Outlaws Strike Back: Schatz Battles Hodnett for Williams Grove Win

Scores his ninth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – May 15, 2015 – Two nights after Greg Hodnett scored a win for the Pennsylvania Posse at Lincoln Speedway, the Outlaws fired back as Donny Schatz won at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night.

For Schatz, the win was the ninth World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of his 2015 season and his 19th career win at Williams Grove.

“It’s always awesome to win at Williams Grove,” said Schatz, who fortuitously picked up the win on May 5, 2015 or 5/15/15. “To come to a place and everyone is so fiery, whether it’s the racers, the fans, the car owners – man, that’s what a guy lives off of. The intensity and the competitiveness of the sport, you don’t get that anywhere else. Here is probably the finest place for that. I just enjoy being part of that.”

With his win Friday night, Schatz is just the second Outlaw driver to score nine wins this early in the season. 20-time Outlaw champion Steve Kinser managed the feat by May 8 in both 1987 and 1991.

Schatz and Hodnett started on the front row with Hodnett jumping out to the early lead. Through the first seven laps, Hodnett built up a large lead over Schatz. Traffic came into play on lap seven and Hodnett and Schatz were both forced to maneuver through.

Nine laps later Schatz caught the leader Hodnett and was on his back bumper bar. The next lap, Schatz got the opportunity he needed. Schatz battled past Hodnett as the two drove through turns one and two. They drag raced down the backstretch and Schatz dove into turn three as the leader.

“Greg set a pretty good pace there,” Schatz said. “You need traffic to be able to get by guys. He kind of moved all over. We were passing good cars. When he went to the bottom, I had to go to the opposite groove so I went to the top and we were able to get a good run on him and get by him.”

Hodnett tried to close the gap in the waning laps, but it was Schatz who parked his car on the front stretch.

“This whole Bad Boy team did a phenomenal job,” Schatz said. “It probably wasn’t the best way to start the night. I’m like a stick of dynamite when things don’t go good. Hats off to these guys for giving me a great racecar there. It got better the longer the race went.”

Hodnett said the top line on the race track ended up being the place to be.

“We were just a tick off all night and it showed up in traffic,” Hodnett said. “Donny is obviously the best in the world for a reason. He pretty much ate us up in traffic so we just have to get better and do a better job. The guys on the Lelands.com, Eagle Steel, Trone Outdoor car did a great job. It’s just, I let them down.”

The battle for third played out throughout the feature. Quick time recipient Aaron Ott held the position at the start of the feature but lost it as he rounded lap three to Paul McMahan. McMahan held the spot for the next nine laps until Ott fought back and retook the position on lap 11 as the two drivers worked their way through lapped traffic. It was Brian Montieth though who worked his way forward from fifth and got around Ott with six laps to go.

As he worked his way forward, Montieth, who finished the night in second, said there was one really key thing to continuing the charge.

“It is just momentum,” Montieth said. “The track was basically a one groove track. All of the passes I made were when the guy in front of me was trying to make a pass and you just kept your momentum up. At this type of track you don’t want to be leading as you get through lapped traffic.”

Montieth, who has the last two weekly wins at Williams Grove and currently sits second in the track’s 410 points standings, said tonight’s run was a big confidence booster heading into Saturday night’s Morgan Cup battle at the track.

“To come here and time as good as we did – that’s probably one of the best times we’ve ever had here,” Montieth said. “To race like we did, you can’t ask for much more. The other two weeks we won here, we started near the front, we had clean air – clean air is a big key. Just momentum and hopefully we can keep carrying it into tomorrow.”

Cody Darrah was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing six positions to finish in 16th.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action tomorrow night as the Outlaws and Posse battle for the Morgan Cup. Tickets remain for the event. Find out more information and buy tickets by visiting http://woosprint.com/morgan-cup.

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Williams Grove Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Only two World of Outlaws drivers have scored nine wins this early in the season – Steve Kinser in 1987 and 1991 and now Donny Schatz in 2015… Donny Schatz scored his ninth win of the season tonight at Williams Grove… Tonight’s win was the 19th career win at Williams Grove Speedway for Donny Schatz… Aaron Ott scored quick time tonight. He is the 13th different driver of the season to score quick time… Cody Darrah was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing six position to finish in 16th.

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

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 9 (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); 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); Daryn Pittman – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29); 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; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, Pa.; May 15, 2015

A-Main – (25 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$8,000]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett [2] [$4,000]; 3. 21-Brian Montieth [5] [$2,500]; 4. 25-Aaron Ott [4] [$2,200]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [6] [$2,100]; 6. 51S-Stevie Smith [8] [$2,000]; 7. 98H-Dave Blaney [3] [$1,800]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana [7] [$1,600]; 9. 2-Shane Stewart [9] [$1,500]; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman [11] [$1,300]; 11. 48-Danny Dietrich [16] [$1,200]; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen [10] [$1,100]; 13. 7-David Gravel [14] [$1,000]; 14. 7S-Jason Sides [12] [$700]; 15. 59-Danny Holtgraver [13] [$600]; 16. 89-Cody Darrah [22] [$600]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18] [$600]; 18. 19M-Brent Marks [19] [$600]; 19. 1-Lucas Wolfe [15] [$600]; 20. 49-Brad Sweet [23] [$600]; 21. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [24] [$600]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17] [$600]; 23. 94-Ryan Smith [20] [$600]; 24. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [21] [$600]. Lap Leaders: Greg Hodnett 1-17, Donny Schatz 18-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 89-Cody Darrah [+6]

Qualifying – 1. 25-Aaron Ott, 16.611; 2. 21-Brian Montieth, 16.651; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.669; 4. 98H-Dave Blaney, 16.703; 5. 2-Shane Stewart, 16.710; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen, 16.726; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.783; 8. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.789; 9. 27-Greg Hodnett, 16.806; 10. 51-Paul McMahan, 16.816; 11. 51S-Stevie Smith, 16.833; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana, 16.859; 13. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 16.890; 14. 7-David Gravel, 16.958; 15. 1-Lucas Wolfe, 16.958; 16. 48-Danny Dietrich, 16.975; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.985; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.011; 19. 3-Pat Cannon, 17.022; 20. 19M-Brent Marks, 17.028; 21. 94-Ryan Smith, 17.050; 22. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr, 17.067; 23. 89-Cody Darrah, 17.120; 24. 39-Tim Glatfelter, 17.120; 25. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.121; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.165; 27. 21K-Kyle Reinhardt, 17.175; 28. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 17.198; 29. 83-Craig Dollansky, 17.213; 30. 14-Lance Dewease, 17.248; 31. 20-Ryan Taylor, 17.252; 32. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.311; 33. O7-Doug Esh, 17.340; 34. 52-Austin Hogue, 17.342; 35. 44-Rodney Westhafer, 17.353; 36. 41-Jamie Veal, 17.417; 37. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.542; 38. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.083; 39. 11C-Cory Haas, 17.269; 40. 87-Alan Krimes, nt

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 27-Greg Hodnett [2]; 2. 59-Danny Holtgraver [1]; 3. 25-Aaron Ott [4]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 94-Ryan Smith [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 7. 83-Craig Dollansky [8]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 9. O7-Doug Esh [9]; 10. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [10]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 7-David Gravel [1]; 3. 21-Brian Montieth [4]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5]; 6. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 8. 14-Lance Dewease [8]; 9. 52-Austin Hogue [9]; 10. 12W-Troy Fraker [10]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 51S-Stevie Smith [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 3. 1-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 89-Cody Darrah [6]; 6. 3-Pat Cannon [5]; 7. 20-Ryan Taylor [8]; 8. 21K-Kyle Reinhardt [7]; 9. 44-Rodney Westhafer [9]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 48-Danny Dietrich [1]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 4. 19M-Brent Marks [5]; 5. 98H-Dave Blaney [4]; 6. 39-Tim Glatfelter [6]; 7. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 8. 41-Jamie Veal [9]; 9. 75-Nicole Bower [8]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 27-Greg Hodnett [5]; 3. 98H-Dave Blaney [1]; 4. 25-Aaron Ott [4]; 5. 21-Brian Montieth [3]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [8]; 8. 51S-Stevie Smith [7]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8] [-]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5] [-]; 3. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [3] [-]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1] [-]; 5. 3-Pat Cannon [2] [$300]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [6] [$250]; 7. 39-Tim Glatfelter [4] [$225]; 8. 83-Craig Dollansky [9] [$200]; 9. 14-Lance Dewease [10] [$200]; 10. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [17] [$200]; 11. O7-Doug Esh [13] [$200]; 12. 52-Austin Hogue [14] [$200]; 13. 21K-Kyle Reinhardt [7] [$200]; 14. 41-Jamie Veal [16] [$200]; 15. 12W-Troy Fraker [18] [$200]; 16. 44-Rodney Westhafer [15] [$200]; 17. 20-Ryan Taylor [11] [$200]; 18. 75-Nicole Bower [12] [$200]; 19. 11C-Cory Haas [19] [$200]; 20. 87-Alan Krimes [20] [$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

3509

0

9

16

22

1

2

2

Shane Stewart

3456

-53

3

13

19

4

3

49

Brad Sweet

3376

-133

2

11

18

2

4

51

Paul McMahan

3350

-159

2

13

18

4

5

29

Kerry Madsen

3338

-171

0

8

19

4

6

71M

Joey Saldana

3316

-193

0

8

18

2

7

9

Daryn Pittman

3236

-273

2

8

16

0

8

7s

Jason Sides

3203

-306

0

7

12

0

9

7

David Gravel

3155

-354

0

2

10

1

10

11k

Kraig Kinser

3021

-488

0

2

5

1

11

1S

Logan Schuchart

2889

-620

0

1

6

0

12

41

Jason Johnson

2602

-907

0

1

5

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

2351

-1158

0

0

0

0

14

7

Craig Dollansky

2332

-1177

0

1

4

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

2102

-1407

2

4

7

2

16

7H

Jojo Helberg

1487

-2022

0

0

0

0

17

24

Terry McCarl

1481

-2028

1

3

6

0

18

83

Kyle Hirst

1334

-2175

0

1

3

0

19

0

Bud Kaeding

1179

-2330

0

2

3

0

20

44W

Austen Wheatley

1168

-2341

0

0

0

0

 

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