Make It 11: Donny Schatz Wins at The Dirt Track at Charlotte

David Gravel scores best finish with new team, Daryn Pittman battles onto the podium

CONCORD, N.C. – May 22, 2015 – The 2015 season is still young but Donny Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team have made a statement about their strength and intensity. The team has notched five of the last seven wins and at Friday night’s Circle K/NOS Energy Drink Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte, Schatz scored his 11th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

With 28 features now in the books, the Bad Boy Buggies team heads into the summer months with the momentum they need to try to make history.

“Keep in mind this Bad Boy Buggies team is unbelievable,” Schatz said. “What these guys do every night is awesome. The adjustments that they make, what they try to do for me is pretty crazy. I get to enjoy all the spoils but it’s really them that do all the hard work.”

Schatz started the feature on the pole, but it was Kraig Kinser who was the driver to beat out of the gate. Kinser led through the first 10 laps and on the restart on lap 11. The caution flag came out again the following lap and when the field returned to green, Schatz battled around Kinser to lead lap 13.

By lap 15 Schatz was running away from the field, closing on traffic in front of him. He hit the traffic two laps later and began working his way through. David Gravel got around Kinser to take over second as the field completed lap 16 and then set his sights on Schatz.

As the laps ticked down, Gravel began to catch Schatz. With three to go he had closed the gap significantly.

“I figured somebody had to be there,” Schatz said. “We got to traffic and there was guys running the bottom and guys ripping around the top and I just couldn’t seem to make anything happen. If you’re leading the race and you’re backpedaling, you ought to know somebody is coming. I just couldn’t find a spot to get through there…. Sometimes you win them that way, sometimes you lose them that way.”

As the two drivers raced down the back straight with two laps to go, Gravel got to Schatz’s back bumper bar, but Schatz blocked the line. Gravel kept the fight up but ultimately ran out of time as the checkered flag fell on the feature.

“We had a couple of shots at him,” Gravel said of Schatz. “I wish I maybe had five more laps and I could have maybe got him. Donny’s a smart racer, the best there is in the business and he doesn’t give wins away. I just needed him to slip up a little bit but he didn’t.”

For Gravel, the newly minted driver of the No. 7 Destiny Motorsports car, the second place finish was the best the team has had all season. Gravel said the key to the night was making it in to the Dash. If he can do that, Gravel said, there will be more podium finishes to come.

The battle for the final podium finish was one of the more fluid races of the night. Three different drivers held the third position – first the No. 7 of Gravel then Pittman and Kinser before Pittman reclaimed the spot.

From an injury and two missed races two months ago, Pittman now has back-to-back podium finishes with his No. 9 Great Clips team following his win at New Egypt Speedway.

“We’re going the right direction, that’s the most important thing,” Pittman said. “We’ve left a lot of nights scratching our heads going, ‘man, we’re a long ways off, how are we going to get better?’ We’ve got a great team and we’ll just keep plugging away and getting better. Our car was decent, we just got beat on some starts there. I was really good on the outside on all the restarts and on the inside I just kept losing spots. Not a bad night, not a great night. We’ve got some decent momentum going our way.”

Pittman scored his first quick time of the season earlier in the night. Jacob Allen was the KSE Racing Hard Charger recipient, advancing six positions to finish in 16th.

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The Dirt Track at Charlotte Notebook

RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz scored his 11th win of the season at Friday night’s Circle K/NOS Energy Drink Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. It is the eighth win of Schatz’s career at Charlotte… Daryn Pittman scored his first quick time of the season on Friday night at Charlotte… Kraig Kinser led his first laps of 2015 on Friday night. He led the first 12 laps of the feature… Following his Dash win, Donny Schatz picked up his eighth pole position of the year.

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

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 11 (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); Daryn Pittman – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Shane Stewart – 3 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1); Rico Abreu – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Paul McMahan – 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3); Brad Sweet – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11); Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7);Greg Hodnett – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13);Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; The Dirt Track at Charlotte; Concord, N.C.; May 22, 2015

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$12,000]; 2. 7-David Gravel [4] [$5,700]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] [$3,500]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [9] [$3,000]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [5] [$2,600]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2] [$2,400]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [10] [$2,300]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8] [$2,200]; 9. 98H-Dave Blaney [12] [$2,150]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [6] [$2,100]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [7] [$1,600]; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana [15] [$1,350]; 13. 19M-Brent Marks [18] [$1,300]; 14. 41-Jamie Veal [11] [$1,200]; 15. 49X-Cole Duncan [13] [$1,100]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [22] [$1,000]; 17. 36D-Wayne Dadetto [14] [$900]; 18. 60-Kory Crabtree [17] [$850]; 19. 23-Lance Moss [16] [$800]; 20. 47-Eric Riggins [21] [$800]; 21. 6W-Brad Wickham [19] [$800]; 22. 6X-Mark Cole [20] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Kraig Kinser 1-12, Donny Schatz 13-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1A-Jacob Allen [+6]

Qualifying – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.758; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 14.053; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.287; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 14.303; 5. 7-David Gravel, 14.375; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.417; 7. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.458; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.465; 9. 41-Jamie Veal, 14.500; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 14.561; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.574; 12. 98H-Dave Blaney, 14.586; 13. 49X-Cole Duncan, 14.601; 14. 36D-Wayne Dadetto, 14.721; 15. 71M-Joey Saldana, 14.728; 16. 23-Lance Moss, 14.744; 17. 60-Kory Crabtree, 14.902; 18. 19M-Brent Marks, 14.947; 19. 6W-Brad Wickham, 15.395; 20. 6X-Mark Cole, 15.551; 21. 47-Eric Riggins, 16.043; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen, nt

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 5. 49X-Cole Duncan [5]; 6. 23-Lance Moss [6]; 7. 6W-Brad Wickham [7]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 7-David Gravel [3]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 36D-Wayne Dadetto [5]; 6. 6X-Mark Cole [7]; 7. 60-Kory Crabtree [6]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 2. 41-Jamie Veal [2]; 3. 98H-Dave Blaney [1]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [5]; 5. 19M-Brent Marks [6]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 7. 47-Eric Riggins [7]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 7-David Gravel [5]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [3]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [6]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8]

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

3955

0

11

19

25

1

2

2

Shane Stewart

3876

-79

3

15

22

4

3

49

Brad Sweet

3780

-175

2

11

21

2

4

29

Kerry Madsen

3756

-199

0

10

22

4

5

51

Paul McMahan

3746

-209

2

15

20

4

6

71M

Joey Saldana

3689

-266

0

8

19

3

7

9

Daryn Pittman

3669

-286

3

10

19

1

8

7s

Jason Sides

3577

-378

0

7

12

0

9

7

David Gravel

3551

-404

0

3

12

1

10

11k

Kraig Kinser

3397

-558

0

2

6

1

11

1S

Logan Schuchart

3255

-700

0

1

7

0

12

41

Jason Johnson

2857

-1098

0

1

5

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

2703

-1252

0

0

0

0

14

83

Craig Dollansky

2332

-1623

0

1

4

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

2102

-1853

2

4

7

2

16

7H

Jojo Helberg

1487

-2468

0

0

0

0

17

24

Terry McCarl

1481

-2474

1

3

6

0

18

83

Kyle Hirst

1334

-2621

0

1

3

0

19

41

Jamie Veal

1246

-2709

0

0

1

0

20

0

Bud Kaeding

1179

-2776

0

2

3

0

 

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), Bad Boy Buggies (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, Mobil 1, MSD, Penske Racing Shocks, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, Impact Race Products, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.