World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Thunderbowl Raceway | Tulare, CA
Friday, March 11, 2022
Race Recap  

HOME COOKIN': Californian Giovanni Scelzi Denies World of Outlaws at Tulare

After a three-year wait, the anticipation for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series return to Thunderbowl Raceway was through the roof, and boy did Tulare live up to all the hype.

Officially, Spencer Bayston (1-6) & Giovanni Scelzi (7-35) were the only ones to lead laps, but Rico Abreu, Kyle Larson & David Gravel all held the top spot for brief moments throughout Friday’s exciting 35-lapper at the 1/3-mile oval.

The 14-minute sprint was halted by only one caution for Bayston, who spun the CJB Motorsports #5 when he suffered a flat left front while leading in his Tulare debut. From there, it was an all-out brawl as the leaders sliced through traffic, bounced off the boards, slid by and crossed each other time after time, and completed more passes than you can imagine.

Scelzi, a native of nearby Fresno, CA, assumed the lead on the Lap 7 restart and fought off anyone and everyone who dared to test the KCP Racing #18. Abreu tossed a Lap 16 slider, Larson launched his move on Lap 30, and Gravel slid by on Lap 33, but none could shake the 20-year-old enough to take the lead for good.

At the checkered flag, Giovanni crossed with a narrow 0.395-second margin of victory to claim his fourth-career World of Outlaws win. It’s his first with The Greatest Show on Dirt in his home state and gives the Californians a 1-0 edge on the Outlaws to kickstart the six-race swing.

“You can go ahead and tally one for California over the Outlaws,” Scelzi said to a raucous Tulare crowd. “Seriously, though, this is really cool. I’ve never won a race this big in front of my home crowd. I haven’t been back in a long time, so to feel this support is incredible.

Gravel (#2) was one of many challengers Scelzi (#18) denied in Friday’s Feature. [Trent Gower]

Coming up short of his second win of the young season was David Gravel with a second-place effort in the Big Game Motorsports #2. The two-time Tulare winner faded to fourth near midway, but found his line in lap traffic and bolted back into contention with Scelzi & Larson after disposing of a wild battle with Abreu, Brad Sweet & Sheldon Haudenschild.

Gravel’s Series best third podium also makes him the only driver left with a top-10 finish in every Feature this season. The current championship contender has reached a newfound level of consistency, recording his worst finish in seventh-place thus far.

“I hope the rest of our season isn’t like this running second all the time,” Gravel joked afterward. “It always feels good to battle with the best for a win, but it only leaves you hungrier when you don’t get it. Larson & Sheldon were running torrid paces, but their mistakes gave me a chance at Gio. Once I found my lane, I knew exactly where to go, just needed to execute better.”

The final step on the podium went to Elk Grove, CA’s Kyle Larson in third-place aboard Paul Silva’s #57. It was his first appearance at Tulare since his 2013 Trophy Cup title, and he picked right back up where he left off nine years ago.

The reigning NASCAR champion earned a roar from his home state crowd when he said he would fly to Phoenix for NASCAR qualifying, and fly back tomorrow night to chase another World of Outlaws win at the Thunderbowl.

“This has always been my favorite track,” Larson admitted. “It’s great to be back after such a long time and put on a show like that. I felt like we were good enough to win, but I just made too many mistakes on my part. Hopefully, we can get a better start to our night tomorrow and we’ll be in good shape.”

A pair of California’s rounded out the top-five at Tulare with Rico Abreu of St. Helena running fourth and Brad Sweet of Grass Valley finishing fifth.

Closing out the top-10 on Friday was James McFadden with a 21st-to-sixth KSE Hard Charger run in the Roth Motorsports #83, Carson Macedo in seventh for Jason Johnson Racing, Sheldon Haudenschild in eighth with Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing, Tyler Courtney in ninth during his debut in Kevin Kozlowski’s #57, and Shane Golobic in tenth in his first Outlaw outing of 2022 in the NOS Energy Drink #17W.

Updated Career Podium Totals – Scelzi (10th), Gravel (174th), Larson (49th). [Trent Gower]

THE NOS NOTEBOOK (Thunderbowl Raceway – March 11, 2022)

Giovanni Scelzi’s fourth career World of Outlaws win (in his 113th start) ties him with Dub May, Jack Hewitt, Ian Madsen & James McFadden for 68th on the All-Time Wins List. Scelzi, of Fresno, CA, is the 24th Californian to beat the World of Outlaws in his home state.

Carson Macedo (Lemoore, CA) made it six drivers in six races to earn the Slick Woody’s QuickTime Award this season. He went around Tulare’s 1/3/-mile in 12.879 seconds aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

Carson Macedo (62nd career), David Gravel (184th career), Sheldon Haudenschild (70th career), and Giovanni Scelzi (17th career) all split NOS Energy Drink Heat Race wins.

Giovanni Scelzi scored his sixth career pole position by winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash.

James McFadden rebounded from a Heat Race wreck by winning the MicroLite Last Chance Showdown.

Seven drivers qualified for their first NOS Energy Drink Feature of the 2022 season: Shane Golobic (10th), Colby Copeland (16th), Austin McCarl (17th), Mitchell Faccinto (20th), Tanner Carrick (21st), Kaleb Montgomery (22nd), and Dominic Scelzi (23rd).

A pair of drivers including Kaleb Montgomery (Templeton, CA) and Corey Day (Clovis, CA) both made the first-ever appearance of their careers with The Greatest Show on Dirt.

UP NEXT (Saturday) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series concludes a doubleheader at Tulare’s Thunderbowl Raceway on Saturday, March 12. The Greatest Show on Dirt then takes the west coast swing 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. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [1][$10,000]; 2. 2-David Gravel [4][$5,500]; 3. 57-Kyle Larson [9][$3,200]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [3][$2,600]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [6][$2,350]; 6. 83-James McFadden [21][$2,150]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo [7][$2,100]; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [8][$1,950]; 9. 57W-Tyler Courtney [10][$1,900]; 10. 17W-Shane Golobic [13][$1,850]; 11. 83JR-Kerry Madsen [17][$1,400]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz [14][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5][$1,000]; 14. 26-Cory Eliason [24][$950]; 15. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$900]; 16. 16A-Colby Copeland [18][$900]; 17. 88-Austin McCarl [12][$900]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [15][$900]; 19. 5-Spencer Bayston [2][$900]; 20. 21-Mitchell Faccinto [19][$900]; 21. 83T-Tanner Carrick [11][$900]; 22. 3-Kaleb Montgomery [16][$900]; 23. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [23][$900]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [22][$900]. Lap Leaders: Spencer Bayston 1-6, Giovanni Scelzi 7-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-James McFadden[+15]

NEW Championship Standings (After 6/85 Races): 1. David Gravel (860); 2. Sheldon Haudenschild (-28); 3. Donny Schatz (-36); 4. Brad Sweet (-38); 5. James McFadden (-40); 6. Carson Macedo (-50); 7. Logan Schuchart (-86); 8. Cory Eliason (-100); 9. Giovanni Scelzi (-102); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-112).

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Feature Results
11018Giovanni Scelzi 350.00030Running150$10,000
24+22David Gravel 35-0.395Running146$5,500
39+657Kyle Larson 35-1.518Running144$3,200
43-124Rico Abreu 35-2.596Running142$2,600
56+149Brad Sweet 35-3.371Running140$2,350
621+1583James McFadden 35-5.159Running138$2,150
77041Carson Macedo 35-5.371Running136$2,100
88017Sheldon Haudenschild 35-6.951Running134$1,950
910+157WTyler Courtney 35-8.153Running132$1,900
1013+317WShane Golobic 35-8.851Running130$1,850
1117+683JRKerry Madsen 35-9.427Running128$1,400
1214+215Donny Schatz 35-10.807Running126$1,200
135-811KKraig Kinser 35-11.679Running124$1,000
1424+1026Cory Eliason 35-12.122Running122$950
1520+51SLogan Schuchart 35-12.738Running120$900
1618+216AColby Copeland 35-13.410Running118$900
1712-588Austin McCarl 35-15.397Running116$900
1815-33ZBrock Zearfoss 34-1 LapsRunning114$900
192-175Spencer Bayston 34-1 Laps5Running112$900
2019-121Mitchell Faccinto 34-1 LapsRunning110$900
2111-1083TTanner Carrick 19-16 LapsRunning108$900
2216-63Kaleb Montgomery 18-17 LapsRunning106$900
2323041SDominic Scelzi 15-20 LapsRunning104$900
2422-21AJacob Allen 9-26 LapsRunning102$900
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
12+183James McFadden 120.00012Running0$0
21-11AJacob Allen 12-0.975Running0$0
33041SDominic Scelzi 12-1.621Running0$0
46+226Cory Eliason 12-2.203Running0$0
54-124XChase Johnson 12-4.806Running90$300
68+288ND.J. Netto 12-5.860Running90$250
77014Corey Day 12-7.078Running90$225
812+42KJ.J. Ringo 12-9.636Running90$200
911+219AZTanner Thorson 12-9.833Running90$200
109-17SJason Sides 12-10.853Running90$200
115-620GNoah Gass 12-12.786Running90$200
1210-26Bill Rose 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+118Giovanni Scelzi 60.0006Running
26+45Spencer Bayston 6-1.571Running
34+124Rico Abreu 6-3.036Running
43-12David Gravel 6-4.722Running
51-411KKraig Kinser 6-4.933Running
65-149Brad Sweet 6-5.715Running
77041Carson Macedo 6-6.473Running
88017Sheldon Haudenschild 6-8.197Running
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 80.0008Running
22049Brad Sweet 8-2.328Running
34+157Kyle Larson 8-3.757Running
43-117WShane Golobic 8-4.327Running
55083JRKerry Madsen 8-6.022Running
66041SDominic Scelzi 8-7.366Running
77026Cory Eliason 8-8.132Running
8806Bill Rose 8-12.083Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 80.0008Running
2205Spencer Bayston 8-1.362Running
34+157WTyler Courtney 8-2.903Running
43-115Donny Schatz 8-3.722Running
57+216AColby Copeland 8-5.032Running
68+224XChase Johnson 8-6.845Running
76-114Corey Day 8-7.158Running
85-383James McFadden 0-8 LapsRunning
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+118Giovanni Scelzi 80.0008Running
21-124Rico Abreu 8-1.847Running
34+183TTanner Carrick 8-4.236Running
45+13ZBrock Zearfoss 8-5.112Running
53-221Mitchell Faccinto 8-6.412Running
68+220GNoah Gass 8-9.162Running
76-188ND.J. Netto 8-10.141Running
87-119AZTanner Thorson 8-11.501Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+117Sheldon Haudenschild 80.0008Running
21-111KKraig Kinser 8-3.904Running
34+188Austin McCarl 8-6.328Running
46+23Kaleb Montgomery 8-8.172Running
5501SLogan Schuchart 8-8.295Running
63-31AJacob Allen 8-10.014Running
78+17SJason Sides 8-12.856Running
87-12KJ.J. Ringo 8-12.995Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
11941Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.8790.000
222David Gravel Watertown, CT12.913-0.034
32624Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA12.951-0.072
4511KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN12.956-0.077
53049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.978-0.099
6255Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN12.980-0.101
7918Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.014-0.135
82117Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.038-0.159
9617WShane Golobic Fremont, CA13.054-0.175
102215Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.065-0.186
11421Mitchell Faccinto Hanford, CA13.087-0.208
12271AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.095-0.216
132057Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA13.096-0.217
141257WTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN13.103-0.224
151683TTanner Carrick Lincoln, CA13.104-0.225
16388Austin McCarl Altoona, IA13.105-0.226
171883JRKerry Madsen Knoxville, IA13.115-0.236
18783James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.156-0.277
19243ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.168-0.289
2081SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.169-0.290
211141SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA13.213-0.334
222314Corey Day Clovis, CA13.215-0.336
23188ND.J. Netto Hanford, CA13.219-0.340
24283Kaleb Montgomery Templeton, CA13.242-0.363
252926Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.250-0.371
263216AColby Copeland Roseville, CA13.255-0.376
271719AZTanner Thorson Minden, NV13.264-0.385
28132KJ.J. Ringo Morgan Hill, CA13.371-0.492
29316Bill Rose Plainfield, IN13.371-0.492
301024XChase Johnson Penngrove, CA13.526-0.647
311520GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.816-0.937
32147SJason Sides Bartlett, TN13.816-0.937
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

Feature Laps Length

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

Type of Grandstand

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

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  

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