Busy World Finals Lies Ahead For Donny Schatz

 

Photo Credit: Michael Fry

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 1, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season comes to a close this weekend with the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte. Coming off a $51,000 payday Sunday afternoon at Port Royal Speedway, Donny Schatz will look to secure his 10th series championship.

Coming in with a 278 point advantage over Brad Sweet, Schatz merely has to take the green flag at one of the two events this weekend to lock up the title.

In addition to running his Sprint Car, Schatz will also be competing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Models. Schatz has competed in 11 Late Model events in 2018, collecting three wins with the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA). In his last six starts behind the wheel of the Petro Stopping Centers / Fastlane Car Wash No. 15 Late Model, Schatz hasn’t finished worse than fifth in NLRA and Northeast Ultimate Late Model competition.

Schatz has four World of Outlaws Late Model starts this season, all at Volusia Speedway Park during the DIRTcar Nationals.

Donny Schatz’s No. 15 Late Model. Mike Spieker photo.

Schatz has had a stout track record at the Dirt Track at Charlotte since the facility opened in 2000. The Fargo, N.D. driver has compiled 11 wins at the semi-banked four-tenths mile clay oval and has won three of the last five events.

Last year, Schatz closed out his 2017 championship campaign by winning the opening night of the World Finals and finishing second in the Saturday night finale. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 is the most recent World of Outlaws winner at the speedway with his win earlier this season on May 24th.

APPEARANCE ALERT: Donny Schatz will appear at Stewart-Haas Racing on Friday, Nov. 2 from 11 AM – 12 PM ET.

Stop by to meet the Nine-Time Outlaw Champion and Charlotte Motor Speedway mascot, Lug Nut! The SHR gift shop will also be open and offering a 15% discount to anyone presenting a signed Donny Schatz hero card!

Address: 6001 Haas Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081

Previous Results at the Dirt Track at Charlotte:
World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series:
2018 – 1st on May 25
2017 – 4th on May 26; 1st on Nov. 3; 2nd on Nov. 4
2016 – 5th on May 27; 3rd on Oct. 28; 1st on Oct. 29
2015 – 1st on May 22; 6th on Nov. 6; 8th on Nov. 8
2014 – 2nd on May 23; 13th on Nov. 7; 4th on Nov. 8
2013 – 12th on May 24; 1st on Nov. 8; 3rd on Nov. 9
2012 – 2nd on May 25; 6th in the B on Nov. 2; 25th on Nov. 3
2011 – 3rd on May 28; 1st on Nov. 5; 1st on Nov. 6
2010 – 1st on May 29; 4th on Nov. 5; 7th on Nov. 6
2009 – 3rd on May 22; 2nd on Nov. 6; 6th on Nov. 7
2008 – 6th on May 23; 2nd on Oct. 31; 1st on Nov. 1
2007 – 1st on May 25; 2nd on Nov. 2; 4th on Nov. 3
2006 – 5th on May 24
2003 – 8th on May 24
2002 – 23rd on May 24; 3rd on May 25; 22nd on Oct. 11; 21st on Oct. 12
2001 – 6th on May 25; 3rd on May 26; 3rd on Oct. 5; 2nd on Oct. 6
2000 – 4th on May 25, 20th on May 26, 1st on Oct. 5, 3rd on Oct. 6

World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series:
2017 – 3rd in the LCS on Nov. 4; 7th in the LCS on Nov. 3
2016 – 15th on Oct. 29; 15th on Oct. 28
2015 – 7th in the LCS on Nov. 8; 11th on Nov. 7
2014 – 9th on Nov. 8; 15th on Nov. 7

STAY CONNECTED:
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Tony Stewart Racing:
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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 69
Wins: 21
Top Fives: 51
Top Tens: 64

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Contact:
Mike Spieker
SpiekerPromotions.com
spiekerpromotions@gmail.com

Schatz Wheels His Way to $51,000 Tuscarora 50 Win at Port Royal

 

Photo Credit: Trent Gower

FARGO, N.D. (October 29, 2018) – Donny Schatz cashed in on one of the biggest paydays of the year for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series on Sunday afternoon after winning the $51,000 Tuscarora 50 at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania.

Given the unique format of the Tuscarora 50, only World of Outlaws show-up points were awarded. Due to that, Schatz’s 278 point advantage over Brad Sweet atop the point standings remained unchanged. Schatz merely has to take the green flag at one of the two World Finals events this weekend at The Dirt Track at Charlotte to claim his 10th series championship.

After both Friday and Saturday night’s events were washed out due to rain, a stout field of 51 teams were checked in at the big semi-banked half-mile for the Sunday afternoon matinee. Track record speed was seen during time trials, but the track began to slick off towards the end of the night, which made for a racy main event.

Schatz started fifth on the grid for the 50-lap feature and ran third at the mandatory fuel stop on lap 21. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion moved by Lucas Wolfe on the restart and set his sights on Brad Sweet for the lead.

With lapped traffic looming ahead, Schatz reeled in Sweet and placed a bid for the lead in turn one with 19 circuits remaining. The driver of the Textron Off-Road Wildcat XX completed a textbook slide job exiting turn two to take command.

Once out front, Schatz checked out from the rest of the field as he cruised to his 21st victory of the season and third career triumph at Port Royal.

“It felt like a 500-miler,” said Schatz of the 50-lap race that was plagued with cautions. “I would love to tell you that this Wildcat XX machine is badass, but it’s really the guys that work on it. These guys are incredible at what they do.

“We decided we better start testing out the 2019 rule changes and since we’ve done that, we haven’t finished worse than second and that’s really important,” added Schatz. “Those changes are really going to affect how these cars handle so I’m glad we’ve got a good handle on it.”

The World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte will kick off on Thursday with two rounds of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series time trials, which will determine heat race lineups for Friday and Saturday night’s programs.

Hot laps begin at 5:00pm (eastern time) on Thursday. Friday and Saturday night’s events begin at 4:45pm. Free live audio or pay-per-view video can be found at DirtVision.com.

Schatz and the entire Tony Stewart Racing team would like to thank Textron Off RoadFord PerformanceCurb RecordsSage Fruit and J&J Auto Racing for their continued support.

Quick Results:
10/28/18 – Port Royal Speedway:
Qualifying: 7th (Flight A); Heat: 1st; A-Main Start/Finish: 5th/1st

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

2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 69
Wins: 21
Top Fives: 51
Top Tens: 64

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Mike Spieker
SpiekerPromotions.com
spiekerpromotions@gmail.com

Schatz Tallies 20th Outlaws Win of 2018, Fourth Career Win at Dodge City

Photo Credit: Lonnie Wheatley

FARGO, N.D. (October 23, 2018) – For the first time since September 5th, Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing team returned to victory lane on Saturday night at Dodge City Raceway Park in Dodge City, Kan. with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. The win for Schatz was his 20th World of Outlaws win of the season, which now marks six consecutive seasons in which he has won at least 20 features – a World of Outlaws record.

A second place finish in the Sears Craftsman Dash put the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion on the outside of the front row for the 30-lap main event. Schatz rode behind leader, Ian Madsen, in the early going until they reached lapped traffic.

On lap eight, Madsen bobbled slightly in turn one which allowed Schatz to get by to lead the lap just before the caution flew. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 withstood a late-race challenge from Madsen to claim his fourth career win at the speedway.

In victory lane, Schatz said lapped traffic was tricky all race long. “It’s how I got the lead and it’s how I almost lost it. They didn’t do anything wrong, but it was definitely tough to get by them. It’s a privilege to be able to drive for this great team against the greatest drivers in the world at the nicest facilities in the country.”

The “Greatest Show on Dirt” was also in action Friday night at Lakeside Speedway near Kansas City, Kan. In what was one of the most impressive drives of the night, Schatz charged from the seventh starting position to second in the main event. Schatz closed in on Daryn Pittman for the lead in the late stages but ran out of time as the Fargo driver recorded his third consecutive runner-up finish.

In his search for his 10th series title, Schatz currently holds a 278 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the standings with four events remaining on the schedule.

This weekend, the World of Outlaws will head to Pennsylvania for the final time this season for a doubleheader at Port Royal Speedway, which includes the $51,000-to-win Tuscarora 50 on Saturday night. Schatz has two career victories at Port Royal, including the Outlaws’ most recent visit on October 14, 2017.

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:
10/19/18 – Lakeside Speedway:
Qualifying: 10th; Heat: 3rd; A-Main Start/Finish: 7th/2nd

10/20/18 – Dodge City Raceway Park:
Qualifying: 6th; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 2nd; A-Main Start/Finish: 2nd/1st

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

2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 68
Wins: 20
Top Fives: 50
Top Tens: 63

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Mike Spieker
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spiekerpromotions@gmail.com

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

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: 66
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 48
Top Tens: 61

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Contact:
Mike Spieker
SpiekerPromotions.com
spiekerpromotions@gmail.com

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

STAY CONNECTED:
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/DonnySchatz
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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: 64
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 46
Top Tens: 59

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Contact:
Mike Spieker
SpiekerPromotions.com
spiekerpromotions@gmail.com

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

STAY CONNECTED:
Website: DonnySchatz.com
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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: 63
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 45
Top Tens: 58

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Contact:
Mike Spieker
SpiekerPromotions.com
spiekerpromotions@gmail.com

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:
Website: DonnySchatz.com
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz15/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DonnySchatz
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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: 61
Wins: 19
Top Fives: 45
Top Tens: 57

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Contact:
Mike Spieker
SpiekerPromotions.com
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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

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/

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

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Contact:
Mike Spieker
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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

 

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/

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:
Website: 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/

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

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