Schatz Races to 10th Career Outlaws Win at River Cities

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (June 15, 2018) – Donny Schatz’s dominance on his home soil continued Friday night at River Cities Speedway with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Schatz collected his 10th career Outlaws win at the high-banked three-tenths mile clay oval in front of a capacity crowd.

After finishing second in the Sears Craftsman Dash, Schatz rolled off on the outside of the front row for the 40-lap A-main. Kerry Madsen jumped out to the early lead over Schatz from the pole position and showed the way in the opening laps.

Several cautions plagued the first half of the feature, which kept the leaders out of lapped traffic.

At the midpoint of the race, the leaders finally encountered the tail of the field. Schatz, who had remained within striking distance of Madsen throughout the race, erased the gap with 25 laps complete.

Schatz made a strong three wide move to pass two lapped cars down the back straightaway and put Madsen in his crosshairs. The following circuit, Schatz went to the top of turns three and four and drove around the outside of Madsen to take the lead.

Schatz quickly dove back to the preferred racing groove on the bottom of turns one and two as Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman challenged Madsen for second.

Madsen fell to Sweet with 11 laps to go, but Sweet had nothing for the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion. Schatz comfortably cruised to his 11th Outlaws win of the season and seventh win at River Cities in the last nine races.

“There was nothing easy about that one,” said Schatz in victory lane. “That bottom was tricky, and my car was extremely tight. If I got to do it over, there is definitely a lot I would change on the car, but we got the win and that’s all that matters. I knew tire wear was going to be an issue. You didn’t want to chunk your tire out and, man, I really killed it in the heat and in the dash and those were short races. All these wins are special. You never know when your last one is going to be.”

Schatz was also in action with the NLRA Late Models. After picking up a highly-contested heat race win, Schatz rolled from the front row for the 25-lap feature. Schatz battled inside the top three for the majority of the race, briefly taking the lead at the halfway point. In the late stages of the race, Schatz faded back a bit and finished in fifth.

“I had fun. It’s a new car,” said Schatz of his new Rocket chassis. “It was good in the heat when the track was a little wet. In the feature I was slipping a bit, but you’re going to have that with a new car.”

Schatz wraps up the first weekend of racing in North Dakota Sunday at Nodak Speedway in Minot, N.D. with the World of Outlaws.

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Donny Schatz ready for home state races at River Cities Speedway and Nodak Speedway

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MINOT, N.D. — June 14, 2018 — Even after 20-plus years on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour, Donny Schatz still circles all of the dates in his home state of North Dakota on his calendar each season. Again in 2018, the nine-time and defending series champion will lead the series into his home state on two separate occasions.

The first of those is this weekend as the Outlaws invade River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks on Friday, June 15 for the 1st Leg of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour. The series then heads to Schatz’s hometown of Minot on Sunday, June 17 for the Gerdau Recycling Magic City Showdown Presented by Schatz Crossroad and Fastlane Car Wash, which serves as the Grand Finale of Minot’s Ribfest.

“You always look forward to getting to race close to home,” said Schatz. “You get to sleep in your own bed. See all the local fans, friendly and family. It’s the highlight of the year for me. I can’t wait. We are pretty lucky that we get to go home twice. We race there in June and August.”

When quizzed about all of his past success in his home state, Schatz defers credit to the Tony Stewart Racing team for whom he drivers, led by crew chief Ricky Warner, along with Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti. Schatz has won at each and every track in North Dakota that the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series have raced at over the years.

“Being close to home helps a person’s confidence,” he noted. “I think a lot of it has to do with this race team. They unload every night with a solid race car. That place has been very good to us. Once you start winning at a place, you can start playing around and learning little things. We’ve learned a lot of little things over the years. Hopefully, we can make something work that we haven’t before and learn even more.”

Schatz leads all drivers at River Cities Speedway with nine wins in World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition. He was victorious at the track last August and has won six of the last eight races contested by the series at the high-banked three-tenths-mile. Schatz has finished in the top-10 in all previous 21 races for the Outlaws at River Cities Speedway.

“From a driver’s perspective, I think you look at a place where you have a track surface that has two or three grooves and you can pass cars and it’s one of those places that is like that,” explained Schatz. “You can run across the top and turn down and there is a bottom. It always gives a guy an opportunity to go where the car in front of you isn’t and be able to pass. There are very few places that have that much room to move around on the race track. I think that’s probably the biggest key, because there are so many grooves and you can move around on the race track.”

Schatz began attending races at Nodak Speedway as a child and his family’s business, Schatz Crossroads Truck Stop, has been a big supporter of the track over the years. The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series made their debut at the three-eighths-mile in 2006 and has raced at the track in 11 of the last 12 years.

“It’s huge for Minot to have a World of Outlaws race,” said Schatz. “The Nodak Race Club has been around for ages. It’s cool to see that history and heritage. That’s where I was born. For me, that’s where I first got to sit in the seats and watch sprint cars, modifieds and late models go around. That’s really where the love for racing started. It gives you goosebumps when you go back and get to see that. I still get those goosebumps today.”

Schatz has had his fair share of success at Nodak Speedway as well. He picked up his first win at the track with the Outlaws in 2012 and ripped of five straight wins, before finishing second at the track last year. Schatz has 11 top-10 finishes in the previous 12 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series races at Nodak Speedway, with nine of those being top-five finishes.

“That place has been tricky,” he noted. “When they put the new grandstand up, it changed the whole front stretch off turn four. We look forward to those tricky tracks, because oftentimes we can make something happen in ways other guys can’t. We’ve won on both configurations. It’s pretty neat to come off turn four and see that big grandstand and know there are a lot of people pulling for you. That gives you a little extra motivation to go fast.”

Despite all of his success at River Cities Speedway and Nodak Speedway, Schatz doesn’t see it as any added pressure. He and his race team approach each race night the same way and the bar has been set very high, as they have started the season off with 10 wins in the first 27 races. Schatz is the current series point leader as he chases his 10th championship. 

“It’s not about pressure,” said Schatz. “We have fun out here, but at the end of the day, we have high expectations to win races. That’s what we are going to try to do. If that’s what pressure brings us, then that’s what we are looking forward to.”

 Tickets for the 1st Leg of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events at River Cities Speedway on Friday, June 15 can be purchased online at slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling 815-344-2023. Tickets can also be purchased at the River Cities Speedway track office, area ticket outlets and at the track on race day.

 Tickets for the Gerdau Recycling Magic City Showdown presented by Schatz Crossroads and Fastlane Car Wash featuring the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series at Nodak Speedway in Minot, N.D., on Sunday, June 17 can be purchased in advance online at https://slspromotions.ticketforce.com or by calling 815-344-2023 and at the track on race day.

 Fans who purchase a World of Outlaws ticket in advance will receive free entry (a $5 value) to Minot’s Ribfest, which runs Friday, June 15 through Sunday, June 17 at Nodak Speedway.

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Schatz Scores 2018 Jackson Nationals Title

JACKSON, Minn. (June 10, 2018) – Just when Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 team seemed down and out, they came alive when it mattered. After finishing no better than eighth in the two AGCO Jackson Nationals preliminary events at Jackson Motorplex, Schatz rallied to take the $40,000 win Saturday night.

Entering the Jackson Nationals finale 11th in the event point standings, Schatz lined up seventh on the 24-car starting grid for the 40-lap A-main. Several cautions plagued the opening laps, but once the race found a green flag stretch, Schatz made his way to the front.

Schatz took over the second spot from Brian Brown on lap three with a textbook slide job in turn two. Brown tried to battle back to the inside, but Schatz’s momentum allowed him to pull away on the front stretch. Schatz immediately set his sights on Jason Johnson for the lead, but Johnson had established a big advantage in the early stages.

It took 13 circuits for Schatz to reel in Johnson, who was looking to sweep the entire Jackson Nationals weekend. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion pulled up to the tail tank of Johnson on lap 17 before diving to the bottom of turns one and two.

Schatz pulled even with Johnson entering turn three and took the position exiting turn four on the bottom groove. Once in the lead, Schatz returned to the high groove and began working on heavy lapped traffic that raced just ahead of him.

In the late stages of the race, the four-tenths mile dirt oval began taking rubber around the middle groove of turns three and four. Johnson remained within striking distance for the remainder of the event, but Schatz held him off to claim his 10th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of 2018.

“This race team is what the difference is,” Schatz said in victory lane when asked about his improvement throughout the weekend. “We changed up a lot of little things and I felt as good as I have all weekend during hot laps tonight and it showed then and now.”

The win was Schatz’s third at Jackson Motorplex with the World of Outlaws. Next week, Schatz will return to action in his home state as the World of Outlaws make visits to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. and Nodak Speedway in Minot, N.D.

2018 Donny Schatz / World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 27
Wins: 10
Top Fives: 19
Top Tens: 25

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Schatz Claims 11th Career Charlotte Win

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 25, 2018) – Donny Schatz and the Textron Off Road / Ford Performance team are on a roll. Schatz picked up his fifth win in the last seven races Friday night at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

“We’ve been short a [crew] guy all year. I can’t take credit for this, I just drive the thing,” said Schatz in victory lane. “These guys have dug and dug through all the adversity this season. We seem to get better through adversity though. I can’t wait for the next race.”

After winning the Craftsman Sears Dash, Schatz started on the pole of the 30-lap main event. However, Shane Stewart grabbed the early lead and pulled away to a five car length lead.

With 10 laps complete, Schatz was still chasing Stewart until Brad Sweet completed a slide job on the nine-time and defending Outlaws champion to take over second. Sweet’s pass was quickly negated, though, as the caution waved just moments later.

On the ensuing restart, Schatz lined up in second next to Stewart. Schatz attempted a slide job in turns one and two as the race resumed, but Stewart’s momentum carried him back into the lead. Schatz settled back into second and went back to work on the leader.

With eight laps to go Schatz had reeled in Stewart once again, pulling even with the Bixby, Oklahoma driver on the front stretch. Schatz used the middle groove in turn one to make a seemingly effortless pass for the lead.

Once out front, Schatz opened up a 15 car length lead as he cruised to his 11th career win at the Dirt Track at Charlotte and ninth Outlaws win of 2018.

“In this sport, what you see is what you get, nobody wants to run second, but sometimes it does help when entering lapped traffic,” continued Schatz. “I started moving around the track and my car kept getting better and better.”

Schatz will be in action Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 at Port Royal Speedway with the Northeast Ultimate Super Late Model Series in his No. 15 Rocket Late Model.

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Donny Doubles Down at Eldora

Photo Credit: Dave Biro

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 12, 2018) – Donny Schatz completed the weekend sweep Saturday night at Eldora Speedway’s Let’s Race Two event. The win marked Schatz’s eighth World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series of the season and fourth in the last five races.

After winning the Sears Craftsman Club Dash, Schatz led the field of 24 to the green flag for the 30-lap main event. Outside front row starter, Parker Price Miller utilized the outside lane to take the lead on lap one.

Price Miller opened up a three car length advantage, but Schatz remained patient around the low side of the speedway. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion reeled in Price Miller on lap four and made the pass for the lead entering turn one on lap five.

On the following circuit, Friday night’s runner-up finisher Logan Schuchart moved by Price Miller for second.

At the halfway point, Schuchart had all but erased Schatz’s lead as they raced in lapped traffic. Once clear of traffic, Schatz was able to rebuild his advantage over the Hanover, Pa. driver.

“We love lapped traffic. That’s where races are won and lost,” Schatz said in victory lane. “My guys are incredible. We keep working, keep digging and keep finding ways to be up here at the end of the night.”

When asked about the close racing with Schuchart, Schatz referenced an old tale from his father, “If you are worried about what is behind you, you are going to have a hell of a time handling what’s in front of you. I’ve always raced like that and tonight was no different.”

Schatz’s lead atop the World of Outlaws point standings is now at a season-high of 102 over Brad Sweet. Schatz continues to lead all other drivers in wins, top fives and top tens through the first 18 races.

The World of Outlaws will be back in action Sunday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. This will be the third attempt to get the event completed as Mother Nature has washed out the other two previous events.

Catch all the action from the high-banked quarter-mile with DirtVision.com’s live audio or video.

Results:
Feature: 1st
Dash: 1st
Heat: 1st
Time Trials: 3rd

2018 Donny Schatz Stats:
Total Races: 20
Total Wins: 10
Total Top-5s: 16
Total Top-10s: 19


World of Outlaws Races: 18
World of Outlaws Wins: 8
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 14
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 17

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Donny Schatz, Eldora Speedway

Schatz Races to Seventh Outlaws Win of 2018 at Eldora

Photo by Dave Biro.

ROSSBURG, Ohio (May 11, 2018) – Donny Schatz collected a hard fought feature win Friday night with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series at Eldora Speedway. Friday’s race was the first of two Lets Race Two events, which also featured the USAC National wingless sprints.

Schatz lined up inside of row two for the 30-lap main event. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion wasted no time moving forward as he executed a slide job in turns one and two to take second from Cole Duncan on lap two.

From there, Schatz set his sights on Ohio-native Jac Haudenschild for the lead. Schatz quickly caught Haudenschild while patiently running the low side of the speedway. On lap six, Schatz pulled even with Haudenschild exiting turn two, but the caution was displayed.

On the restart, Schatz briefly took the lead away from Haudenschild. However, a three car battle for the lead quickly ensued as Aaron Reutzel entered the mix. Reutzel took the lead on lap 10 as Schatz was shuffled back to third.

On lap 12, Schatz found a way around Haudenschild for second. Almost simultaneously, Reutzel got into the turn one wall and took a nasty tumble right in front of Schatz to bring out the red. Schatz narrowly missed Reutzel, but inherited the lead in doing so.

Schatz stretched out his lead as the race resumed, but Brad Sweet, who started fifth, came up to challenge Schatz at the halfway point. Sweet attempted a slide job in turn two, but Schatz’s momentum carried him back into the lead.

From there, Schatz went on to hold off a hard-charging Logan Schuchart to claim his 268th career World of Outlaws win.

“I had a good car, we played around a little and tried something different, but this team just continues to work. We probably weren’t the best car tonight, but we are here standing with the checkered flag,” Schatz said in Elorda Speedway victory lane. When asked about Reutzel’s move for the lead and crash, Schatz said, “He was really fast, but he wore it out. That’s the big part of racing with the World of Outlaws. You’ve got to finish races to win the Championship and sometimes you can’t go as hard to make sure you finish these races.”

Schatz also praised the Eldora Speedway track crew, “Everyone has a different perspective of what is a good race or not. There were multiple grooves and guys were making moves all over the place and that’s really all you can ask for.”

Schatz will be back in action tonight at Eldora Speedway. Catch live video or audio at DirtVision.com.

Results:
Feature: 1st
Dash: 3rd
Heat: 1st
Time Trials: 2nd

2018 Donny Schatz Stats:
Total Races: 19
Total Wins: 9
Total Top-5s: 15
Total Top-10s: 18

World of Outlaws Races: 17
World of Outlaws Wins: 7
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 13
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 16

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Donny Schatz, Lake Ozark Speedway

Donny Schatz gets sixth Outlaw victory of the season during visit to Lake Ozark Speedway

Date: Friday, May 4th
Event: Outlaws at Lake Ozark Speedway
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Lake Ozark Speedway (Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 1st (3rd)

Date: Saturday, May 5th
Event: Twister Showdown
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Salina Highbanks Speedway (Salina, Okla.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 2nd (2nd)

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 5/7): 1st – 2292 points (80-point margin over second place, Brad Sweet)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 7, 2018) – A pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series starts resulted in a pair of podium performances for Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz, now boosting the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion to an impressive 12 top-five finishes in 16 Series starts. The driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 sprint car highlighted his weekend swing with a victory at Lake Ozark Speedway in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., on Friday, May 4. It was a first-ever victory at Lake Ozark Speedway for Schatz, now with six World of Outlaws victories on the season.

“It’s awesome to win with the World of Outlaws, let alone for the first time at a track,” said Donny Schatz in Lake Ozark Speedway victory lane. “I don’t remember being here in 2007, but I remember being here tonight. Hats off to this race team. It’s a lot of fun to race with guys that you have a special bond with. They work hard and it shows. I definitely wouldn’t be in the position that I am without them.”

Schatz started third on the feature grid at Lake Ozark Speedway, powering underneath Logan Schuchart to take second by the completion of lap five. Less than two circuits later, Schatz was in control, working his way around race-long leader, Jacob Allen, to officially lead lap seven. Despite persistent pressure by Allen, Schuchart, and eventually David Gravel, Schatz held strong, driving on to score the $10,000 payday.

Schatz solidified his main event starting position by finishing third during the evening’s dash, just after finishing second during heat race competition.

Schatz concluded his Missouri/Oklahoma road trip with a runner-up finish at the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla., on Saturday, May 5. Starting second on the feature grid by way of dash result, Schatz led the first four circuits of the 30-lap Twister Showdown before giving up the top spot to eventual winner, Brad Sweet.

Schatz kicked-off his evening in Salina by recording the third fastest qualifying time, winning the third of three heat races soon thereafter.

Up next, Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing will press on and continue their 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series title chase with #LetsRaceTwo weekend at the famed Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, on Friday and Saturday, May 11-12. Schatz is the defending #LetsRaceTwo weekend finale winner, fending off challenges by Chad Kemenah and Rico Abreu for a $10,000 payday.

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2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru May 7, 2018)
Total Races: 18
Total Wins: 8
Total Top-5s: 14
Total Top-10s: 17

World of Outlaws Races: 16
World of Outlaws Wins: 6
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 12
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 15

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Donny Schatz, Lake Ozark Speedway

Schatz Claims First Lake Ozark Win

Photo Credit: Dave Biro

ELDON, MO (May 4, 2018) – There aren’t many tracks on the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour at which Donny Schatz hasn’t visited victory lane. On Friday night, that list got even smaller as Schatz picked up a convincing win at Lake Ozark Speedway.

After a third-place finish in the Craftsman Club Dash, Schatz started inside of the second row for the 40-lap main event. Shark Racing teammates, Jacob Allen and Logan Schuchart, led the field in the opening laps, trading slide jobs for the lead.

Meanwhile, Schatz remained patient running the extreme inside groove around the semi-banked one-third mile clay oval.

On lap five, Schatz powered around Schuchart exiting turn two for the runner-up position and set his sights on Allen for the lead. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion quickly reeled in Allen. Schatz ran the middle groove in turns three and four to pull even with Allen and take the lead at the completion of lap seven.

At the midway point, Schuchart threatened to take the lead as Schatz was mired in heavy lapped traffic. Schuchart looked to the outside of Schatz out of turn four, but Schatz was able to hold the position.

A lap 26 caution allowed David Gravel to take the second spot on the restart. One more caution in the latter portion of the event slowed the field to set up another restart.

With a clear track ahead, however, Schatz was able to fend of Gravel and Schuchart to open a comfortable advantage in the closing laps.

Schatz went on to score his sixth victory of the season by 1.495 seconds over Gravel. The win marks the 267th World of Outlaws triumph of his career.

“It’s awesome to win anywhere with the World of Outlaws, let alone for the first time at a track,” said Schatz in victory lane. “I don’t remember being here in 2007, but I remember being here tonight. Hats off to this race team. It’s a lot of fun to race with guys that you have a special bond with.”

Schatz will be back in action Saturday, May 5 at Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Oka. He has now extended his points lead to 84 points over Brad Sweet.

2018 Donny Schatz Stats:
Total Races: 17
Total Wins: 8
Total Top-5s: 13
Total Top-10s: 16

World of Outlaws Races: 15
World of Outlaws Wins: 6
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 11
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 13

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Donny Schatz earns $20,000 during Texas Outlaw Nationals finale at Devil’s Bowl Speedway

Photo Credit: Vince Vellella

Date: Thursday, April 26th
Event: Outlaws at Cotton Bowl Speedway
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Cotton Bowl Speedway (Paige, Texas)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 9th (4th)

Dates: Friday and Saturday, April 27th-28th
Event: Texas Outlaw Nationals
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, Texas)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start):
Friday: 4th (3rd)
Saturday: 1st (5th)

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 4/30): 1st – 1996 points (72-point margin over second place, Brad Sweet)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 30, 2018) – Turning into three starts in three days during his visit to the Lone Star State, Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz scored three consecutive top-ten finishes during his recent stretch of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series competition, ending the weekend with a $20,000 payday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. For Schatz, the Texas Outlaw Nationals finale victory increased his World of Outlaws win total to five on the season, seven victories overall in 2018, still maintaining the top spot in the World of Outlaws championship standings.

“We were faced with a little bit of everything this weekend. To close-out Saturday with a win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, where it all started for the World of Outlaws, is really special,” Donny Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 sprint car, explained. “It feels good to have this level of consistency, but it feels better to win races. We’ll work as hard as we can to keep this No. 15 up front.”

A start that was pushed back one day due to Mother Nature, Schatz kicked-off his Texas visit with a ninth place finish at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige on Thursday, April 26. Starting fourth on the feature grid, the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion suffered from mechanical woes early in the form of a broken suspension component. Although forced to manhandle an ill-handling car, Schatz fought hard to finish ninth, automatically qualifying for the evening’s dash and main event by finishing second during his respective heat race.

Following his visit to Paige, Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing visited Devil’s Bowl Speedway for the two-day Texas Outlaw Nationals on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28. Two starts resulted in two top-five finishes for Schatz, kicking-off the weekend with a fourth place finish on Friday after starting third. Schatz qualified for the Texas Outlaw Nationals preliminary by finishing second during his respective heat race, eventually finishing third during the evening’s Craftsman Club Dash.

In dramatic fashion, Schatz ended his Texas Outlaw Nationals campaign by capturing the weekend’s finale worth $20,000, also solidifying ownership of the Ted Johnson Memorial Trophy. A result that started on the inside of row three, Schatz stole the show on lap 26, working around race leader, Brad Sweet, for the biggest payday of the season thus far. Schatz qualified for the Texas Outlaw Nationals finale by finishing second during his respective heat race.

“Ted [Johnson] looked after his people and he had great relationships with his guys. He had a serious passion, not only for his guys, but for putting on a great race. I remember watching him bounce up and down because Steve [Kinser] and Sammy [Swindell] were putting on a show,” Schatz reminisced about the late, great Ted Johnson. “He was a race fan.”

Donny Schatz will continue his 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series campaign with a pair of starts in Missouri and Oklahoma, first visiting Lake Ozark Speedway in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., on Friday, May 4. The Greatest Show On Dirt will invade the Salina Highbanks Speedway in Salina, Okla., for the Twister Showdown on Saturday, May 5.

Although making a visit to Salina Highbanks Speedway in 2017 where Schatz finished second to the “Madman” Kerry Madsen, it has been 11 years since the World of Outlaws visited Lake Ozark Speedway.

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.

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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 30, 2018)
Total Races: 16
Total Wins: 7
Total Top-5s: 12
Total Top-10s: 15

World of Outlaws Races: 14
World of Outlaws Wins: 5
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 10
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 13

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Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
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Donny Schatz highlights recent WoO stretch with podium finish in Pevely; Texas visit on deck

Date: Friday, April 20th
Event: World of Outlaws at Riverside
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Riverside International Speedway (West Memphis, Ark.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 8th (16th)

Date: Saturday, April 21st
Event: Spring Classic
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, Mo.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 2nd (1st)

World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 4/22): 1st – 1572 points (72-point margin over second place, Sheldon Haudenschild)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (April 23, 2018) – Nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz, earned back-to-back top-ten finishes with the Greatest Show On Dirt during the recent weekend, highlighting the two-race stretch with a podium run on the highbanks of Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Missouri. For Schatz, the pair of top-ten finishes propels his World of Outlaws top-ten count to 10 in 11 starts, still maintaining a grasp on the World of Outlaws championship lead by 72 markers over Wooster, Ohio, native, Sheldon Haudenschild.

Schatz, pilot of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 sprint car, launched the recent weekend with a visit to the Riverside International Speedway in West Memphis, Arkansas. As the result of his qualifying time, 20th fastest overall, and a fourth place finish during his respective heat race, the Fargo, N.D., native was forced to start deep within the field, ultimately advancing from the outside of row eight to finish eighth in just 40 circuits.

Nearly dominating the entire program on Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Donny Schatz set the second fastest time during his respective group of qualifying time trials, won his heat race, and won the Craftsman Club Dash, all before finishing second during the 40-lap main event.

Schatz, who started from the pole-position due to his dash victory, faded as far back as fifth after the initial green, but recovered in the closing circuits to secure the runner-up spot. A late-caution with five circuits remaining gave Schatz one last opportunity to retake command, but the thin, narrow lane around the bottom of speedway made it too difficult to squeeze underneath race leader, Daryn Pittman.

“I think we had something for Daryn (Pittman) at the end, but we ran out of time and race track,” Donny Schatz explained about his I-55 start. “When the track gets locked-down like that, you are pretty much bound to one lane. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the start that we needed so we had to dig ourselves out of a hole. Regardless, another great effort by this No. 15 team. We’ll keep digging and try again in Texas.”

Schatz was scheduled to compete with the World of Outlaws at the Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind., on Sunday, April 22, but inclement weather just before hot laps forced the program to be cancelled.

Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing will continue their 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series campaign with a trio of starts in the Lone Star State, ready to do battle during three events in four days beginning Wednesday evening at the Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas. Schatz will conclude his final Texas visit of the season with the Texas Outlaw Nationals at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite on Friday and Saturday, April 27-28.

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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 22, 2018)
Total Races: 13
Total Wins: 6
Total Top-5s: 10
Total Top-10s: 12

World of Outlaws Races: 11
World of Outlaws Wins: 4
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 8
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 10

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