DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Friday, February 11, 2022
Race Recap  

NOS-SOME: Haudenschild Edges Gravel & Sweet in DIRTcar Nationals Thriller

The excitement of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series was on full display on Friday night.

Hosting a race of the year candidate at Volusia Speedway Park, the DIRTcar Nationals Feature was highlighted by three different leaders over the final two laps at the Barberville, FL 1/2-mile. Simply put, it was an instant classic.

Reigning champion Brad Sweet was in the catbird seat with two to go, then points leader David Gravel asserted himself as he led the white flag lap, but ultimately it was Sheldon Haudenschild inching out the victory by forty-four one-thousandths of a second (0.044) at the checkered flag.

The epic ending promptly sent the massive crowd into a frenzy at Volusia and lit social media ablaze with praise as the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 pulled into victory lane.

“What a wild race,” Haudenschild said to a standing ovation. “Man, that was so much fun. Those two were gassing it up and I can only imagine how it looked from the stands. I’m really looking forward to this year. We’ve got a great group focused on having fun and winning races.”

You can follow Sheldon on Twitter at @Haudenschild_17 and @Haudenschild_R.

Haudenschild’s 23rd career World of Outlaws win gives the Wooster, OH native his second Golden Gator almost exactly four years after he won his first-career Feature at Volusia’s DIRTcar Nationals back in 2018.

Haudenschild Beat Gravel by 0.044 seconds on Friday at Volusia.
The margin of victory between Haudenschild & Gravel was 0.044 seconds at the checkered flag. [Trent Gower]

Albeit a heartbreaker, Gravel’s runner-up effort was wildly impressive considering the circumstances. Losing the right front shock at halfway, the 29-year-old veteran never wavered and instead adapted to the ever-changing Big Game Motorsports #2.

The Watertown, CT native set Slick Woody’s QuickTime, won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and led 22 of 30 laps, including at the white flag. However, the holes ate up his unbalanced machine coming to the checkered flag and created a big bobble, allowing Haudenschild to square him up and cross him over to edge him at the line by 0.044 seconds.

“I knew on that last restart with 16 to go that my right front shock was gone, but damn I wanted to win this race,” a motivated Gravel said. “When I could haul ass and get this thing to lay left it was still amazing, but when I slowed down and got into the holes that’s where I gave it away. We weren’t going to stop fighting for that one. I hope everyone enjoyed that!”

Although it’s only the second of 90+ races, a noteworthy feat is that Gravel escaped with the points lead for the first time in his World of Outlaws career. It’s a long road until the $200,000 championship check cashes after World Finals in November, but DG and Tod Quiring’s Big Game Motorsports group have proven they’re ready to reach the mountaintop.

Closing out the trio of tremendous drivers on Friday’s podium was Brad Sweet, who rebounded from a rough opening night 16th to finish third on night two. The Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 controlled Laps 22-28, but costly mistakes in turns one and two combined with the pace of lap traffic ultimately cost The Big Cat his 75th career win.

“Wow, that was a really fun race,” Sweet noted afterward. “You hate to come up short, but Sheldon and David did a phenomenal job. I struggled as I got to traffic with my pace and couldn’t get off turn two as well as them. These last five to seven laps are what wins and loses races in this Series. I was searching and that’s not a feeling you want late in the going. We’ll get better for tomorrow.”

Sweet (3rd), Haudenshild (1st) & Gravel (2nd) shared Friday’s stout podium. [Trent Gower]

Earning their first top-five finishes of the season was Carson Macedo with a KSE Hard Charger Award from 16th to fourth in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, and Jacob Allen with an impressive fifth-place bid aboard the Shark Racing #1A.

James McFadden drove the Roth Motorsports #83 from 18th to sixth, Thursday’s winner Donny Schatz ran seventh in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15, Tyler Courtney again finished eighth with his Clauson-Marshall Racing #7BC, Cory Eliason took the Rudeen Racing #26 to ninth-place, and Aaron Reutzel concluded the top-10 in his RSR #8.

UP NEXT (Sat) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude the 51st DIRTcar Nationals on Saturday night at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL. For those unable to attend, you can watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (30 Laps) – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2][$10,000]; 2. 2-David Gravel [1][$6,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4][$3,500]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [16][$2,800]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$2,500]; 6. 83-James McFadden [18][$2,300]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$2,200]; 8. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [3][$2,100]; 9. 26-Cory Eliason [10][$2,050]; 10. 8-Aaron Reutzel [8][$2,000]; 11. 19-Brent Marks [11][$1,600]; 12. 57-Kyle Larson [17][$1,400]; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri [21][$1,200]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [20][$1,100]; 15. 11-Kerry Madsen [5][$1,050]; 16. 9-Kasey Kahne [15][$1,000]; 17. 13-Justin Peck [22][$1,000]; 18. 5-Spencer Bayston [13][$1,000]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][$1,000]; 20. 21-Brian Brown [14][$1,000]; 21. 20G-Noah Gass [26][$]; 22. 7S-Jason Sides [19][$1,000]; 23. 6-Bill Rose [25][$]; 24. 55-Alex Bowman [24][$1,000]; 25. 1S-Logan Schuchart [9][$1,000]; 26. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: David Gravel 1-21, 29; Brad Sweet 22-28; Sheldon Haudenschild 30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Carson Macedo[+12]

NEW Championship Standings (After 2/89 Races): 1. David Gravel (288); 2. Donny Schatz (-2); 3. Sheldon Haudenschild (-8); 4. Aaron Reutzel (-14); 5. Kyle Larson (-16); 6. James McFadden (-18); 7. Tyler Courtney (-20); 8. Carson Macedo (-22); 9. Anthony Macri (-24); 10. Brad Sweet (-26).

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Feature Results
12+117Sheldon Haudenschild 300.0001Running150$10,000
21-12David Gravel 30-0.04422Running146$6,000
34+149Brad Sweet 30-0.9987Running144$3,500
416+1241Carson Macedo 30-2.523Running142$2,800
56+11AJacob Allen 30-4.240Running140$2,500
618+1283James McFadden 30-4.349Running138$2,300
712+515Donny Schatz 30-5.518Running136$2,200
83-57BCTyler Courtney 30-6.992Running134$2,100
910+126Cory Eliason 30-7.313Running132$2,050
108-28Aaron Reutzel 30-7.742Running130$2,000
1111019Brent Marks 30-8.358Running128$1,600
1217+557Kyle Larson 30-8.676Running126$1,400
1321+839MAnthony Macri 30-9.255Running124$1,200
1420+63ZBrock Zearfoss 30-9.339Running122$1,100
155-1011Kerry Madsen 30-10.541Running120$1,050
1615-19Kasey Kahne 30-11.702Running118$1,000
1722+513Justin Peck 30-12.024Running116$1,000
1813-55Spencer Bayston 30-13.875Running114$1,000
197-1211KKraig Kinser 30-15.533Running112$1,000
2014-621Brian Brown 30-18.078Running110$1,000
2126+520GNoah Gass 28-2 LapsRunning108$0
2219-37SJason Sides 28-2 LapsRunning106$1,000
2325+26Bill Rose 28-2 LapsRunning104$0
2424055Alex Bowman 28-2 LapsRunning102$1,000
259-161SLogan Schuchart 24-6 LapsRunning102$1,000
2623-318Giovanni Scelzi 12-18 LapsRunning102$1,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
11039MAnthony Macri 120.00012Running0$0
23+113Justin Peck 12-0.810Running0$0
36+318Giovanni Scelzi 12-2.399Running0$0
42-255Alex Bowman 12-4.388Running0$0
58+320GNoah Gass 12-6.812Running90$300
67+110Paulie Colagiovanni 12-8.345Running90$300
710+348Danny Dietrich 12-10.297Running90$250
85-36Bill Rose 12-10.541Running90$200
911+23Ayrton Gennetten 12-12.381Running90$200
1012+223BBrian Bell 12-14.586Running90$200
1113+27BBen Brown 12-15.107Running90$200
129-32CWayne Johnson 2-10 LapsRunning90$200
134-928Tim Shaffer 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
140-143KJeremy Kerzman 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 60.0006Running
22017Sheldon Haudenschild 6-0.799Running
3307BCTyler Courtney 6-2.501Running
48+449Brad Sweet 6-3.262Running
54-111Kerry Madsen 6-4.490Running
6601AJacob Allen 6-5.422Running
75-211KKraig Kinser 6-6.313Running
87-18Aaron Reutzel 6-7.618Running
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+117Sheldon Haudenschild 80.0008Running
21-12David Gravel 8-1.837Running
34+11SLogan Schuchart 8-2.653Running
46+25Spencer Bayston 8-5.426Running
55057Kyle Larson 8-6.122Running
63-339MAnthony Macri 8-8.026Running
77018Giovanni Scelzi 8-8.585Running
89+148Danny Dietrich 8-10.337Running
98-17BBen Brown 8-12.160Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Brad Sweet 80.0008Running
2201AJacob Allen 8-1.757Running
34+126Cory Eliason 8-4.658Running
43-121Brian Brown 8-6.121Running
57+283James McFadden 8-7.172Running
66013Justin Peck 8-7.659Running
78+110Paulie Colagiovanni 8-9.161Running
85-355Alex Bowman 8-10.523Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1108Aaron Reutzel 80.0008Running
22011Kerry Madsen 8-2.267Running
33019Brent Marks 8-3.010Running
46+29Kasey Kahne 8-4.499Running
54-17SJason Sides 8-6.026Running
65-128Tim Shaffer 8-6.639Running
78+120GNoah Gass 8-8.271Running
87-13Ayrton Gennetten 8-9.680Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1107BCTyler Courtney 80.0008Running
22011KKraig Kinser 8-0.919Running
33015Donny Schatz 8-1.535Running
44041Carson Macedo 8-3.778Running
5503ZBrock Zearfoss 8-4.907Running
68+26Bill Rose 8-7.957Running
76-12CWayne Johnson 8-9.059Running
87-123BBrian Bell 8-9.628Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
1102David Gravel Watertown, CT13.9160.000
2949Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.927-0.011
318Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX13.964-0.048
4167BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN14.047-0.131
53417Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH14.051-0.135
6241AJacob Allen Hanover, PA14.056-0.140
7611Kerry Madsen Knoxville, IA14.060-0.144
81311KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN14.077-0.161
9539MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA14.098-0.182
10421Brian Brown Higginsville, MO14.115-0.199
112119Brent Marks Myerstown, PA14.129-0.213
121515Donny Schatz Fargo, ND14.136-0.220
13191SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA14.139-0.223
142326Cory Eliason Visalia, CA14.143-0.227
15267SJason Sides Bartlett, TN14.228-0.312
162541Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA14.230-0.314
17857Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA14.231-0.315
181855Alex Bowman Tucson, AZ14.236-0.320
191228Tim Shaffer Aliquippa, PA14.240-0.324
20173ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA14.263-0.347
21225Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN14.270-0.354
222713Justin Peck Monrovia, IN14.278-0.362
2339Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA14.291-0.375
2422CWayne Johnson Oklahoma City, OK14.299-0.383
253218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA14.311-0.395
263383James McFadden Alice Springs, NT14.371-0.455
27303Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO14.472-0.556
282823BBrian Bell Arlington, TN14.543-0.627
29207BBen Brown Marshall, MO14.611-0.695
301410Paulie Colagiovanni Cicero, NY14.642-0.726
311120GNoah Gass Mounds, OK14.828-0.912
32296Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.828-0.912
333148Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA14.828-0.912
3473KJeremy Kerzman Grey Eagle, MN14.828-0.912
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

DIRTcar Nationals
February 7, 2022 to February 19, 2022
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 

Event Description
Kick off the 2022 racing season with two full weeks of racing in Florida at Volusia Speedway Park!

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; Non-Wing: 16.559s by Steve Kinser on 2-9-81

Late Model Track Record
Super: 15.645s by Tim McCreadie on 2-14-18; 602: 17.948s by Bud Chancey on 1-14-21; 604: 17.018s by Trever Taylor on 1-18-20

Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
1PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
5:15PM Hot Laps/Qualifying

Latest Schedule
*All times Eastern

Event Hashtag

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed as long as they don't conflict with the aisle behind you.

Handicapped Seating
All Handicap seating is the first rows of each section

Handicapped Parking
there are many handicap parking spots available. All spots are first come first serve.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Personal Coolers
Six-pack maximum cooler size. No alcohol. No glass.


Credit Card Use
Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Beer is available for purchase at the track.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands.

Parking Cost

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

Camping Cost
$25 a day for dry camping, $50 for hook-up, $75 for electric/water/sewer "Battle in Barberville" and "Southern Sprint Car Shootout" will be Weekend camping. $30 Dry Camping (General), $75 Electric/Water (Reserved), $100 Electric/Water/Sewer (Executive). (no hook-ups available for DIRTcar Nationals)

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Track Info  

Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, FL 

Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.500; dirt oval

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; Non-Wing: 16.559s by Steve Kinser on 2-9-81

Competitor Info  

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