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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: A Trio of Battles Reignite World of Outlaws, PA Posse Rivalry

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars take the green flag for the Feature at Lincoln Speedway
A midweek visit to Lincoln kicks off the Pennsylvania trip before Williams Grove takes center stage on the weekend (Trent Gower Photo)

The time has come for the Pennsylvania Posse to make room on the porch. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are ready to invade.

Sprint Car Racing’s fiercest rivalry is rekindled this week with three matchups in the “Keystone State.” First up is a Wednesday, May 8, visit to Abbottstown, PA’s Lincoln Speedway for the Federated Auto Parts Gettysburg Clash. The midweek action will be the Series’ lone trip to the 3/8-mile in 2024 and the 53rd in history.

Then, the weekend brings the tour to Mechanicsburg, PA where Williams Grove Speedway awaits to host the HVAC Distributors Morgan Cup presented by Daikin on May 10-11. The finale on Saturday puts $15,000 and possession of the coveted Morgan Cup on the line.

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LACKING LINCOLN LUCK: Lincoln Speedway hasn’t been particularly kind to the current crop of World of Outlaws. Only three of this year’s full-timers have been to Lincoln Victory Lane in Series competition, and none of them have done so multiple times.

Donny Schatz managed to grab one Lincoln win, leading flag to flag in the 2016 visit. The Fargo, ND driver owns eight top 10s in 15 tries at the 3/8-mile.

The following season, David Gravel topped the 2017 visit. While Gravel doesn’t own multiple Lincoln wins, he’s been consistent with eight consecutive Series top 10s there.

The last full-timer with a Lincoln victory is Sheldon Haudenschild. The Wooster, OH native came out on top in 2020.

GROOVIN’ AT THE GROVE: Contrary to the lack of success at Lincoln, there are two full-time World of Outlaws drivers in 2024 that have experienced their highest rate of winning at Williams Grove, and it happens to be the duo atop the standings.

David Gravel is the current point leader, and the Big Game Motorsports driver has notched eight of his 93 career wins at the Mechanicsburg oval. The most recent of those came in October of 2020. The Watertown, CT native needs only one more win to push car owner Tod Quiring to 100 World of Outlaws victories.

Donny Schatz is currently second in the standings, and his Williams Grove résumé is mind blowing. The 10-time champion owns 21 Series triumphs at the historic half mile, which ranks second behind Steve Kinser’s 38 for the most all-time. Like Gravel, Schatz is seeking his first Williams Grove checkered flag since October of 2020 in the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15.

Donny Schatz sits in the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15
Donny Schatz has collected 21 of his 313 career World of Outlaws wins at Williams Grove (Trent Gower Photo)

POSSE TURNED OUTLAWS: With its tendency to groom some of the country’s best regional talent, Pennsylvania consistently sees competitors test their skills nationally by joining the World of Outlaws tour. And trips to PA offer the opportunity for those drivers to come back home. A pair of 2024 full-timers are former Posse turned Outlaws.

Logan Schuchart is an established veteran on tour, currently navigating his 11th season. But before he joined The Greatest Show on Dirt, Schuchart cut his teeth in Pennsylvania. The Hanover, PA native is yet to top Lincoln with the World of Outlaws, but he did claim a pair of local wins in 2013 in Abbottstown. Last year, Schuchart snagged his first Williams Grove win using a last lap pass and photo finish to give the World of Outlaws possession of the Morgan Cup.

Brock Zearfoss is in his fourth season after graduating from the PA ranks. Williams Grove is home to the “Jonestown Jet’s” first career World of Outlaws win. Back in 2017, he drove Aaron Long’s #58 to Victory Lane at the Mechanicsburg facility. Zearfoss also owns a trio of local Williams Grove checkered flags.

CA CONQUERS PA: California may be thousands of miles from Pennsylvania, but two of the three Golden State gassers on tour have conquered Williams Grove.

Carson Macedo picked up a pair of Williams Grove World of Outlaws wins in 2021 with Jason Johnson Racing. One of those included a $75,000 payday in the prestigious National Open. The Lemoore, CA driver finished runner-up in the most recent visit to “The Grove.” Macedo enters the week on a roll of eight consecutive top five finishes.

Giovanni Scelzi’s victory at Williams Grove marked a special moment for the Fresno native. Back in 2018, making only his second ever appearance at the half mile, Scelzi became the youngest winner in World of Outlaws history at 16 years old – a record that still stands. He and KCP Racing currently sit third in the standings heading to PA.

Giovanni Scelzi sits in the KCP Racing #18 with his helmet on
Back in 2018 Giovanni Scelzi became the youngest winner in Series history at Williams Grove (Trent Gower Photo)

PENNSYLVANIA POWER: As always Pennsylvania sends their top talent into battle with hopes of stealing glory from the World of Outlaws and earning some bragging rights.

Anthony Macri undoubtedly headlines the Posse representatives entering the week. The Dillsburg, PA gasser owns seven victories in 25 races this year including two apiece at Lincoln and Williams Grove. One of the Williams Grove wins required an incredible drive from 17th. Last year, Macri stole the Gettysburg Clash with a last lap, last corner pass for his third career World of Outlaws win.

It’s impossible to discuss Posse favorites without mentioning Lance Dewease. The Fayetteville, PA legend owns 20 World of Outlaws wins, and 17 of them have come courtesy of Williams Grove. One of the others came at Lincoln in 2019. Dewease is fresh off driving the Shearer #12 to Williams Grove Victory Lane this past Friday.

Danny Dietrich already owns six podium runs in 2024 between Lincoln and Williams Grove including a Lincoln win on March 16. The Gettysburg, PA native owns two World of Outlaws victories apiece at the two tracks ahead this week.

Salfordville, PA’s Freddie Rahmer is always dangerous at Lincoln, where he scored a whopping 14 wins last season. Rahmer’s lone World of Outlaws triumph occurred at Lincoln in 2018. He’s bagged one Williams Grove local win so far in 2024.

Troy Wagaman Jr. has come out of the gates hot in 2024 aboard the Heffner Racing #27. He’s already won at both Lincoln and Williams Grove and has seven top fives in 13 races. The Hanover, PA native looks to translate that success to strong runs with the World of Outlaws this week.

More Pennsylvanians expected to compete this week include Chad Trout (Dover, PA), Chase Dietz (York, PA), Lucas Wolfe (Mechanicsburg, PA), T.J. Stutts (Liverpool, PA), Dylan Norris (Hanover, PA), Kyle Moody (Lewisberry, PA), and more.

THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

WHEN AND WHERE 

Wednesday, May 8 at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA
Friday-Saturday, May 10-11 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA

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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (18/80 Races):

1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (2542 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-48 PTS)
3. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-58 PTS)
4. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-74 PTS)
5. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-94 PTS)
6. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-120 PTS)
7. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-168 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-282 PTS)
9. Brock ZearfossBrock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-402 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-478 PTS)

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (10 Drivers): 

5 Wins – David Gravel
4 Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Wins – Donny Schatz
1 Win – Brad Sweet, Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo, Rico Abreu, Brady Bacon

FEATURE LAPS LED (14 Drivers):

125 Laps – David Gravel
107 Laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
56 Laps – Giovanni Scelzi
55 Laps – Carson Macedo
54 Laps – Rico Abreu
47 Laps – Donny Schatz
29 Laps – Kyle Larson
26 Laps – Brady Bacon
25 Laps – Brad Sweet
13 Laps – Anthony Macri, Michael Kofoid
11 Laps – Bill Balog
3 Laps – Brent Marks
1 Lap – Tyler Courtney 

SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (9 Drivers):

4 Quick Times – Carson Macedo, David Gravel
2 Quick Times – Brent Marks, Michael Kofoid, Giovanni Scelzi
1 Quick Time – Landon Crawley, Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon

HEAT RACE WINNERS (22 Drivers): 

11 Heat Wins – David Gravel
8 Heat Wins – Giovanni Scelzi
7 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
6 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
5 Heat Wins – Rico Abreu
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks
2 Heat Wins – Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Landon Crawley, Donny Schatz
1 Heat Win – Corey Day, Justin Peck, Bill Balog, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Logan Schuchart, Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Danny Sams III, Kyle Larson, Emerson Axsom

TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (33 Drivers):

15 Dashes – David Gravel
13 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo
11 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, Michael Kofoid
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu, Bill Balog, Donny Schatz
6 Dashes – Landon Crawley
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart
4 Dashes – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown
3 Dashes – Emerson Axsom
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel, Brock Zearfoss
1 Dash – Anthony Macri, Justin Peck, Zeb Wise, Corey Day, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Bill Rose, Ryan Timms, Garet Williamson, James McFadden, Logan McCandless, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Danny Sams III, Cole Macedo, Kyle Larson, Skylar Gee

MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (14 Drivers):

2 LCS Wins – Logan McCandless
1 LCS Win – Austin McCarl, Bill Balog, Corey Day, Kasey Kahne, Koty Adams, Jace Park, Anthony Macri, Landon Crawley, Garet Williamson, Brock Zearfoss, Kevin Newton, Brenham Crouch, Sheldon Haudenschild

KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (13 Drivers):

3 Hard Chargers – Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart
2 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo
1 Hard Charger – Aaron Reutzel, Jace Park, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Brock Zearfoss, Chase Randall, Chris Windom, Noah Gass, Austin McCarl, Giovanni Scelzi, Sheldon Haudenschild

PODIUM FINISHES (16 Drivers):

10 Podiums – David Gravel
7 Podiums – Donny Schatz
6 Podiums – Carson Macedo, Michael Kofoid
5 Podiums – Sheldon Haudenschild
4 Podiums – Giovanni Scelzi
3 Podiums – Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu
2 Podiums – Tyler Courtney, Brent Marks
1 Podium – Justin Peck, Anthony Macri, Aaron Reutzel, Bill Balog, Brady Bacon, Kyle Larson

TOP 10 FINISHES (40 Drivers): 

17 Top 10s – Giovanni Scelzi
16 Top 10s – David Gravel
15 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, Michael Kofoid
14 Top 10s – Carson Macedo
12 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild
9 Top 10s – Bill Balog
6 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney
5 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Rico Abreu, Brock Zearfoss
4 Top 10s – Anthony Macri, Brad Sweet
3 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Cole Macedo
2 Top 10s – Ryan Timms, Chase Randall, Kraig Kinser, Landon Crawley, Corey Day, James McFadden
1 Top 10 – Justin Peck, Kasey Kahne, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Zeb Wise, Cory Eliason, Jacob Allen, Chris Windom, Garet Williamson, Joe B. Miller, Ayrton Gennetten, Brady Bacon, Emerson Axsom, Scotty Milan, Cale Thomas, Cole Duncan, Kyle Larson, Skylar Gee

2024 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:

No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)

1. Wed, Feb 7 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Brad Sweet (1)
2. Thurs, Feb 8 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
3. Fri, Feb 9 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Tyler Courtney (1)
4. Sat, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
5. Mon, March 4 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
6. Fri, March 15 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Brent Marks (1)
7. Sat, March 16 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
8. Sat, March 23 / Kennedale Speedway Park / Kennedale, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
9. Sat, March 30 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (1)
10. Fri, April 5 / US 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / David Gravel (2)
11. Sat, April 6 / Arrowhead Speedway / Colcord, OK / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
12. Fri, April 12 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / David Gravel (3)
13. Sat, April 13 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Donny Schatz (2)
14. Fri, April 19 / Paducah International Raceway / Paducah, KY / Sheldon Haudenschild (3)
15. Sat, April 20 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)
16. Wed, May 1 / Jacksonville Speedway / Jacksonville, IL / David Gravel (4)
17. Fri, May 3 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Sheldon Haudenschild (4)
18. Sat, May 4 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / David Gravel (5)

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