Kyle Larson Assumes Sole Ownership Of Sprint Car Team

Shane Stewart and crew
NASCAR star and dirt racing veteran “Young Money”,  Kyle Larson, will shift into the sole owner of Larson Marks Racing starting in 2018. The team will be run under the Kyle Larson Racing banner and Justin Marks will assume an advisory role with KLR moving forward.

“I couldn’t be more proud of what LMR has accomplished the past few years,” said Marks. “I was always hopeful that Kyle would learn about team ownership and operation to the point where he could be comfortable taking this project on himself. He’s ready for it and I’m looking forward to supporting him and KLR in the future.”

Kyle Larson Racing will continue with Shane Stewart of Bixby, Okla., as the pilot of the No. 2. KLR will be led by crew chief Lee Stauffer, with the support of fellow Pennsylvanians Heath Moyle and Dennis Christ rounding out the team.

“I am excited to make this change and take over the reins of the sprint car team,” said Larson. “We have been very successful the past four seasons and it has been great working with Justin, Shane and all of the guys at LMR. It was always the plan for me to move to the forefront of our ownership group and the time is right to make this a natural step. Justin has taught me a lot about what it takes to be an owner. He has displayed great leadership and made this team to what it is today. I look forward to his continued involvement in our team.”

While the core of the Larson Marks Racing team will stay intact, Larson has also added Paul Silva of Sacramento, Calif., to the KLR lineup as General Manager. Larson and Silva have previously worked together as driver and crew chief. Last year, they won eight of the 16 events they competed in together, including a runner-up finish at the 5-Hour ENERGY Knoxville Nationals.

Silva will also continue his crew chief role with Larson when the young NASCAR star is able to get back to his racing roots at the local dirt tracks.

“I have had long relationships with both Kyle and Shane, both with a lot of success in racing,” said Silva. “I hope to carry that over into my new role at Kyle Larson Racing. I’m really looking forward to getting to work with these guys and starting the season off on the right foot in Florida.”

Silva and Stewart also raced together on and off for years, including competing full time for three seasons. They won two American Sprint Car Series National Championships, several World of Outlaw wins, a podium finish at the 2011 410 Knoxville Nationals and an impressive five 360 Knoxville Nationals, four of them in a row from 2010 to 2013.

“Adding Paul to the group we already have established will only bring more success to our team,” said Stewart. “I think everyone having a history together will make this transition extremely smooth. I am excited to see Kyle stepping up into this role. Justin has become a great friend and I am happy he will still be supporting the team.”

Since its inception, the former Larson Marks Racing team has amassed 35 wins, including the famed Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, the Front Row Challenge at Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, Iowa, preliminary night victories at the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals, two Capitani Classic wins at Knoxville Raceway and the Winter Heat Championship at Cocopah Speedway in Somerton, Ariz.

KLR will kick-off the 2018 season at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla., during the DIRTcar Nationals in February. The team will be vying for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Championship. Sponsorship details will be released after the new year.

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Michael “Buddy” Kofoid Makes A Huge Sprint Car Leap In 2018

Michael Kofoid

Sixteen-year-old sprint car driver Michael “Buddy” Kofoid is set to embark on his most ambitious racing schedule to date after joining Harley Van Dyke Motorsports.

Kofoid, who rocketed into the national spotlight in 2016 when as a 14-year-old he won a preliminary feature during the Trophy Cup at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., is slated to run between 70 and 80 races on the West Coast and in the Midwest aboard the Van Dyke No. 5h.

“We’re planning on running for Harley Van Dyke after running for Dan Simpson for a couple of years,” Kofoid explained. “We plan on running 70 to 80 races. We plan on starting in Las Vegas with the Outlaws (in March) and we’ll follow their swing up to California.

“Then we would run some local shows with King of the West as well as the SCCT (Sprint Car Challenge Tour) series,” Kofoid continued. “Then around June we’ll head back East and possibly run with the All Stars during Ohio Speedweek, the 360 and 410 Knoxville Nationals and then we would come back to California and finish out the season with some more local shows as well as King of the West and SCCT again.”

It’s another big step for Kofoid as he continues to make a name for himself in the world of sprint car racing. Earlier this year, he captured his first King of the West-NARC Sprint Car Series victory, winning the Howard Kaeding Classic at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif.

In addition to his King of the West victory, Kofoid finished fifth in the Elk Grove Ford Sprint Car Challenge Tour standings and eighth with the King of the West-NARC Sprint Car Series.

The opportunity for Kofoid to join Harley Van Dyke Motorsports, whom he drove for during one race in October, came about after Kofoid began exploring his options for the 2018 season. After talking with several teams, Kofoid settled on Van Dyke Motorsports because of the chance to race on the West Coast and in the Midwest.

“You can’t really stay in California forever,” Kofoid said. “You’ve got to expose yourself to different areas and race against different people. The best people aren’t just in one place, they’re all spread out over the country. You’ve got to race against all of them and race in different places for track time and experience.

“We’ll just see how it pans out,” Kofoid added. “Harley’s got super good equipment and definitely equipment that can win anywhere, so it’s just up to me to see if we can get it done.”

Kofoid will also make his first trip to Australia in the next few weeks, where he’ll be driving a sprint car fielded by Bernie Gordon during his trek Down Under.

“I’ll be down there for a month. I’ve never been out of the country either so that’ll be cool to experience a totally different atmosphere and run around 12 to 14 times in a month,” Kofoid said. “Everything is set in stone and we’re just waiting on the day to come that we can leave. I’m super thankful for that.

“I like the idea of new things and new experiences, so I think it’ll be well worth it and hopefully we can make something good out of it.”

For those race fans not living on the West Coast and who are not familiar with this young gun, I can only say that you need to keep your eyes and ears open!  Buddy has a heap load of raw talent that is coupled with the enthusiasm of a 16-year-old!!  I first saw this youngster race in The Winter Heat Sprint Car Showdown in 2015 and I was quite impressed with his abilities.  Likewise, Kofoid showed off his racing talent in the Gold Cup at Chico this past September and everyone knew that he was in the house!

Stay tuned, I think that there are great things in store for this young man.

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Donny Schatz Captures HIs Ninth World of Outlaws Championship

 

 

 

During the final days of the 2017 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series season, Tony Stewart-Curb Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz reflected on just how incredible his 21st season of competing with “The Greatest Show on Dirt” had been. It was only appropriate for the now nine-time WoO champion to conclude the season making daily headlines during the season-ending Textron World Finals this past weekend after starting the campaign dominating the news.

Schatz clinched the 2017 WoO championship at The Dirt Track and Charlotte Motor Speedway by completing a qualifying lap Thursday night, won his 20th WoO A-Feature of the season Friday night, was part of an epic season-finale 30-lap A-Feature Saturday night, and Sunday night was celebrated amongst his peers during the WoO’s “Night of Champions” banquet.

With the 2018 WoO season opener less than three months away, the time to celebrate what has been another remarkable season for Schatz and TSR might not carry on for too long. But the accomplishments from 2017, the 10th season for Schatz as driver at TSR, add to what continues to be a historic run for the team across all forms of motorsports. TSR now has eight WoO championships and 22 overall when including the organization’s 14 United States Auto Club (USAC) titles.

“It’s been a great year,” Schatz said. “This race team is phenomenal. Tony Stewart has built an incredible team and we are top-three finishers seemingly every night. The car does not drop out of races. That’s a testament to the three guys who live, breath and sleep Sprint-car racing. Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti have a passion for winning that words cannot describe. I know I’m hard on them, at times, but I appreciate so much how hard they work. We couldn’t be out here without marketing partners like we have in Textron Off Road, Arctic Cat, Ford Performance and Mike Curb. This is a total team effort and it all has to work together to have the results we aspire to reach. We’ll all enjoy this for a little while, but then it’s back to work.”

The bar continues to rise for Schatz and the TSR team and he is quick to credit his owner, three-time NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, for providing the foundation for him and the team to achieve such greatness.  With his victory Friday night, the Fargo, North Dakota driver became the only WoO driver in the series’ 40-year history to win at least 20 WoO A-Features in five consecutive seasons.

“I’m so proud of Donny, Ricky, Scuba and Brad”, team owner, Tony Stewart said.  “To do what this team has done these past four years (win the Outlaws championship) is truly remarkable. Donny is hands down the best Sprint-car driver of his generation and I’m lucky to be a part of it. It’s extremely difficult to stay on top year in and year out and this team has proven they are up to the task every year.  I have to thank Arctic Cat, Textron Off Road, Ford and Ford Performance, Mike Curb, Mobil 1, Rusty Rush and all of our other partners that make it possible to compete at a championship level every year.”

The final stats from the 2017 campaign underscore the consistency that carried the team to its fourth consecutive WoO championship and eighth overall for TSR. In 81 nights of WoO competition, Schatz won 20 A-Features and finished on the podium 46 times. He finished inside the top-five 66 nights and collected 74 top-10 finishes. Six of his seven finishes outside the top-10 occurred during the first 39 races, including his only DNF (Did Not Finish) of the season. His 11th-place finish Sept. 9 in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California was the single finish outside the top-10 in his final 42 starts of the year. Streaks were also prevalent as Schatz posted a season-high five-race winning streak starting at the DIRTcar Nationals in Florida and concluding with the FVP Outlaw Showdown in Las Vegas. He earned 28 consecutive top-10 finishes between his victory June 27 in the Route 66 Rumble in Chicago and his run from 25th to ninth in the Gold Cup opener Sept. 8. He closed the season with 14 consecutive top-five finishes.

“Staying on top in this sport is not easy, by any means,” Schatz said. “Some days, I ask myself how we do it. And then I realize it’s everybody who makes it possible, starting with those three guys on the team and the sacrifices they make being away from their families, the dedication they give to the performance of the car and all the travel that’s involved. Really, it’s all the things they do. It’s a group effort. They are the best there is. You know, it might be easy for them to get lazy after winning a championship, but they have as much drive to win the next one. That says a lot about their character, and a lot about who they are as people. It’s fun to be around those guys and fun to be able to race with them and have success with them, but also getting to experience the tough nights together. That’s where the championships are won. Those guys excel at trying to figure out how we get better.”

The championship campaign started with a bang as Schatz hit the track at full speed behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J. Winning his first night out in the black-and-green number No. 15 competing with the Arctic Cat All-Star Circuit of Champions at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Florida. Schatz would win three of the first five All-Star main events in Florida before taking five of the first six WoO A-Features of 2017, including winning twice in the same day at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Florida and sweeping two nights of action at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the first week of March. He made it six wins in eight starts two weeks later by passing Daryn Pittman late in the race at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California.

A weekend sweep in Missouri and Kansas and a dominant run one week later at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway highlighted the month of May before three triumphs in June, which included wins at Knoxville Raceway, River Cities Speedway and Route 66 Raceway, had the team prepared for a run in the season’s “Month of Money.”

In a four-week stretch from mid-July through mid-August, the team once again flexed its muscle with Schatz debuting the new Textron Off Road-branded TSR No. 15 and becoming the first driver in Kings Royal history to win the $50,000 prize in consecutive seasons. Three nights later, he picked up his fifth $25,000-to-win Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup and, three weeks later, Schatz scored his 10th Knoxville Nationals crown. Victories in the Harvest Classic at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway in September and Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway in October fueled the late-season push to wrap up the championship.

The team closed the campaign impressively in Charlotte by first qualifying second in the 52-car field for both Friday and Saturday night’s programs. Schatz won the opener to earn his 10th career triumph at The Dirt Track and 249th WoO A-Feature of his career, then led 25 laps in the season finale before finishing second.

Schatz earned 11,410 points and finished 210 points ahead of Brad Sweet in the final championship standings. The championship is the team’s fifth in the last six seasons and Schatz has finished first or second in the WoO championship standings all 10 seasons he has driven for TSR.

Donny Schatz Driver of the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J in the WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Date of Birth: Aug. 10, 1977

Hometown: Minot, North Dakota.

Residence: Fargo, North Dakota

Marital Status: Married, Erica

Children: Daughter, Savanna

Highlights: 2017 World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion (his ninth title 2006-2009, 2012, 2014-2017)… 2017 Kings Royal Winner (his fourth win in the event 2007, 2009, 2016, 2017) … Third all-time winningest WoO driver with 249 career WoO A-Feature victories ….10-time Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals winner (2006-2009, 2011-15, 2017) … Nine-time $50,000 Sprintcar International winner in Sydney, Australia … Winner of every major Sprint Car race during his 21-year World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series career … 1997 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Rookie of the Year … 1996 WISSOTA National 360 Sprint Car Champion … Made his debut in Sprint car in 1993 as a 15-year-old at State Fairgrounds Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri.

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Sage Fruit Company Partners With Tony Stewart Racing In 2018

The Sage Fruit Company, a Pacific Northwest sales and marketing organization, in the tree fruit industry, announced today an agreement with Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) beginning with the 2018 season.

 

The partnership includes an associate sponsorship on the TSR No. 15 driven by Donny Schatz and the TSR No. 14 driven by Tony Stewart. Schatz will embark on his 22nd season competing with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series in 2018 while Stewart is planning to compete in Sprint car races all across the United States.

 

“The Sage Fruit Company is very excited to be joining Tony Stewart Racing,” said Chuck Sinks, President, Sales and Marketing, Sage Fruit Company. “We are all big fans of auto racing, but Sprint cars have been our passion.  We have been in the sport for the last 14 years, and to be able to partner with such a strong professional winning organization like TSR is only adding to our passion.  We have admired Tony his entire racing career, whether it has been in the IRL, USAC, NASCAR or Sprint cars.  Now, to be able to team with him and Donny Schatz is something that we look forward to. Donny is an outstanding driver and he obviously has a great crew behind him to be able to win nine championships. 2018 will be a great year.”

 

The announcement comes in advance of the Outlaws’ 2017 season finale at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Schatz will be looking to capture a series-best 20th WoO A-Feature victory in the Textron World Finals and wrap up his ninth WoO championship and eighth WoO title for TSR. The championship would be the team’s 22nd short-track-racing title overall.

 

“Having been involved in racing for most of my life, I have learned that the importance of relationships in this sport goes unmatched,” Stewart said. “Through their interest in and dedication to supporting Winged Sprint car racing, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Chuck and his team at Sage Fruit. I’m very proud to welcome them to Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and to have them as part of our team. It’s exciting to have an opportunity to build on our friendship through our racing program and for Donny Schatz and I to carry their brand on our cars next season. We’re looking forward to working with Chuck and his entire Sage Fruit team.”

The partnership continues Sage Fruits’ involvement in short-track racing and commitment to Winged Sprint car racing. TSR has fielded a WoO team for 16 seasons and will look to continue leading the way in short-track racing both on the track and off in 2018. Both race schedules for 2018 and car schemes for the TSR Nos. 14 and 15 racecars will be released at a later date.

More information about Sage Fruit Company is available on their website at www.sagefruit.com and TSR can be found at www.TonyStewartRacing.com.  Be sure to follow both Sage and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian on their social media outlets.

 

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

 

 

About Sage Fruit Company®

Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Sage Fruit Company is a sales and marketing organization specializing in tree fruit. The growers of Sage Fruit Company have been serving customers with apples, pears, cherries and apricots for multiple generations. The company takes great pride in its commitment to quality, innovation, and service. Sage Fruit growers farm several thousand acres of conventional and organic orchards throughout the state of Washington, as well as parts of Oregon.  By using the most efficient growing methods available, it delivers high-quality product to consumers year-round.

For more information visit: www.sagefruit.com/. Follow Sage Fruit on Facebook and Twitter at @SageFruit.

 

About Tony Stewart Racing

Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) is the title-winning World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series team owned by three-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart. The organization has captured 21 short-track racing titles (14 in the United States Auto Club and seven World of Outlaws) since its inception in 2001. In 2017, TSR fielded Sprint car teams for eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz and also Stewart. Based in Brownsburg, Indiana, TSR operates out of a 25,000-square-foot facility. For more information please visit us on the Web at www.TonyStewartRacing.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing, on Instagram at @TonyStewart_rcg and on Twitter at @TonyStewart_rcg.

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Donny Schatz Adds Two More Podiums Over The Weekend

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Dates: Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Locations: Friday – Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas

Saturday – Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway

Winners: Friday – Brian Brown of Brian Brown Racing

Saturday – Kerry Madsen of Big Game Motorsports

TSR Results: Friday – Started 12th, Finished 3rd/Running, completed 30 of 30 laps

Saturday – Started 6th, Finished 2nd/Running, completed 30 of 30 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 11,114 points, 172 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

 

The World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series staged a pair of exciting races this past weekend as the traveling Sprint-car stars returned to Kansas and Oklahoma. Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz led the series back to the Heartland for the first time since August and put on a pair of thrilling charges, scoring a third-place finish Friday night at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas and a runner-up finish Saturday at the Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway. The driver of the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J inched closer to a ninth Outlaw championship with his 43rd and 44th podium finishes of the 2017 season.

“We continue to remain focused and fighting for every win and every point we can earn during these last few weeks,” said Schatz, who holds a 172-point advantage over Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet in the championship chase following the weekend. “With only four races remaining, we know there is still a lot on the line. We got behind a little bit Friday night in qualifying at Lakeside and just kept digging. We had some representatives from Textron out there supporting us Friday and we always appreciate having them at the track. We were hoping to get win number 20 and did everything we could. We were in a little better position Saturday at Salina, but that late restart made things interesting. The goal is to be in a position to battle for wins and, both nights, we were up there with the leaders. We’ll see if we can repeat that this weekend at Dodge City and maybe improve our finish by a position.”

Schatz traveled to Lakeside for his 12th career appearance at the half-mile dirt oval and ended up posting the 12th-fastest lap during qualifying in the field of 35 cars. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion made his bid for a spot in the Craftsman Club Dash during heat four after starting third. Passing was at a premium during heat-race action and Schatz followed front-row starters Sheldon Haudenschild and Daryn Pittman to the finish in the eight-lap race. He started the 30-lap A-Feature outside row six and raced just inside the top-10 during the early stages of the race. Hometown favorite Brian Brown paced the race for the first seven laps before Kerry Madsen took command. The No. 15 came on strong midway through the race as Schatz climbed from ninth to inside the top-five. Following a caution for Madsen on lap 20, Schatz was able to move past Haudenschild for second, but he couldn’t hold the position. Brown held the lead during the final 10 laps and raced to his second WoO victory of the season ahead of Haudenschild and Schatz.

The weekend continued with Saturday’s race in Northeast Oklahoma. With threatening weather approaching, WoO officials pushed the program along and Schatz was quick from the onset. He qualified fifth in the field of 23 cars and dominated the second heat to earn a spot in the dash. He finished sixth in the six-lap dash and started the 30-lap A-Feature outside of row three. Brad Sweet and David Gravel led the field to green, but the two made contact coming out of turn four on the opening lap. The contact resulted in Gravel crashing, forcing a complete restart. When the race resumed, Schatz started fifth and he quickly started searching the track. Sweet led the race early while Shane Stewart and Madsen followed around the top groove. Madsen made a terrific move coming out of turn two on lap 24 to take second from Stewart and used a slide job on Sweet in turns three and four to take over the lead. While the top three were slicing and dicing for the top spot, Schatz was making the bottom groove work in turns one and two. He was ultimately able to pass Stewart and Sweet. Madsen set a torrid pace out front and Schatz did his best to track down the former Australian Sprint car champion. A late-race accident bunched up the field, but Madsen was too strong and earned his fifth WoO victory of 2017, ahead of Schatz, who tied his best finish at the track.

Only four races remain in the 2017 WoO season and Schatz continues to lead the championship standings. He has earned 11,114 points and leads all drivers in series wins with 19, in top-fives with 64 and in top-10s with 72.

Up Next:
The Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb team will be back in Kansas this weekend for the Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City (Kansas) Raceway Park. Schatz is the Outlaws’ most recent winner at the 3/8-mile, dirt oval. He led all 30 laps on July 4, 2015 to score his third career victory at the track.

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Donny Schatz Makes One Last Pit Stop Through PA And NY This Weekend

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Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz and the TSR Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team venture back to Central Pennsylvania and New York this weekend for three races in three nights with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

The tripleheader begins Saturday with the Nittany Showdown at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway and will be followed by a pair of races in New York that were postponed earlier in the season. Sunday’s Empire State Challenge at Weedsport Speedway was interrupted by Mother Nature on May 21 during heat-race action, and Monday’s “Big R Outlaw Shootout” at Ransomville Speedway was originally scheduled forJuly 23.

Schatz, the reigning and eight-time WoO champion, will continue his quest for a ninth WoO championship Saturday coming off his third consecutive podium finish and sixth in his last seven races last Saturday at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway. He leads all drivers with 18 WoO A-Feature wins this season and is looking to become the only driver in the 40-year history of the Outlaws to win 20 or more A-Features in five consecutive seasons.

The driver of the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J will be making his eighth career appearance at Port Royal Saturday night. He made his debut at “The Speed Palace” in the fall of 2001 and made three consecutive late-season appearances after that first race. He won his fourth start at the track in September 2004, two days before he claimed his second career Williams Grove National Open. After a 10-year absence at the track by the Outlaws, Schatz led them back to the half-mile, dirt oval in the fall of 2014 and finished second behind Ryan Smith. In each of the past two seasons, Schatz has scored third-place finishes.

Schatz returns to Weedsport Sunday with a two-race winning streak at the 3/8-mile, dirt oval following wins in May 2015 and 2016. He has 14 career WoO A-Feature wins in the state of New York and Weedsport is one of four tracks in the state where he’s won multiple races.

Monday, he’ll be looking to make Ransomville the sixth track in New York where he concludes the night in victory lane. The Fargo, North Dakota driver first circled the half-mile, dirt oval during his rookie season in 1997 and returns hoping to make it the 82nd different track where he’s won a WoO A-Feature during his 21 seasons with “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

With nine races remaining in the 2017 WoO season, Schatz and his TSR crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti continue focusing on winning races and ultimately their fourth consecutive WoO championship. Consistency has been a key to their success as evidenced by their series-best 60 top-five and 68 top-10 finishes in 79 races.

RACE NOTES

Saturday at Port Royal Speedway, the pit gates and grandstands will open at 2 p.m. EDT. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. More details are available by calling (717) 527-2303, or by visiting portroyalspeedway.com.

For Sunday’s Empire State Challenge at Weedsport, the pit gates open at 2 p.m. and grandstands will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. More details are available by calling (315) 834-3067 or by visiting weedsportspeedway.com.

Monday at Ransomville, the pit gates open at 1 p.m. and grandstands will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. More details are available by calling (716) 791-3602 or by visitingransomvillespeedway.com.

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 for both Saturday night’s and Sunday night’s races, and free audio coverage is available for all three nights as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series races on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, TSR and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/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.textronoffroad.com,  www.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.

Textron Off Road: Facebook atwww.facebook.com/TextronOffRoad/ or on Twitter and Instagram @TextronOffRoad

Arctic Cat: Facebook at www.facebook.com/arcticcat.snow/ 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 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J:
 

One of the best parts about being a competitor with the World of Outlaws is the volume of races. This weekend, you get three races in three nights at three tracks. How tough is that on you and your team?

“It’s really just something we are conditioned to. Racing is what we do and we want to do it as often as possible. The only thing that’s different is that we typically don’t have three-race weekends this late in the season. The hard part is really on the guys who work on these cars. There is travel and regular maintenance and that’s where having an experienced team like I have with Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti is a big positive for us. They’ve been doing this for years and it’s about planning and preparation and then making the right calls at the track. We’ve got a big track to start at Port, and then head to a smaller track in Weedsport. Then we close it out at Ransomville, where we haven’t been in a long time. You have to work together each step of the way. You just try to build on each part. The goal is to unload and have a fast car right out of the box at Port and just keep getting it better and better.”

You mentioned Port Royal and, following the race last season, you talked about the improvements the track continued to make and how much you enjoyed racing there. What specifically stood out as far as improvements go? 

“It’s just a little bit of everything there. You can feel it when you get there. You can see how they’ve invested back into the track and continue to do so. It reminds me of Eldora in that way and it just continues to get better. I know Steve O’Neal and the fair board members there take a lot of pride in their facility. From what it was like when we first went there early in my career to how it is now is incredible. We are in the entertainment business and you can tell they are committed to that. They have continued to work on the racing surface. It’s been fast, wide, smooth and made for some great racing the last three times we’ve been there. I’m really looking forward to getting back there this weekend and having another chance to race there.”

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

Donny Schatz Finished Third At Fulton Speedway

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Date: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Location: Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway

Winner: David Gravel of CJB Motorsports

TSR Results: Started 8th, Finished 3rd/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 10,532 points, 158 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

 

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team continued their run of podium finishes with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series Saturday night at Fulton (N.Y.) Speedway. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion finished third in the 25-lap A-Feature at the 3/8-mile, dirt oval, finishing on the podium for the third consecutive race and the sixth time in his last seven races.

“We battled the best we could,” Schatz said. “That’s what you have to do to win a championship. These Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance guys have been doing a great job all season. We’ll turn our attention to next weekend, when we have three nights of racing.”

Schatz led the traveling Sprint-car stars back to New York for the Outlaws program at Fulton, which was part of NAPA Super DIRT Week. He entered the race with an advantage of 148 points in the 2017 WoO Championship standings over Brad Sweet and only 10 nights of racing remaining in the season.

The driver of the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J was the 27th of 28 to make a qualifying lap. His lap of 13.472 seconds ranked eighth overall and landed the North Dakota driver the third starting position in heat two. He chased front-row starters David Gravel and Shane Stewart at the start of the eight-lap heat race. While Gravel took command of the race, Schatz tried everything he could to overtake Stewart, but ultimately he finished third. The result transferred Schatz directly into the 25-lap A-Feature. He started the 79th WoO A-Feature of season outside of row four and he quickly jumped into sixth. He passed Stewart for fifth on lap four and then was part of a terrific duel with Jac Haudenschild over the next five laps. Schatz reached third on lap nine and restarted in that position after leader Daryn Pittman made contact with Clyde Knipp and brought out a caution. Schatz followed Gravel and Jason Johnson back to green and the trio pulled away from the rest of the field. Another restart on lap 14 bunched the field, but Gravel continued leading until he took the white flag. A caution during the final lap extended the race, giving Schatz and Johnson one more opportunity. On the ensuing green-white-checkered finish, neither driver could make a run at Gravel, who won for the 17th time in 2017.
With the finish, Schatz added 10 points to his advantage over Sweet in the championship standings, and he continues to lead the series in wins with 18, top-fives with 60 and top-10s with 68.

Up Next:

The Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb team returns to Pennsylvania and New York this weekend for three races beginning Saturday night at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway. Schatz will make his eighth appearance at the half-mile dirt oval where he won the Outlaws’ 2004 race at “The Speed Palace.” Schatz has finished on the podium the past three seasons at Port Royal, coming home second in 2014 and third the last two seasons. Sunday and Monday, it’s back to New York to make up races that were postponed by Mother Nature earlier this season. Schatz returns to Weedsport SpeedwaySunday winner of the past two races at the track and, Monday night, he’ll make his first appearance at Ransomville Speedway since his rookie season in 1997.

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

Donny Schatz Is In A New York State Of Mind

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For the past eight years, the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series has made a late-season stop in New York in conjunction with NAPA Super DIRT Week. For Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz and the TSR Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team, the timing has been just right.

Schatz, the driver of the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J, has finished first or second in six of the eight October starts in the Empire State including four consecutive wins. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion will look to move that number to five in a row Saturday night when the Outlaws return to Fulton Speedway, where last October Schatz led the final 23 laps of the 30-lap A-Feature.
The TSR team will be making their third trip to New York in 2017, but are still looking to complete their first night of competition. In May, they traveled to Weedsport Speedway, but persistent rain washed out the program during heat race action. The second venture into New York in July at Ransomville Speedway was also forced to be rescheduled when rainy weather continued throughout the night. The good news is following Saturday’s race at Fulton the Outlaws will return to make up both the Weedsport and Ransomville races next weekend.

Following last weekend’s runner-up finish in the 55th annual Williams Grove National Open at the historic half-mile, dirt oval, Schatz will tackle the 3/8-mile dirt oval where he first came out victorious in July 2006. The win was his fifth career victory in New York and 45th WoO A-Feature of his career during his initial championship season with the Outlaws. Last October, he raced past Danny Deitrich on lap eight and raced away to secure his second triumph at Fulton and 228th of his WoO career. Saturday, he’ll be looking to earn his 15th career WoO A-Feature in New York and 248th overall.

In his 10th season driving for TSR, Schatz is chasing his ninth WoO title. With 10 races remaining, he holds a 114-point advantage over Brad Sweet. In each of his previous three championship seasons, Schatz has been victorious in New York at least once. In 2014, he was triumphant at Rolling Wheels Raceway in October and during his epic 31-win 2015 campaign, he won at Weedsport in May, at Lebanon Valley in July and Rolling Wheels in October. Last year, he was a winner at Weedsport in May and Fulton in October.

Schatz and his TSR crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti have been consistent throughout the 2017 WoO campaign winning a series-best 18 races and finishing in the top-10 67 times in 74 races. The results have been similar for Schatz during in his previous five starts at Fulton. In his debut in 2005, he charged from 18th to finish sixth. His two victories in 2006 and 2016 sandwiched finishes of ninth (in 2010) and second (in 2014).

RACE NOTES

Saturday at Fulton Speedway, the pit gates and grandstands will open at 4 p.m. EDT. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. More details are available by calling at (315) 593-6531, or by visiting fultonspeedway.com.

Race fans unable to attend Saturday’s race can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Fans can listen live as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Craftsman Sprint Car Series races on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Schatz, TSR and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/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.textronoffroad.com,  www.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.

Textron Off Road: Facebook atwww.facebook.com/TextronOffRoad/ or on Twitter and Instagram @TextronOffRoad

Arctic Cat: Facebook at www.facebook.com/arcticcat.snow/ 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 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J:
 

The season is down to only 10 races and it’s time for your annual October trip to New York this weekend. Looking back at your previous results indicate you and your TSR team have been successful late in the season. What’s been the key to being able to finish strong?

 

“The biggest thing at this point in the year is that you know time is running out on the season. Your opportunities to race are getting numbered. We start each season knowing we have almost 90 nights to go out and do what we love. You get to October and you can count on your hands the number of races left. We’ve been fortunate to be in the thick of the championship battle for most of the past 10 seasons and it’s kept all of us motivated to win as often as we can late in the year. That’s a reflection of (car owner) Tony (Stewart) and this Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team. The guys have worked hard all season going back to last December when the preparation was going into the year.  Rick (Warner), Scuba (Steve Swenson) and Brad (Mariscotti) do an incredible job and they want to win more than any group that I’ve ever been around. That usually shows when we come to New York late in the year. We set pretty high expectations and that starts with winning races. We only have 10 more chances left and I know we are going to do everything we can to be in a position to try to get as many as we can.”

 

When the Outlaws schedule started to include an October date around Super DIRT Week in 2009, you had a really good run of finishes at Rolling Wheels. Last year, they moved the event to Fulton and you continued your winning ways. What’s the biggest difference between the two tracks? 

 

“They are two completely different tracks. I loved racing at Rolling Wheels. It was one of the biggest tracks we raced on with the Outlaws during my 21 years out here. We had some great nights of racing there and always seemed to unload and be fast. The surface made for some great racing where you had a lot of speed, but also had to be able to maneuverer through the corners. It’s a fun place and hopefully, we’ll get to go back there. Fulton on the other hand is more of a traditional short track. Good banking in the corners and a place where you can get some momentum as well. The TSR guys have a good package for it too and hopefully, we’ll be able to put ourselves in a good position late in the night there on Saturday.”

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

Donny Schatz Makes One Last Pass Through PA Posse Country

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On the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series printed schedule, this weekend’s 55th annual Champion Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania might be listed simply as nights 81, 82 and 83, but chances are good the three nights of action may rank as some of the best all season.

Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and his Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb-backed team have been part of several memorable nights with the Outlaws already this season and are hopeful they can add a few more to their 2017 highlight reel Thursday,Friday and Saturday.

The variables in play this weekend make it more than just another weekend of racing. Only 14 events remain in the Outlaws season and, with the TSR team continuing to pursue a ninth WoO title for Schatz, every race matters. There will be four races in three nights, starting with a doubleheader Thursday that includes the $10,000 A-Feature and the $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals finale, which was washed out by rain July 22. The weekend also marks round three of the annual battle between the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse, a rivalry that always seems to live up to the hype.

The National Open is recognized as one of the five premiere Winged Sprint car races annually contested on dirt tracks across the United States and, since its first running in 1963, the race has grown into the biggest Sprint car race in the Northeast. Saturday night’s $50,000-to-win finale will culminate three nights of action during which drivers will receive points for every position in qualifying, heat races and main events. The three-day format is a throwback to the ways of the Outlaws of years ago as the top four drivers in points after Friday night will be locked into the front two rows of Saturday’s Craftsman Club Dash.

Schatz and the TSR team return the Central Pennsylvania seeking their first win at Williams Grove Speedway this season in the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J. They have earned two podium finishes in three events – finishing second in the Spring Nationals opener in May and third in the Summer Nationals opener in July. He qualified for the Summer Nationals finale and will start the 30-lap race ninth.

The eight-time and defending WoO champion learned early in his career about the rivalry with the Pennsylvania Posse and just how important the National Open was during a memorable golf-cart ride. It was an educational trip around the paperclip-shaped, half-mile, dirt track, with the late Ted Johnson, World of Outlaws series founder. It was an opportunity to impress on the North Dakota teenager what being an Outlaw meant. Johnson’s words stuck with Schatz and now, in his 21st season of competing with “The Greatest Show on Dirt,” he is still trying to carry the Outlaws’ torch the way Johnson had envisioned.

It didn’t start well for Schatz at Williams Grove, and he even wondered if the track would be better served for boat racing. But, late in his fourth season on the road, everything came together. The scene was wild and the atmosphere was what you would expect when the Outlaws were at Williams Grove late in the season with the National Open on the line. Schatz started 10th and worked his way to the front of the field while local favorite Keith Kauffman was putting on a furious charge from the back. Kauffman couldn’t get to Schatz that night and he scored his first career win at the track and fifth of his WoO career. Schatz joined a select list of winners that night and he hasn’t slowed down at “The Grove” since.
Schatz scored Outlaw wins the following season in May and July and won his first Summer Nationals in 2003. He added a second National Open in 2004, and won it again the following September to become a three-time champion. In 2007, Schatz was the first driver to win the Kings Royal, Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, the Knoxville Nationals and the Williams Grove National Open in the same season. He won five of seven races that season at Williams Grove, and his National Open win tied him with Steve Kinser for most by any driver with four. Five years later, Schatz outdueled Brian Leppo in a spirited 40-lap race and became the only driver to score five National Open victories.

He ranks 19th all-time in wins at Williams Grove, tied with Sprint car legends Jan Opperman and Tommy Hinnershitz. If he can win one this weekend, he’ll tie his childhood idol Doug Wolfgang, a three-time National Open winner, with 20.

Schatz will not only be looking to move up on the all-time win list at Williams Grove, he’s also looking to reach a few more milestones this weekend. He and his TSR crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti enter the weekend with 18 WoO A-Feature wins in 2017, and Schatz is trying to win at least 20 WoO A-Features for the fifth straight season. He would also like to duplicate his 2007 run of success in big money races with a victory this weekend in the National Open finale. Schatz became the first driver to win back-to-back Kings Royals in July and followed that with his fifth Don Martin Memorial triumph four nights later. In August, Schatz won his 10th Knoxville Nationals to continue his success on Sprint car racing’s biggest stage.
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RACE NOTES

 

For all three nights, the pit gates open at 3 p.m. EDT and grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. More details are available by calling Williams Grove Speedway at (717) 697-5000, or by visiting williamsgrove.com.

 

Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Live video coverage is available on a pay-per-view basis and audio coverage is available for free 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 Textron Off Road/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.textronoffroad.com,  www.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.

Textron Off Road: Facebook atwww.facebook.com/TextronOffRoad/ or on Twitter and Instagram @TextronOffRoad

Arctic Cat: Facebook at www.facebook.com/arcticcat.snow/ 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 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J:
 

This weekend, you return to Williams Grove for the prestigious National Open. How important of a weekend is this for you and your race team?

 

“Any time you have the chance to race in events like the National Open, it’s a really big deal. We race close to 90 nights a year and every night we are trying to be our best and put ourselves in a position to win. There is something a little different about races like the National Open. It’s one of those T-shirt races. When I was a kid and got to go to the races, I always wanted the Sprint car T-shirts and the big races had T-shirts each year with the names of previous winners. I never dreamed my name would be included on a T-shirt. Even when I started racing with the Outlaws, I wasn’t sure that I’d ever win a race at Williams Grove, let alone the National Open. It took a while, but we were fortunate to get the job done in 2000 and then again a few more times. It’s exciting to be part of it all. The fans are incredible. They have so much passion, and the way they root for their guys is awesome. I learned that early on and it’s something that has always stuck with me. This week is a great opportunity for this Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team. We have four races at the same track all building up to the big one Saturday night. I know Rick (Warner), Scuba (Steve Swenson) and Brad (Mariscotti) have worked hard all season to put us in the position we are heading into Williams Grove and we’re going to try and make the most of it.”

 

The National Open is not your traditional one-night show. It’s a points-based format where you receive points throughout the night. Does a points format work to your favor?

 

“Every format is different. I know we’ve been trying to run it this way at Williams Grove for a few years but haven’t been able to avoid the rain. Hopefully this year, it’s a different story. This three-day format is what we ran earlier this year at the Jackson Nationals. You have to be fast in qualifying and finish close to the front in both your heat and the feature each night. It rewards consistency and requires a team to be really good both nights in order to get locked into Saturday night’s dash. We’re looking forward to the challenge. We know there is going to be an incredible field of cars and it’s going to take our best effort. I have to thank (car owner) Tony (Stewart) for surrounding me with a talented team that is motivated to win more than any group I’ve ever been around. We’re going to do everything we can to be in a position at the end of the night ThursdayFriday and Saturday to fight it out for wins. That’s our goal.”

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

Donny Schatz Had Two Third Place Finishes Over The Weekend

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Dates: Friday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Locations: Friday – Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio

Saturday – Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania

Winners: Friday – Tim Shaffer of DR Racing

Saturday – David Gravel of CJB Motorsports

TSR Results: Friday – Started 3rd, Finished 2nd/Running, completed 30 of 30 laps

Saturday – Started 7th, Finished 3rd/Running, completed 35 of 35 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 9,812 points, 94 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

 

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team scored a pair of podium finishes with the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series over the weekend. Schatz finished second in Friday night’s #BeForTheCrowns 30-lap WoO A-Feature at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. And the current WoO championship leader charged from seventh to third in Saturday night’s Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania.

“The goal for the weekend was to be in position to challenge for a couple of victories,” said Schatz, driver of the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J. “The TSR guys put an awesome car under me Friday night and we were right there. That’s all you can ask for. We were goodon Saturday night, too, and I was hoping we’d have some long, green runs to see what would happen in traffic. Unfortnately, there were a lot of yellows, but that’s racing and we’ll keep plugging away at it.”

Schatz and the TSR No. 15 team returned to Eldora Friday looking to continue their run of success at the historic, high-banked, half-mile dirt oval. Earlier in the season, Schatz raced to a pair of victories at “The Big E,” winning the finale of the #LetsRaceTwo weekend in May and the 34th annual Kings Royal in July. The evening started well as Schatz topped the second group of cars in qualifying to earn the pole position for heat three. The track surface was lightning fast for the heat races and Schatz led from start to finish to advance into the Craftsman Club Dash. He finished third in the six-lap dash and started the 30-lap A-Feature inside the second row. When the green flag waved for the A-Feature, Schatz would battle Jason Johnson for third during the opening laps while front-row starters Tim Shaffer and Shane Stewart set the pace. Shaffer grabbed control of the top spot and Schatz zeroed in on Stewart for second during laps six through 10. Stewart’s night came to an end with a flat right-rear tire on lap 13. Schatz restarted second and chased Shaffer the remainder of the race. He closed in on Shaffer late in the race, making a bid for the lead on the final lap, but came up short and finished second at Eldora for the second time this season.

The Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance Curb team traveled from Western Ohio to Western Pennsylvania for Saturday’s Commonwealth Clash. Schatz won the race last year and also won the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at the track this past July. He was the 20th of 29 cars to circle the 4/10-mile, dirt oval in qualifying and ended up seventh on the grid. Schatz finished third in the opening heat to transfer directly into the 35-lap A-Feature. In the main event, Schatz started inside of the fourth row and was mixing it up early with Kraig Kinser and Jac Haudenschild as the three raced for sixth. He took advantage of a lap-eight restart and passed both Kinser and Haudenshild, as well as Daryn Pittman, to grab fifth. The following lap, he drove by Stewart to reach fourth behind David Gravel, Brad Sweet and Sheldon Haudenschild. Schatz held that position until lap 24, when he passed Haudenschild for the third. With Gravel and Sweet battling it out for the top spot, Schatz worked hard to join the fray. He closed in during the final five laps, but a pair of cautions late opened up the track for Gravel, and Schatz would finish third.

With 74 of the 92 scheduled races complete, Schatz continues to lead the 2017 WoO Championship standings. He has accumulated 9,812 points and holds a 94-point lead over Brad Sweet. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion also leads the series in wins with 18 and top-fives with 55. He and Sweet are tied for most top-10s with 63.

Up Next:

The Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb team will make its third appearance of the season in Central Pennsylvania at historic Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg for this week’s 55th annual Champion Oil National Open Thursday through Saturday night. The race is recognized as one of Sprint car racing’s crown jewels and annually the biggest Sprint car race in the Eastern United States. The results from Thursday and Friday nights will determine Saturday’s lineup based on combined points. Drivers are vying to be one of 24 cars competing in the 40-lap finale, which awards $50,000 to the winner. Schatz is the only driver in the history of the event to be a five-time winner. Thursday evening will also include the 30-lap Summer Nationals A-Feature that was rained out on July 22nd.

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