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

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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!

“Young Money” Will Have A Full Weekend!

Kyle Larson
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

Tony Stewart
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:

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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!

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 Continues To Apply The Heat!

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The calendar officially says it’s summer now, but for the drivers chasing the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series championship the heat has been on for quite some time. Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz continues to carry the torch for the traveling Sprint car stars as they trek their way through the Midwest with stops this weekend in Iowa and Wisconsin.

After winning his 11th WoO A-Feature of the 2017 season Tuesday night at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota,  Schatz leads the Outlaws back into action Friday behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J when the series makes their debut at West Liberty Raceway, a half-mile, dirt oval in eastern Iowa and Saturday night, it’s back to central Wisconsin for the eighth annual Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial at Beaver Dam Raceway.

The eight-time and reigning WoO champion has experienced a great deal of success in the state of Iowa during his 21-year WoO career. He is the most recent winner in the state with his victory at the famed Knoxville Raceway on June 10. The flag-to-flag victory was the 25th of his career at the track and 15th career WoO A-Feature win at the track. Schatz has scored 21 of his 240 career WoO A-Feature wins in the state of Iowa. In addition to adding to that win total, the Fargo, North Dakota native will also be looking to make West Liberty Raceway the 82nd different track where he’s raced to a WoO A-Feature triumph. Last season, Schatz was victorious in a pair of WoO debuts, scoring wins at Rockford Speedway and Angel Park Speedway.

Schatz has two career Beaver Dam WoO wins, and Saturday night, he’ll be looking to join Joey Saldana as a two-time winner of the “JB”. The event is being managed by SLS Promotions, which includes Scott Boyd, who is the son of the late Jim Boyd. In the 2010, the family began staging the race in honor of their father at the 1/3-mile, semi-banked, dirt oval. Saldana won the first two races, but a new driver has claimed the 40-lap A-Feature each year since. Schatz, who has finished inside the top-10 in all seven previous events, surged from 10th to win the race in 2015 and last year charged from 14th to finish third.

Tuesday’s victory for Schatz extended his lead in the WoO championship standings to 84 points over Brad Sweet through 37 of the 92 scheduled races in 2017. He is the only driver with double digit wins and his 29 top-five finishes also is most by any driver.

 

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: IOWA/WISCONSIN

• Donny Schatz scored his 50th career WoO A-Feature win on Oct 7, 2006 at Knoxville Raceway. The victory was his first WoO A-Feature triumph in the state of Iowa.

• Schatz has won 21 WoO A-Feature main events in Iowa and they have come at three dirt ovals. He has won 15 at Knoxville, five at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer and one at 34 Raceway in W. Burlington.

• The win at 34 Raceway was an historic victory. The victory was his 154th career WoO A-Feature win and broke a tie with Mark Kinser to move Schatz into third all-time in WoO wins.

• Schatz earned his first Beaver Dam victory in July 2002 when he led all 40 laps of the main event. After an opening lap red flag, Schatz reported to his crew that his brakes weren’t working properly. He would lead all 40 laps en route to his second win of the week. Four days prior, Schatz won the $20,000 Duel in the Dakotas finale at his home track of Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo.

• Schatz has won seven career WoO A-Features in the state of Wisconsin. He is a five-time winner at Cedar Lake Speedway in Somerset, has two wins at Beaver Dam and a victory at Angell Park Speedway.

For Friday’s race at West Liberty, the pit gates at 2 p.m. CDT and the grandstands will open at 4 p.m.Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visitwww.farleyspeedwaypromotions.com or call (563) 744-3620.

Saturday at Beaver Dam Raceway, the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. CDT and the grandstands at 4 p.m.Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit wismotorsports.comor call 920-887-1600.

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.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.

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:
 

After winning your 11th WoO A-Feature race of the season, you talked about how tough the competition is this year on tour. Where would you rate the level of competition in 2017 as compared to other seasons in your career?

 

“It’s really tough to compare things like that from year to year. I just know that right winning Outlaw races is as tough as it’s ever been. There are a lot of cars out here with us every night capable of winning. I’m fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible group of people that put me in position to win and we do the best we can. Tuesday’s race was awfully close. I was able to get past Jason (Johnson) on that restart about halfway through the race, but I don’t think I really ever got to far away from him. Brad Sweet was right there and he’s been running extremely good all season. There are a lot of drivers and teams that have been out here a while and you can see that they’ve worked hard to improve. We got off to a great start, but the last couple of months it’s been tough getting wins. I know Rick (Warner), Scuba (Steve Swenson) and Brad (Mariscotti) are extremely competitive and work endless hours trying to keep us ahead of the competition. We’re excited about the week ahead and heading into July with all of the big races that are coming up.”

 

What are the challenges of racing a new track like West Liberty?

 

“For the most part, it’s like any other night minus a little bit of track history. I’ve been out here more than 20 years and Rick has been out here just as long so we have a pretty big database built. The main thing is that in dirt track racing you are never going to get two tracks the same. There are too many variables, so we are actually racing on a new surface every night. We may have a better idea of how things are going to go at places we’ve been to a lot, but it’s still the same recipe. You hope to have the best handling car at the end of the night so that you can compete for wins. Experience is a big factor and I’m surrounded by a really good group of guys. We’ll unload the car with a starting point we think gives us the best chance and make changes as the night goes on. It’s a big deal for us to race at new tracks and bring our sport to new fans. Hopefully, it’s a great show and we can be part of it.”

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

Donny Schatz Returns Home (S.D.) For A Doubleheader

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Dates: Friday-Saturday, June 16-17, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Locations: Friday – River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota

Saturday – Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo, North Dakota

Winners: Friday – David Gravel of CJB Motorsports

Saturday – Postponed by rain; race rescheduled for August 19

TSR Results: Friday – Started 6th, Finished 3rd/Running, completed 40 of 40 laps

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 5,096 points, 76 ahead of second-place Gravel)

 

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz returned home for a North Dakota doubleheader last weekend as the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series kicked off the first leg of the Gerdau Recycling Northern Tour Duel in the Dakotas. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion and TSR’s Arctic Cat/Ford Performance-backed team were looking to continue their recent run of success, but found their fiercest competition to be Mother Nature.

Friday’s opener at River Cities Speedway (RCS) in Grand Forks was able to be completed late Friday night after a heavy rain shower stopped action four laps into the 40-lap A-Feature. Schatz finished third in the race to extend his streak of consecutive podium finishes at the high-banked, 3/10-mile dirt oval to eight. Unfortunately, the Outlaws return to Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo on Saturday was postponed after heavy rains hit the track prior to the event and was rescheduled for August 19.

“It was great to be home for the week, but Mother Nature wasn’t on our side this time,” Schatz said. “The fans really support Sprint car racing up here and we wanted to put on a couple of good shows for them, but sometimes you can’t control the outcome. I know the TSR guys came up here with some high expectations and Friday night started in the right direction. We qualified in a good spot and the race was just getting started when the rains came. I commend the track workers for getting it back to where we could race. They had an incredible crowd and so many of them stayed until the end. We’re looking forward to coming back in August and seeing if we can do a little better.”

After scoring their 10th WoO win of the season the previous weekend and finishing fifth last Tuesday in the Eagle Nationals, Schatz and the TSR team came out of the box fast Friday night in the Outlaws 20th appearance at RCS when he turned the second-fastest lap in qualifying aboard the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J. Schatz and Jason Johnson were the only two drivers in the field of 38 competitors to turn laps under the 10-second barrier. Schatz raced to victory in the second heat to transfer into the Craftsman Club Dash. In the six-lap Dash, Schatz started sixth and finished in the same position to earn a third row starting position for the 40-lap A-Feature.

When the green flag fell, Schatz was on the move quickly overtaking Kraig Kinser for fifth. Two laps into the race, he passed Joey Saldana for fourth and began working on Kerry Madsen for third. The action came to a halt following lap four when leader Jacob Allen drove over the edge of turn four and flipped to bring out a red flag. While the cars were lining up for the restart, rain started to fall and the drivers continued circling the track hoping to save the track, but a heavier shower started and the cars were forced to return to the pit area. Following a three-hour delay, the race resumed on an extremely fast racing surface where lap times were close to that in qualifying. David Gravel and Madsen exchanged the top spot once, but for the most part the final 36 laps were a parade as the cars all ran the same line. Three caution flags took the leaders out of lapped traffic and Schatz wasn’t able to make a move on the top two. He finished third for the fourth time this season.

 

The TSR team returned to Fargo following the races and turned their focus toward Saturday’s event at Red River Valley Speedway. Schatz charged from 11th to fourth in June of 2012 during the Outlaws’ most recent event at the 3/8-mile dirt oval and he was looking challenge for his fifth career WoO triumph at the track. Heavy rains soaked the facility just after 4 p.m. and with the forecast calling for continued rain showers throughout the evening, SLS Promotions and WoO officials determined the event would be rescheduled for August when the Outlaws return to North Dakota.
With 36 of 92 scheduled races complete, Schatz continues to lead the championship standings over Gravel by 76 points. He is the only driver with 10, and he leads all drivers with 28 top-five finishes.

Up Next:

The Upper Midwest run for the Outlaws continues this week with a three events. Schatz and the TSR team resume their quest for a WoO championship Tuesday when the Outlaws make their third appearance at Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota. Two years ago, Schatz raced past Shane Stewart with three laps remaining to become the first WoO winner at the track. Friday marks the Outlaws’ debut at West Liberty (Iowa) Raceway. Schatz made laps around the half-mile, dirt oval last season while competing with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Series. The week of action concludes with Saturday’s Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial Race at Beaver Dam Raceway in Wisconsin. Schatz won the event in 2015 and also scored an Outlaw triumph at the track in 2002.

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

Donny Schatz Closes Out May With Three Outlaw Big Races

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The opportunity to barnstorm across the country with “The Greatest Show on Dirt” is not something Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz takes for granted. He is thankful each and every chance he gets to race Sprint cars all across the United States. Heading into the Memorial Day weekend, when Americans celebrate and remember those soldiers who lost their lives serving in the United States military, the eight-time World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman® Sprint Car Series champion will compete at three tracks in three states over the next six nights.

Starting with Wednesday’s return to New Egypt (N.J.) Speedway for the Jersey Outlaw Classic, the Outlaws finish a busy month of May for Schatz and his Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti. The team has worked hard to keep the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J battling for wins and look to be a factor not only in New Jersey but also in the Outlaws’ return to the heart of NASCAR country for their traditional Friday-night stop at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway and in Monday’s annual stop in southeastern Indiana at Lawrenceburg Speedway.

Schatz returns to New Egypt for the ninth time in his 21-year WoO career. He won the Outlaws’ debut at the D-Shaped track in July of 2001 and came back two years later and won his second WoO A-Feature at New Jersey dirt track. He posted three consecutive top-five finishes, including a runner-up finish in 2015, before finishing 10th last May.

The last time Schatz circled The Dirt Track at Charlotte, he was on his way to collecting his 25th victory of the 2016 WoO campaign and earning a ninth triumph at the facility. The win put an exclamation point on his eighth championship campaign and continued an impressive run of results at the track that began when Bruton Smith added dirt-track racing to the Coca-Cola 600 weekend in 2000. A top-four finish in the Outlaws’ debut at the track, and a flag-to-flag triumph under the bright lights in his third appearance later that fall cemented his feelings for the track. He scored his first official WoO A-Feature in thrilling style, charging from 10th through a heavy cushion in the Outlaw Showdown in May 2007. He closed his first season driving for three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart with an exclamation point by racing to his third victory at The Dirt Track in the season finale and, shortly thereafter, lifted the WoO championship hardware in front of a capacity crowd of more than 14,000 fans. His second Memorial Day-weekend triumph at The Dirt Track came in 2010, when he led 29 of the 30 laps. He secured wins five and six by sweeping the 2011 World Finals, then won the World Finals opener in 2013. His third Outlaw Showdown triumph two seasons ago was part of a career-best 31 wins.

Following Friday’s race in Charlotte, the TSR team will return to its Brownsburg, Indiana shop and prepare for the Memorial Day race at Lawrenceburg where, in three of the last seven WoO visits to the high-banked, 3/8-mile dirt oval, the team concluded race night in victory lane. Schatz won his first feature at the track in June 2009 before winning Memorial Day races in 2013 and 2014. After charging from 12th to third at “The Burg” in 2015, Schatz finished sixth last year.

Schatz is coming off a pair of top-five finishes during the Outlaws’ first battle with the Pennsylvania last week. He started the month of May with victories in three of the first four nights of action, the most recent being during the #LetsRaceTwo finale at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway. Through 23 of 91 scheduled races this season, Schatz leads the championship standings with 3,662 points and holds a 50-point advantage over David Gravel on the strength of his series-best nine wins and 18 top-five finishes.

Wednesday at New Egypt, the pit gates open at 2 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (609) 758-1900, or visitnewegyptspeedway.net.

For Friday’s race at The Dirt Track, the pit gates open at 1 p.m. EDT and grandstands open at 4 p.m.Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, visitcharlottemotorspeedway.com or call 704-455-3275.

Monday at Lawrenceburg Speedway, the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. EDT and the grandstands at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, visitlawrenceburgspeedway.com or call 812-539-4700.

Race fans unable to attend this week’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Live video is available through pay-per-view for Friday’s event at The Dirt Track, or fans can listen free to all three races 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 cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Go towww.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.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.

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:
 

First up this week is the return to New Egypt Speedway. Does the unique shape make it one of the more challenging tracks on the tour?

“New Egypt definitely plays out differently than most tracks we race on, but that’s part of the fun. It’s a challenge and we’ve had our nights where we were really on it and others where we felt lost. I remember winning that first night we were here and feeling like it was a place that I could really get around, but yet we came back the next year and it felt like we were out to lunch. That’s just the case in dirt-track racing. Everything changes every time you race. From year to year and night to night, you just have to continue to keep yourself in tune. I felt like we had a really good shot at winning there again a couple of years ago, but we came up one spot short. You have to be able to move around. Getting out of turn two so that you pass and then being able to enter turn three is crucial. Mother Nature pushed us back day, so that’s given us a little more time to get ready. Like I said, this team loves a challenge and racing at New Egypt is definitely that.”

It seems like ever since Bruton Smith opened The Dirt Track at Charlotte, you have been a fan of the facility. What’s been the key to your success at the track?

“I’ve always held a special place for Charlotte. Early in my career, it was one of the new places that came along. Being able to race across the street from the NASCAR track and the glitz and glamour the place had from the get-go was something I’ll always remember. And we were good there, so that helped, too. The key for long-term success there just goes back to having a good group of people surrounding me. Whether it was the family team I started with or moving to Tony Stewart Racing, we’ve always showed up in Charlotte with the right people in place. It always feels like a big race there and that’s something we as a team seem to thrive on. In May, your season is starting to hit its stride and winning in Charlotte can be a nice boost into summer and, when we end the year there, you want to finish the year with on a high note. I’ve had a lot of fun there during my career and we’re certainly looking forward to getting back on the track there Friday night.”

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

Donny Schatz Invades The Pennsylvania Posse Country

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It’s the first of three trips inside hostile territory this week for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz and the rest of the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman® Sprint Car Series regulars. Schatz and the TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team will square of with the famed “Pennsylvania Posse” three times in the next four nights before venturing to New York to cap a busy week of action for “The Greatest Show on Dirt.”

Schatz, the eight-time and reigning WoO champion, leads the contingent of 15 WoO regulars into central Pennsylvania, a region that boasts the toughest group of teams the Outlaws face each year. The driver of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J will look to carry the torch again for the traveling regulars, starting with tonight’s Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway near Abbottstown. Last May, Schatz tallied one for the Outlaws in their battle with the Posse at Lincoln by leading the 30-lap A-Feature from start to finish. Following the Gettysburg Clash, the Outlaws will travel to historic Williams Grove Speedway near Mechanicsburg for the two-night NAPA/NGK Spark Plug Williams Grove Morgan Cup on Friday and Saturday night.

In each of the previous 39 seasons, the Outlaws have embarked on trips inside The Keystone State seeking the opportunity to take not only the prize money, but bragging rights in what has become a very heated rivalry. For the past 20 WoO campaigns, Schatz has seen the rivalry at its best. He scratched and clawed his way into the main event fields as a teenager and splashed onto the scene with his first victory on the biggest stage, the 2000 Williams Grove National Open. And he has been putting his stamp on the rivalry ever since, totaling 24 of his 238 career WoO A-Feature triumphs in Pennsylvania. He has 19 career wins at Williams Grove, including five National Open triumphs at the historic half-mile, dirt oval.

He’ll return to Lincoln Speedway Wednesday as the defending Gettysburg Clash winner after scoring his initial win at the 3/8-mile, semi-banked dirt oval. The win came in his seventh career start at the track and his quest for victory had the locals on their feet throughout as Schatz led from the pole and fended off hometown hero Danny Dietrich to score the win. The outcome was a reversal of Schatz’s previous best finish of second in May 2012, when he chased Dietrich lap after lap but wasn’t able to get around him.

After a rough start at Williams Grove during his first two seasons on tour in 1997 and 1998, Schatz has learned to love racing there. A podium finish in May 1999 changed his fortune, and the Fargo, North Dakota resident has been very successful in his 103 career starts at the track. His 15 wins in full WoO point shows are the most of any track where the Outlaws compete and his 19 career wins at the track ties him for 20th all-time at the historic speed plant. He’s had his share of success in May at the track, scoring a preliminary triumph in 2001, a weekend sweep in 2007, victories in 2013 and 2015, when he scored his most recent victory there. Last season, he finished in the top-five in all four Williams Grove starts.

This rivalry has added juice this weekend with the Morgan Cup on the line Saturday night. Not only does the A-Feature event pay an extra $5,000 to the winner, but also bragging rights for either the Outlaws or the Posse. The traveling trophy will reside either at the speedway for another year if a Pennyslvania driver comes out the winner, or if Schatz has his way, he’ll take the trophy back to Charlotte to the “World Racing Headquarters” until next year.

In each of the past two seasons, the Outlaws have ventured north to Weedsport Speedway in Central New York following their first run through central Pennsylvania and will again this week. The results have been the same both times, but getting to that outcome has been a bit different. Schatz had a flag-to-flag victory in 2015 when the Outlaws returned to the 3/8-mile dirt oval for the first time since 1993. Last May, Schatz started ninth and methodically worked his way to the front, ultimately passing Logan Schuchart for the lead on lap 30 en route to his seventh win of the season.

The TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team is looking to continue a strong month of May in which it has three wins in five starts, including last Saturday night’s victory in the #LetsRaceTwo finale at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Heading into this week’s action, Schatz leads the WoO championship standings with 3,252 points on the strength of his series-leading nine victories and 16 top-five finishes. He leads David Gravel by 74 points through 23 of 91 scheduled nights of racing.

Race fans unable to attend this week’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Live video for all four races this week is available through pay-per-view, or fans can listen 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 cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Go to www.DIRTVision.com for more information.

Wednesday at Lincoln, the pit gates open at 3:30 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (717) 624-2755, or visitwww.LincolnSpeedway.com.

Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove, the pit gates will open at 3 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. For more details and ticket information, call the track at (717) 679-5000 or visit www.williamsgrove.com

Sunday at Weedsport, the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are slated to begin at 6 p.m. Visit weedsportspeedway.com or call 315-834-3067 to get 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.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.

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:
 

It’s round one of the Outlaws’ annual battle with the Pennsylvania Posse. Forty years ago, when the late Ted Johnson started the WoO, this was the type of rivalry he could have only dreamed would evolve. How much do you enjoy carrying on the Outlaw tradition when venturing into Pennsylvania? 


“The energy in the stands that you see when we race at Lincoln and Williams Grove I’m pretty sure is exactly what Ted dreamed of back when this all started. I have vivid memories of Ted taking me for golf-cart rides around Williams Grove, talking to me about what it meant to be an Outlaw. This is a fan’s sport, and everyone has their teams and they let you know about it. It gets everyone excited for sure. You have to channel that because it’s still about the racing. Racing with the Outlaws every night is the toughest group of cars in the country, so you are prepared for just about anything. The guys who run regionally there in Pennsylvania have top-notch equipment, and there are a lot of guys who have been out on the Outlaw tour at some point in their careers, and certainly a lot of guys who run with us quite a bit. It’s a great challenge for us to race on their home turf where they have already raced five or six times this year. We want to win every night and that starts with being prepared. I’m fortunate Tony (Stewart) has surrounded me with a group of guys – Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti – who are the most competitive people I’ve ever been around. They work together tirelessly to continue improving things. Tony and the staff at TSR also work hard to keep partners like Arctic Cat and Ford Performance involved in this sport and we’re off to a good start with them. These are the types of weeks Ted certainly would be proud of. I’m just fortunate to be part of it all.”

Following three nights of racing in Pennsylvania, you will return to Weedsport SpeedwaySunday to close out the weekend. That’s been a good thing the past two years with you scoring wins each year. What’s the biggest difference racing at places like Lincoln and Williams Grove and then going to Weedsport?

“It starts with the track having a very unique shape. You carry all of that speed into turn one, then it opens up into that sweeping back stretch.  It’s a unique place, for sure. You have to be aggressive but be able to be patient, also. Every track has its own personality. It’s about adapting to it as quickly as you can. Racing at Lincoln and Williams Grove, you have all the energy from the rivalry and the way those tracks change. It’s a fun challenge for us and we’re hoping to continue our run up at Weedsport.”

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

After A Weekend Sweep Donny Schatz Heads To Eldora

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After sweeping last weekend’s World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series doubleheader in the Great Plains, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz heads to Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for this weekend’s #LetsRaceTwo event Friday and Saturday evening on a mission.

The mission during the first of three 2017 stops at the historic high-banked, half-mile dirt-oval is to continue building momentum behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J. Schatz and his crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti scored their biggest triumph of the 2016 campaign at Eldora by capturing the 33rd annual Kings Royal.

The eight-time and reigning WoO champion opened the Outlaws’ 40th season of competition on a tear, winning five of the first six races. He increased the team’s win total to eight this past Saturday night with a flag-to-flag triumph at 81 Speedway in Park City, Kansas, just 24 hours after picking up his third career WoO A-Feature victory at State Fair Speedway in Sedalia, Missouri. The wins were the 27th and 28th career WoO A-Feature triumphs in the month of May for Schatz, and he’s looking to continue adding to that number this weekend.

When he arrives Friday at one of the most intimidating tracks on the Outlaw circuit, it will mark the 22nd consecutive season of competing at “The Big E.” The Fargo, North Dakota racer splashed onto the national scene in his debut at the track with an eighth-place finish in his first Kings Royal in July 1996. It took him seven seasons to join the elite list of Eldora Speedway winners, and he did it in a big way by taking the 2002 $100,000-to-win Historical Big One. Five seasons later, he scored his first official WoO A-Feature at the track by dominating the 2007 Kings Royal. That win started a three-year run of wins that included WoO May triumphs in 2008 and 2009 and his second Kings Royal victory in 2009. In May 2015, Schatz ended a five-year winless streak at Eldora when he raced past Kerry Madsen on the opening night of the #LetsRaceTwo event. Schatz completed the weekend sweep the following night by leading all 30 laps of the WoO A-Feature to score his seventh career Eldora win. Last season, he finished ninth and seventh, respectively, during the #LetsRaceTwo weekend before finishing second in July’s Joker’s Wild race and the Knight Before the Kings Royal. Following consecutive runner-up finishes, Schatz raced to victory in the 40-lap Kings Royal to become only the fourth driver to have won the prestigious race more than twice, joining Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Jac Haudenschild.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: ELDORA

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

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

• He scored May triumphs in 2008 and 2009, and each victory moved him into the WoO points lead, which he didn’t relinquish the rest of the season.

• 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 104 career WoO starts at the track, 13 of those are classified as WoO preliminary feature programs. He won a preliminary feature in April 2003. Schatz has 28 top-five finishes and 69 top-10s.

• By leading the final 20 laps and winning the 2016 Kings Royal, Schatz ranks fifth all-time in WoO A-Feature wins at the track with seven.

 

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: 2017

• Through 20 of 92 scheduled races in the 2017 WoO campaign, Schatz leads the championship standings with 2,832 markers and holds a 60-point advantage over David Gravel.

• Schatz leads the series with eight wins and 14 top-five finishes. His 17 top-10s are tied for most with Gravel.

• Schatz has led laps in 10 of the first 20 races.
• Five of his eight victories have come on half-mile, dirt ovals.

 

Following the Eldora doubleheader, Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team will return to Indiana Sunday for an event at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt. The event was originally scheduled for April 29.

 

For both events at Eldora Speedway, the pit gates and grandstands will open at 2 p.m. EDT. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit www.eldoraspeedway.com or call 937-338-3815.

 

Sunday at Tri-State Speedway, the pit gates will open at 3 p.m. CDT with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are slated to begin at 6 p.m. Visit tristatespeedway.com or call 812-768-5995 to get more information.

 

Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Live audio coverage is available both nights 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. Live video will be availableFriday night only. 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.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.

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.

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

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

The results of last weekend provide you and your Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team some positive momentum heading into this weekend. How often can you carry the results from one weekend to the next when racing with the World of Outlaws?

“The biggest thing you have to do is continue to put in the work. As soon as you pull out of the track, the focus has to go on the next race. We got off to a really good start this season with some good runs in Florida, Kilgore, Las Vegas, Tulare and Stockton, but then crashed a car in Placerville. We found ourselves on some rubber-down surfaces and then dealt with a lot of weather issues for the next few weeks, so April wasn’t exactly what we had envisioned. Getting back to the shop was big for my guys and it allowed us to get back to where we needed to be. We tried a number of things and last weekend was a good example of working on something for a while and then seeing it pay dividends. I have the hardest-working crew and, unfortunately, we hurt a car last weekend. I think Saturday night is the first time I can say I won the race with a frame that was junked during the race. The good news is my guys are prepared and hopefully, Friday night, we’ll be right back on the pace we were on this past weekend. No two nights of racing are alike in dirt racing, so you always have to be able to adapt throughout the night. We’ll begin with our normal starting point for Eldora and see if we can keep things going.”

With 92 races on your schedule, you have the opportunity to race at a number of facilities. This weekend provides you the first of three chances to race at the famous Eldora Speedway. What makes it stand out?

“Eldora is such a special place – the speed, the energy. You can feel the tradition and the passion for dirt-track racing when you roll up to the gate. The late Earl Baltes had a dream and, thankfully, Tony Stewart has been able to continue with that vision. The place is one of the best tracks in the world and we’re excited to have the opportunity to race there as much as we do. We’ve had some pretty good runs at Eldora the past couple of years. Two years ago, we were really good. Last May, we were still working on some things that helped pave the way for the Kings Royal weekend, where we were able to get the win. I’m excited to get back over there and see what we can do.”

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