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World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Tri-City Speedway | Granite City, Illinois
Friday, April 28, 2023
Race Recap  

BIG GAME HUNTING: David Gravel Surges to Victory in World of Outlaws Return to Tri-City Speedway

After an early season stretch of dominance that saw him claim three of the first five World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car races, David Gravel’s results had slipped in recent weeks.

The sub-par finishes were never a matter of performance. A slight mistake at U.S. 36 Raceway led to a DNF. Contact with a competitor in Pevely turned a potential win into a ninth. Through it all, the Big Game Motorsports #2 continued to be one of the fastest cars on track.

On Friday night, Gravel and his team put a full night together to collect their Series-leading fourth triumph of the season after a mid-race pass for the lead as the World of Outlaws returned to Tri-City Speedway for the first time in 15 years. With the victory, Gravel upped his career total with The Greatest Show on Dirt to 80 – becoming only the 12th to reach that mark. The Illinois oval became the 42nd different track he’s visited Victory Lane at with the World of Outlaws.

In the bigger picture, Gravel also moved up to second in points – only 12 behind leader Carson Macedo. Perhaps most importantly, celebrating in Victory Lane helped Gravel forget about the recent troubles and bring to mind what he and the Big Game team are capable of when everything operates smoothly as they pursue a title.

“We’ve been up front all year,” Gravel said. “I screwed up at U.S. 36, and then we had stuff happen at Volusia and Pevely, but this car has been fast all year… We’ve been in the Dash so many of the nights. Even if we’re not in the Dash, we battle to the front… It’s been a fun year. We’ve had three nights to throw away already, but if we keep running like we are, it’ll take care of itself.”

While Gravel emerged as the winner, it was Logan Schuchart who controlled the early portion of the race. The driver of the Shark Racing #1S won the night’s Toyota Racing Dash to earn the pole of the NOS Energy Drink Feature. When the green flag flew, it was Schuchart who paced the field with Sheldon Haudenschild in tow.

The runner-up spot was gifted to Gravel on lap eight when Haudenschild tapped the Turn 1 wall on corner entry and couldn’t get his car pulled away. The contact sent the NOS Energy Drink #17 upside down. Despite sustaining heavy damage, the Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing crew, with the help of others, was able to make repairs and send Haudenschild back out.

A quick red flag on the ensuing restart caused the next attempt to be single file and set up what wound up being the race’s longest green flag run.

Schuchart charged ahead when the green flag came about, but Gravel stayed not too far behind. As Schuchart stuck with the low line around the entire three-eighths mile, Gravel began to search. Eventually, the Watertown, CT native found speed on the cushion in Turns 1 and 2 and quickly ran down Schuchart.

A few laps prior to halfway, Gravel powered down the backstretch with a massive run and looked to Schuchart’s inside entering Turn 3 but didn’t have the room to make it stick. A few quick circuits later and Gravel refused to be denied. With the same type of run down the back straightaway, Gravel roared alongside the Shark Racing machine and held his ground. Schuchart slipped up in the set of corners, and Gravel hit the moisture on the exit perfectly to secure the top spot.

David Gravel and Logan Schuchart
David Gravel patiently waited for the right opportunity to pass Logan Schuchart (Trent Gower Photo)

“Yeah I just didn’t want to blow it and get inside him (Schuchart) and show him I was running the top and getting big runs on him,” Gravel explained. “Luckily, it all worked out. I was able to get by him down the backstretch He kind of really wasn’t running the bottom, kind of running low then slipping up where I was kind of getting that moisture line. That line was getting thinner and thinner as the race went on. It got tricky, so I had to get my wing back.

“I was really ginger going into (Turn) one. I didn’t want to do what Sheldon did. It’s so easy to do that. There’s a shadow there. The curb is against the wall, so I was kind of conservative on entrance, but I tried to have a lot of corner speed through the center and exit and it worked out.”

Once he grabbed the lead, Gravel began to stretch the advantage in traffic – slicing through lappers while those behind them struggled to get through.

As the laps waned, fifth-starting Parker Price-Miller began to run down the top two while running the top all around the racetrack. With less than five laps remaining, “The Law Firm” threw a slider on Schuchart to take over the second spot.

Even with PPM’s late speed, there was no time to catch Gravel as the 30 year old cruised to the checkered flag with more than a two second advantage for his fourth win in 14 races. The only thing that could’ve made the celebration sweeter is if he’d reached the 80 win mark prior to four time and defending champion – Brad Sweet, who earned his 80th last month.

“Me and Brad Sweet kind of have the same stats. We were both at 79, and I wanted to beat him to 80, but he’s a lot older than me, so I’ve got more time,” Gravel said with a smile.

Holding on for a popular second place effort was Kokomo, IN’s Parker Price-Miller. It was his first World of Outlaws podium of the year and the eighth of his career. The crowd greeted him with nearly a winner’s applause for his efforts when he emerged from the car.

“Really happy to have a good run. We kind of struggled in the beginning,” Price-Miller said. “I didn’t want to see that last caution. We were kind of tight, but that’s how it fell. Maybe we needed one more yellow, but David looked really good and it’s hard to pass guys. Happy with a second, but it’s also like we were so close to getting another win. We’ll take it.”

Rounding out the podium was the night’s pole sitter and leader of the first 15 laps, Logan Schuchart. It marked the Hanover, PA native’s second straight top three as he continues to build momentum. Schuchart’s average finish in the last four races is a strong 4.25 as he looks to continuing climbing toward the points lead.

“You always like to win. That’s the goal, but it’s nice to get a podium,” Schuchart said. “The more the race went on the more I felt like we were struggling, just kind of hanging on and playing defense a little bit. I knew Parker was back there, so I tried to get the wing pulled back… We just missed it a little bit there in the Feature. I didn’t expect it to slick off that much.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN tomorrow (April 29). For tickets, call (812) 768-6025.

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

RESULTS:

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[3]; 2. 9P-Parker Price Miller[5]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]; 4. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[4]; 6. 11-Michael Kofoid[18]; 7. 71-Cory Eliason[8]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[10]; 9. 83-James McFadden[13]; 10. 21H-Brady Bacon[15]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu[11]; 12. 15-Donny Schatz[20]; 13. 39M-Anthony Macri[12]; 14. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[17]; 15. 8-Aaron Reutzel[7]; 16. 51B-Joe B Miller[23]; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[25]; 19. 7S-Robbie Price[9]; 20. 21-Brian Brown[19]; 21. 5-Spencer Bayston[21]; 22. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[16]; 23. 5T-Ryan Timms[22]; 24. 9R-Chase Randall[14]; 25. 23B-Brian Bell[24]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+22David Gravel 300.00015Running150$10,000
25+39PParker Price-Miller 30-2.23315Running146$6,000
31-21SLogan Schuchart 30-3.398Running144$3,500
46+241Carson Macedo 30-4.015Running142$2,800
54-149Brad Sweet 30-4.929Running140$2,500
618+1211Michael Kofoid 30-5.333Running138$2,300
78+171Cory Eliason 30-6.612Running136$2,200
810+218Giovanni Scelzi 30-7.307Running134$2,100
913+483James McFadden 30-7.877Running132$2,050
1015+521HBrady Bacon 30-8.348Running130$2,000
1111024Rico Abreu 30-8.740Running128$1,600
1220+815Donny Schatz 30-9.427Running126$1,400
1312-139MAnthony Macri 30-9.922Running124$1,200
1417+355Hunter Schuerenberg 30-11.470Running122$1,100
157-88Aaron Reutzel 30-12.462Running120$1,050
1623+751BJoe B. Miller 30-13.791Running118$1,000
172-1517Sheldon Haudenschild 29-1 LapsRunning116$1,000
1825+73ZBrock Zearfoss 29-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
199-107SRobbie Price 29-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2019-121Brian Brown 29-1 LapsRunning110$1,000
212105Spencer Bayston 29-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2216-67BCTyler Courtney 25-5 LapsDNF106$1,000
2322-15TRyan Timms 21-9 LapsDNF104$1,000
2414-109RChase Randall 6-24 LapsDNF102$1,000
2524-123BBrian Bell 4-26 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Michael Kofoid
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1105Spencer Bayston 120.00012Running0$0
2205TRyan Timms 12-1.692Running0$0
33051BJoe B. Miller 12-3.024Running0$0
45+123BBrian Bell 12-4.035Running0$0
58+335Zach Hampton 12-4.734Running90$300
64-23ZBrock Zearfoss 12-6.405Running0$250
76-19Kasey Kahne 12-7.698Running90$225
810+213Justin Peck 12-8.574Running90$200
97-222Riley Goodno 12-9.982Running90$200
1014+41Brenham Crouch 12-10.589Running90$200
1112+115HSam Hafertepe Jr12-11.431Running90$200
1213+120GNoah Gass 12-12.499Running90$200
1311-21AJacob Allen 12-14.063Running90$200
149-56Bill Rose 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+11SLogan Schuchart 60.0006Running0$0
21-117Sheldon Haudenschild 6-1.665Running0$0
3302David Gravel 6-3.453Running0$0
46+249Brad Sweet 6-3.893Running0$0
54-19PParker Price-Miller 6-5.609Running0$0
68+241Carson Macedo 6-6.102Running0$0
75-28Aaron Reutzel 6-7.207Running0$0
87-171Cory Eliason 6-8.595Running0$0
C Main Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+120GNoah Gass 100.00010Running0$0
26+41Brenham Crouch 10-2.057Running0$0
3307NDarin Naida 10-4.016Running90$150
44050KKyle Bellm 10-6.819Running90$150
5503Ayrton Gennetten 10-7.355Running90$150
67+197Scotty Milan 10-7.982Running90$125
710+371ECaden Englehart 10-10.243Running90$125
88016THKevin Newton 9-1 LapsRunning90$125
99037Ayden Gatewood 6-4 LapsDNF90$125
101-924TChristopher Thram 0-10 LapsDNS90$125
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 80.0008Running
24+28Aaron Reutzel 8-2.015Running
32-17SRobbie Price 8-2.256Running
45+183James McFadden 8-3.592Running
53-255Hunter Schuerenberg 8-4.760Running
67+151BJoe B. Miller 8-6.172Running
76-15Spencer Bayston 8-7.636Running
810+26Bill Rose 8-9.719Running
99024TChristopher Thram 8-10.449Running
108-23Ayrton Gennetten 3-5 LapsDNF
1111037Ayden Gatewood 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+19PParker Price-Miller 80.0008Running
24+249Brad Sweet 8-1.260Running
33024Rico Abreu 8-3.281Running
41-321HBrady Bacon 8-4.324Running
55021Brian Brown 8-6.649Running
68+223BBrian Bell 8-8.822Running
77022Riley Goodno 8-9.351Running
86-21AJacob Allen 8-10.210Running
9907NDarin Naida 8-10.997Running
1010097Scotty Milan 8-11.392Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+171Cory Eliason 80.0008Running
21-11SLogan Schuchart 8-1.460Running
33018Giovanni Scelzi 8-2.694Running
4409RChase Randall 8-4.173Running
55011Michael Kofoid 8-5.145Running
6603ZBrock Zearfoss 8-6.407Running
78+19Kasey Kahne 8-7.367Running
87-113Justin Peck 8-8.269Running
910+120GNoah Gass 8-9.973Running
109-11Brenham Crouch 8-11.594Running
1111071ECaden Englehart 8-13.559Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 80.0008Running
22017Sheldon Haudenschild 8-1.433Running
34+139MAnthony Macri 8-2.647Running
43-17BCTyler Courtney 8-2.889Running
56+115Donny Schatz 8-4.453Running
65-15TRyan Timms 8-5.559Running
78+135Zach Hampton 8-6.924Running
87-115HSam Hafertepe Jr8-8.259Running
99050KKyle Bellm 8-10.889Running
1010016THKevin Newton 7-1 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
122David Gravel Watertown, CT12.1520.000
21421HBrady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK12.208-0.056
367SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC12.245-0.093
459PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN12.270-0.118
5455Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO12.272-0.120
62024Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA12.273-0.121
7118Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX12.283-0.131
81649Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.301-0.149
92183James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.339-0.187
101521Brian Brown Higginsville, MO12.435-0.283
1115Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN12.477-0.325
1281AJacob Allen Hanover, PA12.483-0.331
13351BJoe B. Miller Millersville, MO12.484-0.332
141322Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA12.499-0.347
15193Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO12.540-0.388
161223BBrian Bell Arlington, TN12.551-0.399
17924TChristopher Thram Sanborn, MN12.585-0.433
18177NDarin Naida Adrian, MI12.688-0.536
19186Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.706-0.554
20797Scotty Milan Fort Collins, CO12.756-0.604
211037Ayden Gatewood Caruthersville, MO13.062-0.910
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
171SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.1400.000
21141Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.175-0.035
31071Cory Eliason Visalia, CA12.230-0.090
4517Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.234-0.094
5118Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.368-0.228
6137BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN12.394-0.254
789RChase Randall Waco, TX12.420-0.280
81939MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA12.421-0.281
9211Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA12.470-0.330
1065TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK12.477-0.337
11173ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.482-0.342
12415Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.507-0.367
132113Justin Peck Monrovia, IN12.524-0.384
142015HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX12.529-0.389
15149Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA12.561-0.421
161535Zach Hampton Mooresville, IN12.598-0.458
1791Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX12.750-0.610
18350KKyle Bellm Nixa, MO12.871-0.731
191620GNoah Gass Mounds, OK12.941-0.801
201216THKevin Newton Terre Haute, IN13.135-0.995
211871ECaden Englehart Terre Haute, IN13.178-1.038
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1347BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN12.2500.000
23241Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.256-0.006
34039MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA12.493-0.243
4281SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.510-0.260
52617Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.555-0.305
64115HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX12.563-0.313
72218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.599-0.349
8383ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.604-0.354
9299RChase Randall Waco, TX12.613-0.363
10275TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK12.631-0.381
11359Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA12.644-0.394
121421HBrady Bacon Broken Arrow, OK12.696-0.446
13118Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX12.711-0.461
142024Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA12.731-0.481
151649Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.739-0.489
163635Zach Hampton Mooresville, IN12.775-0.525
172515Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.780-0.530
182183James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.796-0.546
194213Justin Peck Monrovia, IN12.919-0.669
203720GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.017-0.767
211521Brian Brown Higginsville, MO13.027-0.777
2215Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.033-0.783
23455Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO13.036-0.786
24301Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX13.054-0.804
2559PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN13.068-0.818
26177NDarin Naida Adrian, MI13.118-0.868
2767SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.131-0.881
28924TChristopher Thram Sanborn, MN13.145-0.895
2922David Gravel Watertown, CT13.168-0.918
30797Scotty Milan Fort Collins, CO13.217-0.967
31186Bill Rose Plainfield, IN13.239-0.989
3281AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.240-0.990
333971ECaden Englehart Terre Haute, IN13.246-0.996
341223BBrian Bell Arlington, TN13.308-1.058
35351BJoe B. Miller Millersville, MO13.334-1.084
361037Ayden Gatewood Caruthersville, MO13.377-1.127
373316THKevin Newton Terre Haute, IN13.400-1.150
381322Riley Goodno Knoxville, IA13.447-1.197
39193Ayrton Gennetten Versailles, MO13.478-1.228
402311Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA14.282-2.032
413171Cory Eliason Visalia, CA14.282-2.032
422450KKyle Bellm Nixa, MO14.282-2.032
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Friday, April 28, 2023
Tri-City Speedway
5100 Nameoki Rd
Granite City, Illinois 62040 

Event Description
For the first time in 15 years, the World of Outlaws return to Tri-City. From Steve Kinser in 1979 to Donny Schatz in 2008, there's rich history at this St. Louis suburb.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Feature Laps Length
30

Event Schedule
2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
5:30 PM Driver's Meeting
6PM Engine Heat
6:30PM World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Hot Laps
World of Outlaws Low-E Insulation Qualifying
HART NW Micro Hot Laps
Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Heat Races (8 Laps)
HART NW Micro Heat Races
WoO Sprint Car Toyota Dash Draw
HART NW Micro B-Main (If needed)
WoO Sprint Car Toyota Dash (6 Laps)
WoO Sprint Car Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps)
HART NW Micro Feature
WoO NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Feature (30 Laps)
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices
Reserved: $39 Advanced / $45 Day of Race
Adult GA: $35 Advanced / $40 Day of Race
Child GA: $10


Grandstand Type
Bleachers

Reserved Seating
Top 5 rows

Family Section Location
no family section

Handicapped Seating Location
Front rows of grandstansds

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
Free, No open fires

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Reserved Seating
Top 5 rows

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Stadium Seating
On the backstretch

Handicapped Seating
Front rows of grandstansds

Personal Coolers
All coolers are prohibited

ATMs
1

Credit Card Use
Office, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Race fans that consume alcohol are encouraged to drink responsibly. All alcohol sales will require a picture ID as proof of age; you must be 21 years of age or older. Tri-City Speedway may refuse to serve alcoholic beverages to any person for any reason.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the grandstands

Family Section
no family section

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost
Free, No open fires

Track Info  

Tri-City Speedway
5100 Nameoki Rd
Granite City, Illinois 62040 

Track Phone
(618) 931-7836

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Type
0.375;

Sprint Car Track Record
11.940 seconds by Rico Abreu on 5/31/23

Late Model Track Record
13.904 seconds by Michael Kloos on 8/22/14

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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