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Nittany Showdown
Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, Pennsylvania
Saturday, October 07, 2023
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WISELY DONE: Zeb Wise Rolls to First World of Outlaws Victory in Port Royal’s Nittany Showdown

Zeb Wise is continuing along a path to Sprint Car stardom.

Only a few weeks ago, the Angola, IN native finalized his first All-Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) title. But even with 13 ASCoC wins and a championship under his belt, a World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win had eluded him.

Until Saturday night.

Entering the World of Outlaws vs. PA Posse battle as an Indiana invader, Wise earned the pole for the 30-lap Feature at Port Royal Speedway. The 20-year-old slipped to second early before rallying to move by a Pennsylvania legend and held off one of his closest friends to make his first trip to Victory Lane with The Greatest Show on Dirt and pocket $15,000.

As with any first time World of Outlaws winner, emotion spilled over after the checkered flag. In only his 23rd career Feature start with the Series, Wise drove the Rudeen Racing #26 to his first win. And not only did Wise collect his first victory, he also brought Kevin Rudeen’s team their first Series triumph since 2011, 4,418 days ago, when Sam Hafertepe Jr. topped a World of Outlaws visit to Skagit Speedway.

“It’s been a long road,” Wise said. “I remember my first few Outlaw races. One of them was actually here, and I had no clue what I was doing. I was definitely out in left field. And coming back here as many times as I’ve been here, I’ve gotten really comfortable here. And this is always a place I love coming to but always seemed to struggle at… Last night we didn’t really have a good showing. We came back and were really strong out of the gate, so I’m just very proud of our team.”

Wise’s win completed an Indiana invader sweep of the weekend at “The Speed Palace” as fellow Hoosier and ASCoC competitor – Tyler Courtney – topped Friday’s portion of the Nittany Showdown. Wise also became the third first time World of Outlaws winner this season, joining Brady Bacon and Corey Day. With Wise’s triumph, 152 different drivers have now won a World of Outlaws Feature, and Wise is the 12th to do so from the state of Indiana.

The path to Victory Lane was by no means an easy one. After winning the Toyota Racing Dash, Wise started the main event on the pole, but it was Lance Dewease rolling by Wise on the bottom to lead the first lap.

After Dewease grabbed the top spot, the Fayetteville, PA native established a solid gap between himself and Wise in the early going, and the margin stabilized around one second. As Dewease rolled the bottom and middle aboard the Macri Motorsports #39M, the distance between the two stayed roughly the same through much of the first half of the race. It was just before the halfway mark when Wise began to flex his muscle.

Wise started to build momentum by ripping the cushion through Turns 1 and 2 to create a massive run down the back straightaway. On the 16th lap, that line allowed Wise to close on Dewease’s tail tank. Three laps later, Wise used the high side to blast by Dewease exiting Turn 2.

“I knew Lance wasn’t going to go to the top in (Turns) 1 and 2, but he was just high enough on entry where it was really hard for me to get into the corner good enough to clear him off of (Turn) 2. I got close multiple times and just didn’t want to show my nose too early and put us in a bad spot for later. So, I kind of took my time, and I knew we had a really fast race car. Even right after Lap 1 when I was in second, I figured we’d have a shot at it for sure.”

Zeb Wise races ahead of Lance Decease
Zeb Wise (#26) passed Port Royal’s second winningest driver – Lance Dewease (#39M) – for his first World of Outlaws win (Trent Gower Photo)

Wise might’ve had the lead with only 10 laps to go, but the race was far from over. Dewease surged back to his inside over the next couple laps in a bid to regain the lead. And when those efforts came up short, a new challenger arose.

All the way from the 10th starting spot, Tyler Courtney passed Dewease on the 25th circuit as the Indianapolis, IN native was eying a weekend sweep. Wise had to fend off Courtney to secure an All-Star title with Rudeen Racing, and he’d be forced to hold off the same driver with his first World of Outlaws win on the line.

Courtney began to close in aboard the Clauson Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink #7BC, trimming Wise’s lead from a second nearly down to half a second in two laps. But with two laps to go, Wise pieced together a strong enough trip around the half mile to pull slightly ahead and make for a comfortable final lap as he locked up a win he’ll never forget with his close friend following him to the line.

“It’s really cool,” Wise said. “Me and Tyler have an awesome relationship. Obviously, we were teammates a handful of years back. It makes it even more special to be able to battle toe to toe like this it seems like every night. He was way ahead of us last night. But tonight I looked up and saw he was in third of fourth on one of those restarts and figured he was going to be coming. It’s really cool for us to be able to go head-to-head like this and have fun.”

Courtney came home second, narrowly missing a weekend sweep after his Friday victory. While he would’ve liked to go back to back, he was happy to run second to Wise and see him reach the major career accomplishment.

“Every time I’d get to him with my wing that far back I would kind of just lose my nose just a little bit right at the entry of the corner just kind of slip by grip a little bit,” Courtney said. “I tried the middle there coming to the checkered, and I should’ve moved up there about five laps before that. But I had made all my ground there on the bottom and felt like if I could hit my marks I was better than him down there, but it wasn’t meant to be tonight. It’s cool to see him win. He’s had a hell of a year. I know how special those first ones are.”

And rounding out the top three was Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart as he led the way for the World of Outlaws regulars. The result marked Schuchart’s 14th Series podium of the season as he methodically worked his way forward from eighth.

“We just slowly but surely moved the wing back and were able to run through the middle,” Schuchart said. “It wasn’t like you could just pound the fence or anything, so I don’t know what the cars were doing behind me or even the cars up front. I just felt like I had to pull the wing back, float through the middle, and just work on each car that was in front of us lap by lap. Slowly, we just kind of picked them off.”

David Gravel and Lance Dewease completed the top five.

David Gravel grabbed his 13th Simpson Performance Products QuickTime of the year and 110th of his career.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat Race One was claimed by Zeb Wise. NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were topped by Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, and Brian Brown.

Danny Dietrich won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

After an early Feature crash, Donny Schatz was awarded the Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head back to the heartland next weekend for a Kansas doubleheader. First up is a stop at 81 Speedway in Wichita, KS on Friday, October 13. The next night is a trip over to Kansas City’s Lakeside Speedway for the Micro-Lite Harvest Rumble. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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


NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 26-Zeb Wise[1]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[10]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[8]; 4. 2-David Gravel[9]; 5. 39M-Lance Dewease[2]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[5]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu[15]; 8. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 9. 1T-Tanner Holmes[16]; 10. 19-Brent Marks[11]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 12. 21-Brian Brown[6]; 13. 45-Jeff Halligan[14]; 14. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[18]; 15. 23-Devon Borden[7]; 16. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[19]; 17. 9P-Parker Price Miller[17]; 18. 11T-TJ Stutts[25]; 19. 5-Spencer Bayston[13]; 20. 20G-Noah Gass[26]; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe[23]; 22. (DNF) 48-Danny Dietrich[21]; 23. (DNF) 47K-Kody Lehman[27]; 24. (DNF) 13-Justin Peck[12]; 25. (DNF) 1-Hunter Schuerenberg[20]; 26. (DNF) 15-Donny Schatz[22]; 27. (DNF) 83JR-Michael Kofoid[24]

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Feature Results
11026Zeb Wise 300.00012Running150$15,000
210+87BCTyler Courtney 30-0.687Running146$6,000
38+51SLogan Schuchart 30-1.828Running144$3,500
49+52David Gravel 30-2.077Running142$2,800
52-339MLance Dewease 30-3.24418Running140$2,500
65-118Giovanni Scelzi 30-4.633Running138$2,300
715+824Rico Abreu 30-6.317Running136$2,200
84-441Carson Macedo 30-6.697Running134$2,100
916+71TTanner Holmes 30-8.299Running132$2,050
1011+119Brent Marks 30-8.382Running130$2,000
113-849Brad Sweet 30-8.548Running128$1,600
126-621Brian Brown 30-10.419Running126$1,400
1314+145Jeff Halligan 30-11.374Running124$1,200
1418+491Kyle Reinhardt 30-12.328Running122$1,100
157-823Devon Borden 30-12.437Running120$1,050
1619+317Sheldon Haudenschild 30-13.718Running118$1,000
171709PParker Price-Miller 30-15.207Running116$1,000
1825+711TT.J. Stutts 30-15.655Running114$1,000
1913-65Spencer Bayston 30-18.875Running112$1,000
2026+620GNoah Gass 30-20.060Running110$1,000
2123+25WLucas Wolfe 29-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2221-148Danny Dietrich 22-8 LapsDNF106$1,000
2327+447KKody Lehman 12-18 LapsDNF104$1,000
2412-1213Justin Peck 5-25 LapsDNF102$1,000
2520-51Hunter Schuerenberg 5-25 LapsDNF102$1,000
2622-415Donny Schatz 5-25 LapsDNF102$1,000
2724-383JRMichael Kofoid 5-25 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Tyler Courtney
Last Chance Showdown Results
19+848Danny Dietrich 130.0001Running0$0
21-115Donny Schatz 13-0.2412Running0$0
32-15WLucas Wolfe 13-1.71410Running0$0
46+283JRMichael Kofoid 13-2.328Running0$0
511+69RChase Randall 13-3.327Running90$300
68+220GNoah Gass 13-4.486Running90$250
713+611Cory Eliason 13-5.159Running90$225
818+105TRyan Timms 13-5.730Running90$200
910+142Sye Lynch 13-6.260Running90$200
1014+49Kasey Kahne 13-6.741Running90$200
1117+61MLandon Myers 13-6.867Running90$200
1215+311TT.J. Stutts 13-7.173Running90$200
135-83ZBrock Zearfoss 13-7.788Running90$200
1419+56Kody Hartlaub 13-8.716Running90$200
1512-370Kraig Kinser 13-9.038Running90$200
161607SRobbie Price 13-9.230DNF90$200
177-1067Justin Whittall 11-2 LapsDNF90$200
1820+247KKody Lehman 11-2 LapsDNF90$200
194-1583James McFadden 10-3 LapsDNF90$200
203-1755Kerry Madsen 10-3 LapsDNF90$200
2121051Freddie Rahmer 0-13 LapsDNS90$200
Dash 1 Results
11026Zeb Wise 60.0006Running0$0
24+239MLance Dewease 6-2.404Running0$0
32-149Brad Sweet 6-3.366Running0$0
46+241Carson Macedo 6-5.001Running0$0
53-218Giovanni Scelzi 6-6.759Running0$0
65-121Brian Brown 6-7.274Running0$0
78+123Devon Borden 6-8.572Running0$0
87-11SLogan Schuchart 6-9.156Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+126Zeb Wise 80.0008Running
24+241Carson Macedo 8-1.477Running
31-22David Gravel 8-2.865Running
43-15Spencer Bayston 8-4.237Running
5509PParker Price-Miller 8-5.580Running
66015Donny Schatz 8-7.100Running
710+33ZBrock Zearfoss 8-8.413Running
87-148Danny Dietrich 8-8.892Running
99011Cory Eliason 8-10.736Running
108-21MLandon Myers 8-11.960Running
1111051Freddie Rahmer 8-13.978Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+149Brad Sweet 80.0008Running
21-118Giovanni Scelzi 8-2.094Running
33019Brent Marks 8-2.749Running
44024Rico Abreu 8-3.833Running
55017Sheldon Haudenschild 8-5.370Running
66055Kerry Madsen 8-8.222Running
77067Justin Whittall 8-9.393Running
89+19RChase Randall 8-11.080Running
98-111TT.J. Stutts 8-12.353Running
101006Kody Hartlaub 8-14.613Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101SLogan Schuchart 80.0007Running
25+339MLance Dewease 8-2.151Running
34+17BCTyler Courtney 8-4.142Running
42-245Jeff Halligan 8-6.0791Running
53-291Kyle Reinhardt 8-7.338Running
67+183James McFadden 8-8.535Running
76-183JRMichael Kofoid 8-10.138Running
810+242Sye Lynch 8-11.215Running
98-19Kasey Kahne 8-12.607Running
109-15TRyan Timms 8-13.893Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11021Brian Brown 80.0008Running
22023Devon Borden 8-2.421Running
33013Justin Peck 8-3.813Running
4401TTanner Holmes 8-5.781Running
59+41Hunter Schuerenberg 8-7.612Running
65-15WLucas Wolfe 8-8.738Running
76-120GNoah Gass 8-11.565Running
810+270Kraig Kinser 8-13.216Running
98-17SRobbie Price 8-15.203Running
107-347KKody Lehman 8-16.374Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1112David Gravel Watertown, CT17.0710.000
21718Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA17.095-0.024
31826Zeb Wise Angola, IN17.126-0.055
4349Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA17.134-0.063
555Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN17.150-0.079
6919Brent Marks Myerstown, PA17.163-0.092
7141Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA17.174-0.103
81424Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA17.213-0.142
9199PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN17.227-0.156
10417Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH17.287-0.216
111215Donny Schatz Fargo, ND17.374-0.303
12755Kerry Madsen Knoxville, IA17.457-0.386
13248Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA17.464-0.393
141367Justin Whittall Vincentown, NJ17.533-0.462
1581MLandon Myers York, PA17.575-0.504
162111TT.J. Stutts Liverpool, PA17.731-0.660
171611Cory Eliason Visalia, CA17.845-0.774
18209RChase Randall Waco, TX17.857-0.786
19103ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA17.859-0.788
20156Kody Hartlaub East Berlin, PA18.733-1.662
21651Freddie Rahmer Salfordville, PA19.415-2.344
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1121SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA17.1880.000
2321Brian Brown Higginsville, MO17.225-0.037
31345Jeff Halligan Ephrata, PA17.238-0.050
42023Devon Borden Raymond, WA17.296-0.108
51591Kyle Reinhardt Neptune City, NJ17.321-0.133
6513Justin Peck Monrovia, IN17.347-0.159
767BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN17.360-0.172
8111TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR17.582-0.394
9939MLance Dewease Fayetteville, PA17.614-0.426
10145WLucas Wolfe Mechanicsburg, PA17.667-0.479
111883JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA17.741-0.553
12720GNoah Gass Mounds, OK17.749-0.561
131683James McFadden Alice Springs, NT17.775-0.587
141747KKody Lehman Enola, PA17.857-0.669
1529Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA17.917-0.729
16107SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC18.009-0.821
1715TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK18.011-0.823
18191Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO18.101-0.913
19842Sye Lynch Cowansville, PA18.179-0.991
20470Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN18.213-1.025
Hot Laps Results
11826Zeb Wise Angola, IN17.0650.000
2277BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN17.072-0.007
32421Brian Brown Higginsville, MO17.222-0.157
44123Devon Borden Raymond, WA17.262-0.197
5417Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH17.276-0.211
6112David Gravel Watertown, CT17.399-0.334
7199PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN17.426-0.361
81611Cory Eliason Visalia, CA17.506-0.441
93691Kyle Reinhardt Neptune City, NJ17.536-0.471
102613Justin Peck Monrovia, IN17.588-0.523
11919Brent Marks Myerstown, PA17.604-0.539
121718Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA17.613-0.548
13331SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA17.634-0.569
141424Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA17.661-0.596
151367Justin Whittall Vincentown, NJ17.743-0.678
16355WLucas Wolfe Mechanicsburg, PA17.776-0.711
17225TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK17.799-0.734
183983JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA17.862-0.797
192570Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN17.892-0.827
20209RChase Randall Waco, TX17.912-0.847
213039MLance Dewease Fayetteville, PA17.969-0.904
22248Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA17.974-0.909
23239Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA18.001-0.936
24141Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA18.020-0.955
25321TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR18.041-0.976
26103ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA18.044-0.979
2755Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN18.045-0.980
283783James McFadden Alice Springs, NT18.045-0.980
291215Donny Schatz Fargo, ND18.061-0.996
30401Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO18.088-1.023
31349Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA18.098-1.033
32317SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC18.107-1.042
332111TT.J. Stutts Liverpool, PA18.119-1.054
342820GNoah Gass Mounds, OK18.145-1.080
352942Sye Lynch Cowansville, PA18.228-1.163
3681MLandon Myers York, PA18.232-1.167
373847KKody Lehman Enola, PA18.282-1.217
383445Jeff Halligan Ephrata, PA18.300-1.235
39755Kerry Madsen Knoxville, IA18.402-1.337
40156Kody Hartlaub East Berlin, PA18.412-1.347
41651Freddie Rahmer Salfordville, PA18.560-1.495
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Event Info  

Nittany Showdown
Saturday, October 07, 2023
Port Royal Speedway
302 West 6th Street
Port Royal, Pennsylvania 17082 

Event Description
It's the final chance for bragging rights as the Outlaws & PA Posse square off one final time this season in this Port Royal doubleheader.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
Friday Oct. 6th
4:00 PM - Pit and Grandstand Gates Open
6:30 PM - Hot Laps/Qualifying with Opening Ceremonies and Racing to Follow

Saturday Oct. 7th
2:00PM - Pit and Grandstand Gates Open
5:00PM - Hot Laps/Qualifying with Opening Ceremonies and Racing to Follow
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
2-Day Reserved: $70
2-Day GA: $65
Single Day Reserved: $40
Single Day GA: $35
Children (12 & under): FREE


Grandstand Type

Reserved Seating
Top 5 rows

Family Section Location
Sec C

Handicapped Seating Location

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

Pit Gate Location
Turn 4 side of the track

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
In front of main Gate

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost

Frequently Asked Questions  
Reserved Seating
Top 5 rows

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
No Stadium Seats

Handicapped Seating

Handicapped Parking
In front of main Gate

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

Pit Gate Location
Turn 4 side of the track

Personal Coolers
14" and Under / No glass

Credit Card Use
Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is allowed, no glass bottles.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the grandstands.

Family Section
Sec C

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost

Track Info  

Port Royal Speedway
302 West 6th Street
Port Royal, Pennsylvania 17082 

Track Phone
(717) 527-2303

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Type
0.500; Semi-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
14.868 seconds by Brian Brown on 10/18/18

Late Model Track Record
17.470 seconds by Jeff Rine on 5/13/17

Closest Airport

Other Airport

Pit Gate Location
Turn 4 side of the track

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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