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.

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

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