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Donny Schatz earned the maximum number of points available Thursday night as the third annual World Finals at The Dirt Track at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in North Carolina began with two rounds of time trials which will set the lineups for Friday and Saturday’s racing programs.

Schactz, the three-time and defending World of Outlaws champion, was fastest in both sessions to earn 10 bonus points and now holds a 29-point lead over Jason Meyers heading into the final two nights of World Finals, with Saturday night’s race airing live on SPEED beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

Schatz circled the four-tenths-mile in 13.794 seconds to best a stout 57-car field, the largest in World Finals history in the first round of time trails and was even faster in the second session aboard the special edition STP J&J, putting down a lap of 13.770 to best the 56 cars that took to the track.

“It was a great start to the weekend,” said Schatz. “Those qualifying points are very important right now and that’s what our goal was coming in. As long as we get through our heat race we are locked into a dash spot. Going for quick times this year is what has put us a little bit ahead. We’re happy to go into the weekend with that. This car is awesome fast. These guys have definitely done their homework and they are pumped up right now.”

With the two fast time honors on Thursday, Schatz increased his series-leading total to 13 on the season, which is three better than Jason Sides, who has been quickest in qualifying 10 times. Schatz was the ninth car out in the first session of time trials and was the 51st of 56 cars to hit the track in the second round.

“It’s a good place to be and it’s a true testament to what these guys do,” stated the North Dakota native. “It gives the fans a little bit of excitement too. To go out at the end like that and have a car that good is fun to drive.”

Sides was second fastest in the Friday qualifying session aboard the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim to put himself in a good position for the racing program. Sides finished second at Lowe’s back in May as he looks for his first career win at the track.

“For going out that late it was good for us,” said Sides. “The track was going away a bit. We were trying to get a quick time so we could get back tied with Donny, but he is now two up on us (after the first round). Hopefully we can go out and have a good Saturday qualifying and just have a good all around night. We’ll see how it goes.”

Dale Blaney was third fastest in the qualifying session for Friday in the Ti-22 Performance Maxim with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser fourth in the Quaker State Maxim and Craig Dollansky fifth in his first event in the Big Game Treestands Maxim. Jason Meyers who was the second to last car to go on the clock was 10th quick in the GLR Investments KPC, which will put him on the front row of a heat race, while Joey Saldana who is third in the title race was 18th quick aboard the Budweiser Maxim.

Ed Lynch Jr., Jeremy Campbell, Brian Montieth and Danny Lasoski will all start on the pole of heat races on Friday night.

In the second round of time trials which will set the field for Saturday night’s program, Steve Kinser was second fastest after a fourth-place effort in the first round. Kinser has made 20 starts at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway in his career and finished in the Top-10 in each and every one.

“It’s not too bad,” note Kinser of his qualifying efforts. “We certainly would have liked to have been in the Top-two for both. It’s a good start and we had put a new car together and have been playing with it. We’ll see what happens here.”

Ed Lynch Jr. was third in qualifying for the Saturday night program aboard the Howard Concrete J&J, with Danny Lasoski in the Casey’s General Store JEI fourth and Jason Sides fifth. Joey Saldana was 11th fastest while Jason Meyers was 12th quick.

Cody Darrah, Craig Dollansky, Brandon Wimmer and Bob Felmlee will start on the pole of heats on Saturday night in the finale of the World Finals which will air live on SPEED beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern.

WORLD FINAL NIGHT #1 NOTES

•FAST QUALIFIER: Donny Schatz paced the 57 cars that took time for Friday’s portion of the World Finals with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked four-tenths-mile oval at 13.794 seconds. For his qualifying effort, Schatz earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Sides (4), Dale Blaney (3), Steve Kinser (2) and Craig Dollansky (1).

•FAST QUALIFIER: Donny Schatz paced the 56 cars that took time for Saturday’s portion of the World Finals with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked four-tenths-mile oval at 13.770 seconds. For his qualifying effort, Schatz earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Steve Kinser (4), Ed Lynch Jr. (3), Danny Lasoski (2) and Jason Sides (1).

World of Outlaws Statistical Report: World Finals Qualifying Round 1; The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway; Concord, NC; November 5, 2009

Qualifying
1) 15-Donny Schatz 13.794

2) 7S-Jason Sides 13.837

3) 2-Dale Blaney 13.861

4) 11-Steve Kinser 13.869

5) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.903

6) 3C-Cale Conley 13.915

7) 51-Fred Rahmer 13.941

8) 22H-Greg Hodnett 13.956

9) 6F-Bob Felmlee 13.958

10) 14-Jason Meyers 13.984

11) 24-Terry McCarl 14.036

12) 19-Cody Darrah 14.052

13) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. 14.059

14) G1-Jeremy Campbell 14.070

15) 21-Brian Montieth 14.086

16) 6-Danny Lasoski 14.095

17) 22B-Ben Gregg 14.126

18) 9-Joey Saldana 14.139

19) 35-Justin Henderson 14.180

20) 43-Doug Dodson 14.201

21) 83X-Tim Shaffer 14.230

22) 20-Kraig Kinser 14.237

23) R19-Jac Haudenschild 14.262

24) 30C-Lance Dewease 14.269

25) 22-Brian Ellenberger 14.276

26) 17-Daryn Pittman 14.305

27) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 14.311

28) 91-Brad Sweet 14.315

29) 7M-Mark Smith 14.343

30) 27-Curt Michael 14.368

31) O7X-Brandon Wimmer 14.374

32) 25-Brook Tatnell 14.397

33) 93-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 14.398

34) 55-Chad Layton 14.401

35) 1Z-Jessica Zemken 14.411

36) 63-Chad Kemenah 14.441

37) 1-Chris Shirek 14.445

38) 13-Don Droud Jr 14.473

39) 83-Tim Kaeding 14.479

40) 94-Zach Zimmerly 14.523

41) 1B-Keith Baxter 14.545

42) 81-Craig Folmar 14.564

43) O-Glenn Styres 14.621

44) 15X-Adam Wilt 14.650

45) 49-Bob Howard 14.725

46) 89-Robbie Stillwaggon 14.759

47) 28-Todd Kane 14.792

48) 63J-Josh Weller 14.813

49) 4K-Kris Spitz 14.874

50) 5-John Smith 14.881

51) D4-Danny Holtgraver 14.934

52) 13X-Kramer Williamson 14.941

53) 60C-Kory Crabtree 15.086

54) 6W-Brad Wickham 15.151

55) 19K-Kyle Pruitt 15.390

56) 6X-Mark Cole 15.407

23-Todd Zinn 15.730

World of Outlaws Statistical Report: World Finals Qualifying Round 2; The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway; Concord, NC; November 5, 2009

Qualifying
1) 15-Donny Schatz 13.770

2) 11-Steve Kinser 13.859

3) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. 13.883

4) 6-Danny Lasoski 13.883

5) 7S-Jason Sides 13.922

6) 3C-Cale Conley 13.955

7) 2-Dale Blaney 13.960

8) 22H-Greg Hodnett 13.970

9) 24-Terry McCarl 13.990

10) 51-Fred Rahmer 14.075

11) 9-Joey Saldana 14.093

12) 14-Jason Meyers 14.102

13) 19-Cody Darrah 14.126

14) 7-Craig Dollansky 14.132

15) O7X-Brandon Wimmer 14.139

16) 6F-Bob Felmlee 14.156

17) 94-Zach Zimmerly 14.184

18) 91-Brad Sweet 14.187

19) 1Z-Jessica Zemken 14.203

20) 13-Don Droud Jr 14.207

21) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 14.210

22) 7M-Mark Smith 14.210

23) 43-Doug Dodson 14.214

24) 28-Todd Kane 14.217

25) 83X-Tim Shaffer 14.255

26) G1-Jeremy Campbell 14.268

27) 27-Curt Michael 14.271

28) 21-Brian Montieth 14.285

29) 63-Chad Kemenah 14.326

30) 30C-Lance Dewease 14.334

31) 17-Daryn Pittman 14.354

32) 1B-Keith Baxter 14.361

33) 20-Kraig Kinser 14.362

34) 35-Justin Henderson 14.384

35) 22B-Ben Gregg 14.427

36) 93-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 14.436

37) 15X-Adam Wilt 14.489

38) 25-Brooke Tatnell 14.492

39) 83-Tim Kaeding 14.518

40) 81-Craig Folmar 14.548

41) 1-Chris Shirek 14.615

42) R19-Jac Haudenschild 14.624

43) 13X-Kramer Williamson 14.644

44) 60C-Kory Crabtree 14.669

45) 22-Brian Ellenberger 14.686

46) 55-Chad Layton 14.726

47) D4-Danny Holtgraver 14.785

48) 89-Robbie Stillwaggon 14.794

49) 49-Bob Howard 14.865

50) 6W-Brad Wickham 14.884

51) O-Glenn Styres 14.897

52) 63J-Josh Weller 14.919

53) 4K-Kris Spitz 15.375

54) 19K-Kyle Pruitt 15.602

55) 23-Todd Zinn 15.858

56) 6X-Mark Cole 16.232

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