For the first time in 2023, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars are ready to invade “The Badger State.”
The Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial brings The Greatest Show on Dirt to Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, WI) for two nights of action this weekend (June 16-17). The teams will fight for a $10,000 payday on Friday before $20,000 is put on the line for Saturday’s winner. The finale will mark the first of 16 races over the next three months that pay $15,000 or more to win, including a trio of six-digit paychecks.
With more money on the line and a tight championship battle raging on, the action on track promises to heat up with the temperatures as this lucrative stretch rolls on.
Let’s look at some of the top storylines to watch this weekend:
Last year, the Wooster, OH native tied Brad Sweet’s record of three consecutive victories at the 1/3-mile when he swept the Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial. As the racing begins this weekend, Haudenschild hopes to become the first driver with four straight wins at Beaver Dam.
The Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing driver could use a Beaver Dam boost this weekend after an unfortunate showing at Knoxville Raceway. With his three victories and a 5.63 avg. finish over eight starts at the facility, the weekend outlook is optimistic for Haudenschild.
BRAD BACK ON TOP: After losing the championship lead the week before, Brad Sweet reclaimed the top spot at Knoxville.
“The Big Cat” and his Kasey Kahne Racing crew now bring their “Drive for Five” to a track that’s been very kind to them. Sweet is a four-time Beaver Dam winner – topping a 2014 visit before becoming the first to make three straight trips to Victory Lane from 2019 to 2020. Kasey Kahne Racing has also claimed seven of the last 15 Series races at Beaver Dam with Sweet’s four, a pair from Joey Saldana (2010 & 2011), and one from Daryn Pittman (2018).
Like Haudenschild, Sweet has his sights on history this weekend. The Grass Valley, CA driver is currently tied with Pittman as the winningest driver at Beaver Dam with four apiece. A checkered flag on either night this weekend would give Sweet sole possession of the most.
DAVID’S DUE: While he’s yet to win at Beaver Dam, David Gravel has come close on many occasions. The Big Game Motorsports driver has podiumed in four of the last six Series races at the facility including a streak of three straight from 2020 to 2022.
With the momentum of two victories in the last four races this season including one this past Saturday at Knoxville, Gravel appears primed to challenge for that elusive Beaver Dam breakthrough. A triumph would also help his ongoing championship fight, where he’s currently only 14 points behind Sweet for the top spot.
HITTING THEIR STRIDE: Over the last seven races, two full-time drivers have finished in the top 10 every race. It’s not Sweet, David Gravel, Carson Macedo, or any of the names near the top of the standings that one might expect. The two are Gio Scelzi and James McFadden.
During Scelzi’s run he’s posted a season-best finish (fourth) on two occasions and owns an average finish of sixth. The World of Outlaws rookie looks to keep it going at Beaver Dam this weekend, where in three career starts, he’s finished no worse than eighth and led 19 laps in 2021 before finishing second.
McFadden has earned a pair of podiums over the seven-race stretch including a win at Lawrenceburg. The Roth Motorsports pilot’s average finish in that time has been a stout 4.9. The Australian’s history at Beaver Dam has been up and down with three top 10s and two DNFs in five starts.
BILL’S BREAKTHROUGH?: It’s been a trying year in the search for speed so far for Bill Rose, but two nights at Beaver Dam may be what he needs to find his footing in 2023.
In his two years (2014-2015) of competing full-time with the Interstate Racing Association (IRA), Rose had several strong outings. In 2014, the Plainfield, IN native posted a pair of Beaver Dam runner-ups. Then, the following year during his IRA championship winning campaign, Rose collected two more top fives.
The 58-year-old has been close to cracking the top 10 with the World of Outlaws at Beaver Dam in the past – finishing 11th in 2012 – and looks for more success at the Wisconsin oval this weekend.
IRA INVASION: The local contingent of IRA regulars will bring a handful of names who will hope to turn some heads on a national stage at one of their home tracks.
The biggest threat to the World of Outlaws when the Series heads north remains Bill Balog. Beaver Dam is home to “The North Pole Nightmare’s” one career victory with The Greatest Show on Dirt (2016), and he’s collected a whopping 19 IRA triumphs there.
Oswego, IL’s Blake Nimee is another IRA frequenter to keep an eye on. Nimee topped a 2021 IRA trip to Beaver Dam and has already finished fourth there this year.
Russel Borland represents the host state. The Kewaskum, WI native finished in the top five at Beaver Dam with IRA last year, and he’s a former podium finisher at the 1/3-mile (2017).
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THIS WEEKEND AT A GLANCE
WHEN AND WHERE
Friday and Saturday, June 16-17 at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, WI
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CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (28/80 Races):
- 49 – Brad Sweet (3908PTS) 3. 2 – David Gravel (-14PTS) 3. 41 – Carson Macedo (-30PTS) 4. 1S – Logan Schuchart (-162PTS) 5. 15 – Donny Schatz (-202PTS) 6. 17 – Sheldon Haudenschild (-250PTS) 7. 18 – Gio Scelzi (-266PTS) 8. 5 – Spencer Bayston (-332PTS) 9. 3Z – Brock Zearfoss (-524PTS) 10. 1A – Jacob Allen (-606PTS)
NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (12 Drivers):
6 wins – David Gravel (Big Game Motorsports #2)
5 wins – Brad Sweet (Kasey Kahne Racing #49)
3 wins – Rico Abreu (Rico Abreu Racing #24), James McFadden (Roth Motorsports #83), Carson Macedo (Jason Johnson Racing #41)
2 wins – Donny Schatz (Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15)
1 win – Buddy Kofoid (CMS Racing #11), Sheldon Haudenschild (Stenhouse Jr./Marshall Racing #17), Brady Bacon (TKH Motorsports #21), Logan Schuchart (Shark Racing #1S), Anthony Macri (Macri Motorsports #39), Brian Brown (Brian Brown Racing #21)
FEATURE LAPS LED (16 Drivers):
147 laps – Brad Sweet
126 laps – Carson Macedo
124 laps – David Gravel
115 laps – James McFadden
106 laps – Rico Abreu
46 laps – Buddy Kofoid
44 laps – Logan Schuchart
43 laps – Brent Marks
41 laps – Donny Schatz
37 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
24 laps – Brian Brown
11 laps – Anthony Macri
10 laps – Cory Eliason
9 laps – Gio Scelzi
3 laps – Brady Bacon
1 lap – Austin McCarl
SIMPSON PERFORMANCE PRODUCTS QUICKTIME AWARDS (10 Drivers):
10 QuickTimes – Carson Macedo
6 QuickTimes – David Gravel
3 QuickTimes – Logan Schuchart
2 QuickTimes – Anthony Macri, Rico Abreu
1 QuickTime – Brian Brown, Donny Schatz, Buddy Kofoid, Gio Scelzi, James McFadden
HEAT RACE WINNERS (21 Drivers):
18 Heat Wins – Carson Macedo
17 Heat Wins – David Gravel
8 Heat Wins – Buddy Kofoid, Donny Schatz
5 Heat Wins – Brad Sweet, Logan Schuchart, Sheldon Haudenschild, Rico Abreu
4 Heat Wins – Brent Marks, Gio Scelzi
3 Heat Wins – Anthony Macri, James McFadden, Brian Brown
2 Heat Wins – Spencer Bayston, Jacob Allen, Parker Price-Miller, Justin Peck, Brock Zearfoss,
1 Heat Win – Danny Dietrich, Freddie Rahmer, Cory Eliason
TOYOTA DASH APPEARANCES (34 Drivers):
23 Dashes – Carson Macedo
22 Dashes – David Gravel
19 Dashes – Brad Sweet
15 Dashes – Logan Schuchart
13 Dashes – Donny Schatz
11 Dashes – Gio Scelzi, Rico Abreu
10 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild
9 Dashes – James McFadden
8 Dashes – Buddy Kofoid
7 Dashes – Spencer Bayston
6 Dashes – Jacob Allen, Brent Marks
5 Dashes – Brock Zearfoss, Anthony Macri
4 Dashes – Brian Brown
3 Dashes – Justin Peck, Danny Dietrich, Cory Eliason
2 Dashes – Parker Price-Miller, Robbie Price, Tyler Courtney, Garet Williamson, Austin McCarl
1 Dash – Kasey Kahne, Freddie Rahmer, Devon Borden, Aaron Reutzel, Brady Bacon, Chad Trout, Dylan Norris, Cap Henry, Stuart Brubaker, Kyle Larson
MICROLITE LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (20 Drivers):
4 LCS Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 LCS Wins – Robbie Price, Parker Price-Miller
1 LCS Win – Brock Zearfoss, Gio Scelzi, Noah Gass, Hunter Schuerenberg, James McFadden, Wayne Johnson, Ryan Timms, Ayrton Gennetten, Spencer Bayston, Logan Schuchart, Kraig Kinser, Freddie Rahmer, Henry Malcuit, Cole Macedo, Tim Estenson, Aaron Reutzel, Kerry Madsen
KSE HARD CHARGER AWARDS (21 Drivers):
3 Hard Chargers – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Hard Chargers – Brock Zearfoss, James McFadden, Tyler Courtney, Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart
1 Hard Charger – Gio Scelzi, Robbie Price, David Gravel, Justin Peck, Blake Hahn, Buddy Kofoid, Joe B. Miller, Kyle Larson, Hunter Schuerenberg, Kyle Moody, Freddie Rahmer, Brad Sweet, Skylar Gee, Cole Duncan, Austin Pierce
PODIUM FINISHES (21 Drivers):
13 Podiums – David Gravel
12 Podiums – Brad Sweet
10 Podiums – Carson Macedo
7 Podiums – Donny Schatz, Rico Abreu
5 Podiums – Logan Schuchart
4 Podiums – Buddy Kofoid, Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden
3 Podiums – Brent Marks, Brian Brown
2 Podiums – Jacob Allen
1 Podium – Danny Dietrich, Kasey Kahne, Devon Borden, Spencer Bayston, Parker Price-Miller, Brady Bacon, Anthony Macri, Kyle Larson, Garet Williamson
TOP 10 FINISHES (42 Drivers):
25 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Brad Sweet
24 Top 10s – David Gravel
21 Top 10s – Logan Schuchart
18 Top 10s – Gio Scelzi
17 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild
16 Top 10s – Spencer Bayston
15 Top 10s – Donny Schatz
14 Top 10s – James McFadden
13 Top 10s – Buddy Kofoid, Rico Abreu
8 Top 10s – Justin Peck, Jacob Allen
6 Top 10s – Brent Marks
5 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown
4 Top 10s – Kasey Kahne, Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss, Cory Eliason
3 Top 10s – Anthony Macri
2 Top 10s – Aaron Reutzel, Blake Hahn, Brady Bacon, Kyle Larson, Parker Price-Miller, Robbie Price
1 Top 10 – Zeb Wise, Devon Borden, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Joe B. Miller, Hunter Schuerenberg, Brandon Rahmer, Chad Trout, Lance Dewease, Cap Henry, Cole Macedo, Stuart Brubaker, Skylar Gee, Cole Duncan, Austin McCarl, Garet Williamson
2023 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
- Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
- Fri, Feb 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (2)
- Sat, Feb 11* / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / James McFadden (1)
- Sun, March 5 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Carson Macedo (1)
- Mon, March 6 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (3)
- Sat, March 18 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Rico Abreu (1)
- Fri, March 24 / Talladega Short Track / Eastaboga, AL / Buddy Kofoid (1)
- Sat, March 25 / Magnolia Motor Speedway / Columbus, MS / Brad Sweet (1)
- Fri, March 31 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / Brad Sweet (2)
- Sat, April 1 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX / James McFadden (2)
- Fri, April 7 / U.S. 36 Raceway / Osborn, MO / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
- Sat, April 8 / 81 Speedway / Wichita, KS / Rico Abreu (2)
- Fri, April 14 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO / Brad Sweet (3)
- Fri, April 28 / Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, IL / David Gravel (4)
- Sat, April 29 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN / Brady Bacon (1)
- Fri, May 5 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Logan Schuchart (1)
- Sat, May 6 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH / Rico Abreu (3)
- Wed, May 10 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / Anthony Macri (1)
- Fri, May 12 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA / Brad Sweet (4)
- Fri, May 19 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Donny Schatz (1)
- Sat, May 20 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / Donny Schatz (2)
- Fri, May 26 / Atomic Speedway / Chillicothe, OH / Brad Sweet (5)
- Sat, May 27 / Atomic Speedway / Chillicothe, OH / Carson Macedo (2)
- Mon, May 29 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN / James McFadden (3)
- Fri, June 2 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND / David Gravel (5)
- Sat, June 3 / Ogilvie Raceway / Ogilvie, MN / Carson Macedo (3)
- Fri, June 9 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / Brian Brown (1)
- Sat, June 10 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA / David Gravel (6)