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World of Outlaws Federated Auto Parts Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40
Wilmot Raceway | Wilmot, Wisconsin
Saturday, July 13, 2024
Race Recap  

DONNY DOMINATION: Masterclass in Traffic Leads Schatz to Second Badger 40 Victory

Schatz pieces together nearly perfect 40 laps around Wilmot for third win of 2024

The time of year is near when Donny Schatz begins to heat up. And he stoked the flames in a big way on Saturday night at Wilmot Raceway.

Sprint Car Racing’s crown jewels are where the Fargo, ND legend has always excelled. The Kings Royal and NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals are both less than a month away, and Schatz appears to be getting warmed up at the right time.

The 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champion delivered an absolute masterclass at Wilmot. Schatz lost the lead on the opening lap after starting on the pole, grabbed it back on Lap 10, and set sail through traffic on his way to a Federated Auto Parts Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40 victory.

After Friday’s opener didn’t go Schatz’s way when he started 14th and had to salvage a sixth place run, rolling into Victory Lane on Saturday felt even sweeter.

“Last night was really trying, but that’s what makes nights like this so much more important,” Schatz said. “The guys spent a lot of time today digging and changing things. It was a whole different race car tonight. Hats off to them – Scuba (Steve Swenson), Todd (Devnich), and Dauson (Heitritter). There’s a lot of communication there, and that’s what it takes to be in this situation.

“We won the Larry Hillerud Memorial, so that’s pretty damn cool. Larry was a North Dakota boy with tons of passion for this sport. I’m sure he’s up there arguing with my dad about something. I’m pretty honored to win this tonight.”

The triumph marked Schatz’s second Badger 40 triumph to go along with the one he topped in 2019. Schatz joins David Gravel (four) and Carson Macedo (three) as the only drivers with multiple World of Outlaws wins at Wilmot. His third win of the season snaps a 20-race winless drought dating back to I-55 in mid-April. Schatz’s career win total with The Greatest Show on Dirt grew to 314.

Schatz led the field to green for the 40-lap finale with Michael “Buddy” Kofoid alongside. The outside lane proved to be the place to be for the start as Kofoid jumped out ahead to lead the opening lap in the Roth Motorsports No. 83.

The opening laps belonged to Kofoid as he maintained a small advantage over Schatz. But when traffic came into play, the gap began to fade.

Schatz closed in on the top spot aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing No. 15 as Kofoid struggled to work through slower cars. And on Lap 10 the door opened.

Donny Schatz races underneath Buddy Kofoid at Wilmot Raceway
Once Donny Schatz cleared Buddy Kofoid for the lead on Saturday, that was all she wrote as he drove away to a commanding win (Trent Gower Photo)

Kofoid drifted up the track in Turns 1 and 2 as he started down heavy traffic and Schatz pounced. He stuck the lowline perfectly in the No. 15 and powered ahead of Kofoid as the two raced down the back straightaway.

Schatz had no plans of letting Kofoid return the favor. Right away he began to masterfully carve his way through traffic. He went anywhere required to clear a lapper. Schatz could even float right through the middle of the turns to complete a pass. It didn’t matter where he went. Schatz would not be slowed.

Behind Schatz the battle for second heated up between Kofoid and Carson Macedo, who was in search of his fourth Wilmot triumph in a row. Macedo blasted around Kofoid on the high line on Lap 14 to secure the spot.

But even with a new runner-up, the distance between first and second expanded. Schatz pushed the margin over six seconds by Lap 21.

A caution with 18 laps to go gave the rest of the field a chance. It lined Macedo, winner of the past three at Wilmot, alongside Schatz. But it simply did not matter who was placed in his proximity. Schatz only had plans to drive away from them.

And that’s exactly what he did when the green flag brought the racing back to life. Schatz drove away from Macedo and went back to work navigating traffic when he reached the tail of the field. On multiple occasions he even split cars running side by side to clear both of them. When the checkered flag waved Schatz crossed the finish line nearly seven seconds ahead.

“That was a hell of a lot of fun,” Schatz said. “Traffic was actually pretty awesome for me there. There were a couple times we would get two or three-wide and split guys. That car was really good no matter where we went.”

Macedo’s pursuit of four in a row at Wilmot fell one spot shy as he brought the Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 home in the runner-up spot. After putting on a dominating performance of his own on Friday, Macedo had a front row seat to watch Schatz do the same a night later.

“I think Donny tonight was a little bit like I was last night,” Macedo explained. “I feel like he could just maneuver and really go anywhere on the racetrack. I felt like I was decent in (Turns) 3 and 4 moving around a little bit. But I had to stay pretty committed other than that, especially in (Turns) 1 and 2. That allowed him to get through lapped traffic a little bit easier and better. But overall this is a great effort for this JJR team.”

Sheldon Haudenschild moved by Kofoid in the closing laps to claim the final spot on the podium. It was a productive 40 laps for the Wooster, OH native as his NOS Energy Drink No. 17 got better and better throughout the Feature.

“I worked on him (Kofoid) the whole race,” Haudenschild said. “Him and the 41 (Macedo) had a good battle, and I was just kind of sitting back there watching and was able to move around a little bit. I wasn’t sure what happened after that restart. I think Buddy’s car might’ve went away a little bit, and I think we got better and also kind of ran the 41 down there at the end, too.”

Buddy Kofoid and David Gravel completed the top five.

Logan Schuchart picked up the KSE Racing Hard Charger with a run from 17th to eighth.

Buddy Kofoid claimed his third Simpson Quick Time of 2024 and the eighth of his career in Sea Foam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four belonged to Buddy Kofoid (24th Heat Race win of career), David Gravel (261st of career), and Giovanni Scelzi (50th of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two went to Donny Schatz (527th of career).

Donny Schatz topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Creed Kemenah won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Scotty Thiel.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Ohio for a huge trio of races. First up is the $15,000-to-win Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic presented by dac® Pet Products at Attica Raceway Park on Tuesday, July 16. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

Then it’s off to the iconic Eldora Speedway for the Knight Before ($25,000-to-win) on Friday, July 19 and the 41st Kings Royal on Saturday, July 20 offering up $175,000 in riches to the victor. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.


NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz[1]; 2. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[4]; 4. 83-Michael Kofoid[2]; 5. 2-David Gravel[7]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[13]; 7. 17B-Bill Balog[10]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[17]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[6]; 10. 21H-Brady Bacon[5]; 11. 70-Kraig Kinser[8]; 12. 29-Logan McCandless[9]; 13. W20-Greg Wilson[19]; 14. 45-Landon Brooks[23]; 15. 15K-Creed Kemenah[21]; 16. 7S-Landon Crawley[14]; 17. 24D-Danny Sams III[12]; 18. 79-Blake Nimee[16]; 19. 3N-Jake Neuman[20]; 20. 6-Kelby Watt[11]; 21. 96-Jake Blackhurst[18]; 22. 49J-Josh Schneiderman[22]; 23. 16-Anthony Knierim[24]; 24. 73-Scotty Thiel[15]

For complete results, CLICK HERE.

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Feature Results
11015Donny Schatz 400.00031Running150$12,000
23+141Carson Macedo 40-6.844Running146$8,000
34+117Sheldon Haudenschild 40-7.602Running144$5,000
42-283Michael Kofoid 40-9.0519Running142$3,200
57+22David Gravel 40-9.638Running140$2,800
613+73ZBrock Zearfoss 40-10.814Running138$2,600
710+317BBill Balog 40-11.399Running136$2,400
817+91SLogan Schuchart 40-12.215Running134$2,300
96-318Giovanni Scelzi 40-13.074Running132$2,200
105-521HBrady Bacon 40-14.060Running130$2,000
118-370Kraig Kinser 39-1 LapsRunning128$1,800
129-329Logan McCandless 39-1 LapsRunning126$1,600
1319+6W20Greg Wilson 39-1 LapsRunning124$1,400
1423+945Landon Brooks 38-2 LapsRunning122$1,200
1521+615KCreed Kemenah 38-2 LapsRunning120$1,200
1614-27SLandon Crawley 38-2 LapsRunning118$1,200
1712-524DDanny Sams III38-2 LapsRunning116$1,200
1816-279Blake Nimee 38-2 LapsRunning114$1,200
1920+13NJake Neuman 38-2 LapsRunning112$1,200
2011-96Kelby Watt 38-2 LapsRunning110$1,200
2118-396Jake Blackhurst 38-2 LapsRunning108$1,200
2222049JJosh Schneiderman 38-2 LapsRunning106$1,200
2324+116Anthony Knierim 38-2 LapsRunning104$1,200
2415-973Scotty Thiel 25-15 LapsRunning102$1,200
KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
14+315KCreed Kemenah 00.000Running150$0
21-149JJosh Schneiderman 0-2.144Running146$0
37+445Landon Brooks 0-2.226Running144$0
42-216Anthony Knierim 0-4.718Running142$0
53-210VMatt VandeVere 0-5.812Running140$500
66029LBrayton Lynch 0-8.489Running138$400
79+274NLuke Nellis 0-9.260Running136$350
85-343Jereme Schroeder 0-10.225Running134$300
911+268Dave Uttech 0-10.229Running132$300
108-213 0-11.916Running130$300
1110-170KChris Klemko 0-12.208Running128$200
1212088Christopher Flick 0-12.741Running126$200
Dash 1 Results
11015Donny Schatz 00.000Running0$0
22083Michael Kofoid 0-1.188Running0$0
33041Carson Macedo 0-2.204Running0$0
44017Sheldon Haudenschild 0-3.115Running0$0
56+121HBrady Bacon 0-3.610Running0$0
65-118Giovanni Scelzi 0-4.220Running0$0
78+12David Gravel 0-4.712Running0$0
87-170Kraig Kinser 0-6.671Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083Michael Kofoid 00.000Running
22021HBrady Bacon 0-0.861Running
34+129Logan McCandless 0-4.736Running
46+23ZBrock Zearfoss 0-5.999Running
5501SLogan Schuchart 0-6.922Running
63-349JJosh Schneiderman 0-9.303Running
77029LBrayton Lynch 0-10.731Running
88074NLuke Nellis 0-11.589Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11015Donny Schatz 00.000Running
22070Kraig Kinser 0-4.235Running
33017BBill Balog 0-5.427Running
4407SLandon Crawley 0-6.301Running
56+196Jake Blackhurst 0-7.399Running
67+110VMatt VandeVere 0-8.450Running
75-216Anthony Knierim 0-10.926Running
88070KChris Klemko 0-12.478Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 00.000Running
23+117Sheldon Haudenschild 0-1.611Running
32-16Kelby Watt 0-2.306Running
44073Scotty Thiel 0-3.852Running
550W20Greg Wilson 0-5.142Running
66015KCreed Kemenah 0-6.857Running
77045Landon Brooks 0-7.340Running
88068Dave Uttech 0-10.385Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11018Giovanni Scelzi 00.000Running
23+141Carson Macedo 0-3.781Running
32-124DDanny Sams III0-5.942Running
44079Blake Nimee 0-7.461Running
5503NJake Neuman 0-8.545Running
67+143Jereme Schroeder 0-11.459Running
76-113 0-14.025Running
88088Christopher Flick 0-0.151Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1783Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA12.5980.000
2815Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.602-0.004
3112David Gravel Watertown, CT12.602-0.004
41718Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.615-0.017
5321HBrady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK12.639-0.041
6470Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN12.653-0.055
796Kelby Watt Adel, IA12.746-0.148
8124DDanny Sams IIINorth Port, FL12.789-0.191
9549JJosh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA12.803-0.205
10617BBill Balog North Pole, AK12.868-0.270
112917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.922-0.324
121941Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.960-0.362
131529Logan McCandless Mercer, PA13.005-0.407
14187SLandon Crawley Benton, AR13.025-0.427
152373Scotty Thiel Sheboygan, WI13.058-0.460
162579Blake Nimee Oswego, IL13.162-0.564
17311SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.178-0.580
18216Anthony Knierim Franksville, WI13.192-0.594
1910W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH13.200-0.602
20303NJake Neuman New Berlin, IL13.208-0.610
21223ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.213-0.615
222196Jake Blackhurst Hanna City, IL13.219-0.621
233215KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH13.325-0.727
241413 , 13.342-0.744
251329LBrayton Lynch Springfield, IL13.414-0.816
261210VMatt VandeVere Zion, IL13.479-0.881
272845Landon Brooks Yuba City, CA13.591-0.993
282443Jereme Schroeder Lake Villa, IL13.606-1.008
292774NLuke Nellis Forest Lake, MN13.643-1.045
302070KChris Klemko Bristol, WI13.798-1.200
312668Dave Uttech Kenosha, WI13.890-1.292
321688Christopher Flick Beaver Dam, WI14.086-1.488
Hot Laps Results
11941Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.5910.000
22917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.622-0.031
32373Scotty Thiel Sheboygan, WI12.665-0.074
4223ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.686-0.095
5311SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.741-0.150
6187SLandon Crawley Benton, AR12.764-0.173
72196Jake Blackhurst Hanna City, IL12.812-0.221
83215KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH12.856-0.265
91718Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.888-0.297
10112David Gravel Watertown, CT12.908-0.317
112845Landon Brooks Yuba City, CA12.911-0.320
12303NJake Neuman New Berlin, IL12.968-0.377
131529Logan McCandless Mercer, PA13.064-0.473
142579Blake Nimee Oswego, IL13.091-0.500
152774NLuke Nellis Forest Lake, MN13.118-0.527
16815Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.180-0.589
1796Kelby Watt Adel, IA13.278-0.687
181329LBrayton Lynch Springfield, IL13.413-0.822
192443Jereme Schroeder Lake Villa, IL13.438-0.847
201413 , 13.501-0.910
212668Dave Uttech Kenosha, WI13.533-0.942
2210W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH13.561-0.970
23783Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.572-0.981
241210VMatt VandeVere Zion, IL13.700-1.109
25321HBrady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK13.741-1.150
26470Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN13.763-1.172
272070KChris Klemko Bristol, WI13.794-1.203
28124DDanny Sams IIINorth Port, FL13.920-1.329
29549JJosh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA13.967-1.376
30617BBill Balog North Pole, AK14.112-1.521
311688Christopher Flick Beaver Dam, WI14.225-1.634
32216Anthony Knierim Franksville, WI14.563-1.972
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Event Info  

World of Outlaws Federated Auto Parts Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40
Saturday, July 13, 2024
Wilmot Raceway
30820 111th St
Wilmot, Wisconsin 53192 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series makes its final appearance of the year in Wisconsin - this time for the Badger 40.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount

Event Schedule

5PM-8PM Twisted Cuisine Catering: Fish Fry $14
5:30PM-9:30PM DJ Nick GZ, Bar, Concessions, Yard Games

7AM-9AM Baked Goods at Concessions
1PM-5PM Lunch/Drinks at Concessions & Kids Scavenger Hunt
2PM Pit Gates open
4PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies – Racing to follow
-Concert (30 minutes after race): Eli Alger & The Faster Horses

7AM-10AM Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup Pancake Breakfast
8AM-9AM Bill Balog autograph session
2PM-5PM Lunch/Drinks at Concessions
2PM Pit Gates open
4PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies – Racing to follow
-Concert (30 minutes after race): Red Rock-It Band

7AM-2PM Flea Market & Concessions

*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone

Options And Prices
Adult Pit Combo $52 (Pit pass and reserved seat-if purchased in advance online)
Child Pit Combo (Ages 12-under): $28
Adult Reserved: $49
Race Day Adult Pit Pass $50
Race Day Child Pit Pass $35



Grandstand Type

Bleacher style

Reserved Seating
Entire Grandstand

Family Section Location

Handicapped Seating Location
Bottom row in every section

Pit Pass Price
Adult: $50
Child (12 & Under): $35

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

Parking Cost

Camping Availability

Camping Cost

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Reserved Seating
Entire Grandstand

Type of Grandstand

Bleacher style

Stadium Seating
Fans can use stadium seating

Handicapped Seating
Bottom row in every section

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

Personal Coolers
No coolers allowed


Alcohol Sales
Yes, alcohol is sold on site, including beer and malt beverages.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in Grandstands; smoking permitted in designated areas.

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability

Camping Cost

Track Info  

Wilmot Raceway
30820 111th St
Wilmot, Wisconsin 53192 

Track Phone
(262) 862-2090

Ticket Phone

Track Size

Track Type

Closest Airport
Milwaukee, WI (MKE / KMKE) General Mitchel

Other Airport
Chicago, IL (ORD / KORD) Chicago O'Hare International Airport

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