DIRTcar Nationals
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, FL
Thursday, February 10, 2022
Race Recap  

YELLOW LED-BETTER: Donny Schatz Strikes First in 2022 World of Outlaws Season

Pearl Jam once sang “I don’t know whether I’m the boxer or the bag,” and the same could be thought of Donny Schatz’s whirlwind 2021 season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

When it comes to 2022, though, there’s no denying which end of the spectrum the 10-time champion is starting on; he’s the boxer, and he’s ready to reclaim the world title that was bestowed upon him for years.

The box score will show Schatz led all 25 laps of Thursday’s season-opening affair at Volusia Speedway Park, but it was anything but a snoozer as he methodically maneuvered the challenging 1/2-mile and had to fend off reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson on the final restart.

Speaking on the surface, Schatz offered a one-liner to the roar of the crowd as he noted “I’d rather land on the other side of the fence than run second.” It almost felt like a rejuvenated Donny emerged from the cockpit, especially so with his personal favorite yellow scheme back on the #15.

In the end, Schatz’s symbolic win is like a light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to the tedious task of researching, developing, and mastering the Ford Performance Stewart 410 engine. After a rollercoaster process of getting this program off the ground, the FPS410 appears more reliable and more powerful than ever.

Another element of that is the off-season restructuring of Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing with Steve “Scuba” Swenson, Todd Devnich, and Ayrton Olson working on the Advance Auto Parts, Carquest Auto Parts, Sage Fruit #15 this season.

For the 44-year-old native of Fargo, ND, it was another night to pad the stats as he secured his 303rd career win with The Greatest Show on Dirt with 14 of those coming in World of Outlaws action and 24 in total under the DIRTcar Nationals banner.

“It all starts with night one and you really need to get that first win out of the way as soon as possible,” Schatz said after his fifth career season-opening victory. “Starting on the outside was a blessing for us with the way it rolled out. I didn’t want to run down in the rough stuff, but there at the end I knew I had to if I wanted to win.”

“It’s been a big change,” he detailed on the continued expansion at TSR. “These guys have never lost focus, though, and I think we’ve been showing how much better we are. One of the parts about this sport that still drives me is our partners, they’re always by our side win or lose. It makes it more special when we deliver the wins they deserve.”

Schatz tied Sammy Swindell for the most season-opening wins (5) in Series history. [Trent Gower]
Chasing Schatz to the stripe on Thursday night was Kyle Larson of Elk Grove, CA aboard Paul Silva’s Finley Farms, HendrickCars.com #57. The Hendrick Motorsports superstar advanced from sixth to second and cleared Schatz with a Lap 26 slidejob, but didn’t have enough to hold off the #15 as they raced wheel-to-wheel down the backstretch.

Finishing 1.542-seconds behind, the 24-time World of Outlaws winner earned his 16th runner-up result with the Series. It was the seventh time that Larson fell short against Schatz – more than double any other driver – and also meant his winless record at Volusia Speedway Park will extend at least one more race.

“It was elbows up,” Larson said with a smile. “I think growing up in California really paid off for me tonight because I’m used to seeing choppy tracks with ruts and being forced to get up on the wheel against some aggressive character. I three what I had at Donny, but I think we needed lap traffic maybe. It was a fun race, hopefully we can be one spot better tomorrow.”

Closing out the podium was Aaron Reutzel of Clute, TX, who put together a stellar season-opening bid for the Ridge & Son Racing #8 team. With a new Mobil1 partnership and the Toyota Racing Development 410 engine under the hood, A-Aron started the night in perfect fashion.

He earned Slick Woody’s QuickTime, won his NOS Energy Drink Heat Race, topped the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and ultimately finished third in the DIRTcar Nationals Feature.

“What a great start for this team,” Reutzel happily mentioned. “I knew Donny wasn’t going to duck in behind me, and that was my fear of losing the lead at the start. I thought I was coming at one point in lap traffic, but then I started fading as the fuel load fell off. Once Kyle got me it changed the race for us. We’ll take what we learned and hopefully get up there on top tomorrow.”

NASCAR Champion Kyle Larson wheels the Paul Silva #57 Sprint Car.
Larson has two nights left at Volusia to breakthrough for his first-career win at the track. [Trent Gower]
Rounding out the top-five was Big Game Motorsports pilot David Gravel in fourth and Dillsburg, PA’s Anthony Macri in fifth.

Finishing out the top-10 on Thursday night was Justin Peck & Buch Motorsports in sixth, Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart in seventh, Clauson-Marshall Racing’s Tyler Courtney in eighth, James McFadden & Roth Motorsports in ninth, and Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing’s Sheldon Haudenschild in tenth with KSE Hard Charger honors.

UP NEXT (Fri-Sat) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series has two nights left at the 51st DIRTcar Nationals with races scheduled for Friday & Saturday at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, FL. Gates open at 4pm with DIRTVision covering every lap live for those at home.

NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$10,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [6][$6,000]; 3. 8-Aaron Reutzel [1][$3,500]; 4. 2-David Gravel [4][$2,800]; 5. 39M-Anthony Macri [3][$2,500]; 6. 13-Justin Peck [9][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [16][$2,200]; 8. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5][$2,100]; 9. 83-James McFadden [11][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [20][$2,000]; 11. 11-Kerry Madsen [14][$1,600]; 12. 19-Brent Marks [15][$1,400]; 13. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$1,200]; 14. 26-Cory Eliason [18][$1,100]; 15. 48-Danny Dietrich [13][$1,050]; 16. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$1,000]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [23][$1,000]; 18. 5-Spencer Bayston [19][$1,000]; 19. 9-Kasey Kahne [10][$1,000]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [22][$1,000]; 21. 55-Alex Bowman [17][$1,000]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$1,000]; 24. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [21][$1,000]; 25. 6-Bill Rose [25][$]; 26. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [26][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+10]

NEW Championship Standings (Through 1/88 Races) – 1. Donny Schatz (150); 2. Kyle Larson (-4); 3. Aaron Reutzel (-6); 4. David Gravel (-8); 5. Anthony Macri (-10); 6. Justin Peck (-12); 7. Logan Schuchart (-14); 8. Tyler Courtney (-16); 9. James McFadden (-18); 10. Sheldon Haudenschild (-20).

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Feature Results
12+115Donny Schatz 250.00025Running150$10,000
26+457Kyle Larson 25-1.542Running146$6,000
31-28Aaron Reutzel 25-3.038Running144$3,500
4402David Gravel 25-4.322Running142$2,800
53-239MAnthony Macri 25-5.171Running140$2,500
69+313Justin Peck 25-6.750Running138$2,300
716+91SLogan Schuchart 25-7.961Running136$2,200
85-37BCTyler Courtney 25-9.150Running134$2,100
911+283James McFadden 25-9.658Running132$2,050
1020+1017Sheldon Haudenschild 25-10.019Running130$2,000
1114+311Kerry Madsen 25-11.065Running128$1,600
1215+319Brent Marks 25-11.996Running126$1,400
137-641Carson Macedo 25-12.162Running124$1,200
1418+426Cory Eliason 25-12.331Running122$1,100
1513-248Danny Dietrich 25-13.101Running120$1,050
1612-449Brad Sweet 25-13.924Running118$1,000
1723+63ZBrock Zearfoss 24-1 LapsRunning116$1,000
1819+15Spencer Bayston 24-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
1910-99Kasey Kahne 24-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2022+27SJason Sides 24-1 LapsRunning110$1,000
2117-455Alex Bowman 12-13 LapsRunning108$1,000
2224+211KKraig Kinser 5-20 LapsRunning106$1,000
238-151AJacob Allen 2-23 LapsRunning104$1,000
2421-33Ayrton Gennetten 2-23 LapsRunning102$1,000
252506Bill Rose 0-25 LapsRunning102$1,000
2626018Giovanni Scelzi 0-25 LapsRunning102$1,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
11017Sheldon Haudenschild 120.00012Running0$0
2203Ayrton Gennetten 12-2.244Running0$0
3307SJason Sides 12-5.075Running0$0
46+23ZBrock Zearfoss 12-5.398Running0$0
54-111KKraig Kinser 12-7.172Running0$0
67+110Paulie Colagiovanni 12-8.704Running90$300
75-29KKevin Thomas Jr12-12.982Running90$250
810+220GNoah Gass 11-1 LapsRunning90$225
912+36Bill Rose 11-1 LapsRunning0$0
109-17BBen Brown 6-6 LapsRunning90$200
118-323BBrian Bell 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
1211-197Alan Gilbertson 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
1313021Brian Brown 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
141402CWayne Johnson 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
1515015HSam Hafertepe Jr0-12 LapsRunning90$200
161603KJeremy Kerzman 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+18Aaron Reutzel 60.0006Running
23+115Donny Schatz 6-2.021Running
31-239MAnthony Macri 6-3.040Running
4402David Gravel 6-3.464Running
5507BCTyler Courtney 6-4.425Running
67+157Kyle Larson 6-5.213Running
78+141Carson Macedo 6-6.513Running
86-21AJacob Allen 6-7.600Running
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1108Aaron Reutzel 80.0008Running
22039MAnthony Macri 8-1.423Running
36+313Justin Peck 8-1.631Running
44048Danny Dietrich 8-2.943Running
53-255Alex Bowman 8-3.245Running
67+13Ayrton Gennetten 8-4.187Running
79+29KKevin Thomas Jr8-5.341Running
8807BBen Brown 5-3 LapsRunning
95-421Brian Brown 0-8 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101AJacob Allen 80.0008Running
23+157Kyle Larson 8-0.396Running
34+19Kasey Kahne 8-1.416Running
42-211Kerry Madsen 8-4.330Running
55026Cory Eliason 8-5.421Running
68+27SJason Sides 8-5.807Running
7703ZBrock Zearfoss 8-7.310Running
89+120GNoah Gass 1-7 LapsRunning
96-315HSam Hafertepe Jr0-8 LapsRunning
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 80.0008Running
22015Donny Schatz 8-1.547Running
34+183James McFadden 8-4.041Running
43-119Brent Marks 8-5.798Running
56+15Spencer Bayston 8-9.125Running
67+111KKraig Kinser 8-11.901Running
78+110Paulie Colagiovanni 8-13.939Running
89+197Alan Gilbertson 1-7 LapsRunning
95-42CWayne Johnson 0-8 LapsRunning
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+12David Gravel 80.0008Running
21-17BCTyler Courtney 8-1.584Running
33049Brad Sweet 8-2.810Running
4401SLogan Schuchart 8-4.900Running
55018Giovanni Scelzi 8-6.949Running
66017Sheldon Haudenschild 8-8.399Running
77023BBrian Bell 8-11.450Running
8806Bill Rose 4-4 LapsRunning
9903KJeremy Kerzman 0-8 LapsRunning
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
148Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX13.8530.000
221AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.903-0.050
3841Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.929-0.076
417BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN13.935-0.082
51039MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA14.002-0.149
61511Kerry Madsen Knoxville, IA14.090-0.237
72215Donny Schatz Fargo, ND14.101-0.248
8202David Gravel Watertown, CT14.167-0.314
91655Alex Bowman Tucson, AZ14.169-0.316
10657Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA14.178-0.325
112119Brent Marks Myerstown, PA14.178-0.325
123249Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA14.186-0.333
13548Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA14.207-0.354
14119Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA14.236-0.383
151883James McFadden Alice Springs, NT14.241-0.388
16141SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA14.246-0.393
172921Brian Brown Higginsville, MO14.267-0.414
182626Cory Eliason Visalia, CA14.298-0.445
1992CWayne Johnson Oklahoma City, OK14.341-0.488
203418Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA14.343-0.490
213113Justin Peck Monrovia, IN14.361-0.508
222715HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX14.366-0.513
23355Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN14.400-0.547
243017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH14.408-0.555
25333Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO14.411-0.558
26253ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA14.460-0.607
272411KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN14.483-0.630
281923BBrian Bell Arlington, TN14.550-0.697
2977BBen Brown Marshall, MO14.635-0.782
30237SJason Sides Bartlett, TN14.636-0.783
311310Paulie Colagiovanni Cicero, NY14.810-0.957
32126Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.845-0.992
33179KKevin Thomas JrCullman, AL15.045-1.192
34320GNoah Gass Mounds, OK15.076-1.223
353697Alan Gilbertson Kasson, MN16.128-2.275
36283KJeremy Kerzman Grey Eagle, MN59.000-45.147
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

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