Donny Schatz is North American 410 Sprint Car Poll “Driver of the Year” for Tenth Time!

Friday, January 12, 2018 – For the tenth time in his career, Donny Schatz of Fargo, North Dakota, was voted the “Driver of the Year” by the North American 410 Sprint Car Poll voting panel of media members, promoters, sanctioning officials and manufacturers. The 2017 World of Outlaws (WoO) champion earned seventeen (17) of the twenty (20) first-place ballots cast in the year-end poll. David Gravel earned the other three first place votes.


Those drivers ranked second through fifth, respectively, are David Gravel of Connecticut, Brad Sweet of California, Shane Stewart of Oklahoma and Kerry Madsen of New South Wales, Australia. Rounding out the ‘top ten’ for the season, respectively, are Daryn Pittman, Lance Dewease, All Star Circuit of Champions titlist Chad Kemenah, Kyle Larson and Jason Johnson.

For the first time, the CJB Motorsports #5 team will receive the “Team of the Year Award” based on their strong season with David Gravel behind the wheel.

Kyle Larson will receive the “Wild Card Award” (his sixth overall between 410, 360 and Non-wing categories) for his exciting ‘410’ sprint car performances in 2017. California’s Giovanni Scelzi joins his brother Dominic (2013) as a “Rookie of the Year” Award recipient in the ‘410’ division of the North American Sprint Car Poll. Giovanni was the 360 “Rookie of the Year” in 2016.

Steve O’Neal of Port Royal Speedway earned “Promoter of the Year” honors for the second time in a row. Max Papis of Max Papis Innovations and Jack and Bonnie Elam of J&J Enterprises (their thirteenth such award) will share “Builder/Manufacturer of the Year” honors for the ‘410’ poll. The “Media Member of the Year” award will again go to Steve Post of the MAV-TV/MRN “Winged Nation” show. This is the sixth consecutive season that Post has been honored either in the 410 or 360 Polls.

The North American 410 Sprint Car Poll is an annual awards program of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum. All awards will be distributed in 2018 at tracks throughout North America. The awards were announced at the 2018 Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

410 Sprint Car Poll Top 20

Position. Name, Hometown, Points (First Place Votes)

1. Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND, 1825 (17)
2. David Gravel, Watertown, CT, 1250 (3)
3. Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA, 637
4. Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK, 422
5. Kerry Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust., 370
6. Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK, 299
7. Lance Dewease, Fayetteville, PA, 268
8. Chad Kemenah, Alvada, OH, 212
9. Kyle Larson, Elk Grove, CA, 200
10. Jason Johnson, Eunice, LA, 179
11. Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa, PA, 148
12. Greg Hodnett, Spring Grove, PA, 144
13. Ian Madsen, St. Mary’s, NSW, Aust., 130
14. Brian Brown, Grain Valley, MO, 127
15. Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA, 122
16. Danny Dietrich, Gettysburg, PA, 108
17. Christopher Bell, Norman, OK, 77
18. Bill Balog, Hartland, WI, 62
19. Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH, 61
20. Jac Haudenschild, Wooster, OH, 60
(tie) Trey Starks, Puyallup, WA, 60

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Schatz Slays Archerfield World Series

World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz delivered a dominant display to win round six of World Series Sprintcars at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on Wednesday night (January 3). In a race that saw American drivers fill three of the top six spots, Schatz was a class above the rest on this occasion, leading every circulation after qualifying on pole position for the 30-lap feature event. Continuing the form that carried him onto the podium just two nights earlier, Lucas Wolfe advanced from position five to finish in second spot ahead of Tasmania’s Shaun Dobson, while Luke Oldfield finished best of the locals in fourth. Australian champion Kerry Madsen advanced from position nine to finish fifth and extend his series lead, with Logan Schuchart snaring sixth ahead of the first of the contracted drivers in James McFadden. Next best was Jamie Veal ahead of Dave Murcott, with Carson Macedo collecting a hard earned top ten result having advanced through the C and B mains.

Callum Walker (11.740) set the early benchmark in qualifying and held sway at the top of the timesheets until Brad Keller upped the ante with a best lap of 11.700, which looked as though it would be enough until Schatz hit the track and wasted no time in recording an 11.585 on his first timed lap. However, as he has done here so many times before, Oldfield delivered something special and clocked an 11.557 to emerge with Revolution Racegear Fast Time. Jye O’Keefe timed fifth fastest, followed by Sam Walsh, McFadden, Jason Pryde, Bryan Mann and Kaiden Manders.

McFadden surged from seventh to win the opening heat race, while Oldfield covered even more territory in advancing from tenth to finish second ahead of Darren Jensen and Lachlan McHugh.

Starting tenth in heat two, Schatz had raced to second after just four laps of racing and then pounced to pinch the lead from Mitchell Wormall immediately after a restart on lap five. Wormall remained more than seven seconds clear of third-placed Jason Pryde with another West Aussie in Kaiden Manders fourth.

In a race that saw Madsen inexplicably spin himself out of reckoning, heat three went to Dominic Scelzi over Michael Saller and Schuchart, who relegated Andrew Scheuerle on the final lap.

Kevin Titman clocked a much needed win in heat four, leading home Darren Mollenoyux and Wolfe, who advanced from the back row.

Oldfield surged again in heat five, this time making it all the way to the front from ninth, with Mitchell Gee and Glen Sutherland filling the minor placings.

In the battle of youth at the front of the field in heat six, Wormall prevailed over McHugh, with Jensen keeping Macedo, McFadden and Schatz at bay for third.

Heat seven, which was interrupted by an incident in turn three that resulted in both Murcott and Dylan Menz finishing upside down, saw Schuchart execute another last gasp pass, this time edging Saller in the sprint to the chequer by just 0.086. Titman trailed in third ahead of Peter Lack and Wolfe.

In the final heat race it was Maroske who prevailed over Scelzi, Veal and Daniel Harding.

Maroske was back on track for the C Main and looked a likely winner until succumbing to Macedo on the final lap. With only two transfer spots into the B Main, there was plenty of desperation on display, with Nelson Reddacliff riding out a heavy wreck in turn one.

Macedo would continue his charge in the B Main, storming through the field to finish second behind Scheuerle, taking Harding, Walsh, Scelzi and Lack with them into the feature race. Manders saw his feature race aspirations fizzle when he tagged the man straight wall after contact with Pryde, whose subsequent spin on lap 10 cruelled his chances.

Launching away from pole position, Schatz quickly distanced himself from the field in the feature race, leaving Dobson and Oldfield to argue over the minor placings through the early stages. As the laps wound down, Wolfe made it a three-way scrap and eventually skipped clear to clinch the runner-up position, with Dobson’s determination to remain high on the track ultimately reaping the reward of third place ahead of Oldfield. Just as it looked as though the race would run without interruption, McHugh looped in turn two on lap 26 to bring Schatz back to the pack and offer Wolfe a sniff of victory. It was not to be however as Schatz was untroubled over the final four laps to collect the second win of his 2017/2018 Australian campaign. Madsen made ground through the second half of the race to wind up fifth, while Schuchart looked on the path to an even higher finish before fading late to settle on sixth, with McFadden finishing where he started. Veal backslid from fourth to eighth, with Murcott making a small gain to snare ninth ahead of Macedo, who climbed from 16th. Harding, Walker, Scelzi and Keller were next in line, followed by Scheuerle, Mann, McHugh and O’Keefe, with only Walsh and Lack failing to finish.

In round five of the Polar Ice Midget Track Championship, Scott Farmer extended his series lead with an emphatic win in the 20-lap feature event. Having qualified on pole position, Palmer led throughout to finish ahead of Darren Dillon, whose scrap with Adam Wallis was a battle of contrasts; Dillon glued to the pole line while Wallis explored up high. Wallis moved ahead of Dillon on lap six, only to lose the spot again on lap 15 to finish third. Mark George fared fourth ahead of Brad Harrison, Reid Mackay and Nathan Mathers, with Brad Young, Cal Whatmore and Kristy Bonsey rounding out the top ten.

Heat winners were Farmer, Dillon, Harrison and Mathers, with Darren Vine the best of the rest with runner-up results in both outings.

A rough and tumble Compact Speedcar feature race produced a thrilling finish when Wayne Corbett slipped underneath Dave Collins on the final lap to clinch the win. James Barton finished third in advance of Glenn Wright, Richard Treanor and Bernie Clarke, while Jim Kennedy, Jayden OToole and Dave Swan were the only others to go the distance. Separate incidents on lap four saw Steve Swingler, Matt ONeill, Tim Farrell, Graeme Flynn and Barry Gibbes exit proceedings.

Treaner triumphed in the first two heats before a last corner shuffle in the final heat saw Vine victorious over Gibbes and Wright, the latter having led from the opening lap.

Following heat wins to Terry Leerentveld, Kyle Honour and Australian titleholder Aaron Prosser, it was the national champ who prevailed in the feature race, leading home Leerentveld, Klinton Hancey, Will Butler and Steve Collins.

Racing continues at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway this Friday and Saturday nights (January 5 & 6) with the World Series Sprintcar Australian Open, culminating with the 50-lap, $20 000-to-win feature race. Lightning Sprints will contest their Queensland championship on Friday evening, with Modlites and Formula 500 Juniors also on the program, while Saturday night will include Formula 500s, AMCA Nationals and Wingless Sprints.

Schatz Beats Rain and the Rest, Pascoe Wins Again

Sunday December 31, 2017 Archerfield Speedway

On a night that saw some tweaking to the race format in an effort to stay ahead of impending rain that was moving towards the venue, World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz was unstoppable in the 35-lap Sprintcar feature race at Ausdek patios Archerfield Speedway on Saturday night (December 30), leading home Andrew Scheuerle and Brent Kratzman to win round nine of the East Coast Logistics Track championship.  Scheuerle led the opening moments of the race after qualifying on pole position, but he was unable to counter when Schatz slipped underneath through turn two on lap five to take control.

In round three of the Super Sedan Summer Slam, Queensland champion Matt Pascoe continued his remarkable run of success this season to secure his second feature race win in 24 hours and his fifth for the season. Whilst Pascoe faced little resistance in leading all 40 laps, the action behind was intense from the outset with Sean Black and Jarrod Harper embroiled in a great scrap for the minor placings that ultimately saw Black prevail as Harper found himself edged out of third by Darren Kane in a frantic finish.

With rain forecast for later in the evening, promoter John Kelly opted for a change of format akin to the model used on the World of Outlaws tour whereby each driver contests one heat race, with the first four finishers in each heat transferring into the feature race field, the rest left to traverse the B and C Mains to secure their spot. The move proved a masterstroke and saw the completion of the race meeting before 9.30pm.

As always, time trial qualifying got things underway and, in stark contrast to the setbacks he endured at this point in proceedings just two nights earlier, it was Callum Walker (11.930) who emerged with KRE Fast Time, the only driver to go under 12 seconds. Scheuerle (12.093) and Kratzmann (12.131) were next quickest, followed by the American trio of Lucas Wolfe (12.157), Logan Schuchart (12.181) and Schatz (12.185).

The opening heat saw Luke Oldfield advance from position three to assume the lead on lap six, leading home Walker, Mark Pholi and Paul Rooks.

With Scheuerle taking out heat two from the front row, Schatz slotted into second spot and remained there to the chequer, with Jayden Peacock and Cody Maroske also booking a spot in the big show.

Kratzmann cruised home to win heat three in advance of Peter Lack, Allan Woods and Steven Rowell.

Wolfe enjoyed a inauspicious start to his Australian campaign when he was penalised for jumping the start in heat four, gifting US-based Lynton Jeffrey pole position. In his first race at Archerfield, Jeffrey took maximum advantage of his good fortune to lead home Brock Dean, Wolfe and Kaiden Manders.

Bryan Zelinski downed Adam Butler and Mitch Gowland in the C Main, while Dave Whell was untroubled in winning the B Main. In what was perhaps the drive of the night, Darren Jensen stormed from deep in the field to snatch the final transfer into the feature with a thrilling last gasp lunge under Dylan Menz.

Scheuerle got the initial jump to get the feature race underway, only for the race to be halted when Walker, who had been bounced around like a pinball in the first turn, found himself stranded in the same spot a lap later. Upon resumption, Scheuerle led away again from Schatz and the two leaders ran together, with Scheuerle sitting mid-track and Schatz higher still, until the latter made his move with an inside run through turn two that took him to the front. Once in control, Schatz was unstoppable and only saw his lead diminish courtesy of restarts, the first of which came when Oldfield and Jeffrey tangled in a dispute over fourth spot. With Jeffrey out and Oldfield banished to the back, Kratzmann moved to third and held it to the end. In the wake of his B Main heroics, Jensen was on the charge again and had climbed into the top ten from 18th when contact with Peacock ended his run and halted proceedings. When Manders flipped out in turn one with just two laps to go, the race was declared with Schatz the winner from Scheuerle, Kratzmann, Lack, Wolfe and Woods, with Pholi, Dean, a recovering Oldfield and Walker rounding out the top ten ahead of Steve Rowell.

The opening Super Sedan heat saw Wayne Randall prevail in a close affair, leading Kane and Gavin Northfield to the line.

Heat two saw a good win for NSWs Darren Anning ahead of Dale Christensen and Tasmanian Adam Beechey, with Black besting Pascoe and Harper to win heat three.

Harper chased down Matt Williams to win heat four, with Lachlan Onley finishing in third spot.

Ryan Alexander took out heat five over Pascoe, who made good use of the multi-groove track to advance from sixth, with Black third home.

The final heat saw Steve Jordan outgun round two runner-up Michael Nicola, with Ian Brims third on this occasion.

From the drop of the green in the 40-lap feature race, Pascoe shot to the front and remained firmly planted in the prime position. The gap fluctuated at times due to a couple of stoppages, but Pascoe never looked under serious threat, perhaps partly because Black spent the entire race fending off the advances of Harper, who found speed on the outside but just couldn�t execute a pass to completion, ultimately leaving him vulnerable to Kane�s advances. The three drivers raced close, hard and clean but Black could not be budged. Three laps from home, Kane slipped ahead of Harper to clinch third, with Jordan and Alexander now also in the mix. Pascoe cruised home to defeat Black, Kane, Harper, Jordan and Alexander, with Onley, Wayne Randall, Anning and Nicola completing the first ten ahead of Northfield and Justin Randall. Next best were Sam Roza and Daryl Moon, leaving Kyall Fisher Bob McCosker and Brims, who spun himself out of a much better result on the final lap, as the remaining finishers.

Steve Price won a hard fought AMCA Nationals feature race win, fending off the best efforts of Steve Potts to secure the result, with Matt Hardy annexing third spot. Wayne Simpson secured fourth, while a late-race restart triggered a flurry of positional changes that resulted in Russ Hardy leapfrogging Jim Knight and Lewis Gamble for fifth.

With misty rain falling on a slippery black track surface, Lightning Sprint competitors did a great job to complete their 20-lap feature race without interruption. Danny Stone shot to the front early and set the others the task of chasing him down, a mission that proved too much. Keith Blatch bagged a second-place finish behind Stone, with Kurt Wilson, Aaron Kelly and Kirsty Kelly the best of the rest.

The Ford vs Holden vs Sigma sedans were down in numbers, leaving Jason Walsh largely untroubled in taking out the feature race over Matthew Hannigan, Daniel Wright, Troy Price and Michael Laver.

Schatz Tops Stacked All-HammerDown! Team

ROCKLIN, Calif. – HammerDownUSA.com has revealed the 2017 All-HammerDown! Team.

Led by Racer’s Racing Series Champion Donny Schatz, the 40 driver team is comprised of the drivers that finished in the top 40 in HammerDownUSA.com’s Racers’ Racing Series point standings.

Three drivers continued their streak of making the All-HammerDown! Team in each of the 15 years since the honor was created in 2003. The legendary trio is Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz.

Nine drivers made the All-HammerDown! team for the first time in their careers: Bill Balog, Tyler Courtney, Cole Duncan, Cory Eliason, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, C.J. Leary, James McFadden, and Tanner Thorson.

The age range of the 40 driver team goes from Leary, Carson Macedo and Thorson at age 21 to Lance Dewease at age 52.

“I like to use the All-HammerDown! Team as a snapshot of a year in American grass-roots racing.” said Bobby Gerould, editor of HammerDownUSA.com. “We sought the help and expertise of Mike Larson and Kirk Spridgeon to fine tune the 2017 schedule of events that would count as points races. The results yielded a diverse group of 40 drivers that, I think, any race fan would love to see in action.”

“From the beginning, in 2003, when we started this deal, it was meant to shine light on the highest paying races and at the same time encourage drivers to challenge themselves by traveling to different tracks across the country.”

The 15th annual All-HammerDown! Team, in alphabetical order:

Rico Abreu, Robert Ballou, Bill Balog, Christopher Bell, Brian Brown, Tyler Courtney, Lance Dewease, Danny Dietrich, Cole Duncan, Cory Eliason, Shane Golobic, Justin Grant, David Gravel, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Sheldon Haudenschild, Greg Hodnett, Jason Johnson, Tim Kaeding, Chad Kemenah, Kraig Kinser, Kyle Larson, C.J. Leary, Carson Macedo, Ian Madsen, Kerry Madsen, Brent Marks, James McFadden, Paul McMahan, Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana, Donny Schatz, Logan Schuchart, Tim Shaffer, Jason Sides, Ryan Smith, Shane Stewart, Brad Sweet, Kevin Thomas Jr., Tanner Thorson, Lucas Wolfe.

2017 Season Overview

The 2017 racing campaign continued to add to the legacy of Donny Schatz. It was a season that began in Tulsa and will conclude in St. Louis. Sandwiched in between was another historic Sprint car racing season that included a record setting performance in the Kings Royal a 10th Knoxville Nationals triumph and a ninth World of Outlaws championship. Read more

Donny Schatz Adds to World of Outlaws Legacy

INDIANAPOLIS (Nov. 7, 2017) – During the final days of the 2017 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series season, Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz reflected on just how incredible his 21st season of competing with “The Greatest Show on Dirt” had been. It was only appropriate for the now nine-time WoO champion to conclude the season making daily headlines during the season-ending Textron World Finals this past weekend after starting the campaign dominating the news. Read more

Schatz Posts a Pair of Podium Finishes in Kansas, Oklahoma

The World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series staged a pair of exciting races this past weekend as the traveling Sprint-car stars returned to Kansas and Oklahoma. Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz led the series back to the Heartland for the first time since August and put on a pair of thrilling charges, scoring a third-place finish Friday night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas and a runner-up finish Saturday at the Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway. The driver of the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J inched closer to a ninth Outlaw championship with his 43rd and 44th podium finishes of the 2017 season. Read more

Schatz Returns to Midwest for Late-Season Races

INDIANAPOLIS (Oct. 18, 2017) – The mantra has been the same for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz and the TSR Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team in World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition the past decade. Win races and everything else will take care of itself. Read more

Schatz Earns 19th WoO Win of 2017

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz returned to victory lane Saturday and established a track record Monday night as he and the Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team continue their quest for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series 2017 championship. Schatz raced to his 19th WoO victory of the season, and 22nd overall, aboard the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J at Port Royal Speedway Saturday before finishing fourth Monday night at Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway. Read more