Battles Joey Saldana and holds off Shane Stewart to score his first win at the track since 2006
PEVELY, Mo. – Aug. 7, 2015 – Donny Schatz became the seventh different winner in the last seven World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series features at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Friday night after he battled past Joey Saldana and held off Shane Stewart to score his 22nd win of the season.
The win is Schatz’s second at the track and first since 2006.
“(My team) got to get back to the shop and get a few things sorted out,” Schatz said after a damaged racecar hampered his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team in recent weeks. “We put a different racecar together and I got my feel back, so that’s good. I look forward to that. What a group of people (car owner) Tony Stewart has assembled.”
After scoring the quick time in qualifying earlier in the night, his third of the season, Schatz started the 35-lap feature in the sixth position. Though Jamie Veal started the feature on the pole, it was another Aussie, Kerry Madsen, who took over the lead on the first lap.
Madsen built a strong lead through the early going as Saldana was on the move. The driver of the No. 71M Motter Equipment car took over third on lap two and, after a short battle with Veal, sat in the second position by the time Madsen hit traffic on lap seven.
As Veal began to fade, Schatz, who was on the move, got around him on the top of turns three and four to take over third.
Meanwhile, Saldana had closed the gap with Madsen considerably as the two worked their way through traffic. Using that traffic as a pick, Saldana, fought his way around Madsen on lap nine for the lead.
With Saldana now charging, Schatz had his sights set on the lead. He tried to slide Madsen on lap 15 in turns one and two, but Madsen held him. The advances continued through the next lap, this time Schatz came out on top.
In short order, Schatz caught Saldana and the two began a several lap battle for the lead. With traffic in play and Schatz and Saldana working opposite ends of the track, Madsen, then in third had a new problem on his hands – Shane Stewart. Stewart, who started in seventh, was working his way to the front. By the time Schatz and Saldana were battling for the lead, Stewart picked off Madsen for third.
On lap 22 it looked like Schatz might finally have gotten Saldana. Side-by-side off of turn four, Saldana used a lap car to his advantage and held back Schatz. Then the thing Saldana did not need, happened – the caution flag flew.
After a yellow and brief red flag, Saldana chose the bottom line to restart. After a short battle, Schatz took over the lead. Saldana battled back on lap 24, but the move was short lived. With Schatz pulling away, Saldana next faced the No. 2 Larson Marks Racing/Eneos car of Stewart. The two battled for several laps, but ultimately it was Stewart to second.
Stewart closed on Schatz as the laps wound down, trying a slider with two to go, but he was unable to catch the No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car.
Schatz has finished first or second in 19 consecutive full points Outlaws races and 21 of the last 22.
“When your bad night is second, that’s not too bad but we want to be up here winning,” Schatz said. “This isn’t a place that we’ve typically been all that great so to get a quick time here tonight was awesome – to get the win was even better.
“Double file restarts, you can win them that way and you can lose them that way. I had no choice but to try to carry speed, stay on the top and that was about the only chance I had of getting (Joey) because he was pretty decent on the bottom. It worked for us tonight.”
For Stewart, the second place finish to Schatz continues to be a familiar theme of his season.
“He’s tough to beat,” Stewart said of Schatz. “And I was going to try to make his line work and it just wasn’t there. When you get close behind someone here you get a little aero tight and the way the cushion was, really close to the fence, it was starting to get tight on me.”
“The good thing about our team is that we all get along, we all work hard and we’re obviously trying to achieve one thing and that’s to win races. You take away the 15 and we’ve had an exceptionally good year. Hats off to those guys and once again they’re the car to beat. Hopefully tomorrow night we will be one spot better.”
A frustrated Saldana said he would not have done anything different on the restart – he was just too free at the top of the track to hold off the advancing Schatz.
“Usually, I’m too tight on the top so we definitely got our car rolling really good at the beginning – I could run the top,” Saldana said. “The longer we ran and the fuel load got off, I was just too free to run at the top there. And then just didn’t have enough for them at the end.”
The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 for the Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 presented by Walker. To find out more information and to learn how to buy tickets, visit http://woosprint.com/ironman-55.
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Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 Notebook
RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz scored his 22nd win of the season tonight. It is his second career win at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 and first since 2006… Donny Schatz is the seventh different winner in the last seven World of Outlaws events at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55… Logan Schuchart was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger advancing 13 positions to finish in seventh… Donny Schatz has finished first or second in 19 consecutive full points Outlaws races and 21 of the last 22.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Kory Weyant; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): N/A; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart;JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): David Gravel; Super Flow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Shane Stewart;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Kory Weyant; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brad Loyet; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Kory Weyant.
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 22 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset’s Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 27, Lakeside Speedway on July 1, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 11, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 26, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8); Shane Stewart – 5 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12, Eldora Speedway on July 17);Daryn Pittman – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Brad Sweet – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25); Rico Abreu – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Dale Blaney – 2 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Paul McMahan – 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3); Joey Saldana – 2 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 12);Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7);Cody Darrah – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 21);Danny Dietrich – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25);Stewart Friesen – 1 (Ohsweken Speedway on July 28);Greg Hodnett – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding – 1(Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13);Danny Lasoski – 1 (I-80 Speedway on June 5);Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Jason Sides – 1 (Dodge City Raceway Park on July 3);Stevie Smith – 1(Williams Grove Speedway on July 25).
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55; Pevely, Mo.; Aug. 7, 2015
A-Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$8,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart  [$4,000]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana  [$2,500]; 4. 35AU-Jamie Veal  [$2,200]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet  [$2,100]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan  [$2,000]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [$1,800]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen  [$1,600]; 9. 67-Christopher Bell  [$1,500]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides  [$1,300]; 11. W20-Greg Wilson  [$1,200]; 12. 19M-Brent Marks  [$1,100]; 13. 7-David Gravel  [$1,000]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser  [$700]; 15. 9X-Paul Nienhiser  [$600]; 16. 91-Cale Thomas  [$600]; 17. O5-Brad Loyet  [$600]; 18. 41-Jason Johnson  [$600]; 19. 71MX-Paul May  [$600]; 20. 23D-Trey Datweiler  [$600]; 21. 99-Kory Weyant  [$600]; 22. 3G-James McFadden  [$600]; 23. 9-Daryn Pittman  [$600]; 24. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg  [$600]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-8, Joey Saldana 9-22, 24; Donny Schatz 23, 25-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart [+13]
Qualifying – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.669; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 10.746; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen, 10.771; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana, 10.774; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.789; 6. 7-David Gravel, 10.800; 7. 35AU-Jamie Veal, 10.836; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 10.918; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.938; 10. 3G-James McFadden, 10.947; 11. 71MX-Paul May, 10.957; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.013; 13. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.059; 14. 19M-Brent Marks, 11.071; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.073; 16. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.090; 17. 91-Cale Thomas, 11.092; 18. 67-Christopher Bell, 11.126; 19. O5-Brad Loyet, 11.141; 20. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 11.154; 21. 1M-Jim Moughan, 11.190; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.239; 23. 97-Tommy Worley, 11.256; 24. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.358; 25. 99-Kory Weyant, 11.478; 26. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman, 11.533; 27. 23D-Trey Datweiler, 11.534; 28. 72-Kevin Petty, 11.729; 29. 99X-Tim Taylor, 12.444; 30. 1A-Jacob Allen, nt
Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 2. 3G-James McFadden ; 3. 15-Donny Schatz ; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet ; 6. 41-Jason Johnson ; 7. O5-Brad Loyet ; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart ; 9. 72-Kevin Petty ; 10. 99-Kory Weyant 
Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart ; 2. 51-Paul McMahan ; 3. 7S-Jason Sides ; 4. 71MX-Paul May ; 5. 9X-Paul Nienhiser ; 6. 19M-Brent Marks ; 7. 97-Tommy Worley ; 8. 91-Cale Thomas ; 9. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman ; 10. 99X-Tim Taylor 
Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman ; 2. W20-Greg Wilson ; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 4. 67-Christopher Bell ; 5. 7-David Gravel ; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser ; 7. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg ; 8. 1M-Jim Moughan ; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen ; 10. 23D-Trey Datweiler 
Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen ; 2. 7S-Jason Sides ; 3. 35AU-Jamie Veal ; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana ; 5. 51-Paul McMahan ; 6. 15-Donny Schatz ; 7. 2-Shane Stewart ; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman 
Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart  [-]; 2. 91-Cale Thomas  [-]; 3. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg  [-]; 4. 99-Kory Weyant  [-]; 5. 23D-Trey Datweiler  [-]; 6. O5-Brad Loyet  [-]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen  [$300]; 8. 14T-Jimmy Bridgeman  [$250]; 9. 72-Kevin Petty  [$225]; 10. 97-Tommy Worley  [$200]; 11. 1M-Jim Moughan  [$200]; 12. 99X-Tim Taylor  [$200]
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings
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