By Mike Spieker
For the Fargo Forum
Photos by Zach Yost.
FARGO, N.D. – The 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season was another banner year for Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing team. Schatz, a native of Minot, N.D. who resides in Fargo, recorded his 10th series championship over the weekend at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Outlaws’ season came to an end in no better fashion for Schatz on Saturday night, as he drove from the 10th starting position to win his 22nd main event of the season.
“[The Dirt Track at] Charlotte has been very good to us at the end of the season. We’ve won a lot of races there. We’ve also had a few bad nights there,” said Schatz. “There’s no better way to end the year than going out and winning.”
The win for Schatz was his 12th at the speedway and 283rd of his career (third-most all-time).
The season began with Schatz winning the second event of the 91-race season. In doing so, he took command of the World of Outlaws point lead. Once atop the standings, Schatz did not relinquish the point lead all season long.
Schatz’s 10th title puts him in elite company. He is just the second driver to record double-digit Outlaw championships – a feat only Steve Kinser had previously accomplished. Schatz is still in the prime of his career at 41 years old, but he says Kinser’s record of 20 Outlaw championship is unreachable.
“There’s no chance,” he said of reaching Kinser’s mark. “When you look at what he has done, I don’t feel like I have even scratched the surface and that’s okay with me. I’m humbled and blessed I had the opportunity to race around someone that great because people that are that great make everyone else around them better. Hopefully, we can continue to build on what we have and continue to enjoy it every step of the way.”
The 2018 campaign was a grueling one for Schatz and his Tony Stewart Racing team. His crew chief, Ricky Warner, was sidelined with health issues early in the season and car chief, Steve [Scuba] Swenson, suffered a broken ankle out on the road. Still, Schatz continued winning races and remained atop the standings all season long.
“It took a lot of adaptation from the entire crew. Being without Rick put Scuba in a more serious role as crew chief. When Rick came back, he wasn’t fully functional so that put a lot more stress on the other guys. Tony [Stewart] has always had great people. He will always have great people and we are very blessed that his guidance and leadership allowed us to stay in that championship position throughout all adversity,” said Schatz.
It’s no coincidence that Schatz and Warner are the longest running driver/crew chief duo on the World of Outlaws tour and are the most decorated team over the last 10 years. Since coming together in 2005, Schatz and Warner have been nearly impossible to beat.
“Obviously, the more you work with someone, the better you get to know them. You know how a person thinks, you know how they react to certain things. It doesn’t mean you get along as well as you would like every day, but that’s just the nature of the beast in a competitive sport,” said Schatz. “All my guys know what each other wants and that’s to win races. Sometimes it creates heated situations or drama, but when you can overcome that, I think it only makes you stronger. Their commitment to the race team is unprecedented.”
The Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 was the only car on the World of Outlaws tour this season to be running at the end of all 71 completed events. Schatz admits part of that has to do with his driving style. He doesn’t play games on double-file restarts, which are the most treacherous part of a race for the 900 horsepower open-wheel machines. It also goes back to the dedicated crew that maintains the car.
“People think we just throw new parts at it and that’s hardly the case,” said Schatz. “But what they do to maintain what they have, and how they maintain it, is so pristine.” The crew has a meticulous process going over every nut and bolt before each race and it’s something in which they take great pride.
Schatz had several highlights throughout the season, including a 20-win season for the sixth consecutive year, a podium finish at the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals for the 14th consecutive year, a season without a DNF (did not finish) for the third time in his career, wins at the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, the Jackson (Minn.) Nationals, and locally at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks and Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. However, it was the team’s tenacity during the summer months that stands out as the most memorable part of the season for Schatz.
“We had a stage when we felt we weren’t as good in the middle of the summer as we would have liked to have been. I feel like we were off base and had our combinations scrambled a little bit. We didn’t have the performance we wanted and I think that’s what sticks out the most. We had to battle through adversity one race at a time. When things aren’t going well, you remember it more because you’re trying to fix that situation or that issue. It seemed like it went on and on, but when I look back at it now, we had a great year. I guess the expectations are so high that maybe those bad nights are just the ones I remember the most.”
Despite the 2019 World of Outlaws season opener being under 90 days away already, Schatz won’t remain idle for very long this winter. The Fargo driver will make his annual trip to Australia to compete in a sprint car at Archerfield Speedway near Brisbane, Queensland on December 26th. It’s also possible Schatz will pilot his dirt late model at some bigger events down south over the Outlaws’ offseason.
It was 25 years ago when Schatz strapped in behind the wheel of a sprint car at Red River Valley Speedway. He quickly began winning races locally, but nobody imagined that kid from Minot would land the top ride in all of sprint car racing, let alone win a World of Outlaws championship. Now, he’s won 10 of them and is considered one of the greatest of all time. Schatz continues to rewrite the history books each and every year and it doesn’t appear he will be slowing down any time soon.
Photo Credit: Michael Fry
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 4, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule is one that is long and grueling. When it finally comes to an end, there is no better way than going into the offseason with a win. That’s exactly what Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing team did Saturday during the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Schatz drove from the 10th starting position to claim his 22nd win of the season and 12th career win at the semi-banked four-tenths-mile oval.
“It was a great race. My car just kept getting better and better. Hats off to his whole Textron Off Road team,” said an elated Schatz in victory lane. “These guys are awesome. I’m the hardest guy to work for in the pits because if the car isn’t perfect, I’m not very nice. They did an incredible job to get the car to work better later in the race. I think those yellows might have helped us.”
Schatz used the first half of the race to move towards the front, taking the second position from Logan Schuchart on lap 15 of the 30-lap main event. The now 10-time World of Outlaws champion then went to work on Carson Macedo for the lead.
Macedo had a somewhat comfortable lead with eight laps to go when a right rear tire let go on the Kyle Larson Racing No. 22, forcing him into the outside wall and out of the race. Schatz inherited the lead for the ensuing restart with Schuchart in tow.
Schatz jumped out to a five car length lead, but Schuchart came back to place a bid for the lead with two laps to go. Schuchart momentarily took the lead with a slide job in turns one and two, but Schatz reclaimed the point in turn four.
Schatz held off Schuchart on the final lap to secure his 283rd career World of Outlaws win.
“It seemed like after the yellow with seven to go, my car was awesome,” added Schatz. “I thought it was going to take a long stretch for somebody to go by and there went the 1S (of Schuchart). Luckily I didn’t make too many mistakes and got myself back going again.”
The final points show Schatz with a 286 point advantage over Brad Sweet for his fifth consecutive championship and sixth in the last seven years.
“It’s pretty cool and hard to put into words. I look up to my hero (Steve Kinser) and he won 20 of them,” said Schatz. “It doesn’t seem like we’ve hardly scratched the surface. I’m just very proud of the organization Tony Stewart has and all of the people and what they do day in and day out to put us in this position.”
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 52
Top Tens: 66
Photo Credit: Michael Fry
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 1, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season comes to a close this weekend with the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. Coming off a $51,000 payday Sunday afternoon at Port Royal Speedway, Donny Schatz will look to secure his 10th series championship.
Coming in with a 278 point advantage over Brad Sweet, Schatz merely has to take the green flag at one of the two events this weekend to lock up the title.
In addition to running his Sprint Car, Schatz will also be competing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models. Schatz has competed in 11 Late Model events in 2018, collecting three wins with the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA). In his last six starts behind the wheel of the Petro Stopping Centers / Fastlane Car Wash No. 15 Late Model, Schatz hasn’t finished worse than fifth in NLRA and Northeast Ultimate Late Model competition.
Schatz has four World of Outlaws Late Model starts this season, all at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals.
Schatz has had a stout track record at the Dirt Track at Charlotte since the facility opened in 2000. The Fargo, N.D. driver has compiled 11 wins at the semi-banked four-tenths mile clay oval and has won three of the last five events.
Last year, Schatz closed out his 2017 championship campaign by winning the opening night of the World Finals and finishing second in the Saturday night finale. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 is the most recent World of Outlaws winner at the speedway with his win earlier this season on May 24th.
APPEARANCE ALERT: Donny Schatz will appear at Stewart-Haas Racing on Friday, Nov. 2 from 11 AM – 12 PM ET.
Stop by to meet the Nine-Time Outlaw Champion and Charlotte Motor Speedway mascot, Lug Nut! The SHR gift shop will also be open and offering a 15% discount to anyone presenting a signed Donny Schatz hero card!
Address: 6001 Haas Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081
Previous Results at the Dirt Track at Charlotte:
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series:
2018 – 1st on May 25
2017 – 4th on May 26; 1st on Nov. 3; 2nd on Nov. 4
2016 – 5th on May 27; 3rd on Oct. 28; 1st on Oct. 29
2015 – 1st on May 22; 6th on Nov. 6; 8th on Nov. 8
2014 – 2nd on May 23; 13th on Nov. 7; 4th on Nov. 8
2013 – 12th on May 24; 1st on Nov. 8; 3rd on Nov. 9
2012 – 2nd on May 25; 6th in the B on Nov. 2; 25th on Nov. 3
2011 – 3rd on May 28; 1st on Nov. 5; 1st on Nov. 6
2010 – 1st on May 29; 4th on Nov. 5; 7th on Nov. 6
2009 – 3rd on May 22; 2nd on Nov. 6; 6th on Nov. 7
2008 – 6th on May 23; 2nd on Oct. 31; 1st on Nov. 1
2007 – 1st on May 25; 2nd on Nov. 2; 4th on Nov. 3
2006 – 5th on May 24
2003 – 8th on May 24
2002 – 23rd on May 24; 3rd on May 25; 22nd on Oct. 11; 21st on Oct. 12
2001 – 6th on May 25; 3rd on May 26; 3rd on Oct. 5; 2nd on Oct. 6
2000 – 4th on May 25, 20th on May 26, 1st on Oct. 5, 3rd on Oct. 6
World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series:
2017 – 3rd in the LCS on Nov. 4; 7th in the LCS on Nov. 3
2016 – 15th on Oct. 29; 15th on Oct. 28
2015 – 7th in the LCS on Nov. 8; 11th on Nov. 7
2014 – 9th on Nov. 8; 15th on Nov. 7
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 51
Top Tens: 64
Photo Credit: Trent Gower
FARGO, N.D. (October 29, 2018) – Donny Schatz cashed in on one of the biggest paydays of the year for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on Sunday afternoon after winning the $51,000 Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania.
Given the unique format of the Tuscarora 50, only World of Outlaws show-up points were awarded. Due to that, Schatz’s 278 point advantage over Brad Sweet atop the point standings remained unchanged. Schatz merely has to take the green flag at one of the two World Finals events this weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to claim his 10th series championship.
After both Friday and Saturday night’s events were washed out due to rain, a stout field of 51 teams were checked in at the big semi-banked half-mile for the Sunday afternoon matinee. Track record speed was seen during time trials, but the track began to slick off towards the end of the night, which made for a racy main event.
Schatz started fifth on the grid for the 50-lap feature and ran third at the mandatory fuel stop on lap 21. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion moved by Lucas Wolfe on the restart and set his sights on Brad Sweet for the lead.
With lapped traffic looming ahead, Schatz reeled in Sweet and placed a bid for the lead in turn one with 19 circuits remaining. The driver of the Textron Off-Road Wildcat XX completed a textbook slide job exiting turn two to take command.
Once out front, Schatz checked out from the rest of the field as he cruised to his 21st victory of the season and third career triumph at Port Royal.
“It felt like a 500-miler,” said Schatz of the 50-lap race that was plagued with cautions. “I would love to tell you that this Wildcat XX machine is badass, but it’s really the guys that work on it. These guys are incredible at what they do.
“We decided we better start testing out the 2019 rule changes and since we’ve done that, we haven’t finished worse than second and that’s really important,” added Schatz. “Those changes are really going to affect how these cars handle so I’m glad we’ve got a good handle on it.”
The World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte will kick off on Thursday with two rounds of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series time trials, which will determine heat race lineups for Friday and Saturday night’s programs.
Hot laps begin at 5:00pm (eastern time) on Thursday. Friday and Saturday night’s events begin at 4:45pm. Free live audio or pay-per-view video can be found at DirtVision.com.
10/28/18 – Port Royal Speedway:
Qualifying: 7th (Flight A); Heat: 1st; A-Main Start/Finish: 5th/1st
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 51
Top Tens: 64
Photo Credit: Lonnie Wheatley
FARGO, N.D. (October 23, 2018) – For the first time since September 5th, Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing team returned to victory lane on Saturday night at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan. with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. The win for Schatz was his 20th World of Outlaws win of the season, which now marks six consecutive seasons in which he has won at least 20 features – a World of Outlaws record.
A second place finish in the Sears Craftsman Dash put the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion on the outside of the front row for the 30-lap main event. Schatz rode behind leader, Ian Madsen, in the early going until they reached lapped traffic.
On lap eight, Madsen bobbled slightly in turn one which allowed Schatz to get by to lead the lap just before the caution flew. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 withstood a late-race challenge from Madsen to claim his fourth career win at the speedway.
In victory lane, Schatz said lapped traffic was tricky all race long. “It’s how I got the lead and it’s how I almost lost it. They didn’t do anything wrong, but it was definitely tough to get by them. It’s a privilege to be able to drive for this great team against the greatest drivers in the world at the nicest facilities in the country.”
The “Greatest Show on Dirt” was also in action Friday night at Lakeside Speedway near Kansas City, Kan. In what was one of the most impressive drives of the night, Schatz charged from the seventh starting position to second in the main event. Schatz closed in on Daryn Pittman for the lead in the late stages but ran out of time as the Fargo driver recorded his third consecutive runner-up finish.
In his search for his 10th series title, Schatz currently holds a 278 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the standings with four events remaining on the schedule.
This weekend, the World of Outlaws will head to Pennsylvania for the final time this season for a doubleheader at Port Royal Speedway, which includes the $51,000-to-win Tuscarora 50 on Saturday night. Schatz has two career victories at Port Royal, including the Outlaws’ most recent visit on October 14, 2017.
10/19/18 – Lakeside Speedway:
Qualifying: 10th; Heat: 3rd; A-Main Start/Finish: 7th/2nd
10/20/18 – Dodge City Raceway Park:
Qualifying: 6th; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 2nd; A-Main Start/Finish: 2nd/1st
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 50
Top Tens: 63
Photo Credit: Travis Branch/Frank’s Photo.
FARGO, N.D. (October 15, 2018) – Two consistent runs over the weekend with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series yielded a pair of runner-up finishes for current series points leader, Donny Schatz.
With just six events remaining, Schatz has now extended his advantage over Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet to 262 points atop the standings.
The weekend began with yet another rainout at Illinois’ Jacksonville Speedway on Friday night. From there, the Greatest Show on Dirt made just its second appearance in 12 years to the historic Terre Haute Action Track in southwest Indiana.
In the main event, Schatz methodically worked his way forward from the 12th starting position, utilizing the moisture on the low side of the speedway. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 cracked the top five just past the halfway point of the 30-lap race and moved into fourth on lap 19. Schatz quickly reeled in Daryn Pittman and Tim Shaffer, who were battling for the second position.
With three to go, both Shaffer and Schatz got by the former World of Outlaws champion, Pittman. Schatz and Shaffer battled for the runner-up spot on the final lap until a caution changed the complexion of the race, setting up a green-white-checkered finish.
With Sweet setting the pace, Schatz maneuvered around Shaffer in the first set of turns as the race resumed, but ran out of time in his pursuit of Sweet.
“We did what we could, the car was obviously rolling to get up there on an open race track. My guys did an incredible job, we wanted to get a win,” said Schatz, of his second-place effort.
By advancing 10 positions, Schatz earned the night’s KSE Hard Charger award.
For the seventh and final time this season, the World of Outlaws returned to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Sunday. All season long, Schatz has been the odds-on favorite at the Big E, winning four of the six events, including the $50,000 Kings Royal, leading up to Sunday’s season finale at the speedway.
Schatz lined up outside of row four for the 30-lap feature and marched his way up to third just past the midway point. The Fargo, N.D. driver caught Parker Price-Miller for second in the waning laps and completed the pass on the final circuit. Schatz looked up to see his TSR teammate, Christopher Bell, a distant four seconds ahead. Bell and Schatz completed a one-two finish, respectively, for TSR on a day where Stewart-Haas Racing teammates also went one-two at Talladega Super Speedway on the NASCAR side.
Next up, the World of Outlaws will head to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas for the FVP Platinum Battery Shootout on Friday, before heading to Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kansas for the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown.
10/12/18 – Jacksonville Speedway:
Canceled – Rain
10/13/18 – Terre Haute Action Track:
Qualifying: 16th; Heat: 3rd; A-Main Start/Finish: 12th/2nd
10/14/18 – Eldora Speedway:
Qualifying: 5th (Flight A); Heat: 2nd; A-Main Start/Finish: 8th/2nd
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 48
Top Tens: 61
Photo Credit: John Clifford
FARGO, N.D. (October 8, 2018) – Just one World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event was on tap for Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 team over the weekend at Fulton Speedway in New York, which was a part of the 47th Super DIRT Week.
Schatz charged to a third-place finish, marking his third consecutive podium at the high-banked one-third mile oval, and extended his World of Outlaws points lead to 244 markers over Brad Sweet.
A fourth-place effort in the Sears Craftsman Dash put the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion on the outside of row two for the 30-lap main event. Schatz rode in the third position for nearly the entire first half of the race before making a charge to the front. Schatz found his way by Kraig Kinser for second on lap 12 and set his sights on Logan Schuchart for the lead.
The Fargo, N.D. driver was able to close in on Schuchart in lapped traffic, but in the waning laps, the hard-charging Sheldon Haudenschild reeled in and passed Schatz.
Schatz hung on to take the checkers in third, recording his 46th top-five finish of the season.
“With the finishes we’ve had lately, third is like a win. We had a decent run and traffic made it fun. The younger guys are getting their game on and making us old guys look silly,” Schatz said with a smile.
The World of Outlaws schedule ramps back up this weekend with three consecutive nights of action, starting at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill. on Friday. In two previous starts at Jacksonville, Schatz has recorded a third and fourth place finish and owns the track record, which was established in the series’ first visit to the high-banked quarter-mile in 2014.
On Saturday, the Greatest Show on Dirt heads to the hallowed grounds of Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track. The event will mark the series’ first visit to the half-mile oval in three years and just the second stop in the last 12 years. Schatz is the most recent winner at Terre Haute with his lone victory at the speedway in 2014.
The weekend will wrap up on Sunday at the “Big E,” Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Schatz has been the odds-on favorite at Eldora all season long. Schatz has won four of the six World of Outlaws races held at Eldora this season, including the $50,000 Kings Royal. The Outlaws last visited Elora on September 21st, where, after a rough start to the night, Schatz rebounded to drive from 25th to 13th in the A-main.
10/6/18 – Fulton Speedway:
Qualifying: 5th; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 4th; A-Main Start/Finish: 4th/3rd
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 46
Top Tens: 59
Photo credit: Trent Gower
FARGO, N.D. (October 1, 2018) – One of Sprint Car racing’s crown jewel events was up for grabs over the weekend with the 56th running of the Champion Racing Oil Williams Grove National Open. Donny Schatz was looking for his sixth career National Open title, but the weekend got off to a rough start after timing in 12th quick in Flight A.
Schatz finished fourth in his heat and transferred into the main event by way of his fourth-place finish in the Last Chance Showdown. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion started 22nd on the grid for the 27-lap main event, which honored the late Greg Hodnett.
Schatz began picking off cars at the drop of the green flag in his march forward. The current series point leader made his way up to the 10th position by the checkered flag, which earned him the night’s KSE Hard Charger award.
Saturday night’s National Open finale went much smoother for the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 team. Schatz went fourth quick in Flight A in time trials before winning his heat and finishing third in Sears Craftsman Dash No. 2. The Fargo, N.D. driver was running inside the top 10 on lap 12 of the feature when he made heavy contact with Brad Sweet, who had spun to a stop at the exit of turn two.
Schatz was able to rejoin the race at the tail of the field for the ensuing restart, while Sweet, who is second in World of Outlaws points, was done for the evening.
Despite damage to his machine, Schatz was able to move forward and salvage a 14th-place finish.
“Overall it was a tough weekend for us, but my Tony Stewart Racing guys never gave up,” said Schatz. “I’m looking forward to getting back to Fulton on Saturday. We’ve had some success there in recent years. Hopefully, we can have a good run and put ourselves in position to get back to victory lane.”
In the six previous World of Outlaws events at New York’s Fulton Speedway, Schatz leads all drivers with two wins. Schatz’s most recent win at the high-banked one-third mile dirt oval came in 2016. In last year’s event, Schatz drove from eighth to third in the A-main.
With 10 events remaining in 2018, Schatz holds a 234 point lead over the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 of Sweet.
9/28/18 – Williams Grove Speedway:
Qualifying (Flight A): 12th; Heat: 4th; B-Main: 4th; A-Main Start/Finish: 22nd/10th
9/29/18 – Williams Grove Speedway:
Qualifying (Flight B): 4th; Heat: 1st; Dash #2: 3rd; A-Main Start/Finish: 6th/14th
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 45
Top Tens: 58
Photo by Travis Branch/Frank’s Photos
FARGO, N.D. (September 24, 2018) – Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 team made the 2,300 mile haul from California to Ohio for Friday’s BeFour the Crowns Showdown at Eldora Speedway.
Coming into the night, Schatz had won four of the five events held at Eldora Speedway in 2018, but the “Big E” wasn’t as kind to the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion on Friday. A less than ideal result in time trials yielded a sixth-place finish in the heat; one spot shy of transferring into the A-main. Schatz then finished fifth in the Last Chance Showdown, one spot shy of a transfer position once again.
That forced the current series point leader to take a provisional for the first time since September 9, 2017, which placed him in the 25th starting position for the 30-lap main event. Schatz began moving forward and picking off positions at the drop of the green flag. Multiple racing grooves around the high-banked half-mile allowed Schatz to drive all the way up to 13th at the checkers.
On Saturday night, the series made another visit to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Penn. The Commonwealth Clash got off to a better start for Schatz with a seventh-place effort in time trials. The Fargo, N.D. driver finish second in the heat and earned the third starting position for the main event after a podium run in the Sears Craftsman Dash.
After battling with Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart early on for third, Schatz eventually moved forward to get by Daryn Pittman for second. Schatz then reeled in Tim Shaffer and completed a textbook slide job in turns one and two to take the point on lap 22.
Schatz held the lead until Sweet came charging back with seven laps remaining. Using a lapped car as a pick, Sweet took the lead in turns three and four as they completed lap 29.
Schatz had one last chance to regain the lead on a late-race restart, but couldn’t clear the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49. Schatz came home in the second spot to collect his 45th top five of the season.
“The track was tricky. Second isn’t bad, especially considering the night we had at Eldora. I didn’t have much grip and I’m not going to use Brad up or run myself off the track,” said Schatz of the late-race restart after his runner-up finish at Lernerville. “Luckily, I have these [crew] guys behind me and we’ll have more grip next time we come back”
Schatz’s lead in the World of Outlaws points currently sits at 218 over Sweet.
The World of Outlaws head to the famed Williams Grove Speedway this weekend for the Champion Racing Oil National Open. Schatz is a five-time champion of the National Open, collecting wins in 2012, 2007, 2005, 2004 and 2000. In the 2017 edition of the event, Schatz finished second behind David Gravel and set Quick Time in time trials over the 42 car field.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the family and friends of Greg Hodnett and the Heffner Racing team,” continued Schatz. “He was a great competitor and an even better person. He will be greatly missed.”
9/21/18 – Eldora Speedway:
Qualifying (Flight B): 10th; Heat: 6th; B-Main: 5th; A-Main Start/Finish: 25th/13th
9/22/18 – Lernerville Speedway:
Qualifying: 7th; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 3rd; A-Main Start/Finish: 3rd/2nd
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 45
Top Tens: 57
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