World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Bakersfield Speedway | Bakersfield, CA
Friday, March 25, 2022
Race Recap  

OPPORTUNISTIC: California's Giovanni Scelzi Capitalizes for Bakersfield Win

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars returned to Bakersfield Speedway for the first time since 2018 on Friday night and offered an unpredictable share of chaos at the front and dramatic storylines at the end.

From a race-altering crash to a record-breaking run, The Greatest Show on Dirt quickly made up for four years of absent action from the California 1/3-mile.

Ultimately, Fresno’s Giovanni Scelzi topped the 35-lapper for his second victory over a span of two weeks in his home state. The KCP Racing #18 pilot used the “I’d rather be lucky than good” method to score his fifth career World of Outlaws win at 20 years old.

The kid they call Hot Sauce was running fourth early on when mayhem struck as top-three runners Spencer Bayston, David Gravel, and Rico Abreu were all collected in a turn-three crash with Sheldon Haudenschild on Lap 8. Scelzi narrowly missed joining the carnage and escaped to assume the lead, knowing he had to finish the job at that point.

“It’s one thing to be in the Dash and put yourself in the hunt, but when something that lucky happens with all three of those guys crashing you have to take advantage of it,” Scelzi said on the rare incident. “These races are hard enough to win as they are, so when you get the opportunity essentially thrown in your lap you have to seal the deal. I’m still baffled at how that happened. I’ve never had something go that far my way that quickly.”

Gio Scelzi (20) and Corey Day (16) are the youngest 1-2 finishers in Series history. [Trent Gower]

Scelzi’s score didn’t come without an ironic challenge, though, as he was forced to battle Corey Day of Clovis, CA, who would’ve broken Giovanni’s own record for being the youngest winner in World of Outlaws history had he won. In his fourth-ever appearance and second-career start with the Series, Day timed in fourth, ran second in his Heat, made the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, and capitalized when it mattered most.

The teenage prodigy of two-time World of Outlaws champion Jason Meyers officially led Lap 10 and hounded Scelzi for much of the race while battling off other champions like Brad Sweet & Donny Schatz. He ultimately finished second and joined his father Ronnie Day as a podium finisher with the Series.

At 16 years, 3 months, 27 drivers, Day became the youngest runner-up and podium finisher in the storied 45-year history of the World of Outlaws.

“It’s a dream to be here racing with the Outlaws,” Day said following a standing ovation. “My goal for the past five years or so has to one day beat Gio’s record for the youngest winner in history and this is a step in the right direction. Things definitely fell our way, but nonetheless, I think we proved we can compete with these guys tonight.”

Brad Sweet, 36, was the veteran mainstay keeping one extra young gun off the podium at Bakersfield. He charged from eight-to-third for a third-straight podium finish aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. Albeit winless, The Big Cat has used unrivaled consistency to take over the points lead for the first time this year as he vies for a fourth consecutive World of Outlaws championship in 2022.

“These kids are getting younger and younger, yet still doing better and better,” the Grass Valley, CA native spoke on the youth movement. “It’s cool to watch this next generation develop, you know I used to be these kids up here. As far as myself, a bit disappointed.  We need to figure a few things out be it car or driver and get back to our winning ways. We avoided a lot of carnage, though, so there’s always a positive.”

Updated Career Podium Totals – Scelzi (12th), Day (1st), Sweet (238th). [Trent Gower]

Rounding out the top-five on Friday night was Lemoore, CA’s Carson Macedo in fourth-place aboard the Jason Johnson Racing, Albaugh #41, and Australia’s James McFadden with his second KSE Hard Charger Award thanks to a huge 22nd-to-fifth run in the Roth Motorsports #83.

Closing out the top-10 at Bakersfield was Donny Schatz (Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15), Cory Eliason (Rudeen Racing #26), Logan Schuchart (Shark Racing #1S), Kerry Madsen (Roth Motorsports #83JR), and Jacob Allen (Shark Racing #1A).

Beyond the top-10, Spencer Bayston (16th), Rico Abreu (17th), and David Gravel (23rd) went from battling for the win to battling to make it out of the work area following their early-race crash. It was a heartbreak for all involved.

“I didn’t see how it started, but I was already committed and it was just too late,” Bayston, who was leading, said afterward. “You always think you could’ve done something different, but I don’t know if we could have avoided that. It’s just a bummer. One of these front-row starting spots is gonna pay off. We’re doing our part, that win is coming soon.”

“That’s the harsh reality of the World of Outlaws, really racing in general,” Gravel noted. “We just had nowhere to go. We’re really fast. I truly believe we’re the fastest car on tour right now. We’re doing our job, we’ve just been stuck with these two unfortunate events in a row. We’ll come back tomorrow just as prepared and keep fighting. It’s a long year.”

A view of the Lap 8 carnage which took out Bayston (1st), Gravel (2nd) & Abreu (3rd). [Trent Gower]

NOS NOTEBOOK (Bakersfield Speedway, 3/25/22)

Giovanni Scelzi’s fifth-career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory brings him to 61st on the All-Time Win List alongside Danny Wood, Johnny Anderson, Brian Paulus, Brad Furr, Danny Dietrich, Brian Brown, and Christopher Bell.

Scelzi (20) and Day (16) made up the youngest 1-2 finish in World of Outlaws history. Any victory for Corey prior to September 18 would break Giovanni’s record (16 years, 10 months, 0 days) as the youngest winner in Series history.

Although not full-time members, Scelzi & KCP Racing are now tied for the most wins (2), have led the most laps (55), and currently sit sixth in the points (-74). Without platinum status, they forgo perks such as incentives, tow money, and points fund, while skipping a handful of races throughout the year.

California natives Chase Johnson (Penngrove) and D.J. Netto (Hanford) qualified for their first NOS Energy Drink Features of the 2022 season at Bakersfield.

David Gravel earned his 91st career Slick Woody’s QuickTime Award and second of the season by circling Bakersfield in 10.754 seconds. Gravel, Scelzi & Abreu also won NOS Energy Drink Heat Races. Bayston topped the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to claim his second pole position of 2022.

UP NEXT (Sat) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude a five-race swing through California tomorrow on Saturday, March 26 with the SoCal Showdown at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, CA. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE or watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (35 Laps) – 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [3][$10,000]; 2. 14-Corey Day [6][$6,000]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [8][$3,500]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo [9][$2,800]; 5. 83-James McFadden [22][$2,500]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [12][$2,300]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [11][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10][$2,100]; 9. 83JR-Kerry Madsen [13][$2,050]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [5][$2,000]; 11. 17W-Shane Golobic [18][$1,600]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][$1,400]; 13. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [17][$1,200]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [14][$1,100]; 15. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [20][$1,050]; 16. 5-Spencer Bayston [1][$1,000]; 17. 24-Rico Abreu [4][$1,000]; 18. 20G-Noah Gass [21][$1,000]; 19. 88-Austin McCarl [15][$1,000]; 20. 19AZ-Tanner Thorson [16][$1,000]; 21. 21-Mitchell Faccinto [19][$1,000]; 22. 24X-Chase Johnson [24][$1,000]; 23. 2-David Gravel [2][$1,000]; 24. 88N-DJ Netto [23][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Spencer Bayston 1-8; Giovanni Scelzi 9, 11-35; Corey Day 10. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-James McFadden[+17]

NEW Championship Standings (After 9/85 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (1,258); 2. Carson Macedo (-22); 3. David Gravel (-30); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-44); 5. James McFadden (-62); 6. Giovanni Scelzi (-74); 7. Donny Schatz (-88); 8. Logan Schuchart (-88); 9. Cory Eliason (-96); 10. Spencer Bayston (-140).

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Feature Results
13+218Giovanni Scelzi 350.00027Running150$10,000
26+414Corey Day 35-1.5901Running146$6,000
38+549Brad Sweet 35-2.445Running144$3,500
49+541Carson Macedo 35-2.620Running142$2,800
522+1783James McFadden 35-3.216Running140$2,500
612+615Donny Schatz 35-3.395Running138$2,300
711+426Cory Eliason 35-3.722Running136$2,200
810+21SLogan Schuchart 35-3.922Running134$2,100
913+483JRKerry Madsen 35-4.827Running132$2,050
105-51AJacob Allen 35-5.089Running130$2,000
1118+717WShane Golobic 35-5.304Running128$1,600
127-511KKraig Kinser 35-5.508Running126$1,400
1317+441SDominic Scelzi 35-5.838Running124$1,200
1414017Sheldon Haudenschild 35-6.260Running122$1,100
1520+53ZBrock Zearfoss 35-6.281Running120$1,050
161-155Spencer Bayston 35-6.6507Running118$1,000
174-1324Rico Abreu 35-6.898Running116$1,000
1821+320GNoah Gass 35-7.641Running114$1,000
1915-488Austin McCarl 34-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2016-419AZTanner Thorson 34-1 LapsRunning110$1,000
2119-221Mitchell Faccinto 34-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2224+224XChase Johnson 34-1 LapsRunning106$1,000
232-212David Gravel 32-3 LapsRunning104$1,000
2423-188ND.J. Netto 26-9 LapsRunning102$1,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
11021Mitchell Faccinto 120.00012Running0$0
2203ZBrock Zearfoss 12-1.269Running0$0
34+120GNoah Gass 12-1.893Running0$0
45+183James McFadden 12-2.200Running0$0
56+188ND.J. Netto 12-4.575Running0$0
63-324XChase Johnson 12-7.063Running0$0
7706Bill Rose 12-7.240Running90$300
89+191RBrody Roa 12-7.652Running90$250
98-17SJason Sides 12-11.414Running90$225
DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+15Spencer Bayston 80.0008Running
21-12David Gravel 8-0.889Running
34+118Giovanni Scelzi 8-2.021Running
46+224Rico Abreu 8-2.788Running
53-21AJacob Allen 8-4.187Running
65-114Corey Day 8-5.187Running
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 100.00010Running
22014Corey Day 10-1.232Running
33011KKraig Kinser 10-4.103Running
4401SLogan Schuchart 10-4.476Running
55083JRKerry Madsen 10-6.302Running
68+219AZTanner Thorson 10-7.144Running
7703ZBrock Zearfoss 10-7.632Running
86-221Mitchell Faccinto 10-8.762Running
9906Bill Rose 10-10.905Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+118Giovanni Scelzi 100.00010Running
21-11AJacob Allen 10-1.260Running
34+149Brad Sweet 10-2.645Running
43-126Cory Eliason 10-3.825Running
56+117Sheldon Haudenschild 10-4.986Running
65-141SDominic Scelzi 10-5.611Running
78+124XChase Johnson 10-7.136Running
87-183James McFadden 10-7.557Running
9907SJason Sides 10-12.200Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+124Rico Abreu 100.00010Running
21-15Spencer Bayston 10-0.886Running
34+141Carson Macedo 10-2.041Running
43-115Donny Schatz 10-4.279Running
55088Austin McCarl 10-5.907Running
66017WShane Golobic 10-6.925Running
79+220GNoah Gass 10-8.059Running
87-188ND.J. Netto 10-9.327Running
98-191RBrody Roa 10-10.710Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
1242David Gravel Watertown, CT10.7540.000
2261AJacob Allen Hanover, PA10.789-0.035
355Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN10.852-0.098
42514Corey Day Clovis, CA10.873-0.119
51518Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA10.894-0.140
6724Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA10.991-0.237
72311KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN11.007-0.253
81326Cory Eliason Visalia, CA11.033-0.279
9615Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.036-0.282
1011SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.055-0.301
11949Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA11.058-0.304
12441Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.082-0.328
132183JRKerry Madsen Knoxville, IA11.087-0.333
141941SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA11.093-0.339
152788Austin McCarl Altoona, IA11.123-0.369
161021Mitchell Faccinto Hanford, CA11.130-0.376
171817Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.140-0.386
182217WShane Golobic Fremont, CA11.148-0.394
1923ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.154-0.400
201483James McFadden Alice Springs, NT11.156-0.402
212088ND.J. Netto Hanford, CA11.187-0.433
22319AZTanner Thorson Minden, NV11.294-0.540
231624XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA11.358-0.604
24891RBrody Roa Buena Park, CA11.371-0.617
25176Bill Rose Plainfield, IN11.430-0.676
26117SJason Sides Bartlett, TN11.464-0.710
271220GNoah Gass Mounds, OK11.658-0.904
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
March 25, 2022
Bakersfield Speedway
5001 N Chester Ext
Bakersfield, CA 

Event Description
Back to BAKO! Sheldon Haudenschild and the NOS Energy Drink #17 will try to defend their 2018 win at the California track.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Sprint Car Track Record
10.342 seconds by Jason Sides on 3/18/06

To Win Amount

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7PM Racing
*All times Pacific

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
No Stadium Chairs allowed

Personal Coolers
No personal coolers allowed

Credit Card Use
Ticket Window, Pit Gate

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available at track

Smoking Policy
No smoking in section D

Family Section
Section D

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
onsite, non-electric

Track Info  

Bakersfield Speedway
5001 N Chester Ext
Bakersfield, CA 

Track Phone
(661) 393-3373

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Size & Type
0.333; High-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
10.342 seconds by Jason Sides on 3/18/06

Competitor Info  

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