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.

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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 Returns To Some Familiar Grounds At Eldora

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Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz and the TSR Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team will find themselves on familiar soil this weekend when they return to Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania for a World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series doubleheader.

Having already completed 72 Outlaw races at dirt tracks all across the United States this season, the eight-time and reigning champion leads the traveling Sprint car stars back into action with only 16 races remaining in the 2017 campaign, beginning with Friday’s #BeFourTheCrowns race at Eldora, followed by the Commonwealth Clash Saturday night at Lernerville.

Schatz is not only the series’ most recent winner after driving his TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J into victory lane at last Saturday’s Wine Country Outlaw Showdown at Calistoga (Calif.) Speedway, he also is the most recent Outlaw winner at both Eldora and Lernerville. In late July, the team was victorious in the prestigious Kings Royal at Eldora and Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville.

The stakes may not be as high this weekend as they were during that four-day stretch in the heat of summer, when the winner’s share was $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, but every night is important when a championship is on the line. During the past four seasons, Schatz and his team of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti have closed Outlaw campaigns surging by winning seven, six, seven and five WoO A-Features during the final 18 races of those seasons. Last Friday’s opener at Calistoga marked the 18th event remaining in 2017 and Schatz raced from 22nd to fourth. His victory Saturday at Calistoga was his 18th WoO win of the season.

The team is looking to add a #BeFourTheCrowns victory to its list of accomplishments this season in its third visit of 2017 to the high-banked, half-mile dirt oval at Eldora, and Schatz has been stellar at “The Big E” this season. He won the Outlaws’ #LetsRaceTwo finale in May and finished second in the #KnightBeforeTheKingsRoyal event prior to becoming the first driver to win back-to-back Kings Royals to give him nine career WoO A-Feature wins at Eldora. His first career win at the track was the 2002 $100,000-to-win Historical Big One. The Fargo, North Dakota racer has yet to pick up an Eldora WoO A-Feature win in September. Since 2007, the Outlaws have staged a Friday-night race as part of Four-Crown weekend. In all eight of those races, Schatz has finished seventh or better with his best finish of second coming in 2014.

Schatz and crew will return to Lernerville Saturday with a two-race winning streak at the 4/10-mile, clay oval. Last September, Schatz led the final 21 laps to pick up his 23rd triumph of the season and seventh career win at Lernerville. His victory in July was his fifth Don Martin Memorial triumph, the most by any driver. Schatz won at Lernerville for the first time in his career on May 21, 2003 and, in the previous five late-season WoO races at Lernerville, Schatz has won twice and finished second twice.

With his victory at Calistoga, Schatz extended his lead in the 2017 WoO championship standings to 88 points over Brad Sweet. Last season, Schatz became the first driver in the 39-year history of the WoO to win 20 or more WoO A-Features in four consecutive seasons. He needs two more wins to extend that streak to five seasons in a row.

FACEBOOK LIVE WITH THE OWNER AND DRIVER

Prior to taking to the track Friday night, Schatz and his car owner Tony Stewart will participate in an event with Textron Off Road’s Mark Miller from Eldora Speedway. The discussion will be broadcast via Facebook Live on TSR’s Facebook page beginning at 2:30 p.m. EDT. The trio will be talking about the team’s relationship with Textron Off Road and the company’s products, as well as the 2017 season. Fans are encouraged to go to www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing.com and submit questions.

ENTER TO WIN A DONNY SCHATZ-THEMED HDX

The run for a World of Outlaws championship is down to only a few more weeks for TSR, Arctic Cat and Donny Schatz. Time is also running out to win one of the coolest giveaways. Fans are encouraged to join the ultimate limitless ride entering to win a customized, one-of-a-kind Donny Schatz-themed Arctic Cat HDX 700 through October 1 at 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, including participation in a prerace ceremony. The winners will receive tickets to the World Finals and receive the keys to their Donny Schatz-themed HDX from the eight-time champion during pre-event ceremonies.

RACE NOTES

Friday at Eldora, the pit and grandstand gates will open at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30. More details are available by calling Eldora Speedway at (937) 338-3815, or by visiting www.eldoraspeedway.com.

Saturday at Lernerville, the pit and grandstand gates will open at 4 p.m. EDT. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30. More details are available by calling Lernerville Speedway at (724) 353-1350, or by visiting www.lernerville.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 Saturday’s race at Lernerville and free 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 at DIRTVision.com. Visit 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 during the final weeks of the 2017 season on the web and social media. More information can be found at www.TonyStewartRacing.comwww.arcticcat.com, andwww.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 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance J&J:
 

Following the annual West Coast swing, you return to a pair of tracks where you’ve already made several laps and had success this season. What do you look forward to most about returning to Eldora and Lernerville this weekend?

“We’re excited to get back to both of those places. We’re fortunate to be able to race at facilities that really have a passion for dirt racing. Earl Baltes built a masterpiece in the middle of corn fields in Western Ohio and created a destination for the biggest races of the year – for Sprint cars, Late Models, Modifieds, you name it – and they have a big race there. The Four-Crown weekend was always a big deal for USAC and, when the Outlaws became part of it, I was excited. We have a lot of friends who race in USAC and, obviously, our schedules don’t mesh up with theirs too often. Tony (Stewart) and his staff at Eldora have continued to make improvements and the place is just an awesome facility. And the biggest thing is they didn’t forget about the track. Fans come to see good racing. You look at the Kings Royal weekend where there was action all over the place, we were fortunate to be up there in the front battling it out in the A-Feature Friday and Saturday night of the Kings Royal weekend. I have to thank my guys – Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti – for that. They’ve given me a really good car at Eldora the last few years. We’ve had a great shot just about every time out and that’s what it’s all about. We’re happy to have the chance to chase a win there in September. We’ve been close but haven’t quite gotten it done. And as far as Lernerville goes, it’s always been one of the best tracks we’ve raced at during my Outlaw career. You can usually count on a couple of racing grooves and a race that plays out in lapped traffic. It’s another place where my guys have really done their homework and put a good car under me. I’m looking forward to getting back there on Saturday night.”

Since joining TSR following the 2007 season, you’ve worked with a number of marketing partners and carried their brand to victory lane quite a bit. This year, you have worked with Arcitc Cat and now Textron. What’s this season been like working with a new partner?  

“It’s been a great first year carrying the Arctic Cat brand on the 15. I just love the green. I’ve been an Arctic Cat guy since I was kid riding snowmobiles for as long as I can remember. We have worked with a number of great marketing partners over the years. Starting with the Armor All brand and that transitioned into STP. Bad Boy Buggies came on board in 2015 and some of those same people are now part of Textron Off Road, so it’s kind of come full circle. Textron has great products and really aligns with a lot the short-track race fans. The off-road stuff for both dirt and snow are a perfect match. It’s been a lot of fun. Tony and I will be talking more about it Friday afternoon before the race on Facebook Live with Mark Miller from Textron. We hope a lot of fans can tune in and let us know if there are any questions about their products.”

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY R

Donny Schatz Rolls Into Silver Dollar Raceway For The Gold Cup

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Chasing gold in California began in 1848 when James W. Marshall first found gold in the town of Coloma, and that passion to find it lives on today in many circles. In the world of Sprint-car racing, this time of year attracts the best in the sport to the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series Gold Cup Race of Champions, the 64th annual edition of which takes place this weekend at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, a little more than 100 miles northwest of where the Gold Rush of the mid-1800s began.

Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz and the Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb-backed team are seeking to add a prestigious Gold Cup victory to their list of 2017 accomplishments. The eight-time and reigning WoO champion and his crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti have already come up big in three major races this season, and adding another California triumph or two to their win total this season and making Schatz a three-time Gold Cup winner is the weekend goal.

Only Steve Kinser and Jac Haudenschild have scored three or more wins in the Gold Cup since the WoO began sanctioning the event during its inaugural season back in 1978. Schatz won his first Gold Cup in 2004 and scored his second two seasons ago to join Andy Hillenburg and Kyle Larson as two-time winners.

Schatz earned his 15th career California WoO victory earlier this season at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, continuing his recent run of success in the state. He won three California WoO A-Features in 2016 and five in 2015. The Fargo, North Dakota racer’s first California triumph was his flag-to-flag victory in the 2004 Gold Cup finale. Schatz led all 30 laps of his qualifying-night feature the night before and all 40 laps of the A-Feature to add the coveted Gold Cup trophy to his collection, which at the time included a Western World victory and a National Open triumph. Eleven years later, he became a two-time winner during his storybook 2015 season, when he raced to 31 triumphs en route to his seventh WoO title.

The two-night Gold Cup, which includes a full program both Friday and Saturday nights, continues the Outlaws’ post-Knoxville Nationals run through the West. Schatz followed his 10th Knoxville victory aboard the TSR No. 15 Textron Off Road/Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J with a win at River Cities Speedway in his home state of North Dakota. He’s stacked seven top-five finishes in the eight races since that have been contested in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington and Oregon, including last night’s stop at Willamette Speedway in Lebanon, Oregon, where Schatz finished fifth.

Following the Gold Cup this weekend, the remainder of the 2017 WoO campaign will consist of 18 races, including two more nights in California as Schatz leads the series back to Calistoga for the Wine Country Outlaw Showdown next weekend. After the two-night program at the picturesque Calistoga Speedway, the teams will travel across the country for races at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, and Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania, before closing out the month with the three-night National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: SILVER DOLLAR SPEEDWAY / GOLD CUP

• Donny Schatz made his Silver Dollar Speedway debut in September 1997 during his rookie season with “The Greatest Show on Dirt” at the Gold Cup. He finished 11th in his qualifying night and 18th in the Gold Cup finale.

• Schatz earned his first top-five finishes at Chico in the 1999 Gold Cup, coming home fifth and fourth, respectively.

• He led every lap of his preliminary feature and all 40 in the 2004 Gold Cup finale to score his first Silver Dollar Speedway WoO A-Feature victory and 23rd of his career. He now has 246 career WoO A-Feature wins.

• He scored spring wins at Silver Dollar Speedway in the Mini Gold Cup in 2012, 2015 and 2016. In 2012 and 2015, he also won a main event at the track during the Gold Cup.

• Last season, Schatz made a big charge forward after starting 17th. His run to a podium finish came up a few laps short when he made contact with Jac Haudenschild while attempting to make a pass for fourth.

• This will be the 21st Gold Cup for Schatz, who has been part of the event since joining the tour in 1997.

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: 2017

• Through 68 of 92 scheduled races in the 2017 WoO campaign, Schatz leads the point standings with 8,970 and holds a 92-point lead over Brad Sweet. Schatz leads the series in wins with 17 and top-fives with 51. He and Sweet are tied for most top-10s with 58.

• With 20 A-Features races remaining, Schatz is looking to win at least three more races in order to reach the 20-win mark for the fifth consecutive season. Last year, he became the first driver in WoO history to win 20 or more races in four consecutive seasons. He has previously won at 11 of the 13 tracks left on the schedule.
• Schatz has already won three of the Outlaws’ marquee races of 2017, scoring his third Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, his fifth Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, and his 10th Knoxville Nationals triumph. He’s looking to add the Gold Cup, Summer Nationals and Williams Grove National Open to that list.

ENTER TO WIN A DONNY SCHATZ-THEMED HDX

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

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 Schatz-themed HDX from the eight-time champion during pre-event ceremonies.

RACE NOTES

The pit gates open at Silver Dollar Speedway at 2 p.m. PDT Friday and Saturday. The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, visitsilverdollarspeedway.com or call 530-891-6535.

Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Live video coverage is available for a fee or 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 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:
 

Throughout the history of the World of Outlaws, there have been races that have a long and storied tradition. The Gold Cup at Chico has been one of those races. What makes it special?

 

“Things change over time, but some races just have a different feel to them. A lot of things have changed from when I first started. We used to spend almost a month in California in August and September and race at a bunch of tracks. This year, we have two weekends to race here. We have a weekend in Chico and one in Calistoga. It feels a little different because we used to run Calistoga on Labor Day weekend and then finish up California with the Gold Cup the following weekend. That was kind of like our last big race out here, so I’m sure it’s going to feel a little different. The car count might be down from what it was early in my career, but the intensity is still there. The Gold Cup is a big deal and you’ll see guys driving like it, for sure. We’ve had some great Gold Cups and some that we’d like to forget, but that’s just part of racing. It’s a fun event and one we definitely want to be in contention to win. It still comes down to finding a way to get your car right and putting yourself in a position to win. I have to thank (car owner) Tony (Stewart) for surrounding me with an incredible group of people. These guys work extremely hard and we’re going to do everything we can to get another Gold Cup this weekend.”

 

You mentioned the schedule change. Does that change the way you approach this weekend, knowing you still have two races at Calistoga before heading back toward the Midwest?

 

“We won’t change how we attack the weekend. Last year, things didn’t end up the way we were hoping they would and that’s probably because we started too far back. It’s about qualifying and starting close to the front. Most of these races since we left Knoxville have been won off the front row and we only started one on the front row and didn’t win it. We have to be better all throughout the night. These are tough races to win. You have to find ways to get better and stay on top of things. We’ve had some short-track success this year and we’ll try to continue that this weekend. Once we have the Gold Cup behind us, we’ll start focusing on Calistoga.”

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

A Great Northwest Race Weekend Awaits Donny Schatz

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With a 92-race season, it’s no wonder the competitors on the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series tour sometimes has a difficult time with basic questions. What day is it? And where are we? After starting the season in Florida in February, the long and winding road for “The Greatest Show on Dirt” has taken the traveling Sprint car stars from coast to coast twice, already, and up next is a three-race weekend in the Pacific Northwest.

Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team have navigated their way to the Seattle-area for the Outlaws’ annual Labor Day-weekend tripleheader in Washington. The driver of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J resumes his quest for a ninth WoO championship Friday and Saturday night with the Outlaw Energy Showdown at Skagit Speedway in Alger. Following an off night Sunday, the weekend will conclude with Monday night’s stop at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma.

Schatz leads the series into action with a 94-point lead in the 2017 WoO championship standings. The Fargo, North Dakota resident has earned 17 WoO A-Feature triumphs, pushing his career number of wins to 246. Three of those victories have come at Skagit Speedway. Schatz scored a win in the weekend finale in 2013, then swept the weekend in 2014. In 2015, he scored his historic 200th career WoO A-Feature victory at Grays Harbor. The win came in thrilling fashion as he overtook race leader Paul McMahan with two laps remaining and extended his winning streak at the track to three.

With only 24 races remaining in the 2017 season, each night is important in the big picture. Things can change quickly and that’s where the experience of Schatz, who is in his 21st season with the Outlaws, and his veteran crew of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti, comes into play. Three races in four nights is a tall order, but the challenge to not only compete all three nights but also contend for victories is what pushes the entire team. In 10 starts during the month of August, Schatz scored wins in the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals and at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He finished sixth or better in all 10 races and the team knows if it can match that same type of consistency throughout September, another one of its goals for the season will remain in play.

The team has already notched a few of its 2017 points of emphasis as the season enters its final two dozen starts. Winning races was important – Schatz leads the Outlaws with 17 wins. Succeeding in the high-profile races – Schatz won all three of the major “Month of Money” races that were contested: The Kings Royal, the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup and the Knoxville Nationals. Finish strong – That is the focus beginning this weekend in Washington.

Schatz finished fourth and third, respectively, last weekend at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota and Billings (Mont.) Motorsports Park. Those finishes followed three top-fives, including a win and second-place finish in his home state of North Dakota the weekend prior.

Through 64 of the scheduled 92 events, the team has earned 8,412 points and holds a 94-point advantage over Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet.

 

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: SKAGIT SPEEDWAY AND GRAYS HARBOR RACEWAY

 

• Schatz has made 21 career starts at Skagit Speedway. He made his debut at the track in August 2002 and finished third.

• He won his second start at the track in August 2006, but the win was considered a preliminary feature win and his not part of his career win numbers.

• He earned his first “official” WoO win at the track in August 2013, leading the final 19 laps of the 36-lap race.

• Schatz swept the weekend in 2014, leading all 25 laps of the Friday-night program and 23 of the 35 in the finale.

• Schatz made his debut at Grays Harbor Raceway during his rookie season with Outlaws in August 1997. He finished 10th in the preliminary feature and sixth in the finale.

• He has made 24 career starts at Grays Harbor (15 regular A programs and nine that were classified as preliminary programs). He has four career wins, 10 top-fives and 19 top-10s.

• He won at Grays Harbor for the first time in August 2005 by making a dramatic late pass of Steve Kinser to secure the victory.

• Schatz has won the last three WoO A-Features at Grays Harbor: In 2013, he led the final 25 laps of the 35-lap A-Feature; in 2014, he led the final 21 laps and, in 2015, he led only the final two laps to secure his 200th career WoO A-Feature triumph.

 

ENTER TO WIN A DONNY SCHATZ-THEMED HDX
Winning races and a WoO championship arent the only goals 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, North Carolina, 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

 

The pit gates open at Skagit Speedway at 3 p.m. PDT Friday and Saturday. The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit skagitspeedway.com or call 360-724-3567.

 

Monday at Grays Harbor, the pit gates open at 3 p.m. PDT. The grandstands will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit graysharborraceway.com or call 360-482-4374.

 

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:
 

Over the years, you have always said that the Labor Day-weekend races in Washington were something you enjoyed. What makes you feel that way?

 

“I just enjoy traveling to Washington this time of the year. I always have liked this part of the schedule. We have some family out there and the long weekend usually gives us a chance to spend some time with them. As for the racing, it’s a challenge, for sure. Skagit has been one of those places where I feel like we’ve been really good, or the complete opposite. Obviously, you want to be really good. The track is pretty tricky, so having your car right and being in the right place at the right time certainly play a factor. When you leave Skagit, it’s down to Elma and that’s been a really good track for us the past few years, but that doesn’t have any bearing on Monday’s race. We’re going to have to be on our game there. I know my Arctic Cat/Ford Performance guys have been in town all week getting us ready. Winning these World of Outlaws races is really difficult and we’re just trying to work as hard as we can to put ourselves in a position to race for them.”

 

The calendar has turned to September and the number of races in the season continues to get smaller. Does your approach change this time of the year?  

 

“You can’t change what you are doing just because it’s later in the year. This sport is constantly changing and the teams that stay ahead of the changes are the ones that will be fighting for wins and ultimately the championship. That doesn’t mean you don’t change how you do everything. You may tinker with a few things here and there and tweak some aspects of your program but, at this point in the season, everyone pretty much has a routine they stick to. We know there are quite a few races still ahead of us and we still have high expectations to meet as a team. The crew (Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti) on this Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team wants to win everything. We can’t get too far ahead ourselves and start thinking about later in the month or October. We have three important races this weekend that we need to keep focused on and that’s how we’ll approach the weekend. Come Tuesday, the setting changes, but everything else stays pretty much the same.”

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

Donny Schatz Still Has A Grip On The WoO Points Lead

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Dates: Friday-Saturday, August 25-26, 2017

Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series

Locations: Friday – Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota

Saturday – Billings (Mont.) Raceway Park

Winners: Friday – Shane Stewart of Larson/Marks Racing

Saturday – Daryn Pittman of Kasey Kahne Racing

TSR Results: Friday – Started 4th, Finished 4th/Running, completed 25 of 25 laps

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

TSR Points: Donny Schatz – (1st with 8,412 points, 94 ahead of second-place Brad Sweet)

 

Tony Stewart-Curb/Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz and the Arctic Cat/Ford Performance team led the World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series back to Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota and Billings (Mont.) Motorsports Park last weekend as the Outlaws continued their second run of the 2017 campaign toward the West Coast. Schatz posted a pair of consistent finishes in the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J, finishing fourth Friday night in Rapid City and thirdSaturday in Billings.

The weekend provided the eight-time and reigning WoO champion the opportunity to return to a pair of dirt ovals where the series hadn’t been in quite some time. Schatz was victorious at Black Hills in 2006, 2007 and 2011 – the latter event the most recent stop by “The Greatest Show on Dirt” – and he hadn’t raced in Billings since 2005.

“I really enjoyed having the chance to get back to Rapid City and Billings this weekend,” Schatz said. “We were battling some things that probably kept us from being up there racing with Shane (Stewart) and Daryn (Pittman) for wins, but we’re always trying to make things better. It’s a team effort and Rick (Warner), Scuba (Steve Swenson) and Brad (Mariscotti) are the hardest-working guys I’ve been surrounded by. We got to race in front of some fans who haven’t had the chance to see us in a while and that’s a good thing. Hopefully, it won’t be as long between races at those places and we’ll be back soon. Now, it’s on to Skagit and the West Coast for a few weeks.”

First up was the Outlaw Rushmore Showdown at Black Hills Speedway. It was the Outlaws’ 14th appearance at the track and first since June 2011. Schatz was the 12th of 25 drivers to circle the half-mile dirt oval and his time of 15.032 seconds was fifth overall. He led the second heat race from start to finish and transferred into the Craftsman Club Dash, in which he finished fourth. In the 25-lap A-Feature, Schatz took third from Jason Johnson early and then battled Shane Stewart for second on laps five and six. Stewart would take the position and then drive by leader Brad Sweet on lap eight. Schatz chased both Stewart and Sweet for most of the race. Sheldon Haudenschild made a late surge and passed Schatz for third with six laps remaining and took second from Sweet two laps later. Stewart would hold off the late charge by Haudenschild to secure his fifth win of the season. Schatz followed Sweet to the finish to earn his 47th top-five of the season.

On Saturday, the goal for Schatz was to make Billings Motorsports Park the 82nd different track where he has scored a WoO A-Feature triumph. In August 2005, he looked to be on his way toward a Billings WoO win as he led a good part of the A-Feature before surrendering the lead because of a mechanical failure. He was the 16th of 22 drivers to make a qualifying lap around the 3/8-mile, dirt oval Saturday night and he ended up fourth on the grid. Schatz chased fast qualifier Jason Johnson to the finish in heat one and both drivers made it into the dash. Stewart and Johnson finished ahead of Schatz in the six-lap dash that set the first six positions in the lineup for the 35-lap A-Feature. Stewart jumped out to the lead in the early going and Schatz took second from Johnson before Daryn Pittman went around him on lap six. Schatz battled with Sweet for a majority of the race as the two swapped third place. Ultimately, Schatz got back by Sweet for third on lap 24. Pittman would win his second WoO A-Feature of the year ahead Stewart and Schatz.

The results of the weekend kept Schatz on top in the 2017 WoO championship standings. He now has 8,412 points and leads Sweet by 94 markers with 64 of the 92 scheduled races complete. Schatz continues to lead the series in wins with 17 and top-fives with 48.

Up Next:

The Outlaws’ annual Labor Day weekend of races in the Seattle area is up next. The two-night Outlaw Energy Showdown at Skagit Speedway Friday and Saturday in Alger, Washington will be followed byMonday night’s race at Grays Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, Washington. Schatz scored the Outlaw Energy Showdown finale victory in 2013 and swept both races at Skagit in 2014. He has won the last three WoO stops at Elma, including the 2015 triumph that was his 200th career WoO A-Feature win.

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Donny Schatz Begins His Late Summer Westward Swing

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The journey continues.

This week’s challenge for the drivers and teams competing with World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman Sprint Car Series is balancing travel with competition at venues most haven’t seen. The good news for Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz and his three-man Arctic Cat/Ford Performance crew is not only that they’ve seen both Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota and Billings (Mont.) Motorsports Park, but Schatz has experienced success at each.

The current leader in the 2017 WoO championship standings will headline the touring Sprint car stars into South Dakota and Montana as the tour continues its westward trek following August stops in St. Louis, Knoxville, Iowa and three nights of racing in North Dakota in advance of early September races in the Seattle area, Oregon and consecutive weekends in California.

Schatz will be looking to secure his 18th WoO A-Feature triumph of the season behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb J&J Friday night in the Rushmore Outlaw Showdown at Black Hills Speedway. The eight-time WoO champion returns to the 5/8-mile, dirt oval as the winner of three consecutive WoO A-Features at the facility. Schatz raced to victory in 2006, 2007 and 2011 to join Steve Kinser as a three-time Rapid City WoO winner. Sammy Swindell is the only other driver to score multiple wins at the track in the series’ 13 previous races at the track.

Following Friday night’s race at Black Hills, the TSR team will travel northwest more than 300 miles for Saturday night’s Big Sky Brawl at Billings. It’s been more than nine years since the Outlaws last competed at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. Schatz led the first nine laps back in August 2008 but came home second in his first career WoO race at the track.

Last week, Schatz and the TSR Arctic Cat/Ford Performance/Curb team of Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Brad Mariscotti completed a North Dakota tripleheader. They opened the weekend with a victory at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks before finishing fifth Saturday night at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo and concluding the weekend with a runner-up finish Sunday at Nodak Speedway in Minot.

Through 62 of 92 scheduled races, Schatz holds the top position in the championship standings with 8,126 points and has a 94-point lead over Brad Sweet. Schatz leads the series with 17 WoO A-Feature victories and 46 top-five finishes, and his 52 top-10s are second only to Sweet’s 53.

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An Action Packed Weekend In Store At Home For Donny Schatz

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

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

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

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

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

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: NORTH DAKOTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

SCHATZ FAST FACTS: 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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