Donny Schatz concludes first West Coast Swing of 2018 with a win in the desert

Dates: April 7th
Event: Arizona Desert Shootout
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Arizona Speedway (Queen Creek, Ariz.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 1st (12th)

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 4/7): 1st – 1292 points (48-point margin over second place, Sheldon Haudenschild)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 9, 2018) – Concluding his first World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series West Coast Swing of the 2018 season, Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz made an impressive charge to the front on Saturday night at Arizona Speedway, earning his fourth victory of the 2018 season against the Greatest Show On Dirt, his sixth victory overall, as well as extending his championship stronghold to 48 points over Sheldon Haudenschild.

“We’ve won in Arizona before, but not at this track,” Donny Schatz said, an Arizona Speedway first-time winner. “I owe it all to my team and their hard week. It takes a lot of patience to move through the field like that. It’s no secret that I am getting older, and the older I get, the more patient I get.”

The driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 sprint car started his charge to the front from the outside of row six, solidifying his A-main starting position by finishing fourth during his respective heat race. Despite the obvious disadvantage, the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion wasted little time charging through the field, slingshotting into a podium spot just before the midpoint of the 30-lapper.

Schatz made his first bid for the top spot on lap 21, but the move around Shane Stewart was negated due to a caution. On the following restart, Schatz made the winning move around Stewart to officially lead lap 21.

Following Schatz around Stewart, Rudeen Racing’s Joey Saldana made a late charge to front, attempting to drive underneath Schatz at the entrance of turn three on lap 29 and again on lap 30. Schatz’s momentum proved to be too strong for the Brownsburg, Ind., native, surging on to score the $10,000 payday; the 265th World of Outlaws victory of his storied career.

Donny Schatz will continue his hunt for a tenth World of Outlaws championship on Friday and Saturday, April 13-14, with a pair of events in the Midwest, first visiting the Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill., on Friday, April 13. Schatz finished fourth at Jacksonville Speedway during his most recent appearance in 2016.

On Saturday, April 14, the Tony Stewart Racing entry will visit the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.; the first of three Hoosier State appearances for the World of Outlaws in 2018. Arguably one of the most exciting bullrings on the schedule, Schatz finished 11th during his 2017 visit to the southern Indiana facility, flirting with a top-ten during all 40 circuits.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart Racing and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at www.tonystewartracing.com, as well as at www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.

Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

Watch Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing live on www.dirtvision.com during each and every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event of 2018.

2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru April 7, 2018)

Total Races: 11
Total Wins: 6
Total Top-5s: 9
Total Top-10s: 10

World of Outlaws Races: 9
World of Outlaws Wins: 4
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 7
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 8

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CONTACT:

Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
(724) 954-4915, pr@tonystewart.com

Donny Schatz rallies fifteen positions for top-ten at Bakersfield

Date: March 24th
Event: World of Outlaws at Bakersfield Speedway
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Bakersfield Speedway (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 6th (21st) / KSE Hard Charger Award

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 3/24): 1st – 1142 points (34-point margin over second place, Sheldon Haudenschild)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 26, 2018) – Nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz, displayed perseverance during his visit to Bakersfield Speedway with the Greatest Show On Dirt on Saturday evening, earning not only a top-ten finish, but doing so from the eleventh row.

Schatz, pilot of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 winged sprint car, finished sixth at the Bakersfield bullring, climbing 15 positions in 35 laps to record his seventh World of Outlaws top-ten finish in eight starts. The Fargo, N.D., native qualified for the $10,000-to-win main event by winning the Last Chance Showdown, forced to enter the 12-lap consolation race after finishing sixth during his respective heat race. Schatz started the evening by recording the fourth fastest time overall during qualifying time trials.

Despite starting near the back of the field, Schatz made progress in a hurry, mastering all lanes of the slick, but racey Bakersfield Speedway surface. Already within striking distance, a late caution with six laps remaining helped set up Schatz’s top-ten surge, climbing from 11th at the caution break to finish sixth, officially. The climb was enough to solidify the KSE Hard Charger Award.

“This just goes to show what this team is capable of doing. My team gave me a great car and we were able to make some progress despite starting that far back,” Donny Schatz explained. “The night didn’t start out the way we would have liked it, but we bounced back and earned a top-ten. You have to take your time and be patient on a surface like that. You never want to panic and put yourself in bad situations. We’ll take this and move on to the next one.”

Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing will have Easter weekend off before returning to World of Outlaws competition on Saturday, April 7, for the Arizona Desert Shootout at Arizona Speedway in Queen City, Arizona. Schatz, who is the current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series point leader, finished sixth during his Arizona Speedway start in 2017, advancing from row five to do so.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart Racing and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at www.tonystewartracing.com, as well as at www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.

Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

Watch Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing live on www.dirtvision.com during each and every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event of 2018.

2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru 3/24/2018)

Total Races: 10
Total Wins: 5
Total Top-5s: 8
Total Top-10s: 9

World of Outlaws Races: 8
World of Outlaws Wins: 3
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 6
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 7

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CONTACT:

Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
(724) 954-4915, pr@tonystewart.com

Donny Schatz survives Stockton; Ocean and Bakersfield to close out first California swing of 2018

Date: March 17th
Event: FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Stockton Dirt Track (Stockton, Calif.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 14th (16th)

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 3/17): 1st – 1004 points (46-point margin over second place, Sheldon Haudenschild)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 19, 2018) – After losing the Friday night program to Mother Nature, the second time in as many weeks that weather has interfered with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on the West Coast, Donny Schatz’s one-day visit to the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, Calif., resulted in a performance outside of the top-ten; his first finish outside of the top-ten in a winged sprint car in 2018.

The driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 machine finished 14th on Saturday night during the 30-lap main event, surviving a narrow and rugged, yet quick racing surface to advance two positions after starting 16th. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion solidified himself on the A-main starting grid by finishing fourth during his respective heat race, after timing 10th during the second segment of qualifying time trials.

“Not our best performance of the year, but we’ll shake this one off and move forward,” Donny Schatz explained, the current World of Outlaws championship point leader. “Surfaces like that can be tricky and don’t really mix well with my driving style. I’m just glad to have Ricky Warner back out on the road with us. He is a big part of this team and we’re sure glad to have him back.”

With the previously scheduled appearance at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway on Wednesday, March 21, postponed until September due to impending weather, Donny Schatz will continue his World of Outlaws championship-seeking campaign on Friday and Saturday, March 23-24, with visits to Ocean (Calif.) Speedway and Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway, respectively.

Schatz finished sixth during his most recent visit to Ocean Speedway in 2016, earning a KSE Hard Charger Award in the process for advancing 12 positions. Ironically enough, Schatz also earned a KSE Hard Charger Award during his last visit to Bakersfield Speedway in 2016. The Fargo, N.D., native finished fifth after starting 17th.

SOCIAL MEDIA:

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, Tony Stewart Racing and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at www.tonystewartracing.com, as well as at www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.

Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

Watch Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing live on www.dirtvision.com during each and every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event in 2018.

2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru 3/17/2018)

Total Races: 9
Total Wins: 5
Total Top-5s: 8
Total Top-10s: 8

World of Outlaws Races: 7
World of Outlaws Wins: 3
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 6
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 6

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CONTACT:

Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
(724) 954-4915, pr@tonystewart.com

Donny Schatz earns podium finish in Tulare; Two nights at Stockton Dirt Track on deck

Date: March 9th
Event: World of Outlaws at Thunderbowl Raceway
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Thunderbowl Raceway (Tulare, Calif.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 3rd (5th)

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 3/9): 1st – 882 points (52-point margin over second place, Sheldon Haudenschild) 

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 12, 2018) – Maintaining a perfect stretch of six consecutive top-five performances with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2018, eight consecutive overall when including Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 appearances at Volusia (Fla.) Speedway Park, Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz, driver of the familiar Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/ Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 sprint car, found the podium once again during World of Outlaws competition, advancing from row three to finish third at the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., on Friday, March 9.
 

After setting the third fastest time of the night during the first segment of qualifying time trials, Donny Schatz kicked-off competition at Thunderbowl Raceway with a victory during his respective heat race. The heat race victory locked Schatz into the evening’s Craftsman Club Dash where he would finish fifth; his guaranteed starting position for the 35-lap main event. 

The defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion made the most of his top-five starting spot, soon battling for positions as high as second in the running order with eventual winner, Aaron Reutzel, and second place finisher, Cory Eliason. Those three raced nearly nose-to-tail during the later stage of the 35-lapper; Schatz in hot pursuit of Eliason, each chased by Texas native, Reutzel. Unfortunately for Schatz, Reutzel proved his power and drove around Schatz for second, resetting his aim for race leader, Eliason. 

Although Schatz kept pace with the lead duo, chasing the top-two as they criss-crossed for the lead on several occasions, the nine-time Series champion would eventually fade, forced to cross under the final checkers third in the running order. 

“A top-three finish is very respectable for us at Thunderbowl Raceway. We usually don’t run very well on surfaces like that,” Donny Schatz said of the bitey and rugged Tulare surface. “I kinda played things out pretty cautiously during the later parts of the race. There were some pretty obvious rough sports so I didn’t want to get caught up in those. We’ll take this third place finish and move forward.” 

The Thunderbowl Raceway weekend finale on Saturday, March 10, was cancelled due to a high percentage of rain in the forecast. 

Donny Schatz will be back in action with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, for the FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track in Stockton, California. 

Donny Schatz finished second during his Stockton, Calif., visit in 2017, nearly out-dueling Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet for a $10,000 top prize. Only one World of Outlaws event was completed at Stockton Dirt Track in 2017. 

Those seeking additional information regarding the FVP Platinum Battery Western Spring Shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track should visit the facility live on the Web at www.stocktondirttrack.com. If you are unable to attend, please be sure to tune-in and watch every lap live on www.dirtvision.com

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, Tony Stewart Racing and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at www.tonystewartracing.com, as well as at www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg. 

Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz. 

2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru 3/9/2018) 

Total Races: 8

Total Wins: 5

Total Top-5s: 8

Total Top-10s: 8

 

World of Outlaws Races: 6

World of Outlaws Wins: 3

World of Outlaws Top-5s: 6

World of Outlaws Top-10s: 6

 

CONTACT:

Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
(724) 954-4915, pr@tonystewart.com

Schatz hits jackpot in Sin City; Wins night two of FVP Outlaw Showdown

Dates: February 28th & March 1st
Event: FVP Outlaw Showdown
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: The Dirt Track at Las Vegas (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start):
February 28th: 2nd (10th)
March 1st: 1st (5th) 

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 3/1): 1st – 738 points (12-point margin over second place, Sheldon Haudenschild) 

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (March 5, 2018) – Officially winning three out of the first five World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events contested in 2018, Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz helped launch his West Coast Swing with the Greatest Show On Dirt with a trip to victory lane, this time claiming night two of the FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nev., on Thursday, March 1. 

Schatz, aboard the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 winged sprint car, earned two podium performances during his visit to Sin City with the World of Outlaws, kicking-off the two-day FVP Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas with a runner-up performance on Wednesday, February 28. 

“This just goes to show what this team is capable of doing,” Donny Schatz explained. “Sheldon [Haudenschild] is a tough competitor and he is going to be a tough competitor all season. Our goal is to be in a position to win every time we are on the race track. We came up one spot short on Wednesday, so our goal was to get that extra position on Thursday and leave Las Vegas on top. The West Coast Swing is an important stretch of our schedule. This is a good way to start things off.” 

Schatz set-up his runner-up performance on Wednesday night by scoring the seventh fastest time of the night during his respective group qualifying effort. Although, a third place finish during the third of four heat races forced the defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion to start the 30-lap A-main from the outside of row five. 

Not deterred by his starting position, Schatz quickly advanced through the field. By the mid-point of the 30-lapper, the Fargo native was already battling for a podium position, officially taking over the third spot on lap 15 and the runner-up position one circuit later. As the laps counted down, Schatz was able to continue his progress and apply pressure on race leader, Sheldon Haudenschild. A series of cautions late in the race gave Schatz multiple opportunities to capitalize. Unfortunately, his time soon ran out, crossing under the final checkers second in the running order. 

Schatz’s results on Thursday in Sin City improved across the board, this time qualifying fourth during his respective time trial group, ultimately setting up a runner-up finish during the second of four heat races. By earning a runner-up finish during his respective heat race, Schatz qualified for the Craftsman Club Dash and finished fifth. The evening’s dash result set the lineup for the first four rows of the 30-lap A-main. 

Continuing a trend that ignited one night prior, Schatz wasted little time racing to the front of the feature field on Thursday, resetting the stage for an epic battle with Wednesday night winner, Sheldon Haudenschild. 

Schatz’s lone hiccup of the 30-lap program occurred just after a caution. On the ensuing restart, Schatz fumbled and faded back to fifth, allowing Brian Brown and David Gravel to slip by. It would not take long before the nine-time World of Outlaws champion made his presence known back at the front of the field. With eight laps remaining, Schatz regained second, resetting his aim for the 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year, Sheldon Haudenschild. 

In an attempt to block Schatz who had been utilizing the bottom of the speedway, Haudenschild raced to the bottom of turns three and four on lap 26. The move proved to not be enough. Schatz squeezed under Haudenschild to officially lead lap 26, keeping control for the next four circuits to claim his third $10,000 top prize of the season. 

With the World of Outlaws event scheduled for Saturday, March 3, at Perris (Calif.) Auto Speedway cancelled due to Mother Nature, Donny Schatz will continue his World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series campaign on Friday and Saturday, March 9-10, with a two-day visit to the Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California. Schatz will enter the weekend on top of the World of Outlaws championship standings, holding a 12-point cushion over recent rival, Sheldon Haudenschild. 

The pilot of the familiar Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing entry scored one Thunderbowl Raceway victory during World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition in 2017, earning $10,000 on Saturday, March 18, over Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet. It was Schatz’s sixth victory of the 2017 season.
 

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, Tony Stewart Racing and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at www.tonystewartracing.com, as well as at www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg. 

Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz. 

2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru 3/1/2018)
 

Total Races: 7

Total Wins: 5

Total Top-5s: 7

Total Top-10s: 7

World of Outlaws Races: 5

World of Outlaws Wins: 3

World of Outlaws Top-5s: 5

World of Outlaws Top-10s: 5

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CONTACT:

Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
(724) 954-4915, pr@tonystewart.com

Donny Schatz wins four out of five during DIRTcar Nationals

Donny Schatz wins four out of five during DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park, Claims first overall Gator Championship Title

Dates: February 7th-8th
Event: DIRTcar Nationals
Series: Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1
Track: Volusia Speedway Park (De Leon Springs, Fla.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start):
February 7th: 1st (12th)
February 8th: 1st (1st)

Dates: February 9th-11th
Event: DIRTcar Nationals
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars
Track: Volusia Speedway Park (De Leon Springs, Fla.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start):
February 9th: 4th (14th)
February 10th: 1st (6th) – 250th career World of Outlaws win
February 11th: 1st (4th)

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 2/12): 1st – 442 points (12-point margin over second place, Sheldon Haudenschild)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 15, 2018) – Nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz, opened his 2018 campaign with the Greatest Show On Dirt in fantastic fashion, not only scoring back-to-back World of Outlaws victories, but also claiming four out of the five contested sprint car main events during the 47th Annual DIRTcar Nationals to score the overall Gator championship. It was a first-ever DIRTcar Nationals championship for the 40-year-old.

Schatz, pilot of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/ Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Sage Fruit/No. 15, scored Florida victories on February 7, 8, 10 and 11; two against the Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 and two against the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, respectively. Impressively enough, Schatz’s lone start at Volusia Speedway Park not resulting in a victory lane appearance equaled a fourth place run, charging ahead from 14th on the feature grid to open the 40th Anniversary Season of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on Friday, February 9.

“This just goes to show what this team is capable of doing. We’ve been strong for a long time,” Donny Schatz explained. “To come out and be this successful right out of the gate feels great, especially considering how long of a season we have ahead of us. We had to do it early in the week without Rick [Warner], but he was able to come down later on and unify the team. Our job is to win, so we’re going to keep working as hard as we can to make that happen.”

Before kicking-off the World of Outlaws season officially, Schatz joined the All Star Circuit of Champions for a pair of events at Volusia Speedway Park on February 7-8, each ending on top of the feature podium. The $5,000 victory on Wednesday, the first sprint car program of the 2018 DIRTcar Nationals, was the result of a “hard charge” from the outside of row six, ultimately claiming the MSD Performance Hard Charger Award in the process. Schatz’s victory on Thursday came from the front row, securing his pole position after winning his respective heat race and dash. Despite making it look easy, Schatz’s All Star victory on Thursday was a product of patience. The now 18-time All Star winner was forced to track down race leader, Chad Kemenah, in traffic, cutting down a near-two second advantage with just five laps remaining.

Schatz’s World of Outlaws effort during the DIRTcar Nationals was nearly flawless, charging from the outside of row seven to finish fourth to open the 40th Anniversary Season of the World of Outlaws, followed by back-to-back victories worth $10,000 each. The pair of World of Outlaws victories attained on Saturday and Sunday, February 10-11, were enough to propel the Fargo, N.D., native above the 250-mark, now with 251-career victories with the Greatest Show On Dirt since joining the national touring series in 1997. Schatz now trails Steve Kinser (577) and Sammy Swindell (294) on the all-time World of Outlaws wins list.

In dramatic fashion, Schatz secured his first of two World of Outlaws victories, his 250th-career victory with the World of Outlaws, with just two circuits remaining in the 30-lap feature, driving around race leader, Jason Johnson, on lap 29 after starting sixth on the grid.

Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing will return to World of Outlaws competition on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24, with a two-race stint in Texas, visiting Cotton Bowl Speedway and Lone Star Speedway, respectively. It has been two seasons since Donny Schatz last visited Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas. The defending World of Outlaws champion finished fifth during main event action in late-February 2016, climbing forward from the inside of row seven.

Schatz is the defending World of Outlaws winner at Lone Star Speedway, scoring $10,000 on March
3, 2017, after starting from the pole position. It was Schatz’s third feature victory of the season, just two weeks after scoring two victories in one day at Volusia Speedway Park.

Before returning to World of Outlaws competition in the Lone Star State, Donny Schatz will pilot his super late model during action at Volusia Speedway Park, entering a pair of UMP events, followed by four consecutive nights of World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series competition on February 12-17.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, TSR and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at www.tonystewartracing.com, as well as at www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.

Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics (thru 2/11/2018)

Total Races: 5
Total Wins: 4
Total Top-5s: 5
Total Top-10s: 5

World of Outlaws Races: 3
World of Outlaws Wins: 2
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 3
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 3

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CONTACT:
Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
(724) 954-4915, altmeyer119@gmail.com

Donny Schatz: ‘It’s Game On’

SpeedSport.com

By Adam Fenwick

February 4, 2018

CONCORD, N.C. — Donny Schatz has become the kingpin of the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Last year alone he won 20 World of Outlaws races, captured his 10th Knoxville Nationals championship and his ninth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship. There is no doubt he is one of the best in World of Outlaws history.

We recently caught up with Schatz to talk about a number of topics, including his offseason experiences, the long awaited Ford sprint car engine and expectations heading into 2018.

Q: You’re coming off your ninth World of Outlaws championship. Heading into the 2018 season, how do you prepare to go after championship No. 10?

Schatz: It all starts at the shop with the three guys that work on the car. The work they put in this winter, how they prep everything to be ready to tear everything up, even though that isn’t the M.O. of this team, you still have to be prepared of that. You have to stay ahead of the times. The tires change, the dynamic of the way the races work change. Those guys really…a lot of it is just preparation. Making sure we’ve got everything so we’re not falling out of races and once we get the season started, it’s about trying to get a balance on the car. Just keep working on it, keep fine tuning things. That’s what we do. That’s exactly we just attack a championship, one day at a time. Make sure you’ve got your balance tonight and if not, you keep working on it and working and working.

Really it just comes down to those three guys being mentally prepared and physically prepared to roll up and down the road. You never have that opportunity to hit the reset button, so if something goes bad you’re prepared for the next day already regardless of what happened the night before. A lot of nights that could be a good night, it could be a win. But it might be a bad night and a complete failure of a night, but these guys are prepared for it and they’re ready for anything.

Q: Are you looking forward to getting down to Florida and kicking off the season?

Schatz: Volusia is a great place to start it off. For me I get to run there 11 straight nights because the late model races are after. I’m really looking forward to getting back in the sprint car and hopefully getting Florida (started) off like we did last year. We had a really good run at Volusia. We know Volusia really has no barring on what happens when we leave there, but it feels good to get the season started right and get that first win out of the way.

Q: How is the late model program going and what can we expect from you in the late model this year?

Schatz: The expectations really aren’t there. Hopefully I have the opportunity to run 20 or 25 races, a lot of races around home. I get six nights in a row at Volusia. It’s pretty incredible the talent that is there with the World of Outlaws. It’s incredible. A lot of good friends of mine. I’m kind of a field filler, but I have a lot of fun with it. I’m just like anybody else that goes and races anywhere. I like to go have fun too regardless of what level it’s at. I’m looking forward to it and hopefully we can have a good week with it.

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.