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
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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

 

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

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/

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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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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:
Website: DonnySchatz.com
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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: 53
Wins: 18
Top Fives: 41
Top Tens: 51

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

 

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

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: 50
Wins: 17
Top Fives: 39
Top Tens: 48

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Contact:
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SpiekerPromotions.com
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.

 

STAY CONNECTED:
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz15/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DonnySchatz
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Tony Stewart Racing:
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TonyStewart_Rcg
Instagram: www.instagram.com/tonystewart_rcg/

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

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Contact:
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Schatz Doubles Down at River Cities

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (August 17, 2018) – For the third time in his career, Donny Schatz, claimed both the World of OutlawsCraftsman Sprint Car Series and Northern Late Model Racing Association wins at River Cities Speedway on the same night.

Schatz started fifth on the grid for the 40-lap A-main event. In a race that was plagued by both red flags and cautions, Schatz patiently worked his way up the running order before contending for the lead at the halfway point.

After getting by Sheldon Haudenschild for third on a restart, Schatz set his sights on Brad Sweet for the lead. Schatz reeled in Sweet on lap 25 before they traded slide jobs for the point for two consecutive laps.

Entering turn one on lap 27, Sweet looped his No. 49 machine on his own to bring out a caution. Schatz inherited the lead for the ensuing restart with Haudenschild in tow.

Seventeenth place starter and the all-time wins leader at River Cities Speedway, Mark Dobmeier, made a late race charge into the second position with under 10 to go. The final caution flew with four laps remaining.  The restart set up what looked to be a classic duel between two of North Dakota’s best Sprint Car drivers to fight it out for the win.

As the race resumed, Schatz quickly bolted out to a five car length lead. Dobmeier distanced himself from the rest of the pack as well, but could never reel in Schatz. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws driver went on to collect his 11th career win at River Cities in front of a capacity crowd.

“I’m just a lucky guy. To drive for the best guys in the pit area, the best owner in the country and the people that build these cars. They stand behind us through thick and thin. Mark [Dobmeier] had a good run, I saw the 13 on the board and I thought, oh boy, here we go. He’s pretty good around here,” Schatz said of his fellow North Dakota native.

“Lapped traffic definitely made your hair stand up tonight, we might not have been the best car tonight, but I’m glad we could get it done in Grand Forks,” concluded Schatz.

Schatz, who most recently won with the NLRA Late Models at Nodak Speedway in Minot, started on the outside of the front row before collecting his seventh career win with the series.

Brad Seng led the opening laps as Schatz and Mike Balcaen battled for the runner-up spot. Schatz shot from third to the lead on lap four, but Balcaen used the low side of the speedway to take the lead on the following circuit.

Schatz ran behind Balcaen until lap 10 when he placed a successful bid for the lead amid lapped traffic.

“When you roll into the gates, it’s your goal to win to win both races,” said Schatz of running both the Late Model and Sprint Car on the same night. “When you can get back to a track close to home, and run two different cars that have two different feels, and put yourself in a position to be competitive in both… I’m damn proud of that. Especially to have been able to do that three times here. I’ve got great people surrounding me. I’m enjoying it while I can and will do it as long as I can.”

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.

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: 46
Wins: 16
Top Fives: 35
Top Tens: 44

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

Schatz Records Runner-up Finish at 2018 Knoxville Nationals

 

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 13, 2018) – In what was a Knoxville Nationals that will go down in the record books as an all-time classic, Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 came home with a solid runner-up effort.

Schatz, who was in search of his 11th Knoxville Nationals title, began the $150,000-to-win, 50-lap main event with a fierce battle with Kyle Larson. The two drivers traded slide jobs lap after lap before Schatz was able to clear Larson for the third position on lap four. From there, Schatz set his sights on Chad Kemenah for the second spot.

Schatz took the position on lap 10, but the leader, Brad Sweet, had over a full straightaway advantage.

On lap 15, Larson applied heavy pressure on Schatz once again. Schatz was able to hold the position until the race was slowed on lap 19. On the restart, Larson found a way around the Textron Off Road Wildcat XX No. 15 as Schatz ran third at the fuel stop on lap 25.

After fading back in the second half of the race, Schatz’s car came on strong in the closing laps. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion got back by Larson for second with nine laps to go before setting his sights on Sweet for the lead.

A 1.6 second lead for Sweet was cut down to a half-second in a matter of laps of Schatz had his fellow World of Outlaws competitor in his crosshairs.

A red flag with two laps to go set up a dramatic green-white-checkered finish to decide the winner of the biggest event in all of sprint car racing. Sweet and Schatz were separated by just a car length at the white flag. Sweet tip-toed around the low side of the speedway, while Schatz ran the cushion up top. Schatz had a run on Sweet coming to Doug Clark’s twin checkers, but came up a car length short.

“We were good at the end and just had to go where [Sweet] wasn’t,” said Schatz after the race. “The restart with two to go helped us out and gave us a chance. We made the best of it, but he was really good. It’s fun to come out here and be fast all week. I wish we could have capitalized on it, but that’s the way it goes. This is the Knoxville Nationals. Nobody holds any punches. We did our best, it was just second best.”

The runner-up finish for Schatz extends his streak of finishing either first or second in the Knoxville Nationals to 14 consecutive years. Overall, Schatz has finished first or second in 17 of the last 19 years with an average finish of 3.1 over that span.

Schatz battled adversity on his qualifying night. After timing in fourth quick in time trials, Schatz missed the transfer spot in his heat race by one position. A second place finish in the B-main (which later became a win after the original winner failed to scale after the race), put the Fargo, N.D. in the 21st starting position for the A-main. Schatz methodically worked his way up to the fifth position by the end of the 25-lap main event.

This weekend, Schatz will return to his home state of North Dakota for a pair of World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events. On Friday, August 17, Schatz will look for the season sweep at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D. On Saturday, Schatz will look to claim his first win at Red River Valley Speedway since 2006.

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.

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: 45
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 34
Top Tens: 43

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Schatz Eyes 11th Knoxville Nationals Title

 

Photo Credit: Dave Biro

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (August 8, 2018) – The greatest week in Sprint Car racing is upon us. The best teams, drivers, and fans have flocked to Knoxville, Iowa for the 58th running of the 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals.

It’s no secret that nine-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz, has been the driver to beat at the Knoxville Nationals over the best part of the last 15 years.

Schatz has won 10 of the last 12 Nationals and has finished first or second in 14 of the last 16. Only Steve Kinser has more Knoxville Nationals titles at 12.

Schatz is 10th on the Knoxville Raceway all-time wins list with 27 career wins at the famed Marion County Fairgrounds half-mile oval.

In his two previous starts at Knoxville this season with the World of Outlaws, Schatz has one victory followed by a runner-up finish.

Schatz is set to qualify for the 2018 Knoxville Nationals on Wednesday, August 8th. Free, live audio can be found at dirtvision.com. Live, pay-per-view video will be provided via thecushion.com.

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: 45
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 34
Top Tens: 43

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