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World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, Iowa
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Race Recap  

BIG GAME BOUNCEBACK: David Gravel Rebounds for Saturday World of Outlaws Victory at Knoxville

A 10th place finish with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars is not something most drivers hang their heads about. But when you’re a championship caliber driver like David Gravel, the nightly expectations are higher.

Completing the top 10 on Friday during night one of Knoxville Raceway’s Premier Chevy Dealers Clash left Gravel disappointed but also hungry. The Watertown, CT native rebounded in the best possible fashion – leading all 25 laps on Saturday at “The Sprint Car Capital of the World.”

“It’s funny that we run 10th and everyone thinks we suck and we’re not good and all this stuff,” Gravel said with a smirk in Victory Lane. “I knew as a driver I made a couple mistakes last night and the car wasn’t the best either, so I felt like if we both cleaned it up, we’d be just fine.”

Clean it up was exactly what Gravel and his Big Game Motorsports crew did to the point of a near perfect night. They laid down the fastest lap in Flight B of qualifying and topped both their heat race and the dash before the excellent drive in the main event.

Gravel now sits at a Series-leading six Feature triumphs this season. It also marked his second win in the last four races after topping last Friday’s visit to River Cities Speedway. In Sprint Car competition, Gravel now owns 11 Knoxville checkered flags. And in the big picture, Gravel closed in to only 14 points behind the championship points lead.

To begin the race Gravel wasted no time pulling ahead when the green flag flew. Throughout the early laps Gravel padded his advantage over outside-pole-sitter – Brian Brown – with each passing circuit.

Behind the top two, Carson Macedo showed early speed by sliding ahead of Garet Williamson on lap two, moving him up to third. Shortly thereafter, the pilot of the Jason Johnson Racing #41 began to close on Brown for second.

Only a handful of laps later, Macedo made a successful bid for the runner-up spot. The Lemoore, CA native slipped inside of Brown as the two nearly made contact, and Macedo emerged from the set of corners as the new second place runner.

Ahead of him, Gravel dealt with thick traffic allowing Macedo to narrow the gap bit by bit. As the race crossed the halfway mark, Macedo had taken a chunk out of Gravel’s lead when trouble struck.

With 12 laps remaining, Macedo’s car snapped toward the right in Turns 3 and 4. He made hard impact, and his car flipped end over end several times before landing. As the car came to rest, a fire broke out. The Knoxville and World of Outlaws safety crews along with several drivers quickly reacted and once the flames were extinguished, Macedo walked, with assistance, to the ambulance and was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

After a lengthy red flag to clean up the accident scene, the caution lights were again displayed bringing the engines back to life for a dozen-lap dash to the finish.

Like the start of the race, Gravel lined up next to Friday’s winner – Brown – for the restart. But “Blackjack” couldn’t quite keep up with the Big Game #2 as Gravel darted ahead. The 30-year-old pulled away and held on comfortably over the final 10 laps.

David Gravel
David Gravel was fast every time he hit the track on Saturday at Knoxville (Trent Gower Photo)

While he wanted to soak up the joy of victory, Gravel couldn’t help but think of his friend – Carson Macedo – after his accident.

“Hopefully Carson Macedo is okay,” Gravel said. “He’s a friend of mine. Even though we get in some tussles on the racetrack and I’m pissed off at him for a little while, he’s still my friend. We still talk a lot and hang out. So, I really hope he’s okay.”

Behind Gravel, Brian Brown was able to maintain the runner-up spot for his second consecutive Series podium after Friday’s win. “Brownie” appears to have the #21 rolling as fast as ever at Knoxville and seems poised to be a threat when the NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals roll around in August. Like Gravel, Brown was more worried about the well-being of Macedo than what led to his finish.

“We’re just worried about Carson (Macedo) first and foremost no matter where I finish,” Brown said. “That was right in front of me. Something might’ve broke. The car turned dead right…. It doesn’t matter what I finished tonight. Carson is at the top of the mind.”

Finishing third for his first time standing on the World of Outlaws podium was Garet Williamson. The 23-year-old put together a smooth 25 laps and dramatically improved his best career Series finish. Prior to Saturday, the Columbia, MO native owned a best result of 14th through 11 Feature starts with The Greatest Show on Dirt. After not making the main event on Friday, Williamson came away thrilled with the drastic turnaround.

“This is huge for us,” Williamson said. “Last night, honestly, we sucked. So, we went back to the drawing board. We went back to what we were good at during the beginning of the year. It paid off. I love Knoxville. I love the atmosphere. We have great fans here. To run third to two of the best right now is pretty surreal.”

Cory Eliason and James McFadden completed the top five.

With a drive from 25th to 10th, Logan Schuchart was the night’s KSE Hard Charger.

Brad Sweet reclaimed the points lead courtesy of his sixth place finish aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #49. David Gravel moved into second while Macedo’s accident dropped him to third in points, 30 markers behind Sweet.

James McFadden opened the evening with his first Simpson Performance Products QuickTime of 2023 and the sixth of his career.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to James McFadden (39th Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by Carson Macedo (101st of career), David Gravel (226th of career), and Brian Brown (78th of career).

Kerry Madsen topped the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to “The Badger State” for the first time this year for the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial at Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, WI) next weekend (June 16-17). For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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


A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 21-Brian Brown[2]; 3. 24W-Garet Williamson[4]; 4. 11-Cory Eliason[8]; 5. 83-James McFadden[7]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[16]; 7. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[9]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri[14]; 9. 5-Spencer Bayston[3]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart[25]; 11. 88-Austin McCarl[6]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz[20]; 13. 24-Rico Abreu[10]; 14. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[12]; 15. 2M-Davey Heskin[17]; 16. 5X-Kerry Madsen[21]; 17. 25-Lachlan McHugh[11]; 18. 2KS-Kaleb Johnson[13]; 19. 7S-Robbie Price[15]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser[19]; 21. 12X-Chase Randall[23]; 22. 19-Ayrton Gennetten[22]; 23. 6B-Brandon Wimmer[18]; 24. (DNF) 41-Carson Macedo[5]; 25. (DNF) 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[24]

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Feature Results
1102David Gravel 250.00025Running150$10,000
22021Brian Brown 25-2.552Running146$6,000
34+124WGaret Williamson 25-3.513Running144$3,500
48+411Cory Eliason 25-4.959Running142$2,800
57+283James McFadden 25-5.621Running140$2,500
616+1049Brad Sweet 25-6.251Running138$2,300
79+218Giovanni Scelzi 25-6.608Running136$2,200
814+639MAnthony Macri 25-9.651Running134$2,100
93-65Spencer Bayston 25-9.518Running132$2,050
1025+151SLogan Schuchart 25678.794Running130$1,250
116-588Austin McCarl 25-10.057Running128$1,600
1220+815Donny Schatz 25-11.192Running126$1,400
1310-324Rico Abreu 25-11.982Running124$1,200
1412-215HSam Hafertepe Jr25-13.233Running122$1,100
1517+22MDavey Heskin 25-14.103Running120$1,050
1621+55XKerry Madsen 25-15.478Running118$1,000
1711-625Lachlan McHugh 25-16.277Running116$1,000
1813-52KSKaleb Johnson 24-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
1915-47SRobbie Price 24-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2019-111KKraig Kinser 24-1 LapsRunning110$1,000
2123+212XChase Randall 24-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2222019Ayrton Gennetten 24-1 LapsRunning106$1,000
2318-56BBrandon Wimmer 23-2 LapsRunning104$1,000
245-1941Carson Macedo 13-12 LapsDNF102$1,000
2524-117Sheldon Haudenschild 8-17 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart
Last Chance Showdown Results
13+25XKerry Madsen 120.0006Running0$0
22019Ayrton Gennetten 12-1.5283Running0$0
31-212XChase Randall 12-2.720Running0$0
46+217Sheldon Haudenschild 12-3.799Running0$0
54-111MParker Price-Miller 12-4.419Running90$300
68+21SLogan Schuchart 12-5.3251Running0$0
75-29Kasey Kahne 12-6.253Running90$225
810+214Corey Day 12-7.749Running90$200
97-28Aaron Reutzel 12-10.484Running90$200
1013+33ZBrock Zearfoss 12-10.945Running90$200
119-21AJacob Allen 12-12.176Running90$200
1214+21Justin Henderson 12-12.898Running90$200
1315+220GNoah Gass 12-14.087Running90$200
1412-27TAZTasker Phillips 12-14.860Running90$200
1516+12JLynton Jeffrey 12-16.089Running90$200
1618+222Riley Goodno 12-16.635Running90$200
1711-655TMcKenna Haase 12-17.065Running90$200
1817-13JDusty Zomer 2-10 LapsDNF90$200
Dash 1 Results
1102David Gravel 60.0005Running0$0
24+221Brian Brown 6-1.334Running0$0
32-15Spencer Bayston 6-2.2501Running0$0
46+224WGaret Williamson 6-3.549Running0$0
55041Carson Macedo 6-4.340Running0$0
63-388Austin McCarl 6-4.918Running0$0
77083James McFadden 6-6.006Running0$0
88011Cory Eliason 6-7.466Running0$0
C Main Results
12+13JDusty Zomer 100.00010Running0$0
21-122Riley Goodno 10-0.996Running0$0
35+27Brooke Tatnell 10-2.874Running90$150
43-13PSawyer Phillips 10-5.423Running90$150
56+1G5Gage Pulkrabek 10-15.307Running90$150
69+36Bill Rose 10-15.485Running90$125
74-356Joe Simbro 10-16.194Running90$125
87-115JRCole Mincer 10-16.435Running90$125
912+36XFrank Rodgers 9-1 LapsRunning90$125
108-29HLandon Hansen 4-6 LapsDNF90$125
1111020A.J. Moeller 0-10 LapsDNS90$125
1210-209Matt Juhl 0-10 LapsDNS90$125
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083James McFadden 80.0008Running
22011Cory Eliason 8-1.946Running
34+118Giovanni Scelzi 8-3.639Running
46+22KSKaleb Johnson 8-5.824Running
53-22MDavey Heskin 8-7.528Running
67+15XKerry Madsen 8-8.240Running
75-212XChase Randall 8-9.187Running
8801AJacob Allen 8-9.666Running
911+23ZBrock Zearfoss 8-10.749Running
109-122Riley Goodno 8-11.833Running
1110-17Brooke Tatnell 8-12.505Running
121206Bill Rose 8-13.787Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+141Carson Macedo 80.0008Running
21-15Spencer Bayston 8-1.651Running
34+125Lachlan McHugh 8-4.102Running
45+17SRobbie Price 8-6.368Running
53-211KKraig Kinser 8-7.553Running
6609Kasey Kahne 8-8.990Running
710+38Aaron Reutzel 8-10.051Running
87-155TMcKenna Haase 8-10.925Running
99020GNoah Gass 8-12.068Running
1011+13PSawyer Phillips 8-12.680Running
1112+115JRCole Mincer 8-16.171Running
128-420A.J. Moeller 1-7 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 80.0008Running
22088Austin McCarl 8-3.119Running
34+124Rico Abreu 8-4.225Running
43-139MAnthony Macri 8-1.538Running
56+16BBrandon Wimmer 8-7.222Running
67+111MParker Price-Miller 8-8.172Running
78+11SLogan Schuchart 8-8.491Running
85-319Ayrton Gennetten 8-10.178Running
910+11Justin Henderson 8-11.436Running
109-13JDusty Zomer 8-12.766Running
11110G5Gage Pulkrabek 7-1 LapsRunning
1212009Matt Juhl 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11021Brian Brown 80.0008Running
22024WGaret Williamson 8-2.302Running
34+115HSam Hafertepe Jr8-4.050Running
43-149Brad Sweet 8-4.811Running
55015Donny Schatz 8-6.298Running
66017Sheldon Haudenschild 8-8.159Running
77014Corey Day 8-8.794Running
89+17TAZTasker Phillips 8-10.197Running
98-12JLynton Jeffrey 8-11.290Running
1010056Joe Simbro 8-15.089Running
111109HLandon Hansen 7-1 LapsRunning
121206XFrank Rodgers 7-1 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1583James McFadden Alice Springs, NT15.1690.000
275Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN15.315-0.146
3611Cory Eliason Visalia, CA15.338-0.169
41841Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA15.339-0.170
592MDavey Heskin St. Michael, MN15.342-0.173
6311KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN15.430-0.261
71318Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA15.479-0.310
82025Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD15.490-0.321
91112XChase Randall Waco, TX15.528-0.359
1047SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC15.534-0.365
1112KSKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD15.560-0.391
12179Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA15.614-0.445
13225XKerry Madsen Knoxville, IA15.628-0.459
14855TMcKenna Haase Des Moines, IA15.647-0.478
15231AJacob Allen Hanover, PA15.649-0.480
161220A.J. Moeller Rockwell City, IA15.661-0.492
171522Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA15.671-0.502
181420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK15.680-0.511
1927Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW15.691-0.522
20218Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX15.700-0.531
21163ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA15.783-0.614
22193PSawyer Phillips Pleasantville, IA15.852-0.683
23106Bill Rose Plainfield, IN15.874-0.705
242415JRCole Mincer Burlington, IA16.355-1.186
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1102David Gravel Watertown, CT15.4320.000
22021Brian Brown Higginsville, MO15.435-0.003
3288Austin McCarl Altoona, IA15.489-0.057
41324WGaret Williamson Columbia, MO15.607-0.175
52239MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA15.629-0.197
61949Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA15.632-0.200
71524Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA15.656-0.224
8915HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX15.683-0.251
9319Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO15.689-0.257
10715Donny Schatz Fargo, ND15.704-0.272
1116BBrandon Wimmer Fairmount, IN15.744-0.312
12617Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH15.749-0.317
131811MParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN15.780-0.348
141414Corey Day Clovis, CA15.784-0.352
15241SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA15.786-0.354
16232JLynton Jeffrey Prairie City, IA15.810-0.378
17113JDusty Zomer Brandon, SD15.830-0.398
18167TAZTasker Phillips Plesantville, IA16.018-0.586
1981Justin Henderson Tea, SD16.122-0.690
20456Joe Simbro Pleasantville, IA16.387-0.955
2112G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN16.390-0.958
2259HLandon Hansen Newton, IA16.669-1.237
232109Matt Juhl Tea, SD16.432-1.000
24176XFrank Rodgers Lucas, IA16.432-1.000
Hot Laps Results
14421Brian Brown Higginsville, MO15.3160.000
21841Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA15.423-0.107
3481SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA15.511-0.195
44349Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA15.529-0.213
54211MParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN15.551-0.235
6472JLynton Jeffrey Prairie City, IA15.554-0.238
7342David Gravel Watertown, CT15.569-0.253
83924Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA15.572-0.256
92688Austin McCarl Altoona, IA15.625-0.309
1092MDavey Heskin St. Michael, MN15.629-0.313
11353JDusty Zomer Brandon, SD15.630-0.314
123814Corey Day Clovis, CA15.672-0.356
132025Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD15.702-0.386
143315HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX15.725-0.409
153017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH15.759-0.443
164509Matt Juhl Tea, SD15.763-0.447
171220A.J. Moeller Rockwell City, IA15.764-0.448
18583James McFadden Alice Springs, NT15.768-0.452
193115Donny Schatz Fargo, ND15.787-0.471
201318Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA15.798-0.482
212719Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO15.821-0.505
22225XKerry Madsen Knoxville, IA15.849-0.533
23611Cory Eliason Visalia, CA15.857-0.541
243724WGaret Williamson Columbia, MO15.858-0.542
251112XChase Randall Waco, TX15.865-0.549
26321Justin Henderson Tea, SD15.865-0.549
27407TAZTasker Phillips Plesantville, IA15.891-0.575
28179Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA15.904-0.588
291522Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA15.951-0.635
30256BBrandon Wimmer Fairmount, IN15.980-0.664
31231AJacob Allen Hanover, PA15.998-0.682
32311KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN16.000-0.684
33218Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX16.036-0.720
34193PSawyer Phillips Pleasantville, IA16.106-0.790
35163ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA16.110-0.794
3647SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC16.131-0.815
37855TMcKenna Haase Des Moines, IA16.162-0.846
3875Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN16.241-0.925
3936G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN16.373-1.057
401420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK16.382-1.066
41416XFrank Rodgers Lucas, IA16.397-1.081
422856Joe Simbro Pleasantville, IA16.545-1.229
4327Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW16.690-1.374
4412KSKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD16.740-1.424
452415JRCole Mincer Burlington, IA17.020-1.704
46299HLandon Hansen Newton, IA17.020-1.704
474639MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA17.020-1.704
48106Bill Rose Plainfield, IN17.020-1.704
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Event Info  

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Saturday, June 10, 2023
Knoxville Raceway
1000 North Lincoln Street
Knoxville, Iowa 50138 

Event Description
It's Knoxville's finest vs. the World of Outlaws in this doubleheader at The Sprint Car Capital of the World - the last chance for the travelers to prepare for Knoxville Nationals.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
-Racing to follow
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
$35 adult single day
$64 adult two-day
$22 for ages 13-19
children 12 and under FREE

Grandstand Type
Bleachers/ Chairbacks

Reserved Seating
All seating

Family Section Location
Sections I & J

Handicapped Seating Location
Located in the front stretch grandstands. Wheelchairs and scooters seating is available in row 39 (AA & BB) Also is section D, row 1

Pit Pass Price

Pit Age Requirement
Aged 17 and under require parent waivers - Aged 12 and under must remain in vehicle or the fenced in area between turns 1 and 2. All pit fees apply. All ages same price

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
Behind the front stretch grandstands and behind Dyer-Hudson Hall.

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

Camping Cost
camping at the North Campground for $160 for 4 days. Water and electric hookups are available.

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Reserved Seating
All seating

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers/ Chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Foam or other seat cushions are permitted as long as they are not more than 20" wide. Stadiums seats are NOT ALLOWED

Handicapped Seating
Located in the front stretch grandstands. Wheelchairs and scooters seating is available in row 39 (AA & BB) Also is section D, row 1

Handicapped Parking
Behind the front stretch grandstands and behind Dyer-Hudson Hall.

Pit Age Limit
Aged 17 and under require parent waivers - Aged 12 and under must remain in vehicle or the fenced in area between turns 1 and 2. All pit fees apply. All ages same price

Personal Coolers
Soft side, collapsible coolers not bigger than 6-pack size and empty are allowed


Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available at the track

Smoking Policy
All grandstands are non-smoking. Smoking areas are available underneath stands.

Family Section
Sections I & J

Parking Cost

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

Camping Cost
camping at the North Campground for $160 for 4 days. Water and electric hookups are available.

Track Info  

Knoxville Raceway
1000 North Lincoln Street
Knoxville, Iowa 50138 

Track Phone
(641) 842-5431

Track Size

Track Type
Semi-banked clay oval

Sprint Car Track Record
14.351 seconds by Brian Brown on 5/22/21

Closest Airport
Des Moines International Airport

Track Map
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