Danny Schatz, Ted Johnson Memorial Award, World of Outlaws, Banquet, Donny Schatz, Carlton Reimers

Danny Schatz Receives 2019 Ted Johnson Memorial Award

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Director Carlton Reimers presented Danny Schatz with the 2019 Ted Johnson Memorial Award for his outstanding contribution to Sprint Car racing on Sunday evening at the banquet. 

“(Danny) has been very important to me throughout my entire career with World of Outlaws,” said World Racing Group CEO, Brian Carter. “One of the first things Danny did (when I became involved with the World of Outlaws) was give a big bode of confidence to the series and the organization. He saw where it was and where it could go. That meant a lot to me being a novice in the industry 15 years ago.”

“My wife (Diane), should probably be the one who gets this,” said Danny as he took the stage to accept his award. “I really appreciate all of the things we’ve accomplished with this group. We’ve had some good times and some tough times. But there is only one way to get where you want to be and that’s to keep fighting.”

The entire Donny Schatz Motorsports team congratulates Danny on receiving this prestigious award.

Donny Schatz, World of Outlaws, Sprint Cars, World Finals, Dirt Track at Charlotte, Sprint Cars

Schatz completes 2019 season with a pair of podiums at World Finals

FARGO, N.D. (November 14, 2019) – Despite a valiant comeback in the final two months of the season, Donny Schatz fell shy of claiming his 11th World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship last weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, in what was the closest points finish in series history.

Schatz charged from eighth to finish second in the first of two events at the four-tenths mile oval on Friday night. That cut Brad Sweet’s points lead to just two points entering the season finale on Saturday. Schatz had to either win Saturday night’s feature or beat Sweet by two positions to earn the title. Sweet had the tiebreaker in his favor by having the most feature wins throughout the season.

Sweet and Schatz started third and eighth, respectively. Schatz quickly charged into the top five in the early going of the 30-lap main event. Schatz caught and passed Sweet on lap five to take over the fourth position, but Sweet crossed underneath Schatz on the following circuit to regain the spot.

From there, Schatz could not catch Sweet’s No. 49. Sweet went on to finish second, followed by Schatz in third. The difference in the final standings was a mere four points.

After coming away with two podium finishes, how would you assess your World Finals weekend?

“We did everything we could. We got ourselves qualified in a good enough spot to win heat races and get into the dash draw,” said Schatz. “From there, it boils down to what you draw. We drew a five the first night and dug ourselves from a potential 12th starting spot and finished second. That’s about the best you can ask for other than a win. On Saturday, we redrew the six. If we would have drawn a little better, it could have been a different outcome, you never know. That’s what we were plagued with and up against.

“The guys did a great job. They did everything they could. At one point I was able to get past (Sweet), but it was going to take more than that. It was going to take a win to get the championship and we didn’t win. Somedays you win, some days you don’t. It was one of those days we didn’t win.”

With all of the changes and adversity you faced this year, how will you remember 2019?

“To be really honest, at the end of 2018, I crashed on the last night of the year I was getting in the car on December 28th (at Archerfield Speedway in Australia). I went to bed that night thinking, ‘Man, I can’t wait for 2018 to be over.’ Five days later, I woke up to a phone call that my dad was sick and my whole world just changed. Some of the things that you thought were important and some of the things that you thought were bad become reality that they’re really not. It really has changed my whole perspective on the year. You have to respect and appreciate every moment that you have when things are great. I’ve had a lot of great moments over the years and I’m going to have a lot of great moments going forward. 

“Does it make 2019 bad? No way, it was still a solid season. I call it a building year. For me and Steve Swenson to go out and win 11 races and to be in contention until the last lap of the last night for a championship battle… how many teams can make changes like that and still not miss a beat? We had a great group of guys with us and that’s what it’s all about. We had fun along the way. We had great partners with us and enjoyed it every bit of the way. Now it’s time for a rebuild.”

The 2020 World of Outlaws season will be here before we know it. What are a few things you’re looking forward to?

“The Ford motor program for the last two and a half years has been in progress. Now it’s here. It’s on the ground and it’s been solid from the start. The people who are working hard on it are incredible. We’ve got a year under our belt with this race team. If we come back with all that again next year, I think it’s going to be great. I don’t know that it’s going to be any different as far as expectations. We want to go out and win a championship and win a lot of races. 

“Our goal is to try to help get Tony (Stewart) to where he wants to be in the sport as a driver and as a team owner. It’s going to be a lot of fun. There’s going to be a lot of things happening. It’ll give us more satisfaction than anything if we can make sure to get him to where he wants to be and as competitive as we feel like we are.”

Schatz and the entire Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team would like to thank Toco Warranty, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Absolute Automation & Security and J&J Auto Racing for their continued support.

Schatz’s Statbook:
Races: 72
Wins: 11
Top Fives: 48
Top Tens: 66

STAY CONNECTED:
Website: DonnySchatz.com
Store: Store.DonnySchatz.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz15/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DonnySchatz
Instagram: www.instagram.com/donnyschatz/

Tony Stewart Racing:
Website: TonyStewartRacing.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TonyStewart_Rcg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tonystewart_rcg/

 ————————

Contact:
Mike Spieker
SpiekerPromotions.com

Photo Credit: Speedway Shots

‘It all comes down to this’ – Schatz looks forward to opportunity of claiming 11th title

FARGO, N.D. (November 6, 2019)  – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series began their 90-plus race season nearly 10 months ago at Volusia Speedway Park in Fla. in February. Since then, the series has crisscrossed the country, making stops from Pa. to Calif. and everywhere in between. 

This weekend, the curtain closes on the World of Outlaws’ 41st season at the Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. The headlining story nearly all season has been the championship points battle. That battle is now more intense than ever with just two races remaining in the 2019 season. 

Donny Schatz enters this weekend’s Can-Am World Finals eight points behind Grass Valley, Calif. driver, Brad Sweet. 

This is unfamiliar territory for Schatz. In each of the last five seasons, Schatz has clinched the championship before the final weekend of the season. It is also just the second time in seven years that Schatz hasn’t been atop the standings coming into the World Finals. 

Given all that, the plan remains simple for Schatz; just go out and win. 

“It all comes down to this. The mindset is to go out and win every night, where you’re in this position or not. That’s how we’ve got to 10 championships – trying to win races. That’s the focus,” said Schatz who is in search of his sixth consecutive title and 11th overall. “We don’t play scenarios. We don’t play the points game. Every time we hit the race track we focus on what we need to do. We’re not going to focus on where Brad is at. We are going to focus on what we can do. If we do the right things, it’ll put us in a good spot.”

Schatz leads the series in top fives and is tied for the most top 10 finishes thus far, backed by 11 feature wins in 70 events. Those would be career-best stats for nearly every other driver on the World of Outlaws tour. But Schatz admits this year hasn’t lived up to the performance of past seasons in which he has won 20 or more races. 

“It hasn’t been the season we’ve wanted, but here we find ourselves in contention to win another championship. It feels good,” said Schatz. “There were times in the year where we felt like we were extremely behind, but now we are running really well. That says a lot about this team. Everybody is doing their part and doing an exceptional job. We’re excited. Hopefully, we can do the right things this week and finish it off the way we expect to.”

Historically, the Dirt Track at Charlotte has been one of Schatz’s better race tracks. The driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian No. 15 has 13 career wins at the semi-banked four-tenths mile oval since the facility opened in 2000. Over his past 10 starts at the speedway, Schatz has four wins and an average finish of 4.3. 

Conversely, Sweet has yet to visit victory lane at the Dirt Track at Charlotte and has an average finish of 8.3 over the last 10 events at the track. If the law of averages holds true this weekend, it would be enough to give Schatz championship No. 11. 

Chasing History
Schatz has been involved in two of the closest points battles in World of Outlaws history. In 2009, he won it by 19 points over Jason Meyers. In 2013, he fell shy by 12 to Daryn Pittman.

The 2019 championship race is the closest in series history with two races remaining. If Sweet can claim the title, it would be his first and the second for team-owner Kasey Kahne. If Schatz can come from behind to steal it, it would further cement his legacy as one of the greatest to ever wheel a sprint car and get him one step closer to Steve Kinser’s all-time record of 20 World of Outlaws championships. 

Schatz and the entire Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team would like to thank Toco Warranty, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Absolute Automation & Security and J&J Auto Racing for their continued support.

Schatz’s Statbook:
Races: 70
Wins: 11
Top Fives: 46
Top Tens: 63

STAY CONNECTED:
Website: DonnySchatz.com
Store: Store.DonnySchatz.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz15/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DonnySchatz
Instagram: www.instagram.com/donnyschatz/

Tony Stewart Racing:
Website: TonyStewartRacing.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TonyStewart_Rcg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tonystewart_rcg/

 ————————

Contact:
Mike Spieker
SpiekerPromotions.com

Photo Credit: Speedway Shots

Donny Schatz, World of Outlaws, Sprint Cars, Port Royal Speedway, Nittany Showdown

Schatz Completes Port Royal Three-Peat

Photo Credit: DB3 Inc.

PORT ROYAL, Pa. (October 25, 2019) – Coming into Friday’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event at Port Royal Speedway, Donny Schatz had won the previous two events at the “Speed Palace” and hadn’t finished outside of the top three since 2014.  Read more

Donny Schatz, World of Outlaws, Sprint Cars

Schatz Focused on Wins, Not Points, In Final Four Races

Photo Credit: DB3 Inc.

FARGO, N.D. (October 21, 2019) – Donny Schatz picked up his 10th World of Outlaws Sprint Car feature win on Friday night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. Schatz charged from the fifth position to take the lead from Brian Brown and lead the final 17 laps en route to his second career win at the speedway.  Read more

Donny Schatz, world of outlaws, lakeside speedway

Schatz Charges to 10th Win of 2019, Puts Ford in Victory Lane For First Time Since 1998

Photo Credit: DB3 Inc. 

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (October 18, 2019) – Donny Schatz’s quest at claiming his 11th career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series championship took a step in the right direction on Friday night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The defending series champion picked up his 10th feature win of the season in convincing fashion, driving his way forward from the fifth starting position. Read more

Blame It All On My Roots

Racing has been a family affair for Donny Schatz from the time he climbed into a sprint car for the first time at the age of 15 at the Grand Forks Speedway which Danny got lined up for him.  It is no secret that  Donny’s passion for racing stems from his father, Danny, who raced regionally around North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Thunder Bay, Ontario in the 1970s. 

The most unique part of Danny’s career in racing didn’t come from something he did behind the wheel. Through a connection in racing, Danny found an opportunity in the truck stop business. 

“He was working on the railroad and then as an ironworker and eventually figured out that if you’re going to get anywhere, you need to be involved in a business. Through a friend and sponsor, it led him to get into the truck stop business. That’s how Schatz Crossroads was founded,” explained Donny. “It was more the racing side of things bringing him into the business world than the business world bringing him into racing.”  Read more