By Fully Injected Motorsports:

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (March 1, 2022) – After months of hard work and persistent planning, the “Big Wheel” Scotty Thiel and Team 73 are ready to hit the road in 2022, launching their busy and ultra-competitive campaign with back-to-back nights in the Buckeye State on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19. Scheduled to visit Ohio in consecutive weekends, Thiel’s March agenda will activate with treks to Attica Raceway Park and Atomic Speedway, respectively, returning to the pair of Ohio ovals just one weekend later, Friday and Saturday, March 25-26.

“I’m pretty excited to get the year started. This is one of the most aggressive schedules this team and I have ever attempted,” Scotty Thiel explained, driver of the Walker’s Game Ear, Stealth Cam, Muddy Outdoors, Gibbsville Cheese, Professional Plating Inc, Scott Thiel Builders, Complete Water Inc, No. 73 sprint car. “We wanted to get the season kicked-off in Georgia and Florida, but after looking at the weather, we decided it was probably in our best interest to just scratch that plan and finish up last minute preparations…it worked out for the best.”

Ultimately setting aside the notion to chase any individual track or series championship, Thiel’s upcoming agenda is diverse and ambitious, ready to go head-to-head with all the premiere touring winged sprint car sanctioning bodies including the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, All Star Circuit of Champions, IRA Outlaw Sprint Series, and the Ohio-based FAST Series. In addition, Thiel’s campaign includes a handful of the sport’s biggest blockbusters including Knoxville Raceway’s annual Knoxville Nationals, the Jackson Nationals at Jackson Motorplex, and the All Star sanctioned Rayce Rudeen Foundation Race at I-70 Speedway. Thiel will eventually cap his year with an appearance at the World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina.

“It took us a while to finalize our 2022 plans,” Thiel continued. “Following a specific series was on our mind. Logistically, a few made sense, but some did not. A ‘true outlaw’ schedule would allow us to hit a lot of big events within eight hours of our shop while still entering a lot of races. At the end of the day, we all work full-time jobs. We are fortunate to have flexible employers that allow us to do a lot of racing but being on the road for weeks at a time was going to be almost impossible.”

Perhaps the most grueling segment of Thiel’s 2022 agenda is the six-race/three-weekend swing through Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Spanning April 8-23, the “Big Wheel” will encounter the World of Outlaws at US 36 Raceway, Lake Ozark Speedway, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Tri City Speedway, and Tri-State Speedway in consecutive fashion.

“In order to get to the next level, we have to push ourselves to race bigger events and race with the best. We have an amazing group of partners who are allowing us to do that, while still making some time for events close to home.”

Although Thiel and Team 73 are prepared to battle out on the road, their Wisconsin home base will also serve as a frequent stomping ground. World of Outlaws, All Star, and IRA appearances within the Badger State will give the Sheboygan native plenty of opportunities to shine in his own backyard. Highlighted events include World of Outlaws doubleheaders at Cedar Lake Speedway and Beaver Dam Raceway, as well as an All Star/IRA triple at Wilmot Raceway, Plymouth Dirt Track, and Angell Park Speedway.

“Things really started to click last year, especially after my accident. The plan is to continue building on that progress and capitalize on all our opportunities. We know our team has the potential to do great things, but we also know the level of talent and experience that we’ll be up against. It’s up to us to take things one day at a time and build on our performances. I’m confident we have what it takes to be competitive every time we are on the racetrack.”

2022 Scotty Thiel | Team 73 Schedule:

Fri18-MarAttica Raceway ParkAttica, OHLocal
Sat19-MarAtomic SpeedwayChillicothe, OHLocal
Fri25-MarAttica Raceway ParkAttica, OHLocal
Sat26-MarAtomic SpeedwayChillicothe, OHFAST
Fri1-Apr34 RacewayWest Burlington, IAIRA
Sat2-Apr34 RacewayWest Burlington, IAIRA
Fri8-AprUS 36 RacewayOsborn, MOWoO
Sat9-AprLake Ozark SpeedwayEldon, MOWoO
Fri15-AprFederated Auto Parts I-55Pevely, MOWoO
Sat16-AprFederated Auto Parts I-55Pevely, MOWoO
Fri22-AprTri City SpeedwayGranite City, ILWoO
Sat23-AprTri-State SpeedwayHaubstadt, INWoO
Fri29-AprLake Ozark SpeedwayEldon, MOPOWRi 410
Sat30-AprLake Ozark SpeedwayEldon, MOPOWRi 410
Sat7-MayKnoxville RacewayKnoxville, IALocal
Fri13-MayI-96 SpeedwayLake Odessa, MIASCoC
Sat14-MayDirt Track at Route 66Joliet, ILASCoC
Fri20-MayWilmot RacewayWilmot, WIASCoC
Sat21-MayPlymouth Dirt TrackPlymouth, WIASCoC
Sun22-MayAngell Park SpeedwaySun Prairie, WIASCoC
Fri27-MayAtomic SpeedwayChillicothe, OHFAST 10K
Sat28-MayAtomic SpeedwayChillicothe, OHWoO
Sun29-May141 SpeedwayFrancis CreekIRA
Sat4-JunKnoxville RacewayKnoxville, IALocal
Fri10-JunJacksonville SpeedwayJacksonville, ILMOWA
Sat11-JunFairbury SpeedwayFairbury, ILIRA
Sun12-JunAngell Park SpeedwaySun Prairie, WIIRA
Fri17-JunBeaver Dam RacewayBeaver Dam, WIWoO
Sat18-JunBeaver Dam RacewayBeaver Dam, WIWoO
Thur30-JunPlymouth Dirt TrackPlymouth, WIIRA
Fri1-JulCedar Lake SpeedwayNew Richmond, WIWoO
Sat2-JulCedar Lake SpeedwayNew Richmond, WIWoO
Thur7-JulLee County SpeedwayDonnellson, IAPOWRi 410
Fri8-Jul34 RacewayWest Burlington, IAWoO
Sat9-JulWilmot RacewayWilmot, WIWoO
Fri22-JulLake Ozark SpeedwayEldon, MOASCoC
Sat23-JulLake Ozark SpeedwayEldon, MOASCoC
Thur28-JulI-70 Motorsports ParkOdessa, MOASCoC
Fri29-JulI-70 Motorsports ParkOdessa, MOASCoC
Sat30-JulKnoxville RacewayKnoxville, IAASCoC
Wed10-AugKnoxville RacewayKnoxville, IAWoO
Fri12-AugKnoxville RacewayKnoxville, IAWoO
Sat13-AugKnoxville RacewayKnoxville, IAWoO
Thur18-AugJackson MotorplexJackson, MNWoO
Fri19-AugJackson MotorplexJackson, MNWoO
Sat20-AugJackson MotorplexJackson, MNWoO
Sun21-AugAngell Park SpeedwaySun Prairie, WIIRA
Sat3-SepPlymouth Dirt TrackPlymouth, WIIRA
Sun4-Sep141 SpeedwayFrancis CreekIRA
Sat10-SepCedar Lake SpeedwayNew Richmond, WIIRA
Sat17-SepBeaver Dam RacewayBeaver Dam, WIIRA
Fri23-SepDodge Co FairgroundsBeaver Dam, WIIRA
Sat24-SepPlymouth Dirt TrackPlymouth, WIIRA
Sat1-OctAtomic SpeedwayChillicothe, OHFAST
Fri28-OctBridgeport SpeedwaySwedesboro, NJLocal
Sat29-OctBridgeport SpeedwaySwedesboro, NJLocal
Sun30-OctBridgeport SpeedwaySwedesboro, NJLocal
Wed2-NovDirt Track at CharlotteConcord, NCWoO
Thur3-NovDirt Track at CharlotteConcord, NCWoO
Fri4-NovDirt Track at CharlotteConcord, NCWoO
Sat5-NovDirt Track at CharlotteConcord, NCWoO

Scotty Thiel and Team 73 would like to thank all their partners: Gibbsville Cheese, Walkers Game Ear, Professional Plating Inc, Scott Thiel Builders, Stealth Cam, Muddy Outdoors, Complete Water Inc, KSI Supply, GRP Motorsports, Racers Hall, Triple X Chassis, K1 Race Gear, HRP, King Racing Products, Keizer Wheels.  

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Tyler Altmeyer