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World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Friday, May 26, 2023
Race Recap  

ACING ATOMIC: Brad Sweet Rolls to Dominating Atomic Victory

Brad Sweet continues to make powerful statement after powerful statement on the racetrack.

Last weekend the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car championship point leader opened the door slightly for the competition to close in with a pair of sub-par runs. To start this weekend, he kicked it shut.

Sweet dominated Friday night at Chillicothe, OH’s Atomic Speedway – leading every lap of the NOS Energy Drink Feature on his way to a Series-best fifth win of the 2023 campaign. The Grass Valley, CA native held off charges from Kyle Larson and Carson Macedo to secure the checkered flag. Sweet is well aware that winning with The Greatest Show on Dirt is tough enough as is. But throw in having to beat a NASCAR Cup Series champion who has accomplished so much on dirt and it makes it even more gratifying.

“It’s good to win any race, but you always want to beat the best,” Sweet said. “And this World of Outlaws group is a great group of drivers. Then you bring in Kyle Larson and some of these other guys, too. Kyle is a talent that is so versatile and wins in every car. So, when he’s here and you can beat him, it definitely gives us a little more street credit.”

Sweet’s fifth win of the season marked the 84th of his World of Outlaws career – bringing him into a tie with Stevie Smith for the 10th most all-time. “The Big Cat” has already matched his win total from last season. Atomic is now the 46th different track he’s visited Victory Lane at in World of Outlaws competition.

“It was a fun race tonight,” Sweet said. “It was tricky. I’m just excited to get the first night out of the way and hopefully come back tomorrow stronger.”

After winning the Toyota Racing Dash, Sweet started the main event from the pole position with Larson to his outside. When the green flag flew, Sweet wasted no time jumping ahead of his brother-in-law.

As the lead duo neared the tail of the field, the race’s first yellow flag flew on lap 10 – setting up what would become a theme of the race. Whenever thick traffic was ahead of the leaders, the yellow lights would turn on for another caution nearly without fail.

While these yellows gave Sweet the benefit of clean air, it also lined up Larson alongside him for each restart. Sweet had to stay on top of his game aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing/Napa Auto Parts #49 to hold back Larson each time the green flag flew. And that’s exactly what he did.

Brad Sweet leads Kyle Larson
Brad Sweet held off Kyle Larson through several restarts (Trent Gower Photo)

Sweet exceled on every restart – gapping Larson by enough to make a move in Turns 1 and 2 impossible. Larson stayed close enough on one attempt to throw a slider but came up short.

“I was trying to trick him,” Sweet said of his strategy on the restarts. “I was trying to pick different spots to take off. The bottom was getting slicker, but I didn’t want to take off up top because I didn’t think it was good enough. You couldn’t put your right-rear in good dirt. It was just kind of a curb against the wall.”

On a late restart, Larson slipped off the track exiting Turn 2, allowing Carson Macedo to take the runner-up spot. As the laps dwindled, Macedo ran down Sweet as he entered traffic. Macedo attempted a slider when the white flag flew but couldn’t clear Sweet. As the two entered the final set of corners, the yellow flew once again – setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

On the restart, Sweet pulled ahead without issue and went on to win by slightly less than nine tenths of a second.

“I’m just really happy,” Sweet said. “You’ve got to control these races sometimes. I’m not sure if I had the best car or not. It’s hard to say. It was really tricky to see when you got to lapped traffic. You really got a feel off Turn 2, and the cushion kind of went over the turn, so I got a little free trying to keep my tires under me and not get spinning. But I think the key was definitely staying out front.”

After his late mishap that dropped him to fifth, Larson rebounded to reclaim the runner-up spot in only his second Series start of the year. The result marked Larson’s 57th career World of Outlaws podium and it came aboard the Paul Silva #57. Larson found himself wishing that lapped traffic could’ve been more of a factor as he battled for the win.

“I really just needed some long runs,” Larson said. “Everytime we caught traffic a yellow would come out. I just never got the opportunity to race in traffic, but I felt really good. I made a mistake there on whatever restart that was and got over the edge and fell back to fifth. Then I got rolling really good there in (Turns) 3 and 4 got back to their back bumper there at the white (flag). Then I was kind of happy there for that final caution and honestly was hoping they would get racing. I got a good launch off the top and was able to pass Carson there.”

Macedo held onto third to round out the podium – his seventh top-three finish of the season with Jason Johnson Racing. The birthday boy thought he might’ve had a shot to win on the final circuit until the last caution came out, dimming his hopes of a win on his birthday.

“I was bummed to see the caution come out,” Macedo admitted. “I didn’t clear him off of (Turn) 2, but I thought maybe I could throw something at him into Turn 3 and off of Turn 4. But it just didn’t work out that way. The yellow came out, and I thought, ‘Well, maybe I’ll have another shot.’ Brad was kind of chugging up there at the top, and I thought maybe he was going to fire off on the cushion. When he didn’t, I did and I don’t think it really gave me a very good run to that green-white-checkered. Then Kyle starts throwing bombs at me, and I was trying to race him. I knew that was going to be tough to win that battle.”

Completing the top-five was David Gravel and Skyler Gee. Gee made his way into the top-five from 19th – earning him the KSE Hard Charger for the night.

Sweet extended his advantage in the points to 28 markers over Gravel and 36 over Macedo.

David Gravel claimed the Simpson QuickTime Award – his Series-leading sixth of the year and the 103rd of his career.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to David Gravel. NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were claimed by James McFadden, Carson Macedo, and Donny Schatz.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are back at Atomic Speedway Saturday, May 26 before Monday’s (May 29) Federated Auto Parts Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg Speedway. For tickets to Atomic, CLICK HERE. For tickets to Lawrenceburg, CLICK HERE.

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


NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 49-Brad Sweet[1]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson[2]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 4. 2-David Gravel[4]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee[19]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[11]; 7. 5-Spencer Bayston[16]; 8. 83-James McFadden[7]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[8]; 10. 71-Michael Kofoid[12]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5]; 12. 9P-Parker Price Miller[10]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[21]; 14. 22-Cole Duncan[15]; 15. 91-Cale Thomas[9]; 16. 15-Donny Schatz[6]; 17. 1-Nate Dussel[17]; 18. 7S-Robbie Price[14]; 19. A79-Brandon Wimmer[20]; 20. 78-Justin Clark[24]; 21. 101-Cody Maroske[22]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen[13]; 23. 29-Cole Macedo[18]; 24. 5J-Jake Hesson[23]; 25. 4-Danny Smith[25]

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Feature Results
11049Brad Sweet 360.00036Running150$10,000
22057Kyle Larson 36-0.858Running146$5,500
33041Carson Macedo 36-1.650Running144$3,200
4402David Gravel 36-2.313Running142$2,600
519+1499Skylar Gee 36-3.305Running140$2,350
611+53ZBrock Zearfoss 36-3.544Running138$2,150
716+95Spencer Bayston 36-3.849Running136$2,100
87-183James McFadden 36-4.329Running134$1,950
98-118Giovanni Scelzi 36-4.733Running132$1,900
1012+271Michael Kofoid 36-5.110Running130$1,850
115-61SLogan Schuchart 36-5.424Running128$1,400
1210-29PParker Price-Miller 36-5.425Running126$1,200
1321+817Sheldon Haudenschild 36-5.792Running124$1,000
1415+122Cole Duncan 36-6.316Running122$950
159-691Cale Thomas 36-6.468Running120$900
166-1015Donny Schatz 36-6.961Running118$900
171701Nate Dussel 36-7.210Running116$900
1814-47SRobbie Price 36-8.483Running114$900
1920+1A79Brandon Wimmer 35-1 LapsRunning112$900
2024+478Justin Clark 34-2 LapsRunning110$900
2122+1101Cody Maroske 33-3 LapsRunning108$900
2213-91AJacob Allen 22-14 LapsDNF106$900
2318-529Cole Macedo 14-22 LapsDNF104$900
2423-15JJake Hesson 14-22 LapsDNF102$900
252504Danny Smith 9-27 LapsDNF102$200
KSE Hard Charger: Skylar Gee
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
11017Sheldon Haudenschild 120.00012Running0$0
26+4101Cody Maroske 12-5.954Running0$0
35+25JJake Hesson 12-6.076Running0$0
49+578Justin Clark 12-6.111Running0$0
510+5W20Greg Wilson 12-8.779Running90$300
64-283XNate Reeser 12-10.349Running90$250
713+620GNoah Gass 12-10.825Running90$225
815+756RRyan Myers 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
912+32SNathan Skaggs 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
107-34Danny Smith 8-4 LapsDNF0$0
113-881Lee Jacobs 6-6 LapsDNF90$200
122-1019Paige Polyak 3-9 LapsDNF90$200
1314+111CKory Crabtree 2-10 LapsDNF90$200
1411-36Bill Rose 0-12 LapsDNF90$200
158-71BKeith Baxter 0-12 LapsDNS90$200
Dash 1 Results
11049Brad Sweet 60.0006Running0$0
22057Kyle Larson 6-1.345Running0$0
33041Carson Macedo 6-3.255Running0$0
4402David Gravel 6-4.554Running0$0
5501SLogan Schuchart 6-5.421Running0$0
67+115Donny Schatz 6-6.418Running0$0
76-183James McFadden 6-6.866Running0$0
88018Giovanni Scelzi 6-8.450Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 80.0008Running
22049Brad Sweet 8-1.226Running
35+291Cale Thomas 0-8 LapsRunning
4401AJacob Allen 0-8 LapsRunning
56+11Nate Dussel 0-8 LapsRunning
67+181Lee Jacobs 0-8 LapsRunning
79+24Danny Smith 0-8 LapsRunning
880W20Greg Wilson 0-8 LapsRunning
93-617Sheldon Haudenschild 0-8 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+183James McFadden 80.0008Running
21-11SLogan Schuchart 8-0.801Running
3309PParker Price-Miller 8-2.845Running
4407SRobbie Price 8-4.593Running
57+229Cole Macedo 8-5.338Running
69+383XNate Reeser 8-8.262Running
75-219Paige Polyak 8-9.740Running
8806Bill Rose 7-1 LapsRunning
96-311CKory Crabtree 3-5 LapsDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 80.0008Running
22018Giovanni Scelzi 8-1.234Running
34+13ZBrock Zearfoss 8-3.482Running
43-122Cole Duncan 8-5.374Running
55099Skylar Gee 8-7.345Running
67+15JJake Hesson 8-8.522Running
79+21BKeith Baxter 8-10.078Running
8802SNathan Skaggs 8-13.315Running
96-356RRyan Myers 2-6 LapsDNF
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+115Donny Schatz 80.0008Running
23+157Kyle Larson 8-1.148Running
31-271Michael Kofoid 8-1.519Running
45+15Spencer Bayston 8-1.896Running
54-1A79Brandon Wimmer 8-3.298Running
67+1101Cody Maroske 8-4.495Running
78+178Justin Clark 8-7.735Running
86-220GNoah Gass 8-8.438Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1322David Gravel Watertown, CT11.2360.000
211SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.265-0.029
31041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.301-0.065
41971Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA11.364-0.128
53149Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA11.388-0.152
6983James McFadden Alice Springs, NT11.441-0.205
71318Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA11.473-0.237
82515Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.486-0.250
92917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.498-0.262
10279PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN11.501-0.265
111622Cole Duncan Circleville, OH11.507-0.271
123057Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA11.514-0.278
13261AJacob Allen Hanover, PA11.519-0.283
1427SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC11.523-0.287
15203ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.532-0.296
1635A79Brandon Wimmer Fairmount, IN11.616-0.380
17491Cale Thomas Fairland, IN11.633-0.397
181119Paige Polyak Tiffin, OH11.643-0.407
192399Skylar Gee Leduc, AB11.664-0.428
20285Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN11.674-0.438
21211Nate Dussel Bradner, OH11.677-0.441
221711CKory Crabtree West Jefferson, OH11.684-0.448
233356RRyan Myers Lewisburg, OH11.709-0.473
242220GNoah Gass Mounds, OK11.711-0.475
251481Lee Jacobs Holmesville, OH11.734-0.498
26329Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA11.763-0.527
27345JJake Hesson Marysville, OH11.812-0.576
2818101Cody Maroske Gold Coast, QLD11.837-0.601
2924W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH11.841-0.605
3066Bill Rose Plainfield, IN11.853-0.617
3172SNathan Skaggs Circleville, OH11.869-0.633
32878Justin Clark Hamersville, OH11.877-0.641
33154Danny Smith Chillicothe, OH11.919-0.683
341283XNate Reeser Circleville, OH12.004-0.768
3551BKeith Baxter Chillicothe, OH12.131-0.895
Hot Laps Results
1322David Gravel Watertown, CT11.3480.000
23149Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA11.395-0.047
33057Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA11.401-0.053
42917Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.485-0.137
51041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.503-0.155
61971Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA11.568-0.220
72515Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.660-0.312
8211Nate Dussel Bradner, OH11.676-0.328
93356RRyan Myers Lewisburg, OH11.716-0.368
10285Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN11.724-0.376
1135A79Brandon Wimmer Fairmount, IN11.728-0.380
12261AJacob Allen Hanover, PA11.747-0.399
131318Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA11.770-0.422
142399Skylar Gee Leduc, AB11.822-0.474
15203ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.829-0.481
1624W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH11.861-0.513
17345JJake Hesson Marysville, OH11.864-0.516
18983James McFadden Alice Springs, NT11.880-0.532
191119Paige Polyak Tiffin, OH11.900-0.552
201622Cole Duncan Circleville, OH11.917-0.569
212220GNoah Gass Mounds, OK11.921-0.573
2218101Cody Maroske Gold Coast, QLD11.927-0.579
231481Lee Jacobs Holmesville, OH11.974-0.626
24154Danny Smith Chillicothe, OH12.060-0.712
251283XNate Reeser Circleville, OH12.100-0.752
26491Cale Thomas Fairland, IN12.203-0.855
2711SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.253-0.905
281711CKory Crabtree West Jefferson, OH12.257-0.909
29878Justin Clark Hamersville, OH12.262-0.914
3027SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC12.304-0.956
31329Cole Macedo Lemoore, CA12.734-1.386
3251BKeith Baxter Chillicothe, OH12.848-1.500
3366Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.974-1.626
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Event Info  

World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars
Friday, May 26, 2023
Atomic Speedway
2535 Blain Hwy
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 

Event Description
After last year's much-anticipated return to this Ohio facility, the Outlaws are doubling down with two nights at Atomic in 2023.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
Friday, May 26, 2023
2:00PM Pit Gates Open
4:00PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Hot Laps
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Low-E Insulation Qualifying
Modified Hot Laps
Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Heat Races - 10 Laps
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Toyota Dash Draw
Modified Heat Races
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Dash - 8 Laps
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown - 12 Laps
Modified Feature
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature - 35 Laps

Saturday, May 27, 2023
2:00PM Pit Gates Open
4:00PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Hot Laps
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Low-E Insulation Qualifying
B-Mod Hot Laps
Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Heat Races - 10 Laps
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Toyota Dash Draw
B-Mod Heat Races
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Toyota Dash - 8 Laps
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown - 12 Laps
B-Mod Feature
World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Feature - 35 Laps

**All Times and Schedule Subject to Change**
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(740) 703-9749

Options And Prices
2-Day Premium GA: $75 Advanced / $85 Day of
2-Day GA: $65 Advanced / $75 Day of
2 Day Child GA (12 & under): $20
Single Day Premium GA: $40 Advanced / $45 Day of
Single Day GA: $35 Advanced / $40 Day of
Single Day Child GA: $10


Grandstand Type


Family Section Location
Turn 4

Handicapped Seating Location
Front row

Pit Pass Price

Pit Age Requirement

Handicapped Parking Location
At front gate

Camping Availability

Camping Cost
Rates vary per event

Frequently Asked Questions  
Support Divisions
DIRTcar UMP Modifieds

To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand


Stadium Seating

No stadium seating allowed

Handicapped Seating
Front row

Handicapped Parking
At front gate

Pit Age Limit

Personal Coolers
14 inch coolers or smaller are permitted. No alcohol or glass bottles.

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available at track (Not allowed in)

Smoking Policy

Family Section
Turn 4

Camping Availability

Camping Cost
Rates vary per event

Track Info  

Atomic Speedway
2535 Blain Hwy
Chillicothe, Ohio 45601 

Track Phone
(740) 703-9749

Ticket Phone
(740) 703-9749

Track Size

Sprint Car Track Record
10.915 by Brock Mayes in 2005

Late Model Track Record
12.748 by Jimmy Owens in 2015

Closest Airport

Other Airport

Track Map
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