Race Story


By Brian Walker – WRG PR

Stop the count. The drought is over. Rico Abreu is once again a winner with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.

The Rowdy Energy, Lucas Oil Products #24 led the final 24 laps of Friday’s “BeFour The Crowns Showdown” at Eldora Speedway, earning his ninth career win with The Greatest Show on Dirt and snapping a four-year winless streak with the Series in the process.

Bound and determined to overcome the agony of 105 consecutive losses, the St. Helena, CA native fended off a fury of four different challengers including Spencer Bayston, Brad Sweet, Donny Schatz, and James McFadden throughout the 30-lap affair. After sliding by Bayston on Lap 6, the 30-year-old fan favorite never relinquished the lead but could feel the full-time Outlaws breathing down his neck the whole time.

Friday’s win not only brought Rico back to NOS Energy Drink Victory Lane for the first time since September 8, 2018, but it also marked his first World of Outlaws win since the off-season addition of eventual Hall of Fame Crew Chief, Ricky Warner.

“This is a huge confidence booster,” a relieved Rico told a joyous Eldora crowd. “As race car drivers, you become so hard on yourself through these slumps inconsistencies. We built another new team this year and I’m just so thankful to have Ricky Warner in my corner. He makes any driver look outstanding. The chemistry in our team is showing, it’s just awesome to be with such a great group.”

Abreu is now a four-time winner of Eldora’s #4Crown Nationals, adding a World of Outlaws win with an All Stars triumph and pair of USAC National Midget victories. More than anything, it’s momentum ahead of the 40th Kings Royal coming soon in July 2023.
“Standing up here against the World of Outlaws is what it’s all about,” Abreu added. “Everything we do here is learning, practicing, and collecting data for when the Crown Jewel races come back in the summer. I never, ever thought in a million years that I would win a race on the bottom at Eldora Speedway, but that shows how comfortable my car is right now. These guys made some last-minute adjustments before we pushed off, and they nailed it.”

Falling short by 1.051-seconds at the checkered flag, McFadden collected his fourth runner-up result of the year and 10th podium finish since joining Roth Motorsports. Although the Australian is starving for that first win of 2022, he was relatively amped with the chance to beat the boards one more time at one of his favorite tracks on the schedule.

“I was pounding the top so hard right there,” J-Mac said with a big grin. “That’s why I come to Eldora, it’s such a blast. I actually got through to the front on the bottom, but the top was coming in during that last run so I just started hitting it harder and harder. I’m happy with a second-place tonight because I know it’ll come to us if we keep putting ourselves in a position to win.”

Rounding out the podium after briefly challenging for the lead on the final restart was Donny Schatz aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Ford Performance, Carquest Auto Parts #15. The #10-time Series champion is now only six-points behind Sheldon Haudenschild in the battle for fourth-place in the championship.

“We just needed to better at the end, and that’s a recurring problem for us,” Schatz said. “We could kind of hang for three-to-five laps, but then I would just stall out. All I could do at that point was run the win back, keep the tires under it, and hang on. Rico didn’t make any mistakes tonight, so hats off to him. We’ll keep plugging away.”

Rounding out the top-10 on Friday night was Brad Sweet in the Kasey Kahne Racing #49, Carson Macedo in the Jason Johnson Racing #41, Jacob Allen in the Shark Racing #1A, Spencer Bayston in the CJB Motorsports #5, Justin Peck in the Buch Motorsports #13, Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1S, and Aaron Reutzel in the RSR #8.

Rico Abreu’s ninth career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series victory puts him in a tie with Keith Kauffman (Mifflintown, PA), Brent Kaeding (Campbell, CA), and Kenny Jacobs (Holmesville, OH) for 48th on the All-Time Win List.

Abreu’s now-snapped winless streak of both four years, 15 days, and 105 races was the longest of his World of Outlaws career – even longer than the time from his debut in 2011 to his first-career win in 2014.

James McFadden’s runner-up result puts him into a rare category with Jac Haudenschild, Bobby Allen, Tim Shaffer, Mark Kinser, Johnny Herrera, and Daryn Pittman as the seventh man in World of Outlaws history to record 10 podium finishes without any wins during a single season. He’ll have 10 races remaining to try and change that statistic.

After earning his first KSE Hard Charger Award of 2022 last week (22nd-to-2nd at Hanford), Jacob Allen did it again – this time driving from 21st-to-6th at Eldora in the Shark Racing #1A.

Speaking of Shark Racing, the Hanover, PA-based team joined the likes of modern-day powerhouses Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Kasey Kahne Racing, and Roth Motorsports by qualifying three cars (Schuchart, Allen, Myers) in one full-field World of Outlaws Feature.

David Gravel opened the night by topping My Place Hotels Qualifying at 12.625 seconds, nearly topping his own track record of 12.599 seconds – It’s his 96th career World of Outlaws QuickTime Award. Winning NOS Energy Drink Heat Races on Friday was David Gravel (203rd career), Tyler Courtney (10th career), Logan Schuchart (106th career), and Logan Seavey (2nd career).

After a vicious head-on crash to the inside wall down the frontstretch, Brock Zearfoss was checked and released from the infield care center at Eldora Speedway.


By: Richie Murray – USAC Media

Rossburg, Ohio (September 23, 2022)………Prior to Friday night, Mitchel Moles had never before laid eyes on Eldora Speedway.

At the end of Friday night’s USAC NOS Energy Drink Midget National Championship feature, he was standing in victory lane as a first-time winner at the Rossburg, Ohio half-mile dirt oval.

The Raisin City, Calif. native claimed he played the game somewhat cautiously, but he disguised any sense of trepidation well by setting fast time to begin the night, then raced from his sixth starting position to the front of the field in the 25-lap main event.

But mainly, he wanted to be there in contention at the conclusion. When racelong leader Cannon McIntosh ran into trouble just after the midway point, Moles stayed true to his word and capitalized amid misfortune to capture his second career series feature victory in his CB Industries/PristineAuction.com – K & C Drywall – NOS Energy Drink/Spike/Speedway Toyota.

As it turned out, lightning struck twice as, for the second consecutive year, the Friday night midget feature at Eldora went to car number 89 out of the CBI stable. Last year, it was Chris Windom. This time, it was the series’ leading Rookie of the Year contender who came, saw and conquered all in a day’s work.

“When you come in like that and you’ve never seen any prior conditions and you’ve never seen it any other way, you just race the racetrack with the dirt that’s there and just try to make speed however you can,” Moles explained. “These guys at CB Industries gave me a hell of a car tonight. We’ve been struggling the last couple of weeks and really needed this one to kick us in the ass and get us going again.”

He sure wasn’t kidding with that quip. In his last five series starts, Moles had garnered 21st, 23rd, 12th, 13th and 12th place finishes. His most recent result better than 12th just so happened to be his victory in mid-July at Nebraska’s Jefferson County Speedway.

Moles charged his way into the second spot by lap four after starting on the outside of row three. Up front, it was all McIntosh’s show as the outside front row starter scurried into the lead on the opening lap and steadily stretched his lead out to the tune of 2.254 seconds throughout the first 10 laps.

With the race seemingly resting comfortably in his hands, the unthinkable occurred on lap 14 as McIntosh caught the turn one wall with his right rear tire and helicoptered down the banking before flipping over on his side, ending his night. Fortunately, he was able to walk away.

McIntosh’s misfortune presented a golden opportunity, right on a silver platter, for Moles who slotted into the race lead in the latter half of the contest.

“We were pretty even,” Moles said in comparison to he and McIntosh’s prowess on this night. “He started on the front row and got a pretty good gap on me. It took me a minute to get through the cars, but it would’ve been a race there at the end. He was pretty good, so I can’t really say how it was going to end up. I just wanted to play it conservatively and be there in case it happened. That’s what we did and, man, we got it done.”

A flurry of activity was unending behind Moles down the stretch as a surging Alex Bright doubled up on the lap 14 restart by traveling from fifth to third in a turn three dive under both Logan Seavey and Buddy Kofoid. Kofoid, nonetheless, fought back to battle Bright as the two waged a side-by-side joust lap-after-lap.

All the while, Moles had extended his lead to two full seconds as Kofoid cleared Bright with an outside turn four pass on lap 19 for the third spot and, following a brief caution period for the stopped car of eighth running Jacob Denney on lap 22, Kofoid slid Wiedeman for second on the lap 23 restart before Wiedeman took it back with a crossover on the final corner to defeat Kofoid by a half car length at the stripe.

Ahead of them, though, the story was all Moles who became the first driver since Kyle Larson in 2011 to win during his first career Eldora USAC National Midget start.

Moles finished his winning performance by a 1.107 second margin over Wiedeman in second and Kofoid in third. Chris Windom was the hardest charger, having advanced 10 positions to finish fourth after starting 14th. Bright rounded out the top-five with his best career Eldora performance in what was his first start at the track since 2018.

Wiedeman (Colby, Kan.) earned his best career USAC National Midget feature finish with a second place result in his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian/Nutrien Ag Solutions – PurpleWave.com/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota.

Series point leader Kofoid (Penngrove, Calif.) turned in his best career Eldora finish as well, making it eight top-five finishes in his past nine series starts aboard his Keith Kunz-Curb-Agajanian Motorsports/Mobil 1 – Toyota – TRD/Bullet By Spike/Speedway Toyota. As a result, Kofoid extended his points advantage to 183 as he pursues a second consecutive series driving championship.

Race Results

Event Box Score

USAC Silver Crown – Qualifying
1. 6-C.J. Leary, 17.288; 2. 10-Jake Swanson, 17.366; 3. 22-Logan Seavey, 17.371; 4. 26-Kaylee Bryson, 17.377; 5. 52-Carmen Perigo, 17.560; 6. 91-Justin Grant, 17.612; 7. 54-Matt Westfall, 17.620; 8. 49-Brian Ruhlman, 17.629; 9. 48-Nathan Moore, 17.651; 10. 1-Kody Swanson, 17.660; 11. 7-Kyle Robbins, 17.670; 12. 97-Buddy Kofoid, 17.752; 13. 20-Emerson Axsom, 17.773; 14. 74-Shane Cottle, 17.907; 15. 69-Chase Stockon, 18.049; 16. 57-Dallas Hewitt, 18.064; 17. 18-Travis Welpott, 18.156; 18. 32-Gregg Cory, 18.173; 19. 51-Russ Gamester, 18.176; 20. 24-Mike Haggenbottom, 18.189; 21. 81-Brian Tyler, 18.221; 22. 110-Casey Buckman, 18.280; 23. 123-Jimmy Light, 18.333; 24. 99-Eric Gordon, 18.395; 25. 3-Jake Simmons, 18.517; 26. 31-Dave Berkheimer, 18.540; 27. 11-Tom Paterson, 19.215; 28. 177-Dave Peperak, 19.801; 29. 66-Chris Windom, 99.991

(Silver Crown Feature scheduled for Saturday night)


WoO Sprints

Qualifying A (2 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel, 00:12.625[3]; 2. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 00:12.777[18]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu, 00:12.782[21]; 4. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 00:12.823[22]; 5. 55V-Cole Macedo, 00:12.866[12]; 6. 41-Carson Macedo, 00:12.872[8]; 7. 83-James McFadden, 00:12.881[11]; 8. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 00:12.883[7]; 9. 9-Kasey Kahne, 00:13.053[16]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 00:13.110[20]; 11. 1M-Landon Myers, 00:13.205[14]; 12. 47X-Dylan Westbrook, 00:13.222[6]; 13. 85-Dustin Daggett, 00:13.249[1]; 14. 5T-Ryan Timms, 00:13.253[5]; 15. 97-Greg Wilson, 00:13.354[10]; 16. 19-Trey Jacobs, 00:13.358[15]; 17. 16C-Tylar Rankin, 00:13.411[17]; 18. 11N-Ayrton Olsen, 00:13.421[19]; 19. 1-Nate Dussel, 00:13.433[13]; 20. 83X-Nate Reeser, 00:13.472[2]; 21. 21H-Brady Bacon, 00:13.472[9]; 22. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 00:13.472[4]

Qualifying B (2 Laps): 1. 5-Spencer Bayston, 00:12.646[3]; 2. 11-Logan Seavey, 00:12.750[7]; 3. 13-Justin Peck, 00:12.789[2]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet, 00:12.809[15]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 00:12.860[11]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 00:12.896[18]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 00:12.905[5]; 8. 11X-Michael Kofoid, 00:12.912[13]; 9. 5TX-Travis Philo, 00:12.914[10]; 10. 4-Sye Lynch, 00:12.950[4]; 11. 8-Aaron Reutzel, 00:13.001[14]; 12. 7S-Robbie Price, 00:13.029[20]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 00:13.081[12]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 00:13.098[22]; 15. 55T-McKenna Haase, 00:13.130[6]; 16. 20G-Noah Gass, 00:13.159[8]; 17. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 00:13.212[21]; 18. 26-Zeb Wise, 00:13.216[16]; 19. 7-Tyler Reeser, 00:13.281[17]; 20. 101-JJ Hickle, 00:13.300[1]; 21. 56R-Ryan Myers, 00:13.343[19]; 22. 47-Eric Riggins Jr, 00:13.400[9]

Heat 1 (8 Laps): 1. 2-David Gravel[1]; 2. 24-Rico Abreu[2]; 3. 83-James McFadden[4]; 4. 9-Kasey Kahne[5]; 5. 21H-Brady Bacon[11]; 6. 1M-Landon Myers[6]; 7. 55V-Cole Macedo[3]; 8. 97-Greg Wilson[8]; 9. 85-Dustin Daggett[7]; 10. 16C-Tylar Rankin[9]; 11. 1-Nate Dussel[10]

Heat 2 (8 Laps): 1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[2]; 2. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[1]; 3. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 4. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[4]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser[5]; 6. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[6]; 7. 5T-Ryan Timms[7]; 8. 19-Trey Jacobs[8]; 9. 11N-Ayrton Olsen[9]; 10. 83X-Nate Reeser[10]; 11. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[11]

Heat 3 (8 Laps): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart[3]; 2. 5-Spencer Bayston[1]; 3. 13-Justin Peck[2]; 4. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[4]; 5. 8-Aaron Reutzel[6]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen[7]; 7. 5TX-Travis Philo[5]; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[9]; 9. 7-Tyler Reeser[10]; 10. 55T-McKenna Haase[8]; 11. 56R-Ryan Myers[11]

Heat 4 (8 Laps): 1. 11-Logan Seavey[1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[3]; 4. 11X-Michael Kofoid[4]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[7]; 6. 7S-Robbie Price[6]; 7. 4-Sye Lynch[5]; 8. 26-Zeb Wise[9]; 9. 101-JJ Hickle[10]; 10. 20G-Noah Gass[8]; 11. 47-Eric Riggins Jr[11]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps): 1. 1A-Jacob Allen[4]; 2. 5TX-Travis Philo[2]; 3. 26-Zeb Wise[12]; 4. 1M-Landon Myers[3]; 5. 97-Greg Wilson[9]; 6. 7S-Robbie Price[6]; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[10]; 8. 47X-Dylan Westbrook[5]; 9. 5T-Ryan Timms[7]; 10. 4-Sye Lynch[8]; 11. 7-Tyler Reeser[13]; 12. 55T-McKenna Haase[14]; 13. 19-Trey Jacobs[11]; 14. 55V-Cole Macedo[1]

C Feature 1 (10 Laps): 1. 7-Tyler Reeser[2]; 2. 55T-McKenna Haase[6]; 3. 20G-Noah Gass[8]; 4. 85-Dustin Daggett[1]; 5. 1-Nate Dussel[9]; 6. 16C-Tylar Rankin[5]; 7. 56R-Ryan Myers[10]; 8. 11N-Ayrton Olsen[3]; 9. 101-JJ Hickle[4]; 10. 47-Eric Riggins Jr[12]; 11. 83X-Nate Reeser[7]; 12. 3-Ayrton Gennetten[11]

DIRTVision FAST PASS Dash (6 Laps): 1. 5-Spencer Bayston[3]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[2]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu[1]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[4]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart[8]; 6. 11-Logan Seavey[6]; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[5]; 8. 2-David Gravel[7]

A Feature (30 Laps): 1. 24-Rico Abreu[3]; 2. 83-James McFadden[9]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[12]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet[4]; 5. 41-Carson Macedo[10]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen[21]; 7. 5-Spencer Bayston[1]; 8. 13-Justin Peck[11]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart[5]; 10. 8-Aaron Reutzel[19]; 11. 2-David Gravel[8]; 12. 11X-Michael Kofoid[16]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser[18]; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[2]; 15. 11-Logan Seavey[6]; 16. 9-Kasey Kahne[13]; 17. 21H-Brady Bacon[17]; 18. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[20]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[15]; 20. 1M-Landon Myers[24]; 21. 7S-Robbie Price[25]; 22. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[14]; 23. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[7]; 24. 26-Zeb Wise[23]; 25. 5TX-Travis Philo[22]


USAC Midgets – Qualifying
1. 89-Mitchel Moles, 16.503; 2. 25-Alex Bright, 16.570; 3. 19-Logan Seavey, 16.791; 4. O1-Bryant Wiedeman, 16.885; 5. 67-Buddy Kofoid, 16.905; 6. O8-Cannon McIntosh, 16.981; 7. 2J-Justin Grant, 17.042; 8. 97K-Tanner Carrick, 17.059; 9. 7x-Thomas Meseraull, 17.106; 10. 25L-C.J. Leary, 17.115; 11. 25K-Taylor Reimer, 17.163; 12. 26-Chance Crum, 17.174; 13. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold, 17.193; 14. 89x-Chris Windom, 17.336; 15. 71-Kaylee Bryson, 17.341; 16. 4M-Michael Magic, 18.474; 17. 25M-Jacob Denney, 99.991

Heat #1 – (8)Laps 
1. 7x-Thomas Meseraull[2]; 2. 2J-Justin Grant[3]; 3. 67-Buddy Kofoid[4]; 4. 25-Alex Bright[5]; 5. 89-Mitchel Moles[6]; 6. 25M-Jacob Denney[9]; 7. 25K-Taylor Reimer[1]; 8. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[7]; 9. 71-Kaylee Bryson[8]

Heat #2 – (8)Laps 
1. 25L-C.J. Leary[2]; 2. 19-Logan Seavey[9]; 3. 26-Chance Crum[1]; 4. O8-Cannon McIntosh[4]; 5. O1-Bryant Wiedeman[5]; 6. 89x-Chris Windom[7]; 7. 97K-Tanner Carrick[3]; 8. 4M-Michael Magic[8]

A-Feature – (25)Laps
1. 89-Mitchel Moles[6]; 2. O1-Bryant Wiedeman[4]; 3. 67-Buddy Kofoid[3]; 4. 89X-Chris Windom[14]; 5. 25-Alex Bright[9]; 6. 26-Chance Crum[12]; 7. 19-Logan Seavey[5]; 8. 97K-Tanner Carrick[10]; 9. 25L-C.J. Leary[8]; 10. 2J-Justin Grant[1]; 11. 25K-Taylor Reimer[11]; 12. 7X-Thomas Meseraull[7]; 13. 19AZ-Hayden Reinbold[13]; 14. 71-Kaylee Bryson[15]; 15. 4M-Michael Magic[16]; 16. 25M-Jacob Denney[17]; 17. O8-Cannon McIntosh[2]



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