2nd Leg of the Northern Tour
River Cities Speedway | Grand Forks, ND
Friday, August 26, 2022
Race Recap  

RUSH HOUR: Sweet Maneuvers Strong in Traffic, Wins Fourth of Season at River Cities

With its small size and high speeds, it pays to be good in traffic at River Cities Speedway. Brad Sweet shined bright in that department Friday night, and it paid him his fourth victory of the season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

Sweet, beginning a push toward a fourth-straight Series championship as the tour enters the final third of the season, bagged his second career victory at the high-banked 1/4-mile oval in convincing fashion, making the pass for the lead on Sheldon Haudenschild in traffic and fending-off all challengers to secure the win.

“That’s kinda what makes it racey here at [River Cities] – the lapped traffic is really tricky, and being so small, you’re in traffic so quick,” Sweet, of Grass Valley, CA, said. “You’ve got to make quick decisions and you’ve got to have a car that maneuvers on different parts of the racetrack.”

Taking the green from third on the starting grid, Sweet wasted zero time in his drive to the lead, getting around outside polesitter Spencer Bayston on Lap 2 and making a beeline for leader Haudenschild.

Haudenschild started his charge through slower traffic strong, making moves quickly and maintaining space between himself and Sweet. That was, until he reached the tail tank of Jade Hastings on Lap 11, who was also running the top side through Turns 3-4. This impeded his path just enough for Sweet to make a dive down low and take the spot away at the exit of Turn 4.

Sweet (49) holding off Gravel (2) on a restart (Trent Gower Photo)

From there on out, it was smooth sailing for Sweet. Inside, outside, it didn’t seem to matter where the lapped cars in front of him were racing – Sweet was passing them with little-to-no hesitation.

“I felt good once I got to lapped traffic,” Sweet said. “You always want to get to those first couple of lapped cars and be able to clear them pretty quick. It makes you feel like you’ve got a little bit of a gap.”

As Sweet’s gap widened, David Gravel was making moves of his own toward the front. With a big head of steam out of Turn 2 and into Turn 3 on Lap 14, Gravel threw a big slide job on Haudenschild to take second, and from there began his trek to Sweet’s rear bumper.

A few caution flags bunched the field back up multiple times over the next 15 laps, giving Gravel and third-running Carson Macedo more opportunities to make a move for the lead from behind.

But neither seemed to have anything for the defending Series champion. Though Gravel and Macedo tried in the final laps, both were unable to catch the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 as Sweet drove away with the $10,000 check.

“On that final run with 11-to-go, I felt like I was able to pace [Sweet], but once I got to that first lapped car, I did not get around him very good and he was able to set sail,” Gravel, of Watertown, CT, said. “I think we had a car capable of winning, just needed a couple little things to go our way.”

Macedo, trailing both Gravel and Sweet in the championship standings, crossed the stripe in third after starting fifth. The run was his third-straight podium finish and 19th of such kind this season, backing-up he and the Jason Johnson Racing team’s momentum swing from a big win last weekend.

“We got to traffic and it would just start to play-out, then a caution would come,” Macedo, of Lemoore, CA, said. “Sometimes, that’s just the way it works.

Macedo, Sweet and Gravel in Victory Lane (Trent Gower Photo)

“I thought the only way we were going to get by [Sweet and Gravel] would have been if they really got to mixing it up in traffic. I was praying for that.”

Sweet’s win now gives him three victories in the last nine World of Outlaws standard points events. It’s coming at a great time to make a push for the points title, especially after the win-shy start to the year they endured.

“It’s been a trying year, no doubt,” Sweet said. “We’re not used to the struggles, but I noticed a lot of teams are having similar struggles. I think everybody’s just searching with their race cars and trying to figure out what’s changing on a nightly basis.”

“With the slow start, we’re a little light in the win column. Obviously, [my] guys deserve to win a lot more.”


The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are back in action Saturday night, August 27, at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, ND. Tickets are available online at WorldofOutlaws.com or at the gate on race day.

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ABBREVIATED RESULTS (view full results)

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps)

  1. 49-Brad Sweet [3][$10,000]; 2. 2-David Gravel [4][$6,000]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo [5][$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [11][$2,800]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1][$2,500]; 6. 5-Spencer Bayston [2][$2,300]; 7. 83-James McFadden [7][$2,200]; 8. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [10][$2,100]; 9. 5T-Ryan Timms [17][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,000]; 11. 13-Mark Dobmeier [8][$1,600]; 12. 14T-Tim Estenson [13][$1,400]; 13. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [12][$1,200]; 14. 7S-Robbie Price [14][$1,100]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21][$1,050]; 16. 11M-Brendan Mullen [18][$1,000]; 17. 6-Bill Rose [16][$1,000]; 18. 20G-Noah Gass [19][$1,000]; 19. 2A-Austin Pierce [20][$1,000]; 20. 8H-Jade Hastings [22][$1,000]; 21. 9N-Wade Nygaard [15][$1,000]; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6][$1,000]; 23. 20A-Jordan Adams [24][$1,000]; 24. O-Nick Omdahl [23][$1,000] KSE Hard Charger Award: 5T-Ryan Timms[+8]
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Feature Results
13+249Brad Sweet 350.00025Running150$10,000
24+22David Gravel 35-1.776Running146$6,000
35+241Carson Macedo 35-2.448Running144$3,500
411+715Donny Schatz 35-3.954Running142$2,800
51-417Sheldon Haudenschild 35-4.92010Running140$2,500
62-45Spencer Bayston 35-5.716Running138$2,300
77083James McFadden 35-6.142Running136$2,200
810+23ZBrock Zearfoss 35-7.700Running134$2,100
917+85TRyan Timms 35-7.712Running132$2,050
109-11AJacob Allen 35-9.956Running130$2,000
118-313Mark Dobmeier 35-10.428Running128$1,600
1213+114TTim Estenson 35-12.632Running126$1,400
1312-121KThomas Kennedy 34-1 LapsRunning124$1,200
141407SRobbie Price 34-1 LapsRunning122$1,100
1521+611KKraig Kinser 32-3 LapsRunning120$1,050
1618+211MBrendan Mullen 32-3 LapsRunning118$1,000
1716-16Bill Rose 31-4 LapsRunning116$1,000
1819+120GNoah Gass 28-7 LapsRunning114$1,000
1920+12AAustin Pierce 21-14 LapsRunning112$1,000
2022+28HJade Hastings 13-22 LapsRunning110$1,000
2115-69NWade Nygaard 11-24 LapsRunning108$1,000
226-161SLogan Schuchart 5-30 LapsRunning106$1,000
2324+120AJordan Adams 0-35 LapsRunning104$1,000
2423-10Nick Omdahl 0-35 LapsRunning102$1,000
Last Chance Showdown Results
12+111KKraig Kinser 120.00012Running0$0
210+88HJade Hastings 12-0.428Running0$0
31-20Nick Omdahl 12-0.672Running0$0
43-120AJordan Adams 12-2.076Running0$0
5508Jack Croaker 12-2.371Running90$300
67+126Blake Egeland 12-4.888Running90$250
74-310Josh Swangler 12-5.058Running90$225
812+431Shane Roemeling 12-7.979Running90$200
98-117SZach Omdahl 12-9.302Running90$200
1013+3811Todd Mickelson 12-10.375Running90$200
1111099Jordan Graham 12-14.919Running90$200
129-313TTy Hanten 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
136-741TTravis Strandell 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
141406NGreg Nikitenko 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
1515014Tom Egeland 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
Dash 1 Results
11017Sheldon Haudenschild 60.0006Running0$0
2205Spencer Bayston 6-1.602Running0$0
33049Brad Sweet 6-2.094Running0$0
4402David Gravel 6-2.948Running0$0
55041Carson Macedo 6-3.307Running0$0
6601SLogan Schuchart 6-3.930Running0$0
77083James McFadden 6-5.104Running0$0
88013Mark Dobmeier 6-6.828Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+183James McFadden 80.0008Running
21-149Brad Sweet 8-1.038Running
3301AJacob Allen 8-2.537Running
44014TTim Estenson 8-3.732Running
5505TRyan Timms 8-4.885Running
68+220AJordan Adams 8-8.160Running
76-111KKraig Kinser 8-9.288Running
89+113TTy Hanten 857.565Running
97-26NGreg Nikitenko 2-6 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 80.0008Running
23+113Mark Dobmeier 8-2.399Running
34+13ZBrock Zearfoss 8-3.345Running
42-27SRobbie Price 8-4.231Running
55011MBrendan Mullen 8-6.115Running
67+110Josh Swangler 8-6.948Running
78+141TTravis Strandell 3-5 LapsRunning
86-28HJade Hastings 0-8 LapsRunning
990811Todd Mickelson 0-8 LapsRunning
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101SLogan Schuchart 80.0008Running
2205Spencer Bayston 8-2.317Running
33015Donny Schatz 8-2.790Running
45+19NWade Nygaard 8-6.498Running
54-120GNoah Gass 8-6.518Running
6608Jack Croaker 8-7.625Running
77026Blake Egeland 8-8.905Running
88099Jordan Graham 8-0.560Running
99014Tom Egeland 7-1 LapsRunning
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+117Sheldon Haudenschild 80.0008Running
21-12David Gravel 8-0.977Running
33021KThomas Kennedy 8-1.836Running
47+36Bill Rose 8-3.365Running
5502AAustin Pierce 8-3.876Running
64-20Nick Omdahl 8-4.616Running
76-117SZach Omdahl 8-6.011Running
88031Shane Roemeling 4-4 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
13149Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA9.8850.000
22841Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA9.894-0.009
361SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA9.912-0.027
4222David Gravel Watertown, CT9.912-0.027
51683James McFadden Alice Springs, NT9.929-0.044
6327SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC9.992-0.107
7245Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN10.021-0.136
81517Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH10.031-0.146
9181AJacob Allen Hanover, PA10.038-0.153
101413Mark Dobmeier Grand Forks, ND10.051-0.166
11215Donny Schatz Fargo, ND10.075-0.190
12121KThomas Kennedy Winnipeg, MB10.094-0.209
132514TTim Estenson Fargo, ND10.107-0.222
14193ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA10.139-0.254
152720GNoah Gass Mounds, OK10.155-0.270
1690Nick Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN10.195-0.310
1785TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK10.226-0.341
181311MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND10.245-0.360
19209NWade Nygaard Grand Forks, ND10.252-0.367
20102AAustin Pierce Grand Forks, ND10.254-0.369
211211KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN10.257-0.372
22298HJade Hastings Grand Forks, ND10.268-0.383
23178Jack Croaker East Grand Forks, MN10.291-0.406
24417SZach Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN10.486-0.601
25116NGreg Nikitenko Minot, ND10.495-0.610
263310Josh Swangler Detroit Lakes, MN10.520-0.635
272326Blake Egeland Climax, MN10.557-0.672
2856Bill Rose Plainfield, IN10.680-0.795
29720AJordan Adams Reynolds, ND10.712-0.827
302641TTravis Strandell East Grand Forks, MN10.906-1.021
312199Jordan Graham Grand Forks, ND10.911-1.026
323031Shane Roemeling Grand Forks, ND10.928-1.043
33013TTy Hanten West Fargo, ND11.076-1.191
3434811Todd Mickelson Minot, ND11.076-1.191
35314Tom Egeland Climax, MN11.076-1.191
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

2nd Leg of the Northern Tour
August 26, 2022
River Cities Speedway
2300 Gateway Dr
Grand Forks, ND 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws return north to battle around North Dakota's popular bullring.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

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

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(815) 344-2023

Options And Prices
Adult Pit Combo $48 (Pit pass and reserved seat-if purchased in advance online)
Child Pit Combo (Ages 12-under): $32
Adult Reserved: $45
Child Reserved: $20
Adult General Admission: $40
Child (6-12) General Admission: $20
Kids 5 and under FREE GA
Race Day Adult Pit Pass $45
Race Day Child Pit Pass $30

Anyone under the age of 18 MUST have a parent (Mother or Father) or legal guardian complete the release form at the pit gate.


Grandstand Type
Select rows in main grandstand have seat back

Family Section Location

Handicapped Seating Location
bottom row of main covered grandstands

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

Pit Gate Location
East side of the track

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
Front gate

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite

Camping Cost
$20 with water

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Select rows in main grandstand have seat back

Stadium Seating
reserved seats in section A-R
General in East East grandstand

Handicapped Seating
bottom row of main covered grandstands

Handicapped Parking
Front gate

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

Pit Gate Location
East side of the track

Personal Coolers
no coolers allowed


Credit Card Use
Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales

Smoking Policy
no smoking in grandstands, smoking permitted in designated areas

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite

Camping Cost
$20 with water

Track Info  

River Cities Speedway
2300 Gateway Dr
Grand Forks, ND 

Track Phone
(701) 780-0999

Ticket Phone
(815) 344-2023

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.250; high banked

Sprint Car Track Record
9.269 seconds by Jason Meyers on 8/21/09

Late Model Track Record
11.321 seconds by Mike Marlar on 7/13/18

Late Model Track Record
11.321 seconds by Mike Marlar on 7/13/18

Closest Airport
Grand Forks Int'l

Other Airport

Pit Gate Location
East side of the track

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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