World of Outlaws Bristol Bash
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Race Recap  

GAME OF INCHES: Spencer Bayston Threads Needle to Beat Kyle Larson for Bristol Bash Glory

After several heartbreaking losses earlier this year, Spencer Bayston and CJB Motorsports were bound and determined to strike while the iron was hot on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway, and that meant sending it into gaps that some never dare to enter.

The leading Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender looked to have his $25,000 payday squarely tucked away on the final lap, but the first caution of the weekend flew and set up a green-white-checkered finish with Kyle Larson and Logan Schuchart hot on his heels.

It was a moment where The Last Great Colosseum shined as two gladiators went wheel-to-wheel for all the glory. Larson made his move down into turn one, but Bayston floored it and stuck the high side to fend off the first attempt. The second and most hair-raising moment came at the white flag as Larson launched his slider into turn three and took the lead, but Bayston never wavered and somehow squeezed his #5 between Larson’s right rear and the outside wall with only inches to spare.

The bold and brave 23-year-old was side-by-side with the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion and led by 0.031-seconds as the white flag waved. Using his momentum from a full-throttle hail-mary on the outside, Bayston edged ahead and shot to the bottom of turn one to protect his lead on the last lap. He held on over the final 0.533-miles and scored the biggest win of his life in the process at the Bristol Bash.

“I’ve got all the respect in the world for Kyle [Larson],” Bayston said with his gladiator sword in hand. “He didn’t need to give me that little lane, but when I saw it open I was fully committed to sending it around the outside there. It was quite unnerving, but we’re standing in victory lane and that’s all that matters. It’s a high-speed, high-risk moment, but we came out with a high reward.”

Larson had the lead momentarily on Lap 24 before Bayston miraculously split the gap. [Trent Gower]

The daring move banked Bayston a $25,000 payday (richest of his career) and his first win since joining the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series full-time with CJB Motorsports. The Lebanon, IN native scored his eight-straight top-10 and jumped to sixth in the championship standings after a stellar start to the season.

“This has been a long time coming,” Bayston added. “We’ve been so damn fast every night. Barry Jackson is doing a phenomenal job. I feel more comfortable in this CJB #5 than I have in my whole career in any other race car. This is a testament to the equipment that Chad Clemens provides and what Barry, Scott [Vogelsong], and Brendan [Collum] do with it. Winning at Bristol Motor Speedway is something I’ll never forget.”

Officially, Kyle Larson crossed the stripe behind Bayston by 0.762-seconds, but he was really only a matter of inches away from claiming his first win on the dirt version of Bristol Motor Speedway.

“I knew it was gonna be close,” Larson said in awe of Bayston’s move. “As I got closer to the top I could hear him and I thought ‘man, I don’t want to squeeze him into the fence we’re going way too fast for that.’ Once he snuck by and blocked me into turn one, I knew that was it. I wanted to give him the decision to either lift or take it, and he definitely took it. There are some drivers that won’t shoot that gap, but he’s young.”

All in all, it was a strong weekend for the Elk Grove, CA native, who believed he and Paul Silva made wholesale gains on the Finley Farms, #57.

“We’ve really struggled with raw speed on big 1/2-miles like this,” Larson noted on the car. “We made good strides this week, Paul definitely got some stuff figured out. We still aren’t the fastest car single speed-wise, but we’ve made huge improvements.”

There was nothing but respect between Bayston & Larson following their spectacular show. [Trent Gower]

Closing out the podium was Logan Schuchart, who continues to show immense speed aboard a rejuvenated Shark Racing, DuraMAX, Drydene #1S. He fell short of a weekend sweep at the Bristol Bash but certainly leaves Tennessee with his head held high with a third-place effort.

“What a great weekend for this team,” Schuchart said. “I feel like we had the best car all weekend and I’m proud of that. If I could’ve capitalized on that restart it might’ve been different. I don’t think Bayston had more than an inch between him, Larson, and the wall, so hats off to him. I had a front-row seat, but just couldn’t go at them after I spun the tires on the restart.”

The Hanover, PA native has rattled off five-straight top-five finishes and now prepares to head to his neck of the woods with more momentum available at places like Eldora (OH) next week and then a home-state week at Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway.

Rounding out the top-10 at Bristol Motor Speedway was Rico Abreu, David Gravel, Kerry Madsen, Carson Macedo, Donny Schatz, Anthony Macri, and Aaron Reutzel.

NOS NOTEBOOK (Bristol Motor Speedway, 4/30/22)

Spencer Bayston‘s third career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series ties him for 73rd on the All-Time Win List, most notably with fellow Indiana native Tony Stewart, who he grew up watching race NASCAR at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bayston is the 11th different winner through the Series’ first 17 races in 2022.

One night after making his 700th World of Outlaws Feature start, David Gravel of Watertown, CT earned his 500th top-10 finish with the Series.

Rico Abreu of St. Helena, CA claimed his 13th career Slick Woody’s QuickTime Award and second of the season on Saturday. He topped My Place Hotels Qualifying with a lap of 13.517 seconds, averaging a speed of 140.090 MPH at the 0.533-mile oval.

Abreu (32nd career), Bayston (7th career), and Kerry Madsen (187th career) split NOS Energy Drink Heat Race wins. Bayston claimed the pole position with a MicroLite Dash win and officially led all 26 laps, but not without a fight.

Championship leader Brad Sweet (13th) finished outside the top-10 for the first time since the season-opener at Volusia (FL) on February 10. His points lead dwindled as Carson Macedo (-20 PTS) and David Gravel (-30 PTS) closed the gap.

UP NEXT (Fri-Sat) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series will transition from one iconic 1/2-mile this week to another iconic 1/2-mile next week. Let’s Race Two will lead The Greatest Show on Dirt to Rossburg, OH’s Eldora Speedway on Friday & Saturday, May 6-7 for the first of seven shows at The Big E. Fans can BUY TICKETS HERE, or watch every lap LIVE on DIRTVision.

NOS Energy Drink Feature Results (26 Laps) – 1. 5-Spencer Bayston [1][$25,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [3][$13,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$6,500]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [4][$5,000]; 5. 2-David Gravel [5][$4,500]; 6. 83JR-Kerry Madsen [6][$4,000]; 7. 41-Carson Macedo [12][$3,500]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz [7][$3,000]; 9. 39M-Anthony Macri [10][$2,800]; 10. 8-Aaron Reutzel [11][$2,600]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [8][$2,500]; 12. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [17][$2,400]; 13. 49-Brad Sweet [14][$2,300]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [15][$2,200]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13][$2,100]; 16. 6-Bill Rose [16][$2,000]; 17. 83-James McFadden [9][$2,000]; 18. J2-John Carney [18][$2,000]; 19. 20G-Noah Gass [19][$2,000]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [21][$2,000]; 21. 1M-Landon Myers [20][$2,000]; 22. 3MF-Matt Frisbie [23][$2,000]; 23. 6X-Brian Paulus [22][$2,000]; 24. 7-Jake Spoon [24][$2,000]. Lap Leaders: Spencer Bayston 1-26. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Carson Macedo[+5]

NEW Championship Standings (After 17/81 Races): 1. Brad Sweet (2,370); 2. Carson Macedo (-20); 3. David Gravel (-30); 4. Sheldon Haudenschild (-68); 5. Logan Schuchart (-102); 6. Spencer Bayston (-140); 7. Donny Schatz (-142); 8. James McFadden (-152); 9. Jacob Allen (-224); 10. Brock Zearfoss (-292).

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Feature Results
1105Spencer Bayston 260.00026Running150$25,000
23+157Kyle Larson 26-0.762Running146$13,000
32-11SLogan Schuchart 26-0.896Running144$6,500
44024Rico Abreu 26-2.101Running142$5,000
5502David Gravel 26-2.447Running140$4,500
66083JRKerry Madsen 26-2.828Running138$4,000
712+541Carson Macedo 26-3.148Running136$3,500
87-115Donny Schatz 26-4.063Running134$3,000
910+139MAnthony Macri 26-4.243Running132$2,800
1011+18Aaron Reutzel 26-4.374Running130$2,600
118-31AJacob Allen 26-4.559Running128$2,500
1217+53ZBrock Zearfoss 26-4.979Running126$2,400
1314+149Brad Sweet 26-5.243Running124$2,300
1415+117Sheldon Haudenschild 25-1 LapsRunning122$2,200
1513-211KKraig Kinser 25-1 LapsRunning120$2,100
161606Bill Rose 25-1 LapsRunning118$2,000
179-883James McFadden 23-3 LapsRunning116$2,000
18180J2John Carney II14-12 LapsRunning114$2,000
1919020GNoah Gass 7-19 LapsRunning112$2,000
2021+17SJason Sides 3-23 LapsRunning110$2,000
2120-11MLandon Myers 0-26 LapsRunning108$2,000
2223+13MFMatthew Frisbie 0-26 LapsRunning106$2,000
2322-16XBrian Paulus 0-26 LapsRunning104$2,000
242407Jake Spoon 0-26 LapsRunning102$2,000
Dash 1 Results
1105Spencer Bayston 60.0005Running0$0
23+11SLogan Schuchart 6-0.6391Running0$0
32-157Kyle Larson 6-2.171Running0$0
45+124Rico Abreu 6-2.798Running0$0
54-12David Gravel 6-3.595Running0$0
66083JRKerry Madsen 6-4.885Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11024Rico Abreu 80.0008Running
2201SLogan Schuchart 8-0.487Running
35+215Donny Schatz 8-3.030Running
43-139MAnthony Macri 8-3.458Running
54-111KKraig Kinser 8-4.856Running
67+16Bill Rose 8-10.865Running
76-11MLandon Myers 0-8 LapsRunning
8807SJason Sides 0-8 LapsRunning
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1105Spencer Bayston 80.0008Running
22057Kyle Larson 8-2.327Running
3301AJacob Allen 8-3.834Running
4408Aaron Reutzel 8-5.029Running
56+149Brad Sweet 8-6.007Running
65-13ZBrock Zearfoss 8-6.992Running
77020GNoah Gass 8-9.158Running
8803MFMatthew Frisbie 0-8 LapsRunning
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11083JRKerry Madsen 80.0008Running
2202David Gravel 8-1.319Running
34+183James McFadden 8-2.973Running
45+141Carson Macedo 8-4.365Running
53-217Sheldon Haudenschild 8-5.083Running
660J2John Carney II8-6.535Running
7706XBrian Paulus 0-8 LapsRunning
8807Jake Spoon 0-8 LapsRunning
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
11224Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.5170.000
225Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.603-0.086
3483JRKerry Madsen Knoxville, IA13.609-0.092
431SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.655-0.138
5157Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA13.678-0.161
6112David Gravel Watertown, CT13.687-0.170
7939MAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA13.694-0.177
861AJacob Allen Hanover, PA13.709-0.192
92217Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.743-0.226
101011KKraig Kinser Bloomington, IN13.761-0.244
11218Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX13.766-0.249
122383James McFadden Alice Springs, NT13.781-0.264
13715Donny Schatz Fargo, ND13.792-0.275
14183ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.794-0.277
151641Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA13.795-0.278
16151MLandon Myers York, PA13.841-0.324
171949Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.849-0.332
1817J2John Carney IIEl Paso, TX13.957-0.440
1956Bill Rose Plainfield, IN14.033-0.516
201420GNoah Gass Mounds, OK14.178-0.661
21206XBrian Paulus Mooresville, IN14.196-0.679
22137SJason Sides Bartlett, TN14.284-0.767
2383MFMatthew Frisbie Colon, MI14.284-0.767
24247Jake Spoon Wildwood, FL14.284-0.767
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws Bristol Bash
April 28, 2022 to April 30, 2022
Bristol Motor Speedway
151 Speedway Blvd
Bristol, TN 

Event Description
Three words - “It’s Bristol Baby.” The World of Outlaws returns to the iconic 1/2-mile on April 28-30 with a practice day before two nights of action for the second consecutive year. The speeds of the Most Powerful Late Models on the Planet and the high-flyin' Sprint Cars will thunder around “The Last Great Coliseum” as they fight for $25,000 on Saturday, April 30.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount

Event Schedule
10AM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:00PM Practice (4 Sessions each Series)

2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies & Racing

2PM Pit Gates open
5PM Grandstand Gates open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
7:30PM Opening Ceremonies & Racing
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(866) 415-4158

Grandstand Type
Bleachers with seat backs.

Family Section Location
Gate 16 Section A

Handicapped Seating Location
David Pearson Section, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Terrace, and the Jeff Gordon Terrace

Pit Age Requirement
There is no age limits for the pit area. Minors 17 and younger must have a signed parent waiver form

Pit Gate Location
Pit Gate 9

Parking Cost
$10 dollars. There is also free spectator parking.

Handicapped Parking Location
Wheelchair accessible parking is assigned with the purchase of wheelchair accessible viewing tickets.

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers with seat backs.

Handicapped Seating
David Pearson Section, Darrell Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Terrace, and the Jeff Gordon Terrace

Handicapped Parking
Wheelchair accessible parking is assigned with the purchase of wheelchair accessible viewing tickets.

Pit Age Limit
There is no age limits for the pit area. Minors 17 and younger must have a signed parent waiver form

Pit Gate Location
Pit Gate 9

Personal Coolers
No coolers are allowed to be brought in to the grandstand area.


Credit Card Use
Concessions, Office, Pit Gate, Pit Gate, Ticket Window

Smoking Policy
Smoking (including E-Cigarettes) is NOT permitted in any grandstand, entry portals, terrace, suite or restroom areas. Guests may smoke in open concourse areas.

Family Section
Gate 16 Section A

Parking Cost
$10 dollars. There is also free spectator parking.

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers

Camping Cost

Track Info  

Bristol Motor Speedway
151 Speedway Blvd
Bristol, TN 

Track Phone
(423) 989-6900

Ticket Phone
(866) 415-4158

Track Size & Type
0.533; Typically an asphalt Half-Mile

Sprint Car Track Record
13.326 seconds by Sam Hafertepe Jr. on 4/25/21

Late Model Track Record
14.950 seconds by Chris Madden on 4/1/22

Late Model Track Record
14.950 seconds by Chris Madden on 4/1/22

Closest Airport
Tri-Cities Airport

Other Airport
Mcghee Tyson Airport

Pit Gate Location
Pit Gate 9

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Competitor Info
Late Model Tire Rules:
(Hoosier LM-30) (4) corners
(Hoosier LM-40) Right Rear Option
*You MUST Qualify, Heat Race, and LCS on the same tires. You can change 2 tires for the Feature.

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