KING DONNY XXXIV

Tony Stewart couldn’t have written a better script than what played out over the weekend in the 34th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. One of the crown jewels in Sprint car racing was won by Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz in front of a record crowd at the facility in which Stewart takes incredible pride. Read more

SCHATZ CHASES KINGS ROYAL CROWN

INDIANAPOLIS (July 17, 2017) – The late Earl Baltes’ vision for dreaming big lives on, and one of his many imprints on short-track racing takes center stage this weekend. The 34th annual Kings Royal at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio culminates a weekend of action for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series with the crowning of a king.

 

The $50,000-to-win event is one of the crown jewels in Sprint car racing, and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz is looking to defend his thrilling victory in last year’s event. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion scored his third career Kings Royal triumph to kick off the “Month of Money” and is trying to become the first driver in event history to score consecutive wins in the event as known as the Royal Rumble.

 

The Kings Royal has come a long way from its inaugural running in the summer 1984, when appropriately Steve Kinser, the King of the Outlaws, won Baltes’ first $50,000 payday. Kinser left the famous half-mile, high-banked dirt oval in western Ohio with a shoebox full of cash after outlasting Shane Carson. Schatz didn’t leave with a shoebox full of cash last July, of course, but he was part of another epic battle in what’s recognized as one of the most intense one-day Sprint car shows in the world.

 

The goal every night for Schatz and his TSR crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti is to find a way to be in position to win at the end of the race. During the first half of the 2017 season, they have found victory lane 13 times, including the second night of the #LetsRaceTwo event at Eldora in May. Last year’s formula for success in the Kings Royal was continued progress throughout the weekend and the team being its best when it mattered most.

 

For the second consecutive year, the Kings Royal weekend consists of three nights of racing culminating with Saturday’s 40-lap Kings Royal main event. Last year, Schatz stalked David Gravel in the Joker’s Wild 30-lap A-Feature for the win and, in the Knight Before the Kings Royal, he tracked down Daryn Pittman, but he finished second both races. In the Kings Royal, Schatz passed early leader Tim Shaffer and fought off a late challenge by Rico Abreu to become only the fourth driver in Kings Royal history with three or more wins.

 

The TSR team comes into the event on the heels of scoring three consecutive podium finishes last weekend before racing from 16th to seventh in Tuesday night’s Brad Doty Classic at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park. Schatz currently leads the championship chase by 74 points over Brad Sweet with 45 of the 92 scheduled nights of action complete.

 

THE KINGS ROYAL


Since splashing onto the scene in the 1996 Kings Royal, Schatz has been part of the last 21 Kings Royal weekends. He made a name from himself as a 19-year-old rookie in that first appearance by not only making the field, but also by finishing eighth in front of a standing-room-only crowd and a national television audience. He scored his first top-five in 2002 after charging from 21st to fourth and won his first Kings Royal in dominating fashion in 2007. Schatz became a two-time Kings Royal winner in 2009 after out-dueling Dale Blaney. In 2013, he challenged Brad Sweet for the top spot and made a run at winner Kerry Madsen in 2014. Schatz was on a mission in 2015 after taking the lead from Tim Shaffer on lap 10 and paced the field for the next 25 laps before a mechanical issue derailed his run to victory.

 

BRAND PERFORMANCE

Throughout the first 10 seasons of the Schatz and TSR relationship, the team has delivered incredible results and has done so with successful partnerships. The team opened the 2017 campaign debuting the Arctic Cat and Ford Performance colors by winning a pair of Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions races in Florida and four of the first five WoO races. For this weekend’s Kings Royal, TSR and Schatz will carry the Textron Off Road brand on the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb J&J for the first of a select number of events during the team’s quest for the 2017 WoO championship. Earlier this spring, Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc., company, incorporated Arctic Cat as part of its future powersports brand portfolio. Arctic Cat’s legacy and heritage live on in the powerful Alterra™, Wildcat™ and Prowler™ products and will join Textron Off Road’s existing Stampede® side-by-side in the company’s family of off-road vehicles. The iconic Arctic Cat brand, built on decades of performance and leadership in snowmobiles, will remain in use in the company’s innovative, high-performance snowmobile product lines.

 

ENTER TO WIN A DONNY SCHATZ-THEMED HDX

Winning races and a World of Outlaws championship isn’t the only goal in 2017 for TSR, Arctic Cat and Donny Schatz. There is shared passion to reach greatness without limits. And fans are encouraged to join the ultimate limitless ride by entering to win a customized, one-of-a-kind, Donny Schatz-themed Arctic Cat HDX 700 through Oct. 1 online at www.arcticcat.com/donnyschatzhdx for the chance to win the customized all-terrain vehicle by random draw.

The grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to the Outlaws’ season-ending World Finals in Charlotte, North Carolina, including participation in a prerace ceremony. The winner will receive tickets to the World Finals and receive the keys to his or her Donny Schatz-themed HDX from the eight-time champion during pre-event ceremonies.

 

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: ELDORA SPEEDWAY

  • Schatz made his Outlaw debut at Eldora Speedway in the 12th annual Kings Royal in 1996, which was aired live on The Nashville Network.
  • He is one of seven drivers to have won both the Kings Royal and Historical Big One.
  • In 21 Kings Royal starts, Schatz has three wins, 10 top-fives and 16 top-10s.
  • In the #LetsRaceTwo finale in May 2017, Schatz led all 30 laps of the A-Feature to score an early season win at Eldora for the fourth time in his career. He also won in May 2008, 2009 and 2015.
  • In five of his eight WoO championship seasons, he has at least one victory at Eldora – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2016.
  • Schatz has made 106 career WoO starts at the track, 13 of those classified WoO preliminary feature programs. He scored a preliminary feature win in April 2003. Schatz has 30 top-five finishes and 71 top-10s.
  • With his victory in May, Schatz ranks fifth all-time in WoO A-Feature wins at the track with eight, trailing Steve Kinser (35), Sammy Swindell (21), Joey Saldana (12) and Doug Wolfgang (10).
  • In 26 starts at Eldora since the 2012 WoO season, Schatz has three wins, 15 top-fives and 23 top-10s in 24 starts.

 

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: 2017 WOO SEASON

  • Through 45 of 92 scheduled races in the 2017 WoO campaign, Schatz leads the championship standings with 6,368 markers and holds a 74-point advantage over Brad Sweet.
  • Schatz leads the series with 13 wins and 35 top-five finishes. His 39 top-10s are second most behind the 40 of Gravel and Brad Sweet.
    • Schatz has raced to victory at Volusia Speedway Park, The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Eldora Speedway and Knoxville Raceway.

 

For all three nights at Eldora, the pit gates open at 11 a.m. EDT. The grandstands will open at 2 p.m. Thursday and noon Friday and Saturday. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit eldoraspeedway.com or call 937-338-3815.

Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Live video is available on a pay-per-view basis and free audio coverage is available as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series events on the DIRTVision.com. Visit to DIRTVision.com for more information.

 

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, TSR and the No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J throughout the campaign on the web and social media. More information can be found at www.TonyStewartRacing.com, www.arcticcat.com, and 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.

Arctic Cat: Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArcticCat or on Twitter and Instagram @ArcticCat_atv @ArcticCat_Snow

Curb: Facebook at www.facebook.com/CurbRecords or on Twitter and Instagram @CurbRecords.

Ford Performance: Facebook at www.facebook.com/FordPerformance or on Twitter and Instagram @FordPerformance.

 

Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J:

 

The second half of the season is underway and now you have some of the most important races coming up. Is it hard to continue focusing on the season-long goal of winning a championship during the next month of races?

 

“You still have to just look at every race by itself. You can only race in one of them at a time. We know it’s Kings Royal week and that means you have about four weeks of some pretty intense racing before the tour takes you West and on the down slope of the season. Every night matters out here. We started the season and won a lot of races and have had a few spells where the finishes haven’t matched our expectations. You just have to keep digging. There are some really big races coming up and honestly they are just as important in the championship chase. But if you can win races like the Kings Royal, the Don Martin Memorial and the Knoxville Nationals, you know your program is trending in the right direction. You have season goals, race goals and nightly goals. I’m lucky to be out here doing what I love and fortunate that Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with incredible people. My crew is the most competitive group of people I know and they work extremely hard every day trying to put us in the best position possible. We work with marketing partners like Textron, Arctic Cat and Ford Performance in one of the most brand-loyal sports there is out there. There is still a lot to accomplish this season and we’re focused on this weekend at Eldora.”

 

With a 92-race schedule, there isn’t much time to put special emphasis on certain races. They all count toward the championship, but are there races that have special meaning?  

 

“I can say it’s just another one of the 92 races on our schedule, but Saturday afternoon, when you leave the drivers meeting and make your way down into the pits, you know it’s not. That’s one of the fun things about it. The people go crazy and there is just so much energy. It’s high stakes and high rewards. It’s the Kings Royal. One of those races that everyone wants to win. You want your name on the T-shirt. You want to put on that crown at the end of the night. It’s once a year and, yeah, we’ll head down the road and race again Tuesday but, the buildup this weekend and ultimately when you go out to qualify, it’s a different kind of feeling. A lot of guys kind of go out of their element at times and you have to keep that in mind. It’s still Sprint car racing, so you don’t have too many opportunities. We’re just looking to put ourselves in a position. We’re racing for $50,000. It’s not supposed to be easy. The main thing is for me and my team to focus on what’s going on with our car and the racetrack. That’s the best plan of attack. We’re excited to have the opportunity and we simply want to make the most of it.”

SCHATZ SCORES THREE PODIUM FINISHES

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team scored three consecutive podium finishes with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series this past weekend in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion charged from 10th to second Thursday night in the Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota and followed that with consecutive third-place finishes in the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The finishes behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance extended his consecutive top-five streak to five and 17 in the his last 18 starts. Read more

SCHATZ RETURNS TO CEDAR LAKE

INDIANAPOLIS (July 6, 2017) –Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz has spent more than half of his life traveling up and down the road with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman® Sprint Car Series. There are a handful of places still on the schedule where the eight-time and reigning WoO champion can call home. He and the TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team return to one of those this weekend as the Outlaws venture to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown.  Read more

SCHATZ HEADS TO DEER CREEK, DAKOTA STATE FAIR

INDIANAPOLIS (June 29 2017) – The marathon that is the chase for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship continues this week as Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz leads the Outlaws to Minnesota and South Dakota to close out the month of June and open July. Read more

SCHATZ LEADS OUTLAWS TO IOWA & WISCONSIN

INDIANAPOLIS (June 22, 2017) – The calendar officially says it’s summer now, but for the drivers chasing the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship the heat has been on for quite some time. Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz continues to carry the torch for the traveling Sprint car stars as they trek their way through the Midwest with stops this weekend in Iowa and Wisconsin. Read more

SCHATZ FINISHES THIRD IN GRAND FORKS

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz returned home for a North Dakota doubleheader last weekend as the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series kicked off the first leg of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour Duel in the Dakotas. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion and TSR’s Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team were looking to continue their recent run of success, but found their fiercest competition to be Mother Nature. Read more

Homecoming Week for Eight-Time Outlaw Champion

INDIANAPOLIS (June 14, 2017) – Every fall, college campuses across the country host homecoming weekends and traditionally a one-sided football game during which the home team runs roughshod and everyone leaves happy. It’s rare for competitors in the world of motorsports to have any sort of “home game” advantage as they crisscross the country competing week after week.

 

For eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz, this week will provide the North Dakota resident a homecoming-type opportunity behind the wheel of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/ Curb J&J when the Outlaws stage their annual “Duel in the Dakotas” doubleheader starting with Friday 20th WoO-sanctioned race at River Cities Speedway and Saturday’s return to Red River Valley Speedway for the first time in five years.

 

And the competition within the World of Outlaws during this, the series’ 40th season, dictates that this won’t be your typical Big School U. versus Northern Valley State outcome. Schatz leads the list of talented drivers into action with the goal of racing for victories and giving the expected standing-room-only crowds a North Dakota local kid-turned-champion to root for.

 

The Outlaws’ annual Duel in the Dakotas made an early impression on Schatz, who grew up in Minot and every summer traveled to Fargo to catch Sprint car legends Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Doug Wolfgang put on a show. For as long as he could remember, he would join a ravenous fan base that packed the Red River Valley grandstands to see the sports icons in action on the big, half-mile fairgrounds dirt oval before ultimately joining them in action six weeks prior to his 16th birthday in 1993. He’s made a lot of circles both in his home state and around the United States and Australia since that first race. Today, Schatz is on pace to join the sport’s elite after 20 seasons on the road with “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

 

That lofty status didn’t come easily. It was the result of being driven to continue to improve. When he left home and started his WoO career in 1997, the North Dakota stop was one of the most important dates circled on the schedule. Each year, the race became bigger and bigger for Schatz and, in his sixth full season as an Outlaw, he accomplished a major goal of winning an Outlaw show in his home state. The victory in July 2002 at Red River Valley was the first of now 18 WoO A-Feature triumphs he has in North Dakota.

 

Schatz and the TSR team of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti head into the weekend with momentum following Saturday’s victory at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, the team’s 10th of the season, and they’ll be looking to match last year’s run in North Dakota, where they won all three Outlaw races.

In addition to driving the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J, Schatz will race his family owned No. 15 Petro Stopping Center/Schatz Crossroads/Fastlane Car Wash Dirt Late Model at both River Cities and Red River Valley. In August 2015, Schatz swept both the WoO race and NLRA Late Model main events at River Cities.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: NORTH DAKOTA

  • Donny Schatz made his World of Outlaws debut in July 1993 at Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, North Dakota.
  • Schatz has 37 career WoO starts at Red River Valley Speedway, 18 of which were classified as preliminary features.
  • He has four career WoO wins at Red River Valley: two WoO A-Features in 2002 and 2006, and two preliminary features in 2003 and 2006. Schatz also has won a pair of Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions events at the track (2011 and 2012). Both of those wins came on the reconfigured, 3/8-mille dirt oval.
  • Since the Outlaws first competed at River Cities Speedway in June 2007, Schatz has been one of the drivers to beat around the high-banked, quarter-mile dirt oval. He has competed in all 19 WoO races contest on the track, which has a track record of 9.269 seconds and annually has some of the most exciting races of the entire WoO season.
  • Schatz has won eight WoO A-Features at River Cities, including the previous four 40-lap A-Features, six of the last eight and has finished first or second in 11 of his last 12 starts there.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: 2017

  • Through 35 of 92 scheduled races in the 2017 WoO campaign, Schatz leads the championship standings with 4,952 markers and holds a 76-point advantage over Brad Sweet.
  • Schatz leads the series with 10 wins and 27 top-five finishes. His 30 top-10s are second-most behind the 31 of Gravel and Sweet.
    • He has earned three fast qualifier awards in 2017, including last Saturday night at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.
  • Schatz has wins this season at Volusia (2), LoneStar Speedway, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (2), State Fair Speedway, 81 Speedway, Eldora Speedway and Knoxville Raceway.

 

For Friday’s race at River Cities, the pit gates at 2 p.m. CDT and the grandstands will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.rivercitiesspeedway.com or call (218) 773-3001.

 

Saturday at Red River Valley, the pit gates at 2 p.m. CDT and the grandstands will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit redrivervalleyspeedway.com or call (388-6637

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Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Live audio coverage is available as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series events on the DIRTVision.com. Visit to DIRTVision.com for more information.

 

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, TSR and the No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J throughout the campaign on the web and social media. More information can be found at www.TonyStewartRacing.com, www.arcticcat.com, and 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.

Arctic Cat: Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArcticCat or on Twitter and Instagram @ArcticCat_atv @ArcticCat_Snow

Curb: Facebook at www.facebook.com/CurbRecords or on Twitter and Instagram @CurbRecords.

Ford Performance: Facebook at www.facebook.com/FordPerformance or on Twitter and Instagram @FordPerformance.

 

Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J:

 

The World of Outlaws schedule takes you all across the map from the start of the season to the end. Fortunately, there are a couple of times each season that you get to race close to home. What does it mean for you to be able to come back to North Dakota and race each year?

“I feel fortunate that I get to race for a living and am proud to represent North Dakota throughout the United States. This is one of the busiest parts of the year and to be home is a really good feeling. The fans are a big part of that because they come out and support these events. River Cities Speedway is one of the top tracks in the country and the Outlaw races there has been awesome for 10 years going. And then being able to follow that up with a race in Fargo Saturday is a really big deal. If there is one place you look forward to getting back to, it’s a place you got a lot of laps at growing up. Red River Valley Speedway is my home track, even though I grew up in Minot, and I raced in Grand Forks quite a few Friday nights as well. This is kind of like the perfect weekend. You get Grand Forks and Fargo in the same weekend. That’s something you dream of as a kid and here were are in 2017, with that opportunity.”

As if competing with the World of Outlaws in your home state wasn’t enough, this weekend you’ll be doing double duty racing both the WoO Sprint car and your Dirt Late Model. What’s the biggest challenge with racing both classes the same night?

“Most of it is just timing. Things go pretty quickly when your are out on the track as much as we are running both cars. I want to be competitive in both cars. I’ve raced both cars at Grand Forks several times and if everything is going okay, it’s a good thing. If something goes wrong on either side of the fence, it’s a big challenge. My job is the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance car so that takes priority. The Late Model is more for fun and to try and put on a good show for the fans. This is the first time that we’ll be trying to do it consecutive nights, and I’m guessing I’ll be pretty worn out by the time we are done Saturday night. That’s part of it, though. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. We’ll do our best to have a good weekend in both cars and see if we can’t have a lot of fun in the process.”

SCHATZ WINS AT KNOXVILLE

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team returned to historic Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway this past weekend with something to prove. After a handful of frustrating weeks of results with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Schatz opened the Brownwells Big Guns Bash with a third-place finish Friday and broke through Saturday night with a flag-to-flag triumph to earn the team its 10th WoO A-Feature win of the season. Read more

Appreciation of the Knoxville Mystic

INDIANAPOLIS (June 7, 2017) – One of the truly unique aspects of competing with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series is the opportunity to race at more than 40 tracks each year. Each track provides a new challenge, but a handful are special beyond description. For the past 21 seasons, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz has been circling dirt ovals and chasing his dream of being an Outlaw and, year after year, the eight-time and reigning WoO champion has been in awe of the famed Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway. Read more