Six Years in the Making, Schatz Returns to Victory Lane at Eldora Speedway

The driver scored his seventh World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the season and 180th career win

ROSSBURG, Ohio – May 8, 2015 – Through the years Eldora Speedway has not always been kind to Donny Schatz. In fact, it had been almost exactly six years since the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver had stood as a winner in victory lane. Schatz changed that on Friday night though after he battled past Kerry Madsen and held off Shane Stewart to score his seventh World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

“Every place we’ve struggled at this year and in the past, (my team has) picked up their game and come and gotten us good qualifying positions and wins,” Schatz said. “This place was on that list. These guys just kept working at it. They beat their head against the wall just like I did… Feels good to get a victory here at Eldora. It’s been a long time.”

Early on in the night, Madsen was the one to beat. The Aussie started on the pole and held on to the lead for the first half of the feature.

On lap 12, as Madsen caught lapped traffic, Schatz quickly closed the gap. In turn four, Schatz looked low and pulled even with Madsen but wasn’t able to get around. Down the front straight in to turns one and two, Schatz battled to the lead. Out of turn two, Madsen raced back and briefly freed himself of Schatz. The battle was not over. The six-time champion again got around Madsen as they exited turn four. Schatz firmly took hold of the lead this time.

“Typically that’s not our deal up on top but they’ve got an awesome racecar underneath me,” Schatz said. “To be able to race up there, Kerry must have faded there at the end but he’s normally pretty good here too.”

Through lapped traffic and a late race caution, Schatz held off a challenge from Shane Stewart to win the feature.

“We came in to tonight just trying to get ourselves qualified well,” Schatz said of his Bad Boy Buggies team. “We did that. Get ourselves through the heat – we did that. Get forward in the dash – we did that. And try to get that win and we did that. Tomorrow is a new day. We’ve got to go back and try to learn from the mistakes we made tonight and try to make things a little bit better. These guys are trying to win a championship and I’m doing everything I can to help them.”

Schatz’s win was the 180th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of his career. He’s the third winningest driver in series history. Following his victory, Schatz also slightly extended his championship points lead over second place Shane Stewart to 33.

Stewart, who also finished the night in second place, slipped back to fourth on the start. He rode there through much of the first half of the night before closing on third place Rico Abreu. Stewart battled around Abreu and then, on lap 19, got around second place Madsen as the two exited off of turn four.

In the waning laps, Stewart tried to close on Schatz but was forced to fend off Abreu who tried to take over the second spot as Madsen faded back. Neither driver was successful.

Stewart scored his 12th top-five finish of the season.

“We unloaded fast tonight and (crew members Scotty Martin and Andrew Seamans), as always, did a great job for me,” Stewart said. “We’re staying close to Donny – we just can’t get too far away from him. That team is just so darn good. It’s a testament to them and how hard they work and it’s a testament to my guys at how hard they’re working to try to keep up with that guy. It’s always a pleasure driving that number 2 car. It’s always a pleasure coming here to race at Eldora. The fans are excellent. We’ll try again tomorrow.”

Abreu, who already has two Outlaws wins this season, closed out the night with a third place finish.

“We’ve had a lot of momentum,” Abreu said. “We just haven’t had the finishes. Either I crash or we’ve had a few mechanical failures. It’s just the way it goes.”

Abreu said having the opportunity to race with experienced drivers like Schatz and Stewart has helped his development this season.

“I just keep getting better and better each race. I’m thankful to be here. Thank you Tony (Stewart), Earl (Baltes) for building such a great race track – it’s definitely one of my favorites.”

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series wraps up the ‘Mother of all Sprint Car Weekends’ tomorrow night at Eldora Speedway. The series joins the USAC National Sprint Car Series for the second night of a double header at the historic track. Tickets are still available. Find out more information about the event and how to buy tickets at http://woosprint.com/eldora-speedway.

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Eldora Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz’s win tonight was his seventh of the 2015 season. At this point last season Schatz had just three wins… Tonight’s win was career win 180 for Donny Schatz. He is the third winningest driver in series history… Paul McMahan took home the quick time award tonight. It is the fourth of the season for McMahan which ties him with Kerry Madsen and Shane Stewart for the most in 2015… Brad Sweet was the KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 9 positions to finish in 12th.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Joey Saldana; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Comp Cams ($50 cash): David Gravel; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brad Sweet;Super Flow ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; 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): Kraig Kinser; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jamie Veal.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 7 (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); 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); 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; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, Ohio; May 8, 2015

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [4] [$5,000]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [3] [$3,000]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [5] [$2,700]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [12] [$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [1] [$2,200]; 7. 1-Dale Blaney [14] [$2,000]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [9] [$1,800]; 9. 7S-Jason Sides [6] [$1,600]; 10. 99-Brady Bacon [11] [$1,450]; 11. 7-David Gravel [10] [$1,300]; 12. 49-Brad Sweet [21] [$1,200]; 13. 1ST-Gary Taylor [7] [$1,100]; 14. 11-Steve Kinser [19] [$1,000]; 15. 10H-Chad Kemenah [22] [$950]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [13] [$900]; 17. 89-Cody Darrah [17] [$850]; 18. 83-Craig Dollansky [25] [$50]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [26] [$25]; 20. 21-D.J. Foos [20] [$700]; 21. 41-Jamie Veal [15] [$700]; 22. 11N-Randy Hannagan [16] [$700]; 23. 63-Kody Swanson [8] [$700]; 24. 71M-Joey Saldana [23] [$700]; 25. 67-Christopher Bell [18] [$700]; 26. 40-Caleb Helms [24] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Kerry Madsen 1-13, Donny Schatz 14-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet [+9]

Qualifying – 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.913; 2. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.057; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.080; 4. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.104; 5. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.130; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.135; 7. 7-David Gravel, 13.143; 8. 99-Brady Bacon, 13.143; 9. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.163; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.186; 11. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 13.237; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.247; 13. 63-Kody Swanson, 13.273; 14. 1-Dale Blaney, 13.299; 15. 41-Jamie Veal, 13.300; 16. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 13.315; 17. 89-Cody Darrah, 13.318; 18. 67-Christopher Bell, 13.326; 19. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.327; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.361; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.409; 22. 81-Lee Jacobs, 13.436; 23. 21-D.J. Foos, 13.450; 24. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.454; 25. 59-Danny Holtgraver, 13.466; 26. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.490; 27. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.530; 28. 19-Paige Polyak, 13.530; 29. 83-Craig Dollansky, 13.544; 30. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.563; 31. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.579; 32. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg, 13.745; 33. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 13.747; 34. 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr, 13.753; 35. 55F-Taylor Ferns, 13.826; 36. 40-Caleb Helms, 13.863; 37. 71MX-Paul May, 13.893; 38. 35-Wes McGlumphy, 14.027; 39. 16-Ryan Ruhl, 14.362

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 63-Kody Swanson [1]; 2. W20-Greg Wilson [2]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 5. 89-Cody Darrah [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 83-Craig Dollansky [8]; 8. 2M-Dustin Daggett [9]; 9. 59-Danny Holtgraver [7]; 10. 71MX-Paul May [10]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 3. 1-Dale Blaney [1]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [8]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 6. 67-Christopher Bell [5]; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs [6]; 8. 5T-Travis Philo [7]; 9. 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr [9]; 10. 35-Wes McGlumphy [10]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1ST-Gary Taylor [2]; 2. 41-Jamie Veal [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 7-David Gravel [3]; 5. 21-D.J. Foos [6]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [5]; 7. 10H-Chad Kemenah [7]; 8. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [8]; 9. 55F-Taylor Ferns [9]; 10. 16-Ryan Ruhl [10]

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2]; 3. 11N-Randy Hannagan [1]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6]; 5. 40-Caleb Helms [9]; 6. 99-Brady Bacon [3]; 7. 19-Paige Polyak [7]; 8. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [8]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 7. 1ST-Gary Taylor [7]; 8. 63-Kody Swanson [8]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 67-Christopher Bell [2] [-]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [3] [-]; 3. 99-Brady Bacon [1] [-]; 4. 10H-Chad Kemenah [9] [-]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5] [$300]; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs [6] [$250]; 7. 59-Danny Holtgraver [7] [$225]; 8. 19-Paige Polyak [10] [$200]; 9. 83-Craig Dollansky [11] [$200]; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [12] [$200]; 11. 2M-Dustin Daggett [14] [$200]; 12. 5T-Travis Philo [8] [$200]; 13. 71MX-Paul May [17] [$200]; 14. 55F-Taylor Ferns [16] [$200]; 15. 20N-Hunter Schuerenberg [13] [$200]; 16. 16-Ryan Ruhl [19] [$200]; 17. 9K-Kevin Thomas Jr [15] [$200]; 18. 35-Wes McGlumphy [18] [$200]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [4] [$200]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

3089

0

7

14

20

1

2

2

Shane Stewart

3056

-33

3

12

17

4

3

49

Brad Sweet

2998

-91

2

10

17

2

4

51

Paul McMahan

2952

-137

2

11

16

4

5

29

Kerry Madsen

2940

-149

0

7

17

4

6

71M

Joey Saldana

2934

-155

0

7

16

2

7

7s

Jason Sides

2858

-231

0

7

11

0

8

9

Daryn Pittman

2846

-243

2

8

14

0

9

7

David Gravel

2799

-290

0

2

10

1

10

11k

Kraig Kinser

2695

-394

0

2

5

1

11

1S

Logan Schuchart

2545

-544

0

1

6

0

12

41

Jason Johnson

2347

-742

0

1

5

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

2096

-993

0

0

0

0

14

7

Craig Dollansky

2023

-1066

0

1

4

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

1965

-1124

2

4

6

1

16

7H

Jojo Helberg

1487

-1602

0

0

0

0

17

24

Terry McCarl

1481

-1608

1

3

6

0

18

83

Kyle Hirst

1334

-1755

0

1

3

0

19

0

Bud Kaeding

1179

-1910

0

2

3

0

20

44W

Austen Wheatley

1168

-1921

0

0

0

0

 

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