Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing Announces 2019 Partner Line-Up

Teams Backed by Rush Truck Centers, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Absolute Automation, MC Power, Mobil 1 & Hunt Brothers Pizza Brands

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (Jan. 29, 2019) – Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) announced today that Rush Truck Centers, providing premier solutions for the commercial vehicle industry, and Ford Performance, responsible for the development and marketing of Ford’s racing engines and performance parts, will serve as the co-primary partners for the Sprint Car entries of 10-time World of Outlaws (WoO) NOS® Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz and Three-Time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart.

The partnership aligns Rush Truck Centers, among the most widely recognized, one-stop service and sales entities in the transportation industry with a broad network of locations with TSR. Since 1965, Rush Truck Centers has had a reputation for excellence, fairness and outstanding customer service. Offering solutions, top-quality brands, the largest network of facilities in the country and exceptional service, Rush Truck Centers values mirror those of TSR.

“Rush Truck Centers is among the best in the commercial vehicle market in every aspect of their business. Whether it’s the number of locations, their commitment to using top-quality products, offering logistical friendly solutions or striving for the best in customer satisfaction, Rush Truck Centers delivers,” said Stewart. Read more

Schatz Scores Archerfield Speedway Thriller to Close Australian Tour

Photo Credit: Matthew Paul Photography

By Mike Spieker

BRISBANE, Queensland (January 9, 2019) – There’s no better way to finish a season than with a win. Donny Schatz and his Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 team accomplished that feat in November at the Dirt Track at Charlotte with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars. Last night, the nine-time Australian Sprintcar Open champion did it again as he concluded his 2018-19 season down under with a thrilling victory. Read more

Schatz Records Ninth Australian Open Title at Archerfield Speedway

Photo Credit: Matthew Paul Photography

By Mike Spieker

BRISBANE, Queensland (January 5, 2019) – Donny Schatz added to his illustrious rèsumè Saturday night at Archerfield Speedway as he charged to his ninth World Series Australian Sprintcar Open win.

Schatz rolled off on the outside of the front row for the 50-lap, $20,000-to-win main event with fellow World of Outlaws competitor, Logan Schuchart, to his inside on the pole. Schuchart took the lead at the drop of the green flag as Schatz settled into second, while Kerry Madsen ran in the third spot.

Schatz patiently rode in the runner-up position until he placed a bid for the lead on lap 21. The 10-time World of Outlaws champion successfully maneuvered past Schuchart to take the point and raced the remaining 29 laps relatively unchallenged en route to capturing the checkered flag.

A late race caution reset the field and put Schuchart and Madsen within striking distance of Schatz on the restart, but the Fargo driver was able to fend off their charges as the race resumed.

“This trophy will look fantastic in the trophy room at home. The Australian Open is always a tough race to win and you appreciate it when you do,” Schatz said in an interview with the World Series Sprintcars. “I’m just so fortunate to get to do this with great people and experience so many highlights in my career, and I’m looking forward to Wednesday when we get to do it again.”

A turning point in the night for Schatz came in his final heat. The driver of the Raw Metal Corp / American Racer No. 15 cruised from the fifth row to win the 10-lap heat, raising him to the provisional number one qualifying spot. Schuchart would go on to claim the pole position by besting Schatz in the Gold Shootout, relegating him to the outside of the front row for the start of the feature.

The feature win for Schatz was his 26th with the World Series Sprintcars, which breaks a tie with the late Jason Johnson for third on the all-time wins list. Ahead on the wins list is Brooke Tatnell and Max Dumesny with 77 and 53 victories, respectively.

Schatz’s six-race Australia tour will come to a close on Wednesday, January 9th at Archerfield with the Word Series Sprintcars.

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2018-19 Archerfield Speedway Stats:
Races: 5
Wins: 3
Top Fives: 4
Top Tens: 4

Schatz Cruises to Second Archerfield Speedway Win

BRISBANE, Queensland (January 1, 2019) – Donny Schatz cruised to his second main event win at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway on New Years Day. Schatz began the evening by setting fast time in time trials and qualifying for the outside front row starting position for the feature.

The 10-time and defending World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car champion led all 35 trips around the semi-banked quarter-mile clay oval en route to his second triumph in three starts.

Schatz won in his first night of action at Archerfield Speedway on December 26th. In his second outing on December 29th, the Fargo driver was running second when he was involved in an incident which resulted in the Raw Metal Corp / American Racer No. 15 J&J getting upside down and ending his night.

“When you bend a car up, you don’t know what’s to come or how it’s going to feel. The car felt really good all night,” said Schatz in an Archerfield Speedway interview after his win on Tuesday. “Lannie (Nichols) and Jason Sides did a great job making adjustments all night long and gave me a car capable of winning the feature.”

Schatz’s six-race swing in Australia will close with three World Series Sprint Car events at Archerfield Speedway on January 4th, 5th and 9th.

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2018-19 Archerfield Speedway Stats:
Races: 3
Wins: 2
Top Fives: 2
Top Tens: 2

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Schatz opens Australia tour with Archerfield win

By Mike Spieker 

BRISBANE, Queensland – Donny Schatz opened his six-race Australian tour with a win Wednesday night at Archerfield Speedway. The win marks the Fargo driver’s 27th Sprint Car win of the 2018 season. Schatz has won at least one race in Australia every year since 1999.

The race was Schatz’s first since the World of Outlaws season finale in Charlotte, N.C. on November 3 – a race he also won. Read more

Schatz Gears Up for Six Events at Archerfield Speedway

By Mike Spieker

BRISBANE, Queensland (December 25, 2018) – The 2018 season will officially come to an end for Donny Schatz in the coming days at Ausdeck Patios Archerfield Speedway near Brisbane, Australia. Schatz’s first event of his six-race Australian tour is set for Wednesday, December 26th, followed by action on Saturday, December 29th. If Schatz can visit victory lane on December 29th, it will mark five consecutive years in which he has ended the calendar year with a win. Read more

Donny Schatz Reflects on Capturing 10th World of Outlaws Championship

By Mike Spieker
For the Fargo Forum

Photos by Zach Yost. 

FARGO, N.D. – The 2018 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series season was another banner year for Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing team. Schatz, a native of Minot, N.D. who resides in Fargo, recorded his 10th series championship over the weekend at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The Outlaws’ season came to an end in no better fashion for Schatz on Saturday night, as he drove from the 10th starting position to win his 22nd main event of the season.

“[The Dirt Track at] Charlotte has been very good to us at the end of the season. We’ve won a lot of races there. We’ve also had a few bad nights there,” said Schatz. “There’s no better way to end the year than going out and winning.”

The win for Schatz was his 12th at the speedway and 283rd of his career (third-most all-time).

The season began with Schatz winning the second event of the 91-race season. In doing so, he took command of the World of Outlaws point lead. Once atop the standings, Schatz did not relinquish the point lead all season long.

Schatz’s 10th title puts him in elite company. He is just the second driver to record double-digit Outlaw championships – a feat only Steve Kinser had previously accomplished. Schatz is still in the prime of his career at 41 years old, but he says Kinser’s record of 20 Outlaw championship is unreachable.

Donny Schatz celebrates his 10th WoO title. Zach Yost photo.

“There’s no chance,” he said of reaching Kinser’s mark. “When you look at what he has done, I don’t feel like I have even scratched the surface and that’s okay with me. I’m humbled and blessed I had the opportunity to race around someone that great because people that are that great make everyone else around them better. Hopefully, we can continue to build on what we have and continue to enjoy it every step of the way.”

The 2018 campaign was a grueling one for Schatz and his Tony Stewart Racing team. His crew chief, Ricky Warner, was sidelined with health issues early in the season and car chief, Steve [Scuba] Swenson, suffered a broken ankle out on the road. Still, Schatz continued winning races and remained atop the standings all season long.

“It took a lot of adaptation from the entire crew. Being without Rick put Scuba in a more serious role as crew chief. When Rick came back, he wasn’t fully functional so that put a lot more stress on the other guys. Tony [Stewart] has always had great people. He will always have great people and we are very blessed that his guidance and leadership allowed us to stay in that championship position throughout all adversity,” said Schatz.

It’s no coincidence that Schatz and Warner are the longest running driver/crew chief duo on the World of Outlaws tour and are the most decorated team over the last 10 years. Since coming together in 2005, Schatz and Warner have been nearly impossible to beat.

“Obviously, the more you work with someone, the better you get to know them. You know how a person thinks, you know how they react to certain things. It doesn’t mean you get along as well as you would like every day, but that’s just the nature of the beast in a competitive sport,” said Schatz. “All my guys know what each other wants and that’s to win races. Sometimes it creates heated situations or drama, but when you can overcome that, I think it only makes you stronger. Their commitment to the race team is unprecedented.”

The Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 was the only car on the World of Outlaws tour this season to be running at the end of all 71 completed events. Schatz admits part of that has to do with his driving style. He doesn’t play games on double-file restarts, which are the most treacherous part of a race for the 900 horsepower open-wheel machines. It also goes back to the dedicated crew that maintains the car.

“People think we just throw new parts at it and that’s hardly the case,” said Schatz. “But what they do to maintain what they have, and how they maintain it, is so pristine.” The crew has a meticulous process going over every nut and bolt before each race and it’s something in which they take great pride.

Schatz had several highlights throughout the season, including a 20-win season for the sixth consecutive year, a podium finish at the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals for the 14th consecutive year, a season without a DNF (did not finish) for the third time in his career, wins at the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, the Jackson (Minn.) Nationals, and locally at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks and Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo. However, it was the team’s tenacity during the summer months that stands out as the most memorable part of the season for Schatz.

“We had a stage when we felt we weren’t as good in the middle of the summer as we would have liked to have been. I feel like we were off base and had our combinations scrambled a little bit. We didn’t have the performance we wanted and I think that’s what sticks out the most. We had to battle through adversity one race at a time. When things aren’t going well, you remember it more because you’re trying to fix that situation or that issue. It seemed like it went on and on, but when I look back at it now, we had a great year. I guess the expectations are so high that maybe those bad nights are just the ones I remember the most.”

Despite the 2019 World of Outlaws season opener being under 90 days away already, Schatz won’t remain idle for very long this winter. The Fargo driver will make his annual trip to Australia to compete in a sprint car at Archerfield Speedway near Brisbane, Queensland on December 26th. It’s also possible Schatz will pilot his dirt late model at some bigger events down south over the Outlaws’ offseason.

It was 25 years ago when Schatz strapped in behind the wheel of a sprint car at Red River Valley Speedway. He quickly began winning races locally, but nobody imagined that kid from Minot would land the top ride in all of sprint car racing, let alone win a World of Outlaws championship. Now, he’s won 10 of them and is considered one of the greatest of all time. Schatz continues to rewrite the history books each and every year and it doesn’t appear he will be slowing down any time soon.

Putting an exclamation point on 2018: Schatz wins finale at Charlotte, earns Outlaws title

Photo Credit: Michael Fry

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 4, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series schedule is one that is long and grueling. When it finally comes to an end, there is no better way than going into the offseason with a win. That’s exactly what Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing team did Saturday during the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte.

Schatz drove from the 10th starting position to claim his 22nd win of the season and 12th career win at the semi-banked four-tenths-mile oval.

“It was a great race. My car just kept getting better and better. Hats off to his whole Textron Off Road team,” said an elated Schatz in victory lane. “These guys are awesome. I’m the hardest guy to work for in the pits because if the car isn’t perfect, I’m not very nice. They did an incredible job to get the car to work better later in the race. I think those yellows might have helped us.”

Schatz used the first half of the race to move towards the front, taking the second position from Logan Schuchart on lap 15 of the 30-lap main event. The now 10-time World of Outlaws champion then went to work on Carson Macedo for the lead.

Macedo had a somewhat comfortable lead with eight laps to go when a right rear tire let go on the Kyle Larson Racing No. 22, forcing him into the outside wall and out of the race. Schatz inherited the lead for the ensuing restart with Schuchart in tow.

Schatz jumped out to a five car length lead, but Schuchart came back to place a bid for the lead with two laps to go. Schuchart momentarily took the lead with a slide job in turns one and two, but Schatz reclaimed the point in turn four.

Schatz held off Schuchart on the final lap to secure his 283rd career World of Outlaws win.

“It seemed like after the yellow with seven to go, my car was awesome,” added Schatz. “I thought it was going to take a long stretch for somebody to go by and there went the 1S (of Schuchart). Luckily I didn’t make too many mistakes and got myself back going again.”

The final points show Schatz with a 286 point advantage over Brad Sweet for his fifth consecutive championship and sixth in the last seven years.

“It’s pretty cool and hard to put into words. I look up to my hero (Steve Kinser) and he won 20 of them,” said Schatz. “It doesn’t seem like we’ve hardly scratched the surface. I’m just very proud of the organization Tony Stewart has and all of the people and what they do day in and day out to put us in this position.”

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.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 71
Wins: 22
Top Fives: 52
Top Tens: 66

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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

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

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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

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

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