Schatz Dominates World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars at Ohsweken

Defending champ continues hot streak, earns his 13th victory of the season

OHSWEKEN, Ontario – July 30, 2013 – Donny Schatz started on the outside pole for the main event on Tuesday night at Ohsweken Speedway, sized up the lead for 11 laps then swept in front and never looked back, crushing the competition for his 13th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

For the second consecutive race, Jason Sides started on the pole. He charged out to an early lead until he was slowed by lapped traffic on lap 11, allowing Schatz around him. Schatz then faced traffic himself, coming up on several pairs of cars racing the top and bottom for position, forcing the five-time series champ to navigate three-car battles several times.

Once in front, though, Schatz was nearly untouchable in his STP/Armor All J&J, taking the checkered flag nearly 7 seconds ahead of runner-up Chad Kemenah.

“We just had to figure out where the racetrack was going to be, move around a little bit,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. “We started moving around and found a different line and got rolling and that was really fun. There were lapped cars racing each other and we were able to stick our nose in there and get past them.”

Kemenah made a strong showing, starting third and passing Sides late in the race to pick up second position in his Hampshire Engines Maxim. Kemenah was noticeably quicker than much of the competition, but was never able to mount a challenge against Schatz for the lead.

 

“We went out late in qualifying and had a good run,” said Kemenah, of Elvada, Ohio. “We had a pretty strong heat race, and missed it a bit in the dash and Donny got around us. But overall to come out here second I can’t complain, we’re really happy with it. Jason and I were racing really hard for a couple of laps, but Jason will race you really clean, so you’ve got to race those guys clean. This is a morale boost headed into Pevely, which is a really fun race, then of course the Knoxville Nationals.”

Championship leader Daryn Pittman started seventh. Early in the race he picked up several positions before it seemed as if he would settle for a top-five finish. Then a late-race surge lifted him to third as the race wound down.

“I would have liked to have had some yellows, but they said Schatz won by six seconds so I think anyone would be fooling themselves to say they just needed a yellow to beat him,” said Pittman, a native of Owasso, Okla. “We were moving forward the first few laps, but then we really stalled out. With about five to go we found out where we needed to be and got really quick. We ran Sides, McMahan and Tony down really quickly. We definitely made big improvements from our heat race to the dash and then again for the A-main. We ran third, and sometimes that’s just all we got.”

The third-, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-place drivers of Pittman, Sides, Tony Stewart and Paul McMahan came to the stripe separated by just over one-second. Sides held on for fourth while Stewart finished fifth.

Shane Stewart was ninth after starting 15th to pick up the KSE Hard Charger award.

Schatz’s victory closes the gap at the top of the championship point standings another by six points. Pittman still sits at the top while Schatz is now only 79 points back. McMahan is third in points and another strong run helps him continue to hold pace with the top two.

The series is back in action stateside on Friday and Saturday night in Pevely, Mo., for the $20,000 to win Federated Auto Parts Ironman 55 weekend at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55.

OHSWEKEN SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

NOTES – Paul McMahan was the fastest qualifier around the 3/8-mile oval with a time of 13.002 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Tony Steart (4 points), Sammy Swindell (3), Joey Saldana (2) and Todd Hoddick (1). … Chad Kemenah, Craig Dollansky, and Donny Schatz won heat races. … The dash draw was an 8 for the 11th time this year. … Jason Sides won the dash for the third time this year.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Tom Huppunen; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; STP ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Jason Sides; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Paul McMahan UNOH ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Superflow ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Tom Huppenen; KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Shane Stewart; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): David Gravel; Armor All (case of product): Tom Huppunen.; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Donny Schatz; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Jason Sides, Kraig Kinser, Tom Huppunen; JE Pistons (set of rings): Tom Huppunnen, Tom Huppunen

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Ohsweken (Ontario) Speedway; July 30, 2013

A-Main – (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [3] [$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [7] [$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [1] [$2,800]; 5. 14-Tony Stewart [6] [$2,500]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$2,300]; 7. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [12] [$2,200]; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky [10] [$2,100]; 9. 3G-Shane Stewart [15] [$2,050]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [16] [$2,000]; 11. 6-David Gravel [14] [$1,500]; 12. 1-Sammy Swindell [8] [$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13] [$1,100]; 14. 71M-Joey Saldana [9] [$1,050]; 15. 11-Steve Kinser [5] [$1,000]; 16. 7X-Jamie Collard [20] [$900]; 17. 27H-Tom Huppunen [19] [$800]; 18. 49-Todd Hoddick [11] [$800]; 19. O1-Mikey Kruchka [22] [$800]; 20. 80-Chris Steele [23] [$800]; 21. O-Glenn Styres [18] [$800]; 22. 5-Keith Dempster [24] [$800]; 23. O7X-Dain Naida [21] [$800]; 24. 4-Cody Darrah [17] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-11, Donny Schatz 12-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 3G-Shane Stewart [+6].

Qualifying: 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.002; 2. 14-Tony Stewart, 13.096; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.130; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.145; 5. 49-Todd Hoddick, 13.163; 6. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 13.189; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.208; 8. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.208; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.258; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.267; 11. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.297; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.335; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.352; 14. 6-David Gravel, 13.438; 15. 3G-Shane Stewart, 13.446; 16. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.452; 17. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.530; 18. O-Glenn Styres, 13.580; 19. 27H-Tom Huppunen, 13.733; 20. F37-Kyle Moffet, 13.755; 21. 7X-Jamie Collard, 13.947; 22. O7X-Dain Naida, 13.953; 23. 30G-Stevin Goldner, 14.177; 24. 5-Keith Dempster, 14.199; 25. 3R-Shane Ross, 14.267; 26. O1-Mikey Kruchka, 14.361; 27. 15AW-April Wilson, 14.379; 28. 10-Mitch Brown, 14.383; 29. 80-Chris Steele, 14.526; 30. 94-Stan Zanchin, 14.633; 31. 5C-Conor Mahoney, 14.677.

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [6]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 7. O7X-Dain Naida [8]; 8. 27H-Tom Huppunen [7]; 9. 10-Mitch Brown [10]; 10. 3R-Shane Ross [9]; 11. 5C-Conor Mahoney [11].

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart [4]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [6]; 5. 6-David Gravel [5]; 6. 49-Todd Hoddick [3]; 7. F37-Kyle Moffet [7]; 8. O1-Mikey Kruchka [9]; 9. 80-Chris Steele [10]; 10. 30G-Stevin Goldner [8].

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 3. 3G-Shane Stewart [5]; 4. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [3]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 6. 7X-Jamie Collard [7]; 7. 94-Stan Zanchin [10]; 8. 15AW-April Wilson [9]; 9. O-Glenn Styres [6]; 10. 5-Keith Dempster [8].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [8]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 6. 14-Tony Stewart [7]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [10]; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell [6]; 9. 71M-Joey Saldana [5]; 10. 7-Craig Dollansky [9].

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 27H-Tom Huppunen [2] [-]; 2. O-Glenn Styres [1] [-]; 3. O7X-Dain Naida [4] [-]; 4. O1-Mikey Kruchka [7] [-]; 5. 80-Chris Steele [10] [-]; 6. 5-Keith Dempster [5] [-]; 7. 3R-Shane Ross [6] [$200]; 8. 10-Mitch Brown [9] [$180]; 9. 94-Stan Zanchin [11] [$175]; 10. F37-Kyle Moffet [3] [$160]; 11. 5C-Conor Mahoney [12] [$150]; 12. 15AW-April Wilson [8] [$150]; 13. 30G-Stevin Goldner [13] [$150].

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

6966

0

8

34

40

10

2

Donny Schatz

6887

-79

13

29

42

2

3

Paul McMahan

6777

-189

3

23

37

12

4

Craig Dollansky

6546

-420

5

15

30

1

5

Sammy Swindell

6487

-479

2

13

31

4

6

Joey Saldana

6443

-523

0

11

26

4

7

David Gravel

6299

-667

1

7

24

1

8

Cody Darrah

6277

-689

2

9

20

1

9

Steve Kinser

6159

-807

1

5

20

0

10

Chad Kemenah

6094

-872

0

11

15

2

11

Kerry Madsen

6087

-879

2

8

24

1

12

Jason Sides

6054

-912

0

9

24

1

13

Kraig Kinser

6044

-922

1

8

23

0

14

Tim Kaeding

5053

-1913

7

20

25

0

15

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

3135

-3831

0

1

6

1

16

Brian Brown

2935

-4031

0

4

11

0

17

Bill Rose

2861

-4105

0

0

1

0

18

Wayne Johnson

2430

-4536

0

0

2

0

19

Jac Haudenschild

2418

-4548

0

7

9

0

20

Greg Wilson

2358

-4608

0

1

2

0

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo, TNT Rescue and Winters Performance.