Schatz Wins Williams Grove Thriller for 11th Victory of the Season

Now 2-for-2 in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car action at historic Pennsylvania track

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – July 20, 2013 – Donny Schatz had to work hard to earn his 11th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season and second win this year at Williams Grove Speedway.

Schatz, of Fargo, N.D., led only the final three laps of the 30-lap feature, but for the second consecutive time in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series action at Williams Grove dating back to May, he was able to find a way past Greg Hodnett and into victory lane in his STP/Armor All J&J.

Lance Dewease started on the pole and jumped out to an early lead, but he could never shake Schatz or fourth-starting Hodnett. The three cars with extremely talented veteran drivers put on a clinic in a battle for the lead with Dewease on the bottom, Schatz a lane up and Hodnett running the top-side of the historic paper-clip half-mile oval.

With Dewease in front on lap 15, Hodnett slipped past Schatz for second and charged after Dewease. Hodnett got the advantage coming off the fourth corner to lead lap 17, then Schatz found a way around Dewease with 8 laps to go in the caution-free race and closed quickly on Hodnett for the lead.

Schatz’s car was gaining speed as the laps counted down, and by lap 26 in traffic Schatz looked to make the move to the front, completing a pass on the backstretch to lead lap 27 then hold off Hodnett to the checkered flag. Schatz’s victory also secured the Morgan Cup trophy for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series and a $5,000 bonus for Schatz. The Morgan Cup is a sterling silver traveling trophy that resides with the organization represented by the winning driver of the A-main. It marks the third straight year the Morgan Cup has gone to the Outlaws.

 

“In the beginning of the race, those guys were good, and we had to wait for the fuel load to burn off,” said Schatz, the five-time and defending World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion. “Those guys were trying to get through lapped traffic and I was trying to be patient and we were just in the right place at the right time. There were a couple of cars that I had trouble lapping and figuring out how to get around them and you just have to figure out how to get around them. These guys did a great job with the STP car again today, and it’s fun to get into it every day.”

For Hodnett, the finish was somewhat similar to the way Schatz won the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series race in May at Williams Grove, where Hodnett also finished second after Schatz made a last-lap pass for the win.

“It was a very tight race, it was a very good race, and Donny as always did a great job and that’s why he’s a World of Outlaws champion,” said Hodnett, of Thomasville, Pa. “At one point it was five-wide down the back stretch with lapped cars and it was pretty intense.”

Dewease was forced to settle for a third-place finish to round out the podium after leading the first 16 laps.

“We haven’t fixed our car issue all year, late in races we slow down and these tires have thrown us for a loop,” said Dewease, of Fayetteville, Pa. “Donny and Greg are both really good here right now, I think they both ran one and two here earlier this year. We’ve got some work to do and we’ll take a third and be happy with it. The lapped cars here tonight were very disrespectful, there were one or two that I passed and they would drive back into the car like they were racing me for position.”

Fred Rahmer finished fourth while Craig Dollansky completed the top five. Alan Krimes was the KSE Hard Charger after starting 24th in the feature event and finishing 13th.

As is to be expected, the strong field of 44 cars presented a significant challenge. Points-leader Daryn Pittman and three-time champion Sammy Swindell made the A-main through the Last Chance Showdown while Paul McMahan and David Gravel used provisional to make the feature event. For only the first time this year Steve Kinser was unable to make the A-main.

For Schatz, who not only won but also set quick time to earn an additional five points in the season-long championship battle, it was a huge gain in points. He now trails Pittman by 105 points heading as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars invade Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sunday night in West Lebanon, N.Y., before moving to central New York on Tuesday at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, just west of Syracuse.

 

WILLIAMS GROVE NOTEBOOK

NOTES – Donny Schatz was the fastest qualifier around paper-clip half-mile oval with a time of 17.927 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Fred Rahmer (4 points), Greg Hodnett (3), Jason Sides (2) and Craig Dollansky (1). … Logan Schuchart, Tony Stewart, Chad Kemenah and Brent Marks won heat races. … The dash draw was a 6 for the 26th time this year. … Lance Dewease won the dash for the second time this year.

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

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, Pa.; July 20, 2013

A-Main – (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 39-Greg Hodnett [4] [$5,500]; 3. 27-Lance Dewease [1] [$3,200]; 4. 20S-Fred Rahmer [5] [$2,800]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky [6] [$2,500]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [3] [$2,300]; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich [11] [$2,200]; 8. 19M-Brent Marks [8] [$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7] [$2,050]; 10. 63-Chad Kemenah [9] [$2,000]; 11. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [20] [$1,500]; 12. 98-Doug Esh [18] [$1,200]; 13. 87-Alan Krimes [24] [$1,100]; 14. 14-Tony Stewart [10] [$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [12] [$1,000]; 16. 2T-T.J. Stutts [16] [$900]; 17. 9-Daryn Pittman [23] [$800]; 18. 71M-Joey Saldana [19] [$800]; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [14] [$800]; 20. 4-Cody Darrah [22] [$800]; 21. 14M-Gerard McIntyre [28] [$]; 22. 10-Dave Blaney [13] [$800]; 23. 51-Paul McMahan [25] [$]; 24. 21-Brian Montieth [26] [$]; 25. 6-David Gravel [27] [$]; 26. 1-Sammy Swindell [21] [$800]; 27. 55X-James McFadden [15] [$800]; 28. 7M-Chad Layton [17] [$800]: Lap Leaders: Lance DeWease 1-16, Greg Hodnett 17-26, Donny Schatz 27-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 87-Alan Krimes [+11].

Qualifying: 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.927; 2. 20S-Fred Rahmer, 17.937; 3. 39-Greg Hodnett, 17.998; 4. 7S-Jason Sides, 18.143; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky, 18.171; 6. 48-Danny Dietrich, 18.173; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 18.175; 8. 27-Lance Dewease, 18.247; 9. 10-Dave Blaney, 18.301; 10. 14-Tony Stewart, 18.317; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 18.329; 12. 55X-James McFadden, 18.339; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 18.342; 14. 2T-T.J. Stutts, 18.362; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah, 18.363; 16. 19M-Brent Marks, 18.397; 17. 7M-Chad Layton, 18.410; 18. 98-Doug Esh, 18.431; 19. 71M-Joey Saldana, 18.441; 20. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr, 18.477; 21. 1-Sammy Swindell, 18.566; 22. 1Z-Brian Leppo, 18.588; 23. 21-Brian Montieth, 18.599; 24. 11C-Cory Haas, 18.641; 25. 4-Cody Darrah, 18.645; 26. 2-Jim Siegel, 18.655; 27. 51-Paul McMahan, 18.693; 28. 9-Daryn Pittman, 18.741; 29. 83-Tim Kaeding, 18.746; 30. 87-Alan Krimes, 18.782; 31. 6-David Gravel, 18.802; 32. O7-Lucas Wolfe, 18.807; 33. 11-Steve Kinser, 18.815; 34. 29-Kerry Madsen, 18.862; 35. 75-Nicole Bower, 18.894; 36. 1A-Jacob Allen, 18.904; 37. 14M-Gerard McIntyre, 18.911; 38. 747-Davey Sammons, 18.950; 39. 15A-Adam Wilt, 18.969; 40. 19-Stevie Smith, 19.096; 41. 69-Ryan Smith, 19.115; 42. 20-Ryan Taylor, 19.298; 43. 12W-Troy Fraker, 19.439; 44. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 19.502.

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]; 3. 10-Dave Blaney [2]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [7]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [9]; 7. 7M-Chad Layton [5]; 8. 83-Tim Kaeding [8]; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell [6]; 10. 69-Ryan Smith [11]; 11. 14M-Gerard McIntyre [10].

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 14-Tony Stewart [2]; 2. 20S-Fred Rahmer [4]; 3. 98-Doug Esh [5]; 4. 48-Danny Dietrich [3]; 5. 87-Alan Krimes [8]; 6. 20-Ryan Taylor [11]; 7. 1Z-Brian Leppo [6]; 8. 747-Davey Sammons [10]; 9. 2-Jim Siegel [7]; 10. 2T-T.J. Stutts [1]; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen [9].

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [1]; 2. 39-Greg Hodnett [4]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [5]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [2]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 6. 21-Brian Montieth [6]; 7. 15A-Adam Wilt [10]; 8. 51-Paul McMahan [7]; 9. 6-David Gravel [8]; 10. 75-Nicole Bower [9]; 11. 12W-Troy Fraker [11].

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 19M-Brent Marks [1]; 2. 27-Lance Dewease [3]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 4. 55X-James McFadden [2]; 5. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [5]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [7]; 7. 19-Stevie Smith [10]; 8. 11C-Cory Haas [6]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 10. O7-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 11. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [11].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 27-Lance Dewease [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 4. 39-Greg Hodnett [4]; 5. 20S-Fred Rahmer [5]; 6. 7-Craig Dollansky [2]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [8]; 8. 19M-Brent Marks [10]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [9]; 10. 14-Tony Stewart [7].

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature): 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [1] [-]; 2. 15A-Adam Wilt [4] [-]; 3. 19-Stevie Smith [5] [$125]; 4. 69-Ryan Smith [6] [$125]; 5. 20-Ryan Taylor [7] [$125]; 6. 12W-Troy Fraker [8] [$100]; 7. 14M-Gerard McIntyre [2] [$100]; 8. 747-Davey Sammons [3] [$100]; 9. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [9] [$100]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [10] [$100]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 2T-T.J. Stutts [1] [-]; 2. 7M-Chad Layton [2] [-]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [3] [-]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [9] [-]; 5. 1Z-Brian Leppo [4] [$200]; 6. 11C-Cory Haas [6] [$180]; 7. 83-Tim Kaeding [10] [$175]; 8. 51-Paul McMahan [8] [$160]; 9. 21-Brian Montieth [5] [$150]; 10. 15A-Adam Wilt [16] [$150]; 11. O7-Lucas Wolfe [12] [$150]; 12. 2-Jim Siegel [7] [$150]; 13. 6-David Gravel [11] [$150]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [15] [$150]; 15. 75-Nicole Bower [14] [$150]; 16. 11-Steve Kinser [13] [$150].

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

6395

0

7

31

37

9

2

Donny Schatz

6290

-105

11

25

38

1

3

Paul McMahan

6242

-153

3

22

34

11

4

Craig Dollansky

5996

-399

5

14

26

1

5

Sammy Swindell

5953

-442

2

12

28

4

6

Joey Saldana

5923

-472

0

10

24

3

7

David Gravel

5765

-630

1

7

21

1

8

Cody Darrah

5760

-635

1

7

18

1

9

Steve Kinser

5637

-758

1

4

18

0

10

Chad Kemenah

5579

-816

0

10

14

2

11

Kraig Kinser

5544

-851

1

7

22

0

12

Kerry Madsen

5531

-864

2

6

20

1

13

Jason Sides

5528

-867

0

8

21

1

14

Tim Kaeding

5053

-1342

7

20

25

0

15

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

3135

-3260

0

1

6

1

16

Brian Brown

2935

-3460

0

4

11

0

17

Bill Rose

2861

-3534

0

0

1

0

18

Wayne Johnson

2430

-3965

0

0

2

0

19

Jac Haudenschild

2418

-3977

0

7

9

0

20

Greg Wilson

2358

-4037

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.