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45th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals
Jackson Motorplex | Jackson, Minnesota
Friday, August 18, 2023
Race Recap  

JETTIN’ IN JACKSON: James McFadden Rolls to Sweep of Jackson Nationals Prelims

There’s one man with all of the momentum heading into Saturday’s $25,000-to-win AGCO Jackson Nationals finale. And that man is James McFadden.

After claiming Thursday’s opener, McFadden delivered an encore on Friday night at Jackson Motorplex. The pilot of the Roth Motorsports machine wheeled the #83 to statement victory – leading all 25 laps at the Minnesota oval on his way to a sweep of the prelims.

Not only did McFadden claim two consecutive World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car victories, but his performance over the two nights also slotted him atop the Jackson Nationals points. That puts him as the first seed in tomorrow’s King of the Hill that will decide the front four rows of Saturday’s main event.

Topping both prelims gave McFadden back-to-back Series victories for the first time in his career. Jackson also became the first track where he owns multiple triumphs with The Greatest Show on Dirt. The Australian is now up to 11 career World of Outlaws wins – two away from equaling Brooke Tatnell as the second winningest Aussie.

“I’ve been close a couple times, but to go back-to-back is cool,” McFadden said. “Big thanks to Dennis and Teresa Roth for the opportunity. Hope you guys are pumped at home. It’s been a pretty cool weekend so far. To be locked into tomorrow is great.”

McFadden began the main event from the outside of the front row after finishing second in the Toyota Racing Dash with Giovanni Scelzi to his inside. On the race’s initial start, McFadden got the jump on Scelzi as they roared into the opening corner. McFadden then nosed ahead as they went down the backstretch.

Early on McFadden rolled the bottom while Scelzi ripped the cushion and began to close in on the top spot. But it a near replica moment from Thursday when McFadden was fending off Donny Schatz, McFadden moved to the top right when it appeared Scelzi may be able to pull alongside. One he made that move, McFadden maintained a healthy advantage.

“It was tough to know where to run,” McFadden noted of the track’s challenges. “I felt like I was really abusing my tires and engine and car up there, but we were good enough to get the job done.”

As the race moved beyond halfway and the leaders entered traffic, an opportunity for Scelzi to challenge for the lead arose. McFadden struggled with slower cars and dirty air allowing Scelzi to close in. The KCP Racing pilot found the momentum to take a big swing with a slide job in Turns 1 and 2 but came up a little short of clearing him.

“The air is so dirty behind cars,” McFadden said. “In clean air or taking off on a restart I felt pretty good, and then you get to cars and it’s like you’re driving behind a semi-trailer on the highway. It sort of buffers around and carries on… It all happens so fast in the moment that it doesn’t feel like much of a moment, but then you watch it back and you’re like, ‘Oh, that was a little close for comfort. Gio does an awesome job. He’s one of the most respectful guys out there, and I know he’s going to give you enough room.”

James McFadden
After sweeping the two prelims, James McFadden is primely positioned for Saturday’s AGCO Jackson Nationals finale (Trent Gower Photo)

Shortly after Scelzi’s challenge, the yellow flag flew with nine laps remaining – giving him clean air and effectively paving the path to Victory Lane. Scelzi closed in on the final circuit, but McFadden ultimately won with a comfortable advantage.

With two prelim wins in the bag, McFadden’s focus is now squarely on the $25,000 prize that awaits the winner of the Jackson Nationals finale.

“I’m super happy with the weekend,” McFadden said. “Happy with my guys. Happy with my car. Bring on tomorrow.”

Following McFadden to the line was Gio Scelzi in the KCP #18. The result marked his fourth podium of his rookie World of Outlaws campaign and fourth top five in the last six races. The Fresno, CA native tallied 861 points across the two prelims, good enough for third most and a spot in Saturday’s King of the Hill. Scelzi finished the night feeling satisfied with he and his team’s continued speed but wished the start of the race would’ve gone differently to give him a better shot at the win.

“I felt like it was all on the start there,” Scelzi said of what might’ve decided the race. “There wasn’t much on the bottom of (Turns) 1 and 2, and the race was really won right there. I got kind of to him in traffic and threw a Hail Mary slider and knew I wasn’t going to clear him once I got to the center and just kind of turned sideways… I’m having fun right now. We seem to be making gains on it every night and being in the hunt every night.”

Rounding out the top three was another driver who punched their ticket to Saturday’s King of the Hill – Carson Macedo. The finish for the Jason Johnson Racing driver had points implications elsewhere, too. Macedo jumped ahead of David Gravel for second in the championship standings and sits a manageable 50 markers behind Brad Sweet for the top spot. It was another solid night for Macedo as he earned his 15th podium of the season.

“I think my team has continued to get my car really good,” Macedo said. “This JJR #41 team – Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp, and Nate Repetz – they work so hard. I feel like my car has been super consistent. We obviously haven’t won both nights like James, and we’re definitely not happy with third, but I feel like I kind of did all I could there. I got a good start and kind of paced my race a little bit. I had one shot there on a restart with Gio. I hit the bottom nice in (Turns) 1 and 2 and tried to slide him, but the top is just so fast. I actually thought I cleared him, and he just ripped right around me.”

Buddy Kofoid and Brad Sweet completed the top five.

The driver claiming the final lock-in on points to Saturday’s King of the Hill was Donny Schatz. Four more spots will be up for grabs in Saturday’s Qualifiers.

After topping the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown, Kaleb Johnson drove from 21st to 12th in the Feature to claim the KSE Racing Hard Charger of the night.

In Low-E Insulation Qualifying, Gio Scelzi earned his second Simpson Performance Products QuickTime of the year and the 11th of his career.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to David Gravel (232nd Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by Ian Madsen (64th of career), Cory Eliason (22nd of career), and Sam Hafertepe Jr. (51st of career).

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems “Break of the Race” went to Logan Schuchart after mechanical issues while running fifth dropped him to a 20th place finish.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars wrap up the 45th Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals with the $25,000-to-win, $2,000-to-start finale on Saturday, August 19. 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[2]; 2. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 4. 83JR-Michael Kofoid[5]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[7]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu[9]; 7. 39M-Justin Sanders[11]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz[16]; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[6]; 10. 1T-Tanner Holmes[12]; 11. 2-David Gravel[10]; 12. 22K-Kaleb Johnson[21]; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne[15]; 14. 10-Scott Bogucki[13]; 15. 21T-Cole Macedo[22]; 16. 7-Ian Madsen[8]; 17. 25-Lachlan McHugh[24]; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley[23]; 19. 2KS-Chase Randall[18]; 20. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[17]; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart[3]; 22. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[20]; 23. 5-Spencer Bayston[19]; 24. 11-Cory Eliason[14]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+183James McFadden 250.00025Running150$10,000
21-118Giovanni Scelzi 25-0.393Running146$6,000
34+141Carson Macedo 25-2.065Running144$3,500
45+183JRMichael Kofoid 25-2.941Running142$2,800
57+249Brad Sweet 25-3.767Running140$2,500
69+324Rico Abreu 25-3.903Running138$2,300
711+439MJustin Sanders 25-4.919Running136$2,200
816+815Donny Schatz 25-6.033Running134$2,100
96-33ZBrock Zearfoss 25-6.448Running132$2,050
1012+21TTanner Holmes 25-8.812Running130$2,000
1110-12David Gravel 25-9.236Running128$1,600
1221+922KKaleb Johnson 25-10.894Running126$1,400
1315+29Kasey Kahne 25-12.136Running124$1,200
1413-110Scott Bogucki 25-13.047Running122$1,100
1522+721TCole Macedo 25-13.803Running120$1,050
168-87Ian Madsen 25-14.095Running118$1,000
1724+725Lachlan McHugh 25-15.614Running116$1,000
1823+544WAusten Wheatley 25-16.349Running114$1,000
1918-12KSChase Randall 24-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2017-317Sheldon Haudenschild 15-10 LapsDNF110$1,000
213-181SLogan Schuchart 15-10 LapsDNF108$1,000
2220-215HSam Hafertepe Jr14-11 LapsDNF106$1,000
2319-45Spencer Bayston 3-22 LapsDNF104$1,000
2414-1011Cory Eliason 3-22 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Kaleb Johnson
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+122KKaleb Johnson 120.00012Running0$0
29+721TCole Macedo 12-0.145Running0$0
33044WAusten Wheatley 12-1.754Running0$0
44025Lachlan McHugh 12-3.419Running0$0
57+216Brooke Tatnell 12-4.332Running90$300
66035Skylar Prochaska 12-4.885Running90$250
713+614TTim Estenson 12-6.526Running90$200
810+222Riley Goodno 12-7.037Running90$200
914+510JJustin Jacobsma 12-8.814Running90$200
1015+52KKevin Ingle 12-10.457Running90$200
1117+61KKelby Watt 7-5 LapsDNF90$200
128-445Rusty Hickman 6-6 LapsDNF90$200
131-1255Jake Swanson 4-8 LapsDNF90$200
1411-37SRobbie Price 4-8 LapsDNF90$200
155-1023WScott Winters 0-12 LapsDNF90$0
1612-43Tim Kaeding 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
1716-120GNoah Gass 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
1818096Blaine Stegenga 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
1919078Bill Wagner 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
2020014Corey Day 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11018Giovanni Scelzi 60.0006Running0$0
22083James McFadden 6-1.555Running0$0
3301SLogan Schuchart 6-2.459Running0$0
46+241Carson Macedo 6-3.904Running0$0
55083JRMichael Kofoid 6-4.811Running0$0
64-23ZBrock Zearfoss 6-5.954Running0$0
77049Brad Sweet 6-6.959Running0$0
8807Ian Madsen 6-8.375Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+12David Gravel 100.00010Running
24+283James McFadden 10-1.651Running
33010Scott Bogucki 10-3.312Running
46+218Giovanni Scelzi 10-4.855Running
55024Rico Abreu 10-7.690Running
61-544WAusten Wheatley 10-9.612Running
78+135Skylar Prochaska 10-10.322Running
89+114TTim Estenson 10-11.016Running
910+11KKelby Watt 10-12.560Running
107-33Tim Kaeding 2-8 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+27Ian Madsen 100.0006Running
25+341Carson Macedo 10-1.015Running
34+183JRMichael Kofoid 10-2.743Running
41-322KKaleb Johnson 10-2.7594Running
56+13ZBrock Zearfoss 10-3.554Running
62-455Jake Swanson 10-4.962Running
78+145Rusty Hickman 10-5.149Running
87-123WScott Winters 10-5.584Running
910+196Blaine Stegenga 6-4 LapsDNF
109-120GNoah Gass 0-10 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+111Cory Eliason 100.00010Running
23+139MJustin Sanders 10-2.265Running
35+249Brad Sweet 10-3.136Running
46+21SLogan Schuchart 10-3.790Running
54-12KSChase Randall 10-4.253Running
69+37SRobbie Price 10-5.430Running
71-625Lachlan McHugh 10-6.125Running
87-116Brooke Tatnell 10-6.635Running
98-110JJustin Jacobsma 10-7.280Running
1010078Bill Wagner 6-4 LapsRunning
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11015HSam Hafertepe Jr100.00010Running
2205Spencer Bayston 10-0.904Running
33017Sheldon Haudenschild 10-2.546Running
44015Donny Schatz 10-4.209Running
5509Kasey Kahne 10-5.463Running
6601TTanner Holmes 10-6.834Running
78+122Riley Goodno 10-8.996Running
87-121TCole Macedo 10-10.504Running
9902KKevin Ingle 5-5 LapsDNF
1010014Corey Day 0-10 LapsDNF
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1618Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.7750.000
233ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.783-0.008
3251SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.827-0.052
4101TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR12.853-0.078
53224Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA12.884-0.109
61541Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.898-0.123
71249Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.935-0.160
849Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA12.943-0.168
92883James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.944-0.169
10883JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA12.972-0.197
11332KSChase Randall Waco, TX12.976-0.201
122615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.993-0.218
133510Scott Bogucki Mclaren Vale, SA13.007-0.232
14137Ian Madsen St Marys, NSW13.012-0.237
151139MJustin Sanders Aromas, CA13.032-0.257
161817Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.046-0.271
17172David Gravel Watertown, CT13.053-0.278
181955Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA13.073-0.298
193111Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.081-0.306
20235Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.086-0.311
212244WAusten Wheatley Lake Stevens, WA13.095-0.320
222122KKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD13.131-0.356
231425Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD13.141-0.366
242715HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.146-0.371
25393Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA13.176-0.401
263823WScott Winters Butterfield, MN13.190-0.415
27916Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW13.227-0.452
282021TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.255-0.480
293635Skylar Prochaska Lakefield, MN13.269-0.494
30745Rusty Hickman Tullamarine, VIC13.299-0.524
31210JJustin Jacobsma Hull, IA13.304-0.529
323022Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA13.325-0.550
333414TTim Estenson Fargo, ND13.326-0.551
342420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.363-0.588
35377SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.387-0.612
36402KKevin Ingle Huron, SD13.436-0.661
37291KKelby Watt Adel, IA13.509-0.734
38196Blaine Stegenga Valley Springs, SD13.575-0.800
391678Bill Wagner , 14.479-1.704
40514Corey Day Clovis, CA14.479-1.704
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1332KSChase Randall Waco, TX13.1660.000
23510Scott Bogucki Mclaren Vale, SA13.186-0.020
3251SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.219-0.053
43635Skylar Prochaska Lakefield, MN13.221-0.055
53111Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.240-0.074
62883James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.275-0.109
73224Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.288-0.122
8393Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA13.353-0.187
91817Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.367-0.201
102715HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.368-0.202
11172David Gravel Watertown, CT13.376-0.210
123823WScott Winters Butterfield, MN13.426-0.260
13377SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.432-0.266
142615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.462-0.296
153414TTim Estenson Fargo, ND13.549-0.383
162122KKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD13.558-0.392
171249Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.579-0.413
18235Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.654-0.488
193022Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA13.659-0.493
201139MJustin Sanders Aromas, CA13.680-0.514
211425Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD13.725-0.559
22291KKelby Watt Adel, IA13.747-0.581
231541Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.772-0.606
241955Jake Swanson Anaheim, CA13.772-0.606
25101TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR13.775-0.609
262244WAusten Wheatley Lake Stevens, WA13.786-0.620
27137Ian Madsen St Marys, NSW13.795-0.629
282021TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.816-0.650
29916Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW13.840-0.674
3049Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA13.877-0.711
312420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.958-0.792
32514Corey Day Clovis, CA13.969-0.803
33402KKevin Ingle Huron, SD13.987-0.821
34883JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA14.036-0.870
3533ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA14.104-0.938
36745Rusty Hickman Tullamarine, VIC14.115-0.949
37618Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA14.118-0.952
38210JJustin Jacobsma Hull, IA14.489-1.323
39196Blaine Stegenga Valley Springs, SD14.666-1.500
401678Bill Wagner , 15.094-1.928
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Event Info  

45th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals
Friday, August 18, 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


Reserved Seating
Sections A-N tows 11-20

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  
Reserved Seating
Sections A-N tows 11-20

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

Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

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 Type
0.400;

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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