World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Thunderbowl Raceway | Tulare, CA
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Race Recap  

RACERS RACE: Kyle Larson Flies to Tulare, Captures World of Outlaws Win at Thunderbowl

Kyle Larson has said for years that Thunderbowl Raceway is his favorite track. He further proved that this weekend by pulling out all the stops to make sure he competed in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series return to the Tulare, CA facility.

The 29-year-old Elk Grove, CA native hadn’t raced at the technical 1/3-mile since his memorable Trophy Cup title in 2013 and was extra motivated to make it happen with his NASCAR Cup Series obligations only 500 miles away at Phoenix Raceway this weekend.

Larson’s chaotic travel plans (which included four flights in two days) were made possible by Jason Finley’s plane, Paul Silva’s wrench, Kevin Kozlowski’s Sprint Car, and Cliff Daniels’ approval. A quick synopsis of his 48-hour span looks like this:

  • FRIDAY – Landed in Tulare in the afternoon, finished third in World of Outlaws Feature, took a plane back to Phoenix.
  • SATURDAY – Qualified 7th in Phoenix (12:15 pm), flew to Tulare, wins World of Outlaws Feature (10 pm), back to Phoenix.
  • SUNDAY – Starts NASCAR Cup Series race at 12:30 pm in Team Hendrick #5.

He paid them all back by doing what he does best – winning. After starting sixth, Larson drove by Sweet, both Scelzi’s, Eliason, and Bayston to take the lead by Lap 19 and then run off with his 25th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature win.

It marked his first Sprint Car triumph of the 2022 season and added Kevin Kozlowski to the record books with his first-career World of Outlaws win as a car owner of the Finley Farms, HendrickCars.com, JVI Group #57.

The victory made it a clean sweep of the weekend at Tulare by California natives with Fresno’s Giovanni Scelzi winning on Friday. For Larson, it was his first World of Outlaws triumph at the Thunderbowl and brings him to five Series wins inside his home state.

“Central California fans are some of the best in the country,” Larson told a nearly sold-out crowd at Tulare. “I always love getting to race in front of these people, especially at places I grew up at. It’s been a long time since I’ve been here, but it was technical and kind of old school the way I remember Tulare.  This is amazing. I owe a huge thank you to Jason Finley, Kevin Kozlowski, Paul Silva, Cliff Daniels, a lot of people who made this weekend happen. We’ve still got one more win to chase tomorrow.”

In his 114th start, Larson has already reached 25 World of Outlaws wins. [Trent Gower]

Following the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to the checkered flag was none other than his brother-in-law, Brad Sweet. The Big Cat put together a season-best second-place finish on Saturday in the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49. The Grass Valley, CA native remains winless at Tulare, but the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion believes they’re trending upward as the California swing continues.

“It was fun to be back,” Sweet said after a three-year hiatus from the Thunderbowl ended this weekend. “It’s especially fun to race against Kyle because he really makes everyone step up and elevate our game to another level. I don’t know how many realize the things he can do in a race car is amazing. I was searching around trying to make something happen when I caught clean air with him ahead, but just couldn’t make up enough ground.”

Current championship leader David Gravel continues to produce unrivaled consistency in 2022, this time finishing third for his fourth podium in seven starts. His drive aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2 is especially impressive when you consider that the Watertown, CT native was as deep as 13th at one point in Saturday’s Feature.

“We really want those wins, but I know if we keep rolling like this the wins will take care of themselves,” Gravel noted. “I almost crashed, hit the infield wall, jumped a tire, just everything happened tonight. I’ll take a third at the end of the day.”

After leading the opening nine laps, Spencer Bayston fell back to finish a season-best fourth in the CJB Motorsports #5. He was followed by Rico Abreu with a second-straight top-five finish since bringing Ricky Warner on as crew chief.

Rounding out the top-10 at Tulare were Californians Cory Eliason, Dominic Scelzi, Carson Macedo, and Giovanni Scelzi, with Sheldon Haudenschild earning KSE Hard Charger honors for a 21st-to-10th run.

Updated Career Podium Totals – Larson (50th), Sweet (236th), Gravel (175th). [Trent Gower]

THE NOS NOTEBOOK (Thunderbowl Raceway – March 12, 2022)

Kyle Larson’s 25th career World of Outlaws victory (in his 114th start) moves him beyond Ron Shuman & Sheldon Haudenschild into sole possession of 25th on the All-Time Wins List. Larson also reached 50 career podium finishes on Saturday night, making him only the 41st driver in Series history to do so.

Brad Sweet extended the streak to seven different drivers with Slick Woody’s QuickTime Awards through the first seven races. He took the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 around Tulare’s 1/3-mile in 13.256 seconds.

Brad Sweet also scored his 200th career NOS Energy Drink Heat Race Win on Saturday night. Other Heats were split by Giovanni Scelzi (18th career), Jacob Allen (37th career), and Dominic Scelzi (5th career).

Spencer Bayston claimed his third career pole position by winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

Dominic Scelzi led laps 9-18, marking the first time in his career that he’s led a World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Feature.

Sheldon Haudenschild won a stout MicroLite Last Chanc Showdown that also transferred Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart & Tanner Thorson.

UP NEXT – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series has four west coast swing races remaining with trips to Merced Speedway (March 18), Ocean Speedway (March 19), 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. 57-Kyle Larson [6][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$6,000]; 3. 2-David Gravel [9][$3,500]; 4. 5-Spencer Bayston [1][$2,800]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [14][$2,500]; 6. 26-Cory Eliason [2][$2,300]; 7. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [3][$2,200]; 8. 41-Carson Macedo [12][$2,100]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [4][$2,050]; 10. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [21][$2,000]; 11. 21-Mitchell Faccinto [13][$1,600]; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart [23][$1,400]; 13. 88-Austin McCarl [16][$1,200]; 14. 17W-Shane Golobic [17][$1,100]; 15. 83-James McFadden [11][$1,050]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [7][$1,000]; 17. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [15][$1,000]; 18. 57W-Tyler Courtney [10][$1,000]; 19. 19AZ-Tanner Thorson [24][$1,000]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18][$1,000]; 21. 83T-Tanner Carrick [19][$1,000]; 22. 20G-Noah Gass [25][$]; 23. 16A-Colby Copeland [8][$1,000]; 24. 15-Donny Schatz [22][$1,000]; 25. 83JR-Kerry Madsen [20][$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Spencer Bayston 1-9, Dominic Scelzi 10-18, Kyle Larson 19-20. KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+11]

NEW Championship Standings (After 7/85 Races): 1. 2-David Gravel (1,004); 2. 49-Brad Sweet (-36); 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (-42); 4. 41-Carson Macedo (-60); 5. 83-James McFadden (-64); 6. 15-Donny Schatz (-78); 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart (-104); 8. 26-Cory Eliason (-106); 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi (-114); 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss (-140).

[Read More]
Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
16+557Kyle Larson 350.00017Running150$10,000
25+349Brad Sweet 35-1.548Running146$6,000
39+62David Gravel 35-3.158Running144$3,500
41-35Spencer Bayston 35-3.5329Running142$2,800
514+924Rico Abreu 35-6.336Running140$2,500
62-426Cory Eliason 35-6.795Running138$2,300
73-441SDominic Scelzi 35-7.5209Running136$2,200
812+441Carson Macedo 35-7.912Running134$2,100
94-518Giovanni Scelzi 35-7.992Running132$2,050
1021+1117Sheldon Haudenschild 35-8.845Running130$2,000
1113+221Mitchell Faccinto 35-10.599Running128$1,600
1223+111SLogan Schuchart 35-10.996Running126$1,400
1316+388Austin McCarl 35-11.407Running124$1,200
1417+317WShane Golobic 35-12.217Running122$1,100
1511-483James McFadden 35-12.727Running120$1,050
167-91AJacob Allen 35-13.495Running118$1,000
1715-23ZBrock Zearfoss 35-13.788Running116$1,000
1810-857WTyler Courtney 35-14.986Running114$1,000
1924+519AZTanner Thorson 35-15.176Running112$1,000
2018-211KKraig Kinser 35-16.036Running110$1,000
2119-283TTanner Carrick 34-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2225+320GNoah Gass 29-6 LapsRunning106$225
238-1516AColby Copeland 12-23 LapsRunning104$1,000
2422-215Donny Schatz 11-24 LapsRunning102$1,000
2520-583JRKerry Madsen 0-35 LapsRunning102$1,000
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11017Sheldon Haudenschild 120.0005Running0$0
22015Donny Schatz 12-1.0857Running0$0
3301SLogan Schuchart 12-2.569Running0$0
44019AZTanner Thorson 12-6.905Running0$0
58+324XChase Johnson 12-6.923Running90$300
67+188ND.J. Netto 12-7.784Running90$250
75-220GNoah Gass 12-9.057Running0$0
810+214Corey Day 12-9.748Running90$225
96-32KJ.J. Ringo 12-11.132Running90$200
109-17SJason Sides 12-12.708Running90$200
111106Bill Rose 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
121203Kaleb Montgomery 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1105Spencer Bayston 60.0006Running
22026Cory Eliason 6-0.744Running
33041SDominic Scelzi 6-2.706Running
45+118Giovanni Scelzi 6-3.929Running
58+349Brad Sweet 6-4.372Running
67+157Kyle Larson 6-5.383Running
74-31AJacob Allen 6-5.824Running
86-216AColby Copeland 6-6.517Running
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Brad Sweet 80.0008Running
2205Spencer Bayston 8-1.729Running
3302David Gravel 8-2.390Running
44021Mitchell Faccinto 8-3.821Running
56+117WShane Golobic 8-5.569Running
65-117Sheldon Haudenschild 8-6.814Running
77020GNoah Gass 8-8.444Running
8807SJason Sides 8-11.114Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+218Giovanni Scelzi 80.0008Running
26+457Kyle Larson 8-3.045Running
32-157WTyler Courtney 8-4.052Running
44024Rico Abreu 8-5.496Running
51-411KKraig Kinser 8-6.846Running
65-115Donny Schatz 8-8.104Running
78+12KJ.J. Ringo 8-9.347Running
87-114Corey Day 0-8 LapsRunning
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+11AJacob Allen 80.0008Running
21-116AColby Copeland 8-0.931Running
35+283James McFadden 8-2.375Running
4403ZBrock Zearfoss 8-3.792Running
53-283TTanner Carrick 8-5.922Running
6601SLogan Schuchart 8-7.672Running
77088ND.J. Netto 8-8.433Running
8806Bill Rose 8-11.295Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+141SDominic Scelzi 80.0008Running
21-126Cory Eliason 8-2.231Running
34+141Carson Macedo 8-2.648Running
43-188Austin McCarl 8-5.322Running
57+283JRKerry Madsen 8-7.001Running
65-119AZTanner Thorson 8-7.926Running
76-124XChase Johnson 8-8.168Running
8803Kaleb Montgomery 8-9.557Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
13049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.2630.000
2511KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN13.277-0.014
3116AColby Copeland Roseville, CA13.278-0.015
4926Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.286-0.023
5115Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.308-0.045
6457WTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN13.320-0.057
7171AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.328-0.065
8241SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA13.366-0.103
9282David Gravel Watertown, CT13.381-0.118
101618Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.396-0.133
111483TTanner Carrick Lincoln, CA13.401-0.138
12888Austin McCarl Altoona, IA13.425-0.162
13321Mitchell Faccinto Hanford, CA13.453-0.190
142024Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.492-0.229
15133ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.496-0.233
162741Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.505-0.242
171817Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.528-0.265
182315Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.545-0.282
192683James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.554-0.291
20619AZTanner Thorson Minden, NV13.560-0.297
211517WShane Golobic Fremont, CA13.587-0.324
222557Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA13.623-0.360
23191SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.676-0.413
24724XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA13.688-0.425
251020GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.706-0.443
263214Corey Day Clovis, CA13.725-0.462
272288ND.J. Netto Hanford, CA13.791-0.528
282483JRKerry Madsen Knoxville, IA13.827-0.564
29217SJason Sides Bartlett, TN13.931-0.668
30122KJ.J. Ringo Morgan Hill, CA13.943-0.680
31316Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.005-0.742
32293Kaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA14.020-0.757
Event Info  

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
March 11, 2022 to March 12, 2022
Thunderbowl Raceway
Bardsley & K Street
Tulare, CA 

Event Description
After a two-year absence, the spring swing through California returns! It starts with a thrilling two-night stay at Tulare's Thunderbowl for the Sprint Cars.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Sprint Car Track Record
12.582 seconds by Brad Sweet on 3/13/15

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Event Schedule
Gates Open: 4:00pm
Hot Laps: 5:00pm
Time Trials: 6:00pm
Racing Starts: 7:00pm
*All times Pacific

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Type of Grandstand
http://www.thunderbowlraceway.com/fan-info/seating-chart/

Stadium Seating
stadium seating chair are allowed as long as they don't impeded seats around you.

Handicapped Seating
Section F. Reserved seats are required. Companion seating is available.

Pit Age Limit
16 or older

Personal Coolers
No personal coolers are allowed.

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available for purchase at the track

Smoking Policy
No smoking allowed in the grandstands

Camping Availability
onsite

Camping Cost
call 559-686-4707 for information.

Track Info  

Thunderbowl Raceway
Bardsley & K Street
Tulare, CA 

Track Phone
(559) 688-0909

Ticket Phone
(559) 688-0909

Track Size & Type
0.333; High-banked, 1/3 mile

Sprint Car Track Record
12.582 seconds by Brad Sweet on 3/13/15

Competitor Info  

Which Schedule Would You like to Add to Your Calendar

2022_CASE_LMS_LOGO