World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Merced Speedway | Merced, CA
Friday, March 18, 2022
Race Recap  

CALI CREW: Carson Macedo Denies Brad Sweet for Home State Win at Merced

For the third time in three nights of the west coast swing, a Californian walked away with the win; only this time, it was a full-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series driver getting the job done.

In true bullring fashion, Merced Speedway ended an eight-year absence from The Greatest Show on Dirt and promptly delivered a spectacular battle for the win between Lemoore’s Carson Macedo, Grass Valley’s Brad Sweet, and Fresno’s Giovanni Scelzi.

Friday’s 35-lapper officially saw two lead changes but featured off-the-charts action from green-to-checkered. Among many highlights included Scelzi’s top-shelf pass for the lead, an intense lap traffic battle at the front, and several sliders shared by Macedo & Sweet.

Ultimately, the 25-year-old rising star (Macedo) welcomed every attack that the 36-year-old wily veteran (Sweet) threw his way in the late stages. The Big Cat tossed several scenarios his way, forcing Macedo to cross over, stay in it, and make every difficult decision you could imagine while manhandling a 900+ horsepower beast.

The duo was ultra-close as the white flag waved, but Macedo slightly gapped Sweet to cross the finish line ahead by 0.559-seconds. The victory marks his second win of the season aboard the Jason Johnson Racing, Albaugh #41, and brings Macedo to 19 career World of Outlaws wins with four of those coming in California.

“Wow, California Sprint Car Racing is awesome,” Macedo shouted. “It doesn’t get any better than bullrings like this. I was pushing it so damn hard those last 8-10 laps. I can’t tell you how nervewracking it is in lap traffic like that while you still have to battle for the lead. It’s a fine line between being aggressive enough to split cars, but patient enough to not give the win away.

“Racing at home is always so special. We’re not exactly down by Lemoore, but this is only an hour away and I still had so many people close to me make the drive up to support us. I’m thankful for every single one of these wins, especially ones like this.”

Macedo (41) and Sweet (49) exchanged the lead on several occasions over the last 10 laps. [Trent Gower]

For the second time in as many races, Brad Sweet was again the bridesmaid, not the bride. The Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 controlled the opening 21 laps of the 35-lapper, but the final restart of the race spelled doom for the three-time and reigning World of Outlaws champion.

Choosing the inside on a double-file restart allowed Macedo to fire off on the outside and zoom by Sweet, and then go on the defense. The moment snatched The Big Cat’s 75th career win away and extended their dry spell to 24 consecutive races without a win.

“That’s my fault for choosing the bottom,” Sweet admitted. “I had a few shots at him there near the end, and I definitely think we had a better car. A little bit of rubber came in and kind of took away the technical aspect of it. You have to be perfect to win these Outlaw races, though, so we just need to get a little better.”

Rounding out Friday’s California podium sweep was Fresno’s Giovanni Scelzi aboard the KCP Racing #18. The 20-year-old shot by Sweet to take the lead on a Lap 13 restart, but a poorly timed caution negated the pass and hurt his chances at a second win in three races.

“I hate getting beat like that,” Scelzi said. “I got out-raced fair and square. The yellow didn’t help, but man that sucks. I was hoping they would slow each other down and get me back in the hunt, but I can’t be too disappointed. We have a great car, great crew, and we’re only getting better.”

Closing out the top-five was a pair of Indiana natives with Indianapolis’ Tyler Courtney in fourth aboard Kevin Kozlowski’s #57W and Lebanon’s Spencer Bayston in fifth with the CJB Motorsports #5.

Other top-10 finishers included Kerry Madsen in sixth in the Roth Enterprises #83JR, Logan Schuchart in seventh in the DuraMAX, Drydene #1S, Dominic Scelzi in eighth in the Scelzi Enterprises #41S, Rico Abreu in ninth in the Rowdy #24, and Sheldon Haudenschild with a KSE Hard Charger Award for driving from 21st-to-10th in the NOS Energy Drink #17.

Updated Career Podium Totals – Macedo (43rd), Sweet (237th), Scelzi (11th). [Trent Gower]

NOS NOTEBOOK (Merced – 3/18/22)

Carson Macedo’s 19th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory pushes him beyond Brad Doty to reach 31st on the All-Time Win List. Brad Sweet’s dry spell is extended to 24 consecutive races since his last victory at Skagit (WA) on September 4, 2021.

Championship leader David Gravel was involved in a Lap 13 crash (running sixth) but rebounded from the work area to salvage a season-worst finish of 15th. He still holds the top spot in the standings with a 10-point margin over Brad Sweet.

10-time Series champion Donny Schatz was collected in a Lap 1 crash and returned from the work area to finish two laps down in 22nd-place. That’s three consecutive finishes outside of the top-10 for the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15 since heading west.

Giovanni Scelzi established a new track record by turning in a lap of 10.057 seconds around Merced Speedway. He became the eighth driver in eight races to earn the Slick Woody’s QuickTime Award this season. NOS Energy Drink Heat Race wins went to Giovanni Scelzi (19th career), Kerry Madsen (186th career), David Gravel (185th career), and Tyler Courtney (8th career).

Brad Sweet scored the pole position after outrunning Giovanni Scelzi in an exciting side-by-side battle in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Sheldon Haudenschild won his third MicroLite Last Chance Showdown of the year, a Series best mark.

16-year-old Corey Day (Clovis, CA) started his first-career World of Outlaws Feature and drove forward to finish 14th-from-22nd in the Jason Meyers owned #14.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series travels to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA tomorrow for a Saturday showdown on March 19. The west coast swing concludes next weekend at Bakersfield Speedway (March 25) and Perris Auto Speedway (March 26). Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE or watch every race LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (35 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo (6); 2. 49-Brad Sweet (1); 3. 18-Giovanni Scelzi (2); 4. 57W-Tyler Courtney (3); 5. 5-Spencer Bayston (7); 6. 83JR-Kerry Madsen (8); 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart (13); 8. 41S-Dominic Scelzi (10); 9. 24-Rico Abreu (11); 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (21); 11. 26-Cory Eliason (17); 12. 16A-Colby Copeland (15); 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (18); 14. 14-Corey Day (22); 15. 2-David Gravel (5); 16. 17W-Shane Golobic (24); 17. 83-James McFadden (23); 18. 21-Mitchell Faccinto (14); 19. 88-Austin McCarl (20); 20. 1A-Jacob Allen (9); 21. 83T-Tanner Carrick (4); 22. 15-Donny Schatz (16); 23. 11K-Kraig Kinser (19); 24. 2X-Justin Sanders (12).

NEW Championship Standings (After 8/86 Races): 1. David Gravel (1,124); 2. Brad Sweet (-10); 3. Carson Macedo (-30); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-32); 5. James McFadden (-68); 6. Logan Schuchart (-88); 7. Giovanni Scelzi (-90); 8. Donny Schatz (-92); 9. Cory Eliason (-98); 10. Spencer Bayston (-124).

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Feature Results
16+541Carson Macedo 350.00015Running150$10,000
21-149Brad Sweet 35-0.55920Running146$6,000
32-118Giovanni Scelzi 35-1.238Running144$3,500
43-157WTyler Courtney 35-1.776Running142$2,800
57+25Spencer Bayston 35-2.738Running140$2,500
68+283JRKerry Madsen 35-3.128Running138$2,300
713+61SLogan Schuchart 35-3.669Running136$2,200
810+241SDominic Scelzi 35-4.554Running134$2,100
911+224Rico Abreu 35-5.057Running132$2,050
1021+1117Sheldon Haudenschild 35-6.183Running130$2,000
1117+626Cory Eliason 35-6.752Running128$1,600
1215+316AColby Copeland 35-6.977Running126$1,400
1318+53ZBrock Zearfoss 35-7.417Running124$1,200
1422+814Corey Day 35-8.157Running122$1,100
155-102David Gravel 35-9.039Running120$1,050
1624+817WShane Golobic 35-10.599Running118$1,000
1723+683James McFadden 35-11.420Running116$1,000
1814-421Mitchell Faccinto 35-11.831Running114$1,000
1920+188Austin McCarl 35-12.525Running112$1,000
209-111AJacob Allen 34-1 LapsRunning110$1,000
214-1783TTanner Carrick 34-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2216-615Donny Schatz 33-2 LapsRunning106$1,000
2319-411KKraig Kinser 32-3 LapsRunning104$1,000
2412-122XJustin Sanders 0-35 LapsRunning102$1,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
11017Sheldon Haudenschild 120.00012Running0$0
22014Corey Day 12-2.302Running0$0
33083James McFadden 12-2.628Running0$0
45+117WShane Golobic 12-3.382Running0$0
57+219AZTanner Thorson 12-4.252Running90$300
69+388ND.J. Netto 12-6.349Running90$250
76-142XTim Kaeding 12-7.565Running90$225
811+324XChase Johnson 12-9.270Running90$200
94-53Kaleb Montgomery 12-10.075Running90$200
101007SJason Sides 12-11.000Running90$200
1112+120GNoah Gass 12-11.297Running90$200
1213+16Bill Rose 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
138-52KJ.J. Ringo 0-12 LapsRunning90$200
DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Brad Sweet 80.0007Running
22018Giovanni Scelzi 8-1.4401Running
34+157WTyler Courtney 8-2.453Running
43-183TTanner Carrick 8-4.077Running
57+22David Gravel 8-4.142Running
65-141Carson Macedo 8-4.965Running
76-15Spencer Bayston 8-5.731Running
88083JRKerry Madsen 8-6.798Running
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11018Giovanni Scelzi 100.00010Running
24+249Brad Sweet 10-0.500Running
32-11AJacob Allen 10-1.534Running
43-11SLogan Schuchart 10-2.230Running
55026Cory Eliason 10-3.290Running
66083James McFadden 10-4.335Running
77042XTim Kaeding 10-5.334Running
8807SJason Sides 10-7.096Running
9906Bill Rose 10-8.793Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+183JRKerry Madsen 100.00010Running
21-141Carson Macedo 10-0.802Running
34+141SDominic Scelzi 10-2.031Running
45+121Mitchell Faccinto 10-2.972Running
56+13ZBrock Zearfoss 10-3.974Running
63-317Sheldon Haudenschild 10-4.759Running
78+119AZTanner Thorson 10-6.005Running
87-124XChase Johnson 10-6.732Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 100.00010Running
24+283TTanner Carrick 10-1.845Running
35+224Rico Abreu 10-3.191Running
46+216AColby Copeland 9-1 LapsRunning
52-311KKraig Kinser 9-1 LapsRunning
67+13Kaleb Montgomery 9-1 LapsRunning
78+12KJ.J. Ringo 9-1 LapsRunning
83-514Corey Day 1-9 LapsRunning
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+157WTyler Courtney 100.00010Running
21-15Spencer Bayston 10-0.769Running
3302XJustin Sanders 10-2.171Running
45+115Donny Schatz 10-3.593Running
54-188Austin McCarl 10-5.406Running
67+117WShane Golobic 10-7.194Running
76-188ND.J. Netto 10-7.997Running
88020GNoah Gass 10-10.662Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
12718Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA10.0570.000
22341Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA10.107-0.050
3132David Gravel Watertown, CT10.134-0.077
4325Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN10.170-0.113
531AJacob Allen Hanover, PA10.171-0.114
6483JRKerry Madsen Knoxville, IA10.183-0.126
7111KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN10.185-0.128
81057WTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN10.189-0.132
981SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA10.192-0.135
103017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH10.244-0.187
11914Corey Day Clovis, CA10.273-0.216
12282XJustin Sanders Aromas, CA10.282-0.225
132549Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA10.286-0.229
143141SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA10.300-0.243
15683TTanner Carrick Lincoln, CA10.310-0.253
162288Austin McCarl Altoona, IA10.314-0.257
171226Cory Eliason Visalia, CA10.315-0.258
181521Mitchell Faccinto Hanford, CA10.325-0.268
192024Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA10.337-0.280
203315Donny Schatz Fargo, ND10.342-0.285
212483James McFadden Alice Springs, NT10.359-0.302
22183ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA10.368-0.311
231616AColby Copeland Roseville, CA10.369-0.312
241488ND.J. Netto Hanford, CA10.370-0.313
251142XTim Kaeding San Jose, CA10.374-0.317
26724XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA10.451-0.394
27213Kaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA10.510-0.453
282917WShane Golobic Fremont, CA10.514-0.457
29197SJason Sides Bartlett, TN10.533-0.476
30219AZTanner Thorson Minden, NV10.582-0.525
3152KJ.J. Ringo Morgan Hill, CA10.596-0.539
322620GNoah Gass Mounds, OK10.620-0.563
33176Bill Rose Plainfield, IN10.816-0.759
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
March 18, 2022
Merced Speedway
900 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Merced, CA 

Event Description
"The Greatest Show on Dirt" makes its fifth appearance at Merced Speedway.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Sprint Car Track Record
10.057 sec. set by Gio Scelzi on March 18, 2022

To Win Amount

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
5:45PM Hot laps/Qualifying
7:00PM Racing
*All times Pacific

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Covered grandstand with chair backs

Personal Coolers
No outside food or drink.


Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol sold on site.

Smoking Policy
In the grass behind Turn 4

Parking Cost

Closest Airport
Fresno Yosemite International Airport

Other Airport
Oakland International Airport

Track Info  

Merced Speedway
900 Martin Luther King Jr Way
Merced, CA 

Track Phone
(209) 600-8382

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.250; Semi-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
10.057 sec. set by Gio Scelzi on March 18, 2022

Competitor Info  

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