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Gerdau Presents the 2nd Leg of the Northern Tour
River Cities Speedway | Grand Forks, North Dakota
Friday, August 25, 2023
Race Recap  

ON THE HIGHLIGHT REEL: Logan Schuchart Slips by Haudenschild Late for River Cities Victory

River Cities Speedway is known for delivering thrilling finishes. And the Grand Forks, ND bullring produced yet another one on Friday night.

Sheldon Haudenschild controlled the majority of the 40-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Feature. But a shark fin rose from the water in the final laps as Logan Schuchart closed in. The driver of the Shark Racing #1S snatched the lead coming to two laps to go and drove away from Haudenschild to steal a victory in the Gerdau Presents The 2nd Leg of The Northern Tour.

For Schuchart, who lost in a close finish at River Cities in 2020, the triumph served as a form of redemption.

“Happy we were able to win like that,” Schuchart said. “I watch highlight videos over the winter time. The Outlaws love to show a race here a few years ago where Kyle (Larson) passed us on the last lap, so it feels good to get one kind of like that. Hopefully they add that to their highlight reel.”

Schuchart moved up to four wins this season with The Greatest Show on Dirt. It also put him at 39 for his career as he’s only one away from becoming the 19th driver in Series history to reach 40. Schuchart became the seventh different competitor to own multiple World of Outlaws wins at River Cities as he also topped a 2019 visit.

When the green flag dropped it was Donny Schatz and Sheldon Haudenschild leading the field. An opening lap red flag necessitated a second attempt, and Haudenschild rocketed around the outside to the lead when the race got underway, and Schuchart settled into third behind the lead duo.

During the opening portion of the race the leaders stayed mostly in line as they clicked off the early laps. A restart following a red flag with 26 laps to go gave Schuchart an opportunity at taking a step toward the front, which he took advantage of. As the green lights came back on, Schuchart accelerated perfectly out of Turn 4 and used the momentum to slide Schatz for second. Schatz wasn’t able to counter with a crossover allowing Schuchart to secure the spot.

After taking over runner-up, Schuchart began to stalk the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17. As they crossed the halfway mark, Schuchart wasn’t necessarily gaining on Haudenschild, but he also wasn’t letting him escape. Lapped traffic proved to be more problematic for Schuchart as he preferred the bottom groove where the slower cars were while Haudenschild ripped the top around them.

Logan Schuchart drives by Sheldon Haudenschild
A late pass propelled Logan Schuchart to his second career River Cities victory (Trent Gower Photo)

“I felt like I could run the bottom pretty good,” Schuchart explained. “I was hoping some lapped cars would kind of slow him down, but lots of times when lapped cars aren’t feeling comfortable they go to the bottom side of the racetrack. So, a lot of lapped cars weren’t really getting in his way. They were just kind of letting him run his line.”

As the race dipped inside 10 laps to go, Schuchart suddenly found the speed he needed. The Hanover, PA native stayed committed to the low line and began to close in on the tail tank of the NOS Energy Drink #17. On Lap 36, Schuchart used a big run off of Turn 2 to show Haudenschild a nose and put him in a defensive mode. Haudenschild responded to switching to the bottom, and that was all Schuchart needed.

Schuchart promptly moved to the top and got a big run coming to the finish line with two laps remaining. The Drydene/Duramax machine squeaked around Haudenschild’s outside to lead the 38th circuit. And with the lead secured, Schuchart never looked back on his way to parking in River Cities Speedway Victory Lane for the second time.

“I just tried to run hard laps. I could get close to him, but I could never really make anything happen,” Schuchart said. “When he kind of went to the bottom there the last few laps I just really got a run on him.”

Haudenschild still held on for a strong second place finish – his eighth World of Outlaws podium of the season. The result marked the fifth time in which he’s led laps at River Cities but come up short of the checkered flag. Haudenschild admitted seeing Schuchart’s nose made him adjust and potentially cost him the race. But overall, he left feeling satisfied having contended so strongly for the victory.

“That was probably a little better situation to be running second there at the end,” Haudenschild noted. “He was able to show his nose in the bottom of (Turns) 1 and 2 and kind of got me thinking, and I probably should’ve just kept running up where I’d been all night and kept my momentum up. It just feels good to be racing for a win. It’s been a little bit of a struggle bus here.”

Behind Haudenschild was Donny Schatz to complete the top three. The finish added to Schatz’s remarkable résumé at River Cities as he notched his 22nd podium in 31 races with the World of Outlaws at the North Dakota oval. The pilot of the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 felt that they were missing a little something with the car to be able to move around like Schuchart and contend for the win.

“It (the bottom) was there the whole race. I just couldn’t get down there,” Schatz said. “I just can’t stay there in my tracks, so we’ve got a little work to do with that. We were okay, just kind of married to that top. It kind of gave away the start there, and Sheldon got the run kind of like what we did in the Heat and the same thing in the Dash. I think being on the inside kind of cost us a little bit. We still had 40 laps to get it done but didn’t.”

Brad Sweet and Carson Macedo completed the top five. Finishing a spot ahead of Macedo extended Sweet’s points lead by two markers up from 50 to 52.

It was also Sweet claiming the Simpson Performance Products QuickTime Award for the second time this year and 71st time of his career.

After flipping, a trip to the Federated Car Care Work Zone, and returning with no nose wing, Brock Zearfoss still managed to earn the KSE Racing Hard Charger with a 22nd to 10th run.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Brad Sweet (231st Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were topped by Donny Schatz (519th of career), James McFadden (45th of career), and Sheldon Haudenschild (95th of career).

Donny Schatz claimed the Toyota Racing Dash.

Tim Estenson won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Jack Croaker after an opening lap crash ended his hopes of a strong outing.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make their final appearance in North Dakota for the year with a trip to West Fargo’s Red River Valley Speedway on Saturday, August 18 for the Gerdau Presents the Duel in The Dakotas. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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

RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart[4]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[1]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[5]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[11]; 6. 5-Spencer Bayston[7]; 7. 3-Tim Kaeding[16]; 8. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[14]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne[3]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[22]; 11. 2-David Gravel[10]; 12. 21T-Cole Macedo[15]; 13. 83-James McFadden[8]; 14. 7S-Robbie Price[6]; 15. 8H-Jade Hastings[20]; 16. 17B-Ryan Bickett[24]; 17. (DNF) 11M-Brendan Mullen[12]; 18. (DNF) 14T-Tim Estenson[21]; 19. (DNF) 0-Nick Omdahl[19]; 20. (DNF) 1T-Tanner Holmes[23]; 21. (DNF) 83JR-Michael Kofoid[9]; 22. (DNF) 20G-Noah Gass[18]; 23. (DNF) 8-Jack Croaker[13]; 24. (DNF) G5-Gage Pulkrabek[17]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+31SLogan Schuchart 400.0003Running150$10,000
22017Sheldon Haudenschild 40-1.13037Running146$6,000
31-215Donny Schatz 40-1.833Running144$3,500
45+149Brad Sweet 40-2.836Running142$2,800
511+641Carson Macedo 40-3.228Running140$2,500
67+15Spencer Bayston 40-4.071Running138$2,300
716+93Tim Kaeding 40-5.877Running136$2,200
814+618Giovanni Scelzi 40-6.332Running134$2,100
93-69Kasey Kahne 40-8.305Running132$2,050
1022+123ZBrock Zearfoss 40-8.707Running130$2,000
1110-12David Gravel 40-9.551Running128$1,600
1215+321TCole Macedo 40-9.766Running126$1,400
138-583James McFadden 40-11.831Running124$1,200
146-87SRobbie Price 39-1 LapsRunning122$1,100
1520+58HJade Hastings 39-1 LapsRunning120$1,050
1624+817BRyan Bickett 36-4 LapsRunning118$1,000
1712-511MBrendan Mullen 19-21 LapsDNF116$1,000
1821+314TTim Estenson 19-21 LapsDNF114$1,000
191900Nick Omdahl 17-23 LapsDNF112$1,000
2023+31TTanner Holmes 13-27 LapsDNF110$1,000
219-1283JRMichael Kofoid 6-34 LapsDNF108$1,000
2218-420GNoah Gass 5-35 LapsDNF106$1,000
2313-108Jack Croaker 0-40 LapsDNF104$1,000
2417-7G5Gage Pulkrabek 0-40 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Brock Zearfoss
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+114TTim Estenson 130.00013Running0$0
21-13ZBrock Zearfoss 13-1.042Running0$0
34+11TTanner Holmes 13-1.982Running0$0
43-117BRyan Bickett 13-2.547Running0$0
55017SZach Omdahl 13-3.534Running90$300
67+12KKevin Ingle 13-3.836Running90$250
78+199Jordan Graham 13-4.650Running90$225
89+16Bill Rose 13-5.971Running90$200
912+32AAustin Pierce 12-1 LapsRunning90$200
1011+152Adam Sobolik 12-1 LapsRunning90$200
116-513Mark Dobmeier 10-3 LapsDNF90$200
1210-291Reed Allex 9-4 LapsDNF90$200
1313026Blake Egeland 0-13 LapsDNF90$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+115Donny Schatz 80.0008Running0$0
21-117Sheldon Haudenschild 8-1.119Running0$0
34+19Kasey Kahne 8-3.011Running0$0
43-11SLogan Schuchart 8-4.045Running0$0
56+149Brad Sweet 8-5.158Running0$0
65-17SRobbie Price 8-5.843Running0$0
7705Spencer Bayston 8-6.470Running0$0
88083James McFadden 8-7.647Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Brad Sweet 100.00010Running
2209Kasey Kahne 10-1.397Running
33083JRMichael Kofoid 10-2.004Running
46+28Jack Croaker 10-3.655Running
550G5Gage Pulkrabek 10-4.422Running
67+117BRyan Bickett 10-5.518Running
78+12KKevin Ingle 10-6.883Running
89+191Reed Allex 10-8.850Running
94-53ZBrock Zearfoss 6-4 LapsDNF
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+115Donny Schatz 100.00010Running
21-15Spencer Bayston 10-1.153Running
34+12David Gravel 10-1.927Running
43-118Giovanni Scelzi 10-3.171Running
55020GNoah Gass 10-5.164Running
67+11TTanner Holmes 10-6.420Running
76-114TTim Estenson 10-7.295Running
88052Adam Sobolik 10-16.879Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083James McFadden 100.00010Running
2201SLogan Schuchart 10-1.714Running
33041Carson Macedo 10-2.197Running
45+121TCole Macedo 10-4.120Running
54-10Nick Omdahl 10-6.411Running
68+217SZach Omdahl 10-8.387Running
77099Jordan Graham 10-9.173Running
86-22AAustin Pierce 1-9 LapsDNF
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+117Sheldon Haudenschild 100.00010Running
21-17SRobbie Price 10-3.548Running
34+111MBrendan Mullen 10-3.883Running
43-13Tim Kaeding 10-4.504Running
5508HJade Hastings 10-5.400Running
66013Mark Dobmeier 10-6.335Running
7706Bill Rose 10-9.438Running
88026Blake Egeland 9-1 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA9.5870.000
285Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN9.620-0.033
3283James McFadden Alice Springs, NT9.651-0.064
4107SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC9.655-0.068
5119Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA9.689-0.102
62415Donny Schatz Fargo, ND9.710-0.123
7211SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA9.730-0.143
83317Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH9.742-0.155
9483JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA9.765-0.178
10518Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA9.797-0.210
11641Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA9.803-0.216
12123Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA9.830-0.243
13303ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA9.831-0.244
14192David Gravel Watertown, CT9.833-0.246
15230Nick Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN9.840-0.253
163211MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND9.875-0.288
1713G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN9.884-0.297
18720GNoah Gass Mounds, OK9.917-0.330
192921TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA9.933-0.346
20168HJade Hastings Grand Forks, ND9.938-0.351
21188Jack Croaker East Grand Forks, MN9.945-0.358
221714TTim Estenson Fargo, ND9.965-0.378
23262AAustin Pierce Grand Forks, ND10.029-0.442
242213Mark Dobmeier Grand Forks, ND10.099-0.512
253117BRyan Bickett Ramona, SD10.140-0.553
26271TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR10.211-0.624
272899Jordan Graham Grand Forks, ND10.298-0.711
28256Bill Rose Plainfield, IN10.325-0.738
2932KKevin Ingle Huron, SD10.368-0.781
30152Adam Sobolik Grand Forks, ND10.512-0.925
311417SZach Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN10.634-1.047
321526Blake Egeland Climax, MN10.806-1.219
33991Reed Allex St. Cloud, MN11.095-1.508
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1641Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA10.0950.000
22415Donny Schatz Fargo, ND10.105-0.010
3283James McFadden Alice Springs, NT10.175-0.080
43211MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND10.203-0.108
53317Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH10.216-0.121
62921TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA10.281-0.186
7303ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA10.291-0.196
8720GNoah Gass Mounds, OK10.384-0.289
9518Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA10.393-0.298
102213Mark Dobmeier Grand Forks, ND10.454-0.359
112049Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA10.509-0.414
12230Nick Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN10.509-0.414
13483JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA10.550-0.455
14192David Gravel Watertown, CT10.561-0.466
15262AAustin Pierce Grand Forks, ND10.630-0.535
162899Jordan Graham Grand Forks, ND10.813-0.718
173117BRyan Bickett Ramona, SD10.829-0.734
18152Adam Sobolik Grand Forks, ND10.851-0.756
19271TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR10.889-0.794
2085Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN11.022-0.927
21123Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA11.109-1.014
22256Bill Rose Plainfield, IN11.119-1.024
23211SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.163-1.068
241714TTim Estenson Fargo, ND11.169-1.074
25119Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA11.202-1.107
26188Jack Croaker East Grand Forks, MN11.315-1.220
27168HJade Hastings Grand Forks, ND11.815-1.720
28107SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC11.942-1.847
2913G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN11.955-1.860
301526Blake Egeland Climax, MN11.975-1.880
31991Reed Allex St. Cloud, MN12.412-2.317
321417SZach Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN12.436-2.341
3332KKevin Ingle Huron, SD13.661-3.566
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Event Info  

Gerdau Presents the 2nd Leg of the Northern Tour
Friday, August 25, 2023
River Cities Speedway
2300 Gateway Dr
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws return north for a second time to battle around this popular Grand Forks bullring.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

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-if purchased in advance online)
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

Anyone under the age of 18 MUST have a parent (Mother or Father) or legal guardian complete the release form at the pit gate.


TICKET INFO

Grandstand Type
Select rows in main grandstand have seat back

Family Section Location
no

Handicapped Seating Location
Bottom row of main covered grandstands

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

Pit Gate Location
East side of the track

Parking Cost
Free

Handicapped Parking Location
Front gate

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite

Camping Cost

$20 with water; Contact track for reservations



Frequently Asked Questions  
Type of Grandstand
Select rows in main grandstand have seat back

Handicapped Seating
Bottom row of main covered grandstands

Handicapped Parking
Front gate

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

Pit Gate Location
East side of the track

Personal Coolers
No coolers allowed

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is sold on site, including beer and malt beverages.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in grandstands. Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.

Family Section
no

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
electric hookup, onsite

Camping Cost

$20 with water; Contact track for reservations



Track Info  

River Cities Speedway
2300 Gateway Dr
Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203 

Track Phone
(701) 780-0999

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size
0.25

Sprint Car Track Record
9.269 seconds by Jason Meyers on 8/21/09

Late Model Track Record
11.255 by Joey Pederson on 9/9/2018

Closest Airport
Grand Forks Int'l

Other Airport
Fargo

Pit Gate Location
East side of the track

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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