Photo Credit: Speedway Shots
FARGO, N.D. (July 4, 2019) – The grind of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season is in full swing. In the past seven days, the Outlaws have competed in four events in two states, with two more events slated this coming weekend in a third different state.
The Greatest Show on Dirt returned to Jackson Motorplex on June 27-29 for the 41st annual AGCO Jackson Nationals. Donny Schatz recorded a third and eighth-place finish, respectively, during the first two preliminary events on Thursday and Friday.
On Saturday’s $41,000-to-win finale, Schatz began the evening by racing to a heat race win from the pole. Redrawing the fifth spot for the dash, the driver of the Tony Stewart / Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 moved up one spot to earn the fourth starting position for the 35-lap main event.
After battling for position inside the top five with Daryn Pittman, David Gravel and Brian Brown, Schatz eventually claimed the second position behind Brad Sweet. Schatz reeled in Sweet in lapped traffic and placed a bid for the lead on lap 24. The 10-time and defending Outlaws champion dove to the inside of Sweet and looked to complete a slide job out of turn four, but didn’t quite have enough to clear him for the pass.
Shortly thereafter, the four-tenths mile oval began taking rubber. Schatz remained within striking distance of the leader but had to settle for a second place finish.
“We came up one spot shy of where we wanted to this weekend, but I’m very proud of the effort from this Tony Stewart Racing team. We had to face some adversity throughout the weekend, but these guys never came up and gave me a great car when it counted,” said Schatz.
On Wednesday, July 3rd, the Outlaws made their first appearance to Brown County Speedway in Aberdeen, S.D. since 2016 and just their third appearance overall.
Schatz ran solid all night, timing in third, winning his heat and finishing second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Schatz battled inside the top three nearly all race long and took the checkers in the final podium position behind Sweet and Logan Schuchart, respectively.
“We had good car all night. Again, we didn’t quite finish where we want to, but we are getting more consistent with each night,” said Schatz. “I’m looking forward to heading up to Cedar Lake this weekend. That’s a fun and fast track and we’ve had some success there over the years.”
Schatz has five career wins at Cedar Lake Speedway, with the first coming in 2008 and the most recent coming in 2016. The Outlaws will be in action this Friday and Saturday at the New Richmond, Wis. high-banked three-eighths mile oval.
Schatz and the entire Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team would like to thank Toco Warranty, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Absolute Automation & Security and J&J Auto Racing for their continued support.
2019 Stats (World of Outlaws):
Top Fives: 20
Top Tens: 29
Previous World of Outlaws Results at Cedar Lake Speedway:
2018 – 4th on July 6 (started 11th); 3rd on July 7 (started 3rd)
2017 – 3rd on July 7 (started 2nd); 3rd on July 8 (started 4th)
2016 – 2nd on July 8 (started 4th); 1st on July 9 (started on pole; lead 27 laps)
2015 – 1st on July 11 (started 4th, lead 5 laps); 2nd on July 12 (started on pole; lead 5 laps)
2014 – 1st on June 29 (started 2nd; lead 34 laps)
2013 – 18th on June 30 (started 5th)
2012 – 13th on July 6 (started 6th)
2011 – 6th on July 8 (started 19th)
2010 – 11th on July 11 (started 12th)
2009 – 1st on July 12 (started on pole; lead 15 laps)
2008 – 1st on June 29 (started on pole; lead 21 laps)
2007 – 13th on July 1 (started 18th)
2005 – 4th on July 4
2004 – 3rd on July 12 (started 20th)
2003 – 2nd on July 7 (started 1st; lead 19 laps)
2002 – 6th on July 8 (started 11th)
2001 – 7th on July 9 (started on pole; lead 9 laps)
2000 – 10th on July 10
1999 – 6th on July 12
1998 – 14th on July 13
1997 – 12th on July 14
1996 – 17th on July 9