lane with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota once in the first six races and currently sits second in the standings, only 27 points behind leader Cannon McIntosh.

For the past two years, the national Midget series schedule has been laid out in such a manner that allows drivers – if they choose – to compete with both Xtreme and the USAC National Midget Championship, and still make room for some POWRi National Midget League races as well. Timms chased the USAC schedule in 2023 and finished fourth in the standings and this year adds-in the Xtreme Outlaw schedule.

“If I could win both [national championships] this year, it could open some opportunities with Toyota or maybe in the Sprint Car stuff,” Timms said. “As of right now, I’m just focusing on getting the best results I can with both Xtreme and USAC and trying to win both [championships].”

Prior to his USAC title run last year, Timms sprinkled Midget starts into his Sprint Car-heavy schedule in 2022, driving for two Midget teams at CB Industries and KKM. While his main priority that season remained with his family-owned Sprint Car team, Timms chased only Feature wins with the Midgets. Thus, a change in mentality was inevitable when he signed with KKM to chase USAC Midget points the following season.

“A lot of the points deal – I kinda learned this from last year – you’ve got to finish races, and you gotta be at least in the top-10,” Timms said. “If you just focus on doing your absolute best and getting the best results possible, not worrying about anything else, there’s not anything else you can really do. Whatever happens, happens.”

Fast-forward to 2024 and Timms is still balancing his Sprint Car and Midget schedule, though now more focused on Midgets than ever as he chases a national championship. In two complete seasons driving both car types, he said he’s finally found a level of comfort that allows him to not only race both divisions but be competitive in both as well.

“I’d say I’m a lot better at it this year than I was last year,” Timms said. “Last year, it would take me three or four weekends to get comfortable and used to whatever car I just hopped back into. But now, I feel like after a Hot Lap session or a Heat Race, I kinda already got the basics down and it feels natural to be back in whichever car I’m in.

“It’s a little tough when you’re doing double duty running both in the same night just because you’re literally going back-and-forth, back-and-forth, and they drive pretty different. That’s a little tough, but I really enjoy racing Midgets and I really enjoy racing Sprint Cars, and I want to be the best at both of them.”

Only six races into the Xtreme Outlaw Series season, and Timms has shown his prowess at the controls of the JBL Audio, LynK/Toyota No. 67. He scored his first Midget win of the season two weeks ago at Farmer City Raceway – a track that featured both tacky and slick conditions throughout the course of the two-day event. But Timms said he’s able to handle both.

“When the track has more moisture in it, we seem to struggle a little bit more – not struggle bad, just a little more than when it’s slick,” Timms said. “That’s just me as a driver. Last year, there was no telling where I’d finish if the track was hooked up. But this year, I feel like I’ve still got a shot at winning even when it’s hooked up, it’s just a little bit tougher for me.”

Next on Timms’ Xtreme Outlaw Series calendar are back-to-back races in Kansas – Friday, May 10 at Humboldt Speedway and Saturday, May 11 at 81 Speedway. He’s raced at both tracks before in his Sprint Car, which he said gives him a slight advantage over his competition.

“That 410 Sprint Car has so much more power and there’s so much more [G-Forces] on your body and it’s so much more intense than the Midget ever is,” Timms said. “When I go to a track that I’ve to been to in a Sprint Car, [the Midget] feels so slow and I’m used to going so fast at that track, it slows everything down a lot and kinda makes things easier.”

Timms continues his championship chase with the Xtreme Outlaw Series in the State of Kansas in only two weeks’ time. Tickets for both Humboldt and 81 will be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t be there to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

 

 

 

BELIEVE THE HYPE: Kofoid’s Rookie Campaign with Roth Motorsports Starting Strong

The 22-year-old has been one of the fastest drivers on track in recent weeks  

KNOXVILLE, IA (April 25, 2024) - The expectations were plenty high for Michael “Buddy” Kofoid entering 2024. One of Sprint Car Racing’s most promising young talents announced he’d be joining the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars with Roth Motorsports for a full-time rookie run. And the Californian is living up to the hype.
The start of the season provided some bumps in the road, but over the last several weeks Kofoid and his Roth crew have been one of the fastest teams on tour. The 10 most recent races have yielded unflinching consistency for Kofoid and company.

A 10th-place outing at Cotton Bowl Speedway on March 15 kicked off a run of 10 consecutive finishes inside the top 10. And they’ve only gotten faster throughout the stretch. The last six main events have resulted in five podiums and a 3.5 average finish. Kofoid is also currently on a streak of qualifying for six straight Toyota Racing Dashes. 

The early season decision to swap to a different car proved to be a catalyst for putting Kofoid on the right track.

“It started a little rough,” Kofoid admitted. “We unfortunately had some engine issues the first couple nights of DIRTcar Nationals, which put us behind in a spot that we didn’t want to be in at a big track like that.

“It’s been really good. We struggled a little bit early on in Texas, but then Dylan (Buswell) made the decision to go to our backup car, which is the car we actually ended last year with. It’s kind of old faithful if you will. I think it was the right move, for sure. It felt just like we remembered and looked better and felt better. I think doing that helped us a lot.”

Another key piece to the team’s success is Buswell – Kofoid’s crew chief. Kofoid is always quick to credit his lead wrench when interviewed. Buswell has worked with some of the sport’s top drivers, and the pairing quickly gelled when connecting at Roth last summer. They nearly won the richest race in World of Outlaws history in their first week of racing together, but mechanical troubles pried victory from their grasp. Even with that disappointment, Kofoid made it clear he’d be a force in the #83.

“I knew Dylan a little bit and actually met him at the beginning of 2023 but didn’t know him a whole lot personally before I got to Roth,” Kofoid said. “And then once we got started, I always say it’s the story of what could’ve been at Huset’s. He went to California and drove everything out and got here (Iowa) on Sunday and then left Monday or Tuesday and went straight to Huset’s and had a really good week there right off the bat. I think Dylan is extremely talented, and I trust him 110-percent. He’s helped me enjoy Sprint Car Racing even more, and he’s helped me become a better driver.”

The upcoming World of Outlaws schedule will present a shift as Kofoid continues his rookie season. The tour hasn’t visited a half mile since Volusia Speedway Park in early March, but three of the next five facilities on tap – Knoxville Raceway (April 26-27), Eldora Speedway (May 3-4), and Williams Grove Speedway (May 10-11) – are half miles.

For Kofoid, who grew up racing Sprint Cars on California’s countless bullrings before focusing on Midgets for a few years, bigger tracks continue to provide a challenge as he gets acquainted with the style. But he’s found that ever since partnering with Roth, he’s never felt better at the high speeds of half miles leading to confidence heading into the upcoming stretch.

“I feel good in general right now,” Kofoid said. “And I think it helps to have that positive mindset anywhere, but on the other hand I know that half miles are something that I need to get better on, and it’s something that I haven’t really been exposed to all that much. When I took those three years and ran Midgets, it made it less possible for me.

“But last year with Dylan I feel like on the half-mile stuff was the best I’ve ever felt. We’ve went to Knoxville a few times and almost won an All-Star race there. Or at least had a shot and ran second. We were okay in our (Knoxville Nationals) prelim night. We just qualify really well there, and that’s a huge part. Then we finished eighth last year (in the Knoxville Nationals).”

With more than 60 nights remaining on the schedule, there’s still plenty of racing left to go in 2024. Any World of Outlaws season has its ups and downs, and Kofoid and the Roth crew will have to fight through some off nights along the way. But Kofoid has made it clear he belongs with The Greatest Show on Dirt. The bar was set high when this California kid was winning races in his early teenage years. And now that he’s arrived on the sport’s biggest stage, he continues to raise the bar even higher as he lives out his dream with the World of Outlaws.

“Once you have a good run and you kind of figure out what you need to do the next time, and you hope it snowballs from there,” Kofoid said. “And it’s kind of done that. We’re looking forward to keeping it going, and we’re just having fun.”

Kofoid’s debut season with the World of Outlaws continues this weekend (April 26-27) with Knoxville Raceway’s Premier Chevy Dealers Clash. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Make Springtime Knoxville Stop

A tightening top five in the standings headline a rare April visit to The Sprint Car Capital of the World

KNOXVILLE, IA (April 23, 2024) - There’s never a bad time to visit Knoxville Raceway. And for the first time in a dozen years, the historic half mile is ready to welcome the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in the month of April.

“The Sprint Car Capital of the World” is the destination for the Premier Chevy Dealers Clash (April 26-27). The trip will be the first two of eight scheduled nights at Knoxville for the World of Outlaws in 2024.

It’s only April, but it’s never too early to start padding the notebook for August’s NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s – offering up Sprint Car immortality, a $190,000 winner’s check, and more than a million dollars in total purse money.

RELATED: Vote for the Knoxville Nationals as USA Today’s Best Motorsports Race

A huge field of stars from all over the country is expected to fill the Knoxville pit area this weekend with plans to chase a pair of $12,000 paydays and prepare for “The Granddaddy of ‘Em All.”

BUY TWO-DAY KNOXVILLE TICKET PACKAGE HERE
BUY FRIDAY KNOXVILLE TICKETS HERE
BUY SATURDAY KNOXVILLE TICKETS HERE

WATCH LIVE ON DIRTVision

Let’s look at the weekend’s top storylines:

TOP FIVE IS TIGHT: The 2024 World of Outlaws championship battle appears primed to stay tight all the way to Charlotte, NC when #AllDirtRoads lead to the World Finals. The top five tightened this past weekend, and only 68 points separate the leading five drivers.

David Gravel continues to lead the way despite a crash at Paducah cutting into his advantage. He’s been the most consistent driver in 2024 behind the wheel of the Big Game Motorsports #2 having already bagged eight podiums and 12 top fives through 15 races.

Donny Schatz sits second – 34 markers behind Gravel – amid his pursuit of an 11th championship. With only two finishes outside the top 10 so far this season, it’s the most consistent he and the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing team have looked in recent years.

Giovanni Scelzi holds down the third spot after leading the points earlier in the season. A DNF at 81 Speedway to conclude March put an end to his perfect stretch of top 10s, but Scelzi and KCP Racing have since rebounded with six straight finishes of ninth or better.

Logan Schuchart and Shark Racing have been quietly consistent all season, leading them to the fourth spot only 12 points behind Scelzi. The Hanover, PA driver owns a 6.8 average finish this year and hasn’t finished worse than 12th.

Carson Macedo completes the current top five, four markers behind Schuchart. The Jason Johnson Racing #41 continues to shake off a forgettable start at the 2024 DIRTcar Nationals. In the 11 races since the season opening event, Macedo hasn’t missed the top 10 and owns a 4.45 average finish.

SCHATZVILLE: It’s impossible to head to Knoxville without viewing Donny Schatz’s mind-blowing résumé on the Marion County Fairgrounds that he’ll look to add to this weekend.

His Knoxville Nationals success is well documented with 11 triumphs in the sport’s most prestigious race, one away from Steve Kinser’s record of 12. He’s also been on the podium a whopping 20 times in “The Granddaddy of ‘Em All.”

But the Knoxville success isn’t limited to the Nationals for Schatz. The 10-time Series champion has topped 11 World of Outlaws Features at the Iowa oval in months not named August. He’s the second most recent April winner with the Series, topping a spring visit back in 2007. The Fargo, ND native has also won in May, June, and October at Knoxville.

ROOKIES IN RHYTHM: Michael “Buddy” Kofoid and Bill Balog are separated by 22 years of age, but they’re united in being rookies on the World of Outlaws tour. And lately they’ve been united in being two of the fastest cars on track.

Kofoid is one of, if not the hottest drivers among the World of Outlaws roster at the moment. He’s reeled off four consecutive podiums and 10 consecutive top 10s aboard the Roth Motorsports #83. The Penngrove, CA driver has qualified for the finale in both of his Knoxville Nationals attempts, picking up Rookie of the Year honors in 2022 before grabbing a top 10 last year. He nearly won at the half mile last year, finishing second with the All-Star Circuit of Champions.

Balog has logged four consecutive finishes of sixth or better including a runner-up at Paducah, his first Series podium since 2019. The “North Pole Nightmare” has plenty of Knoxville experience with tastes of success here and there. He’s been in the top 10 in multiple Knoxville Nationals prelims.

The chase for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year currently sees Kofoid holding a 102-point advantage over Balog heading into Knoxville.

APRIL ABSENCE: This weekend is set to end a 12-year drought of April World of Outlaws action in Knoxville. But before this recent absence the half mile was a common stop of the tour in the spring.

The World of Outlaws have contested 43 Knoxville Features in the month of April. The first was April 21, 1979 and topped by Sammy Swindell. The Germantown, TN legend also claimed the most recent on April 28, 2012. Swindell has won the most in April with 13 checkered flags. The only driver that will be in the pit area this weekend with an April World of Outlaws win on the black zook clay is Donny Schatz.

This weekend will reignite the tradition of the country’s greatest Sprint Car drivers visiting the Marion County Fairgrounds in the spring.

KNOXVILLE KNOWLEDGE: Knoxville has always offered some of the toughest local competition in the country for the World of Outlaws to face and expect this weekend to be no different.

Brian Brown headlines the crop of Knoxville regulars. “Blackjack’s” 65 overall Knoxville victories rank second behind only the legendary Danny Lasoski. Among those wins are a trio with The Greatest Show on Dirt including one last June.

Two-time and defending Knoxville track champion – Austin McCarl – will be in the hunt to secure his first World of Outlaws win at his home track. The Altoona, IA native is a former Knoxville Nationals pole sitter (2022), and last year he sat on the pole of night one of the Premier Chevy Dealers Clash before earning his third career World of Outlaws top five.

Plenty of more local talents are likely to join the field this weekend including Knoxville’s own Riley Goodno, Tasker Phillips (Pleasantville, IA), McKenna Haase (Des Moines, IA), Chris Martin (Ankeny, IA), Cole Mincer (Burlington, IA), and more.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE 

Friday-Saturday, April 26-27 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (15/82 Races):

1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (2110 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-34 PTS)
3. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-52 PTS)
4. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-64 PTS)
5. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-68 PTS)
6. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-108 PTS)
7. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-154 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-210 PTS)
9. Brock Zearfoss – Brock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-314 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-388 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers): 

3 Wins – David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Wins – Donny Schatz
1 Win – Brad Sweet, Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon

FEATURE LAPS LED (13 Drivers):

94 Laps – David Gravel
77 Laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
56 Laps – Giovanni Scelzi
55 Laps – Carson Macedo
54 Laps – Rico Abreu
42 Laps – Donny Schatz
26 Laps – Brady Bacon
25 Laps – Brad Sweet
13 Laps – Anthony Macri, Michael Kofoid
11 Laps – Bill Balog
3 Laps – Brent Marks
1 Lap – Tyler Courtney 

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (8 Drivers):

4 Quick Times – Carson Macedo
2 Quick Times – Brent Marks, Michael Kofoid, Giovanni Scelzi, David Gravel
1 Quick Time – Landon Crawley, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel

HEAT RACE WINNERS (20 Drivers): 

8 Heat Wins – David Gravel
6 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild
5 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo, Michael Kofoid
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu
2 Heat Wins – Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Landon Crawley
1 Heat Win – Corey Day, Justin Peck, Bill Balog, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Logan Schuchart, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Donny Schatz, Danny Sams III

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (30 Drivers):

12 Dashes – David Gravel
11 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi
10 Dashes – Carson Macedo
9 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu, Bill Balog
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Donny Schatz, Landon Crawley, Logan Schuchart
4 Dashes – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Logan McCandless, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Danny Sams III

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (12 Drivers):

1 LCS – Austin McCarl, Bill Balog, Corey Day, Kasey Kahne, Koty Adams, Jace Park, Anthony Macri, Landon Crawley, Logan McCandless, Garet Williamson, Brock Zearfoss, Kevin Newton

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (12 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz
1 Hard Charger – Aaron Reutzel, Jace Park, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Chase Randall, Chris Windom, Noah Gass, Austin McCarl, Giovanni Scelzi

PODIUM FINISHES (15 Drivers):

8 Podiums – David Gravel
5 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo, Michael Kofoid
4 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild
3 Podiums – Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Anthony Macri, Aaron Reutzel, Bill Balog, Brady Bacon

TOP 10 FINISHES (36 Drivers): 

14 Top 10s – Giovanni Scelzi
13 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart
12 Top 10s – Michael Kofoid
11 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
9 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Bill Balog
6 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney
5 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu
4 Top 10s – Anthony Macri, Brock Zearfoss
3 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel
2 Top 10s – Ryan Timms, Chase Randall, Cole Macedo
1 Top 10 – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Cory Eliason, Landon Crawley, Jacob Allen, Chris Windom, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Joe B. Miller, Kraig Kinser, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Scotty Milan

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wed, Feb 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Thurs, Feb 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
3. Fri, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Tyler Courtney (1)
4. Sat, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
5. Mon, March 4 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
6. Fri, March 15 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brent Marks (1)
7. Sat, March 16 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
8. Sat, March 23 / Kennedale Speedway Park / Kennedale, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
9. Sat, March 30 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (1)
10. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / David Gravel (2)
11. Sat, April 6 / Arrowhead Speedway / Colcord, OK / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
12. Fri, April 12 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / David Gravel (3)
13. Sat, April 13 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
14. Fri, April 19 / Paducah International Raceway / Paducah, KY / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
15. Sat, April 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)

For the full 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car schedule, CLICK HERE.

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws, Xtreme Outlaw Tours Joining For Ohio Doubleheader at Atomic

CHILLICOTHE, OH (April 24, 2024) – Ohio race fans will be treated to a doubleheader weekend at Atomic Speedway with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota in May.

For the first time, the two national series will run together at the 3/8-mile Chillicothe, OH track on Friday-Saturday, May 24-25.

It'll mark the end of the World of Outlaws' spring Ohio swing and the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series' first stop in Ohio this season.

The iconic Ohio track has produced some of the most exciting races in World of Outlaws history and has seen four different winners in the last four Series races there – including Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild in 2022.

Last year, Jade Avedisian scored the win with the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets at Atomic – one of five victories she picked up en route to her becoming the first women to win a national dirt racing title.

EVENT INFO
Date – Friday-Saturday, May 24-25
Location – Chillicothe, OH
Track Record (Sprint Cars) – 10.915 sec. set by Brock Mayes in 2005
Track Record (Midgets) – 14.036 sec. set by Daniel Whitley on July 29, 2023

Times (ET) –
2PM Gates Open
4PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.
How to Watch – Can't make it to the track? Watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (Sprint Cars on May 27, 2023) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueA_v-2_8K4

Last Race Video Recap (Xtreme Outlaw Midgets on July 29, 2023) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBP-7WuWis4

Previous World of Outlaws winners at Atomic –
2023 - Brad Sweet on May 26, Carson Macedo on May 27
2022 - Sheldon Haudenschild on May 28
2009 - Donny Schatz on August 1
2008 - Donny Schatz on July 26
2007 - Terry McCarl on July 28
2006 - Donny Schatz on August 5
2005 - Donny Schatz on September 27
2004 - Jason Meyers on May 11
2003 - Daryn Pittman on July 31

Previous Xtreme Outlaw winners at Atomic –
2023 – Jade Avedisian on July 29

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Make Springtime Knoxville Stop

A tightening top five in the standings headline a rare April visit to The Sprint Car Capital of the World

KNOXVILLE, IA (April 23, 2024) - There’s never a bad time to visit Knoxville Raceway. And for the first time in a dozen years, the historic half mile is ready to welcome the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in the month of April.

“The Sprint Car Capital of the World” is the destination for the Premier Chevy Dealers Clash (April 26-27). The trip will be the first two of eight scheduled nights at Knoxville for the World of Outlaws in 2024.

It’s only April, but it’s never too early to start padding the notebook for August’s NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s – offering up Sprint Car immortality, a $190,000 winner’s check, and more than a million dollars in total purse money.

RELATED: Vote for the Knoxville Nationals as USA Today’s Best Motorsports Race

A huge field of stars from all over the country is expected to fill the Knoxville pit area this weekend with plans to chase a pair of $12,000 paydays and prepare for “The Granddaddy of ‘Em All.”

BUY TWO-DAY KNOXVILLE TICKET PACKAGE HERE
BUY FRIDAY KNOXVILLE TICKETS HERE
BUY SATURDAY KNOXVILLE TICKETS HERE

WATCH LIVE ON DIRTVision

Let’s look at the weekend’s top storylines:

TOP FIVE IS TIGHT: The 2024 World of Outlaws championship battle appears primed to stay tight all the way to Charlotte, NC when #AllDirtRoads lead to the World Finals. The top five tightened this past weekend, and only 68 points separate the leading five drivers.

David Gravel continues to lead the way despite a crash at Paducah cutting into his advantage. He’s been the most consistent driver in 2024 behind the wheel of the Big Game Motorsports #2 having already bagged eight podiums and 12 top fives through 15 races.

Donny Schatz sits second – 34 markers behind Gravel – amid his pursuit of an 11th championship. With only two finishes outside the top 10 so far this season, it’s the most consistent he and the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing team have looked in recent years.

Giovanni Scelzi holds down the third spot after leading the points earlier in the season. A DNF at 81 Speedway to conclude March put an end to his perfect stretch of top 10s, but Scelzi and KCP Racing have since rebounded with six straight finishes of ninth or better.

Logan Schuchart and Shark Racing have been quietly consistent all season, leading them to the fourth spot only 12 points behind Scelzi. The Hanover, PA driver owns a 6.8 average finish this year and hasn’t finished worse than 12th.

Carson Macedo completes the current top five, four markers behind Schuchart. The Jason Johnson Racing #41 continues to shake off a forgettable start at the 2024 DIRTcar Nationals. In the 11 races since the season opening event, Macedo hasn’t missed the top 10 and owns a 4.45 average finish.

SCHATZVILLE: It’s impossible to head to Knoxville without viewing Donny Schatz’s mind-blowing résumé on the Marion County Fairgrounds that he’ll look to add to this weekend.

His Knoxville Nationals success is well documented with 11 triumphs in the sport’s most prestigious race, one away from Steve Kinser’s record of 12. He’s also been on the podium a whopping 20 times in “The Granddaddy of ‘Em All.”

But the Knoxville success isn’t limited to the Nationals for Schatz. The 10-time Series champion has topped 11 World of Outlaws Features at the Iowa oval in months not named August. He’s the second most recent April winner with the Series, topping a spring visit back in 2007. The Fargo, ND native has also won in May, June, and October at Knoxville.

ROOKIES IN RHYTHM: Michael “Buddy” Kofoid and Bill Balog are separated by 22 years of age, but they’re united in being rookies on the World of Outlaws tour. And lately they’ve been united in being two of the fastest cars on track.

Kofoid is one of, if not the hottest drivers among the World of Outlaws roster at the moment. He’s reeled off four consecutive podiums and 10 consecutive top 10s aboard the Roth Motorsports #83. The Penngrove, CA driver has qualified for the finale in both of his Knoxville Nationals attempts, picking up Rookie of the Year honors in 2022 before grabbing a top 10 last year. He nearly won at the half mile last year, finishing second with the All-Star Circuit of Champions.

Balog has logged four consecutive finishes of sixth or better including a runner-up at Paducah, his first Series podium since 2019. The “North Pole Nightmare” has plenty of Knoxville experience with tastes of success here and there. He’s been in the top 10 in multiple Knoxville Nationals prelims.

The chase for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year currently sees Kofoid holding a 102-point advantage over Balog heading into Knoxville.

APRIL ABSENCE: This weekend is set to end a 12-year drought of April World of Outlaws action in Knoxville. But before this recent absence the half mile was a common stop of the tour in the spring.

The World of Outlaws have contested 43 Knoxville Features in the month of April. The first was April 21, 1979 and topped by Sammy Swindell. The Germantown, TN legend also claimed the most recent on April 28, 2012. Swindell has won the most in April with 13 checkered flags. The only driver that will be in the pit area this weekend with an April World of Outlaws win on the black zook clay is Donny Schatz.

This weekend will reignite the tradition of the country’s greatest Sprint Car drivers visiting the Marion County Fairgrounds in the spring.

KNOXVILLE KNOWLEDGE: Knoxville has always offered some of the toughest local competition in the country for the World of Outlaws to face and expect this weekend to be no different.

Brian Brown headlines the crop of Knoxville regulars. “Blackjack’s” 65 overall Knoxville victories rank second behind only the legendary Danny Lasoski. Among those wins are a trio with The Greatest Show on Dirt including one last June.

Two-time and defending Knoxville track champion – Austin McCarl – will be in the hunt to secure his first World of Outlaws win at his home track. The Altoona, IA native is a former Knoxville Nationals pole sitter (2022), and last year he sat on the pole of night one of the Premier Chevy Dealers Clash before earning his third career World of Outlaws top five.

Plenty of more local talents are likely to join the field this weekend including Knoxville’s own Riley Goodno, Tasker Phillips (Pleasantville, IA), McKenna Haase (Des Moines, IA), Chris Martin (Ankeny, IA), Cole Mincer (Burlington, IA), and more.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE

Friday-Saturday, April 26-27 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (15/82 Races):

1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (2110 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-34 PTS)
3. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-52 PTS)
4. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-64 PTS)
5. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-68 PTS)
6. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-108 PTS)
7. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-154 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-210 PTS)
9. Brock Zearfoss – Brock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-314 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-388 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers):

3 Wins – David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Wins – Donny Schatz
1 Win – Brad Sweet, Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon

FEATURE LAPS LED (13 Drivers):

94 Laps – David Gravel
77 Laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
56 Laps – Giovanni Scelzi
55 Laps – Carson Macedo
54 Laps – Rico Abreu
42 Laps – Donny Schatz
26 Laps – Brady Bacon
25 Laps – Brad Sweet
13 Laps – Anthony Macri, Michael Kofoid
11 Laps – Bill Balog
3 Laps – Brent Marks
1 Lap – Tyler Courtney

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (8 Drivers):

4 Quick Times – Carson Macedo
2 Quick Times – Brent Marks, Michael Kofoid, Giovanni Scelzi, David Gravel
1 Quick Time – Landon Crawley, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel

HEAT RACE WINNERS (20 Drivers):

8 Heat Wins – David Gravel
6 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild
5 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo, Michael Kofoid
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu
2 Heat Wins – Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Landon Crawley
1 Heat Win – Corey Day, Justin Peck, Bill Balog, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Logan Schuchart, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Donny Schatz, Danny Sams III

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (30 Drivers):

12 Dashes – David Gravel
11 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi
10 Dashes – Carson Macedo
9 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu, Bill Balog
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Donny Schatz, Landon Crawley, Logan Schuchart
4 Dashes – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Logan McCandless, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Danny Sams III

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (12 Drivers):

1 LCS – Austin McCarl, Bill Balog, Corey Day, Kasey Kahne, Koty Adams, Jace Park, Anthony Macri, Landon Crawley, Logan McCandless, Garet Williamson, Brock Zearfoss, Kevin Newton

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (12 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz
1 Hard Charger – Aaron Reutzel, Jace Park, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Chase Randall, Chris Windom, Noah Gass, Austin McCarl, Giovanni Scelzi

PODIUM FINISHES (15 Drivers):

8 Podiums – David Gravel
5 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo, Michael Kofoid
4 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild
3 Podiums – Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Anthony Macri, Aaron Reutzel, Bill Balog, Brady Bacon

TOP 10 FINISHES (36 Drivers):

14 Top 10s – Giovanni Scelzi
13 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart
12 Top 10s – Michael Kofoid
11 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
9 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Bill Balog
6 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney
5 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu
4 Top 10s – Anthony Macri, Brock Zearfoss
3 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel
2 Top 10s – Ryan Timms, Chase Randall, Cole Macedo
1 Top 10 – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Cory Eliason, Landon Crawley, Jacob Allen, Chris Windom, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Joe B. Miller, Kraig Kinser, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Scotty Milan

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wed, Feb 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Thurs, Feb 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
3. Fri, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Tyler Courtney (1)
4. Sat, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
5. Mon, March 4 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
6. Fri, March 15 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brent Marks (1)
7. Sat, March 16 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
8. Sat, March 23 / Kennedale Speedway Park / Kennedale, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
9. Sat, March 30 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (1)
10. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / David Gravel (2)
11. Sat, April 6 / Arrowhead Speedway / Colcord, OK / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
12. Fri, April 12 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / David Gravel (3)
13. Sat, April 13 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
14. Fri, April 19 / Paducah International Raceway / Paducah, KY / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
15. Sat, April 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)

For the full 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car schedule, CLICK HERE.

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: Xtreme Outlaw Midget National Tour Returns to Salisbury's Millbridge Speedway

SALISBURY, NC (April 22, 2024) – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is returning home in May to kick off a week of motorsports activities in North Carolina.

Millbridge Speedway – which hosted the Series' inaugural race in 2022 – will again be the site of the DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown, Tuesday-Wednesday, May 21-22.

The biggest stars in dirt Midget racing will be in attendance, inlcuding 2023 Xtreme Outlaw champion Jade Avedisian – the first women to win a national championship in dirt racing – Oklahoma's Cannon McIntosh, who swept the two Millbridge races last year, 2022 Xtreme Outlaw champion Zach Daum, and local standouts Trevor Cline and Ethan Mitchell – both from Mooresville, NC.

With the race leading up to NASCAR's Coke 600 weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the two-day event also tends to bring out some of the biggest names in racing to compete, such as NASCAR Cup Series drivers Chase Briscoe and Carson Hocevar.

EVENT INFO
Date – Tuesday-Wednesday, May 21-22
Location – Salisbury, NC

Times (ET) –
2PM Pit Gates Open
5PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps & Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at track
How to Watch – If you can't make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (May 23, 2023) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-r5WFm2Q4o

Previous Xtreme Outlaw Winners at Millbridge –
2023 – Cannon McIntosh on May 23 & May 24
2022 – Gavan Boschele on May 24, Taylor Reimer on May 25

 

 

HAUBSTADT HEATER: Brady Bacon Outduels Gravel for Second Straight Tri-State Victory

The Macho Man swaps the top spot multiple times with David Gravel before driving away to win

HAUBSTADT, IN (April 20, 2024) - Brady Bacon has Tri-State Speedway figured out.

Last year “The Macho Man” finally broke through at the Haubstadt, IN bullring. After countless near misses and cases of heartbreak with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars at Tri-State, he made the elusive trip to Victory Lane for his first Series win in 2023. And he came back for an encore in 2024.

The Broken Arrow, OK native started third in Saturday night’s Feature, had a fierce battle with David Gravel for the top spot, and then drove expertly through lapped traffic to go back-to-back at the “Hoosier State” facility.

The Haubstadt crowd that’s grown to love Bacon throughout his endless wingless success in the state of Indiana welcomed him to Victory Lane with a massive roar.

“I had a really good car on the bottom,” Bacon said. “It was going to be hard to pass him (Gravel) just in open track, but I could move around a little bit more than him, I think. And then once we got out front with those yellows, I just couldn’t make mistakes on those restarts. He got close to me on one of them. I thought we had a really good car in open air, so I was liking those yellows at the end, but we could still maneuver in traffic.”

Last year Bacon’s win made him the 150th driver to win a World of Outlaws race. Saturday’s victory made him the 101st with at least two. He became only the fifth driver to top consecutive World of Outlaws race at Tri-State Speedway, joining Doug Wolfgang, Andy Hillenburg, Paul McMahan, and Carson Macedo.

The 40-lap main event was led to green by David Gravel and Logan Schuchart. Gravel darted ahead to secure the early lead while the third-starting Bacon slipped under Schuchart for second.

The game of cat and mouse began as Bacon locked his sights on the Big Game Motorsports #2. The battle intensified when traffic became a factor. Bacon quickly closed in aboard the TKH Motorsports #21H.

On Lap 9 Bacon rolled under Gravel to grab the lead and ignite a war for the top spot. The next lap Gravel launched a slide job to snag the spot back. Bacon promptly returned the favor by sliding Gravel in Turn 1. Down the back straightaway Gravel crossed over and drove back ahead entering Turn 3 and pulled ahead to calm the battle for a little while.

It didn’t take long to heat back up as Bacon reeled him back in as they worked through more traffic. Bacon looked low in Turns 1 and 2 on Lap 16 to pull alongside Gravel but couldn’t quite clear him. In the next set of corners, “The Macho Man” mustered the strength he needed to power ahead on the bottom and lead the 16th circuit. And this time he had no intentions of letting Gravel back by.

Over the second half of the race, Bacon delivered a masterclass in working through traffic. He moved wherever he needed to on the quarter mile. He sliced through cars on the top and the bottom of Tri-State Speedway. By the time the checkered flag flew, Bacon had lapped up to 11th as he secured his second straight Haubstadt victory with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Bacon had so much fun on Saturday night, it had him itching to strap the wing on more often.

“A lot of people come together to make this happen,” Bacon said. “If we could a little more help, we could probably do this wing stuff a little more often, so anyone can give us a call.”

After leading early, Gravel held on for the runner-up spot. The result served as an encouraging bounce back after a crash on Friday at Paducah. He and the Big Game Motorsports crew are already up to a Series-leading eight podiums in 2024. Saturday also allowed him to extend his lead atop the standings to 34 markers ahead of Donny Schatz.

“I thought we were maybe equally as good early, but once the fuel load came off he (Bacon) was superior,” Gravel said. “I thought I got through lapped traffic really, really good, and I saw him underneath me, and I did an aggressive move in lapped traffic, and that’s how he got the lead from me. Man, he just diced through lapped traffic there in the last 10 laps. Obviously, he was the best car last year and the best car this year.”

Rounding out the top three for the third straight race was Michael “Buddy” Kofoid in the Roth Motorsports #83. The Californian us up to four consecutive podiums as he and his team continue to build momentum amid Kofoid’s rookie year.

“It’s funny at a track like this, running winged Sprint Cars you’re always trying to drive straight and everything, and here you throw all that out the window and get her backed in,” Kofoid said. “We just tried to get that feeling more comfortable and getting stuck like that here is huge. We made great improvements from the Dash to the Feature. I feel like I could move around a lot more and turn down and not get too free and make speed off the bottom, which is something I’ve struggled with here even in Midgets.”

Carson Macedo and Logan Schuchart completed the top five.

A 17th to 11th run gave Donny Schatz the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

David Gravel picked up his second Simpson Quick Time of the year and the 112th of his career.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to David Gravel (249th Heat Race win of career), Danny Sams III (first of career), Sheldon Haudenschild (105th of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two belonged to Carson Macedo (118th of career).

David Gravel won the Toyota Racing Dash.

Brock Zearfoss won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make a springtime stop at Knoxville Raceway for two nights (April 26-27) next weekend. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS: 

Haubstadt IN 4/20/24

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 21H-Brady Bacon[3]; 2. 2-David Gravel[1]; 3. 83-Michael Kofoid[4]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[2]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog[9]; 7. 16T-Cole Macedo[12]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[7]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[13]; 10. 27-Emerson Axsom[6]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz[17]; 12. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[14]; 13. 70-Kraig Kinser[11]; 14. 99-Skylar Gee[18]; 15. 12S-Adyn Schmidt[15]; 16. 24D-Danny Sams III[8]; 17. 122-Joe B Miller[16]; 18. 12-Robert Ballou[23]; 19. 97-Scotty Milan[10]; 20. 7S-Landon Crawley[24]; 21. 16TH-Kevin Newton[19]; 22. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[21]; 23. 23B-Brian Bell[20]; 24. 15K-Creed Kemenah[22]

MicroLite Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[3]; 2. 15K-Creed Kemenah[2]; 3. 12-Robert Ballou[6]; 4. 7S-Landon Crawley[10]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson[1]; 6. 17GP-Jadon Rogers[12]; 7. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 8. 29X-Brayton Lynch[11]; 9. 34-Sterling Cling[7]; 10. 42-Andy Bishop[8]; 11. 29-Logan McCandless[4]; 12. 5K-Kevin Thomas Jr[9]

Toyota Dash (8 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]; 3. 21H-Brady Bacon[6]; 4. 83-Michael Kofoid[4]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[8]; 6. 27-Emerson Axsom[3]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 8. 24D-Danny Sams III[7]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 21H-Brady Bacon[4]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[2]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[8]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[6]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson[3]; 8. 7S-Landon Crawley[7]

Milton Hershey School Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 27-Emerson Axsom[2]; 3. 97-Scotty Milan[3]; 4. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[6]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee[7]; 6. 29-Logan McCandless[8]; 7. 34-Sterling Cling[5]; 8. 15K-Creed Kemenah[4]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 24D-Danny Sams III[2]; 2. 83-Michael Kofoid[1]; 3. 70-Kraig Kinser[3]; 4. 12S-Adyn Schmidt[5]; 5. 16TH-Kevin Newton[6]; 6. 6-Bill Rose[7]; 7. 42-Andy Bishop[8]; 8. 29X-Brayton Lynch[4]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]; 3. 16T-Cole Macedo[4]; 4. 122-Joe B Miller[3]; 5. 23B-Brian Bell[6]; 6. 12-Robert Ballou[7]; 7. 5K-Kevin Thomas Jr[5]; 8. 17GP-Jadon Rogers[8]

Sea Foam Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel, 00:12.761[31]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:12.766[17]; 3. 83-Michael Kofoid, 00:12.837[23]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:12.841[10]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:12.872[4]; 6. 27-Emerson Axsom, 00:12.937[26]; 7. 24D-Danny Sams III, 00:12.950[8]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:12.986[6]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 00:12.993[1]; 10. 97-Scotty Milan, 00:13.044[5]; 11. 70-Kraig Kinser, 00:13.076[28]; 12. 122-Joe B Miller, 00:13.092[2]; 13. 21H-Brady Bacon, 00:13.093[32]; 14. 15K-Creed Kemenah, 00:13.100[22]; 15. 29X-Brayton Lynch, 00:13.111[16]; 16. 16T-Cole Macedo, 00:13.134[7]; 17. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:13.168[30]; 18. 34-Sterling Cling, 00:13.247[18]; 19. 12S-Adyn Schmidt, 00:13.271[15]; 20. 5K-Kevin Thomas Jr, 00:13.278[29]; 21. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:13.279[20]; 22. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 00:13.279[12]; 23. 16TH-Kevin Newton, 00:13.307[13]; 24. 23B-Brian Bell, 00:13.314[3]; 25. 7S-Landon Crawley, 00:13.316[24]; 26. 99-Skylar Gee, 00:13.464[14]; 27. 6-Bill Rose, 00:13.539[19]; 28. 12-Robert Ballou, 00:13.715[25]; 29. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:13.792[11]; 30. 29-Logan McCandless, 00:13.919[21]; 31. 42-Andy Bishop, 00:13.930[9]; 32. 17GP-Jadon Rogers, 00:14.000[27]

 

 

LIKE FATHER LIKE SON: Sheldon Haudenschild Rides the Haud Line to Paducah Victory

Haudenschild rips by Bill Balog early and drives to third World of Outlaws win of 2024 (Trent Gower Photo)

PADUCAH, KY (April 19, 2024) - The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree in the Haudenschild family.

Almost 14 years to the date that Jac Haudenschild drove to the win at Kentucky’s Paducah International Raceway, his son – Sheldon Haudenschild – put together a very similar race to make his own trip to Victory Lane.

Back in 2010, Jac slipped by Jason Sides exiting Turn 4 on the opening lap and led the entire distance for the win. On Friday night, Sheldon blasted by Bill Balog in Turn 4 on Lap 2 and controlled the remainder of the race to triumph with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars. In Haudenschild fashion, neither shied from Paducah’s intimidating topside on their path to victory.

The Paducah crowd that hadn’t seen The Greatest Show on Dirt come to town since 2012 erupted as Haudenschild climbed atop the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 in Victory Lane.

“Hats off to (Kyle) Ripper, Steve (Kinzer Dussel), and Luke (Vaughn),” Haudenschild said. “They’ve been putting the work in, and it pays off. Happy to get this whole NOS Energy Drink team back in Victory Lane. We’ve got all the guys from J&J (Auto Racing) here. I’m so happy to be back in their cars and on a good program.”

Haudenschild is up to 37 career World of Outlaws wins, giving him sole possession of 20th on the all-time win list. It was the Wooster, OH native’s first win in the state of Kentucky, making the “Bluegrass State” the 17th different he’s won inside the borders of. Paducah is the 24th different racetrack where he’s topped a World of Outlaws race. After winning three races all of last year, Haudenschild has already reached three victories through only 14 races in 2024.

Bill Balog and Haudenschild brought the 30-lapper to green. The “North Pole Nightmare” jumped out to the early advantage, but Haudenschild didn’t let him get far. The 30-year-old fired a slide job in Turn 1 on the second lap that cleared the Anderson’s Maple #17B. Balog battled back down the back straightaway with a crossover to regain the spot. Balog slid toward the top in Turns 3 and 4, but Haudenschild roared around him on the top exiting the corner to secure the lead.

Throughout the opening laps Haudenschild opened up the advantage as he ripped the cushion. While Haudenschild set sail up front, battles broke out behind him all over the 3/8-mile. Shortly before Haudenschild put 10 laps in the books he began to encounter traffic. The slower cars along Balog to close back in, trimming the lead from nearly two seconds to under a second in only a couple laps.

But right when it appeared a battle for the lead may be shaping up, Haudenschild put multiple lapped cars between himself and Balog to extend the lead as they neared the halfway mark.

Carson Macedo and David Gravel began to close in on Balog to create a three-car battle for second. Gravel slipped ahead of Macedo for third, and then a couple laps later the trio started to slice and dice leading them to driving three-wide down the back straightaway for the spot. A caution for a spinning Danny Sams III put the battle on hold.

The ensuing restart brought chaos. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid took advantage of a huge run down the back straightaway to slide both Gravel and Balog to take second. The Roth Motorsports #83 narrowly cleared Balog, who looked to turn underneath Kofoid but made contact with Gravel. The impact sent Gravel spinning toward the infield and led to contact with Brock Zearfoss, sending them both over and bringing out the red flag. Gravel’s night was done, and his point lead shrank to 16 markers as a result.

The crash lined the field up for a restart with 13 laps remaining, but Haudenschild had no intentions of allowing any late-race drama. The 2017 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year took off on his way to a commanding victory as the World of Outlaws returned to Paducah for the first time in a dozen years.

“I felt like it was a little hard to pass, and I felt like if anybody was going to pass me with how fast I was able to rip the top, it would’ve been pretty difficult to throw a slider,” Haudenschild said. “I felt like my entry was really good, so if I needed to I could kind of come off of it a little bit and be a little safer. When you know you’ve got to make speed, you’ve got to keep it straight up there and not drag the wall.”

Balog held on to notch the runner-up spot, marking his best finish of the year and first podium outing. He’s now posted three consecutive top five finishes after a pair last weekend in Pevely. Balog continues to exceed his own expectations with yet another strong run with his B2 Motorsports team.

“It’s awesome,” Balog said of his night. “This has been just an awesome adventure. I’m as surprised as you are some of these nights. The car has been good, and we keep getting greedier and greedier. I didn’t really have anything for Sheldon there, but we were able to race pretty good and hang on to second.”

Kofoid brought the Roth Motorsports #83 home third. He and the Roth crew continue to build momentum with three consecutive World of Outlaws podiums.

“I can’t thank Dennis and Teresa Roth enough for the opportunity to drive this iconic, beautiful race car,” Kofoid said. “And Mobil 1 and Toyota for continuing to back us and make it possible.”

The brothers Cole and Carson Macedo completed the top five.

A 13th to sixth effort aboard the KCP Racing #18 earned Giovanni Scelzi the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Carson Macedo snagged his fourth Simpson Quick Time of the year in Seafoam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One and Three belonged to Carson Macedo (117th Heat Race win of career) and David Gravel (248th of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two went to Buddy Kofoid (20th of career).

Bill Balog won the Toyota Racing Dash.

Kevin Newton won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

Brock Zearfoss earned the Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make their only 2024 Indiana visit with a night at Haubstadt’s Tri-State Speedway on Saturday, April 20. Tickets will be available at the gate.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

Paducah International Speedway KY   4/19/24

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[1]; 3. 83-Michael Kofoid[6]; 4. 16T-Cole Macedo[9]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[13]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz[12]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[14]; 9. 97-Scotty Milan[7]; 10. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[3]; 11. 21H-Brady Bacon[8]; 12. 15K-Creed Kemenah[11]; 13. 70-Kraig Kinser[17]; 14. 7S-Landon Crawley[18]; 15. 24D-Danny Sams III[15]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[10]; 17. 34-Sterling Cling[20]; 18. 99-Skylar Gee[21]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson[24]; 20. 29-Logan McCandless[16]; 21. 16TH-Kevin Newton[19]; 22. 6-Bill Rose[23]; 23. 2-David Gravel[5]; 24. 122-Joe B Miller[22]

MicroLite Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 16TH-Kevin Newton[1]; 2. 34-Sterling Cling[4]; 3. 99-Skylar Gee[3]; 4. 122-Joe B Miller[2]; 5. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 6. W20-Greg Wilson[7]; 7. 17GP-Cole Duncan[8]; 8. 3M-Howard Moore[6]; 9. 37-Ayden Gatewood[10]; 10. 42-Andy Bishop[11]; 11. 23B-Brian Bell[9]

Toyota Dash (6 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog[1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[4]; 3. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[6]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[2]; 5. 2-David Gravel[3]; 6. 83-Michael Kofoid[5]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[2]; 3. 97-Scotty Milan[3]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[6]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 6. 29-Logan McCandless[8]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee[7]; 8. 122-Joe B Miller[4]; 9. 17GP-Cole Duncan[10]; 10. 42-Andy Bishop[9]

Milton Hershey School Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 83-Michael Kofoid[1]; 2. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[4]; 3. 21H-Brady Bacon[3]; 4. 15K-Creed Kemenah[5]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[7]; 6. 70-Kraig Kinser[8]; 7. 34-Sterling Cling[10]; 8. 3M-Howard Moore[9]; 9. 23B-Brian Bell[6]; 10. 16TH-Kevin Newton[2]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 3. 16T-Cole Macedo[3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[4]; 5. 24D-Danny Sams III[6]; 6. 7S-Landon Crawley[5]; 7. 6-Bill Rose[7]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson[9]; 9. 37-Ayden Gatewood[8]

Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:14.212[6]; 2. 83-Michael Kofoid, 00:14.393[14]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:14.432[2]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:14.546[8]; 5. 16TH-Kevin Newton, 00:14.571[4]; 6. 2-David Gravel, 00:14.633[26]; 7. 97-Scotty Milan, 00:14.758[7]; 8. 21H-Brady Bacon, 00:14.763[1]; 9. 16T-Cole Macedo, 00:14.763[23]; 10. 122-Joe B Miller, 00:14.899[5]; 11. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 00:15.072[9]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:15.089[21]; 13. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:15.129[16]; 14. 15K-Creed Kemenah, 00:15.147[28]; 15. 7S-Landon Crawley, 00:15.162[12]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:15.221[17]; 17. 23B-Brian Bell, 00:15.281[19]; 18. 24D-Danny Sams III, 00:15.337[13]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee, 00:15.380[29]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:15.493[22]; 21. 6-Bill Rose, 00:15.554[24]; 22. 29-Logan McCandless, 00:15.606[20]; 23. 70-Kraig Kinser, 00:15.645[18]; 24. 37-Ayden Gatewood, 00:15.666[15]; 25. 42-Andy Bishop, 00:15.707[10]; 26. 3M-Howard Moore, 00:15.723[3]; 27. W20-Greg Wilson, 00:16.010[11]; 28. 17GP-Cole Duncan, 00:16.010[25]; 29. 34-Sterling Cling, 00:16.182[27]

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Make Lone 2024 Stops in Kentucky, Indiana

Paducah brings the Series to Kentucky for the first time since 2012 while Tri-State makes its annual spring appearance  

PADUCAH, KY (April 16, 2024) - The only 2024 trips to Kentucky and Indiana are up next for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.
First up is a Friday, April 19, visit to Kentucky’s Paducah International Raceway to bring The Greatest Show on Dirt back to the “Bluegrass State” for the first time in 12 years.

Then, a trip north across the Ohio River takes the tour to the “Hoosier State.” Indiana may be known for basketball, but in the Sprint Car world it’s known for bullrings, and down in southern Indiana Haubstadt is home to one of the best – Tri-State Speedway. The quarter mile welcomes the World of Outlaws for the 45th time on Saturday, April 20.

A highly anticipated return to a state starved of the nation’s best Sprint Car drivers and one of the most anticipated races of the year is set to create a thrilling double header this weekend.

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Let’s look at the weekend’s top storylines:

BACK IN THE BLUEGRASS: A dozen long years have passed since The Greatest Show on Dirt has competed in the state of Kentucky, but Paducah’s Friday event is set to welcome the tour back to the “Bluegrass State.”

Back in 2012 when the World of Outlaws last visited, Paducah was also the destination, and Joey Saldana drove the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 to his 87th career win. Of the 2024 roster, only Donny Schatz, Kraig Kinser, and Bill Rose were full-time for the most recent Kentucky trip.

The World of Outlaws have completed 10 races in the state of Kentucky at two tracks – seven at Paducah and three at Kentucky Lake Motor Speedway (Calvert City, KY). The first was hosted by Paducah in 1998 and won by Jeff Swindell. All 10 races have produced a different name in Victory Lane, and the trend will continue Friday as none of the previous Kentucky winners will be in the field.

TRI-STATE TRIUMPHS: Only two of the current crop of World of Outlaws stars have been to Tri-State Speedway Victory Lane, and they’re two of the best on a quarter-mile – Carson Macedo and David Gravel.

The Haubstadt bullring has been one of Macedo’s best tracks throughout the years. The Lemoore, CA driver topped three consecutive trips to Tri-State from 2020-2022. He hasn’t finished worse than fourth at the quarter mile in his last five attempts, and he’s led laps in the last four. The three wins put Tri-State in a tie with Eldora Speedway and Jackson Motorplex for the winningest track on his Series résumé. He’s also tied with Mark Kinser for the fourth most victories. Only Steve Kinser (eight wins), Sammy Swindell (five wins), and Craig Dollansky (four wins) own more.

Macedo enters this weekend on a roll of nine consecutive top 10s, including a pair of podiums this past weekend at I-55.

Gravel has twice conquered Tri-State (2016 & 2018), and both came when he was behind the wheel of the CJB Motorsports #5. The current point leader has been in the top five in six of his 14 Haubstadt starts.

The Watertown, CT native carries the momentum of seven consecutive top fives including a run of five straight top twos at one point during the stretch. His win last Friday at I-55 pushed Big Game Motorsports to 97 World of Outlaws wins as they continue to near the rare triple-digit territory.

HAUBSTADT HEARTBREAK: There’s no doubt that Sheldon Haudenschild knows his way around Tri-State Speedway, but a win has eluded him in seemingly every way possible.

Back in 2017, Haudenschild led 13 laps before contact with a lapped car left him with a sixth-place finish. The following year he led seven laps before contact with Justin Peck on a restart with 10 laps to go gave him a DNF. The next two visits he finished second including a drive from 18th in 2019. The Wooster, OH native led 10 laps in 2021 before a flat tire with less than 10 laps remaining dropped the heartbreak. And most recently Haudenschild led 16 laps last year before Brady Bacon snuck by with only a few circuits remaining.

Overall, he’s led 46 Feature laps and finished runner-up on three occasions, but he’s yet to grasp a checkered flag. He’ll look to change that this weekend with the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing crew as he makes his 11th Haubstadt visit.

A RARE DONNY DOUBLE: Not often do the World of Outlaws visit two tracks where Donny Schatz is yet to win, but that’s exactly the scenario this weekend.

The 10-time Series champion has been in the pit area for all seven visits to Paducah. After missing the top 10 in the first two, Schatz found consistency with five straight finishes of seventh or better highlighted by a runner-up in 2009.

Tri-State Speedway has been the closest thing to kryptonite for the living legend. It’s the track where he’s made the most starts (26) without a win. He’s knocked on the door a handful of times with six top fives, peaking at third in 2008.

The Fargo, ND driver has been strong all of 2024 with a 5.46 average finish through the first 13 races. He’ll head to Paducah and Tri-State fresh off an I-55 win looking to challenge for his first victory at both facilities.

BUDDY BREAKTHROUGH?: The 2024 season started with some ups and downs for Michael “Buddy” Kofoid and Roth Motorsports, but over the last few weeks they’ve locked into a strong groove.

The rookie hasn’t missed the top 10 since a cut tire ended a potential winning run at Volusia in early March. As the weeks continue Kofoid and his team look to be gaining more and more steam toward their first win of the season. Three of the last four races have resulted in podium runs for the Penngrove, CA driver.

Friday will mark Kofoid’s Paducah debut, but he’s got plenty of Tri-State experience. He finished 13th with the World of Outlaws last year at Haubstadt. He’s also competed there six times with the USAC National Midgets, bagging a trio of runner-up finishes.

PRIMED FOR A FIRST-TIME: There’s something about Tri-State Speedway that makes it a prime location for first-time Series winners. Whether it’s the surface, size, shape, or all three combined, the Indiana oval tends to put new faces in Victory Lane.

Six times the quarter mile has provided a driver’s first World of Outlaws win. The trend began with the track’s first race when Lee James won on May 13, 1979. Three months later it was Larry “Buckwheat” Gates taming Tri-State for his one and only Series victory. Fast forward to 1992 when Texan Gary Wright snagged his first checkered flag with The Greatest Show on Dirt at Haubstadt.

The latest three new winners have all arrived in the last decade. Indiana’s own Parker Price-Miller went to Victory Lane in August of 2017. Then, in 2020, Marion, IL’s Carson Short traveled one state east for Tri-State glory. Most recently, Brady Bacon topped the 2023 visit to become the 150th different winner in Series history.

Saturday offers the next opportunity for another potential new winner to arise from Tri-State Speedway.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE 

Friday, April 19 at Paducah International Raceway in Paducah, KY
Saturday, April 20 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (13/82 Races):

1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (1860 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-48 PTS)
3. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-72 PTS)
4. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-88 PTS)
5. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-100 PTS)
6. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-146 PTS)
7. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-188 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-244 PTS)
9. Brock Zearfoss – Brock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-288 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-370 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (9 Drivers): 

3 Wins – David Gravel
2 Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz
1 Win – Brad Sweet, Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu

FEATURE LAPS LED (12 Drivers):

80 Laps – David Gravel
56 Laps – Giovanni Scelzi
55 Laps – Carson Macedo
54 Laps – Rico Abreu
42 Laps – Donny Schatz
48 Laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
25 Laps – Brad Sweet
13 Laps – Anthony Macri, Michael Kofoid
10 Laps – Bill Balog
3 Laps – Brent Marks
1 Lap – Tyler Courtney 

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (8 Drivers):

3 Quick Times – Carson Macedo
2 Quick Times – Brent Marks, Michael Kofoid, Giovanni Scelzi
1 Quick Time – Landon Crawley, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, David Gravel

HEAT RACE WINNERS (19 Drivers): 

6 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi, David Gravel
5 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild 
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu, Michael Kofoid
3 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
2 Heat Wins – Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Landon Crawley
1 Heat Win – Corey Day, Justin Peck, Bill Balog, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Logan Schuchart, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Donny Schatz

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (26 Drivers):

11 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi
10 Dashes – David Gravel
8 Dashes – Carson Macedo
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu, Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
6 Dashes – Bill Balog
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Donny Schatz, Landon Crawley
4 Dashes – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown, Logan Schuchart
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Logan McCandless

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (10 Drivers):

1 LCS – Austin McCarl, Bill Balog, Corey Day, Kasey Kahne, Koty Adams, Jace Park, Anthony Macri, Landon Crawley, Logan McCandless, Garet Williamson

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (11 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart
1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Aaron Reutzel, Jace Park, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Chase Randall, Chris Windom, Noah Gass, Austin McCarl

PODIUM FINISHES (13 Drivers):

7 Podiums – David Gravel
5 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Carson Macedo
3 Podiums – Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu, Sheldon Haudenschild, Giovanni Scelzi, Michael Kofoid
2 Podiums – Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Anthony Macri, Aaron Reutzel

TOP 10 FINISHES (31 Drivers): 

12 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, David Gravel
11 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart
10 Top 10s – Michael Kofoid
9 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
7 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Bill Balog
6 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney
5 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu
4 Top 10s – Anthony Macri, Brock Zearfoss
3 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel
2 Top 10s – Ryan Timms, Chase Randall
1 Top 10 – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Cory Eliason, Landon Crawley, Jacob Allen, Chris Windom, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Joe B. Miller, Kraig Kinser

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wed, Feb 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Thurs, Feb 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
3. Fri, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Tyler Courtney (1)
4. Sat, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
5. Mon, March 4 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
6. Fri, March 15 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brent Marks (1)
7. Sat, March 16 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
8. Sat, March 23 / Kennedale Speedway Park / Kennedale, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
9. Sat, March 30 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (1)
10. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / David Gravel (2)
11. Sat, April 6 / Arrowhead Speedway / Colcord, OK / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
12. Fri, April 12 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / David Gravel (3)
13. Sat, April 13 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Donny Schatz (2)

For the full 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car schedule, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

PEVELY POWERHOUSE: Donny Schatz Drives Away to I-55 World of Outlaws Victory

Schatz takes the lead early and builds a commanding lead on his way to third win at the Pevely, MO oval (Trent Gower Photo)

PEVELY, MO (April 13, 2024) - Donny Schatz is undeniably one of the best to ever drive a Sprint Car. And the 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champion gave yet another example of why on Saturday night.

The Greatest Show on Dirt invaded Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for the second straight night, and Schatz gave the huge crowd a show. The Fargo, ND driver started fourth for the 40-lap finale, took the lead on Lap 11, and stretched his advantage to nearly five seconds at one point before taking the checkered flag for his second win of 2024.

The trip to Victory Lane felt especially rewarding after a 20th place Qualifying effort left him and the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing team playing catch up early in the night.

“If you were near my trailer after Qualifying, you probably heard some choice words, so I apologize for that,” Schatz said. “It just shows the heart of this team. It’s such a double-edged razor blade somedays. We dug out of a huge hole tonight and got a win at a racetrack we typically don’t run good on. We threw two kitchen sinks at it tonight. This place is demanding, and we haven’t been to Victory Lane here in a long time and didn’t really know what the track was going to do. I just went where everybody wasn’t, and it actually felt pretty good.”

Schatz upped his World of Outlaws win total to 313. The victory was his third at I-55 and first since 2015. It also marked his 50th top-10 finish at the Pevely, MO bullring – making it the fifth track where he’s reached the impressive feat. Win number two of 2024 makes it 26 consecutive seasons of multiple World of Outlaws checkered flags.

The 40-lap main event got off to a wild start. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid led the field to green with Logan McCandless – making only his sixth Series appearance – to his outside. McCandless slipped up down the front straightaway allowing the second row of Bill Balog and Donny Schatz to his inside. In the first set of corners, Kofoid got tight which let Balog roll by him down the back straightaway to take the lead and pace the opening circuit.

An early restart saw near disaster at the front of the field. Kofoid used a huge run to attack Balog for the lead exiting Turn 2. Balog slid up, and Kofoid used evasive action to avoid making contact with the Anderson’s Maple #17B. Behind the top two Schatz stuck the bottom and rolled right by Kofoid to snag the runner-up spot.

Over the next few laps Kofoid challenged Schatz in an attempt to regain second, but Schatz fended him off and set his sights on Balog. The “North Pole Nightmare” kept a solid advantage, but Schatz began to close in as traffic thickened ahead.

On the 11th circuit, Balog found himself caught up behind a lapped car which opened the door for Schatz. The pilot of the Carquest #15 fired a slide job in Turns 3 and 4 and cleared both Balog and the slower car.

Balog stayed right with Schatz throughout the next couple circuits. But it didn’t take long for Schatz to establish a rhythm and begin to look like prime Donny Schatz. He put a pair of lapped cars between himself and Balog and began to pull away.

From there, Schatz sliced his way through the tail of the field with precision. If they were running high in front of him, he went low. If they were low, he went high. If they were in the middle, he could choose either the top or the bottom. Schatz’s lead bloomed to as much as 4.6 seconds.

Carson Macedo took the second spot from Balog on Lap 25 and looked to bring a battle to Schatz. As the race dipped inside 10 laps remaining, the Jason Johnson Racing pilot began to take chunks out of the margin. He cut it below two seconds on Lap 36, but it was too little, too late as Schatz rolled to his third I-55 win.

“Sometimes it’s probably better to be in the position where you’re in that second row not knowing what the racetrack is going to do,” Schatz said. “And I think that was a huge thing tonight. The #41 there he was pretty good on the bottom early, and I couldn’t ever really get down there. I was worried about the hole off of (Turn) 2. Hats off to the whole Carquest team. It was actually a pretty fun race. Normally when we come here it’s up near the fence. And tonight, we could roll around on the fence, on the bottom, kind of anywhere. So that felt really good.”

Macedo’s runner-up gave him back-to-back podium efforts with the JJR crew. He’s still yet to miss the top-10 since the finale of DIRTcar Nationals in early February. Another strong Albaugh #41 machine led Macedo to another solid outing, his sixth top three in the last eight I-55 races.

“I feel like we had a strong race car there throughout that whole race,” Macedo said. “I was able to move around a lot in traffic. Philip Dietz did an incredible job there. I feel like we made some good adjustments in the Dash and got even better there in the Feature, which feels really good.”

Rounding out the top three was Buddy Kofoid and the Roth Motorsports crew. The pairing continues to build momentum with their third podium in the last four races. A win seems imminent for the Penngrove, CA native. After the race, a contrite Kofoid offered apologies for some late contact with David Gravel.

“First off I just want to apologize to David and his whole crew,” Kofoid said. “Obviously, that was not my intention. I feel really bad about that. I know saying that isn’t going to change anything… We were good all day. Good weekend for our Roth Motorsports/Mobil 1, Toyota guys. I don’t know if we were good enough to win, but I felt like I kind of made a couple of mistakes early and then got going in the middle and end, but it wasn’t quite enough to get there.”

David Gravel and Bill Balog completed the top five.

A 23rd to 11th drive gave Austin McCarl the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Carson Macedo claimed his third Simpson Quick Time of the year and the 36th of his career in Sea Foam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to Carson Macedo (116th Heat Race win of career), Giovanni Scelzi (44th of career), and Landon Crawley (second of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two belonged to David Gravel (247th of career).

Garet Williamson won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make their only appearances of 2024 in Kentucky and Indiana next weekend. First, the tour invades Kentucky’s Paducah International Raceway for the first time since 2012 on Friday, April 19. Then it’s the annual stop at Haubstadt, IN’s Tri-State Speedway on Saturday, April 20. For tickets to Paducah, CLICK HERE. For tickets to Tri-State, call (812) 768-6025.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz[4]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 3. 83-Michael Kofoid[1]; 4. 2-David Gravel[6]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog[3]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[7]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[9]; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel[19]; 9. 70-Kraig Kinser[12]; 10. 2KS-Chase Randall[16]; 11. 88-Austin McCarl[23]; 12. 23-Garet Williamson[21]; 13. 7S-Landon Crawley[8]; 14. 29-Logan McCandless[2]; 15. 22-Riley Goodno[13]; 16. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[15]; 17. 122-Joe B Miller[14]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[25]; 19. 23B-Brian Bell[10]; 20. 37-Ayden Gatewood[18]; 21. 20G-Noah Gass[24]; 22. 6-Bill Rose[17]; 23. 95-Matt Covington[20]; 24. 24T-Christopher Thram[22]; 25. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[11]

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

Ashton Torgerson Scores First Career Xtreme Outlaw Series Win in Farmer City Finale

Arizona driver becomes sixth different winner in first six races of 2024

FARMER CITY, IL (April 13, 2024) – The signs were there. Mid-pack runs turned to podium finishes, and it seemed it was only a matter of time before Ashton Torgerson broke through to Victory Lane.

On the night following a runner-up finish at Farmer City Raceway, the 17-year-old national Midget series rookie from Glendale, AZ, proved he had the skill to be one spot better, taking the green from the pole and leading all but one lap en route to his first career Feature win with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota.

The win gained other accolades as well, as Torgerson continued the parity streak in becoming the sixth different winner in the first six races of the season. It also counted as his second win of the year with the co-sanctioning POWRi National Midget League and, with the help of Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) teammates Cannon McIntosh and Ryan Timms, gave the Indiana-based team a sweep of the podium.

After taking the checkered, Torgerson gave praise to the KKM team, which he joined as a driver in March. Torgerson first made his debut with the Xtreme Outlaw Series in May 2023 with Tanner Thorson Racing, and notched his first podium in the car, but expressed that his time at KKM thus far has been of utmost importance.

“This year, with Keith, I just feel super comfortable and keep getting better each time,” Torgerson said. “I can’t thank Keith and the whole crew enough for getting me this comfortable.”

From the pole on the starting grid, Torgerson jumped out to the early lead and quickly encountered pressure from fifth-starting Chase McDermand. The two traded passes for the lead before Torgerson gained enough momentum on the top side to zoom past McDermand for good on Lap 5.

As the race neared halfway, Timms had already entered the podium from 11th on the starting grid, and on Lap 11 made the pass on McDermand to take second. He began to cut into Torgerson’s lead and had it down to a half-second before the race’s only yellow flag was displayed on Lap 18.

Torgerson knew his car was fast, but also knew of the competition he had directly behind him.

“Under the yellow, I was listening to the [driver radio] and they said, ’67 of Timms,’ and I was like, ‘Well, I know he’s gotta be fast,’” Torgerson said. “I knew he’d be quick, and I knew I had to hit my marks, or he’d be there to capitalize on it.”

On the restart, Timms lunged at an opportunity to make the pass, trying a slide job in Turns 3 and 4, but was unable to get enough speed to slide in Torgerson’s path. As Torgerson began to pull away in the closing laps, Timms encountered pressure from behind from teammate McIntosh.

“I changed my line in (Turns) 3 and 4; I was entering in on it and turning down and it gave me a lot of speed going into 1,” Timms said. “I was slowly catching [Torgerson], but it allowed Cannon to catch me.

“We got side-by-side and there was kind of a single-file line on the bottom of lapped cars, and it was kind of narrow to try and race each other, and he got by me.”

McIntosh used the slower cars ahead of him to his advantage, completing the pass on Lap 28 by going around Timms on the outside through Turns 3 and 4 while Timms stayed low behind the lapped cars.

“I think we were both catching the leader and Ryan made a couple mistakes and I was able to get by him,” McIntosh said. “Ultimately, just ran out of time to have a chance to run Ashton down.”

McIntosh pinned the throttle in pursuit of Torgerson out front, but his time expired. The Oklahoma racer crossed the stripe in second over Timms, expanding his points lead over Timms by 10 up to a total of 27 points.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets will get nearly a month off before returning to action in a two-race swing through Kansas – Friday, May 10 at Humboldt Speedway and Saturday, May 11 at 81 Speedway.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[1]; 2. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[3]; 3. 67-Ryan Timms[11]; 4. 56D-Mitchell Davis[13]; 5. 40-Chase McDermand[5]; 6. 97-Gavin Miller[8]; 7. 56-Tyler Edwards[9]; 8. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[2]; 9. 97K-Kale Drake[4]; 10. 43-Gunnar Setser[22]; 11. 7U-Zach Daum[6]; 12. 21K-Karter Sarff[12]; 13. 13-Elijah Gile[18]; 14. 55-Trevor Cline[7]; 15. 1K-Brayton Lynch[15]; 16. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[14]; 17. 14S-TJ Smith[17]; 18. 66-Jayden Clay[25]; 19. 5U-Peter Smith[20]; 20. 98-Luke Drotschie[16]; 21. 71-Jade Avedisian[10]; 22. 57-Mark McMahill[23]; 23. 10C-Dalton Camfield[24]; 24. 16C-David Camfield Jr[19]; 25. 73W-Luke Wackerlin[26]; 26. 17C-Devin Camfield[21]

 

 

 

BIG GAME BEATDOWN: David Gravel Leads Every Lap for I-55 Victory

The point leader picks up his third victory of the season in impressive fashion  

PEVELY, MO (April 12, 2024) - Nothing is slowing David Gravel right now. And that held true again on Friday night.
Lapped traffic couldn’t slow him. Cautions that erased his lead couldn’t slow him. Even a slide job that briefly cost him the lead couldn’t slow him at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. 

Gravel started on the front row of the Feature and drove a masterful 40 laps on his way to a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car victory at the Pevely, MO bullring. The Watertown, CT native sliced the Big Game Motorsports machine through heavy traffic and held off one strong challenge from Michael “Buddy” Kofoid to secure his third win of 2024.

“What a car we had tonight,” Gravel said. “I was nervous early on. Qualifying didn’t go very good, but we were still able to get a good Qualifying effort there. Cody (Jacobs) kept working on it, and in the Dash I knew we had something really good. It feels good to win one here. I haven’t won here since like 2016. It’s been way too long.”

The win marked the 91st of Gravel’s career with The Greatest Show on Dirt, equaling him with Brad Sweet for ninth on the all-time win list. It also was his 33rd since joining Tod Quiring’s Big Game team, making the organization the team he’s won the most often with in World of Outlaws competition. Gravel now owns a pair of I-55 checkered flags, and the track is the 19th in which he’s won at multiple times in Series competition.

Gravel started the race in the second position as Toyota Racing Dash winner – Giovanni Scelzi – led the field to green. Right away Gravel flexed his muscle by powering around Scelzi on the top to secure the top spot and lead the opening lap.

As they worked through the opening circuits Gravel committed to the low line while Scelzi worked to build momentum on the top. Scelzi kept the KCP Racing #18 glued behind Gravel, but Buddy Kofoid began to reel them both in quickly. On the sixth lap Kofoid slipped under Scelzi to take over the runner-up spot.

Up ahead Gravel began to negotiate heavy lapped traffic. Kofoid started to close in for the top spot, but the race’s first caution on Lap 9 gave Gravel a clear track again.

On the restart Gravel moved to the topside, and Kofoid fired a slider at him aboard the Roth Motorsports #83. The Penngrove, CA native couldn’t quite clear Gravel as Kofoid settled back into second down the back straightaway. It only took a few laps before Gravel neared the tail of the field, but it was déjà vu as the yellow lights again flashed right when the leaders were staring at heavy traffic.

The next restart served up Gravel’s biggest challenge of the night as he again went for the cushion in Turn 1. Kofoid tossed another slide job and cleared him with this attempt. As they exited Turn #2, Gravel aimed the Huset’s Speedway #2 low and drove back by Kofoid down the back straightaway.

When the race entered the second half, Gravel truly began to show what his machine was capable of. He dipped and dived his way through traffic, stretching his advantage to nearly three seconds at times. Behind him, a war between Kofoid, Scelzi, Bill Balog, and Carson Macedo broke out for positioning inside the top five. The group swapped many sliders and crossovers as they jockeyed for spots while Gravel drove away.

A late caution with seven laps remaining gave Kofoid and the rest of the frontrunners one last shot at Gravel, but he wasted no time pulling ahead on the final restart. Kofoid and Macedo went to battle for second as Gravel drove away to the win and his fifth consecutive top-two finish.

“It’s a lot of fun to drive this #2 car right now. I feel like we’ve kind of been there the whole year other than Cotton Bowl when we got into a crash and had to come to the work area,” Gravel said. “Everything has been going really good. We’re just going to stay focused, put our heads down, and keep working.”

Kofoid fended off Macedo’s late challenge to claim the runner-up spot, marking his best finish of his rookie season. The 22-year-old is now on a roll of seven straight top 10s with a 6.29 average finish over that span. Kofoid found that the race’s cautions came during inopportune moments that might’ve prevented him from mustering a better challenge for the win.

“I feel like we were every bit as good as them (Gravel), maybe more towards the end,” Kofoid said. “Lapped traffic is kind of where I thrive and where our car seems to be really good right now. We’d get to traffic and get to him, and then the yellow would come out. It kept repeating itself a few times. I think we definitely got a lot better throughout the night. I went from being very uncomfortable to having a chance to win.”

Completing the top three was Carson Macedo and the Jason Johnson Racing team. Macedo hasn’t missed the top 10 since the final night of DIRTcar Nationals in early February as he continues to build momentum. The Lemoore, CA native owns podiums in five of the last seven World of Outlaws races at I-55. He used some strong restarts to climb from the fifth starting spot to second at one point before settling for third.

“I think plugging the bottom was kind of my goal there,” Macedo said of his restarts. “I felt like a lot of guys would kind of sling around the top, and if I could hit it down there right and not grab that little lip and get my front end over, I could execute down there pretty nice, get down the back stretch, and beat them into Turn 3. Hats off to Philip Dietz, Adam Zimmerman, and Robby McQuinn. They worked hard all night.”

Bill Balog and Giovanni Scelzi completed the top five.

A 24th to 12th drive in his first Series start of the season gave Noah Gass the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Giovanni Scelzi claimed his second Simpson Quick Time of the year and the 13th of his career.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to Giovanni Scelzi (43rd Heat Race win of career), Carson Macedo (115th of career), and David Gravel (246th of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two belonged to Donny Schatz (522nd of career).

Logan McCandless won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars finish up the weekend at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Saturday, April 13. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[2]; 2. 83-Michael Kofoid[3]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[4]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[6]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[11]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz[7]; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[13]; 10. 122-Joe B Miller[12]; 11. 70-Kraig Kinser[17]; 12. 20G-Noah Gass[24]; 13. 88-Austin McCarl[18]; 14. 24D-Danny Sams III[22]; 15. 7S-Landon Crawley[14]; 16. 23B-Brian Bell[15]; 17. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[10]; 18. 23-Garet Williamson[9]; 19. 29-Logan McCandless[21]; 20. 99-Skylar Gee[23]; 21. 21R-Gunner Ramey[16]; 22. 24T-Christopher Thram[19]; 23. 73-Scotty Thiel[20]; 24. 87-Aaron Reutzel[8]

For full results, CLICK HERE.

 

 
 

Ryan Timms Wins Farmer City Opener, Becomes Fifth Different Winner in Five Races

Timms’ win, McIntosh’s fifth-place finish cuts points gap down to 17

FARMER CITY, IL (April 12, 2024) – Ryan Timms took a big step in pursuit of his first national Midget series championship Friday night, winning the opening round of racing at Farmer City Raceway.

The 17-year-old rising open-wheel talent from Oklahoma City, OK, owned the night, setting the fastest lap time in his Qualifying group, winning his Heat Race from fourth, passing for the lead in the Feature on Lap 10 and leading the rest of the way for his first win of the season with both the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota and the POWRi National Midget League.

Timms’ win makes him the fifth different winner in the first five races of the 2024 Xtreme Outlaw Series season, joining Thomas Meseraull, Cannon McIntosh, Karter Sarff and Kale Drake as Victory Lane occupants.

Early in the program, Timms noted the speed of the Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM), LynK/Toyota #67 and took advantage of it immediately, jumping off to a fast start in the 25-lap main event.

“After the Heat Race, I had a lot of confidence going into the main,” Timms said.

Kale Drake – Timms’ teammate – jumped to the early lead at the drop of the green and led the opening circuits ahead of Chase McDermand and Ashton Torgerson. Timms quickly found the top lane to his liking and devised his plan to start making passes.

“Once we went into (Turns) 3 and 4, I was able to just rail the top and I saw how much of the gap between me and the lead cars closed,” Timms said. “I knew we were gonna be passing for the lead soon.”

After getting by Torgerson for third, Timms threw his first big slide job on McDermand, diving deep into Turn 3 on the bottom and sliding up in front of McDermand to take his line away out of Turn 4.

“It’s a lot wider in (Turns) 3 and 4 and it was really hooked-up on the bottom to the middle getting into 3, so I could just sail it in wide-open,” Timms said. “I could be five-to-six car-lengths back and I could clear the guy. I knew that was where I was gonna be able to pass guys.”

Three laps later, Timms pulled the slide job again in 3 and 4, this time on his KKM teammate Drake for the lead.

Now in control of the field, Timms pinned the throttle, opening up a 1.5-second advantage on the field before a caution period restacked the field with only seven laps remaining.

On the Lap 19 restart, Torgerson took the green from third with McDermand in front of him. Torgerson stuck to the top side and zoomed past McDermand off Turn 4 to take second at the line. McDermand tried to take the spot back with a slider of his own the next lap in Turn 3, but Torgerson crossed him over to retain second place out of Turn 4.

“I saw [McDermand] running kind of the lower line down there in (Turns) 3 and 4, and I felt like I was probably one of the faster cars up there in 3 and 4,” Torgerson said. “I just knew that if I hit my line up there, it’d be pretty hard for him to get around me.”

With 20 laps down and five remaining, one final yellow flag was displayed, putting Torgerson on Timms’ rear bumper for the restart. Despite his teammate Torgerson’s speed behind him, Timms stuck to his preferred groove at the drop of the green and held the lead.

“I just stuck to running the bottom, and I knew if anyone was going to pass me, it was gonna be in (Turn) 3,” Timms said. “I’d run it in wide-open getting into 3 and 4 around the top and I’d be looking to my inside to see if anyone was sliding me so I could turn and get a run down the hill, but that never happened.”

Though he was unable to get close enough to Timms to challenge for the led, Torgerson said he felt like he should have been.

“A little bit longer, I think we might’ve had something for him,” Torgerson said.

Timms crossed under the checkered flag and bagged the $4,000 check and his first career victory with in the Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series with Torgerson second, McDermand third, Zach Daum fourth and Cannon McIntosh completing the top five.

With the win, Timms chopped his points gap down to only 17 points – a 30-point gain on leader McIntosh. McDermand also slimmed his gap to McIntosh down to 42, still riding third in the standings.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets and POWRi National Midgets are back in action at Farmer City alongside the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models for another round of racing on Saturday night, April 13. Tickets are available at XtremeOutlawSeries.com; stream available on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 67-Ryan Timms[4]; 2. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[3]; 3. 40-Chase McDermand[1]; 4. 7U-Zach Daum[5]; 5. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[10]; 6. 97-Gavin Miller[9]; 7. 9-Kevin Thomas Jr[6]; 8. 56-Tyler Edwards[7]; 9. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[16]; 10. 56D-Mitchell Davis[14]; 11. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[17]; 12. 21K-Karter Sarff[11]; 13. 4K-Kayla Roell[21]; 14. 14S-TJ Smith[12]; 15. 1K-Brayton Lynch[15]; 16. 5U-Peter Smith[18]; 17. 66-Jayden Clay[24]; 18. 13-Elijah Gile[19]; 19. 55-Trevor Cline[23]; 20. 57-Mark McMahill[22]; 21. 73W-Luke Wackerlin[25]; 22. 43-Gunnar Setser[8]; 23. 97K-Kale Drake[2]; 24. 98-Luke Drotschie[13]; 25. 71-Jade Avedisian[20]

 

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws, PA Posse Set to Clash at Lincoln Speedway on May 8

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (April 10, 2024) – The World of Outlaws and PA Posse will meet for the first time this season at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA for the Federated Auto Parts Gettysburg Clash.

Pennsylvania fans will be treated to a special midweek show with the best Sprint Car drivers in the country dueling for a $12,000 payday.

The last time the Series visited Lincoln, the PA Posse walked away with the win in dramatic fashion. Anthony Macri made a last corner, last lap, pass on Brent Marks to bring the crowd to their feet for a wild finish.

Of the current full-time drivers, David Gravel, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and Sheldon Haudenschild have each picked up a Series win at the 3/8-mile track. Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, has two victories at the track, but will be on the hunt for his first win there with the World of Outlaws.

EVENT INFO:
Date – Wednesday, May 8
Location – Abbottstown, PA
Track Record – 12.577 seconds by Greg Hodnett on April 30, 2016

Times (ET) – 
2PM Pit Gates Open
5PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix
How to Watch – If you can't make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (May 10, 2023)– 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNN-Fcgt_7c

Previous World of Outlaws Lincoln Speedway Winners –
2023 – Rico Abreu on March 18, Anthony Macri on May 10
2022 – Jacob Allen on May 11
2021 – Brad Sweet on May 12
2020 –Sheldon Haudenschild on July 23
2019 – Lance Dewease on May 15
2018 – Freddie Rahmer on July 19
2017 – David Gravel on May 17
2016 – Donny Schatz on May 19
2015 – Greg Hodnett on May 13
2014 – Stevie Smith on May 14, Daryn Pittman on July 17
2013 – Danny Dietrich on May 16
2012 – Danny Dietrich on May 10
1998 – Fred Rahmer on May 30
1997 – Mark Kinser on May 31
1996 – Mark Kinser on June 1
1995 – Steve Kinser on June 3, Dave Blaney on Aug. 6
1994 – Steve Kinser on June 4, Steve Kinser on Aug. 7
1993 – Andy Hillenburg on June 5, Bill Brian Jr. on Aug. 8
1992 – Steve Kinser on May 25
1991 – Sammy Swindell on May 25
1989 – Chris Eash on May 20, Don Kreitz on May 27, Bobby Davis Jr. on July 29
1988 – Sammy Swindell on May 28, Stevie Smith on June 4, Steve Kinser on July 30
1987 – Bobby Allen on May 23, Steve Kinser on May 30, Steve Kinser on Aug. 1
1986 – Bobby Davis Jr. on May 24, Bobby Davis Jr. on May 31, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 2
1985 – Bobby Allen on May 25, Steve Kinser on June 1, Bobby Allen on Aug. 3
1984 – Steve Kinser on May 26, Bobby Davis Jr. on Aug. 4
1983 – Brad Doty on May 30, Steve Kinser on Aug. 6
1981 – Steve Kinser on June 6
1980 – Sammy Swindell on May 17, Steve Kinser on July 19
1979 – Rick Ferkel on July 21
1978 – Steve Smith on June 24, Steve Smith on July 29

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Two Nights of I-55 Action on Tap for World of Outlaws

The Greatest Show on Dirt makes its annual springtime stop at the exciting Missouri oval (Trent Gower Photo)

PEVELY, MO (April 10, 2024) - One of the country’s most exciting racetracks is ready to welcome the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.

Pevely, MO’s Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 is The Greatest Show on Dirt’s destination this weekend. The “Show-Me State” bullring will host the nation’s best Sprint Car drivers for two nights (April 12-13) of action. 

The track is full of Sprint Car history. The World of Outlaws first visited I-55 in 1987 and have made at least one stop at the 1/3-mile every year since 1996. The track is the seventh most visited in Series history, and Friday and Saturday will mark trips 72 and 73.

I-55 always delivers some of the most exciting action of the season and expect no different this weekend. The track just south of St. Louis offers up high banks, high speeds, and hold your breath sliders.

The two nights of racing ahead not only present the chance to conquer the historic oval, but it also serves as a preview for August’s Ironman 55.

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Let’s look at the weekend’s top storylines:

BIG GAME HUNTING: There’s been no slowing David Gravel and the Big Game Motorsports crew in recent weeks as they chase their first World of Outlaws championship.

After a slight stumble three weeks ago that saw Gravel collected in a Cotton Bowl crash and finish 12th, there have been no hiccups from the Huset’s Speedway #2. Gravel hasn’t missed the top five since that night and is currently on a roll of four consecutive top two finishes. The hot streak has extended his advantage atop the standings to 40 points.

Gravel has displayed consistency throughout the years at I-55. The Watertown, CT native owns 21 top 10s in 29 Feature starts at the 1/3-mile including a trio last year. Back in August of 2016 he picked up his one I-55 victory.

MASTER IN MISSOURI: It’s tough to find a racetrack that suits a driver better than how I-55 suits Sheldon Haudenschild. His famed driving style works well on the intense bullring.

The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing driver has visited I-55 Victory Lane on four occasions. Back in 2019 he delivered an unforgettable drive when he won the Ironman 55 by more than a 10-second advantage. The four wins are tied for the most Haudenschild has collected at one track with Beaver Dam Raceway being the other. Only the duos of Sammy Swindell and Brad Sweet (six wins) and Craig Dollansky and Steve Kinser (five wins) own more Pevely victories than Haudenschild. Overall, Haudenschild has six wins in the state of Missouri to his credit, the most he's chalked up in any state.

The early season speed out of the NOS Energy Drink #17 suggests Haudenschild will be in the running for wins number five and six in Pevely this weekend. He’s the most recent Series winner having topped the Jason Johnson Classic at Arrowhead Speedway for a $20,000 payday. He’s also the only driver to have led laps in four different Features through 11 races.

PEVELY PRO: Another driver who has taken a liking to I-55 is Lemoore, CA’s Carson Macedo.

The 27-year-old made a pair of trips to Victory Lane at Pevely in 2022, including a wild last lap, last corner, pass for the win at the Ironman 55 opener. Those victories are part of a pattern of running up front for Macedo. In his last 13 Pevely starts, he’s only missed the top 10 once and boasts a 5.62 average result.

Macedo carries the momentum of seven straight finishes of ninth or better into the weekend. He and Jason Johnson Racing continue to dig out of a hole dug at DIRTcar Nationals and currently reside fifth in points – 98 markers behind Gravel.

SHARK STRENGTH: Federated Auto Parts driver Logan Schuchart always brings out his A-game when the tour rolls into Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

The Hanover, PA native struggled a bit early in his career at Pevely, but he’s since turned things around to be one of the track’s strongest competitors. Schuchart’s first 10 I-55 Feature starts resulted in two top 10 finishes. He’s since taken 18 more green flags and picked up a 2018 win, logged 14 top fives, and posted a 5.83 average finish.

It’s been a consistent start to 2024 for Schuchart. He’s taken the Shark Racing #1S to nine top 10s through 11 races, highlighted by four top fives. His I-55 résumé says the consistent start should continue and potentially put him in contention for his first victory of the season.

ROOKIE RHYTHM: The 2024 campaign didn’t get off to the start Michael “Buddy” Kofoid had hoped for with Roth Motorsports, but they’ve found a recent rhythm. 

An up and down start saw Kofoid post finishes of 24th, ninth, 17th, fifth, and 16th in the season’s opening five races. It’s been stable consistency ever since with six consecutive top 10s and an average finish of seventh in the last six races. A third place run at US 36 this past weekend gave him his best finish of the year so far. Kofoid’s eight top 10s in 2024 are the fifth most.

The Series rookie looks to keep rolling at I-55 where he’s been solid with limited laps. Kofoid debuted at the Missouri facility last April with a 15th to sixth drive. He returned for the Ironman 55 and came home 10th and eighth. 

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE 

Friday-Saturday, April 12-13 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (11/82 Races):

1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (1562 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-40 PTS)
3. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-58 PTS)
4. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-68 PTS)
5. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-98 PTS)
6. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-136 PTS)
7. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-144 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-234 PTS)
9. Brock Zearfoss – Brock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-242 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-322 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (9 Drivers): 

2 Wins – David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild
1 Win – Brad Sweet, Tyler Courtney, Donny Schatz, Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu

FEATURE LAPS LED (11 Drivers):

56 Laps – Giovanni Scelzi
55 Laps – Carson Macedo
54 Laps – Rico Abreu
48 Laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
40 Laps – David Gravel
25 Laps – Brad Sweet
13 Laps – Anthony Macri, Michael Kofoid
12 Laps – Donny Schatz
3 Laps – Brent Marks
1 Lap – Tyler Courtney 

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (8 Drivers):

2 Quick Times – Brent Marks, Carson Macedo, Michael Kofoid
1 Quick Time – Landon Crawley, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Giovanni Scelzi, David Gravel

HEAT RACE WINNERS (18 Drivers): 

5 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild 
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu, Giovanni Scelzi, David Gravel, Michael Kofoid
3 Heat Wins – Tyler Courtney
2 Heat Wins – Brian Brown
1 Heat Win – Corey Day, Justin Peck, Bill Balog, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Logan Schuchart, Bill Rose, Carson Macedo, Ryan Timms, Landon Crawley

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (25 Drivers):

9 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi
8 Dashes – David Gravel
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu
6 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Carson Macedo
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Michael Kofoid
4 Dashes – Landon Crawley, Bill Balog, Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown, Logan Schuchart
3 Dashes – Donny Schatz
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Bill Rose, Aaron Reutzel, Ryan Timms, Garet Williamson, James McFadden

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (8 Drivers):

1 LCS – Austin McCarl, Bill Balog, Corey Day, Kasey Kahne, Koty Adams, Jace Park, Anthony Macri, Landon Crawley

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (9 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart
1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Aaron Reutzel, Jace Park, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Chase Randall, Chris Windom

PODIUM FINISHES (13 Drivers):

6 Podiums – David Gravel
4 Podiums – Donny Schatz
3 Podiums – Brad Sweet, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu, Sheldon Haudenschild, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Podiums – Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Anthony Macri, Aaron Reutzel, Michael Kofoid

TOP 10 FINISHES (29 Drivers): 

10 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, David Gravel
9 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart
8 Top 10s – Michael Kofoid
7 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
6 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Tyler Courtney
5 Top 10s – Bill Balog, Brent Marks, Rico Abreu
4 Top 10s – Anthony Macri
3 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, Brian Brown, Brock Zearfoss
2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Ryan Timms
1 Top 10 – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Cory Eliason, Landon Crawley, Jacob Allen, Chris Windom, Garet Williamson, Chase Randall, James McFadden

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wed, Feb 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Thurs, Feb 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
3. Fri, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Tyler Courtney (1)
4. Sat, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
5. Mon, March 4 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
6. Fri, March 15 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brent Marks (1)
7. Sat, March 16 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
8. Sat, March 23 / Kennedale Speedway Park / Kennedale, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
9. Sat, March 30 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (1)
10. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / David Gravel (2)
11. Sat, April 6 / Arrowhead Speedway / Colcord, OK / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)

For the full 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car schedule, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws, PA Posse Set to Clash at Lincoln Speedway on May 8

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (April 10, 2024) – The World of Outlaws and PA Posse will meet for the first time this season at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA for the Federated Auto Parts Gettysburg Clash.

Pennsylvania fans will be treated to a special midweek show with the best Sprint Car drivers in the country dueling for a $12,000 payday.

The last time the Series visited Lincoln, the PA Posse walked away with the win in dramatic fashion. Anthony Macri made a last corner, last lap, pass on Brent Marks to bring the crowd to their feet for a wild finish.

Of the current full-time drivers, David Gravel, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and Sheldon Haudenschild have each picked up a Series win at the 3/8-mile track. Logan Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, has two victories at the track, but will be on the hunt for his first win there with the World of Outlaws.

EVENT INFO:
Date – Wednesday, May 8
Location – Abbottstown, PA
Track Record – 12.577 seconds by Greg Hodnett on April 30, 2016

Times (ET) –
2PM Pit Gates Open
5PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix
How to Watch – If you can't make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (May 10, 2023)–
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNN-Fcgt_7c

Previous World of Outlaws Lincoln Speedway Winners –
2023 – Rico Abreu on March 18, Anthony Macri on May 10
2022 – Jacob Allen on May 11
2021 – Brad Sweet on May 12
2020 –Sheldon Haudenschild on July 23
2019 – Lance Dewease on May 15
2018 – Freddie Rahmer on July 19
2017 – David Gravel on May 17
2016 – Donny Schatz on May 19
2015 – Greg Hodnett on May 13
2014 – Stevie Smith on May 14, Daryn Pittman on July 17
2013 – Danny Dietrich on May 16
2012 – Danny Dietrich on May 10
1998 – Fred Rahmer on May 30
1997 – Mark Kinser on May 31
1996 – Mark Kinser on June 1
1995 – Steve Kinser on June 3, Dave Blaney on Aug. 6
1994 – Steve Kinser on June 4, Steve Kinser on Aug. 7
1993 – Andy Hillenburg on June 5, Bill Brian Jr. on Aug. 8
1992 – Steve Kinser on May 25
1991 – Sammy Swindell on May 25
1989 – Chris Eash on May 20, Don Kreitz on May 27, Bobby Davis Jr. on July 29
1988 – Sammy Swindell on May 28, Stevie Smith on June 4, Steve Kinser on July 30
1987 – Bobby Allen on May 23, Steve Kinser on May 30, Steve Kinser on Aug. 1
1986 – Bobby Davis Jr. on May 24, Bobby Davis Jr. on May 31, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 2
1985 – Bobby Allen on May 25, Steve Kinser on June 1, Bobby Allen on Aug. 3
1984 – Steve Kinser on May 26, Bobby Davis Jr. on Aug. 4
1983 – Brad Doty on May 30, Steve Kinser on Aug. 6
1981 – Steve Kinser on June 6
1980 – Sammy Swindell on May 17, Steve Kinser on July 19
1979 – Rick Ferkel on July 21
1978 – Steve Smith on June 24, Steve Smith on July 29

 

 

 

Farmer City Thursday Practice Night Canceled; Focus Shifts to Exciting Illini 100 Weekend

FARMER CITY, IL (April 10, 2024) – With heavy rain moving into Farmer City Wednesday night and continuing throughout the day on Thursday, according to Precision Weather Service, World of Outlaws, Xtreme Outlaw and track officials have agreed to cancel Thursday’s Illini 100 practice night.

The decision comes after consulting Wayne Mahar of Precision Weather Service. With rain Wednesday and Thursday, but sunny weather Friday and Saturday, officials wanted to preserve the facility and track, so fans and drivers are given the best conditions for the Illini 100 weekend at Farmer City Raceway.

 

With this move, the focus now shifts to Friday and Saturday’s racing events, which will feature the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models, Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota and MARS Modifieds.

RELATED: Farmer City Raceway Back to Host World of Outlaws’ Illini 100 For First Time Since 2021

 

A stout field is expected in each field with multiple Illinois stars such as four-time World of Outlaws champion Brandon Sheppard, reigning World of Outlaws champion Bobby Pierce, 2022 World of Outlaws champion Dennis Erb Jr., 2022 Xtreme Outlaw Midget champion Zach Daum and more.

 

The weekend will also feature the return of reigning Xtreme Outlaw champion Jade Avedisian as she joins the Series for its debut at Farmer City Raceway.

 

RELATED: Xtreme Outlaw Midgets Debut at Farmer City for Illini 100

 

Pit gates will open at 12 p.m. (CT) and grandstands will open at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hot Laps are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. There will be an autograph session on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with World of Outlaws and Xtreme Outlaw Midget drivers.

 

For tickets to the Illini 100 weekend, CLICK HERE.

 

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

 

 

Federated Auto Parts Becomes Title Sponsor of Five Additional 2024 World of Outlaws Events

CONCORD, NC (April 9, 2024) – Federated Auto Parts will have a prominent presence throughout the 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season, sponsoring five events across five states.

The premier auto parts company will be the title sponsor for the events at Lincoln Speedway (May 8), Wilmot Raceway (July 12-13), Merced Speedway (Sept. 14), Sharon Speedway (Sept. 28) and Dirt Oval 66 (Oct. 18-19).

This is in addition to its continued sponsorship of Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, which hosts the World of Outlaws in April and in August for the prestigious Ironman 55. The two-day Ironman event (Aug. 2-3), has become a marquee stop on the World of Outlaws tour, boasting large paydays and some of the most exciting racing all year around the 1/3-mile bullring.

With that, their sponsorship spans across the country, reaching fans in California, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. And in February, Federated Auto Parts was title sponsor of DIRTcar Nationals in Florida for the second straight year.

“We’re excited to continue our support of the World of Outlaws and dirt racing by reaching fan across the country at some of the World of Outlaws’ biggest events this year,” said J.R. Bishop, director of event marketing & member services for Federated Auto Parts. “We share the World of Outlaws’ passion for creating a healthy and thriving dirt racing community, and by having Federated Auto Parts’ branding on these events, it is a perfect way to support that cause while introducing new fans to the company.”

Federated Auto Parts joined the World of Outlaws in 2023, becoming the title sponsor of the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals and several other events throughout the year. Their iconic orange and blue colors will also be on Logan Schuchart’s No. 1S Shark Racing Sprint Car throughout the season.

For tickets to the Federated Auto Parts sponsored events, visit WorldofOutlaws.com/tix.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

About Federated Auto Parts
Federated Auto Parts, headquartered in Staunton, Virginia, is one of the largest auto parts distribution and marketing organizations in North America. Federated is dedicated to supporting its customers with quality name brand parts, programs designed to grow their businesses, and experienced counter people who are knowledgeable in today’s evolving automotive technology. For more information, visit www.federatedautoparts.com.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Xtreme Outlaw Midgets Debut at Farmer City for Illini 100

CONCORD, NC (April 9, 2024) – The April racing schedule for the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota continues with a visit to another track brand-new to the Series – Farmer City Raceway for the annual Illini 100.

Standing as one of the most prestigious dirt track racing events in the state of Illinois, the Illini 100 has traditionally been billed as a Super Late Model and DIRTcar UMP Modified event. But in 2024, the event welcomes Midget racing to the card for the first time, joining the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series and the MARS Modified Championship.

The stars of Midget racing’s newest national tour take on the 1/4-mile bullring for back-to-back nights of racing this Friday and Saturday, April 12-13. Preceded by an evening of practice on Thursday, April 11, Friday’s program kicks off the racing action with a 25-lap, $4,000-to-win main event, leading up to a 30-lap, $5,000-to-win finale on Saturday.

Both nights will be sanctioned in conjunction with the POWRi National Midget League, marking Rounds 1-2 of competition in the Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series. This 10-race miniseries awards a $2,500 check to the driver with the most points accumulated after all events are complete in addition to checks for each of the drivers in the top-five of final points.

Tickets for this weekend’s events are on sale in advance for $5 off at the links below and will also be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t be there to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

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Here are the drivers to watch and storylines to follow this weekend:

HOT STREAK – Through the first four races of 2024, no driver owns more top-five finishes than the current Series points leader, Cannon McIntosh.

The 21-year-old has not finished outside of the top five yet and boasts the win in the season-opening weekend in Du Quoin last month. He led laps in both Features last weekend at US 36 Raceway and Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex en route to his second pair of top-five finishes, boosting his lead in the points standings to 47 over Keith Kunz Motorsports teammate Ryan Timms.

Farmer City will be a track brand-new to McIntosh this weekend. The 1/4-mile bullring has never hosted a national Midget series event, and the young Oklahoma racer will be among the favorites to become its first winner.

BOUNCE BACK – Zach Daum has climbed back from large points deficits before and now prepares to do it again after a weekend gone bad in Missouri.

A sixth-place finish last Friday at US 36 kept him in the thick of the battle for the points lead but internal mechanical failure struck him early in the program Saturday at Sweet Springs, taking him out of competition and leaving him with his first DNS of the season. That cost him almost 200 points in the standings as he fell from 16 points out of the lead in second-place, down to eighth-place where he now sits 215 points behind McIntosh.

Despite his misfortune, the 32-year-old returns to racing in his home state of Illinois this weekend with a fresh power plant inside the Trifecta Motorsports No. 7U. While he starts a climb back in the Xtreme Outlaw standings, he’ll start fresh with the first race of the Challenge Series with POWRi, of which he was the champion in 2023.

SHARK’S TANK – Karter Sarff is back on the Xtreme Outlaw Series roster for the third weekend in-a-row as he prepares to take on one of his home-state tracks at Farmer City.

Sarff, 21, of Mason City, IL, has made his presence felt early this season, knocking off the Series regulars last Friday at US 36 for his third career Xtreme Outlaw win. He followed that up with an eighth-place effort the next night at Sweet Springs, vaulting him up to fourth in the points standings.

Fitting for the first race of the 2024 Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series, Sarff enters Farmer City representing the POWRi side its defending national champion – an honor he clinched in the final race of the season last October.

CHAMP RETURNS – Jade Avedisian returns to the Xtreme Outlaw Series roster this weekend after spending a week on the asphalt in Sonoma, CA, for the opening round of the Toyota GR Cup.

The reigning Series champion from Clovis, CA, will return to the Keith Kunz Motorsports stable for both races in Farmer City following finishes of 14th and fourth in the season opener in Du Quoin last month.

Like most others in the field, Avedisian does not have any laps in a Midget at Farmer City but has been strong on the banked bullrings in the past with wins at Jacksonville Speedway, Southern Illinois Raceway and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

BACK IN THE SADDLE – Gavin Miller has healed from surgery and has been cleared to compete this weekend, returning to the seat of the KKM LynK/Toyota No. 97 after missing the past two races.

Miller, 17, of Allentown, PA, posted finishes of second and 11th in the season opener last month and sat fourth in points – a great start for the championship hopeful. However, a crash in a Micro Sprint event in California two weeks later took him out of action due to an injury suffered in the incident and put teammate Kale Drake in the seat of his No. 97 for races at US 36 and Sweet Springs.

Drake, 18, of Collinsville, OK, took the opportunity and ran with it, bagging a Heat win and a seventh-place result in the Feature at US 36 before scoring his first national Midget series win with a last-lap pass on teammate Taylor Reimer the next night at Sweet Springs.

While Miller reassumes his normal driving duties in the No. 97, Drake has earned the right for more seat time and will also pilot a KKM car of his own at Farmer City, making seven total KKM cars on the roster this weekend – comprised of himself, Ryan Timms, Cannon McIntosh, Luke Drotschie, Ashton Torgerson, Jade Avedisian, and Gavin Miller.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

When and where
Friday-Saturday, April 12-13 at Farmer City Raceway in Farmer City, IL

On the internet
Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota
Twitter – @Xtreme_Outlaw
Instagram – @XtremeOutlaw
Facebook – @XtremeOutlawSeries.WRG

Live broadcast
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com. Annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month.

Current championship points standings (view full standings)

Cannon McIntosh: 872 points (Keith Kunz Motorsports #71K)
Ryan Timms: -47 points (Keith Kunz Motorsports #67)
Chase McDermand: -59 points (CMR-Mounce/Stout Motorsports #40)
Karter Sarff: -82 points (Karter Sarff Motorsports #21K)
Taylor Reimer: -90 points (Keith Kunz Motorsports #25K)
Ashton Torgerson: -163 points (Keith Kunz Motorsports #67K)
Hayden Reinbold: -180 points (Reinbold/Underwood Motorsports #19AZ)
Zach Daum: -215 points (Trifecta Motorsports #7U)
TJ Smith: -239 points (Mounce/Stout Motorsports #14S)
Trevor Cline: -257 points (Cline Racing #55)

Toyota Feature winners (4 drivers)
1 win – Thomas Meseraull (Engler Racing), Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz Motorsports), Karter Sarff (Karter Sarff Motorsports #21K), Kale Drake (Keith Kunz Motorsports #97)

Toyota Feature laps led (4 drivers)
36 laps – Cannon McIntosh
35 laps – Joe B. Miller

27 laps – Thomas Meseraull

12 laps – Taylor Reimer
11 laps – Karter Sarff

4 laps – Tyler Edwards

1 lap – Kale Drake

Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (2 drivers)
3 awards – Ethan Mitchell
1 award – Cannon McIntosh

Heat Race winners (16 drivers)
2 wins – Tyler Edwards, Chase McDermand

1 win – Ryan Timms, Thomas Meseraull, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, TJ Smith, Cannon McIntosh, Jade Avedisian, Nick Hoffman, Ashton Torgerson, Kale Drake, Zach Daum, Karter Sarff, Kyle Jones, Taylor Reimer

High-points honors (4 drivers)
1 honor – Cannon McIntosh, Tyler Edwards, Chase McDermand, Karter Sarff

Last Chance Showdown wins (6 drivers)
1 win – Taylor Reimer, Gunnar Setser, Austin Torgerson, Gavin Miller, Shane Cottle, Ethan Mitchell

DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (4 drivers)
1 award – Will Armitage, Ryan Timms, Ryan Timms, Hayden Reinbold

Podium finishes (9 drivers)
2 podiums – Zach Daum, Ryan Timms, Cannon McIntosh
1 podium – Thomas Meseraull, Gavin Miller, Kale Drake, Taylor Reimer, Karter Sarf, Chase McDermand

Top-10 finishes (23 drivers)
4 top-10s – Cannon McIntosh, Chase McDermand
3 top-10s – Zach Daum
2 top-10s – Shane Cottle, Ryan Timms, Karter Sarff, Taylor Reimer, Kale Drake, Ashton Torgerson
1 top-10 – Gavin Miller, Joe B. Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Will Armitage, Mitchell Davis, Trey Marcham, Rylan Gray, Hayden Reinbold, TJ Smith, Ethan Mitchell, Gunnar Setser, Todd McVay, Kyle Jones

2024 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 15 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Thomas Meseraull (1)
2. Sat, March 16 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)

3. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Karter Sarff (1)
4. Sat, April 6 / Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex / Sweet Springs, MO / Kale Drake (1)

 

 

HAUD HANGS ON: Sheldon Haudenschild Survives to Top Arrowhead’s Jason Johnson Classic

Haudenschild holds off Gravel’s challenge for second $20,000 World of Outlaws win of 2024

COLCORD, OK (April 6, 2024) - What a difference a night makes for Sheldon Haudenschild.

Friday ended in heartbreak when an incident in lapped traffic cost him a potential win at US 36 Raceway. There would be no heartbreak at Saturday night’s Jason Johnson Classic presented by FK Rod Ends.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars rolled into Colcord, OK to debut at Arrowhead Speedway with $20,000 on the line. Haudenschild snatched the top spot halfway through the main event and held off a fierce charge from David Gravel on the final lap. 

The packed grandstands roared as Haudenschild climbed atop the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17. Jason Johnson’s son – Jaxx – handed off the trophy in Victory Lane to an ecstatic Haudenschild.

“It’s huge,” Haudenschild said of winning the Jason Johnson Classic. “Obviously, getting to race my first couple years with Jason was a blast. Seeing Jaxx grow up over the years has been awesome. I have some good memories with Jason and love getting this trophy. I know I ran second to David (Gravel) at (Lake) Ozark, so it’s good to get him this time.”

Haudenschild’s victory was his 36th with The Greatest Show on Dirt, equaling him with Shane Stewart and Carson Macedo for 20th all-time. Arrowhead became the 23rd different track he’s won at and first in the state of Oklahoma. The Jason Johnson Classic is still yet to see a repeat winner through six editions as Haudenschild claimed his first.

Toyota Racing Dash winner – Giovanni Scelzi – led the field to green for the 30-lap Feature with Haudenschild alongside. Scelzi slid up ahead of Haudenschild on the opening circuit to secure the top spot. 

As the early laps unfolded Haudenschild quickly began to flex his muscle. He kept the NOS Energy Drink machine right in the tire tracks of Scelzi’s KCP Racing #18 as they both hammered the cushion. It didn’t take long before Haudenschild fired a slider at Scelzi in Turns 3 and 4 and cleared him, but Scelzi managed to counter with a crossover to reclaim the lead.

Scelzi stared down a heavy group of lapped traffic as the halfway point neared. Behind Scelzi and Haudenschild, a rapidly charging Jacob Allen threw his name into the fight for the win. The Shark Racing driver started 10th and climbed to fourth by Lap 10. 

Up front Haudenschild began to build momentum on the bottom of the racetrack while Scelzi stayed up top. The margin between the two shrank until they found themselves side by side for nearly a full rotation on Lap 16. Haudenschild used the bottom to muscle ahead and lead Lap 17.

Scelzi didn’t let Haudenschild pull too far ahead, but he quickly found himself in a three-car battle for second as David Gravel and Jacob Allen closed in. Allen snagged third on Lap 18 and looked poised to make a run at the win. On the 20th circuit Allen rolled by Scelzi for second in Turns 1 and 2. But in the next set of corners Allen slipped out of the groove opening the door for both Gravel and Scelzi to drive under him exiting Turn 4. The trio roared three-wide down the front straightaway, and Scelzi made contact with Allen’s left front entering Turn 1. The resulting damage to Allen’s car knocked him out of the race and brought out a yellow flag.

The caution set the stage for a 10-lap dash to the finish. When the green flag flew, Haudenschild wasted no time darting ahead of Gravel to get some breathing room.

The closing laps waned, and Haudenschild appeared as if he may cruise to the $20,000 payday, but lapped traffic became a factor. Haudenschild managed to sneak by a slower car with three laps to go but slipped up in Turns 1 and 2 as the next lap began, allowing Gravel to close on his tail tank.

The white flag flew, and Gravel drove the Big Game Motorsports #2 to Haudenschild’s outside in Turns 1 and 2 and nearly nosed ahead. Haudenschild powered ahead slightly down the back straightaway. Gravel threw one last Hail Mary in Turns 3 and 4 and briefly pulled alongside again, but Haudenschild’s speed on corner exit was too strong as he sped away to the checkered flag.

The joy of the win helped erase the dejection of the night before.

“After nights like last night, it’s tough,” Haudenschild admitted. “So, to rebound and get a win is great. We know we’ve been fast, so our spirit has been good. It’s always good beating the #2 (Gravel). He’s so good this year and all the past years.”

Gravel was in good spirits despite coming up just short of back-to-back victories after topping Friday’s visit to US 36. The Watertown, CT native has caught fire with four consecutive top two finishes, and his point lead has ballooned to 40 markers. Gravel thought he might be able to drive by for the win on the final lap but couldn’t quite find the speed needed.

“You had to conserve some tires, and I was saving there for a little bit at the end,” Gravel said. “I thought I was maybe going to be able to get him (Haudenschild) on the bottom in (Turns) 1 and 2 then he moved down. That one lapped car I lost a lot of time with and wasn’t able to clear him. Then I was able to get around the #7S and thought I was going to be able to go around him in (Turns) 1 and 2 and just couldn’t quite clear him. Man, the guys have been giving me a great race car. It’s been fun driving the past couple weeks.”

After leading early, Giovanni Scelzi completed the top three. The result marked Scelzi’s third podium of the season and served as a nice bounce back after two straight subpar showings for the KCP #18.

“I couldn’t tell in (Turns) 3 and 4 if I needed to get all the way down or just move a lane off the cushion,” Scelzi said. “I don’t know. It sucks. Obviously, they’re (Haudenschild and Gravel) veterans. They have a lot more laps than me. They just drove smarter races.”

Logan Schuchart and Carson Macedo completed the top five.

David Gravel grabbed his first Simpson Quick Time of the year and the 111th of his career.

A 24th to 14th run earned Chris Windom the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four belonged to David Gravel, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Brian Brown. Milton Hershey School Heat Two went to Giovanni Scelzi.

Landon Crawley claimed the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars invade Pevely, MO’s Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for two nights of bullring action on April 12-13. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 2. 2-David Gravel[6]; 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[3]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu[8]; 7. 83-Michael Kofoid[7]; 8. 21-Brian Brown[4]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[12]; 10. 39M-Anthony Macri[13]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz[15]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi[19]; 13. 25-Kerry Madsen[16]; 14. 55-Chris Windom[24]; 15. 88T-Tanner Thorson[14]; 16. 70-Kraig Kinser[20]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[18]; 18. 17B-Bill Balog[17]; 19. 83SR-James McFadden[11]; 20. 88-Austin McCarl[22]; 21. 24D-Danny Sams III[23]; 22. 7S-Landon Crawley[21]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen[10]; 24. 23-Garet Williamson[9]

For full results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

HOW SWEET IT IS: Kale Drake Wins Xtreme Outlaw Debut at Sweet Springs on Last-Lap Pass

Drake, subbing for injured teammate Gavin Miller, joined KKM this year and wins in fourth career Series start

SWEET SPRINGS, MO (April 6, 2024) – White flag in the air, one-fifth of a mile remaining. Kale Drake had reeled-in leader Taylor Reimer from over a full second behind in 10 laps and was staring down an opportunity at the biggest win of his young career.

Drake – the 18-year-old national Micro Sprint champion from Collinsville, OK – drove it in deep on the bottom in Turn 1 while Reimer – the 24-year-old from Tulsa, OK, who had led most of the race – gassed it through the middle. A great drive off Turn 2 gave Reimer the advantage heading into the final two corners, but Drake was strong on the bottom.

Again, Drake dove low with speed into the corner, hugging the dirt mound that separated the track from the infield as he rounded Turns 3 and 4. Reimer tried the top lane one more time in an effort to keep her speed up, but it was not enough. Drake pulled even with Reimer off Turn 4 and beat her in the drag race to the finish line by .020 seconds to steal the win and his first career national Midget series victory with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota Saturday night at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex.

Victory Lane painted a vivid picture of two fierce competitors on opposite ends of an incredible finish – one relishing in the taste of victory, and the other awash in the agony of defeat.

“I honestly don’t have words for it at the moment,” Drake said. “It’s pretty surreal, to be honest.”

“I didn’t come here to run second,” Reimer said. “I’m pretty pissed off. Couldn’t get around the lapped car. Gave it up on the last lap.”

Drake joined the Keith Kunz Motorsports (KKM) team as a driver for the first time at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January – where he was named Rookie of the Year after his 14th-place finish in the A-Main – and was hired soon after as a full-time crew member with a few opportunities to do more Midget racing included.

When Xtreme Outlaw full-timer Gavin Miller was injured in a crash at a Micro Sprint event in California three weeks ago, Drake was given the nod to step into Miller’s ride for this weekend’s events while Miller continues to heal in recovery and did not forget to acknowledge his teammate after the big moment.

“He’s one of my really good friends and it sucks not having him here to race against because he is an amazing competitor, super good driver and only getting better as well,” Drake said about Miller. “I wish him a speedy recovery. We want to see him back at the track with us, and the season’s gonna be fun together.”

With that unexpected opportunity, Drake made the most of it, notching a seventh-place finish Friday at US 36 Raceway before breaking through for the win Saturday night.

From third on the Feature starting grid, Drake stayed patient inside the top three for two-thirds of the 30-lap main event. Reimer fired-off well in the opening laps, advancing from fifth on the grid up to second on Lap 11, getting around Drake with top-lane momentum. Two laps later, she drove around McIntosh for the lead in the same fashion, feeding from the top lane speed.

Drake was next to get by McIntosh, taking second from his KKM teammate with a big move to his inside in Turns 1 and 2.  From there, Drake watched Reimer jump out to a lead of over 1.6 seconds at its largest in lapped traffic with only 10 laps left.

That’s when Drake turned on the jets.

“I saw Taylor just kinda become like sitting still in the middle of the track,” Drake said. “Lapped traffic was playing a huge factor there.

“Once I got clear past a few of them, I just started driving as hard as I possibly could and started hitting my marks just like I did that first lap. I got the feeling back in, and once I did, it was just a matter of putting laps down.”

That gap shrunk all the way down to under a half-second by the time Drake took the white flag.

“I saw the white, and I was like, ‘I think she’s gonna get away from us, really,’” Drake said. “I think she just missed her marks, and we were able to capitalize on that and really put down a solid lap. I made sure to burn it in super hard going into (Turns) 3 and 4 to make sure that I was gonna come off straight as an arrow coming out of 4.”

Drake crossed the finish line .020 seconds ahead of Reimer, followed by fellow KKM teammate Ryan Timms, making for an all Oklahoma-born podium.

Timms, 17, of Oklahoma City, OK, had ran fourth for most of the race and made the move on McIntosh for third on Lap 23 to capture his second podium of the season, cutting his points gap to McIntosh down to 47 in the Series standings.

“[McIntosh] moved up, and I went down to the bottom in lapped traffic and was able to use some lapped cars to get by him,” Timms said. “I felt like I was maybe catching Kale and Taylor there at the end. A lot of that was caused by being in lapped traffic as well. But we had a good car and was fast all night.”

McIntosh crossed the stripe in fourth and kept his points lead, while Chase McDermand completed the top-five.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets are back in action next Friday-Saturday, April 12-13, for the two-day Illini 100 event at Farmer City Raceway alongside the World of Outlaws CASE Late Model Series.

Tickets are on sale now at XtremeOutlawSeries.com and will be available at the gate on race day. If you can’t be there to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 97-Kale Drake[3]; 2. 25K-Taylor Reimer[5]; 3. 67-Ryan Timms[4]; 4. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[1]; 5. 40-Chase McDermand[6]; 6. 16-Kyle Jones[2]; 7. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[7]; 8. 21K-Karter Sarff[8]; 9. 89-Todd McVay[11]; 10. 43-Gunnar Setser[9]; 11. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[17]; 12. 13-Elijah Gile[15]; 13. 5U-Peter Smith[12]; 14. 1K-Brayton Lynch[13]; 15. 44-Branigan Roark[18]; 16. 66-Jayden Clay[22]; 17. 55-Trevor Cline[14]; 18. 41-Brad Wyatt[21]; 19. 11A-Andrew Felker[20]; 20. 14S-TJ Smith[10]; 21. 88A-Austin Torgerson[19]; 22. 98-Luke Drotschie[16]; 23. 11J-Todd Jackson[23]

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series is brought to fans by important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Toyota (Title sponsor of the Midgets Series), Racing Electronics (Official Radio Supplier) and SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider). Other partners include: TJ Forged and Whitz Racing Products.

 

 

 

RIGHT PLACE RIGHT TIME: David Gravel Conquers US 36 After Inheriting the Lead

Sheldon Haudenschild’s misfortune is Gravel’s good luck as he earns his 90th World of Outlaws win.

OSBORN, MO (April 5, 2024) - A little luck never hurts, especially in Sprint Car Racing.

Sheldon Haudenschild appeared poised for a third straight US 36 Raceway victory on Friday night. He’d taken the lead early and sliced through plenty of traffic as he led the opening 20 circuits. But an incident with a lapped car left him spun between Turns 1 and 2 and ended his hopes of a three-peat at the 3/8-mile.

The biggest beneficiary to Haudenschild’s troubles? David Gravel. The Watertown, CT native had clawed his way from fourth to second in the Big Game Motorsports #2. When Haudenschild spun, the gift of the lead fell into Gravel’s lap.

After inheriting the top spot, Gravel never looked back on his way to his second World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win of 2024. Last year Gravel’s visit to US 36 resulted in a DNF. This year it resulted in redemption.

“I was just kind of searching around racing with those guys, and we were able to get to third and then get to second,” Gravel said. “And then Sheldon got into the lapped car there, but I felt like we were right there and could pace him well. I liked my chances. I wish we got to race it out. But the guys gave me a really good car.”

The triumph marked Gravel’s 90th with The Greatest Show on Dirt, making him only the 10th driver to reach 90. US 36 Raceway became the 46th different track he’s won at in World of Outlaws competition. Gravel’s car owner – Tod Quiring – is up to 96 Series victories as he gets closer to making Big Game Motorsports only the sixth team in Series history with triple digit wins.

An all-NOS Energy Drink front row consisting of Tyler Courtney and Sheldon Haudenschild led the field to green for the 35-lap finale. “Sunshine” jumped ahead on the initial start, but a crash on the front straightaway before the lap was complete caused a complete restart.

The opening lap not being finished before the red flag was Gravel’s first piece of good fortune in the Feature. He had slipped all the way to seventh from the second row on the first lap, but the wreck gave him a second chance at a strong start – a chance he took advantage of.

“That first start was really bad, and I fell back to seventh,” Gravel explained. “Luckily, there was a red right before everybody crossed the start finish line or I definitely wouldn’t have won this race here tonight. Luckily, we were able to get a redo there.”

On the full restart Haudenschild got the advantage on the outside and led the first lap. As they clicked off the early laps Haudenschild committed to the cushion while Courtney stayed low. Courtney closed on Haudenschild and nearly took the top spot out of Turn 4 on Lap 7, but Haudenschild moved low to protect and began to pad his lead.

Behind the lead duo Gravel found some grip in the center of Turns 1 and 2 and used it to drive around James McFadden for third on Lap 9. Only six laps later Gravel drove around Courtney to climb into the runner-up spot. Behind Gravel a charging Donny Schatz followed Gravel’s path to the front as Schatz moved into third on Lap 17 after starting seventh.

Only six laps after Gravel took second was when Haudenschild came together with the lapped car of Chris Windom in Turns 1 and 2. The resulting spin dropped him from contention and left nose damage on the NOS Energy Drink 17.

The incident handed the lead right over to Gravel who planned to take full advantage.

Gravel drove away early on the following restart. A handful of cautions interrupted Gravel’s progress toward the checkered flag, but he still mastered each restart as he left Schatz no openings to make a move.

Schatz closed a couple times as the two navigated traffic, but he could never near Gravel enough to truly challenge. Gravel took off on one last restart with four laps to go and held on to win by just north of one second.

Gravel has collected three straight podiums as he continues to build momentum in search of his first World of Outlaws title. The win allowed him to slightly extend his point lead to 22 markers ahead of Schatz. He’s locked in and ready for that title and the results show.

“It’s been a good year,” Gravel said. “We stubbed our toe one night, but other than that I feel like we’ve been on our game. Donny has been running strong, too, so I know it’s going to be a battle all year long.”

Schatz brought the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 home second for his fourth podium in the last six races as the 10-time champion continues to get hot early. Schatz felt that a late wreck that took the leaders out of lapped traffic and caused an open red hurt his chances of winning.

“My guys did a great job,” Schatz said. “I felt like we were coming there in traffic, and that momentum kind of went away on the open red. We had to make an adjustment. That’s what you have to do. You have to go for it. We went for it, and it helped me in one corner and hurt me in the other.”

Michael “Buddy” Kofoid completed the top three at US 36. The result marked the Roth Motorsports driver’s best result of the season. Kofoid has now pieced together five consecutive top 10 finishes including top fives in the last two. The Penngrove, CA driver credited a pivotal restart for helping him secure the podium.

“I knew we were restarting sixth and I finally had the outside,” Kofoid said. “I was thinking if I could snooker a couple guys there we should be good because I could carry so much speed into (Turn) 1 and almost slide through the center and if somebody was on the outside or inside, kind of shoot the gap and do that most of the race.”

James McFadden and Tyler Courtney completed the top five.

A huge 24th to sixth run gave Chase Randall the night’s KSE Hard Charger aboard the TKS Motorsports #2KS.

Buddy Kofoid earned Simpson Quick Time honors.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four belonged to Buddy Kofoid, Tyler Courtney, and Rico Abreu. Milton Hershey School Heat Two went to Sheldon Haudenschild.

Anthony Macri won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars debut at Arrowhead Speedway on Saturday, April 6 for the $20,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[3]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[7]; 3. 83-Michael Kofoid[5]; 4. 83SR-James McFadden[4]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[1]; 6. 2KS-Chase Randall[24]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[12]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[25]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[11]; 11. 8-Cory Eliason[19]; 12. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri[21]; 14. 55-Chris Windom[13]; 15. 17B-Bill Balog[22]; 16. 41S-Dominic Scelzi[23]; 17. 23-Garet Williamson[14]; 18. 88-Austin McCarl[10]; 19. 18T-Tanner Holmes[18]; 20. 45X-Jace Park[20]; 21. 70-Kraig Kinser[26]; 22. 7S-Landon Crawley[17]; 23. 5T-Ryan Timms[9]; 24. 24-Rico Abreu[8]; 25. 1A-Jacob Allen[15]; 26. 26-Zeb Wise[16]

For full results, CLICK HERE.

 

 

Karter Sarff Opens April with Xtreme Outlaw Midget Win at US 36

Toyota Racing Development reaches 500-win mark with national Midget engines

OSBORN, MO (April 5, 2024) – Twice a winner with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota last year, Karter Sarff has stepped up his game early in 2024, taking his first trip of the season to Victory Lane Friday night at US 36 Raceway.

Sarff, 21, of Mason City, IL, was relentless with the speed and pressure on the leaders through the first half of the main event, eventually breaking through with a successful slide job on Cannon McIntosh with 10-to-go and driving away with his third career Series victory.

In 2023, it took he and his family-owned operation several appearances with the Series before he finally broke through for a win during the World of Outlaws Ironman 55 weekend in August. Now, only three races into the new season, Sarff is already up on the board.

“It feels super good to win one in the third race of the year,” Sarff said. “Hopefully, it leads to even more this year. Last year, we won two of them, so this year we’re hoping we can win even more than two.”

Notably, Sarff utilizes a Toyota Racing Development (TRD) engine under the hood of his No. 21K. Coming into Friday, the TRD program was sitting at a grand total of 499 national Midget series Feature wins with their engines – the first coming in 2006 on pavement with multi-time national champion Dave Steele – and Sarff has now delivered the milestone 500th to the program with the win.

After turning the quickest lap in his Qualifying group, winning his Heat Race and claiming high-points honors, Sarff took the green flag for the Feature from outside Row 2 and immediately put the pressure on early leader McIntosh, hounding the Keith Kunz Motorsports #71K nearly non-stop over the first half of the 30-lap race.

Inside and outside, Sarff tried several routes to make the pass but was unable to do so. That was until Lap 17 – five laps after a restart – when Sarff finally got close enough to execute his first slide job maneuver in Turn 3, which McIntosh immediately denied with a crossover move out of Turn 4.

“[McIntosh] was running the bottom in (Turns) 1 and 2, so I couldn’t slide him there, which was the best spot to do it,” Sarff said. “So was sliding him there in 3 and 4, and it just got so tight off of 4 that he was able to run down the hill back across me every time.”

But Sarff gathered his wheels back in and wound the car up on the top lane again in preparation to throw another slider two laps later, which was successful. With a burst of speed off Turn 2, Sarff drove deep into Turn 3 on the bottom and slid ahead of McIntosh by several car-lengths to take over the lead.

“We struggled a little on the bottom – it was a little boggy – so right through the middle and the top, the thing would just carry so much speed,” Sarff said. “It was just an amazing racecar.”

Despite Sarff’s repeated challenges, the move was much to McIntosh’s surprise.

“I felt like after the restart, I was really good,” McIntosh said. “I changed my line up, just started doing something different, and I felt like it was a lot better and I was carrying good speed. I was honestly surprised when I saw Karter poke his nose to the inside because I felt so good.

“At that point, I was trying to just play defense, and once he got by, I really didn’t have anything for him.”

Now with the lead, Sarff began to drive away from the field, turning laps multiple tenths quicker on average than those behind him as he cruised to a first Feature win of the year.

Behind him, Chase McDermand was making his presence felt as well, capitalizing on the lower-lane momentum around the 3/8-mile high-banks to get by McIntosh for second on Lap 26.

“I was trying to figure out [McIntosh’s] weakness and where I could gain on him a little bit,” McDermand said. “Just making different lines, trying to make speed down the straightaway.

“I was able to get him in (Turns) 3 and 4, which was kind of where I was thinking. I feel like we were close to the same pace in 1 and 2, but I just chose a different line there in 3 and 4 and was able to get a really good run off the corner. He kinda slipped-up there off of 4 and didn’t quite have the run down the straightaway that I had.”

McDermand held on for second while McIntosh settled for third with 19 total laps led. Still, McIntosh built on his points lead slightly, now tallying in 16 points ahead of runner-up Zach Daum.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets complete the trip through Missouri with a visit to Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on Saturday, April 6. Tickets are on sale in advance at XtremeOutlawSeries.com and will also available at the gate. If you can’t be there, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 21K-Karter Sarff[4]; 2. 40-Chase McDermand[5]; 3. 71K-Cannon McIntosh[2]; 4. 25K-Taylor Reimer[8]; 5. 67-Ryan Timms[10]; 6. 7U-Zach Daum[1]; 7. 97-Kale Drake[3]; 8. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[9]; 9. 14S-Tyler Smith[11]; 10. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[6]; 11. 67K-Ashton Torgerson[7]; 12. 1K-Brayton Lynch[14]; 13. 5U-Peter Smith[17]; 14. 55-Trevor Cline[22]; 15. 88A-Austin Torgerson[13]; 16. 98-Luke Drotschie[16]; 17. 66-Jayden Clay[21]; 18. 938-Bradley Fezard[20]; 19. 89-Todd McVay[19]; 20. 92-Josh Most[18]; 21. 44-Branigan Roark[15]; 22. 13-Elijah Gile[12]; 23. 56-Tyler Edwards[23]

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws Return to Eldora For May Doubleheader

ROSSBURG, OH (April 4, 2024) – Legends will collide when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Eldora Speedway for the #LetsRaceTwo doubleheader, May 3-4.

The best Sprint Car drivers in the country will gather in Ohio for the Series' first of two weekend stops at the iconic "Big E."

Both nights post $12,000 to win top prizes, along with key championship points for Series contenders. Of the top current championship contenders, five have picked up wins at Eldora in the last three years – Carson Macedo, David Gravel, Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart and Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild.

The World of Outlaws will return to Eldora for the marquee Kings Royal weekend, July 19-20.

EVENT INFO:
Date – Friday-Saturday, May 3-4
Location – Rossburg, OH
Track Record – 12.599 sec. by David Gravel on Sept. 23, 2020

Times (CT) –
1:30PM Ticket Sales Begin (Main Gate, Turn 4, Pit Gate)
2PM Spectator Gates Open
6PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets – Available at WorldofOutlaws.com.
How to Watch – If you can't make it to the track, you can watch every lap live on DIRTVision.

Last Race Video Recap (May 6, 2023 - #LetsRaceTwo) –
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6-Xt-Yq7LE

Previous World of Outlaws winners at Eldora –
2023 – Logan Schuchart on May 5, Rico Abreu on May 6, Carson Macedo on July 14, Donny Schatz on July 15, Rico Abreu on Sept. 22
2022 –David Gravel on July 13, Brent Marks on July 14, David Gravel on July 15 (Day), Brent Marks on July 15 (Night), Rico Abreu on Sept. 23
2021 – Brent Marks on May 8 (Day), Sheldon Haudenschild on May 8, Carson Macedo on July 14, Tyler Courtney on July 17 (Day), Kyle Larson on July 17, Carson Macedo on July 18, Logan Schuchart on Sept. 24
2019 – Donny Schatz on May 10, Donny Schatz on July 17, Brad Sweet on July 18, Donny Schatz on July 19, Brad Sweet on July 20, Logan Schuchart on Sept. 27
2018 – Donny Schatz on May 11, Donny Schatz on May 12, Shane Stewart on July 12, Donny Schatz on July 13, Donny Schatz on July 14, Brent Marks on Sept. 21, Christopher Bell on October 14
2017 – Logan Schuchart on May 12, Donny Schatz on May 13, Kerry Madsen on July 13, Christopher Bell on July 14, Donny Schatz on May 15, Tim Shaffer on Sept. 22
2016 – Kerry Madsen on May 6, Kerry Madsen on May 7, David Gravel on July 14, Daryn Pittman on July 15, Donny Schatz on July 16, Shane Stewart on Sept. 23
2015 – Donny Schatz on May 8, Donny Schatz on May 9, Shane Stewart on July 17, Shane Stewart on July 18, Greg Wilson on Sept. 25
2014 – Shane Stewart on May 2, David Gravel on May 3, Sammy Swindell on July 11, Kerry Madsen on July 12, Joey Saldana on Sept. 19
2013 – Kerry Madsen on May 3, Daryn Pittman on May 4, Kerry Madsen on July 12, Brad Sweet on July 13
2012 – Chad Kemenah on May 4, Sammy Swindell on May 5, Joey Saldana on July 13, Sammy Swindell on July 14
2011 – Joey Saldana on May 8, Tim Shaffer on July 15, Tyler Walker on July 16, Joey Saldana on Sept. 23
2010 – Joey Saldana on May 8, Paul McMahan on May 9, Joey Saldana on July 16, Steve Kinser on July 17, Jac Haudenschild on Sept. 24
2009 – Donny Schatz on May 9, Terry McCarl on July 17, Donny Schatz on July 18, Jason Sides on Sept. 25
2008 – Craig Dollansky on April 11, Donny Schatz on May 31, Joey Saldana on July 11, Daryn Pittman on July 13, Joey Saldana on Sept. 19
2007 – Jason Meyers on April 13, Paul McMahan on June 2, Steve Kinser on July 13, Donny Schatz on July 14, Joey Saldana on Sept. 21
2006 – Sammy Swindell on April 7, Sammy Swindell on April 8, Craig Dollansky on June 3, Craig Dollansky on July 14, Joey Saldana on July 15, Joey Saldana on Aug. 4
2005 – Sammy Swindell on April 8, Steve Kinser on April 9, Sammy Swindell on June 4, Steve Kinser on July 15, Steve Kinser on July 16, Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 5
2004 – Steve Kinser on April 9, Steve Kinser on April 10, Danny Lasoski on June 5, Dale Blaney on July 16, Jason Sides on July 17, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 6
2003 – Donny Schatz on April 18, Sammy Swindell on April 19, Steve Kinser on May 31, Steve Kinser on July 18, Steve Kinser on July 19, Jason Meyers on Aug. 8
2002 – Craig Dollansky on April 13, Steve Kinser on June 1, Daryn Pittman on July 19, Joey Saldana on July 20, Steve Kinser on Aug. 2
2001 – Stevie Smith on April 13, Mark Kinser on April 14, Andy Hillenburg on June 2, Andy Hillenburg on July 20, Mark Kinser on July 21, Steve Kinser on Aug. 3
2000 – Steve Kinser on April 22, Mark Kinser on June 3, Johnny Herrera on July 13, Sammy Swindell in July 14, Dale Blaney on July 15, Tim Shaffer on Aug. 4
1999 – Steve Kinser on April 2, Tim Shaffer on June 5, Mark Kinser on July 15, Greg Hodnett on July 16, Sammy Swindell on July 17, Stevie Smith on Aug. 6
1998 – Joey Saldana on April 10, Sammy Swindell on April 11, Sammy Swindell on June 13, Jac Haudenschild on July 17, Jac Haudenschild on July 18, Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 7
1997 – Sammy Swindell on April 4, Dave Blaney on June 14, Dave Blaney on July 18, Steve Kinser on July 19, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 8
1996 – Sammy Swindell on April 5, Steve Kinser on June 15, Mark Kinser on July 19, Johnny Herrera on July 20, Mark Kinser on Aug. 9
1995 – Dave Blaney on April 14, Jac Haudenschild on April 15, Steve Kinser on June 10, Dave Blaney on Aug. 11
1994 – Jeff Swindell on April 16, Kenny Jacobs on April 17, Kenny Jacobs on June 11, Dave Blaney on Aug. 12
1993 – Dave Blaney on Dave Blaney on April 17, April 18, Dave Blaney on June 11, Steve Kinser on June 12, Dave Blaney on Aug. 13
1992 – Sammy Swindell on April 12
1991 – Doug Wolfgang on April 20, Steve Kinser on June 7, Sammy Swindell on June 8
1990 – Steve Kinser on April 21, Steve Kinser on April 22, Rickey Hood on June 8, Steve Kinser on June 9
1989 – Lee Brewer on April 22, Jeff Swindell on April 23, Bobby Davis, Jr. on June 9, Doug Wolfgang on June 10, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 4, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 5
1988 – Sammy Swindell on April 9, Doug Wolfgang on April 10, Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 26, Steve Kinser on Aug. 27
1987 – Steve Kinser on April 12, Dave Blaney on Aug. 7, Steve Kinser on Aug. 8
1986 – Sammy Swindell on Aug. 7, Kenny Jacobs on Aug. 8, Bobby Allen on Aug. 9
1985 – Doug Wolfgang on April 13, Doug Wolfgang on April 14, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 8, Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 9, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 10
1984 – Sammy Swindell on April 7, Ron Shuman on April 8
1983 – Steve Kinser on May 21, Brad Doty on May 22
1982 – Danny Smith on May 8, Sammy Swindell on May 9, Doug Wolfgang on June 12, Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 4, Ronnie Daniels on Aug. 5, Rick Ferkel on Aug. 6, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 7, Steve Kinser on Oct. 17
1981 – Sammy Swindell on May 16, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 6, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 7, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 8, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 17, Steve Kinser on Oct. 18
1980 – Sammy Swindell on April 13, Steve Kinser on May 3, Steve Kinser on May 4, Steve Kinser on May 24, Steve Kinser on July 5, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 7, Sammy Swindell on Aug.8, Steve Kinser on Aug. 9, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 30, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 31, Steve Kinser on Oct. 19
1979 – Ron Shuman on April 15, Dub May on May 27, Steve Kinser on July 3, Sammy Swindell on July 14, Steve Kinser on Aug. 2, Steve Kinser on Aug. 3, Steve Kinser on Aug. 4, Doug Wolfgang on Sept. 1, Shane Carson on Oct. 21
1978 – Bobby Allen on April 16, Rick Ferkel on April 30, Steve Kinser on May 21, Rick Ferkel on July 3, Randy Ford on Aug. 3, Rick Ferkel on Aug. 4, Rick Ferkel on Aug. 5, Steve Kinser on Sept. 3, Shane Carson on Oct. 29

 

 

PASSION AND PROFESSIONALISM: Continuing the Legacy of Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson Racing has established itself as one of the sport’s premier teams and continues to uphold Johnson’s standards.

OSBORN, MO (April 4, 2024) - Jason Johnson was determined to carve out a path in Sprint Car Racing. Every step of the way in his career he displayed dedication to the sport. Eventually, he worked his way to the opportunity to start his own team. Powered by passion and founded on principles of professionalism, Jason Johnson Racing was born in 2010.

The team continues to operate based on the foundation Johnson laid as they’ve become one of the sport’s powerhouses with Philip and Brooke Dietz in ownership and Carson Macedo driving. And this Saturday at Arrowhead Speedway, they’ll look to honor Johnson by topping the Jason Johnson Classic.

With Johnson holding his team to a high standard, success came right away. The 2010 American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) championship belonged to Johnson. The JJR #41 took a total of 19 trips to Victory Lane during its debut season.

For almost the entire time Johnson raced, his cousin – Philip Dietz – was right alongside him on the mechanical side. There were times early in Johnson’s career when Dietz slept on the floor to have the opportunity to join his cousin at the racetrack. Even though Dietz was with Kasey Kahne Racing when JJR came to life, he recalls how Johnson designed his team for success.

“He set the bar pretty high years ago,” Dietz said. “In his early days, he worked for some pretty reputable teams, one being Steve Kinser Racing. How they ran their team and everything they did during that time; Jason took notes of it all.  When that opportunity came to start up his own team, he applied a lot of those same things. He was obviously very particular about the cleanliness of all the gear and having everything look nice and professional to represent our sponsors the best way possible. And on top of that, there was a lot of effort that went into performance and never being content with settling for anything other than being a contender.”

The team philosophy led to continued success for Johnson throughout the team’s early years. He reeled off three consecutive ASCS championships from 2012 through 2014. And then Johnson decided to take the step to the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in 2015. 

An injury at Placerville disrupted Johnson’s first season, but in March of 2016 he tasted redemption when he scored JJR’s first World of Outlaws win as a team at none other than Placerville. Later that year, Johnson summited Sprint Car Racing’s mountaintop with a thrilling Knoxville Nationals win and delivered five words that’ll echo forever, “Shit, I wanted to win!”

Johnson went on to tally two more wins in 2016 and added another six over the next year and a half before his tragic passing in June of 2018. 

But that night would not signal the end of Jason Johnson Racing. His family wouldn’t allow it. They wanted to keep Johnson’s legacy going on the racetrack just how he would’ve preferred. His wife – Bobbi – continued to field the car as they hired Carson Macedo to finish out 2018. Right off the bat, Macedo took the #41 to Victory Lane at Knoxville Raceway in his 360 Nationals Preliminary Night.

“I could see it right away in 2018 when I came and drove for Philip and Bobbi, who at the time was the owner of the team,” Macedo recalled. “It was clear cut. They were just professional. Phil was just on top of his game. You could tell their car was just sound every time in hit the racetrack. Phil’s attention to detail was extraordinary. It was just a mold I fit into so easily.”

Throughout the entire existence of JJR, the team has prioritized representing their sponsors in the best way possible. Mesilla Valley Transportation has been a longtime supporter, and Royal Jones – company CEO – has found it incredibly easy to work with them and been impressed by their professionalism and dedication.

“It was easy from the start when I first met Jason,” Jones said. “He walked in my office. I’d never met him. He gave me a proposal to sponsor him for the next year. I got to know him that way. He was just so sincere, so honest, and just down to earth and always trying to do the right thing. I couldn’t help but take a liking to him, so we sponsored him the next couple years in ASCS until he moved onto the Outlaws. 

“When he was going to go to the Outlaws, he brought me sheets of what he thought it was going to cost and how he was going to do things. It was like, ‘Wow, these are quite the proposals. You could be working for me getting me business.’ This guy had it all down to a science. He was just so amazing in how he looked at it. You could just tell he was going to be successful.”

When 2018 came to a close, Macedo had already inked a deal to drive for Kyle Larson Racing with the World of Outlaws in 2019. That opened the door for JJR to bring David Gravel aboard for the next two years. Gravel pieced together a strong pair of seasons that saw him bag 19 Series wins including the 2019 Knoxville Nationals.

“They’re a great family,” Gravel said. “I love Jason’s parents. They’re really good people. Phil’s a good guy. Bobbi is a hard-working person. They built something from really nothing. They didn’t have much, and they’ve kind of built a little empire over there and it’s still going today. I definitely had two great years of racing over there.”

Gravel’s departure for Big Game Motorsports presented the opportunity for Macedo to rejoin the team, and it’s been a wildly successful reunion. The Lemoore, CA native collected 11 checkered flags in 2021 and repeated the feat in 2022. He added another seven wins in 2023 and put together his third consecutive third place finish in the standings. Overall, Jason Johnson Racing now sits at 60 World of Outlaws victories, and Macedo is responsible for half.

The time with JJR continues to be a dream come true for Macedo who grew up with one goal in mind – becoming a World of Outlaws driver.

“I’m with a team that has really good, faithful people behind it,” Macedo said. “Philip is a great guy. He’s a good person. He’s a loyal person. I see the same thing in all the sponsors and partners that are part of the team. It just makes me happy. It makes me thankful for what I have every day. I just couldn’t be more appreciative to be a part of JJR, a team that has a lot of history behind it because of what Jason started.”

What Jason started continues to live on. Led by Dietz, the current version of JJR continues to carry the spirit of Johnson by upholding his standards and competing at the highest level. And they have no plans of slowing down as they chase Johnson’s goal of bringing a World of Outlaws title to his race team.

“It’s very important to us to carry on the JJR legacy and represent the team no different than how Jason would want it done,” Dietz said. “Our goal in 2015, when we first signed up with the Outlaws, was to run top 10. We knew that it was going to be a challenging year, and we were faced with so many different things between the engines and wing package. 

“As time went on, we kept bumping our goals up more and more. I think the following year we were hoping to at least win three or five races, which we accomplished. Nowadays, if we don’t win at least five races a year we’re kind of disappointed. It’s pretty amazing that we hit 60 wins the other weekend. It’s very special to me to keep this team up front, keep it competitive. Hopefully, we can continue that on for many years and win many more races.”

Macedo and the team continue their championship pursuit this weekend at Osborn, MO’s US 36 Raceway on April 5 before the Jason Johnson Classic at Colcord, OK’s Arrowhead Speedway on April 6. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Xtreme Outlaw Midgets Begin April with Debuts at US 36, Sweet Springs

OSBORN, MO (April 3, 2024) – The 2024 season for the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota rolls on with two brand-new stops in Missouri to kick off April.

First will be a visit to US 36 Raceway on Friday, April 5, and then a trip to Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex on Saturday, April 6.

The high-banked, 3/8-mile oval of US 36 Raceway has not hosted a national Midget series event since 2013 but welcomes the debut of the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets, featuring a 30-lap, $4,000-to-win, main event. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will also be in attendance racing adjacent to the Midgets in the first of five nights the two series will pair in 2024.

Then, it’s a trip to Sweet Springs, MO’s popular 1/5-mile bullring. A hotspot for local, regional and national Micro Sprint action, Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex has also been an annual host of national Midget racing with POWRi and USAC but welcomes the Xtreme Outlaws for the first time ever in a 30-lap, $4,000-to-win, main event alongside the WFO Micro Series.

Tickets for both events are on sale in advance at the links below and will also be on sale at the gates on race day. If you can’t be at the tracks to watch in person, stream every lap live on DIRTVision.

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Here are the drivers to watch and storylines to follow this weekend:

COMING IN HOT – Cannon McIntosh is once again back on top of the Series points standings and is coming into the weekend with momentum from a strong showing of three-straight podium finishes last weekend with the POWRi National Midget League.

McIntosh, 21, of Bixby, OK, went back to Victory Lane with the Xtreme Outlaw Series on the second night of the season opener inside the Southern Illinois Center, placing him atop the championship points standings by three over Zach Daum. This past weekend, McIntosh was automatic in the POWRi season openers in Oklahoma, posting a runner-up on Thursday at Creek County Speedway and back-to-back third-place finishes at Port City Raceway on Friday-Saturday.

Looking at past results, McIntosh has never competed in a Midget at US 36 but has been dominant at Sweet Springs over the past several seasons. In the 11 national Midget series Features he’s started at the 1/5-mile oval, he’s won five times – three more than the only other driver to win more than one national Midget race there, Buddy Kofoid (USAC 2020, USAC 2022).

BREAKOUT – Ashton Torgerson’s first few starts on the national Midget circuit have made a bold statement to each of his competitors.

The newest Keith Kunz Motorsports racer from Glendale, AZ, missed the transfer spot into the first Toyota Racing Feature of the season on Friday night of the season opener at the Southern Illinois Center but bounced back the next night, transferring to the Feature via a Heat win and then taking home a sixth-place finish in the main event.

He then took the momentum from that strong run in Du Quoin and carried it right into last weekend’s POWRi events in Oklahoma, posting back-to-back fourth-place finishes Thursday-Friday before holding off Tanner Thorson, McIntosh, Daum and more en route to his first career national Midget series Feature win Saturday at Port City Raceway.

He’s back in the Safety-Kleen, LynK/Toyota #67K on Friday at US 36, where he’s never raced, but tackles Sweet Springs on Saturday – a track he visited in 2021 in a Micro Sprint.

IN SYNC – Trifecta Motorsports is off to a solid start for their second season on the Xtreme Outlaw Series trail and has several reasons to look forward to US 36 and Sweet Springs.

Flagship car driver Zach Daum currently ranks second in championship points standings after posting back-to-back third-place finishes in Du Quoin. The inaugural Series champion from Pocahontas, IL, will be one of the few, if not the only driver in the field with prior laps in a Midget around US 36 Raceway, having placed third on two occasions (2011, 2012) and fourth in 2010. This Friday at US 36, he’ll double-dip with both the Midgets and with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, also piloting the McGarry Motorsports No. 31 Sprint Car.

Daum, team co-owner Steve Carbone and crew chief Bobby Milliser have collectively been working well together as of late, helping special guest driver and 2022 Chili Bowl Nationals winner Tanner Thorson get to Victory Lane last Friday night in the POWRi event at Port City Raceway – the team’s sixth career national Midget series win and first with the No. 5U car.

REBOUND RUN – The Mounce/Stout Motorsports fleet of drivers will be back in action with the Series this weekend, looking for a rebound after an up-and-down first weekend out in Du Quoin.

Tyler Edwards leads the charge for the Oklahoma-based team as they head for Missouri, sitting 17th in points – the highest of each of the four team cars. Edwards started off strong in the season opener three weekends ago, putting his No. 56E on the outside pole for the Feature, but ultimately fell back to a 15th-place finish after drawing a caution flag late in the race. A DNF cut his eighth-place starting efforts short the next night.

California racer TJ Smith qualified for both Features in Du Quoin but took DNFs in both after getting involved in incidents each night, while fellow teammate Austin Torgerson qualified for only Friday’s Feature and finished 13th. New for this week, the fourth teammate joins them on track, as young Oklahoman Jayden Clay makes his debut with the Series after missing the season opener.

FRONTRUNNERS – Keith Kunz Motorsports has three of the top five drivers in the championship points standings heading into Missouri, already on the path to defending the Series championship they clinched last year.

Reigning champion Jade Avedisian will be away from the team for the weekend, tending to her Toyota GR Cup commitments in Sonoma, CA. However, KKM will still take six cars with them to US 36 and Sweet Springs with McIntosh, Ryan Timms, Taylor Reimer, Luke Drotschie, Ashton Torgerson and Kale Drake on driving duties.

Timms, 17, of Oklahoma City, OK, currently sits fifth in Series points after finishes of 12th and second in Du Quoin. Last Thursday, Timms nearly won the POWRi season opener at Creek County, leading into the final laps before colliding with a lapped car that spun in front of him, ending his chances for victory. However, he bounced back with a runner-up finish to Tanner Thorson the next night at Port City before taking on the World of Outlaws on Saturday, capping his weekend with a 10th-place finish at 81 Speedway in his 410 Sprint Car.

Gavin Miller, 17, of Allentown, PA, sits one spot ahead of Timms in the standings but will not be racing this weekend as he continues his recovery from an injury sustained in an incident during the KKM Challenge Micro Sprint event in California two weeks ago. In his place, 16-year-old Kale Drake will drive Miller’s No. 97 for both races as he makes his first appearance with the Series since 2022.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE


When and where
Friday, April 5 at US 36 Raceway in Osborn, MO
Saturday, April 6 at Sweet Springs Motorsports Complex in Sweet Springs, MO


On the internet

Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota
Twitter – @Xtreme_Outlaw
Instagram – @XtremeOutlaw
Facebook – @XtremeOutlawSeries.WRG


Live broadcast

DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com. Annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month.


Current championship points standings (
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  1. Cannon McIntosh: 439 points | Keith Kunz Motorsports #71K
  2. Zach Daum: 436 points (-3) | Trifecta Motorsports #7U
  3. Shane Cottle: 410 points (-29) | Cottle Racing #86
  4. Gavin Miller: 407 points (-32) | Keith Kunz Motorsports #97
  5. Ryan Timms: 400 points (-39) | Keith Kunz Motorsports #67
  6. Joe B. Miller: 389 points (-50) | Joe B. Miller Motorsports #51B
  7. Thomas Meseraull: 387 points (-52) | Engler Racing #7x
  8. Jade Avedisian: 380 points (-59) | Keith Kunz Motorsports #71
  9. Chase McDermand: 379 points (-60) | Chase McDermand Racing #40
  10. Karter Sarff: 363 points (-72) | Karter Sarff Motorsports #21


Toyota Feature winners (2 drivers)

1 win – Thomas Meseraull (Engler Racing), Cannon McIntosh (Keith Kunz Motorsports)


Toyota Feature laps led (4 drivers)

35 laps – Joe B. Miller

27 laps – Thomas Meseraull

5 laps – Cannon McIntosh

4 laps – Tyler Edwards


Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (1 driver)
2 awards – Ethan Mitchell


Heat Race winners (11 drivers)

2 wins – Tyler Edwards

1 win – Ryan Timms, Thomas Meseraull, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, TJ Smith, Chase McDermand, Cannon McIntosh, Jade Avedisian, Nick Hoffman, Ashton Torgerson


High-points honors (2 drivers)

1 honor – Cannon McIntosh, Tyler Edwards


Last Chance Showdown wins (6 drivers)

1 win – Taylor Reimer, Gunnar Setser, Austin Torgerson, Gavin Miller, Shane Cottle, Ethan Mitchell


DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (2 drivers)

1 award – Will Armitage, Ryan Timms


Podium finishes (5 drivers)

2 podiums – Zach Daum
1 podium – Thomas Meseraull, Gavin Miller, Cannon McIntosh, Ryan Timms


Top-10 finishes (16 drivers)

2 top-10s – Shane Cottle, Cannon McIntosh, Zach Daum, Chase McDermand
1 top-10 – Gavin Miller, Ryan Timms, Joe B. Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Karter Sarff, Will Armitage, Taylor Reimer, Mitchell Davis, Trey Marcham, Ashton Torgerson, Rylan Gray


2023 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 15 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Thomas Meseraull (1)
2. Sat, March 16 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series is brought to fans by important sponsors and partners, including: DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Toyota (Title sponsor of the Midgets Series), Racing Electronics (Official Radio Supplier) and SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider). Other partners include: TJ Forged and Whitz Racing Products.

 

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws Bring Historic Streak to US 36, Make Arrowhead Debut for Jason Johnson Classic

An exciting Missouri bullring, and a new track for the $20,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic take center stage  

OSBORN, MO (April 2, 2024) - The first weekend of April brings a huge weekend of action for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.
First up is an all-out open-wheel assault at one of the country’s most exciting bullrings. Osborn, MO’s US 36 Raceway welcomes both the country’s top Sprint Car drivers and the stars of the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota on Friday, April 5. The night marks the first of five in 2024 that the two Series will converge.

Saturday, April 6, brings one of the most anticipated events of the season. The Greatest Show on Dirt honors one of the most respected men to ever grace the pit area with the sixth running of the Jason Johnson Classic. This year’s edition shifts to a new track for the World of Outlaws with the Series heading to Colcord, OK’s Arrowhead Speedway for the first time. Saturday’s winner is walking away $20,000 richer.

A track already proven to provide some of the season’s most exciting racing and a Series debut with 20-grand on the line, what better way to kick off the month of April?

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