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World of Outlaws Bike Week Jamboree
Volusia Speedway Park | Barberville, Florida
Monday, March 04, 2024
Race Recap  

500: Donny Schatz Reaches Massive Milestone with Volusia Victory

At one point in time Donny Schatz was a North Dakota kid in the stands watching races as Sprint Car dreams bloomed within his mind. Now, he’s a 500-time Sprint Car Feature winner.

He fought through early struggles that every driver combats. He began to collect some checkered flags in the 1990s. He ascended to the highest level of the sport with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and eventually became the most dominant force with the Series for a stretch. Wins on the sport’s biggest stages at the Knoxville Nationals, Kings Royal, National Open piled up along with so many more. And on Monday at Volusia Speedway Park, he made his 500th trip to Victory Lane and 312th with the World of Outlaws.

The 10-time Series champion lined up fourth on the grid, got a strong start, and was at the right place at the right time when misfortune struck a leading Michael Kofoid. A shredded tire gifted Schatz the lead, and he never looked back on his way to win number 500.

Volusia has been a helpful racetrack for Schatz on his path to 500. Monday’s Bike Week Jamboree marked his 24th overall Sprint Car victory at “The World’s Fastest Half Mile.” The driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 has earned 15 of those with The Greatest Show on Dirt. Volusia is the fourth winningest track on Schatz’s World of Outlaws résumé, trailing only Williams Grove Speedway, Knoxville Raceway, and Eldora Speedway.

But even with the enormous magnitude of the achievement, it was business as usual for Schatz when the race concluded. He’s not focused on any milestones. He’s focused on getting the next win and the many more that will surely follow.

“I really don’t want to think about it,” Schatz said. “I feel like I’ve got a lot of years left in me. I’ve got a lot of good racing left in me because I still love to race. That’s the important part. Numbers are numbers. That’s the stuff that I’m probably going to roll over to Steve Kinser’s bus someday when we’re sitting here at Volusia watching our kids or our kids’ kids and we’ll have talks about it. But for now, it’s just a number you don’t even want to think about. I’ve been very fortunate to race with a lot of great people and have great partners behind us.”

The front row consisting of Sheldon Haudenschild and Buddy Kofoid brought the field to green for the 25-lapper. The outside line proved to be the place to be as Kofoid blasted by Haudenschild for the lead while Schatz ripped ahead of both Giovanni Scelzi and Haudenschild to take second from the fourth starting spot.

As the opening laps clicked away Kofoid set a torrid pace in the Roth Motorsports #83. He remained glued to the high side and on rails. Behind him, Schatz tested different lines as he’s known to do and didn’t let Kofoid build too much of an advantage.

When the lead duo entered traffic, Kofoid managed to extend his lead at first as the gap grew to just over a second on Lap 9. But Schatz began to regain his footing and cut away at the margin as the race neared the halfway mark. Only two laps later, he had sliced Kofoid’s one second advantage in half.

Right when it looked as if a battle may be brewing between the rising star and the living legend, heartbreak hit Kofoid. The left-rear tire on his machine let go entering Turn 1, sending him spinning and backing into the fence. Adding salt to the wound, the incident occurred a lap after the halfway point meaning no guaranteed time in the Federated Car Care Work Zone. His team wasn’t able to make repairs in time for the restart, leaving him trapped in the Work Zone as the field came back to green.

Donny Schatz driving the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian #15 at Volusia
Once he inherited the lead, there was no catching Donny Schatz on Monday at Volusia (Trent Gower Photo)

Kofoid’s misfortune was Schatz’s benefit as the Carquest #15 inherited the top spot with 12 laps remaining. The Fargo, ND driver wasted no time pulling ahead when the green lights flashed. In two laps he held more than a one second lead. Even when he made his way back into traffic, no lapped cars slowed him.

A late caution for Jacob Allen set up the potential for a dramatic finish with only three laps to go. But Schatz had no intentions of allowing any drama to intervene between himself and the finish line. Schatz powered ahead on the final restart and cruised to a comfortable win and joined the exclusive 500 club.

“I wasn’t really worried about what was behind me,” Schatz said. “As long as I could focus on out in front of me and do what I was doing we were going to be alright. You know somebody is going to maybe try the slider, but there isn’t anything you can do about what other people are doing. He (Haudenschild) must’ve spun his tires on the start. Man, we got a hell of a run and went right to second, and I can’t ever remember running a car that hard that long. It’s hard on tires and hard on wheels. It’s hard on everything.

“We kind of capitalized on the misfortune of the #83. We were getting to the point where we were having a lot of wheel spin. When your right side is up against something, the left side is the one that spins, and that’s generally where a problem happens. And obviously, that’s what happened there and we capitalized on that. Hats off to my guys. They just keep digging and digging and digging.”

Haudenschild claimed the runner-up spot for his second consecutive strong run at Volusia. The pilot of the Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing/NOS Energy Drink #17 capped DIRTcar Nationals with a win last month and came up one spot short of back-to-back wins. The result marked his 95th career World of Outlaws podium. The Wooster, OH native noted that track position might’ve prevented him from grabbing the win.

“The outside just seemed like you could kind of keep your speed up a little bit better,” Haudenschild said. “Definitely in (Turns) 1 and 2 you could roll it way faster at the start of the race. Don’t think there’s much I could’ve changed there. I feel like my car was really good, and whoever was out front was going to be really fast and hard to catch. The #83 was scooting pretty good, and so was Donny when he got out front.”

Rounding out the top three was Carson Macedo aboard the Jason Johnson Racing #41. The result served as a revitalizing boost for Macedo who struggled to start the season last month. He and the team put in plenty of work throughout the three off weeks, and their efforts immediately paid off with their first podium of the year and the 88th of Macedo’s career.

“We worked really hard,” Macedo said. “I think we were as good as the other two here in the Feature. It’s just once we get strung out at this place it’s crazy. You kind of hit that air barrier and you can’t go any faster. All in all, we took those three weeks to do all we could. Luckily, Tim Engler and Paul Kistler, we were able to meet them at the chassis dyno and kind of do some work on our engine package. I feel like we’re getting closer and closer.”

David Gravel and Giovanni Scelzi completed the top five.

The fourth place result allowed Gravel to maintain his early season points lead. Schatz and Scelzi sit in a tie for second, 12 markers behind Gravel.

Logan Schuchart picked up his second KSE Racing Hard Charger of the season.

Buddy Kofoid claimed his first Simpson Quick Time of the year and the sixth of his career.

Sheldon Haudenschild won the Toyota Racing Dash.

NOS Energy Drink Heat One belonged to Kofoid (16th Heat Race win of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two went to Sheldon Haudenschild (100th of career).

Giovanni Scelzi topped the Micro-Lite Qualifier.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to Texas for The Greatest Show on Dirt’s debut at Kennedale Speedway Park on March 8-9. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature A Feature 1 (25 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz[4]; 2. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[1]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[6]; 4. 2-David Gravel[7]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[3]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[11]; 7. 14-Corey Day[12]; 8. 7S-Landon Crawley[5]; 9. 8-Cory Eliason[9]; 10. 17B-Bill Balog[8]; 11. 24D-Danny Sams III[15]; 12. 70-Kraig Kinser[14]; 13. 15K-Creed Kemenah[16]; 14. 97UK-Ryan Harrison[17]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen[10]; 16. 83-Michael Kofoid[2]; 17. 6-Bill Rose[19]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[13]; 19. 5T-Ryan Timms[18]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+315Donny Schatz 250.00012Running150$12,000
21-117Sheldon Haudenschild 25-1.29213Running146$8,000
36+341Carson Macedo 25-2.486Running144$5,000
47+32David Gravel 25-2.709Running142$3,200
53-218Giovanni Scelzi 25-4.209Running140$2,800
611+51SLogan Schuchart 25-5.000Running138$2,600
712+514Corey Day 25-5.344Running136$2,400
85-37SLandon Crawley 25-5.935Running134$2,300
9908Cory Eliason 25-6.458Running132$2,200
108-217BBill Balog 25-7.717Running130$2,000
1115+424DDanny Sams III25-7.967Running128$1,800
1214+270Kraig Kinser 25-8.210Running126$1,600
1316+315KCreed Kemenah 23-2 LapsRunning124$1,400
1417+397UKRyan Harrison 23-2 LapsRunning122$1,200
1510-51AJacob Allen 21-4 LapsRunning120$1,200
162-1483Michael Kofoid 13-12 LapsRunning118$1,200
1719+26Bill Rose 2-23 LapsRunning116$1,200
1813-53ZBrock Zearfoss 0-25 LapsRunning114$1,200
1918-15TRyan Timms 0-25 LapsRunning112$1,200
KSE Hard Charger: Logan Schuchart
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11018Giovanni Scelzi 00.000Running0$0
22041Carson Macedo 0-1.442Running0$0
3302David Gravel 0-2.145Running0$0
44017BBill Balog 0-3.134Running0$0
5508Cory Eliason 0-4.257Running0$0
69+31AJacob Allen 0-4.739Running0$0
78+11SLogan Schuchart 0-5.357Running0$0
87-114Corey Day 0-5.862Running0$0
96-33ZBrock Zearfoss 0-6.458Running0$0
1010070Kraig Kinser 0-6.870Running0$0
1112+124DDanny Sams III0-7.265Running0$0
1214+215KCreed Kemenah 0-7.928Running0$0
1313097UKRyan Harrison 0-8.708Running0$0
1411-35TRyan Timms 0159.596Running0$0
151506Bill Rose 0159.596DNS0$0
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+117Sheldon Haudenschild 00.000Running0$0
21-183Michael Kofoid 0-1.794Running0$0
35+218Giovanni Scelzi 0-3.323Running0$0
43-115Donny Schatz 0-4.758Running0$0
54-17SLandon Crawley 0-6.283Running0$0
66041Carson Macedo 0-7.085Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083Michael Kofoid 00.000Running
24+215Donny Schatz 0-2.233Running
33018Giovanni Scelzi 0-3.343Running
45+12David Gravel 0-5.257Running
52-38Cory Eliason 0-7.001Running
67+114Corey Day 0-7.908Running
76-11AJacob Allen 0-9.076Running
8805TRyan Timms 0-9.676Running
99097UKRyan Harrison 091.432Running
101006Bill Rose 0113.585DNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11017Sheldon Haudenschild 00.000Running
2207SLandon Crawley 0-2.548Running
34+141Carson Macedo 0-4.225Running
46+217BBill Balog 0-5.394Running
53-23ZBrock Zearfoss 0-7.035Running
67+11SLogan Schuchart 0-8.167Running
75-270Kraig Kinser 0-10.521Running
88024DDanny Sams III0-9.222Running
99015KCreed Kemenah 0-11.238Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1583Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.3050.000
21417Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.313-0.008
3138Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.416-0.111
487SLandon Crawley Benton, AR13.447-0.142
5218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.467-0.162
673ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.486-0.181
71515Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.507-0.202
8941Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.522-0.217
932David Gravel Watertown, CT13.524-0.219
101170Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN13.550-0.245
11191AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.567-0.262
121617BBill Balog North Pole, AK13.608-0.303
131714Corey Day Clovis, CA13.635-0.330
14121SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.644-0.339
1515TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK13.739-0.434
16624DDanny Sams IIINorth Port, FL13.745-0.440
17497UKRyan Harrison Rothwell, NTH13.795-0.490
181015KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH13.798-0.493
19186Bill Rose Plainfield, IN13.920-0.615
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11417Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.5520.000
21515Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.709-0.157
31714Corey Day Clovis, CA13.772-0.220
4218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA13.784-0.232
51617BBill Balog North Pole, AK13.826-0.274
632David Gravel Watertown, CT13.853-0.301
7941Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.879-0.327
8138Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.883-0.331
987SLandon Crawley Benton, AR13.902-0.350
10121SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.915-0.363
11191AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.917-0.365
1273ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.931-0.379
13624DDanny Sams IIINorth Port, FL13.977-0.425
14583Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA13.990-0.438
151170Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN14.064-0.512
161015KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH14.098-0.546
17186Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.195-0.643
18497UKRyan Harrison Rothwell, NTH14.229-0.677
1915TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK14.500-0.948
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws Bike Week Jamboree
Monday, March 04, 2024
Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

Event Description
For the second consecutive year, the Outlaws add another element to Daytona's Bike Week as the Series returns to Volusia Speedway Park for a special Sunday and Monday doubleheader.

Series Racing
3/4 Modifieds, World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount
$12,000.00

Event Schedule
2PM Gates Open
5PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
Opening Ceremonies
and Racing to follow
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
2-Day Premium Reserved: $85 Advanced / $95 Day of
2-Day Reserved: $75 Advanced / $85 Day of
2-Day Adult GA: $65 Advanced / $75 Day of
2-Day Child GA (6-12): $20
Single Day Premium Reserved: $45 Advanced / $50 Day of
Single Day Reserved: $40 Advanced / $45 Day of
Single Day Adult GA: $35 Advanced / $40 Day of
Single Day Child GA (6-12): $10

Grandstand Type
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Handicapped Seating Location
All Handicap seating is the first rows of each section

Pit Pass Price
2-Day Pit Pass: $90, Single Day Pit Pass: $45, Vehicle Access to Pits: $30

Pit Age Requirement
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Parking Cost
General Parking Free

Handicapped Parking Location
Handicap parking spots available. All spots are first come first serve.

Camping Availability
Electric Hookup, Non-Electric, Onsite, Sanitary Facility, Showers

Camping Cost
Single Day Dry Camp $30
Single Day Water/Electric $75 (Special Event $80)
Single Day Full Hook Up $100
Weekend Dry Camp $60
Weekend Electric/Water $150
Weekend Full Hook Up $200


Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$12,000.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers, Chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Stadium seats are allowed as long as they don't conflict with the aisle behind you.

Handicapped Seating
All Handicap seating is the first rows of each section

Handicapped Parking
Handicap parking spots available. All spots are first come first serve.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Personal Coolers
Six-pack maximum cooler size. No alcohol. No glass.

ATMs
1

Alcohol Sales
Beer is available for purchase at the track.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands.


Parking Cost
General Parking Free

Camping Availability
Electric Hookup, Non-Electric, Onsite, Sanitary Facility, Showers

Camping Cost
Single Day Dry Camp $30
Single Day Water/Electric $75 (Special Event $80)
Single Day Full Hook Up $100
Weekend Dry Camp $60
Weekend Electric/Water $150
Weekend Full Hook Up $200


Track Info  

Volusia Speedway Park
1500 East State Road 40
Barberville, Florida 32130 

Track Phone
(386) 985-4402

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size
0.482

Track Type
D-shaped oval

Sprint Car Track Record
12.569s by Paul McMahan on 2-10-11; 360 Sprint Car: 14.160 sec. by Brenham Crouch on Jan. 27, 2023; Non-Wing: 16.362s by Thomas Meseraull on Feb. 14, 2023

Late Model Track Record
Super: 15.100 sec. by Bobby Pierce on Jan. 19, 2024

Closest Airport
Daytona International Airport

Other Airport
Orlando Sanford

Pit Gate Location
East or West side of the Track.

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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