It had been 17 races since four-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Brad Sweet had won a feature but that changed on Saturday night at Magnolia Motor Speedway. The Grass Valley, CA native steered the No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing machine to his 80th career series win after taking the top spot early in the race then holding off a late challenge.
The Black Ice Brawl was only the second visit to the Columbus, MS track for the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars.
A total of 29 cars were signed in for competition
Qualifying Results: 1. Carson Macedo(11.501), 2. Sheldon Haudenschild, 3. Giovanni Scelzi, 4. Rico Abreu, 5. Buddy Kofoid, 6. Donny Schatz, 7. Hunter Schuerenberg, 8. Brad Sweet, 9. Kasey Kahne, 10. David Gravel
Heat 1 Results: 1. Carson Macedo, 2. Rico Abreu, 3. Bill Balog, 4. David Gravel, 5. Brock Zearfoss, 6. Austin McCarl
Heat 2 Results: 1. Sheldon Haudenschild, 2. Brad Sweet, 3. Buddy Kofoid, 4. Aaron Reutzel, 5. Jacob Allen, 6. Noah Gass
Heat 3 Results: 1. Giovanni Scelzi, 2. Donny Schatz, 3. Kasey Kahne, 4. Logan Schuchart, 5. Spencer Bayston, 6. James McFadden
Last Chance Showdown Finish: 1. Hunter Schuerenberg, 2. Parker Price-Miller, 3. Robbie Price, 4. Brandon Hanks, 5. Carson Short, 6. Eric Riggins Jr.
WoO Dash Finish: 1. Brad Sweet, 2. Sheldon Haudenschild, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Carson Macedo, 5. Giovanni Scelzi, 6. Rico Abreu
Feature Re-cap: At the start of the 35-lap feature Haudenschild took the early lead following a side-by-side battle with Sweet. Schatz, Macedo and Kahne followed the lead duo during the early laps. Macedo took third away from Schatz on lap 4.
Slower traffic became a factor quickly as the race’s early stages progressed without a yellow flag. Sweet passed Haudenschild for the top spot on lap 10. Further back, Gravel was on the rise from his row 5 starting position as he moved by Schatz for fourth on lap 13.
The top-4 of Sweet, Haudenschild, Macedo and Gravel ran in tight formation among lapped cars on lap 18. Gravel took third away from Macedo on lap 20 on the multi-groove track. Gravel then wrested the runner-up spot away from Haudenschild three laps later.
Schatz got by Macedo for fourth on lap 25 shortly before a caution for Riggins slowed the action.
Following the restart, Gravel closed in on Sweet and looked to challenge for the lead but a caution on lap 30 for Gass put the race for the lead on hold.
A red flag was displayed just after the lap 30 restart when McFadden’s car rolled over.
When the race went back to green flag conditions Gravel closed in and kept the No. 49 in his sights, but in the end, Sweet maintained control and eventually sailed to the 80th WoO Sprints victory of his career.
Feature Results: 1. Brad Sweet, 2. David Gravel, 3. Sheldon Haudenschild, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Carson Macedo, 6. Rico Abreu, 7. Jacob Allen, 8. Giovanni Scelzi, 9. Aaron Reutzel, 10. Logan Schuchart, 11. Kasey Kahne, 12. Hunter Schuerenbergm 13. Spencer Bayston, 14. Brock Zearfoss, 15. Buddy Kofoid, 16. Bill Balog, 17. Noah Gass, 18. Austin McCarl, 19. Robbie Price, 20. Brandon Hanks, 21. James McFadden, 22. Eric Riggins Jr., 23. Carson Short, 24. Parker Price-Miller
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