Three races in four nights lie ahead as the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars wrap up a two-week stay in Ohio.

First on the agenda is a massive two-night holiday weekend event (May 24-25) at Chillicothe, OH’s Atomic Speedway. The greatest Sprint Car drivers in the country will be joined by the stars of the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota at the high-speed oval.

Then on Monday, May 27 the World of Outlaws return to Fremont Speedway for the first time in eight years for the Rick Ferkel Tribute. The Memorial Day visit will mark the ninth race in Series history to the northern Ohio track.

More than a quarter of the 2024 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car campaign is in the books, and it’s been a thrilling season to date. A record number of winners to begin the year, last lap passes, a tight points battle, and so much more. And this week the second quarter of the season continues through the “Buckeye State.”



Let’s look at the weekend’s top storylines:

MACEDO’S MOMENTUM: The early season woes from DIRTcar Nationals are long gone for Carson Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing.

Macedo and the Philip Dietz-led team are firing on all cylinders. The Albaugh #41 hasn’t missed the top five in the past 11 races with a 3.5 average finish over that stretch. He’s also qualified for 14 consecutive Toyota Dashes. The hot streak has allowed Macedo to claw his way up to third in the standings with Donny Schatz (+14 points) and David Gravel (+68 points) well within striking distance.

The numbers suggest Macedo could build even more momentum at the tracks ahead. Three of his last four Atomic races have led to podium runs including a World of Outlaws win last May. The Lemoore, CA driver has made six previous Fremont appearances and won twice, topping their 2016 season opener along with a 2017 FAST event.

Carson Macedo stands looking at Attica Raceway Park
Carson Macedo has been arguably the most consistent driver on tour over the last several weeks (Trent Gower Photo)

WEIGHT LIFTED: The first win of a season is always the toughest. That especially proved to be true for Michael “Buddy” Kofoid as he navigated his rookie season. But after six podium runs, Kofoid finally broke through last weekend at Attica.

The Attica triumph is the highlight of what’s been an impressive debut season for the 22-year-old. Kofoid is on a streak of 16 consecutive top 10s, and he hasn’t finished worse than seventh in the last 13.

Kofoid and the Roth Motorsports team will look to add more checkered flags to the collection this weekend. The Penngrove, CA native has never won at Atomic, but he’s been consistent with five top 10s in six tries including a 2020 top five with FAST. He’s had plenty of success at Fremont to the tune of four victories and 12 top fives in 16 tries. One of the four wins came with the All-Star Circuit of Champions (2020).

A DONNY DOUBLE?: It comes as no surprise that the statistics suggest Donny Schatz should be a favorite at both Atomic and Fremont this weekend. No matter where he goes in Ohio, the 10-time Series champion always seems to find his way to the front.

Through The Greatest Show on Dirt’s 10 previous trip to Atomic, Schatz is the only driver with multiple victories. The Fargo, ND native has won four times in only nine tries. He’s also led Feature laps in six of nine races he’s contested on the high-banked oval.

The Fremont results have been just as strong for Schatz. He’s made four visits to the northern Ohio oval and topped two of them including an impressive drive from 11th to Victory Lane in 2014. He’s never finished worse than fourth at Fremont, and his average result is second.

A win at both tracks over Memorial Day weekend isn’t inconceivable for Schatz considering his previous success. And it would serve as a tremendous help as he looks to chase down David Gravel who leads him by 54 markers in the standings.

Donny Schatz driving the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15
Donny Schatz has won multiple times at both Atomic and Fremont (Trent Gower Photo)

HONORING THE OHIO TRAVELER: Monday’s trip to Fremont is more than a race. It’s a night to celebrate the life of one of Sprint Car Racing’s most impactful figures.

Rick Ferkel was one of the original Outlaws among Ted Johnson’s band of travelers in 1978. He won the third race in Series history at Eldora Speedway and went on to claim 21 victories with the Series. Even when his time behind the wheel ended, Ferkel remained heavily involved via roles as a World of Outlaws official and Director of the Gumout Series. He also was a car owner and crew chief that mentored many rising talents in the sport. Ferkel passed away on New Year’s Day this year.

Monday is about honoring the “Ohio Traveler,” and where better to do so than the Ohio oval Fremont Speedway — less than 10 miles from Ferkel’s birthplace, Green Springs, OH? A stout field of racers will be on hand to compete for the honor of winning the inaugural Rick Ferkel Tribute.

BUCKEYE BRAWLERS: Both Atomic and Fremont are expected to attract a healthy contingent of local Ohio talent looking to impress on a national stage. Many of them put up strong performances last week at Attica. Fremont is already home to two popular occasions of a local upsetting the nation’s best when Fremont’s own Frankie Kerr won in back-to-back years (1991 & 1992).

The Atomic regulars are undoubtedly headlined by Cole Duncan. The Lockbourne, OH driver has won a whopping 20 races over the last four seasons at the Chillicothe, OH track. It’s also home to his most recent World of Outlaws top five. Bowling Green, OH’s Travis Philo is the most recent Atomic winner, claiming their 2023 season finale.

Fremont features a healthy heap of local talent, and Bellevue, OH’s Cap Henry is near the top of the crop. He’s already been to Fremont Victory Lane this year (April 27), and he made six visits last year. Henry is expected to be joined by many more including Fremont track record holder, Lee Jacobs (Dalton, OH) Greg Wilson (Benton Ridge, OH), Creed Kemenah (Alvada, OH), Zeth Sabo (Fremont, OH), and more.



Friday-Saturday, May 24-25 at Atomic Speedway in Chillicothe, OH
Monday, May 27 at Fremont Speedway in Fremont, OH


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1. David Gravel – Big Game Motorsports #2 (2970 PTS)
2. Donny Schatz – Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing #15 (-54 PTS)
3. Carson Macedo – Jason Johnson Racing #41 (-68 PTS)
4. Giovanni Scelzi – KCP Racing #18 (-78 PTS)
5. Logan Schuchart – Shark Racing #1S (-118 PTS)
6. Michael Kofoid – Roth Motorsports #83 (-126 PTS)
7. Sheldon Haudenschild – Stenhouse Jr.-Marshall Racing #17 (-194 PTS)
8. Bill Balog – B Squared Motorsports #17B (-324 PTS)
9. Brock ZearfossBrock Zearfoss Racing #3Z (-492 PTS)
10. Landon Crawley – Sides Motorsports #7S (-572 PTS)


7 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, Michael Kofoid

FEATURE LAPS LED (15 Drivers):

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


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

HEAT RACE WINNERS (24 Drivers): 

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


17 Dashes – David Gravel
16 Dashes – Carson Macedo
15 Dashes – Giovanni Scelzi
13 Dashes – Michael Kofoid
12 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild
9 Dashes – Donny Schatz, Bill Balog
7 Dashes – Rico Abreu
6 Dashes – Landon Crawley
5 Dashes – Brent Marks, Logan Schuchart
4 Dashes – Tyler Courtney, Brian Brown
3 Dashes – Emerson Axsom, Brock Zearfoss
2 Dashes – Brad Sweet, Aaron Reutzel, Anthony Macri
1 Dash – 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, Kody Hartlaub, Chase Dietz, Tim Shaffer, T.J. Michael, Craig Mintz, Kalib Henry, Brandon Spithaler, Sye Lynch


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, Brandon Rahmer, David Gravel, Nate Dussel


4 Hard Chargers – Logan Schuchart
3 Hard Chargers – Donny Schatz
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, Danny Dietrich, Landon Crawley


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

TOP 10 FINISHES (47 Drivers): 

19 Top 10s – Giovanni Scelzi
18 Top 10s – Donny Schatz, Michael Kofoid, David Gravel
17 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Logan Schuchart
14 Top 10s – Sheldon Haudenschild
11 Top 10s – Bill Balog
6 Top 10s – Tyler Courtney, Brock Zearfoss, Rico Abreu
5 Top 10s – Brent Marks, Anthony Macri
4 Top 10s – Brad Sweet
3 Top 10s – Brian Brown, Aaron Reutzel, Cole Macedo, Landon Crawley
2 Top 10s – Ryan Timms, Chase Randall, Kraig Kinser, 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, Troy Wagaman Jr., Danny Dietrich, Chase Dietz, Brandon Spithaler, Kalib Henry, Tim Shaffer, Zane DeVault


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)
19. Wed, May 8 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA / David Gravel (6)
20. Fri, May 17 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH / Michael Kofoid (1)
21. Sat, May 18 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH / David Gravel (7)

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