Schatz Records Runner-up Finishes at Terre Haute & Eldora, Extends Points Lead

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.

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

Quick Results:
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

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 66
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 48
Top Tens: 61

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Schatz extends points lead with podium finish at Fulton Speedway

 

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.

Donny Schatz and Sheldon Haudenschild battle for the runner-up position at Fulton Speedway. John Clifford photo.

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.

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

Quick Results:
10/6/18 – Fulton Speedway:
Qualifying: 5th; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 4th; A-Main Start/Finish: 4th/3rd

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 64
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 46
Top Tens: 59

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Schatz Hard Charges to Top 10 at Williams Grove

 

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.

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

Quick Results:
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

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 63
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 45
Top Tens: 58

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Runner-up at Lernerville Highlights Schatz’s Doubleheader Weekend

 

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.”

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

Quick Results:
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

STAY CONNECTED:
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Tony Stewart Racing:
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Instagram: www.instagram.com/tonystewart_rcg/

2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 61
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 45
Top Tens: 57

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Schatz Collects Runner-up at Calistoga to Close West Coast Swing

 

Photo courtesy of Frank Smith.

FARGO, N.D. (September 18, 2018) – The second and final west coast swing of 2018 for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series came to a close over the weekend at Calistoga Speedway in Calistoga, Calif. Nine-time World of Outlaws champion and current series point leader, Donny Schatz, ended the weekend on a high note with a runner-up finish on Saturday night.

After finishing fourth in the Sears Craftsman Dash, Schatz started the 25-lap main event on the outside of row two. Schatz battled with Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart early on but eventually got by both drivers, as well as second place runner Dominic Scelzi.

In the closing laps, the half-mile oval began to take rubber but that didn’t slow Schatz’s charge to the front. The Fargo, N.D. driver reeled in race leader and Calif. native Cory Eliason in turns three and four coming to the white flag. Eliason got out of the groove, allowing Schatz to pull alongside down the front straightaway. The two made slight contact, which pushed Eliason into the wall and gave Schatz the lead. A moment later, the caution was displayed negating Schatz’s pass.

On the green-white-checkered restart, Eliason drove away with the win while Schatz was forced to settle for second.

On Wednesday, Schatz was in action at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, Calif. for the 49er Gold Rush Classic, where he finished 10th in the A-main. On Friday at Calistoga, Schatz recorded his third Quick Time of the season in time trials and finished fourth in the feature.

“It would have been great to get that win on Saturday to put a bow on the west coast swing, but that’s racing,” said Schatz. “Sometimes the yellows fall your way and sometimes they don’t. I’m really proud of the effort my Tony Stewart Racing team gave this week. We struggled on Wednesday but finished strong both nights at Calistoga. I’m looking forward to getting back to Eldora on Friday.”

The World of Outlaws makes its penultimate visit of the season to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Friday night for the BeFour the Crowns Showdown. In the previous five events at the speedway this season, Schatz has four victories. In the only event Schatz didn’t win, he finished third. The driver of the Textron Off Road / Ford Performance No. 15 has 13 career World of Outlaws wins at the Big E.

On Saturday, the series will head back to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Penn. for the Commonwealth Clash.

Schatz currently holds a 224 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the World of Outlaws standings through 59 events.

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

Quick Results:
9/12/18 – Placerville Speedway:
Qualifying: 11th; Heat: 3rd; A-Main Start/Finish: 9th/10th

9/14/18 – Calistoga Speedway:
Qualifying: 1st; Heat: 1st; Dash: 6th; A-Main Start/Finish: 6th/4th

9/15/18 – Calistoga Speedway:
Qualifying: 9th; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 4th; A-Main Start/Finish: 4th/2nd

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Instagram: www.instagram.com/tonystewart_rcg/

2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 59
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 44
Top Tens: 56

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Donny Schatz Rallies for Gold Cup Top 10, Looks for Strong Finish to West Coast Swing This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Frank Smith.

FARGO, N.D. (September 11, 2018) – Coming off a win Wednesday night at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore., Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 team were looking to keep their momentum going into the Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. on Sept. 7-8. Unfavorable results in qualifying put the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion behind the eight ball both nights, but Schatz was able to charge his way forward each night in the main event.

The weekend began with Schatz timing in 13th quick in Flight A in time trials, which led to him grabbing the fifth and final transfer spot in the heat race. Schatz started 17th on the grid for the 30-lap feature and brought his Shaver powered J&J home in the 12th position.

Similarly on Saturday, Schatz qualified 14th quick in Flight A, before he recorded a fifth-place finish in his heat. After Schatz started back in row 10 for the feature, the current series point leader raced his way up to the eighth position to score his 53rd top 10 of the World of Outlaws season.

“We just missed it a bit in qualifying each night and that put us behind early,” said Schatz. “When you race with the best in the business every night, you have to be on top of your game every time you hit the race track. This Tony Stewart Racing team never gave up all weekend. My guys gave me a great car and we were able to move forward in the feature both nights.”

The final west coast swing of the season for the World of Outlaws wraps up this weekend. On Wednesday, Placerville Speedway hosts the Brad Sweet Placerville Short Track Showdown. On Friday and Saturday, the series returns to the scenic Calistoga Speedway for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown.

Schatz is the defending champion of the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown. Last year, the Fargo, N.D. driver passed California native, Brad Sweet, with five laps to go to secure the $12,000 win.

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

Quick Results:
9/7/18 – Silver Dollar Speedway:
Qualifying (Flight A): 13th; Heat: 5th; A-Main Start/Finish: 17th/12th

9/8/18 – Silver Dollar Speedway:
Qualifying (Flight A): 14th; Heat: 5th; A-Main Start/Finish: 19th/8th

 

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Tony Stewart Racing:
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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 56
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 42
Top Tens: 53

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Schatz Cruises to Win No. 19 of 2018 at Willamette

Photo courtesy of Dave Biro.

LEBANON, Ore. (September 6, 2018) – Nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, Donny Schatz, raced to his series-leading 19th feature win of the season Wednesday night at Willamette Speedway.

Schatz started on the pole of the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win main event and grabbed the early lead over fellow front row starter, David Gravel. A spin on lap two set up the first double-file restart of the race. As the race resumed, Logan Schuchart put heavy pressure on Schatz for the point.

Schuchart rode the high side around turns three and four to drive by Schatz and lead lap four.

Schatz remained within striking distance of Schuchart through the first 10 laps of the race and closed in to within one car length as they approached lapped traffic. Schuchart’s machine pushed exiting turn four, which allowed Schatz to power back into the lead on lap 13.

Once out front, Schatz checked out from the rest of the field to claim his second career win at Willamette and second World of Outlaws win in a row.

“I was a little evil early, I was trying to burn off the fuel and the more I did, the better I got. My car was really good, hats off to my guys, they are the ones that should be standing here,” Schatz said of his Tony Stewart Racing team.

When asked about the long green flag run through the midpoint of race, Schatz replied, “That’s what you live for when you are running second, or when you are leading. If you can get out front and you do the right things in lapped traffic, you know it. There were a lot of grooves out there; a top, a bottom and a middle sometimes. Hats off to the track crew for providing an excellent race track.”

The World of Outlaws’ west coast swing continues Friday and Saturday with the Gold Cup at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif.

Schatz currently holds a 260 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the Outlaws point standings.

9/5/18 – Willamette Speedway:
Qualifying: 10th; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 1st; A-Main Start/Finish: 1st/1st

STAY CONNECTED:
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/TonyStewart_Rcg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tonystewart_rcg/

2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 54
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 42
Top Tens: 52

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Schatz Caps Washington Swing with 18th Win of the Season

Photo by Dave Biro. 

FARGO, N.D. (September 4, 2018) – Following a pair of shows in the badlands of South Dakota and Montana, the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series made the haul out to Washington for three events in four nights. Donny Schatz closed the weekend with a Labor Day win at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma.

A win in the Sears Craftsman Dash put the nine-time and defending champion on the pole for the 30-lap feature. Schatz jumped out to the early lead over Sheldon Haudenschild, but Haudenschild momentarily took the lead on lap three.

Schatz was able to move back by the sophomore Outlaws driver to lead at the line before opening up a five car length lead. Cautions throughout the race kept the field bunched up and the leaders out of lapped traffic.

In the late going, Schatz was challenge by Kasey Kahne Racing teammates, Daryn Pittman and Brad Sweet. Schatz remained strong in the final laps, which included a green-white-checkered restart, to capture his 18th win of the season.

“The track was really good, you had to move around to get through traffic. I actually wish we would have stayed in lapped traffic more, that’s when it gets really fun,” Schatz said in victory lane. “I don’t know any driver that wants cautions. I was hoping we could stay in lapped traffic because my car was good all over the race track and that I can attribute to my guys.”

On Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st, the World of Outlaws were in Alger, Washington for the Outlaw Energy Showdown at Skagit Speedway. On night one, Schatz charged from 10th to sixth in the 40-lap main event.

Night two was much better for the current series point leader. Schatz finished second in his heat and second in the dash before recording a runner-up finish in the feature. Schatz pulled even with Pittman for the lead on lap 27, but the treacherous cushion in turn two bit the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 and briefly relegated him back to third.

The World of Outlaws have another three-race stretch over the next four days, starting Wednesday, September 5th at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon. From there, the series will head to Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California on September 7th-8th for the Gold Cup. Schatz is a two-time champion of the Gold Cup, with his most recent title coming in 2015.

Entering Wednesday’s event, Schatz holds a 246 point lead over Sweet in the World of Outlaws point standings.

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

Quick Results:
8/31/18 – Skagit Speedway:
Qualifying: 16th; Heat: 4th; A-Main Start/Finish: 10th/6th

9/1/18 – Skagit Speedway:
Qualifying: 2nd; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 2nd; A-Main Start/Finish: 2nd/2nd

9/3/18 – Grays Harbor Raceway:
Qualifying: 6th; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 1st; A-Main Start/Finish: 1st/1st

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

2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 53
Wins: 18
Top Fives: 41
Top Tens: 51

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Schatz Races to Two Podium Finishes in South Dakota/Montana Doubleheader

Photo by Speedway Shots.

FARGO, N.D. (August 28, 2018) – Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 team had two strong runs over the weekend. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion picked up a runner-up finish Friday at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. before finishing third on Saturday at Big Sky Speedway in Billings, Mont.

Schatz’s series-leading 17 wins, 39 top fives, and 48 top 10s through the first 50 events of the season have helped him to a 236 point lead over Brad Sweet.

The turning point for Schatz on Friday at Black Hills was a caution with 12 to go. The Fargo, N.D. driver took advantage of the double-file restart to move from ninth to second in two laps. Schatz set his sights on Sweet for the lead, but the Grass Valley, Calif. driver held on for the win.

“Hats off to my guys, they always give me a good race car and we were pretty good at the end. I felt like we were running 43rd most of the race,” Schatz said with a smile.

The team made the five-hour haul overnight to Billings for the second and final event of the weekend at Big Sky on Saturday. Schatz was fastest in time trials for the second time in as many weekends before going on to win his heat. Starting fourth on the grid for the 35-lap feature, Schatz quickly moved by David Gravel to claim third. Several cautions throughout the event set up double-file restarts, but Schatz was never able to capitalize to move by either Daryn Pittman or Jacob Allen. Schatz reeled in Allen amidst lapped traffic in the closing stages, but ran out of time as he took the checkers in third.

“It’s fun to be in traffic, but that wasn’t in the cards tonight. Third is pretty respectable, the race track was fun and that’s all you can ask for as a racer,” said a pleased Schatz after the race.

This coming weekend, the World of Outlaws will travel to the Pacific Northwest for four races in six days.

The action kicks off on Friday, Aug. 31 and Saturday, Sept. 1 at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Wash. for the Outlaw Energy Showdown. In the two visits to Skagit last year, Schatz picked up fourth and fifth place finishes. On Monday, Sept. 3, the Greatest Show on Dirt makes a stop to Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, Wash. before heading to Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Ore. on Wednesday, Sept. 5.

Quick Results:
8/24/18 – Black Hills Speedway:
Qualifying: 7th; Heat: 4th; A-Main Start/Finish: 10th/2nd

8/25/18 – Big Sky Speedway:
Qualifying: 1st; Heat: 1st; Dash: 4th; A-Main Start/Finish: 4th/3rd

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 50
Wins: 17
Top Fives: 39
Top Tens: 48

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spiekerpromotions@gmail.com

Schatz Collects First Outlaws Win at Red River Valley Speedway Since 2006

Photo Credit: Speedway Shots

WEST FARGO – A crowd of nearly 6,000 race fans packed the stands Saturday night at Red River Valley Speedway for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series’ only appearance of the 2018 season.

The crowd was cheering on Fargo driver and current World of Outlaws point leader, Donny Schatz, and he did not disappoint.

Schatz took the lead with just seven laps remaining to pick up his first World of Outlaws win at his home track since 2006.

“This is what you live for,” said an elated Schatz in victory lane. “When you race close to home, you hope for the opportunity to put on a good show, finish well and win some races. I’m so fortunate for my team, they are the reason I’m standing here. We’ve been together for a long time and we have a lot of fun doing this. It’s awesome to be here, it’s awesome to see this crowd tonight.”

Schatz began the night by setting the fastest lap in time trials with a lap of 13.230 seconds around the three-eighths mile oval, averaging 102mph. From there, Schatz won his heat race and finished third in the Sears/Craftsman dash, which earned him the third starting position for the 30-lap, $10,000-to-win feature.

Watertown, Connecticut’s David Gravel jumped out to the early lead over Jacob Allen of Hanover, Pa. Gravel and Allen battled for the top spot for the first half of the race until Schatz reeled both of them amidst lapped traffic.

Local competitor, Thomas Kennedy of Winnipeg, Man., had started 12th on the grid, but was running sixth when he spun on lap 18 to bring out the caution.

On the restart, Schatz moved by Allen for second before taking advantage of the next restart on lap 23. The Fargo driver dove to the inside of turn three and slid across the track to take the lead away from Gravel exiting turn four. Two laps later, Gravel’s strong run came to an end after he suffered a flat right rear tire.

Allen, who inherited second following Gravel’s misfortune, remained within striking distance of Schatz in the closing laps, but Schatz held a steady line around the high side of the speedway to collect his fifth career World of Outlaws win at Red River Valley Speedway.

The win made it a clean sweep for Schatz on the weekend in World of Outlaws competition. He also scored the win Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks.

The NLRA Late Models were also on the card for Saturday’s program. Three-time NLRA champion, Brad Seng, of Grand Forks claimed the win. Seng had to best Schatz, who was pulling double duty, in a thrilling battle in the final stages. The two drivers traded the lead several times through lapped traffic, but Seng held on for the win.

 

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 47
Wins: 17
Top Fives: 36
Top Tens: 45

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Mike Spieker
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spiekerpromotions@gmail.com