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Nittany Showdown
Port Royal Speedway | Port Royal, Pennsylvania
Friday, October 06, 2023
Race Recap  

SUNSHINE ON A CLOUDY DAY: Tyler Courtney Constructs Masterful Port Royal Drive for First World of Outlaws in Two Years

On a night that rain clouds were threatening to wash out the race, Sunshine broke through. But it wasn’t the literal sun gleaming on Port Royal Speedway Friday at the Nittany Showdown. It was the driver who goes by the bright nickname – Tyler Courtney.

The native of Indianapolis, IN started fourth in the 25-lap Feature, drove the Clauson Marshall Racing (CMR) #7BC to the lead in 12 laps, and pulled away on the path to his first World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car victory in more than two years. Back in July of 2021, Courtney claimed his first win with The Greatest Show on Dirt in grand fashion by topping the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway. “Sunshine” had to wait 811 days, but that second triumph finally arrived at “The Speed Palace.”

In Victory Lane, Courtney erupted with emotion. His celebratory shouts filled the air as he climbed atop the CMR machine and sprayed a can of NOS Energy Drink. At long last, Courtney again found himself a World of Outlaws winner.

“When it takes you two years to win another Outlaw race, that just shows how tough it is to win an Outlaw race and how special it is to win these races,” Courtney said. “Jake (Argo), Luke (Vaughn), Camron (Burley), they bust their tails. We’ve obviously had an up and down year, but to close out the year I feel like we’ve been pretty consistent here to end the year. We ran up front with the Outlaws at Williams Grove and Port Royal now. This is just awesome, man.”

The night made Courtney the 15th different driver to win a World of Outlaws main event at Port Royal and only the second from the state of Indiana, the other being Spencer Bayston (2021). The 29-year-old also became the 18th competitor to top a race with the Series in 2023.

A fourth place effort in the Toyota Racing Dash slotted Courtney outside the second row in the lineup for the Feature. Right when the green flag dropped, Courtney made it known that he was hungry for a win. The NOS Energy Drink #7BC rocketed from fourth to the runner-up spot on the opening circuit by driving right between Carson Macedo and Logan Schuchart.

After taking over second, the pursuit began as Courtney locked his sights on the race’s pole sitter and early leader – James McFadden. As they navigated the opening portion of the race, McFadden managed to put a little distance between himself and Courtney. The Roth Motorsports pilot grew his advantage up to as much as a second and a half.

But when lapped traffic came into view, Courtney began to erase the margin. A 1.6 second lead on Lap 6 was slashed nearly in half on the next circuit. Two more laps later, and the gap between the two dipped under half a second. Then on the 12th lap, Courtney made his move.

Tyler Courtney chases after James McFadden at Port Royal Speedway
Tyler Courtney (#7BC) hunted down James McFadden (#83) at Port Royal for his second career World of Outlaws win (Trent Gower Photo)

Heading into Turn 1, Courtney threw a slide job at McFadden and cleared him. The Australian rallied on the exit of Turn 2 with a crossover to slip under Courtney and reclaim the top spot. In the next set of corners, McFadden went to the cushion while Courtney went to the bottom. The low side proved to the right choice as Courtney rolled by McFadden and cleared him down the front straightaway.

“We did everything that we wanted to do there for the Feature,” Courtney explained. “I was able to get my wing back there just about halfway and kept inching her back as we went. Man, the more I got it back the better we were.”

After taking the lead, Courtney quickly began to build a gap. Two laps after moving ahead of McFadden, Courtney’s advantage ballooned over a second as he began to slice through traffic.

A potential challenger to Courtney arose in the form of a fast-charging David Gravel. The Big Game Motorsports pilot moved around McFadden for second on Lap 17. While Gravel was over two seconds behind Courtney when he took the runner-up spot, thick traffic ahead of him gave Gravel hope.

But it was hope that was quickly extinguished when Courtney put a pair of lapped cars between himself and Gravel. And once he did so, the margin began to grow quickly. On Lap 22, Courtney crossed the line four seconds in front of Gravel. And then a few laps later, Courtney took the checkered flag comfortably for his second career World of Outlaws win.

“It’s just unbelievable man,” Courtney said. “Winning Outlaw races is really, really hard, and this one feels good.

Coming home second was David Gravel for his Series-leading 31st World of Outlaws podium of the year. The Watertown, CT native is staying hot with his fourth runner-up in the last seven races as he looks to chip away at Brad Sweet’s point lead. Gravel chopped the gap down to 82 markers.

“Cody (Jacobs) kept working on this thing and gave us a really good race car there in the A-Main,” Gravel said. “It felt like in the beginning to the middle of the race we were really, really good, and I felt like probably one of the best cars. And I felt like at the end we just kind of ran out of grip, and Sunshine was running a really good pace, and I never really good close to him.”

Rounding out the top three was early leader – James McFadden. The result made the Roth Motorsports driver the eighth to reach double digit World of Outlaws podiums in 2023 as he notched his 10th.

“I didn’t know where to run there for the first bit,” McFadden said. “Normally at Port Royal, you pound the top of (Turns) 1 and 2 and float around (Turns) 3 and 4. I felt okay doing that, and then Tyler went by us like we were standing still, so he whooped our butts tonight. But that’s about as good as I’ve ever felt at Port Royal. Happy to be competitive, just need to be a little better”

Logan Schuchart and Lance Dewease completed the top five.

A 22nd to 14th drive netted the KSE Racing Hard Charger for Rico Abreu.

In Low-E Insulation Qualifying, Brad Sweet earned his third Simpson Performance Products QuickTime and the 72nd of his career.

CASE No.1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Brad Sweet. NOS Energy Drink Heats Two through Four were topped by David Gravel, Tyler Courtney, and Logan Schuchart.

James McFadden won the Toyota Racing Dash.

Giovanni Scelzi topped the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Sye Lynch after slipping from fifth to 11th, narrowly missing his second career World of Outlaws top 10.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars conclude the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal Speedway with a $15,000 to win finale on Saturday, October 7. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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


NOS Energy Drink Feature (25 Laps): 1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[4]; 2. 2-David Gravel[7]; 3. 83-James McFadden[1]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart[2]; 5. 39M-Lance Dewease[11]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[6]; 7. 9P-Parker Price Miller[8]; 8. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 9. 13-Justin Peck[9]; 10. 11-Cory Eliason[10]; 11. 42-Sye Lynch[5]; 12. 48-Danny Dietrich[18]; 13. 23-Devon Borden[12]; 14. 24-Rico Abreu[22]; 15. 5-Spencer Bayston[15]; 16. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[21]; 17. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[17]; 18. 26-Zeb Wise[16]; 19. 19-Brent Marks[20]; 20. 83JR-Michael Kofoid[13]; 21. 45-Jeff Halligan[23]; 22. 20G-Noah Gass[27]; 23. 15-Donny Schatz[25]; 24. 11T-TJ Stutts[24]; 25. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[19]; 26. 9-Kasey Kahne[14]; 27. 47K-Kody Lehman[26]

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Feature Results
14+37BCTyler Courtney 250.00014Running150$10,000
27+52David Gravel 25-3.348Running146$5,500
31-283James McFadden 25-7.15811Running144$3,200
42-21SLogan Schuchart 25-7.461Running142$2,600
511+639MLance Dewease 25-7.771Running140$2,350
66049Brad Sweet 25-9.964Running138$2,150
78+19PParker Price-Miller 25-10.434Running136$2,100
83-541Carson Macedo 25-10.994Running134$1,950
99013Justin Peck 25-11.507Running132$1,900
1010011Cory Eliason 25-11.863Running130$1,850
115-642Sye Lynch 25-12.480Running128$1,400
1218+648Danny Dietrich 25-13.229Running126$1,200
1312-123Devon Borden 25-13.272Running124$1,000
1422+824Rico Abreu 25-13.637Running122$950
151505Spencer Bayston 25-14.634Running120$900
1621+518Giovanni Scelzi 25-15.304Running118$900
1717017Sheldon Haudenschild 25-15.413Running116$900
1816-226Zeb Wise 25-15.593Running114$900
1920+119Brent Marks 25-16.247Running112$900
2013-783JRMichael Kofoid 25-16.755Running110$900
2123+245Jeff Halligan 25-18.209Running108$900
2227+520GNoah Gass 25-18.485Running106$900
2325+215Donny Schatz 25-23.185Running104$900
2424011TT.J. Stutts 24-1 LapsRunning102$900
2519-63ZBrock Zearfoss 24-1 LapsRunning102$900
2614-129Kasey Kahne 24-1 LapsRunning102$900
2726-147KKody Lehman 13-12 LapsDNF102$900
KSE Hard Charger: Rico Abreu
Last Chance Showdown Results
13+218Giovanni Scelzi 130.0002Running0$0
29+724Rico Abreu 13-0.887Running0$0
311+845Jeff Halligan 13-0.963Running0$0
416+1211TT.J. Stutts 13-1.937Running0$0
58+320GNoah Gass 13-3.151Running90$300
64-291Kyle Reinhardt 13-3.854Running90$250
717+101TTanner Holmes 13-3.891Running90$225
813+59RChase Randall 13-4.637Running90$200
915+65WLucas Wolfe 13-5.001Running90$200
101006GGaret Williamson 13-5.526Running90$200
111-1021Brian Brown 12-1 Laps11Running90$200
127-515Donny Schatz 11-2 LapsRunning90$200
135-871Anthony Macri 11-2 LapsRunning90$200
142-1269KLogan Wagner 2-11 LapsDNF90$200
1512-355Kerry Madsen 0-13 LapsDNS90$200
166-101Hunter Schuerenberg 0-13 LapsDNS90$200
1714-36DRyan Smith 0-13 LapsDNS90$200
1818051Freddie Rahmer 0-13 LapsDNS90$200
Dash 1 Results
11083James McFadden 60.0006Running0$0
24+21SLogan Schuchart 6-1.227Running0$0
32-141Carson Macedo 6-3.297Running0$0
46+27BCTyler Courtney 6-3.553Running0$0
53-242Sye Lynch 6-4.985Running0$0
67+149Brad Sweet 6-6.030Running0$0
75-22David Gravel 6-6.577Running0$0
8809PParker Price-Miller 6-7.411Running0$0
C Main Results
1101TTanner Holmes 100.00010Running150$0
27+551Freddie Rahmer 10-4.043Running146$0
39+667Justin Whittall 10-6.054Running144$0
45+15TRyan Timms 10-7.371Running142$0
52-347KKody Lehman 10-9.891Running140$0
63-36Kody Hartlaub 10-10.360Running138$0
711+48Aaron Reutzel 10-12.543Running136$0
812+47SRobbie Price 10-12.637Running134$0
98-170Kraig Kinser 10-13.474Running132$0
104-65CDylan Cisney 0-10 LapsDNS130$0
116-555WMike Wagner 0-10 LapsDNS128$0
1210-233WMichael Walter 0-10 LapsDNS126$0
131301MLandon Myers 0-10 LapsDNS124$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Brad Sweet 80.0008Running
23+183James McFadden 8-0.567Running
32-113Justin Peck 8-3.102Running
44083JRMichael Kofoid 8-3.538Running
56+117Sheldon Haudenschild 8-4.910Running
67+118Giovanni Scelzi 8-5.546Running
79+215Donny Schatz 8-6.848Running
85-321Brian Brown 8-9.329Running
910+19RChase Randall 8-9.504Running
1012+21TTanner Holmes 8-10.482Running
111105TRyan Timms 8-11.431Running
128-467Justin Whittall 8-12.547Running
131301MLandon Myers 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+12David Gravel 80.0008Running
21-142Sye Lynch 8-2.019Running
33039MLance Dewease 8-4.758Running
4405Spencer Bayston 8-6.302Running
5503ZBrock Zearfoss 8-8.112Running
67+171Anthony Macri 8-8.338Running
79+224Rico Abreu 8-9.656Running
88045Jeff Halligan 8-11.442Running
96-35WLucas Wolfe 8-12.505Running
1011+16Kody Hartlaub 8-14.235Running
1112+151Freddie Rahmer 8-15.268Running
1210-28Aaron Reutzel 1-7 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+17BCTyler Courtney 80.0003Running
21-141Carson Macedo 8-1.4465Running
34+111Cory Eliason 8-4.210Running
43-19Kasey Kahne 8-4.859Running
58+348Danny Dietrich 8-5.327Running
66091Kyle Reinhardt 8-7.414Running
75-269KLogan Wagner 8-7.932Running
89+16GGaret Williamson 8-9.494Running
910+16DRyan Smith 8-10.976Running
1012+247KKody Lehman 8-11.446Running
117-455WMike Wagner 0-8 LapsDNF
1211-133WMichael Walter 0-8 LapsDNF
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101SLogan Schuchart 80.0008Running
2209PParker Price-Miller 8-1.489Running
33023Devon Borden 8-2.875Running
44026Zeb Wise 8-4.458Running
55019Brent Marks 8-5.527Running
6601Hunter Schuerenberg 8-6.802Running
77020GNoah Gass 8-10.055Running
88055Kerry Madsen 8-10.460Running
99011TT.J. Stutts 8-11.904Running
1011+15CDylan Cisney 8-12.106Running
1110-170Kraig Kinser 8-14.106Running
121207SRobbie Price 8-14.878Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1649Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA16.0080.000
21142Sye Lynch Cowansville, PA16.091-0.083
3113Justin Peck Monrovia, IN16.094-0.086
472David Gravel Watertown, CT16.098-0.090
5983James McFadden Alice Springs, NT16.137-0.129
6839MLance Dewease Fayetteville, PA16.142-0.134
72283JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA16.181-0.173
8175Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN16.209-0.201
91421Brian Brown Higginsville, MO16.248-0.240
1023ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA16.264-0.256
111617Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH16.314-0.306
1235WLucas Wolfe Mechanicsburg, PA16.336-0.328
13518Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA16.384-0.376
142071Anthony Macri Dillsburg, PA16.385-0.377
152367Justin Whittall Vincentown, NJ16.389-0.381
16445Jeff Halligan Ephrata, PA16.391-0.383
171015Donny Schatz Fargo, ND16.401-0.393
181824Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA16.432-0.424
19139RChase Randall Waco, TX16.445-0.437
20198Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX16.449-0.441
21245TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK16.465-0.457
22256Kody Hartlaub East Berlin, PA16.467-0.459
23121TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR16.540-0.532
241551Freddie Rahmer Salfordville, PA16.573-0.565
25211MLandon Myers York, PA16.758-0.750
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
11841Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA16.0100.000
211SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA16.102-0.092
3117BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN16.189-0.179
4139PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN16.233-0.223
5229Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA16.287-0.277
6523Devon Borden Raymond, WA16.298-0.288
72111Cory Eliason Visalia, CA16.416-0.406
8726Zeb Wise Angola, IN16.422-0.412
92369KLogan Wagner Harrisonville, PA16.435-0.425
10219Brent Marks Myerstown, PA16.446-0.436
11391Kyle Reinhardt Neptune City, NJ16.453-0.443
12241Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO16.478-0.468
131255WMike Wagner Harrisonville, PA16.493-0.483
141920GNoah Gass Mounds, OK16.503-0.493
152048Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA16.539-0.529
16455Kerry Madsen Knoxville, IA16.600-0.590
17146GGaret Williamson Columbia, MO16.606-0.596
181711TT.J. Stutts Liverpool, PA16.622-0.612
1986DRyan Smith Kunkletown, PA16.744-0.734
201070Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN16.782-0.772
21933WMichael Walter Selinsgrove, PA16.859-0.849
2265CDylan Cisney Port Royal, PA16.902-0.892
231647KKody Lehman Enola, PA17.057-1.047
24157SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC17.057-1.047
Hot Laps Results
172David Gravel Watertown, CT15.8040.000
2649Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA15.883-0.079
3983James McFadden Alice Springs, NT15.886-0.082
44341Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA15.921-0.117
5839MLance Dewease Fayetteville, PA15.949-0.145
6389PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN16.017-0.213
7518Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA16.034-0.230
8367BCTyler Courtney Indianapolis, IN16.039-0.235
9175Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN16.064-0.260
102071Anthony Macri Dillsburg, PA16.075-0.271
111421Brian Brown Higginsville, MO16.096-0.292
12261SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA16.099-0.295
131617Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH16.112-0.308
1435WLucas Wolfe Mechanicsburg, PA16.152-0.348
15139RChase Randall Waco, TX16.172-0.368
161142Sye Lynch Cowansville, PA16.174-0.370
172283JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA16.175-0.371
184869KLogan Wagner Harrisonville, PA16.182-0.378
1923ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA16.186-0.382
203023Devon Borden Raymond, WA16.192-0.388
21121TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR16.194-0.390
22315CDylan Cisney Port Royal, PA16.198-0.394
231015Donny Schatz Fargo, ND16.206-0.402
242367Justin Whittall Vincentown, NJ16.227-0.423
254611Cory Eliason Visalia, CA16.260-0.456
262891Kyle Reinhardt Neptune City, NJ16.268-0.464
27491Hunter Schuerenberg Sikeston, MO16.306-0.502
28256Kody Hartlaub East Berlin, PA16.370-0.566
292719Brent Marks Myerstown, PA16.374-0.570
303226Zeb Wise Angola, IN16.389-0.585
314211TT.J. Stutts Liverpool, PA16.403-0.599
32445Jeff Halligan Ephrata, PA16.416-0.612
33396GGaret Williamson Columbia, MO16.462-0.658
34113Justin Peck Monrovia, IN16.463-0.659
354548Danny Dietrich Gettysburg, PA16.491-0.687
36479Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA16.538-0.734
373570Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN16.558-0.754
384420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK16.562-0.758
391824Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA16.595-0.791
403755WMike Wagner Harrisonville, PA16.600-0.796
411551Freddie Rahmer Salfordville, PA16.605-0.801
42198Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX16.733-0.929
43211MLandon Myers York, PA16.757-0.953
44336DRyan Smith Kunkletown, PA16.757-0.953
45245TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK16.782-0.978
464147KKody Lehman Enola, PA16.882-1.078
472955Kerry Madsen Knoxville, IA16.970-1.166
483433WMichael Walter Selinsgrove, PA17.042-1.238
49407SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC17.042-1.238
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Event Info  

Nittany Showdown
Friday, October 06, 2023
Port Royal Speedway
302 West 6th Street
Port Royal, Pennsylvania 17082 

Event Description
It's the final chance for bragging rights as the Outlaws & PA Posse square off one final time this season in this Port Royal doubleheader.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
Friday Oct. 6th
4:00 PM - Pit and Grandstand Gates Open
6:30 PM - Hot Laps/Qualifying with Opening Ceremonies and Racing to Follow

Saturday Oct. 7th
2:00PM - Pit and Grandstand Gates Open
5:00PM - Hot Laps/Qualifying with Opening Ceremonies and Racing to Follow
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
2-Day Reserved: $70
2-Day GA: $65
Single Day Reserved: $40
Single Day GA: $35
Children (12 & under): FREE


Grandstand Type

Reserved Seating
Section A-O

Family Section Location
Sec C

Handicapped Seating Location

Pit Pass Price

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

Pit Gate Location
Turn 4 side of the track

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
In front of main Gate

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost

Frequently Asked Questions  
Reserved Seating
Section A-O

Type of Grandstand

Stadium Seating
No Stadium Seats

Handicapped Seating

Handicapped Parking
In front of main Gate

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

Pit Gate Location
Turn 4 side of the track

Personal Coolers
14" and Under / No glass

Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is allowed, no glass bottles.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the grandstands.

Family Section
Sec C

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
non-electric, onsite

Camping Cost

Track Info  

Port Royal Speedway
302 West 6th Street
Port Royal, Pennsylvania 17082 

Track Phone
(717) 527-2303

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Type
0.500; Semi-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
14.868 seconds by Brian Brown on 10/18/18

Late Model Track Record
17.470 seconds by Jeff Rine on 5/13/17

Closest Airport

Other Airport

Pit Gate Location
Turn 4 side of the track

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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