An Action Packed Weekend In Store At Home For Donny Schatz

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Most everyone in the Sprint car racing world is experiencing a Knoxville Nationals hangover this week. The biggest race of the year has come and gone and, for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and his Arctic Cat/Ford Performance backed team, there isn’t time to sit around and try to recover from another epic performance. Schatz returns home for a three-race weekend in North Dakota with an eye on making a move in his quest for a ninth World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship.

The driver of the TSR No. No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/ Curb J&J will lead the band of Outlaws back into action starting with Friday’s return to River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks where he’ll look to regain his post at the quarter-mile, high-banked dirt oval. Schatz followed David Gravel and Kerry Madsen to the finish line back in June, a result that snapped a four-race winning streak at the track. The weekend continues Saturday with the Outlaws first race at Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo since 2012, an event originally scheduled for June that was postponed because of rain. And Sunday, it’s back to his hometown of Minot and Nodak Speedway where Schatz has come home victorious the previous five times the Outlaws have circled the 3/8-mile, dirt oval.

The season is down to a 30-race push with events at 22 tracks in 13 states over the next 10 weeks. Schatz currently leads the 2017 WoO championship standings by 82 points over Brad Sweet. Schatz and his Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti will be looking to carry momentum from last week’s victory in the 57th annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals. The victory was his 10th in Sprint car racing’s premiere event and continues his July “Month of Money” success this season, during which he also won his fourth career Kings Royal at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and his sixth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania.

Schatz made his first WoO start in the state of North Dakota six weeks prior to his 16th birthday in 1993. He’s made a lot of circles both in his home state and around the United States and Australia since that first race. He scored the first of now 18 career WoO A-Feature wins in North Dakota at Red River Valley Speedway in July 2002 and would love to bring that total to 21 by Sunday night.

In addition to driving the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J, Schatz will race his family owned No. 15 Petro Stopping Center/Schatz Crossroads/Fastlane Car Wash Dirt Late Model at both River Cities and Red River Valley. In August 2015, Schatz swept both the WoO race and NLRA Late Model main events at River Cities.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: NORTH DAKOTA

• Donny Schatz made his World of Outlaws debut in July 1993 at Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, North Dakota.

• Schatz has 37 career WoO starts at Red River Valley Speedway, 18 of which were classified as preliminary features.

• He has four career WoO wins at Red River Valley: two WoO A-Features in 2002 and 2006, and two preliminary features in 2003 and 2006. Schatz also has won a pair of Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions events at the track (2011 and 2012). Both of those wins came on the reconfigured, 3/8-mille dirt oval.

• Since the Outlaws first competed at River Cities Speedway in June 2007, Schatz has been one of the drivers to beat around the high-banked, quarter-mile dirt oval. He has competed in all 20 WoO races contested on the ultra-fast short track, the record lap at which is 9.269 seconds and annually has some of the most exciting races of the WoO season.

• Schatz has won eight WoO A-Features at River Cities, including four of the previous five 40-lap A-Features and six of the last nine, and has finished in the top three in 12 of his last 13 starts there.
• Schatz was part of the 24-car field in 2006 at Nodak Speedway when the Outlaws made their debut in Minot. He finished seventh after losing a right-rear tire just after taking the lead.

• In 2007, he made contact with Daryn Pittman battling for the lead early in the race and suffered his only DNF (Did Not Finish) in 10 career WoO starts at Nodak.
• After posting three top-fives and a seventh-place finish, Schatz has reeled off five consecutive wins at Nodak from 2012 to 2016.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: 2017

• Through 59 of 92 scheduled races in the 2017 WoO campaign, Schatz leads the championship standings with 7,690 markers and holds an 82-point advantage over Brad Sweet.

• Schatz leads the series with 16 wins and 43 top-five finishes. His 49 top-10s are tied with Sweet for the series high.

• This is his 21st season of competing with the World of Outlaws and he has competed in at least one WoO event in North Dakota every year.

• With 30 races remaining on the 2017 schedule, Schatz will venture to 22 tracks between now and the first week of November. He has previously won WoO races at 20 of those tracks, including 2017 wins at Eldora and Lernerville.

At all three events this weekend, the pit gates open at 2 p.m. CDT, the grandstands open at 4 p.m., and hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information at River Cities, visitwww.rivercitiesspeedway.com or call (218) 773-3001. For tickets and more information at Red River Valley, visit redrivervalleyspeedway.com or call (701) 388-6637. For tickets and more information at Nodak, visit racenodak.com or call (701) 838-6464.

Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Live audio coverage is available as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series events on the DIRTVision.com. Visit to DIRTVision.com for more information.

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, TSR and the No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J throughout the campaign on the Web and social media. More information can be found at www.TonyStewartRacing.comwww.arcticcat.com, and www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.
Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

Arctic Cat: Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArcticCat or on Twitter and Instagram @ArcticCat_atv @ArcticCat_Snow

Curb: Facebook at www.facebook.com/CurbRecords or on Twitter and Instagram @CurbRecords.

Ford Performance: Facebook at www.facebook.com/FordPerformance or on Twitter and Instagram @FordPerformance.

 

Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J:
 

You’re coming off another Knoxville Nationals win to continue your remarkable run of success in Sprint car racing’s biggest event. What’s the biggest key to have the consistency you and your team have had there the past decade and a half?

“I don’t think anyone is ever going to give away his key to success, but being around great people has always been a big thing in the racing world. It’s definitely that way at TSR. I’ve been there 10 years and my team has been with me that long too. They are very consistent at what they do. They understand that just because you win a race today, it doesn’t mean that winning a race tomorrow is a given. They know you have to work at it and you may have to go about it in a little different way than you did yesterday. That’s a big thing to get four guys to pull the rope in the same direction, to work together and understand you are not always going to agree on everything. It takes four people and the direction to get to the same place isn’t always down the same path. Those guys do a phenomenal job of adapting to what needs to be done. That’s a really big thing and something that has shined at Knoxville. Hopefully, it shines in championship form the rest of the season.”

This weekend, you return home for three races in your home state. What are you looking forward to and what should the fans who are coming out be ready to see?

“We are going to see some great racing and a truly unique opportunity. It’s probably going to be one of the busiest weekends of the year for me, coming home and getting the chance to race in front of family and friends. We’re coming off an incredible week in Iowa and excited to get back in the car. The weekend starts with two races Friday and Saturday just an hour apart. River Cities Speedway is one of the most exciting tracks we get to go to throughout the year. A lot of the other World of Outlaws competitors talk about how much they love racing there. I love it. You just never know how things are going to turn out in the race up there and that’s one of the reasons the fans just pack that place. I’m excited the Outlaws are coming back to Fargo on Saturday. It’s been a few years and, unfortunately, we had a problem with the rain in June and I’m excited that we get the chance to come back. To cap it off, we go back to my hometown and a place where I first witnessed racing in Minot. We’ve definitely had a good run of success there the past six years and we’re hoping we can continue that. It’s going to be a great weekend in North Dakota and the fans are going to get to see a great following. I know my guys are chomping at the bit to do some racing after the Nationals and now it’s time to race for a World of Outlaws championship. So, we’re going to work our tails off this weekend and hopefully put on a good show for the fans.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Donny Schatz Wins The Knoxville Nationals For The 10th Time

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Dates: Wednesday-Saturday, August 9-12, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Event: 57th annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals

Location: Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway

Winners: Wednesday – Kyle Larson of Paul Silva Motorsports

Thursday –David Gravel of CJB Motorsports

Friday – Jason Johnson of Johnson/Marshall Racing

Saturday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing

TSR Results:  Wednesday – Schatz: Started 6th, Finished 2nd/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps

Christopher Bell: Started 9th, Finished 9th/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps

Saturday – Schatz: Started 2nd, Finished 1st/Running, completed 50 of 50 laps

Bell: Started 6th in B-Main, Finished 8th in B/Running, completed 22 of 22 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 7,675 points, 82 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

The historic pace at the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals continued Saturday night for Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz. The eight-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion led the final 27 laps of the 50-lap finale of the 57th annual 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals to earn his 10th Nationals victory.

Schatz started second in the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J and led the field to the green on lap 23 after polesitter David Gravel brought out a caution. Schatz withstood challenges from both Kerry Madsen and Kyle Larson to pick up his 26th career triumph at the famed half-mile dirt oval in Central Iowa and continued his remarkable run on Sprint car racing’s biggest stage, where he’s finished first or second 16 of the past 18 years.

 

 

 

“Winning the Knoxville Nationals never gets old and never gets any easier,” Schatz said. “I may get a lot of the credit, but this Arctic Cat/Ford Performance race team is incredible and they deserve every bit as much. Nobody realizes the pressure that is on this team. They have to make the right decisions every time. With as many races as we have won, the pressure just keeps building and building because, if you don’t win, you are under a lot of scrutiny and we don’t want to be in that position. We want to win races. We want to be competitive and be at the forefront of this sport. Tony Stewart has assembled and incredible team here. We are celebrating 10 years together and tonight we are going to celebrate another incredible week here at the Knoxville Nationals.”

Schatz started on the front row for the sixth time in his career at the Nationals following an impressive qualifying-night performance Wednesday. He qualified fourth in the field of 48 competitors and charged from eighth to win the fourth heat race to transfer into the 25-lap preliminary feature. He started sixth in the A-Main and quickly began his charge forward. He was up to third on lap five and took second from Austin McCarl on lap 13. Polesitter Larson was setting a strong pace up front, but Schatz was able to close the gap as the two worked through lapped traffic. Larson didn’t make any mistakes during the final portion of the race and scored the win ahead of Schatz. The results of the evening earned Schatz 492 points, the most by any driver.

Following Thursday’s qualifying program, Schatz ranked second overall and was locked into Saturday’sA-Main finale.

When Saturday’s A-Main went green, Gravel and Schatz raced side by side into turn one. Gravel dove low and pulled out to a small lead coming out of turn two and, when Gravel went high in turns three and four, Schatz made a run for the lead with a low move in turns three and four. Gravel had enough momentum to maintain the top spot and the two settled in for the early portion of the race. Once Gravel reached traffic, Schatz was able to close in and make a run at the top spot. He tried a slide job in turns three and four and later briefly held the lead down the backstretch on lap 16, but Gravel was able to surge back in front and hold the top spot until his engine expired on lap 22.

 

 


Schatz led the field back to the green and raced away from Madsen until a caution two laps later was used for the mandatory pit stop. The TSR crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti replaced the rear tires, filled the Arctic Cat No. 15 with fuel and made minor chassis adjustments before sending Schatz back out for the second half of the race. On the restart, Schatz rode the cushion in turn one and Madsen made his bid for the lead by throwing a big slider at Schatz, but Schatz never flinched and drove around the outside of Madsen to maintain the lead. The gamble cost Madsen second as Larson was able to sneak under the Australian driver coming out of turn two.For the next dozen laps, Schatz set a torrid pace around the top and held a solid margin over Larson until another caution on 38 slowed the pace. Schatz was clean again on the restart and re-established his lead with only 10 laps remaining. Things got dicey during the final three laps as Schatz tried to maneuver lapped traffic. He split a pair of cars and then was forced to make a couple of attempts to lap Brooke Tatnell. Larson was able to cut into the lead, but his last-corner attempt at a slide job fell short and Schatz drove away for the victory.

“These young guys keep getting better, and that Kyle Larson is pretty awesome,” Schatz said. “Early in the race, David set a really torrid pace and he was right up on the top. There were some pretty big holes up there and I didn’t even realize how big they were until we got slowed down on one of those yellows when I saw them and said to myself I may want to be careful up here. Once we got going, I felt really good, but you have to get yourself to the end of the race. You have to make sure when you get into traffic that you are in a good spot, that you are in the right place, and I did that for most of the race. We came down to that last 12-lap run there and I thought we might catch traffic at the end and we caught them. I got to a car that was just going for it and got myself in a couple of bad spots, but we got there. I know Kyle was coming and he had to do whatever I wasn’t and, for two laps, I was all over the place. That’s what racing is. It’s what we strive for and, if I was running second, that’s what I would have been hoping for. It worked out. We got the win and it feels good.”
Knoxville Nationals Notes:

• This was the 25th Knoxville Nationals for Schatz, who made his debut in 1993 as an 18-year-old. In his debut, he qualified 63rd and finished sixth in the non-qualifiers race.

• After qualifying fourth in Wednesday’s preliminary program, Schatz raced from eighth to win his seventh career qualifying-night heat race.

• His runner-up finish Wednesday was his seventh second-place finish and third in a row in Knoxville Nationals qualifying programs.

• Saturday’s triumph was number 10 for Schatz and the 11th Knoxville Nationals A-Main win for car owner Tony Stewart. Schatz has won eight driving for TSR and the organization earned three Nationals triumphs with Danny Lasoski (2001, 2003, and 2004).

• By leading 27 laps Saturday, Schatz surpassed Steve Kinser as the all-time lap leader in the Nationals. Schatz now has led 320 laps, 19 more than Kinser. Schatz also became the first driver in Nationals history to lead laps in 14 A-Mains.

• Schatz trails only Kinser (12) for most Nationals A-Main wins.

• Schatz ranks 10th all-time with 26 career wins at Knoxville Raceway.

• He now has 245 career WoO A-Features wins.

• Schatz has career earnings of $2.17 million in his 25 Knoxville Nationals appearances.

The Nationals only provided WoO teams with participation points since the event follows a format that differs from the regular WoO program. Schatz continues to the lead the 2017 WoO championship standings and has a 82-point advantage over Brad Sweet.

Up Next:

With the Nationals behind them, Schatz and the TSR team will prepare for the Outlaws’ annual August run through North Dakota before heading west for the next month. The North Dakota native will compete on his home soil three nights starting Friday at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks beforeSaturday’s return to Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo. The Fargo event was originally scheduled for June but was washed out and rescheduled for this weekend. The finale of the weekend will be held at Nodak Speedway in Schatz’s hometown of Minot.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

“Young Money” Will Have A Full Weekend!

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After a dominating win on Wednesday night at the Knoxville Nationals, Kyle Larson faced a dilemma. He had qualified for the prestigious A-main finals of one of the premiere dirt races in the world. The problem was the race was set for Saturday night, and his contract with Chip Ganassi Racing in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series forbids him from racing on dirt the day before he has to drive the No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, be it qualifying, practice or the race.

On Thursday, he appeared with Ganassi at an event in downtown Detroit unveiling the Camaro ZL1 as Chevrolet’s entry in next year’s 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. On the drive to the airport afterward, Larson tried to talk Ganassi into allowing an exception. The team owner voiced his concerns—the contract language exists to make sure Larson is fresh and to give the team time to find a replacement if he gets injured.

With Larson and other team officials pleading Larson’s case, Ganassi ultimately relented, and now Larson will race in the event in Knoxville, Iowa on Saturday to try to put an exclamation point at the end of what he calls his favorite week of racing of the year. He finished fifth in the event last year. “I’m thankful for Chip to even allow me to do what I get to do right now,” Larson says. “It’s especially nice that he’s making an exception for Saturday night.”

Larson expects to fly to Iowa after his responsibilities at Michigan International Speedway end on Saturday afternoon. He will race at night and fly back to Michigan after that. He doesn’t have to be anywhere at MIS until 11:30 Sunday morning. “I’ll still be able to get plenty of sleep and be ready,” he said.

Larson has won two races in a row at Michigan.

“Young Money” could be flying back to Michigan Saturday night $150,000.00 richer, if he wins the feature at Knoxville!

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Tony Stewart Foundation Challenges Knoxville Nationals Fans

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Whether as a car owner, driver or philanthropist, Tony Stewart always expects to finish ahead of the field, and those expectations won’t change on Aug. 9 when the Tony Stewart Foundation presents the fifth annual WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacular at Slideways Karting Center in Knoxville, Iowa.

Fans attending the 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store at Knoxville Raceway can race head-to-head with Stewart, but also recent Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who followed Stewart’s path from the dirt tracks to NASCAR.

The Tony Stewart Foundation benefits chronically ill and physically disabled children, animals that are endangered or at-risk, and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing, and the foundation has taken the wheel of this year’s WELD Racing Go-Kart Spectacular which had previously been hosted by the Jeff Gordon Foundation.

Those interested in helping the Tony Stewart Foundation’s mission will not only battle Stewart, Larson and Stenhouse, but they will also have the opportunity to showcase their skills against WELD Racing ambassadors “KamiKaze” Chris Day from the Street Outlaws television series on Discovery and Pirelli World Challenge driver Shea Holbrook. The entry fee is $400 per competitor with the total number of entrants limited to 50. Participants will receive an event T-shirt and goodie bag containing WELD Racing merchandise and items autographed by Stewart. Fans can register to compete by visitinghttp://TonyStewartFoundation.org and writing “KARTING” in the comment field.

The goal of this year’s event is to promote One Cure, a project led by the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center (FACC) where innovative cancer treatments for pets are being researched in clinical trials to benefit people. The FACC sees more than 1,500 new animalcancer patients every year, with approximately 400 patients enrolling in these carefully monitored clinical trials specific to their cancer type. These canine and feline patients are helping pioneer cancer research, moving cutting-edge treatments out of the laboratory and into clinical practice, ultimately providing hope to the next generation of animal and human cancer patients.

“We’ve learned that many cancer treatment breakthroughs are happening because of collaborations between scientists and doctors working with both people and domestic pets,” Stewart said. “It’s a perfect fit with my foundation’s missions to help children and animals. Cancer is cancer. We aim to educate people about comparative oncology and improve the lives of all cancer patients, whether they have two legs or four.”

A second One Cure initiative during the Knoxville Nationals called Flip It For Good is asking for fans of all ages to participate. The Tony Stewart Foundation and Knoxville Raceway are teaming up in an effort to establish a new Guinness World Record for the largest game of heads or tails. The current record was set in July 2016 by 561 fans at Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. The event will take place on Aug. 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. CDT in the Fan Zone under the main grandstands at Knoxville Raceway.

“Our Flip It For Good competition is for anyone to play,” Stewart said. “Players choose their side, I flip the coin, someone spots me, and we start eliminating players until there’s only one standing. The challenge is to be the last one standing. It’s fun, it’s fast and for a great cause.”

While only 562 participants are needed to break the record, Stewart has issued Knoxville Nationals fans the challenge of bringing 800 players to this round of Flip It For Good. The $10 entry donation includes a commemorative bandana, a player’s wristband for the official count and a $10 gift certificate to upload a photo of a person or pet impacted by cancer onto the “Faces of Team One Cure” online photo mosaic. Participants can register onsite at Knoxville Raceway, or online prior to Aug. 10 by visitinghttp://tonystewartfoundation.org/flip-it-for-good-registration/.

For more information regarding the Tony Stewart Foundation, visit www.tonystewartfoundation.org and follow on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/14TSF or on Twitter and Instagram @14TSF.

For information regarding Stewart, visit www.tonystewart.com or www.tonystewartracing.com, or follow on Twitter @TonyStewart.

For more information regarding the 5-hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store, visit www.knoxvilleraceway.com.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Donny Schatz Takes On Ohsweken Speedway

The eight-time and reigning WoO champion leads the Outlaws back to the Canadian province of Ontario for tonight’s Arrow Express Six Nations Showdown as a four-time winner at Ohsweken Speedway. The driver of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J has competed in all 11 previous WoO events at the 3/8-mile, dirt oval. Last July, he and his TSR crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson, and Brad Mariscotti came out victorious in the 30-lap A-Feature and look to be the only winners in Canada in 2017. Tuesday’s stop at Ohsweken is the only opportunity to continue a streak of scoring at least one WoO A-Feature in Canada that started in July 2012, when he scored a flag-to-flag triumph at Cornwall (Ont.) Speedway.

Donny Schatz has captured victories in three of his last four starts at Ohsweken, which included continuing a TSR winning streak from 2011 through 2014. Tony Stewart earned his first career WoO A-Feature win at the track in July 2011 and won again in 2012 before Schatz reeled off back-to-back triumphs in 2013 and 2014. Schatz finished second in 2015 and was part of thrilling three-car battle for the victory last July.

Following Tuesday’s venture into Canada, Schatz and the team will travel to Hartford Speedway for Friday night’s “Battle of Michigan.” In five previous starts at the newly reconfigured 3/8-mile, dirt oval in southwest Michigan, Schatz has finished second on three occasions, including his debut at the track in 2003 and again last September. He is looking to make Hartford the 82nd different dirt track where he’s scored a WoO A-Feature win during his 21 seasons of competition with “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

The week of action concludes Saturday night with the Badger 40 at Wilmot Raceway. Schatz first competed with the Outlaws at the track late in the 2006 season. He finished sixth in his first appearance just three weeks before claiming his first WoO championship. In his first season driving for TSR in 2008, Schatz chased race leader Daryn Pittman but came up short in his bid for victory. He finished ninth in 2014 and came home second again at the track last August.

Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team continue to lead the way in the 2017 WoO championship standings on the strength of their series-leading 15 WoO A-Feature triumphs. Through 50 of the scheduled 92 events, the team has earned 7,030 points and holds a 76-point advantage over Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY

• Schatz finished second in his first three starts at Ohsweken before finishing third on July 30, 2010. Following a rainout on July 31, Schatz scored his first win at the track on Aug. 1, 2010.

• In 11 starts at the track, Schatz has four wins, 10 top-fives and 11 top-10s.

• He has led laps in the A-Feature in each of the past four years, winning three races (2013, 2014, 2016) and finishing second (2015) in the other.

• Schatz has 11 career WoO A-Feature triumphs in Canada. Four each at Ohsweken and Castrol Raceway in Edmonton; two at Cornwall and one at Autodromme Drummond in Quebec.

ENTER TO WIN A DONNY SCHATZ-THEMED HDX

Winning races and a World of Outlaws championship isn’t the only goal in 2017 for TSR, Arctic Cat and Donny Schatz. There is shared passion to reach greatness without limits. And fans are encouraged to join the ultimate limitless ride by entering to win a customized, one-of-a-kind Donny Schatz-themed Arctic Cat HDX 700 through Oct. 1. Go to www.arcticcat.com/donnyschatzhdx for the chance to win the customized all-terrain vehicle by random draw.

The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to the Outlaws’ season-ending World Finals in Charlotte, including participation in a prerace ceremony. The winners will receive tickets to the World Finals and receive the keys to the Donny Schatz-themed HDX from the eight-time champion during pre-event ceremonies.

RACE NOTES

Tuesday at Ohsweken, the pit gates open at noon EDT. The grandstands will open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit ohswekenspeedway.ca or call519-717-0023.

For Friday’s “Battle of Michigan”, the pit gates open at 3 p.m. EDT. The grandstands will open at 4 p.m.Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit hartfordspeedway.net or call 269-621-4482.

On Saturday at Wilmot Raceway, the pit gates open at 2 p.m. EDT. The grandstands will open at 4 p.m.Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.wilmotraceway.com or call 815-344-2023.

Race fans unable to attend this week’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Free audio coverage is available as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series events on the DIRTVision.com. Visit to DIRTVision.com for more information.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, TSR and the No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J throughout the campaign on the web and social media. More information can be found at www.TonyStewartRacing.comwww.arcticcat.com, and www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.

Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

Arctic Cat: Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArcticCat or on Twitter and Instagram @ArcticCat_atv @ArcticCat_Snow

Curb: Facebook at www.facebook.com/CurbRecords or on Twitter and Instagram @CurbRecords.

Ford Performance: Facebook at www.facebook.com/FordPerformance or on Twitter and Instagram @FordPerformance.

Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J:
 

The annual trip to Ohsweken is up next as you continue the Outlaws’ busy July schedule. The races at Ohsweken have been extremely competitive and you have been very successful there during the last 10 years. What’s been the biggest reason for both?

“It starts with having a well-operated facility. Glenn Styres and his family do a great job of giving us a great racing surface when we go there every year. It usually works out to be a pretty wide racing surface where guys can run the top, bottom and through the middle. I’ve just had the good fortune of being surrounded by really good people who give me a fast racecar. I can remember our first trip up there in 2007 and the place was really racy from the start. After the first couple of years, I wasn’t sure if I was going to win there after running second so many times. We just hung in there and figured out the best way to get around there. It’s definitely been good to TSR, as well. Tony won his first Outlaw race up there and actually won two years in a row. I really enjoy racing at Ohsweken. It’s a stop that I always look forward to. After a couple nights of rain, we are certainly looking forward to getting back on the track tonight.”

You mentioned finishing second a number of times at Ohsweken before breaking through and winning there. You’ve been second a couple of times at both Hartford and Wilmot. What’s the key to breaking through at those two places this weekend?  

“There is no magic formula for winning races at any particular track. You simply have to outwork the competition. These guys (Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti) are incredible and have a passion for winning that is off the charts. They put in the work before, during and after the races to put us in a position to challenge for wins. They’ve been working on giving us a chance to win at Ohsweken and then, after the races, they’ll head back to the shop and turn the attention toward Hartford. We’ve had some good runs at Hartford. Last fall, we were really good there all night and just came up one spot short. They’ve changed the track around now, so we’ll have to see if we can be the first one to figure it out. Same deal with Wilmot. It’s a little track and I’m sure there will be a cushion to manipulate, but we love the challenge. We want to win every night and having a chance to do so is what we’re shooting for.”

 

CONTACT:

Contact Bill Klingbeil with True Speed Communication

(704) 875-3388 ext. 804 or Bill.Klingbeil@TrueSpeedCommunication.com

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Surviving a season on the rugged World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour is a major accomplishment, and achieving the highest levels of success takes a lot of hard work. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) team continues to chase new challenges while pursuing its fourth consecutive WoO championship. This week, TSR’s Donny Schatz will look make it six consecutive years with a WoO victory north of the border and also try to add Hartford (Mich.) Speedway and Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway to the list of tracks where he’s scored a WoO win.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STIL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Donny Schatz Wins The Silver Cup In PA

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Dates: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Friday-Sunday, July 21-23, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Locations: Tuesday – Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania

FridaySaturday – Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Sunday – Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway

Winners: Tuesday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing

Friday – Brock Zearfoss of Aaron Long Racing

Saturday – Rain Postponed A-Feature to Sept. 28

Sunday – Rain Postponed event to October date to be determined

TSR Results: Tuesday – Started 3rd, Finished 1st/Running, completed 40 of 40 laps

Friday – Started 3rd, Finished 3rd/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 7,030 points, 76 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team embarked on a busy week of action as the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series continued the “Month of Money” with four races scheduled in a six-day stretch. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion added to the momentum from his Kings Royal triumph the previous weekend by winning his sixth career Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania last Tuesday. The Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team continued its podium streak Fridaynight in the opener of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with a third-place run. Mother Nature was the winner the rest of the weekend, forcing WoO officials to postpone the 30-lap, $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals finale until Sept. 28 andSunday’s scheduled race at Ransomville (N.Y.) Speedway to a date to be determined in October.

“We had a great start to the week with the night we had at Lernerville,” said Schatz, who drove the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J to his 15th WoO win of 2017. “Coming off the Kings Royal, we knew it was going to be a big week. Tuesday was one of those nights where things just worked extremely well. My guys (Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti) gave me a great machine all night. There is a lot of prestige to these big races, but we treat them all the same. Every race out here counts. There are some guys who get in these races and try to do too much. We had to survive a little scare early in the race and then we knew we had to be there at the end. It takes a complete team to win races like the Kings Royal and the Silver Cup and, thankfully, Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with great people.”
The 92-race WoO schedule is highlighted by a number of marquee events and the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup is one of them. Schatz won the event in 2006 and 2007 by racing to victory in the 40-lap contests and earned the Silver Cup title in 2010, 2013 and 2014 when the event was split into twin 30-lap features. Last season, the format returned to a single 40-lap race with $25,000 up for grabs.

Schatz opened the evening by qualifying third in his qualifying group and followed that up by racing to

victory in the third heat. He finished third in the Craftsman Club Dash to earn the second starting spot for the 40-lap A-Feature. Schatz held the fourth position during the first handful of laps and survived a couple of close calls with Tim Shaffer by lap 10. Shaffer made a bold move on lap nine and forced Schatz to take evasive action in turn one. The result was Schatz losing a couple of spots and a lot of track position on leaders Sheldon Haudenschild and Daryn Pittman.

He charged his way forward, ultimately passing Shaffer and Pittman to reach second. With only 10 laps remaining, Schatz did everything he could to get around Haudenschild. The two exchanged the lead while working through heavy traffic, setting up what looked to be a thrilling last five laps. A caution on lap 35 took the leaders out of traffic and provided Haudenschild with an open track. On the restart, Haudenschild pulled away in turns one and two, but he got hung up on the cushion leaving turn four, resulting in his racecar flipping. Schatz would assume the top spot and he drove away following the restart and raced to his eighth career triumph at Lernerville and 244th career WoO A-Feature win.
After traveling across Pennsylvania, Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team took on the “PA Posse” for the second time in 2017. The two-night Summer Nationals is recognized as the third event of the Outlaws’ “Month of Money” with $20,000 on the line in Saturday’s finale. Friday night offered the No. 15 team an opportunity to chase another WoO victory and add to its two-race winning streak. Schatz qualified seventh in his group and flexed his muscle in the third heat race when he charged past two cars to score a coveted spot in the Craftsman Club Dash. Schatz finished third in the six-lap dash and started the 25-lap A-Feature inside of row two. He held the fourth position for the first 15 laps of the race before a caution slowed the action. On the ensuing restart, leader Lance Dewease flipped in turn two, forcing another restart. David Gravel was called for jumping the start, which moved Schatz to the outside of row one alongside leader Brock Zearfoss. Zearfoss was able to pull away from Schatz on the restart and the battle for Schatz was on with Gravel for the next three laps. A final caution on lap 19 offered another double-file restart with Schatz in third. He passed Gravel for second on lap 20, but Gravel got the spot back on the following lap. With Schatz and Gravel fighting for second, Zearfoss pulled away to score his first career WoO A-Feature win.

Saturday’s Summer Nationals finale was pushed through quickly with threatening weather all around the historic half-mile oval. Schatz was the 10th car to make a qualifying lap in the field of 38 cars and he turned the seventh-fastest lap. He finished third in the first heat and was scheduled to start the 30-lap A-Feature ninth. Rain began to fall just as the teams were called to push their cars to the starting grid. After a 40-minute delay, WoO officials postponed the running of the A-Feature until Sept. 28, when the Outlaws return to Williams Grove for the National Open.

The rain unfortunately followed the traveling Outlaws north on Sunday. After making the nearly seven-hour trek to Ransomville Speedway, the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team was ready to lead the WoO stars into action at the half-mile dirt oval for the first time since 1997. A heavy rain shower hit the track just after 5 p.m. and the amount of water the storm delivered caused the race to be postponed until later in the season.

With 50 of the 92 scheduled races complete, Schatz has accumulated 7,030 points and leads the championship standings over Brad Sweet by 76 points. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion also leads the series in wins with 15 and top-fives with 39.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Donny Schatz Crowned King At the King’s Royal

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Dates: Thursday-Saturday, July 13-15, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Location: Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio

Winners: Thursday – Kerry Madsen of Big Game Motorsports

Friday – Christopher Bell of Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing

Saturday – Donny Schatz of Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing

TSR Results: Thursday – Schatz: Started 9th, Finished 9th/Running, completed 30 of 30 laps

Bell: DNQ

Friday –  Bell: Started 6th, Finished 1st/Running, completed 30 of 30 laps

Schatz: Started 6th, Finished 2nd/Running, completed 30 of 30 laps

Saturday – Schatz: Started 6th, Finished 1st/Running, completed 40 of 40 laps

Bell: Started 20th, Finished 2nd/Running, completed 40 of 40 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 6,571 points, 62 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

 

Tony Stewart couldn’t have written a better script than what played out over the weekend in the 34th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. One of the crown jewels in Sprint car racing was won by Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz in front of a record crowd at the facility in which Stewart takes incredible pride.

Schatz, the reigning World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series (WoO) champion and his TSR crew were impressive Saturday from start to finish. The driver of the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed J&J was the fastest qualifier in the field of 53 cars, charged from fifth to first in the opening heat and, after starting the 40-lap A-Feature sixth, he chased down early leader Cole Duncan and took the lead on lap 14 before driving off to score his fourth career Kings Royal victory and becoming the first driver ever to score consecutive wins in the prestigious event.

 

“Any time you can do anything that Steve Kinser hasn’t done is incredible,” Schatz said following his 14th WoO victory and 17th overall of 2017. “It goes back to the guy who owns this team and this racetrack. Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with great people. Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti have the utmost pride and passion in giving me a car capable of doing what we did. It’s pretty cool to put Textron in victory lane the first weekend they are on the car. We’re excited to be working with them, as well as Ford Performance and Mike Curb. I can’t wait to get to the next race and keep on going.”

 

The energy was palpable early Saturday evening with the buildup of the first of the major Sprint car race of 2017 ready to unfold and begin the annual “Month of Money.” The fans were treated to thrilling 30-lap A-Feature Friday night with Christopher Bell racing the TSR No. 14 Arctic Cat/Curb J&J to his first Eldora WoO win after a spirited late-race battle with Schatz to give TSR its second one-two finish of the season. Earlier this season, Schatz raced to an Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions victory at Volusia Speedway Park and was followed by Kyle Larson. Those in attendance who anticipated another memorable evening were not disappointed.

Schatz was the first car to make a qualifying lap and his time of 13.197 seconds was the fastest clocked in the field. The Kings Royal format is not the traditional WoO scenario, in which the fast cars start up front. Instead, the heat races were inverted by five cars and only the top three were rewarded with transfers to the Kings Royal A-Feature. Schatz followed Rico Abreu early in the opening heat until lap four and then passed Brady Bacon two laps later to climb into third before setting his sights on second-place Ryan Smith. He was gaining on Smith when a caution for an incident involving Bacon provided a late opportunity. Schatz took advantage and surged around both Smith and leader Lee Jacobs to earn the win and the sixth starting position in the A-Feature.

 

Duncan and Sweet led the field to the green with Duncan setting the early pace. Schatz took fourth early by passing Jac Haudenschild and
then zeroed in on Sheldon Haudenschild for third. He overtook Sheldon on lap six and continued his pursuit of Duncan and Sweet for the
next seven laps before moving into second on lap 13. The next lap, he dove under
Duncan coming out of turn two to take the lead. He pulled away from Duncan and drove away during continued to build his lead. At one point, he held a nearly eight-second advantage over Sweet. Bell surged past Sweet with a handful of laps remaining but was almost four seconds behind when Schatz took the checkered flag.

Weekend Race Notes:

• Mother Nature pushed back the start of the weekend with an early evening rain shower forcingThursday’s Joker’s Wild program to be delayed until approximately 10 p.m. The track was extremely fast through the program of six heats, a D-, C- and B-Feature, two Craftsman Club Dashes and the 30-lap A-Feature. Kerry Madsen and Brad Sweet shared the front row and finished first and second. Schatz started ninth and finished ninth.
• Schatz was the fastest qualifier overall in Friday’s Knight Before the Kings Royal program. His lap of 13.057 seconds topped Group B in qualifying and was faster than Jason Johnson’s lap of 13.216 seconds which was best in Group A.

• In Friday’s A-Feature, Schatz started sixth and passed Madsen for third on lap 18. He battled Sweet for two laps before moving into second on lap 20. A caution took Bell out of traffic and Schatz made a run at him following a lap-21 restart. Schatz was credited with leading lap 22, but they raced side by side on lap 23 and Bell was able to lead the final seven laps to secure the win.

• Friday’s result marked the third consecutive season that Schatz finished second in the Knight Before the Kings Royal A-Feature.

• By winning the first heat Saturday night, Schatz qualified for his 22nd consecutive Kings Royal main event. Only Jac Haudenschild and Joey Saldana have longer current streaks (23).
• With the victory, Schatz became only the second driver to win the Kings Royal four times. Steve Kinser, who was part of the victory lane ceremony Saturday, won the first Kings Royal in 1984 and scored a total of seven wins in the event.

 

Saturday’s program only provided WoO teams with participation points since the event follows a format that differs from the regular WoO program. Schatz continues to the lead the 2017 WoO championship standings and has a 62-point advantage over Sweet.

Up Next:

The Month of Money continues with the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania on Tuesday night. Schatz won the event in 2006 and 2007 outright before earning the top spot in the Twin 30s program in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Last year, the event returned to a single-feature format in which the 40-lap A-Feature pays $25,000 to the winner. The tour will then head east down the Pennsylvania Turnpike for its second battle with the “PA Posse” at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg. The two-night Summer Nationals Friday and Saturday at the famed, half-mile, dirt oval will conclude with Saturday’s $20,000-to-win 30-lap A-Feature. Schatz is a four-time Summer Nationals champion, scoring wins in 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2013. The week concludes with the Outlaws’ annual late-July trek to Upstate New York with a stop at Ransomville Speedway Sunday.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Kings Royal Kicks Off Sprint Car Racing’s Richest Month

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The late Earl Baltes’ vision for dreaming big lives on, and one of his many impracts on short-track racing takes center stage this weekend. The 34th annual Kings Royal at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio culminates a weekend of action for the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series with the crowning of a king.

The $50,000-to-win event is one of the crown jewels in Sprint car racing, and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz is looking to defend his thrilling victory in last year’s event. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion scored his third career Kings Royal triumph to kick off the “Month of Money” and is trying to become the first driver in event history to score consecutive wins in the event as known as the Royal Rumble.

The Kings Royal has come a long way from its inaugural running in the summer 1984, when appropriately Steve Kinser, the King of the Outlaws, won Baltes’ first $50,000 payday. Kinser left the famous half-mile, high-banked dirt oval in western Ohio with a shoebox full of cash after outlasting Shane Carson. Schatz didn’t leave with a shoebox full of cash last July, of course, but he was part of another epic battle in what’s recognized as one of the most intense one-day Sprint car shows in the world.

The goal every night for Schatz and his TSR crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti is to find a way to be in position to win at the end of the race. During the first half of the 2017 season, they have found victory lane 13 times, including the second night of the #LetsRaceTwo event at Eldora in May. Last year’s formula for success in the Kings Royal was continued progress throughout the weekend and the team being its best when it mattered most.

For the second consecutive year, the Kings Royal weekend consists of three nights of racing culminating with Saturday’s 40-lap Kings Royal main event. Last year, Schatz stalked David Gravel in the Joker’s Wild 30-lap A-Feature for the win and, in the Knight Before the Kings Royal, he tracked down Daryn Pittman, but he finished second both races. In the Kings Royal, Schatz passed early leader Tim Shaffer and fought off a late challenge by Rico Abreu to become only the fourth driver in Kings Royal history with three or more wins.

The TSR team comes into the event on the heels of scoring three consecutive podium finishes last weekend before racing from 16th to seventh in Tuesday night’s Brad Doty Classic at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park. Schatz currently leads the championship chase by 74 points over Brad Sweet with 45 of the 92 scheduled nights of action complete.

THE KINGS ROYAL

Since splashing onto the scene in the 1996 Kings Royal, Schatz has been part of the last 21 Kings Royal weekends. He made a name from himself as a 19-year-old rookie in that first appearance by not only making the field, but also by finishing eighth in front of a standing-room-only crowd and a national television audience. He scored his first top-five in 2002 after charging from 21st to fourth and won his first Kings Royal in dominating fashion in 2007. Schatz became a two-time Kings Royal winner in 2009 after out-dueling Dale Blaney. In 2013, he challenged Brad Sweet for the top spot and made a run at winner Kerry Madsen in 2014. Schatz was on a mission in 2015 after taking the lead from Tim Shaffer on lap 10 and paced the field for the next 25 laps before a mechanical issue derailed his run to victory.

BRAND PERFORMANCE

Throughout the first 10 seasons of the Schatz and TSR relationship, the team has delivered incredible results and has done so with successful partnerships. The team opened the 2017 campaign debuting the Arctic Cat and Ford Performance colors by winning a pair of Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions races in Florida and four of the first five WoO races. For this weekend’s Kings Royal, TSR and Schatz will carry the Textron Off Road brand on the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb J&J for the first of a select number of events during the team’s quest for the 2017 WoO championship. Earlier this spring, Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., a Textron Inc., company, incorporated Arctic Cat as part of its future powersports brand portfolio. Arctic Cat’s legacy and heritage live on in the powerful Alterra™, Wildcat™ and Prowler™ products and will join Textron Off Road’s existing Stampede® side-by-side in the company’s family of off-road vehicles. The iconic Arctic Cat brand, built on decades of performance and leadership in snowmobiles, will remain in use in the company’s innovative, high-performance snowmobile product lines.

ENTER TO WIN A DONNY SCHATZ-THEMED HDX

Winning races and a World of Outlaws championship isn’t the only goal in 2017 for TSR, Arctic Cat and Donny Schatz. There is shared passion to reach greatness without limits. And fans are encouraged to join the ultimate limitless ride by entering to win a customized, one-of-a-kind, Donny Schatz-themed Arctic Cat HDX 700 through Oct. 1 online at www.arcticcat.com/donnyschatzhdx for the chance to win the customized all-terrain vehicle by random draw.

The grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two to the Outlaws’ season-ending World Finals in Charlotte, North Carolina, including participation in a prerace ceremony. The winner will receive tickets to the World Finals and receive the keys to his or her Donny Schatz-themed HDX from the eight-time champion during pre-event ceremonies.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: ELDORA SPEEDWAY

• Schatz made his Outlaw debut at Eldora Speedway in the 12th annual Kings Royal in 1996, which was aired live on The Nashville Network.

• He is one of seven drivers to have won both the Kings Royal and Historical Big One.

• In 21 Kings Royal starts, Schatz has three wins, 10 top-fives and 16 top-10s.

• In the #LetsRaceTwo finale in May 2017, Schatz led all 30 laps of the A-Feature to score an early season win at Eldora for the fourth time in his career. He also won in May 2008, 2009 and 2015.

• In five of his eight WoO championship seasons, he has at least one victory at Eldora – 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2016.

• Schatz has made 106 career WoO starts at the track, 13 of those classified WoO preliminary feature programs. He scored a preliminary feature win in April 2003. Schatz has 30 top-five finishes and 71 top-10s.

• With his victory in May, Schatz ranks fifth all-time in WoO A-Feature wins at the track with eight, trailing Steve Kinser (35), Sammy Swindell (21), Joey Saldana (12) and Doug Wolfgang (10).

• In 26 starts at Eldora since the 2012 WoO season, Schatz has three wins, 15 top-fives and 23 top-10s in 24 starts.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: 2017 WOO SEASON

• Through 45 of 92 scheduled races in the 2017 WoO campaign, Schatz leads the championship standings with 6,368 markers and holds a 74-point advantage over Brad Sweet.

• Schatz leads the series with 13 wins and 35 top-five finishes. His 39 top-10s are second most behind the 40 of Gravel and Brad Sweet.
• Schatz has raced to victory at Volusia Speedway Park, The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Eldora Speedway and Knoxville Raceway.

For all three nights at Eldora, the pit gates open at 11 a.m. EDT. The grandstands will open at 2 p.m.Thursday and noon Friday and Saturday. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit eldoraspeedway.com or call 937-338-3815.

Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Live video is available on a pay-per-view basis and free audio coverage is available as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series events on the DIRTVision.com. Visit to DIRTVision.com for more information.

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, TSR and the No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J throughout the campaign on the web and social media. More information can be found at www.TonyStewartRacing.comwww.arcticcat.com, and www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.

Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.
Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.

Arctic Cat: Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArcticCat or on Twitter and Instagram @ArcticCat_atv @ArcticCat_Snow

Curb: Facebook at www.facebook.com/CurbRecords or on Twitter and Instagram @CurbRecords.

Ford Performance: Facebook at www.facebook.com/FordPerformance or on Twitter and Instagram @FordPerformance.

Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J:
 

The second half of the season is underway and now you have some of the most important races coming up. Is it hard to continue focusing on the season-long goal of winning a championship during the next month of races?

“You still have to just look at every race by itself. You can only race in one of them at a time. We know it’s Kings Royal week and that means you have about four weeks of some pretty intense racing before the tour takes you West and on the down slope of the season. Every night matters out here. We started the season and won a lot of races and have had a few spells where the finishes haven’t matched our expectations. You just have to keep digging. There are some really big races coming up and honestly they are just as important in the championship chase. But if you can win races like the Kings Royal, the Don Martin Memorial and the Knoxville Nationals, you know your program is trending in the right direction. You have season goals, race goals and nightly goals. I’m lucky to be out here doing what I love and fortunate that Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with incredible people. My crew is the most competitive group of people I know and they work extremely hard every day trying to put us in the best position possible. We work with marketing partners like Textron, Arctic Cat and Ford Performance in one of the most brand-loyal sports there is out there. There is still a lot to accomplish this season and we’re focused on this weekend at Eldora.”

With a 92-race schedule, there isn’t much time to put special emphasis on certain races. They all count toward the championship, but are there races that have special meaning?  

“I can say it’s just another one of the 92 races on our schedule, but Saturday afternoon, when you leave the drivers meeting and make your way down into the pits, you know it’s not. That’s one of the fun things about it. The people go crazy and there is just so much energy. It’s high stakes and high rewards. It’s the Kings Royal. One of those races that everyone wants to win. You want your name on the T-shirt. You want to put on that crown at the end of the night. It’s once a year and, yeah, we’ll head down the road and race again Tuesday but, the buildup this weekend and ultimately when you go out to qualify, it’s a different kind of feeling. A lot of guys kind of go out of their element at times and you have to keep that in mind. It’s still Sprint car racing, so you don’t have too many opportunities. We’re just looking to put ourselves in a position. We’re racing for $50,000. It’s not supposed to be easy. The main thing is for me and my team to focus on what’s going on with our car and the racetrack. That’s the best plan of attack. We’re excited to have the opportunity and we simply want to make the most of it.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

 

Donny Schatz Racks Up Three Podium Finishes

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Schatz Tallies Three Podium Finishes 

Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Team Continue to Lead Outlaws Championship Standings

Dates: Thursday – Saturday, July 7-9, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Locations: Thursday – Deer Creek Raceway in Spring Valley, Minnesota

Friday & Saturday – Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin

Winners: Thursday – Kraig Kinser of Steve Kinser Racing

Friday – Kerry Madsen of Big Game Motorsports

Saturday – Madsen of Big Game Motorsports

TSR Results: Thursday – Started 10th, Finished 2nd/Running, completed 40 of 40 laps

Friday – Started 2nd, Finished 3rd/Running, completed 40 of 40 laps

Saturday – Started 4th, Finished 3rd/ Running, completed 40 of 40 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 6,232 points, 80 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team scored three consecutive podium finishes with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series this past weekend in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion charged from 10th to second Thursday night in the Clash at the Creek at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota and followed that with consecutive third-place finishes in the FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin. The finishes behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance extended his consecutive top-five streak to five and 17 in the his last 18 starts.

“We are out here to win races, so we aren’t content with where things ended up this weekend,” said Schatz. “The Arctic Cat/Ford Performance guys are doing a great job. I thought maybe we would have a shot at Kraig (Kinser) at Deer Creek, but he did a really good job late in the race. At Cedar Lake, the top three cars were the same both nights and we were a third-place car both nights. We made some improvements early in the night, but just didn’t have anything for them late in the race. We’re trying to win races and continue to chase a championship. These are long seasons and you are going to have ups and downs. You just want to keep the downs at a minimum. We’ll be back in action Tuesday night and see if we can move up a couple spots.”

The Clash at the Creek had to be completed Thursday one week after the program was originally on the schedule. After completing three laps of the 40-lap A-Feature Mother Nature forced race officials to postpone the remainder of the race. Schatz restarted the race ninth and advanced up into the top-five by lap eight. Two laps later, he was in fourth and climbed up to third on lap 15. He passed David Gravel for second on lap 18 and set his sights on leader Kinser. Schatz closed on Kinser several times, but wasn’t able to mount a pass for the lead.

The weekend doubleheader at Cedar Lake provided Schatz the opportunity to compete at one of the tracks he first learned his craft. The North Dakota native first raced at the 3/8-mile, dirt oval in 1994 and has been back at least once every year since except for the 2006 season. He was looking to pick up his 11th career win at the track and worked his way in contention for the win both nights. The final result at the end of both Friday and Saturday’s 40-lap A-Feature was a victory by Kerry Madsen over Brad Sweet and Schatz.

Through 44 of 92 scheduled races complete, Schatz has accumulated 6,232 points and leads the championship standings over Sweet by 80 points. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion also leads the series in wins with 13 and top-fives with 35.

Weekend Race Notes:

• Thursday’s second-place finish at Deer Creek Speedway marked the fourth time in eight career starts at the track where he came home second.

• With his third-place finishes Friday and Saturday at Cedar Lake, Schatz ran his consecutive podium run at the track to seven.

• In Saturday’s program, Schatz earned his fourth fast qualifier award of the 2017 season.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

Does Kyle Larson’s Versatility Keep Him Sharp?

Kyle Larson
Kyle Larson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. come to NASCAR racing from similar backgrounds – specifically, open-wheel sprint cars.

And both Larson and Stenhouse have two victories so far this season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Larson at the two two-mile tracks (Fontana and Michigan) and Stenhouse at the two restrictor-plate superspeedways (Talladega and Daytona).

Unlike Stenhouse, however, Larson hasn’t curtailed his moonlighting in the open-wheel ranks. On Tuesday, between Monster Energy races at Daytona and Kentucky, Larson won his sixth straight sprint car race, taking the checkered flag at an event in Pennsylvania.

Stenhouse believes Larson’s versatility keeps him sharp!

“I think showing up and doing what Kyle has been doing in sprint cars is pretty tough to do,” Stenhouse said. “I had the opportunity back when I was racing sprint cars all the time to run Ohio Sprint Week like Kyle did this year and won three out of five races in 2006. That was a big task and a huge goal that I accomplished.

“For him to do it when he is not running full time sprint cars is impressive. Going to get around different cars and trying to adapt to different race tracks and changing conditions just keeps you sharp. It definitely brings some confidence to what you are doing over here. I don’t have everything in line to do that like Kyle does right now. He has a good system lined up that he has been working with the last few years, and it’s been paying off for him. I definitely think it brings confidence to both sides.”

These two drivers are part of the changing of the guard in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup.

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!