Donny Schatz Scores Close Win on Night One of the FVP Western Spring Shootout

Becomes the first repeat World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series winner of 2015 and ends winless streak in California

STOCKTON, Calif. – March 21, 2015 – Shane Stewart had victory in sight as he rounded turn four on the final lap of Saturday night’s FVP Western Spring Shootout at the Stockton Dirt Track. Reigning World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz had other things in mind though as he dove to the bottom of the track and drag raced Stewart to the finish line.

By just .220 seconds, Schatz overtook Stewart and became the first repeat winner of the 2015 season – a streak that goes back eight races – and ended his own winless streak in the State of California that stretched all the way back to September 2012.

“I’m just happy for my whole Bad Boy Buggies team,” Schatz said. “These guys have had a little bit of everything this year. We’ve had good, bad, indifferent and to be able to be the first repeat winner, hopefully we get on a roll here.”

Schatz entered the feature on the second row. He took the quick time in qualifying earlier in the night and set a new track record with a lap of 12.566.

Paul McMahan and Stewart led the field to the green flag in the 30 lap feature. Stewart quickly jumped to the lead on the start as McMahan fell back. Schatz overtook McMahan for the third spot on lap two. After battling for several laps, he cleared Saldana for second on lap seven. Saldana retook the spot just before a caution was called on lap eight, which gave the position back to Schatz.

As the field returned to green, Stewart built up a sizable lead over Schatz and Saldana.

A rash of cautions through the early and middle portion of the feature bunched up the field on laps eight, 12, 13 and 19. Each time, Stewart hung tough, holding off challenges from Schatz and building his lead back up.

“Those restarts are kind of what killed us,” Schatz said. “You get everybody bunched back up and they get a run at you.”

Schatz nearly lost his second place position to Saldana following the restart on lap 13, but after a side-by-side back straight battle, Schatz maintained.

The battle for the lead took shape after the lap 13 restart. Stewart got a good start, but Schatz quickly closed the gap and fought past Stewart as the two drivers exited turn two. Schatz led lap 16.

Meanwhile, in third, Saldana worked hard on each restart to hold off McMahan who tried to find a way around the No. 71m Motter Equipment car. Saldana held the position each time and stayed focused on the leaders.

The battle between Schatz and Stewart intensified after the restart on lap 19. The drivers made contact on lap 20 as Stewart looked low in three and four and Schatz fought to hold him off. Schatz held onto the lead. In the waning laps, as the two drivers worked their way through lapped traffic, Stewart worked to get around Schatz. He soon found his opportunity.

“We got by (Stewart) in traffic,” Schatz said. “I didn’t know if we had any leeway or not, I was just trying to hit my marks the best I could. I don’t know, I kind of got worse as the race went on. I just kept trying to change my style and couldn’t quite get my car to do what I needed it to.”

With two laps remaining the caution flag flew for the final time as D.J. Netto found himself stopped off track in turn one. When the field returned to green, Stewart got his opportunity as he battled past Schatz on the backstretch to lead lap 29.

As Stewart led the field to the finish, he looked low as Schatz went high.

“Shane dove into three across the bottom and I knew if I didn’t go Hail Mary on the top, there was no prayer for me,” Schatz said.

The two banged bumpers and then drag raced down the front stretch. As they crossed the finish line, Schatz had nosed ahead by just .220 seconds.

“I wasn’t sure where I needed to be coming off of four and obviously when Donny got by me, he was better than I was off of four but I felt like I was better than he was in one and two,” Stewart said. “Just the last couple of laps, I told him I didn’t even see the white flag. I didn’t see the checkered – a hell of a race.”

“It was close,” Stewart continued. “We try to keep (Schatz) honest – he’s the best and tonight proved that. Just hoping we can stay where we are. We’ve got a heck of a car and if the driver doesn’t mess up very many times, I think we can win some more races.”

Stewart ended the night with a 16 point lead over Schatz in the championship standings. It was the fourth night in a row Stewart finished second.

Saldana, who finished the night in third after battling McMahan for position much of the night, almost found disaster after getting forced off the track late in the race.

“I don’t think Shane saw me there and I almost didn’t finish – I got lucky there that I got run off the track and got back on,” Saldana said. “It’s fun racing up front and when you get close you want more but it’s so hard to get more out here. You’ve just got to kind of take what you can get and move on. So hopefully tomorrow we can get a little bit better.”

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to the Stockton (Calif.) Dirt Track tomorrow night for the second night of the FVP Western Spring Shootout. Tickets are still available by visiting the box office at the track. Listen live on http://www.DIRTVision.com and follow live timing and scoring at http://www.WoOSprint.com/live-scoring.

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Stockton Dirt Track Notebook

RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz’s win Saturday night was his first in the state of California since Sept. 9, 2012… Donny Schatz took home the quick time on Saturday and set a new track record of 12.566 seconds… Donny Schatz is the first repeat winner of the 2015 season. His previous series win this season came during DIRTcar Nationals… Brad Sweet was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing eight positions to finish in ninth… Shane Stewart scored his fourth straight second place finish Saturday night.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Bud Kaeding; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): David Gravel; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 cash): David Gravel; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Superflow ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Shane Stewart;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz;Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Craig Dollansky; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Justyn Cox; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Craig Dollansky.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21); Rico Abreu – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13); Shane Stewart – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Stockton Dirt Track; Stockton, Calif.; March 21, 2015

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [2] [$5,000]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4] [$3,000]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [$2,700]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [9] [$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [7] [$2,200]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [8] [$2,000]; 8. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [13] [$1,800]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [17] [$1,600]; 10. 24-Rico Abreu [11] [$1,450]; 11. 83-David Gravel [19] [$1,300]; 12. 21X-Carson Macedo [10] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [16] [$1,100]; 14. 1s-Logan Schuchart [18] [$1,000]; 15. OOJR-Cory Eliason [23] [$950]; 16. 31C-Justyn Cox [12] [$900]; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser [15] [$850]; 18. 5V-Colby Copeland [21] [$750]; 19. 88N-DJ Netto [6] [$725]; 20. 7-Craig Dollansky [5] [$700]; 21. 3C-Jonathan Allard [22] [$700]; 22. 33E-Evan Suggs [24] [$700]; 23. O-Bud Kaeding [14] [$700]; 24. 55-Trey Starks [20] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Shane Stewart 1-15, 29; Donny Schatz 16-28, 30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet [+8]

Qualifying – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.566; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.593; 3. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.630; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.638; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.692; 6. 21X-Carson Macedo, 12.735; 7. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.774; 8. 31C-Justyn Cox, 12.782; 9. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.787; 10. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 12.804; 11. O-Bud Kaeding, 12.844; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.869; 13. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.879; 14. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.889; 15. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.896; 16. 88N-DJ Netto, 12.920; 17. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.924; 18. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 12.924; 19. 83-David Gravel, 12.949; 20. 55-Trey Starks, 12.983; 21. 5V-Colby Copeland, 12.991; 22. 3C-Jonathan Allard, 12.994; 23. OOJR-Cory Eliason, 13.008; 24. 88-Terry McCarl, 13.009; 25. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.014; 26. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 13.016; 27. 21-Brian Brown, 13.018; 28. 7H-Jojo Helberg, 13.041; 29. 99-Shawn Wright, 13.046; 30. 44-Chris Martin, 13.047; 31. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.056; 32. 33E-Evan Suggs, 13.059; 33. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.060; 34. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 13.096; 35. 22-Mason Moore, 13.097; 36. 68-Chase Johnson, 13.241; 37. 12-Scott Parker, 13.322; 38. 99T-Skylar Gee, 13.789; 39. 89-Branden Mansfield, 13.990

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 5V-Colby Copeland [6]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 9. 99-Shawn Wright [8]; 10. 12-Scott Parker [10]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 2. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [2]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 21X-Carson Macedo [3]; 5. 3C-Jonathan Allard [6]; 6. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [9]; 7. 1s-Logan Schuchart [5]; 8. 17W-Bryan Clauson [7]; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee [10]; 10. 44-Chris Martin [8]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. O-Bud Kaeding [2]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 5. 83-David Gravel [5]; 6. OOJR-Cory Eliason [6]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 8. 18-Ian Madsen [8]; 9. 22-Mason Moore [9]; 10. 89-Branden Mansfield [10]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 88N-DJ Netto [1]; 2. 31C-Justyn Cox [3]; 3. 33E-Evan Suggs [8]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 6. 68-Chase Johnson [9]; 7. 55-Trey Starks [5]; 8. 7H-Jojo Helberg [7]; 9. 88-Terry McCarl [6]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [5]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 6. 88N-DJ Netto [8]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [7]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1s-Logan Schuchart [2] [-]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [1] [-]; 3. 55-Trey Starks [3] [-]; 4. OOJR-Cory Eliason [4] [-]; 5. 88-Terry McCarl [5] [$300]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley [6] [$250]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [12] [$225]; 8. 17W-Bryan Clauson [7] [$200]; 9. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [14] [$200]; 10. 21-Brian Brown [8] [$200]; 11. 99-Shawn Wright [10] [$200]; 12. 7H-Jojo Helberg [9] [$200]; 13. 68-Chase Johnson [16] [$200]; 14. 44-Chris Martin [11] [$200]; 15. 22-Mason Moore [15] [$200]; 16. 99T-Skylar Gee [18] [$200]; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen [13] [$200]; 18. 12-Scott Parker [17] [$200]; 19. 89-Branden Mansfield [19] [$200]

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

2

Shane Stewart

1265

0

1

5

8

1

2

15

Donny Schatz

1249

-16

2

5

8

1

3

51

Paul McMahan

1231

-34

0

5

7

1

4

49

Brad Sweet

1229

-36

1

5

7

1

5

9

Daryn Pittman

1228

-37

1

4

7

0

6

71M

Joey Saldana

1227

-38

0

4

8

1

7

29

Kerry Madsen

1187

-78

0

2

7

3

8

7s

Jason Sides

1162

-103

0

2

3

0

9

83

David Gravel

1156

-109

0

0

4

0

10

24

Terry McCarl

1129

-136

1

2

5

0

11

11k

Kraig Kinser

1082

-183

0

0

1

0

12

41

Jason Johnson

1068

-197

0

0

2

0

13

1S

Logan Schuchart

1044

-221

0

0

1

0

14

7

Craig Dollansky

960

-305

0

0

1

0

15

1A

Jacob Allen

873

-392

0

0

0

0

16

2L

Danny Lasoski

789

-476

0

3

4

1

17

24

Rico Abreu

780

-485

1

2

3

0

18

21

Brian Brown

691

-574

1

2

2

0

19

55

Trey Starks

650

-615

0

0

0

0

20

18

Ian Madsen

636

-629

0

0

1

0

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