A Fremont Comeback for Donny Schatz

Wins the Last Chance Showdown and then battles through the field to score his 26th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season

FREMONT, Ohio – Oct. 18 2014 – Donny Schatz proved Saturday night at Fremont Speedway that nothing can keep him down on the way to his sixth career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship.

After qualifying second, Schatz looked well positioned at Fremont – and then disaster struck.

In the second heat of the night, Schatz, who started fourth, slipped back to fifth. In the closing laps he battled Paul McMahan for the fourth and final transfer spot. On the last lap, Schatz tried to get around McMahan, whose car was damaged from contact earlier in the heat, but missed the spot. This put him in the Last Chance Showdown.

“In the heat race we just seemed to get caught up there on the outside by the guys on the front row and made some bad laps and got ourselves behind and had to run the (Last Chance Showdown),” Schatz said.

Schatz started on the pole of the Last Chance Showdown and easily took the win – transferring into the A main.

From an 11th place starting position, Schatz drove his STP / Armor All car into eighth by the first caution on lap three. From there, he made steady progress throughout the feature. After closing on the top-two in lapped traffic, Schatz passed leader Shane Stewart in turns three and four with five to go. He never looked back.

“The racetrack was tricky. I just couldn’t quite figure out how to get my car to roll in the right spot until later in the race,” Schatz said. “I got so tight on entry I just couldn’t get in a right spot on exit. It took me that long to figure out how to do it and lucky I was able to stay in a good spot and stay with them. You’ve got to move around on the racetrack – you can work on these cars as much as you want but you have to run the pedal, you have to move the wing, you have to do a lot of things.”

Schatz’s win was the 26th of the season – the most he has ever won in a single season. It is also the most since Mark Kinser’s 27 win season in 1996.

“It was a great race,” Schatz said. “Great effort by this team. You’re going to have nights like that. We came back and rallied back. Phenomenal job.”

Schatz was the only driver in the field to have previously won an Outlaws event at the track – he won at Fremont in 2013. It was his second win in a row.

Chris Andrews, a Sandusky, Ohio-native and seven-time Fremont winner, started the A main on the pole after battling 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser for the Dash win. Stewart started in second in his Larson Marks Racing / Go Pro car.

Through the first three laps it was Stewart leading. A caution came out on lap three after contact between Cody Darrah and Craig Mintz. When the race restarted, Andrews and Stewart battled side-by-side through laps four and five. Andrews led first and then Stewart retook the lead.

Traffic came in to play on lap 10, as Stewart worked his way through and tried to build a lead over Andrews.

By the halfway point Schatz had moved into third as Andrews kept the pressure on Stewart. As Andrews and Stewart worked their way through lapped traffic, Andrews closed on Stewart, but Schatz closed faster on both of them. Schatz took the lead with five to go.

A late caution forced a green, white, checkered finish.

On the single file restart, Stewart, who finished in second, said he did not have anything for Schatz.

“I don’t know if I sealed my tire up or what, but after that caution I felt like I had a little bit more grip than what I did previous,” Stewart said. “That team, Donny and Ricky and all those guys, they’ve mastered this type of race track. It’s made everybody in the pit area work extra hard to try to beat him. My hats off to him because he’s done a great job all year.”

Stewart said he was happy with the progress his young team has made in their inaugural season – from struggling at the track during Ohio Speedweek to competing for a win Saturday night.

“Happy to be here on the front straightaway,” Stewart said. “We’ve just got to get a tick better to beat that darn 15.”

Andrews, who finished the night in third with his Burmeister Racing team, said his experience at the track helped tonight, but the Outlaw series regulars were tough competition.

“We’ll take this. I thought we could pass Shane for the win and then here comes the computer, Donny Schatz, to pass everybody,” Andrews said. “I’ll take it. I wish we could have come in second but we’ll come back next year.”

With just three events remaining before the conclusion of the 2014 season, Schatz has a 313 point lead over second place Daryn Pittman. Paul McMahan is in third 456 points out of the lead.

Dale Blaney, a Hartford, Ohio native and winner with the Outlaws this season, received the KSE Hard Charger Award of the night after advancing 13 positions to finish in 10th.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to action next Saturday, Oct. 25 at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway – the first time in a decade the series has raced at the track. The 2014 season then draws to a close at World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte on Nov. 6, 7 and 8.

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FREMONT SPEEDWAY NOTES: Donny Schatz’s victory at Rolling Wheels was his 26th of the season – the winningest single season in Schatz’s career…After winning the week before at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park, it was also Schatz’s second win in a row…Cole Duncan picked up his first career World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series quick time award after a lap of 12.744 in qualifying… Jason Sides, Steve Kinser, Gary Taylor, Byron Reed and Brad Sweet all won their heat races Saturday night… Dale Blaney received the KSE Hard Charger Award after advancing 13 positions to finish in 10th.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 26 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 27, I-96 Speedway on May 31, River Cities Speedway on June 20, 34 Raceway on June 27, Cedar Lake Speedway on June 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 15, Autodrome Drummond on July 26, Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 27, Ohsweken Speedway on July 29, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 9, Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 12, Nodak Speedway on Aug. 17, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, Skagit Speedway on Aug. 29 and Aug. 30, Grays Harbor Raceway on Sept. 1, Kokomo Speedway on Sept. 16, Terre Haute Action Track on Sept. 17, Bloomington Speedway on Sept. 26, Berlin Raceway on Sept. 27, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on Oct. 12, Fremont Speedway on Oct. 19); Daryn Pittman – 13(Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Calistoga Speedway on April 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 19, Williams Grove Speedway on May 16 and May 17, Orange County Fair Speedway, May 18, New Egypt Speedway, May 20, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4 and 5, Lincoln Speedway on July 17, Fulton Speedway on July 23, River Cities Speedway on Aug. 15 and Southern Oregon Speedway on Sept. 3); Joey Saldana – 7(Perris Auto Speedway on April 12, Salina Highbanks on April 25, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 23, I-80 Speedway on June 6, Jackson Speedway on June 13, Eldora Speedway on Sept. 19 and Lernerville Speedway on Sept. 20); Kerry Madsen – 6(Stockton Dirt track on March 22, El Paso Speedway Park on April 15, Lakeside Speedway on June 7, Eldora Speedway on July 12 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 3 and Antioch Speedway on Sept. 8); David Gravel – 5(Merced Speedway on March 28, Eldora Speedway on May 3, Wilmot Raceway on May 9, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 20 and Williams Grove Speedway on Oct. 5); Paul McMahan – 5(The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 5, Tri-State Speedway on May 10, Limaland Motorsports Park on July 9, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 1 and Deer Creek Speedway on Sept. 13); Brad Sweet – 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Tucson International Raceway on March 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 5, Knoxville Raceway on June 14 and Beaver Dam Raceway on June 28); Cody Darrah – 2(Kings Speedway on April 11 and Lernerville Speedway on July 15); Shane Stewart – 2(Eldora Speedway on May 2 and Willamette Speedway on Sept. 2);Sammy Swindell – 2(Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 26 and Eldora Speedway on July 11);Rico Abreu – 1(Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15); Jonathan Allard – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway, Sept. 6);Christopher Bell – 1(Jacksonville Speedway on May 7); Dale Blaney – 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 30);Roger Crockett – 1(I-94 Speedway on June 21); Lance Dewease – 1 (July 20 at Williams Grove Speedway);Greg Hodnett – 1 (July 18 at Williams Grove Speedway); Mark Dobmeier – 1 (Huset’s Speedway on July 2);Kraig Kinser – 1 (Clay County Fair Speedway on Sept. 12); Steve Kinser – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16); Carson Macedo – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 5); Stevie Smith – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 14).

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Fremont Speedway; Fremont, Ohio; Oct. 18, 2014

A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [11] [$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [2] [$5,500]; 3. 16A-Chris Andrews [1] [$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [7] [$2,800]; 5. 49X-Cole Duncan [4] [$2,500]; 6. 5R-Byron Reed [8] [$2,300]; 7. W20-Greg Wilson [12] [$2,200]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [5] [$2,100]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [14] [$2,050]; 10. 14K-Dale Blaney [23] [$2,000]; 11. 9X-Rob Chaney [6] [$1,500]; 12. 11-Steve Kinser [3] [$1,200]; 13. 1ST-Gary Taylor [9] [$1,100]; 14. 51-Paul McMahan [16] [$1,050]; 15. 83-Bryan Clauson [13] [$1,000]; 16. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [19] [$900]; 17. 21-D.J. Foos [26] [$]; 18. 24H-Brandon Wimmer [20] [$800]; 19. 35-Stuart Brubaker [15] [$800]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17] [$800]; 21. 4-Cody Darrah [21] [$800]; 22. 45L-Brian Lay [25] [$]; 23. 29-Kerry Madsen [10] [$800]; 24. 45-Tim Shaffer [22] [$800]; 25. 71M-Joey Saldana [18] [$800]; 26. O9-Craig Mintz [24] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-3, 5-34, Chris Andrews 4, Donny Schatz 35-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 14K-Dale Blaney [+13]

Qualifying – 1. 49X-Cole Duncan, 12.744; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.795; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.874; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.877; 5. 9X-Rob Chaney, 12.880; 6. 16A-Chris Andrews, 12.918; 7. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.920; 8. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.932; 9. 83-Bryan Clauson, 12.999; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.051; 11. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 13.088; 12. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.130; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.134; 14. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.151; 15. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.193; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.205; 17. 40DD-Caleb Griffith, 13.224; 18. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 13.270; 19. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.294; 20. 24H-Brandon Wimmer, 13.319; 21. 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr, 13.327; 22. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.345; 23. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.368; 24. 14K-Dale Blaney, 13.375; 25. 21-D.J. Foos, 13.383; 26. O9-Craig Mintz, 13.487; 27. 83M-Broc Martin, 13.490; 28. 9J-Dean Jacobs, 13.507; 29. 45L-Brian Lay, 13.529; 30. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.532; 31. 27-Chad Kemenah, 13.537; 32. 19-Paige Polyak, 13.541; 33. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.565; 34. 16X-Ryan Ruhl, 13.568; 35. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.575; 36. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 13.612; 37. 29F-Bryan Sebetto, 13.630; 38. 16-Jac Haudenschild, 13.697; 39. 22-Ryan Broughton, 13.750; 40. 8M-TJ Michael, 13.768; 41. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 13.804; 42. 97-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.985; 43. 60-Jody Keegan, 14.064; 44. O7X-Dain Naida, 14.478; 45. 1A-Jacob Allen, nt

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 16A-Chris Andrews [3]; 3. 35-Stuart Brubaker [2]; 4. 49X-Cole Duncan [4]; 5. O9-Craig Mintz [6]; 6. 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr [5]; 7. 27-Chad Kemenah [7]; 8. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [8]; 9. 1s-Logan Schuchart [9]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [5]; 3. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [1]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 5. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 6. 83M-Broc Martin [6]; 7. 29F-Bryan Sebetto [8]; 8. 97-Sheldon Haudenschild [9]; 9. 19-Paige Polyak [7]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1ST-Gary Taylor [1]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [3]; 5. 45-Tim Shaffer [5]; 6. 16-Jac Haudenschild [8]; 7. 9J-Dean Jacobs [6]; 8. 60-Jody Keegan [9]; 9. 5T-Travis Philo [7]

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 5R-Byron Reed [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 4. 14K-Dale Blaney [5]; 5. 83-Bryan Clauson [3]; 6. 45L-Brian Lay [6]; 7. 16X-Ryan Ruhl [7]; 8. 22-Ryan Broughton [8]; 9. O7X-Dain Naida [9]

Heat 5 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 24H-Brandon Wimmer [1]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 9X-Rob Chaney [4]; 5. 59-Danny Holtgraver [6]; 6. 21-D.J. Foos [5]; 7. 8M-TJ Michael [8]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 16A-Chris Andrews [2]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 4. 49X-Cole Duncan [6]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 6. 9X-Rob Chaney [3]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 8. 5R-Byron Reed [10]; 9. 1ST-Gary Taylor [9]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) – 1. 29F-Bryan Sebetto [3] [-]; 2. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [2] [-]; 3. 1s-Logan Schuchart [7] [$125]; 4. 22-Ryan Broughton [5] [$125]; 5. 97-Sheldon Haudenschild [8] [$125]; 6. 8M-TJ Michael [6] [$100]; 7. 16-Jac Haudenschild [4] [$100]; 8. 60-Jody Keegan [9] [$100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [1] [$100]; 10. O7X-Dain Naida [10] [$100]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [11] [$100]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [-]; 2. 83-Bryan Clauson [2] [-]; 3. 45-Tim Shaffer [4] [-]; 4. O9-Craig Mintz [6] [-]; 5. 21-D.J. Foos [5] [$200]; 6. 9J-Dean Jacobs [8] [$180]; 7. 27-Chad Kemenah [11] [$175]; 8. 29F-Bryan Sebetto [15] [$160]; 9. 45L-Brian Lay [9] [$150]; 10. 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr [3] [$150]; 11. 59-Danny Holtgraver [10] [$150]; 12. 83M-Broc Martin [7] [$150]; 13. 16X-Ryan Ruhl [14] [$150]; 14. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [16] [$150]; 15. 5T-Travis Philo [13] [$150]; 16. 19-Paige Polyak [12] [$150]


World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

12013

0

26

61

78

8

2

9

Daryn Pittman

11700

-313

13

47

73

5

3

51

Paul McMahan

11557

-456

5

42

73

10

4

29

Kerry Madsen

11373

-640

6

42

67

7

5

71M

Joey Saldana

11327

-686

7

37

58

23

6

49

Brad Sweet

11109

-904

5

28

57

2

7

4

Cody Darrah

10691

-1322

2

16

43

4

8

11

Steve Kinser

10520

-1493

1

11

40

0

9

11k

Kraig Kinser

10215

-1798

1

7

30

0

10

83

David Gravel

10129

-1884

5

25

52

11

11

7s

Jason Sides

9698

-2315

0

3

22

0

12

1S

Logan Schuchart

8994

-3019

0

5

15

1

13

1A

Jacob Allen

7672

-4341

0

0

1

0

14

1

Sammy Swindell

5990

-6023

2

11

19

1

15

2

Shane Stewart

4637

-7376

2

12

24

4

16

59

Tim Kaeding

4478

-7535

0

3

14

0

17

5W

Lucas Wolfe

4009

-8004

0

2

8

1

18

21

Brian Brown

3194

-8819

0

5

12

0

19

W20

Greg Wilson

3134

-8879

0

0

4

0

20

77X

Wayne Johnson

2805

-9208

0

0

0

0


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