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Tom Tarlton Classic
Kings Speedway | Hanford, California
Friday, September 15, 2023
Race Recap  

KINGS CALIFORNIA CLASH: Brad Sweet Survives Wild Feature to Top Tom Tarlton Classic

Friday’s Tom Tarlton Classic proved to be a battle of California in several ways. A California native who now shines on the national stage. A driver who has tested the waters outside the state in recent years. And “The Golden State’s” top young talent all battling for a $21,000 check at Kings Speedway.

After some sliders, jockeying for spots, and a little contact, it was Brad Sweet emerging victorious to top a wild night at the Hanford, CA oval. The Grass Valley, CA native drove around early race leader Cole Macedo and fended off a late race challenge from Corey Day to secure a trip to Victory Lane in the race that salutes a legendary California car owner.

“Just happy to get a win,” Sweet said. “These are never easy to come by. There’s a lot of attrition in these races. It takes a great race car and a great race team, and we have all of that. Just happy to get out of here with a win and on to Placerville tomorrow night.”

The win marked Sweet’s first at the 3/8-mile in World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car competition in his seventh attempt. The four-time and defending Series champion notched his 87th World of Outlaws victory, breaking a tie with current championship rival – David Gravel – for ninth on the all-time list.

Cole Macedo and Sweet led the field to green, and Sweet nosed ahead to lead the opening circuit of the 35-lap Feature.

Sweet controlled the opening laps as a couple cautions slowed the early pace. Then on one of the restarts, Macedo gathered the momentum to challenge Sweet. While the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 opted for the bottom line all the way around, Macedo found speed on the top of Turns 3 and 4. On Lap 6, Macedo blasted by Sweet heading toward the finish line to take over the lead.

Over the next handful of laps, Macedo maintained the top spot but couldn’t pull away from Sweet. Behind the top two a fast closing Corey Day was in search of a second straight World of Outlaws win. He managed to slide by Sweet for second but Sweet quickly crossed over.

The leaders began to navigate traffic as they neared the halfway point. Then on the 17th circuit, Macedo got tripped up trying to lap a slower car, allowing both Sweet and Day to slip by heading down the back straightaway.

Macedo’s misfortune quickly shifted the battle for the lead to Sweet and Day. Sweet remained committed to the low side, and like Macedo earlier in the race, Day looked to the cushion in Turns 3 and 4 for momentum. But the bottom in Turns 1 and 2 is where a gap opened for Day as Sweet slipped up in traffic. Day caught the grip on corner exit and rolled by for the lead.

Brad Sweet races ahead of Corey Day at Kings Speedway
The Tom Tarlton Classic came down to a late duel between Brad Sweet and Corey Day (Trent Gower Photo)

But owning the top spot would be short lived as the yellow flag flew for Tim Kaeding slowing to a stop, negating Day’s pass and returning the lead to Sweet.

On the ensuing restart, the battle for the lead resumed. With only 10 laps remaining, Day peeked to Sweet’s outside down the front straightaway but couldn’t clear him. After that attempt, “The Big Cat” began to creep away as the laps dwindled.

Lapped traffic again became a factor as Day reeled in Sweet for one final challenge. Then with four laps to go, calamity struck. Day nosed inside Sweet as they entered Turn 1. The two touched tires as they both aimed for the grip on the bottom. The contact resulted in Day spinning and the yellow flag flying.

With clean air ahead, Sweet pulled away unchallenged on his way to victory and a $21,000 paycheck. The defending champion was quick to offer praise to his competition.

“How about Corey Day?” Sweet said. “A 17-year-old from down in this area. He’s something special. He gave me everything he had. I think he actually had a better car tonight. We were fighting for the bottom there, and he got in there a little late and we touched wheels. I hate that we couldn’t race it out to the end.”

On the last lap, David Gravel snuck into second to grab the runner-up spot. The result marked his Series-best 27th World of Outlaws podium of the 2023 season aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2. Gravel noted that a couple early mistakes and a shortage of laps might’ve prevented him from posing a challenge to Sweet for the win.

“I thought there was a little bit more grip early on, and I just missed the bottom a couple times and lost track position,” Gravel said. “It got really slow and technical there, and after the checkered (flag), I kind of went through the middle and wished I’d maybe tried that… I thought we had a pretty good car. I felt like in the bottom of (Turns) 3 and 4, I was the only guy that could hit it good consistently while everybody else gave up on it and I had my own lane down there. I just kind of ran out of time.”

Rounding out the top three and leading the way for the California locals was Fresno, CA’s Dominic Scelzi. He surged as high as second late in the going and looked as if he may challenge for the win but couldn’t hold back Gravel at the end. The brakes fading on the Scelzi Motorsports #41 hampered his bid to collect his first World of Outlaws triumph.

“I just wore out my brakes,” Scelzi admitted. “You had to slow down quite a bit into (Turn) 1, and I was not being nice to them. I kind of just burnt them off, and I was trying to pump and could never really get them back. Brad had such a good start, and I wanted to try to just float the middle like I did the restart before and try to do a Hail Mary. At the end of the day, I would rather crash than run second. I want to win one of these races more than I want to breathe.”

Rico Abreu and Carson Macedo completed the top five.

A 22nd to 10th drive gave Donny Schatz the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Buddy Kofoid earned his second Simpson Performance Products QuickTime Award of 2023 in Low-E Insulation Qualifying.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Buddy Kofoid (15th Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were picked off by Carson Macedo (112th of career), Brad Sweet (233rd of career), and James McFadden (49th of career).

Cole Macedo topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Giovanni Scelzi won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Corey Day after the late contact turned his potential victory into a 17th place finish.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars complete the 2023 west coast swing with the highly anticipated return to Placerville Speedway on Saturday, September 16 for the Federated Auto Parts 49er Gold Rush Classic. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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


NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 2. 2-David Gravel[3]; 3. 41S-Dominic Scelzi[4]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu[10]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 6. 21-Cole Macedo[1]; 7. 83JR-Michael Kofoid[7]; 8. 83-James McFadden[8]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[9]; 10. 15-Donny Schatz[22]; 11. 2X-Justin Sanders[15]; 12. 17W-Shane Golobic[14]; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart[16]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[11]; 15. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[21]; 16. 1T-Tanner Holmes[13]; 17. 14-Corey Day[5]; 18. 6-Tim Kaeding[17]; 19. 5-Spencer Bayston[12]; 20. 88N-DJ Netto[24]; 21. 57W-Chase Randall[23]; 22. 7S-Robbie Price[18]; 23. (DNF) 0-Jonathan Allard[20]; 24. (DNF) 3-Kaleb Montgomery[19]

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Feature Results
12+149Brad Sweet 350.00024Running150$21,000
23+12David Gravel 35-1.196Running146$6,000
34+141SDominic Scelzi 35-2.301Running144$3,500
410+624Rico Abreu 35-2.640Running142$2,800
56+141Carson Macedo 35-2.739Running140$2,500
61-521Cole Macedo 35-2.94111Running138$2,300
77083JRMichael Kofoid 35-4.208Running136$2,200
88083James McFadden 35-4.784Running134$2,100
99017Sheldon Haudenschild 35-5.529Running132$2,050
1022+1215Donny Schatz 35-5.983Running130$2,000
1115+42XJustin Sanders 35-6.760Running128$1,600
1214+217WShane Golobic 35-7.376Running126$1,400
1316+31SLogan Schuchart 35-7.722Running124$1,200
1411-33ZBrock Zearfoss 35-7.985Running122$1,100
1521+618Giovanni Scelzi 35-8.492Running120$1,050
1613-31TTanner Holmes 35-9.182Running118$1,000
175-1214Corey Day 35-9.476Running116$1,000
1817-16Tim Kaeding 35-9.723Running114$1,000
1912-75Spencer Bayston 35-10.062Running112$1,000
2024+488ND.J. Netto 35-10.324Running110$1,000
2123+257WChase Randall 34-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2218-47SRobbie Price 34-1 LapsRunning106$1,000
2320-30Jonathan Allard 26-9 LapsDNF104$1,000
2419-53Kaleb Montgomery 20-15 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Donny Schatz
Last Chance Showdown Results
11018Giovanni Scelzi 120.00012Running0$0
23+115Donny Schatz 12-1.226Running0$0
32-157WChase Randall 12-3.402Running0$0
46+288ND.J. Netto 12-4.415Running0$0
59+47BSean Becker 12-4.984Running90$300
65-117MKalib Henry 12-6.024Running90$250
78+188AJoey Ancona 12-6.597Running90$225
87-1115Nick Parker 12-7.912Running90$200
910+15VColby Copeland 12-8.125Running90$200
1012+22KGauge Garcia 12-9.622Running90$200
1114+320GNoah Gass 12-10.962Running90$200
1213+17Ashton Torgerson 12-11.025Running90$200
1311-25DConnor Danell 12-13.623Running90$200
144-1024XChase Johnson 7-5 LapsDNF90$200
1516+13AUKarl Hoffmans 4-8 LapsDNF90$200
1615-1121Caeden Steele 0-12 LapsDNS90$200
Dash 1 Results
12+121Cole Macedo 60.0006Running0$0
21-149Brad Sweet 6-2.513Running0$0
34+12David Gravel 6-2.937Running0$0
43-141SDominic Scelzi 6-3.477Running0$0
56+114Corey Day 6-4.014Running0$0
68+241Carson Macedo 6-4.965Running0$0
75-283JRMichael Kofoid 6-5.923Running0$0
87-183James McFadden 6-7.459Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083JRMichael Kofoid 80.0008Running
22041SDominic Scelzi 8-2.539Running
34+117Sheldon Haudenschild 8-4.255Running
43-11TTanner Holmes 8-5.915Running
56+16Tim Kaeding 8-6.995Running
68+215Donny Schatz 8-8.824Running
75-218Giovanni Scelzi 8-9.504Running
87-17BSean Becker 8-10.561Running
9907Ashton Torgerson 8-12.806Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+141Carson Macedo 80.0008Running
23+114Corey Day 8-0.558Running
31-224Rico Abreu 8-1.833Running
44017WShane Golobic 8-5.634Running
5507SRobbie Price 8-6.867Running
68+224XChase Johnson 8-8.332Running
77088ND.J. Netto 8-8.628Running
86-25VColby Copeland 8-9.863Running
99020GNoah Gass 0-8 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+149Brad Sweet 80.0008Running
21-12David Gravel 8-3.388Running
34+13ZBrock Zearfoss 8-5.689Running
46+22XJustin Sanders 8-6.313Running
53-23Kaleb Montgomery 8-6.999Running
65-157WChase Randall 8-9.707Running
78+1115Nick Parker 8-10.856Running
89+15DConnor Danell 8-19.702Running
97-2121Caeden Steele 6-2 LapsDNF
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083James McFadden 80.0008Running
22021Cole Macedo 8-0.344Running
34+15Spencer Bayston 8-1.419Running
45+11SLogan Schuchart 8-6.032Running
53-20Jonathan Allard 8-6.790Running
66017MKalib Henry 8-7.438Running
77088AJoey Ancona 8-7.657Running
8802KGauge Garcia 8-9.234Running
9903AUKarl Hoffmans 7-1 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
13483JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.5640.000
21424Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.572-0.008
3152David Gravel Watertown, CT13.607-0.043
43283James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.650-0.086
53641SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA13.809-0.245
6641Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.848-0.284
72349Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.859-0.295
81021Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.859-0.295
9181TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR13.866-0.302
10814Corey Day Clovis, CA13.877-0.313
11203Kaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA13.891-0.327
12210Jonathan Allard Chico, CA13.899-0.335
131917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.915-0.351
141617WShane Golobic Fremont, CA13.950-0.386
15273ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.964-0.400
16315Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.969-0.405
171118Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.978-0.414
18257SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.980-0.416
192857WChase Randall Waco, TX13.994-0.430
2041SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA14.011-0.447
21266Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA14.018-0.454
22355VColby Copeland Roseville, CA14.018-0.454
2372XJustin Sanders Aromas, CA14.119-0.555
242917MKalib Henry Sacramento, CA14.128-0.564
25177BSean Becker Roseville, CA14.153-0.589
261288ND.J. Netto Hanford, CA14.160-0.596
2713121Caeden Steele Fresno, CA14.165-0.601
283088AJoey Ancona Concord, CA14.265-0.701
29115Donny Schatz Fargo, ND14.277-0.713
30924XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA14.342-0.778
3122115Nick Parker Tucson, AZ14.480-0.916
3222KGauge Garcia Lemoore, CA14.527-0.963
3357Ashton Torgerson Glendale, AZ14.548-0.984
342420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK14.681-1.117
35335DConnor Danell Visalia, CA14.923-1.359
3633AUKarl Hoffmans Bundauba, QLD14.995-1.431
Hot Laps Results
11424Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA14.0540.000
22857WChase Randall Waco, TX14.131-0.077
32349Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA14.154-0.100
41288ND.J. Netto Hanford, CA14.189-0.135
5641Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA14.203-0.149
6315Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN14.225-0.171
71118Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA14.303-0.249
83641SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA14.304-0.250
92917MKalib Henry Sacramento, CA14.322-0.268
10152David Gravel Watertown, CT14.351-0.297
111917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH14.374-0.320
12814Corey Day Clovis, CA14.398-0.344
1313121Caeden Steele Fresno, CA14.442-0.388
143283James McFadden Alice Springs, NT14.447-0.393
151021Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA14.477-0.423
163483JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA14.505-0.451
17257SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC14.554-0.500
181617WShane Golobic Fremont, CA14.632-0.578
193088AJoey Ancona Concord, CA14.646-0.592
20203Kaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA14.657-0.603
21115Donny Schatz Fargo, ND14.659-0.605
2241SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA14.670-0.616
23273ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA14.673-0.619
24355VColby Copeland Roseville, CA14.682-0.628
25924XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA14.687-0.633
26266Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA14.722-0.668
2772XJustin Sanders Aromas, CA14.786-0.732
2822KGauge Garcia Lemoore, CA14.904-0.850
29177BSean Becker Roseville, CA14.924-0.870
30181TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR15.038-0.984
3157Ashton Torgerson Glendale, AZ15.046-0.992
322420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK15.241-1.187
33210Jonathan Allard Chico, CA15.297-1.243
34335DConnor Danell Visalia, CA15.446-1.392
3533AUKarl Hoffmans Bundauba, QLD15.724-1.670
3622115Nick Parker Tucson, AZ15.894-1.840
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Event Info  

Tom Tarlton Classic
Friday, September 15, 2023
Kings Speedway
801 S 10th Ave
Hanford, California 93230 

Event Description
Carson Macedo leads the World of Outlaws to his Hanford home for another edition of the Tom Tarlton Classic.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
2:00PM Pit Gates open
5:00PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies
*All times Pacific

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Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

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Reserved: $40/$45 Day of Race
Adult GA: $35/$40 Day of Race
Child GA (12 and under): $10

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Kings Speedway
801 S 10th Ave
Hanford, California 93230 

Track Phone
(844) 347-8849

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Size

Sprint Car Track Record
12.293 by Joey Saldana on 02/23/2001

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