World of Outlaws Concludes West Coast Swing

Friday and Saturday see the Greatest Show on Dirt at Bakersfield and Perris.

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A three-week stay on the west coast wraps up this weekend for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series with one more doubleheader.

The Greatest Show on Dirt is returning to a pair of race tracks for the first time in more than three years, one located in the San Joaquin Valley and one in the heart of Southern California. The 1/3-mile oval at Bakersfield Speedway has first dibs with a Friday night under the lights, while Perris Auto Speedway takes center stage in Saturday’s SoCal Showdown.

Through three races, California’s homegrown talent has shined bright with Fresno’s Giovanni Scelzi, Elk Grove’s Kyle Larson, and Lemoore’s Carson Macedo combining to claim all three World of Outlaws races to this point for their home state. Golden State fans have seen exciting action around every corner between Gio’s survival of a Thunderbowl thriller, Larson’s drive through the field at Tulare, and Macedo’s denial of Sweet in a bullring battle.

Here’s what to watch for:

GOLDEN STATE GANG: The state of California has hosted 403 World of Outlaws Features dating back to the Series’ inaugural season in 1978, and is currently amid their greatest streak ever. Natives of the Golden State have won four consecutive World of Outlaws races in their home state, an all-time record spanning 45 seasons, 19 tracks, and 66 total winners.

The aforementioned Scelzi, Larson & Macedo (2) are responsible for the current streak, but a host of other Californians hope to add their name to the list this weekend.

A quick look at the many contenders that could extend the streak is Grass Valley’s Brad Sweet, Fresno’s Dominic Scelzi, St. Helena’s Rico Abreu, Visalia’s Cory Eliason, Roseville’s Colby Copeland, Clovis’ Corey Day, Fremont’s Shane Golobic, Hanford’s Mitchell Faccinto, and Lincon’s Tanner Carrick, among others.

READY TO POUNCE: For only the third time in nine full-time seasons, Brad Sweet didn’t score a World of Outlaws win within the opening five races; and depending on this weekend, he could go winless within the first 10 races for the first time ever. In total, it’s been 24 races since The Big Cat last won on September 4, 2021 at Skagit (WA), his longest victory lane drought in more than four years prior to his three championship seasons.

Albeit absent in the W column, the Kasey Kahne Racing, NAPA Auto Parts #49 has still been as consistent as ever. They boast an average finish of 3.8 over the last seven races and currently ride back-to-back runner-up finishes into the weekend. The defending Series champion is a proven frontrunner at both venues on deck, winning previously at Bakersfield and finishing as high as second at Perris.

BACK TO REALITY: After an extraordinary start to the 2022 campaign with seven-straight top-seven finishes, David Gravel and Big Game Motorsports finally saw their first misfortune with a work area trip while running sixth and a subsequent 15th-place finish at Merced. As a result, the Watertown, CT native saw his championship advantage slim down to +10 points over Brad Sweet ahead of the final weekend in California.

On the bright side, Gravel has enjoyed success at both tracks on the schedule this weekend. He’s a former podium finisher at Bakersfield and owns a 2017 SoCal Showdown victory at Perris.

TROUBLE IN PERRIS: Throughout Donny Schatz’s 26 seasons as a full-time World of Outlaws star, the Fargo, ND native has seen hundreds of race tracks and won at nearly 100 of them – 88 to be exact. However, the 10-time Series champion still remains winless at two facilities with 20+ starts, and he returns to one of those this Saturday night at Perris Auto Speedway for the SoCal Showdown.

Schatz has raced at PAS on 21 occasions with an average finish of 11.50 to his credit but has turned it around lately with six-straight top-seven finishes including a career-best finish of third at the Perris, CA 1/2-mile. Having never won at either Bakersfield or Perris, Schatz has a fresh shot at redemption this week following three-straight finishes outside of the top-10 in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest #15.

HARD CHARGIN’ HAUD: Sheldon Haudenschild’s fourth-place position in the standings can evenly be attributed to his early success with two victories, but also his never-day-die attitude proven by his Series-best +45 positions gained. When not celebrating with a NOS Energy Drink in victory lane, the Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17 driver is most likely rebounding in the MicroLite Last Chance Showdown and driving through the field to collect a Series-best three KSE Hard Charger Awards.

Based on past success, it’s likely you see the Wooster, OH native return to the front of the field this weekend. He’s the defending winner at Bakersfield (an impressive 9th-to-1st drive) and owns results of third and sixth in two trips to the Perris 1/2-mile.

ROTH RIDE(S): In less than three months, Dennis Roth will be enshrined into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. After three decades of fielding winning machines, the Central California car owner is still yet to slow down. As the Series concludes the spring swing in his home state, a pair of Roth racers have a chance to add more records to Dennis & Teresa’s banners.

A win from either full-timer James McFadden (#83) or ringer Kerry Madsen (#83JR) would make them the 15th driver to win a World of Outlaws race (most all-time) with Roth Motorsports. It would also be the 99th career win for Dennis Roth as he patiently awaits becoming the sixth car owner in Series history to reach 100 wins.

THIS WEEK AT A GLANCE

Friday, March 25 at Bakersfield Speedway in Bakersfield, CA
Saturday, March 26 at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, CA

CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS (8/85 Nights):
1. 2-David Gravel (1,124 PTS); 2. 49-Brad Sweet (-10 PTS); 3. 41-Carson Macedo (-30 PTS); 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild (-32 PTS); 5. 83-James McFadden (-64 PTS); 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart (-68 PTS); 7. 18-Giovanni Scelzi (-90 PTS); 8. 15-Donny Schatz (-92 PTS); 9. 26-Cory Eliason (-98 PTS); 10. 5-Spencer Bayston (-124 PTS).

NOS ENERGY DRINK FEATURE WINNERS (6 Drivers):
2 wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Stenhouse Jr. / Marshall Racing #17
2 wins – Carson Macedo, Jason Johnson Racing #41
1 win – Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing #15
1 win – David Gravel, Big Game Motorsports #2
1 win – Giovanni Scelzi, KCP Racing #18
1 win – Kyle Larson, Kevin Kozlowski #57

FEATURE LAPS LED (12 Drivers):
52 laps – David Gravel
29 laps – Giovanni Scelzi
28 laps – Brad Sweet
26 laps – Sam Hafertepe Jr.
25 laps – Donny Schatz
18 laps – Carson Macedo
17 laps – Kyle Larson
15 laps – Spencer Bayston
13 laps – Cory Eliason
10 laps – Sheldon Haudenschild
9 laps – Dominic Scelzi
8 laps – James McFadden

QUICKTIME AWARDS (8 Drivers):
1 QuickTime – David Gravel, Aaron Reutzel, Cory Eliason, Jacob Allen, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Carson Macedo, Brad Sweet, Giovanni Scelzi*
* Denotes New Track Record

HEAT RACE WINNERS (15 Drivers):
4 Heat Wins – Jacob Allen
3 Heat Wins – David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Giovanni Scelzi
2 Heat Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild, Carson Macedo, James McFadden, Kraig Kinser, Aaron Reutzel, Tyler Courtney
1 Heat Win – Cory Eliason, Brock Zearfoss, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Dominic Scelzi, Kerry Madsen

POLE DASH APPEARANCES (24 Drivers):
6 Dashes – David Gravel, Brad Sweet
5 Dashes – Jacob Allen
4 Dashes – Carson Macedo, Kraig Kinser, Cory Eliason
3 Dashes – Spencer Bayston, Giovanni Scelzi, Tyler Courtney, Aaron Reutzel
2 Dashes – Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden, Donny Schatz, Kyle Larson, Kerry Madsen
1 Dash – Brock Zearfoss, Logan Schuchart, Anthony Macri, Kerry Madsen, Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Rico Abreu, Dominic Scelzi, Colby Copeland, Tanner Carrick

LAST CHANCE SHOWDOWN WINS (5 Drivers):
3 LCS Wins – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 LCS Wins – Ayrton Gennetten
1 LCS Win – James McFadden, Spencer Bayston, Anthony Macri

HARD CHARGER AWARDS (5 Drivers):
3 Hard Chargers – Sheldon Haudenschild
2 Hard Chargers – Logan Schuchart
1 Hard Chargers – Carson Macedo, Donny Schatz, James McFadden

PODIUM FINISHES (12 Drivers):
4 Podiums – David Gravel, Brad Sweet
3 Podiums – Kyle Larson
2 Podiums – Carson Macedo, Sheldon Haudenschild, James McFadden, Giovanni Scelzi
1 Podium – Donny Schatz, Cory Eliason, Aaron Reutzel, Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr.

TOP 10 FINISHES (23 Drivers):
7 Top 10s – David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Sheldon Haudenschild
6 Top 10s – Carson Macedo, Giovanni Scelzi
5 Top 10s – James McFadden, Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz
4 Top 10s – Cory Eliason, Tyler Courtney, Rico Abreu
3 Top 10s – Spencer Bayston, Kyle Larson
2 Top 10s – Brock Zearfoss, Jacob Allen, Aaron Reutzel, Dominic Scelzi
1 Top 10 – Anthony Macri, Justin Peck, Brent Marks, Sam Hafertepe Jr, Shane Golobic, Kerry Madsen

2022 WORLD OF OUTLAWS SPRINT CAR SCHEDULE & WINNERS:
No. / Day, Date / Track / Location / Winner (Total Wins)
1. Thur, Feb. 10 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Donny Schatz (1)
2. Fri, Feb. 11 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / Sheldon Haudenschild (1)
3. Sat, Feb. 12 / Volusia Speedway Park / Barberville, FL / David Gravel (1)
4. Fri, March 4 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Sheldon Haudenschild (2)
5. Sat, March 5 / Cotton Bowl Speedway / Paige, TX / Carson Macedo (1)
6. Fri, March 11 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, CA / Giovanni Scelzi (1)
7. Sat, March 12 / Thunderbowl Raceway / Tulare, CA / Kyle Larson (1)
8. Fri, March 18 / Merced Speedway / Merced, CA / Carson Macedo (2)
9. Fri, March 25 / Bakersfield Speedway / Bakersfield, CA
10. Sat, March 26 / Perris Auto Speedway / Perris, CA
11. Tues, March 29 / Vado Speedway Park / Vado, NM
12. Fri, April 1 / Lawton Speedway / Lawton, OK
13. Sat, April 2 / Devil’s Bowl Speedway / Mesquite, TX
14. Fri, April 8 / US-36 Raceway / Osborn, MO
15. Sat, April 9 / Lake Ozark Speedway / Eldon, MO
16. Fri, April 15 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO
17. Sat, April 16 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO
18. Fri, April 22 / Tri-City Speedway / Granite City, IL
19. Sat, April 23 / Tri-State Speedway / Haubstadt, IN
20. Fri, April 29 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN
21. Sat, April 30 / Bristol Motor Speedway / Bristol, TN
22. Fri, May 6 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH
23. Sat, May 7 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH
24. Wed, May 11 / Lincoln Speedway / Abbottstown, PA
25. Fri, May 13 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA
26. Sat, May 14 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA
27. Tues, May 17 / Bridgeport Speedway / Swedesboro, NJ
28. Fri, May 20 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH
29. Sat, May 21 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH
30. Sat, May 28 / Atomic Speedway / Waverly, OH
31. Mon, May 30 / Lawrenceburg Speedway / Lawrenceburg, IN
32. Fri, June 3 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND
33. Sun, June 5 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD
34. Fri, June 10 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA
35. Sat, June 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA
36. Fri, June 17 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, IA
37. Sat, June 18 / Beaver Dam Raceway / Beaver Dam, IA
38. Thur, June 23 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD
39. Fri, June 24 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD
40. Sat, June 25 / Huset’s Speedway / Brandon, SD
41. Fri, July 1 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI
42. Sat, July 2 / Cedar Lake Speedway / New Richmond, WI
43. Fri, July 8 / 34 Raceway / West Burlington, IA
44. Sat, July 9 / Wilmot Raceway / Wilmot, WI
45. Tues, July 12 / Attica Raceway Park / Attica, OH
46. Wed, July 13 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH
47. Thur, July 14 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH
48. Fri, July 15 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH
49. Sat, July 16 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH
50. Wed, July 20 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA
51. Fri, July 22 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA
52. Sat, July 23 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA
53. Sat, July 30 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY
54. Sun, July 31 / Weedsport Speedway / Weedsport, NY
55. Fri, Aug. 5 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO
56. Sat, Aug. 6 / Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 / Pevely, MO
57. Wed, Aug. 10 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA
58. Thur, Aug. 11 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA
69. Fri, Aug, 12 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA
60. Sat, Aug. 13 / Knoxville Raceway / Knoxville, IA
61. Thur, Aug. 18 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN
62. Fri, Aug. 19 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN
63. Sat, Aug. 20 / Jackson Motorplex / Jackson, MN
64. Fri, Aug. 26 / River Cities Speedway / Grand Forks, ND
65. Sat, Aug. 27 / Red River Valley Speedway / West Fargo, ND
66. Thur, Sept. 1 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA
67. Fri, Sept. 2 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA
68. Sat, Sept. 3 / Skagit Speedway / Alger, WA
69. Mon, Sept. 5 / Gray’s Harbor Raceway / Elma, WA
70. Fri, Sept. 9 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA
71. Sat, Sept. 10 / Silver Dollar Speedway / Chico, CA
72. Fri, Sept. 16 / Keller Auto Speedway / Hanford, CA
73. Sat, Sept. 17 / Placerville Speedway / Placerville, CA
74. Fri, Sept. 23 / Eldora Speedway / Rossburg, OH
75. Sat, Sept. 24 / Sharon Speedway / Hartford, OH
76. Fri, Sept. 30 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA
77. Sat, Oct. 1 / Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA
78. Fri, Oct. 7 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA
79. Sat, Oct. 8 / Port Royal Speedway / Port Royal, PA
80. Fri, Oct. 14 / I-80 Speedway / Greenwood, NE
81. Sat, Oct. 15 / Lakeside Speedway / Kansas City, KS
82. Thur, Nov. 3 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC
83. Fri, Nov. 4 / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC
84. Sat, Nov. 5 The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC

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