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Independence Day Spectacular
Cedar Lake Speedway | New Richmond, Wisconsin
Saturday, July 01, 2023
Race Recap  

SECOND NO MORE: David Gravel Rolls to Elusive Cedar Lake World of Outlaws Victory

David Gravel is finally a Cedar Lake Speedway winner.

Seven times he’d been forced to endure the bitter taste of finishing second. Seven times he’d missed out on victory by a single spot. But on Saturday night at the Wisconsin 3/8-mile, Gravel brought the runner-up narrative to a close.

The Watertown, CT native started fourth and rolled the bottom masterfully – patiently working his way forward and taking the top spot from Spencer Bayston with only nine laps remaining. From there, Gravel drove away to a comfortable margin and the win in the Independence Day Spectacular finale.

The victory puts Gravel at eight for the season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars – already one more than last season. The 31-year-old is the 22nd different driver to top a race at the New Richmond, WI facility. Gravel’s career win total with The Greatest Show on Dirt elevated to 84 – enough to tie him with Stevie Smith for 11th on the all-time list.

Gravel credited his veteran savvy with leading him to Victory Lane.

“It feels good to finally win one here,” Gravel said. “Man, I love this track. This track is a lot of fun. It just shows you how much this track changes. The top was the fastest groove, and those young bucks can’t slow down like I can. You’ve just got to be real patient there on the bottom, and it really worked out. I got the wing back, and I know I was being way easier on my tires than those guys ripping the top for all of those laps.”

Spencer Bayston and Carson Macedo brought the field to green. As the duo roared down the back straightaway, Macedo rocketed around Bayston’s outside to claim the early lead.

Some early incidents plagued the beginning of the race, and Macedo maintained the top spot throughout the restarts. Finally, the green lights stayed on long enough for the leaders to reach lapped traffic. As Macedo worked through slower cars, Bayston found an opportunity to swipe the lead. The CJB Motorsports driver threw a successful slider on Macedo to secure the spot. Bayston quickly pulled away after taking the lead.

Behind Bayston, Gravel began to make his way forward as he found his footing on the bottom. He moved the Big Motorsports #2 underneath Gio Scelzi for third. Then he began the pursuit of second-running Macedo. Gravel continued to inch his way forward. A few laps later Gravel showed Macedo a nose. The next lap, he rolled by the Jason Johnson Racing #41.

But then the yellow flag flew before the lap was completed, giving Macedo the second spot back. On the restart, Macedo attempted to switch his line after seeing Gravel move by on the bottom. But after a couple laps, Macedo returned to the top and opened the bottom again for Gravel, who quickly capitalized to take over second.

Then only a few short laps later, Gravel closed on the tail tank of Bayston for the lead. Once he caught him, it didn’t take long and he was rolling by on the bottom for the top spot with only nine laps remaining.

Once he had the lead, Gravel pulled away and took the checkered flag with a nearly two second advantage. Second no more. Gravel finally bagged a Cedar Lake victory.

“Seven second place finishes sucks here,” Gravel said. “It’s definitely good to get a win. We’ve been awesome all year long, and, man, I just hope we keep this rolling.”

Bayston brought the CJB machine home second after leading 18 laps to notch his best finish of the season. The Lebanon, IN native is beginning to build some momentum with nine consecutive top 10s including top fives in three of the last four races. While the continued consistency is encouraging, Bayston found himself reflecting on the race wishing he might’ve been able to try something different to potentially lock up his first win of the season.

“We started off really, really strong,” Bayston explained. “We got to running there in second. Carson got the lead away from me, and sometimes it’s almost better to be second there, amd we were able to pounce on him and then control the middle part of the race and felt really good with what I was doing. As many restarts and cautions as we had, I felt really strong on all of those. I felt like I was able to get back going, but I just knew that as soon as it started getting dusty and that top started getting thinner and thinner that it was going to get really tricky. There’s a couple things I’m thinking back on I could’ve maybe done a little bit differently there.”

Completing the podium was a fast-closing Jacob Allen in the Shark Racing #1A. The Hanover, PA native put together a run from 13th to third as he followed in Gravel’s footsteps on the bottom. The result marked his first podium since Devil’s Bowl in early April and gave him the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger honors.

“You pretty much have to go where you need to, so if somebody is on the inside and you’re faster, you’ve got to go to the outside,” Allen said. “That just seems like the name of the game. I had a great race car. Once I got closer toward the front, David did show me a little bit of a better line in (Turns) 3 and 4 than I was running. It’s pretty wild how just a small, little change to my line picked up a lot more speed.”

Carson Macedo and Gio Scelzi rounded out the top five.

With his win and Brad Sweet finishing sixth, David Gravel trimmed Sweet’s points advantage down to four markers.

Macedo claimed his 11th Simpson Performance Products QuickTime of the season in Low-E Insulation Qualifying – already equaling his total from last year.

Rico Abreu topped the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Carson Macedo (104th Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by Buddy Kofoid (11th of career), Spencer Bayston (17th of career), and David Gravel (229th of career).

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems “Break of the Race” went to Josh Schneiderman. After making a strong run to transfer to the Feature from the Last Chance Showdown, Schneiderman was in the wrong place at the wrong time and got collected in a nasty wreck that ended his night early.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars roll on to an Iowa, Wisconsin doubleheader with trips to 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA) on Friday, July 7 and Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI) on Saturday, July 8. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action on DIRTVision.

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[4]; 2. 5-Spencer Bayston[1]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen[13]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[2]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[6]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[9]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[7]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[10]; 10. 83-James McFadden[14]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu[21]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[8]; 13. 6C-Carson McCarl[18]; 14. 34DD-Kraig Kinser[11]; 15. 17B-Bill Balog[19]; 16. 22-Riley Goodno[23]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[20]; 18. 5T-Ryan Timms[16]; 19. (DNF) 83JR-Michael Kofoid[3]; 20. (DNF) 88-Austin McCarl[15]; 21. (DNF) 49J-Josh Schneiderman[22]; 22. (DNF) 20G-Noah Gass[17]; 23. (DNF) 24T-Christopher Thram[24]; 24. (DNF) 7-Brooke Tatnell[12]; 25. (DNF) 6-Bill Rose[25]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+32David Gravel 350.0008Running150$10,000
21-15Spencer Bayston 35-1.95919Running146$6,000
313+101AJacob Allen 35-2.401Running144$3,500
42-241Carson Macedo 35-2.9148Running142$2,800
56+118Giovanni Scelzi 35-3.833Running140$2,500
69+349Brad Sweet 35-4.367Running138$2,300
7701SLogan Schuchart 35-4.627Running136$2,200
85-315Donny Schatz 35-5.767Running134$2,100
910+117Sheldon Haudenschild 35-6.138Running132$2,050
1014+483James McFadden 35-6.922Running130$2,000
1121+1024Rico Abreu 35-7.038Running128$1,600
128-43ZBrock Zearfoss 35-7.898Running126$1,400
1318+56CCarson McCarl 35-9.701Running124$1,200
1411-334DDKraig Kinser 35-11.760Running122$1,100
1519+417BBill Balog 35-13.527Running120$1,050
1623+722Riley Goodno 34-1 LapsRunning118$1,000
1720+315HSam Hafertepe Jr34-1 LapsRunning116$1,000
1816-25TRyan Timms 34-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
193-1683JRMichael Kofoid 25-10 LapsDNF112$1,000
2015-588Austin McCarl 19-16 LapsDNF110$1,000
2122+149JJosh Schneiderman 19-16 LapsDNF108$1,000
2217-520GNoah Gass 18-17 LapsDNF106$1,000
2324+124TChristopher Thram 18-17 LapsDNF104$1,000
2412-127Brooke Tatnell 12-23 LapsDNF102$1,000
252506Bill Rose 11-24 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Jacob Allen
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+224Rico Abreu 130.00012Running0$0
25+349JJosh Schneiderman 13-2.121Running0$0
31-222Riley Goodno 13-3.2021Running0$0
44024TChristopher Thram 13-4.206Running0$0
56+13PSawyer Phillips 13-4.743Running90$300
69+3199Ryan Bowers 13-4.886Running90$250
770105Cody Ihlen 13-6.206Running90$225
810+26Bill Rose 13-6.419Running90$200
912+32KKevin Ingle 13-6.680Running90$200
102-87SRobbie Price 11-2 LapsDNF90$200
11110G5Gage Pulkrabek 9-4 LapsDNF90$200
128-46XTrent Pigdon 6-7 LapsDNF90$200
1313091Reed Allex 2-11 LapsDNF90$200
1414019BJack Berger 0-13 LapsDNS90$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1105Spencer Bayston 80.0008Running0$0
22041Carson Macedo 8-2.367Running0$0
34+183JRMichael Kofoid 8-2.756Running0$0
45+12David Gravel 8-4.054Running0$0
56+115Donny Schatz 8-4.990Running0$0
68+218Giovanni Scelzi 8-5.307Running0$0
7701SLogan Schuchart 8-6.018Running0$0
83-53ZBrock Zearfoss 8-6.487Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 100.00010Running
24+215Donny Schatz 10-2.763Running
32-149Brad Sweet 10-4.096Running
45+11AJacob Allen 10-5.513Running
56+120GNoah Gass 10-6.983Running
63-322Riley Goodno 10-8.619Running
77049JJosh Schneiderman 10-8.814Running
880199Ryan Bowers 10-11.067Running
99091Reed Allex 0-10 LapsDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083JRMichael Kofoid 100.00010Running
24+21SLogan Schuchart 10-0.915Running
33017Sheldon Haudenschild 10-1.972Running
42-283James McFadden 10-3.422Running
5506CCarson McCarl 10-6.694Running
69+324Rico Abreu 10-7.277Running
78+13PSawyer Phillips 10-9.478Running
87-16Bill Rose 10-11.092Running
96-319BJack Berger 10-12.121Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1105Spencer Bayston 100.00010Running
22018Giovanni Scelzi 10-0.803Running
36+334DDKraig Kinser 10-3.746Running
44088Austin McCarl 10-4.212Running
53-217BBill Balog 10-4.903Running
65-17SRobbie Price 10-6.213Running
770105Cody Ihlen 10-8.091Running
880G5Gage Pulkrabek 9-1 LapsRunning
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
15+42David Gravel 100.0008Running
2203ZBrock Zearfoss 10-6.626Running
31-27Brooke Tatnell 10-7.0702Running
43-15TRyan Timms 10-7.862Running
54-115HSam Hafertepe Jr10-8.132Running
66024TChristopher Thram 10-11.922Running
7706XTrent Pigdon 10-13.171Running
8802KKevin Ingle 5-5 LapsDNF
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1141Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.3500.000
2783JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA11.461-0.111
335Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN11.494-0.144
467Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW11.530-0.180
5549Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA11.545-0.195
61683James McFadden Alice Springs, NT11.600-0.250
72818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA11.600-0.250
8153ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.653-0.303
93322Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA11.683-0.333
101017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.686-0.336
113217BBill Balog North Pole, AK11.714-0.364
1225TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK11.731-0.381
132015Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.731-0.381
14191SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.733-0.383
152488Austin McCarl Altoona, IA11.734-0.384
162615HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX11.746-0.396
17211AJacob Allen Hanover, PA11.771-0.421
18126CCarson McCarl Altoona, IA11.771-0.421
19237SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC11.780-0.430
20222David Gravel Watertown, CT11.801-0.451
21820GNoah Gass Mounds, OK11.844-0.494
22419BJack Berger Lake Elmo, MN11.923-0.573
231834DDKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN11.931-0.581
243124TChristopher Thram Sanborn, MN11.981-0.631
251149JJosh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA12.003-0.653
26176Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.055-0.705
279105Cody Ihlen Pipestone, MN12.098-0.748
28276XTrent Pigdon , 12.144-0.794
2925199Ryan Bowers Nowthen, MN12.174-0.824
30303PSawyer Phillips Pleasantville, IA12.294-0.944
3114G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN12.377-1.027
32342KKevin Ingle Huron, SD12.889-1.539
331391Reed Allex St. Cloud, MN12.938-1.588
342924Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA12.938-1.588
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12015Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.4080.000
2222David Gravel Watertown, CT11.429-0.021
32615HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX11.443-0.035
41683James McFadden Alice Springs, NT11.559-0.151
5141Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.563-0.155
6191SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.573-0.165
72818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA11.578-0.170
81017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.580-0.172
9153ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.623-0.215
10237SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC11.638-0.230
113217BBill Balog North Pole, AK11.669-0.261
12211AJacob Allen Hanover, PA11.698-0.290
132488Austin McCarl Altoona, IA11.698-0.290
149105Cody Ihlen Pipestone, MN11.717-0.309
15783JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA11.745-0.337
161149JJosh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA11.758-0.350
17549Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA11.773-0.365
181834DDKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN11.790-0.382
1967Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW11.889-0.481
2035Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN11.902-0.494
213322Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA11.913-0.505
223124TChristopher Thram Sanborn, MN11.936-0.528
2325199Ryan Bowers Nowthen, MN11.976-0.568
2425TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK12.059-0.651
25276XTrent Pigdon , 12.060-0.652
26176Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.091-0.683
27419BJack Berger Lake Elmo, MN12.148-0.740
28303PSawyer Phillips Pleasantville, IA12.169-0.761
29126CCarson McCarl Altoona, IA12.204-0.796
30820GNoah Gass Mounds, OK12.293-0.885
31342KKevin Ingle Huron, SD12.412-1.004
3214G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN12.457-1.049
331391Reed Allex St. Cloud, MN13.184-1.776
342924Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.184-1.776
King of the Hill Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
118+1788Austin McCarl 00.000Running0$0
212+1017Sheldon Haudenschild 0454.126Running0$0
331+287Brooke Tatnell 0375.436Running0$0
426+2218Giovanni Scelzi 0297.016Running0$0
527+2215Donny Schatz 0262.928Running0$0
611+515HSam Hafertepe Jr0144.070Running0$0
719+126CCarson McCarl 0139.696Running0$0
814+62KKevin Ingle 046.039Running0$0
917+841Carson Macedo 04.874Running0$0
1021+113PSawyer Phillips 04.530Running0$0
112-91AJacob Allen 0-23.466Running0$0
127-5199Ryan Bowers 0288.202Running0$0
1329+161SLogan Schuchart 0222.217Running0$0
1420+683James McFadden 0220.363Running0$0
1513-2105Cody Ihlen 0206.791Running0$0
1634+183ZBrock Zearfoss 0158.551Running0$0
174-1317BBill Balog 0155.057Running0$0
1832+1424TChristopher Thram 0152.915Running0$0
1915-434DDKraig Kinser 037.728Running0$0
2024+4G5Gage Pulkrabek 02.334Running0$0
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Independence Day Spectacular
Saturday, July 01, 2023
Cedar Lake Speedway
2275 County Road CC
New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017 

Event Description
The 4th of July tradition continues with an Independence Day Spectacular in New Richmond, WI. Last year, Jacob Allen & Brock Zearfoss snapped Brad Sweet's three-year winning streak.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
FRIDAY:
Grandstands at 5PM
Racing at 7PM

SATURDAY:
Grandstands at 5PM
Racing at 7PM
HUGE FIREWORKS!
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(612) 363-0479

Options And Prices
FRIDAY:
$40 adults; $20 student age 6-16; 5 and under FREE; $40 Pit Pass

SATURDAY:
$45 adults; $22 student age 6-16; 5 and under FREE; $45 Pit Pass

Grandstand Type
Bleachers / chairbacks

Family Section Location
all areas are family friendly

Handicapped Seating Location
Both sides of stadium have wheel chair accessible seating

Pit Age Requirement
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Parking Cost
$0.00

Handicapped Parking Location
Outside the front gate

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
$60 for the Weekend

Frequently Asked Questions  
Type of Grandstand
Bleachers / chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed.

Handicapped Seating
Both sides of stadium have wheel chair accessible seating

Handicapped Parking
Outside the front gate

Pit Age Limit
NO age restriction for pits. 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Personal Coolers
Coolers are permitted at the speedway, however you are NOT ALLOWED to bring in any alcoholic beverages or glass containers.

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
Beer and wine will be available to purchase

Smoking Policy
No smoking in Grandstands

Family Section
all areas are family friendly

Parking Cost
$0.00

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
$60 for the Weekend

Track Info  

Cedar Lake Speedway
2275 County Road CC
New Richmond, Wisconsin 54017 

Track Phone
(715) 248-7119

Ticket Phone
(612) 363-0479

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size
0.375

Sprint Car Track Record
10.746 seconds by Christopher Thram on 5/4/2024

Late Model Track Record
12.950 by Shannon Babb on 8/3/23

Closest Airport
Minneapolis, MN (MSP / KMSP) Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport

Other Airport
Eau Claire, WI (EAU / KEAU) Chippewa Valley Regional Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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