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World of Outlaws History: All eyes on Donny Schatz in 2020. First the first time since 2013, he had to watch someone else be crowned champion at the 2019 World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series banquet.
The 10-time World of Outlaws champion ended the 2019 season second in points – the 14th year in-a-row that he finished first or second in points. He won 11 races and finished outside the top-10 only seven times in the 72 race season.
Schatz will be poised to hunt for his 11th title in 2020. The last time he finished second in points he went on a a five-year run of winning the championship and at least 20 races each season.
The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Winner has 294 career wins following the 2019 season.
The North Dakota-native has become the most prolific driver on the tour, as well as the third winningest driver in series history. In 2015, Schatz put together the best season of his career, which included 31 wins, a ninth Knoxville Nationals title, 60 top-fives, 70 top-tens, five quick time awards and no DNFs. When the dust settled on the season, Schatz took the championship with a commanding 544 point lead over Shane Stewart. Schatz’s record season tied him with Steve Kinser for third most single season wins.
In 2016 Schatz was still the man to beat, as he amassed 25 wins, 60 top-fives and 77 top-tens with five quick time awards. Schatz was not always given the perfect scenario, but his series 11 KSE Hard Charger Awards was telling that he could start from anywhere and still be in contention.
In total World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship wins, Schatz is second only to Steve Kinser.
Previous Racing History: Donny Schatz was the 1993 WISSOTA Sprint Car Rookie of the Year and 1996 WISSOTA National Champion… Has won the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic in Australia twice (2001 & 2002)… Schatz is seven-time winner of the $50K to win Sprintcar International at Parramatta City Raceway in Australia… Has won at least one race in Australia every year since 1999… Schatz is an eight-time Knoxville Nationals winner.
“As a kid when I sat in the stands I wanted to be an Outlaw. You dream big as a kid. When I first came out here, to be able to do this, things were a lot different than they are today. You looked up to all the people that were here. There were a lot of great drivers. The people who ran the series, it was a place that you wanted to fit in and wanted to be part of in a major way. Why is that? I guess it’s just in your blood. It’s a very competitive thing, and you’re racing so much that you get engulfed in it. You don’t even have time to even think about not being part of it until someday maybe you’re not part of it. Twenty years later, I’m still here, still have the same passion for racing, and I’m happy to be part of the series and what it has become.”
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