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

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Website: DonnySchatz.com
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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 53
Wins: 18
Top Fives: 41
Top Tens: 51

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

Photo by Speedway Shots.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

STAY CONNECTED:
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Tony Stewart Racing:
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Facebook: www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing
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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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Schatz Collects First Outlaws Win at Red River Valley Speedway Since 2006

Photo Credit: Speedway Shots

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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Contact:
Mike Spieker
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Schatz Collects Hometown Late Model Win at Nodak Speedway, Two Top-10s at I-55

Photo courtesy of Nodak Speedway.

FARGO, N.D. (August 6, 2018) – Following Saturday’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series events in Pevely, Missouri, Donny Schatz flew back to his hometown of Minot, N.D. to compete with the Northern Late Model Racing Association (NLRA) on Sunday evening at Nodak Speedway.

Schatz began the night with an impressive run in his heat race. The driver of the Petro / Fastlane Car Wash No. 15 wheeled his way from eighth to second in the eight-lap heat race, which lined him up on the outside of row two for the 30-lap feature.

Surrounded by the NLRA’s best at the start of the feature, Schatz quickly moved by Shane Edginton and series point leader, Dustin Strand, to take second. Schatz set his sights on five-time NLRA champion, Mike Balcaen, and took the point on lap 11.

Two laps later, lapped traffic slowed Schatz which allowed Balcaen to regain the lead. Schatz found the fast line around the high side to get back by Balcaen with eight laps remaining as Strand followed into second.

A restart with six to go gave Strand one last shot, but Schatz got a great jump on the restart to hold on for his sixth career NLRA victory.

On Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4, Schatz was in action at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 with the World of Outlaws. With last year’s Ironman 55 event being postponed due to rain, a $20,000-to-win Ironman 55 event was ran on each night.

After timing in 11th quick in time trials, the nine-time and defending series champion locked himself into the Sears Craftsman Dash with a second-place run in his heat. Schatz started and finished fifth in the dash and ended the night with a ninth-place run in the feature.

On Saturday, Schatz timed in much better with the second fastest lap. Another second place run in his heat set him up for a third-place finish in the dash. Schatz ended the 55-lap feature in the seventh position.

Leaving I-55, Schatz holds a 198 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the World of Outlaws standings. Next up, Schatz will head to the “Sprint Car Capital of the World,” Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. Schatz’s qualifying night will be Wednesday, August 8 at the famed half-mile oval on the Marion County Fairgrounds.

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

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Schatz eyes Ironman double-header following podium effort at Ransomville

FARGO, N.D. (August 1, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series’ Month of Money continues this weekend in Pevely, Missouri. Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 plays host to $20,000-to-win, 55-lap features on both Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4.

Last year, Mother Nature washed out the final night of the Ironman 55, resulting in a yearlong postponement of the 55-lap feature.

Donny Schatz enters the weekend with his largest points lead of the season – a 202 point cushion over Brad Sweet. Schatz’s 15 wins on the season are nine more than any other driver on the circuit. The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion also has a series-leading 34 top fives and 41 top tens.

Schatz has one career victory at the high-banked one-third mile bullring that is Federated Auto Parts Raceway, which came on August 7, 2015, but has never won the Ironman 55.

Last weekend, Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 team were in action in the Empire State. Action began Friday, July 27 at Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, New York.

Schatz nearly picked up his first Quick Time award of the season in time trials, but timed in second behind Sweet. Following a second-place run in his heat and a Sears Craftsman Dash win, Schatz rolled from the pole for the 30-lap feature. Schatz had his hands full with Sweet and David Gravel all race long and crossed the line in third at the checkers.

After a day off, racing continued Sunday, July 29 at Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, New York. Schatz crashed in time trials, forcing him to start last in his heat race. The Fargo, N.D. driver started 15th in the feature and picked up KSE Hard Charger honors finishing sixth.

Following this Saturday’s race at Federate Auto Parts at I-55, Schatz will head back to his hometown in Minot, N.D. on Sunday, August 5 to compete with the Northern Late Model Racing Association. Schatz has five career wins with the NLRA Late Models. Most recently, he recorded a fifth-place finish at River Cities Speedway on June 15th. 

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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: 43
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 34
Top Tens: 41

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Schatz collects two top fives in rain-shortened weekend in Pennsylvania

 

Photo Credit: Jason Brown Motorsports Photography

FARGO, N.D. (July 25, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returned to central Pennsylvania in hopes of Mother Nature allowing for a full weekend of racing. While the first two shows were completed in their entirety, Saturday’s $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway was canceled due to rain.

The first event of the week was the rescheduled Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 19th.

After timing in 15th quick out of 43 cars, Schatz just missed out on the Sears Craftsman Dash by finishing third in heat race number three. That lined up the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion 11th on the grid for the 35-lap A-main.

Schatz worked his way forward throughout the race and brought the Textron Off Road / Ford Performance No. 15 home in the fourth position.

On Friday, July 20th, Schatz looked poised to capture his 16th World of Outlaws win of the season. After timing in eighth quick and racing to runner-up finishes in his heat and the Sears Craftsman Dash, Schatz rolled from the outside of the front row for the main event.

The Fargo, N.D. driver took the lead from pole sitter, Lucas Wolfe, on the opening lap. Schatz held a comfortable lead over Lance Dewease for the majority of the race until the caution came out with seven laps to go.

On the restart, Dewease was all over Schatz but he didn’t have enough to get by for the lead. With six laps remaining, Dewease executed a slide job to take the point. Schatz battled back but wasn’t able to regain the lead. Schatz had to settle for second at the checkers.

The World of Outlaws were scheduled to make their first of three appearances in the state of New York tonight at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, but the event was canceled due to rain.

Schatz will follow the Outlaws to Ransomville Speedway in Ransomville, N.Y. on Friday, July 27th for the Big “R” Outlaw Shootout before heading to Weedsport Speedway in Weedsport, N.Y. for the Empire State Challenge on Saturday, July 28th.

Entering the weekend, Schatz sits atop the Outlaws point standings with a 208 point cushion over Brad Sweet.

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: 41
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 32
Top Tens: 38

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