For the fifth consecutive season, the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series concluded its season at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday nights. Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz closed his 15
Saturday’s World Finals finale concluded the Outlaws’ 34th season. Both Schatz and Kinser raced their way into the dash by finishing second in their respective heats. In the six-lap dash, Kinser finished third and Schatz was fifth. Kerry Madsen set the pace from the drop of the green flag in the 30-lap feature. Kinser challenged Ian Madsen for second early on while Schatz worked his way to Kinser’s rear bumper six laps into the race. Schatz would later overtake Kinser for third before putting the pressure on Madsen for second. Schatz and Kinser both passed Madsen and set their sights on his older brother Kerry. Lapped traffic was a factor for the leaders as the race reached lap 20. Schatz closed the gap and was poised to make a bid for the lead when a caution flag slowed the action on lap 21. When the race resumed, Schatz continued to pressure Madsen as the two raced side-by-side for a lap battling for the lead. The STP driver used a low move entering turn one and carried the momentum into the lead. One lap later, Kinser used a similar move and began tracking his TSR teammate for the lead. Schatz maintained a comfortable lead over the next six laps. Just after taking the white flag, a caution delayed his run to victory. The green-white-checkered restart would give Kinser one final opportunity to make a move for the win. Schatz wasn’t to be denied as he pulled away during the final two laps and earned his 113th-career WoO A-Feature victory. Kinser exchanged second with a hard-charging Craig Dollansky on the final two laps before coming home second behind Schatz.
“We had an excellent racecar all night long,” said Kinser, who earned nine victories in 2011 en route to a third-place finish in the final series standings. “We should have gotten to the lower line earlier and stayed with Donny. The outside wasn’t too bad, but Donny won a great race tonight. I can’t thank everyone on the Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet team enough. It was a great year and we’ll be back.”
The TSR duo entered the weekend in a tight battle for second in the season’s championship race. Jason Meyers successfully defended his 2010 WoO championship by a 248-point margin over Schatz and became only the fifth driver to win consecutive WoO crowns. Schatz had a seven-point advantage on Kinser entering the World Finals and used the weekend victories to increase the final margin to 21 markers. Last season, Schatz edged Kinser for second by 23 points.
On Sunday evening, Kinser and Schatz were recognized during the annual World of Outlaws championship banquet. With the 2011 campaign complete, the TSR drivers and team will begin preparations for the 2012 season, which begins Feb. 17-19 with the 41st annual UNOH DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park near Barberville, Fla.