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Federated Auto Parts Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40
Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, Wisconsin
Saturday, July 08, 2023
Race Recap  

BADGER 40 BACK-TO-BACK: Revitalized Carson Macedo Earns Second Straight Wilmot Win

Carson Macedo admits he hasn’t been himself over the past few weeks. A frightening crash at Knoxville in early June left him rattled both physically and mentally.

He and his Jason Johnson Racing team stayed dedicated. Macedo battled pain. A large supporting cast kept his spirits up. Since the incident, his finishes in the next nine races were solid with eight top 10s but not quite on the championship level he showed early in the season.

And heading into the 10th race after Knoxville, Macedo was beginning to feel like himself again. The result was a revitalizing triumph at Wilmot Raceway on Saturday night. Macedo rolled by Donny Schatz shortly before the halfway point of the Federated Auto Parts Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40 and held off multiple challengers on his way to Victory Lane for the second straight year at the Wisconsin oval.

The Wilmot win moved Macedo up to four World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car triumphs this season and 32 for his career. The Lemoore, CA native joined David Gravel as the only driver with multiple checkered flags at Wilmot. And most importantly, the win served as a much needed confidence boost. A reminder to Macedo and the entire team of their capabilities as they pursue a championship.

“I’m just thankful more than anything,” Macedo said. “It’s been a tough few weeks. I’ve had a lot of really good people reach out and be supporters. When you’re young you think you’re invincible, but the other week kind of knocked me back a little bit, that wreck. I feel like my guys have never given up on me – Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp, Nate Repetz. They’ve been trying to give me the best car they possibly can. I just haven’t been 100% right.

“Coming into this week, I worked out all week and was just in a much better mind and place in my head. I felt pretty good about our chances. We were fast early in the night. I felt like we had a really good Heat Race. We were outstanding in the Dash, and they just delivered again in the Feature. These guys did an incredible job.”

When the green flag waved on the 40-lap main event, Macedo was on the pole, but it was Donny Schatz powering into the lead around Macedo’s outside.

While Schatz was the one who grabbed the early lead, Macedo refused to let him pull away. Macedo kept the Albaugh #41 a few car lengths behind Schatz. As the two entered traffic, Macedo was forced to fend off a challenge in the form of a charging Bill Balog. “The North Pole Nightmare” slid Macedo for the runner-up spot, but he was able to cross Balog over.

Balog’s challenge forced Macedo to elevate his game. Only a few laps after he’d briefly slipped to third, Macedo closed right back up to Schatz’ tail tank as they navigated slower cars. On lap 16, Schatz left an opening on the top side, and Macedo promptly took advantage. He ripped the cushion right around the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15.

After taking the lead, Macedo began to put some distance between himself and Schatz. Then Schatz slipped back a spot as Balog maneuvered by him for second.

A restart that came a lap beyond the halfway point gave Macedo a close moment as Balog got a strong restart. He attempted a slider but couldn’t clear Macedo. The #17B drifted up and above the cushion causing him to lose some spots and gift Brad Sweet the runner-up position.

“I was most nervous with Bill. I knew he wants to win really bad and was willing to throw a flyer to try and win the race,” Macedo said of the restart. “I kind of spun a little bit off the bottom and could hear him behind me. I went to the top thinking I’ll get a run, and he threw a big bomb and I just barely snuck around him.”

The leaders race to the green flag at Wilmot Raceway
Carson Macedo held off multiple challengers once taking over the lead at Wilmot (Dave Olson Photo)

Once he cleared Balog, Macedo cruised ahead and worked his way expertly through traffic. A couple close moments where the cushion tripped him up caused some drama as Sweet closed in, but ultimately Macedo never allowed “The Big Cat” to have a legitimate opportunity at moving ahead.

The checkered flag flew to a very happy recipient. It’s not only a victory to boost the entire team’s morale. It’s also a boost heading into a massive week in Ohio that includes the Brad Doty Classic and Kings Royal.

“I’m thankful to be standing up here,” Macedo said. “When things are going good, you really kind of take for granted just how tough this is out here on the Outlaw tour. It felt really good to be back after lacking performance. Hopefully we can build on it. It’s good to have a little bit of momentum rolling into this week coming up. It’s definitely a big one.”

The runner-up spot belonged to Brad Sweet aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing/Napa Auto Parts #49 as he fell just short of his 13th Series win in the state of Wisconsin. Sweet is up to 16 World of Outlaws podiums this season and put a little distance between himself and David Gravel in the championship hunt. Sweet enjoyed the 40-lap finale, and the racing surface even reminded him a bit of his west coast roots.

“It was a tricky track,” Sweet explained. “It was actually a lot of fun. Lapped traffic was kind of wild there. I had a few close calls. The track was changing a lot… Once the curb got built up, it got a lot trickier. It was kind of a fine line between you either you’d enter with your right-rear too out in front of you and you got loose or you could get yourself too tight, and then you could get it right sometimes. It was a really fine line. It was kind of old school, kind of like a California track. My Napa Auto Parts guys gave me a great car.”

Rounding out the top three was a charging Sheldon Haudenschild. The Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing gasser drove from 10th up to third aboard the NOS Energy Drink #17. Haudenschild’s feelings mirrored that of Sweet’s regarding the puzzling track conditions at times.

“I feel like I only made one big mistake over in (Turn) 3, but it was just tricky,” Haudenschild said. “It was hard to get runs and throw sliders. The top was really fast. I felt really good early, though. We were able to move around, I feel like, probably more than anybody.”

Donny Schatz and Kasey Kahne completed the top five.

Brad Sweet’s lead in the standings is up to 12 markers. With his win, Carson Macedo closed in slightly back in third as he’s now 38 behind Gravel and 50 back of Sweet.

KSE Hard Charger honors went to Caden Englehart. In his first career World of Outlaws Feature start, the Terre Haute, IN native drove from 24th to 15th.

For the second time in the last three races, Bill Balog earned the Simpson Performance Products QuickTime Award as he set a new Wilmot Raceway track record.

The Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown was claimed by Noah Gass.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Bill Balog (seventh Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were topped by Carson Macedo (105th of career), Jacob Allen (57th of career), and Donny Schatz (516th of career).

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems “Break of the Race” went to Bill Balog after he challenged for the lead early before slipping to eighth.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make their way to Ohio for a massive week. On Tuesday, July 11 Attica Raceway Park will host the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by Racing Optics with $15,000 on the line. Then it’s off to Eldora Speedway for two nights at “The Big E.” First, The Knight Before on Friday, July 14 pays $20,000-to-win. Then the 40th Kings Royal on Saturday, July 15 awards a huge $175,000 payday. 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 (40 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[4]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[10]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz[2]; 5. 9-Kasey Kahne[6]; 6. 2-David Gravel[7]; 7. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[11]; 8. 17B-Bill Balog[5]; 9. 5-Spencer Bayston[8]; 10. 83-James McFadden[12]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[9]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart[15]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen[3]; 14. 20G-Noah Gass[21]; 15. 71M-Caden Englehart[24]; 16. 3N-Jake Neuman[20]; 17. 23-Russel Borland[22]; 18. 6-Bill Rose[16]; 19. (DNF) 87A-Austin Hartmann[18]; 20. (DNF) 7S-Robbie Price[14]; 21. (DNF) 68-Dave Uttech[23]; 22. (DNF) 7N-Darin Naida[13]; 23. (DNF) 49J-Josh Schneiderman[17]; 24. (DNF) 16TH-Hunter Schuerenberg[19]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11041Carson Macedo 400.00025Running150$10,000
24+249Brad Sweet 40-1.922Running146$6,000
310+717Sheldon Haudenschild 40-2.757Running144$3,500
42-215Donny Schatz 40-5.22615Running142$2,800
56+19Kasey Kahne 40-6.267Running140$2,500
67+12David Gravel 40-6.455Running138$2,300
711+418Giovanni Scelzi 40-7.861Running136$2,200
85-317BBill Balog 40-9.242Running134$2,100
98-15Spencer Bayston 40-9.898Running132$2,050
1012+283James McFadden 40-10.664Running130$2,000
119-23ZBrock Zearfoss 40-11.157Running128$1,600
1215+31SLogan Schuchart 40-12.063Running126$1,400
133-101AJacob Allen 39-1 LapsRunning124$1,200
1421+720GNoah Gass 38-2 LapsRunning122$1,100
1524+971MCaden Englehart 38-2 LapsRunning120$1,050
1620+43NJake Neuman 38-2 LapsRunning118$1,000
1722+523Russel Borland 38-2 LapsRunning116$1,000
1816-26Bill Rose 37-3 LapsRunning114$1,000
1918-187AAustin Hartmann 24-16 LapsDNF112$1,000
2014-67SRobbie Price 20-20 LapsDNF110$1,000
2123+268Dave Uttech 14-26 LapsDNF108$1,000
2213-97NDarin Naida 9-31 LapsDNF106$1,000
2317-649JJosh Schneiderman 6-34 LapsDNF104$1,000
2419-516THHunter Schuerenberg 0-40 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Caden Englehart
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11020GNoah Gass 120.00012Running0$0
24+223Russel Borland 12-4.636Running0$0
32-168Dave Uttech 12-9.892Running0$0
45+171MCaden Englehart 12-10.490Running0$0
53-210VMatt Vandervere 12-12.851Running90$300
67+114TTim Estenson 12-13.376Running90$250
79+226RPreston Ruh 11-1 LapsRunning90$225
88016Anthony Knierim 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
912+334Kevin Hinich 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
106-443Jereme Schroeder 3-9 LapsDNF90$200
1111016THHKevin Newton 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
1210-270Chris Klemko 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+141Carson Macedo 80.0008Running0$0
21-115Donny Schatz 8-3.474Running0$0
34+11AJacob Allen 8-5.507Running0$0
43-149Brad Sweet 8-6.568Running0$0
57+217BBill Balog 8-8.075Running0$0
68+29Kasey Kahne 8-9.355Running0$0
75-22David Gravel 8-10.069Running0$0
86-25Spencer Bayston 8-10.891Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017BBill Balog 100.00010Running
22049Brad Sweet 10-1.242Running
3303ZBrock Zearfoss 10-4.297Running
4407NDarin Naida 1084.742Running
56+149JJosh Schneiderman 10-7.144Running
65-168Dave Uttech 10-10.153Running
77043Jereme Schroeder 10-12.776Running
88070Chris Klemko 0-10 LapsDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+141Carson Macedo 100.00010Running
21-12David Gravel 10-2.356Running
34+117Sheldon Haudenschild 10-2.956Running
43-17SRobbie Price 10-4.585Running
55087AAustin Hartmann 10-5.811Running
67+110VMatt Vandervere 10-8.004Running
76-114TTim Estenson 10-8.431Running
88016THHKevin Newton 10-9.796Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101AJacob Allen 100.0009Running
2205Spencer Bayston 10-1.5561Running
33018Giovanni Scelzi 10-2.280Running
45+11SLogan Schuchart 10-3.606Running
56+116THHunter Schuerenberg 10-6.300Running
68+223Russel Borland 10-8.306Running
77016Anthony Knierim 10-9.606Running
84-420GNoah Gass 0-10 LapsDNF
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+115Donny Schatz 100.00010Running
21-19Kasey Kahne 10-1.856Running
33083James McFadden 10-3.218Running
4406Bill Rose 10-7.563Running
5503NJake Neuman 10-8.498Running
66071MCaden Englehart 10-9.234Running
77026RPreston Ruh 10-10.918Running
88034Kevin Hinich 9-1 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12717BBill Balog North Pole, AK12.1990.000
252David Gravel Watertown, CT12.210-0.011
3281AJacob Allen Hanover, PA12.219-0.020
4299Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA12.220-0.021
5849Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.222-0.023
61741Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.238-0.039
7155Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN12.240-0.041
8615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.246-0.047
9253ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.261-0.062
10237SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC12.272-0.073
112618Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.279-0.080
123183James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.361-0.162
13217NDarin Naida Adrian, MI12.387-0.188
143017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.412-0.213
151120GNoah Gass Mounds, OK12.461-0.262
16196Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.517-0.318
171868Dave Uttech Kenosha, WI12.520-0.321
18987AAustin Hartmann Plymouth, WI12.554-0.355
1921SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.574-0.375
20133NJake Neuman New Berlin, IL12.634-0.435
21349JJosh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA12.639-0.440
221414TTim Estenson Fargo, ND12.692-0.493
23116THHunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO12.716-0.517
24771MCaden Englehart Terre Haute, IN12.785-0.586
252443Jereme Schroeder Lake Villa, IL12.866-0.667
26410VMatt Vandervere Zion, IL12.895-0.696
273216Anthony Knierim Franksville, WI12.912-0.713
281626RPreston Ruh Elkhart Lake, WI12.979-0.780
291070Chris Klemko Bristol, WI13.006-0.807
301216THHKevin Newton Terre Haute, IN13.007-0.808
312223Russel Borland Kewaskum, WI13.028-0.829
322034Kevin Hinich Kenosha, WI13.415-1.216
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12717BBill Balog North Pole, AK12.2960.000
2253ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.301-0.005
31741Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.308-0.012
43017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.314-0.018
5281AJacob Allen Hanover, PA12.351-0.055
6299Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA12.425-0.129
72618Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.487-0.191
8237SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC12.547-0.251
93183James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.585-0.289
10155Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN12.626-0.330
11217NDarin Naida Adrian, MI12.629-0.333
12849Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.693-0.397
1352David Gravel Watertown, CT12.737-0.441
141414TTim Estenson Fargo, ND12.822-0.526
15349JJosh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA12.830-0.534
161868Dave Uttech Kenosha, WI12.862-0.566
17196Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.879-0.583
181120GNoah Gass Mounds, OK12.894-0.598
19615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.987-0.691
20116THHunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO13.021-0.725
212223Russel Borland Kewaskum, WI13.028-0.732
22133NJake Neuman New Berlin, IL13.050-0.754
231216THHKevin Newton Terre Haute, IN13.075-0.779
24410VMatt Vandervere Zion, IL13.125-0.829
252443Jereme Schroeder Lake Villa, IL13.148-0.852
261070Chris Klemko Bristol, WI13.206-0.910
27771MCaden Englehart Terre Haute, IN13.213-0.917
281626RPreston Ruh Elkhart Lake, WI13.252-0.956
29987AAustin Hartmann Plymouth, WI13.274-0.978
3021SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.324-1.028
313216Anthony Knierim Franksville, WI13.589-1.293
322034Kevin Hinich Kenosha, WI13.809-1.513
King of the Hill Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+323Russel Borland 00.000Running0$0
222+2026RPreston Ruh 0-500.881Running0$0
31-21AJacob Allen 0-762.721Running0$0
47+320GNoah Gass 0-768.808Running0$0
510+517Sheldon Haudenschild 085.706Running0$0
617+117NDarin Naida 0-132.005Running0$0
724+1715Donny Schatz 0-196.106Running0$0
826+1843Jereme Schroeder 0-693.280Running0$0
929+2049Brad Sweet 0121.304Running0$0
1025+1549JJosh Schneiderman 0-17.791Running0$0
1116+583James McFadden 0-205.553Running0$0
1227+151SLogan Schuchart 0-217.827Running0$0
139-487AAustin Hartmann 0-396.274Running0$0
148-62David Gravel 0-419.105Running0$0
152-1317BBill Balog 0-487.325Running0$0
1618+23NJake Neuman 0-540.463Running0$0
1731+1410VMatt Vandervere 0-551.278Running0$0
1815-341Carson Macedo 0-588.673Running0$0
1919016THHKevin Newton 0-639.479Running0$0
206-1414TTim Estenson 060.459Running0$0
2130+968Dave Uttech 0-32.842Running0$0
2214-816Anthony Knierim 0-51.640Running0$0
2320-37SRobbie Price 0-326.994Running0$0
2421-36Bill Rose 0-386.882Running0$0
2532+73ZBrock Zearfoss 0-547.618Running0$0
263-235Spencer Bayston 0545.761DNS0$0
275-2271MCaden Englehart 0545.761DNS0$0
2811-1734Kevin Hinich 0545.761DNS0$0
2912-179Kasey Kahne 0545.761DNS0$0
3013-1770Chris Klemko 0545.761DNS0$0
3123-818Giovanni Scelzi 0545.761DNS0$0
3228-416THHunter Schuerenberg 0545.761DNS0$0
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Federated Auto Parts Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40
Saturday, July 08, 2023
Wilmot Raceway
30820 111th St
Wilmot, Wisconsin 53192 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series makes its fifth and final appearance of the year in Wisconsin - this time for the Badger 40, which Carson Macedon won last year.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Feature Laps Length
40

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(815) 344-2023

Options And Prices
Adult Pit Combo $48 (Pit pass and reserved seat-if purchased in advance online)
Child Pit Combo (Ages 12-under): $32
Adult Reserved: $45
Child Reserved: $20
Adult General Admission: $40
Child (6-12) General Admission: $20
Kids 5 and under FREE GA
Race Day Adult Pit Pass $45
Race Day Child Pit Pass $30

TICKET INFO

Discounts
None

Grandstand Type

Bleacher style



Reserved Seating
Upper Rows Reserved

Family Section Location
No

Handicapped Seating Location
Bottom row in every section

Pit Age Requirement
No age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability



Camping Cost



Frequently Asked Questions  
Reserved Seating
Upper Rows Reserved

Type of Grandstand

Bleacher style



Stadium Seating
Fans can use stadium seating

Handicapped Seating
Bottom row in every section

Pit Age Limit
No age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Personal Coolers
No coolers allowed

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
Yes, alcohol is sold on site, including beer and malt beverages.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in Grandstands; smoking permitted in designated areas.

Family Section
No

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability



Camping Cost



Track Info  

Wilmot Raceway
30820 111th St
Wilmot, Wisconsin 53192 

Track Phone
(262) 862-2090

Ticket Phone
(815) 344-2023

Track Size
0.333

Track Type
Semi-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
12.397 by Mike Reinke on 8/21/2021

Closest Airport
Milwaukee, WI (MKE / KMKE) General Mitchel

Other Airport
Chicago, IL (ORD / KORD) Chicago O'Hare International Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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