|INDIANAPOLIS (May 11, 2016) – With a schedule that stretches across all four corners of the United States, it isn’t often the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR) team gets a home weekend on the rugged World of Outlaws (WoO) Craftsman® Sprint Car Series campaign. That’s the case this weekend for the Brownsburg, Indiana based team as they’ll compete in the Outlaws’ “Hoosier Havoc Weekend” doubleheader in Indiana beginning with Friday’s Bob Newton Classic at Plymouth Speedway and Saturday’s annual stop at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt.
Seven-time WoO champion Donny Schatz will pilot the TSR No. 15 Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance J&J in search of season victory number six for the TSR team as the schedule begins to pick up momentum with eight races in a 14-day stretch. Schatz scored a pair of top-10 finishes last weekend at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio and enters the weekend second in the championship standings.
The weekend opens with the Outlaws’ first appearance at Plymouth Speedway, a 3/8-mile, semi-banked dirt clay oval. Last season, Schatz earned three of his career-best 31 WoO A-Feature triumphs in Outlaw debuts. He was the first Outlaw winner at Weedsport (N.Y) Speedway, Granite City Speedway in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota and Dakota State Fair Speedway in Huron, S.D.
And seven of his career 209 WoO A-Feature triumphs have come in the state of Indiana. In 2014, he won four times en route to a 26-win campaign, taking checkered flags at Lawrenceburg Speedway, Kokomo Speedway, Terre Haute Action Track and Bloomington Speedway. Last season, he earned three top-four finishes in the state including his run from 20th to fourth last May at Tri-State Speedway.
Schatz is in the midst of his 20th season of competition with the Outlaws and Saturday’s race at Tri-State will mark the 13th consecutive season he’ll tackle the high-banked, quarter-mile dirt oval located in southwestern Indiana. He has made 17 career starts at the track with his best career finish being third, which he has accomplished twice (2004 and 2008). One factor that may aid in his bid to score his first triumph at Tri-State would be a strong qualifying run. In each of the last three trips there, he has timed 27th, 26th and 21st. In typical Schatz fashion, he marched forward each time finishing 11th, 6th and fourth from deep in the starting field.
Saturday at Tri-State, the pit gates will open at 3 p.m. CT with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are slated to begin at 6 p.m. Visit www.tristatespeedway.com or call 812-768-5995 to get more information.
|Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR Bad Boy/Chevrolet Performance J&J:|
|This week’s schedule takes you to Indiana where sprint cars have been competing on small dirt ovals for a long time. You’ve raced in the state throughout your career. What is it like to compete in a state with such rich racing tradition?
“It’s always been pretty exciting to race in Indiana. It seems like we almost always race there in May when a lot of the Indianapolis 500 activities are going on. You can feel the excitement. They are great fans. We’ve been going to Tri-State for as along as I can remember and have been to places like Terre Haute, Bloomington, Kokomo and Lawrenceburg a lot over the years. They have a lot of good non wing racing going on there too. It’s the home state of Steve Kinser and he meant everything to the World of Outlaws, so it always feels like there is some extra energy in the crowd when we race in Indiana. I’m looking forward to racing at Plymouth Friday. It’s a new place for us to race. It’s the Bob Newton Classic and Hoosier Racing Tires has been involved with us for a long time. It’s pretty cool we race in Indiana this weekend and then Monday things get going for the 500. Hopefully, we can have a really good weekend.”
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