Schatz Records Runner-up Finish at 2018 Knoxville Nationals

 

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 13, 2018) – In what was a Knoxville Nationals that will go down in the record books as an all-time classic, Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 came home with a solid runner-up effort.

Schatz, who was in search of his 11th Knoxville Nationals title, began the $150,000-to-win, 50-lap main event with a fierce battle with Kyle Larson. The two drivers traded slide jobs lap after lap before Schatz was able to clear Larson for the third position on lap four. From there, Schatz set his sights on Chad Kemenah for the second spot.

Schatz took the position on lap 10, but the leader, Brad Sweet, had over a full straightaway advantage.

On lap 15, Larson applied heavy pressure on Schatz once again. Schatz was able to hold the position until the race was slowed on lap 19. On the restart, Larson found a way around the Textron Off Road Wildcat XX No. 15 as Schatz ran third at the fuel stop on lap 25.

After fading back in the second half of the race, Schatz’s car came on strong in the closing laps. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion got back by Larson for second with nine laps to go before setting his sights on Sweet for the lead.

A 1.6 second lead for Sweet was cut down to a half-second in a matter of laps of Schatz had his fellow World of Outlaws competitor in his crosshairs.

A red flag with two laps to go set up a dramatic green-white-checkered finish to decide the winner of the biggest event in all of sprint car racing. Sweet and Schatz were separated by just a car length at the white flag. Sweet tip-toed around the low side of the speedway, while Schatz ran the cushion up top. Schatz had a run on Sweet coming to Doug Clark’s twin checkers, but came up a car length short.

“We were good at the end and just had to go where [Sweet] wasn’t,” said Schatz after the race. “The restart with two to go helped us out and gave us a chance. We made the best of it, but he was really good. It’s fun to come out here and be fast all week. I wish we could have capitalized on it, but that’s the way it goes. This is the Knoxville Nationals. Nobody holds any punches. We did our best, it was just second best.”

The runner-up finish for Schatz extends his streak of finishing either first or second in the Knoxville Nationals to 14 consecutive years. Overall, Schatz has finished first or second in 17 of the last 19 years with an average finish of 3.1 over that span.

Schatz battled adversity on his qualifying night. After timing in fourth quick in time trials, Schatz missed the transfer spot in his heat race by one position. A second place finish in the B-main (which later became a win after the original winner failed to scale after the race), put the Fargo, N.D. in the 21st starting position for the A-main. Schatz methodically worked his way up to the fifth position by the end of the 25-lap main event.

This weekend, Schatz will return to his home state of North Dakota for a pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events. On Friday, August 17, Schatz will look for the season sweep at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. On Saturday, Schatz will look to claim his first win at Red River Valley Speedway since 2006.

Schatz and the entire Tony Stewart Racing team would like to thank Textron Off Road, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit and J&J Auto Racing for their continued support.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 45
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 34
Top Tens: 43

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Schatz Eyes 11th Knoxville Nationals Title

 

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 8, 2018) – The greatest week in Sprint Car racing is upon us. The best teams, drivers, and fans have flocked to Knoxville, Iowa for the 58th running of the 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals.

It’s no secret that nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz, has been the driver to beat at the Knoxville Nationals over the best part of the last 15 years.

Schatz has won 10 of the last 12 Nationals and has finished first or second in 14 of the last 16. Only Steve Kinser has more Knoxville Nationals titles at 12.

Schatz is 10th on the Knoxville Raceway all-time wins list with 27 career wins at the famed Marion County Fairgrounds half-mile oval.

In his two previous starts at Knoxville this season with the World of Outlaws, Schatz has one victory followed by a runner-up finish.

Schatz is set to qualify for the 2018 Knoxville Nationals on Wednesday, August 8th. Free, live audio can be found at dirtvision.com. Live, pay-per-view video will be provided via thecushion.com.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 45
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 34
Top Tens: 43

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Schatz Collects Hometown Late Model Win at Nodak Speedway, Two Top-10s at I-55

Photo courtesy of Nodak Speedway.

FARGO, N.D. (August 6, 2018) – Following Saturday’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events in Pevely, Missouri, Donny Schatz flew back to his hometown of Minot, N.D. to compete with the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) on Sunday evening at Nodak Speedway.

Schatz began the night with an impressive run in his heat race. The driver of the Petro / Fastlane Car Wash No. 15 wheeled his way from eighth to second in the eight-lap heat race, which lined him up on the outside of row two for the 30-lap feature.

Surrounded by the NLRA’s best at the start of the feature, Schatz quickly moved by Shane Edginton and series point leader, Dustin Strand, to take second. Schatz set his sights on five-time NLRA champion, Mike Balcaen, and took the point on lap 11.

Two laps later, lapped traffic slowed Schatz which allowed Balcaen to regain the lead. Schatz found the fast line around the high side to get back by Balcaen with eight laps remaining as Strand followed into second.

A restart with six to go gave Strand one last shot, but Schatz got a great jump on the restart to hold on for his sixth career NLRA victory.

On Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, Schatz was in action at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 with the World of Outlaws. With last year’s Ironman 55 event being postponed due to rain, a $20,000-to-win Ironman 55 event was ran on each night.

After timing in 11th quick in time trials, the nine-time and defending series champion locked himself into the Sears Craftsman Dash with a second-place run in his heat. Schatz started and finished fifth in the dash and ended the night with a ninth-place run in the feature.

On Saturday, Schatz timed in much better with the second fastest lap. Another second place run in his heat set him up for a third-place finish in the dash. Schatz ended the 55-lap feature in the seventh position.

Leaving I-55, Schatz holds a 198 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the World of Outlaws standings. Next up, Schatz will head to the “Sprint Car Capital of the World,” Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Schatz’s qualifying night will be Wednesday, August 8 at the famed half-mile oval on the Marion County Fairgrounds.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 45
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 34
Top Tens: 43

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Schatz eyes Ironman double-header following podium effort at Ransomville

FARGO, N.D. (August 1, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series’ Month of Money continues this weekend in Pevely, Missouri. Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 plays host to $20,000-to-win, 55-lap features on both Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4.

Last year, Mother Nature washed out the final night of the Ironman 55, resulting in a yearlong postponement of the 55-lap feature.

Donny Schatz enters the weekend with his largest points lead of the season – a 202 point cushion over Brad Sweet. Schatz’s 15 wins on the season are nine more than any other driver on the circuit. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion also has a series-leading 34 top fives and 41 top tens.

Schatz has one career victory at the high-banked one-third mile bullring that is Federated Auto Parts Raceway, which came on August 7, 2015, but has never won the Ironman 55.

Last weekend, Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 team were in action in the Empire State. Action began Friday, July 27 at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, New York.

Schatz nearly picked up his first Quick Time award of the season in time trials, but timed in second behind Sweet. Following a second-place run in his heat and a Sears Craftsman Dash win, Schatz rolled from the pole for the 30-lap feature. Schatz had his hands full with Sweet and David Gravel all race long and crossed the line in third at the checkers.

After a day off, racing continued Sunday, July 29 at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, New York. Schatz crashed in time trials, forcing him to start last in his heat race. The Fargo, N.D. driver started 15th in the feature and picked up KSE Hard Charger honors finishing sixth.

Following this Saturday’s race at Federate Auto Parts at I-55, Schatz will head back to his hometown in Minot, N.D. on Sunday, August 5 to compete with the Northern Late Model Racing Association. Schatz has five career wins with the NLRA Late Models. Most recently, he recorded a fifth-place finish at River Cities Speedway on June 15th. 

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 43
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 34
Top Tens: 41

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Schatz collects two top fives in rain-shortened weekend in Pennsylvania

 

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FARGO, N.D. (July 25, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returned to central Pennsylvania in hopes of Mother Nature allowing for a full weekend of racing. While the first two shows were completed in their entirety, Saturday’s $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway was canceled due to rain.

The first event of the week was the rescheduled Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 19th.

After timing in 15th quick out of 43 cars, Schatz just missed out on the Sears Craftsman Dash by finishing third in heat race number three. That lined up the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion 11th on the grid for the 35-lap A-main.

Schatz worked his way forward throughout the race and brought the Textron Off Road / Ford Performance No. 15 home in the fourth position.

On Friday, July 20th, Schatz looked poised to capture his 16th World of Outlaws win of the season. After timing in eighth quick and racing to runner-up finishes in his heat and the Sears Craftsman Dash, Schatz rolled from the outside of the front row for the main event.

The Fargo, N.D. driver took the lead from pole sitter, Lucas Wolfe, on the opening lap. Schatz held a comfortable lead over Lance Dewease for the majority of the race until the caution came out with seven laps to go.

On the restart, Dewease was all over Schatz but he didn’t have enough to get by for the lead. With six laps remaining, Dewease executed a slide job to take the point. Schatz battled back but wasn’t able to regain the lead. Schatz had to settle for second at the checkers.

The World of Outlaws were scheduled to make their first of three appearances in the state of New York tonight at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, but the event was canceled due to rain.

Schatz will follow the Outlaws to Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y. on Friday, July 27th for the Big “R” Outlaw Shootout before heading to Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y. for the Empire State Challenge on Saturday, July 28th.

Entering the weekend, Schatz sits atop the Outlaws point standings with a 208 point cushion over Brad Sweet.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 41
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 32
Top Tens: 38

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Schatz collects three wins, two podiums in five-race stretch

Photo Credit: Dave Biro

FARGO, N.D. (July 18, 2018) – There’s no better time to be firing on all eight cylinders than when the “Month of Money” rolls around for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 team are doing just that.

Schatz raced his way to three wins in the five World of Outlaws events held in the past eight days. In the two races he didn’t win, the nine-time and defending champion came home third.

Schatz began the week by picking up the Brad Doty Classic win on Tuesday, July 10th at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. The Fargo, N.D. driver took the lead from Joey Saldana on a lap 21 restart before holding off a hard-charging Kyle Larson.

The series then invaded Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Thursday, July 12th  for the first of three consecutive events leading up to the Kings Royal on Saturday. Schatz brought the Textron Off Road machine home in third on night one at the Big E. Schatz went unbeaten the rest of the weekend as he picked up the $12,000 Knight before the Kings Royal on Friday and backed that up with the $50,000 Kings Royal victory on Saturday.

After a less than ideal qualifying time to start the night on Saturday, Schatz came back out and raced to a heat race win. Schatz rolled off fourth on the grid for the 40-lap feature and grabbed the lead from Trey Starks on lap 15. While Schatz went on to lead the final 25 circuits around the high-banked half mile, he felt heavy pressure from Brad Sweet in the closing stages. The hard-charging Sweet came up just a car length shy of stealing the win from Schatz at the checkers.

The win was Schatz’s third consecutive Kings Royal victory and fifth overall.

Schatz was back in action Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania for the $20,000 Don Martin Memorial. After missing out on the Sears Craftsman Dash, Schatz started ninth for the 40-lap feature. Coming in as the defending champion of the event, Schatz was looking to return to victory lane, but had to settle for a podium finish after taking the checkers in third.

The Month of Money continues this weekend for the World of Outlaws with the rescheduled Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 19th. The two-night, $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals at Williamsgroove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania follows on July 20th-21st.

Schatz currently holds a 156 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the World of Outlaws point standings.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 38
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 30
Top Tens: 36

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King Donny The 35th: Schatz Claims Fifth Career Kings Royal at Eldora

(Paul Arch Photo)

ROSSBURG, Ohio (July 14, 2018) – For the fifth time in his career and the third year in a row, Donny Schatz became Sprint Car racing royalty as he climbed atop Eldora Speedway’s throne, with scepter in hand, after claiming the 35th edition of the Kings Royal.

After qualifying midpack, Schatz started on the outside of the front row of heat race three and drove to the win. With the Kings Royal’s unique format putting the six heat race winners in the first three rows, Schatz rolled off third for the 40-lap, $50,000-to-win A-main.

Schatz moved into second on the initial start, but the race was quickly slowed as the lone incident of the event forced a complete restart.

Again, Schatz moved by Paul McMahan into second in the opening laps and set his sights on Trey Starks for the lead. Schatz patiently reeled in Starks before placing a bid for the lead on lap 15. Schatz dove to the inside of Starks down the back straightaway and cleared for the lead into turn three.

Schatz opened up his lead through the midway point of the race, but that advantage quickly began to shrink as Brad Sweet made his way into second. What was over a two-second lead, rapidly evaporated as Sweet closed in running the extreme high groove.

With Schatz staying loyal to the bottom, Sweet closed to within three car lengths down the back straightaway on the final lap. It came down to a drag race at the checkers, which Schatz narrowly won by a car length at the line.

“I knew someone had to be coming. I was hanging on the last 10 laps, I could not get stuck anywhere. I’m lucky it wasn’t 41 laps tonight, because obviously the No. 49 was coming there at the end,” Schatz said in victory lane. “Lapped traffic was tough tonight, it was tricky and slick. I feel like I completely failed in qualifying going 21st quick, but the way format works tonight it put us in the right position.”

The win marked Schatz’s 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of 2018 and 276th career Outlaws win overall.

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Schatz Records 275th Career Outlaws Win at Eldora

 

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ROSSBURG, Ohio (July 13, 2018) – Donny Schatz reached another milestone Friday night with his Knight Before the Kings Royal victory at Eldora Speedway. The win marked Schatz’s 275th career win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Schatz started third on the grid for the 30-lap feature, but fell back to fourth at the drop of the green flag. Schatz was able to get by Tim Shaffer on lap five to reclaim the third spot, but made heavy contact with the outside retaining wall.

Unphased, Schatz continued his march forward.

The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion moved by Hunter Schuerenburg for second on lap nine before getting by Brian Brown for the lead the following circuit in lapped traffic. Schatz used a lapped car as a pick down the back straightaway to gain the lead into turn three.

Once out front, Schatz checked out from the rest of the field as he cruised to his 14th World of Outlaws win of the season and 10th career win at Eldora by 2.273 seconds over Greg Wilson.

 


“It got real slick,” Schatz said after the race. “I think my car was best in the middle and it’s not exactly my bag of tea to bounce off the cushion every lap,” Schatz added with a smile. “Greg [Wilson] is really good when the track gets like that. I know if I do everything right, there’s not many people that will pass this 15 car, but Greg is one of them. We’ve got to get a little bit better tomorrow for 10 more laps or Greg will kick all our asses.”

Schatz will go for his fifth career Kings Royal title Saturday, July 14th at Eldora Speedway. Catch the live video or audio at DirtVision.com.

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Schatz Collects Win & Runner-Up at Knoxville

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FARGO, N.D. (July 2, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series made their 2018 debut at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World,” Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa over the weekend.

Schatz began the Brownells Big Gun Bash on Friday, June 29th with a convincing win. Schatz led all 25 trips around the historic half-mile from the pole position during the main event en route to his 12th World of Outlaws win of the season and 27th career victory at Knoxville.

A long green flag stretch in the second half of the race allowed Schatz to extend his lead through lapped traffic. At the checkers, Schatz’s margin of victory was a whopping 3.809 seconds over defending Knoxville Raceway track champion and World of Outlaw rookie, Ian Madsen.

Similar to the night before, Schatz found himself on the pole of the 25-lap feature following a win in the Sears Craftsman Dash on night two. The 10-time Knoxville Nationals champion led the first eight laps of the main event until Brad Sweet muscled his way by to take the point.

David Gravel took the lead on the lap 11 restart, which shuffled Schatz back to third. Schatz rallied back to reclaim second with 10 laps to go before briefly grabbing the lead from Gravel on the final restart with eight circuits remaining. Gravel found his way by Schatz again in turns three and four to secure the lead as Schatz went on to record a runner-up finish.

Schatz, who is in search of his 10th World of Outlaws championship in 2018, now holds a 102 point lead over Sweet atop the point standings. The driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing / Textron Off Road / Ford Performance / Curb Records / Sage Fruit / J&J Auto Racing No. 15 has a series-leading 12 wins, 24 top fives, and 30 top 10s through the first 32 events of the season.

Next up, the World of Outlaws will head to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th.

Schatz has five career victories at the high-banked three-eighths mile dirt oval. Schatz’s most recent win came on July 9th of 2016. He has also recorded wins in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015 at Cedar Lake and finished third in both appearances in 2017.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 32
Wins: 12
Top Fives: 24
Top Tens: 30

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