Schatz Tightens Championship Race with Fremont Victory

Defending champ earns 21st World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car win of the season

FREMONT, Ohio – Sept. 28, 2013 – Donny Schatz started sixth on Saturday night at Fremont Speedway and charged to his 21st World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

Schatz needed only nine laps to make it to the front of the 28-car A-main. He held off Caleb Griffith on restart after restart in the 40-lap feature to earn the win and cut his deficit to 52 points in the overall World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship battle.

Ohio natives dominated the top five, with Griffith holding on to finish second with Bryan Sebetto in third, Dale Blaney in fourth and fan favorite Jac Haudenschild fifth.

Schatz drove the STP/Armor All J&J to fourth after just one lap as Griffith jumped to the lead over second-place starter and series championship leader Daryn Pittman.

Only six events remained in the season going into the night so the race-within-the-race for the championship was in full swing as Schatz worked his way around Pittman on a restart with six laps complete and set his sights on Griffith. By lap nine Schatz was in command but Pittman was keeping pace.

Then, on a restart with 14 laps complete and the two championship contenders on the front row, disaster struck Pittman as he spun to a stop, bringing out a caution. Luckily the rest of the field was able to avoid him and he restarted at the tail of the field and would drive his way back up to finish ninth, minimizing the damage in the standings.

Schatz continued to lead as Griffith kept close tabs on the five-time series champion. Schatz maintained an advantage and by the checkered flag he was 1.234 seconds ahead of Griffith. Sebetto, Blaney and Haudenschild finished the race strong running 3-4-5 with Haudenschild and Blaney both making runs at Sebetto.

The A-main drivers certainly were aggressive. It took three tries to get the feature started as the race included 12 cautions.

Not only is the victory Schatz’s 21st of the season — he had never won more than 19 before this year — but it also is the 145th win of his career, moving him to within eight victories of tying Mark Kinser (153) for third all-time.

Schatz picked up 18 points in the championship battle, slicing Pittman’s lead to 52 points as the series enters Williams Grove Speedway on Friday for the National Open weekend. The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars have completed two events this season at Williams Grove and Schatz has won both of them despite leading only a total of five laps.

“These guys keep building great race cars,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. “I started sixth and kept picking them off, I had to kind of wait for the right time. People were kind of aggressive early and bouncing off of each other. The way my car was working it felt like it got more drive if I got the wheels spinning. It sure was a long race. I was a bit nervous with all the yellows and the red with the stop and start and stop and start just waiting for something to go, but it didn’t.”

Griffith, a former track champion who was fifth in Fremont points this year, represented the locals well with his runner-up finish.

“Donny certainly had a better car and has a ton more experience than me,” said Griffith, of Castalia, Ohio. “So to get beat by him here, I’m not too worried about it. We’ll take it and feel pretty good about it. If he would have got himself jammed up in traffic was the only way we could have caught him, but he’s smart enough he’s not going to let that happen as the cautions fell the way he needed them to.”

Sebetto brought home a strong finish in what was his final run in the 24H Hammer team.

“We’ve had a pretty rough year this year and to get a top three with these guys means a lot,” said Sebetto, of Fremont, Ohio. “It means a lot to me parting ways with these guys next year. There are a lot of eyes here tonight and maybe it will lead into something next year.

David Gravel proved he was back to form after missing several events fighting mononucleosis, finishing the night in 11th position.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series heads to Williams Grove next Friday and Saturday for the historic National Open. Only five A-mains are left to decide this year’s champion, with the upcoming weekend at Williams Grove followed races on Saturday, Oct. 12, Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, N.Y., and then the Nov. 7-9 World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C.

FREMONT SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

NOTES – David Gravel was the fastest qualifier around the semi-banked 1/3-mile oval with a time of 12.154 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Cole Duncan (4 points), Dale Blaney (3), Caleb Helms (2) and Joey Saldana(1). … Daryn Pittman, Christopher Bell, Jac Haudenschild, Donny Schatz and Greg Wilson won heat races. … The dash draw was a 4 for the 17th time this year… Caleb Griffith won the dash for the first time this year.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Craig Dollansky; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; STP ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Paul McMahan UNOH ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; Edelbrock ($50 cash): David Gravel; Comp Cams ($50 cash): David Gravel; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Superflow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Jason Sides; KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Tim Shaffer; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): David Gravel; Armor All (case of product): Tim Shaffer.; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Donny Schatz, ; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates):Paul McMahan, Joey Saldana, Craig Dollansky ; JE Pistons (set of rings): Jason Sides, Craig Dollansky.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Fremont (Ohio) Speedway; Sept. 28, 2013

A-Main – (40 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [6] [$10,000]; 2. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [1] [$5,500]; 3. 24H-Bryan Sebetto [3] [$3,200]; 4. 2-Dale Blaney [15] [$2,800]; 5. 59-Jac Haudenschild [11] [$2,500]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$2,300]; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell [19] [$2,200]; 8. 55XM-Tim Shaffer [24] [$2,100]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [2] [$2,050]; 10. 3G-Shane Stewart [9] [$2,000]; 11. 6G-David Gravel [13] [$1,500]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson [8] [$1,200]; 13. 71M-Joey Saldana [25] [$300]; 14. 22-Cole Duncan [14] [$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7] [$1,000]; 16. 9X-Rob Chaney [18] [$900]; 17. 11-Steve Kinser [16] [$800]; 18. 29-Kerry Madsen [27] [$]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [23] [$800]; 20. 97-Dean Jacobs [17] [$800]; 21. 7-Craig Dollansky [22] [$800]; 22. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild [10] [$800]; 23. 60-Jody Keegan [12] [$800]; 24. 53-Christopher Bell [5] [$800]; 25. 54-Cap Henry [20] [$800]; 26. 53X-D.J. Foos [28] [$]; 27. 5R-Byron Reed [26] [$]; 28. 4-Cody Darrah [21] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Caleb Griffith 1-8, Donny Schatz 9-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 55XM-Tim Shaffer [+16].

Qualifying: 1. 6G-David Gravel, 12.154; 2. 22-Cole Duncan, 12.166; 3. 2-Dale Blaney, 12.203; 4. 40-Caleb Helms, 12.217; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.240; 6. 40DD-Caleb Griffith, 12.242; 7. 24H-Bryan Sebetto, 12.269; 8. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.286; 9. 97-Dean Jacobs, 12.309; 10. O9-Craig Mintz, 12.318; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.328; 12. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.330; 13. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 12.341; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.349; 15. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.352; 16. 3G-Shane Stewart, 12.379; 17. 45-Danny Holtgraver, 12.392; 18. 60-Jody Keegan, 12.421; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.426; 20. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.437; 21. 9X-Rob Chaney, 12.460; 22. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.469; 23. 54-Cap Henry, 12.481; 24. 4-Cody Darrah, 12.486; 25. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.489; 26. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.493; 27. 53-Christopher Bell, 12.507; 28. 9W-Lucas Wolfe, 12.508; 29. 53X-D.J. Foos, 12.516; 30. 55-Brad Bowman, 12.516; 31. 5R-Byron Reed, 12.524; 32. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 12.549; 33. 83M-Brock Martin, 12.573; 34. 71-Kevin Swindell, 12.589; 35. 55XM-Tim Shaffer, 12.612; 36. 6-Bill Rose, 12.631; 37. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 12.666; 38. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.711; 39. 16-Chris Andrews, 12.713; 40. 81-Paige Polyak, 12.745; 41. 80-Trey Gustin, 12.770; 42. 45L-Brian Lay, 12.780; 43. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.799; 44. 70-Danny Mumaw, 12.936; 45. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.084; 46. 3F-Rick Fraley, 13.398.

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 3G-Shane Stewart [1]; 3. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [3]; 4. 9X-Rob Chaney [5]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 6G-David Gravel [4]; 7. 5R-Byron Reed [7]; 8. 6-Bill Rose [8]; 9. 3F-Rick Fraley [10]; 10. 80-Trey Gustin [9].

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 53-Christopher Bell [6]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 24H-Bryan Sebetto [3]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [5]; 5. 45-Danny Holtgraver [1]; 6. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [8]; 7. 45L-Brian Lay [9]; 8. 35-Stuart Brubaker [7]; 9. 22-Cole Duncan [4].

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 59-Jac Haudenschild [2]; 2. 60-Jody Keegan [1]; 3. 54-Cap Henry [5]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [3]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [8]; 6. 2-Dale Blaney [4]; 7. 83M-Brock Martin [7]; 8. 9W-Lucas Wolfe [6]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [9].

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 97-Dean Jacobs [3]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [5]; 5. 40-Caleb Helms [4]; 6. 71-Kevin Swindell [7]; 7. 53X-D.J. Foos [6]; 8. 70-Danny Mumaw [9].

Heat 5 – (10 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. W20-Greg Wilson [2]; 2. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 3. 55XM-Tim Shaffer [7]; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 5. 81-Paige Polyak [8]; 6. 5T-Travis Philo [9]; 7. O9-Craig Mintz [3]; 8. 55-Brad Bowman [6]; 9. 71M-Joey Saldana [4].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 12 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 40DD-Caleb Griffith [4]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 24H-Bryan Sebetto [3]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [1]; 5. 53-Christopher Bell [12]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10]; 8. W20-Greg Wilson [7]; 9. 3G-Shane Stewart [8]; 10. 33M-Sheldon Haudenschild [11]; 11. 59-Jac Haudenschild [5]; 12. 60-Jody Keegan [9].

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature): 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [4] [-]; 2. 71-Kevin Swindell [1] [-]; 3. 81-Paige Polyak [5] [$125]; 4. 9Z-Duane Zablocki [3] [$125]; 5. 80-Trey Gustin [6] [$125]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [8] [$100]; 7. 45L-Brian Lay [7] [$100]; 8. 5T-Travis Philo [10] [$100]; 9. 70-Danny Mumaw [9] [$100]; 10. 3F-Rick Fraley [11] [$100]; 11. 6-Bill Rose [2] [$100]; 12. 16-Chris Andrews [12] [$100].

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 6G-David Gravel [1] [-]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [8] [-]; 3. 2-Dale Blaney [3] [-]; 4. 22-Cole Duncan [2] [-]; 5. 5R-Byron Reed [12] [$200]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [15] [$180]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [5] [$175]; 8. 71-Kevin Swindell [16] [$160]; 9. 40-Caleb Helms [4] [$150]; 10. 83M-Brock Martin [14] [$150]; 11. 53X-D.J. Foos [10] [$150]; 12. 45-Danny Holtgraver [7] [$150]; 13. 35-Stuart Brubaker [13] [$150]; 14. 9W-Lucas Wolfe [9] [$150]; 15. 55-Brad Bowman [11] [$150]; 16. O9-Craig Mintz [6] [$150].

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

9429

0

8

43

56

13

2

Donny Schatz

9377

-52

21

42

56

3

3

Paul McMahan

9079

-350

3

29

50

16

4

Joey Saldana

8837

-592

1

20

41

5

5

Sammy Swindell

8765

-664

3

16

41

4

6

Craig Dollansky

8755

-674

6

17

36

1

7

Cody Darrah

8491

-938

2

12

26

2

8

Steve Kinser

8441

-988

2

9

31

0

9

Kerry Madsen

8367

-1062

3

14

35

1

10

Jason Sides

8272

-1157

0

12

31

1

11

Kraig Kinser

8267

-1162

1

8

32

1

12

Chad Kemenah

8194

-1235

0

13

23

2

13

David Gravel

7132

-2297

1

7

24

2

14

Tim Kaeding

6646

-2783

9

26

34

1

15

Bill Rose

4730

-4699

0

0

2

0

16

Brad Sweet

3816

-5613

1

10

13

2

17

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

3598

-5831

0

1

7

1

18

Brian Brown

3388

-6041

0

5

13

0

19

Greg Wilson

2968

-6461

0

1

3

0

20

Jac Haudenschild

2747

-6682

0

8

10

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.