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Jim "JB" Boyd Memorial
Beaver Dam Raceway | Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
Friday, June 16, 2023
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HOT SAUCE HANGS ON: Gio Scelzi Survives Last Lap Slider for Beaver Dam Victory

Two years ago, Gio Scelzi felt he gave a win away at Beaver Dam Raceway. After leading the opening 19 circuits, Scelzi got held up in lapped traffic allowing Sheldon Haudenschild by. Scelzi was forced to settle for second that night.

On Friday night at the Wisconsin oval, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car rookie contender had no intentions of déjà vu. Scelzi led all 30 laps of the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial opening night – sealing the deal by holding off a final corner slide job from David Gravel.

“First off, thank you (David Gravel) for racing me like a true competitor. I think anybody else would’ve slid up into me and forced me out of my line,” Scelzi said in Victory Lane. “I’ve given a lot of these away here, especially in 2021, so it’s cool to win one. I’m happy for Adam Clark to get his first win as a crew chief.”

The victory was the first of Scelzi’s rookie World of Outlaws campaign. It’s the sixth of his career and first since Bakersfield Speedway on March 25 of last year – snapping a 64-race winless streak with The Greatest Show on Dirt. The Fresno, CA native is the 17th different driver to win a World of Outlaws race at Beaver Dam and only the second from California.

After the disappointment of 2021 and the enthusiasm of the crowd, Scelzi’s first win in the state of Wisconsin felt especially rewarding.

“This is cool,” Scelzi said. “I’ve wanted to win in Wisconsin. I don’t know why, but the fans seem to be so enthusiastic here, and they love seeing the World of Outlaws.”

Scelzi began the NOS Energy Drink Feature from the pole courtesy of topping the Toyota Racing Dash. The 21-year-old rocketed ahead of Gravel when the green flag flew.

As they clicked off the early laps, Gravel stayed close behind Scelzi with Brad Sweet not too far behind him. The racing surface proved to be multi-grooved with neither the top or the bottom on either side of the track proving to be the better line. Scelzi was able to use either line and maintain speed as were those pursuing him.

James McFadden slipped by Carson Macedo in the early going and closed in on the top trio as they neared traffic.

Once they reached the tail of the field, Scelzi began to slice through slower cars and extend his advantage. The race approached the halfway point, and Gravel and Sweet began to find their footing in traffic and close back in on the KCP Racing #18.

Scelzi, Gravel, and Sweet were all under a blanket as the laps moved beyond halfway, and as the action was heating up in traffic, the race’s one and only yellow flag flew on lap 23. Lapped cars collided, and fourth-running McFadden was collected, but he managed to keep rolling and maintain his position for the restart with eight circuits remaining.

When the green lights came back on for the restart, it appeared Scelzi may pull away comfortably for the win. But on the last lap, Scelzi guessed which line the lapped car in front of him was going to use in Turns 1 and 2. Scelzi went to the bottom and slipped up slightly on corner exit.

Gio Scelzi and David Gravel side-by-side
David Gravel threw a final lap slider at Gio Scelzi that came up just short (Trent Gower Photo)

“Brenham (Crouch) was running the top there almost the whole race in (Turns) 1 and 2, and I thought he would and kind of pinned myself behind him and wheelied and kind of hung myself off Turn 2, and you’ve got to know the slider is coming,” Scelzi explained.

The slider did come as Gravel turned down the hill out of Turn 2 and got a massive run on Scelzi heading into the final set of corners. The Watertown, CT native threw the Big Game Motorsports #2 in hard but respectfully left Scelzi a lane – one he used to drive by and get to the checkered flag first.

With his first win of the year under his belt, Scelzi is already hungry for more. Tomorrow’s Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial finale puts $20,000 on the line – a paycheck Scelzi is eager to take home.

“Tomorrow will be huge,” Scelzi said. “Tomorrow is the big money, so we’ll bring our A-game.”

The second place finish for Gravel marked his fifth podium in the last seven Beaver Dam races. He’s now up to a Series-high 14 top threes this year as he continues to pursue his first World of Outlaws title. Gravel said he felt that running second was an advantage but that he miscalculated the last corner slider, leaving him desiring a do-over on the last lap.

“I just think with him leading and me running second I could react to where he was going,” Gravel commented. “I think the bottom was for sure faster in (Turns) 1 and 2, and when lap traffic was running there, he had to move around. That made me be able to run the diamond move down there. I wish I could take the last lap back. I really think I could’ve won that race. I just tried to dive too low on my slider, and when I slid across, I hit the black and got real sideways and lost all my speed.”

Completing the top three was four-time and reigning champion and the current points leader – Brad Sweet. “The Big Cat” earned his 13th podium of the season aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 and his sixth in 13 starts at Beaver Dam. The Grass Valley, CA native enjoyed how versatile the racing surface was and noted he needed only a little more speed to have a shot to win.

“The racetrack was awesome, top, bottom, middle at times, and super racy,” Sweet said. “I just think the two guys in front of me were just a little bit better, and track position was kind of key. I think if I was out front, I would’ve had a car that was capable of winning tonight. That’s all you can ask for. We’ll just try to come back tomorrow and make some subtle improvements.”

James McFadden and Sheldon Haudenschild rounded out the top five.

With Gravel’s second place effort, he cut slightly into Sweet’s championship lead, trimming it down to 12 markers.

Brenham Crouch earned the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger in his first World of Outlaws Feature start.

Sheldon Haudenschild claimed the night’s Simpson Performance Products QuickTime for the first time this season and the 26th time of his career.

Haudenschild also topped CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One (89th Heat Race win of career). Micro-Lite Heat Two went to Carson Macedo (101st of career). NOS Energy Drink Heat Three was claimed by Gio Scelzi (28th of career).

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are back at Beaver Dam Raceway on Saturday, June 17 for the $20,000 to win finale of the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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


NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps): 1. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[1]; 2. 2-David Gravel[2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 4. 83-James McFadden[5]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[6]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen[7]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart[11]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz[8]; 10. 5-Spencer Bayston[9]; 11. 9-Kasey Kahne[10]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog[12]; 13. 20G-Noah Gass[16]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[13]; 15. 7S-Robbie Price[14]; 16. 23-Russel Borland[15]; 17. 49J-Josh Schneiderman[19]; 18. 1-Brenham Crouch[22]; 19. U2-Jack Vanderboom[20]; 20. 87A-Austin Hartmann[17]; 21. (DNF) 6-Bill Rose[18]; 22. (DNF) 19B-Jack Berger[21]

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Feature Results
11018Giovanni Scelzi 300.00030Running150$10,000
2202David Gravel 30-0.373Running146$5,500
33049Brad Sweet 30-1.120Running144$3,200
45+183James McFadden 30-2.321Running142$2,600
56+117Sheldon Haudenschild 30-2.981Running140$2,350
67+11AJacob Allen 30-3.960Running138$2,150
74-341Carson Macedo 30-4.855Running136$2,100
811+31SLogan Schuchart 30-5.575Running134$1,950
98-115Donny Schatz 30-6.097Running132$1,900
109-15Spencer Bayston 30-7.069Running130$1,850
1110-19Kasey Kahne 30-7.271Running128$1,400
1212017BBill Balog 30-8.754Running126$1,200
1316+320GNoah Gass 30-9.523Running124$1,000
1413-13ZBrock Zearfoss 30-9.783Running122$950
1514-17SRobbie Price 29-1 LapsRunning120$900
1615-123Russel Borland 29-1 LapsRunning118$900
1719+249JJosh Schneiderman 29-1 LapsRunning116$900
1822+41Brenham Crouch 29-1 LapsRunning114$900
1920+1U2Jack Vanderboom 28-2 LapsRunning112$900
2017-387AAustin Hartmann 28-2 LapsRunning110$900
2118-36Bill Rose 24-6 LapsDNF108$900
2221-119BJack Berger 19-11 LapsDNF106$900
KSE Hard Charger: Brenham Crouch
Dash 1 Results
11018Giovanni Scelzi 80.0008Running0$0
2202David Gravel 8-2.264Running0$0
34+149Brad Sweet 8-2.847Running0$0
43-141Carson Macedo 8-3.942Running0$0
56+183James McFadden 8-4.769Running0$0
65-117Sheldon Haudenschild 8-5.981Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017Sheldon Haudenschild 100.00010Running
22049Brad Sweet 10-1.646Running
3301AJacob Allen 10-3.296Running
4409Kasey Kahne 10-4.602Running
5503ZBrock Zearfoss 10-5.428Running
66020GNoah Gass 10-7.567Running
77049JJosh Schneiderman 10-8.647Running
8801Brenham Crouch 10-11.189Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 100.00010Running
2202David Gravel 10-0.796Running
34+115Donny Schatz 10-3.276Running
43-11SLogan Schuchart 10-5.734Running
5507SRobbie Price 10-7.430Running
66087AAustin Hartmann 10-10.197Running
770U2Jack Vanderboom 10-11.898Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11018Giovanni Scelzi 100.00010Running
22083James McFadden 10-2.543Running
3305Spencer Bayston 10-3.952Running
44017BBill Balog 10-6.659Running
55023Russel Borland 10-10.956Running
6606Bill Rose 10-12.535Running
77019BJack Berger 9-1 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1517Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.5650.000
2441Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.578-0.013
3818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA11.614-0.049
41649Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA11.615-0.050
5212David Gravel Watertown, CT11.663-0.098
6683James McFadden Alice Springs, NT11.684-0.119
7131AJacob Allen Hanover, PA11.709-0.144
891SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.714-0.149
9175Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN11.724-0.159
10159Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA11.755-0.190
111215Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.870-0.305
121117BBill Balog North Pole, AK11.873-0.308
13143ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.874-0.309
1477SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC11.930-0.365
15323Russel Borland Kewaskum, WI11.933-0.368
161920GNoah Gass Mounds, OK11.963-0.398
17287AAustin Hartmann Plymouth, WI11.966-0.401
18186Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.080-0.515
192049JJosh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA12.111-0.546
2010U2Jack Vanderboom Dousman, WI12.181-0.616
21119BJack Berger Lake Elmo, MN12.260-0.695
22221Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX12.296-0.731
Hot Laps Results
1441Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.5770.000
21649Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA11.594-0.017
3818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA11.693-0.116
4683James McFadden Alice Springs, NT11.701-0.124
5175Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN11.716-0.139
6159Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA11.717-0.140
7131AJacob Allen Hanover, PA11.723-0.146
8517Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.737-0.160
991SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.765-0.188
101215Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.804-0.227
11212David Gravel Watertown, CT11.809-0.232
12143ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.884-0.307
131117BBill Balog North Pole, AK11.910-0.333
1477SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC11.931-0.354
15323Russel Borland Kewaskum, WI11.965-0.388
162049JJosh Schneiderman West Burlington, IA11.969-0.392
171920GNoah Gass Mounds, OK11.998-0.421
18287AAustin Hartmann Plymouth, WI12.036-0.459
19221Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX12.059-0.482
20186Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.113-0.536
21119BJack Berger Lake Elmo, MN12.364-0.787
2210U2Jack Vanderboom Dousman, WI12.442-0.865
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Event Info  

Jim "JB" Boyd Memorial
Friday, June 16, 2023
Beaver Dam Raceway
N7086 Raceway Road
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916 

Event Description
"The Greatest Show on Dirt" invades Wisconsin for the first time in 2023 with an extended stay at Beaver Dam. Can Sheldon Haudenschild sweep the weekend again?

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

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

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Adult Pit Combo $48 (Pit pass and reserved seat purchased in advance)
Child Pit Combo (Ages 12-under): $32
Adult Reserved: $45
Child Reserved: $20
Adult General Admission: $40
Child (6-12) General Admission: $20
Kids 5 and under FREE GA
Race Day Adult Pit Pass $45
Race Day Child Pit Pass $30



Grandstand Type
Bleacher style; Chair backs in top 2 rows of section B & C

Reserved Seating
Upper rows Reserved

Family Section Location

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

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
There are no camping facilities at the Beaver Dam Raceway

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Reserved Seating
Upper rows Reserved

Type of Grandstand
Bleacher style; Chair backs in top 2 rows of section B & C

Stadium Seating
Stadium seating is allowed

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

Personal Coolers
No personal Coolers allowed


Alcohol Sales
Beaver Dam Raceway serves both beer and hard liquor.

Smoking Policy
There is NO SMOKING allowed within the Raceway except for designated areas

Family Section

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
There are no camping facilities at the Beaver Dam Raceway

Track Info  

Beaver Dam Raceway
N7086 Raceway Road
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916 

Track Phone
(920) 887-1600

Track Size

Track Type

Sprint Car Track Record
11.025 by Sheldon Haudenschild on 6/17/2022

Late Model Track Record
13.104 by Frank Heckenast Jr. on 6/30/21

Closest Airport
39 miles: Madison, WI (MSN / KMSN) Dane County Regional Airport

Other Airport
65 miles: Appleton, WI (ATW / KATW) Outagamie County Regional Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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