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World of Outlaws 49er Gold Rush Classic
Placerville Speedway | Placerville, California
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Race Recap  

ROTH WAR: Buddy Kofoid Outduels Teammate for Victory in World of Outlaws Placerville Return

Four years had passed since the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars last visited Placerville Speedway. But the wait proved to be worth every minute.

In a race that featured battles all over the quarter mile, none could match the intensity of the war that waged for the win. Roth Motorsports teammates – Buddy Kofoid and James McFadden – threw absolutely everything they had at each other. Dramatic slide jobs. Searching different lanes for grip. The two gave it their all as they each hoped to give their California car owner a taste of home state glory.

In the end, it was Kofoid who made his way to Victory Lane when the checkered flag waved on the Federated Auto Parts 49er Gold Rush Classic. The Penngrove, CA native climbed all the way atop the wing of his Roth #83JR as chants of “Buddy!” rang out from the Placerville grandstands.

“That’s badass for sure,” an ecstatic Kofoid said. “It’s even more special to do it here at Placerville where I cut my teeth in Sprint Cars. Man, I’m just so fortunate to have Dylan Buswell in my corner. He’s a wizard. Actually, I felt not great in the beginning of the day, and we just got better and better and better. I’ve been thoroughly enjoying my time with Roth Motorsports.”

While Kofoid won last week’s Gold Cup prelim, the Placerville score is his first official World of Outlaws victory since joining forces with the historic California team. The 21-year-old became the 16th different driver to top a race with The Greatest Show on Dirt for Dennis and Teresa Roth. Kofoid now owns a trio of World of Outlaws wins, and he became the eighth different competitor to win at Placerville in the Series’ 10th visit.

After topping the Toyota Racing Dash, it was James McFadden leading the field to green with Justin Sanders to his outside. McFadden managed to power ahead when the race began to lead the opening circuit.

Kofoid started the 40-lap tilt in third and quickly challenged Sanders in the opening laps. On the fifth trip around, Kofoid slid Sanders to put the Roth duo atop the scoreboard. A few cautions interrupted the pace inside the opening 10 laps.

A green flag run as the race neared halfway allowed the battle between the Roth cars to ignite. Kofoid reeled in McFadden and attempted a slide job on Lap 15 in Turns 3 and 4 to no avail. A lap later Kofoid tossed another slider in the same set of corners and again came up short.

James McFadden and Buddy Kofoid battle at Placerville Speedway
Buddy Kofoid and James McFadden put on a show for the win as the World of Outlaws returned to Placerville Speedway (Trent Gower Photo)

On the 18th lap, Kofoid pulled alongside McFadden heading to the finish line, and then on the next lap, Kofoid used the bottom to take the top spot. McFadden responded by heading to the low side in Turns 3 and 4 to slip right back by Kofoid. The back and forth continued on the next lap as the two swapped lines again, and Kofoid rolled under McFadden in Turns 1 and 2. Down on the other end of the racetrack, Kofoid’s slider attempt on a lap car came up short allowing McFadden to peek to the inside. The two came down the front straightaway side by side but Kofoid held on.

“I figured out the top down in (Turns) 1 and 2 pretty early I felt like,” Kofoid explained. “I started third, fell back to fourth, and got right back to second running the top and sliding people into (Turn) 3. When I got to James, it had already gotten dirty to where I’d fire one off and get really loose across and kill my momentum. It wasn’t going to clear, and I wasn’t going to send one off into anyone especially James. It was a really good race. I moved back to the bottom and felt really good on the bottom.”

“Those guys have done a lot of laps around here growing up,” McFadden said of the battle. “You could pick which line to get on, and I had absolutely no idea of where I needed to be. The cushion was tricky and really dirty up there. You sort of had to lean against it then get away from it at some points.”

After taking over the top spot, Kofoid began to inch away from the rest of the pack, adding a tenth or two to his lead each time around. He gave McFadden hope a couple times as the cushion tripped him up, but ultimately Kofoid stayed comfortably ahead on his way to the checkered flag.

While the prelim win at Silver Dollar Speedway was nice, the one that’ll officially go in the record books tasted a little sweeter for Kofoid.

“Happy to get a full Outlaw win and to do it kind of at a home track for me,” Kofoid said. “Man, that was a tough race but such a fun race.”

Carson Macedo capitalized on a late mistake by McFadden to claim the runner-up spot aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41. The Lemoore, CA native worked his way forward from the sixth starting spot to post his 17th World of Outlaws podium of 2023.

“I felt like the restarts kind of went my way,” Macedo noted. “When I started on the top, I was able to get off the corner nice. Even when I started on the bottom, I could get through (Turns) 1 and 2 nice on the bottom and get down the backstretch and slide guys in (Turns) 3 and 4.”

After leading the opening 19 laps, McFadden wound up completing the top three. Even though losing out left him feeling slightly disappointed, McFadden felt proud to be a part of a special night for Roth Motorsports in their home state.

“What a night for Dennis and Teresa Roth,” McFadden said. “We’d like it to be the other way around, but it’s still cool for the team, unreal for the team. They put a lot in it, so it’s cool to get a first and third in California for them… I feel like I’ve struggled a bit on short tracks over the past couple months, and we turned it around tonight. Happy with our performance.”

Justin Sanders and Corey Day rounded out the top five.

For the second night in a row and fifth time in his career, Buddy Kofoid claimed Simpson Performance Products QuickTime.

A 17th to eighth run gave Sheldon Haudenschild the KSE Racing Hard Charger Award.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Kalib Henry (first Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were topped by Corey Day (third of career), Rico Abreu (43rd of career), and Justin Sanders (fifth of career).

Noah Gass won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Michael Faccinto after a mechanical issue ended a potentially strong night early in the Feature.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head east for two nights in “The Buckeye State.” First is a one night stop at Rossburg, OH’s Eldora Speedway on Friday, September 22 for the BeFour the Crowns Showdown. The next night brings the final Ohio stop of 2023 as Hartford’s Sharon Speedway hosts the Federated Auto Parts Showdown. 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 (40 Laps): 1. 83JR-Michael Kofoid[3]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 3. 83-James McFadden[1]; 4. 2X-Justin Sanders[2]; 5. 14-Corey Day[5]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu[4]; 7. 5-Spencer Bayston[13]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[17]; 9. 17W-Shane Golobic[12]; 10. 57W-Chase Randall[9]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet[10]; 12. 83V-Dylan Bloomfield[8]; 13. 2-David Gravel[14]; 14. 17M-Kalib Henry[7]; 15. 5V-Colby Copeland[22]; 16. 21-Cole Macedo[20]; 17. 15-Donny Schatz[16]; 18. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[11]; 19. 24X-Chase Johnson[18]; 20. 20G-Noah Gass[21]; 21. 83T-Tanner Carrick[24]; 22. (DNF) 1S-Logan Schuchart[23]; 23. (DNF) 42X-Justyn Cox[19]; 24. (DNF) X1-Michael Faccinto[15]

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Feature Results
13+283JRMichael Kofoid 400.00021Running150$10,000
26+441Carson Macedo 40-2.568Running146$6,000
31-283James McFadden 40-4.52619Running144$3,500
42-22XJustin Sanders 40-4.940Running142$2,800
55014Corey Day 40-6.085Running140$2,500
64-224Rico Abreu 40-6.691Running138$2,300
713+65Spencer Bayston 40-7.967Running136$2,200
817+917Sheldon Haudenschild 40-8.721Running134$2,100
912+317WShane Golobic 40-9.670Running132$2,050
109-157WChase Randall 40-10.368Running130$2,000
1110-149Brad Sweet 40-10.785Running128$1,600
128-483VDylan Bloomfield 40-11.540Running126$1,400
1314+12David Gravel 40-12.429Running124$1,200
147-717MKalib Henry 40-12.576Running122$1,100
1522+75VColby Copeland 40-13.877Running120$1,050
1620+421Cole Macedo 39-1 LapsRunning118$1,000
1716-115Donny Schatz 39-1 LapsRunning116$1,000
1811-718Giovanni Scelzi 39-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
1918-124XChase Johnson 39-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2021+120GNoah Gass 39-1 LapsRunning110$1,000
2124+383TTanner Carrick 39-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2223+11SLogan Schuchart 22-18 LapsDNF106$1,000
2319-442XJustyn Cox 20-20 LapsDNF104$1,000
2415-9X1Michael Faccinto 8-32 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Sheldon Haudenschild
Last Chance Showdown Results
11020GNoah Gass 130.00013Running0$0
2205VColby Copeland 13-0.894Running0$0
3301SLogan Schuchart 13-1.703Running0$0
44083TTanner Carrick 13-1.989Running0$0
57+246JRJoel Myers Jr13-2.733Running90$300
66051Shane Hopkins 13-3.109Running90$250
712+541SDominic Scelzi 13-3.361Running90$225
8807SRobbie Price 13-3.924Running90$200
911+21TTanner Holmes 13-4.325Running90$200
109-13ZBrock Zearfoss 13-4.618Running90$200
1110-115SMichael Sellers 13-4.933Running90$200
1217+57Ashton Torgerson 13-5.130Running90$200
1316+312JJohn Clark 13-5.415Running90$200
1413-1115Nick Parker 13-6.161Running90$200
1518+33AUKarl Hoffmans 13-6.409Running90$200
165-113Kaleb Montgomery 10-3 LapsDNF90$200
1714-392Andy Forsberg 6-7 LapsDNF90$200
1815-36Tim Kaeding 0-13 LapsDNS90$200
Dash 1 Results
12+183James McFadden 80.0008Running0$0
21-12XJustin Sanders 8-1.224Running0$0
33083JRMichael Kofoid 8-2.415Running0$0
45+124Rico Abreu 8-3.886Running0$0
58+314Corey Day 8-4.037Running0$0
64-241Carson Macedo 8-5.278Running0$0
76-117MKalib Henry 8-6.162Running0$0
87-183VDylan Bloomfield 8-6.801Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+117MKalib Henry 100.00010Running
24+241Carson Macedo 10-0.717Running
31-257WChase Randall 10-1.783Running
43-15Spencer Bayston 10-2.072Running
55017Sheldon Haudenschild 10-2.992Running
6601SLogan Schuchart 10-4.620Running
78+13Kaleb Montgomery 10-5.446Running
87-13ZBrock Zearfoss 10-6.175Running
990115Nick Parker 10-8.095Running
101007Ashton Torgerson 10-8.964Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11014Corey Day 100.00010Running
22083VDylan Bloomfield 10-1.785Running
33018Giovanni Scelzi 10-3.159Running
440X1Michael Faccinto 10-4.844Running
57+242XJustyn Cox 10-5.773Running
65-120GNoah Gass 10-6.794Running
76-146JRJoel Myers Jr10-7.621Running
8801TTanner Holmes 10-8.627Running
9906Tim Kaeding 1-9 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+124Rico Abreu 100.00010Running
21-183JRMichael Kofoid 10-1.498Running
33049Brad Sweet 10-2.904Running
4402David Gravel 10-3.863Running
56+124XChase Johnson 10-5.461Running
65-15VColby Copeland 10-6.516Running
78+151Shane Hopkins 10-8.064Running
89+115SMichael Sellers 10-9.421Running
97-292Andy Forsberg 10-9.958Running
101003AUKarl Hoffmans 9-1 LapsRunning
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102XJustin Sanders 100.00010Running
22083James McFadden 10-2.100Running
34+117WShane Golobic 10-3.553Running
43-115Donny Schatz 10-4.431Running
55021Cole Macedo 10-5.092Running
67+183TTanner Carrick 10-5.860Running
76-17SRobbie Price 10-7.642Running
89+141SDominic Scelzi 10-8.273Running
98-112JJohn Clark 10-9.137Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
11657WChase Randall Waco, TX10.3550.000
2114Corey Day Clovis, CA10.360-0.005
31917MKalib Henry Sacramento, CA10.469-0.114
4383VDylan Bloomfield Oakley, CA10.547-0.192
555Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN10.572-0.217
6918Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA10.597-0.242
71041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA10.615-0.260
813X1Michael Faccinto Hanford, CA10.625-0.270
91517Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH10.645-0.290
10820GNoah Gass Mounds, OK10.658-0.303
1171SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA10.665-0.310
12646JRJoel Myers JrSanta Rosa, CA10.688-0.333
13113ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA10.710-0.355
141742XJustyn Cox Sacramento, CA10.759-0.404
15123Kaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA10.792-0.437
1621TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR10.792-0.437
174115Nick Parker Tucson, AZ10.817-0.462
18146Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA10.851-0.496
19187Ashton Torgerson Glendale, AZ11.052-0.697
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1683JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA10.3530.000
242XJustin Sanders Aromas, CA10.463-0.110
31424Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA10.503-0.150
41683James McFadden Alice Springs, NT10.519-0.166
51149Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA10.529-0.176
6815Donny Schatz Fargo, ND10.541-0.188
7182David Gravel Watertown, CT10.554-0.201
81017WShane Golobic Fremont, CA10.572-0.219
995VColby Copeland Roseville, CA10.610-0.257
101321Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA10.628-0.275
11124XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA10.717-0.364
12177SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC10.727-0.374
131992Andy Forsberg Auburn, CA10.735-0.382
14383TTanner Carrick Lincoln, CA10.799-0.446
151551Shane Hopkins Placerville, CA10.833-0.480
16712JJohn Clark Windsor, CA10.964-0.611
17215SMichael Sellers Sacramento, CA11.006-0.653
181241SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA11.022-0.669
1953AUKarl Hoffmans Bundauba, QLD11.022-0.669
Hot Laps Results
1372David Gravel Watertown, CT10.5130.000
23049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA10.582-0.069
33324Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA10.591-0.078
43221Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA10.606-0.093
52917WShane Golobic Fremont, CA10.618-0.105
62583JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA10.640-0.127
7367SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC10.697-0.184
83141SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA10.718-0.205
93583James McFadden Alice Springs, NT10.719-0.206
10285VColby Copeland Roseville, CA10.743-0.230
112715Donny Schatz Fargo, ND10.757-0.244
121917MKalib Henry Sacramento, CA10.763-0.250
131742XJustyn Cox Sacramento, CA10.777-0.264
14232XJustin Sanders Aromas, CA10.816-0.303
152283TTanner Carrick Lincoln, CA10.899-0.386
163451Shane Hopkins Placerville, CA10.914-0.401
171041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA10.931-0.418
183892Andy Forsberg Auburn, CA10.946-0.433
19187Ashton Torgerson Glendale, AZ10.966-0.453
201517Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH10.969-0.456
212024XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA10.972-0.459
22123Kaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA10.979-0.466
2313X1Michael Faccinto Hanford, CA11.010-0.497
241657WChase Randall Waco, TX11.012-0.499
25383VDylan Bloomfield Oakley, CA11.117-0.604
26918Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA11.137-0.624
27113ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.139-0.626
282612JJohn Clark Windsor, CA11.140-0.627
2955Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN11.156-0.643
30114Corey Day Clovis, CA11.161-0.648
31646JRJoel Myers JrSanta Rosa, CA11.377-0.864
3221TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR11.412-0.899
3371SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.414-0.901
34243AUKarl Hoffmans Bundauba, QLD11.425-0.912
35820GNoah Gass Mounds, OK11.560-1.047
364115Nick Parker Tucson, AZ11.867-1.354
372115SMichael Sellers Sacramento, CA11.867-1.354
38146Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA11.867-1.354
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Event Info  

World of Outlaws 49er Gold Rush Classic
Saturday, September 16, 2023
Placerville Speedway
100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, California 95667 

Event Description
World of Outlaws champion Brad Sweet brings "The Greatest Show on Dirt" to his NorCal home with this stellar show in PVille.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
2:00PM Pit Gates open
3:00PM Grandstand Gates open
6:00PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:00PM Opening Ceremonies
*All times Pacific

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices
Reserved: $50
Pit General Admission (Adult): $55
Pit General Admission (Child - 12 and under): $20

Grandstand Type

Reserved Seating
all gradstand seating

Family Section Location

Handicapped Seating Location
front of the grandstands

Pit Age Requirement
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows.

Parking Cost

Camping Availability

Camping Cost

Frequently Asked Questions  
Reserved Seating
all gradstand seating

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
No stadium seats

Handicapped Seating
front of the grandstands

Pit Age Limit
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows.

Personal Coolers
All outside food or drinks are prohibited


Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available at the track for purchase.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the grandstands

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability

Camping Cost

Track Info  

Placerville Speedway
100 Placerville Drive
Placerville, California 95667 

Track Phone
(530) 344-7592

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Type
0.250; High-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
9.913 seconds by Tim Kaeding on 3/27/04

Closest Airport
Sacramento, CA (SMF / KSMF) Sacramento International Airport

Other Airport
Stockton, CA (SCK / KSCK) Stockton Metropolitan Airport

Track Map
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