Donny Schatz Wins Wild Gerdau Magic City Showdown at Nodak Speedway

Outlasts competitors to score his 25th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season

MINOT, N.D. – Aug. 23, 2015 – Donny Schatz picked up a wild win Sunday night at Nodak Speedway’s Gerdau Magic City Showdown presented by Schatz Crossroads Truck Stop as he found the luck and longevity that eluded others.

The win in front of a hometown crowd was his 25th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season and fourth straight series win at the track.

“This is incredible. Thanks to all you guys, thanks to my family. This is an awesome place to be,” Schatz said. “Glad to be here, glad to be a part of it and I’m just damn glad to get the win tonight.”

Schatz had a brush with bad luck earlier in the night. While running second in his heat race, he had a tire cut down. Luckily for him, the incident happened on the final lap and he was able to finish in third.

After a second place run in the Dash, Schatz started on the front row of the feature with Paul McMahan. Through the first 10 laps, Schatz maintained a close following distance while McMahan worked his way through traffic. As the battle heated up, the two drivers were at times bumper-to-bumper and side-by-side. Schatz looked for a line around as McMahan tried to hold off the No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car.

Lapped traffic proved pivotal for Schatz in the battle though. He and McMahan side-by-side off of turn on lap 12, split a lap car, McMahan to the low side and Schatz to the high side with the better run off the corner. Schatz took over the lead.

For McMahan, the night got much more challenging just two laps later. First he lost his transponder then his tire cut down. His team scrambled to replace the tire under caution and saw their hope for good night fade as McMahan returned from the work area at the tail end in 13th.

“I’ll tell you what, we were pretty good there and I felt it going low while I was out front,” McMahan said. “It was getting tighter and tighter and kind of walling around on the right rear. I was just hoping it would go non-stop but unfortunately it didn’t.”

Schatz led the field to green but had a new handful in Brad Sweet.

“He gave me the death slider going into one and two and I just couldn’t get back by,” Schatz said. “We needed some traffic.”

 

Through a succession of cautions, Sweet continued to maintain a lead over Schatz. Then disaster struck. Sweet himself had a tire cut down as he paced the field under caution with just three laps to go. Schatz retook the lead and though Daryn Pittman tried to run him down, Schatz parked his car on the front straight.

“This whole race team does a phenomenal job making adjustments,” Schatz said of his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team. “We’re kind of in a learning spot right now trying some different things. Some nights it’s better, some nights it’s not. Tonight we could have been a little bit better but then the other night we were really good at the end of the race.”

Perhaps the biggest story of the night was McMahan who faced adversity with his CJB Motorsports team and overcame it. McMahan drove his No. 51 CJB Motorsports/Bair’s Tree Service car back through the field, steadily picking up positions on each restart. By the final restart, he battled around the No. 29 of Kerry Madsen for third with just two laps remaining.

It was a long and difficult road to get back on the podium for McMahan.

“We got back out, drove our ass off to get back to third,” McMahan said. “In the results it’s going to look like we backed up two spots but I passed an awful lot of cars tonight.”

For Pittman, the night was perhaps a picture of what could have been for his No. 9 Great Clips/Sage Fruit team as he charged to the lead on one of the mid-race restarts only to have the caution fly before a lap could be completed.

“We took the lead on that restart, had a great restart. I didn’t want to see that caution,” Pittman said. “I wasn’t sure we were going to be able to hold on to it but I had a really good car and I can tell you, just what little bit of clean air I felt, felt a lot better than being behind people.

“It’s a good finish. We would have liked to have won, it would have been great if Brad could have won and we could have run second or third but that’s how it goes. We’ll just keep fighting.”

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series heads north of the border for the final time in 2015 as the series takes on the two-day Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta. To find out more information and to learn how to buy tickets, visit http://woosprint.com/oil-city-cup.

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Nodak Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Kerry Madsen picked up his eighth quick time of the season Sunday night at Nodak Speedway with a lap of 13.158. Madsen has the second most quick times of the season… Tonight’s win was the 25th of the season for Donny Schatz… This was Donny Schatz’s fourth straight World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win at Nodak Speedway… Donny Schatz is just one win away from equaling his all-time single season win total… Greg Nikitenko was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 11 positions to finish in 11th.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Logan Schuchart; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($100 cash): Kerry Madsen; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): David Gravel; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Joey Saldana;Super Flow ($50 cash): David Gravel; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Daryn Pittman;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Greg Nikitenko; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz;Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): David Gravel; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Logan Schuchart.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 25 (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, River Cities Speedway on Aug. 21, Nodak Speedway on Aug. 23); 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); Kerry Madsen – 1 (Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 18); 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; Nodak Speedway; Minot, N.D.; Aug. 23, 2015

A-Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$5,500]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [7] [$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [9] [$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [3] [$2,300]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [10] [$2,200]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [4] [$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [5] [$2,050]; 10. 41-Jason Johnson [11] [$2,000]; 11. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [22] [$1,500]; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana [12] [$1,200]; 13. 8-Casey Mack [14] [$1,100]; 14. 8H-Jade Hastings [18] [$1,050]; 15. 99T-Skylar Gee [16] [$1,000]; 16. 20A-Jordan Adams [21] [$900]; 17. 99-Jordan Graham [20] [$800]; 18. 7-David Gravel [8] [$800]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [15] [$800]; 20. 19-Donovan Peterson [17] [$800]; 21. 2A-Austin Pierce [19] [$800]; 22. 20L-Dusty Lawson [23] [$800]; 23. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13] [$800]; 24. 5-Dave Glennon [24] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-11; Donny Schatz 12-17, 33-35; Brad Sweet 18-32. KSE Hard Charger Award: 6N-Greg Nikitenko [+11]

Qualifying – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.158; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.191; 3. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.248; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.467; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.523; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.536; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.575; 8. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.600; 9. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.608; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.608; 11. 7-David Gravel, 13.643; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.798; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.860; 14. 8-Casey Mack, 13.913; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.170; 16. 5-Dave Glennon, 14.284; 17. 99T-Skylar Gee, 14.353; 18. 19-Donovan Peterson, 14.404; 19. 8H-Jade Hastings, 14.609; 20. 2A-Austin Pierce, 14.642; 21. 99-Jordan Graham, 14.667; 22. 21-Ryder Olson, 14.974; 23. 20A-Jordon Adams, 15.138; 24. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 15.161; 25. 20L-Dusty Lawson, 15.239; 26. 20-Kevin Lawson, 15.331; 27. 17M-Todd Mickelson, 16.325; 28. 90-Randy Blotsky, 16.457

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 44W-Austen Wheatley [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. 8H-Jade Hastings [7]; 7. 5-Dave Glennon [6]; 8. 21-Ryder Olson [8]; 9. 20L-Dusty Lawson [9]; 10. 90-Randy Blotsky [10]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7-David Gravel [1]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 5. 8-Casey Mack [5]; 6. 2A-Austin Pierce [7]; 7. 20A-Jordon Adams [8]; 8. 20-Kevin Lawson [9]; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee [6]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 6. 99-Jordan Graham [7]; 7. 19-Donovan Peterson [6]; 8. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [8]; 9. 17M-Todd Mickelson [9]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [8]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 8. 7-David Gravel [7]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 20A-Jordon Adams [5] [-]; 2. 99T-Skylar Gee [2] [-]; 3. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [6] [-]; 4. 19-Donovan Peterson [3] [-]; 5. 20L-Dusty Lawson [7] [-]; 6. 5-Dave Glennon [1] [-]; 7. 21-Ryder Olson [4] [$300]; 8. 90-Randy Blotsky [10] [$250]; 9. 17M-Todd Mickelson [9] [$225]; 10. 20-Kevin Lawson [8] [$200]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

8106

0

25

46

54

4

2

2

Shane Stewart

7696

-410

7

28

44

4

3

29

Kerry Madsen

7598

-508

1

21

48

8

4

71M

Joey Saldana

7567

-539

2

29

43

13

5

49

Brad Sweet

7554

-552

3

21

45

2

6

51

Paul McMahan

7514

-592

2

24

41

4

7

9

Daryn Pittman

7449

-657

3

21

40

1

8

7s

Jason Sides

7208

-898

1

11

27

2

9

7

David Gravel

7024

-1082

0

6

21

1

10

1S

Logan Schuchart

6774

-1332

0

3

20

1

11

11k

Kraig Kinser

6753

-1353

0

4

12

1

12

41

Jason Johnson

5926

-2180

0

5

11

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

5761

-2345

0

0

0

0

14

24

Rico Abreu

2708

-5398

2

6

10

3

15

83

Craig Dollansky

2671

-5435

0

1

5

0

16

35AU

Jamie Veal

2567

-5539

0

2

5

1

17

1

Sammy Swindell

2364

-5742

0

5

9

2

18

3

Tim Kaeding

2149

-5957

1

2

9

0

19

24

Terry McCarl

2050

-6056

1

3

6

0

20

2L

Danny Lasoski

1992

-6114

1

8

12

1

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