Texas Two-Step
Friday, March 04, 2022
Race Recap  

DÉJÀ VU: Haudenschild Tames Texas Two-Step Opener Once Again at Cotton Bowl

Friday’s Texas Two-Step opener at Cotton Bowl Speedway felt all too similar to last year’s initial run at the Paige, TX track.

  • In March 2021, Sheldon Haudenschild was slated to start seventh, drove to the lead on Lap 25, and his score made him the first repeat winner of the young World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season.
  • In March 2022, Sheldon Haudenschild was slated to start seventh, drove to the lead on Lap 22, and his score made him the first repeat winner of the young World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season.

There were differences, however, and the Wooster, OH gasser noted he thought this triumph was harder to come by. It required a more patient, methodical approach to carving his way forward and ultimately parking the Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing, NOS Energy Drink #17 in victory lane.

“I felt like more guys had this place figured out this year, at least as to what I was doing compared to last year,” Sheldon said after his 24th career World of Outlaws win. “It made this one a lot more wild, I mean Logan [Schuchart], Brad [Sweet], and I had a really great battle. That yellow kind of came at a bad spot for me, but I ended up catching Cory [Eliason] and I knew the exit of turn two would be good to square him up.”

A bad spot indeed, the Lap 8 caution for early leader James McFadden’s flat right rear tire slowed Haudenschild’s momentum as he caught McFadden and Eliason in a three-way battle for the lead. Sheldon then found himself in a torrid battle with Schuchart & Sweet on the restart, but soon broke away and reeled in Eliason’s Rudeen Racing #26 with some lap traffic assistance.

Haudenschild caught Eliason on the 22nd circuit and promptly cut the #17 from top-to-bottom in turn two and rocketed right underneath the #26 down the backstretch. From there, it was basically over as Haudenschild built an impressive 2.578-second margin of victory over the final nine-lap stretch.

“This NOS Energy Drink #17 team is on it,” said Haudenschild praising his SJMR crew. “[Kyle] Ripper, Stephen [Hamm-Reilly], and Jakob [Weaver] are killing it. It’s been a little slow to get the season going, so I can’t wait to get racing more and see if we can win a little bit more too.”

World of Outlaws Podium Finishers at Cotton Bowl (3/5/22)
Updated Career Podium Totals – Sweet (235), Haudenschild (67), Eliason (7). [Trent Gower]

After leading 13 laps throughout the middle portions, Cory Eliason of Visalia, CA settled for a runner-up result aboard the Rudeen Racing #26. It’s his best finish in World of Outlaws competition since he won his second career race in September of 2018 at Calistoga, extending his victory lane dry spell to 78 races with the Series.

“He was definitely better later when we really needed it,” Eliason noted. “This track is tough already, but lap traffic adds another element to that. I knew if someone was there they were probably going to get by me once I got caught in a bad spot. We’ve still got tomorrow night to come back stronger and get one spot better.”

For the fifth time in five races at Cotton Bowl Speedway, Brad Sweet was among the podium finishers. The three-time and defending World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion kept his consistent runs coming with a third-place bid for the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49.

“We just run really good here,” Sweet joked on his prowess at the Paige, TX facility. “You always want to win, but I think we just barely missed it on the car. I couldn’t hit the bottom quite well and I tried about 10 different ways, but I just couldn’t get it slowed down to get the car stuck. It felt a little one-dimensional stuck on the top like that. We’ll make a few better decisions and get a little better for tomorrow.”

Rounding out the top-five on Friday night was Logan Schuchart with a season-best fourth-place finish for the Shark Racing, DuraMax #1S, and Donny Schatz with a KSE Hard Charger bid from 13th to fifth in the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance #15.

Closing out the top-10 at Cotton Bowl was Giovanni Scelzi in the KCP Racing #18, David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2, Jacob Allen in the Shark Racing #1A, Spencer Bayston in the CJB Motorsports #5, and Brock Zearfoss in the Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill #3Z.

WORLD OF OUTLAWS NOTEBOOK (Cotton Bowl Speedway – March 5, 2022)

Cotton Bowl (Paige, TX) joins I-55 (Pevely, MO) as the only two tracks that Sheldon Haudenschild has conquered on multiple occasions throughout his 24-win career to this point.

Sheldon Haudenschild (Wooster, OH) is now tied with Ron Shuman (Tempe, AZ) and Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA) for 25th on the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series All-Time Win List.

Jacob Allen (Hanover, PA) earned his 12th career Slick Woody’s QuickTime Award, becoming the fourth driver in four races to top the charts. The Shark Racing #1A went around Cotton Bowl’s 1/3-mile in 13.538 seconds.

NOS Energy Drink Heat Race wins went to Jacob Allen (35th career), Brad Sweet (199th career), and James McFadden (22nd career).

Cory Eliason (Visalia, CA) earned his sixth career DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash victory, claiming his first pole position since 2018.

Ayrton Gennetten (Versailles, MO) topped the MicroLite Last Chance Showdown by a massive margin of 5.254-seconds.

Six drivers including Rico Abreu (12th), Sam Hafertepe Jr. (15th), Wayne Johnson (17th), Scott Bogucki (19th), Garet Williamson (21st), and Carson McCarl (23rd) all qualified for their first World of Outlaws Feature of the 2022 season.

A driver change for the Kasey Kahne Racing #9 resulted in the team/driver receiving the standard 90 show-up points, while Tanner Thorson was credited as an alternate and received points/pay for finishing 24th in the Feature.

UP NEXT (Saturday) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will conclude the Texas Two-Step on Saturday, March 5 with another night at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, TX. Following this weekend, The Greatest Show on Dirt heads west for a three-week trip to California including races at Tulare (March 11-12), Merced (March 18), Ocean (March 19), Bakersfield (March 25), and Perris (March 26).

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (30 Laps) – 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$10,000]; 2. 26-Cory Eliason [1][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2][$3,200]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][$2,600]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [13][$2,350]; 6. 18-Giovanni Scelzi [8][$2,150]; 7. 2-David Gravel [10][$2,100]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,950]; 9. 5-Spencer Bayston [9][$1,900]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [12][$1,850]; 11. 41-Carson Macedo [16][$1,400]; 12. 24-Rico Abreu [18][$1,200]; 13. 83-James McFadden [3][$1,000]; 14. 8-Aaron Reutzel [5][$950]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [11][$900]; 16. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [19][$900]; 17. 2C-Wayne Johnson [24][$900]; 18. 21-Brian Brown [17][$900]; 19. 84-Scott Bogucki [15][$900]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$900]; 21. 24W-Garet Williamson [23][$900]; 22. 20G-Noah Gass [22][$900]; 23. 27-Carson McCarl [20][$900]; 24. 19AZ-Tanner Thorson [-][$900]. Lap Leaders: James McFadden 1-8, Cory Eliason 9-21, Sheldon Haudenschild 22-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+8]

NEW Championship Standings (After 4/90 Races): 1. David Gravel (574); 2. Sheldon Haudenschild (-2); 3. Donny Schatz (-10); 4. Brad Sweet (-28); 5. James McFadden (-36); 6. Cory Eliason (-38); 7. Carson Macedo (-50); 8. Aaron Reutzel (-58); 9. Logan Schuchart (-62); 10. Jacob Allen (-70).

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
17+617Sheldon Haudenschild 300.0009Running150$10,000
21-126Cory Eliason 30-2.57814Running146$5,500
32-149Brad Sweet 30-3.197Running144$3,200
4401SLogan Schuchart 30-4.492Running142$2,600
513+815Donny Schatz 30-6.687Running140$2,350
68+218Giovanni Scelzi 30-6.829Running138$2,150
710+32David Gravel 30-7.785Running136$2,100
86-21AJacob Allen 30-10.043Running134$1,950
9905Spencer Bayston 30-10.453Running132$1,900
1012+23ZBrock Zearfoss 30-11.695Running130$1,850
1116+541Carson Macedo 30-11.972Running128$1,400
1218+624Rico Abreu 30-12.520Running126$1,200
133-1083James McFadden 30-15.0327Running124$1,000
145-98Aaron Reutzel 29-1 LapsRunning122$950
1511-415HSam Hafertepe Jr29-1 LapsRunning120$900
1619+33Ayrton Gennetten 29-1 LapsRunning118$900
1723+62CWayne Johnson 29-1 LapsRunning116$900
1817-121Brian Brown 29-1 LapsRunning114$900
1915-484Scott Bogucki 29-1 LapsRunning112$900
2014-611KKraig Kinser 29-1 LapsRunning110$900
2122+124WGaret Williamson 29-1 LapsRunning108$900
2221-120GNoah Gass 29-1 LapsRunning106$900
2320-327Carson McCarl 17-13 LapsRunning104$900
2424019AZTanner Thorson 0-30 LapsRunning102$900
Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+13Ayrton Gennetten 120.00012Running0$0
23+127Carson McCarl 12-5.254Running0$0
31-29Kasey Kahne 12-6.567Running90$300
44020GNoah Gass 12-7.216Running0$0
56+124WGaret Williamson 12-7.499Running0$0
67+12CWayne Johnson 12-7.832Running0$0
79+219AZTanner Thorson 12-8.206Running0$0
810+27SJason Sides 12-11.538Running90$250
95-499XDalton Stevens 12-12.489Running90$225
108-26Bill Rose 12-14.156Running90$200
111104Austin Mundie 7-5 LapsRunning90$200
DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11026Cory Eliason 60.0006Running
22049Brad Sweet 6-0.647Running
34+183James McFadden 6-2.160Running
43-11SLogan Schuchart 6-2.613Running
56+18Aaron Reutzel 6-4.166Running
65-11AJacob Allen 6-4.718Running
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101AJacob Allen 80.0008Running
23+11SLogan Schuchart 8-1.752Running
32-117Sheldon Haudenschild 8-4.025Running
4402David Gravel 8-4.308Running
57+215Donny Schatz 8-5.843Running
66041Carson Macedo 8-6.463Running
78+127Carson McCarl 8-11.214Running
810+299XDalton Stevens 8-12.206Running
9906Bill Rose 8-15.450Running
105-59Kasey Kahne 5-3 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083James McFadden 80.0008Running
23+18Aaron Reutzel 8-1.533Running
34+118Giovanni Scelzi 8-1.691Running
42-215HSam Hafertepe Jr8-3.668Running
56+111KKraig Kinser 8-5.994Running
65-121Brian Brown 8-7.142Running
7703Ayrton Gennetten 8-8.157Running
89+124WGaret Williamson 8-8.485Running
98-119AZTanner Thorson 8-10.792Running
101004Austin Mundie 8-12.569Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Brad Sweet 80.0008Running
23+126Cory Eliason 8-0.881Running
32-15Spencer Bayston 8-3.707Running
4403ZBrock Zearfoss 8-5.097Running
56+184Scott Bogucki 8-5.937Running
65-124Rico Abreu 8-6.895Running
77020GNoah Gass 8-8.007Running
8802CWayne Johnson 8-8.333Running
9907SJason Sides 8-11.848Running
My Place Hotels Qualifying Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1261AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.5380.000
2783James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.556-0.018
3949Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.603-0.065
41217Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.638-0.100
51615HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.729-0.191
625Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.735-0.197
781SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.737-0.199
8148Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX13.757-0.219
92826Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.781-0.243
10222David Gravel Watertown, CT13.803-0.265
11118Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.809-0.271
12133ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.858-0.320
1339Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA13.877-0.339
142421Brian Brown Higginsville, MO13.915-0.377
151824Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.919-0.381
161941Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.925-0.387
172511KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN14.007-0.469
181584Scott Bogucki Mclaren Vale, SA14.094-0.556
192015Donny Schatz Fargo, ND14.102-0.564
20113Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO14.106-0.568
211720GNoah Gass Mounds, OK14.163-0.625
222727Carson McCarl Altoona, IA14.266-0.728
23619AZTanner Thorson Minden, NV14.390-0.852
2442CWayne Johnson Oklahoma City, OK14.410-0.872
25106Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.424-0.886
262124WGaret Williamson Columbia, MO14.457-0.919
2757SJason Sides Bartlett, TN14.510-0.972
282399XDalton Stevens Scurry, TX14.673-1.135
29294Austin Mundie Crandall, TX15.691-2.153
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Texas Two-Step
March 4, 2022 to March 5, 2022
Cotton Bowl Speedway
1175 Co Rd 202
Paige, TX 

Event Description
The start to a double barrel Texas weekend for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Sprint Car Track Record
13.356 seconds by Aaron Reutzel on 3/19/21

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Feature Laps Length
30

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

Event Hashtag
#TexasTwostep

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Reserved Seating
Top 7 Rows of Sections A-I

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Handicapped Seating
Front Stretch

Pit Age Limit
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors 17 and younger must submit a Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability.

Personal Coolers
Coolers with beer are allowed for $10. No other food or drinks allowed. Coolers must not be bigger than 10"X13"X9". All Coolers are subject to inspection upon entering the facility.

Credit Card Use
Concessions, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
CBS does not sell alcohol at the track. Coolers no bigger than 10"X13"X9" are allowed in with beer only for $10. No glass bottles.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands

Parking Cost
$5 day of event, $6 credit card day of event

Camping Availability
offsite, onsite

Camping Cost
$100 in advance, $125 at the Gate (Cash ONLY)

Closest Airport
Austin, TX (AUS / KAUS) Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Other Airport
College Station, TX (CLL / KCLL) Easterwood Airport

Track Info  

Cotton Bowl Speedway
1175 Co Rd 202
Paige, TX 

Track Phone
(512) 619-2503

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.375; High-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
13.356 seconds by Aaron Reutzel on 3/19/21

Competitor Info  

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