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SUMMERTIME SPECIALIST: Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart Racing Picking Up Early Season Steam

Schatz has turned his season around heading into River Cities and Ogilvie

GRAND FORKS, ND (June 1, 2023) - Temperatures are on the rise as summer nears, and Donny Schatz is beginning to heat up.

Tracks get slick. Grip is scarce. And humidity plays with the density of air. These conditions have always brought out the best in the 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion. And 2023 has been no exception.

After combating struggles through the first couple months of the campaign, Schatz has resembled his prime self since the beginning of May. In the last nine races, Schatz has collected six podiums, including a pair of victories at Attica Raceway Park and Sharon Speedway. The podium tally would likely be seven if it weren’t for a late-race flat tire at Atomic Speedway. He’s also missed only one Toyota Dash over that stretch – a key aspect to their success.

“We’ve gotten ourselves qualified. I think that’s the most important part,” Schatz commented. “You can’t start in the third and fourth row of the Heat Races and think you’re going to get in the Dash unless something drastic happens. Nobody really does that. The guys have worked hard. They’ve done their homework, just kind of fine-tuned.

“Like I said, it’s all about getting qualified well. Then, you can work on your car a little bit and try a few different things in the Heats and the Dashes. The tracks where you have to drive with any sort of control, we’ve been good at. Lawrenceburg (Speedway) we weren’t all that good at, but honestly it was completely different than when we’ve been there in the past. Normally, there was a little bit of a bottom at times, but this was basically just a death slider race. That’s why we didn’t have the best result. But pretty much everything else the last month has been great – a couple wins and some podiums. You’ve got to be consistent. That’s where we want to be.”

A primary catalyst to their results is the performance of the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing team’s Ford FPS 410 engine. With steadfast diligence, they’ve made progress in their motor program, leading to a more comfortable feeling and allowing Schatz to drive the way he prefers.

“Everybody at Ford and Ron Shaver that have been working on it are just continually trying to improve with baby steps,” Schatz said. “We’re getting pretty close. We’re getting back to where I can move my foot and being able to race.”

In addition to the program being in a good place, Schatz noted the Ford’s functionality excels during the summer stretch.

“The cylinder heads on these Ford motors are very efficient,” Schatz explained. “They are super efficient. Sometimes they get running to where they get pumping so hard that when you start to close the butterflies off and cut the air off, they keep running a little bit. And that’s where it kind of helps us come these summertime months when the air is bad. There’s not as much air in there to mix it with fuel and do that.”

Looking ahead, the schedule suggests Schatz could continue his current pace. Next up is a visit to one of his home tracks – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND) – on Friday, June 2 – where the Fargo, ND driver’s record is impeccable. In 29 Series starts, he’s won 12 times, podiumed on 21 occasions, and finished no worse than seventh.

“It’s a forgiving place,” Schatz said of his results at River Cities. “I’ve learned where you can get yourself in trouble and not get yourself in trouble. And we’ve been very fortunate to always have a good race car there. Everything’s really just worked there. There are multiple grooves. Everytime we go there we seem to have a pretty decent racetrack.”

Another upcoming event close to home for Schatz is the Husets High Bank Nationals (June 21-24) in Brandon, SD – also the home state of his crew chief Steve “Scuba” Swenson. The four-day event will conclude with a $250,000-to-win Feature – the richest payday in World of Outlaws history.

“It’s definitely a place I cut my teeth at,” Schatz said of Husets. “I spent a lot of Sunday nights there. I tore a lot of stuff up there. I made a lot of memories there, and I’ve managed to win a few races too. We’re looking forward to it. I think when everybody heard it was paying $250,000 to win, we all thought, ‘Man, is Tod (Quiring, track owner) insane?’ But it’s cool that we can get that opportunity to race for that sort of money. It’s what you strive for. They work hard at trying to put on the best races they can.”

Schatz will be poised to maintain his recent performance for the remainder of the season as the third-winningest driver in Series history is in pursuit of his 11th championship. The early season troubles dug him a sizable hole but continuing to perform the way he has and maintaining a pragmatic perspective could lead the racing legend back into the title hunt.

“To win a championship you’ve got to be consistent,” Schatz said. “When you can’t win, you’ve got to have seconds and thirds. We’ve been in that form the last month, but I think we’ve dug just a little bit too big of a hole to dig out of it. But there’s still a lot of racing left, so we’re just going to keep down this path to get as much of it as we can, and maybe we’ll still have an opportunity going right down to the last race to have a race for a championship.”

Catch Donny Schatz in action with the World of Outlaws this weekend at River Cities (June 2) & Ogilvie Raceway (June 3). For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all of the action on DIRTVision.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Northern Swing Brings World of Outlaws to River Cities, Ogilvie Debut

The Greatest Show on Dirt shifts regions of the country for its next big stretch

GRAND FORKS, ND (May 31, 2023) - For the first time in 2023, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are northbound.

After two consecutive weekends in Ohio followed by a Monday visit to Indiana, nearly 15 hours of driving will bring the tour to its next destination.

The Greatest Show on Dirt heads to River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND) on Friday, June 2 for the Gerdau presents the 1st Leg of the Northern Tour followed by the Series debut at Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, MN) on Saturday, June 3.

The weekend promises to bring plenty of excitement. River Cities is known for offering some of the most thrilling action with many grooves and plenty of space for sliders. The quarter mile bullring is known as longtime Series announcer, Johnny Gibson’s, favorite track for a reason.

Ogilvie provides the unknowns of a track new to the Series with no experience imbalance. No drivers will have an advantage in the laps department, and all will be vying for the right to be called the first winner in Series history at the Minnesota track at the Wagamon Brothers presents the Big O Showdown.

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Let’s look at the top storylines to watch this weekend:

MACEDO ON THE MOVE: After a short, rough stretch that saw Carson Macedo post an 11.5 average finish over four races, the Jason Johnson Racing driver has rebounded in a big way.

Macedo has earned top five finishes in five consecutive races with four podiums in that span. Over that stretch, his average finish sits at a superb 2.6. The recent performance has elevated him into a tie for the points lead with Brad Sweet.

River Cities on Friday presents the Lemoore, CA native with an opportunity to take sole possession of the top spot. In six starts in Grand Forks, Macedo has podiumed in half including a win last June.

DONNY’S DOMAIN: North Dakota is where Donny Schatz has called home all his life, and the Fargo driver has had quite the home field advantage in Grand Forks.

Schatz has appeared at all 29 Series visits to River Cities Speedway. In those starts, he’s won 12 times, landed on the podium on 21 occasions, and owns an astonishing 2.5 average finish. His only two finishes outside of the top five were a pair of sevenths. From 2015 to 2018, Schatz topped seven of eight River Cities races.

The 10-time Series champion cooled off slightly over Memorial Day Weekend from his recent hot streak but did still notch a podium on the second night at Atomic. He heads into the weekend aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 tied for fifth in points.

GRAND FORKS GLORY: While Schatz has made it difficult for others to experience Victory Lane at River Cities, a handful of other active competitors have conquered the quarter mile.

Four-time and reigning champion – Brad Sweet – is the defending River Cities race winner after claiming last August’s visit. “The Big Cat” has won two of the last three to make himself one of only five drivers with multiple triumphs at the facility. A third victory on Friday would equal him with Craig Dollansky for the second most River Cities wins.

The driver currently third in points – David Gravel – topped a 2017 visit to Grand Forks. While it has been six years since that victory, he’s been solid as of late with no finish worse than seventh in his past seven River Cities starts.

Two years after Gravel’s triumph, Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart made the trip to River Cities Victory Lane. The win was one of four podiums that Schuchart has picked up at the facility in 15 attempts.

Kyle Larson snagged a 2020 World of Outlaws win at River Cities with a wild last lap, last corner pass.

EMPTY NOTEBOOKS: The debut at Ogilvie will present a unique set of circumstances for the drivers and teams. Occasionally, some drivers will have previous experience at a track before the World of Outlaws visit. But Ogilvie so seldom hosts winged Sprint Car racing that there haven’t been opportunities for laps. It will be as close to a clean slate race as you can get.

The most recent World of Outlaws track debut was last March when Brad Sweet bested the field at Vado Speedway Park in New Mexico.

Another recent Series track debut yielded a major milestone moment in the sport’s history when Donny Schatz collected his 300th World of Outlaws win at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway in 2021. That same year the World of Outlaws also had their first races at Magnolia Motor Speedway (won by Sheldon Haudenschild) and Dirt on The Rev (won by David Gravel).

ON THE GASS: During his time with the World of Outlaws tour, Noah Gass has proven River Cities to be one of his best tracks.

Two years ago was when the Mounds, OK native first tackled select Series events, and in 13 starts in 2021, Gass’ earned his best finish (12th) in Grand Forks. Then last year during his rookie campaign as a full-time competitor, Gass picked up one of his two top 10s on the year at the bullring.

Through 16 Feature starts in 2023, Gass’ best result is 14th in Pevely, MO, and he’ll look to better that mark Friday where he’s found past success.

NOSA NAMES: River Cities is a routine stop on the Northern Outlaws Sprint Association (NOSA) tour, meaning some of the top northern names may be in attendance looking to compete on home turf against the best.

Per usual, Mark Dobmeier leads the charge for the locals. Less than two weeks ago, the Grand Forks native collected his Series-best 176th career NOSA win at River Cities. Of his 44 career World of Outlaws top-10s, 20 have come at his home track including a pair of podiums.

Austin Pierce is another of the consistently strong local competitors. In the last two seasons he’s racked up 13 NOSA victories at River Cities, and the Grand Forks oval is home to his one career World of Outlaws top 10 (2016).

Other NOSA names to watch include Jade Hastings, Brendan Mullen, Greg Nikitenko, and more.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE

Friday, June 2 at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND

Saturday, June 3 at Ogilvie Raceway in Ogilvie, MN

ON THE INTERNET

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
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Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (24/80 Races):

1. 49 – Brad Sweet (3344PTS) 2. 41 – Carson Macedo (-3344PTS) 3. 2 – David Gravel (-8PTS) 4. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-148PTS) 5. 15 – Donny Schatz (-174PTS) 6. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-174PTS) 7. 18 – Gio Scelzi (-254PTS) 8. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-280PTS) 9. 3Z – Brock Zearfoss (-434PTS) 10. 1A – Jacob Allen (-504PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (11 Drivers):

5 wins – Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49)

4 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2)

3 wins – Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24), James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83)

2 wins – Donny Schatz (Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15), Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41)

1 win – Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11), Sheldon Haudenschild (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17), Brady Bacon (TKH Motorsports #21), Logan Schuchart (Shark Racing #1S), Anthony Macri (Macri Motorsports #39)

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers):

140 laps – Brad Sweet

106 laps – Rico Abreu

95 laps – Carson Macedo

92 laps – David Gravel

90 laps – James McFadden

46 laps – Buddy Kofoid

44 laps – Logan Schuchart

43 laps – Brent Marks

41 laps – Donny Schatz

37 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild

11 laps – Anthony Macri

10 laps – Cory Eliason

9 laps – Gio Scelzi

3 laps – Brady Bacon

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers):

7 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo

6 QuickTimes – David Gravel

3 QuickTimes – Logan Schuchart

2 QuickTimes – Anthony Macri, Rico Abreu

1 QuickTime – Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Buddy Kofoid, Gio Scelzi

HEAT RACE WINNERS (21 Drivers):

14 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo

13 Heat Wins – David Gravel

8 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid

7 Heat Wins – Donny Schatz

5 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild

4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu

3 Heat Wins – Gio Scelzi, Anthony Macri

2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Jacob Allen, Parker Price-Miller, Justin Peck, Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden

1 Heat Win – Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Cory Eliason

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (33 Drivers):

19 Dashes – Carson Macedo

18 Dashes – David Gravel

16 Dashes – Brad Sweet

13 Dashes – Logan Schuchart

12 Dashes – Donny Schatz

10 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Rico Abreu, Gio Scelzi

8 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid

6 Dashes – Jacob Allen, Brent Marks, James McFadden

5 Dashes – Spencer Bayston, Brock Zearfoss

4 Dashes – Anthony Macri

3 Dashes – Justin Peck, Danny Dietrich

2 Dashes – Brian Brown, Cory Eliason, Parker Price-Miller, Robbie Price, Tyler Courtney

1 Dash – Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden, Garet Williamson, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon, Chad Trout, Dylan Norris, Cap Henry, Stuart Brubaker, Kyle Larson

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (17 Drivers):

3 LCS Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild

2 LCS Wins – Robbie Price, Parker Price-Miller

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson, Ryan Timms, Ayrton Gennetten, Spencer Bayston, Logan Schuchart, Kraig Kinser, Freddie Rahmer, Henry Malcuit, Cole Macedo

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (20 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Tyler Courtney, Sheldon Haudenschild

1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Justin Peck, Blake Hahn, Buddy Kofoid, Joe B. Miller, Kyle Larson, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Moody, Freddie Rahmer, Brad Sweet, Skylar Gee, Cole Duncan

PODIUM FINISHES (20 Drivers):

11 Podiums – David Gravel

10 Podiums – Brad Sweet

9 Podiums – Carson Macedo

6 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Rico Abreu

4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid, Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild

3 Podiums – Brent Marks, James McFadden

2 Podiums – Jacob Allen

1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Parker Price-Miller, Brady Bacon, Anthony Macri, Kyle Larson

TOP 10 FINISHES (40 Drivers):

22 Top 10s – Carson Macedo

21 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, David Gravel

17 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart

15 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild

14 Top 10s – Gio Scelzi

13 Top 10s – Spencer Bayston, Buddy Kofoid

12 Top 10s – Rico Abreu, Donny Schatz

10 Top 10s – James McFadden

8 Top 10s – Justin Peck

7 Top 10s – Jacob Allen

6 Top 10s – Brent Marks

5 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney

4 Top 10s – Kasey Kahne, Danny Dietrich

3 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Cory Eliason, Brock Zearfoss

2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Blake Hahn, Brady Bacon, Anthony Macri, Kyle Larson, Parker Price-Miller

1 Top 10 – Robbie Price, Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Joe B. Miller, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brandon Rahmer, Chad Trout, Lance Dewease, Cap Henry, Cole Macedo, Stuart Brubaker, Skylar Gee, Cole Duncan

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

1. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)

2. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)

3. Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)

4. Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)

5. Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)

6. Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)

7. Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)

8. Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)

9. Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)

10. Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)

11. Fri, April 7 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)

12. Sat, April 8 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (2)

13. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (3)

14. Fri, April 28 / Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, IL / David Gravel (4)

15. Sat, April 29 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)

16. Fri, May 5 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Logan Schuchart (1)

17. Sat, May 6 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Rico Abreu (3)

18. Wed, May 10 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Anthony Macri (1)

19. Fri, May 12 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brad Sweet (4)

20. Fri, May 19 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Donny Schatz (1)

21. Sat, May 20 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Donny Schatz (2)
22. Fri, May 26 / Atomic Speedway / Chillicothe, OH / Brad Sweet (5)

23. Sat, May 27 / Atomic Speedway / Chillicothe, OH / Carson Macedo (2)

24. Mon, May 29 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / James McFadden (3)

 

 

 

HOMEGROWN: McDermand, Mounce/Stout Motorsports Emerging as Title Contenders Illinois driver returns home for Xtreme Outlaw tripleheader this weekend at Tri-City, Wayne County

CONCORD, NC (May 31, 2023) – In a world of Midget racing Goliaths, Chase McDermand is the proverbial David on the national scene. Armed with two cars, a few engines and his parents’ plumbing business as a sponsor on the side, he’s competing with — and beating — some of the best the sport has to offer.

The 22-year-old from Springfield, IL, is in his second full season with Mounce/Stout Motorsports and has won twice with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota already this year. Hot on the trail of his first national championship, McDermand is showing what’s possible with his mostly homegrown operation.

“I just try to do the most with what I have, and we’ve been able to do quite a bit with that,” he said. “We’ve been really blessed to have the success that we’ve had. I’m proud of the team as a whole.”

The Series returns to his home state of Illinois for a three-day race weekend this Thursday-Saturday at Tri-City Speedway and Wayne County Speedway. He’s currently 89 points out of the Series points lead with roughly three quarters of the season left to be contested.

Despite posting back-to-back third-place finishes last week at Millbridge Speedway, his gap to points leader Cannon McIntosh jumped 30 points after McIntosh swept both nights of competition. That gap doesn’t scare him, though, and neither does his competition.

“On the track, they’re all just racecars,” McDermand said. “When I can, I try to just see numbers. It doesn’t matter what engine is under the hood or who’s driving the car — to an extent — they’re all just racecars out there.”

He said it’s how he tries to approach the situation every time he straps into his car. Competing night-in and night-out against drivers with corporate sponsors, driver development programs and revered crew chiefs doesn’t faze him. It’s a challenge he’s willing to take on in pursuit of something he’s wanted for a long time.

“I remember just five or six years ago, being at the races at Jacksonville or Lincoln watching the Midget Week shows, wanting to be a part of where I am right now,” McDermand said. “Now that we’re here, we’re in contention for the championship. It just makes it real.”

Though he’s right where he needs to be in the standings, he did not begin the season in that position. A rough start to his night in the season opener in Du Quoin, IL, sent him back to the trailer early without a spot in the main event, dropping him way down in the standings. But the team rallied the next night, climbing from 12th on the starting grid to second by the checkered flag.

Since then, it’s been smooth sailing for McDermand and the team, posting podium finishes in all but two events thus far.

“After Du Quoin, I feel like it’s been uphill in terms of good progress,” McDermand said. “We’ve had good speed. Just putting whole nights together and taking advantage of good starting positions, which we were able to do in the last four or five nights … it’s important to hit the ground running every night.”

From a historical perspective, McDermand is relatively new to the national Midget scene, but has a nice resume already built. He’s a graduate of the Badger Midget Auto Racing Association, garnering three consecutive championships in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

He paired with car owners Jay Mounce and Gavin Stout at the end of the 2021 season before taking on the entire POWRi national circuit together in 2022, where he won three races and placed fifth in the points standings against the toughest talent at Keith Kunz Motorsports, Chad Boat Industries and Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports.

Now in the thick of a championship battle, McDermand has reflected a bit on the impact of he and the team’s progress on their chances to win it all in 2023.

“As a whole, this is really the first time we’ve had a chance to run for a championship,” McDermand said. “The results have shown that the more experience I have, the better I am as a driver. The more experience the team has running up front, having speed, also makes them better. Both of those things combined [has been] giving us good results.”

McDermand and the Mounce/Stout Motorsports team are back in action with the rest of the stars of the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series pres. by Toyota this Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3, at Tri-City Speedway and Wayne County Speedway (IL).

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

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Midgets Take on Tri-City, Wayne County Before Summer Break

NASCAR stars Briscoe, Stenhouse expected to compete, Shelton makes Xtreme debut

PONTOON BEACH, IL (May 29, 2023) – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota heads back to Illinois for a three-race weekend this Thursday-Saturday, June 1-3, at two tracks the tour has yet to hold competition.

Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL, kicks things off on Thursday, June 1 with the first of three 30-lap, $4,000-to-win Features for the weekend. The following two will be held at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, IL, Friday-Saturday, June 2-3.

The three-day stretch is the last batch of Xtreme Outlaw races before a multi-week summer break which ends with the next Series event on the calendar at Doe Run Raceway on Friday, July 21. Coupled with a visit to Southern Illinois Raceway the following evening, the weekend kicks off a stretch of four consecutive race weekends – culminating with a five-races-in-five-days, Speedweek-style event at five different tracks in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Aug. 8-12.

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

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

GATEWAY TO THE DIRT – With the NASCAR events taking place in St. Louis this weekend, Cup Series regulars Chase Briscoe and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will be taking advantage of the nearby Xtreme Outlaw races and competing on the dirt.

Briscoe was scheduled to compete with the Series last week at Millbridge Speedway but suffered terminal mechanical failure in the opening Hot Laps session, ending his week early. He’ll now pilot a Mahindra Tractors, Spike Chassis #5 for Paul May Motorsports Friday and Saturday night at Wayne County.

Stenhouse is set to make his Series debut, piloting a third entry for Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports. The 2023 Daytona 500 winner took a Midget on track for the team during USAC’s marquee BC39 event in Indianapolis last year and has linked back up with them to take on Tri-City Thursday and Wayne County on Saturday.

GUESS WHO’S BACK – News of Holly Shelton’s long-awaited return to the seat of a dirt Midget broke several weeks ago, and now the time has come to get on track.

Shelton, the 27-year-old open-wheel racer from Gold River, CA, put her driving career on hold at the end of the 2018 season after three years driving for Keith Kunz Motorsports. She got the itch to compete again over the winter and has since paired with her close friends at Bundy Built Motorsports to get a car prepared for her Xtreme Outlaw debut Thursday at Tri-City.

Read More – Holly Shelton Returns to Midget Racing with Xtreme Outlaws June 1 at Tri-City

She’ll pilot a Spike Chassis with Bundy Built power in the event – a car which she tested last Thursday at Millbridge Speedway. She said it’s taken some adjustments to get used to her new power plant, compared to the Toyota Racing engine she’d driven with KKM, but is ready for the new challenge on a fast racetrack that she prefers over the smaller, more technical tracks.

GOING STREAKING – A dominant sweep of the Double Down Showdown at Millbridge last week boosted Cannon McIntosh’s lead in the Series points standings up to 89. He’s now finished either first or second in each of the last five Series races.

Next, he tackles the 1/3-mile and 1/5-mile ovals of Tri-City and Wayne County – both of which he’s done well racing in the past. In his last three starts at Tri-City, McIntosh hasn’t finished worse than seventh, and had a best finish of third there at the 2020 Gold Crown Midget Nationals. At Wayne County, he has two career top-10s with a best finish of fourth in the 2020 Jason Leffler Memorial.

He'll play teammate to Stenhouse this weekend as part of the Dave Mac stable, now emerging as the most competitive Midget teams in the nation.

HEADING HOME – It’s been a great stretch of races since the season opener for Chase McDermand. With podium finishes in each of the last four Series races, he’s riding a great wave of momentum as the Series heads back into his home state this weekend.

McDermand, 22, of Springfield, IL, has surged from lower than 20th in the points standings after the first race in March all the way up to second, now 89 points behind leader McIntosh with 3/4 of the season remaining. He did lose some ground in the standings to McIntosh after the two races at Millbridge, but back-to-back third-place finishes kept the championship goal within reach.

Historically, McDermand has not seen much of either track on tap for this weekend, but did finish eighth at Wayne County and 15th at Tri-City a year ago.

BACK FOR MORE – Gavan Boschele made his first starts of the season with the Series last week at Millbridge, posting finishes of sixth and fourth at the controls of the Keith Kunz Motorsports, Bullet/Toyota #5G.

Boschele, 15, of Mooresville, NC, is slated to race all three nights this weekend, making his debut at both facilities. He’ll have several of his KKM teammates beside him including Jade Avedisian, Gavin Miller, Taylor Reimer, Ryan Timms and Cooper Williams.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

When and where
Thursday, June 1 at Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon Beach, IL
Friday-Saturday, June 2-3 at Wayne County Speedway in Wayne City, IL

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

Live broadcast
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Current championship points standings (view full standings)
1. Cannon McIntosh (1520pts); 2. Chase McDermand 1431pts (-89); 3. Jade Avedisian 1422pts (-98); 4. Gavin Miller 1414pts (-106); 5. Chance Crum 1314pts (-206); 6. Kyle Jones 1288pts (-232); 7. Taylor Reimer 1279pts (-241); 8. Ethan Mitchell 1248pts (-272); 9. Zach Daum 1224pts (-278); 10. Landon Brooks 1220pts (-3000).

Toyota Feature winners (3 drivers)
4 wins – Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)
2 wins – Chase McDermand (Mounce/Stout Motorsports)
1 win – Jade Avedisian (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

Toyota Feature laps led (10 drivers)
69 laps – Cannon McIntosh
26 laps – Thomas Meseraull
24 laps – Jade Avedisian, Chase McDermand
22 laps – Shane Cottle
21 laps – Ashton Torgerson
18 laps – Zach Daum
15 laps – Gavin Miller
2 laps – Ryan Timms
1 lap – Nick Drake

Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (5 drivers)
2 awards – Ethan Mitchell, Cannon McIntosh
1 award – Gavin Miller, Daniel Whitley, Hayden Reinbold

Heat Race winners (16 drivers)
3 wins – Jade Avedisian
2 wins – Chance Crum, Nick Drake, Cannon McIntosh, Chase McDermand, Ethan Mitchell
1 win – Austin Barnhill, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Corbin Rueschenberg, Kyle Jones, Rico Abreu, Zach Daum, Hayden Reinbold, Briggs Danner

High-points honors (7 drivers)
1 honor – Gavin Miller, Chance Crum, Rico Abreu, Daniel Whitley, Landon Brooks, Briggs Danner, Hayden Reinbold

Last Chance Showdown wins (8 drivers)
2 wins – Kyle Jones
1 win – Landon Brooks, Karter Sarff, Howard Moore, Ryan Timms, Taylor Reimer, Henry Chambers, Chance Crum

DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (7 drivers)
1 award – Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson, Ryan Timms, Chance Crum, Zach Daum, Gavan Boschele, Taylor Reimer

Podium finishes (11 drivers)
6 podiums – Cannon McIntosh
5 podiums – Chase McDermand
2 podiums – Gavin Miller
1 podium – Shane Cottle, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Kyle Jones, Zach Daum, Ryan Timms, Ashton Torgerson, Taylor Reimer

Top-10 finishes (28 drivers)
6 top-10s – Cannon McIntosh, Jade Avedisian, Chase McDermand, Gavin Miller
4 top-10s – Zach Daum, Kyle Jones, Chance Crum, Ethan Mitchell
3 top-10s – Landon Brooks, Thomas Meseraull, Taylor Reimer, Ryan Timms
2 top-10s – Corbin Rueschenberg, Briggs Danner, Gavan Boschele
1 top-10 – Shane Cottle, Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson, Austin Barnhill, Daniel Adler, Sam Johnson, Rico Abreu, Ashton Torgerson, Daniel Whitley, Don Droud Jr., Mariah Ede, Nick Drake

2023 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 10 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)
2. Sat, March 11 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Jade Avedisian (1)
3. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Cannon McIntosh (2)
4. Fri, May 5 / Humboldt Speedway / Humboldt, KS / Chase McDermand (1)
5. Sat, May 6 / 81 Speedway / Park City, KS / Chase McDermand (2)
6. Tue, May 22 / Millbridge Speedway / Salisbury, NC / Cannon McIntosh (3)
7. Wed, May 23 / Millbridge Speedway / Salisbury, NC / Cannon McIntosh (4)

 

 

PERFECTION: Carson Macedo Sweeps the Night at Atomic for Second Win of Season

The Lemoore, CA native makes his first trip to Victory Lane since early March

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 27, 2023) - So many variables that could go wrong go into a night of racing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.

A poor pill draw could harm a qualifying effort. A mistimed heat race start. A low draw for the Dash. And of course, the chaos of a 24 car Feature can derail a night at any moment.

Coming out on top of every single one of the phases of a night of racing is a monumental task – one that Carson Macedo managed to conquer on Saturday night at Atomic Speedway.

Macedo sped to the Simpson QuickTime Award, topped CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One, and dominated the Toyota Racing Dash. Then finally, Macedo outdueled Donny Schatz in the NOS Energy Drink Feature before holding off a late charge from David Gravel to cap a sweep of the night at the Chillicothe, OH oval.

And the icing on the cake? Macedo celebrated his 27th birthday the day before, making the victory a belated birthday gift.

“My guys did an incredible job all night,” Macedo said. “Hell of a job to sweep the night. QuickTime. Won the Heat. Won the Dash. And to get the win in the Feature was pretty special. We’ve been on a little bit of a dry spell in the win column, but it feels good to get one tonight. I know we’ve been really close. We’ve been in contention just haven’t been able to close it out but happy with the job that we could do tonight.”

As Macedo mentioned, the victory ended a dry spell – snapping a 19-race winless streak dating back to Volusia Speedway Park on March 5. Macedo now owns 30 career World of Outlaws wins – enough to equal Bobby Allen for 22nd all-time. The Lemoore, CA native is only the third Californian to reach the 30-win mark – joining Brad Sweet (84 wins) and Jason Meyers (58 wins). After struggling early in his career at the 3/8ths-mile, Atomic is now the 21st different track Macedo has won at in Series competition.

“(Crew Chief) Philip (Dietz) just did a great job with my car,” Macedo said. “I think in the past here I’ve really struggled with the car driving around itself center off. I feel like no matter what I did here in the past I would end up with my right-rear hanging off the corners.”

Macedo’s path to his second win of the season was anything but an easy drive.

Starting from the pole, Macedo rocketed to the lead on the opening circuit aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41 as Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz, and David Gravel went three-wide for second behind him.

Schatz arose with the runner-up spot and immediately went to work chasing down Macedo. On an early restart Schatz went side by side with Macedo for multiple laps in a fierce battle for lead. Macedo managed to maintain.

On the next restart with 26 laps to go, Gravel slid Schatz to takeover second briefly before Schatz came rolling back by a few laps later. Not long after he reclaimed second, Schatz rolled the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 on the bottom to perfection by Macedo to lead lap 18.

Over the next several laps, Macedo and Schatz displayed driving excellence with a back and forth duel. Macedo snatched the lead back on the cushion only to have Schatz come back by when Macedo struggled with a slower car.

On lap 24, Macedo roared around the cushion to take the top spot for good. The 27-year-old pulled away from Schatz and held off a charging David Gravel to complete the sweep of the night.

“There were so many stages of the race that I didn’t know where to be,” Macedo explained. “I felt like Donny was making such good speed down on the bottom. The couple times that I moved down I felt like I was in no man’s land down there. And I kind of thought that sticking to the top and whatever that gave me was going to be my result. I feel like the top, luckily for me, cleaned off really nice there with probably about 15 or 12 (laps) to go. And I could just feel myself grip back up.”

Behind Macedo, Gravel claimed the runner-up spot for his Series-best 11th podium of the season with Big Game Motorsports. The Watertown, CT native came away very satisfied with the result and found restart positioning to be vital toward achieving it.

“I made a little mistake on one of the lapped cars but honestly really happy to run second,” Gravel said. “I thought there for a while I wasn’t going to be on the podium, and my car was really good on the restarts restarting fourth. Every time I restarted fourth, I could get a good run down the straightaway. Restarting third on the bottom on that flat I just couldn’t get going.

“We had three different bar combinations in tonight, trying all sorts of things. And to be trying all these things and be on the podium is a good night.”

Rounding out the top-three was Donny Schatz after challenging for the victory throughout the race. The 10-time champion and his team continued to stay hot with their sixth podium in the last eight races. Schatz put forth all his effort, even trying a lower line when the track became top-dominant, but fell a little short of his third triumph of 2023. While he badly wanted the win, Schatz came away encouraged after yet another strong outing.

It's pretty hard to get back to that bottom once you’ve abused them (tires),” Schatz said. “I tried it and lost another spot, but second or third, it’s not a win so not much difference to me. When you go for the win, sometimes that’s what happens. Hats off to the whole Carquest team. These guys have a great race car. What we did in the Dash was incredible around the bottom line, and we just kind of have good drive everywhere.”

Sheldon Haudenschild and Gio Scelzi completed the top five.

With Brad Sweet finishing 11th, both Macedo and Gravel closed on him in the championship hunt. Sweet now leads Gravel by only 10 markers and Macedo by 14.

Cole Duncan earned the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger with a drive from 17th to 10th.

Macedo’s Simpson QuickTime to begin the night was his sixth of the season (tied for most) and the 25th of his career.

Macedo’s victory in CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One was the 91st of his career. Buddy Kofoid topped NOS Energy Drink Heat Two for his ninth career Heat win, and David Gravel claimed NOS Energy Drink Heat Three for the 214th Heat victory of his career.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Indiana on Monday, May 29 for Lawrenceburg Speedway’s Federated Auto Parts Memorial Day Spectacular. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 2-David Gravel[4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[6]; 6. 71-Michael Kofoid[5]; 7. 83-James McFadden[11]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[9]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen[8]; 10. 22-Cole Duncan[17]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet[7]; 12. 5-Spencer Bayston[15]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[14]; 14. 9P-Parker Price Miller[19]; 15. 91-Cale Thomas[12]; 16. 20G-Noah Gass[22]; 17. 101-Cody Maroske[18]; 18. 1-Nate Dussel[16]; 19. 4-Danny Smith[25]; 20. 81-Lee Jacobs[23]; 21. 7S-Robbie Price[20]; 22. 2S-Nathan Skaggs[21]; 23. A79-Brandon Wimmer[10]; 24. 83X-Nate Reeser[24]; 25. 99-Skylar Gee[13]

 

 

ACING ATOMIC: Brad Sweet Rolls to Dominating Atomic Victory

The defending champion matches his 2022 win total early in 2023

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 26, 2023) - Brad Sweet continues to make powerful statement after powerful statement on the racetrack.

Last weekend the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car championship point leader opened the door slightly for the competition to close in with a pair of sub-par runs. To start this weekend, he kicked it shut.

Sweet dominated Friday night at Chillicothe, OH’s Atomic Speedway – leading every lap of the NOS Energy Drink Feature on his way to a Series-best fifth win of the 2023 campaign. The Grass Valley, CA native held off charges from Kyle Larson and Carson Macedo to secure the checkered flag. Sweet is well aware that winning with The Greatest Show on Dirt is tough enough as is. But throw in having to beat a NASCAR Cup Series champion who has accomplished so much on dirt and it makes it even more gratifying.

“It’s good to win any race, but you always want to beat the best,” Sweet said. “And this World of Outlaws group is a great group of drivers. Then you bring in Kyle Larson and some of these other guys, too. Kyle is a talent that is so versatile and wins in every car. So, when he’s here and you can beat him, it definitely gives us a little more street credit.”

Sweet’s fifth win of the season marked the 84th of his World of Outlaws career – bringing him into a tie with Stevie Smith for the 10th most all-time. “The Big Cat” has already matched his win total from last season. Atomic is now the 46th different track he’s visited Victory Lane at in World of Outlaws competition.

“It was a fun race tonight,” Sweet said. “It was tricky. I’m just excited to get the first night out of the way and hopefully come back tomorrow stronger.”

After winning the Toyota Racing Dash, Sweet started the main event from the pole position with Larson to his outside. When the green flag flew, Sweet wasted no time jumping ahead of his brother-in-law.

As the lead duo neared the tail of the field, the race’s first yellow flag flew on lap 10 – setting up what would become a theme of the race. Whenever thick traffic was ahead of the leaders, the yellow lights would turn on for another caution nearly without fail.

While these yellows gave Sweet the benefit of clean air, it also lined up Larson alongside him for each restart. Sweet had to stay on top of his game aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing/Napa Auto Parts #49 to hold back Larson each time the green flag flew. And that’s exactly what he did.

Sweet exceled on every restart – gapping Larson by enough to make a move in Turns 1 and 2 impossible. Larson stayed close enough on one attempt to throw a slider but came up short.

“I was trying to trick him,” Sweet said of his strategy on the restarts. “I was trying to pick different spots to take off. The bottom was getting slicker, but I didn’t want to take off up top because I didn’t think it was good enough. You couldn’t put your right-rear in good dirt. It was just kind of a curb against the wall.”

On a late restart, Larson slipped off the track exiting Turn 2, allowing Carson Macedo to take the runner-up spot. As the laps dwindled, Macedo ran down Sweet as he entered traffic. Macedo attempted a slider when the white flag flew but couldn’t clear Sweet. As the two entered the final set of corners, the yellow flew once again – setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

On the restart, Sweet pulled ahead without issue and went on to win by slightly less than nine tenths of a second. 

“I’m just really happy,” Sweet said. “You’ve got to control these races sometimes. I’m not sure if I had the best car or not. It’s hard to say. It was really tricky to see when you got to lapped traffic. You really got a feel off Turn 2, and the cushion kind of went over the turn, so I got a little free trying to keep my tires under me and not get spinning. But I think the key was definitely staying out front.”

After his late mishap that dropped him to fifth, Larson rebounded to reclaim the runner-up spot in only his second Series start of the year. The result marked Larson’s 57th career World of Outlaws podium and it came aboard the Paul Silva #57. Larson found himself wishing that lapped traffic could’ve been more of a factor as he battled for the win.

“I really just needed some long runs,” Larson said. “Everytime we caught traffic a yellow would come out. I just never got the opportunity to race in traffic, but I felt really good. I made a mistake there on whatever restart that was and got over the edge and fell back to fifth. Then I got rolling really good there in (Turns) 3 and 4 got back to their back bumper there at the white (flag). Then I was kind of happy there for that final caution and honestly was hoping they would get racing. I got a good launch off the top and was able to pass Carson there.”

Macedo held onto third to round out the podium – his seventh top-three finish of the season with Jason Johnson Racing. The birthday boy thought he might’ve had a shot to win on the final circuit until the last caution came out, dimming his hopes of a win on his birthday.

“I was bummed to see the caution come out,” Macedo admitted. “I didn’t clear him off of (Turn) 2, but I thought maybe I could throw something at him into Turn 3 and off of Turn 4. But it just didn’t work out that way. The yellow came out, and I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’ll have another shot.’ Brad was kind of chugging up there at the top, and I thought maybe he was going to fire off on the cushion. When he didn’t, I did and I don’t think it really gave me a very good run to that green-white-checkered. Then Kyle starts throwing bombs at me, and I was trying to race him. I knew that was going to be tough to win that battle.”

Completing the top-five was David Gravel and Skyler Gee. Gee made his way into the top-five from 19th – earning him the KSE Hard Charger for the night.

Sweet extended his advantage in the points to 28 markers over Gravel and 36 over Macedo.

David Gravel claimed the Simpson QuickTime Award – his Series-leading sixth of the year and the 103rd of his career.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to David Gravel. NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by James McFadden, Carson Macedo, and Donny Schatz.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are back at Atomic Speedway Saturday, May 26 before Monday’s (May 29) Federated Auto Parts Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg Speedway. For tickets to Atomic, CLICK HERE. For tickets to Lawrenceburg, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson[2]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 4. 2-David Gravel[4]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee[19]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[11]; 7. 5-Spencer Bayston[16]; 8. 83-James McFadden[7]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[8]; 10. 71-Michael Kofoid[12]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5]; 12. 9P-Parker Price Miller[10]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[21]; 14. 22-Cole Duncan[15]; 15. 91-Cale Thomas[9]; 16. 15-Donny Schatz[6]; 17. 1-Nate Dussel[17]; 18. 7S-Robbie Price[14]; 19. A79-Brandon Wimmer[20]; 20. 78-Justin Clark[24]; 21. 101-Cody Maroske[22]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen[13]; 23. 29-Cole Macedo[18]; 24. 5J-Jake Hesson[23]; 25. 4-Danny Smith[25]

 

 

HAUD’S HOME: Sheldon Haudenschild’s Comfort in Ohio

The Wooster native hopes for more home state success this weekend at Atomic

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 25, 2023) - A group of race fans gather around the back of the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing hauler on a Friday afternoon at Attica Raceway Park.

They’re waiting to get a word or take a photo with their home state hero — Sheldon Haudenschild. He’s the kid who thrilled them early in his career on the Ohio ovals on his way to Sprint Car stardom. He’s the son of the legendary Jac Haudenschild, who also left an impression on these same fans with his courage behind the wheel. He’s the man who receives a warm applause everytime his name is announced in “The Buckeye State.”

Haudenschild cut his teeth in Ohio, racing near his hometown of Wooster. He followed in his father’s footsteps — perfecting the “Haud line” and racking up checkered flags at tracks like Attica, Wayne County Speedway, Waynesfield Raceway Park, and more. And it’s because of those reasons Haudenschild is so admired in the community.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are halfway through a four-race stretch in Haudenschild’s homeland. The final two nights are set for this weekend (May 26-27) at Chillicothe’s Atomic Speedway, a little over an hour south of Ohio’s capital of Columbus. As the 29-year-old navigates his seventh season with The Greatest Show on Dirt, trips home become more and more welcome.

“It’s always good to be home a little bit and kind of get your mind off things for a minute,” Haudenschild said. “And then show up to tracks that we’ve raced in the past and kind of grew up racing — especially Attica and Chillicothe, kind of where me and (crew chief Kyle) Ripper got our start, just places where you adapt to quick once you get back there and kind of feel like you never left.”

Haudenschild’s 2023 campaign to this point has been one of peaks and valleys. After beginning the season with four top 10s in the first five races, he missed the top 10 in three of the next five. The highlight of his year is a victory at U.S. 36 Raceway in early April. He’s reached the podium on three other occasions, including a runner-up at Tri-State Speedway on a night when he led 16 laps of the Feature. After 21 races, he sits sixth in points.

The performance aboard the NOS Energy Drink #17 has left Haudenschild with mixed feelings. The comfort in the car is there, but he wishes that comfort led to slightly better results.

“I feel like it’s just kind of OK,” Haudenschild said to describe his season. “I feel good in the car, and I’m happy car-wise, just kind of not on paper where we want to be. Obviously, we’d like a couple more wins and feel like we’ve had some good runs going that maybe didn’t go our way, but that’s all part of it. You’ve got to enjoy the lows and the highs.”

Fortunately for him, the most recent weekend of racing yielded his most consistent pair of races so far. In front of hometown fans, Haudenschild finished fourth on Friday at Attica and came home third on Saturday at Sharon after charging from 11th.

History suggests Haudenschild should continue building momentum this weekend at Atomic. He’s the most recent World of Outlaws winner at the 3/8ths mile, and during his most recent All-Star Circuit of Champions visit to the Chillicothe facility in 2016, he won. In five of his past six Sprint Car starts at Atomic, Haudenschild has finished on the podium.

Haudenschild’s success on home turf isn’t merely due to the number of laps. It’s as if the Ohio racetracks are built for his style. High-banked. Slick. A big cushion to rip. Those characteristics create a track right in Haudenschild’s wheelhouse.

“I think they (the tracks) definitely get a lot slicker than some of the places we go,” Haudenschild explained. “I think it’s having laps and being comfortable and knowing how the track plays out through the night from being here in the past is helpful. It’s a comfort level.”

The Ohioan will carry that comfort level into this weekend’s two-night tilt at Atomic looking to add to his history of home state success. But no matter the results, the fans will support him all the same. They’ll take photos. They’ll get autographs. They’ll watch proudly as one of their own continues to cement himself as one of the most talented and exciting drivers to ever wheel a Sprint Car.

“It’s just stress free being home,” Haudenschild said. “And I’m just enjoying it.”

For tickets to Atomic Speedway this weekend, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

 

 

 

ANTE UP: McIntosh Sweeps Double Down Showdown at Millbridge

Reimer charges to second from 12th, McDermand with fourth-straight podium in P3

SALISBURY, NC (May 24, 2023) – Since moving to North Carolina from Oklahoma over the offseason, Cannon McIntosh has made Millbridge Speedway his new home-away-from-home. He faced 22 other invaders at his weekly race place Wednesday night and expelled every one for the second-straight night, winning the DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown in a sweep of the week’s events.

With eight wins in weekly Micro Sprint competition already this season, McIntosh was among the most prepared drivers in the field for the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota’s return to the 1/6-mile speedway. It came at exactly the right time after he was bested by Chase McDermand in back-to-back races three weeks ago in Kansas.

But this week, McIntosh was simply not going to be denied. Not in his own backyard.

“It’s definitely rewarding after running second a couple weekends,” McIntosh said. “Being able to come back here and show resilience and show what the team’s about.”

He and the Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports team showed what they were about early, turning in a fastest Qualifying lap of 9.884 to snag the Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Award. From there, a fourth-to-second run in Heat #3 put him fifth on the starting grid for the Toyota Racing Feature.

McIntosh, 20, of Bixby, OK, immediately jumped to his preferred lane on the outside, right up against the wall at the drop of the green and began picking off his forward opponents. By Lap 10, he reached the rear bumper of his most formidable foe – Chase McDermand – and wasted no time in getting by with a big slide job in Turns 3-4 to take the lead.

“I kinda just went off of feel and when I could feel the car load-up, and then get back to the throttle,” McIntosh said. “We’d get really good runs on guys there. I just started making moves, and it started clicking once I got by the first car. I got into a rhythm, and we were really good in traffic.”

McIntosh was strong in traffic, having zero issues getting through multiple waves of slower cars and maintaining his gap on the field until a handful of caution periods slowed the race’s pace down after the halfway point.

Further back in the field, Taylor Reimer was mounting a big charge to the front from her 12th-place spot on the starting grid. She had advanced her Keith Kunz Motorsports #25K all the way to fourth before the halfway point and was hot on the tail for a podium spot as the race dipped under 10-to-go.

“I just ripped through the middle, honestly,” Reimer said. “There were a couple guys on the bottom, a lot were trying the top. From the Micro race, I knew there really wasn’t anything on the top. It was fine for the Micros, but I knew once it got to the Midgets with all the horsepower we have, it was gonna be tough to run up there.”

Reimer, 23, of Tulsa, OK, was one of the few drivers in the field also piloting a Micro Sprint over the two-day stretch and used the extra seat time to her advantage. After getting by her KKM teammate Gavan Boschele for third, she set her sights on McDermand in second.

One final restart with three circuits remaining put Reimer right on McDermand’s bumper. The two battled for the spot relentlessly until McDermand’s slide job attempt forced contact between them in Turn 3, shooting McDermand way up the track in Turn 4 and allowing Reimer to grab the spot from underneath him.

“She came all the way up to the wall that time, so I just had to throw it down underneath of her,” McDermand said. “I realized at the last second that I probably wasn’t going to clear, so I tried to throw it sideways and that’s when my right-rear hit her.”

“He slid me because he had so much momentum; he wasn’t just going to let off,” Reimer said. “I was ripping through the middle, he slid me, and we made contact there. It pushed him up the track, thankfully it didn’t wreck either of us and we were able to continue on.”

Back out front, McIntosh was on cruise control as he crossed underneath the checkered flags unchallenged to bag the $5,000 grand prize.

“We were able to stay out of trouble and keep our nose clean,” McIntosh said. “That was our key to being able to win this week. I felt like we had the speed all week, it was just a matter of staying out of trouble and keeping this thing in one piece.”

Reimer was able to gather her car back up after the contact with McDermand and crossed the line in second, notching her best Series finish of the year thus far.

“I’ve been struggling a little bit; my guys always give me a great car and I just felt like I haven’t delivered yet,” Reimer said. “To get this for them is really important to me. I’m still chasing that win. I know if I just keep doing well and finishing top-fives, top-threes, the win will come.”

McDermand crossed in third for the second night in-a-row, making for his fourth-straight podium in his last four Series starts. Though he lost some ground in the points standings to McIntosh, he’s still confident in what’s to come this season.

“There’s a lot of tracks left to go,” McDermand said. “I feel like maybe the bigger tracks are more in my wheelhouse, so hopefully that’ll kinda turn the tides back toward us.”

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota jumps back into action next weekend at Tri-City Speedway (June 1) and Wayne County Speedway (June 2-3) in Illinois.

Tickets will be on sale at the gates on race day. If you can’t be at the tracks, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

Feature (35 Laps): 1. 08-Cannon McIntosh[5]; 2. 25K-Taylor Reimer[12]; 3. 40-Chase McDermand[1]; 4. 5G-Gavan Boschele[4]; 5. 97-Gavin Miller[3]; 6. 71-Jade Avedisian[8]; 7. 67-Ryan Timms[2]; 8. 98-Briggs Danner[6]; 9. 55D-Nick Drake[10]; 10. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[7]; 11. 71E-Mariah Ede[14]; 12. 26-Chance Crum[15]; 13. 55-Trevor Cline[9]; 14. 7U-Kyle Jones[11]; 15. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[19]; 16. 71M-Jake Andreotti[13]; 17. 5LK-Kyle Strickler[21]; 18. 97K-Carson Hocevar[17]; 19. 17B-Austin Barnhill[20]; 20. 2X-Landon Brooks[16]; 21. 5D-Zach Daum[18]

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.

 

 

MILLBRIDGE MASTERY: McIntosh Wins Night 1 of DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown

SALISBURY, NC (May 23, 2023) – Tuesday night turned into a house party for Cannon McIntosh.

The house: Millbridge Speedway. The party: his third win of the season with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented Toyota.

The Oklahoma native moved to Mooresville, NC in the off season and made Millbridge a new home for racing – helping build a Micro Sprint team with his dad and winning weekly shows at the 1/6-mile track himself.

On Tuesday night, he scored his biggest win yet at the track during the first night of the DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown with the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets – accompanied by a $4,000 payday.

“It was nice to come back here and do what we know how to do and put this thing back in Victory Lane,” McIntosh said. “This thing was lights out all night. I felt pretty confident in what I was doing on the track. All the pieces came together and we were able to win.”

McIntosh was never shy about his speed all night, running the fastest time in his Hot Lap group, running the fastest time in his Qualifying group and winning the TJ Forged Heat Race. That placed him as the second highest points earner behind Hayden Reinbold, who scored the Whitz Quick Time Award and also won his Heat Race.

However, with Reinbold drawing the number six pill in the invert draw that placed Chase McDermand – who won the last two Xtreme Outlaw Midget shows – on the pole and McIntosh in fifth for the 30-lap Feature.

When the main event commenced, outside polesitter Gavin Miller, looking for his first career national Midget win, rocketed around the outside of McDermand to take the lead on the first lap.

While McDermand tried to hunt him back down, McIntosh was already on the move behind them, up to third by Lap 4. Two laps later, up to second past McDermand.

He wasn’t the only one on a climb too. After fading in the first two laps, Jade Avedisian was climbing her way up through the field, getting back to third by Lap 9 and looking to spoil McIntosh’s appetite for the win, which eluded him last year.

Miller, McIntosh and Avedisian waged a war for the lead by the halfway point, trading slide jobs like it was a choreographed dance. McIntosh ended up having the better footing, winning the battle with a slider through the middle of Turns 1 and 2.

With the lead in hand, McIntosh stayed glued to the top and let the party rage on behind him. And while he had already won the war for the lead, Miller and Avedisian kept it going for second. The close racing between the two Keith Kunz Motorsports drivers resulted in contact in Turn 3, sending Avedisian into the wall and collecting six other cars with her. She was able to continue and rally back for a ninth-place finish.

With 10 laps to go, McIntosh worked on making qualifying laps out of each one. When the white flag hit the air, he had a straightaway lead on Miller. Then, a caution.

Green-white-checked finish.

Miller pushed his #97 Toyota-power car as hard as he could in the final two laps, looking underneath McIntosh in the final corner, but the GEARWRENCH #08 car for Dave Mac Dalby Motorsports was perfect around the top and sprinted with ease to the checkered flag first.

“I couldn’t see behind me, but I felt like we had a really good car,” McIntosh said. “I felt confident every lap, so I knew if I just hit my marks, we’d be fine. Don’t know how close [Miller] was behind us but felt really good. It was about as good as you could ask for in a car and try to go back and do the same thing tomorrow.”

While Miller had to settle for second, it was his third straight top-10 finish and second straight podium with the Series – in his first start at the North Carolina track.

“I struggled off exit,” Miller said. “I just needed to be up a little higher. Cannon could get through a little better than we could, but we’ll figure it out.”

McDermand finished third, ending his winning streak, but still satisfied as it was also his first time at Millbridge.

“Really just needed to get off the corner better, needed more forward drive there,” McDermand said. “Once the track progressed throughout the race, I fell off a little bit. Just struggled to get off the corner.”

Rounding out the top five were Briggs Danner in fourth and Mariah Ede in fifth – career best finishes for both and their first top five with the Series. Gavan Boschele, the inaugural Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota winner, was the DIRTVision Hard Charger, going from 20th to sixth.

McIntosh’s house party brought him his fourth career Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series win – now the winningest drive with the Series – and added 40 points to his lead in the championship standings over Avedisian (-71).

UP NEXT: The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota returns to Millbridge, Wednesday, May 24, for the final night of the DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown. Tickets are available at the gate, or you can watch the race live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS Feature (31 Laps): 1. 08-Cannon McIntosh[5]; 2. 97-Gavin Miller[2]; 3. 40-Chase McDermand[1]; 4. 98-Briggs Danner[7]; 5. 71E-Mariah Ede[12]; 6. 5G-Gavan Boschele[20]; 7. 26-Chance Crum[18]; 8. 67-Ryan Timms[17]; 9. 71-Jade Avedisian[3]; 10. 7U-Kyle Jones[15]; 11. 11X-Brent Crews[10]; 12. 17B-Austin Barnhill[13]; 13. 55-Trevor Cline[19]; 14. 25K-Taylor Reimer[8]; 15. 5D-Zach Daum[11]; 16. 97K-Carson Hocevar[14]; 17. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[9]; 18. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[6]; 19. 55D-Nick Drake[4]; 20. 2X-Landon Brooks[16]

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 Set for Atomic Doubleheader, Monday at Lawrenceburg over Memorial Day Weekend

Two more nights in Ohio and final trip to Indiana are next for The Greatest Show on Dirt

CHILLICOTHE, OH (May 23, 2023) - High banks and high speeds await the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars this Memorial Day weekend.

First up is two nights at Chillicothe, OH’s Atomic Speedway (May 26-27) – marking the ninth and 10th visits for The Greatest Show on Dirt at the 3/8 mile. Then, on Monday, May 29, the Series heads to southeast Indiana where Lawrenceburg Speedway hosts the Federated Auto Parts Memorial Day Spectacular. The night will be Lawrenceburg’s 19th time welcoming the World of Outlaws.

Add it all together, and the result is three races in four nights at two of the most exciting tracks that the Series invades all year.

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

TIGHT TOP-THREE: Through a quarter of the 2023 campaign, three names have separated themselves atop the standings, but they’ve been unable to separate from each other. Brad Sweet leads the way in pursuit of his fifth consecutive title with David Gravel (-20 points) and Carson Macedo (-30 points) close behind.

Sweet’s one World of Outlaws appearance at Atomic resulted in a fourth-place effort last season. “The Big Cat’s” last seven starts at Lawrenceburg have seen him finish no worse than eighth, including a victory in 2018.

Gravel also has only one World of Outlaws start at Atomic – finishing seventh last season. But the driver of the Big Game Motorsports #2 has made five All-Star Circuit of Champions starts there, earning three top fives, including a runner-up in 2011. In 10 Lawrenceburg attempts, Gravel owns top fives in half of them.

Macedo’s made several laps at Atomic with the All-Stars, finishing as high as third in 2018. The Lemoore, CA native hasn’t had quite the performance he’d like at Lawrenceburg with only one top-10 finish in four starts, but he’ll look to change the trend on Monday.

HOT SCHATZ: In only a few short weeks, Donny Schatz has gone from struggling to crack the top 10 to the hottest driver on tour.

After seven consecutive finishes of 11th of lower, Schatz has rebounded in a massive way with five podiums in the last six races. Two of them are wins at Attica Raceway Park and Sharon Speedway this past weekend for his first two wins of the season.

Schatz’ performance at the two tracks ahead this weekend suggests the stretch could continue. At Atomic, the pilot of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 has topped four of the eight races in Series history. In seven starts at the Chillicothe oval, the Fargo, ND native’s average finish is 2.57.

At Lawrenceburg, Schatz is a three-time winner and owns podiums in nine of his 15 starts.

HUNGRY HAUDENSCHILD: This past weekend proved to be a productive outing in home territory for Sheldon Haudenschild.

The Wooster, OH native finished fourth at Attica, then posted his fourth podium of the season at Sharon. With momentum on his side, Haudenschild hopes to find himself in Victory Lane at least once during the upcoming trio of races.

As luck would have it, Haudenschild won the most recent Series visit at both Atomic and Lawrenceburg aboard the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17. Haudenschild is also a former All-Star winner at Atomic (2016).

SHARK STRIKE?: The Shark Racing teammates – Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen – have been so close to scoring a victory for Bobby Allen’s team at the tracks ahead this weekend.

Schuchart made his first World of Outlaws start at Atomic last year. That night he came home in the runner-up spot. In Schuchart’s first five starts at Lawrenceburg, he didn’t finish within the top 10. But in his last two starts, Schuchart has posted results of second and third.

Last year at Atomic, Allen followed Schuchart to the checkered flag to complete the podium in his first Atomic attempt. Allen hasn’t been quite as strong as his teammate at Lawrenceburg, but he did post his first top 10 at the facility during the most recent visit.

HOOSIER HOPEFULS: The trip to Lawrenceburg is the last World of Outlaws race in Indiana for the season, so that means it’s the last opportunity for the tour’s two Hoosiers – Spencer Bayston and Bill Rose – to have strong outings in their home state.

Bayston has stood in Lawrenceburg victory lane in the past – topping a 2018 United States Auto Club (USAC) race. Last year, with his current team – CJB Motorsports – the Lebanon, IN native finished fifth in the World of Outlaws trip to “The Burg.”

Rose, out of Plainfield, IN, has made countless laps at Lawrenceburg in his Sprint Car career both with and without a wing. The 58-year-old finished second in a 1997 USAC race, and fast forward to 2009 when he earned another runner-up – this time with the All-Stars.

ATOMIC ACES: With a strong local Sprint Car scene, a few Buckeyes stand out as drivers who could contend for a World of Outlaws upset.

Cole Duncan undoubtedly leads the charge of local favorites. The Lockbourne, OH native has collected dozens of Atomic wins over the years including five in 2022. Last year, Duncan earned a World of Outlaws top-five finish when the Series visited Chillicothe.

Last Friday, Cap Henry put together a strong run at Attica (sixth) to make Ohio proud and could do the same at Atomic. Henry has already earned a pair of top fives in Chillicothe this year including a second in April.

More locals to watch include Travis Philo (Bowling Green, OH), Kory Crabtree (London, OH), Nate Reeser (Circleville, OH), and more.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all the action on DIRTVision.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE

Friday and Saturday, May 26-27 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH

Monday, May 29 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, IN

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (21/80 Races):

1. 49 – Brad Sweet (2934PTS) 2. 2 – David Gravel (-20PTS) 3. 41 – Carson Macedo (-30PTS) 4. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-126PTS) 5. 15 – Donny Schatz (-156PTS) 6. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-168PTS) 7. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-240PTS) 8. 18 – Gio Scelzi (-258PTS) 9. 3Z – Brock Zearfoss (-414PTS) 10. 1A – Jacob Allen (-450PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (11 Drivers):

4 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2), Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49)

3 wins – Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24)

2 wins – James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83), Donny Schatz (Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15)

1 win – Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41), Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11), Sheldon Haudenschild (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17), Brady Bacon (TKH Motorsports #21), Logan Schuchart (Shark Racing #1S), Anthony Macri (Macri Motorsports #39)

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers):

106 laps – Rico Abreu

104 laps – Brad Sweet

92 laps – David Gravel

65 laps – Carson Macedo

60 laps – James McFadden

46 laps – Buddy Kofoid

44 laps – Logan Schuchart

43 laps – Brent Marks

37 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild

36 laps – Donny Schatz

11 laps – Anthony Macri

10 laps – Cory Eliason

9 laps – Gio Scelzi

3 laps – Brady Bacon

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers):

5 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo, David Gravel

3 QuickTimes – Logan Schuchart

2 QuickTimes – Anthony Macri, Rico Abreu

1 QuickTime – Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Buddy Kofoid, Gio Scelzi

HEAT RACE WINNERS (21 Drivers):

12 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo

11 Heat Wins – David Gravel

6 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid

5 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz

4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks

3 Heat Wins – Gio Scelzi, Anthony Macri, Rico Abreu

2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Jacob Allen, Parker Price-Miller, Justin Peck, Brock Zearfoss

1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Cory Eliason

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (32 Drivers):

16 Dashes – Carson Macedo, David Gravel

15 Dashes – Brad Sweet

12 Dashes – Logan Schuchart

9 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz, Rico Abreu

7 Dashes – Gio Scelzi

6 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid, Jacob Allen, Brent Marks

5 Dashes – Spencer Bayston, Brock Zearfoss

4 Dashes – Anthony Macri, James McFadden

3 Dashes – Justin Peck, Danny Dietrich

2 Dashes – Brian Brown, Cory Eliason, Parker Price-Miller, Robbie Price, Tyler Courtney

1 Dash – Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden, Garet Williamson, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon, Chad Trout, Dylan Norris, Cap Henry, Stuart Brubaker

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (17 Drivers):

2 LCS Wins – Robbie Price, Sheldon Haudenschild

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson, Ryan Timms, Ayrton Gennetten, Spencer Bayston, Logan Schuchart, Kraig Kinser, Freddie Rahmer, Henry Malcuit, Cole Macedo

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (18 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Tyler Courtney

1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Justin Peck, Blake Hahn, Buddy Kofoid, Joe B. Miller, Kyle Larson, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Moody, Freddie Rahmer, Brad Sweet, Sheldon Haudenschild

PODIUM FINISHES (19 Drivers):

10 Podiums – David Gravel

9 Podiums – Brad Sweet

6 Podiums – Carson Macedo

5 Podiums – Rico Abreu, Donny Schatz

4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid, Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild

3 Podiums – Brent Marks

2 Podiums – Jacob Allen, James McFadden

1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Parker Price-Miller, Brady Bacon, Anthony Macri

TOP 10 FINISHES (38 Drivers):

19 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Brad Sweet

18 Top 10s – David Gravel

16 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart

13 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild

12 Top 10s – Spencer Bayston

11 Top 10s – Gio Scelzi, Rico Abreu

10 Top 10s – Michael Kofoid, Donny Schatz

8 Top 10s – Justin Peck

7 Top 10s – James McFadden

6 Top 10s – Jacob Allen, Brent Marks

5 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney

4 Top 10s – Kasey Kahne, Danny Dietrich

3 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Cory Eliason

2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss, Blake Hahn, Brady Bacon, Anthony Macri

1 Top 10 – Robbie Price, Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Parker Price-Miller, Joe B. Miller, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Larson, Brandon Rahmer, Chad Trout, Lance Dewease, Cap Henry, Cole Macedo, Stuart Brubaker

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

1. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)

2. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)

3. Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)

4. Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)

5. Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)

6. Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)

7. Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)

8. Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)

9. Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)

10. Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)

11. Fri, April 7 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)

12. Sat, April 8 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (2)

13. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (3)

14. Fri, April 28 / Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, IL / David Gravel (4)

15. Sat, April 29 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)

16. Fri, May 5 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Logan Schuchart (1)

17. Sat, May 6 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Rico Abreu (3)

18. Wed, May 10 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Anthony Macri (1)

19. Fri, May 12 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brad Sweet (4)

20. Fri, May 19 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Donny Schatz (1)

21. Sat, May 20 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Donny Schatz (2)

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: DIAEDGE Double Down Outlaw Showdown at Millbridge Speedway

Briscoe returns, Strickler debuts and Daum is following-up on a big win in Kansas

 

SALISBURY, NC (May 22, 2023) – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota returns to its birthplace this week for the second annual DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown at Millbridge Speedway – Tuesday-Wednesday, May 23-24.

 

The 1/6-mile oval of Millbridge presents one of the most unique challenges Midget drivers will face all year with its red clay surface and high banks. The track hosted the Series’ inaugural event one year ago, which was won by teenage racing standout Gavan Boschele.

 

Tuesday, May 23 kicks off the weekday doubleheader with a 30-lap, $4,000-to-win Feature, while Wednesday features a 35-lap, $5,000-to-win main event. The Midgets will be joined by Non-Wing Micro Sprints both nights.

 

Tickets will be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t make it to the track, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

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

 

NEW TEAMMATES – NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe makes his return to Xtreme Outlaw Midget competition this week and is bringing along a special guest in a second car for the Double Down Showdown.

 

Late Model and UMP Modified veteran Kyle Strickler will make his Midget racing debut in Briscoe’s second entry. Originally from Pennsylvania, Strickler moved to his current residence in Mooresville, NC, in 2006 and soon after began his UMP Modified racing career. Now a multi-time Feature winner and recently crowned champion of the DIRTcar Nationals in February, Strickler said he’s always wanted to step into the open-wheel world and a mutual connection with a former Stewart-Haas Racing team member has spawned this new opportunity for him.

 

Read More – Chase Briscoe Plans Xtreme Return At Millbridge, Fielding Car For Kyle Strickler

 

Briscoe bagged finishes of 12th and eighth in the two-day event last year. He’ll suit up again with the Midget on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first time since January’s Chili Bowl Nationals as a precursor to his NASCAR duties at Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Coke 600 this Sunday.

 

WHAT THE DR. ORDERED – After a trying weekend out west in the opening weekend of USAC competition, Xtreme Outlaw points leader Cannon McIntosh is ready to head back to his new home track of Millbridge, where he’s been dominant on a weekly basis this year.

 

McIntosh, 20, of Bixby, OK, posted back-to-back runner-up finishes in the last two Xtreme events, earning him the points lead heading into Millbridge. However, he struggled a bit this past weekend with finishes of ninth, 23rd and 14th in three races with the USAC National Midget Series, bringing him back to the new race shop in Mooresville, NC, to prepare for the Double Down Showdown, which is what he wanted to see to get back on track.

 

McIntosh has been dominant in weekly Micro Sprint competition at Millbridge this season, racking up eight total victories there since March across both the Winged and Non-Wing divisions, and will be among the top picks to get his first Midget trophy there this week.

 

CHARGED UP – A big win this past weekend for Zach Daum has the Illinois veteran riding down a strong path to Millbridge, where he’s been successful before.

 

Daum, the 32-year-old defending Series champion, started on the outside pole Saturday night on the 1/4-mile of Belleville High Banks and stayed inside the first three spots through the first half of the 40-lap Feature until a collision after a restart with the two leaders opened the door. He inherited the lead under yellow and drove it the rest of the way out front to a $6,000 victory.

 

Now, he turns his attention to Millbridge. Daum was runner-up on both nights of the Double Down Showdown there last year and has a great shot at going one spot higher in his own equipment this time around.

 

HOME GAME – One year ago in the Series’ inaugural event, 14-year-old Gavan Boschele drove the Keith Kunz Motorsports, Bullet/Toyota #5 to Millbridge Victory Lane where he had so many times before as a young veteran of the 1/6-mile oval.

 

Boschele, of Mooresville, NC, will get back behind the wheel of his KKM #5 for the first time since the Chili Bowl Nationals in January, where his strong showing in a B-Feature went sideways after contact with the outside wall, knocking him out of the event. In a recent interview, he said he’s confident that he’ll bounce back and avoid those mistakes this week, where he’ll be among the favorites to win yet again.

 

Read More – Gavan Boschele Prepared To Defend Inaugural Xtreme Outlaw Victory At Millbridge

 

Now at age 15, Boschele has already made a countless number of laps around Millbridge in his career, having competed regularly at the track since he was less than five years old. More recently, he’s been competing on occasion in the Non-Wing Micro Sprint division in preparation for this week.

 

HOT START – Ryan Timms hasn’t been able to run as many Midget events as other top open-wheel competitors this year, but he’s made the most of the majority of his starts thus far. A big win Friday night in Kansas with USAC gave he and the Keith Kunz Motorsports crew a boost of momentum heading into mid-week racing at Millbridge.

 

Timms, 16, of Oklahoma City, OK, ran well in his first Xtreme Outlaw Feature event of the year at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in April, driving all the way from 17th on the starting grid up to third by the checkered flag.

 

Finishes of 14th and 16th in the Double Down Showdown at Millbridge last year means Timms will have some work to do this week if he expects to finish well this time around.

 

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE


When and where
Friday-Saturday, May 23-24 at Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, NC


On the internet

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


Live broadcast

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Current championship points standings (
view full standings)
1. Cannon McIntosh (1057pts); 2. Jade Avedisian 1026pts (-31); 3. Chase McDermand 998pts (-59); 4. Gavin Miller 984pts (-73); 5. Chance Crum 953pts (-104); 6. Zach Daum 946pts (-111); 7. Landon Brooks 945pts (-112); 8. Kyle Jones 944pts (-113); 9. Thomas Meseraull 922pts (-135); 10. Ethan Mitchell 900pts (-157).


Toyota Feature winners (3 drivers)

2 wins – Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports); Chase McDermand (Mounce/Stout Motorsports)
1 win – Jade Avedisian (Keith Kunz Motorsports)


Toyota Feature laps led (7 drivers)

27 laps – Cannon McIntosh
26 laps – Thomas Meseraull
24 laps – Jade Avedisian
22 laps – Shane Cottle
21 laps – Ashton Torgerson
18 laps – Zach Daum
17 laps – Chase McDermand


Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (4 drivers)
2 awards – Ethan Mitchell
1 award – Cannon McIntosh, Gavin Miller, Daniel Whitley


Heat Race winners (14 drivers)

3 wins – Jade Avedisian
2 wins – Chance Crum
1 win – Austin Barnhill, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Corbin Rueschenberg, Nick Drake, Kyle Jones, Rico Abreu, Cannon McIntosh, Chase McDermand, Zach Daum, Ethan Mitchell


High-points honors (5 drivers)

1 honor – Gavin Miller, Chance Crum, Rico Abreu, Daniel Whitley, Landon Brooks


Last Chance Showdown wins (7 drivers)
1 win – Kyle Jones, Landon Brooks, Karter Sarff, Howard Moore, Ryan Timms, Taylor Reimer, Henry Chambers


DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (5 drivers)
1 award – Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson, Ryan Timms, Chance Crum, Zach Daum


Podium finishes (10 drivers)

4 podiums – Cannon McIntosh
3 podiums – Chase McDermand
1 podium – Shane Cottle, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Kyle Jones, Zach Daum, Ryan Timms, Ashton Torgerson, Gavin Miller


Top-10 finishes (24 drivers)

4 top-10s – Cannon McIntosh, Jade Avedisian, Chase McDermand, Gavin Miller, Zach Daum,
3 top-10s – Kyle Jones, Chance Crum, Landon Brooks, Thomas Meseraull, Ethan Mitchell,
2 top-10s – Corbin Rueschenberg, Taylor Reimer,
1 top-10 – Shane Cottle, Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson, Austin Barnhill, Daniel Adler, Sam Johnson, Ryan Timms, Rico Abreu, Ashton Torgerson, Daniel Whitley, Don Droud Jr.


2023 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 10 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)
2. Sat, March 11 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Jade Avedisian (1)
3. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Cannon McIntosh (2)
4. Fri, May 5 / Humboldt Speedway / Humboldt, KS / Chase McDermand (1)
5. Sat, May 6 / 81 Speedway / Park City, KS / Chase McDermand (2)

 

 

 

BACK TO BACK IN THE BUCKEYE STATE: Donny Schatz Claims First Sharon Speedway Win; Sweeps Ohio Weekend

Schatz adds another track to his long win list with the World of Outlaws

HARTFORD, OH (May 20, 2023) - Summertime is nearing, and Donny Schatz is on fire.

After a 30 lap war at Sharon Speedway that saw him trade haymakers with Carson Macedo and hold off a charging David Gravel, Donny Schatz parked the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing machine in Victory Lane for a second consecutive night after winning Friday at Attica. 

Only three and a half weeks ago, the 10-time Series champion didn’t have a single top three finish through the first 15 races of the 2023 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Sprint Car campaign. Since then, Schatz has racked up five podiums in the last six races including his first consecutive victories since topping the final two nights of the 2022 season. In only a few short weeks, Schatz has gone from nightly struggles to resembling the perennial title contender we’re all accustomed to.

The triumph was the 309th of Schatz career and first at Sharon Speedway. He also delivered his boss – Tony Stewart – a great birthday gift as “Smoke” celebrated turning 52 on Saturday.

“This is the first time I’ve won here? I lose track, man, I’m getting old,” Schatz said with a smile. “I’ve been around a long time, and it feels good to still be here. How about this race team? These guys are pretty incredible. What they’re doing. The way this car is. I can’t say enough about them. It’s pretty unreal. What a great weekend.”

Schatz started on the pole and slipped ahead of Carson Macedo to lead the opening circuit. As the opening laps unfolded, Schatz couldn’t escape Macedo’s reach as he kept the Jason Johnson Racing #41 within five car lengths.

On lap nine, Macedo pounced with a Turn 1 slider to take over the top spot. Schatz attempted to return the favor in the next set of corners but couldn’t clear Macedo.

One lap later, Schatz closed in heading into Turn 3 and had David Gravel right behind him as the two hunted Macedo. Schatz looked low in the corner but again couldn’t slide ahead of Macedo. The Fargo, ND native stayed composed and hit the bottom of Turns 1 and 2 perfectly as he and Macedo navigated the next lap. Schatz easily rolled by to reclaim the lead as they roared down the back straightaway.

Once he regained the top spot, Schatz wasted no time extending his advantage. The Series veteran moved his Carquest #15 all over the racing surface as he sliced through traffic while those behind him struggled to keep up.

“During racing, I could move around the racetrack,” Schatz explained of his speed. “I could kind of go anywhere. And there’s not very many nights you get a great thing like that. Last night we needed lapped traffic. Tonight, I had a good race car, so hats off to my Carquest team.”

Behind Schatz, a brawl broke out for the runner-up spot as the top three in points – Macedo, Gravel, and Brad Sweet – were all throwing sliders and crossing over nearly every corner.

It appeared Schatz would cruise away unchallenged to the victory, but the caution flag flew with seven laps to go, erasing his lead.

On the restart, Schatz opted to run the middle groove in Turns 1 and 2 and rip the top on the other end of the racetrack. Gravel, who had established control of second, rolled the bottom to perfection. The Watertown, CT native showed Schatz a nose multiple times as the laps dwindled before the yellow flag again was displayed with three laps to go.

Schatz nailed the restart and went right back to the line he’d been running while 11th-starting Sheldon Haudenschild surged from fourth to second. Gravel was able to get back by Haudenschild, but Schatz was too far away by that point. Schatz took the checkered flag with more than a second advantage.

“If you’re worried about protecting, you’re really just going to lose that spot,” Schatz said of his late race strategy. “You’re on attack mode. You’re trying to go where your race car needs to go, where you can get the best grip. Down there in (Turns) 1 and 2, there’s a spot about two car widths off there that’s kind of chunked open, and there’s moisture down there. And I just kept trying to hit it. Scuba (Crew Chief Steve Swenson) had my car so good that I could roll to that point then could just ease back into that Ford power.”

Gravel held onto second aboard the Big Game Motorsports/Husets Speedway #2. Gravel became the first to reach 10 podiums this season with the result. While the finish was strong, he couldn’t help but feel he’d missed out after the final caution flag derailed his best chance at victory.

“It was a hell of a race that whole time,” Gravel said. “When I got into second, I think if that caution doesn’t come out, we were going to be side by side or winning that race. I thought for sure Donny was going to go to the bottom because he saw my nose in (Turns) 1 and 2 on the start but he didn’t. He went to the top, and once that happened I pitched the car sideways and lost two spots. Luckily, our car was that good and we were able to pass those two guys back.”

Completing the top-three was Sheldon Haudenschild for his fourth podium of the season behind the wheel of the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink #17. Coming forward from 11th also earned him the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger Award as he made his home state fans proud.

“The track was awesome,” Haudenschild said. “This place was perfect really. I don’t think you could’ve asked for a much better track… The car was great during the Feature, and we were able to drive up through there and throw sliders. I feel like not a lot of guys could throw a slider and keep rolling.”

Carson Macedo and Rico Abreu rounded out the top-five.

With Brad Sweet finishing seventh, both Gravel and Macedo made up ground on the four-time and reigning champion. Gravel is now only 20 points behind the top spot while Macedo is 30 markers back.

In Low-E Insulation Qualifying, David Gravel collected his fifth Simpson Performance Products QuickTime Award of the season – putting him in a tie for the most this season.

Gravel came out on top of CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One (212th Heat win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by Donny Schatz (509th of career), Brock Zearfoss (13th of career), and Carson Macedo (89th of career).

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars stay in Ohio next weekend for two nights (May 26-27) at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH. Then on Monday, May 29th the Series heads to the Hoosier State where Lawrenceburg Speedway will host the Federated Auto Parts Memorial Day Spectacular. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz[1]; 2. 2-David Gravel[4]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[11]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[2]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu[5]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 7. 5-Spencer Bayston[12]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6]; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich[8]; 10. 29-Cole Macedo[15]; 11. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[9]; 12. 22-Brandon Spithaler[13]; 13. 32B-Dale Blaney[14]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen[20]; 15. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[7]; 16. W20-Greg Wilson[24]; 17. 20G-Noah Gass[23]; 18. 40-George Hobaugh Jr[19]; 19. 70-Henry Malcuit[21]; 20. 7S-Robbie Price[22]; 21. 5C-Dylan Cisney[17]; 22. 1-Nate Dussel[18]; 23. 49X-Cale Thomas[16]; 24. 83-James McFadden[10]

 

 

A MATTER OF TIME: Donny Schatz Scores First Win of 2023 in Attica Raceway Park Thriller

The 10-time champion makes another strong statement amid hot streak

ATTICA, OH (May 19, 2023) - All signs were pointing to a Donny Schatz win being only a matter of time.

His first three podiums of the season in the last four races. A 4.75 average finish over that span. Leading a lap at Eldora while contending for victory. Add those numbers together, and you end up with the 10-time champion looking like his prime self over the past two weeks.

At Attica Raceway Park on Friday night, the time came.

Schatz put the exclamation mark on his recent run of excellence – sliding by Rico Abreu for the lead coming to the white flag and holding on to collect his first checkered flag of the 2023 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season.

After struggling early through the early part of the year before the recent success, Schatz found it appropriate to quote a legend of the sport to sum up his feelings on the breakthrough victory.

“It’s good to get a win. One of the guys I grew up racing with, Kenny Woodruff, he used to say, ‘Even monkeys fall out of trees.’ And we won a race tonight,” Schatz said with a laugh.

On a more serious note, the celebration was especially gratifying. Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing team endured many difficult nights earlier this year that left them searching for answers. In recent weeks, they’ve begun to find them. And there’s no greater testament than standing atop the podium.

“It’s a credit to this team,” Schatz said of the win. “Ron Shaver and everybody that builds the engines and everybody at Ford. You can build speed. Trying to do it consistently when you have your own road to do things, you find out everything not to do in a short amount of time. But hats off to everybody who kept digging. It’s tough to swallow 12th place finishes, especially when this team is capable of winning championships. They’ve won 10 of them. So, hats off to them for not giving up on me.”

The trip to Victory Lane upped his career total with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series to 308. Schatz extended his record as the winningest driver in Series history at Attica to five triumphs at the 1/3rd mile. He also moved himself into the top-five in the championship standings.

Schatz’ path to the win began from the fourth starting position aboard the Carquest #15. He quickly moved his way to third at the start and settled in two spots away from the lead.

As the 35-lap Feature moved beyond the halfway point, Schatz began to flex his muscle in the way the Sprint Car world has become accustomed to over his decades of dominance.

Schatz didn’t pound the cushion. He didn’t stick to one line. He moved the TSR #15 all around the Attica surface in a search for speed. The Fargo, ND native began to find what he needed on the bottom in Turns 1 and 2. He slipped by Carson Macedo by using a big run off the bottom of Turn 2 with less than 10 laps to go.

After securing the runner-up spot, Schatz set his sights on Abreu, who was struggling to navigate lapped traffic. After only a couple laps, Schatz closed on the tail tank of the #24. Coming to the white flag he made his move.

Abreu slid himself in Turns 3 and 4. As Abreu’s car drifted toward the cushion, Schatz stuck the bottom and used a powerful run off corner exit to snatch the lead as the white flag waved overhead.

On the final circuit, Macedo threw a slider on Abreu in Turns 1 and 2, which broke both of their momentum enough to effectively seal the deal for Schatz. The veteran protected the bottom in the final set of corners and claimed his first victory since last year’s season finale.

“We just kind of had to go where they weren’t,” Schatz said of his strategy. “I think moving around there is what really helped us get there. When we got to traffic it was hard to get through. Everybody is so equal that even lapped cars are pretty good. That’s how we were able to get there. Hats off to my guys. They’ve been digging. We haven’t had the results we’ve wanted, but this is a tough game.”

Behind Schatz, Rico Abreu settled for second in his #24 after leading the opening 33 circuits. The St. Helena, CA native is now up to five Series podiums on the season – most among drivers who aren’t full-time on the tour. While finishing runner-up after leading such a large chunk of the race was disappointing, a second place result is still an encouraging outing against The Greatest Show on Dirt.

“An incredible job by my guys again,” Abreu said. “I feel like I let them down a little bit there, but you put yourself in different circumstances when you’re leading races. You’re judging your pace off lapped traffic, and you can feel the intensity behind you of guys like Donny and Carson and know they’re knocking on the door there.”

Rounding out the podium was Carson Macedo aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41. It was a much needed boost for Macedo who hadn’t finished within the top three since 81 Speedway in early April. The Lemoore, CA native pressured Abreu for the lead on multiple occasions and felt he could’ve been celebrating a victory had a few things unfolded differently.  

“I feel like we had a shot to win there, and then we ended up running third,” Macedo said. “I feel it was really competitive there at the end. All three of us were really going for it. I feel like the track was so slow that you had to be so patient to run around there. I debated on moving down in (Turns) 3 and 4 like Donny was. I felt like when I did move down, I maybe didn’t slow down enough and get crowded right around those tires to stick it and get off the corner. It was wild. We got to lapped traffic and that really changed the race a lot.”

Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel completed the top-five.

Brad Sweet salvaged his night by driving from 19th to ninth to earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Even with Sweet’s strong charge, Gravel trimmed Sweet’s points lead down to 28 markers. Macedo still sits third, 34 points behind the top spot.

Rico Abreu began the night by earning his second Simpson Performance Products QuickTime of the year and the 15th of his career.

CASE No. 1 Engine Oil Heat One was topped by Rico Abreu (37th Heat win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by Carson Macedo (88th of career), Donny Schatz (508th of career), and Sheldon Haudenschild (82nd of career).

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars visit Hartford, OH’s Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 20. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

A Feature (35 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz[4]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 5. 2-David Gravel[6]; 6. 33W-Cap Henry[7]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[14]; 8. 35-Stuart Brubaker[3]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet[19]; 10. 5-Spencer Bayston[10]; 11. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[9]; 12. 5R-Byron Reed[13]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[20]; 14. 22-Brandon Spithaler[16]; 15. 83-James McFadden[8]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen[17]; 17. 3J-Trey Jacobs[23]; 18. 91-Tyler Gunn[12]; 19. 29-Cole Macedo[21]; 20. 1-Nate Dussel[15]; 21. 15C-Chris Andrews[11]; 22. 32-Bryce Lucius[22]; 23. 2X-Ricky Peterson[24]; 24. 09-Craig Mintz[18]

 

 

 

TRACK TALK: Millbridge Brings Excitement, Special Meaning to Drivers

SALISBURY, NC (May 19, 2023) – Fun. Fast. Exciting. Home.

Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, NC – 30 minutes from Charlotte Motor Speedway – has gone from a small go-kart track in the middle of the woods to one of the most premier dirt tracks in the country for developing the future stars of motorsports.

To many of the drivers competing in the second annual DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota (May 23-24), the 1/6-mile track is more than just another stop on the tour. It birthed their career or gave them their first taste of success.

Last year, Gavan Boschele won the inaugural Xtreme Outlaw event and Taylor Reimer was deemed the winner of the second event – becoming the first women to win a national dirt Midget race.

Boschele, 15, of Mooresville, NC, grew up at Millbridge – only 20 minutes from his home. The track became his second school, teaching him skills that led to his Xtreme Outlaw victory and opportunity with Bell Kemenah Racing (driving a Winged Sprint Car for NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell and renowned Sprint Car crew chief Brian Kemenah).

MORE: Gavan Boschele Prepared to Defend Inaugural Xtreme Outlaw Victory at Millbridge

“It played a big role all my life,” Boschele said about Millbridge. “You kinda learn what the limit is. Once you made it around that place, you really shouldn’t be scared of anything else because that’s the closest you’re ever really gonna be to a wall or a fence and going that fast around a small track.

“It definitely impacted me a lot. No matter where I am in the future, I’ll always remember Millbridge.”

While Reimer is from Tulsa, OK, Millbridge still feels like home, she said. It reminds her of the tracks she grew up on and is currently the site of her biggest career triumph.

“I love Millbridge,” she said. “It kind of reminds me of my home track Port City (Raceway in Tulsa), which is also a small bullring. I really do enjoy it.”

Coming off a seventh-place finish with the Series at 81 Speedway, Reimer said she believes she and her team will be poised for two strong runs at Millbridge. And this time, hopefully celebrate a win in Victory Lane – after being the deemed the winner a week after the race last year when the initial winner was disqualified.

“I definitely want to be in Victory Lane and celebrate as I should,” Reimer said. “That’s always motivating me. Just trying to get better every week. I put so much pressure on myself to win, win, win, I think it has affected me negatively a little bit. Hoping to have some good finishes over the next couple weeks and the win will come with that.”

Full-time Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series competitor Ethan Mitchell, of Mooresville, NC, got his first taste of four-wheel racing at Millbridge. His father, John “Bundy” Mitchell, founder of Bundy Built, moved his family from California to Mooresville with no knowledge of dirt racing or any race car with four wheels.

“Bundy” befriended Mike McLaughlin, whose son Max McLaughlin – now a full-time Super DIRTcar Series competitor – was racing at Millbridge at the time. Through that friendship, Ethan fell in love with Millbridge and wanted to race there himself.

Now, he has a chance to claim his first national Midget win at the track that birthed his passion for dirt racing.

“I’d say I got more laps around Millbridge than most,” Mitchell said. “I’d definitely say that place is my favorite. When you talk the Midget race, I think that gives me a little bit of an advantage over some of the guys that get to race there a couple times a year. Two, it’s my home track, so I have pretty good confidence going into that race.

“Winning at Millbridge, that would obviously be super cool because I know so many people around this part of town. I feel like it would definitely be a good time winning there and having all of my family around would be awesome. Getting that home track win in front of everybody, that’s a plus too.”

From Midgets to Outlaw Karts, track owners Jeremy and Ashly Burnett have made Millbridge Speedway a marquee destination for drivers to build their talents and have fun. On a weekly basis, fans can see NASCAR stars like Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch and Clint Bowyer coaching their kids or even step behind the wheel of a Micro Sprint themselves.

The DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown will bring out stars from across the motorsport spectrum, including Stewart-Haas Racing NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Briscoe and UMP Modified standout Kyle Strickler, among others, because to them Millbridge is fun, fast, exciting and home.

MORE: Chase Briscoe Plans Xtreme Return at Millbridge, Fielding Car For Kyle Strickler

Tickets for the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota doubleheader will be available at the gate. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both nights of racing at Millbridge live on DIRTVision – along with weekly racing from the track.

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.

 

 

Chase Briscoe Plans Xtreme Return at Millbridge, Fielding Car For Kyle Strickler

Salisbury, NC (May 18, 2023) – Some drivers play golf. Some basketball. Each have their own way of finding time away from their hectic racing careers. For Chase Briscoe…

He goes dirt racing.

The NASCAR Cup Series star will climb back behind the wheel of his dirt Midget during the second annual DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota, May 23-24.

“It helps me on Sunday,” Briscoe said about his dirt racing ventures. “I feel like any time I run a Sprint Car or a Midget or a Late Model, that following weekend… I definitely think it helps me. But at the same time, it is kind of like going playing golf. It helps you get your mind off everything. It is something I still love to do. I’m still passionate about. I still watch Outlaw races every chance I get. USAC races every chance I get. And still love competing in them. Just don’t get the time a lot of the time to do it.

“These midweek races, especially at Millbridge, being so close to where we live now, make it easy to go do and it is something that I want to support. I’ve been going to Millbridge for a long time. When I first moved to Charlotte, (track owners) Jeremy and Ashly were the two first people I met. So, anytime I can help support one of their bigger races I try to do it.”

With the track resting in the heart of NASCAR country and the backyard of several motorsport personalities – and leading to the Coke 600 weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway – the Xtreme Outlaw event attracts a diverse group of racing stars. Briscoe is helping to bring one of them with UMP Modified champion and Late Model star Kyle Strickler set to drive one of Briscoe’s cars.

Through the connection of a former Stewart-Haas Racing team member, Briscoe got to drive Strickler’s Late Model earlier in the year. As a trade, Briscoe is helping Strickler check more boxes in his illustrious racing career, piloting a Midget at Millbridge and potentially more races – including the 2024 Chili Bowl.

“It’s just something I’ve wanted to do,” Strickler said. “I’ve wanted to run a Midget for a while now. Originally, being from Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania and central Pennsylvania, I grew up around the Sprint Car guys and it’s kind of odd that I never drove one or didn’t dabble in any of that. My mom had a lot to do with that too. I kind of went the Northeast Big Block Modified way and she wanted to keep me out of the Winged Sprint Cars as much as possible. It still makes her nervous running a Midget now.

“But, with the way short track racing is going now, you see a lot of guys jumping around and branching out. I think it is a really neat time in short track racing and racing in general to have these types of opportunities.”

The Monday before the two-day event will be Strickler's first time sitting behind the wheel of a Midget. However, he's been running a Micro Sprint at Millbridge to prepare.

Last year, Briscoe finished 12th and eighth, respectively, in the DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown – which was the debut event for the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets. He knows his team enters the event a step behind others since he only runs the Midget a few times a year. However, with Millbridge being his prime testing ground for Chili Bowl, Briscoe said he’s confident they should have a solid baseline.

“Hopefully, we’re good,” he said. “I feel like we have a pretty good set up for there. It is hard though, because our team, outside of Chili Bowl, we only race three times during the year against some of these teams that run eight cars and 50 to 60 races a year. It is a little hard for us sometimes to be right where they are, at least those first couple laps – Hot Laps, Qualifying, Heat Race – trying to figure out where our stuff is and what we need to do to work on it. Where those guys, they race so often they know what they need out of the car and where they need to start.

“Hopefully we’ll be good again. Millbridge, I feel like, is a place where we do have a pretty good package just because that’s where we always test for Chili Bowl. We should be good. But hopefully go in there and have a safe night and some fun.”

Along with Millbridge being close to home for Briscoe, it’s also one of his favorite tracks to race a Midget at.

“I love, in the Midget, running these tight little bullrings,” he said. “Du Quion, Illinois, the indoor track, is one of my favorite places to run because it is so small. Millbridge is kind of the same. Millbridge is still really fast for how small it is. The corners are really, really wide so you can throw these major sliders. The straightaways are a little narrow. The track just races awesome I feel like for the Midgets. I try to run the small tracks. Running there, Wayne County (Speedway in Wayne City, IL), those small tracks are what I enjoy doing. And Millbridge is just a lot of fun. No matter the car, the Outlaw Karts or the Midgets, I feel like always put on a good show.”

After Millbridge, Briscoe plans on joining the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets again at Wayne County Speedway (IL) during the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Showdown, June 2-3.

Tickets for the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets’ DIAEDGE Double Down will be available at the gate. If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

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 Make First 2023 Trips to Attica, Sharon

The World of Outlaws transition to the second quarter of the campaign in Ohio

ATTICA, OH (May 16, 2023) - For the first time this year, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are heading to a pair of northern Ohio ovals.

The always exciting Attica Raceway Park hosts The Greatest Show on Dirt on Friday, May 19. The following night, it’s a two-and-a-half-hour drive east to Hartford, OH’s Sharon Speedway – owned by 1995 World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney. The World of Outlaws have made 21 appearances at Attica while Saturday at Sharon will be the 12th trip to the 3/8-mile track.

The weekend will mark the transition to the second quarter of the 2023 campaign. Temperatures will rise. And the action will heat up as drivers continue to jockey for positioning in the championship pursuit during a busy summer stretch.

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

SWEET STRENGTH: Four-time and reigning champion Brad Sweet leads the championship charge into Ohio.

After a slight stumble out of the gate, the Grass Valley, CA native’s performance has been nearly impeccable with his Kasey Kahne Racing team. In the 14 starts since leaving Florida, Sweet has posted four wins, eight podiums, and a 3.9 average finish.

Sweet hopes to extend the advantage at a pair of tracks that he’s excelled at in recent years. While “The Big Cat” has never won at Attica, he hasn’t finished worse than fifth in his last four starts at the third mile. At Sharon, he’s the most recent winner – topping last September’s visit – and finished fifth in his one other Series start.

SUMMERTIME SCHATZ: Over the course of his career, Donny Schatz has consistently produced some of his best stretches during the summer. And while the seasonal change is still a month away on the calendar, early indicators are 2023 could continue the trend.

The 10-time champion has put together his best four-race stretch of the season over the past two weeks. At Eldora he picked up a pair of podiums including a season best second-place effort on the final night. Then, the Fargo, ND native followed that with another top three at Williams Grove.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Schatz is the winningest driver in Series history at Attica with four triumphs. He’s also only finished worse than eighth once in 15 starts. Schatz has competed in all 11 Series events at Sharon with a best finish of second on two occasions (2004 & 2022).

HAUD’S HOME: Any trip to Ohio is a welcome part of the schedule for Sheldon Haudenschild. The Wooster, OH native shaped his talents on state’s many ovals. 

Before he even joined the World of Outlaws tour in 2017, Haudenschild topped a pair of All-Star Circuit of Champions races at Attica. At Sharon, he claimed the prestigious Lou Blaney Memorial in 2015. He’s yet to win at either track in World of Outlaws competition but has been close with a 2020 podium at Attica and podiums in the last two Series events at Sharon.

The 29-year-old heads into his home territory fifth in points.

BUCKEYE STATE BAYSTON: Spencer Bayston may call Indiana home, but he’s gotten quite comfortable at the racetracks located one state east of the Hoosier state over his career.

The first World of Outlaws win of Bayston’s career came at Attica in 2021, and he’s shown speed there no matter the car he’s been in. The World of Outlaws victory was behind the wheel of the Sam McGhee Motorsports #11. The Lebanon, IN native picked up an Attica All-Star win in 2017 wheeling the Swindell Speedlab #39. He’s also been in the top 10 aboard the Premier Motorsports #70.

At Sharon, it’s been a similar story for Bayston. He picked up an All-Star win with McGhee, a podium with Swindell, and a seventh-place effort with his current team – CJB Motorsports – at last year’s World of Outlaws race. 

Bayston heads into Ohio hoping to add to his success in the state as he looks to climb from his current spot of seventh in points.

ATTICA-SHARON DOUBLE: Throughout their histories as tracks featured on the World of Outlaws tour, winning at both Attica and Sharon has been nearly impossible. Only Steve Kinser and Joey Saldana have pulled off the feat.

At Sharon, the only current full-time World of Outlaws driver with a victory is Brad Sweet, so a Friday win could add him to the list. The one other active driver with a Sharon triumph is Dave Blaney.

Over at Attica, Donny Schatz, David Gravel, and Spencer Bayston are the trio of current Series drivers that have visited Victory Lane. Other active drivers who’ve won at Attica are Kyle Larson and Dale Blaney.

Of course, a weekend sweep could be a shortcut to the feat for any driver yet to claim a checkered flag at either facility.

O-H! – I-O!: Ohio’s local competition may not have the same notoriety as other areas of the country, but their crop still features plenty of talent capable of contending with the World of Outlaws.

Gibsonburg, OH’s Craig Mintz already bested the All-Stars at Attica this season and would love to replicate that for his first World of Outlaws victory. Attica is home to Mintz’s one Series podium (2014).

Republic, OH native Cap Henry should be a threat at either track. A combined three of his eight career All-Star wins have occurred at Attica and Sharon. Attica is also home to one of his five career World of Outlaws top 10s.

Skylar Gee hails from Canada, but he spends plenty of time circling Ohio’s ovals. Gee is fresh off Attica-Fremont Championship Series win at Attica this past Friday.

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

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE

Friday, May 19 at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH

Saturday, May 20 at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (19/80 Races):

  1. 49 – Brad Sweet (2664PTS) 2. 2 – David Gravel (-36PTS) 3. 41 – Carson Macedo (-46PTS) 4. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-126PTS) 5. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-184PTS) 6. 15 – Donny Schatz (-186PTS) 7. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-236PTS) 8. 18 – Gio Scelzi (-244PTS) 9. 3Z – Brock Zearfoss (-388PTS) 10. 1A – Jacob Allen (-420PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers):

4 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2), Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49)
3 wins – Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24)
2 wins – James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83)
1 win – Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41), Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11), Sheldon Haudenschild (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17), Brady Bacon (TKH Motorsports #21), Logan Schuchart (Shark Racing #1S), Anthony Macri (Macri Motorsports #39)

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers): 

104 laps – Brad Sweet
92 laps – David Gravel
73 laps – Rico Abreu
63 laps – Carson Macedo
60 laps – James McFadden
46 laps – Buddy Kofoid
44 laps – Logan Schuchart
43 laps – Brent Marks
37 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
11 laps – Anthony Macri
10 laps – Cory Eliason
9 laps – Gio Scelzi
3 laps – Brady Bacon
1 lap – Donny Schatz

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers): 

5 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo
4 QuickTimes – David Gravel
3 QuickTimes – Logan Schuchart
2 QuickTimes – Anthony Macri
1 QuickTime – Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Buddy Kofoid, Rico Abreu, Gio Scelzi

HEAT RACE WINNERS (21 Drivers): 

10 Heat Wins – David Gravel, Carson Macedo
6 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid
5 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Sheldon Haudenschild
3 Heat Wins – Gio Scelzi, Donny Schatz, Anthony Macri
2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Jacob Allen, Parker Price-Miller, Rico Abreu, Justin Peck
1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Brock Zearfoss, Cory Eliason

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (30 Drivers):

14 Dashes – Carson Macedo, David Gravel, Brad Sweet
11 Dashes – Logan Schuchart
8 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild
7 Dashes – Gio Scelzi, Rico Abreu, Donny Schatz
6 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid, Jacob Allen, Brent Marks
5 Dashes – Spencer Bayston
4 Dashes – Brock Zearfoss, Anthony Macri
3 Dashes – James McFadden, Justin Peck
2 Dashes – Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Cory Eliason, Parker Price-Miller, Robbie Price, Tyler Courtney
1 Dash – Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden, Garet Williamson, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon, Chad Trout, Dylan Norris

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (15 Drivers): 

2 LCS Wins – Robbie Price, Sheldon Haudenschild
1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson, Ryan Timms, Ayrton Gennetten, Spencer Bayston, Logan Schuchart, Kraig Kinser, Freddie Rahmer

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (16 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Tyler Courtney
1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Justin Peck, Blake Hahn, Buddy Kofoid, Joe B. Miller, Kyle Larson, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Moody, Freddie Rahmer

PODIUM FINISHES (19 Drivers): 

9 Podiums – Brad Sweet, David Gravel
5 Podiums – Carson Macedo
4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid, Logan Schuchart, Rico Abreu
3 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild, Brent Marks, Donny Schatz
2 Podiums – Jacob Allen, James McFadden
1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Parker Price-Miller, Brady Bacon, Anthony Macri

TOP 10 FINISHES (35 Drivers):

17 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Brad Sweet
16 Top 10s – David Gravel
14 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart
11 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi
10 Top 10s – Michael Kofoid, Spencer Bayston
9 Top 10s – Rico Abreu
8 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Justin Peck
7 Top 10s – James McFadden
6 Top 10s – Jacob Allen, Brent Marks
5 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney
4 Top 10s – Kasey Kahne
3 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Cory Eliason, Danny Dietrich
2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss, Blake Hahn, Brady Bacon, Anthony Macri
1 Top 10 – Robbie Price, Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Parker Price-Miller, Joe B. Miller, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Larson, Brandon Rahmer, Chad Trout, Lance Dewease

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

  1. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
  2. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)
  3. Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)
  4. Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
  5. Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)
  6. Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)
  7. Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)
  8. Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)
  9. Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
  10. Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)
  11. Fri, April 7 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
  12. Sat, April 8 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (2)
  13. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
  14. Fri, April 28 / Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, IL / David Gravel (4)
  15. Sat, April 29 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)
  16. Fri, May 5 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Logan Schuchart (1)
  17. Sat, May 6 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Rico Abreu (3)
  18. Wed, May 10 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Anthony Macri (1)
  19. Fri, May 12 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brad Sweet (4)

 

 

Gavan Boschele Prepared to Defend Inaugural Xtreme Outlaw Victory at Millbridge

Teenage racing sensation set for second Midget outing of 2023 with Keith Kunz Motorsports

CONCORD, NC (May 16, 2023) – Looking back, Gavan Boschele didn’t initially expect to win the inaugural Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota Feature. Now, one year removed from the night of one of the biggest wins of his career, he’s glad it was him.

“I sat in Victory Lane and it kinda sunk-in,” Boschele said. “It was really, really cool being the first-ever winner.

“It’s still pretty special. I’m hoping I can do it again this year.”

Millbridge Speedway was the site of that victory, where the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets debuted and will do battle again Tuesday-Wednesday, May 22-23, in the second annual DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown.

The track is where the 15-year-old from Mooresville, NC, grew up racing, cutting his teeth in open-wheel race cars. It’s where he laid the foundation for a career in motorsports with one of the brightest outlooks. And it’s where he won that inaugural Xtreme Outlaw Feature, using the years of experience he had already laid down on the red-clay 1/6-mile.

“It was a pretty special win because it was the inaugural race,” Boschele said. “With all those cars there, it was definitely pretty good competition. I have a million laps at Millbridge, and I’ve been racing there since I was three-and-a-half, so I kinda know how to get around that place.”

Next Tuesday will mark Boschele’s second Midget outing of the year as part of the Keith Kunz Motorsports stable. He last piloted his Bullet/Toyota #5 at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January, where an untimely collision with the outside wall while running in a transfer spot of B-Feature #2 knocked him out of what would have been his first career A-Feature start in the prestigious event.

“I’m hoping we can do a little bit better than we did at Chili Bowl, and I don’t make those kinds of mistakes,” Boschele said. “Beau [Binder, crew chief] and the KKM guys always give me a great car to run; it’s just my job to do my part. I think we’ll be good.”

Now, only seven days out from his return to the seat of a Midget, Boschele’s recently been making laps around Millbridge in a Non-Wing Micro Sprint in weekly competition, recording three starts thus far. Though a Micro isn’t exactly a Midget, he said it’s helped prime him for one of the most competitive and high-profile events the track will see all year.

“I honestly know the track like the back of my hand, so I kinda expect what it’s going to do,” Boschele said. “But at the same time, seat time is seat time, so it’s very valuable to be on the track any time you can get in the car.”

Shortly after the Chili Bowl, renowned Sprint Car crew chief Brian Kemenah and NASCAR Cup Series driver Christopher Bell unveiled their new open-wheel team to the racing world, announcing they’d be fielding Micro Sprints and a full-size Winged Sprint Car for a group of hand-picked, up-and-coming drivers. Boschele was tapped to pilot the 360 Sprint Car at several events in 2023, and it didn’t take long for he and the team to find Victory Lane. Three weeks ago, Boschele drove from sixth to the win in 25 laps to bag the win at a United Sprint Car Series event at I-75 Raceway in Tennessee.

“[Kemenah], Eric [Manfrass, crew chief] and Christopher have given me a great opportunity and I’m trying to make the most of it,” Boschele said. “Finally, we’ve figured out what we like, and I think there’ll be plenty more wins to come.”

In addition to the Micro and the Sprint Car, he’s also been getting back in touch with his asphalt roots. A graduate of the Quarter Midget ranks, Boschele was contacted by the Drivers Edge Development program in March of last year and began working with their coaches to further grow his skills, both on and off the track.

As one of the youngest drivers in program history, Boschele took on several asphalt Late Model events last year with the program and has continued that trend in 2023.

“It’s good to be racing all kinds of different things,” Boschele said. “One thing my dad always tells me is you have to be fast in anything you drive, so I make the most of the opportunities I get and try and win everything.”

Next week, Boschele gets another big opportunity to defend his headline Midget win from last year with one of Midget racing’s most revered car owners in Keith Kunz. Don’t miss he and the rest of the Xtreme Outlaw Midget field take on Millbridge Speedway in the two-day DIAEDGE Double Down Showdown – May 23-24 – in the grandstands or live on DIRTVision.

 

 

POUNCING ON THE POSSE: Brad Sweet Dominates Williams Grove for Fourth Win of Season

Sweet picks up his second Williams Grove victory by leading every lap

MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 12, 2023) - Brad Sweet cupped his hand to his ear and stuck out his tongue as he rose atop his wing Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway.

The fans stayed quiet. But “The Big Cat” knew there’d be minimal cheers. Truthfully, he was expecting more boos than he received.

After all, the Pennsylvania Posse were forced to watch as a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car driver parked in Victory Lane at one of their most prided tracks. Sweet dominated on his way to winning at the historic half mile – leading all 25 laps of the Morgan Cup opening night Feature. 

Why not play into the rivalry after such a perfect performance?

“I was looking forward to getting booed,” Sweet said with a smirk. “But they’re (the crowd) kind of quiet. I don’t know if they’re speechless or what.”

The Grass Valley, CA native is now a two-time winner at “The Grove” – adding Friday’s triumph to last year’s Summer Nationals crown. It took Sweet more than 50 tries to add a Williams Grove win to his list of accomplishments. It took him only three more attempts to tally a second at the Mechanicsburg, PA oval.

Sweet now sits tied for the most Feature wins this season with four, and his 83rd career victory with Kasey Kahne Racing with the Series brings him within one of equaling Stevie Smith for 10th all time.

“The guys gave me a great race car,” Sweet said. “We were on the second row of the Heat (Race) tonight and were able to get to the Dash and draw the number one. I think that was the key to winning. I don’t know if we had the best car. I’ll go back and watch, but the last few laps I was actually kind of struggling. I don’t know if I was trying too hard or what the guys were doing behind me. Just excited to get to Victory Lane.”

Winning the Toyota Dash was exactly what set Sweet up for success. Once the green flag flew, Sweet never looked back from the pole position. On the race’s initial green flag, Sweet jumped ahead in the Napa Auto Parts #49.

Even as a handful of caution periods slowed the early part of the race, Sweet had no issue on every single restart. The 37 year old pulled ahead with ease every time the green flag flew. Then around the midway part of the race when it appeared traffic would become a factor, another yellow flag flew, giving him clean air once again. The caution was a welcome sight for Sweet.

“I’ll be honest. I didn’t feel like I was going to have very much luck getting by them in traffic,” Sweet admitted. That hole in (Turn) 3 just had me spooked all night. We tried something a little different for the A (Main), and I’m not sure it was really good to run the bottom like we were in the Dash. It seemed like my car was better up high, but I was happy to get out of it (traffic) and focus on trying to get really good restarts. I didn’t want to leave myself open.”

That late caution effectively sealed the deal as Sweet excelled on yet another restart. Ultimately, the four-time Series champion would go on to take the checkered flag with more than a two second advantage.

Behind him offered plenty of drama for the runner-up spot. Rico Abreu held onto it for much of the early going after starting outside pole. But late in the going challengers arose. 

Brent Marks slid ahead of Abreu on the late restart to take command of second. The Myerstown, PA native did everything in his power behind the wheel to run down Sweet but didn’t have enough. The runner-up result was Marks’ second consecutive after finishing second Wednesday at Lincoln. The defending Morgan Cup champion came away encouraged knowing they aren’t far from a win.

“We’re pretty happy with our program right now,” Marks said. “We were still just a tick off there. We’re just missing something really small, and I think we’re dialing in on it. I wish we had a shot to try to give Brad a run for his money but never got to lapped traffic tonight.”

Shortly after Marks charged by Abreu, Donny Schatz did the same in his Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15. The 10-time champion rolled the bottom smoothly all race on his charge from starting sixth onto the podium. Schatz now owns a whopping 56 podiums in World of Outlaws competition at Williams Grove alone. The Fargo, ND native has finished within the top three in three of the last four races. Despite the encouraging stretch, Schatz is searching for a little more comfort behind the wheel.

“We made up some spots,” Schatz said. “That’s what you’ve got to do. The guys just keep taking big swings at it. I just can’t seem to get slowed down when I need to slow down, and I can’t get sped up when I need to go. But we’re digging and working on it. We’re doing a great job. Scuba (Steve Swenson), he’s pulling everything out of the hat he can. They’re doing what they can. It’s a decent run here to get us a decent spot.”

Rounding out the top five was Rico Abreu and Anthony Macri. Sweet’s victory extended his advantage to 36 markers over David Gravel (finished sixth) in the championship standings. Carson Macedo (finished ninth) isn’t too far behind in third – 46 points behind Sweet.

The Feature’s KSE Racing Hard Charger went to Freddie Rahmer with a drive from 21st to 12th aboard the Eichelberger #8.

The night began with David Gravel claiming his fourth Simpson QuickTime of the year and the 101st of his career.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Justin Peck (sixth Heat win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were topped by Carson Macedo (87th of career), Rico Abreu (36th of career), and Anthony Macri (eighth of career).

Freddie Rahmer won the MicroLite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are back at Williams Grove for the Morgan Cup finale on Saturday, May 13. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 2. 19-Brent Marks[3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[6]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri[8]; 6. 2-David Gravel[5]; 7. 69K-Lance Dewease[13]; 8. 13-Justin Peck[7]; 9. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart[10]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[17]; 12. 8-Freddie Rahmer[21]; 13. 44-Dylan Norris[12]; 14. 11-Cory Eliason[14]; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich[24]; 16. 12-Billy Dietrich[19]; 17. 99M-Kyle Moody[18]; 18. 5-Spencer Bayston[20]; 19. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[16]; 20. 11T-TJ Stutts[22]; 21. 5C-Dylan Cisney[26]; 22. 23-Devon Borden[25]; 23. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[9]; 24. 7S-Robbie Price[23]; 25. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[15]; 26. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[11]

 

 

A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE: Hersheypark Stadium Sprint Car Experience Creates Memorable Moment for Milton Hershey Students, Local Community

HERSHEY, PA (May 12, 2023) - On May 11, 1939, Hersheypark Stadium hosted its first race – a 28 car midget race in front of a crowd of more than 11,000 spectators.

Eighty-four years later, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in partnership with Milton Hershey School (MHS) celebrated the local racing history on the same grounds with the Hersheypark Sprint Car Experience.

Both the Stadium and School – which offers life changing opportunities through cost-free education for qualifying students – were founded by Milton Hershey.

Race teams, drivers, fans, and Milton Hershey staff and students converged upon the historic stadium in a celebration of the region’s rich racing tradition. About a dozen cars were lined up on display, and visitors were also given tours of the team’s haulers.

Last year, a similar event was held on a smaller scale. With this year’s edition falling on the 84th anniversary of Hersheypark Stadium’s racing origin, it was only natural for the event to grow.

“When we realized that May 11th was actually the 84th anniversary of the very first race at Hersheypark Stadium Speedway, we thought what could we do that’s bigger and more robust?” said Melvyn Record, Director of Business Development at World Racing Group. “So, we came up with this idea of the Hersheypark Sprint Car Experience, and that was Milton Hershey’s idea. They asked the World of Outlaws, ‘Can you get some drivers to participate?’ It initially started off as maybe we can get four drivers or maybe we can get six drivers. And we ended up with, I think, 11 drivers that came along because I’m pretty convinced that the drivers understand what it is that Milton Hershey is trying to do for the students.”

As talks continued, it became evident to both sides that the event should expand to include the public.

“It started as a conversation about allowing the kids to meet with the drivers, which is part of our partnership with the World of Outlaws,” said Kristina Pae, Director of Integrated Marketing at Milton Hershey School. “And the more we added some really fun components to it we felt like we were losing out if we don’t open this up to our full community knowing how passionate central Pennsylvania is about the sport and the deep history and roots that the sport has here.”

The result was an overwhelming turnout. Hundreds of students and staff first had the opportunity to meet the drivers, get autographs and photos, and view the race cars. Then, the gates opened to the public and hundreds more came filing in.

The fans and students weren’t the only ones impacted by the proceedings. The drivers themselves were moved by the amount of support. Milton Hershey School is a partner of Brock Zearfoss, and he saw it as a sign of even more growth in the future.

“I think World Racing Group and Milton Hershey have done a fantastic job promoting this event,” Zearfoss said. “I think the turnout exceeded what they thought it was going to be. It was really great to see the amount of people and the kids that came out and supported it. It can only go up from here I believe. I think it’s going to be one of those events that just keeps getting bigger each year and turns into something that fans and students at Milton Hershey look forward to coming to every year.”

Spencer Bayston and his CJB Motorsports crew were also participants – even showing up early in the morning to help with local television coverage.

“It’s definitely a great opportunity for all of these kids to come out and experience something a little different, something that we’re really passionate about,” Bayston said. “They’re in the position now of trying to find their passion and where their life is going to go, and this is a great way to kind of display something unique. It was definitely cool to see all of the kids and then the public really turned out this evening. There was a really good crowd of people here.”

Even before the Sprint Car Experience began, four drivers – Brock Zearfoss, Carson Macedo, Gio Scelzi, and Logan Schuchart – visited classes at the school to help teach students more about what they do with the World of Outlaws. Zearfoss and Macedo talked with engineering and design students while Scelzi and Schuchart took time with an automotive class. The latter pair even helped judge a tire changing contest between students.

From start to finish, the day proved to be hugely impactful for all involved. Fans, students, and staff were treated to a unique experience that may not only attract new fans to the sport, but also influence the career path of a student trying to find the right direction.

“I’m hoping that for a lot of the children that were there they’ll remember this day for a long time,” Record said. “They got to sit in a race car. They got to meet a racing driver. They got a picture. Thanks to the generosity of Milton Hershey School, they got a t-shirt. They got a sticker. They got a program with pictures in it. All of these things help build fans for the future.”

“I am thrilled,” Pae said. “The event has absolutely met the vision that I and our team has had for it. I think that our students who attended really enjoyed themselves. The World of Outlaws drivers were so gracious and kind and interactive with our kids and just really provided a different, wonderful experience for them. So, from that perspective, I couldn’t have asked for more, exposing our kids to just another potential career opportunity and to just dream big about what you can do with your life. That’s one of the things we try to do at our school – open up doors of opportunity, allow kids to think about what their future can hold if they really follow their passions.”

The World of Outlaws turn their attention to the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway, Friday-Saturday, May 12-13, where four Milton Hershey School students will get the opportunity to serve as an honorary crew member with a Sprint Car team. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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

 

 

POSSE POWER: Anthony Macri Steals Lincoln’s Gettysburg Clash with Final Corner Pass

A vintage Macri move earns the Dillsburg, PA native his third Series win

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (May 11, 2023) - Anthony Macri’s reputation has been built almost entirely on his prowess banging the boards.

“The Concrete Kid” added even more support for that reputation Wednesday night at Abbottstown, PA’s Lincoln Speedway.

Macri saw one final chance at victory in the last corner of the Gettysburg Clash. One chance to rip the cushion better than he had all race. He was prepared to do everything he could. He was ready to bring a junked racecar back to the hauler. Leader Brent Marks went low. Macri sent it around the top. It stuck.

The Pennsylvania crowd roared as the checkered flag waved. Macri powered off the cushion exiting Turn 4 and edged ahead of Marks as the two crossed the finish line. After 34 laps of chasing Marks, Macri pulled it off in the final corner in perfect Macri-fashion to score one for the PA Posse.

“He peeled to the bottom, and I saw the opportunity to hammer the top,” Macri explained of the Hail Mary move. “I was kind of expecting him to go to the top in (Turns) 3 and 4, too. When he peeled down there, I sailed it in there probably as hard as I did all Feature long, and I was prepared to either junk the thing or come out on top. It paid off. This feels pretty badass.”

The victory marked Macri’s third with The Greatest Show on Dirt. The entire trio have come in his home state of Pennsylvania after sweeping last October’s Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway. But becoming the 27th different driver to win a World of Outlaws race at Lincoln had an extra layer of significance for Macri.

Before he won at Port Royal, everyone expected him to eventually beat the World of Outlaws at the half mile due to his astonishing record at the facility. But Lincoln has never been his specialty. The three-eighths mile isn’t a track where he’s automatically circled as a favorite – making the celebration all the more gratifying.

“Outlaw wins are really hard to come by,” Macri said. “Everyone probably expected them at Port Royal last year from us, but to come here and get an Outlaw win at Lincoln is pretty shocking to me because this track isn’t really my wheelhouse. But Joe (Mooney) has got us rolling on smaller tracks right now, and we had a good car. I don’t know. This is just amazing.”

Macri’s route to the win began from outside row two as he lined up fourth for the 35 lap Feature. Early on, pole sitter Marks pulled comfortably ahead.

Marks’ advantage continued to grow in large part due to the war taking place behind him. As he ran a smooth line every lap with the top spot, Chad Trout, David Gravel, Macri, and Brad Sweet were throwing haymakers for positions two through five.

Eventually, Macri was able to establish control of the runner-up spot shortly before the halfway mark and focus on running his own line. The gap between he and Marks began to shrink little by little.

As the laps dwindled, Macri began to take big chunks out of Marks’ lead. Macri pounded the top while Marks rolled the bottom. When it looked like the battle for the top spot was about to heat up in traffic, the yellow flag flew – setting up a six lap dash to the finish.

When racing resumed, Marks opted to change his line to the top, leaving Macri searching on the bottom. Working the lower line is something Macri has been strengthening in his repertoire this year, so he dove down without hesitation when the #19 took the top away.

Once he found a rhythm, Macri again began to reel in Marks. Coming to the white flag, Macri showed him a nose, enough to make Marks change his line on the final circuit. Marks went low. Macri went high. And the result was a finish that won’t soon be forgotten.

“I lifted because my ass started puckering because the wall was coming,” Macri said with a laugh of the final corner. “As soon as I got into the wall, I mashed the gas, and after that I don’t think it came off the floor pan.”

The win also marked Joe Mooney’s first with the World of Outlaws since becoming the Macri Motorsports crew chief. Mooney joined the team after a championship winning stint as car chief on Brad Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing #49.

Behind the #39M was the #19 of Marks when the checkered flag flew. After leading the entire race except the final few hundred feet, the Myerstown, PA native couldn’t help but be a little disappointed with the outcome as he notched his 29th World of Outlaws podium. Marks explained that when he saw Macri’s nose coming to the white flag, he didn’t want to fall victim to a move he used on Macri at the same track last year.

“Our car really changed there a lot the last 10 or so laps, just started sliding around and losing my drive and just wasn’t feeling very good,” Marks explained. “No matter where I was on the racetrack, I wasn’t feeling that great. Anthony showed his nose down here in (Turns) 3 and 4, and that’s how I beat him here last year for the Dirt Classic race rolling around the bottom there. I went down to try to protect it but we just slid up out of it and couldn’t get a run off the bottom there to hold the lead.”

Rounding out the podium was the highest finishing World of Outlaws full-timer – David Gravel – as he stopped a potential sweep of the podium for the Posse. It was not only Gravel’s Series leading ninth top three of the season aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2, but it also marked his 200th career World of Outlaws podium. Gravel became only the 16th driver to reach the mark.

“I felt like we had a really fast racecar around the top,” Gravel said. “I felt like we were just as fast as anybody around the top, but Anthony was really good running the bottom of (Turns) 3 and 4, and that’s kind of how he got back by me and won him the race. I think we had a really strong car. Hot Laps and Qualifying we weren’t very good. Heat Race, honestly, we weren’t very good. We made the car really good in the Dash. I think we had a really good car in the Feature as well but needed to be better when the track got slower and around the bottom.”

Completing the top five was Danny Dietrich and Brad Sweet. Sweet’s fifth place effort helped him extend his advantage atop the standings to 24 markers. There’s a new driver behind him as Gravel took over the runner-up spot from Carson Macedo.

The KSE Racing Hard Charger of the Feature was Kyle Moody with a charge from 26th to 13th.

Macri began the night by picking up his second Simpson QuickTime Award of the season and the sixth of his career.

CASE #No1EngineOil Heat One was claimed by Anthony Macri (seventh Heat win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heat Races Two through Four were topped by David Gravel (211th of career), Justin Peck (fifth of career), and Donny Schatz (507th of career).

Sheldon Haudenschild won the MicroLite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA) this weekend (May 12-13) for the Morgan Cup. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

 

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars

Lincoln Speedway PA 5/10/23

A Feature (35 Laps): 1. 39M-Anthony Macri[4]; 2. 19-Brent Marks[1]; 3. 2-David Gravel[3]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich[10]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[5]; 6. 5-Spencer Bayston[11]; 7. 1X-Chad Trout[2]; 8. 13-Justin Peck[8]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[12]; 10. 5E-Brandon Rahmer[9]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz[7]; 12. 8-Freddie Rahmer[13]; 13. 99M-Kyle Moody[26]; 14. 23-Devon Borden[19]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart[18]; 16. 44-Dylan Norris[6]; 17. 11-Cory Eliason[24]; 18. 41-Carson Macedo[16]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[21]; 20. 11T-TJ Stutts[14]; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[17]; 22. 2D-Chase Dietz[22]; 23. 1M-Landon Myers[23]; 24. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[20]; 25. 7S-Robbie Price[15]; 26. 16-Matt Campbell[27]; 27. 1A-Jacob Allen[25]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[4]; 2. 2D-Chase Dietz[2]; 3. 1M-Landon Myers[1]; 4. 11-Cory Eliason[6]; 5. 8D-Billy Dietrich[3]; 6. 99M-Kyle Moody[7]; 7. 39-Troy Wagaman Jr[8]; 8. 45-Jeff Halligan[14]; 9. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[5]; 10. 11A-Austin Bishop[10]; 11. 16-Matt Campbell[11]; 12. 75-Tyler Ross[13]; 13. 39T-Cameron Smith[9]; 14. 20G-Noah Gass[15]; 15. 38-Brett Strickler[12]

C Feature (8 Laps): 1. 45-Jeff Halligan[1]; 2. 20G-Noah Gass[3]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[4]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen[6]; 5. 11P-Tim Wagaman II[2]; 6. 55-Domenic Melair[8]; 7. 6-Bill Rose[7]; 8. 69-Tim Glatfelter[5]

DIRTVision FAST PASS Dash (6 Laps): 1. 19-Brent Marks[1]; 2. 1X-Chad Trout[2]; 3. 2-David Gravel[6]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri[4]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[7]; 6. 44-Dylan Norris[3]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 8. 13-Justin Peck[8]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 39M-Anthony Macri[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 3. 5E-Brandon Rahmer[4]; 4. 8-Freddie Rahmer[5]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[3]; 6. 8D-Billy Dietrich[6]; 7. 99M-Kyle Moody[7]; 8. 16-Matt Campbell[10]; 9. 45-Jeff Halligan[8]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[9]; 11. 55-Domenic Melair[11]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[3]; 2. 1X-Chad Trout[2]; 3. 5-Spencer Bayston[1]; 4. 7S-Robbie Price[4]; 5. 23-Devon Borden[8]; 6. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[6]; 7. 39T-Cameron Smith[10]; 8. 75-Tyler Ross[7]; 9. 1M-Landon Myers[5]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen[9]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 13-Justin Peck[2]; 2. 19-Brent Marks[1]; 3. 48-Danny Dietrich[4]; 4. 11T-TJ Stutts[3]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[8]; 7. 2D-Chase Dietz[5]; 8. 11A-Austin Bishop[10]; 9. 11P-Tim Wagaman II[9]; 10. 69-Tim Glatfelter[7]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz[2]; 2. 44-Dylan Norris[1]; 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[3]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[5]; 6. 11-Cory Eliason[7]; 7. 39-Troy Wagaman Jr[8]; 8. 38-Brett Strickler[10]; 9. 20G-Noah Gass[6]; 10. 6-Bill Rose[9]

Qualifying A (2 Laps): 1. 39M-Anthony Macri, 00:13.496[6]; 2. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:13.574[1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:13.604[5]; 4. 1X-Chad Trout, 00:13.613[3]; 5. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 00:13.686[7]; 6. 2-David Gravel, 00:13.689[14]; 7. 5E-Brandon Rahmer, 00:13.691[2]; 8. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:13.699[9]; 9. 8-Freddie Rahmer, 00:13.856[17]; 10. 1M-Landon Myers, 00:13.879[18]; 11. 8D-Billy Dietrich, 00:13.882[8]; 12. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 00:13.904[11]; 13. 99M-Kyle Moody, 00:13.909[4]; 14. 75-Tyler Ross, 00:13.958[12]; 15. 45-Jeff Halligan, 00:14.043[10]; 16. 23-Devon Borden, 00:14.044[13]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 00:14.053[15]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:14.056[21]; 19. 16-Matt Campbell, 00:14.156[20]; 20. 39T-Cameron Smith, 00:14.291[16]; 21. 55-Domenic Melair, 00:14.508[19]

Qualifying B (2 Laps): 1. 19-Brent Marks, 00:13.824[9]; 2. 44-Dylan Norris, 00:13.865[5]; 3. 13-Justin Peck, 00:13.872[14]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:13.907[11]; 5. 11T-TJ Stutts, 00:13.926[16]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:14.006[1]; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich, 00:14.007[2]; 8. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:14.020[13]; 9. 2D-Chase Dietz, 00:14.030[12]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:14.056[17]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:14.084[3]; 12. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:14.096[8]; 13. 69-Tim Glatfelter, 00:14.120[7]; 14. 11-Cory Eliason, 00:14.121[15]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:14.154[6]; 16. 39-Troy Wagaman Jr, 00:14.221[19]; 17. 11P-Tim Wagaman II, 00:14.377[10]; 18. 6-Bill Rose, 00:14.502[4]; 19. 11A-Austin Bishop, 00:14.623[18]; 20. 38-Brett Strickler, 00:14.741[20]

 

 

Federated Auto Parts Becomes Title Sponsor For Lawrenceburg, Wilmot Events

CONCORD, NC (May 10, 2023) – Continuing to elevate World of Outlaws events, Federated Auto Parts has become the title sponsor of the Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg Speedway and the Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40 at Wilmot Raceway.

The popular World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series events will see the iconic auto parts brand featured around the tracks in addition to the Federated Car Care Work Zone, which is at every World of Outlaws event.

“We’re excited to extend our support for the events at Lawrenceburg Speedway and Wilmot Raceway, which equally attract some of the World of Outlaws’ most dedicated fanbases,” said J.R. Bishop, director of event marketing & member services, Federated Auto Parts. “Our partnership with the World of Outlaws has allowed us to reach dirt racing fans across the country and we can’t wait to do so again in the Indiana and Wisconsin regions.”

The Memorial Day Spectacular (Lawrenceburg, IN) on Monday, May 29, and Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40 (Wilmot, WI) on Saturday, July 8, will both feature a $10,000 top prize for drivers to contend for. Last year, Sheldon Haudenschild scored the victory at Lawrenceburg and Carson Macedo won at Wilmot.

Federated Auto Parts joined the World of Outlaws at the beginning of the year in a multi-year deal and, so far, this year have served as title sponsor for Voluisa Speedway Park’s DIRTcar Nationals and Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s Texas Outlaw Nationals.

For tickets to the Federated Auto Parts Memorial Day Spectacular and Federated Auto Parts Larry Hillerud Badger 40, CLICK HERE.

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

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Trio of PA Posse Battles Await World of Outlaws at Lincoln; Williams Grove

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Clash and Williams Grove’s Morgan Cup take center stage

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (May 9, 2023) - It’s time for round two of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars vs. PA Posse – this time with some weekday fun.

World of Outlaws pride, local Lincoln lore, and Beerhill bragging rights are all on the line this week as The Greatest Show on Dirt invades “The Keystone State” for a trio of intense battles.

First up is the second visit of 2023 to Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA) on Wednesday, May 10, for the Gettysburg Clash. Then, while Thursday is an off day, many teams will take part in the Hersheypark Stadium Sprint Car Experience to celebrate local racing history. And on Friday, it’s off to Mechanicsburg, PA where Williams Grove Speedway will host two nights of Morgan Cup action (May 12-13).

The lone Pennsylvania race, so far, in 2023 was claimed by an invader when Rico Abreu topped Lincoln on March 18. Both the World of Outlaws and PA Posse will try to make sure that isn’t the case this week.

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

BIG CAT BACK ON TOP: For the second time this season, Brad Sweet is atop the championship standings. The four-time and defending titlist moved ahead of Carson Macedo following the action at Eldora Speedway.

Lincoln Speedway presents an opportunity for Sweet to extend that advantage. During the March trip to the Pigeon Hills, Sweet led the opening 22 circuits in the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 before finishing in the runner-up position – his second podium in the last three Lincoln races.

Williams Grove hasn’t been quite as kind to “The Big Cat” over the years, but he did manage to claim his first win there last July.

SCHATZ SURGE: After a rough stretch with seven straight finishes outside the top 10, Donny Schatz rebounded in a big way at Eldora.

Schatz put together his two best finishes of the season with a third on Friday and a runner-up on Saturday. During the latter, the Fargo, ND native managed to lead his first Feature lap of the season while challenging for the victory. The pair of nights bumped the 10-time champion from ninth to sixth in points.

Now Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing team head to an area of the country that’s always been kind to them. Schatz is a former Lincoln winner (’16). Williams Grove is Schatz’ winningest track in World of Outlaws competition with 21 of his 307 career triumphs coming at the half mile.

GRAVEL AT THE GROVE: After a DNF a week and a half ago in Haubstadt, David Gravel rebounded at Eldora with a fifth and a third – the best performance among the top three in points. Gravel entered Eldora 48 points behind the top spot, and now he’s only 28 markers down.

The weekend races at Williams Grove will be a pair Gravel hopes to capitalize on to continue making up ground. The Watertown, CT native has won eight times at the Mechanicsburg half mile – the most he’s claimed at any track with the World of Outlaws.

Gravel hasn’t won at “The Grove” since 2020, but he hasn’t finished worse than seventh in his last six starts.

MACEDO’S MISSTEP: This past Saturday at Eldora, Carson Macedo missed the top 10 for the first time all season with a 13th. The result cost him the top spot in points, but he’s only two markers behind Sweet.

Pennsylvania has been kind to the Californian over the years – a trend he hopes continues as he looks to regain control of the standings.

Macedo has won at Lincoln with both the All-Star Circuit of Champions and locally. In his last four World of Outlaws starts at the 3/8 mile, he’s finished no worse than sixth. At Williams Grove, he’s a two-time World of Outlaws winner – topping the Morgan Cup opener and National Open finale in ’21.

ALLEN EYES REPEAT: Last May, Jacob Allen scored arguably the biggest win of his career to date when he took the checkered flag at the Gettysburg Clash to pocket $20,000. The Hanover, PA native turned Outlaw sent the crowd into a frenzy with the victory, and he’d love nothing more than to repeat on Wednesday.

While the March visit didn’t go how he would’ve preferred with a 22nd place finish, Allen has still been strong in recent years in addition to last year’s victory. The driver of the Shark Racing #1A finished eighth at Lincoln in ’19 and third the next year.

PLENTY OF POSSE: In addition to the favorites, Pennsylvania’s healthy Sprint Car landscape supplies many talents capable of running up front with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

No conversation about the Posse is complete without Anthony Macri. “The Concrete Kid” has spent a lot of time away from the porch this year, but he’ll be a threat when the World of Outlaws invade his home territory. Of his nation-leading 23 victories last season, a combined five occurred at Lincoln and Williams Grove.

The Posse have succeeded in making sure Williams Grove’s Morgan Cup stays in the host state in recent years. Three of the last four have been claimed by Pennsylvanians and five of the last seven.

Lance Dewease, of Fayetteville, PA, has been the biggest contributor to that effort with Morgan Cup triumphs in 2016, 2018, and 2019.

Brent Marks topped last year’s Morgan Cup to keep the Posse proud. “The Myerstown Missile” will be a threat to go back-to-back this weekend. Marks has already won at Williams Grove this season – claiming last month’s Tommy Hinnershitz Classic.

Many of the Posse drivers can win at either facility, but a few especially stand out as favorites at Lincoln Speedway.

Freddie Rahmer, of Salfordville, PA, has already picked up a trio of Lincoln triumphs this season including this past Saturday, and its home to his one World of Outlaws win (’18).

Danny Dietrich earned his first pair of World of Outlaws wins at Lincoln in 2012 and 2013. The driver of the Gary Kauffman #48 is yet to tame Lincoln this season but does own three local podiums and finished sixth at the March World of Outlaws visit.

HERSHEYPARK STADIUM SPRINT CAR EXPERIENCE: The action at Lincoln and Williams Grove won’t be the only fun in Pennsylvania this week.

On Thursday during the day, five drivers will visit Milton Hershey School to partake in classroom activities. Brock Zearfoss, Carson Macedo, and Brent Marks will help in Engineering and Design classes. Gio Scelzi and Logan Schuchart will be in Automotive classes.

Then, during the evening, at least 13 teams will help celebrate local racing history by displaying their cars at Hersheypark Stadium. The display will come 84 years to the day after the facility hosted its first race – a 28 car midget race that attracted more than 11,000 spectators. The display will take place from 4:30-7:00pm and is open to the public and free to attend.

If you can’t make it to the track this week, catch all the action on DIRTVision.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE

Wednesday, May 10 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA

Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (17/81 Races):

1. 49 – Brad Sweet (2374PTS) 2. 41 – Carson Macedo (-2PTS) 3. 2 – David Gravel (-28PTS) 4. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-86PTS) 5. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-134PTS) 6. 15 – Donny Schatz (-168PTS) 7. 11 – Michael Kofoid (-178PTS) 8. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-198PTS) 9. Gio Scelzi (-198PTS) 10. 3Z – Brock Zearfoss (-302PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (9 Drivers):

4 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2)

3 wins – Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49), Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24)

2 wins – James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83)

1 win – Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41), Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11), Sheldon Haudenschild (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17), Brady Bacon (TKH Motorsports #21), Logan Schuchart (Shark Racing #1S)

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers):

92 laps – David Gravel

79 laps – Brad Sweet

73 laps – Rico Abreu

63 laps – Carson Macedo

60 laps – James McFadden

46 laps – Buddy Kofoid

44 laps – Logan Schuchart

37 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild

10 laps – Anthony Macri, Cory Eliason

9 laps – Gio Scelzi, Brent Marks

3 laps – Brady Bacon

1 lap – Donny Schatz

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers):

5 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo

3 QuickTimes – David Gravel, Logan Schuchart

1 QuickTime – Anthony Macri, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Buddy Kofoid, Rico Abreu, Gio Scelzi

HEAT RACE WINNERS (20 Drivers):

9 Heat Wins – David Gravel, Carson Macedo

6 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid

5 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart

4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Sheldon Haudenschild

3 Heat Wins – Gio Scelzi

2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Jacob Allen, Parker Price-Miller, Donny Schatz

1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Rico Abreu, Brock Zearfoss, Cory Eliason, Anthony Macri

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (28 Drivers):

13 Dashes – Carson Macedo

12 Dashes – David Gravel, Brad Sweet

11 Dashes – Logan Schuchart

8 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild

7 Dashes – Gio Scelzi

6 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid, Jacob Allen, Rico Abreu

5 Dashes – Spencer Bayston, Donny Schatz

4 Dashes – Brent Marks, Brock Zearfoss

3 Dashes – James McFadden

2 Dashes – Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Cory Eliason, Parker Price-Miller, Robbie Price, Tyler Courtney, Anthony Macri

1 Dash – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden, Garet Williamson, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (14 Drivers):

2 LCS Wins – Robbie Price

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson, Ryan Timms, Ayrton Gennetten, Spencer Bayston, Logan Schuchart, Kraig Kinser

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (14 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Tyler Courtney

1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Justin Peck, Blake Hahn, Buddy Kofoid, Joe B. Miller, Kyle Larson, Hunter Schuerenberg

PODIUM FINISHES (18 Drivers):

8 Podiums – Brad Sweet, David Gravel

5 Podiums – Carson Macedo

4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid, Logan Schuchart, Rico Abreu

3 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild

2 Podiums – Jacob Allen, Donny Schatz, James McFadden

1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Brent Marks, Parker Price-Miller, Brady Bacon

TOP 10 FINISHES (31 Drivers):

16 Top 10s – Carson Macedo

15 Top 10s – Brad Sweet

14 Top 10s – David Gravel

13 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart

11 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild

10 Top 10s – Michael Kofoid, Gio Scelzi

9 Top 10s – Rico Abreu, Spencer Bayston

7 Top 10s – James McFadden, Donny Schatz

6 Top 10s – Justin Peck, Jacob Allen

5 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney

4 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Kasey Kahne

3 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Cory Eliason

2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss, Blake Hahn, Brady Bacon

1 Top 10 – Robbie Price, Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Parker Price-Miller, Joe B. Miller, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Larson

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

1. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)

2. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)

3. Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)

4. Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)

5. Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)

6. Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)

7. Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)

8. Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)

9. Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)

10. Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)

11. Fri, April 7 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)

12. Sat, April 8 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (2)

13. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (3)

14. Fri, April 28 / Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, IL / David Gravel (4)

15. Sat, April 29 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)

16. Fri, May 5 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Logan Schuchart (1)

17. Sat, May 6 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Rico Abreu (3)

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws Return to Knoxville June 9-10

KNOXVILLE, IA (May 9, 2023) – The Sprint Car Capital of the World will welcome the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series for its annual spring doubleheader weekend, June 9-10.

It’ll be the World of Outlaws’ first visit to Knoxville Raceway this year and teams’ first chance to make notes for the 62nd NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals, Aug. 9-12 – featuring a record-high $1,159,005 overall purse.

Five-time and defending 410 Sprint Car Knoxville track champion Brian Brown and Brent Marks scored wins during the World of Outlaws’ June visit to the famed half-mile last June. However, 10-time Word of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz enters with the most momentum as the reigning Knoxville Nationals champion – his 11th Nationals title.

What you need to know:

Track:
1/2-mile in Knoxville, IA

Times (CT):
2 p.m. Pit Gates open
5 p.m. Grandstand Gates open
6:30 p.m. Hot Laps/Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets: Available HERE

Previous winners:
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)

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

GUIDE TO SUCCESS: From Refrigerator Mechanic to World of Outlaws Driver, Brock Zearfoss Bringing Life Journey to Milton Hershey School Students

HERSHEY, PA (May 8, 2023) – When Brock Zearfoss quit his job as a refrigerator mechanic to start his racing career, he leaned on veteran driver Greg Hodnett to mentor him through that journey.

Now, the Jonestown, PA driver has the opportunity to provide that same support for Pennsylvania students trying to navigate their own journeys.

Through his and the World of Outlaws’ partnership with the Milton Hershey School (MHS), Zearfoss, and other Sprint Car drivers, will visit the school to speak with students on May 11 and welcome a student as an honorary crew member at Williams Grove Speedway on May 13.

Milton Hershey School – founded by Milton S. Hershey – is one of the world’s best private schools, where qualifying pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students live on campus and receive an exceptional education with top-tier classes and facilities—with all costs covered.

This is Zearfoss' second straight year of working with the MHS students. Last year, student Rayshawn Shuler join his team as an honorary crew member during the National Open in October.

“It was a cool experience for both ends I think,” Zearfoss said. “Rayshawn was a big help for us. Just cool to see the excitement he had to join us and be a part of our team for the night. It’s important to engage kids into racing. It’s a cool opportunity Milton Hershey gave Rashawn and the other kids involved and got a chance to go to the races and be a part of teams that night. It is something he still talks about, even a year later. Hopefully we can continue doing something like that.”

That wasn't the first time Zearfoss has worked with Hershey, though. While working as a refrigerator mechanic – before his racing career – servicing compressors, and dealing with anhydrous ammonia, part of his job involved working on compressors for The Hershey Company. Now, full circle, Zearfoss gets to use his story of quitting that job to follow his dream of being a race car driver as inspiration for the students to follow their own goals.

“[Hopefully] spark an interest or help them understand it is OK to not really know what you want to do,” Zearfoss said. “As long as you have goals, you can achieve whatever you want. It’s all about hard work. Just trying to present the right mindset for kids. I never thought I’d be like what we’re doing right now. Fortunate to be in that situation.”

Along with talking about career focused initiatives, Zearfoss brings another unique perspective as an entrepreneur. Having run his own team for the majority of his career – and entire World of Outlaws career – Zearfoss brings a unique perspective of what it takes to build, run and maintain a business.

“I deal with all the behind-the-scenes stuff too,” Zearfoss said. “It’s just a different way of approaching it. It’s a little more of an entrepreneurship. I think it gives me a little extra to talk about with the kids if they have a dream of owning their own business or something... Just gives me a little bit extra to talk about. The kids that are interested in being an entrepreneur, it might be helpful for them.”

He, along with Carson Macedo, Giovanni Scelzi, Logan Schuchart, and Brent Marks, will visit with the students in the afternoon before going several more drivers at Hersheypark Stadium – initially known as Hershey Stadium Speedway – for the inaugural Hershey Sprint Car Experience. The event (May 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.), which is free to everyone, and features meet-and-greets with the drivers, honors the 84th anniversary of the stadium’s racetrack opening.

Then, on Saturday, during the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove, Zearfoss and three other drivers will welcome a student for a hands-on opportunity as an honorary crew member.

“The kids, they’re going to be all ears,” Zearfoss said. “They’re going to be excited. The last time we were there you could see the excitement in the kids’ eyes, whether it was the young kids in the fourth grade or the seniors. It didn’t matter what age they were. They were all excited to see us and see the race cars. Getting excitement in the kids’ faces and getting them engaged around the race car and just engaged in general.

“It’s all about being positive and having a positive mindset for the kids and just encouraging them to do good in life and succeed. If we can come out of the day by doing that and getting the kids engaged and really enjoying what they do and looking forward to succeeding in life and in school, that’s all we can really ask for.”

For more about Milton Hershey School, visit mhskids.com.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Eldora Speedway this weekend, May 5-6, before turning to its Spring Pennsylvania Swing, including Lincoln Speedway on Wednesday, May 10, and Williams Grove Speedway on Friday-Saturday, May 12-13. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy DrinkŪ Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: NOS Energy Drink (Official Energy Product), CASE Construction Equipment (Official Construction Equipment), CASE No.1 Engine Oil™ (Official Oil and Lubricant), DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), Simpson Performance Products (Preferred Safety Gear Partner), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider), Toyota (Official Vehicle), and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ACME Trading, ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Federated Auto Parts, KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Award), Lifeline USA, Low-E Insulation, Micro-Lite LLC, Milton Hershey School, MSD, and Whiskey Myers; manufacturer sponsors include, FIREBULL, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and Sea Foam.

 

 

 

ROSSBURG REDEMPTION: Rico Abreu Roars to Eldora World of Outlaws Win

Abreu scores third victory this season and second in last three starts at Eldora Speedway

ROSSBURG, OH (May 6, 2023) - The #LetsRaceTwo World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car weekend at Eldora Speedway proved to be a tale of two nights for Rico Abreu.

During Friday’s opener, Abreu was the hunter. In Saturday’s finale, he was being hunted.

Friday resulted in a near-miss at the Rossburg, OH oval. After running second a majority of the race, Abreu took the lead from Logan Schuchart coming to the white flag but relinquished the top spot on the final circuit. The next night it was Abreu who held the lead when a challenger in the form of Donny Schatz arose late in the going to try and steal the win.

But after victory slipped away the first night, Abreu would not be denied on night two. The St. Helena, CA native survived a Schatz slider by slipping back by with 12 laps to go and powering to the checkered flag. Redemption for Friday’s heartbreak came only 24 hours later.

“I knew he (Schatz) was there,” Abreu said. “I was just searching. It’s hard leading to know where to run. I got up in (Turns) 3 and 4, and I knew that my car had a ton more grip. On the restarts, with the lower tire pressures, I could rip the bottom pretty good.

I just really focused on hitting my marks. You can get a little excited when someone like that pressures you, and it takes away from the drivability of your car just by applying that much more throttle. You’ve just got to cool everything back down and run your own race.”

The triumph marked Abreu’s third of the season, 12th of his career with The Greatest Show on Dirt, and his second in his last three starts at The House that Earl Built after topping last September’s BeFour The Crowns Showdown. The 31-year-old moved into a tie with Tim Green and Tyler Walker for the sixth most winningest World of Outlaws driver from California.

With Abreu’s history at Eldora and the big stage that The Big E presents for Sprint Car drivers, Abreu felt moved to be standing in the coveted Victory Lane once again.

“It’s a special place for me to race at,” Abreu said. “I have a lot of ups and downs here and a lot of respect for this place. When you line up next to guys like (David) Gravel, Schatz, (Brad) Sweet, Sheldon (Haudenschild), and everybody those are the best in the business. That’s what they do for a living. It’s just an unbelievable job by my team.”

Abreu didn’t start from the pole position, but he wasted no time claiming lead from his second starting spot. When the green flag waved on the 30 lap Feature, the race’s pole sitter – Sheldon Haudenschild – slid ahead of Abreu in Turns 1 and 2. Abreu answered by using his momentum on the top to turn under the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17 coming down the backstretch and take command in Turns 3 and 4.

From there, Abreu maintained a solid advantage while working through a handful of early caution periods.

As Abreu paced the field, Schatz was charging through it. In signature Schatz style, the 10 time Series champion had the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 rolling through the slick as he advanced from 11th into the top five less than 10 laps into the Feature. By halfway, Schatz was second. On lap 18, he pounced for the lead.

Schatz capitalized on a massive run out of Turn 2 to pull alongside Abreu then slide ahead in Turns 3 and 4. Like Schuchart did to him the night before, Abreu found enough speed to crossover the leader and reclaim the top spot with a slide job in the next set of corners.

Once Abreu reclaimed the lead, he began to pull away amid traffic. Schatz made one final run, closing in as the laps waned, but was unable to mount enough of a charge to make a true attempt at a pass. Abreu won with slightly more than a half second advantage.

With Ricky Warner leading the way on the wrenches along with a solid supporting cast, Abreu and his #24 team continued to show they’re one of the best in the country early this year.

“Ricky just made great decisions,” Abreu said. “He bounces things off Zack (Middlebrooks) and Brady (Forbrook) that help educate them quickly, and that comes with experience. It’s been a pleasure for me to understand his (Warner’s) concepts. I’m really lucky to race with such an experienced crew chief.”

Claiming the second spot on the podium was Schatz. The result marked his best finish of the season and second straight podium effort aboard the Carquest #15. After a tough recent stretch, the pair of top threes were a welcome boost for him and the team.

“This is a decent weekend – third and second,” Schatz said. “Hopefully we can get a win here soon. Things were feeling pretty decent here this weekend. We’ve always had pretty decent finishes here at Eldora.

You’ve got to get going and get momentum. On my end, I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been kicked in the head a lot. I’ve been kicked in the guts a lot. I’m used to it. That’s what drivers do. That’s what gets you to win championships. These guys work hard. My guys needed this – to get a good finish and get that momentum back going and the confidence back and everything.”

Completing the top three aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2 was David Gravel. The effort marked his eighth podium of the season (tied for the Series lead in 2023) as he continues to try to gain ground on the two above him in points.

“We had an awesome car there early on, definitely had the most maneuverable car and were really good early on,” Gravel said. “Wherever they went, I kind of did the opposite and passed guys. It was a solid weekend.”

Completing the top five was Brian Brown (from 13th) and Justin Peck (from 15th).

Brad Sweet slipped back to eighth from fifth, but the points leader – Carson Macedo – had an even tougher outing with a third to 13th showing. The top spot in the championship standings changed hands as Sweet moved ahead but only by two points.

With a 23rd to 12th charge, Hunter Schuerenberg was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger.

To begin the night, David Gravel claimed his third Simpson QuickTime Award of the season and a milestone 100th of his career.

CASE #No1Engine Oil Heat One was topped by Carson Macedo (86th Heat win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by Anthony Macri (sixth of career), David Gravel (210th of career), and Logan Schuchart (106th of career).

Robbie Price won the night’s MicroLite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to “They Keystone State” to take on the PA Posse on Wednesday, May 10 at Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA) and May 12-13 at Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA). For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[11]; 3. 2-David Gravel[7]; 4. 21-Brian Brown[13]; 5. 13-Justin Peck[15]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen[10]; 7. 5-Spencer Bayston[12]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet[5]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[4]; 10. 71-Cory Eliason[9]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 12. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[23]; 13. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 14. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[22]; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri[6]; 16. 42-Sye Lynch[17]; 17. 19-Brent Marks[18]; 18. 69K-Lance Dewease[19]; 19. 49X-Cale Thomas[16]; 20. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[20]; 21. 21H-Brady Bacon[14]; 22. 20G-Noah Gass[25]; 23. 4-Chris Windom[24]; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart[8]; 25. 7S-Robbie Price[21]

 

 

SWEEPING THE NATION: McDermand Passes McIntosh Late to Win at 81, Sweeps Kansas Weekend

McIntosh retains points lead with back-to-back runners-up, Miller best career finish in P3

PARK CITY, KS (May 6, 2023) – It’s hard to believe now that Chase McDermand’s first start of the 2023 Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota season ended with him on the trailer without a spot in the main event. His doubters have since been silenced, as he drove to Victory Lane for the second time in two races Saturday night at 81 Speedway.

His clean sweep of the Series’ first trip to Kansas was completed in exciting fashion after winning Friday night at Humboldt Speedway. McDermand and the Mounce/Stout Motorsports crew showed up to 81 on Saturday, still hungry for more, and got the job done – driving around Series points leader Cannon McIntosh on a restart in the final 10 laps to bag the $4,000 grand prize and McDermand’s third career Xtreme Outlaw victory.

His second win of the season now sets him third in the Series points standings – a far cry from 22nd, where he sat after that first race in Du Quoin back in mid-March.

“To be able to climb back out of the hole we were in early… It means a lot to be able to be able to do that this early in the season,” McDermand said.

Neither Feature win over the weekend was handed to him. Like Friday, McDermand had to pass one of the fastest cars on the track to get the win.

Rolling off the starting grid on the outside pole, McDermand slipped back to fourth in the opening laps but was able to gather it back in after a restart on Lap 11. Two laps and two passes for position later, he had only McIntosh in his sights and made a beeline for his rear bumper.

The field was soon faced with another restart on Lap 18. Though McIntosh was fast and had led the last eight laps, he still could sense the area where he was lacking.

“I could feel it start to struggle on corner exit,” McIntosh said. “I figured at some point, somebody would be coming.”

Lo and behold, the exit of Turn 2 was where McDermand decided to pull the trigger. He got a great jump on the restart and carried a full head of steam through Turns 1-2, zooming past McIntosh on the bottom to take the lead.

“I knew where I was running had been good – a little bit lower into Turn 1 and off of Turn 2,” McDermand said. “I got a really good run there. I was able to get side-by-side with him and then clear him.

“I didn’t want to get too good of a run going into Turn 3, so I had to run low enough to block the slider if it was coming.”

Now with the lead and the laps winding down, McDermand hit the jets and began to pull away from the field. Even a green-white-checkered finish at the end could not slow him down as he cruised to his second win in two nights.

“I was just trying to hit my marks,” McDermand said of his plan for the green-white-checkered finish. “Turns 1-2 I hit it right maybe three-quarters of the time, and the other corners – I just couldn’t get a good run off of 2, so I knew I had to hit that corner right, especially having Cannon and Gavin [Miller] behind me.”

Though he was a bit bummed about having to settle for runner-up two nights in-a-row, McIntosh was happy to retain the points lead with his fourth podium finish in the first five Series races thus far.

“It’s good to come out of here with the points lead and have a consistent weekend,” McIntosh said. “Hopefully, we can continue to do the same thing going into the next races we have.”

Completing the podium was 16-year-old Gavin Miller, who charged from 13th on the grid to third in 25 laps to record his best career Xtreme Outlaw finish in his first full-time season at the controls of a Keith Kunz Motorsports Midget.

“We’re making big gains every single race, and I’m still learning,” Miller said. “It’s crazy to me how far I’ve come so far, only having a year of experience, and not that many races, either.”

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota breaks for two weeks before returning to action May 23-24 at Millbridge Speedway in Salisbury, NC. Tickets will be available at the gate on race day. If you can’t be at the track, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS

Feature (25 Laps): 1. 40-Chase McDermand[2]; 2. 08-Cannon McIntosh[3]; 3. 97-Gavin Miller[13]; 4. 71-Jade Avedisian[1]; 5. 26-Chance Crum[16]; 6. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[10]; 7. 25K-Taylor Reimer[11]; 8. 5D-Zach Daum[7]; 9. 2X-Landon Brooks[8]; 10. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[5]; 11. 28-Ashton Torgerson[9]; 12. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[19]; 13. 7W-Brendon Wiseley[20]; 14. 59-Laci Ferno[12]; 15. 96-Cody Brewer[14]; 16. 07-Scout Spraggins[15]; 17. 52J-Corey Joyner[18]; 18. 7U-Kyle Jones[6]; 19. 1H-Henry Chambers[17]; 20. 58-Daniel Whitley[4]; 21. 21E-Emilio Hoover[22]; 22. 70-Cade Cowles[21]

 

 

SHARK SURVIVAL: Logan Schuchart Fends off Late Rico Abreu Charge for First 2023 World of Outlaws Victory

Schuchart snags fourth Eldora triumph in thrilling #LetsRaceTwo opener

ROSSBURG, OH (May 5, 2023) - Logan Schuchart wasn’t surprised when Rico Abreu slid ahead of him coming to the white flag Friday night at Eldora Speedway.

Nine years on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour has taught him someone is always lurking. The nation’s top Sprint Car drivers are prepared to pounce on the smallest mistake. Even though he’d led every lap entering the final one, Schuchart still didn’t expect to go unchallenged. What matters is the response to the challenge. Composure can be the difference between celebrating a win and settling for second.

This experience and expectation allowed the 10th year veteran to stay poised and map out his answer to Abreu’s slider. Schuchart executed a perfect response slide job of his own in Turn 1 and held off Abreu’s last gasp in the final set of corners to claim his first checkered flag of 2023.

“I was kind of expecting it sooner,” Schuchart said of Abreu’s bid for the lead. “I felt pretty confident that when he did drive across in front of me I knew that it was going to be hard for him to keep speed or block me into (Turn) one that I could kind of wait for him for a second coming out of (Turn) four and down the front stretch to make a move or decide what I was going to do. I know he wanted to get right back to the top, and I just kind of had to short slide him and park it in front of him because it was going to be very tough to drive back down off of (Turn) one and drive across the racetrack. I’m just happy to get this thing in Victory Lane.”

The trip to Victory Lane was Schuchart’s 36th with The Greatest Show on Dirt, equaling him with Bixby, OK’s Shane Stewart for 19th on the all-time Series win list. Schuchart now owns four triumphs at Eldora, which sits tied with Jackson Motorplex and The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the tracks he’s won the most at with the World of Outlaws.

Schuchart is also tied as the winningest Pennsylvanian at Eldora in World of Outlaws competition. He, Tim Shaffer (Aliquippa, PA), and Brent Marks (Myerstown, PA) all own four wins apiece.

Perhaps most importantly, Schuchart knocked the first win of the season monkey from his back. With seven top fives, including three podiums heading into Friday, the speed of the Shark Racing #1S had unquestionably been there. But with a zero in the win column, pressure had begun to build.

“It’s definitely huge to get that pressure off your back,” Schuchart admitted. “I feel just as good as anybody out here. I feel like we have the team to compete at the highest level and compete at the top. It’s just making those calls. Sometimes it’s me putting the wrong setup in the thing like last week at Haubstadt. It’s just learning and trial and error over the years of making these things right.”

Schuchart’s path to victory began quickly. The Hanover, PA native lined up third on the grid aboard the Drydene/DuraMAX machine with Brad Sweet and Abreu in front of him. Both Sweet and Abreu opted for the cushion in the first set of corners when the green flew. Schuchart decided to roll the middle and sailed by the top two.

From there, Schuchart maintained a decent advantage throughout the race. He was never able to pull too far ahead but kept those behind him at bay.

Meanwhile, a war erupted for spots within the top five as Abreu, Sweet, and Donny Schatz swapped spots in the early going. The Big E was in tip top shape allowing that trio to utilize many lanes as they battled for the runner-up spot. Even with racing each other, Schuchart stayed within their sights.

It wasn’t until Abreu fully established control of second that he was able to really begin to chip away at Schuchart’s advantage. Traffic helped Abreu have that one last chance as the white flag flew, but he didn’t quite have enough to hold back Schuchart after swiping the lead briefly. Schuchart felt appreciative that it was Abreu who offered the challenge and grateful he was able to best him.

“Rico is a class act guy on and off the track,” Schuchart said. “Him and Ricky Warner make a great team. They’re really tough to beat right now. They’re really fast everywhere we go.”

Abreu settled for second aboard the Rico Abreu Racing #24. The St. Helena, CA native continues to flex his early season muscle with his third World of Outlaws podium of the season and the 31st of his career. With Schuchart’s execution on the final lap, Abreu didn’t feel he could’ve done much more in search of the win.

“I was just waiting for him to slip one time,” Abreu explained. “I knew it was getting down to the wire there. It just comes down to a matter of sticking that last corner and him taking my lane away just startled my car a little bit to get back down to get a run. It was just smart racing on his end. Our car was unbelievable tonight.”

Rounding out the top three was 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz. The 45 year old looked smooth all race and appeared he may challenge for the win. But traffic in his lanes slowed Schatz enough to keep him from the top of the board. The third-place effort marked his first podium of the season and the 741st of his career.

“We were kind of hanging on there at the end, but I kind of knew that about 10 laps in,” Schatz said. “I had to get the wing back to stay with them. We can work from there. It’s a respectable finish for the night and gives us an opportunity for tomorrow.”

Completing the top five was Brad Sweet and David Gravel. With Carson Macedo finishing sixth, Sweet trimmed Macedo’s points lead down to only eight markers.

The night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger was Kyle Larson with a 22nd to 10th drive aboard Paul Silva’s #57. 

Early in the night Logan Schuchart collected his third Simpson Performance Products QuickTime Award of the year and the 34th of his career.

CASE #No1EngineOil Heat One was topped by Brad Sweet (222nd of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by Sheldon Haudenschild (81st of career), Logan Schuchart (105th of career), and Donny Schatz (506th of career).

The MicroLite Last Chance Showdown victory went to Kraig Kinser.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars return to Eldora Speedway on Saturday (May 6) for night two of #LetsRaceTwo. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart[3]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 5. 2-David Gravel[10]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo[7]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen[13]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[6]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 10. 57-Kyle Larson[22]; 11. 39M-Anthony Macri[11]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[8]; 13. 5-Spencer Bayston[16]; 14. 29-Parker Price Miller[14]; 15. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[20]; 16. 21-Brian Brown[19]; 17. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[9]; 18. 71-Cory Eliason[15]; 19. 19-Brent Marks[18]; 20. 4-Chris Windom[24]; 21. 13-Justin Peck[17]; 22. 42-Sye Lynch[23]; 23. 7S-Robbie Price[12]; 24. 101-Kraig Kinser[21]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 101-Kraig Kinser[3]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson[1]; 3. 42-Sye Lynch[5]; 4. 4-Chris Windom[6]; 5. 69K-Lance Dewease[9]; 6. 14-Cole Macedo[4]; 7. 20G-Noah Gass[10]; 8. 52-Blake Hahn[2]; 9. 11-Michael Kofoid[7]; 10. 35-Zach Hampton[15]; 11. 70-Scotty Thiel[12]; 12. 49X-Cale Thomas[14]; 13. 97-JJ Hickle[11]; 14. 6B-Brandon Wimmer[8]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[13]

C Feature (10 Laps): 1. 49X-Cale Thomas[2]; 2. 35-Zach Hampton[3]; 3. 78-Justin Clark[6]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson[9]; 5. 23-Zeth Sabo[10]; 6. 4X-Bradley Ashford[11]; 7. 5T-Ryan Timms[7]; 8. 19P-Sean Rayhall[8]; 9. 6-Bill Rose[1]; 10. 1M-Landon Myers[4]; 11. 26-Zeb Wise[5]; 12. 5TT-Travis Philo[13]; 13. 21H-Brady Bacon[12]

DIRTVision FAST PASS Dash (6 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[1]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[7]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo[8]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[6]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[2]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen[6]; 5. 13-Justin Peck[7]; 6. 101-Kraig Kinser[9]; 7. 11-Michael Kofoid[8]; 8. 97-JJ Hickle[11]; 9. 6-Bill Rose[12]; 10. 26-Zeb Wise[4]; 11. 57-Kyle Larson[3]; 12. 5TT-Travis Philo[10]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri[2]; 4. 71-Cory Eliason[3]; 5. 21-Brian Brown[8]; 6. 42-Sye Lynch[5]; 7. 69K-Lance Dewease[6]; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[7]; 9. 35-Zach Hampton[11]; 10. 5T-Ryan Timms[10]; 11. 21H-Brady Bacon[9]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 2-David Gravel[5]; 4. 29-Parker Price Miller[7]; 5. 19-Brent Marks[3]; 6. 14-Cole Macedo[8]; 7. 52-Blake Hahn[4]; 8. 20G-Noah Gass[9]; 9. 49X-Cale Thomas[6]; 10. 78-Justin Clark[11]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson[10]; 12. 4X-Bradley Ashford[12]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz[1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[2]; 3. 7S-Robbie Price[3]; 4. 5-Spencer Bayston[8]; 5. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[5]; 6. 4-Chris Windom[6]; 7. 6B-Brandon Wimmer[7]; 8. 70-Scotty Thiel[4]; 9. 1M-Landon Myers[9]; 10. 19P-Sean Rayhall[11]; 11. 23-Zeth Sabo[10]

Qualifying A (2 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:12.930[2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:12.994[1]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 00:13.052[15]; 4. 39M-Anthony Macri, 00:13.054[6]; 5. 57-Kyle Larson, 00:13.080[13]; 6. 71-Cory Eliason, 00:13.091[9]; 7. 26-Zeb Wise, 00:13.098[5]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:13.106[11]; 9. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:13.108[10]; 10. 42-Sye Lynch, 00:13.163[20]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:13.164[3]; 12. 69K-Lance Dewease, 00:13.185[22]; 13. 13-Justin Peck, 00:13.215[21]; 14. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 00:13.217[7]; 15. 11-Michael Kofoid, 00:13.224[23]; 16. 21-Brian Brown, 00:13.237[12]; 17. 101-Kraig Kinser, 00:13.366[14]; 18. 21H-Brady Bacon, 00:13.404[19]; 19. 5TT-Travis Philo, 00:13.417[4]; 20. 5T-Ryan Timms, 00:13.511[18]; 21. 97-JJ Hickle, 00:13.529[17]; 22. 35-Zach Hampton, 00:13.642[8]; 23. 6-Bill Rose, 00:13.893[16]

Qualifying B (2 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:12.916[4]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:13.189[12]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:13.221[20]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:13.371[9]; 5. 19-Brent Marks, 00:13.378[16]; 6. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:13.391[14]; 7. 52-Blake Hahn, 00:13.431[8]; 8. 70-Scotty Thiel, 00:13.431[3]; 9. 2-David Gravel, 00:13.435[22]; 10. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 00:13.468[5]; 11. 49X-Cale Thomas, 00:13.475[6]; 12. 4-Chris Windom, 00:13.547[2]; 13. 29-Parker Price Miller, 00:13.565[15]; 14. 6B-Brandon Wimmer, 00:13.638[7]; 15. 14-Cole Macedo, 00:13.721[10]; 16. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:13.753[18]; 17. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:13.802[17]; 18. 1M-Landon Myers, 00:13.844[19]; 19. W20-Greg Wilson, 00:13.854[21]; 20. 23-Zeth Sabo, 00:13.887[13]; 21. 78-Justin Clark, 00:13.894[11]; 22. 19P-Sean Rayhall, 00:14.092[23]; 23. 4X-Bradley Ashford, 00:14.251[1]

 

 

McDermand Drives by Torgerson at Humboldt for Second Career Xtreme Midget Feature Win

HUMBOLDT, KS (May 5, 2023) – To win, Chase McDermand was going to have to drive around the fastest car on the racetrack. He’d tried once before and failed, but with the laps winding down and his patience wearing thin, he knew it was time to pull out his best move.

A slide-job maneuver in Turns 1-2 on Lap 22 was exactly what McDermand was looking for in his pursuit of race-long leader Ashton Torgerson. McDermand pitched the car hard to the left getting into Turn 1 on the bottom and stomped the throttle, drifting up into Torgerson’s lane to take the position.

A smooth line around the bottom groove in Turns 3-4 sealed the pass for McDermand, and from there on out, it was his race to lose. Torgerson faded back to third while Cannon McIntosh did all he could to reel-in the leader in the final laps, but McDermand was too fast out front as he crossed the stripe to bag the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota Feature win Friday night at Humboldt Speedway.

“The last restart, I was watching [Tanner] Thorson and seeing what he was telling [Torgerson] to do,” McDermand, 22, of Springfield, IL, said. “I just figured he was going to try and block my line or something and he didn’t, so I just kept making sure I hit my marks.

“I was able to move a little closer every lap [after] the last restart, and we pulled it off.”

Torgerson, 16, of Glendale, AZ, was aboard the Tanner Thorson Racing #28 in his Xtreme Outlaw Series debut, back at the controls of a Midget for the first time since suffering injury at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January. He led the first 21 circuits of the race from the outside pole and had yet to be seriously challenged for the lead until McDermand came knocking.

“Ran the top pretty much the entire race and felt good up there, then McDermand showed me a line down there,” Torgerson said. “We were racing off of four, side-by-side; I should’ve moved down and took the lane.”

After several cautions and two red-flag periods, the race’s final restart took the green on Lap 19 with Torgerson holding strong out front. That’s when McDermand decided to pull the trigger, using his inside lane speed to his advantage and made the move for the lead.

But in getting to the position to be able to contend for the lead, McDermand had some prior work to take care of. He rolled off the starting grid P5 and did not initially like how his car was handling, so a few in-car shock adjustments were needed.

“I’m really glad we did have those red flags and the yellows,” McDermand said. “I got to think about exactly what the changes I was making were going to do to the car under the red. Under the yellows, it just gave me some opportunities to just play with it a bit more and fine-tune it.”

Once the car came in how he wanted it, McDermand was hooked-up. He took the lead with eight laps left and proceeded to drive away from the second-place, which by five-to-go, McIntosh had fought his way into from ninth on the starting grid.

“I was able to make a lot of ground on restarts and just carry more speed than other guys on the start,” McIntosh said. “Once we got going, we were pretty good; I think McDermand was just a little better than us, overall.”

Torgerson completed the podium, while Thomas Meseraull got back into the Xtreme Outlaw top-five with a fourth-place run from 12th on the grid. Daniel Whitley put the Abacus Racing #58 across the stripe in fifth for his first career Xtreme Outlaw top-five.

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets are back in action Saturday night, May 6, for another $4,000-to-win program at Humboldt’s sister track – 81 Speedway in Park City, KS. Tickets will be on sale at the gate. If you can’t make it to the track to watch, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 40-Chase McDermand[5]; 2. 08-Cannon McIntosh[9]; 3. 28-Ashton Torgerson[2]; 4. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[12]; 5. 58-Daniel Whitley[7]; 6. 71-Jade Avedisian[3]; 7. 97-Gavin Miller[8]; 8. 5D-Zach Daum[18]; 9. 26-Chance Crum[4]; 10. 22T-Don Droud Jr[15]; 11. 25K-Taylor Reimer[17]; 12. 59-Laci Ferno[21]; 13. 07-Scout Spraggins[20]; 14. 7W-Brendon Wiseley[16]; 15. 7U-Kyle Jones[14]; 16. 91S-Jeff Stasa[10]; 17. 2X-Landon Brooks[1]; 18. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[13]; 19. 21E-Emilio Hoover[11]; 20. 91-Lance Bennett[19]; 21. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[6]; 22. (DNS) 17X-Kurt Stellhorn

 

 

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: River Cities, Ogilvie Bring World of Outlaws to Upper Midwest in June

GRAND FORKS, ND (May 3, 2023) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its first trip of 2023 to North Dakota and Minnesota when the calendar turns to June.

The journey will bring The Greatest Show on Dirt back to River Cities Speedway, in Grand Forks, ND, for its 30th visit to the 1/4-mile bullring, on Friday, June 2. Then, the Series will make its debut at the 3/8-mile Ogilvie Raceway, in Ogilvie, MN, on Saturday, June 3.

There have been five different winners in the last six races at River Cities – four-time and reigning champion Brad Sweet is the sole repeat winner in that time (2021, 2022). Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, of Fargo, ND, holds the most World of Outlaws wins at the track with 13.

What you need to know:

RIVER CITIES, JUNE 2 (Gerdau presents the 1st Leg of the Northern Tour)
Track:
1/4­-mile in Grand Forks, ND

Times (CT):
2 p.m. Pit Gates open
5 p.m. Grandstand Gates open
6:30 p.m. Hot Laps/Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets: Available HERE

Previous winners:
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

OGILVIE, JUNE 3 ('Big O' Showdown)
Track:
3/8-mile in Ogilvie, MN

Times (CT):
2 p.m. Pit Gate open
4 p.m. Grandstands open
6:30 p.m. Hot Laps/Qualifying
-Racing to follow

Tickets: Available HERE

 

 

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Midgets Debut at Humboldt, 81 Speedway in Kansas Doubleheader

Jones atop points standings, Torgerson teams with Thorson for Fri-Sat swing

 

HUMBOLDT, KS (May 3, 2023) – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota dives into its debut in Kansas this weekend with a Friday-Saturday doubleheader, May 5-6, at Humboldt Speedway and 81 Speedway.

 

The field will compete for $4,000 grand prizes on both nights, joined by Non-Wing Sprint Cars and Factory Stocks at Humboldt on Friday, then the Sprint Cars and 316 Mods at 81 on Saturday.

 

Though the Xtreme Outlaw Series has yet to visit either venue, both tracks have hosted Midget competition in the past. Both POWRi and USAC have taken their national Midget series to each and put on programs that showcase the speed Midgets are capable of. At 3/8 of a mile, 81 Speedway will take over as the biggest track the Series has visited since its inception last year.

 

Tickets for each event will be on sale at the gate on race day. If you can’t be at the track, stream all the action live on your personal devices with a FAST PASS subscription to DIRTVision.

 

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

 

NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN – After posting back-to-back top-five finishes in the last two Series races, Kyle Jones has taken over the points lead by 13 over Cannon McIntosh.

 

Jones, 29, of Kennedale, TX, put his Spike/Stanton, PDIDiesel.com #7U on the podium in the Saturday night portion of the Xtreme Outlaw Showdown in Du Quoin back in March, then followed that up with a fourth-place run at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 three weeks ago.

 

He and the Trifecta Motorsports team now ride into Humboldt Speedway on Friday where they competed together in 2020, resulting in a 13th-to-ninth charge for Jones in his first start at the track.

 

ON THE RISE – Cannon McIntosh jumped a total of six spots in the Series points standings after his second win of the season three weeks ago at I-55, and now rides 13 points behind leader Kyle Jones in second place.

 

McIntosh, of Bixby, OK, has been keeping his skills sharp in the downtime this season, wheeling a Micro Sprint on a weekly basis at Millbridge Speedway for his team’s Micro program at Dave Mac-Barnhill Motorsports. Five Feature wins there already this year has proved its benefits for the 20yr-old Toyota Racing Development driver as he continues the chase for his first national Midget series championship.

 

Read Also – COMMITTED TO SUCCESS: Cannon McIntosh Continues To Build On Career Success With Xtreme Outlaws

 

McIntosh has previously visited Humboldt on multiple occasions, last making the trip out in 2020, where he finished 11th in a POWRi event during his tenure with Keith Kunz Motorsports. Prior to that, he made starts in 2019 (DNF), and recorded his best finish there in 2017 – a fifth-place run with his family team, then known as Dave Mac Motorsports.

 

THE CLIMB BACK – Making her debut at both venues this weekend, Jade Avedisian has some work to do to reclaim the Series points lead after dropping back to third in the standings three weeks ago.

 

The 16yr-old Californian struggled at I-55, fading back to 16th from her seventh-place starting spot and giving up the points lead she held coming into the race. Historically, I-55 has not been Avedisian’s cup of tea, but Humboldt and 81 will be clean slates. She’s yet to compete in any capacity at either venue, which gives her a brand-new opportunity for redemption this weekend.

 

Though she’s raced on big 1/4-miles like Humboldt before, Saturday will be her first Xtreme Outlaw start on a 3/8-mile track. The Series has yet to visit a track larger in distance than the 1/3-mile of I-55.

 

BACK IN THE SADDLE – Climbing back behind the wheel of a Midget for the first time since January, Ashton Torgerson has teamed with Tanner Thorson Racing this weekend to take on the Kansas doubleheader.

 

Torgerson, 16, of Glendale, AZ, was injured in a scary incident at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January where he was ejected from the seat of his car after flipping several times down the backstretch. Torgerson sat out for several weeks to recover but has since made multiple Micro Sprint and Winged Sprint Car starts in his efforts to get back in the racing groove. Friday at Humboldt will be his first official Midget start since the night of his accident.

 

Like several others in the field, Torgerson will be making his first appearance with the Xtreme Outlaws, as well as his debut at both tracks.

 

BEEN THERE, RACED THAT – While several competitors will be making their Midget debut at Humboldt this weekend, Zach Daum will be one of the veterans in the field with prior experience.

 

Like McIntosh, Daum raced the POWRi event at Humboldt in 2020, and finished fourth behind Daison Pursley, Kaylee Bryson and winner Buddy Kofoid.

 

Daum, of Pocahontas, IL, moved up five spots in the Series standings after a runner-up finish to McIntosh at I-55 three weeks ago. He now sits sixth – 57 points back of leader Jones in pursuit of his second consecutive Xtreme Outlaw points championship.

 

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

When and where
• Friday, May 5 at Humboldt Speedway in Humboldt, KS
• Saturday, May 6 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. Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month.

 

Current championship points standings (view full standings)
1. Kyle Jones (628pts); 2. Cannon McIntosh 615pts (-13); 3. Jade Avedisian 606pts (-22); 4. Landon Brooks 590pts (-38); 5. Gavin Miller 578pts (-50); 6. Zach Daum 571pts (-57); 7. Ethan Mitchell 566pts (-62); 8. Chance Crum 561pts (-67); 9. Chase McDermand 541pts (-87); 10. Taylor Reimer 521pts (-107).

 

Toyota Feature winners (2 drivers)
2 wins – Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports)
1 win – Jade Avedisian (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

 

Toyota Feature laps led (6 drivers)
26 laps – Thomas Meseraull
22 laps – Shane Cottle
19 laps – Cannon McIntosh
18 laps – Zach Daum
14 laps – Jade Avedisian
1 lap – Chase McDermand

 

Whitz RC Racing Products Quick Time Awards (2 drivers)
2 awards – Ethan Mitchell
1 awards – Cannon McIntosh

 

Heat Race winners (13 drivers)
2 wins – Jade Avedisian
1 win – Austin Barnhill, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Corbin Rueschenberg, Nick Drake, Kyle Jones, Chance Crum, Rico Abreu, Cannon McIntosh, Chase McDermand, Zach Daum

 

High-points honors (3 drivers)
1 honor – Gavin Miller, Chance Crum, Rico Abreu

 

Last Chance Showdown wins (5 drivers)
1 win – Kyle Jones, Landon Brooks, Karter Sarff, Howard Moore, Ryan Timms

 

DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (3 drivers)
1 award – Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson, Ryan Timms

 

Podium finishes (8 drivers)
2 podiums – Cannon McIntosh
1 podium – Shane Cottle, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Chase McDermand, Kyle Jones, Zach Daum, Ryan Timms

 

Top-10 finishes (21 drivers)
3 top-10s – Kyle Jones
2 top-10s – Jade Avedisian, Landon Brooks, Gavin Miller, Ethan Mitchell, Zach Daum, Corbin Rueschenberg, Chase McDermand
1 top-10 – Shane Cottle, Chance Crum, Thomas Meseraull, Cannon McIntosh, Mitchel Moles, Taylor Reimer, Chase Johnson, Austin Barnhill, Daniel Adler, Sam Johnson, Ryan Timms, Rico Abreu

 

2023 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 10 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)
2. Sat, March 11 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Jade Avedisian (1)
3. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Cannon McIntosh (2)

 

 

 

CBS to Air World of Outlaws Docu-Special on May 7

CONCORD, NC (May 2, 2023) – CBS is bringing fans inside the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series with a one-hour special on Sunday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. (ET)

World of Outlaws: The Good, The Young, and The Dirty will be a documentary-style show that follows seasoned veterans, rookies and many in between as they prepare for the most grueling schedule in motorsports – an 80-plus race schedule across the country from February to November.

While the show will feature many stars of the Sprint Car series, a focus will be on 10-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz, 2022 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Spencer Bayston and current rookie contender Giovanni Scelzi as they give fans an in-depth look at their life with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

The show will run from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (ET), May 7, marking the World of Outlaws’ second time on the main CBS network. Fans can also look forward to prerecorded airings of World of Outlaws events on CBS Sports Network throughout the year.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Eldora Speedway Welcomes World of Outlaws for #LetsRaceTwo

Double header is first two of five scheduled Eldora races in 2023

ROSSBURG, OH (May 2, 2023) - Eldora Speedway has been a staple of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour since its debut in 1978, and that trend will continue this weekend.

“The Big E” will elevate its status as the most visited track in World of Outlaws history when The Greatest Show on Dirtreturns for #LetsRaceTwo Friday-Saturday, May 5-6. Eldora’s 230 races stand atop the list of tracks that the World of Outlaws have invaded, and that number will grow to 232 as Eldora continues to cement its significance in Sprint Car Racing history.

Fans will see the top Winged Warriors and Non-Wing Warriors battling both nights as well with the United States Auto Club (USAC) Non-Wing Sprint Cars accompanying the World of Outlaws for the weekend.

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

CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE: The trio atop the World of Outlaws standings – Carson Macedo, Brad Sweet, and David Gravel – will carry their tight battle into Eldora, where they’ve all found success.

Macedo leads the charge with six consecutive top fives entering the weekend aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41. Eldora has been especially kind to Macedo in recent years. In his last 10 visits, the Lemoore, CA native has posted five podiums, a 4.4 average finish, and a pair of victories.

Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing crew trail Macedo by only 12 markers. “The Big Cat” has visited Eldora Victory Lane on three occasions with the World of Outlaws, including two Kings Royals (’13 & ’19). While his recent results aren’t quite on par with Macedo, Sweet still has managed a trio of top fives in his last four starts at the Rossburg, OH oval.

A DNF this past Saturday put Gravel 48 points out of the lead, but Eldora is a prime facility for the Big Game Motorsports driver to make up ground. Four of Gravel’s 80 career Series victories have occurred at “The House that Earl Built” including two last July. The Watertown, CT native also topped the All-Star Circuit of Champions’ Governor’s Reign for a $52,000 payday in 2020.

LACK OF BACK TO BACK: Eldora has given fans a variety of winners over the last few years. In the track’s last 16 races, no driver has won consecutive trophies, even though four competitors have claimed more than one main event during that stretch.

The man who will have the chance to break the trend this Friday is St. Helena, CA’s Rico Abreu. The 31-year-old topped last September’s BeFour the Crowns Showdown to collect his 10th career Series victory. Abreu has already won twice this season (Lincoln Speedway & 81 Speedway), and one more tally in the win column would be his personal best for one season with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

ELDORA EXCELLENCE: It’s fitting that the most recent driver to go back-to-back at Eldora is the one who has dominated the ‘The Big E” over stints of his career – Donny Schatz.

The 10-time Series champion has claimed a whopping 17 Eldora triumphs during his tenure with the World of Outlaws. It’s the third winningest track on his record, and only Steve Kinser (41 wins) and Sammy Swindell (30 wins) have been more successful at Eldora. During one remarkable stretch from 2016 to 2019, Schatz topped nine of 16 Eldora Features.

This weekend presents Schatz with an opportunity to shake off a recent slump aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15.

SHARK STRENGTH: Eldora Speedway is a track that the Shark Racing duo of Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen have found plenty of success at during their nine years on the tour.

Schuchart has been especially strong. The Hanover, PA native has made three trips to Eldora Victory Lane – most recently in September of 2021. Schuchart has also podiumed in 10 of his last 24 Series appearances. He enters the weekend fourth in points.

Allen has also been plenty productive. Of his 126 career top 10s, 10 of them have come at Eldora Speedway including a pair of top fives. Allen is fresh off his fifth best finish of the season and hopes to build more momentum at a track where he’s had speed in the past.

BAYSTON’S PROGRESS: Eldora proved to be a struggle for Spencer Bayston in the early part of his career, but he’s turned that narrative around.

In his first eight World of Outlaws starts at Eldora, Bayston wasn’t able to tally a top 10. In the six starts he’s made since, the CJB Motorsports pilot has missed the top 10 only twice and posted a best finish of fourth on two occasions.

The Lebanon, IN native looks to continue improving and stand on the podium at least once this weekend.

Bayston is also a former Eldora winner – topping a 2017 USAC Midget race at the track.

EVERYBODY AT THE BIG E: On top of the strong crop of World of Outlaws full-timers, #LetsRaceTwo is expected to attract many more talented gassers.

Last July, Brent Marks filled his wallet at Eldora by winning both The Historical Big One ($100,000) and Kings Royal ($175,000). Four of Marks’ 12 career World of Outlaws wins have come at Eldora (33%).

Tyler Courtney is stout no matter the kind of vehicle he’s in at Eldora. “Sunshine” has racked up 13 wins at the half-mile between Winged Sprint Cars, Non-Wing Sprint Cars, Midgets, and Silver Crown Cars. Among those is a Kings Royal triumph – currently his lone World of Outlaws victory.

Even Lance Dewease and the Kreitz Racing crew plan to depart from the porch in Pennsylvania to make the trip one state west.

More invaders expected include Justin Peck, Buddy Kofoid, Anthony Macri, and many more.

Local talents including the likes of Travis Philo, Cole Duncan, and others could also contend for impressive finishes.

For tickets to #LetsRaceTwo, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE

Friday and Saturday May 5-6 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH

ON THE INTERNET

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series
Twitter – @WorldofOutlaws
Instagram – @WoOSprint
Facebook – Facebook.com/WorldofOutlawsSprintCarSeries
YouTube – Youtube.com/WorldofOutlaws
DIRTVision – DIRTVision.com – Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month

CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (15/81 Races)

1. 41 – Carson Macedo (2110PTS) 2. 49 – Brad Sweet (-12PTS) 3. 2 – David Gravel (-48PTS) 4. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-74PTS) 5. 11 – Michael Kofoid (-94PTS) 6. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-130PTS) 7. 83 – James McFadden (-182PTS) 8. 18 – Gio Scelzi (-190PTS) 9. 15 – Donny Schatz (-194PTS) 10. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-194PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (8 Drivers):

4 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2)

3 wins – Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49)

2 wins – James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83), Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24)

1 win – Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41), Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11), Sheldon Haudenschild (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17), Brady Bacon (TKH Motorsports #21)

FEATURE LAPS LED (13 Drivers):

92 laps – David Gravel

79 laps – Brad Sweet

63 laps – Carson Macedo

60 laps – James McFadden

46 laps – Buddy Kofoid

43 laps – Rico Abreu

37 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild

15 laps – Logan Schuchart

10 laps – Anthony Macri, Cory Eliason

9 laps – Gio Scelzi, Brent Marks

3 laps – Brady Bacon

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers):

5 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo

2 QuickTimes – David Gravel, Logan Schuchart

1 QuickTime – Anthony Macri, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Buddy Kofoid, Rico Abreu, Gio Scelzi

HEAT RACE WINNERS (19 Drivers):

8 Heat Wins – David Gravel, Carson Macedo

6 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid

4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Brad Sweet

3 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi

2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Jacob Allen, Parker Price-Miller

1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Rico Abreu, Brock Zearfoss, Cory Eliason

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (28 Drivers):

11 Dashes – David Gravel, Carson Macedo

10 Dashes – Brad Sweet

9 Dashes – Logan Schuchart

6 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid, Jacob Allen, Gio Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild

5 Dashes – Spencer Bayston

4 Dashes – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu, Donny Schatz

3 Dashes – James McFadden, Brock Zearfoss

2 Dashes – Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Cory Eliason, Parker Price-Miller, Robbie Price

1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden, Garet Williamson, Aaron Reutzel, Tyler Courtney, Brady Bacon

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (13 Drivers):

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson, Ryan Timms, Ayrton Gennetten, Robbie Price, Spencer Bayston, Logan Schuchart

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (12 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Tyler Courtney

1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Justin Peck, Blake Hahn, Buddy Kofoid, Joe B. Miller

PODIUM FINISHES (17 Drivers):

8 Podiums – Brad Sweet

7 Podiums – David Gravel

5 Podiums – Carson Macedo

4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid

3 Podiums – James McFadden, Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild

2 Podiums – Jacob Allen, Rico Abreu

1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Brent Marks, Parker Price-Miller, Brady Bacon

TOP 10 FINISHES (30 Drivers):

15 Top 10s – Carson Macedo

13 Top 10s – Brad Sweet

12 Top 10s – David Gravel, Logan Schuchart

10 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid

9 Top 10s – Gio Scelzi

8 Top 10s – Spencer Bayston, James McFadden

6 Top 10s – Rico Abreu

5 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Justin Peck

4 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne, Tyler Courtney

2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss, Blake Hahn, Brady Bacon, Cory Eliason

1 Top 10 – Robbie Price, Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Parker Price-Miller, Joe B. Miller, Hunter Schuerenberg

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

1. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)

2. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)

3. Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)

4. Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)

5. Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)

6. Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)

7. Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)

8. Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)

9. Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)

10. Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)

11. Fri, April 7 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)

12. Sat, April 8 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (2)

13. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (3)

14. Fri, April 28 / Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, IL / David Gravel (4)

15. Sat, April 29 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)

 

 

MACHO MAN MAGIC: Late Race Pass at Tri-State Speedway Leads Brady Bacon to First World of Outlaws Win

Bacon becomes 150th different World of Outlaws winner by capturing elusive Haubstadt victory

HAUBSTADT, IN (April 29, 2023) - “The Macho Man” had plenty of time to think about it. Dream about it. Strive for it.

Saturday night at Tri-State Speedway, he finally did it. Brady Bacon won his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car race.

The Haubstadt, IN oval grandstands were packed Saturday night, but hardly a seat was used when Bacon threw a slider for the lead with less than three laps to go. The same fans that rose to their feet and roared had seen him come so close to glory at the southern Indiana bullring in the past.

There was 2015 when “The Macho Man” led 32 laps before a late pass made him settle for second. The next year brought Bacon another runner-up. In 2017, Bacon was leading the Dash before getting upside down.

This year there would be no heartbreak. Bacon wheeled the Kelly and Lora Hinck owned TKH Motorsports #21 from sixth to the front – sealing the deal on his inaugural World of Outlaws win with a late race pass on Series star Sheldon Haudenschild. The fans met Bacon with a thunderous roar as he climbed atop his wing in Victory Lane.

Bacon cemented a place in Sprint Car history with the win. The Broken Arrow, OK native became the 150th different driver to win with The Greatest Show on Dirt. It took Bacon 65 Feature starts to get the job done as he became the 20th different driver to win at Tri-State Speedway.

“I feel like I’ve had several slip through my fingers here,” Bacon said. “I haven’t raced (with the World of Outlaws) a whole lot in the last few years. Thanks for Kelly and Lora Hinck giving us the opportunity to race more so we can get in contention to win these races. I knew with my guys and the equipment we put together that if we could just race a little bit then we could win some races and win a World of Outlaws race. It’s been on my bucket list for quite a while. It was kind of my last one to check off. Glad to get it done here, and it’s fitting I get it done here where I’ve always ran really well.”

The early part of the race was controlled by pole sitter and winner of the previous three Tri-State Speedway World of Outlaws races – Carson Macedo. The current Series point leader maintained the top spot throughout a flurry of stoppages in the first half of the 40-lapper while battles raged on behind him all over the track.

When the second half of the race began, the action for the lead intensified.

Eighth-starting Sheldon Haudenschild had driven his way into second and closed on Macedo as the duo entered traffic. On Lap 22, Haudenschild rolled the bottom of Turns 1 and 2 perfectly to secure the top spot and wasted no time checking out.

Like Bacon, Haudenschild was also starved for a Tri-State triumph. Entering Saturday, the Wooster, OH native had led laps in three different World of Outlaws Features at the quarter mile but never won.

The pilot of the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17 looked as if he’d claim that elusive victory once he grabbed the top spot. Haudenschild was smooth as he sliced through lapped traffic and extended his advantage.

A late red flag set up a 12 lap dash to the finish, and Bacon knew he was primed to make a move while running third.

“The track was kind of coming to me, and my car was coming to me,” Bacon explained. “Starting on the inside I knew I was going to be good to get a good restart.”

Getting a good restart was exactly what he did as he moved by Macedo for second and set his sights on Haudenschild with five laps remaining.

Haudenschild squeezed between two lapped cars with less than four laps to go which looked as if it may have been the winning move. But in the next set of corners, Bacon utilized a perfect line to drive between the same two cars and get a run on Haudenschild down the front straightaway. Heading into Turn 1 after crossing the line with three laps to go, Bacon tossed a perfect slider to grab the lead.

“Once Sheldon hit traffic there, I could kind of smell it,” Bacon said with a smirk. “I think I found that extra over-100% to make it happen and get by him. I knew he was going to get held up, and I just kind of drove the crap out of it to get there and was able to hit it right with lapped traffic. We had a really maneuverable car, probably more than anybody else, and that helped me in traffic.”

After making the pass, Bacon drove away and claimed the checkered flag by more than a second. He made it official. He’ll forever be a World of Outlaws winner.

Behind Bacon, Haudenschild held on to the runner-up spot – his third podium of the year in the NOS Energy Drink #17. Despite another tough pill to swallow at Tri-State, Haudenschild was in good spirits afterwards and even equipped with a sense of humor about the outcome.

“Them damn Non-Wing boys got this place figured out,” Haudenschild said with a smile. “Hats off to Brady. He did a great job. We had a really good car all night. I didn’t get with it in that Dash. I should’ve been more aggressive, but I don’t think it mattered. We had a really good car, and I was able to get up through there early in that Feature.”

Completing the podium was Brad Sweet aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #49. The four-time and defending champion now owns top-fives in five of his last six races in Haubstadt. The result gave the Grass Valley, CA native sole possession of 10th on the all-time World of Outlaws podium list – breaking a tie with former teammate, Daryn Pittman.

“We made a good adjustment under that open red,” Sweet said. “You hate to see open reds, but tonight we capitalized and got our car a little bit better. We were hanging on for fourth and fifth there then drove back up to third.”

Completing the top five was Carson Macedo and Tyler Courtney. Courtney took a wild route to his result. After early contact with another car, “Sunshine” made a trip to the Federated Car Care Work Zone and drove through much of the field to earn the strong finish.

Carson Macedo remains the championship points leader while Sweet moved into second – only 12 markers behind.

Joe B. Miller earned the KSE Racing Hard Charger with a drive from 18th to eighth.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Eldora Speedway for #LetsRaceTwo next weekend (May 5-6). For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars

Haubstadt IN

A Feature (40 Laps): 1. 21H-Brady Bacon[6]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[8]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[4]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[3]; 6. 13-Justin Peck[15]; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[10]; 8. 51B-Joe B Miller[18]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[2]; 10. 5-Spencer Bayston[13]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen[9]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz[16]; 13. 11-Michael Kofoid[20]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart[21]; 15. 4X-Justin Grant[24]; 16. 7N-Darin Naida[22]; 17. 5K-Daison Pursley[19]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[11]; 19. 7S-Robbie Price[7]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser[17]; 21. 47BC-Emerson Axsom[12]; 22. 9P-Parker Price Miller[5]; 23. 2-David Gravel[14]; 24. 83-James McFadden[23]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]; 2. 7N-Darin Naida[3]; 3. 83-James McFadden[2]; 4. 4X-Justin Grant[4]; 5. 35-Zach Hampton[6]; 6. 99-Skylar Gee[8]; 7. 4-Chris Windom[5]; 8. 79-Blake Nimee[13]; 9. 97-Scotty Milan[12]; 10. 44-Carson Short[14]; 11. 71M-Caden Englehart[11]; 12. 37-Ayden Gatewood[17]; 13. 23B-Brian Bell[10]; 14. 20G-Noah Gass[9]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[7]; 16. 12-Adyn Schmidt[15]; 17. 6-Bill Rose[16]

DIRTVision FAST PASS Dash (8 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[2]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[5]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[4]; 5. 9P-Parker Price Miller[3]; 6. 21H-Brady Bacon[8]; 7. 7S-Robbie Price[6]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[7]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[3]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen[2]; 4. 5-Spencer Bayston[4]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser[5]; 6. 83-James McFadden[6]; 7. 4-Chris Windom[9]; 8. 20G-Noah Gass[8]; 9. 79-Blake Nimee[7]; 10. 37-Ayden Gatewood[10]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 2. 21H-Brady Bacon[1]; 3. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[4]; 4. 2-David Gravel[3]; 5. 51B-Joe B Miller[5]; 6. 7N-Darin Naida[6]; 7. 35-Zach Hampton[7]; 8. 23B-Brian Bell[8]; 9. 44-Carson Short[9]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 7S-Robbie Price[4]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[2]; 4. 13-Justin Peck[6]; 5. 5K-Daison Pursley[3]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[8]; 8. 71M-Caden Englehart[9]; 9. 12-Adyn Schmidt[7]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 9P-Parker Price Miller[1]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 3. 47BC-Emerson Axsom[3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 5. 11-Michael Kofoid[4]; 6. 4X-Justin Grant[6]; 7. 99-Skylar Gee[7]; 8. 97-Scotty Milan[8]; 9. 6-Bill Rose[9]

Qualifying (2 Laps): 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:12.358[16]; 2. 21H-Brady Bacon, 00:12.382[13]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:12.389[14]; 4. 9P-Parker Price Miller, 00:12.406[21]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:12.419[15]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:12.432[9]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:12.438[8]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:12.440[7]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 00:12.441[1]; 10. 2-David Gravel, 00:12.467[19]; 11. 5K-Daison Pursley, 00:12.476[6]; 12. 47BC-Emerson Axsom, 00:12.489[10]; 13. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:12.495[18]; 14. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 00:12.553[32]; 15. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:12.640[37]; 16. 11-Michael Kofoid, 00:12.677[22]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 00:12.693[4]; 18. 51B-Joe B Miller, 00:12.694[30]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:12.708[31]; 20. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:12.759[17]; 21. 83-James McFadden, 00:12.761[27]; 22. 7N-Darin Naida, 00:12.777[2]; 23. 13-Justin Peck, 00:12.779[34]; 24. 4X-Justin Grant, 00:12.787[33]; 25. 79-Blake Nimee, 00:12.800[20]; 26. 35-Zach Hampton, 00:12.826[26]; 27. 12-Adyn Schmidt, 00:12.913[12]; 28. 99-Skylar Gee, 00:12.916[23]; 29. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:12.939[25]; 30. 23B-Brian Bell, 00:13.016[24]; 31. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 00:13.100[5]; 32. 97-Scotty Milan, 00:13.116[36]; 33. 4-Chris Windom, 00:13.155[11]; 34. 44-Carson Short, 00:13.178[3]; 35. 71M-Caden Englehart, 00:13.300[29]; 36. 6-Bill Rose, 00:13.567[35]; 37. (DQ) 37-Ayden Gatewood, 00:13.132[28]

 

 

BIG GAME HUNTING: David Gravel Surges to Victory in World of Outlaws Return to Tri-City Speedway

Gravel becomes 12th to earn 80 World of Outlaws victories

GRANITE CITY, IL (April 28, 2023) - After an early season stretch of dominance that saw him claim three of the first five World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car races, David Gravel’s results had slipped in recent weeks.

The sub-par finishes were never a matter of performance. A slight mistake at U.S. 36 Raceway led to a DNF. Contact with a competitor in Pevely turned a potential win into a ninth. Through it all, the Big Game Motorsports #2 continued to be one of the fastest cars on track.

On Friday night, Gravel and his team put a full night together to collect their Series-leading fourth triumph of the season after a mid-race pass for the lead as the World of Outlaws returned to Tri-City Speedway for the first time in 15 years. With the victory, Gravel upped his career total with The Greatest Show on Dirt to 80 – becoming only the 12th to reach that mark. The Illinois oval became the 42nd different track he’s visited Victory Lane at with the World of Outlaws.

In the bigger picture, Gravel also moved up to second in points – only 12 behind leader Carson Macedo. Perhaps most importantly, celebrating in Victory Lane helped Gravel forget about the recent troubles and bring to mind what he and the Big Game team are capable of when everything operates smoothly as they pursue a title.

“We’ve been up front all year,” Gravel said. “I screwed up at U.S. 36, and then we had stuff happen at Volusia and Pevely, but this car has been fast all year… We’ve been in the Dash so many of the nights. Even if we’re not in the Dash, we battle to the front… It’s been a fun year. We’ve had three nights to throw away already, but if we keep running like we are, it’ll take care of itself.”

While Gravel emerged as the winner, it was Logan Schuchart who controlled the early portion of the race. The driver of the Shark Racing #1S won the night’s Toyota Racing Dash to earn the pole of the NOS Energy Drink Feature. When the green flag flew, it was Schuchart who paced the field with Sheldon Haudenschild in tow.

The runner-up spot was gifted to Gravel on lap eight when Haudenschild tapped the Turn 1 wall on corner entry and couldn’t get his car pulled away. The contact sent the NOS Energy Drink #17 upside down. Despite sustaining heavy damage, the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing crew, with the help of others, was able to make repairs and send Haudenschild back out.

A quick red flag on the ensuing restart caused the next attempt to be single file and set up what wound up being the race’s longest green flag run.

Schuchart charged ahead when the green flag came about, but Gravel stayed not too far behind. As Schuchart stuck with the low line around the entire three-eighths mile, Gravel began to search. Eventually, the Watertown, CT native found speed on the cushion in Turns 1 and 2 and quickly ran down Schuchart.

A few laps prior to halfway, Gravel powered down the backstretch with a massive run and looked to Schuchart’s inside entering Turn 3 but didn’t have the room to make it stick. A few quick circuits later and Gravel refused to be denied. With the same type of run down the back straightaway, Gravel roared alongside the Shark Racing machine and held his ground. Schuchart slipped up in the set of corners, and Gravel hit the moisture on the exit perfectly to secure the top spot.

“Yeah I just didn’t want to blow it and get inside him (Schuchart) and show him I was running the top and getting big runs on him,” Gravel explained. “Luckily, it all worked out. I was able to get by him down the backstretch He kind of really wasn’t running the bottom, kind of running low then slipping up where I was kind of getting that moisture line. That line was getting thinner and thinner as the race went on. It got tricky, so I had to get my wing back.

“I was really ginger going into (Turn) one. I didn’t want to do what Sheldon did. It’s so easy to do that. There’s a shadow there. The curb is against the wall, so I was kind of conservative on entrance, but I tried to have a lot of corner speed through the center and exit and it worked out.”

Once he grabbed the lead, Gravel began to stretch the advantage in traffic – slicing through lappers while those behind them struggled to get through.

As the laps waned, fifth-starting Parker Price-Miller began to run down the top two while running the top all around the racetrack. With less than five laps remaining, “The Law Firm” threw a slider on Schuchart to take over the second spot.

Even with PPM’s late speed, there was no time to catch Gravel as the 30 year old cruised to the checkered flag with more than a two second advantage for his fourth win in 14 races. The only thing that could’ve made the celebration sweeter is if he’d reached the 80 win mark prior to four time and defending champion – Brad Sweet, who earned his 80th last month.

“Me and Brad Sweet kind of have the same stats. We were both at 79, and I wanted to beat him to 80, but he’s a lot older than me, so I’ve got more time,” Gravel said with a smile.

Holding on for a popular second place effort was Kokomo, IN’s Parker Price-Miller. It was his first World of Outlaws podium of the year and the eighth of his career. The crowd greeted him with nearly a winner’s applause for his efforts when he emerged from the car.

“Really happy to have a good run. We kind of struggled in the beginning,” Price-Miller said. “I didn’t want to see that last caution. We were kind of tight, but that’s how it fell. Maybe we needed one more yellow, but David looked really good and it’s hard to pass guys. Happy with a second, but it’s also like we were so close to getting another win. We’ll take it.”

Rounding out the podium was the night’s pole sitter and leader of the first 15 laps, Logan Schuchart. It marked the Hanover, PA native’s second straight top three as he continues to build momentum. Schuchart’s average finish in the last four races is a strong 4.25 as he looks to continuing climbing toward the points lead.

“You always like to win. That’s the goal, but it’s nice to get a podium,” Schuchart said. “The more the race went on the more I felt like we were struggling, just kind of hanging on and playing defense a little bit. I knew Parker was back there, so I tried to get the wing pulled back… We just missed it a little bit there in the Feature. I didn’t expect it to slick off that much.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN tomorrow (April 29). For tickets, call (812) 768-6025.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[3]; 2. 9P-Parker Price Miller[5]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[4]; 6. 11-Michael Kofoid[18]; 7. 71-Cory Eliason[8]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[10]; 9. 83-James McFadden[13]; 10. 21H-Brady Bacon[15]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu[11]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz[20]; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri[12]; 14. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[17]; 15. 8-Aaron Reutzel[7]; 16. 51B-Joe B Miller[23]; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[25]; 19. 7S-Robbie Price[9]; 20. 21-Brian Brown[19]; 21. 5-Spencer Bayston[21]; 22. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[16]; 23. 5T-Ryan Timms[22]; 24. 9R-Chase Randall[14]; 25. 23B-Brian Bell[24]

 

 

 

PENALTY REPORT: James McFadden-Roth Motorsports Suspended, Fined for Failing Tire Test

Team has filed appeal, will be allowed to compete until appeal process is complete

World of Outlaws officials have issued a suspension and fine to James McFadden and the Roth Motorsports team for failing a tire test after competing with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on April 14 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

Tire samples were taken from the right rear tire McFadden and his Roth Motorsports team used during the Feature at the event and sent to an independent laboratory for testing of chemically altering substances in the tires, using a comparative analysis procedure.

The test revealed the tire had been altered and did not match or conform to the benchmarks provided by Hoosier Tire Company. Additional analysis verified the primary laboratory findings.

Due to the violation, McFadden and Roth Motorsports have been disqualified from the I-55 event and fined $8,200 in total — $6,000 to be returned from the event, $2,000 for the violation, and $200 for the tire analysis. In addition, McFadden and the team will lose 500 driver and owner points, and they have been issued a four-race suspension (owner, driver, and crew members).

The fines/suspension must be paid and served before the team is allowed to race in any future World Racing Group events. Any subsequent violations will result in a higher fine schedule and/or additional loss of points and/or suspension.

The Roth Motorsports team has filed an appeal of the decision. The team will be allowed to compete until the appeal process is completed.

 

 

 

 

COMMITTED TO SUCCESS: Cannon McIntosh Continues to Build on Career Success with Xtreme Outlaws

 

CONCORD, NC (April 27, 2023) – Up-and-coming drivers dream of Victory Lane photos, big sponsors and emphatic cheers, but the path to get there is a climb built only for the committed.

 

Cannon McIntosh knows that firsthand as one of the young stars who has climbed his way to the riches of success as a multi-time Midget series and Chili Bowl Nationals prelim Feature winner.

 

“It’s definitely come a long way,” McIntosh said of his career progress. “I feel like it’s all going in the right direction.”

 

McIntosh, 20, of Bixby, OK, has taken on an array of new elements in his daily and racing life over the past few years. Most recently, he made the move over the offseason to his new residence in Mooresville, NC, to take full advantage of some of the many racing resources in the area, and it’s been paying dividends on the track.

 

A third career Chili Bowl Nationals preliminary Feature win in January jumpstarted his year and set the stage for a second career Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota Feature win in the season opener in the Southern Illinois Center last month. A wreck took him out of action in the second night out in Du Quoin, but four weeks later came a second Xtreme Outlaw victory thus far at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

 

That result vaulted him to second in the driver points standings with two wins in the first three Series races.

 

“I think that win at [I-55] and just shaking off the second night at Du Quoin helped us to regroup and put us right where we needed to be,” McIntosh said.

 

In spring 2019, McIntosh signed with Toyota Racing to become part of the brand’s driver development program and celebrates five consecutive years of the partnership in 2023. He’s begun taking full advantage of the resources TRD has set up for their drivers, including daily workouts at the TRD training facility in Mooresville and personalized diet plans from the nutritionist staff.

 

The backing and sponsor connections from Toyota and his family at Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports have been big catalysts for his development as a driver over the past several seasons. The collective dedication between driver, crew and sponsor has made for a winning combination – one few other 20-year-olds like himself get the opportunity to experience.

 

“The dedication from my family and continuing to put funding toward me; everyone knows this isn’t free and it’s an expensive sport,” McIntosh said. “I think having a big support system, and also having Toyota to help me with sponsorship and helping me become a better overall athlete has really helped me as well.”

 

Lately, it’s been mornings in the gym and afternoons/evenings in the shop during the week. Cannon’s father, Dave McIntosh, helped forge a brand-new Micro Sprint racing team with teammate Austin Barnhill and his father, Johnny Barnhill, over the winter (Dave Mac-Barnhill Motorsports) and have been hard at work constructing a worthy program to develop future talent. Cannon has been a daily force in the shop – performing maintenance on the cars, shop/trailer upkeep, ordering parts, and general race strategy and study.

 

“It’s definitely been nice on that side – making my craft better, not only in the seat but also working in the shop,” McIntosh said. “Just trying to build up a Micro team out here; I definitely think we’re going the right way with it.”

 

He’s also been a weekly entrant at Millbridge Speedway in nearby Salisbury, NC – which has its weekly racing streamed live on DIRTVision – piloting cars in both the Winged and Non-Wing Micro Sprint divisions for DMB. Five wins between the two classes so far has shown what the new team and their equipment is capable of – which the team hopes will catch some attention and become a breeding ground for some of the sport’s future stars.

 

In addition to keeping his skillset sharp behind the wheel, McIntosh has also been learning his racecars from the other side of the fence with a little help from his friends at Bundy Built Motorsports.

 

“I’m also now learning more on the crew chief side of it,” McIntosh said. “I’ve been making some decisions that I think are going to help us, and I’ve had Ethan Mitchell to help me a little bit too, when it comes to setup.”

 

From humble beginnings as a youngster in the grandstands at the Chili Bowl in the late 2000s, to cutting his teeth as a Micro Sprint racer around his native Oklahoma in the 2010s, to his first big Midget break with Keith Kunz Motorsports in 2020, McIntosh has been around the block and learned several important lessons he still lives and drives by today.

 

“I’d say one of the biggest things is not quitting,” he said. “There’s been times along the way where it’s gotten hard. All the way back to a few years ago, where I felt like I wasn’t where I needed to be and just didn’t feel like I was doing a good job.

 

“There’s times where you just feel like quitting. But now that I’ve gotten to this point… I think it’s just sticking it out, even in times when you don’t feel like doing it.”

 

Three races in, 32 to go in his quest for a first national Midget series title with the Xtreme Outlaws. He sits only 13 points out of the lead in the current standings but knows it’s going to take a lot more than just early season success to capture a championship of this caliber. He needs to stay committed.

 

“It’s going to be a matter of staying consistent all the way through the rest of the year,” McIntosh said. “And finishing all the laps. If you’re taking yourself out of races, it doesn’t take long before you’re buried, and there’s no coming back out of it.”

 

McIntosh and the Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports team are back in action with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota in Kansas next Friday-Saturday, May 5-6, at Humboldt Speedway and 81 Speedway.

 

Tickets will be available at the gates on race day. If you can’t be at the track, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

‘JUMP IN AND DO IT’: Rose’s Racing Passion Drives Busy Lifestyle

The 58 year old continues to stay committed to the one thing he knows most - racing

GRANITE CITY, IL (April 27, 2023) - A regular week for Bill Rose is anything but regular.

On Mondays, Rose heads to his day job like many – building interior trim for homes. The Plainfield, IN native will do that throughout the week and when slower days permit, he drives to Terre Haute Action Track – where he recently took over promotional duties – to lend a hand. Oh, and on the weekends, he follows one of motorsports’ most demanding schedules – the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series 80-plus race tour.

The interior work and promotional role would be enough for most, but an unshakeable passion powers his continued tenure with The Greatest Show on Dirt as the Series heads to a pair of tracks close to home – Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL) and Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN) – this weekend (April 28-29).

“I’m stupid. I shouldn’t do it,” Rose said with a laugh about his non-stop lifestyle. “But I love to do it, and I want to do it with the Outlaws. It’s something I love to do.”

Rose has been racing Sprint Cars for more than three decades. It’s his life. It’s something he can’t imagine not being involved with in some capacity.

“Everybody asks me, ‘Why don’t you do something else?’” Rose said. “I don’t know what else to do. It’s all I’ve ever done is race.”

It’s that dedication that played a part in his recent decision to get involved at Terre Haute. Promoting is another avenue to stay engaged with the sport he loves and might even lead to another level down the road – ownership. With an uncertain future surrounding the track heading into 2023, a few conversations led to the opportunity arising, and Rose wasted no time jumping into action.

“It’s just something I’ve been thinking about and trying to dabble in is doing some promoting or maybe even owning a track in the future,” Rose explained. “It was like, why not? I might as well jump in and do it.

“A buddy of mine lives in Terre Haute, and he’s lived down there forever,” Rose said. “We were talking about the racetrack and the stuff that had happened last year with the guys that were promoting it getting into it with the fair board and everything. I told him that I’d like to maybe dabble in that sometime down the road. And he mentioned it to somebody, and finally I got a phone call and one thing led to another. We put a program together to do three races this year, and we’ll see how it plays out.”

Another motivating factor was Rose’s desire to preserve a piece of Sprint Car racing history. The “Action Track” opened in 1952 and has seen some of open-wheel racing’s finest names circle its surface over the years. The historic half mile lies close to Rose’s heart.

“Terre Haute has always been one of my favorite places,” Rose said. “My two favorite racetracks have always been Terre Haute and Manzanita, and Manzanita is gone. And I don’t know who was going to promote it (Terre Haute) if I didn’t take it over for this year, and we can’t lose Terre Haute. I’m going to try my damndest to do what I can to keep it going.”

Shifting back to his current endeavors on the World of Outlaws tour, it goes without saying that “free time” isn’t a phrase that exists in Rose’s world. Competing on the grueling campaign requires much more than showing up at the racetrack on the weekend. Rose doesn’t have the luxury of a full crew to monitor his operation throughout the week while he tends to his other responsibilities. But he does have the help of his trusted partner, Amanda Hoegsted.

“She’s in the shop all of the time,” Rose said. “If I can’t get the cars cleaned up, she does that. She cleans the trailer up. She does the general maintenance on the car and stuff like that. Whatever she can do, she does. She’ll do the mounting the tires and grooving tires and stuff like that. She does everything she can during the week for sure. I keep her pretty busy with that.”

So far, this season hasn’t gone how Rose would’ve preferred on the racetrack. He’s struggled to earn his desired results and admits he’s been puzzled by the lack of performance.

On the bright side, Rose has pieced together a new car for this weekend’s races at Tri-City Speedway and Tri-State Speedway. The 58 year old owns more experience than most at either facility having competed with a blend of the World of Outlaws, United States Auto Club (USAC), and Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) at both.

No matter the result this weekend or throughout the rest of the year, Rose’s motivation and diligence will remain a constant. Weekdays he’ll handle whatever work projects await while also putting in the effort to usher Terre Haute into its next era of promotion. And when the weekend rolls around, the time comes for him to do what he loves most – wheel a 900-plus horsepower machine with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars.

“It’s all I ever want to do (race),” Rose said. “Ask Amanda. She’ll tell you that’s all I do. She wants to go do some other stuff and it’s like, when do we have time? I’ve got toys that I want to play with.”

You can catch Rose playing with those toys this weekend with the World of Outlaws at Tri-City Speedway and Tri-State Speedway. For tickets to Tri-City, CLICK HERE. For tickets to Tri-State, call (812) 768-6025.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

 

 

Beaver Dam Raceway Bringing Weekly Action to DIRTVision

 
BEAVER DAM, WI – Beaver Dam Raceway is bringing weekly racing to DIRTVision this year.

The famed 1/3-mile Wisconsin dirt track will have its weekly events streamed live on DIRTVision, starting Tuesday, May 9, highlighted by the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and five division racing on Tuesday nights.

“We’re thrilled to add Beaver Dam Raceway to DIRTVision’s growing list of premier tracks as it is not only a fan favorite track for Wisconsin fans, but race fans across the country,” said Jim Chiappelli, DIRTVision general manager. “Along with the World of Outlaws, we can’t wait for fans to see the expectational weekly racing the track hosts.”

Beaver Dam will welcome the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars for the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial, June 16-17, showcasing the best Sprint Car drivers in the world like 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, four-time and reigning champion Brad Sweet, 2019 Knoxville Nationals winner David Gravel, Kasey Kahne and more.

The full schedule of events can be found HERE.

To watch every racing live from Beaver Dam Raceway, sign up for an annual Platinum FAST PASS with DIRTVision and experience every event either online or through the DIRTVision App.

Beaver Dam Raceway joins DIRTVision’s growing list of premier tracks like Attica Raceway Park, Huset’s Speedway, Jacksonville Speedway, Jackson Motorplex, Knoxville Raceway, Land of Legends Raceway, Millbridge Speedway, Sharon Speedway, Williams Grove Speedway and Volusia Speedway Park. Fans with a FAST PASS subscription can also access every race for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series, Super DIRTcar Series, Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota and DIRTcar Summer Nationals.

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: Greatest Show on Dirt Set For Doubleheader at Atomic, May 26-27

CHILLICOTHE, OH (April 26, 2023) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series returns to Atomic Speedway for its ninth and 10th visit to the 3/8-mile track, Friday-Saturday, May 26-27.

After a more than 10-year absence, the Series made its highly anticipated return to Atomic last year, and now grows into a two-day weekend this season for drivers and Ohio racing fans.

Home state hero Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, claimed the victory last year, stopping 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz from getting a third straight win at the track. Schatz still has the most World of Outlaws wins at Atomic with four (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009).

What you need to know:

ATOMIC SPEEDWAY, MAY 26-27
Track:
3/8-mile in Chillicothe, OH

Times (ET):
2 p.m. Pit Gates open
5 p.m. Grandstand Gates open
6:30 p.m. Hot Laps/Qualifying
Opening Ceremonies and racing to follow

Tickets: Available HERE

Previous winners:
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

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch both nights at Atomic Speedway live on DIRTVision.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Illinois, Indiana Visits Continue World of Outlaws Midwest Swing

Tri-City Speedway and Tri-State Speedway are next to host The Greatest Show on Dirt, April 28-29

GRANITE CITY, IL (April 25, 2023) - A pair of historic racetracks await the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series this weekend.

First up is the highly anticipated return to Granite City, IL’s Tri-City Speedway on Friday, April 28. The World of Outlaws haven’t circled the Illinois 3/8 mile in 15 years. Then, a two-and-a-half-hour drive east takes the tour to Haubstadt, IN’s Tri-State Speedway on Saturday, April 29.

Both facilities own the honor of being the most visited by The Greatest Show on Dirt for their respective states. Tri-City Speedway has hosted the World of Outlaws on 55 occasions. Tri-State Speedway’s 42 trips outrank all fellow Hoosier state facilities. Both ovals first hosted a race during the World of Outlaws’ second year of existence – 1979.

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

TRI-CITY RETURN: Despite being the 14th most visited track in Series history, Friday at Tri-City Speedway will present a new challenge for many drivers. The World of Outlaws haven’t competed in Granite City since 2008.

Of the current full-time roster, only Donny Schatz and Bill Rose have turned Tri-City laps in World of Outlaws competition.

Schatz’s extensive experience may prove to be an advantage as the 10-time champion owns 16 starts. During the last visit in 2008 it was none other than Schatz coming out on top. The driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 also has podiumed in half of his six most recent races at Tri-City.

Rose has made a pair of Tri-City appearances with the World of Outlaws (’01 & ’05). The Plainfield, IN native posted a top 10 in Granite City with the MOWA Sprints in 2013. He’s also been productive there without a wing – earning two USAC National Sprint Car top fives, including a podium effort in 2005.

MACEDO’S TRI-STATE MASTERY: Last year, Carson Macedo made history when he became the first driver to top three consecutive World of Outlaws races at Tri-State Speedway.

The Lemoore, CA native could continue to cement himself as one of the best to race around the paperclip shaped track this Saturday. Only Steve Kinser (8 wins), Sammy Swindell (5 wins), and Craig Dollansky (4 wins) have won more at Haubstadt. A victory Saturday would equal him with Dollansky.

Macedo and his Jason Johnson Racing crew enter the weekend atop the championship standings and hope to add to the lead.

GRAVEL EYES REBOUND: After appearing invincible early in the season, misfortune has struck David Gravel in recent weeks. A crash at U.S. 36 Raceway resulted in a 21st place finish, and contact with Carson Macedo in Pevely turned a potential win into a 10th. The Watertown, CT native sits third in points after leading through the first 10 races.

Fortunately for Gravel, this weekend presents a prime opportunity to rebound. The Big Game Motorsports driver’s only Tri-City experience is a 2010 American Sprint Car Series (ASCS) race, but he’s been one of the best at Tri-State. Gravel has won twice and podiumed on five occasions in 13 Haubstadt starts.

HAUD’S HAUBSTADT ROLLERCOASTER: It’s been an up and down relationship for Sheldon Haudenschild at Tri-State Speedway.

The Wooster, OH native always has the speed to contend for a win at the Indiana bullring, but Victory Lane has eluded him despite leading laps in three different Features. In 2017, Haudenschild looked poised for victory until an incident with a lapped car. The next year a crash while fighting for the lead ended his bid. Fast forward to 2021 when Haudenschild rocketed from the ninth starting spot to the lead before a flat tire with less than 10 laps to go extinguished his hopes.

Despite the misfortune keeping him from the top spot, the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing driver’s results in Haubstadt are still impressive with three podiums and a 7.78 average finish in nine starts. “Haud” hopes to seal the deal on that elusive victory this Saturday.

CAN SWEET STRIKE?: Despite being one of the most consistent competitors at Tri-State Speedway, Victory Lane has eluded Brad Sweet.

In his last 10 starts at the quarter mile, Sweet has finished no worse than eighth aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 and owns a 5.4 average finish over that stretch. Two of his last three attempts have resulted in second-place finishes.

“The Big Cat” enters the weekend as the most recent winner this year and sits tied for the Series lead in victories with three.

FIRST TIMERS: The unique oval that is Tri-State Speedway has proven to present an opportunity at first career World of Outlaws wins.

A new Series winner has arisen twice in the last seven visits to Haubstadt. In 2017, it was Kokomo, IN’s Parker Price-Miller experiencing the thrill of his inaugural triumph. Three years later, Marion, IL native Carson Short bested The Greatest Show on Dirt in only his 11th career Feature start.

In total, Tri-State Speedway has produced six first time winners through its 42 World of Outlaws races.

Full-time Series drivers eying their first victory – Bill Rose, Kasey Kahne, Noah Gass, and Robbie Price will hope the trend continues.

MOWA MOTORS: The World of Outlaws may have not competed recently at Tri-City, but the track has still hosted some Sprint Car action over the last few years – mainly the Midwest Open Wheel Association (MOWA) Sprints.

Drivers such as Ayrton Gennetten, Joe B. Miller, Zach Hampton, and others have all performed well with MOWA in Granite City recently and could be factors on Friday with the benefit of added experience.

This weekend is also expected to attract a stout crop of invaders with Anthony Macri, Tyler Courtney, Buddy Kofoid, and more all planning to be in action.

For tickets to Tri City Speedway, CLICK HERE. For tickets to Tri-State Speedway, call (812) – 768-6025.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all the action on DIRTVision.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

Friday, April 28 at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL

Saturday, April 29 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (13/81 Races)

1. 41 – Carson Macedo (1826PTS) 2. 49 – Brad Sweet (-12PTS) 3. 2 – David Gravel (-20PTS) 4. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-56PTS) 5. 11 – Michael Kofoid (-72PTS) 6. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-108PTS) 7. 83 – James McFadden (-134PTS) 8. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-148PTS) 9. 15 – Donny Schatz (-162PTS) 10. 18 – Gio Scelzi (-172PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (7 Drivers):

3 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2), Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49)

2 wins – James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83), Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24)

1 win – Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41), Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11), Sheldon Haudenschild (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17)

FEATURE LAPS LED (11 Drivers):

79 laps – Brad Sweet

77 laps – David Gravel

60 laps – James McFadden

46 laps – Buddy Kofoid

43 laps – Rico Abreu

41 laps – Carson Macedo

21 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild

10 laps – Anthony Macri, Cory Eliason

9 laps – Gio Scelzi, Brent Marks

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (8 Drivers):

5 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo

2 QuickTimes – David Gravel

1 QuickTime – Anthony Macri, Logan Schuchart, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Buddy Kofoid, Rico Abreu

HEAT RACE WINNERS (17 Drivers):

7 Heat Wins – David Gravel

6 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid, Carson Macedo

4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks

3 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet

2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi, Jacob Allen

1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Rico Abreu, Brock Zearfoss

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (24 Drivers):

10 Dashes – David Gravel

9 Dashes – Carson Macedo

8 Dashes – Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet

6 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid, Jacob Allen

5 Dashes – Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi

4 Dashes – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu, Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz

3 Dashes – James McFadden, Brock Zearfoss

2 Dashes – Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich

1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Robbie Price, Cory Eliason, Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden, Garet Williamson

MICRO-LITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (11 Drivers):

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson, Ryan Timms, Ayrton Gennetten, Robbie Price

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (10 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Tyler Courtney

1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Justin Peck, Blake Hahn

PODIUM FINISHES (15 Drivers):

7 Podiums – Brad Sweet

6 Podiums – David Gravel

5 Podiums – Carson Macedo

4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid

3 Podiums – James McFadden

2 Podiums – Jacob Allen, Sheldon Haudenschild, Rico Abreu, Logan Schuchart

1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Brent Marks

TOP 10 FINISHES (26 Drivers):

13 Top 10s – Carson Macedo

11 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart

9 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid

7 Top 10s – James McFadden, Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi,

6 Top 10s – Rico Abreu

5 Top 10s – Donny Schatz

4 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Jacob Allen, Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne

3 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney

2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss, Blake Hahn

1 Top 10 – Cory Eliason, Robbie Price, Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

1. Thurs, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)

2. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)

3. Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)

4. Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)

5. Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)

6. Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)

7. Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)

8. Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)

9. Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)

10. Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)

11. Fri, April 7 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)

12. Sat, April 8 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (2)

13. Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (3)

 

 

Knoxville Nationals Makes USA Today’s 10Best List
"The Granddaddy of ‘Em All" ranked third on the 10Best Reader’s Choice list for Best Motorsports Race, beating out NASCAR, INDYCAR and Sports Car events

KNOXVILLE, IA (April 21, 2023) – The mecca. A crown jewel. “Our” Super Bowl. The greatest week of the year.

Talk to any Sprint Car driver or fan and you’ll hear one, if not all, of those sentences to describe the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.

For more than 60 years, the Knoxville Nationals has been turning Sprint Car drivers into motorsport legends and providing fans with one of the most unique event experiences. And because of that, fans voted the Knoxville Nationals to third on USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice list for Best Motorsports Race – behind only the Indianapolis 500 and Formula 1’s U.S. Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas.

The Knoxville Nationals, featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series (Aug, 9-12), ranked higher than the likes of NASCAR’s Daytona 500, INDYCAR’s Grand Prix of Long Beach – which set an attendance record this year – the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, among others.

“I think Knoxville separates itself from every other event, due to the fact of where it is at and the history behind the event, everything that goes on in the little town of Knoxville during the week,” said Brad Sweet, four-time and reigning World of Outlaws champion and 2018 Knoxville Nationals champion. “There is so much to do for the fans, such a great atmosphere. It’s a really quiet town when you’re there for not the Knoxville Nationals. But, when the Knoxville Nationals is there, it’s like a buzzing little city with all Sprint Car enthusiasts and race car fans.

“So, you bring 25-30 thousand people into one place that all love to do the same thing, which is race and have fun and there is Dingus (the bar across the street), there is the atmosphere around the vendors, there’s concerts going on. There is so much to do and the race is also such a big deal for the drivers.”

Twenty-seven drivers have claimed the Knoxville Nationals title since the first race in 1961. Of them, only seven have won it multiple times – adding to the prestige of the event. Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion, has the most wins at the event with 12. Ten-time World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz continued his climb to that benchmark last year by scoring his 11th triumph at the event.

And while Schatz continues to add Knoxville trophies to his collection, he iterated there is nothing easy about conquering the week-long event.

“It’s been the mecca of our biggest races since I was a kid sitting in the grandstands,” Schatz said. “And you know, the size of the racetrack, the big half mile, the flat surface, the tricky berm on the bottom, the river gumbo dirt that can be super hooky when it’s wet and when it starts to dry out it gets ultra-slick like glass. You get all ends of the spectrum with Knoxville, and it makes it a feast or famine type of scenario when you’re there racing.

“It makes it a lot of fun and it’s ever-changing. So, it’s an incredible place… you always have to be up to the challenge at Knoxville as it’s changing, and they can change the berm on the bottom a little bit and it changes your whole entry to the corner and the way your car responds and it’s tricky to stay down there. It’s a game of cat and mouse with both pedals and a steering wheel and even the thought process, so it makes it a lot of fun as a driver for someone like myself to be able to go there and try to master that craft.”

Along with the prestige and trophy, the Knoxville Nationals pays out one of the biggest purses in Sprint Car racing.

This year, the event boasts a record-high $1,159,005 overall purse, paying $185,000 to the winner and $15,000 to start the Feature.

Outside of the perks for the drivers and on track action for the fans, when it comes time for the Knoxville Nationals, the town of Knoxville morphs into a Sprint Car haven. Race haulers are parked in parking lots of local businesses along North Lincoln Street. Campers are packed in like Tetris blocks on residents’ lawns. Vendors and driver merchandise trailers occupy sidewalks across from the track.

For the week, race cars being pushed up and down the street by four wheels becomes normal. You feel like you’ve entered a racer's fantasy as the town becomes an annex of the track.

“It’s such a unique area,” said David Gravel, the 2019 Knoxville Nationals champion. “When that event is going on, the whole town shuts down. Campers surround the whole area and, you know, there are 25 to 30 thousand people. It just has an atmosphere and a buzz around it.

“You always get butterflies and goose bumps when you’re getting ready to race there. Having the Hall of Fame there and the suites all packed, having fans all the way down the front stretch and back, it’s just a one-of-a-kind event. Probably, definitely, my number one for sure still in Sprint Car racing.”

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will first visit Knoxville Raceway on June 9-10 before venturing back to Iowa's Marion County Fairgrounds for the 62nd NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals, Aug. 9-12. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the races, you can watch both live – along with weekly racing from Knoxville Raceway – on DIRTVision.

 

 

Cold Temperatures, Extreme Wind Chills Cancel Knoxville Event

Illinois, Indiana visits up next; Series returns to Knoxville in June

Knoxville, IA – With an outlook of plummeting temperatures and wind chills below freezing this weekend, World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series officials together with Knoxville Raceway staff have canceled the Xtream powered by Mediacom Showdown.

Precision Weather Service and local weather experts determined conditions would turn severe following heavy rain on Thursday, negatively affecting the fan and competitor experiences, which led officials to cancel today to prevent unnecessary travel.

If you purchased a ticket in advance, visit https://www.knoxvilleraceway.com for more information.

The World of Outlaws now turn its attention to next weekend’s Illinois, Indiana double header at Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL) on April 28 and Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN) on April 29. For tickets to Tri-City Speedway, CLICK HERE. For tickets to Tri-State Speedway, call (812) 768-6025.

The World of Outlaws will make their next visit to Knoxville on June 9-10.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

 

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws Set to Visit Attica, Sharon in May

ATTICA, OH – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series is bringing dirt fans a May visit to Attica Raceway Park and Sharon Speedway.

In the Series’ second Ohio stop of the season, it’ll journey to Attica on Friday, May 19, and Sharon on Saturday, May 20.

It’ll also be another home state visit for Wooster, OH’s Sheldon Haudenschild, who’s already picked up a win this season at US 36 Raceway.

What you need to know:

ATTICA, MAY 19
Track:
1/3-mile in Attica, OH

Times (ET):
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying

Tickets: CLICK HERE

Previous winners:
2022 – Kyle Larson on May 20, Kyle Larson on July 12
2021 – David Gravel on May 21, Spencer Bayston on July 13
2020 – Kyle Larson on July 14
2018 – Donny Schatz on July 10
2017 – David Gravel on July 11
2016 – Donny Schatz on July 12
2015 – Dale Blaney on May 29
2014 – Dale Blaney on May 30
2011 – Donny Schatz on May 20
2009 – Dale Blaney on May 29
2008 – Donny Schatz on May 30
2007 – Joey Saldana on April 20
2005 – Stevie Smith on July 13
1994 – Sammy Swindell on May 21
1993 – Joe Garte on May 21
1992 – Joey Allen on Aug. 7
1991 – Steve Kinser on Aug. 9
1990 – Steve Kinser on May 18

SHARON, MAY 20
Track:
3/8-mile in Hartford, OH

Times (ET):
2:00PM Pit Gates Open
4:00PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying

Tickets: CLICK HERE

Previous winners:
2022 - Brad Sweet on Sept. 24
2021 – Dave Blaney on May 22
2007 – Steve Kinser on June 1
2006 – Jac Haudenschild on May 20
2005 – Jason Meyers on June 3
2004 –Danny Lasoski on June 4, Steve Kinser on July 28
2003 – Steve Kinser on July 30, Steve Kinser on July 30
2002 – Danny Lasoski on May 31, Joey Saldana on July 31

HOW TO WATCH
If you can’t make it to the tracks, you can watch both events live on DIRTVision – either at DIRTVision.com or by downloading the DIRTVision App.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Rare April Trip to Knoxville Awaits the World of Outlaws

The weekend is the first of eight scheduled nights of Knoxville racing in 2023

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are readying for an uncharacteristic springtime visit to “The Sprint Car Capital of the World.”

The iconic Knoxville Raceway is the target of The Greatest Show on Dirt as the 2023 campaign rolls on. The half mile will host the Xtream Powered by Mediacom Showdown this weekend (April 21-22). The two nights will be the first of eight for the World of Outlaws at Knoxville in 2023 with another pair of evenings set for June 9-10 and the 62nd NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals (August 9-12).

This weekend will mark the first time the Series has raced at the Marion County facility in the month of April since 2012.

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Let’s look at some of the weekend’s top storylines.

SCHATZVILLE: The early trip to Knoxville may be a welcome shift in the schedule for Donny Schatz.

The 10-time Series champion has been combating some early struggles this season, but his success at Knoxville can’t be overstated. Schatz has mastered the black zook clay. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing pilot picked up his 11th Knoxville Nationals title last season – second only to Steve Kinser’s 12. The driver out of Fargo, ND has remained solid in recent years at Knoxville with finishes of fourth or better in seven of his last eight starts.

Coming off a nasty tumble in Pevely, Knoxville presents a prime opportunity for Schatz to rebound in strong fashion.

MULTI-TIME WINNERS: Outside of Schatz, a handful of fellow full-time competitors have been stout at Knoxville. The trio of David Gravel, Brad Sweet, and Carson Macedo have all topped multiple Series races at the half mile.

Gravel and Sweet lead the way with four victories apiece.

Among Gravel’s triumphs is the 2019 Knoxville Nationals and a pair of wins in 2020. The wheelman of the Big Game Motorsports #2 made all four of his trips to Victory Lane over an 11 race stretch from June of 2018 to August of 2020.

Sweet’s success is slightly more spread out. “The Big Cat” first claimed a Knoxville World of Outlaws checkered flag in 2014, then had to wait through nine more visits until another win in June of 2017. The Grass Valley, CA native also owns a Knoxville Nationals crown, topping “The Granddaddy of ‘Em All” in 2018.

Macedo hasn’t found Knoxville glory as often as Gravel or Sweet, but he has more recently. In 2021, the 26 year old swept the June weekend at Knoxville. Macedo looks to pad his point lead with another strong Iowa outing.

SHARKS’ SUCCESS: Last August at Knoxville, the Shark Racing duo of Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen flexed their muscle.

Before the Knoxville Nationals commenced, Schuchart began the week by topping the Capitani Classic. He followed that up by winning his Nationals prelim on Wednesday. During Saturday’s finale Schuchart finished third after starting 17th – his second podium in the last three editions of the sport’s most prestigious race.

The night after Schuchart claimed his prelim, Allen came out on top of Thursday’s preliminary action for his first Knoxville win. Then on Saturday he joined his teammate in the top five by wheeling the #1A from 11th to fifth in the 50-lap main event.

IOWA TRANSPLANT: This weekend serves somewhat of a home game for Gio Scelzi.

The 21 year old is originally from Fresno, CA but recently relocated to “The Hawkeye State” as he’s behind the wheel of the Iowa-based KCP Racing #18.

The Californian has adapted nicely to Knoxville. He and KCP won the 2021 Knoxville 360 Nationals. Then during the following week, they earned the pole for the 410 Nationals and finished a strong fourth.

ZEARFOSS’ ZONE: After spending much of the early season having to charge forward in the Feature, Brock Zearfoss has improved his qualifying and Heat Race performance in recent weeks.

The Jonestown, PA native didn’t make a Toyota Dash through the first 10 events of the season, but now he’s made the last three. The improvement helped lead to his first top five of the season at U.S. 36 Raceway.

Zearfoss now heads to Knoxville where he’s a former top-five finisher in the 360 Nationals (’20) and a top five finisher in the 410 Nationals Hard Knox Night (’21).

KNOXVILLE LOCALS: “The Sprint Car Capital of the World” is home to some of the country’s strongest local challengers, and much of the contingent will be in action this weekend looking to upset the World of Outlaws.

Brian Brown always stands out as one of the favorites to stand in Victory Lane whenever the World of Outlaws invade Knoxville, IA. The five-time Knoxville track champion is currently tied for second on the all-time track win list – trailing only Danny Lasoski. Brown is a two-time winner in World of Outlaws competition at Knoxville (’19 &’21).

Austin McCarl is another who could make some noise. At last year’s Knoxville Nationals, the Altoona, IA native experienced one of his most emotional career moments by earning the pole for the Saturday finale. The 2018 track champion continues to seek his first World of Outlaws victory.

Knoxville’s very own Riley Goodno is one of the sport’s rising stars. Last year, in only his seventh career World of Outlaws Feature start, Goodno led laps and podiumed at Huset’s Speedway.

More drivers local to or with ties to the area including Tasker Phillips, Ayrton Gennetten, Brandon Wimmer, Ian Madsen, and more are expected to be in action.

INVADERS: This weekend’s roster is expected to have some added star power with more big names making the trip.

A pair of drivers with World of Outlaws wins already under their belt this year, Rico Abreu and Buddy Kofoid, have Knoxville on their calendar.

Tyler Courtney also has the weekend on his schedule with Clauson Marshall Racing. Last year, “Sunshine” led the most laps in Knoxville Nationals main event before finishing fourth.

A fellow Hoosier in the form of Justin Peck will also be making his way to Knoxville. Last year, the Monrovia, IN native qualified for the Knoxville Nationals aboard the Buch Motorsports #13 and finished a personal-best 12th.

Pennsylvania standout Anthony Macri plans to be in attendance. The Dillsburg, PA native has finished in the top five in each of the last two Hard Knox Nights including a runner-up in 2021 that transferred him into his first Knoxville Nationals finale.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all the action on DIRTVision.

CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (13/83 Races)

41 – Carson Macedo (1826PTS) 2. 49 – Brad Sweet (-12PTS) 3. 2 – David Gravel (-20PTS) 4. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-56PTS) 5. 11 – Michael Kofoid (-72PTS) 6. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-108PTS) 7. 83 – James McFadden (-134PTS) 8. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-148PTS) 9. 15 – Donny Schatz (-162PTS) 10. 18 – Gio Scelzi (-172PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (7 Drivers):

3 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2), Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49)
2 wins – James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83), Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24)
1 win – Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41), Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11), Sheldon Haudenschild (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17)

FEATURE LAPS LED (11 Drivers):

79 laps – Brad Sweet
77 laps – David Gravel
60 laps – James McFadden
46 laps – Buddy Kofoid
43 laps – Rico Abreu
41 laps – Carson Macedo
21 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
10 laps – Anthony Macri, Cory Eliason
9 laps – Gio Scelzi, Brent Marks

LOW-E INSULATION QUICKTIME AWARDS (8 Drivers):

5 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo
2 QuickTimes – David Gravel
1 QuickTime – Anthony Macri, Logan Schuchart, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Buddy Kofoid, Rico Abreu

HEAT RACE WINNERS (17 Drivers):

7 Heat Wins – David Gravel
6 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid, Carson Macedo
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks
3 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet
2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi, Jacob Allen
1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Rico Abreu, Brock Zearfoss

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (24 Drivers):

10 Dashes – David Gravel
9 Dashes – Carson Macedo
8 Dashes – Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet
6 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid, Jacob Allen
5 Dashes – Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi
4 Dashes – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu, Sheldon Haudenschild, Donny Schatz
3 Dashes – James McFadden, Brock Zearfoss
2 Dashes – Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Robbie Price, Cory Eliason, Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden, Garet Williamson

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (11 Drivers):

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson, Ryan Timms, Ayrton Gennetten, Robbie Price

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (10 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Tyler Courtney
1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Justin Peck, Blake Hahn

PODIUM FINISHES (15 Drivers):

7 Podiums – Brad Sweet
6 Podiums – David Gravel
5 Podiums – Carson Macedo
4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid
3 Podiums – James McFadden
2 Podiums – Jacob Allen, Sheldon Haudenschild, Rico Abreu, Logan Schuchart
1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Brent Marks

TOP 10 FINISHES (26 Drivers):

13 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
11 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart
9 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
7 Top 10s – James McFadden, Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi
6 Top 10s – Rico Abreu
5 Top 10s – Donny Schatz
4 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Jacob Allen, Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne
3 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney
2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss, Blake Hahn
1 Top 10 – Cory Eliason, Robbie Price, Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)
Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)
Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)
Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)
Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)
Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)
Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)
Fri, April 7 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
Sat, April 8 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (2)
Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (3)

 

 

EVELY PANDEMONIUM: Brad Sweet Tops Wild Race at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

Sweet continues recent stretch of dominance at the Pevely bullring

PEVELY, MO (April 14, 2023) - Brad Sweet doesn’t need any help reaching Victory Lane at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, but that’s exactly what he got Friday night.

The four-time and defending champion took advantage of some contact between Carson Macedo and David Gravel to top the 40-lap Feature at the Pevely, MO bullring.

It’s Sweet’s third win in the first 13 races of the season, marking the fifth time the Grass Valley, CA native have reached that mark in his illustrious career. 

The Kasey Kahne Racing driver also continued to add to his incredible record at I-55. Sweet now owns six triumphs at the third mile, making it tied for the track he’s won at the most. He’s now on a streak of eight consecutive podiums at the facility and owns a 1.75 average finish over that stretch. 

Sweet’s 82nd career victory with The Greatest Show on Dirt brings him within two of tying Stevie Smith for 10th all-time. His 264th podium equaled him with Daryn Pittman for the 10th most all-time top-threes.

“Just happy to get the Napa Auto Parts car in Victory Lane,” Sweet said. “Hats off to my guys. We’ve been incredibly consistent and good here at Pevely. Hopefully tomorrow we can come back and do it again. We’ve just got to make a few improvements. I just can’t thank them enough. We’ve had a rough few nights, and a good rebound here tonight gives us a little confidence coming back tomorrow.”

Early in the race, the battle up front quickly brewed between David Gravel and Carson Macedo as the latter slipped by Sweet early on for second while Gravel paced the field.

An early restart saw Gravel and Macedo drive side by side for multiple laps, Gravel around the cushion and Macedo stuck to the bottom. Eventually, Gravel pulled ahead in the Big Game Motorsports #2 but not for long. 

As the leaders entered traffic at the halfway mark, Macedo closed in fast. The Jason Johnson Racing pilot rolled by Gravel for the top spot as he struggled with a slower car. In the next corner, Gravel reclaimed the lead with a slide job.

Drama arose only a couple of laps later when Gravel slid slightly above the preferred bottom groove in Turns 3 and 4, giving Macedo an opportunity. Macedo drove in hard, but as he drew alongside Gravel, he drifted up and into the side of Gravel’s machine. The contact sent Gravel around in a 360 and flattened his left rear. Macedo managed to maintain control and keep his car in tact but fell back to third for the ensuing restart based on the timing of the yellow flag. The incident gifted the lead to Sweet.

“Not sure what happened with David,” Sweet explained of his viewpoint. “Luckily, that corner, I went to the top and came out in the lead. I wasn’t sure what happened. I think Carson and David maybe got into each other fighting for that bottom. The bottom really became the dominant lane, and you really couldn’t pass lapped cars up high. It was just a lot of fighting for position.”

Macedo took to social media after the race to claim responsibility and apologize, saying he would never intentionally wreck someone, especially a competitor so close to him in points.

While some good fortune might’ve helped Sweet get the lead, he proved he deserved to run there by pulling away following the restart with 14 laps to go.

Behind Sweet, battles broke out all over the track including for the runner-up spot. Macedo, James McFadden, and Logan Schuchart all began swapping sliders as the laps dwindled and Sweet distanced himself. Ultimately, Sweet took the checkered flag with more than a two second advantage.

After Sweet it was James McFadden completing a thrilling charge from 14th to second for his third podium of the season aboard the Roth Motorsports #83. The effort elevated his top-three career total to 39.

“We got up in the top-10 there early and then got put in the fence on corner entry,” McFadden recalled. “We fell back to about 18th or 20th and fought our way back there. I felt like it got really, really slow down there on the bottom in (Turns) three and four, and I thought, ‘Well, why not? Let’s have a crack, got nothing to lose.’ Then I started picking cars off up there, so hats off to my Roth Motorsports guys. They gave me a really good car all night.”

Completing the top-three was Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart. The Hanover, PA native earned a podium for the first time since Florida. It marked his 122nd Series podium, equaling him with his grandfather, Bobby Allen, on the all-time list. 

“It’s just nice to get our guys on the podium,” Schuchart said. “They’ve been working really hard. I knew coming into this place that it’s a place where we’ve run in the top-five a lot, won the Ironman. We can get ourselves on the podium, but it seems like we can’t win races, but we’re close.” 

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars return to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 15 for night two of the I-55 Outlaw Showdown. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

A Feature (40 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 2. 83-James McFadden[14]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 6. 52-Blake Hahn[23]; 7. 11-Michael Kofoid[15]; 8. 5-Spencer Bayston[22]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne[13]; 10. 2-David Gravel[1]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu[16]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[7]; 13. 13-Justin Peck[20]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[11]; 15. 20G-Noah Gass[9]; 16. 35-Zach Hampton[10]; 17. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 18. 7S-Robbie Price[21]; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[17]; 20. 39M-Anthony Macri[12]; 21. 51B-Joe B Miller[19]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen[24]; 23. 14T-Tim Estenson[18]; 24. 24W-Garet Williamson[8]

 

 

McIntosh Wins I-55 Friday for Second Xtreme Outlaw Feature Victory in Three Races

Daum runs second with mechanical issue, Timms charges 17th-to-3rd

PEVELY, MO (April 14, 2023) – After winning the season opener one month ago, Cannon McIntosh garnered his second Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota Feature win Friday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

McIntosh, 20, of Bixby, OK, took the lead late in the 30-lap main event from defending Series champion Zach Daum, slipping by on the bottom and driving off with the $4,000 check and his first career win at I-55 over Zach Daum and Ryan Timms.

Coming from third on the starting grid, McIntosh found himself as far back as seventh at one point in the opening laps after trying to make the top side work on the fast, 1/3-mile oval. But he maintained composure, got back in the groove down low and soon began his charge to the front – picking off cars on the very bottom of the track when they slipped up.

“Pretty much every time a guy would make a mistake, you’d try and pounce then, because there weren’t too many opportunities to get guys,” McIntosh said.

By the halfway point, McIntosh had already made his way back up into the top-three and was gunning for the lead. He made the most of his jump to the inside on Rico Abreu for second on Lap 17, then followed that up with a push for the lead three laps later.

In control since the drop of the green, Daum was smooth but slower on the bottom – fighting an undiagnosed mechanical issue all night. It didn’t seem to hinder him a great deal, however, as he kept it out front for 18 laps before ultimately falling to second when McIntosh got underneath him at the exit of Turn 4 on Lap 20.

“I could get in the corner really well, I felt like; I just couldn’t get off on exit and the motor was spitting and sputtering,” Daum said. “I figured somebody would try and sneak underneath me, and I saw the 08 pop-up on the board in second when he got by Rico, and I thought, ‘well, shoot.’

McIntosh got a big run through Turns 3-4 with better corner-exit speed, pulled up alongside Daum and won the drag race into Turn 1 to take the spot away permanently.

“I think that’s where I made up most of my ground is right there,” McIntosh said. “If a guy would slip-up just a little bit and I’d really pounce on them down the straightaway where they wouldn’t expect it.”

From there on out, it was smooth sailing for the Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports #08. McIntosh crossed the stripe nearly five full seconds ahead of Daum and the rest of the field to collect his third career Series victory.

Daum crossed the stripe second – his best Series finish so far this season. He needed a good points night after taking a DNF last month in Du Quoin and got exactly that on Friday.

While McIntosh and Daum stayed up front all night, the final podium finisher had a lot further to go when he took the green. Ryan Timms, 16, of Oklahoma City, OK, failed to transfer into the Feature with his passing points total in the Heats and was forced to run the Last Chance Showdown. He won that race, placing him 17th on the Feature starting grid, where he then advanced 14 spots of position in 30 laps to claim third.

“I just slowly picked one car off at a time rolling the bottom,” Timms said. “Toward the end, I tried the top and it was just too dirty to make anything happen.”

UP NEXT

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is back in action again at I-55 Saturday night for the conclusion of the I-55 Outlaw Showdown. Tickets available at the gate or for advance sale at XtremeOutlawSeries.com. If you can’t be at the track, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 08-Cannon McIntosh[3]; 2. 5D-Zach Daum[5]; 3. 67-Ryan Timms[17]; 4. 7U-Kyle Jones[2]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu[4]; 6. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[11]; 7. 40-Chase McDermand[1]; 8. 72J-Sam Johnson[23]; 9. 26R-Corbin Rueschenberg[18]; 10. 50-Daniel Adler[16]; 11. 2X-Landon Brooks[15]; 12. 97-Gavin Miller[6]; 13. 26-Chance Crum[13]; 14. 25K-Taylor Reimer[9]; 15. 71E-Mariah Ede[20]; 16. 71-Jade Avedisian[7]; 17. 7-Shannon McQueen[8]; 18. 77W-Joe Wirth[14]; 19. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[21]; 20. 00-Talin Turner[22]; 21. 97K-Cooper Williams[10]; 22. 21K-Karter Sarff[12]; 23. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[19]; 24. (DNS) 28P-Bradley Fezard

 

I-55 Raceway MO   4/14/23

A Feature (40 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 2. 83-James McFadden[14]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 6. 52-Blake Hahn[23]; 7. 11-Michael Kofoid[15]; 8. 5-Spencer Bayston[22]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne[13]; 10. 2-David Gravel[1]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu[16]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[7]; 13. 13-Justin Peck[20]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[11]; 15. 20G-Noah Gass[9]; 16. 35-Zach Hampton[10]; 17. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 18. 7S-Robbie Price[21]; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[17]; 20. 39M-Anthony Macri[12]; 21. 51B-Joe B Miller[19]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen[24]; 23. 14T-Tim Estenson[18]; 24. 24W-Garet Williamson[8]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 7S-Robbie Price[1]; 2. 5-Spencer Bayston[4]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[6]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen[5]; 5. 5T-Ryan Timms[3]; 6. 23B-Brian Bell[2]; 7. 22S-Slater Helt[9]; 8. 44-Carson Short[8]; 9. 97-Scotty Milan[7]; 10. 84-Brandon Hanks[13]; 11. 50K-Kyle Bellm[12]; 12. 7C-Jason Keith[11]; 13. 37-Ayden Gatewood[14]; 14. 6-Bill Rose[10]

Toyota Dash (8 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[8]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[7]; 8. 24W-Garet Williamson[6]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart[2]; 3. 20G-Noah Gass[4]; 4. 9-Kasey Kahne[6]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[5]; 6. 5T-Ryan Timms[8]; 7. 97-Scotty Milan[7]; 8. 7C-Jason Keith[9]; 9. 7S-Robbie Price[3]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 2. 24W-Garet Williamson[3]; 3. 35-Zach Hampton[2]; 4. 83-James McFadden[4]; 5. 14T-Tim Estenson[5]; 6. 5-Spencer Bayston[6]; 7. 44-Carson Short[7]; 8. 50K-Kyle Bellm[8]; 9. 37-Ayden Gatewood[9]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 4. 11-Michael Kofoid[7]; 5. 51B-Joe B Miller[4]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen[6]; 7. 22S-Slater Helt[8]; 8. 23B-Brian Bell[3]

Heat 4 (10 Laps): 1. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[1]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[3]; 3. 39M-Anthony Macri[2]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu[4]; 5. 13-Justin Peck[6]; 6. 52-Blake Hahn[7]; 7. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 8. 84-Brandon Hanks[8]

Qualifying: 1. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:10.372[9]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:10.444[5]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:10.456[20]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:10.489[8]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:10.493[18]; 6. 35-Zach Hampton, 00:10.505[2]; 7. 2-David Gravel, 00:10.506[28]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri, 00:10.508[25]; 9. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:10.547[23]; 10. 24W-Garet Williamson, 00:10.574[3]; 11. 23B-Brian Bell, 00:10.587[7]; 12. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:10.594[10]; 13. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:10.613[1]; 14. 83-James McFadden, 00:10.640[34]; 15. 51B-Joe B Miller, 00:10.652[26]; 16. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:10.667[16]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 00:10.682[27]; 18. 14T-Tim Estenson, 00:10.705[14]; 19. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:10.731[21]; 20. 6-Bill Rose, 00:10.756[4]; 21. 9-Kasey Kahne, 00:10.760[33]; 22. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:10.769[12]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:10.797[6]; 24. 13-Justin Peck, 00:10.810[32]; 25. 97-Scotty Milan, 00:10.828[19]; 26. 44-Carson Short, 00:10.849[29]; 27. 11-Michael Kofoid, 00:10.866[13]; 28. 52-Blake Hahn, 00:10.922[11]; 29. 5T-Ryan Timms, 00:10.970[17]; 30. 50K-Kyle Bellm, 00:10.979[30]; 31. 22S-Slater Helt, 00:11.002[15]; 32. 84-Brandon Hanks, 00:11.017[31]; 33. 7C-Jason Keith, 00:11.184[22]; 34. 37-Ayden Gatewood, 00:11.365[24]

 

 

FAMILY TRADITION: Brent Ventura Relishing in Role with Roth Motorsports

Ventura will continue to follow in his father’s footsteps this weekend, trying to guide the Roth Motorsport #83 to victory at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55

PEVELY, MO (April 13, 2023) - Dennis and Teresa Roth have built one of the most successful Sprint Car teams in the country with its accolades spanning decades. In that time, another name has been there since the beginning, and will continue to be this weekend in Missouri – Ventura.

First came Todd Ventura, Dennis’ nephew, who owns the honor of being the first to drive a Sprint Car for Roth before transitioning into a managerial position with the team. Then, Todd’s son, Brent – current crew chief for Roth Motorsports’ iconic #83 on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour.

Brent worked his way up the ladder, eventually scoring his first World of Outlaws win as a crew chief in his early 20s. That success stems from the groundwork his father helped lay as one of the most important figures in the team’s history.

Since moving into a managerial role, Todd has helped oversee operations for the Fresno, CA based team, guiding them to countless West Coast triumphs and more than 100 World of Outlaws wins.

Naturally, Brent found himself around the race cars in his youth and was quickly intrigued by the mechanical side. 

“The Roth shop is right next to my dad’s house,” Ventura said. “So, any weekend, summer and winter break, and all that I’d go into the shop. Sometimes I’d help with farming stuff, but I always wanted to touch the race car. I always really loved doing it. My dad, I think, wanted me to be a driver. I had a go-kart for a little bit, but I was never real interested in driving. I always really liked working on them. 

“I don’t know if it’s because I watched that side of it more growing up and just felt that was more what I liked doing. I can’t really say what it was, but it was something I’ve just always really loved.”

As he grew up, Ventura began to get more involved little by little. He started small, and eventually progressed into his first opportunity as a crew chief in 2016.

“I started out cleaning the trailer and mounting tires,” Ventura recalled. “Then I got a little bit more responsibility as I got older – maintenance the car during the week, just kind of learning every step of the way. I got to be a crew chief for the first time when Gio Scelzi drove for Dennis for a little bit. He drove some 360 stuff in 2016, and then we ran the whole NARC Series in 2017. We won a couple races and had a great time.”

After the stint with Scelzi, Ventura stepped back briefly to focus on farming before returning mid-season in 2018. It ultimately led to a pivotal moment in his journey as a mechanic – his first World of Outlaws win with Cory Eliason at an iconic California track, Calistoga Speedway.

“In 2018, I finished the year with Cory Eliason as the crew chief,” Ventura explained. “We won an Outlaw race at Calistoga, and that was really cool. That kind of felt like I was ready to take the next step… That was really cool for me with me and Cory both being from California. Calistoga was always just kind of held in a higher regard than the rest of the racetracks.”

The following two years Ventura worked on the team while Daryn Pittman wheeled the #83 full-time with The Greatest Show on Dirt. Right out of the gate Pittman topped the first two nights of the 2019 World of Outlaws campaign and also claimed the Gold Cup Race of Champions later that season.

Another hiatus from the team in 2021, for farming, preceded Ventura’s return last year to work on the team’s part-time car with Kerry Madsen. This time also marked the beginnings of Roth’s relationship with Toyota Racing and their 410 engine development. Later that season, Ventura joined Roth’s World of Outlaws team again, now working with James McFadden – a relationship that continued into this year.

Early in 2023, the Roth crew has already visited Victory Lane twice – Volusia Speedway Park on March 5 and Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 1. Ventura has built a strong dynamic with McFadden as they pursue a World of Outlaws title.

“He’s been great to work with,” Ventura said of McFadden. “He’s got really good feedback. He’s got one of the most important things you need in a driver – he’s got no quit in him. No matter what the situation is, he’s going to give it 100%. And you know no matter what happens he have it 100% win, lose, or draw.”

Moving down the road, Ventura isn’t sure what the future holds. He knows that the business back in California could require his services at some point. He also recently wed. For the time being, Ventura intends to put forth his best effort in making the car that’s such an important part of his family history, the Roth Motorsports #83, the fastest on the World of Outlaws tour.

“I probably see how each year goes,” Ventura said looking ahead. “Whatever Dennis and my dad need me to do, I’ll do it. I also just got married. I’ve got to thank my wife Kayla for letting me come out again. When we got married, the plan was kind of to stay farming for the foreseeable future then I got put back on the road. She’s been nothing but supportive, and I’ve got to thank her for that. I’ll see how it goes. I’m just focusing right now on being as successful as we possibly can be this year and we’ll see where the road takes us.”

Ventura, McFadden, and the entire Roth crew will be in action this weekend at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO with the World of Outlaws. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws vs PA Posse Battle Returns in May

Lincoln Speedway March 2023

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its second journey of the season to Pennsylvania for a May visit to Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway.

Stars of the World of Outlaws will take on the PA Posse again at Lincoln’s Gettysburg Clash, Wednesday, May 10, and Williams Grove’s Morgan Cup, Friday and Saturday, May 12-13.

Drivers will compete for a $10,000 payday on Wednesday at Lincoln and on Friday at Williams Grove. Then, on Saturday, they’ll duel for a $12,000 payday and the famed Morgan Cup.

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Early Storylines:

TITLE CONTENDERS: The early season fight for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship is proving to be an exciting one. Four-time and reigning champion Brad Sweet, Carson Macedo and David Gravel have each stood atop the points standings at some point this year.

All three have triumphed at Williams Grove, while Macedo is the only one of the three still searching for a win at Lincoln Speedway. When the Series visited Lincoln in March, Sweet finished second, Macedo fourth and Gravel 10th.

PA STARS: The Pennsylvania week always highlights the best Sprint Car drivers to have come from the area. Atop that list are World of Outlaws regulars Logan Schuchart, Jacob Allen and Brock Zearfoss.

Allen, of Hanover, PA – 10 minutes from Lincoln Speedway – won at Lincoln last year. And Zearfoss, of Jonestown, PA, scored his first career World of Outlaws victory at Williams Grove in 2017. Schuchart, also of Hanover, PA, is looking for his first win at both.

Along with the World of Outlaws, the best of the PA Posse shows up to challenge, including Lance Dewease – who has more than 100 win at Williams Grove – Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Brent Marks and more.

THE OUTSIDER: During the first round of the World of Outlaws versus PA Posse at Lincoln Speedway in March, neither an Outlaw nor Posse driver won. Instead, it was California’s Rico Abreu.

He now has two victories with the Series this year – Lincoln and 81 Speedway – and will look to spoil the historic battle again all three nights.

PREVIOUS LINCOLN WINNERS
2023 – Rico Abreu on March 18
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

PREVIOUS WILLIAMS GROVE WINNERS
2022 – Brent Marks on May 14, Lance Dewease on July 22, Sept. 30 & Oct. 22, Brad Sweet on July 23
2021 –Carson Macedo on May 14, Aaron Reutzel on May 15, Sheldon Haudenschild on July 23, Brent Marks on July 24, Kyle Larson on Oct. 1, Carson Macedo on Oct. 2
2020 – Shane Stewart on July 24, David Gravel on July 25, David Gravel on Oct. 2, Donny Schatz on Oct. 3
2019 – David Gravel on May 17, Lance Dewease on May 18, Tim Shaffer on July 26, Donny Schatz on July 27, David Gravel on Oct. 4, Brent Marks on Oct. 5
2018 – Lance Dewease on July 20, Gio Scelzi on Sept. 28, Lance Dewease on Sept. 29,
2017 – David Gravel on May 19, Shane Stewart on May 20, Brock Zearfoss on July 21, Greg Hodnett on Sept. 28 (makeup from 7/22), David Gravel on Sept. 28, James McFadden on Sept. 29, David Gravel on Sept. 30
2016 – Lance Dewease on May 20, Daryn Pittman on July 22, Lance Dewease on July 23, Danny Dietrich on Oct. 14
2015 – Donny Schatz on May 15, Danny Dietrich on July 24, Stevie Smith on July 25, Stevie Smith on Oct. 4
2014 – Daryn Pittman on May 16, Daryn Pittman on May 17, Greg Hodnett on July 18, Lance Dewease on July 19, David Gravel on Oct. 4
2013 – Donny Schatz on May 17, Donny Schatz on July 20, Don Kreitz Jr. on Oct. 4, Fred Rahmer on Oct. 5
2012 – Fred Rahmer on May 11, Steve Kinser on May 12, Cody Darrah on July 21, Paul McMahan on Sept. 28, Donny Schatz on Sept. 29
2011 – Daryn Pittman on May 13, Greg Hodnett on July 22, Jason Meyers on July 23, Jason Meyers on Sept. 30, Jason Meyers on Oct. 7
2010 – Chad Layton on May 13, Fred Rahmer on May 14, Lance Dewease on July 23, Greg Hodnett on July 24, Greg Hodnett on Oct. 1, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 2
2009 – Greg Hodnett on May 14, Greg Hodnett on July 24, Greg Hodnett on Oct. 3, Cody Darrah on Oct. 3 (Completion of July 25 event)
2008 – Steve Kinser on May 15, Daryn Pittman on July 18, Donny Schatz on July 19
2007 – Donny Schatz on May 17, Donny Schatz on May 18, Donny Schatz on July 19, Brian Leppo on July 20, Donny Schatz on July 21, Donny Schatz on Sept. 29
2006 – Fred Rahmer on May 26, Fred Rahmer on May 27, Terry McCarl on July 20, Craig Dollansky on July 21, Daryn Pittman on July 22, Jason Solwold on Sept. 29, Doug Esh on Sept. 30
2005 – Craig Dollansky on May 26, Steve Kinser on May 27, Jason Johnson on July 21, Paul McMahan on July 23, Fred Rahmer on July 23, Donny Schatz on Oct. 1
2004 – Fred Rahmer on May 27, Don Kreitz Jr. on May 28, Lance Dewease on July 23, Danny Lasoski on July 24, Mark Smith on Oct. 1, Donny Schatz on Oct. 2
2003 – Don Kreitz, Jr. on July 24, Donny Schatz on July 25, Donny Schatz on July 26, Donny Schatz on Oct. 3, Steve Kinser on Oct. 4
2002 – Steve Kinser on May 16, Danny Lasoski on July 25, Joey Saldana on July 26, Greg Hodnett on July 27, Lance Dewease on Sept. 28
2001 – Donny Schatz on May 17, Donny Schatz on July 26 (completed May 18 event), Donny Schatz on July 26, Don Kreitz Jr., on July 27, Tim Shaffer on Sept. 28, Lance Dewease on Sept. 29
2000 – Mark Kinser on May 18, Fred Rahmer on May 19, Lance Dewease on July 27, Sammy Swindell on July 29, Steve Kinser on Sept. 29, Donny Schatz on Sept. 30
1999 – Mark Kinser on May 27, Steve Kinser on May 28, Mark Kinser on July 29, Mark Kinser on July 30, Cris Eash on Oct. 1, Mark Kinser on Oct. 2
1998 – Mark Kinser on May 21, Johnny Herrera on May 22, Stevie Smith on May 29, Kevin Gobrecht on July 31, Mark Kinser on Oct. 2
1997 – Sammy Swindell on May 22, Mark Kinser on May 23, Jac Haudenschild on May 30, Mark Kinser on July 31, Mark Kinser on Aug. 1, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 3, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 4
1996 – Johnny Herrera on May 24, Mark Kinser on May 25, Steve Kinser on May 31, Steve Kinser on Aug. 1, Mark Kinser on Aug. 2, Lance Dewease on Oct. 4, Lance Dewease on Oct. 5
1995 – Steve Kinser on May 26, Dave Blaney on Aug. 3, Mark Kinser on Aug. 4, Mark Kinser on Sept. 29, Mark Kinser on Sept. 30
1994 – Dave Blaney on May 26, Steve Kinser on May 27, Andy Hillenburg on June 3, Jeff Swindell on Aug. 4, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 5, Lance Dewease on Sept. 30, Steve Kinser on Oct. 1
1993 – Dave Blaney on May 27, Don Kreitz Jr., on May 28, Dave Blaney on June 4, Steve Kinser on Aug. 5, Steve Kinser on Oct. 1, Don Kreitz Jr. on Oct. 3
1992 – Mark Kinser on May 21, Don Kreitz Jr., on May 22, Don Kreitz Jr., on May 29, Steve Kinser on July 30, Steve Kinser on July 31, Keith Kauffman on Oct. 2, Steve Kinser on Oct. 3
1991 – Steve Kinser on May 23, Steve Kinser on May 24, Sammy Swindell on May 31, Mark Kinser on Aug. 1, Steve Kinser on Aug. 2, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 4, Stevie Smith on Oct. 6
1990 – Steve Kinser on May 24, Steve Kinser on May 25, Sammy Swindell on June 1, Steve Kinser on Aug. 2, Steve Kinser on Aug. 3, Steve Kinser on Sept. 28, Steve Kinser on Sept. 29
1989 – Bobby Allen on May 25, Sammy Swindell on May 26, Bobby Allen on June 2, Bobby Davis Jr., on July 27, Bobby Davis Jr., on July 28, Stevie Smith on Sept. 29, Stevie Smith on Sept. 30
1988 – Bobby Davis, Jr. on May 26, Bobby Davis Jr., on May 27, Mark Kinser on June 3, Cris Eash on July 28, Steve Kinser on July 29
1987 – Ron Shuman on May 21, Steve Kinser on May 22, Steve Kinser on May 29, Steve Kinser on July 30, Steve Kinser on July 31
1986 – Doug Wolfgang on May 22, Doug Wolfgang on May 23, Bobby Allen on May 30, Jac Haudenschild on July 31, Bobby Allen on Aug. 1
1985 – Keith Kauffman on May 24, Steve Kinser on May 31, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 1, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 2
1984 – Steve Kinser on May 24, Steve Kinser on May 25, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 1, Brad Doty on Aug. 2, Steve Kinser on Aug. 3
1983 – Bobby Davis, Jr. on May 26, Bobby Davis Jr., on May 27, Steve Kinser on Aug. 4, Sammy Swindell on Aug. 5
1982 – Sammy Swindell on May 13, Bobby Allen on May 14, Bobby Allen on May 21
1981 – Steve Kinser on June 5, Steve Kinser on June 12
1980 – Sammy Swindell on May 16, Bill Stief on July 25, Keith Kauffman on July 26
1979 – Lynn Paxton on July 27
1978 – Kramer Williamson on Sept. 24

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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Double Dose of Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Ahead for World of Outlaws

The Pevely, MO oval is set for its first of two doubleheaders this year

PEVELY, MO (April 11, 2023) - The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are heading to one of the country’s best bullrings.

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 may be a third of a mile in distance, but it races every bit like a quarter mile with its narrow confines and high banks. The Pevely, MO racetrack routinely produces some of the sport’s most unforgettable moments and is one of the fastest tracks for its size.

After a weekend in the northwest corner of Missouri and southeast region of Kansas, The Greatest Show on Dirt is headed south of St. Louis this weekend (April 14-15) to I-55 for the first of a pair of Pevely doubleheaders. The Series will return for the Ironman 55 (August 4-5), which puts $20,000 on the line for whoever conquers the demanding 55-lap finale.

As an added bonus, the best Sprint Car drivers will be joined by the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets presented by Toyota each night and will again for Ironman weekend in August.

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

CHAMPIONSHIP FIGHT: This past weekend at U.S. 36 Raceway and 81 Speedway proved to be eventful within the standings as the top three jockeyed for positioning on both nights.

Carson Macedo came out looking the best with a rise from third to the lead. A pair of podiums elevated the Lemoore, CA native atop the points for the first time this year.

It was a rollercoaster weekend for Brad Sweet with a Friday ascent before Saturday’s descent. The four-time and defending champion jumped into the top spot thanks to a third place effort to open the weekend. Then an incident Saturday at 81 Speedway resulting in a 14th-place finish dropped him to third.

David Gravel entered as the points leader, but a Friday crash caused him to slip to third. The Big Game Motorsports driver rebounded on Saturday with a podium to rise to the runner-up spot.

PEVELY PROS: In recent years, it’s been nearly a guarantee that Brad Sweet or Sheldon Haudenschild will be in the running for the win in Pevely. The duo has combined to win nine of the last 13 trips to I-55.

Haudenschild’s success has been highlighted by his famed 2019 Ironman victory when he lapped up to sixth place and won by more than 10 seconds. The Wooster, OH native owns three more I-55 triumphs – one in 2020 and a weekend sweep of the Ironman in 2021. The pilot of the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17 has also posted top fives in 12 of his 17 starts at the track.

Sweet’s recent record in Pevely is wildly consistent. In his last 14 starts at the third-mile, the Kasey Kahne Racing driver has posted five wins, 12 podiums (including the last seven), and a 2.86 average finish.

I-55 IMPROVEMENT: Early on in his career, Carson Macedo struggled at I-55, but he’s completed turned that narrative around.

The driver of the Jason Johnson Racing #41 has made 14 World of Outlaws starts in Pevely. In the first seven starts, Macedo’s best finish was seventh with an average finish of 14.4. The seven since yielded a pair of victories – both last year – and a 4.6 average finish.

Macedo looks to keep the momentum rolling to pad his points lead.

SCHUCHART SEEKING WIN: The driver highest in points yet to visit Victory Lane this season is Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart.

The Hanover, PA native has been close this year with five top fives through 12 races, but the top spot has eluded him.

I-55 has been kind to Schuchart. He triumphed in the 2018 Ironman 55 and owns 12 top fives in his most recent 15 starts.

J-MAC MOTORING IN MISSOURI: James McFadden has already won twice this season, and his record at I-55 suggests another triumph could arrive this weekend.

The Roth Motorsports driver is yet to win in Pevely, but he’s earned top fives in five of his last six starts including a trio of podiums.

McFadden is coming off tallying his third top five of 2023 at 81 Speedway.

SCELZI’S STEPPINGSTONES: After a tough start to the year, Gio Scelzi continues to improve during his rookie campaign.

The Fresno, CA native has only missed the top 10 once in the last seven races, and this past weekend Scelzi posted his two best finishes of the season. On Friday at U.S. 36 Raceway he brought the KCP Racing #18 home seventh, then improved to sixth Saturday at 81 Speedway.

Scelzi’s I-55 experience is limited, but in three starts at the Missouri oval he has earned one of his 14 career Series podiums.

INVADERS: Plenty of drivers are expected to be on hand to complete a stout field.

Among those who could best the World of Outlaws is Rico Abreu. The St. Helena, CA native has already won twice with The Greatest Show on Dirt in 2023 including the most recent event – the $20,000 to win Jason Johnson Classic. Pevely is one of two tracks where Abreu has won multiple Series events. He topped the 2016 Ironman finale and the 2018 Ironman opener.

Justin Peck and Buch Motorsports plan to be in action. The 24-year-old finished eighth on both nights of the Ironman weekend last year. The Monrovia, IN native is also a former I-55 winner in MOWA Sprint Car action (’18).

Buddy Kofoid is yet to miss a 2023 World of Outlaws race, and he expects that to continue in Pevely. Despite not being a full-time competitor, Kofoid still sits fifth in points courtesy of he and CMS Racing’s early season strength that’s including a Talladega Short Track victory and four podiums.

Others expected to compete include Joe B. Miller (Millersville, MO), Ryan Timms (Oklahoma City, OK), Ayrton Gennetten (Versailles, MO), Jake Neuman (New Berlin, IL), Blake Hahn (Sapulpa, OK), and more.

CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (12/84 Races)

1. 41 – Carson Macedo (1684 PTS) 2. 2 – David Gravel (-8PTS) 3. 49 – Brad Sweet (-20PTS) 4. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-58PTS) 5. 11 – Michael Kofoid (-66PTS) 6. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-88PTS) 7. 15 – Donny Schatz (-136PTS) 8. 83 – James McFadden (-138PTS) 9. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-140PTS) 10. 18 – Gio Scelzi (-170PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (7 Drivers):

3 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2)

2 wins – Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49), James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83), Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24)

1 win – Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41), Rico Abreu Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11), Sheldon Haudenschild (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17)

FEATURE LAPS LED (9 Drivers):

64 laps – Brad Sweet

60 laps – James McFadden

54 laps – David Gravel

46 laps – Buddy Kofoid

43 laps – Rico Abreu

39 laps – Carson Macedo

21 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild

10 laps – Anthony Macri, Cory Eliason

9 laps – Gio Scelzi, Brent Marks

LOW-E INSULATION QUICKTIME AWARDS (8 Drivers):

4 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo

2 QuickTimes – David Gravel

1 QuickTime – Anthony Macri, Logan Schuchart, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Buddy Kofoid, Rico Abreu

HEAT RACE WINNERS (16 Drivers):

6 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid, David Gravel

5 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo

4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks

3 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild

2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi, Brad Sweet, Jacob Allen

1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Rico Abreu

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (23 Drivers):

9 Dashes – David Gravel

8 Dashes – Carson Macedo

7 Dashes – Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet

6 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid, Jacob Allen

5 Dashes – Spencer Bayston

4 Dashes – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu, Gio Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild

3 Dashes – Donny Schatz, James McFadden

2 Dashes – Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss

1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Robbie Price, Cory Eliason, Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (10 Drivers):

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson, Ryan Timms, Ayrton Gennetten

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (9 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Tyler Courtney

1 Hard Charger – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart, Justin Peck

PODIUM FINISHES (15 Drivers):

6 Podiums – Brad Sweet, David Gravel

5 Podiums – Carson Macedo

4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid

2 Podiums – Jacob Allen, James McFadden, Sheldon Haudenschild, Rico Abreu

1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Logan Schuchart, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Brent Marks

TOP 10 FINISHES (26 Drivers):

12 Top 10s – Carson Macedo

10 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart

9 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild

8 Top 10s – Michael Kofoid

6 Top 10s – James McFadden, Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi, Rico Abreu

5 Top 10s – Donny Schatz

4 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Jacob Allen, Justin Peck

3 Top 10s – Kasey Kahne, Tyler Courtney

2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss

1 Top 10 – Cory Eliason, Robbie Price, Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Blake Hahn, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

1. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)

2. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)

3. Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)

4. Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)

5. Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)

6. Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)

7. Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)

8. Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)

9. Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)

10. Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)

11. Fri, April 7 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)

12. Sat, April 8 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (2)

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Xtreme Midgets Ready for Doubleheader with World of Outlaws at I-55

First two of 11 Xtreme-POWRi Challenge Series races, Abreu makes Xtreme debut doing double duty

PEVELY, MO (April 10, 2023) – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota gets back into action at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 this Friday-Saturday night, April 14-15, for the I-55 Outlaw Showdown weekend.

Racing alongside the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, the Xtreme Outlaws team-up with the POWRi National Midget League for the first of 11 races on the newly announced Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series, which awards a $2,500 check to the winner of the miniseries.

The Midgets will take to the track for two consecutive nights, racing 30 laps for a $4,000 grand prize Friday night before a 35-lap, $5,000-to-win Feature on Saturday.

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

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT – Jade Avedisian has some work to do if she wants to keep her 30-point gap in the Series points standings this weekend.

In the Series’ last venture out to I-55 last August, Avedisian struggled to find a rhythm, resulting in finishes of 15th and 14th in the two-day event. Those were two of her final starts for her former team at Chad Boat Industries and has since made the transition over to her new team at Keith Kunz Motorsports – a group which she’s already won with once in two Series starts.

After the first victory of the year in March at the Southern Illinois Center, she took that points lead out of the building, and in doing so broke another record, becoming the first female in dirt track racing history to lead the points standings of a national Midget tour.

A CHANCE FOR TWO – Chance Crum took home a big trophy after the Series’ debut at I-55 last year, winning the Friday night portion of the Ironman 55 weekend and picking up his first career Xtreme Outlaw victory.

He makes his return to Pevely this weekend on the heels of a fourth-place run in the Rudeen Racing #26 three weekends ago in Oklahoma with POWRi, leading the majority of the laps before falling back before the checkered.

The 25-year-old from Snohomish, WA, currently sits sixth in the Series points standings after finishes of 13th and fifth in Du Quoin last month.

SO CLOSE, NOT SO FAR – Only 0.3 seconds separated 20-year-old Karter Sarff from his first career Series victory at I-55 last year.

Sarff, of Mason City, IL, started third on the grid and stayed in the top-three the entire race, taking the lead early and leading laps 5-14 before giving it up to Crum at the halfway point. Sarff maintained pace with Crum and made it exciting with a last-ditch effort out of Turn 4 coming to the stripe on the final lap but was unsuccessful, settling for runner-up.

This weekend, he’ll get another chance at the Xtreme Outlaw field, as he saddles up his Provisio Partners #21K after making both Features last month in Du Quoin.

LOOKING UP – If his past starts at I-55 are any indication, Zach Daum has a lot to look forward to this weekend as he climbs back behind the wheel of his self-owned King Chassis #5d.

Daum, the defending Series champion from Pocahontas, IL, ended up +12 in position over Ironman 55 weekend last year with runs of ninth-to-fifth on Friday and 11th-to-third on Saturday. Though it wasn’t a win, Daum has been to I-55 Victory Lane before, taking the checkers in a POWRi event there in 2016.

I-55 comes at the right time for Daum, as he needs a couple strong finishes to get back in the hunt for his fifth national Midget championship. He currently sits 11th after a top-five and a DNF in Du Quoin.

BIG DEBUT – Fresh off his second win of the season against the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on Saturday night, Rico Abreu is set for his Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series debut this weekend.

Abreu, the 2014 USAC National Midget Series champion and two-time Chili Bowl Nationals winner from St. Helena, CA, will take the wheel of a Tanner Thorson Racing entry for his first career Xtreme Outlaw Series appearance, while also piloting his own Rico Abreu Racing #24 Sprint Car with the World of Outlaws.

He’s had success in both divisions at I-55 in the past, sweeping both POWRi Midget events on Ironman 55 weekend in 2019 and capturing the coveted 55-pound dumbbell trophy as Ironman 55 victor with the Sprint Car in 2016.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

When and where
• Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO

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

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

Current championship points standings (view full standings)
1. Jade Avedisian (442pts); 2. Kyle Jones 412pts (-30); 3. Landon Brooks 409pts (-33); 4. Shane Cottle 402pts (-40); 5. Gavin Miller 397pts (-45); 6. Chance Crum 387pts (-55); 7. Thomas Meseraull 387pts (-55); 8. Cannon McIntosh 384pts (-58); 9. Mitchel Moles 381pts (-61); 10. Ethan Mitchell 364pts (-78).

Toyota Feature winners (2 drivers)
1 win – Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports); Jade Avedisian (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

Toyota Feature laps led (4 drivers)
26 laps – Thomas Meseraull
22 laps – Shane Cottle
14 laps – Jade Avedisian
8 laps – Cannon McIntosh

Whitz RC Racing Products Fast Time Awards (2 drivers)

1 Fast Time – Cannon McIntosh, Ethan Mitchell

Heat Race winners (9 drivers)
2 wins – Jade Avedisian
1 win – Austin Barnhill, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Corbin Rueschenberg, Nick Drake, Kyle Jones, Chance Crum

High-points honors
1 honor – Gavin Miller, Chance Crum

Last Chance Showdown wins (4 drivers)
1 win – Kyle Jones, Landon Brooks, Karter Sarff, Howard Moore

DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (2 drivers)
1 Award – Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson

Podium finishes (6 drivers)
1 podium – Cannon McIntosh, Shane Cottle, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Chase McDermand, Kyle Jones

Top-10 finishes (16 drivers)
2 top-10s – Jade Avedisian, Kyle Jones, Landon Brooks, Gavin Miller
1 top-10 – Shane Cottle, Chance Crum, Thomas Meseraull, Cannon McIntosh, Mitchel Moles, Ethan Mitchell, Zach Daum, Taylor Reimer, Chase McDermand, Chase Johnson, Austin Barnhill, Corbin Rueschenberg

2023 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 10 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)
2. Sat, March 11 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Jade Avedisian (2)

 

 

RICO ROLLS: Rico Abreu Banks $20,000 with Jason Johnson Classic Victory

Abreu continues hot start with second win in seven starts

WICHITA, KS (April 8, 2023) - The 81 Speedway fans roared as a victorious Rico Abreu climbed atop his wing and held up four fingers on one hand and a single finger on the other.

The St. Helena, CA native was signaling his support to the man everyone showed up to salute Saturday night, Jason Johnson.

Abreu led the entirety of the fifth Jason Johnson Classic, holding off a late rally by Carson Macedo to seal the win and $20,000 payday. The trip to Victory Lane at the Wichita, KS track was his second with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars in 2023 through only seven starts.

It’s the first time since 2018 that Abreu has claimed multiple World of Outlaws Features in the same season. The 31-year-old is now up to 11 triumphs with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

With Bobbi and Jaxx Johnson joining Abreu in his celebration on the front stretch in front of filled grandstands, emotion swelled for Abreu as he soaked in one of his most meaningful career victories.

“These wins become really emotional when you get up here on the front straightaway in front of a packed house and in front of Jaxx,” Abreu said, patting Jason’s son on the shoulder. “It’s a very cherishing moment for my team and I. We’re all our here racing for Jason Johnson’s legacy.”

Early on Abreu announced he would be tough to beat as he snatched the lead from the outside of the front row when the green flag flew. Behind him Carson Macedo and David Gravel began a war for the runner-up spot with Gravel securing it just before a yellow flag flew.

The opening stage of the race became marred by stoppages including one for championship point leader, Brad Sweet, as he was involved in a multi-car incident entering Turn 1. The four-time and defending champion was able to make repairs and rejoin.

Officials made the decision to utilize single file restarts for the remainder of the main event after the early issues, and it paid off as the yellow flag would not fly again for the balance of the race.

Once the race established a rhythm, Abreu pulled ahead on a clear track, and even in early parts of navigating traffic, Abreu kept two of the country’s best in Macedo and Gravel safely behind. Abreu credited his team, led by Ricky Warner, and their growing chemistry for the speed of his #24 machine.

“It all comes down to my team. They do an amazing job,” Abreu said. “Ricky, his critical thinking, and the way Zack adapts to Ricky’s thinking, and how Brady works through and processes things. It’s so cool to see.”

Late in the going, Abreu was forced to fend off a late challenge from the man wheeling the Jason Johnson Racing ride, Macedo. The Lemoore, CA native found some speed on the very top of Turns 1 and 2 and used it to close on Abreu as the laps waned.

Abreu crossed the start/finish line with two to go and made a decision he seldom had all race – going to the bottom of Turn 1. This allowed Macedo to get an even bigger run on the cushion and close quickly exiting Turn 2.

As they screamed down the back straightaway, Macedo ducked low with hopes of throwing a slider in turn three. But Abreu protected the spot and didn’t allow Macedo to edge ahead. The JJR #41 slipped up the track mid-corner, allowing Abreu to pull away with the white flag in his sights.

When the checkered flag flew, Abreu’s advantage had grown back to nearly a second as he became the eighth different winner at 81 Speedway through 14 Series visits and the fifth different winner of the Jason Johnson Classic.

“I knew the #41 was behind me because of the scoreboard on the front stretch, and I knew he was giving it all he had,” Abreu explained. “It’s the style of Carson racing. So, just to be up here and racing in front of the best Sprint Car fans in the world is an unbelievable feeling.”

Macedo wound up second, marking his third consecutive podium. The recent consistency paid off in elevating him into the points lead. While Macedo wanted more than anything to park the JJR ride in Victory Lane for the Jason Johnson Classic, he still walked away with his head held high with a second-place effort and sitting atop the standings.

“It would’ve been really cool to park the Jason Johnson Racing car in Victory Lane at Jason Johnson’s race, but nevertheless we were on the podium again and had a solid night,” Macedo said. “At the end there I gave it everything I had and then some to try and win it.”

Rounding out the top-three was Watertown, CT’s David Gravel. The Big Game Motorsports driver was strong during all 30 laps, even claiming the runner-up spot on multiple occasions, before taking home third. The effort equaled him with Brad Sweet (6) for the most podiums this season. He also moved into second in the standings.

“It was a good effort,” Gravel said. “I wish Carson didn’t get by me there right after that red flag and then I maybe could’ve had a shot at Rico because Rico was searching quite a bit in (turns) one and two.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are heading to Pevely, MO for a pair of nights (April 14-15) at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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

 

81 Speedway KS   4/8/23

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 3. 2-David Gravel[3]; 4. 5-Spencer Bayston[4]; 5. 83-James McFadden[7]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[6]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[9]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen[10]; 10. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[15]; 11. 11-Michael Kofoid[12]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[8]; 13. 15-Donny Schatz[17]; 14. 49-Brad Sweet[11]; 15. 7S-Robbie Price[16]; 16. 25-Scott Bogucki[19]; 17. 1X-Jake Bubak[18]; 18. 21-Brian Brown[13]; 19. 52-Blake Hahn[23]; 20. 20G-Noah Gass[24]; 21. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[22]; 22. 13-Justin Peck[14]; 23. 8-Aaron Reutzel[20]; 24. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[21]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[2]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[3]; 4. 20G-Noah Gass[5]; 5. 5T-Ryan Timms[4]; 6. 24W-Garet Williamson[9]; 7. 1J-Danny Jennings[7]; 8. 9S-Kyle Clark[8]; 9. 2B-Brett Becker[12]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson[6]; 11. 6-Bill Rose[11]; 12. 9-Kasey Kahne[10]

Toyota Dash (6 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[2]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[1]; 3. 2-David Gravel[4]; 4. 5-Spencer Bayston[6]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[3]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 7. 83-James McFadden[7]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[8]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 83-James McFadden[2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[3]; 4. 21-Brian Brown[4]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 6. 52-Blake Hahn[6]; 7. 20G-Noah Gass[8]; 8. 24W-Garet Williamson[7]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[2]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen[3]; 4. 13-Justin Peck[4]; 5. 1X-Jake Bubak[7]; 6. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[5]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson[8]; 8. 9-Kasey Kahne[6]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 4. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[4]; 5. 25-Scott Bogucki[6]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[5]; 7. 1J-Danny Jennings[7]; 8. 6-Bill Rose[8]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu[1]; 2. 5-Spencer Bayston[4]; 3. 11-Michael Kofoid[2]; 4. 7S-Robbie Price[3]; 5. 8-Aaron Reutzel[5]; 6. 5T-Ryan Timms[6]; 7. 9S-Kyle Clark[7]; 8. 2B-Brett Becker[8]

Qualifying: 1. 2-David Gravel, 00:13.234[25]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:13.319[20]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:13.344[15]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:13.368[19]; 5. 83-James McFadden, 00:13.382[10]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:13.396[31]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:13.405[28]; 8. 11-Michael Kofoid, 00:13.407[1]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:13.455[14]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:13.456[23]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:13.464[4]; 12. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:13.490[16]; 13. 21-Brian Brown, 00:13.519[24]; 14. 13-Justin Peck, 00:13.526[26]; 15. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 00:13.563[3]; 16. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:13.570[9]; 17. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:13.584[30]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 00:13.601[13]; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 00:13.608[5]; 20. 8-Aaron Reutzel, 00:13.637[7]; 21. 52-Blake Hahn, 00:13.649[21]; 22. 9-Kasey Kahne, 00:13.667[18]; 23. 25-Scott Bogucki, 00:13.728[32]; 24. 5T-Ryan Timms, 00:13.786[2]; 25. 24W-Garet Williamson, 00:13.878[6]; 26. 1X-Jake Bubak, 00:13.895[11]; 27. 1J-Danny Jennings, 00:14.057[12]; 28. 9S-Kyle Clark, 00:14.072[17]; 29. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:14.220[22]; 30. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 00:14.222[8]; 31. 6-Bill Rose, 00:14.505[27]; 32. 2B-Brett Becker, 00:14.785[29]

 

 

MISSOURI MASTERPIECE: Sheldon Haudenschild Tops Barn Burner at U.S. 36 Raceway

Haudenschild gives his father a fitting birthday gift

OSBORN, MO (April 7, 2023) - On Friday night at U.S. 36 Raceway, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars delivered a gem that fans will be talking about for years to come.

A race-long war for the top spot produced slider after slider and crossover after crossover along with one unforgettable three wide pass around the outside. Once the dust settled at the Osborn, MO oval, it was Sheldon Haudenschild who arose victorious after a 30-lap donnybrook against fellow stars – Carson Macedo, David Gravel, and Brad Sweet.

The triumph marked his 32nd win with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and second consecutive at U.S. 36 after topping the 2020 race.

In fitting fashion, Haudenschild also won on his father, Jac’s, birthday. The Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing gasser made his dad proud by winning in the wild, white-knuckle fashion “The Wild Child” became famous for. 

Haudenschild is now only the second driver to top multiple World of Outlaws races at U.S. 36, joining Joey Saldana. It’s the seventh different track where he’s earned at least two Series victories.

For Haudenschild and the team, who had been combating some early season struggles, the triumph also served as a welcome confidence boost.

“Happy Birthday to my dad. He was probably pacing around the kitchen there for a while,” Haudenschild said with a laugh in Victory Lane. “Hats off to (Kyle) Ripper, Danny, Gravy. They’ve been working hard, and when you struggle to start the season, it’s tough. You’ve got to keep your spirits up and keep the whole team motivated. So, I’m just really happy with the whole night.”

The early part of the race was controlled by Carson Macedo as he darted to the lead from the second starting spot and Haudenschild slotted into second.

Macedo went mostly unchallenged for the first third of the race, but after the second of a pair of debris cautions, the intensity of the fight for the lead skyrocketed. David Gravel went from fourth to second on the restart and then briefly to the lead on the next circuit before Macedo slid back by.

Then the next lap brought a move from Haudenschild that the entire Sprint Car community will fondly remember for a while. As Macedo and Gravel went wheel to wheel through Turns 3 and 4, Haudenschild ripped his NOS Energy Drink #17 around the top, making it three wide and squeezing by for the lead as they hit the front straightaway.

“I actually hesitated, thought about not doing it, and then just kind of sent it,” Haudenschild explained. “I actually kind of shot down the front stretch there. I was pretty much doing a wallride and just happy Carson left us enough room to squeeze through there. I feel like that’s kind of how you have to race these places sometimes – just get your elbows up and let ‘er eat.”

As soon as Haudenschild took the lead, the Wooster, OH native wasted no time pulling ahead of Macedo and the rest of the field.

A yellow flag just before the halfway point rekindled the battle for the top spot. On the restart, Haudenschild and Macedo traded sliders before Macedo secured the position.

On the next restart following a red flag, eighth-starting Brad Sweet emerged as a contender for the win as he moved by Haudenschild for the runner-up spot. The Kasey Kahne Racing pilot stayed close behind Macedo before the caution again flew with only nine laps remaining. The yellow was for championship leader Gravel who crashed entering Turn 1 and collected Spencer Bayston.

The short dash to the checkered flag set the stage for a thrilling finish. When racing resumed, Sweet threw a slider but Macedo barely got around him on the top. On the next lap, Sweet’s slide job was successful, but Macedo turned his Jason Johnson Racing #41 under Sweet and edged ahead entering Turn 3.

Behind them, Haudenschild was licking his chops as the two ahead dueled, allowing him to close in on their tail tanks. On Lap 24, Haudenschild dipped under Sweet for second heading down the backstretch. Then on the next circuit heading into Turn 1, he threw a huge slider on Macedo, clearing him and not allowing Macedo to crossover.

After completing the pass for the lead, Haudenschild pulled away and went on to claim the checkered flag with nearly a second and a half advantage, kicking off a stretch of the calendar that they’ve had circled in the best way possible.

“Ripper and I have been looking at the schedule and kind of been pointing at this weekend and on,” Haudenschild said. “I feel like we really have some tracks that we’re good at and have some work to do in some other places. But, overall I’m just happy to get a win pretty early in the season and just build off this.”

Macedo held on for second in the Jason Johnson Racing #41 after leading 18 laps. The Lemoore, CA native’s second straight podium and the 71st of his career was good enough to move him from third to second in points.

“Tonight was probably really exciting to be a fan but stressful for me in the car,” Macedo said with a smile. “Brad kind of got me talked out of the top, which was a mistake, I think. And then when I moved down, Sheldon ripped around me. I feel like, all in all, it’s tough to be upset with second, but I feel like I had a car to win there and just kind of didn’t get it done.”

Completing the podium was the red-hot Brad Sweet in the Napa Auto Parts #49. “The Big Cat” is now at six podiums in the last eight races. The biggest benefit to his 263rd career podium was the fact that it elevated him into the points lead for the first time all season after Gravel’s issue as Sweet pursues a fifth consecutive championship.

“I wish when I slid Carson, I would’ve been more committed to it,” Sweet admitted. “I figured I had him cleared, but I never want to run into anybody. So, I left a lane open, and he came to my inside. I think if I would’ve got to the cushion, I could’ve made more speed down the backstretch and cleared him. And with clear track, you never know what I could’ve done in lapped traffic, but I left a lane open for Sheldon, and he just picked his way through like Sheldon does sometimes.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars travel to 81 Speedway in Wichita Kansas on Saturday, April 8 for the $20,000 to win Jason Johnson Classic. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all the action on DIRTVision.

US 36 Raceway MO   4/7/23

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[8]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[3]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu[7]; 7. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[9]; 8. 13-Justin Peck[21]; 9. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[15]; 10. 11-Michael Kofoid[16]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz[11]; 12. 83-James McFadden[13]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen[5]; 14. 5T-Ryan Timms[19]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[14]; 16. 8-Aaron Reutzel[23]; 17. 7S-Robbie Price[20]; 18. 21-Brian Brown[12]; 19. 20G-Noah Gass[24]; 20. 14T-Tim Estenson[17]; 21. 2-David Gravel[4]; 22. 5-Spencer Bayston[10]; 23. 9-Kasey Kahne[22]; 24. 24W-Garet Williamson[18]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 5T-Ryan Timms[7]; 2. 7S-Robbie Price[2]; 3. 13-Justin Peck[1]; 4. 9-Kasey Kahne[4]; 5. 8-Aaron Reutzel[3]; 6. 20G-Noah Gass[8]; 7. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[6]; 8. 52-Blake Hahn[10]; 9. 81-Jack Dover[13]; 10. 2B-Brett Becker[12]; 11. 22-Riley Goodno[9]; 12. 6-Bill Rose[5]; 13. 22S-Slater Helt[11]

Toyota Dash (8 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[2]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[3]; 4. 2-David Gravel[6]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen[4]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 1A-Jacob Allen[2]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu[1]; 4. 5-Spencer Bayston[6]; 5. 83-James McFadden[3]; 6. 11-Michael Kofoid[7]; 7. 13-Justin Peck[5]; 8. 6-Bill Rose[9]; 9. 20G-Noah Gass[11]; 10. 52-Blake Hahn[8]; 11. 81-Jack Dover[10]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[4]; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[6]; 6. 14T-Tim Estenson[5]; 7. 8-Aaron Reutzel[8]; 8. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[7]; 9. 22-Riley Goodno[9]; 10. 22S-Slater Helt[10]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[2]; 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[3]; 4. 21-Brian Brown[4]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[7]; 6. 24W-Garet Williamson[6]; 7. 9-Kasey Kahne[8]; 8. 5T-Ryan Timms[9]; 9. 7S-Robbie Price[5]; 10. 2B-Brett Becker[10]

Qualifying: 1. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:10.652[24]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:10.704[25]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:10.716[16]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:10.731[3]; 5. 2-David Gravel, 00:10.732[11]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:10.736[14]; 7. 83-James McFadden, 00:10.780[12]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:10.807[26]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:10.810[22]; 10. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:10.811[28]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:10.821[2]; 12. 21-Brian Brown, 00:10.840[15]; 13. 13-Justin Peck, 00:10.852[23]; 14. 14T-Tim Estenson, 00:10.865[19]; 15. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:10.872[6]; 16. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:10.875[17]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 00:10.878[5]; 18. 24W-Garet Williamson, 00:10.881[21]; 19. 11-Michael Kofoid, 00:10.886[30]; 20. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 00:10.964[20]; 21. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 00:11.000[27]; 22. 52-Blake Hahn, 00:11.053[9]; 23. 8-Aaron Reutzel, 00:11.053[29]; 24. 9-Kasey Kahne, 00:11.086[10]; 25. 6-Bill Rose, 00:11.215[4]; 26. 22-Riley Goodno, 00:11.243[18]; 27. 5T-Ryan Timms, 00:11.343[8]; 28. 81-Jack Dover, 00:11.344[7]; 29. 22S-Slater Helt, 00:11.377[13]; 30. 2B-Brett Becker, 00:11.834[31]; 31. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:12.038[1]

 

 

PUZZLE PIECES: Varying Paths Lead to Strong Formation at Jason Johnson Racing

Macedo, Dietz, Knipp, and Repetz helping continue Jason Johnson’s legacy

WICHITA, KS (April 6, 2023) - During his appearance on Open Red this week, Jason Johnson Racing Tire Specialist, Nate Repetz, compared he and his fellow team members to puzzle pieces.

It’s an appropriate metaphor for this cast. Each piece of a puzzle has its own distinct size and shape, and when paired with the proper counterpart, they build toward a common goal.

The group consisting of Carson Macedo, Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp, and Repetz all took various paths before connecting at JJR, and they’ve proven to work well in reaching a shared goal – continuing the legacy of Jason Johnson.

The fifth Jason Johnson Classic is set for Saturday, April 8 at 81 Speedway (Wichita, KS). In the years since Johnson’s passing, the team he constructed has moved forward and maintained its status as one of the top organizations on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour. No driver won more races than Macedo’s 22 victories from 2021-2022, and the team currently sits a strong third in World of Outlaws points.

For Macedo, his path didn’t cross with Johnson’s as he navigated the early parts of his career in California and eventually the Midwest. Oddly enough, it wasn’t until a trip overseas when Macedo began to get acquainted with “The Ragin’ Cajun.”

“I actually got to spend a little bit of time getting to know him (Johnson) over in Australia because we were the only two Americans that were racing over in Australia the year that I kind of got closer to him,” Macedo reflected. “I think that was the year prior to 2018, so kind of 2017-2018 off-season. He was just a really good dude.”

After Johnson’s accident in 2018, Macedo received the opportunity to drive for the team and picked up an emotional triumph during his prelim at the Knoxville 360 Nationals – also his debut in the #41. Then, ahead of 2021, the Lemoore, CA native was tabbed as the team’s full-time driver for the World of Outlaws tour.

“Now, getting to drive for Jason Johnson Racing I’ve seen all of the pieces of the puzzle that he had in place to build such a superpower team, in my opinion, with such great partners,” Macedo said. “I’ve said this to so many people. You don’t get that many good people involved in a team without being a really good person. The sponsors and the partners that he had in place and the people I’ve met through this team have been nothing short of amazing. I think that speaks for everything as far as his story and what he stood for.”

Johnson was the cousin of team crew chief/co-owner, Philip Dietz. Much of their time progressing in the motorsports world was spent together including many victories and a couple championships. 

“Obviously, it’s very tough to show up and not have him here (at the racetrack),” Dietz said. “We miss him every day, and it’s hard to believe we’re coming up on five years.”

Dietz’ status as one of the most respected crew chiefs in the sport developed in large part due to his success alongside his family member. Now, Dietz oversees the operation how he knows Johnson would want.

“I think, for me, I still treat it like its Jason’s team. To me, it doesn’t really feel much different,” Dietz said of his ownership role. “He kind of set the standard years ago for how he wanted our team to represent between preparation, sponsorship, and professionalism.”

Serving as team car chief is former driver on the World of Outlaws tour, Clyde Knipp. Growing up in Missouri, home of Jason Johnson Racing, Knipp spent his early teenage years sweeping floors at the JJR shop – an opportunity to be around the sport he loved and a figure within it that he admired. Just a few years later, the then 17-year-old Knipp joined the Series with Johnson mentoring him at times. After departing from the driver’s seat, Knipp worked briefly on the Buch Motorsports crew before moving to his current role.

“Going back to Jason and I’s relationship, he taught me a lot about life and getting involved in the high level of Sprint Car racing with the World of Outlaws,” Knipp said. “Jason was always super hard on me but in a good way.

“To honor him at this race is very, very special. To be a part of the 41 crew with Philip Dietz as crew chief and alongside Carson Macedo and Nate Repetz, I feel like we have a really good shot at winning Jason’s race at 81 Speedway.”

The final piece to this puzzle is the aforementioned Nate Repetz. The Ag teacher turned tire specialist grew up in Pennsylvania as a fan of Jason Johnson. Like many, Repetz experienced a high level of emotion when Johnson won the iconic 2016 Knoxville Nationals.

“I still remember when he won the Nationals,” Repetz recalled. “I, obviously, had never been to Knoxville at that point, but I had the streaming up on the gate of my pickup truck while I was helping a friend work on some stuff. I remember hollering and screaming when that happened. It was really cool.”

At the time, Repetz could hardly imagine that just a few years later, he would be traveling on the World of Outlaws tour with JJR helping perpetuate Johnson’s race team and legacy.

“When this opportunity came up, I pretty much knew that if there was one Outlaw team I wanted to work for or that would be great to get my chance, it would be this #41 team,” Repetz said. “It really does mean a lot to be able to carry on this JJR legacy and keep things looking top notch through the fan perspective just like I used to have.”

This completed puzzle continues to honor Johnson’s legacy by fielding one of the strongest cars at the track every single night. The team has already picked up a win at Volusia Speedway Park, won the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown mini-points series, claimed four Simpson Performance Products Quick Time Awards – currently leading the Series, three ahead of the second most – and Macedo is the only driver yet to miss the top 10 this season.

This group has ensured that they not only have a great chance to win the Jason Johnson Classic in Johnson’s honor this weekend, but they have an opportunity to win at any night. But a win on Saturday in Kansas would mean a little more than the many checkered flags they’ve collected over these past couple years.

“It’s pretty cool to be going to 81 Speedway and racing the Jason Johnson Classic,” Macedo said. “I’ve raced it a few times but never been lucky enough to win it, but it sure would mean a hell of a lot to this team. I know they’ve won it before with David Gravel, but to me as a driver, I would love to win it with them. I know a lot of family and friends are going to be around for that race. I know my team – Philip, Clyde, Nate and Brooke (Dietz) as an owner, too, would be pretty ecstatic to be able to win that race.”

The World of Outlaws will first visit US 36 Raceway on Friday, April 7, before traveling to Kansas for the $20,000-to-win Jason Johnson Classic at 81 Speedway, Saturday, April 8. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the tracks, you can watch both nights of racing live on DIRTVision

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws Return For #LetsRaceTwo at Eldora, May 5-6

ROSSBURG, OH (April 5, 2023) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are set for a May visit at Eldora Speedway, May 5-6.

The two-day #LetsRaceTwo event brings The Greatest Show on Dirt to Ohio for the first time this season with a plethora of talent.

Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, four-time and reigning Series champion Brad Sweet, current points leader David Gravel, Carson Macedo, James McFadden, Logan Schuchart, Ohio's Sheldon Haudenschild and more will duel for $10,000 paydays each night at the Tony Stewart owned track.

TICKETS: CLICK HERE

Early Storylines:

GRAVEL EYES MORE: While he missed out on the bigger paydays, David Gravel still claimed two victories at Eldora Speedway during the famed Kings Royal week – bringing him to five wins overall at the “Big E” and three with the World of Outlaws.

He and his Big Game Motorsports team will be poised to add couple more trophies from the historic track to their collection this May and continued to extend their points lead as they’re both chasing their first World of Outlaws title.

SCHATZ’S ELDORA: Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz, driver of the CARQUEST/Advance Auto Parts #15 for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, has one of the best careers at Eldora, scoring 18 World of Outlaws victories there – including five Kings Royal triumphs.

He and his team will be looking for their first win at the track since 2019, when he won three of the six races there that year.

REIGNING STARS: Rico Abreu, who won with the World of Outlaws at Lincoln Speedway this year, scored the latest Series victory at Eldora in September. Before him, Brent Marks won the Historical Big 1 and was crowned King Brett the 39th at last year's Kings Royal.

Abreu’s victory was his first Eldora win with the World of Outlaws, but seventh overall at the track, having won there with the All Star Circuit of Champions and USAC Midgets before. Marks’ two victories brought him to five victories at the track and four with the World of Outlaws.

PREVIOUS ELDORA WINNERS:
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

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: US 36 Visit, $20,000 to win Jason Johnson Classic at 81 Kickoff Massive Midwest Swing for World of Outlaws

Gravel, Sweet, and Macedo attempting to separate themselves as tour hits the Heartland

OSBORN, MO (April 4, 2023) - After Texas two-steppin’ at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are set to begin an extended stay in America’s Heartland.

This Friday, April 7 The Greatest Show on Dirt heads to US 36 Raceway (Osborn, MO). It’ll be the sixth visit to the 3/8thmile and first since August of 2020. Then a four-hour drive southwest takes the tour to Wichita, KS where 81 Speedway hosts the fifth Jason Johnson Classic, awarding $20,000 to the winner. The World of Outlaws have visited the Kansas oval 13 times, but Saturday’s trip will be the first in six years and the first time its hosted the Jason Johnson Classic.

The double header will be the first of five consecutive weekends in the Midwest with a return to Missouri along with races in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio all awaiting the country’s best drivers.

Let’s look at some of this weekend’s top storylines:

TITLE TRIO: It’s still very early in the 2023 World of Outlaws season, but three drivers have established themselves as early championship favorites with roughly an eighth of the campaign in the books.

Ever since winning the season opener, David Gravel has refused to relinquish his spot atop the standings. The pilot of the Big Game Motorsports #2 hasn’t won since topping three of the five Volusia Speedway Park races to begin the year, but he’s maintained consistency with a streak of four straight top fives entering this weekend.

The Watertown, CT native has been strong at both tracks awaiting the tour this weekend. At 36, Gravel owns top fives in both of his Series starts. His one appearance at 81 (’17) yielded a podium.

Brad Sweet has been chipping away at Gravel’s lead and has it down to 26 markers courtesy of five top-two finishes in the last seven races. Like Gravel, Sweet owns a pair of World of Outlaws appearances in Osborn that resulted in top fives. The four-time champion finished fifth in Wichita in 2017.

Only six points behind Sweet in the standings is where Carson Macedo can be found. He’s fresh off posting his first podium since Volusia aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41. Saturday’s race is circled for the Lemoore, CA native as he’d love nothing more than parking the JJR machine in Victory Lane on the night honoring the late legend. It’ll be Macedo’s debut at 81 Speedway.

BAYSTON BUILDING MOMENTUM: After some early struggles in Florida, Spencer Bayston continues to head in the right direction with CJB Motorsports.

The Lebanon, IN native earned a pair of top 10s at Devil’s Bowl. After posting an 11.6 average finish in the first five races of the season, he’s improved to an 8.8 in the most recent five. The 24-year-old is now tied with Donny Schatz for seventh in points.

Bayston looks to keep rolling at a pair of tracks he’s yet to visit with the World of Outlaws.

OSBORN ENCORE?: Sheldon Haudenschild is known as one of the most exciting drivers on the World of Outlaws tour, and during the Series’ most recent visit to US 36, he gave a strong piece of evidence.

The Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing gasser came out of nowhere on the last lap and ripped around the outside of Brad Sweet to steal the win in the final corner with the checkered flag in sight.

After a tough weekend in Texas with finishes of 16th and 13th, the Wooster, OH native hopes for a similar outcome at this year’s Osborn invasion to kickstart his campaign with his first win of the year.

ONE WICHITA WINNER: Only a single driver who will be in attendance this weekend has visited Victory Lane at 81 Speedway in World of Outlaws competition – Donny Schatz.

The 10-time Series champion has topped the two most recent visits (’06 & ’17) to the Kansas oval. In four total starts there, his average finish is 3.75 with podiums in three of the four.

It’s been an up and down season so far for Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15. He owns five finishes of seventh or better, but the other half of the schedule has seen him land outside the top 10.

HONORING THE RAGIN’ CAJUN: Saturday in Kansas is much more than a race. It’s a chance to remember and honor a man who was unanimously revered in the pit area, Jason Johnson. For fellow drivers, the best way to do so is cementing their name as a Jason Johnson Classic winner.

The first edition in 2019 provided a moment that couldn’t have been scripted better when David Gravel wheeled the JJR #41 to victory.

Next up, it was the Series’ most recent winner and current Roth Motorsports driver, James McFadden, coming out on top by leading all 41 circuits.

Two years ago, Brad Sweet wheeled the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 to glory in the third edition.

Last season Jacob Allen outdueled Brady Bacon to jumpstart his breakout 2022 campaign that saw him go on to win four races.

All four of these full-time World of Outlaws will be looking to become the first multi-time winner of the event while a bevy of others aim to add their name to the list.

LOCAL FLAVOR: A variety of drivers local to the region are expected to join The Greatest Show on Dirt this weekend.

Grain Valley, MO’s Brian Brown aims to follow the tour for a second consecutive weekend. Brown owns a few ASCS Regional top fives at US 36 and topped an NCRA show at 81 Speedway back in ’08.

After making his season debut at Devil’s Bowl, Ayrton Gennetten plans to compete with the World of Outlaws again. The Versailles, MO native finished third in a 2020 ASCS race in Osborn and claimed the runner-up spot in a 2019 NCRA event in Wichita.

Blake Hahn is fresh off earning a top-10 finish in his World of Outlaws Feature debut. The wheelman from the nearby Sooner State has been close to victory at US 36 and has won with both NCRA (’18) and the ASCS Sooner Region (’22) at 81.

For tickets to US 36 Raceway and 81 Speedway, CLICK HERE.

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

CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (10/84 Races)

2 – David Gravel (1424 PTS); 2. 49 – Brad Sweet (-26PTS); 3. 41 – Carson Macedo (-32PTS); 4. 11 – Michael Kofoid (-64PTS); 5. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-74PTS); 6. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-114PTS); 7. 15 – Donny Schatz (-128PTS); 8. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-128PTS); 9. – 83 James McFadden (-144PTS); 10. 9 – Kasey Kahne (-176PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (6 Drivers):

3 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2)
2 wins – Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49), James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83)
1 win – Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41), Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24), Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11)

FEATURE LAPS LED (11 Drivers):

64 laps – Brad Sweet
60 laps – James McFadden
54 laps – David Gravel
46 laps – Buddy Kofoid
21 laps – Carson Macedo
13 laps – Rico Abreu
10 laps – Anthony Macri, Cory Eliason
9 laps – Gio Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brent Marks

LOW-E INSULATION QUICKTIME AWARDS (7 Drivers):

4 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo
1 QuickTime – Anthony Macri, Logan Schuchart, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, David Gravel, Buddy Kofoid

HEAT RACE WINNERS (14 Drivers):

6 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid
4 Heat Wins – David Gravel, Carson Macedo, Brent Marks
3 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart
2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi, Brad Sweet
1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Sheldon Haudenschild, Jacob Allen

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (22 Drivers):

7 Dashes – David Gravel, Brad Sweet
6 Dashes – Logan Schuchart, Buddy Kofoid, Carson Macedo
4 Dashes – Jacob Allen, Spencer Bayston, Brent Marks
3 Dashes – Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Rico Abreu,
2 Dashes – Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich, Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Robbie Price, Cory Eliason, Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (8 Drivers):

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (8 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden
1 Hard Charger – Tyler Courtney, Donny Schatz, Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Logan Schuchart

PODIUM FINISHES (15 Drivers):

5 Podiums – David Gravel, Brad Sweet
4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid
3 Podiums – Carson Macedo
2 Podiums – Jacob Allen, James McFadden
1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Logan Schuchart, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Rico Abreu, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Sheldon Haudenschild, Brent Marks

TOP 10 FINISHES (26 Drivers):

10 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
9 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, David Gravel
8 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart
7 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Buddy Kofoid
5 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, James McFadden, Spencer Bayston
4 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Gio Scelzi, Rico Abreu
3 Top 10s – Justin Peck, Jacob Allen, Kasey Kahne
2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Brian Brown, Danny Dietrich
1 Top 10 – Brock Zearfoss, Cory Eliason, Robbie Price, Tyler Courtney, Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Blake Hahn, Sam Hafertepe Jr

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)
Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)
Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)
Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)
Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)
Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)
Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)

 

 

POINTS UPDATE: Gravel Stays Strong; Sweet and Macedo Swap Spots

Latest points update after Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals (March 31-April1)

OSBORN, MO (April 3, 2023) - Keep up with the latest movers in the chase for the 2023 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship.

LATEST RACE(S): Devil’s Bowl Speedway (March 31-April 1)

CURRENT POINTS LEADER: With a pair of fourth-place efforts in Texas, David Gravel continued to hold his point lead. The Watertown, CT native hasn’t finished worse than fourth in the last four races and owns a 4.1 average finish for the season.

MOVERS:

Brad Sweet (+1): The four-time and reigning champion put together another productive weekend, topping Friday’s Feature and following it with a fifth on Saturday. After entering the weekend third in points and 32 markers out of the top spot, Sweet climbed into second – just 26 points behind Gravel.

“The Big Cat” has only missed the top five once in the last seven races and owns a 2.7 average finish over that span.

Carson Macedo (-1): The Jason Johnson Racing driver lost a spot but didn’t lose a ton of ground in the grand scheme of things. On night one, Macedo finished seventh then followed it with a third on Saturday – his first podium since Volusia.

Macedo slipped into third but is still only 32 points behind Gravel after trailing him by 28 points at the start of the weekend. He remains the only driver yet to miss the top 10 this season.

Michael Kofoid (+1): Finishes of fifth and second at Devil’s Bowl elevated Kofoid into fourth in the standings. However, his time there won’t be long as he and CMS Racing are running a part-time World of Outlaws schedule.

Logan Schuchart (-1): Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart posted results of sixth and 14th this past weekend, dropping him down to fifth in the standings.

While he would’ve preferred better finishes, the Hanover, PA native salvaged the second night by driving from 24th up to 14th, softening the blow in points and keeping the leaders not too far ahead.

TOP-10 IN POINTS:

1. David Gravel: 1424 Points (Big Game Motorsports #2)

2. Brad Sweet: -26 Points (Kasey Kahne Racing #49)

3. Carson Macedo: -32 Points (Jason Johnson Racing #41)

4. Buddy Kofoid: -64 Points (CMS Racing #11)

5. Logan Schuchart: -74 Points (Shark Racing #1S)

6. Sheldon Haudenschild: -114 Points (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17)

7. Donny Schatz: -128 Points (Tony Stewart Racing/Curb Agajanian #15)

8. Spencer Bayston: -128 Points (CJB Motorsports #5)

9. James McFadden: -144 Points (Roth Motorsports #83)

10. Kasey Kahne: -176 Points (Kasey Kahne Racing #9)

For full Series Points, CLICK HERE.

NEXT RACE(S): US 36 Raceway (Osborn, MO) on April 7 & 81 Speedway (Wichita, KS) on April 8 ($20,000 to win Jason Johnson Classic). For tickets, CLICK HERE.

 

 

J-MAC’S BACK: James McFadden Dominates Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals Finale for $20,000

McFadden tempers self-doubt with Devil’s Bowl victory

MESQUITE, TX (April 1, 2023) - Even after an early season World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win at Volusia Speedway Park, some doubt had begun to creep into James McFadden’s mind after a tough recent stretch.

Ever since starting the season strong in Florida with four top-10s in five races, the Roth Motorsports pilot endured some struggles that saw him post four straight results of 13th or worse heading into the Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals finale at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.

The doubt faded and confidence was restored Saturday night at the Mesquite, TX oval as McFadden engineered a dominating performance, leading all 30 laps on his way to a $20,000 payday. After managing only one World of Outlaws win in 2022, the 33-year-old now already owns two triumphs in 10 starts this year.

The victory marked the seventh of his career at the seventh different racetrack in the seventh different state and his second with the Toyota Racing Development 410 Engine under the hood.

And of course, the Alice Springs, NT native honored tradition by celebrating the win with a shoey atop the wing.

“I’m just pumped,” said an emotional McFadden in Victory Lane. “The last few races have been tough for us as a team. You start to doubt your abilities and what we’re doing with the car. We’ve just been working really hard… I give credit to my guys. They’ve been working pretty hard. We’ve been, like I said, pretty terrible, tearing up racecars and doing silly things, so to reward them with a win tonight is great.”

The race began with what proved to be a pivotal start. On what was a blazingly fast racing surface, getting ahead early was key. McFadden started second alongside Toyota Dash winner, Buddy Kofoid. As the green flag flew, McFadden ripped around Kofoid to take the early lead.

“It was really important to get that start. I feel like if I would’ve let Buddy go on the start, he would’ve checked out,” McFadden explained. “I thought he (Kofoid) would’ve gone a little earlier. We were a little bit further around the corner, so I could get a run down the straightaway down the hill, so I got lucky there. We just put ourselves in the right position, and you have to with these guys from the moment you unload.”

For Kofoid, he initially thought his start was strong, but thought he potentially should’ve attempted something else after McFadden got around him.

“I felt like I restarted really good all weekend here,” Kofoid said. “I thought I had a good start, and James was just able to get around me, and that was probably what needed to happen differently for me.”

After grabbing the lead, McFadden wasted no time in building an early lead in the Roth #83. After just two circuits, the gap had grown to nearly a second and a half. An early caution as McFadden was beginning to negotiate traffic cleared the track for him, but it would be the final time the yellow flag would fly.

On the restart, McFadden darted ahead and built up the advantage again, but lapped traffic quickly proved to be an issue. As he navigated the slower cars, Kofoid quickly closed in. Unfortunately for the driver of the CMS Racing #11, a lane didn’t open before McFadden again pulled ahead by putting a lapped car between himself and Kofoid.

Eventually, McFadden got to a point in the pack when he was confident that he could simply ride behind them without fear of losing the lead as the laps dwindled.

“We were able to maneuver through some of those lapped cars,” McFadden recalled. “Then we got to (Brian) Brown and just sort of thought he was fast enough, so I don’t need to go do anything silly.”

McFadden proved himself right by patiently driving in Brown’s tire tracks while Kofoid struggled to clear a slower car between himself and McFadden. It appeared that a battle for the lead may shape up when the car between them pulled off with an issue, but ultimately McFadden proved to be too strong. He took the checkered flag with a 1.542 second advantage, helping to rekindle his early season confidence.

“Big thanks to Dennis and Teresa Roth for giving me this opportunity,” said a grateful McFadden. “The last couple of weeks have been pretty bad to watch, but to stand on the front straight here at Devil’s Bowl is pretty special.”

Kofoid held on to second to continue his impressive early season stretch. Entering this year, the Penngrove, CA native owned a pair of podiums in 24 World of Outlaws Feature starts, and he’s already up to four top-threes through 10 starts this year. With the pace of the field, Kofoid knew he needed to rely on McFadden to make a mistake that never happened.

“The track was just super heavy where it kind of made it hard to be a whole lot better than someone,” Kofoid commented. “Everyone was pretty much going the same speed, and you kind of saw that with lapped traffic. Everyone was just so fast. Once I got clear of the one lapper, I got back to James, but it was going to take a mistake from him for me to get by him.”

Completing the top-three was Carson Macedo. Like Kofoid, Macedo found it difficult to make up much ground on the car ahead with the amount of speed everyone was carrying. So, the Jason Johnson Racing driver settled for third, his 70th career podium and first since Volusia.

“The track was just really fast,” Macedo noted. “It made it tough to pass there in the Feature. I felt like we got to traffic, and I thought that would maybe mix it up, but it seemed like the lapped cars, once we got to them, we would kind of stall out behind their wings and go just as fast as them.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars begin a major Midwest swing next weekend with trips to US 36 Raceway in Osborn, MO and 81 Speedway in Wichita, KS. The latter is the fifth Jason Johnson Classic, awarding $20,000 to the winner. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-James McFadden[2]; 2. 11-Michael Kofoid[1]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 4. 2-David Gravel[6]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[5]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[7]; 7. 19-Brent Marks[3]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[11]; 9. 5-Spencer Bayston[8]; 10. 9-Kasey Kahne[10]; 11. 15-Donny Schatz[12]; 12. 20G-Noah Gass[14]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[16]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart[24]; 15. 17B-Bill Balog[13]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[20]; 17. 24-Rico Abreu[18]; 18. 88-Austin McCarl[15]; 19. 21-Brian Brown[22]; 20. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[17]; 21. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[23]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen[25]; 23. 6-Bill Rose[21]; 24. 2C-Wayne Johnson[19]; 25. 7S-Robbie Price[9]

KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart (24th to 14th)

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 2C-Wayne Johnson[1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[3]; 3. 6-Bill Rose[2]; 4. 21-Brian Brown[4]; 5. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[5]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[7]; 7. 1J-Danny Jennings[6]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen[8]; 9. 52-Blake Hahn[11]; 10. 4-Austin Mundie[9]; 11. 2B-Brett Becker[13]; 12. 1-Brenham Crouch[10]; 13. 6M-Blake Mallory[12]

Toyota Dash (6 Laps): 1. 11-Michael Kofoid[2]; 2. 83-James McFadden[4]; 3. 19-Brent Marks[3]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[5]; 6. 2-David Gravel[6]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[4]; 4. 9-Kasey Kahne[3]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog[6]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[9]; 8. 6-Bill Rose[7]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen[10]; 10. 52-Blake Hahn[8]; 11. 2B-Brett Becker[11]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 11-Michael Kofoid[1]; 2. 2-David Gravel[2]; 3. 5-Spencer Bayston[4]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[3]; 5. 20G-Noah Gass[6]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[7]; 7. 21-Brian Brown[9]; 8. 1J-Danny Jennings[10]; 9. 4-Austin Mundie[8]; 10. 2C-Wayne Johnson[5]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 19-Brent Marks[1]; 2. 83-James McFadden[2]; 3. 7S-Robbie Price[4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 5. 88-Austin McCarl[6]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu[5]; 7. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[7]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[9]; 9. 1-Brenham Crouch[8]; 10. 6M-Blake Mallory[10]

Qualifying: 1. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:13.617[25]; 2. 11-Michael Kofoid, 00:13.689[20]; 3. 19-Brent Marks, 00:13.695[9]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:13.701[31]; 5. 2-David Gravel, 00:13.780[11]; 6. 83-James McFadden, 00:13.784[10]; 7. 9-Kasey Kahne, 00:13.784[26]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:13.878[18]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:13.898[24]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 00:13.901[5]; 11. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:13.916[27]; 12. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:13.920[30]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:13.938[29]; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 00:13.965[22]; 15. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:14.002[15]; 16. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:14.007[12]; 17. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:14.091[14]; 18. 88-Austin McCarl, 00:14.092[13]; 19. 6-Bill Rose, 00:14.103[16]; 20. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 00:14.177[2]; 21. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 00:14.211[3]; 22. 52-Blake Hahn, 00:14.272[7]; 23. 4-Austin Mundie, 00:14.302[28]; 24. 1-Brenham Crouch, 00:14.325[8]; 25. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:14.339[17]; 26. 21-Brian Brown, 00:14.376[4]; 27. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:14.425[21]; 28. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:14.492[6]; 29. 1J-Danny Jennings, 00:14.495[19]; 30. 6M-Blake Mallory, 00:14.635[23]; 31. 2B-Brett Becker, 00:14.934[1]

Simpson Quick Time Award: Carson Macedo

 

MASTERING MESQUITE: Brad Sweet Rolls to Victory on Night One of Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals

The four-time champion earns back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-2021

After knocking down the door to his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win of the season last week, Brad Sweet made sure it stayed down in Texas.

On Friday night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, the “Big Cat” patiently waited for the right moment to pounce, and after taking the lead on Lap 10, Sweet never looked back on his way to victory on night one of the Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals.

The four-time and reigning Series champion now owns two straight wins after topping last Saturday’s event at Magnolia Motor Speedway, marking his first back-to-back triumphs since July of 2021. He’s now only three victories shy of equaling Stevie Smith (84 wins) for 10th on the all-time World of Outlaws win list. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver has also only missed the top two once in the last six races, giving him a 2.33 average finish over that span.

It’s clear that the dynamic between he and the KKR crew consisting of Eric Prutzman, Tye Wolfgang, and Andrew Bowman is as strong as ever as Sweet chases his fifth straight title.

“It’s an unbelievable team right now,” a grateful Sweet said in Victory Lane. “We’re just making such great decisions all night long. We didn’t unload that great. I think we threw four bars at it, changed everything under the sun. We went sixth to third in the Dash, but I still wasn’t that good, so we still even made some pretty big changes for the [Feature]. I’m just really impressed with our decision making. We’re really just working well together and trying to figure these tires out. It seems like we’ve got a good handle on it, really working for me right now. I’m just excited to keep it rolling.”

Sweet started the 25-lap Feature from row two but quickly jumped into the runner-up spot behind pole-sitter, Brent Marks, on the opening circuit.

As the early laps unfolded, Sweet made it clear he would have something for the Murray-Marks #19. The Napa Auto Parts #49 stayed glued to Marks’ tail tank, and Sweet showed him a nose a few times, making Marks aware that he had company.

Finally, a slight slip from Marks exiting Turn 2 on Lap 10 gave Sweet the run he needed. As the lead duo navigated Turns 3 and 4, Sweet ripped the cushion to take the lead as Marks rolled the bottom.

“I got Brent moving a little, and I felt like my car was way better,” Sweet explained. “I was just kind of waiting until lapped traffic or the right opportunity. I didn’t really want to show him a nose until I thought I could clear him, but he slipped up and I just didn’t quite get there but kept my cool. I honestly just felt really under control the whole time and felt like we just had a really good handling car. I could do a lot with my feet and brakes and everything.”

Once Sweet snagged the lead, it simply became a question of how far would the gap grow?

The veteran sliced through slower cars with ease as Marks and third-running Jacob Allen watched him drive away. When the checkered flag waved, Sweet’s lead was north of a whopping five seconds.

Friday banked $10,000 for Sweet and served as a strong opening statement heading into Saturday’s $20,000 to win Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals finale.

“This gives us a good starting point for tomorrow night, and hopefully we’ll be standing here again,” Sweet said.

Behind Sweet, last year’s Texas Outlaw Nationals champion, Brent Marks, held on to the runner-up spot after leading the first nine laps, marking his first Series podium of the year and the 28th of his career. Traffic hindered the Myerstown, PA native’s hopes of winning, but he admitted that even with a clear track, Sweet would’ve been tough to top.

“The 49 was really good, and I just couldn’t get through lapped traffic,” Marks said. “I wasn’t able to move around to try different stuff to try and catch Brad again, but they were just so good I don’t know if I was going to be able to. All in all, it was a great night. We just ended up being too tight there and just had to muscle the car into the corner a little too hard.”

Rounding out the top-three and equaling his Devil’s Bowl personal best was Shark Racing’s Jacob Allen. The Hanover, PA driver now owns 24 career World of Outlaws podiums. Like Marks, Allen found himself struggling at times with traffic.

“It was a good race,” Allen noted. “I did struggle with a couple lapped cars there. I think that kind of hurt me with maybe getting to second. Brad ran a good race, got through lapped cars and off he went.

“It feels good to have my second podium of the year. I’m feeling good on the new tires. I feel like it took a couple of races to figure that out, and it feels good to have an understanding of them and get my car adjusted to them.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are back at Devil’s Bowl Saturday, April 1, for the Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals finale. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 2. 19-Brent Marks[1]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen[4]; 4. 2-David Gravel[9]; 5. 11-Michael Kofoid[5]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[2]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo[7]; 8. 5-Spencer Bayston[6]; 9. 52-Blake Hahn[8]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu[10]; 11. 7S-Robbie Price[12]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz[15]; 13. 83-James McFadden[19]; 14. 9-Kasey Kahne[14]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[16]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[18]; 17. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[17]; 18. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[13]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[20]; 20. 88-Austin McCarl[21]; 21. 17B-Bill Balog[22]; 22. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[11]; 23. 20G-Noah Gass[25]; 24. 21-Brian Brown[24]; 25. 2C-Wayne Johnson[23]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 83-James McFadden[3]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[1]; 3. 88-Austin McCarl[2]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson[6]; 6. 21-Brian Brown[4]; 7. 20G-Noah Gass[8]; 8. 6M-Blake Mallory[11]; 9. 1J-Danny Jennings[7]; 10. 1-Brenham Crouch[9]; 11. 4-Austin Mundie[10]; 12. (DNS) 24W-Garet Williamson; 13. (DNS) 2B-Brett Becker

Toyota Dash (6 Laps): 1. 19-Brent Marks[1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart[4]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[5]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen[2]; 5. 11-Michael Kofoid[6]; 6. 5-Spencer Bayston[3]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 11-Michael Kofoid[1]; 2. 5-Spencer Bayston[2]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu[3]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[6]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[7]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog[9]; 9. 1J-Danny Jennings[8]; 10. 4-Austin Mundie[10]; 11. 2B-Brett Becker[11]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 1A-Jacob Allen[2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]; 3. 52-Blake Hahn[3]; 4. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[4]; 5. 9-Kasey Kahne[6]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[5]; 7. 83-James McFadden[9]; 8. 88-Austin McCarl[7]; 9. 20G-Noah Gass[8]; 10. 6M-Blake Mallory[10]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 19-Brent Marks[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 3. 2-David Gravel[3]; 4. 7S-Robbie Price[4]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[6]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 7. 21-Brian Brown[8]; 8. 2C-Wayne Johnson[9]; 9. 1-Brenham Crouch[7]; 10. 24W-Garet Williamson[10]

Qualifying: 1. 11-Michael Kofoid, 00:13.943[5]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:13.967[16]; 3. 19-Brent Marks, 00:14.014[3]; 4. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:14.020[2]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:14.023[18]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:14.031[8]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:14.095[28]; 8. 52-Blake Hahn, 00:14.150[1]; 9. 2-David Gravel, 00:14.182[10]; 10. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:14.188[15]; 11. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 00:14.203[13]; 12. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:14.238[17]; 13. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:14.257[4]; 14. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 00:14.259[6]; 15. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:14.263[25]; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 00:14.289[11]; 17. 9-Kasey Kahne, 00:14.310[31]; 18. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:14.312[21]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:14.339[7]; 20. 88-Austin McCarl, 00:14.341[27]; 21. 1-Brenham Crouch, 00:14.351[23]; 22. 1J-Danny Jennings, 00:14.363[22]; 23. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:14.370[9]; 24. 21-Brian Brown, 00:14.391[20]; 25. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:14.401[30]; 26. 83-James McFadden, 00:14.430[26]; 27. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 00:14.446[12]; 28. 4-Austin Mundie, 00:14.475[14]; 29. 6M-Blake Mallory, 00:14.780[24]; 30. 24W-Garet Williamson, 00:14.845[19]; 31. 2B-Brett Becker, 00:15.263[29]

 

Simpson Performance Products Join Worlds of Outlaws, DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modifieds

CONCORD, NC (March 30, 2023) – Simpson Performance Products will help elevate the World of Outlaws in 2023, joining as the Preferred Safety Gear and sponsoring the Quick Time Award. They’ll also serve as a Preferred Partner with the DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals.

The world-class American safety product supplier will join the contingency program for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series, awarding $50 to the driver who sets Quick Time at each race for both series.

“We pride ourselves in providing the best equipment for the best drivers in the world and are excited to partner the Simpson brand with the premier series in dirt racing,” said Graham Fordyce, circle track sales manager at Holley. “This is a great opportunity to showcase to fans and drivers our commitment to dirt racing and our shared values.”

Along with elevating the series support, Simpson will also elevate the series safety by providing safety gear for series officials – putting its more than 30 years of experience in action all season long.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws Late Models continue their championship season this month. You can find their full schedules, HERE.

The 2023 DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals season kicks off Wednesday, June 14, at Peoria Speedway. For the full schedule, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the tracks, you can watch every World of Outlaws and DIRTcar Summit Racing Equipment Modified Nationals race live on DIRTVision.

 

 

New Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series Spans 11 Co-Sanctioned Races

$2,500 awarded to winner of Challenge Series points championship, spanning from April to October

CONCORD, NC (March 30, 2023) – The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota and the POWRi National Midget League are set to co-sanction 11 races in 2023, forming the Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series – a separate points championship with a $2,500 grand prize in store for the winner.

The new miniseries will begin with the I-55 Outlaw Showdown weekend at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 and conclude at I-44 Riverside Speedway, Oct. 14, adding another layer of excitement to the series’ regular championship weekend.

For every Xtreme Outlaw and POWRi co-sanctioned race on the 2023 schedule, all competing drivers will earn points toward the Xtreme Outlaw and POWRi National standings as normal. In addition, drivers will also earn points toward the Challenge Series standings, which will tally points across each of the 11 co-sanctioned races on the 2023 calendar.

A $2,500 check will be paid out to the driver with the most points in Challenge Series standings after the final race of the Xtreme Outlaw season – at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City, OK. The champion does not have to be competing full-time on either national tour, opening the Challenge Series up to a wider array of drivers who could potentially compete in all 11 races and top the standings.

“Giving back to the racers that support both tours is the basis for this new miniseries,” said Xtreme Outlaw Series Director Tyler Bachman. “We want to encourage more drivers to compete with both tours at the national level, and the Challenge Series is a great opportunity for our full-timers and for those that aren’t committed to either side to take part in some great events and be rewarded.”

The national Midget racing scene in 2023 has set a new standard for cooperation amongst sanctioning bodies, with Xtreme, POWRi and USAC coming together to operate conjunctively on events and/or strategically schedule races without overlap. This synergy has had positive effects thus far and is expected to push the sport to new heights.

“It’s very important, especially since we share a lot of the drivers,” said POWRi National Midget League Director Kenny Brown. “If you look at the [schedules], they almost look like a mirror of each other. By staying off each other, we maximize car counts.”

Tickets for select events are available HERE.

If you can’t be at the track to watch live, stream every lap right to your devices with a FAST PASS subscription to DIRTVision.

2023 Xtreme Outlaw-POWRi Challenge Series Schedule

Friday, April 14 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, MO | $4,000-to-win

Saturday, April 15 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, MO | $5,000-to-win

Friday, July 21 | Doe Run Raceway | Doe Run, MO | $4,000-to-win

Saturday, July 22 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, IL | $4,000-to-win

Friday, August 4 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, MO | $4,000-to-win

Sat, August 5 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, MO | $5,000-to-win

Friday, August 25 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, IA | $4,000-to-win

Saturday, August 26 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, IA | $4,000-to-win

Thursday, October 12 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, OK | $5,000-to-win

Friday, October 13 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK | $4,000-to-win

Saturday, October 14 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, OK | $5,000-to-win

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.

 

 

HOME OF LEGENDS: Devil’s Bowl Winners Throughout the Years

Devil’s Bowl win list is occupied by many of the sport’s greats

MESQUITE, TX (March 30, 2023) - One of the most important dirt ovals in Sprint Car racing history can be found 20 minutes outside of Dallas.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX.

The track is known as the home of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars after hosting the Series’ inaugural race in 1978. The Greatest Show on Dirt has visited the half mile dozens of times in the years since and will continue to do so this weekend with the running of the Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals, March 31-April 1.

Throughout the years, Devil’s Bowl Victory Lane has been reserved for the sport’s best names – many already in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and others on their way. Of the 28 different drivers to top a race at the half mile, only three of them have less than 10 World of Outlaws triumphs.

California’s Jimmy Boyd won the Series debut event on March 18, 1978, forever cementing himself as the first World of Outlaws winner.

Later that year in September, the driver who went on to become the most dominant at Devil’s Bowl, Sammy Swindell, came out on top for his first win at the track. The Germantown, TN legend eventually collected 19 triumphs in Mesquite, winning races in four different decades (‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, ‘00s). Swindell’s dominance was highlighted by a five-race winning streak in 1986-1987.

To nobody’s surprise, next in line to win at Devil’s Bowl after Swindell was Steve Kinser in March of 1979. “The King” tallied 16 of his 690 Feature wins at the half mile, trailing only Swindell’s total. Behind Steve is his cousin, Mark Kinser, with six victories including a streak of three straight in 1996-1997.

Hooks, TX native, Gary Wright, may not have the number of wins as Swindell and both Kinsers, but he proved he could contend with anyone at the track located just a few hours west of his hometown. Wright won six races with the World of Outlaws during his time, and all but one came at Devil’s Bowl – each coming in the ‘90s.

Danny Lasoski’s four Devil’s Bowl wins rank fifth all-time. The 2001 Series champion and 122-time Series winner experienced a brief stretch of dominance at the facility, earning all four of his victories over an eight-race span from 1999-2001.

Behind the top-five that separated themselves, the list gets a little crowded. Seven drivers have won three times at Devil’s Bowl, all of which are in the top 20 on the all-time Series win list. Among the three-time winners are current full-timers, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz and Logan Schuchart. The latter of the two became only the third driver to top three consecutive World of Outlaws races at Devil’s Bowl with his wins from 2019-2021.

Those with a pair of Devil’s Bowl victories include even more legends like 1995 Series champion Dave Blaney (95 career wins), Stevie Smith (84 wins) and Jeff Swindell (51 wins), among others making two trips to Victory Lane.

Eleven different drivers have won once at Devil’s Bowl, most recently Brent Marks last season.

This weekend offers two chances for drivers to add their name to the Devil’s Bowl win list and position themselves next to legends. If the current list is any indicator, it’s nearly a guarantee that name will go down in history as one of the greats of the sport and a trip to the Hall of Fame may be on the horizon.

For tickets to the Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action on DIRTVision.

Devil’s Bowl Speedway Winners (92 Races, 28 Drivers)

19 – Sammy Swindell

16 – Steve Kinser

6 – Mark Kinser

5 – Gary Wright

4 – Danny Lasoski

3 – Doug Wolfgang, Bobby Davis Jr., Andy Hillenburg, Joey Saldana, Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart

2 – Ron Shuman, Jeff Swindell, Dave Blaney, Stevie Smith, Shane Stewart

1 – Jimmy Boyd, Danny Smith, Brad Doty, Tim Green, Bobby Allen, Craig Dollansky, Brad Furr, Tyler Walker, Jason Johnson, Brad Sweet, Brent Marks

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: Tri-City, Tri-State Make For Doubleheader Weekend, April 28-29

By World of Outlaws
March 29, 2023

Illinois and Indiana race fans will get to experience The Greatest Show on Dirt for the first time this year at the end of April.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will visit Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, IL on Friday, April 28, and then Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN on Saturday, April 29.

Along with Tri-City being the Series’ lone stop in Illinois this year, the event will also be the World of Outlaws’ first time back at the 3/8-mile track since 2008.

Tri-State Speedway, or known to many as just “Haubstadt,” will be the Series’ first of two stops in Indiana this year. The 1/4-mile bullring track consistently produces some of the most exciting racing on the tour, with drivers constantly side by side and navigating traffic.

Early Storylines:

HOME TERRITORY: Two World of Outlaws stars will be returning to their home territories during the doubleheader weekend – Lebanon, IN’s Spencer Bayston and Plainfield, IN’s Bill Rose.

However, neither have won at Tri-State or Tri-City. Coming off a 2022 Rookie of the Year title, Bayston will be poised for a home state victory to build up his sophomore season. Rose will be aiming for his first Series win.

STRONG START: David Gravel, Carson Macedo and Logan Schuchart have hit the ground running in search of their first World of Outlaws championship this year.

Gravel, of Watertown, CT, won the opening two races of the season and then concluded the Series’ visit to Florida with his third win of the season already. Macedo also picked up a win in Florida and then won the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown mini-points battle. Schuchart is still looking for a Series victory this year but won his second Big Gator championship during DIRTcar Nationals.

Macedo has the upper hand on both of them at Tri-State, having won the last three World of Outlaws races at the track. He’s also yet to finish outside of the top 10 this year.

DRIVE FOR FIVE: Four-time and reigning champion Brad Sweet is on the hunt for his fifth consecutive World of Outlaws title. While he’s collected 80 victories in his career, he’s yet to win at Tri-City or Tri-State.

He’s come close, though. Sweet finished second to Macedo last year and in 2020. The Grass Valley, CA driver and his Kasey Kahne Racing team will be poised to keep their early season momentum going after winning at Magnolia Motor Speedway.

PREVIOUS TRI-CITY WINNERS
2008 – Donny Schatz on June 8
2007 – Danny Lasoski on June 14
2005 – Jason Meyers on May 7
2004 – Joey Saldana on May 15, Steve Kinser on October 9
2003 – Paul McMahan on June 22
2002 – Steve Kinser on May 11
2001 – Dale Blaney on May 12
2000 – Steve Kinser on April 15
1999 – Tyler Walker on May 15, Mark Kinser on June 16
1998 – Sammy Swindell on May 9, Jac Haudenschild on June 20
1997 – Dave Blaney on May 10, Steve Kinser on June 21
1996 – Steve Kinser on May 10, Steve Kinser on July 13
1995 – Jac Haudenschild on May 13, Steve Kinser on June 16, Dave Blaney on July 15
1994 – Sammy Swindell on May 18, Steve Kinser on June 22, Steve Kinser on July 16
1993 – Kenny Jacobs on May 13, Steve Kinser on July 17, Steve Kinser on August 16
1992 – Steve Kinser on May 6, Steve Kinser on July 25, Sammy Swindell on August 10
1991 – Steve Kinser on May 8, Doug Wolfgang on July 13, Sammy Swindell on August 12
1990 – Steve Kinser on July 14, Steve Kinser on August 13
1986 – Steve Kinser on April 11, Steve Kinser on April 12
1985 – Dave Blaney on April 5, Steve Kinser on May 10
1984 – Sammy Swindell on May 16
1981 – Steve Kinser on April 10, Steve Kinser on April 11, Doug Wolfgang on May 20, Doug Wolfgang on July 26, Sammy Swindell on August 22, Steve Kinser on August 23
1980 – Steve Kinser on April 11, Steve Kinser on April 12, Sammy Swindell on May 28, Tim Green on July 9, Ken Schrader on August 22, Doug Wolfgang on August 23
1979 – Steve Kinser on May 23, Steve Kinser on July 11, Sammy Swindell on August 22, Doug Wolfgang on October 18

PREVIOUS TRI-STATE WINNERS
2022 – Carson Macedo on April 23
2021 – Carson Macedo on April 10
2020 – Carson Short on June 19, Carson Macedo on June 20
2019 – Christopher Bell on Oct. 13
2018 – David Gravel on May 13
2017 – Parker Price-Miller on May 14
2016 – David Gravel on May 14
2015 – Paul McMahan on May 3
2014 – Paul McMahan on May 10
2013 – Tim Kaeding on April 20
2012 – Craig Dollansky on April 21
2011 – Sammy Swindell on May 30
2010 – Craig Dollansky on Oct. 16
2009 – Steve Kinser on June 25
2008 – Craig Dollansky on July 6
2007 – Steve Kinser on April 21
2006 – Craig Dollansky on April 15
2005 – Steve Kinser on April 16
2004 – Tim Kaeding on Oct. 8
1999 – Mark Kinser on May 16
1998 – Mark Kinser on May 10, Sammy Swindell on June 21
1997 – Steve Kinser on May 11, Sammy Swindell on June 22
1996 – Mark Kinser on May 12
1995 – Stevie Smith on May 14, Steve Kinser on July 16
1994 – Andy Hillenburg on May 15, Dave Blaney on July 17
1993 – Dave Blaney on May 16, Andy Hillenburg on July 18
1992 – Gary Wright on May 10, Sammy Swindell on July 26
1991 – Doug Wolfgang on May 12, Steve Kinser on July 14
1990 – Doug Wolfgang on May 13
1989 – Steve Kinser on May 14
1988 – Bobby Davis, Jr. and Sammy Swindell on May 15 (co-winners)
1980 – Steve Kinser on May 11
1979 – Lee James on May 13, Larry Gates on Aug. 19

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

 

 

Heavy Rain, Dangerous Wind, Plummeting Temperatures Headed Toward Farmer City Leads Officials to Cancel Illini 100 Weekend

Farmer City, IL (March 28, 2023) – After much discussion involving World of Outlaws Late Model Series, Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series, and Farmer City Raceway officials, along with guidance from Precision Weather Service, an extremely difficult decision has been made to cancel this weekend’s Illini 100.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms expected from the early hours on Friday to the early hours on Saturday, along with dropping temperatures and dangerously strong winds, will have a negative impact on the drivers’ ability to compete and the fans’ overall experience at the event. With the total precipitation officials expect on Friday, the facility would be difficult to access.

Even with an at-best optimistic forecast Saturday, the conditions left behind by the expected weather system makes the event impractical for all involved. Unfortunately, with the national and regional event schedules increasing as Spring advances, the event will not fit into the 2023 calendar and will not be made up.

Those who purchased a ticket in advance to this weekend’s events at Farmer City Raceway will receive a face value credit to their MyDirtTickets.com account to be used towards any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. Those credits are good for two years.

If a credit to your account does not work for you, then you have until Monday, May 1 to request a refund. For more details email tickets@dirtcar.com.

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota next heads to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO, for a two-day showdown with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Fri-Sat, April 14-15. Tickets are on sale now at XtremeOutlawSeries.com.

For the latest on the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models, make sure to follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and at www.WorldofOutlaws.com.

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.

 

 

POINTS UPDATE: Brad Sweet Continues to Climb; David Gravel Maintains Lead

Latest points update after Talladega/Magnolia weekend, March 24-25

MESQUITE, TX (March 28, 2023) - Keep up with the latest movers in the chase for the 2023 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship.

LATEST RACE(S): Talladega Short Track (March 24) / Magnolia Motor Speedway (March 25)

CURRENT POINTS LEADER: David Gravel maintains his points lead (1,140 points) with three wins, six top fives and seven top 10s.

MOVERS:
Brad Sweet (+1): With a second-place finish at the Talladega Short Track and a win at Magnolia Motor Speedway, Sweet continued his hot streak and rose to third in points – now -32 points behind Gravel.

The four-time and reigning champion has been one of the fastest climbers, going from ninth in points – 56 points back – to third in three races.

Logan Schuchart (-1): After finishes of 14th and 10th, the Shark Racing driver slipped to fourth in points – 50-points behind Gravel – after entering the weekend third in points and only 14-points behind Gravel.

Sheldon Haudenschild (+1): By scoring a sixth-place finish at Talladega and his first podium of the season at Magnolia, Haudenschild has put himself in sixth in points (-72 points).

Donny Schatz (+2): Finally finding some consistency and luck, finishes of fifth and fourth moved Schatz to seventh in points (-98 points).

James McFadden (-3): A tough weekend with finishes of 22nd and 21st, McFadden slide down the ladder to ninth in points (-134 points).

Kasey Kahne (+1): Looking to run the full schedule, Kahne has found himself in the top-10 in points for the first time this season with finishes of 10th and 11th for the weekend.

TOP-10 IN POINTS:

1. David Gravel: 1140 Points (Big Game Motorsports #2)

2. Carson Macedo: -28 Points (Jason Johnson Racing #41)

3. Brad Sweet: -32 Points (Kasey Kahne Racing #49)

4. Logan Schuchart: -50 Points (Shark Racing #1S)

5. Buddy Kofoid: -66 Points (CMS Racing #11)

6. Sheldon Haudenschild: -72 Points (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17)

7. Donny Schatz: -98 Points (Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15)

8. Spencer Bayston: -110 Points (CJB Motorsports #5)

9. James McFadden: -134 Points (Roth Motorsports #83)

10. Kasey Kahne: -144 Points (Kasey Kahne Racing #9)

For full Series Points, CLICK HERE.

For tickets to the Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, CLICK HERE.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Midgets Meet Farmer City, World of Outlaws Late Models at Illini 100

Twin 30-lap, $4,000-to-win events on deck Friday-Saturday with POWRi co-sanction

 

CONCORD, NC – March 27, 2023 – On the heels of a successful opening weekend in Illinois, the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota heads back to the Land of Lincoln to contest the third and fourth races on the 2023 schedule this weekend in its debut at Farmer City Raceway.

 

Located along Interstate 74 in central Illinois, Farmer City Raceway will host its first-ever national Midget series event Friday and Saturday, March 31-April 1, featuring a 30-lap, $4,000-to-win main event each night. The POWRi National Midget League will join the Xtreme Outlaws in the first of 13 co-sanctioned events on the schedule.

 

The 1/4-mile, black dirt bullring also hosts the World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Model Series each night as part of the track’s annual Illini 100 event. DIRTcar Pro Late Models will join the card Friday night while the DIRTcar UMP Modifieds are on tap for Saturday.

 

Tickets will be available at the gate on race day or can be purchased in advanced at the link below. If you can’t be at the track in person, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

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

 

GIRL POWER – Jade Avedisian comes into Farmer City as the most recent Toyota Feature winner and the current Series points leader by 30 over second-place Kyle Jones in pursuit of her first national Midget championship.

 

The 16-year-old Californian is coming off a resilient weekend racing with POWRi in Oklahoma, coming home ninth after starting 18th and having to restart from the tail after a spin-out early in the 40-lap Feature. She rebounded quickly, driving through the field back to finish as the only Keith Kunz Motorsports driver inside the top-10.

 

Farmer City’s 1/4-mile size could play right into Avedisian’s hand, as all three of her Series victories have come on tracks of that size or smaller. Her first win last summer at Jacksonville Speedway – another black-dirt Illinois bullring of the same size – is shaped and banked similar to Farmer City.

 

STRONG START – Kyle Jones carries the momentum of one top-10 and one podium finish in Series competition into this weekend. Also taking his Chili Bowl Nationals A-Main appearance into account, Jones is off to one of the best starts of his Midget racing career with Trifecta Motorsports.

 

Jones, 29, of Kennedale, TX, currently sits second in the Series points standings – 30 back of leader Avedisian. This past weekend, Jones also competed in the POWRi event at Port City Raceway and chalked-up an eighth-place finish with 37 cars in the pit area.

 

Though Farmer City isn’t the size of Port City, Jones has reason to be confident. His three best Series finishes came on tracks 1/4-mile or smaller (Davenport ’22 – 3rd [1/4-mile]; Du Quoin ’23 – third [1/6-mile]; Port City ’22 – fourth [1/8-mile]).

 

FIGHTING ILLINI – Zach Daum’s first weekend out with his new King Chassis and self-built team in Du Quoin two weeks ago had a solid start, notching a top-five on Friday before an early retirement to the infield in Saturday’s main event broke his stride.

 

Like many others on the list, Daum, the 32-year-old defending Series champion from Pocahontas, IL, also made the trip out to the Sooner State to race with POWRi last weekend and made the one-day affair count, bagging a third-place run while piloting a second entry for Trifecta Motorsports.

 

He’ll be back behind the wheel of his own operation this weekend, aiming for his first Series victory since October.

 

TRACK TIME – While Farmer City has never hosted a national Midget event, there is at least one driver in the field with laps around the track in a Midget. Chase McDermand competed in the only two known Midget events held at Farmer City in July 2016 – a pair of USAC D2 Midget races – and even led laps in the second Feature.

 

McDermand, the 22-year-old Mounce/Stout Motorsports pilot from Springfield, IL, is coming off an up-and-down opening weekend in Du Quoin. After failing to qualify for the first Feature of the season on Friday, he and the team bounced back on Saturday, driving from 12th on the starting grid all the way to second by the checkers to collect the Hard Charger honors.

 

This past weekend, McDermand temporarily vacated his seat while young Kansan Jace Park took over the reins racing with POWRi in Oklahoma, where he led most of the 40-lapper before Daison Pursley passed him for the win in the final corner.

 

HOME COOKING – The list of home state Midget talent continues to expand with the addition of Jake Neuman to the projected roster.

 

Neuman, the 2020 POWRi National Midget League champion from New Berlin, IL, made only one start with the Series last year but made it count, bagging a fifth-place finish at Jacksonville Speedway.

 

He’s projected to be in the field for a second career appearance this weekend, representing POWRi’s best as they clash with the Xtreme Outlaws’ best in a battle for Midwest Midget racing supremacy.

 

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

 

When and where
• Friday-Saturday, March 31-April 1 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. Platinum annual FAST PASS for $299 or monthly FAST PASS for $39/month.

 

Current championship points standings (view full standings)
1. Jade Avedisian (442pts); 2. Kyle Jones 412pts (-30); 3. Landon Brooks 409pts (-33); 4. Shane Cottle 402pts (-40); 5. Gavin Miller 397pts (-45); 6. Chance Crum 387pts (-55); 7. Thomas Meseraull 387pts (-55); 8. Cannon McIntosh 384pts (-58); 9. Mitchel Moles 381pts (-61); 10. Ethan Mitchell 364pts (-78).

 

Toyota Feature winners (2 drivers)
1 win – Cannon McIntosh (Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports); Jade Avedisian (Keith Kunz Motorsports)

 

Toyota Feature laps led (4 drivers)
26 laps – Thomas Meseraull
22 laps – Shane Cottle
14 laps – Jade Avedisian
8 laps – Cannon McIntosh

 

Whitz RC Racing Products Fast Time Awards (2 drivers)

1 Fast Time – Cannon McIntosh, Ethan Mitchell

 

Heat Race winners (9 drivers)
2 wins – Jade Avedisian
1 win – Austin Barnhill, Shane Cottle, Gavin Miller, Thomas Meseraull, Corbin Rueschenberg, Nick Drake, Kyle Jones, Chance Crum

 

High-points honors
1 honor – Gavin Miller, Chance Crum

Last Chance Showdown wins (4 drivers)
1 win – Kyle Jones, Landon Brooks, Karter Sarff, Howard Moore

 

DIRTVision Hard Charger Awards (2 drivers)
1 Award – Mitchel Moles, Chase Johnson

 

Podium finishes (6 drivers)
1 podium – Cannon McIntosh, Shane Cottle, Thomas Meseraull, Jade Avedisian, Chase McDermand, Kyle Jones

 

Top-10 finishes (16 drivers)
2 top-10s – Jade Avedisian, Kyle Jones, Landon Brooks, Gavin Miller
1 top-10 – Shane Cottle, Chance Crum, Thomas Meseraull, Cannon McIntosh, Mitchel Moles, Ethan Mitchell, Zach Daum, Taylor Reimer, Chase McDermand, Chase Johnson, Austin Barnhill, Corbin Rueschenberg

 

2023 Schedule & Winners – Race No. Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Fri, March 10 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Cannon McIntosh (1)
2. Sat, March 11 / Southern Illinois Center / Du Quoin, IL / Jade Avedisian (2)

 

Photo credit – Jacy Norgaard

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.

 

 

BIG CAT BREAKTHROUGH: Brad Sweet Wins Magnolia for First World of Outlaws Victory of Season

Sweet becomes fourth quickest to 80 Series wins

COLUMBUS, MS (March 25, 2023) - Brad Sweet had been banging on the door of his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win of 2023 entering Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway, and the door finally collapsed.

Heading into the evening, the four-time and defending champion had posted three runner-ups in his last four races, but victory had eluded him. He and the Kasey Kahne Racing team continued to field fast car after fast car, a win just outside their grasp, and finally persistence paid off. “The Big Cat” would not be denied on Saturday at the second Series visit to the Columbus, MS oval, snatching the lead on lap 10 and holding off a few late challenges to claim the checkered flag. 

The victory marked a major milestone for the pilot of the Napa Auto Parts #49 as he became only the 11th driver in Series history to reach 80 wins. Sweet also was the fourth fastest to hit the mark, trailing only the legendary trio of Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, and Doug Wolfgang.

“Anytime you get your name mentioned with those guys, the legends of the sport, that’s pretty cool,” Sweet said. “80 wins, it’s just not possible without my guys at KKR. They’ve given me a great opportunity over these last 10 years. Ever since I teamed up with Eric (Prutzman), Andrew (Bowman), and now we got Tye Wolfgang and we’re clicking well.”

Sweet led the field to green after topping the Toyota Racing Dash, but it was second-starting Sheldon Haudenschild ripping the top to lead the opening lap. It was evident early on that Sweet would be a factor as he didn’t allow Haudenschild to pull ahead as they worked through to opening portion of the race.

As the leaders entered traffic, Sweet found his opening and threw a slider at Haudenschild to take the top spot. Haudenschild was unable to turn underneath the Napa Racing #49 to regain the lead, and Sweet wasted no time setting sail.

Traffic remained a factor and allowed Haudenschild to narrow the gap at one point, but Sweet worked through slower cars well enough to keep the NOS Energy Drink #17 behind him.

“This track is extreme one way or the other,” Sweet said of the conditions during the Feature. “The grip is extreme and the slick is extreme ice. You’ve got to be really careful on the throttle.”

Sweet’s biggest challenger arose in the form of the current point leader, David Gravel. Coming to 11 laps to go, Gravel, who started 10th, wheeled the Big Game Motorsports #2 into the runner-up spot and quickly closed on Sweet. As the two navigated traffic, Gravel appeared poised to take a swing at the lead but couldn’t find the right opening. Late cautions giving Sweet clean air made it even more of a task for Gravel.

“I got a little conservative there. If I could retry, I’d definitely try the bottom there,” Gravel admitted. “I just didn’t want to throw it away. I felt like it was probably pretty easy to crash there if you tried too hard and made a mistake. I did get tight on the cushion in the last corner. Brad did a great job. I think in lapped traffic we had the better car, We probably had the car to win, but clean air and everything worked out for him.”

Sweet ultimately cruised to his 80th win with a seventh tenths of a second advantage over Gravel. Sweet has now won at 45 different tracks in World of Outlaws competition.

“I just tried to hustle,” Sweet said. “I just wanted to win for my guys. They deserve it. We want to get some momentum going early in the year, and the car is handling good.”

Gravel held on for second, notching his Series-leading fifth podium of the season and the 198th of his World of Outlaws career. Though he thought he had a car to win, Gravel still came away satisfied with the effort, especially after starting the main event 10th. 

“Like I said, I think we had the car to beat tonight,” Gravel said. “We passed a lot of fast racecars on a really aggressive track. That was a workout. That was a lot of fun, and hopefully we’re up here (on the podium) a lot more.”

Completing the top-three was Sheldon Haudenschild. The third-place effort marked his first podium of the season aboard the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17. Leading laps and a season best performance served as a much-welcomed morale boost for Haudenschild as he looks to build early season momentum.

“This is definitely where this car belongs. My guys work too hard for this thing not to be up front,” Haudenschild said. “We’ve been working hard. This first little part of the season we haven’t got a bunch of races in, and we’ve struggled a little bit, so to get this NOS Energy Drink car up here is just a huge confidence boost. I feel like this is where we belong.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX) for the Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals (March 31- April 1). For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Magnolia Motor Speedway MS  3/25/23

A Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 2. 2-David Gravel[10]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu[6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen[14]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 9. 8-Aaron Reutzel[11]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart[12]; 11. 9-Kasey Kahne[9]; 12. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[19]; 13. 5-Spencer Bayston[15]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[13]; 15. 11-Michael Kofoid[8]; 16. 17B-Bill Balog[7]; 17. 20G-Noah Gass[17]; 18. 88-Austin McCarl[16]; 19. 7S-Robbie Price[21]; 20. 84-Brandon Hanks[22]; 21. 83-James McFadden[18]; 22. 47-Eric Riggins Jr[24]; 23. 44-Carson Short[23]; 24. 9P-Parker Price Miller[20]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[1]; 2. 9P-Parker Price Miller[2]; 3. 7S-Robbie Price[4]; 4. 84-Brandon Hanks[3]; 5. 44-Carson Short[6]; 6. 47-Eric Riggins Jr[7]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser[8]; 8. 6-Bill Rose[9]; 9. 13-Todd Fayard[5]; 10. 16TH-Kevin Newton[10]; 11. 24W-Garet Williamson[11]

Toyota Dash (8 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[6]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu[5]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 17B-Bill Balog[7]; 4. 2-David Gravel[4]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[6]; 6. 88-Austin McCarl[9]; 7. 9P-Parker Price Miller[5]; 8. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[3]; 9. 47-Eric Riggins Jr[8]; 10. 16TH-Kevin Newton[10]

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 3. 11-Michael Kofoid[2]; 4. 8-Aaron Reutzel[5]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen[4]; 6. 20G-Noah Gass[6]; 7. 84-Brandon Hanks[8]; 8. 13-Todd Fayard[9]; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser[7]; 10. 24W-Garet Williamson[10]

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[2]; 3. 9-Kasey Kahne[3]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[4]; 5. 5-Spencer Bayston[8]; 6. 83-James McFadden[6]; 7. 7S-Robbie Price[5]; 8. 44-Carson Short[7]; 9. 6-Bill Rose[9]

Qualifying: 1. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:11.501[22]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:11.514[2]; 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:11.519[8]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:11.589[14]; 5. 11-Michael Kofoid, 00:11.595[18]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:11.648[23]; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 00:11.660[20]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:11.700[4]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne, 00:11.709[1]; 10. 2-David Gravel, 00:11.734[21]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:11.742[13]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:11.757[24]; 13. 9P-Parker Price Miller, 00:11.758[9]; 14. 8-Aaron Reutzel, 00:11.774[17]; 15. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:11.866[16]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:11.908[7]; 17. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:11.913[19]; 18. 83-James McFadden, 00:11.928[28]; 19. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:11.945[12]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 00:11.970[15]; 21. 44-Carson Short, 00:12.055[6]; 22. 47-Eric Riggins Jr, 00:12.070[10]; 23. 84-Brandon Hanks, 00:12.100[3]; 24. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:12.164[25]; 25. 88-Austin McCarl, 00:12.376[29]; 26. 13-Todd Fayard, 00:12.925[11]; 27. 6-Bill Rose, 00:12.938[26]; 28. 16TH-Kevin Newton, 00:13.290[27]; 29. 24W-Garet Williamson, 00:13.290[5]

 

 

‘DEGA DOMINATION: Buddy Kofoid Claims World of Outlaws Return to Talladega

The Californian continues early season hot streak with second career Series win

EASTABOGA, AL (March 24, 2023) - With Buddy Kofoid’s early season performance, it wasn’t a matter of if he’d win a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car race this year, but when.

Entering this year, the two-time and defending USAC National Midget champion elected to return to his roots by focusing on a Sprint Car centric schedule with CMS Racing. The decision has already proven to be wise. Despite not being a full-timer, Kofoid had competed in all six Series races in 2023 entering Friday night’s event at Eastaboga, AL’s Talladega Short Track and tallied a pair of podiums and four top-10s.

The Penngrove, CA native made his imminent breakthrough into Victory Lane at Talladega with a dominating performance, leading all 35 laps around the red clay oval during his first visit to the track and the World of Outlaws first since 2011. The triumph marked his second career Series win in his 31st Feature start. Kofoid also became the second straight California “invader” to win after St. Helena, CA’s Rico Abreu topped The Greatest Show on Dirt last Saturday.

Kofoid’s numbers speak to his unquestionable strides in 2023. Entering this year, he owned 24 World of Outlaws starts and had collected a win, two podiums and five top-fives. In only seven starts this season, he’s added another victory, three podiums, and a trio of top-fives.

“They’re next level,” Kofoid said of his race team. “I owe it all to the crew. They’ve been plugging away. Brad Alexander, Stephen Hamm-Reilly, and Jakob Weaver, they do a hell of a job. I really enjoy racing with them right now. It’s been probably one of the most fun times I’ve had racing sprint cars in a while and standing up here (Victory Lane) makes it even better.”

The entirety of the race became a game of cat and mouse between Kofoid and four-time and defending Series champion, Brad Sweet. Early on, Kofoid jumped ahead from the pole and survived a flurry of early cautions by exceling on every restart.

Behind Kofoid, Sweet patiently worked on second-starting Rico Abreu before getting by on a restart with 28 laps to go. The Kasey Kahne Racing driver then set his sights on the lead and began to reel in the CMS #11.

It became a battle of two lines as Kofoid opted for the top around the entire track while Sweet searched on the bottom and middle grooves for grip. The driver of the Napa Racing #49 often found lanes that worked as he closed on Kofoid’s tail tank several times before Kofoid began to move around the surface.

“It seemed like every time I found a lane, he was able to kind of counter it,” Sweet observed. “It was a super technical race. The track was extremely hard to get ahold of. The track changed a lot, so you had to do a lot with your hands and feet, and the wings were trunked pretty quick.”

For Kofoid, he noted that his movement to different lanes was much more of an offensive tactic to navigate traffic than a defensive one.

“I wasn’t really catching the lappers a whole lot more,” Kofoid explained. “I kind of got within a half a straightaway of them and couldn’t get going more, so I just started railing the top in (Turns) three and four, and eventually I moved to the bottom and passed a guy. Then I was kind of even with the next guys, and I decided to run the middle when it started to look darker and got my wing back and could make so much more speed. I figured that was definitely the ticket right there.”

It was, indeed, the ticket as in the waning laps, Kofoid put a healthy gap between himself and Sweet. Ultimately, the 21-year-old took the checkered flag with a 1.238 second advantage.

“It’s a catch-22 in lapped traffic, you can put them away or it can hurt you and slow you down,” Kofoid commented. “Luckily, everything went well, and we brought a fast car this weekend.”

Sweet held on to the runner-up spot, his third second-place finish in the last four races. The result marked a noteworthy milestone as Sweet gained sole possession of 11th on the all-time World of Outlaws podium list with his 260th top-three, breaking a tie with Stevie Smith.

“He (Kofoid) just did a good job,” Sweet said. “I think I was better the first half or three-quarters of the race, at least really close. And then at the end, he just kind of found a lane and got a little clean air out in the middle there and got the top going.”

Completing the podium was Spencer Bayston aboard the CJB Motorsports #5. The Lebanon, IN native tallied his first top-three of the season to continue a recent strong stretch. Last year’s Rookie of the Year now has a 6.25 average finish in his last four starts. Bayston nearly made it a three-car battle for the lead on a few occasions but ultimately couldn’t’ find the right moment to capitalize.

“Through the race I felt pretty good,” Bayston said. “The track was starting to widen out, and things were kind of falling into place a little bit and started getting my wing back and really felt like we kind of hit our stride and got to traffic there. I felt like maybe I had once or twice to pull the trigger on Brad, but I just tried to be patient because I wanted him to get Buddy sucked back to both of us, but that didn’t ever develop. So, we’ll definitely take our third, very solid performance.”

UP NEXT: Next up for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars is a trip to Magnolia Motor Speedway tomorrow (March 25). For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

Talladega Short Track Alabama  3/24/23

A Feature (35 Laps): 1. 11-Michael Kofoid[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 3. 5-Spencer Bayston[5]; 4. 2-David Gravel[6]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[8]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[7]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 9. 41-Carson Macedo[12]; 10. 9-Kasey Kahne[9]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[10]; 12. 8-Aaron Reutzel[14]; 13. 9P-Parker Price Miller[17]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart[21]; 15. 17B-Bill Balog[20]; 16. 7S-Robbie Price[25]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser[18]; 18. 24W-Garet Williamson[23]; 19. 20G-Noah Gass[19]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen[22]; 21. 47-Eric Riggins Jr[13]; 22. 83-James McFadden[16]; 23. 88-Austin McCarl[11]; 24. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[15]; 25. 37-Bryce Norris[24]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 20G-Noah Gass[1]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog[2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[4]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen[5]; 5. 24W-Garet Williamson[8]; 6. 37-Bryce Norris[3]; 7. 7S-Robbie Price[7]; 8. 6-Bill Rose[9]; 9. 16TH-Kevin Newton[11]; 10. 13-Todd Fayard[6]; 11. 44-Carson Short[10]

Toyota Dash (8 Laps): 1. 11-Michael Kofoid[1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[6]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 5. 5-Spencer Bayston[3]; 6. 2-David Gravel[5]

Heat 1 (10 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[2]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[3]; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[7]; 5. 47-Eric Riggins Jr[9]; 6. 83-James McFadden[4]; 7. 37-Bryce Norris[10]; 8. 20G-Noah Gass[5]; 9. 24W-Garet Williamson[8]; 10. (DNS) 17B-Bill Balog

Heat 2 (10 Laps): 1. 5-Spencer Bayston[1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 4. 88-Austin McCarl[5]; 5. 8-Aaron Reutzel[4]; 6. 9P-Parker Price Miller[6]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[7]; 8. 13-Todd Fayard[9]; 9. 6-Bill Rose[8]; 10. (DNS) 16TH-Kevin Newton

Heat 3 (10 Laps): 1. 11-Michael Kofoid[2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 3. 9-Kasey Kahne[4]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 5. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser[6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen[7]; 8. 7S-Robbie Price[8]; 9. 44-Carson Short[9]

Qualifying: 1. 2-David Gravel, 00:11.909[4]; 2. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:11.955[7]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:11.976[13]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi, 00:11.996[22]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:12.036[15]; 6. 11-Michael Kofoid, 00:12.073[28]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:12.100[27]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:12.150[5]; 9. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:12.165[9]; 10. 83-James McFadden, 00:12.177[23]; 11. 8-Aaron Reutzel, 00:12.195[6]; 12. 9-Kasey Kahne, 00:12.203[24]; 13. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:12.207[19]; 14. 88-Austin McCarl, 00:12.241[8]; 15. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 00:12.272[11]; 16. 17B-Bill Balog, 00:12.283[20]; 17. 9P-Parker Price Miller, 00:12.325[25]; 18. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 00:12.331[3]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:12.361[12]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:12.367[10]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:12.385[2]; 22. 24W-Garet Williamson, 00:12.603[16]; 23. 6-Bill Rose, 00:12.625[21]; 24. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:12.680[29]; 25. 47-Eric Riggins Jr, 00:12.728[17]; 26. 13-Todd Fayard, 00:12.764[14]; 27. 44-Carson Short, 00:12.908[26]; 28. 37-Bryce Norris, 00:14.145[1]; 29. 16TH-Kevin Newton, 00:14.145[18]

Hot Laps: 1. 11-Michael Kofoid[28]

 

 

EVEN PLAYING FIELD: Robbie Price & Noah Gass Hope Southern Tracks Create Equalizer

EASTABOGA, AL (March 23, 2023) Rarely do teams following the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car campaign enter a weekend with a mostly blank notebook.

The schedule is filled by tracks that have hosted The Greatest Show on Dirt dozens of times and even a few that have cleared 100 races.

However, this weekend, the competitors and crews face a unique challenge in the form of Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL) and Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS). The tracks have combined to host only 12 races – 11 at Talladega and a single visit to The Mag. Even the 11 nights at the Alabama oval occurred before most of the current roster’s time. Only three of 2023’s full-timers have turned Talladega laps in World of Outlaws competition. Of those three, only one of them has raced there with the Series more than once.

While this fact might create a puzzle for some, it can also present opportunity for the younger, less experienced drivers. Robbie Price and Noah Gass have spent much of the past two seasons visiting racetracks for the first time. Like many who sign in on Friday, the young duo will be debuting at Talladega. Gass has made Magnolia laps as it’s the site of Series debut in 2021, and it’ll be another new track for Price.

Going to racetracks for only the first or second time against the nation’s top Sprint Car drivers is always a daunting task. And even though that challenge still presents itself this weekend for Price and Gass, they’ll at least hit the track knowing their competition doesn’t have hundreds of more laps than them.

“Yeah, I definitely think it helps a little bit,” Price said of the more even playing field. “Hopefully, going into this weekend we can adapt a little bit quicker… We’ll see, though. I’ve watched some videos on the places, but we’ll just have to wait and see once we get there.”

“It does bring some satisfaction to know that you have a notebook and confidence in the setup and knowing what not to do,” Gass noted. “For guys like us – me, Cody (Cordell), and Robby (McQuinn), it’s tough sometimes because we’ve only been to most of these tracks once and some of them not at all.”

The obstacle that Gass mentioned is one nearly every team in the pit area will face this weekend. From the time the green flag flies in hot laps, crew chiefs will have pens handy ready to fill the empty notebook pages while the drivers jot down their own mental observations. With that said, how do those behind the wheel approach an unfamiliar track like many will during the two-night southern tilt?

“You watch hot laps, and then you run if off in there and hope it sticks,” Gass said with a chuckle. “You just kind of feel it out and see how you can make yourself faster. You see if you can find some banking in places or grip or whatever. You try not to overthink it and you just go.”

For Price, he has the benefit of 15-time World of Outlaws Feature winner, Jason Sides, in his corner as the car owner and crew chief. The Bartlett, TN native moved into the different role last season, allowing Price to climb aboard. With more than 1,000 Series starts under his belt, Sides has seen many tracks on many occasions, including eight starts at Talladega.

“It’s really good,” Price said of Sides’ help. “Obviously, every track is a little bit different. There’s always one little deal you kind of have to figure out at every place, whether it’s a part to be on the track or a point on the wall to aim at. So, it’s kind of a little shortcut for me with him being able to point some of that stuff out for me right away. I don’t have to learn necessarily the hard way.

“It helps, for sure, him having been to a lot of places we go to now. I’d say it’s a big advantage.”

While both Gass and Price may both agree to some extent on this weekend’s unique set of circumstances making them a little more comfortable in terms of a smaller experience gap, they agree even stronger on something else.

Price is amid his rookie World of Outlaws campaign, and Gass is navigating his second. Their racing careers and early experience on tour have given them the knowledge that the most comfort comes from their own personal laps and not however many they might have compared to the competition.

“Going to new places is always fun, but it’s nice going back to places where you have a notebook already and you know what to expect,” Price said.

“It’s really helpful,” Gass said of having experience. “Especially thinking of Volusia (Speedway Park). We went there five, six or seven nights in a row. It ends up being really beneficial for a feeling. It’s really helpful to just be on the same track over and over and over, figure your throttle out. Even being on the same track, it changes every night, so you’re always learning. It’s nice going back to a track that you have a lot of notes on. It makes Cody confident. I’m confident as a driver. You know it’ll stick when you run it off into the corner.”

For tickets to the Friday, March 24, event at the Talladega Short Track, and the Saturday, March 25, event at Magnolia Motor Speedway, CLICK HERE.

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

 

 

Federated Auto Parts to be Title Sponsor of Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl

MESQUITE, TX (March 23, 2023) – Further expanding its support with the World of Outlaws, Federated Auto Parts will serve as the title sponsor of the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, March 31-April 1.

The iconic auto parts brand will be featured around the historic Texas track, which hosted the first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car event in 1978.

“This is an exciting opportunity to have Federated Auto Parts associated with the most historic venue and one of the biggest events on the World of Outlaws schedule,” said J.R. Bishop, director of event marketing & member services, Federated Auto Parts. “We can’t wait to bring the Federated brand to the passionate Texas fanbase.”

The two-day race will be one of the biggest Spring events, featuring a more than $120,000 overall purse with Friday night’s race paying $10,000 to win and Saturday night’s Feature paying $20,000 to win.

Federated Auto Parts joined the World of Outlaws at the beginning of the year in a multi-year deal, serving as the title sponsor of DIRTcar Nationals – and will add its name to three more events this season. Also, Federated Car Care sponsors the Work Zone at every event.

Tickets to the Federated Auto Parts Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway can be purchased here.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

About Federated 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.

 

 

Kasey Kahne talks racing at Talladega Short Track, Talladega Superspeedway

EASTABOGA, AL (March 22, 2023) – The racing is intense. Everything happens at an accelerated pace. The smallest mistake can cost you so much.

That’s how Kasey Kahne described racing at Talladega. Both Talladega tracks – the Superspeedway and the Talladega Short Track across the street, where the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will be racing, Friday, March 24.

“Any Sprint Car race, it’s so intense and things are happening all the time,” Kahne said. “And the same thing at Talladega (Superspeedway).

“That restrictor plate stuff is so close together. The slightest mistake, you’re in the big one. Definitely different there. But very intense in all of it.”

He spent 15 years running full-time with the NASCAR Cup Series and made 30 starts at the Talladega Superspeedway in that span.

Now, as a full-time World of Outlaws competitor, Kahne, of Enumclaw, WA, said Sprint Car is what he enjoys most. But when he was in NASCAR, restrictor plate racing held that sentiment. He was comfortable with the close-quarters, tense racing, atmosphere both forms of racing produce. And while he stopped short of saying his Sprint Car conditioning helped his restrictor plate racing, Kahne admitted it didn't hurt.

“You’re relying so much on runs and your spotter and people making the right decisions,” he said about racing at the big track. “It always showed over the years that certain guys, certain spotters understood it a little better and did a better job, and I think that is a completely different kind of racing than Sprint Car race. But the intensity and things can happen so quick at either one of them, that is very similar. Sprint Car races are very intense at all times.”

Kahne’s sole start at the Talladega Short Track came in 2011 – the Series’ last visit to the 1/3-mile Alabama facility. In attendance as driver and race promoter, he finished eighth.

While the Short Track is vastly different than the Superspeedway across the street, it's still just as fun.

“It’s a neat little track,” Kahne said. “It’s wide and really racy. I raced there once and watched it a few different times. It can be a great place. It can be sketchy running the top. There’s a little cushion there. You can get over that, over the edge and off over. It’s a very cool like track. I’m looking forward to it. Have been.”

A win would be his first at either Talladega track – he finished second twice at the Superspeedway in the Cup Series. And while that’s his goal, he’s mainly focused on keeping his Fuel Me #9 car in the top 10 on a consistent basis.

Kahne earned his second podium with the World of Outlaws at Volusia Speedway Park this year, but has finishes of 11th, 17th, 13th, 16th and 21st in the other five events. However, the Series has only visited two tracks, so far, due to weather cancellations. Talladega will be the third different track of the season. Then, the Series will visit Magnolia Motor Speedway on Saturday, March 25 – where Kahne finished fifth in 2021.

“My biggest thing is to keep getting better as a driver,” he said. “I feel, every so many races, more confident in what I’m doing behind the wheel. I like that. I like feeling more understanding of what’s going on. Things happen quick, so when you don’t think about it and just do it, it seems to always go better. I think I’m getting closer to that, which has been nice.

“I just want to run in the top 10 all the time. That’s no different than anyone else. But all the time I want to be in the top 10. We’re getting closer to that. That’s the biggest thing for me. If we’re there, and running better than that at times, it would be awesome to win some races. But to ultimately run in the top 10 all the time is definitely what we’re shooting for.”

The one-day event at the Talladega Short Track will be a change from the NASCAR weekends at the Talladega Superspeedway, but Kahne said he still expects the same atmosphere.

“I think the fans and the way they support the racing around that area, it’s just a different feel for sure,” he said. “It will be really cool to go race a World of Outlaws race there.”

For tickets to the Friday, March 24, event at the Talladega Short Track, and the Saturday, March 25, event at Magnolia Motor Speedway, CLICK HERE.

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

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Double Header Down South at Talladega, Magnolia Awaits World of Outlaws

Points are Tightening Between Gravel, Macedo, and Schuchart Heading into Alabama and Mississippi

EASTABOGA, AL (March 21, 2023) - After a quick trip to Pennsylvania to conclude the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are southbound.

The Greatest Show on Dirt is gearing up for its only appearances of the year in a pair of neighboring southern states, Alabama and Mississippi.

For the first time since 2011, the World of Outlaws will invade Talladega Short Track this Friday, March 24, marking the 12th Series visit to the Eastaboga, AL track. The following day the tour travels one state west for the second ever trip to Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS).

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Here are some of this weekend’s top storylines:

MARCHIN’ MACEDO: The month of March has been especially kind to Carson Macedo. Behind the wheel of the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Macedo has picked up a win and posted a 3.5 average finish through four races this month. The Lemoore, CA native is also fresh off claiming the inaugural Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown mini-series, banking him an extra $10,000.

The recent stretch of strength has brought Macedo within 12 points of the championship lead heading into the southern stint. Macedo is one of many who will be making his Talladega debut. His lone drive at Magnolia in 2021 saw him finish 21st after a mechanical issue ended his night prematurely.

EVEN PLAYING FIELD?: The pair of races will present an interesting challenge to teams with such limited notebooks. Of the current full-time roster, only three drivers have turned laps at Talladega in World of Outlaws competition. At Magnolia, the only set of data to pull from is the 2021 Series debut at the facility.

With the unique set of circumstances facing crews, this weekend presents a potential opportunity for younger drivers to notch a career best finish or even grab their inaugural World of Outlaws win.

Robbie Price continues to navigate his rookie campaign and hopes this weekend can yield strong results. He’ll have the benefit of his car owner/crew chief, Jason Sides, who has driven in eight World of Outlaws Features at Talladega, posting a pair of top 10s. Price already tallied his third career Series top-10 this season at Volusia Speedway Park.

Noah Gass is another driver on the rise who hopes to perform well this weekend. While he didn’t qualify for the Feature, Gass made his World of Outlaws debut at Magnolia in 2021. Two years later he returns as a sophomore on the tour.

TALLADEGA TRACK TIME: The trio of active World of Outlaws who’ve competed at Talladega in Series competition hope the experience proves advantageous.

David Gravel may serve as inspiration for those seeking their first win. In 2011, as a 19-year-old, Gravel claimed his first World of Outlaws win at the red clay oval. The current driver of the Big Game Motorsports #2 outdueled a red-hot Jason Meyers in the Series most recent Talladega appearance for the first of his now 79 victories. The Watertown, CT native heads into the weekend as the points leader.

Donny Schatz finished behind Gravel that night, and the 10-time Series champion enters this weekend as the most experienced active competitor at the Alabama track. The Tony Stewart Racing/Curb Agajanian driver has competed in all 11 World of Outlaws races hosted by Talladega. Schatz is yet to win at the facility but has been close with five top-five finishes including a pair of runner-ups.

Kasey Kahne was also present in 2011, operating within dual roles. The race took place during a NASCAR Cup Series weekend at Talladega Superspeedway – less than 10 minutes away from the Talladega Short Track – and Kahne served as a promoter and driver for the World of Outlaws race. The Enumclaw, WA native finished eighth that night, notching one of his now 34 career Series top 10s. 

MAGNOLIA MASTERS: A few current World of Outlaws full-timers took a liking to Magnolia during the Series’ inaugural race in 2021.

Sheldon Haudenschild came away with the victory that night, making a late pass for the lead and pacing the final six circuits. The Wooster, OH native has been one of the most consistent drivers this season with five top 10s in six races aboard the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17.

The driver Haudenschild passed for the top spot was Logan Schuchart. The Shark Racing pilot still finished runner-up at Magnolia after leading the opening 24 laps, earning one of his now 121 World of Outlaws podiums. The Hanover, PA native currently sits third in points (14 behind Gravel) this season, having finished no worse than eighth. He and Macedo are the only two yet to miss the top 10.

Completing the Magnolia podium in 2021 was four-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, Brad Sweet. “The Big Cat” enters this weekend carrying the momentum of runner-ups in two of the last three Features.

Oddly enough, the next three in the finishing order that night was the aforementioned trio of drivers with Talladega experience. Donny Schatz, Kasey Kahne (started 23rd), and David Gravel filled positions fourth through sixth. After those three it was current Series Rookie of the Year contender, Gio Scelzi, in seventh.

‘DEGA AND THE MAG CONNECTIONS: A couple current members of the World of Outlaws roster have ties to previous events at both tracks despite not having raced at them in the form of car ownership.

Spencer Bayston has the benefit of driving for CJB Motorsports, who took part in the 2021 event at Magnolia, finishing 15th with Brent Marks. Bayston has been building some momentum recently. After finishes of 16th, 19th, and 12th to begin the year, the Lebanon, IN native has improved to the tune of sixth, fifth, and 11th in his last three races.

James McFadden is behind the wheel of a car that nearly snagged a Talladega triumph – the Roth Motorsports #83. Back in 2003, Tim Shaffer drove the Beef Packers machine to a Talladega runner-up. McFadden has already won once this season in Florida and looks for more southern success.

INVADERS: In addition to the crop of full-time World of Outlaws, more talented drivers are planning to venture into Alabama and Mississippi.

Rico Abreu is fresh off topping his first Sprint Car race of the year with The Greatest Show on Dirt at Lincoln Speedway, and he’s aiming for more this weekend. However, Talladega and Magnolia will be a new experiences for the St. Helena, CA driver as he’s yet to compete at either track.

Buddy Kofoid has competed in every World of Outlaws race this season with CMS Racing and plans to continue to do so through at least Talladega and Magnolia. The 21-year-old has been consistent with a pair of podiums and four top 10s so far.

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

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE

– Friday, March 24 at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, AL
– Saturday, March 25 at Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (6/84 Races)

1. 2 – David Gravel (852 PTS); 2. 41 – Carson Macedo (-12PTS) 3. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-14PTS); 4. 49 – Brad Sweet (-40PTS) 5. 11 – Michael Kofoid (-48PTS) 6. – 83 James McFadden (-60PTS); 7. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-66PTS); 8. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-90PTS); 9. 15 – Donny Schatz (-92PTS); 10. 13 – Justin Peck (-112 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (4 Drivers):

3 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2

1 win – James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83), Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41), Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24)

FEATURE LAPS LED (9 Drivers):

54 laps – David Gravel

30 laps – James McFadden

22 laps – Brad Sweet

21 laps – Carson Macedo

13 laps – Rico Abreu

11 laps – Buddy Kofoid

10 laps – Anthony Macri, Cory Eliason

9 laps – Gio Scelzi

LOW-E INSULATION QUICKTIME AWARDS (5 Drivers):

2 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo

1 QuickTime – Anthony Macri, Logan Schuchart, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz

HEAT RACE WINNERS (13 Drivers):

3 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, Buddy Kofoid, Carson Macedo, David Gravel

2 Heat Wins – Brent Marks

1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi, Donny Schatz, Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Brad Sweet

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (22 Drivers):

5 Dashes – Logan Schuchart, David Gravel

4 Dashes – Carson Macedo

3 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid, Jacob Allen, Brad Sweet

2 Dashes – Brent Marks, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Danny Dietrich, Spencer Bayston

1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Sheldon Haudenschild, Robbie Price, Cory Eliason, Justin Peck, James McFadden, Gio Scelzi, Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Rico Abreu, Devon Borden

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (4 Drivers):

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Sheldon Haudenschild, Gio Scelzi

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (5 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss

1 Hard Charger – Tyler Courtney, Donny Schatz, James McFadden, Gio Scelzi

PODIUM FINISHES (12 Drivers):

4 Podiums – David Gravel

2 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid, Carson Macedo, Brad Sweet

1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Logan Schuchart, James McFadden, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Jacob Allen, Rico Abreu, Devon Borden

TOP 10 FINISHES (24 Drivers):

6 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart

5 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild, Brad Sweet, David Gravel

4 Top 10s – Buddy Kofoid, James McFadden

3 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Justin Peck

2 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Spencer Bayston, Brent Marks, Danny Dietrich

1 Top 10 – Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss, Cory Eliason, Kasey Kahne, Robbie Price, Tyler Courtney, Zeb Wise, Jacob Allen, Rico Abreu, Devon Borden, Gio Scelzi

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

1. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)

2. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)

3. Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)

4. Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)

5. Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)

6. Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)

 

 

ONE FOR ONE: Rico Abreu Masters Lincoln for World of Outlaws Win in First Race of 2023; Carson Macedo Claims Spring Showdown Title

Abreu earns 10th Series win while Macedo banks $10,000 with Spring Showdown championship

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (March 18, 2023) - Rico Abreu made a powerful opening statement for his 2023 Sprint Car season.

On a night that was all about World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars battling the PA Posse, it was a driver not fitting into either category coming out on top.

Making his 2023 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season debut, Abreu topped a thriller at Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA) on Saturday night in the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown finale. The St. Helena, CA native outdueled four-time and defending Series champion, Brad Sweet, in the 35-lap Feature to take home the $10,000 check.

The victory marked his 10th with The Greatest Show on Dirt and first in the state of Pennsylvania. Abreu became the 48th different driver to reach double digit World of Outlaws wins and only the eighth from the state of California.

Needless to say, Abreu was thrilled for he and his #24 crew to come out swinging so forcefully to begin his year.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Abreu said. “It’s incredible for my team. I think that’s the coolest part for me is for my team to experience something like that. Those are definitely difficult wins to come by.”

The majority of the 35 laps proved to be a three-horse race between Abreu, Sweet, and Raymond, WA native turned PA Posse driver, Devon Borden.

Sweet controlled the early portion of the race, taking off from the pole position. The driver of the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 faced an early challenge from Freddie Rahmer as traffic became a factor early on. However, on lap nine Rahmer’s chances vanished as he nosed into Sweet’s tail tank and spun in Turn one.

Rahmer’s misfortune moved Borden into the runner-up spot. On the ensuing restart, it appeared as if Sweet may get away, but lapped traffic again posed an issue for him, allowing Borden to close in. Around the halfway point, Borden made one valiant attempt at the lead as he drew even with Sweet down the front straightaway, but Sweet got his elbows up and pulled away after catching a glimpse of the Shuttlesworth-Stehman #23 to his outside.

“I actually thought there, for a minute, we were going to have a really good shot to win,” Borden said of the battle with Sweet. “We were really fast, had a really good car. I was just trying to stay patient and got to Sweet there a couple of times and was really close to him.”

Only a lap after Sweet put some distance between himself and Borden, Abreu’s car began to come alive as he rolled by Borden and set his sights on Sweet. Shortly after taking the runner-up spot, Abreu closed on “The Big Cat” and tossed a slider on him to take the lead coming to 13 laps to go. Abreu gave plenty of credit to his legendary crew chief, Ricky Warner, and his work on the wrenches for his late race speed.

“Ricky is obviously a very experienced crew chief and understands the ability to adapt quickly when it comes to crew chief decisions on racetracks that develop throughout the night,” Abreu said. “My car was unbelievably fast tonight. I was really lucky to get good track position and not have to fight too hard to get up front. Toward the end of the race, my car just kept getting better and better.”

After Abreu took the lead, there was no looking back as he pulled ahead and ultimately took the checkered flag with nearly a two second advantage over Sweet. A win to kick off his racing season left Abreu feeling especially grateful for his situation.

“I have some great partners,” Abreu said. “Everybody just does an unbelievable job. It’s just really cool to sit back and see it and see everybody involved and how pleasuring it is to me to be in this position. It’s unbelievable.”               

Behind Abreu, Sweet finished on the podium for the second time this year, earning the 259th of his illustrious career with the World of Outlaws. The Grass Valley, CA native felt encouraged with the result but also couldn’t help but think of what could’ve been after leading the opening 22 circuits.

“Overall tonight, we were pretty happy with our car, finishing second even though we were leading laps and up front,” Sweet explained. “I just felt we were a little off in the A (main), but this is a tough field of cars. And with new tires and a lot of unknowns, you just don’t know how these nights are going to go, so we’re pretty happy with second with our Napa Auto Parts car.”

Rounding out the podium in just his 14th career World of Outlaws Feature start was Borden, marking his first career Series top-three.

“It honestly means the world just to be running out here in Pennsylvania against the absolute best in the world and running up front and contending for wins, you know,” Borden said. “We’ve come a long way, didn’t think I’d be here this soon. It’s really cool.”

One spot behind Borden was a hard charging Carson Macedo. The Jason Johnson Racing driver moved up from ninth to fourth, enough to make him the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown champion and pocket an extra $10,000.

“It means a lot to us,” Macedo said. “I think it’s something really cool they put together that hopefully they continue to do in the future. I feel like all the people from Low-E Insulation, that’s a good chunk of change for them to put out.”

David Gravel and Brad Sweet finished second and third in the Spring Showdown standings to take home the remaining portion of the point fund with Gravel taking $6,000 and Sweet claiming $4,000.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will take on a down south double header as next weekend (March 24-25), Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL) and Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS) host The Greatest Show on Dirt. For tickets, CLICK HERE

If you can’t make it to the track, watch live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

A Feature (35 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu[3]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 3. 23-Devon Borden[4]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[9]; 5. 13-Justin Peck[12]; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich[7]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[21]; 9. 19-Brent Marks[13]; 10. 2-David Gravel[6]; 11. 5-Spencer Bayston[8]; 12. 11-Michael Kofoid[10]; 13. 83-James McFadden[25]; 14. 27-Chris Windom[16]; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri[19]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[27]; 17. 16-Matt Campbell[11]; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[22]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[30]; 20. 15-Donny Schatz[28]; 21. 9-Kasey Kahne[29]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen[15]; 23. 8D-Billy Dietrich[14]; 24. 69-Tim Glatfelter[20]; 25. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[18]; 26. 99M-Kyle Moody[26]; 27. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[23]; 28. 44-Dylan Norris[24]; 29. 8-Freddie Rahmer[2]; 30. 1M-Landon Myers[17]

 

 

Heavy Rain Cancels Friday’s World of Outlaws Event at Williams Grove Speedway

Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown title to be determined at Lincoln Speedway, March 18

MECHANICSBURG, PA (March 17, 2023) – With heavy overnight rain and cold temperatures continuing today and lasting into this evening at Williams Grove Speedway, World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car and track officials have canceled Friday’s event.

If you purchased a reserved ticket in advance through the World of Outlaws for the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown at Williams Grove, March 17, you will receive a face-value credit to your MyDirtTickets.com account – good for two years – to be used toward any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. If a credit to your account does not work for you, then you have until April 17 to request a refund.

If you purchased your ticket through the speedway, visit WilliamsGrove.com for more information.

The World of Outlaws now turns its attention to the final round of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown at Lincoln Speedway, Saturday, March 18, with a good forecast and Hot Laps set to start at 5pm (ET). For tickets, CLICK HERE.

Current Series points leader David Gravel and Carson Macedo are tied for the points lead of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown mini-series. Ten-time Series champion Donny Schatz is 22 points back in third.

Whoever comes out on top as the highest points earner at the end of the Lincoln event will win $10,000 from Low-E Insulation. Second will get $6,000 and third will get $4,000.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

POUNCING IN PA: Brad Sweet, Eric Prutzman Building Off Pennsylvania Strides

By Alex Nieten

The four-time and defending World of Outlaws champion looks for more PA success in the final two rounds of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown, March 17-18

Last year, Brad Sweet crossed an item off his bucket list that had long eluded him – a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win at Williams Grove Speedway.

Entering last July, Sweet had accomplished nearly everything The Greatest Show on Dirt has to offer – three championships, a Knoxville Nationals, a pair of Kings Royals and plenty more. However, through more than 50 tries, he hadn’t been able to find his way to Victory Lane at the Mechanicsburg, PA half-mile.

Then, at the 2022 Summer Nationals, “The Big Cat” pounced on a prime opportunity by taking the top spot late and leading the final three laps for his first Williams Grove triumph.

“We put a whole night together and had a great race,” Sweet recalled. “We raced against Donny Schatz, Danny Dietrich, and Sheldon Haudenschild and got the car right where I wanted it and had the track position and found some lanes. It was just a great night, all the hard work paying off. It’s what you do it for.

“It was a very special night. It’s one of those things where it’s checked off the bucket list. Nobody can say I never won at Williams Grove. That’s nice as a Sprint Car champion, and I’ve won at a lot of other tracks, so it’s nice to check that track off.”

The night served as a powerful testament to Sweet’s progress in the region. The year before the Kasey Kahne Racing driver visited Victory Lane at Williams Grove, he also earned his first win at Abbottstown, PA’s Lincoln Speedway. Even prior to winning at “The Grove,” Sweet felt that they’d taken strides to the point where he was banging on the door of a victory at the paperclip shaped track.

“We started to make a lot of gains before (the win), so we started to gain confidence within our team and racecar, the package we were building,” Sweet explained. “We had some stronger finishes. I actually told my guys, probably two or three races before we won, I think we’re getting close to competing for a win here just because we were starting to put the whole night together and get a good feel for what I was looking for.”

One of the main catalysts behind the team’s progress has been crew chief native Eric Prutzman. Ever since linking with Sweet in 2018 the duo has proven to be a dominant combination as they’ve collected four titles in their five seasons together. Even with their immediate success, Williams Grove proved to be a puzzle early on.

“It’s so unique in itself,” Prutzman said of the challenges Williams Grove presents. “It’s got long straightaways like it’s a big racetrack, but then the corners are so tight. Everything is so narrow. It just takes a lot of laps, I feel like, to be able to understand it. I mean, there are obviously some people who go there, and it suits them perfectly when they get there, but for most people the first time there is a whole new animal, I would say, than what everyone is mostly used to.”

On top of breaking through their initial struggles at Williams Grove, Prutzman’s background as a Pennsylvania native made the victory even more significant.

“It was definitely cool,” Prutzman said. “We both struggled there together for quite a few races, and then to finally get something going that he was comfortable with made it all that much more special that I could be a part of helping him get that (win). My family was there. He had some family there. It was just really neat. It was really good for everyone to be there to see it, too. It was pretty awesome.”

Fast forward to present day, and the World of Outlaws are ready for a rare springtime invasion of “The Keystone State.” This weekend brings the final two rounds of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown at Williams Grove (March 17) and Lincoln Speedway (March 18). Sweet’s recent Pennsylvania success has helped elevate his confidence when having to battle the experienced local competition.

“From my standpoint, it does feel good knowing we’ve been able to win there,” Sweet noted. “It gives the team confidence. It gives us confidence. We know every race in Pennsylvania is going to be a challenge, but at least we know we can do it. We have those notes in our notebook on those nights, and me, as a driver, I have the feel I was looking for. All of those things help build confidence and hopefully create more wins.”

And on the fun side of things, Sweet’s victories have allowed him to playfully banter more often with the PA Posse fans. The Grass Valley, CA native has now won at the entire trio of iconic central PA racetracks – Williams Grove, Lincoln, and Port Royal Speedway, and he’s happy to remind the passionate fanbase of that fact.

“They’re always going to cheer for their own, and I’m the farthest thing from their own being a four-time World of Outlaws champion from California. You can’t get much further from PA Posse than that,” Sweet said with a laugh. “They’re usually good sports about it. There’s always a few that have loud mouths, but that’s what drives the sport.

“It’s all competitive and a lot of it’s fun. They’re going to cheer for their guys – Lance Dewease, Brent Marks, Danny Dietrich, Anthony Macri, Freddie Rahmer, all of their guys. Even if they don’t cheer for them on a weekly show, they’re going to cheer for them to beat the Outlaws. I think it’s a cool rivalry, and I don’t mind playing into it and riling them up even more.”

For tickets to the events at Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway, CLICK HERE.

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

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: World of Outlaws Return to Federated Auto Parts Raceway, April 14-15

PEVELY, MO (March 15, 2023) – For the fourth consecutive year, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will bring The Greatest Show on Dirt back to Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for a spring doubleheader.

Like fighter jets in a gymnasium, the premier drivers in Sprint Car racing, including 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, four-time and reigning champion Brad Sweet, current Series points leader David Gravel and several more, will duel around the 1/3-mile track, April 14-15.

The World of Outlaws will be joined by the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota both nights, featuring rising stars like Jade Avedisian, Chase McDermand, Cannon McIntosh, Kyle Jones and more.

TICKETS: CLICK HERE

Early Storylines:

MACEDO ON THE MOVE: Carson Macedo and his Jason Johnson Racing team are off to a strong start this year, with one win and yet to finish outside the top 10 in the first five races.

Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 proved to be a good track for he and the team last year, picking up their first two victories there – one in April and the Night Before the Ironman in August.

DRIVE FOR FIVE: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 has been a good stop for Brad Sweet and his Kasey Kahne Racing team along their way to the Series championship the last four years. They’ve picked up at least one win the last four years at the track, including last year’s prestigious Ironman 55.

They’ll be poised to keep that streak going this year as they chase a fifth consecutive World of Outlaws title.

HAUD’S PLAYGROUND: While shut out of a victory last year, Sheldon Haudenschild has made Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 his personal playground the last few years. When he finds the top lane around the small oval, his NOS Energy Drink #17 car tends to become untouchable.

However, Haudenschild has yet to win at I-55 in the spring. He's won the Ironman 55 twice – in 2019 and 2021 – and won the Night Before the Ironman in 2020.

Previous Winners:
2022 – Carson Macedo on April 16 & August 5, Brad Sweet on August 6
2021 – Brad Sweet on April 2, Brad Sweet on April 3, Sheldon Haudenschild on Aug. 6, Sheldon Haudenschild on Aug. 7
2020 – Brad Sweet on May 22, Kyle Larson on May 23, Sheldon Haudenschild on Aug. 7, Kyle Larson on Aug. 8
2019 – Brad Sweet on Aug 2, Sheldon Haudenschild on Aug. 3
2018 – Daryn Pittman on April 21, Rico Abreu on Aug. 3, Logan Schuchart on Aug. 4
2017 – Daryn Pittman on Aug. 4
2016 – David Gravel on Aug. 5, Rico Abreu on Aug. 6
2015 – Christopher Bell on May 2, Donny Schatz on Aug. 7, Shane Stewart on Aug. 8
2014 – Sammy Swindell on April 26, Paul McMahan on Aug. 1, Kerry Madsen on Aug. 2
2013 – Craig Dollansky on Aug. 3
2012 – Craig Dollansky on Oct. 13, Jason Sides on Oct. 13
2011 – Craig Dollansky on Aug. 5
2010 – Joey Saldana on April 17, Tim Shaffer on Aug. 6, Jason Meyers on Aug. 7
2009 – Craig Dollansky on Aug. 7, Joey Saldana on Aug. 8
2008 – Jason Meyers on April 5
2007 – Joey Saldana on July 7
2006 – Donny Schatz on April 1, Brooke Tatnell on July 8
2005 – Kraig Kinser on April 2, Chad Kemenah on July 8
2004 – Craig Dollansky on April 17, Danny Lasoski on Aug. 7
2003 – Steve Kinser on April 12, Tyler Walker on July 12
2002 – Jac Haudenschild on March 30, Daryn Pittman on July 13
2001 – Randy Hannagan on March 24, Stevie Smith on July 14
2000 – Jac Haudenschild on July 22
1999 – Jac Haudenschild on July 24
1998 – Stevie Smith on July 25, Andy Hillenburg on Oct. 10
1997 – Mark Kinser on May 18, Sammy Swindell on Oct. 11
1996 – Mark Kinser on June 12
1992 – Steve Kinser on June 10
1991 – Sammy Swindell on May 4
1990 – Sammy Swindell on April 14
1989 – Doug Wolfgang on April 15, Doug Wolfgang on Aug. 11
1988 – Steve Kinser on April 23
1987 – Brad Doty on April 22, Steve Kinser on Sept. 25

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

1 MONTH ALERT: Xtreme Outlaw Midgets Return to I-55 with World of Outlaws
Xtreme Outlaw Midgets will join the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars for the doubleheader weekend in Missouri

PEVELY, MO (March 15, 2023) – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 will welcome the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota for the second time in the Series’ history, April 14-15.

The Xtreme Outlaw Midgets made their debut at the 1/3-mile track last August, giving fans two thrilling shows with the best drivers in the division. They’ll do so again in the spring with $4,000 to win on the line Friday night and a $5,000 payday available Saturday night.

Like the last event, the Series will be paired with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars again, featuring drivers like 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz, four-time and reigning champion Brad Sweet and current Series points leader David Gravel.

TICKETS: CLICK HERE

Early Storylines:

CRUM REPEAT?: Chance Crum, who is contending for the Xtreme Outlaw title this year with Rudeen Racing, won the Series’ first visit to Federated Auto Parts Raceway – his first national Midget win.

He’ll have four chances to try and repeat this year, starting with the spring event. He’s started off the season with one top-five finish during the two-day season-opening event at the Southern Illinois Center.

EARLY CONTENDERS: Cannon McIntosh and Jade Avedisian kicked off the 2023 season with wins at the Southern Illinois Center. For McIntosh, it was his second Series victory, while Avedisian picked up her third Series victory – continuing her title as winningest driver with the Xtreme Outlaw Midgets.

Avedisian left Illinois with the points lead and fellow championship chaser Kyle Jones in second. While he didn’t pick up a win at the Center, he was consistent with a top five and two top-10 finishes.

Of the three drivers, Jones is the only one to have scored a top-10 finish at Federated Auto Parts Raceway with the Series. McIntosh did not compete in the event last year.

DAUM’S REBUILDING: Defending Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series champion Zach Daum, has an entirely new program in 2023. His own car and his own team.

He had an up and down weekend in the season-opener, finishing fifth the first night and then a DNF the second. I-55 could be a welcome sight when he gets there after two top-five finishes at the track last year.

Previous Winners:
2022 – Chance Crum on Aug. 5, Michael Pickens on Aug. 6

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: World of Outlaws vs. PA Posse Battles at Williams Grove, Lincoln Set to Conclude Spring Showdown

World of Outlaws look to regain control of rivalry while Posse hope to maintain

Sprint Car racing’s best rivalry is getting an early start in 2023.

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will invade Pennsylvania for two nights, March 17-18, rekindling the annual World of Outlaws vs. PA Posse battle. The pair of shows will serve as the conclusion to the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown mini-series.

First up on Friday, March 17, is a trip to the famed Williams Grove Speedway. The night will mark the World of Outlaws 230th visit to the Mechanicsburg, PA facility. Then, Saturday, March 18, takes teams down the road to Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA) for the Spring Showdown finale where the $20,000 mini-series point fund will be distributed.

The World of Outlaws are looking to bounce back after a sub-par showing against the Posse in 2022, and the Pennsylvanians aim to keep the rivalry tilted in their favor. Last year PA locals earned bragging rights by claiming six of the nine battles including the final four of the season. The Pennsylvania fans are sure to remind the World of Outlaws of how 2022 unfolded as the tour rolls into town this weekend.

Let’s look at some of the top storylines:

CHAMPIONSHIP FORM: David Gravel has come out on fire to begin 2023.

The Big Game Motorsports driver has three wins and a runner-up through five Features this season, marking the first time since 2019 (Daryn Pittman) a driver has finished inside the top-two in four of the first five races. The stout results have him atop the championship standings by 20 points.

This weekend presents an excellent chance for Gravel to continue building momentum. Williams Grove is Gravel’s winningest track on his World of Outlaws record with eight of his 79 wins coming at the half-mile. The Watertown, CT native is also a former Series winner at Lincoln (2017) and has finished no worse than seventh in his last six trips to Abbottstown.

In addition to his championship lead, Gravel is also tied for the top spot of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown standings.

MACEDO’S HOT START: The driver tied with David Gravel for the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown title and the $10,000 reward that comes with it is Carson Macedo. The Lemoore, CA native has a win, a 5.4 avg. finish, and is yet to miss the top-10 this season.

The wheelman of the Jason Johnson Racing #41 is a two-time Williams Grove World of Outlaws winner, topping a pair of 2021 races, including the 2021 National Open. Macedo’s best Series finish at Lincoln is third in his most recent attempt, but he’s won with the All-Star Circuit of Champions at the 3/8-mile track (2018).

DONNY’S DOMINANCE: Donny Schatz owns 307 career World of Outlaws Feature wins, and Williams Grove has been the largest contributor to that tally.

The 10-time Series champion is a 21-time winner at Williams Grove including a record six National Open titles. Only Steve Kinser (38 Williams Grove wins) is ahead of Schatz. The Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing driver’s recent record at the half-mile (nine podiums in last 20 starts) suggest another potential strong run on Friday.

While Schatz’ record isn’t as strong at Lincoln, he is a former winner there (2016) and owns five top-fives in 13 starts.

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PENNSYLVANIA POUNCE: For most of his career, Brad Sweet had been unable to find the top step of the podium at both Williams Grove and Lincoln, but “The Big Cat” changed that over the past two seasons.

In 2021, the Grass Valley, CA native won in his 10th Series attempt at Lincoln. Then, last year the Kasey Kahne Racing driver finally crossed Williams Grove off his win list after more than 50 unsuccessful tries.

Sweet hopes for more PA success to shake off some early season struggles as he’s only notched one top-five so far through five races.

FAMILIAR WATERS: The Shark Racing duo of Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen are among those on the World of Outlaws tour that began their careers racing with the Posse.

Back in 2011, Schuchart nearly won his World of Outlaws debut, briefly taking the lead from Jason Meyers at Williams Grove before having an issue. Fifty-four starts later, and the 30-year-old is still chasing his first Series victory at the iconic track. He’s won an All-Star race there and owns four World of Outlaws podiums.

Schuchart is currently second in Series points, having already tallied four top fives and boasting a 4.8 avg. finish.

Allen had struggled at Williams Grove for several years, but he’s turned that narrative around in recent history. Allen carries a streak of three consecutive top-10s at the paperclip shaped track heading into Friday.

The driver of the Shark Racing #1A is also the most recent Series winner at Lincoln, claiming last year’s Gettysburg Clash in what was a wildly popular win in front of hometown fans.

FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME: Over the years, Williams Grove has proven to be a place capable of producing first time World of Outlaws winners, and it’s true for three drivers currently on tour.

Brock Zearfoss claimed the opening night of 2017 Summer Nationals in only his eighth Series Feature start. The win came aboard Aaron Long’s #58, and now the Jonestown, PA native looks for a win aboard his family-owned #3Z as he continues his third year with the World of Outlaws.

A few months after Zearfoss’ breakthrough, James McFadden wheeled the Highlands #3 to a National Open prelim triumph for his first victory. The 33-year-old is fresh off delivering Roth Motorsports’ 100th Series win and aims to add to the tally.

One year later, a rising star named Gio Scelzi topped a National Open prelim driving Bernie Stuebgen’s Indy Race Parts #71, becoming the youngest winner in Series history – at 16 years old. That record still stands as the now 21-year-old is a rookie on the World of Outlaws tour with KCP Racing.

POSSE POWERHOUSES: As always when the World of Outlaws venture into Pennsylvania, a few of the locals stand out as favorites to keep the trophies in the host state. Williams Grove has been a prime location for Posse glory over the years, especially last season thanks in large part to one man.

Lance Dewease may be the greatest driver in Williams Grove history, and 2022 helped support that case. The Fayetteville, PA native claimed a trio of World of Outlaws races at “The Grove” last year, helping elevate his record win tally at the track to 111. Of the 57-year-old’s 20 career Series victories, 17 have come at the Mechanicsburg half-mile. Only Steve Kinser (38), Donny Schatz (21), and Mark Kinser (18) have won more in World of Outlaws competition at Williams Grove than the driver of the historic Kreitz Racing #69K. Dewease has also won with the World of Outlaws at Lincoln, topping a 2019 race.

Brent Marks also chalked one up for the Posse in 2022, winning the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove in May. Three of Marks’ 12 career Series victories have occurred at the half-mile. The former World of Outlaws full-timer owns several Lincoln triumphs but still seeks his first with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

Anthony Macri was responsible for the other two Posse victories last year, claiming a pair of Port Royal races for his first two World of Outlaws wins. The Dillsburg, PA native has been banging on the door of a Williams Grove World of Outlaws win with seven top-fives in his last 10 starts. “The Concrete Kid” has also finished within the top five in the two most recent Series races at Lincoln.

PLENTY OF PA: In addition to the local favorites, Pennsylvania’s healthy Sprint Car landscape features many more capable of running up front with the country’s best drivers.

Danny Dietrich has been one of the Posse’s strongest forces over the years. Four his five World of Outlaws wins have arrived at Lincoln and Williams Grove as he’s split two apiece at each facility. The driver of the Gary Kauffman #48 hasn’t visited Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws since 2019, but he looks to change that this weekend.

Freddie Rahmer’s one World of Outlaws victory came in 2018 at Lincoln. The Salfordville, PA native has already topped two local races at Lincoln this year in the Eichelberger #8. Rahmer also has plenty of Williams Grove success, posting two of his four career World of Outlaws podiums in Mechanicsburg.

More local names to watch include Troy Wagaman Jr. (Hanover, PA), Matt Campbell (Fawn Grove, PA), T.J. Stutts (Liverpool, PA), Dylan Cisney (Port Royal, PA), Dylan Norris (Hanover, PA), Kyle Moody (Lewisberry, PA) and more.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch live on DIRTVision.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE

- Friday, March 17 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA

- Saturday, March 18 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (5/87 Races)

1. 2 – David Gravel (722 PTS); 2. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-20 PTS); 3. 41 – Carson Macedo (-24 PTS); 4. 11 – Michael Kofoid (-44 PTS); 5. 83 – James McFadden (-54 PTS); 6. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-54 PTS); 7. 49 – Brad Sweet (-56 PTS); 8. 15 – Donny Schatz (-72 PTS); 9. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-88 PTS); 10. 9 – Kasey Kahne (-92 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (3 Drivers):

3 wins – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2

1 win – James McFadden, Roth Motorsports #83, Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41

FEATURE LAPS LED (7 Drivers):

54 laps – David Gravel

30 laps – James McFadden

21 laps – Carson Macedo

11 laps – Buddy Kofoid

10 laps – Anthony Macri, Cory Eliason

9 laps – Gio Scelzi

LOW-E INSULATION QUICKTIME AWARDS (5 Drivers):

1 QuickTime – Anthony Macri, Logan Schuchart, Carson Macedo, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz

HEAT RACE WINNERS (9 Drivers):

3 Heat Wins – Logan Schuchart, Buddy Kofoid, Carson Macedo

2 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, David Gravel

1 Heat Win – James McFadden, Brian Brown, Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi, Donny Schatz

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (19 Drivers):

4 Dashes – David Gravel, Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart

3 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid, Jacob Allen

2 Dashes – Brent Marks, Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet

1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Sheldon Haudenschild, Robbie Price, Cory Eliason, Justin Peck, James McFadden, Spencer Bayston, Gio Scelzi, Kasey Kahne

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (3 Drivers):

1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Sheldon Haudenschild

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (4 Drivers):

2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss

1 Hard Charger – Tyler Courtney, Donny Schatz, James McFadden

PODIUM FINISHES (10 Drivers):

4 Podiums – David Gravel

2 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid, Carson Macedo

1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Logan Schuchart, James McFadden, Brad Sweet, Brian Brown, Kasey Kahne, Jacob Allen

TOP 10 FINISHES (20 Drivers):

5 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild

4 Top 10s – Brad Sweet, Buddy Kofoid, David Gravel, James McFadden

3 Top 10s – Donny Schatz

2 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Justin Peck, Spencer Bayston

1 Top 10 – Aaron Reutzel, Brent Marks, Brock Zearfoss, Cory Eliason, Danny Dietrich, Kasey Kahne, Robbie Price, Tyler Courtney, Zeb Wise

2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

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

1. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)

2. Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)

3. Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)

4. Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)

5. Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)

 

 

Avedisian Wins Finale in Du Quoin After Hard Battle with Meseraull

Meseraull P16 following contact with Avedisian, McDermand runner-up from 12th

 

DU QUOIN, IL (March 11, 2023) – The winningest driver in Series history is back in Victory Lane. Jade Avedisian captured her third career Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota Feature win Saturday night in only her second career start in the Southern Illinois Center.

 

It didn’t take long for the young Californian to find success with her new team at Keith Kunz Motorsports, scoring the $5,000 check in her second race piloting KKM’s signature Mobil 1, Spike/Toyota #71. But en route to finding that near-instant success, Avedisian was tasked with going head-to-head with one of the most accomplished indoor racers – Thomas Meseraull.

 

Meseraull, the 42-year-old open wheel veteran and two-time winner in the Center, was the first to challenge 16-year-old Avedisian after she got out to the early lead from the pole. Meseraull gradually ascended from his fifth-place starting spot into third by Lap 10 and was immediately met with a chance to overtake both cars in front of him.

 

With a head full of steam as he crossed the stripe on Lap 11, Meseraull swept by Kyle Jones through Turns 1-2 on the top side and made a bee-line for Avedisian in 3-4. Using the same maneuver – right-rear tire against the cushion and throttle to the floor – Meseraull powered around Avedisian for the lead and began to set his own pace.

 

“Early on, I could see that the track was going to start moving up,” Meseraull said. “It was time to go. I was faster than the guys in front of me.”

 

“The first 10 laps, I was around the bottom, and I kinda felt like it was gonna go away; just wasn’t sure when,” Avedisian said about leading the opening laps. “I felt it [go away], and then [Meseraull] got by me. It was good to run his pace for a few laps.”

 

Though the opening laps were hectic, the race’s torrid pace was soon cooled by the first caution flag on Lap 14; Friday night winner Cannon McIntosh had rolled it over in Turn 3, retiring him to the pits with external damage from the wreck.

 

Meseraull handled his first two restarts well, keeping Avedisian at bay behind him. He soon opened up a large gap to the rest of the field, stretching the lead out to over a second-and-a-half at one point before the yellow was displayed again with 11-to-go. It was then that Avedisian executed her plan to retake the lead.

 

Avedisian got a great restart and stayed right with Meseraull as the laps dipped under 10-to-go. With six laps left, Meseraull bounced hard off the cushion in Turn 4, upsetting the car enough for Avedisian to close-in on his rear bumper.

 

“Once we got out there, me and T-Mez, I feel like we were about the same speed,” Avedisian said. “I had a really good restart, I think it was the third restart, I was able to chase him down a little bit and decided when to slide him.”

 

With a lapped car in the bottom lane directly in front of him, Meseraull swung it to the top side into Turn 1 and got over the lip of the cushion, sending him into the marbles and leaving the track beneath him open to Avedisian. She took full advantage of the room, bounced off the lip at the apex of the turn and got a great run out of Turn 2.

 

In an effort to power out of the cushion and get back in the groove, Meseraull stayed in the throttle, picking-up the front-end of the car into a wheelie out of Turn 2. When he came back down, Avedisian’s nose was there and the two made contact, sending Meseraull around on the backstretch.

 

“He got over the curb and I was already half-sliding him, trying to get by,” Avedisian said. “He came down, obviously to get out of the curb, and we just hit. It was just a racing deal on that one.”

 

“That was unfortunate,” Meseraull said. “Lapped traffic is tough here, and I was struggling to get by [Avedisian]. I picked up a little bit of a miss in the 7x, and so my entry speed was a little bit on-and-off, and I kinda got it in above the curb.

 

“The thing flew the nose [up] and Jade just shoved it in there, because that’s what you do in Midgets, apparently, and it damn near got me upside down. But hey, that’s part of racing.”

 

Meseraull was sent to the tail of the field under caution while Avedisian assumed the lead with three laps remaining. One solid restart and 12 corners later, Avedisian drove under the checkered flags to seal the victory.

 

“Just be patient, you only have three laps, and try to hit your marks,” Avedisian said of her mentality coming back to the green. “I definitely didn’t have the best restart. We think the tire got cold or something, and it didn’t fire-off as well. But it was good enough to keep us out front.”

 

Chase McDermand crossed the stripe in second, coming from 12th in the Mounce/Stout Motorsports #40 – a remarkable turnaround for the team that failed to qualify for the Feature Friday night. Kyle Jones came home third, staying in the top-five the entire distance and matched his best career finish with the Series.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Midgets now take three weeks off from Series competition before returning to action at Farmer City Raceway as part of the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models’ annual Illini 100 event, March 30-April 1.

 

Tickets are on sale now at XtremeOutlawSeries.com. If you can’t be there in person, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS

 

Feature (40 Laps): 1. 71-Jade Avedisian[1]; 2. 40-Chase McDermand[12]; 3. 7U-Kyle Jones[3]; 4. 2X-Landon Brooks[8]; 5. 26-Chance Crum[4]; 6. 68-Mitchel Moles[18]; 7. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[7]; 8. 97-Gavin Miller[6]; 9. 25K-Taylor Reimer[11]; 10. 26R-Corbin Rueschenberg[9]; 11. 21K-Karter Sarff[15]; 12. 86-Shane Cottle[10]; 13. 41M-Howard Moore[16]; 14. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[19]; 15. 71E-Mariah Ede[20]; 16. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[5]; 17. 57A-Ronnie Gardner[13]; 18. 08-Cannon McIntosh[14]; 19. 5D-Zach Daum[17]; 20. 55-Nick Drake[2]

 

 

 

 

LOOSE CANNON: McIntosh Wins Midget Season Opener at Southern Illinois Center

Cottle gets first Xtreme Outlaw Midget podium in second; Avedisian fourth in KKM debut

 

DU QUOIN, IL (March 10, 2023) – Cannon McIntosh has quickly become one of the most skilled indoor Midget racers in the nation and showed the Du Quoin crowd exactly why with a victory in the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota season opener Friday night at the Southern Illinois Center.

 

McIntosh, 20, of Bixby, OK, took advantage of his Row 2 starting spot, racing with the top-five through the first half of the event and making the pass for the lead inside the final 10 laps en route to his second career Xtreme Outlaw Feature win over Shane Cottle and Thomas Meseraull.

 

“Can’t do any better than that,” McIntosh said on winning the season opener. “Stating off with a win, we’re just gonna take it one race at a time.”

 

Though he finished the night hoisting the $4,000 winner’s check in Victory Lane, McIntosh’s night was not all smooth sailing out front. After bagging the Whitz RC Racing Products Fast Time Award in Qualifying, he rolled off fourth on the grid of his Heat Race but quickly brought out caution after a miscue on Lap 1.

 

“Just made a mistake on the first lap going into Turn 3,” McIntosh said. “Brakes are touchy at this little place, and I stalled the engine pretty quick.”

 

Forced to come from the tail of the field, McIntosh drove the Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports, GearWrench #08 from dead last to second in eight laps, using every lane his competitors left open in front of him to complete the comeback and earn himself a fourth-place Feature starting spot.

 

At the drop of the green in the Feature, McIntosh stayed patient while polesitter Shane Cottle paced the field out front. Though the leaders refused to show their hands through first green-flag stretch of 12 laps, the urgency picked up over the next 18.

 

Mitchel Moles, the 23-year-old open wheel regular from Raisin City, CA, making his debut for Keith Kunz Motorsports, was the first to get aggressive up front, powering his new LynK Chassis around the outside of teammate Jade Avedisian for second on Lap 17. The outside lane eventually got the best of Moles, however, as he drove it hard into Turn 3 looking for the lead on Cottle, got on the brakes and stalled the engine at the top of the track, bringing out the yellow again and sending him to the tail.

 

That incident ended up being a clue for McIntosh, now riding third for the ensuing restart.

 

“Moles kinda showed the top in Turns 3-4, and I still felt like the bottom was better in 1-2, and then he stalled it,” McIntosh said. “From there, I just knew what to do and got to the front.”

 

With only two cars in front of him and the laps winding down, McIntosh tried the top on the restart and made it stick, overtaking Avedisian for second on Lap 21, and eventually, Cottle for the lead after the final restart on Lap 23.

 

From there, it was all McIntosh out front, as he pulled away from the field and crossed under the checkers to collect his second career victory in the Southern Illinois Center. The indoor venues are his bread-and-butter, and always seem to have been since his rookie Midget days racing around his native Oklahoma and its most famed racing event.

 

“When I finally got the chance to do it at Chili Bowl, I did well and just felt comfortable,” McIntosh said. “Any indoor track, especially when I come here, I just love the vibe being under the lights. It’s just a good feeling, and I have confidence when I walk into Du Quoin or Tulsa at Chili Bowl.”

 

Leading the first 22 laps, Cottle crossed the line second and bagged his first career Xtreme Outlaw podium finish. He said he felt most comfortable riding the bottom lane all the way around the track, which left McIntosh the lane to get by on the top.

 

“We led most of the Feature until the top came-in down there in Turns 3-4 and Cannon got around us,” Cottle said. “When you’re out front, you’re just a sitting duck. That’s just part of it.”

 

Thomas Meseraull, of San Jose, CA, rounded out the podium in his Series debut with the RMS Racing #7x. Like McIntosh, he stayed patient as well throughout the event, but scooped-up the third spot with two-to-go after an aggressive move to the inside of Avedisian in Turn 3.

 

“It’s a tight track; there’s not a whole lot of room,” Meseraull said. “She kinda was changing lines, and I felt like she was going to the top and was gonna be held up by the car in front of her, so I just kinda bombed it in there.”

 

Avedisian, 16, of Clovis, CA, settled for fourth in her debut for KKM, while defending Series champion Zach Daum completed the top-five in the first night out for his new King Chassis operation.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Xtreme Outlaw Midget action continues with the second night of racing at the Southern Illinois Center Saturday night, March 11, with a 40-lap, $5,000-to-win main event. Tickets will be sold at the door. If you can’t be there to watch, stream all the action live on DIRTVision.

 

ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

 

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 08-Cannon McIntosh[4]; 2. 86-Shane Cottle[1]; 3. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[5]; 4. 71-Jade Avedisian[2]; 5. 5D-Zach Daum[8]; 6. 31B-Chase Johnson[17]; 7. 2X-Landon Brooks[16]; 8. 7U-Kyle Jones[15]; 9. 97-Gavin Miller[6]; 10. 17B-Austin Barnhill[7]; 11. 68-Mitchel Moles[3]; 12. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[20]; 13. 26-Chance Crum[19]; 14. 71E-Mariah Ede[13]; 15. 50-Daniel Adler[9]; 16. 19M-Ethan Mitchell[11]; 17. 25K-Taylor Reimer[18]; 18. 72J-Sam Johnson[12]; 19. 6B-Andy Baugh[14]; 20. 21K-Karter Sarff[10]

 

 

World of Outlaws, Super DIRTcar Series Enter 2023 With Growing Sponsorship Support

CONCORD, NC (March 10, 2023) – There’s never been a more exciting time for the World of Outlaws and Super DIRTcar Series with the continued support of key partners and the introduction of several new ones.

Multiple sponsors will continue a more than 10-year sponsorship, while others have extended or signed multi-year agreements, establishing their own milestones – which for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series brings its overall contingency awards package to more than $1 million.

NOS Energy Drink continues to get after it, entering its fifth year as the title sponsor of the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars – currently the second longest running sponsor of the Series. And after a successful debut season, CASE Construction Equipment continues its multi-year deal as title sponsor of the World of Outlaws Late Models and as the Official Construction Equipment company for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars and Super DIRTcar Series with exciting new initiatives planned for 2023.

CASE is also expanding its brand’s presence across the three series in 2023 with CASE No.1 Engine Oil becoming the Official Engine Oil of each series and sponsoring Heat Race #1 in each series at every race.

Toyota is set to take the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models, Super DIRTcar Series and Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota to new places in 2023, becoming the Official Vehicle for each series and providing a pace truck for each. Toyota is also sponsoring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car’s Dash.

Also looking to expand its footprint in dirt racing, Federated Auto Parts joined as a new sponsor this year in a multi-year deal to serve as title sponsor of DIRTcar Nationals – along with four other to-be-determined World of Outlaws Sprint Car events – and Federated Car Care is sponsoring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Work Zone at each event.

Germfree, which is already serving as the Official BioTech partner of Volusia Speedway Park, has joined the World of Outlaws in 2023, sponsoring the World of Outlaws Late Model Rookie of the Year program, giving $10,000 to the top rookie, $3,000 to the second highest finisher and $2,000 to the third highest.

Low-E Insulation has expanded its sponsorship with the organization this year, sponsoring Qualifying for both World of Outlaws series and the Super DIRTcar Series. The company is also sponsoring the six-race Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown (from March 5 at Volusia Speedway Park to March 18 at Lincoln Speedway) with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, where $10,000 will be paid to the highest points earner in that period, $6,000 to the second highest and $4,000 to the third highest.

In a sweet deal to give its students more opportunities for hands-on experience with World of Outlaws Sprint Car teams, while further educating fans about their initiatives, Milton Hershey School has increased its involvement with the Series in 2023. Along with fans getting some of Hershey’s fan-favorite chocolate and candies at several events throughout the year, multiple students will get the chance to work with Sprint Car teams on race nights.

Other new exciting sponsors include Lifeline USA with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, and DIG Race Products and SRI Performance/Stock Car Steel & Aluminum with the Super DIRTcar Series. SRI and Stock Car Steel will award $100 to the driver that draws the #1 pill in the Re-Draw each race.

Returning sponsors that have been with a series for 10 or more years include Chevrolet Performance – the Official Vehicle of DIRTcar and DIRTcar Northeast and one of the longest running sponsors – ASI, Arizona/Gotta Race, Cometic Gaskets, COMP Cams and VP Racing Fuels.

Fan-favorite Whiskey Myers returns for its second season with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars, continuing its presenting sponsorship of the “4-Wide Salute to the Fans” and expanding its support by also contributing to the Series’ lucrative contingency program.

To keep up with the 2023 season for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models, CLICK HERE. And to keep up with the 2023 season for the Super DIRTcar Series, CLICK HERE.

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

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series would like to thank all of its sponsors including: NOS Energy Drink (Official Energy Product), CASE Construction Equipment (Official Construction Equipment), CASE No.1 Engine Oil™ (Official Oil and Lubricant), DIRTVision (Official Live Broadcast Partner), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), iRacing (Official Online Racing Game), SIS Insurance (Official Insurance Provider), Toyota (Official Vehicle), and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); contingency sponsors include ACME Trading, ARP (Automotive Racing Products), Cometic Gasket, COMP Cams, Federated Auto Parts, KSE Racing Products (Hard Charger Award), Lifeline USA, Low-E Insulation, Micro-Lite LLC, Milton Hershey School, MSD, and Whiskey Myers; manufacturer sponsors include, FIREBULL, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, and Sea Foam.

 

 

STEPPINGSTONES: Spencer Bayston Talks Career Path, Importance of Midget Career

By Nick Graziano March 10, 2023

While driving for the Toyota supported Keith Kunz Motorsports, Spencer Bayston found himself with two choices.

A path to NASCAR or a path to the World of Outlaws.

“There were a couple years there were I was really trying to figure out if there was a possibility to try your hand at the NASCAR stuff,” Bayston said. “But I quickly realized it’s not as simple as winning races. It takes a lot more than that. I quickly realized, and dirt racing has always been closest to my heart and that was a pretty quick decision that I wanted to be a full-time World of Outlaws driver.”

Now, in his second full-time season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars, Bayston has already become an established name. He’s picked up four Series victories – three driving for his current CJB Motorsports team – and won the 2022 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year honors.

Midget racing became the steppingstone to that success, even with his fear of potentially starting too late.

Growing up in Lebanon, IN, Bayston began running Quarter Midgets at 10 years old. He did that for two years before jumping into a Micro Sprint for three years. However, while other kids his age were racing coast to coast, he rarely left the state.

“We did it a little different than a lot of kids that I race with now, who traveled coast to coast running USAC stuff,” Bayston said. “I ran the local Kokomo Quarter Midgets club. We ran 15 to 20 races a year, maybe. Did that for two years, then I ran Micros. It was kind of the same fashion there [racing mostly in Indiana] running about 20 to 25 races a year. Then, I jumped into Midgets. I didn’t have a lot of racing experience prior to getting into the national Midget stuff.”

By the time Bayston got to the national Midget scene in 2014, he said there were kids his age, some of who he races with now at the Sprint Car level, that had four to five more years of experience on him. Especially with traveling.

However, the plethora of talent supporting him helped fill some of the gap. He was hired to drive for Bryan Clauson Incorporated in 2014, diving headfirst into a nearly 50-race schedule across the country. He continued driving for Clauson in 2015 and sparked a friendship with driver coach Kevin Swindell, becoming Swindell SpeedLab’s first Sprint Car driver. Bayston wins Midget championship Spencer Bayston and the Keith Kunz Motorsports team celebrate their 2017 USAC Midget championship.

Staying full-time in Midget racing, while dabbling with Sprint Cars, Bayston joined Keith Kunz Motorsports in 2016. He finished second in USAC national Midget points with the team that year and then went on to win the Series championship in 2017, along with the prestigious “4-Crown Nationals” at Eldora Speedway. He ran full-time with KKM again in 2018 before trying to kick down any door he could find in the Sprint Car world.

While he wishes he made the move sooner, he still got opportunities with several teams, including Swindell SpeedLab, Premier Racing, Bernie Steuben’s Indy Race Parts team, Roth Motorsports and Sam McGhee Motorsports – who he won his first World of Outlaws race with at Attica Raceway Park in 2021 – before finding a home at CJB Motorsports.

Once paired with CJB and veteran crew chief Barry Jackson, success followed. Bayston brought the Pennsylvania-based team a home state World of Outlaws win at Port Royal Speedway in their fourth race. Then, they went on to win two more races in 2022 – at Bristol Motor Speedway and Huset’s Speedway – and clinched the Rookie of the Year title.

Now, the goal is more trophies with their Truetimber #5 car this year while they continue to follow the World of Outlaws path. It’s a path Bayston values finding through the steppingstone of Midget racing.

“It’s a good steppingstone between an Outlaw Kart or Micro Sprint to a Sprint Car,” he said. “It kind of bridges the gap a little bit. It gives you your first taste of a car with a little more substance and size. It teaches you how to race…

“There’s still a couple races and events I’d like to have my name on (in the Midget world), but it was time for me to move on. But there is a lot for me to be proud of for sure.”

Several Midget drivers hoping to be the next Spencer Bayston will kick off their 2023 championship season with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota at the Southern Illinois Center, March 10-11. Tickets can be bought at the facility, or you can watch both nights live on DIRTVision.

Bayston and CJB Motorsports will continue their 2023 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season in Pennsylvania for the final two rounds of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown at Williams Grove Speedway, March 17, and Lincoln Speedway, March 18.

 

 

TRACK TALK: Xtreme Outlaw Full-Timers Daum, Jones, Crum Detail Southern Illinois Center Racing

2023 season begins Friday-Saturday with $4,000, $5,000-to-win Features

DU QUOIN, IL – March 9, 2023 – It’s narrow. It’s demanding. It’s exciting. The Southern Illinois Center stands as one of the most unique tracks on the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota schedule, and it opens the 2023 season Friday and Saturday, March 10-11.

The temporary 1/6-mile dirt track set up inside the Southern Illinois Center, on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds, stands as one of the smallest venues in Midget racing. With minimal banking and narrow straights, the configuration presents one of the toughest challenges on the circuit.

Despite its challenging nature, several Xtreme Outlaw full-timers have made the journey out to the Land of Lincoln to compete in the building in years past and are ready to do it again this weekend. This time, it’s for points in the Series standings, and is the crucial first step toward the ultimate goal of capturing the Series championship.

Inaugural Series champion Zach Daum, and veteran racers Kyle Jones and Chance Crum head to the Center looking for their first wins in the building and took time to describe their past experiences racing on the slender course and the entire indoor racing season.

Indoor racing is, in general, not something many other racing disciplines get to partake in. Do you enjoy the indoor racing element in Midgets?

Daum: It’s just a different form of racing. Obviously, the Chili Bowl is a very big deal and gets a lot of publicity, and Du Quoin is nothing like the Chili Bowl. But indoor racing is normally a little bit more physical and… you could give two shoots less about the guy you’re racing. Not as much respect gets shown. It’s just a little bit different. You’re kinda excited to get there, and you’re really happy to be leaving once you’re done with it.

Jones: Now that I’ve run the Chili Bowl so much and places like Du Quoin – we’ve ran some little indoor races down in Texas a few times that have really small tracks – it’s helped a lot. I enjoy it nowadays.

Crum: It’s pretty cool, whether it be Chili Bowl or Du Quoin, racing indoors is definitely fun. It’s definitely going to be cold, but it makes for some fun racing at times when we wouldn’t otherwise be able to race. Things like this put on a good show and attract a lot of cars. I know we’ve got a lot of cars for this weekend – a lot of good ones, so I’m excited.

How would you describe your past experiences racing indoors at the Center?

Daum: We’ve been okay there. It’s one of them places where your results are dictated by a lot of other peoples’ luck. It’s real easy to get caught-up in other people’s messes there; there’s no room to get away from them. At Du Quoin, anybody can be fast. You don’t need a big motor. You can have a Badger or a D2 motor and be fast enough to be competitive.

It’s a deal that’s all its own. You’ve got to put yourself in a position to not get caught-up in accidents and hope no bad luck happens to you either.

Jones: Past experiences have been pretty good. [Du Quoin] was probably the smallest track I’ve ever been on in a Midget, so going there – with a new team and a new car that I ran with at the time – was tough just to get ahold of it right then. It was a one-day show back then, so it was like as soon as you get on the track, you better know what you’re doing and how your car is gonna handle, because you don’t have much time to get ready for it.

Going now with the 7U Trifecta Motorsports guys, we have a really good package for running indoor stuff, coming off Chili Bowl and other small-track stuff. With the good runs we had at Port City and I-44 and places like that, I’m ecstatic. I think we should have a good run.

Crum: It’s been good so far. We’ve had a lot of good luck there, so that’s been nice. Our last couple races there, we’ve got a third and a second, so we’re pretty happy with the luck we’ve had there. It’s definitely a fun track. With the tight-quarters racing, you need things to go your way.

What makes the Center different from other indoor venues you’ve raced?

Daum: The size is so much smaller than anywhere else we race at. It’s so much narrower; just everything about it is smaller. The corners are tighter, the straightaways are narrower. Once you get into the middle of the corner, it’s actually really wide, but you can’t run there because the way the walls are squared-off. It’s not a circle, so it never really builds a cushion like you would see at most racetracks.

Jones: To me, Du Quoin is really flat. Chili Bowl has got some banking, but Du Quoin is real flat. In years prior, the inside berm at Du Quoin – from watching past videos and my previous experiences there – it’s kinda different every time you go there. Sometimes it’s real flat and [almost] non-existent. Sometimes, it’s built-up a little like Chili Bowl’s a little bit. And sometimes, it’s like a mountain – six-foot high staring at you when you’re running around the bottom.

Crum: It’s definitely the smallest track we race at in Midgets. I’ve never raced there in a Micro, but for the Midgets, it’s definitely the smallest track we race at on the schedule, so that makes it pretty unique. It’s really tight corners, really tight straightaways, so it’s really close-quarters racing. Even smaller than the Chili Bowl. It makes for a lot of side-by-side action.

How do you approach racing the track, knowing its close quarters and narrow straights, compared to a typical outdoor track?

Daum: The biggest deal when going into Du Quoin is just being able to keep your head on top of your shoulders. It’s real easy to get mad there. It’s real easy to get frustrated. You know somebody’s gonna run into you. You know somebody’s gonna hit you. You just know it’s gonna happen. Just try to keep your anger level at a minimum. It’s hard to do.

I know I’ve gotten pissed-off there before. I think me and [Bryan] Clauson actually crashed each other out of transfer spots, ended up both getting parked in a qualifier race one year.

Jones: I pretty much tackle it like I do Chili Bowl. Pretty much, go out there and try the make the most of your Heat Race. It all starts off on the Heat Race. If you don’t have a good Heat Race, you’re gonna be plugged back. Depending on how you did in Qualifying, with Xtreme, that does help, but your Heat Race is everything.

[You’ve got to] stay out of trouble, for one, but you’ve also got to pass cars. You’ve got to be aggressive, you’ve gotta pass cars, because if you just stay stagnant – fifth-to-fifth – that isn’t gonna cut it.

Crum: Points early in Qualifying and Heat Races is always important, but I think here, it’s especially important. You wanna put yourself in a good position to start toward the front of the Feature, because track position is hard to come by. With so many good cars and such a tight track, it gets hard to pass.

How do you like your chances this weekend?

Daum: I really don’t. We’ve been okay, but never won a race there. But, we had never won a race at Port City, either [until last year]. We’ve got a brand-new car, brand-new motor – everything’s a brand-new package to me. We’re gonna feel it out early in the night, and hopefully, we put ourselves in a good enough position that we can make something happen.

Jones: At first, I wasn’t really looking forward to it. But at the end of the day, it is what it is. Whatever’s gonna happen is gonna happen, so you’ve got to start looking forward to it. Not only that, but start figuring out ways to get better, or start preparing yourself to make the most out of your time there.

Crum: Overall, I feel really good about our team. As far as our chances this weekend, I think it’s gonna come down to having the kind of good luck we need. There’s going to be so many good cars and it’s going to be really difficult, but it’s going to be a lot of fun. That’s why we go; we love the competition.

Tickets for the 2023 Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota season opener at Southern Illinois Center are available at the gate on race day. If you can’t be at the track, catch all the action live on DIRTVision.

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.

 

 

Unstable Wintry Weather Conditions Cancel World of Outlaws Port Royal Weekend
The final two rounds of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown will be at Williams Grove Speedway, March 17, and Lincoln Speedway, March 18

PORT ROYAL, PA (March 8, 2023) – Keeping fans and teams in mind, World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series and Port Royal Speedway officials have been forced to cancel this weekend’s Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown due to unstable weather conditions – including rain, snow, wind and temperatures below the freezing point throughout the weekend.

The decision comes after working closely with Meteorologist Wayne Mahar from Precision Weather Service and monitoring the local weather over the past 48 hours.

If you purchased a ticket in advance to the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown at Port Royal, March 10-11, you will receive a face-value credit to your MyDirtTickets.com account – good for two years – to be used toward any World of Outlaws event available at WorldofOutlaws.com/tix. If a credit to your account does not work for you, then you have until April 8 to request a refund.

Teams and fans will now set their sights on the final two rounds of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown at Williams Grove Speedway, March 17, and Lincoln Speedway, March 18. At the conclusion of the mini points battle, the driver with the most points earned across the two races at Volusia Speedway Park (March 5-6), Williams Grove and Lincoln will receive $10,000. The driver with the second most points will earn $6,000 and third will get $4,000.

Current World of Outlaws points leader David Gravel and Carson Macedo are tied for the lead in the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown points battle. Macedo won the first round with Gravel finishing second and then Gravel won the second round with Macedo finishing second.

For tickets to the events at Williams Grove Speedway and Lincoln Speedway, CLICK HERE.

Fans can also keep their plan of watching DIRTVision this weekend with the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota set to commence its 2023 season at the Southern Illinois Center, Friday and Saturday, March 10-11.

 

 

The Jason Johnson Classic moves to 81 Speedway in 2023, presenting a $20,000 payday to the winner

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will make its highly-anticipated return to US 36 Raceway on Friday, April 7, and 81 Speedway on Saturday, April 8.

The Midwest weekend will mark the Series’ first time back at US 36 since 2020 and its first time back at 81 Speedway since 2017. The return to 81 will also see the track serve as the host of the Jason Johnson Classic for the first time – paying $20,000 to win with the help of FK Rod Ends.

They’ll also kick off the Series’ first Midwest swing of 2023. After 81 Speedway, the World of Outlaws will venture to Missouri’s Federated Auto Parts Raceway (April 14-15), Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway (April 21-22), Indiana’s Tri-City Speedway (April 28) and Tri-State Speedway (April 29) and conclude at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway (May 5-6).

TICKETS: CLICK HERE

Early Storylines:

ANYONE’S TITLE: With three victories in the first five races of the 2023 season, current points leader David Gravel has made it known he’s an early favorite for the title. However, the consistency of the competition behind him has made it far from easy to pick a clear favorite.

Carson Macedo won the opening night of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown and has yet to finish outside the top 10. He’s joined by Sheldon Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart as the only three drivers, so far, this season to not finish outside the top 10.

Schuchart already knows what it feels like to hoist a championship trophy this year with his consistency at Federated Auto Part DIRTcar Nationals earning him his second Big Gator title.

James McFadden has also thrown his name into the mix as a potential early contender with his win at Volusia Speedway Park, after struggling throughout most of 2022 to find a victory.

Reigning champion Brad Sweet and 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz had up and down days during the first five races and will look for consistency throughout the Midwest swing.

SCHATZ & SHELDON SEEK REPEATS: Sheldon Haudenschild, of Wooster, OH, brought fans to their feet the last time the World of Outlaws visited US 36 Raceway with a last lap, last corner, pass on Brad Sweet to steal the win. He’s currently the only active driver with a win at the 3/8-mile track.

Like Haudenschild at US 36, 10-time Series champion Donny Schatz is the only active full-time driver with a win at 81 Speedway. He’s won the last two Series races at the track – in 2006 and 2017 – showcasing no matter how long the wait between each visit, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver has a knack for the Kansas track.

ANOTHER CLASSIC FOR ALLEN?: Jacob Allen, of Hanover, PA, kicked off his career year in 2022 with a win at the Jason Johnson Classic. However, last year, the event was at Lake Ozark Speedway.

Allen has proved to be strong on 3/8-mile tracks like 81 Speedway, though. He got his first career win at the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park and won at Lincoln Speedway last year. He’ll aim for that stat to continue at 81 Speedway and pick up the $20,000 payday.

PREVIOUS WINNERS AT US 36 RACEWAY
2020 – Sheldon Haudenschild on Aug. 29
2016 – Joey Saldana on Sept. 17
2009 –Joey Saldana on June 26
2007 –Jason Meyers on May 11
2006 – Jac Haudenschild on May 5

PREVIOUS WINNERS AT 81 SPEEDWAY
2017 — Donny Schatz on May 6
2006 — Donny Schatz on June 30
2005 — Daryn Pittman on April 23
2004 — Danny Lasoski on October 16
1992 — Mark Kinser on June 15
1991 — Sammy Swindell on June 17
1985 — Ron Shuman on June 25
1984 — Steve Kinser on June 26
1983 — Sammy Swindell on June 28
1982 — Sammy Swindell on June 29
1981 — Sammy Swindell on May 8 & July 1
1980 — Sammy Swindell on June 30

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

 

 

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: 2023 Season Opens with Star-Studded Field at Southern Illinois Center

DU QUOIN, IL – March 7, 2023 – The wait is over. The Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is back for its sophomore season Friday-Saturday, March 10-11, beginning with its indoor debut at the Southern Illinois Center.

Five months after a successful inaugural season, the Series embarks on its first full-length national schedule, featuring 35 races at 25 different tracks across the nation. It all begins with the two-day Xtreme Outlaw Midget Showdown inside the Southern Illinois Center – a temporary, indoor, 1/6-mile oval dirt track located on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.

Both Friday and Saturday programs will be conducted nearly identically, with Group Qualifying and Heat Races (both with passing points), Last Chance Showdowns and a Feature. Friday’s 30-lap Feature is $4,000-to-win, while Saturday’s 40-lap Feature will pay $5,000 to the winner.

Eight drivers have already announced their commitments to the full schedule. Zach Daum, Chase McDermand, Kyle Jones, Jade Avedisian, Gavin Miller, Ethan Mitchell, Cannon McIntosh and Hayden Reinbold make up the early full-time driver roster, each chasing a share of the all-new $80,000 points fund. A $25,000 check is set to be awarded to the Series champion at season’s end, while the rest of the top-10 in points will collect a check for their season-long efforts as well.

Tickets for this weekend’s events in Du Quoin will be available at the door on race day – $25 for General Admission; kids 12-and-under are free. Friday Hot Laps set for 5:30pm; Saturday Hot Laps at 5pm. If you can’t be there in person, DIRTVision has live coverage throughout the weekend and at all 35 Series events in 2023.

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

THE KING AND HIS CAR – Inaugural Series champion Zach Daum begins his title defense this weekend, five months after clinching his fourth national Midget points championship.

Daum, the 31-year-old open-wheel veteran, will represent his home state of Illinois and begin his new journey with his self-owned team and self-built race car. He’s partnered with New Zealand fabricator Justin Insley to bring the Chili Bowl Nationals-winning brand King Chassis to the States, building them in his Greenville, IL-based 5d Speed Shop.

After going winless through the first seven Xtreme Outlaw races last year, Daum broke through to Victory Lane at Port City Raceway in October, taking the lead just past the halfway point to bag his first Series victory. He comes into Du Quoin among the most experienced drivers at the track in the projected field, with several Feature starts in the building, multiple top 10s and a best finish of fourth in the 2019 Shamrock Classic.

WHAT A DAY FOR A DEBUT – Keith Kunz Motorsports’ newest racing sensation is here, and she’s ready to chase a championship.

Sixteen-year-old Jade Avedisian, of Clovis, CA, makes her KKM debut this weekend behind the wheel of the Mobil-1, Spike/Toyota #71. She made Midget history driving for Chad Boat Industries last year, becoming the first female to take the checkered flag in a national Midget Feature and then the Series’ winningest driver. Along with her first Series win at Jacksonville Speedway, she also won the season finale at I-44 Riverside Speedway.

She’s since partnered with KKM to take on the entire Xtreme Outlaw schedule in pursuit of her first national championship, which begins with her first-ever appearance at Southern Illinois Center. Though largely unfamiliar with the venue, her indoor racing resume is already star-studded, having captured a Restricted A-Class trophy at the 2020 Tulsa Shootout and a spot in the A-Main as a rookie at the Chili Bowl Nationals in January.

MAC ON THE ATTACK – When it comes to indoor Midget races, Cannon McIntosh is always one driver to keep an eye on.

McIntosh, 20, of Bixby, OK, is one of the more accomplished drivers in the Center with three podium finishes since 2019, including a Feature win in the 2019 Shamrock Classic, a runner-up at the 2020 Jason Leffler Memorial, and a third-place finish in last year’s Shamrock Classic Prelim Feature.

He’s also coming off his third career Chili Bowl Nationals prelim night victory and an A-Main podium in January, making him one of the winningest and highest-finishing indoor Midget racers over the last five seasons.

He’ll also be chasing the 2023 Xtreme Outlaw title with Dave Mac-Dalby Motorsports.

CENTER OF ATTENTION – No other driver in the last three years has won more Features at the Center than local standout Daniel Robinson.

Robinson, of Benton, IL, has amassed 14 Feature wins in the building since the 2021 season began, driving a variety of different car types to Victory Lane. He cleaned house last year, winning seven times in six different classes, and topped it all off with a Midget victory in the Junior Knepper 55 in December.

Last weekend, he picked up Feature wins in both the Winged and Non-Wing divisions of A-Class Micro Sprints as part of the Midwest Winter Nationals. He’ll pilot a Bill Ecker-owned #57 to race with the Xtreme Outlaws Friday and Saturday – the same car he drove to victory in December.

T-MEZ IN THE BUILDING – A winner with the Xtreme Outlaw Sprint Car Series last year, Thomas Meseraull makes his Xtreme Midget debut with RMS Racing this weekend.

Meseraull, the 42-year-old open-wheel veteran from San Jose, CA, has won twice at the Center in his career – first breaking through to Victory Lane in the 2018 Junior Knepper 55, and again one year ago in the Shamrock Classic Prelim Feature.

Recently, Meseraull’s been keeping his Midget skills sharp while racing in Sydney, NSW, in the Australian Speedcar Championship at Eastern Creek Speedway. He bagged two podium finishes in the two-day event last weekend and is headed back States-side for Xtreme Outlaw competition Friday and Saturday.

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.

 

BARBERVILLE BEATDOWN: Gravel Dominates Volusia For Third World of Outlaws Win In Five 2023 Starts

David Gravel Continues to Make Early Season Championship Statements

BARBERVILLE, FL (3/6/2023) - On Monday night at Volusia Speedway Park, David Gravel continued to flex his early season muscle and make yet another championship statement as he seeks his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car title.

Gravel dominated the second round of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown, leading all 30 laps around the Barberville half-mile on his way to his third win through five races in 2023. The victory marked his 79th with The Greatest Show on Dirt, equaling him with four-time and defending champion, Brad Sweet, for 11th on the all-time win list.

The triumph also marked a handful of other milestones for the Watertown, CT native. Volusia is now tied for Gravel’s third winningest track on his World of Outlaws record with four victories to his credit. It also made him the fifth winningest Series driver at Volusia.

Perhaps the statistic that would appeal most to the 30-year-old is the fact that the last time a driver claimed at least three of the first five races, they went on to win the championship (Donny Schatz, 2018).

“It’s been a really good start, man” Gravel said of his early success. “I got into a little bit of a scuffle last night and kind of stubbed our toe a little bit there, but, man, if we were able to finish where I thought we would’ve in that Feature, it would just be an unreal start. I can’t ask for anymore. It’s a dream to win three out of five races. You really can’t ask for much more than that.”

Gravel made it clear from the drop of the green flag that he was going to be a force during the main event aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2. Heading into the first two turns he darted around pole-sitter, Jacob Allen, and set a blazing pace.

Even lapped traffic proved to be no match early on as Gravel sliced through slower cars. Behind him, battles broke out for spots within the top-five between Allen, Brad Sweet, and Carson Macedo.

Gravel’s biggest challenge arose after the halfway point in the form of the winner of Spring Showdown round one, Macedo. The Jason Johnson Racing #41 driver roared into the runner-up spot around Allen and set his sights on Gravel.

Macedo closed in amid heavy lapped traffic and appeared poised to give Gravel a battle. However, a lapped car drove back around Macedo’s outside when he attempted a slider, breaking his momentum and allowing Gravel to drive away.

Some late cautions gave Macedo a hint of hope lining him up next to Gravel, but clean air proved to be too valuable as Gravel again put a gap between himself and Macedo. Gravel went on to claim the checkered flag by 2.055 seconds.

“Our big track program is really good,” Gravel said. “We have great running engines. We won the last race here last year. I feel like we had momentum from there. It’s good to win races because it’s not easy doing it.”

Macedo’s runner-up marked his 69th with the World of Outlaws and second in two nights after he topped Sunday’s Spring Showdown opener. While he hasn’t been as consistent as Gravel, he hasn’t finished worse than ninth through five races as he also pursues his first championship.

While he was disappointed to not get the win, the consistent start and bigger picture kept the Lemoore, CA native feeling optimistic.

“When the caution came out, I was a little bit bummed,” Macedo said. “Ultimately, I’m proud of my race team. Phil Dietz, Clyde Knipp, and Nate Repetz did an incredible job. I thought my car was as good as David’s. Obviously, he was really good in clean air. I feel like if we would’ve been in clean air, we would’ve had a good shot to win.

“I said my main goal when this season started was consistency. I feel like we have that right now. My guys are giving me consistent racecars that feel really good every time I hit the track, so that’s half the battle, and I’m just hoping we can keep this car up front.”

Completing the podium was the night’s pole sitter, Jacob Allen. The Shark Racing driver’s third-place effort marked his personal best at Volusia and the 23rd podium of his World of Outlaws career. The result was especially encouraging after combatting some recent bad luck.

“I have a lot of confidence in my race team and myself,” Allen noted. “To have a couple good runs, start in the top-five, then to have a little bit of issues were, I wouldn’t say disappointing, but you feel a little sad that those things happen. But to end this trip with a podium feels really good. I feel like we’re going to be there to win many races this season, and that’s what I believe we can do is win a lot of races this season.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars will travel to Pennsylvania’s Port Royal Speedway for rounds three and four of the Low-E Insulation Showdown on March 10-11. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every lap of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[2]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen[1]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 5. 5-Spencer Bayston[8]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[4]; 7. 11-Michael Kofoid[10]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[6]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[7]; 10. 83-James McFadden[16]; 11. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[14]; 12. 8-Aaron Reutzel[18]; 13. 13-Justin Peck[17]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[20]; 15. 20G-Noah Gass[12]; 16. 9-Kasey Kahne[11]; 17. 21-Brian Brown[9]; 18. 5T-Ryan Timms[15]; 19. 7S-Robbie Price[13]; 20. 97UK-Ryan Harrison[21]; 21. 26-Zeb Wise[19]; 22. 6-Bill Rose[23]; 23. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[22]

 

 

HISTORIC NIGHT: McFadden Scores Roth's 100th World of Outlaws Win at Volusia, First for TRD; Schuchart Claims Big Gator

McFadden's Sixth Career Series Victory Marks a Pair of Major Milestones

BARBERVILLE, FL (3/5/2023) - Danny Lasoski brought Dennis Roth his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory in 1998. Twenty-five years later at Volusia Speedway Park, James McFadden gave the legendary Sprint Car owner 100 wins with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

McFadden helped Roth reach the rare triple-digit win territory Sunday night at the Barberville, FL half mile, leading all 30 laps of the $16,000-to-win Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals finale.

It was his sixth World of Outlaws triumph and made him the 11th different driver to win multiple Series races with Roth Motorsports after winning his first with the team at Lakeside Speedway in 2022.

Along with Roth’s new milestone, the win also announced the beginnings of a new chapter in the sport’s history. It marked the first World of Outlaws victory for the Toyota Racing Development’s 410 Engine.

“I’m glad I’m talking up here this time of the year and not like last year,” McFadden said. “Obviously, a milestone night for us, for the team. Obviously, Dennis and Teresa Roth have put a lot into this deal over the years, and to be the guy to get 100 is pretty special. This car has been on the road for 25, 26 years, and to get that 100th win for them I know how much it means to them. I can’t thank them enough for the opportunity to drive that car. It’s a privilege.

“To win for Toyota, obviously they’re super new into the sport, and to get an Outlaw win for them is unbelievable. Hopefully, that’s a sign of things to come for the rest of the year.”

After winning the Toyota Dash, McFadden lined up on the pole of the 30-lap Feature and flexed his muscle early on. The Alice Springs, NT native jumped out to a solid lead ahead of Brad Sweet.

As the leaders navigated traffic before the halfway mark, McFadden’s advantage held steady, but after the cross flags signaled halfway home, the action intensified. Sweet brought the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 to within a few car lengths of McFadden as the traffic thickened. Behind him, Spencer Bayston closed in.

As a battle for the lead appeared the be brewing, the race’s first caution flew with 12 laps remaining. An incident between Carson Macedo, Jacob Allen, and David Gravel – who was leading the DIRTcar Nationals standings heading into the Feature – gave McFadden a clear track.

With the strides the Roth crew had made with the car over the course of the night, a wide-open racetrack made it nearly impossible for the competition to have a chance.

“I felt like our balance was fine, but we just didn’t have speed,” McFadden said of the struggles they combatted in February. “So, Brent (Ventura) just tweaked some shocks and a bar change here or there and nothing drastic, but with these guys, you can’t be throwing sticks at it every time you hit the track, so we just fine tune it every time we hit the track, and that was the best I’ve felt in Volusia in a few years.”

McFadden drove away in the final laps as a war broke out for the podium spots behind him. Sweet was forced to fend off a hard charging Brian Brown, Logan Schuchart, and others as McFadden cruised away, ultimately taking the checkered flag with a 1.668 second advantage over Sweet.

McFadden noted that he and the team have approached 2023 with a fresh mindset, one that appears to be working as he navigates his third full year with the World of Outlaws.

“My goal this year was to not worry about points and just come out and race the car as hard as I could every night,” McFadden noted. “That’s what we did tonight.”

The four-time and defending Series champion, Brad Sweet, held on for the runner-up spot, his first podium of the 2023 season and the 258th of his career. “The Big Cat” searched for a path around McFadden but couldn’t find a way and didn’t want to overly risk losing his spot.

“It was tough,” Sweet said. “We ran that first [Feature] wide open around the bottom and burnt the bottom off, and the second one we ran the top. I needed some lap traffic to spice it up, but honestly the lapped cars were just as fast. James caught, I think, Noah Gass and Robbie Price and Noah drove away from us. I tried to move around a little bit, but I never could find anything that would make any ground up, and I felt like I was always leaving myself vulnerable to the guy behind me.”

Completing the podium was Grain Valley, MO’s Brian Brown. “Blackjack” continued to show his expertise on half-miles, and if it weren’t for an ill-timed caution that erased him jumping from sixth to third on a restart, Brown might’ve been able to challenge McFadden for the victory.

“That was a lot of fun, probably the most fun I’ve had in a car for a while,” Brown said. “Those double files (restarts) really paid dividends for us. That one time we started sixth and were running second into (Turn) two and just praying that the yellow didn’t come out.

“I don’t think I probably had a third-place car. But we had a car that was probably the best on the restarts. I would’ve loved to be able to stay in second there and have another yellow and another opportunity at James.”

Just outside the podium, Logan Schuchart claimed the fourth position. After Gravel’s early trouble, the effort proved to be enough to overcome the 12-point deficit that he entered the Feature with and claim his second Big Gator title in three years.

The Shark Racing driver joined Daryn Pittman, Brad Sweet, and David Gravel as the only drivers with at least two Big Gators. Schuchart also finished fourth in the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown opener, making him the only driver yet to miss the top-five in the 2023 World of Outlaws season.

“It’s definitely what you want as a team, you want to be consistent,” Schuchart said. “Obviously, we would’ve liked to pick up a win while we were down here, but we’ve got a new group of guys that did a great job.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude the Florida portion of the Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown at Volusia Speedway Park, Monday, March 6. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch every lap of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 83-James McFadden[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 3. 21-Brian Brown[8]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[7]; 6. 5-Spencer Bayston[4]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo