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45th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals
Jackson Motorplex | Jackson, Minnesota
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Race Recap  

DOUBLING UP: James McFadden Fends Off Schatz for Jackson Nationals Prelim Triumph, Fifth Win of Season

James McFadden set some lofty goals for himself this season. Entering year two with Roth Motorsports, he knew he and the revered organization were capable of big things on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car tour.

On Thursday night at Minnesota’s Jackson Motorplex, McFadden reached one of those goals.

At the beginning of 2023, McFadden owned five career wins with The Greatest Show on Dirt. Why not shoot for the stars with such a strongly assembled team in his corner? The 34-year-old set out to double his win total. And 48 races into the campaign, that’s exactly what he did.

McFadden hunted down Donny Schatz early and fended off a late charge from the 10-time Series champion for his fifth World of Outlaws triumph of the season on opening night of the 45th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals presented by Fendt. The Victory Lane visit marked the latest testament to he and Roth’s continued progress.

“It’s just steppingstones to get better and better with this Series,” McFadden said. “Guys like Brad (Sweet), (David) Gravel, and Donny (Schatz) have been doing this deal a long time, and where you see those guys excel is the consistency. I think we’re notching the race wins. We’re constantly around the top 10. We just need to get a little more consistent, and I think we’ll be there battling with them. It’s an honor to be here racing. To get five wins this year is pretty cool. That was sort of my goal at the start of the year – to get to 10 Outlaw wins. And we’re here with still a bunch of races to go.”

By doubling his career win total with the World of Outlaws, McFadden moved to 10 for his career. Reaching the mark made him the 49th driver in Series history to reach double digit victories. Roth Motorsports is up to 104 checkered flags in the Fresno, CA based team’s storied history.

Donny Schatz and Tanner Holmes brought the field to green for the 25-lap Feature with McFadden rolling off in third. Schatz pulled ahead early to lead the opening lap. On the second circuit, McFadden rolled by Holmes for second.

After taking over the runner-up spot, McFadden’s pursuit of Schatz began immediately. Schatz opted for the high side while McFadden rolled the bottom. Over the next few laps, the lead duo ran laps nearly equal to each other.

But then on Lap 7, McFadden found the speed he needed as they neared lap traffic. McFadden perfectly stuck the low line in Turns 3 and 4 to roll right by the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15.

From there McFadden took control of the race. The Alice Sprints, NTR native worked through traffic and pulled away as the race moved beyond halfway. But a pivotal caution with eight laps remaining gave Schatz another chance.

James McFadden races ahead of Donny Schatz
James McFadden held off a late challenge from Donny Schatz for the win on night one of the AGCO Jackson Nationals (Trent Gower Photo)

The green flag brought the cars back to life for a dash to the finish, and Schatz began to reel in McFadden by ripping the top. He closed in and even pulled alongside once, but McFadden heard the threat coming and adjusted as needed. McFadden moved to the top to defend.

“I knew that the bottom was getting really slow in the middle,” McFadden explained. “I knew I’d have to move at some stage. I thought I heard Donny and moved up. When you’re leading and get to the lead running the bottom, it’s hard to move what you’re doing, but it was getting really, really hard to run.”

The move to the cushion proved to be the winning one as McFadden went unchallenged through the final few laps. The checkered flag flew with McFadden a second and a half ahead of Schatz. The win provided a much needed confidence boost after an unfortunate week at the #NOSvilleNationals.

“I came in after the Dash, and I was like, ‘Brent (Ventura, crew chief), I have no idea how to make it go faster,” McFadden said. “He swung some wrenches around and got this thing where we needed. I’m pumped to stand here in Victory Lane after the week we had in Knoxville. That was tough on everybody, so it’s great to rebound and come back.”

While Schatz didn’t get the win, he did leave Jackson on top in another category. The Fargo, ND native gathered the most points that are important in setting up the lineups for Saturday’s $25,000-to-win main event. Schatz also became the sixth driver this year to reach double digit podiums with the World of Outlaws. It’s Schatz’s 26th straight season of earning at least 10 World of Outlaws top threes. The 10-time champ felt he made a slight error in suggesting a mechanical direction for the car before the Feature that may have been costly.

“You never let the driver dictate what you do with the race car,” Schatz said with a laugh. “I tried a little something there in that Dash because we haven’t had quite the feel. We tried and felt good, but as the racetrack went away it kind of put us in a worse spot. I was kind of married to that cushion. That’s kind of the opposite of how we normally are, but that was on me.”

Behind Schatz was one of the race’s most noteworthy stories in Tanner Holmes. It was recently announced the Jacksonville, OR native would be taking driving duties of the Shark Racing #1A (now #1T) for the duration of the World of Outlaws season. On his first night out with The Greatest Show on Dirt in his new ride, Holmes set Simpson Performance Products QuickTime, started on the front row of the Feature, and finished third for his first career Series podium.

“Starting on the front row you kind of don’t know what to expect,” Holmes said. “Obviously, you don’t want to drop back. Starting next to Donny, he just got going good there early. It took me a minute to kind of find my footing. J-Mac got by both of us, and I kind of was able to pace them through most of it. I got through traffic well but made a couple mistakes. Right when the yellow came out there at the end I felt like I was pretty even, so I didn’t want to see that. I kind of fell back and then was able to get back by the #41 (Carson Macedo). The Shark Racing guys had me dialed in. All night long we just had so much speed and got better and better.”

Carson Macedo and Buddy Kofoid completed the top five.

Rico Abreu earned the KSE Racing Hard Charger with a run from 18th to ninth.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Chase Randall (first Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were topped by Robbie Price (second of career), Tim Kaeding (78th of career), and Cory Eliason (21st of career).

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems “Break of the Race” went to David Gravel after a shredded right rear tire caused rear end damage and ended his night early.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars stay at Jackson Motorplex for night two of the 45th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals on Friday, August 18 to help set the stage for Saturday’s $25,000-to-win finale. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. 83-James McFadden[3]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz[1]; 3. 1T-Tanner Holmes[2]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 5. 83JR-Michael Kofoid[7]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet[9]; 8. 39M-Justin Sanders[5]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu[18]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[13]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart[11]; 12. 7S-Robbie Price[10]; 13. 11-Cory Eliason[8]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[12]; 15. 2KS-Chase Randall[15]; 16. 5-Spencer Bayston[21]; 17. 3-Tim Kaeding[17]; 18. 10-Scott Bogucki[16]; 19. 25-Lachlan McHugh[23]; 20. 9-Kasey Kahne[14]; 21. 14-Corey Day[22]; 22. 45-Rusty Hickman[24]; 23. 16-Brooke Tatnell[19]; 24. 2-David Gravel[20]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+283James McFadden 250.00019Running150$10,000
21-115Donny Schatz 25-1.5036Running146$6,000
32-11TTanner Holmes 25-3.338Running144$3,500
46+241Carson Macedo 25-4.274Running142$2,800
57+283JRMichael Kofoid 25-4.783Running140$2,500
64-218Giovanni Scelzi 25-4.788Running138$2,300
79+249Brad Sweet 25-5.666Running136$2,200
85-339MJustin Sanders 25-6.323Running134$2,100
918+924Rico Abreu 25-6.556Running132$2,050
1013+317Sheldon Haudenschild 25-6.669Running130$2,000
111101SLogan Schuchart 25-7.330Running128$1,600
1210-27SRobbie Price 25-7.361Running126$1,400
138-511Cory Eliason 25-8.259Running124$1,200
1412-23ZBrock Zearfoss 25-8.538Running122$1,100
151502KSChase Randall 25-9.203Running120$1,050
1621+55Spencer Bayston 25-9.615Running118$1,000
171703Tim Kaeding 25-9.656Running116$1,000
1816-210Scott Bogucki 25-10.252Running114$1,000
1923+425Lachlan McHugh 25-10.258Running112$1,000
2014-69Kasey Kahne 25-11.905Running110$1,000
2122+114Corey Day 24-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2224+245Rusty Hickman 24-1 LapsRunning106$1,000
2319-416Brooke Tatnell 24-1 LapsRunning104$1,000
2420-42David Gravel 16-9 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Rico Abreu
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+15Spencer Bayston 120.00012Running0$0
21-114Corey Day 12-0.997Running0$0
35+225Lachlan McHugh 12-2.017Running0$0
48+445Rusty Hickman 12-3.592Running0$0
54-122KKaleb Johnson 12-4.320Running90$300
613+720GNoah Gass 12-5.191Running90$250
77015HSam Hafertepe Jr12-6.768Running90$225
89+17Ian Madsen 12-7.014Running90$200
911+214TTim Estenson 12-8.631Running90$200
1015+521TCole Macedo 12-8.769Running90$200
1110-144WAusten Wheatley 12-10.505Running90$200
1217+523WScott Winters 12-11.248Running90$200
1316+335Skylar Prochaska 12-11.505Running90$200
1418+455Jake Swanson 12-12.919Running90$200
1512-322Riley Goodno 12-13.386Running90$200
163-1310JJustin Jacobsma 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
1714-31KKelby Watt 1-11 LapsDNF90$200
1820+278Bill Wagner 1-11 LapsDNF90$200
196-1324TChristopher Thram 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
2019-12KKevin Ingle 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
212106Bill Rose 0-12 LapsDNF90$0
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+315Donny Schatz 60.0004Running0$0
2201TTanner Holmes 6-1.5462Running0$0
31-283James McFadden 6-2.194Running0$0
43-118Giovanni Scelzi 6-3.273Running0$0
57+239MJustin Sanders 6-5.264Running0$0
68+241Carson Macedo 6-6.568Running0$0
75-283JRMichael Kofoid 6-6.782Running0$0
86-211Cory Eliason 6-7.778Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102KSChase Randall 100.00010Running
23+183James McFadden 10-1.483Running
35+241Carson Macedo 10-2.902Running
44049Brad Sweet 10-3.745Running
56+11TTanner Holmes 10-4.703Running
69+345Rusty Hickman 10-5.167Running
78+115HSam Hafertepe Jr10-5.977Running
810+223WScott Winters 10-6.431Running
97-27Ian Madsen 10-7.239Running
102-824TChristopher Thram 6-4 LapsDNF
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+17SRobbie Price 100.00010Running
23+139MJustin Sanders 10-1.311Running
36+315Donny Schatz 10-2.268Running
4403ZBrock Zearfoss 10-3.075Running
58+322KKaleb Johnson 10-5.064Running
61-510JJustin Jacobsma 10-9.318Running
710+321TCole Macedo 10-10.022Running
85-32David Gravel 10-10.275Running
97-244WAusten Wheatley 10-11.718Running
109-155Jake Swanson 10-12.712Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1103Tim Kaeding 100.00010Running
22010Scott Bogucki 10-1.004Running
3309Kasey Kahne 10-1.693Running
44017Sheldon Haudenschild 10-2.293Running
5501SLogan Schuchart 10-3.544Running
66083JRMichael Kofoid 10-4.237Running
79+220GNoah Gass 10-6.857Running
88022Riley Goodno 10-8.273Running
97-214TTim Estenson 10-9.572Running
101002KKevin Ingle 0-10 LapsDNS
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
14+311Cory Eliason 100.00010Running
21-15Spencer Bayston 10-1.935Running
32-116Brooke Tatnell 10-4.694Running
46+218Giovanni Scelzi 10-5.408Running
53-214Corey Day 10-6.417Running
67+125Lachlan McHugh 10-8.153Running
75-224Rico Abreu 10-9.045Running
89+135Skylar Prochaska 10-10.393Running
98-11KKelby Watt 10-11.872Running
1010078Bill Wagner 2-8 LapsDNF
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1211TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR12.6160.000
2615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.625-0.009
31783JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA12.648-0.032
43218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.669-0.053
54041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.673-0.057
6162David Gravel Watertown, CT12.676-0.060
751SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.680-0.064
81924Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA12.690-0.074
91449Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.734-0.118
1083ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.740-0.124
112917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.764-0.148
123111Cory Eliason Visalia, CA12.782-0.166
131583James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.787-0.171
14739MJustin Sanders Aromas, CA12.789-0.173
15249Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA12.835-0.219
161314Corey Day Clovis, CA12.836-0.220
173624TChristopher Thram Sanborn, MN12.863-0.247
18107SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC12.871-0.255
19110Scott Bogucki Mclaren Vale, SA12.881-0.265
201816Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW12.900-0.284
21372KSChase Randall Waco, TX12.900-0.284
22310JJustin Jacobsma Hull, IA12.923-0.307
23393Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA12.933-0.317
24335Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN12.964-0.348
25307Ian Madsen St Marys, NSW13.002-0.386
262244WAusten Wheatley Lake Stevens, WA13.006-0.390
271114TTim Estenson Fargo, ND13.013-0.397
282725Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD13.021-0.405
293515HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.030-0.414
303422KKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD13.035-0.419
312022Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA13.041-0.425
32121KKelby Watt Adel, IA13.074-0.458
332345Rusty Hickman Tullamarine, VIC13.076-0.460
342655Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA13.082-0.466
35420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.099-0.483
362835Skylar Prochaska Lakefield, MN13.120-0.504
37223WScott Winters Butterfield, MN13.137-0.521
383821TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.223-0.607
39252KKevin Ingle Huron, SD13.464-0.848
40978Bill Wagner , 14.319-1.703
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
14041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.8280.000
23218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.862-0.034
3372KSChase Randall Waco, TX12.867-0.039
42917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.959-0.131
53111Cory Eliason Visalia, CA12.972-0.144
63624TChristopher Thram Sanborn, MN12.991-0.163
7249Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA13.031-0.203
82725Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD13.053-0.225
91783JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.063-0.235
103515HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.079-0.251
113422KKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD13.079-0.251
12393Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA13.103-0.275
13335Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.121-0.293
14307Ian Madsen St Marys, NSW13.150-0.322
151924Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.159-0.331
162835Skylar Prochaska Lakefield, MN13.165-0.337
172655Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA13.190-0.362
183821TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.229-0.401
191449Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.285-0.457
201816Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW13.296-0.468
212022Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA13.313-0.485
22211TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR13.315-0.487
232345Rusty Hickman Tullamarine, VIC13.324-0.496
241314Corey Day Clovis, CA13.342-0.514
251583James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.387-0.559
26162David Gravel Watertown, CT13.398-0.570
272244WAusten Wheatley Lake Stevens, WA13.410-0.582
28252KKevin Ingle Huron, SD13.623-0.795
291114TTim Estenson Fargo, ND13.666-0.838
30107SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.878-1.050
31121KKelby Watt Adel, IA14.749-1.921
32978Bill Wagner , 14.797-1.969
33223WScott Winters Butterfield, MN0.00012.828
34310JJustin Jacobsma Hull, IA0.00012.828
35420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK0.00012.828
3651SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA0.00012.828
37615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND0.00012.828
38739MJustin Sanders Aromas, CA0.00012.828
3983ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA0.00012.828
40110Scott Bogucki Mclaren Vale, SA0.00012.828
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Event Info  

45th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals
Thursday, August 17, 2023
Jackson Motorplex
78748 550th Avenue
Jackson, Minnesota 56143 

Event Description
Minnesota's Jackson Motorplex will host its annual crown jewel event, featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, for the 45th year!

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
2 p.m. Pit Gate Opens
4 p.m. Grandstand Gate Opens
6:30 p.m. Hot Laps
-Racing to follow
*All times Central
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Reserved Adult: $45, $45, $48, or $125 for 3-day package
Reserved Youth (6-12): $25, $25, $28, or $64 for 3-day package
Reserved Child (0-5): $25, $25, $28, or $64 for 3-day package
GA Adult: $42, $42, 42, or $115 for 3-day package
GA Youth (6-12): $20, $20, $23, or $50 for 3-day package
GA Child (0-5): FREE


Family Section Location
Section C

Handicapped Seating Location
front rows of a sections

Pit Age Requirement
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows.

Camping Cost
Varies

Frequently Asked Questions  
Stadium Seating
Seat cushions, stadium seats w/ armrests are allowed

Handicapped Seating
front rows of a sections

Pit Age Limit
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows.

Personal Coolers
No coolers allowed

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available for purchase

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the grandstands. Smoking is permitted in designated area by beer stand.

Family Section
Section C

Camping Cost
Varies

Track Info  

Jackson Motorplex
78748 550th Avenue
Jackson, Minnesota 56143 

Track Phone
(507) 849-7100

Track Size
0.4

Sprint Car Track Record
12.572 seconds by Carson Macedo on 8/20/22

Late Model Track Record
14.337 seconds by Brandon Sheppard on 7/9/21

Closest Airport
Sioux Falls

Other Airport
Minneapolis

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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