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Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown @ Volusia
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, Florida
Monday, March 06, 2023
Race Recap  

BARBERVILLE BEATDOWN: Gravel Dominates Volusia For Third World of Outlaws Win In Five 2023 Starts

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, FL 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 through the Series’ now 56 visits to the facility.

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.

David Gravel at Volusia
David Gravel Has Won Four of the Last Six Volusia Races (Trent Gower Photo)

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 podium 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.”

David Gravel in Victory Lane
Grand Marshals, Kenny and Rusty Wallace, Joined David Gravel in Victory Lane (Trent Gower Photo)

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 Spring 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]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+12David Gravel 300.00030Running150$10,000
23+141Carson Macedo 30-2.055Running146$6,000
31-21AJacob Allen 30-3.328Running144$3,500
45+115Donny Schatz 30-4.093Running142$2,800
58+35Spencer Bayston 30-5.644Running140$2,500
64-249Brad Sweet 30-6.251Running138$2,300
710+311Michael Kofoid 30-7.068Running136$2,200
86-21SLogan Schuchart 30-7.777Running134$2,100
97-217Sheldon Haudenschild 30-8.842Running132$2,050
1016+683James McFadden 30-9.257Running130$2,000
1114+318Giovanni Scelzi 30-10.117Running128$1,600
1218+68Aaron Reutzel 30-11.107Running126$1,400
1317+413Justin Peck 30-11.744Running124$1,200
1420+63ZBrock Zearfoss 30-12.578Running122$1,100
1512-320GNoah Gass 30-13.172Running120$1,050
1611-59Kasey Kahne 29-1 LapsRunning118$1,000
179-821Brian Brown 29-1 LapsRunning116$1,000
1815-35TRyan Timms 29-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
1913-67SRobbie Price 29-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2021+197UKRyan Harrison 27-3 LapsRunning110$1,000
2119-226Zeb Wise 19-11 LapsDNF108$1,000
2223+16Bill Rose 15-15 LapsDNF106$1,000
2322-115HSam Hafertepe Jr9-21 LapsDNF104$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: James McFadden
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+11AJacob Allen 60.0006Running0$0
21-12David Gravel 6-1.334Running0$0
34+141Carson Macedo 6-2.510Running0$0
45+149Brad Sweet 6-3.483Running0$0
56+115Donny Schatz 6-4.183Running0$0
63-31SLogan Schuchart 6-4.820Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11015Donny Schatz 80.0008Running
2201SLogan Schuchart 8-2.820Running
33017Sheldon Haudenschild 8-4.295Running
45+111Michael Kofoid 8-6.065Running
54-17SRobbie Price 8-7.365Running
68+283James McFadden 8-8.789Running
77026Zeb Wise 8-9.817Running
86-215HSam Hafertepe Jr8-10.898Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 80.0008Running
2201AJacob Allen 8-1.205Running
3305Spencer Bayston 8-2.633Running
45+19Kasey Kahne 8-4.394Running
54-118Giovanni Scelzi 8-5.654Running
66013Justin Peck 8-7.016Running
7703ZBrock Zearfoss 8-7.969Running
8806Bill Rose 8-10.750Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 80.0008Running
23+149Brad Sweet 8-3.688Running
35+221Brian Brown 8-5.758Running
42-220GNoah Gass 8-6.940Running
54-15TRyan Timms 8-8.397Running
6608Aaron Reutzel 8-9.467Running
77097UKRyan Harrison 8-10.666Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1115Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.5220.000
292David Gravel Watertown, CT13.523-0.001
31141Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.534-0.012
4151SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.585-0.063
561AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.615-0.093
61320GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.642-0.120
7817Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.644-0.122
8165Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.659-0.137
91749Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.668-0.146
10217SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.675-0.153
112218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.693-0.171
12145TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK13.706-0.184
131811Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.746-0.224
14209Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA13.748-0.226
152321Brian Brown Higginsville, MO13.752-0.230
16415HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.760-0.238
17313Justin Peck Monrovia, IN13.778-0.256
1828Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX13.808-0.286
191926Zeb Wise Angola, IN13.812-0.290
2073ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.863-0.341
211097UKRyan Harrison Rothwell, NTH13.922-0.400
221283James McFadden Alice Springs, NT14.013-0.491
2356Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.137-0.615
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1217SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.8710.000
22321Brian Brown Higginsville, MO13.904-0.033
31811Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.979-0.108
4209Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA14.017-0.146
52218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA14.031-0.160
61749Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA14.042-0.171
71141Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA14.061-0.190
81926Zeb Wise Angola, IN14.098-0.227
992David Gravel Watertown, CT14.149-0.278
101283James McFadden Alice Springs, NT14.222-0.351
11151SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA14.250-0.379
121320GNoah Gass Mounds, OK14.294-0.423
13145TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK14.320-0.449
14165Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN14.355-0.484
151097UKRyan Harrison Rothwell, NTH14.515-0.644
16817Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH14.539-0.668
1773ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA14.799-0.928
18415HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX14.857-0.986
19313Justin Peck Monrovia, IN14.889-1.018
20115Donny Schatz Fargo, ND14.956-1.085
2161AJacob Allen Hanover, PA15.091-1.220
2228Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX15.113-1.242
2356Bill Rose Plainfield, IN16.635-2.764
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Low-E Insulation Spring Showdown @ Volusia
Monday, March 06, 2023
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

Event Description
The Outlaws add another element to Daytona's Bike Week as the Series returns to Volusia Speedway Park for a special Sunday and Monday doubleheader.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Feature Laps Length
30

Event Schedule
2:00 PM - Pit Gates Open
5:00 PM - Grandstand Gates Open
6:00 PM - Hot Laps / Qualifying with Opening Ceremonies and Racing to Follow


Tuesday, March 7 Rain Date
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices
2-Day Premium Reserved: $85 Advanced / $95 Day of
2-Day Reserved: $75 Advanced / $85 Day of
2-Day GA: $65 Advanced / $75 Day of
2-Day GA Child: $20
Single Day Premium Reserved: $45 Advanced / $50 Day of
Single Day Reserved: $40 Advanced / $45 Day of
Single Day GA: $35 Advanced / $40 Day of
Single Day Child GA: $10

Vehicle Pass - $30


Grandstand Type
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Handicapped Seating Location
All Handicap seating is the first rows of each section

Pit Age Requirement
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Parking Cost
General Parking Free

Handicapped Parking Location
Handicap parking spots available. All spots are first come first serve.

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$30 a day for dry camping, $80 for electric/water/sewer.

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed as long as they don't conflict with the aisle behind you.

Handicapped Seating
All Handicap seating is the first rows of each section

Handicapped Parking
Handicap parking spots available. All spots are first come first serve.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Personal Coolers
Six-pack maximum cooler size. No alcohol. No glass.

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Beer is available for purchase at the track.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands.


Parking Cost
General Parking Free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost
$30 a day for dry camping, $80 for electric/water/sewer.

Track Info  

Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Type
0.500; dirt oval

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; 360 Sprint Car: 14.160 sec. by Brenham Crouch on Jan. 27, 2023; Non-Wing: 16.362s by Thomas Meseraull on Feb. 14, 2023

Late Model Track Record
Super: 15.100 sec. by Bobby Pierce on Jan. 19, 2024

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads
 https://www.dirtcarmembers.com/downloads.php

Competitor Info
https://www.dirtcarmembers.com/upload/47e593-5%20volusia.pdf

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