Make It Nine for Donny Schatz with Dominant FVP Knoxville Nationals Victory  

Schatz scores his ninth Nationals win in ten years and 23rd World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season 

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – Aug. 15, 2015 – Donny Schatz’s domination of the FVP Knoxville Nationals presented by Casey’s General Store continued Saturday night as he led wire-to-wire in the 55th running of the event and won his ninth Nationals title in ten years.

The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver was the top point earner coming into the final feature and started on the pole. Through 50 laps he skillfully worked the half-mile Knoxville Raceway to hold the fast line and fend off challenges. Though Danny Lasoski and Kerry Madsen made attempts, Schatz was in a league all his own.

With pyrotechnics ablaze behind him, Schatz stood on the back of his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance/J&J Auto Racing car and celebrated among his team members, friends and family and again claimed the $150,000 Knoxville Nationals prize.

“The minute I took that checkered flag I was teary-eyed,” Schatz said. “To see the race team, to see the excitement in their eyes, the manufacturers, all the people we get to work with, that makes this so much more special than me just getting the biggest check and the biggest trophy and the most prestigious race of the year. It’s the people that get to go along with you… when you can get them all in one spot and enjoy something like that it makes it worth living.”

Schatz wrapped up the World of Outlaws ‘Month of Money’ with three wins.

Schatz jumped out to an early and commanding lead in the final feature as the battle behind him heated up. Joey Saldana, David Gravel and Danny Lasoski were locked in a fight for third through the opening two laps with Saldana settling in third and the other two behind.

Schatz hit the first bit of traffic on lap 10 and began working his way through. As the pace slowed, Schatz had difficulty getting around the soon-to-be lapped cars and at one point had a close call with the 19M of Brent Marks.

The real challenge though, Schatz said, was getting through the restarts – the first of which fell on lap 15.

“It’s not the open race track that’s the hard part, it’s making sure those restarts, you actually keep right and don’t miss your first corner so someone gets a run on you,” Schatz said.

On the restart Schatz maintained his lead as Brad Sweet began his ascent to the podium in the No. 49 Ollie’s Bargain Outlet/Razorback Professional Tools car, as he pushed to fourth. Lasoski meanwhile got around Saldana for third and worked on the No. 29 American Racing Custom Wheels car of Kerry Madsen in the laps ahead. As Schatz built a one and a half second lead on Madsen, Lasoski battled past the Aussie just two laps short of the scheduled halfway stop.

In the intermission, Schatz changed gears as other teams made adjustments for the second half of the race.

“(My crew members) talked about it before we started the race and I said look, if we’re going to be bad, let’s be bad for the first 25 and not the last 25,” Schatz said. “Let’s leave it where it’s at and be ready to change it should we have that stop. We decided to make that change. That’s what these races come down to, making those decisions.”

When racing resumed, Madsen had his hands full with Sweet, losing his position to the Kasey Kahne Racing driver on several laps. Madsen however maintained and shifted his focus to retaking the second place position from Lasoski. On lap 31 he threw a big slider on Lasoski in turns three and four to retake the second spot.

Through two more restarts, Lasoski fell off as Sweet continued his assault on the front, trying to run down and get around Madsen. On the final restart of the night, Sweet had a challenger in Shane Stewart who tried to slide Sweet on two consecutive laps through turns three and four, but both times, Sweet battled back.

Ultimately, it was Schatz who, in addition to winning his ninth Knoxville Nationals, scored his 23rd World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season. Madsen, Sweet, Stewart and Saldana rounded out the top five.

“Mentally (the Knoxville Nationals) is tougher than anything,” Schatz said. “The mental part is always a tough part of racing and when you get to this race, the magnitude of it, you always look at things as if they’re slipping away.”

“I’ve cost myself a lot of races in the last month, run second a lot of times and a third. I didn’t want to see that happen tonight. I was ready to race at six o’clock tonight and we didn’t get to get on the race track until nine something. I was ready to go and when I was able to get in the car we were able to get solid laps in right away, the racecar was underneath me from the word go, it was fast and that gives you a lot of confidence going through that 50-lap race.”

Sweet said he was disappointed he did not finish a couple of spots higher but commended his team, which includes new crew member Lee Stauffer, for a solid finish. He said the SPEED SPORT Knoxville World Challenge the previous night helped his team.

“Me and Lee Stauffer are new working together, so there’s a little bit of a buffer zone, we’ve got to try to figure each other out and we actually hit on it and we felt really confident coming back tonight,” Sweet said. “I’m excited to be up here on the podium. It’s definitely a step in the right direction.”

Sweet said the result is a momentum builder for his team specifically and Kasey Kahne Racing as a whole which has struggled at the Nationals in recent years.

Madsen, who finished third last year and second this year said he hoped the trend continued in his favor next year. Ultimately, he said Schatz was just consistent and mistake free.

“I kind of made my bed that I was going to run the top. We freed the racecar up to run the top in the second sector and we had a fast car but the problem was Donny’s pace was hindering my pace a little bit. I would make a move and you would get tucked up, lose air, bounce around so that would always give Brad a run… I was hoping we could get Donny to make a bit of a wiggle here and there and pounce but it didn’t quite work out that way.”

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action next Tuesday with the NAPA Auto Parts Sprint Car Extravaganza Presented by Mid-Nebraska Land Developers at Junction Motor Speedway. To find out more information and to learn how to buy tickets, visit http://woosprint.com/junction-motor-speedway.

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2015 FVP Knoxville Nationals Notebook

Race Notes: With his win tonight, Donny Schatz has won nine of the last ten FVP Knoxville Nationals… Donny Schatz and Steve Kinser now share the record for most consecutive wins at five… The win tonight was the 23rd World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of 2015 for Donny Schatz… Greg Hodnett was the night’s Hard Charger, advancing from 23rd to 10th… Kerry Madsen’s Keneric Racing team took home the ‘Best Dressed Award’ while the 1D of Justin Henderson won ‘Best Appearing Car’… Terry McCarl was name the Jesse Hockett Mr. Sprint Car winner.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 23 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset’s Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 27, Lakeside Speedway on July 1, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 11, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 26, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 15); Shane Stewart – 7 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12, Eldora Speedway on July 17, Eldora Speedway on July 18, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8); Daryn Pittman – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Brad Sweet – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25); Rico Abreu – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Dale Blaney – 2 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Paul McMahan – 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3); Joey Saldana – 2 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 12); Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Cody Darrah – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Danny Dietrich – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25); Stewart Friesen – 1 (Ohsweken Speedway on July 28); Greg Hodnett – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Danny Lasoski – 1 (I-80 Speedway on June 5); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Jason Sides – 1 (Dodge City Raceway Park on July 3);Stevie Smith – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Knoxville Raceway; Knoxville, Iowa; Aug. 15, 2015

A Main (50 Laps) – 1. Donny Schatz (1) ($150,000); 2. Kerry Madsen (2); 3. Brad Sweet (5); 4. Shane Stewart (12); 5. Joey Saldana (4); 6. Brian Brown (14); 7. Daryn Pittman (15); 8. Danny Lasoski (6); 9. Lucas Wolfe (13); 10. Greg Hodnett (23); 11. Terry McCarl (8); 12. Bryan Clauson (16); 13. David Gravel (3); 14. Sheldon Haudenschild (10); 15. Danny Dietrich (17); 16. Cody Darrah (22); 17. Brent Marks (18); 18. Dale Blaney (11); 19. Sammy Swindell (21); 20. Billy Alley (19); 21. Paul McMahan (7); 22. Jason Johnson (9); 23. Lynton Jeffrey (24); 24. Wayne Johnson (20); 25. Trevor Canales (25)

B Main (22 Laps) – 1. Wayne Johnson (1); 2. Sammy Swindell (3); 3. Cody Darrah (2); 4. Greg Hodnett (9); 5. Tim Shaffer (17); 6. Tasker Phillips (5); 7. Justin Henderson (4); 8. Greg Wilson (10); 9. Mark Dobmeier (11); 10. Stevie Smith (7); 11. Craig Dollansky (15); 12. Jamie Veal (14); 13. Dustin Selvage (19); 14. Chad Kemenah (12); 15. Kraig Kinser (22); 16. Christopher Bell (16); 17. Aaron Reutzel (23); 18. Logan Wagner (20); 19. Ian Madsen (13); 20. James McFadden (8); 21. Clint Garner (6); 22. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (24); 23. Bill Balog (21); 24. Dusty Zomer (18)

C Main (15 Laps) – 1. Bill Balog (5); 2. Kraig Kinser (1); 3. Aaron Reutzel (3); 4. Sam Hafertepe Jr. (4); 5. Steve Kinser (6); 6. Jac Haudenschild (9); 7. Jason Sides (12); 8. Austin McCarl (19); 9. Tim Kaeding (13); 10. Jacob Allen (7); 11. Austen Wheatley (11); 12. Brooke Tatnell (18); 13. Brady Bacon (22); 14. DJ Netto (15); 15. Matt Covington (20); 16. Josh Baughman (21); 17. Parker Price-Miller (8); 18. Jon Agan (23); 19. Don Droud Jr. (16); 20. Davey Heskin (2); 21. Logan Schuchart (14); 22. Dean Jacobs (10); 23. Tony Shilling (24); 24. Bronson Maeschen (17)

D Main (12 Laps) – 1. Josh Baughman (2); 2. Brady Bacon (1); 3. Jon Agan (3); 4. Tony Shilling (6); 5. Jeff Swindell (9); 6. Bud Kaeding (4); 7. Chris Martin (7); 8. Randy Hannagan (10); 9. Lee Jacobs (14); 10. Shane Golobic (12); 11. Dylan Peterson (24); 12. Ed Lynch Jr. (19); 13. Kaley Gharst (15); 14. Jonathan Cornell (8); 15. Josh Schneiderman (23); 16. Jordyn Brazier (11); 17. RJ Johnson (13); 18. Dakota Hendrickson (18); 19. Jimmy Light (20); 20. Bob Weuve (22); 21. Tyler Courtney (5); 22. Hunter Schuerenberg (21); 23. Logan Forler (16); 24. Colby Copeland (17)

E Main (10 Laps) – 1. Jimmy Light (1); 2. Hunter Schuerenberg (2); 3. Bob Weuve (4); 4. Josh Schneiderman (17); 5. Dylan Peterson (5); 6. Bobby Mincer (8); 7. Danny Smith (11); 8. Skylar Prochaska (12); 9. Mike Moore (7); 10. Austin Johnson (9); 11. Glenndon Forsythe (13); 12. Lance Moss (6); 13. Todd Mickelson (15); 14. Willie Croft (3); 15. Kevin Ingle (18); 16. Curtis Evans (14); 17. Glen Saville (10); 18. Paige Polyak (16)

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Points

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

7661

0

23

43

51

3

2

2

Shane Stewart

7296

-365

7

28

42

4

3

29

Kerry Madsen

7175

-486

0

20

45

7

4

71M

Joey Saldana

7150

-511

2

27

41

12

5

49

Brad Sweet

7144

-517

3

20

42

2

6

51

Paul McMahan

7082

-579

2

21

38

4

7

9

Daryn Pittman

7041

-620

3

20

38

1

8

7s

Jason Sides

6818

-843

1

10

26

2

9

7

David Gravel

6654

-1007

0

6

20

1

10

1S

Logan Schuchart

6404

-1257

0

3

18

1

11

11k

Kraig Kinser

6361

-1300

0

3

10

1

12

41

Jason Johnson

5528

-2133

0

4

9

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

5421

-2240

0

0

0

0

14

24

Rico Abreu

2708

-4953

2

6

10

3

15

83

Craig Dollansky

2671

-4990

0

1

5

0

16

35AU

Jamie Veal

2567

-5094

0

2

5

1

17

1

Sammy Swindell

2364

-5297

0

5

9

2

18

3

Tim Kaeding

2149

-5512

1

2

9

0

19

24

Terry McCarl

2050

-5611

1

3

6

0

20

21

Brian Brown

1971

-5690

1

4

6

0

 

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