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Schatz Crowned At Kings Royal

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 19 2009

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Donny Schatz celebrates. (World of Outlaws photo by Mike Campbell)

Donny Schatz celebrates. (World of Outlaws photo by Mike Campbell)

Donny Schatz knows how to impress the boss. With team owner Tony Stewart looking on, Schatz won the mighty Kings Royal World of Outlaws race at Eldora Speedway in Ohio Saturday night.

And when he was handed the $50,000 check for his victory, it was signed by Stewart, who also owns Eldora.

“It’s big,” said Schatz. “This was the start of our Month of Money run in (20)07 and we are pumped to get the first win of the Month of Money. It’s an awesome win for us and my guys deserve this. You have to take this and enjoy it. I was glad to have the boss here this weekend and be able to enjoy a victory with him.”

Schatz wound up leading a total of 38 laps on the night en route to his 10th win of the 2009 campaign and the 98th of his World of Outlaws career, as he closes in on becoming just the fifth driver in series history to win at least 100 races.

“It was an awesome night for us,” said the three-time and defending series champion. “We were a little nervous after qualifying and we got an all important heat win. That’s what did it for us. Starting up front was key and probably the most important was that my guys made all the right decisions. They kept plugging away and making things as good as they could and they did a great job.”

Schatz led from the drop of the green in the Armor All J&J, after a caution flew for a Joey Saldana spin in turn three before the first lap was in the books, leading to a complete restart. On the first start, Dale Blaney got the jump on Schatz, who started on the pole, heading into turns one and two.

The caution flew again on the second lap with Schatz using another strong restart to quickly jump to a comfortable lead. By the sixth lap, Blaney had caught back up to Schatz and nearly took the lead from him in turns one and two. On the eighth lap, Blaney used a slide job on Schatz to take the lead in turns one and two, though he drifted high coming off turn two, allowing Schatz to dive back under him and take back the top spot. The scenario repeated itself a couple of times over the next few laps.

On the 15th lap Blaney again put a slider on Schatz in turns one and two nearly taking the lead. He then moved up the track coming off turn four and was credited officially with leading that circuit at the line.

The 16th lap saw Schatz take the lead back with a textbook slide job in turns one and two. He would lead the rest of the way, but he would withstand a challenge from Sam Hafertepe Jr. and then another one from Blaney.

“You always have to be patient, especially in a 40-lap race,” he noted. “You have to have some tire management as well when you think there may be some rubber or an abrasive surface. We had to race, but we had to be smart with it. We had a little fun going back and forth there from time to time and I’m glad I came out on the better end of it.”

A caution with four laps remaining turned into an open red flag for a fuel stop, setting up a four-lap shootout between Schatz and Blaney. A strong restart by Schatz would propel him to a sizeable advantage as the laps wound down and he ended up winning by nearly two seconds over Blaney.

“We put fuel in it and went and it seemed like I really did go,” he explained. “I spun the tires coming into one and I was really nervous that Dale (Blaney) would go right on by. I had the wing back in the trunk and let it spin the tires for four laps. I spun the tires to a victory anyway.”

Blaney started second in the Ti-22 Performance Maxim and was bidding for his second career Kings Royal triumph. He worked his way right back up to Schatz with seven laps remaining as they worked traffic, only to have the caution fly on the 36th go-around.

“It was pretty fun,” said Blaney. “This is one of my favorite tracks and we always run pretty good here. The car was good all weekend and we qualified in the right spot. We won a heat race both nights and were in a position to do something with it. You hate to take second, but it was a good race and he just got a little better than we did in the rubber. Anytime we can run in the Top-Fives with these guys we’ll take it, especially in a prestigious race like that is pretty neat.”

Blaney was torn on if a longer green flag run at the end of the race would have worked to his advantage. He kept pace with Schatz in the middle portions of the 40-lapper in traffic.

“He was stuck behind traffic and really wasn’t going to take a chance at that point and if he did, I might have been able to stick my nose in there a little bit,” shared the veteran driver. “I was catching a little, but we is good too good to make a mistake like that the last couple of laps.”

Sam Hafertepe Jr. matched his career best World of Outlaws finish with a third-place performance on Saturday night. The runner-up finish in the G.H. Plumbing machine was his best with the series at the famed Ohio half-mile.

“We’re really proud of this,” said Hafertepe. “Hopefully we can take this head of steam to Lernerville in a few days and see what we can do there.”

Hafertepe was glad to see the caution flag with four laps to go, as he didn’t have much fuel left in the tank.

“We needed that because we ran out of fuel and that’s how Dale Blaney got by us,” shared the third-year driver. “I really think if we wouldn’t have had any cautions all night we would have won the race.”

As the leader worked their way through traffic near the halfway point of the race, Hafertepe made up a substantial amount of ground on Schatz who had a little trouble getting my some lapped cars. He was right on Schatz prior to the caution coming out for a Steve Kinser spin in turn three.

“The long green flags were really good for us,” said the native of Sunnyvale, Texas. “We could move around and run places where other guys couldn’t. That’s how we caught (Donny) Schatz and got right up on his back bumper and had that caution. I think that kind of save him, but we’ll never know.”

Tim Shaffer ended up fourth in the Kistler Engines J&J. Terry McCarl, who won the Knight Before the Kings Royal on Friday night, came all the way from the 22nd starting spot to finish fifth to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award in the Big Game Treestands Maxim.

Tim Kaeding was sixth in the DTR Transport KPC, with Danny Lasoski seventh aboard the Casey’s General Store Maxim. Daryn Pittman was eighth in the Hunter Truck Sales JEI, with Kraig Kinser one spot behind him in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim. Brandon Wimmer rounded out the Top-Five in the Alan Barton Motorsports Maxim.

The World of Outlaws return to action on Tuesday, July 21 at Lernerville Speedway in Pennsylvania for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twin 30’s, with $15,000 awaiting the winner of each 30-lap feature event.

KINGS ROYAL NOTES

• FAST QUALIFIER: Cody Darrah paced the 47 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/2-mile oval at 13.368 seconds at 134.650 mph. For his qualifying effort, Darrah earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Sides (4), Danny Lasoski (3), Ed Lynch Jr. (2), and Lucas Wolfe (1).

• QUALIFYING WINNERS: Joey Saldana, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Danny Lasoski. Lee Jacobs, Donny Schatz and Dale Blaney won heat races. Randy Hannagan won the B-Main. Donny Schatz won the Crane Cams Dash. Chad Kemenah won the C-Main.

• FEATURE WINNERS: There has been 39 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature event held in 2009. The winners include: Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park, Silver Dollar Speedway, Thunderbowl Raceway, Lone Star Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway, Virginia Motor Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, Dodge City Raceway Park-twice, U.S. 36 Raceway and 34 Raceway), Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Knoxville Raceway, Eldora Speedway, Canandaigua Speedway, Lawrenceburg Speedway, River Cities Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway and Eldora Speedway), Danny Lasoski (Delaware International Speedway, Nodak Speedway, Eagle Raceway and Charter Raceway Park), Jason Meyers (Silver Dollar Speedway, Paducah International Raceway, I-96 Speedway and Red River Valley Speedway), Steve Kinser (Tri-State Speedway and Limaland Motorsports Park), Terry McCarl (Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway), Dale Blaney (Attica Raceway Park), Randy Hannagan (Thunderbowl Raceway), Greg Hodnett (Williams Grove Speedway), Tim Kaeding (Riverside International Speedway) and Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway).

• HALF-MILE WINNERS: Eldora Speedway is a high-banked half-mile oval. The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series has raced 16 times this season on a track that size. The winners include: Donny Schatz (Volusia Speedway Park-twice, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway-twice), Joey Saldana (Volusia Speedway Park, Lone Star Speedway and Virginia Motor Speedway), Terry McCarl (Knoxville Raceway and Eldora Speedway), Jason Meyers (I-96 Speedway and Red River Valley Speedway), Greg Hodnett (Williams Grove Speedway), Chad Kemenah (Manzanita Speedway), Danny Lasoski (Delaware International Speedway).

Statistical Report; Kings Royal; Rossburg, OH;

Qualifying

1) 89-Cody Darrah 13.368

2) 7S-Jason Sides 13.509

3) 6-Danny Lasoski 13.540

4) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. 13.550

5) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.576

6) 3C-Cale Conley 13.585

7) 24-Terry McCarl 13.652

8) 14-Jason Meyers 13.665

9) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.707

10) 83-Tim Kaeding 13.715

11) G1-Justin Henderson 13.767

12) 17-Daryn Pittman 13.772

13) 9-Joey Saldana 13.794

14) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.798

15) OO-James Nier 13.830

16) 25-Lee Jacobs 13.831

17) 83X-Tim Shaffer 13.843

18) 2-Dale Blaney 13.856

19) 7TW-Brandon Wimmer 13.865

20) 4-Danny Smith 13.880

21) 11-Steve Kinser 13.884

22) 4X-Toni Lutar 13.904

23) 15-Donny Schatz 13.928

24) 20-Kraig Kinser 13.938

25) 84-Jimmy Stinson 13.960

26) 10-Sammy Swindell 13.996

27) 2H-Tim Hunter 14.042

28) 55-Kerry Madsen 14.091

29) 19-Craig Dollansky 14.104

30) 1-Stevie Smith 14.109

31) 7K-Rob Chaney 14.139

32) 6R-Bill Rose 14.174

33) R19-Jac Haudenschild 14.180

34) 97-Dean Jacobs 14.180

35) 1B-Keith Baxter 14.210

36) 11N-Brock Mayes 14.252

37) 63-Chad Kemenah 14.280

38) 71-Paul May 14.324

39) 15C-Chris Andrews 14.373

40) 22-Brian Ellenberger 14.453

41) 7AU-Roddy Bellbowen 14.470

42) W20-Greg Wilson 14.474

43) 9X-Phil Gressman 14.553

44) 2+Brian Smith 14.612

45) 89G-David Gravel 14.637

46) O4-Cap Henry III 14.906

47) 55B-Joey Moughan 15.148

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 3 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 9-Joey Saldana

2) 7TW-Brandon Wimmer

3) 89-Cody Darrah

4) 24-Terry McCarl

5) 7K-Rob Chaney

6) 84-Jimmy Stinson

7) 63-Chad Kemenah

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 3 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2) 7S-Jason Sides

3) 14-Jason Meyers

4) 6R-Bill Rose

5) 10-Sammy Swindell

6) 4-Danny Smith

7) 71-Paul May

8) 2+Brian Smith

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 3 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 6-Danny Lasoski

2) 11-Steve Kinser

3) R19-Jac Haudenschild

4) OO-James Nier

5) 1X-Randy Hannagan

6) 89G-David Gravel

7) 2H-Tim Hunter

8) 15C-Chris Andrews

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 3 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 25-Lee Jacobs

2) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.

3) 83-Tim Kaeding

4) 55-Kerry Madsen

5) 22-Brian Ellenberger

6) O4-Cap Henry III

7) 4X-Toni Lutar

8) 97-Dean Jacobs

Heat 5 (8 Laps, top 3 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 15-Donny Schatz

2) 83X-Tim Shaffer

3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

4) 19-Craig Dollansky

5) G1-Justin Henderson

6) 55B-Joey Moughan

7) 1B-Keith Baxter

8) 7AU-Roddy Bellbowen

Heat 6 (8 Laps, top 3 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 2-Dale Blaney

2) 20-Kraig Kinser

3) 3C-Cale Conley

4) 1-Stevie Smith

5) 11N-Brock Mayes

6) 17-Daryn Pittman

7) W20-Greg Wilson

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)

1) 15-Donny Schatz

2) 2-Dale Blaney

3) 9-Joey Saldana

4) 6-Danny Lasoski

5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

6) 11-Steve Kinser

7) 7S-Jason Sides

8) 83X-Tim Shaffer

9) 7TW-Brandon Wimmer

10) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.

11) 20-Kraig Kinser

12) 25-Lee Jacobs

C-main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)

1) 63-Chad Kemenah

2) 15C-Chris Andrews

3) 71-Paul May [$200]

4) W20-Greg Wilson [$190]

5) 1B-Keith Baxter [$180]

6) 2H-Tim Hunter [$170]

7) 4X-Toni Lutar [$160]

8) 7AU-Roddy Bellbowen [$150]

9) 2+Brian Smith [$150]

10) 97-Dean Jacobs [$150]

11) 9X-Phil Gressman [$125]

B-main (15 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)

1) 1X-Randy Hannagan

2) 17-Daryn Pittman

3) 10-Sammy Swindell

4) 24-Terry McCarl

5) 55-Kerry Madsen [$500]

6) 1-Stevie Smith [$450]

7) 4-Danny Smith [$400]

8) 7K-Rob Chaney [$350]

9) OO-James Nier [$300]

10) 6R-Bill Rose [$250]

11) 11N-Brock Mayes [$200]

12) 15C-Chris Andrews [$200]

13) 63-Chad Kemenah [$200]

14) G1-Justin Henderson [$200]

15) 22-Brian Ellenberger [$200]

16) 89G-David Gravel [$200]

17) 84-Jimmy Stinson [$200]

18) 55B-Joey Moughan [$200]

19) 19-Craig Dollansky [$200]

20) O4-Cap Henry III [$200]

A-main (40 laps) – Starting Position [#]

1) 15-Donny Schatz[1] [$50,000]

2) 2-Dale Blaney[2] [$12,500]

3) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[5] [$7,500]

4) 83X-Tim Shaffer[8] [$5,500]

5) 24-Terry McCarl[22] [$4,500]

6) 83-Tim Kaeding[16] [$3,800]

7) 6-Danny Lasoski[4] [$3,300]

8) 17-Daryn Pittman[20] [$2,800]

9) 20-Kraig Kinser[11] [$2,650]

10) 7TW-Brandon Wimmer[9] [$2,550]

11) 14-Jason Meyers[14] [$2,250]

12) 7S-Jason Sides[7] [$2,100]

13) 89-Cody Darrah[13] [$2,050]

14) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.[10] [$2,000]

15) 10-Sammy Swindell[21] [$1,950]

16) 25-Lee Jacobs[12] [$1,900]

17) OO-James Nier[24] [$1,850]

18) 1X-Randy Hannagan[19] [$1,800]

19) 11-Steve Kinser[6] [$1,750]

20) R19-Jac Haudenschild[15] [$1,700]

21) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[17] [$1,650]

22) G1-Justin Henderson[23] [$1,625]

23) 3C-Cale Conley[18] [$1,600]

24) 9-Joey Saldana[3] [$1,550]

Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-14, 16, 18-40; Dale Blaney 15, 17
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Danny Lasoski
Penske Power Position Award: Sam Hafertepe Jr.
KSE Hard Charger Award: Terry McCarl

– Courtesy the World of Outlaws

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 19 2009
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