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Gerdau Presents the Duel in the Dakotas
Red River Valley Speedway | West Fargo, North Dakota
Saturday, August 26, 2023
Race Recap  

SHARK SWEEP: Logan Schuchart Claims Red River Valley Win to Complete Weekend Sweep in North Dakota

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars don’t near the ocean for a few more days. But that didn’t stop a shark from surfacing far inland this weekend in North Dakota.

On Friday Logan Schuchart won in dramatic fashion aboard the Shark Racing #1S at Grand Forks, ND’s River Cities Speedway. Then on Saturday the Hanover, PA native didn’t need a late race pass to find his way to Victory Lane. He simply dominated at West Fargo, ND’s Red River Valley Speedway to complete a weekend sweep in “The Peace Garden State.”

Schuchart led from green to checkered in the non-stop 30-lap Feature to top the Gerdau Presents the Duel in the Dakotas for his first Red River Valley triumph. From the moment they unloaded, Schuchart knew they’d be a force through the night.

“The car felt good right out of the box tonight,’ Schuchart said. “We made some very small, minor changes. The track stayed pretty quick. I thought it was an awesome racing surface. If we started fourth or fifth or sixth in that area, I feel like we still would’ve had a really good shot at winning the race. I just tried to pick my spots. Move when lapped cars were in the way and go to the top if I needed to. I could even run the middle of (Turns) 3 and 4 there at the end. This car was just awesome this weekend.”

The win marked a major milestone for the 30-year-old as he reached 40 career World of Outlaws victories – becoming the 19th driver to reach the feat. The sweep was also Schuchart’s first back-to-back trips to Victory Lane with The Greatest Show on Dirt since 2020. He’s up to five wins in 2023, the fifth straight year he’s hit that number.

Schuchart’s path to the checkered flag was paved in large part with his triumph in the Toyota Racing Dash. That sat the Drydene/Duramax machine on the pole for the NOS Energy Drink Feature. When the green lights flashed, Schuchart immediately showed his muscle by darting ahead on the opening circuit.

While Schuchart pulled away early, the first lap also signaled the beginning of what would be a race-long war for second. It began with David Gravel and James McFadden going wheel-to-wheel before Gravel secured the spot.

Only five laps in to the main event was when Schuchart encountered traffic which would persist throughout the race’s entirety with no yellow flags slowing the pace. While a few slower cars allowed Gravel and the battle for second to close in, Schuchart would always pull back ahead after a lap or two.

Logan Schuchart races next to David Gravel
David Gravel tried to challenge Logan Schuchart but couldn’t quite get by (Trent Gower Photo)

In the second half of the race, the jockeying for the runner-up position intensified as Giovanni Scelzi and Buddy Kofoid reeled in Gravel. The trio traded sliders and crossovers on the racy surface as the laps wound down.

Up front, Schuchart cruised with a comfortable advantage and ultimately crossed the finish line with nearly a three second advantage.

“We got out in front, and I just wanted to set a good, clean pace, not push the issue too far and not put myself in bad spots,” Schuchart said. “I tried to just hit my marks, and I thought it would make it pretty tough for someone to run up to us and blow by us. I can’t say enough about our team working so hard.”

Behind Schuchart it was David Gravel crossing the line in second when the dust settled on a fierce battle. The runner-up restored some confidence after he and the Big Game Motorsports team endured four straight finishes outside the top 10 entering the night. Gravel upped his Series-leading podium total to 26 for the season. It was an especially tricky result to come by as Gravel felt an early issue and had to hang on with a wounded machine for most of the race.

“About Lap 10 something let go in the motor when I was all over Logan, and I was like you’ve got to be kidding me. After these last two weeks, I’m going to DNF here,” Gravel explained. “And luckily it held on, so once that happened I was just in survival mode and was pretty much quarter to half throttle trying not to kill the thing and make it to the end. There was still like 18 or 19 to go. I kept looking, and it got down to seven to go. I thought I just had to make it. I saw Gio kept throwing it in on me and kept showing me to run the bottom. But the slower I went, the worse the motor ran, so I had to kind of keep one pace and try to not hurt the motor anymore.”

Standing on the final step of the podium was Buddy Kofoid and his Roth Motorsports crew after starting the Feature in fifth. It marked his seventh World of Outlaws top three of the season and third since joining Roth. The Penngrove, CA native had plenty of speed and left feeling hugely confident in the direction of he and the #83JR crew.

“I feel like that’s one of the better cars I’ve had since we’ve been with Roth,” Kofoid said. “I feel like we were a second place capable car. It would’ve been nice if I could’ve got ahead of some of them earlier if we had a yellow. I don’t how good Logan was, but I feel like where I was my car was just very impeccable. I owe it all to these Roth Motorsports guys.”

Gio Scelzi and James McFadden completed the top five.

A sixth place run allowed Brad Sweet to slightly extend his points lead over Carson Macedo, who came home eighth. Sweet’s advantage now sits at 56 markers, but Gravel’s runner-up moved him closer to Macedo for second. The distance between those two is now only 10 points.

After claiming the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown, Tanner Holmes also went on to take KSE Racing Hard Charger Honors with a drive from 19th to 12th. The Jacksonville, OR native was also the recipient of the Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race after mechanical issues in Qualifying put them behind early in the night.

David Gravel earned the Simpson Performance Products QuickTime Award for the ninth time this season and the 106th time of his career.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to James McFadden (46th Heat Race win of career). NOS Energy Drink Heats Two and Three were topped by Logan Schuchart (116th of career) and Buddy Kofoid (12th of career).

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are bound for the Pacific Northwest for four races in five nights. First, it’s three nights (August 31-September 2) at Skagit Speedway (Burlington, WA) for the Sage Fruit Skagit Nationals with $26,000 going to the winner of the finale. Then on Monday, September 4 it’s a one-day stop at Elma, WA’s Grays Harbor Raceway. 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 (30 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart[1]; 2. 2-David Gravel[2]; 3. 83JR-Michael Kofoid[5]; 4. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 5. 83-James McFadden[3]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[7]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz[6]; 8. 41-Carson Macedo[9]; 9. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[13]; 10. 5-Spencer Bayston[12]; 11. 9-Kasey Kahne[11]; 12. 1T-Tanner Holmes[19]; 13. 20G-Noah Gass[14]; 14. 21T-Cole Macedo[15]; 15. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[20]; 16. 14T-Tim Estenson[8]; 17. 3-Tim Kaeding[16]; 18. 7S-Robbie Price[10]; 19. 11M-Brendan Mullen[17]; 20. 17B-Ryan Bickett[18]; 21. 6-Bill Rose[21]; 22. 17M-Zach Omdahl[24]; 23. (DNF) 0-Nick Omdahl[22]; 24. (DNF) 2K-Kevin Ingle[23]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1101SLogan Schuchart 300.00030Running150$10,000
2202David Gravel 30-2.726Running146$6,000
35+283JRMichael Kofoid 30-2.863Running144$3,500
44018Giovanni Scelzi 30-3.020Running142$2,800
53-283James McFadden 30-3.721Running140$2,500
67+149Brad Sweet 30-4.210Running138$2,300
76-115Donny Schatz 30-4.212Running136$2,200
89+141Carson Macedo 30-4.780Running134$2,100
913+417Sheldon Haudenschild 30-5.709Running132$2,050
1012+25Spencer Bayston 30-6.029Running130$2,000
111109Kasey Kahne 30-8.137Running128$1,600
1219+71TTanner Holmes 30-9.126Running126$1,400
1314+120GNoah Gass 30-12.287Running124$1,200
1415+121TCole Macedo 30-13.149Running122$1,100
1520+53ZBrock Zearfoss 30-13.998Running120$1,050
168-814TTim Estenson 29-1 LapsRunning118$1,000
1716-13Tim Kaeding 29-1 LapsRunning116$1,000
1810-87SRobbie Price 29-1 LapsRunning114$1,000
1917-211MBrendan Mullen 29-1 LapsRunning112$1,000
2018-217BRyan Bickett 28-2 LapsRunning110$1,000
212106Bill Rose 28-2 LapsRunning108$1,000
2224+217MZach Omdahl 28-2 LapsRunning106$1,000
2322-10Nick Omdahl 17-13 LapsDNF104$1,000
2423-12KKevin Ingle 11-19 LapsDNF102$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Tanner Holmes
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+21TTanner Holmes 120.0007Running0$0
25+33ZBrock Zearfoss 12-1.644Running0$0
31-26Bill Rose 12-3.0845Running0$0
4400Nick Omdahl 12-3.460Running0$0
56+12KKevin Ingle 12-4.087Running0$0
62-417MZach Omdahl 12-4.375Running0$0
78+110Josh Swangler 12-5.127Running90$300
87-152Adam Sobolik 12-5.278Running90$250
910+126Blake Egeland 11-1 LapsRunning90$225
109-191Reed Allex 11-1 LapsRunning90$200
11110G5Gage Pulkrabek 0-12 LapsDNS90$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1101SLogan Schuchart 60.0006Running0$0
2202David Gravel 6-2.070Running0$0
33083James McFadden 6-2.926Running0$0
44018Giovanni Scelzi 6-3.269Running0$0
55083JRMichael Kofoid 6-4.192Running0$0
66015Donny Schatz 6-5.163Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+183James McFadden 80.0008Running
21-12David Gravel 8-1.914Running
33049Brad Sweet 8-3.060Running
4407SRobbie Price 8-4.976Running
55017Sheldon Haudenschild 8-6.332Running
6603Tim Kaeding 8-7.841Running
79+21TTanner Holmes 8-9.599Running
8803ZBrock Zearfoss 8-10.523Running
97-217MZach Omdahl 8-12.183Running
1010026Blake Egeland 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101SLogan Schuchart 80.0008Running
22018Giovanni Scelzi 8-1.997Running
33014TTim Estenson 8-3.494Running
45+19Kasey Kahne 8-5.071Running
54-120GNoah Gass 8-6.331Running
66011MBrendan Mullen 8-8.440Running
7700Nick Omdahl 8-9.792Running
89+12KKevin Ingle 8-11.203Running
98-110Josh Swangler 7-1 LapsRunning
10100G5Gage Pulkrabek 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083JRMichael Kofoid 80.0008Running
22015Donny Schatz 8-1.398Running
33041Carson Macedo 8-1.637Running
4405Spencer Bayston 8-3.266Running
55021TCole Macedo 8-4.961Running
67+117BRyan Bickett 8-6.316Running
76-16Bill Rose 8-8.012Running
88052Adam Sobolik 8-9.122Running
99091Reed Allex 7-1 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1252David Gravel Watertown, CT11.8460.000
2101SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.973-0.127
3683JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA12.010-0.164
41583James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.021-0.175
51818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.044-0.198
6415Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.076-0.230
72849Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.081-0.235
82314TTim Estenson Fargo, ND12.103-0.257
92941Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.122-0.276
1037SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC12.127-0.281
112220GNoah Gass Mounds, OK12.140-0.294
12265Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN12.156-0.310
131717Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.188-0.342
14279Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA12.188-0.342
151121TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA12.190-0.344
16133Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA12.256-0.410
172111MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND12.280-0.434
1856Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.353-0.507
192417MZach Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN12.379-0.533
2010Nick Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN12.400-0.554
212017BRyan Bickett Ramona, SD12.533-0.687
2273ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.535-0.689
231410Josh Swangler Detroit Lakes, MN12.659-0.813
24252Adam Sobolik Grand Forks, ND12.672-0.826
25191TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR12.779-0.933
2682KKevin Ingle Huron, SD13.086-1.240
271291Reed Allex St. Cloud, MN13.594-1.748
28926Blake Egeland Climax, MN13.594-1.748
2916G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN13.594-1.748
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
12849Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA12.2300.000
21818Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.369-0.139
3265Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN12.398-0.168
41583James McFadden Alice Springs, NT12.468-0.238
5279Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA12.570-0.340
6252David Gravel Watertown, CT12.576-0.346
71717Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.670-0.440
82314TTim Estenson Fargo, ND12.750-0.520
92941Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.861-0.631
10133Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA12.884-0.654
112417MZach Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN13.011-0.781
12101SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.029-0.799
131121TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.057-0.827
142017BRyan Bickett Ramona, SD13.087-0.857
152220GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.240-1.010
162111MBrendan Mullen Grand Forks, ND13.304-1.074
17415Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.416-1.186
1837SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.451-1.221
1910Nick Omdahl East Grand Forks, MN13.517-1.287
20683JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.583-1.353
211410Josh Swangler Detroit Lakes, MN13.821-1.591
22252Adam Sobolik Grand Forks, ND14.002-1.772
2373ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA14.183-1.953
2456Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.184-1.954
2582KKevin Ingle Huron, SD14.388-2.158
261291Reed Allex St. Cloud, MN14.394-2.164
2716G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN14.394-2.164
28191TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR14.394-2.164
29926Blake Egeland Climax, MN14.394-2.164
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

Gerdau Presents the Duel in the Dakotas
Saturday, August 26, 2023
Red River Valley Speedway
1805 Main Ave W
West Fargo, North Dakota 58078 

Event Description
10-time champion Donny Schatz leads the World of Outlaws to his home track in West Fargo, North Dakota. He'll have to fight off defending winner Carson Macedo.

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  
Ticket Phone
(701) 388-6637

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


Grandstand Type
Bleacher

Family Section Location
No

Handicapped Seating Location
In front of Section B and in front of Sections H & I

Pit Age Requirement
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows.

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
onsite

Camping Cost
Contact Steve Akanson (Campground Manager), 701-200-2179 For Reservations

Frequently Asked Questions  
Type of Grandstand
Bleacher

Stadium Seating
seats are allowed

Handicapped Seating
In front of Section B and in front of Sections H & I

Pit Age Limit
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows.

Personal Coolers
No coolers allowed

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
alcohol is available for purchase

Smoking Policy
No smoking in grandstand. Smoking permitted in designated areas.


Family Section
No

Parking Cost
Free

Camping Availability
onsite

Camping Cost
Contact Steve Akanson (Campground Manager), 701-200-2179 For Reservations

Track Info  

Red River Valley Speedway
1805 Main Ave W
West Fargo, North Dakota 58078 

Track Phone
(701) 388-6637

Ticket Phone
(701) 388-6637

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size
0.375

Track Type
Semi-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
11.460 seconds by Kasey Kahne on 8/21/21

Late Model Track Record
14.270 Seconds by Cade Dillard on 6/29/23

Closest Airport
Fargo, ND (FAR / KFAR) Hector International Airport

Other Airport
Grand Forks, ND (GFK / KGFK) Grand Forks International Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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