Home » Short Track

Schatz Gets First Outlaws Victory Of Year

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 21 2011

RacinToday.com

Donny Schatz finally broke through on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park for his first World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

It was the 106th triumph of his career, and the perfect way to wrap up his car owner Tony Stewart’s birthday. It also moves the four-time champion to within victory one of tying his childhood idol, Doug Wolfgang, on the Outlaws all-time career win list.

Schatz was strong all night in his STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J, running third in the dash to secure the inside of Row 2 on the starting grid for the 40-lap A-main. He quickly slid past pole-sitter Phil Gressman and fought off Craig Dollansky’s charge for victory.

“Ideally, I would have liked to started about fifth or sixth,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D., who also won in 2008 at Attica. “However, once the race got going, I was able to find a good line around the bottom of (turns) one and two and the outside in three and four. Towards the end of the race, I started over driving it a bit and slid up into the middle and found out I could still get some grip. We had a car that could run all over and that is a testament to Ricky Warner and this whole team. We were great all night.”

Schatz was cruising until the first caution flew with 23 laps complete. That was the first of four caution periods – including a red flag for Jac Haudenschild’s flip with nine to go – that forced Schatz to decide which lane was best on double-file restarts. Dollansky tried a slide job on the closing laps in the Big Game Treestands Maxim, but then had a battle on his hands with 2010 Knoxville Nationals champion Tim Shaffer, who had charged from 23rd to finish third.

“I felt like we had a good shot at getting around (Schatz) had we stayed green,” said Dollansky, a native of Elk River, Minn., who has led a series-high 93 laps this season. “That red flag coming out killed us a bit because we did have a better car on the longer runs. I tried to dive in there deep and hoped it would get enough bite to get around Schatz but it just didn’t hold. We were good all night on the top and if we were going to get him, it was probably going to have to be there.”

Shaffer tried to dive below Dollansky for the second spot on the last lap but came up just short and settled for the third position.

“We had a very decent run tonight and the top was really working for us,” said Shaffer, of Aliquippa, Pa., who was the KSE Hard Charger after passing 20 cars. “We managed to keep our nose clean and run strong. We gained quite a bit of knowledge tonight.”

Following his flip in Turn 2 that brought out a red flag with 31 laps complete, Ohio fan favorite Haudenschild emerged from the wreckage unharmed and waved to the fans, receiving a thunderous response.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. had another strong outing with the World of Outlaws to finish fourth, while defending series champion Jason Meyers was fifth and enters Saturday’s event at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., aiming to win at that track for the third year in a row.

Series points leader Joey Saldana never quite found his groove, finishing 11th after starting 18th. Steve Kinser continues chasing Saldana in the overall standings, using his sixth-place finish Friday night to cut Saldana’s lead to 27 points. Only 97 points separates Saldana in first to Jason Sides in fifth.

The Outlaws invade I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., on Saturday night (May 21) before heading southeast on Friday, May 27, to compete during Speed Weeks at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Notes:

QUICK TIME – Paul McMahan was the night’s fastest qualifier with a lap around the one-third oval in 12.496 seconds, earning five championship points. Dale Blaney, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Duane Zablocki and Dean Jacobs also earned qualifying points. It marked McMahan’s series-leading fourth-quick time of the season.

WINNERS – There have been 16 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature events in 2011. The winners include: Steve Kinser – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 11 and 12, Pike County Raceway on Feb. 25, the Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4); Joey Saldana – 3 (Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 3, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 19, Eldora Speedway on May 6); Sammy Swindell – 3 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 26, Merced Speedway on April 1, Tri-State Speedway on April 30); Craig Dollansky – 2 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 12, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 3);Jason Sides – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Calistoga Speedway on April 2); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 13); Donny Schatz – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 20.)

NEW ONLINE HOME – Make sure to check out the all-new WorldofOutlaws.com for the latest news and results, plus exclusive driver interviews, video and pictures. Also listen to every event live at DIRTVision.com .

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park; May 20, 2011

A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$10,000]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [4] [$5,500]; 3. 83X-Tim Shaffer [23] [$3,200]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [6] [$2,800]; 5. 14-Jason Meyers [8] [$2,500]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [2] [$2,300]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [24] [$2,200]; 8. 2-Dale Blaney [5] [$2,100]; 9. 4-Danny Smith [22] [$2,050]; 10. 83-Paul McMahan [13] [$2,000]; 11. 9-Joey Saldana [18] [$1,500]; 12. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [10] [$1,200]; 13. 97-Dean Jacobs [14] [$1,100]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [16] [$1,050]; 15. 92-Kerry Madsen [20] [$1,000]; 16. 53-Phil Gressman [1] [$900]; 17. O9-Craig Mintz [19] [$800]; 18. 16-Bryan Sebbetto [21] [$800]; 19. 14S-Stevie Smith [11] [$800]; 20. 6R-Bill Rose [12] [$800]; 21. 2B-Ben Gregg [26] [$800]; 22. 63-Chad Kemenah [15] [$800]; 23. 5-Byron Reed [17] [$800]; 24. 91-Cody Darrah [25] [$800]; 25. 6M-Jac Haudenschild [9]; 26. 6-Kraig Kinser [7]. Lap Leaders: Phil Gressman 1, Donny Schatz 2-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83X-Tim Shaffer [+20].

Qualifying – 1. 83-Paul McMahan, 12.495; 2. 2-Dale Blaney, 12.533; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr., 12.554; 4. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.563; 5. 97-Dean Jacobs, 12.598; 6. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.605; 7. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.623; 8. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.635; 9. 5-Byron Reed, 12.657; 10. 9-Joey Saldana, 12.678; 11. 53-Phil Gressman, 12.701; 12. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.707; 13. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 12.736; 14. O9-Craig Mintz, 12.767; 15. 6R-Bill Rose, 12.780; 16. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.796; 17. 92-Kerry Madsen, 12.806; 18. 6M-Jac Haudenschild, 12.819; 19. 14S-Stevie Smith, 12.850; 20. 3J-Kevin Lee, 12.887; 21. 16-Bryan Sebbetto, 12.900; 22. 40-Caleb Helms, 12.924; 23. 6-Kraig Kinser, 12.926; 24. 4-Danny Smith, 12.952; 25. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.970; 26. 5T-Travis Philo, 12.988; 27. 89G-David Gravel, 13.014; 28. 4K-Kody Kinser, 13.015; 29. 14-Jason Meyers, 13.024; 30. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.027; 31. 312-Mike Linder, 13.040; 32. 2B-Ben Gregg, 13.048; 33. 45-Rob Chaney, 13.054; 34. 27-Scott Euler, 13.059; 35. 83X-Tim Shaffer, 13.065; 36. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.093; 37. 9X-Brandon Martin, 13.175; 38. 91-Cody Darrah, 13.188; 39. 78-Todd Kane, 13.229; 40. O-Chris Andrews, 13.347; 41. 22-Cole Duncan, 13.365; 42. 10-Brad Haudenschild, 13.401; 43. 91X-Aaron Middaugh, 13.418; 44. 11N-Ed Neumeister, 13.423; 45. 60K-Jody Keegan, 13.424; 46. 45L-Brian Lay, 13.490; 47. 12-Jared Ridge, 13.547; 48. 28-Shawn Valenti, 13.548; 49. 60-Kory Crabtree, 13.633; 50. 33K-Kyle Patrick, 13.662; 51. 35-Wes McGlumphy, 13.940; 52. 15X-Mitch Harble, 14.048; 53. 6Z-Zach Ames, 14.052; 54. 3T-Johnny Beaber, 14.058; 55. 51-Brad Bowman, 14.181; 56. 3F-Rick Fraley, 14.344; 57. 32-Chase Stockon, NT.

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 53-Phil Gressman [2]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 5. 83-Paul McMahan [4]; 6. 16-Bryan Sebbetto [5]; 7. 22-Cole Duncan [9]; 8. 312-Mike Linder [7]; 9. 45L-Brian Lay [10]; 10. 5T-Travis Philo [6]; 11. 35-Wes McGlumphy [11]; 12. 3F-Rick Fraley [12].

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 2. 2-Dale Blaney [4]; 3. 92-Kerry Madsen [1]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [3]; 5. 89G-David Gravel [6]; 6. 9X-Brandon Martin [8]; 7. 2B-Ben Gregg [7]; 8. 12-Jared Ridge [10]; 9. 15X-Mitch Harble [11]; 10. 32-Chase Stockon [12]; 11. 10-Brad Haudenschild [9]; 12. 40-Caleb Helms [5].

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 6M-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 2. 6-Kraig Kinser [5]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [4]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 5. 91-Cody Darrah [8]; 6. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [2]; 7. 6Z-Zach Ames [11]; 8. 28-Shawn Valenti [10]; 9. 91X-Aaron Middaugh [9]; 10. 4K-Kody Kinser [6]; 11. 45-Rob Chaney [7].

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 14S-Stevie Smith [1]; 2. 14-Jason Meyers [6]; 3. O9-Craig Mintz [2]; 4. 4-Danny Smith [5]; 5. 5-Byron Reed [3]; 6. 78-Todd Kane [8]; 7. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [4]; 8. 60-Kory Crabtree [10]; 9. 11N-Ed Neumeister [9]; 10. 3T-Johnny Beaber [11]; 11. 27-Scott Euler [7].

Heat 5 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 2. 6R-Bill Rose [2]; 3. 83X-Tim Shaffer [7]; 4. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 5. 97-Dean Jacobs [4]; 6. 3J-Kevin Lee [1]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [5]; 8. O-Chris Andrews [8]; 9. 60K-Jody Keegan [9]; 10. 51-Brad Bowman [11]; 11. 33K-Kyle Patrick [10].

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 12 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 53-Phil Gressman [1]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 5. 2-Dale Blaney [4]; 6. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [3]; 7. 6-Kraig Kinser [10]; 8. 14-Jason Meyers [11]; 9. 6M-Jac Haudenschild [8]; 10. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [12]; 11. 14S-Stevie Smith [9]; 12. 6R-Bill Rose [6].

D-Main – (8 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 60-Kory Crabtree [1] [$100]; 2. 15X-Mitch Harble [4] [$100]; 3. 6Z-Zach Ames [5] [$100]; 4. 35-Wes McGlumphy [3] [$100]; 5. 3T-Johnny Beaber [6] [$100]; 6. 33K-Kyle Patrick [2] [$100]; 7. 32-Chase Stockon [9] [$100]; 8. 51-Brad Bowman [7] [$100]; 9. 3F-Rick Fraley [8] [$100].

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature) – 1. 9X-Brandon Martin [1] [-]; 2. 22-Cole Duncan [5] [-]; 3. 78-Todd Kane [3] [$150]; 4. O-Chris Andrews [4] [$125]; 5. 60-Kory Crabtree [12] [$125]; 6. 45L-Brian Lay [9] [$100]; 7. 91-Cody Darrah [2] [$100]; 8. 15X-Mitch Harble [13] [$100]; 9. 91X-Aaron Middaugh [6] [$100]; 10. 28-Shawn Valenti [11] [$100]; 11. 11N-Ed Neumeister [7] [$100]; 12. 12-Jared Ridge [10] [$100]; 13. 60K-Jody Keegan [8] [$100]; 14. 10-Brad Haudenschild [14] [$100].

B-Main – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 83-Paul McMahan [1] [-]; 2. 97-Dean Jacobs [3] [-]; 3. 5-Byron Reed [4] [-]; 4. 16-Bryan Sebbetto [7] [-]; 5. 9X-Brandon Martin [17] [$200]; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [2] [$180]; 7. 312-Mike Linder [13] [$175]; 8. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [5] [$160]; 9. 45-Rob Chaney [15] [$150]; 10. 4K-Kody Kinser [12] [$150]; 11. 3J-Kevin Lee [6] [$150]; 12. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [9] [$150]; 13. 2B-Ben Gregg [14] [$150]; 14. 40-Caleb Helms [8] [$150]; 15. 27-Scott Euler [16] [$150]; 16. 89G-David Gravel [11] [$150]; 17. 5T-Travis Philo [10] [$150]; 18. 22-Cole Duncan [18] [$150].

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, May 21 2011
No Comment

Comments are closed.