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

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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.

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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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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

 

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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.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 41
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 32
Top Tens: 38

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Schatz collects three wins, two podiums in five-race stretch

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FARGO, N.D. (July 18, 2018) – There’s no better time to be firing on all eight cylinders than when the “Month of Money” rolls around for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 team are doing just that.

Schatz raced his way to three wins in the five World of Outlaws events held in the past eight days. In the two races he didn’t win, the nine-time and defending champion came home third.

Schatz began the week by picking up the Brad Doty Classic win on Tuesday, July 10th at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. The Fargo, N.D. driver took the lead from Joey Saldana on a lap 21 restart before holding off a hard-charging Kyle Larson.

The series then invaded Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Thursday, July 12th  for the first of three consecutive events leading up to the Kings Royal on Saturday. Schatz brought the Textron Off Road machine home in third on night one at the Big E. Schatz went unbeaten the rest of the weekend as he picked up the $12,000 Knight before the Kings Royal on Friday and backed that up with the $50,000 Kings Royal victory on Saturday.

After a less than ideal qualifying time to start the night on Saturday, Schatz came back out and raced to a heat race win. Schatz rolled off fourth on the grid for the 40-lap feature and grabbed the lead from Trey Starks on lap 15. While Schatz went on to lead the final 25 circuits around the high-banked half mile, he felt heavy pressure from Brad Sweet in the closing stages. The hard-charging Sweet came up just a car length shy of stealing the win from Schatz at the checkers.

The win was Schatz’s third consecutive Kings Royal victory and fifth overall.

Schatz was back in action Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania for the $20,000 Don Martin Memorial. After missing out on the Sears Craftsman Dash, Schatz started ninth for the 40-lap feature. Coming in as the defending champion of the event, Schatz was looking to return to victory lane, but had to settle for a podium finish after taking the checkers in third.

The Month of Money continues this weekend for the World of Outlaws with the rescheduled Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 19th. The two-night, $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals at Williamsgroove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania follows on July 20th-21st.

Schatz currently holds a 156 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the World of Outlaws point standings.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 38
Wins: 15
Top Fives: 30
Top Tens: 36

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King Donny The 35th: Schatz Claims Fifth Career Kings Royal at Eldora

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ROSSBURG, Ohio (July 14, 2018) – For the fifth time in his career and the third year in a row, Donny Schatz became Sprint Car racing royalty as he climbed atop Eldora Speedway’s throne, with scepter in hand, after claiming the 35th edition of the Kings Royal.

After qualifying midpack, Schatz started on the outside of the front row of heat race three and drove to the win. With the Kings Royal’s unique format putting the six heat race winners in the first three rows, Schatz rolled off third for the 40-lap, $50,000-to-win A-main.

Schatz moved into second on the initial start, but the race was quickly slowed as the lone incident of the event forced a complete restart.

Again, Schatz moved by Paul McMahan into second in the opening laps and set his sights on Trey Starks for the lead. Schatz patiently reeled in Starks before placing a bid for the lead on lap 15. Schatz dove to the inside of Starks down the back straightaway and cleared for the lead into turn three.

Schatz opened up his lead through the midway point of the race, but that advantage quickly began to shrink as Brad Sweet made his way into second. What was over a two-second lead, rapidly evaporated as Sweet closed in running the extreme high groove.

With Schatz staying loyal to the bottom, Sweet closed to within three car lengths down the back straightaway on the final lap. It came down to a drag race at the checkers, which Schatz narrowly won by a car length at the line.

“I knew someone had to be coming. I was hanging on the last 10 laps, I could not get stuck anywhere. I’m lucky it wasn’t 41 laps tonight, because obviously the No. 49 was coming there at the end,” Schatz said in victory lane. “Lapped traffic was tough tonight, it was tricky and slick. I feel like I completely failed in qualifying going 21st quick, but the way format works tonight it put us in the right position.”

The win marked Schatz’s 15th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series win of 2018 and 276th career Outlaws win overall.

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Schatz Records 275th Career Outlaws Win at Eldora

 

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ROSSBURG, Ohio (July 13, 2018) – Donny Schatz reached another milestone Friday night with his Knight Before the Kings Royal victory at Eldora Speedway. The win marked Schatz’s 275th career win with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Schatz started third on the grid for the 30-lap feature, but fell back to fourth at the drop of the green flag. Schatz was able to get by Tim Shaffer on lap five to reclaim the third spot, but made heavy contact with the outside retaining wall.

Unphased, Schatz continued his march forward.

The nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion moved by Hunter Schuerenburg for second on lap nine before getting by Brian Brown for the lead the following circuit in lapped traffic. Schatz used a lapped car as a pick down the back straightaway to gain the lead into turn three.

Once out front, Schatz checked out from the rest of the field as he cruised to his 14th World of Outlaws win of the season and 10th career win at Eldora by 2.273 seconds over Greg Wilson.

 


“It got real slick,” Schatz said after the race. “I think my car was best in the middle and it’s not exactly my bag of tea to bounce off the cushion every lap,” Schatz added with a smile. “Greg [Wilson] is really good when the track gets like that. I know if I do everything right, there’s not many people that will pass this 15 car, but Greg is one of them. We’ve got to get a little bit better tomorrow for 10 more laps or Greg will kick all our asses.”

Schatz will go for his fifth career Kings Royal title Saturday, July 14th at Eldora Speedway. Catch the live video or audio at DirtVision.com.

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Schatz Collects Win & Runner-Up at Knoxville

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FARGO, N.D. (July 2, 2018) – The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series made their 2018 debut at the “Sprint Car Capital of the World,” Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa over the weekend.

Schatz began the Brownells Big Gun Bash on Friday, June 29th with a convincing win. Schatz led all 25 trips around the historic half-mile from the pole position during the main event en route to his 12th World of Outlaws win of the season and 27th career victory at Knoxville.

A long green flag stretch in the second half of the race allowed Schatz to extend his lead through lapped traffic. At the checkers, Schatz’s margin of victory was a whopping 3.809 seconds over defending Knoxville Raceway track champion and World of Outlaw rookie, Ian Madsen.

Similar to the night before, Schatz found himself on the pole of the 25-lap feature following a win in the Sears Craftsman Dash on night two. The 10-time Knoxville Nationals champion led the first eight laps of the main event until Brad Sweet muscled his way by to take the point.

David Gravel took the lead on the lap 11 restart, which shuffled Schatz back to third. Schatz rallied back to reclaim second with 10 laps to go before briefly grabbing the lead from Gravel on the final restart with eight circuits remaining. Gravel found his way by Schatz again in turns three and four to secure the lead as Schatz went on to record a runner-up finish.

Schatz, who is in search of his 10th World of Outlaws championship in 2018, now holds a 102 point lead over Sweet atop the point standings. The driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing / Textron Off Road / Ford Performance / Curb Records / Sage Fruit / J&J Auto Racing No. 15 has a series-leading 12 wins, 24 top fives, and 30 top 10s through the first 32 events of the season.

Next up, the World of Outlaws will head to Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin for the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown on Friday, July 6th and Saturday, July 7th.

Schatz has five career victories at the high-banked three-eighths mile dirt oval. Schatz’s most recent win came on July 9th of 2016. He has also recorded wins in 2008, 2009, 2014 and 2015 at Cedar Lake and finished third in both appearances in 2017.

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2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Races: 32
Wins: 12
Top Fives: 24
Top Tens: 30

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Schatz Records 12th Win of 2018 at Knoxville

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KNOXVILLE, IA (June 29, 2018) – Picking up where he left off last August, Donny Schatz returned to victory lane Friday night at Knoxville Raceway for the World of Outlaws Brownells Big Gun Bash.

After winning the Sears Craftsman Dash, Schatz led the 24-car field to the green flag from the pole position. The 10-time Knoxville Nationals champion grabbed the early lead over fellow front row starter and Knoxville regular, Lynton Jeffrey.

The first caution was displayed on lap three, which bunched the field back up for the ensuing double file restart. As the race resumed, Schatz and Jeffrey made contact on the front straightaway, which sent Jeffrey into a wild series of flips in turn one. Jeffrey climbed from his mangled machine unharmed.

Schatz showed the way once again as the green flag waved. The driver of the Textron Off Road / Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 checked out from the field almost immediately as a torrid battle for second through fifth broke out behind him.

Schatz extended his lead through lapped traffic and cruised to the checkers by a margin of 3.809 seconds over Ian Madsen.

The first thing Schatz did in victory lane was get on the wing and throw up the 41 in honor of Jason Johnson.

“These guys are incredible at what they do,” said Schatz in victory lane of his Tony Stewart Racing team. “I’m just lucky to drive it. Tonight, was probably one of the first nights I’ve ever asked myself – when I put the suit on – ’Why?’ Once I fired the car, everything made sense. This is what I love to do and what everyone out here loves to do. Thank you to all the fans, racetrack, everybody. It was a very shocking week, but I’m glad to be standing here now. Words can’t describe it.”

An emotional tribute to the late Jason Johnson was played during opening ceremonies and there was a 41-second moment of silence. In addition, the missing man formation was displayed before the feature.

Schatz will be back in action tonight at Knoxville Raceway for night two of the Brownells Big Gun Bash. Entering the night, Schatz holds a 100 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the World of Outlaws point standings behind his series-leading 12 wins, 23 top fives and 29 top 10s through the first 31 events of the season.

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Schatz Races to 10th Career Outlaws Win at River Cities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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