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World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Attica Raceway Park | Attica, Ohio
Friday, May 19, 2023
Race Recap  

A MATTER OF TIME: Donny Schatz Scores First Win of 2023 in Attica Raceway Park Thriller

All signs were pointing to a Donny Schatz win being only a matter of time.

His first three podiums of the season in the last four races. A 4.75 average finish over that span. Leading a lap at Eldora while contending for victory. Add those numbers together, and you end up with the 10-time champion looking like his prime self over the past two weeks.

At Attica Raceway Park on Friday night, the time came.

Schatz put the exclamation mark on his recent run of excellence – sliding by Rico Abreu for the lead coming to the white flag and holding on to collect his first checkered flag of the 2023 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car season.

After struggling early through the early part of the year before the recent success, Schatz found it appropriate to quote a legend of the sport to sum up his feelings on the breakthrough victory.

“It’s good to get a win. One of the guys I grew up racing with, Kenny Woodruff, he used to say, ‘Even monkeys fall out of trees.’ And we won a race tonight,” Schatz said with a laugh.

On a more serious note, the celebration was especially gratifying. Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing team endured many difficult nights earlier this year that left them searching for answers. In recent weeks, they’ve begun to find them. And there’s no greater testament than standing atop the podium.

“It’s a credit to this team,” Schatz said of the win. “Ron Shaver and everybody that builds the engines and everybody at Ford. You can build speed. Trying to do it consistently when you have your own road to do things, you find out everything not to do in a short amount of time. But hats off to everybody who kept digging. It’s tough to swallow 12th place finishes, especially when this team is capable of winning championships. They’ve won 10 of them. So, hats off to them for not giving up on me.”

The trip to Victory Lane upped his career total with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series to 308. Schatz extended his record as the winningest driver in Series history at Attica to five triumphs at the 1/3rd mile. He also moved himself into the top-five in the championship standings.

Donny Schatz
Donny Schatz now owns five World of Outlaws wins at Attica Raceway Park (Trent Gower Photo)

Schatz’ path to the win began from the fourth starting position aboard the Carquest #15. He quickly moved his way to third at the start and settled in two spots away from the lead.

As the 35-lap Feature moved beyond the halfway point, Schatz began to flex his muscle in the way the Sprint Car world has become accustomed to over his decades of dominance.

Schatz didn’t pound the cushion. He didn’t stick to one line. He moved the TSR #15 all around the Attica surface in a search for speed. The Fargo, ND native began to find what he needed on the bottom in Turns 1 and 2. He slipped by Carson Macedo by using a big run off the bottom of Turn 2 with less than 10 laps to go.

After securing the runner-up spot, Schatz set his sights on Abreu, who was struggling to navigate lapped traffic. After only a couple laps, Schatz closed on the tail tank of the #24. Coming to the white flag he made his move.

Abreu slid himself in Turns 3 and 4. As Abreu’s car drifted toward the cushion, Schatz stuck the bottom and used a powerful run off corner exit to snatch the lead as the white flag waved overhead.

On the final circuit, Macedo threw a slider on Abreu in Turns 1 and 2, which broke both of their momentum enough to effectively seal the deal for Schatz. The veteran protected the bottom in the final set of corners and claimed his first victory since last year’s season finale.

“We just kind of had to go where they weren’t,” Schatz said of his strategy. “I think moving around there is what really helped us get there. When we got to traffic it was hard to get through. Everybody is so equal that even lapped cars are pretty good. That’s how we were able to get there. Hats off to my guys. They’ve been digging. We haven’t had the results we’ve wanted, but this is a tough game.”

Behind Schatz, Rico Abreu settled for second in his #24 after leading the opening 33 circuits. The St. Helena, CA native is now up to five Series podiums on the season – most among drivers who aren’t full-time on the tour. While finishing runner-up after leading such a large chunk of the race was disappointing, a second place result is still an encouraging outing against The Greatest Show on Dirt.

“An incredible job by my guys again,” Abreu said. “I feel like I let them down a little bit there, but you put yourself in different circumstances when you’re leading races. You’re judging your pace off lapped traffic, and you can feel the intensity behind you of guys like Donny and Carson and know they’re knocking on the door there.”

Rounding out the podium was Carson Macedo aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41. It was a much needed boost for Macedo who hadn’t finished within the top three since 81 Speedway in early April. The Lemoore, CA native pressured Abreu for the lead on multiple occasions and felt he could’ve been celebrating a victory had a few things unfolded differently.

“I feel like we had a shot to win there, and then we ended up running third,” Macedo said. “I feel it was really competitive there at the end. All three of us were really going for it. I feel like the track was so slow that you had to be so patient to run around there. I debated on moving down in (Turns) 3 and 4 like Donny was. I felt like when I did move down, I maybe didn’t slow down enough and get crowded right around those tires to stick it and get off the corner. It was wild. We got to lapped traffic and that really changed the race a lot.”

Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel completed the top-five.

Brad Sweet salvaged his night by driving from 19th to ninth to earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

Even with Sweet’s strong charge, Gravel trimmed Sweet’s points lead down to 28 markers. Macedo still sits third, 34 points behind the top spot.

Rico Abreu began the night by earning his second Simpson Performance Products QuickTime of the year and the 15th of his career.

CASE No. 1 Engine Oil Heat One was topped by Rico Abreu (37th Heat win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by Carson Macedo (88th of career), Donny Schatz (508th of career), and Sheldon Haudenschild (82nd of career).

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars visit Hartford, OH’s Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 20. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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

RESULTS:

A Feature (35 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz[4]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[1]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[5]; 5. 2-David Gravel[6]; 6. 33W-Cap Henry[7]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[14]; 8. 35-Stuart Brubaker[3]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet[19]; 10. 5-Spencer Bayston[10]; 11. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[9]; 12. 5R-Byron Reed[13]; 13. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[20]; 14. 22-Brandon Spithaler[16]; 15. 83-James McFadden[8]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen[17]; 17. 3J-Trey Jacobs[23]; 18. 91-Tyler Gunn[12]; 19. 29-Cole Macedo[21]; 20. 1-Nate Dussel[15]; 21. 15C-Chris Andrews[11]; 22. 32-Bryce Lucius[22]; 23. 2X-Ricky Peterson[24]; 24. 09-Craig Mintz[18]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+315Donny Schatz 350.0002Running150$10,000
22024Rico Abreu 35-0.48133Running146$6,000
31-241Carson Macedo 35-1.153Running144$3,500
45+117Sheldon Haudenschild 35-1.808Running142$2,800
56+12David Gravel 35-3.356Running140$2,500
67+133WCap Henry 35-4.997Running138$2,300
714+71SLogan Schuchart 35-5.179Running136$2,200
83-535Stuart Brubaker 35-6.147Running134$2,100
919+1049Brad Sweet 35-7.348Running132$2,050
101005Spencer Bayston 35-8.130Running130$2,000
119-218Giovanni Scelzi 35-8.297Running128$1,600
1213+15RByron Reed 35-9.486Running126$1,400
1320+73ZBrock Zearfoss 35-10.160Running124$1,200
1416+222Brandon Spithaler 35-11.375Running122$1,100
158-783James McFadden 35-12.471Running120$1,050
1617+11AJacob Allen 35-12.835Running118$1,000
1723+63JTrey Jacobs 35-14.740Running116$1,000
1812-691Tyler Gunn 35-15.706Running114$1,000
1921+229Cole Macedo 34-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2015-51Nate Dussel 34-1 LapsRunning110$1,000
2111-1015CChris Andrews 34-1 LapsRunning108$1,000
2222032Bryce Lucius 34-1 LapsRunning106$1,000
2324+12XRicky Peterson 25-10 LapsDNF104$1,000
2418-609Craig Mintz 0-35 LapsDNS102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Brad Sweet
Last Chance Showdown Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+329Cole Macedo 120.0008Running0$0
22032Bryce Lucius 12-4.117Running0$0
35+23JTrey Jacobs 12-4.994Running0$0
48+42XRicky Peterson 12-6.091Running0$0
53-219Paige Polyak 12-6.762Running90$300
61-549XCale Thomas 12-6.8704Running90$250
712+55TTravis Philo 12-7.750Running90$225
89+17SRobbie Price 12-8.743Running90$200
96-399Skylar Gee 12-10.085Running90$200
1014+47NDarin Naida 12-10.840Running90$200
111106Bill Rose 12-11.508Running90$200
1210-220GNoah Gass 12-12.721Running90$200
1315+25DJacob Dykstra 12-13.785Running90$200
1416+275Jerry Dahms 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
1513-212Kyle Capodice 3-9 LapsDNF90$200
167-932BDale Blaney 2-10 LapsDNF90$200
170-17W20Greg Wilson 0-12 LapsDNS90$200
180-1815KCreed Kemenah 0-12 LapsDNS90$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+141Carson Macedo 80.0008Running0$0
24+224Rico Abreu 8-2.649Running0$0
31-235Stuart Brubaker 8-4.560Running0$0
45+115Donny Schatz 8-5.405Running0$0
53-217Sheldon Haudenschild 8-5.994Running0$0
6602David Gravel 8-7.211Running0$0
78+133WCap Henry 8-8.047Running0$0
87-183James McFadden 8-12.804Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11024Rico Abreu 100.00010Running
22033WCap Henry 10-3.950Running
33018Giovanni Scelzi 10-4.109Running
4405RByron Reed 10-5.923Running
5501AJacob Allen 10-6.576Running
67+119Paige Polyak 10-7.533Running
76-13JTrey Jacobs 10-7.964Running
8807SRobbie Price 10-9.250Running
99012Kyle Capodice 10-10.184Running
1010075Jerry Dahms 9-1 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 100.00010Running
23+135Stuart Brubaker 10-3.070Running
32-115CChris Andrews 10-5.814Running
46+21Nate Dussel 10-7.397Running
54-149Brad Sweet 10-8.008Running
65-149XCale Thomas 10-9.915Running
77032BDale Blaney 10-10.646Running
89+16Bill Rose 10-11.653Running
98-15DJacob Dykstra 10-12.903Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+115Donny Schatz 100.00010Running
23+12David Gravel 10-1.354Running
31-25Spencer Bayston 10-2.025Running
45+11SLogan Schuchart 10-3.153Running
54-109Craig Mintz 10-4.278Running
66029Cole Macedo 10-5.812Running
7702XRicky Peterson 10-5.847Running
89+120GNoah Gass 10-8.234Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017Sheldon Haudenschild 100.00010Running
22083James McFadden 10-2.728Running
36+391Tyler Gunn 10-4.420Running
43-122Brandon Spithaler 10-5.688Running
54-13ZBrock Zearfoss 10-6.414Running
67+199Skylar Gee 10-7.722Running
75-232Bryce Lucius 10-9.588Running
89+15TTravis Philo 10-10.447Running
98-17NDarin Naida 10-10.714Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11724Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA12.5130.000
21541Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.599-0.086
31433WCap Henry Bellevue, OH12.858-0.345
41315CChris Andrews Huron, OH12.877-0.364
5718Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.886-0.373
61835Stuart Brubaker Fremont, OH12.904-0.391
715RByron Reed Monclova, OH12.961-0.448
81049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.022-0.509
961AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.053-0.540
10449XCale Thomas Fairland, IN13.078-0.565
11193JTrey Jacobs Shreve, OH13.161-0.648
1231Nate Dussel Bradner, OH13.195-0.682
13919Paige Polyak Tiffin, OH13.228-0.715
14532BDale Blaney Hartford, OH13.311-0.798
15117SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.359-0.846
1685DJacob Dykstra Port Colborne, ON13.396-0.883
171212Kyle Capodice Huron, OH13.410-0.897
18166Bill Rose Plainfield, IN13.709-1.196
19275Jerry Dahms Fremont, OH14.275-1.762
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1155Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN12.7680.000
2517Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.931-0.163
3415Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.963-0.195
4983James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.975-0.207
5192David Gravel Watertown, CT12.978-0.210
6122Brandon Spithaler Butler, PA12.985-0.217
71309Craig Mintz Gibsonburg, OH13.202-0.434
8183ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.231-0.463
9121SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.240-0.472
10832Bryce Lucius Findlay, OH13.279-0.511
111029Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.290-0.522
121191Tyler Gunn Napoleon, OH13.335-0.567
13172XRicky Peterson Rawson, OH13.372-0.604
14699Skylar Gee Leduc, AB13.374-0.606
1514W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH13.386-0.618
1677NDarin Naida Adrian, MI13.472-0.704
171620GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.511-0.743
1835TTravis Philo Waterville, OH14.202-1.434
19215KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH14.471-1.703
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12315Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.9910.000
2345Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.041-0.050
31724Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.042-0.051
41433WCap Henry Bellevue, OH13.080-0.089
52417Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.087-0.096
6382David Gravel Watertown, CT13.093-0.102
72929Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.102-0.111
82022Brandon Spithaler Butler, PA13.147-0.156
9373ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.153-0.162
101835Stuart Brubaker Fremont, OH13.220-0.229
11225TTravis Philo Waterville, OH13.222-0.231
122883James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.240-0.249
133209Craig Mintz Gibsonburg, OH13.241-0.250
14193JTrey Jacobs Shreve, OH13.248-0.257
151541Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.253-0.262
16267NDarin Naida Adrian, MI13.266-0.275
172599Skylar Gee Leduc, AB13.270-0.279
181049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.291-0.300
19362XRicky Peterson Rawson, OH13.305-0.314
20311SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.340-0.349
21718Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.341-0.350
2233W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH13.382-0.391
232732Bryce Lucius Findlay, OH13.385-0.394
243091Tyler Gunn Napoleon, OH13.426-0.435
25117SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.472-0.481
26919Paige Polyak Tiffin, OH13.538-0.547
2715RByron Reed Monclova, OH13.543-0.552
28166Bill Rose Plainfield, IN13.589-0.598
291315CChris Andrews Huron, OH13.595-0.604
302115KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH13.596-0.605
3131Nate Dussel Bradner, OH13.616-0.625
32449XCale Thomas Fairland, IN13.638-0.647
331212Kyle Capodice Huron, OH13.676-0.685
3485DJacob Dykstra Port Colborne, ON13.713-0.722
3561AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.820-0.829
363520GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.830-0.839
37532BDale Blaney Hartford, OH13.962-0.971
38275Jerry Dahms Fremont, OH13.990-0.999
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Friday, May 19, 2023
Attica Raceway Park
15127 TR 12
Attica, Ohio 44807 

Event Description
The greatest Sprint Car drivers in the world will push their machines to the edge around the 1/3-mile Ohio track - a tune-up for July's Brad Doty Classic.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Feature Laps Length
35

Event Schedule
3:00PM Pit and Grandstand Gates Open
5:45PM World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Hot Laps
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Low-E Insulation Qualifying
(7PM) Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Heat Races (10 Laps)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Toyota Dash Draw
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Toyota Dash (8 Laps)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps)
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Feature (35 Laps)

**Schedule Is Tentative And Subject To Change**
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices
Reserved: $37
General Admission $35

Grandstand Type
Bleachers

Reserved Seating
Sections A, B, C, H, I , J = Top 5 Rows Sections D, E, F, G = Top 10 Rows

Family Section Location
No

Handicapped Seating Location
All grandstands have ramps with Handicap accessible seating.

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

Parking Cost
$0.00

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite

Camping Cost
$10 a day

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$10,000.00

Reserved Seating
Sections A, B, C, H, I , J = Top 5 Rows Sections D, E, F, G = Top 10 Rows

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Stadium Seating
No stadium chairs with backs are allowed.

Handicapped Seating
All grandstands have ramps with Handicap accessible seating.

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

Personal Coolers
Coolers no bigger than 14 inches are allowed. No glass bottles or alcohol permitted

Credit Card Use
Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Alcohol Sales
Beer is available for sale

Smoking Policy
None

Family Section
No

Parking Cost
$0.00

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite

Camping Cost
$10 a day

Track Info  

Attica Raceway Park
15127 TR 12
Attica, Ohio 44807 

Track Phone
(419) 426-8910

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Type
0.333;

Sprint Car Track Record
11.306 by Butch Schroeder on 9/7/98

Closest Airport
Cleveland, OH (CLE / KCLE) Cleveland Hopkins International Airport

Other Airport
Columbus, OH (CMH / KCMH) Port Columbus International Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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