Schatz Scores 12th Victory of the Season at Lebanon Valley Speedway

Champ has won three of past four World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series A-mains

WEST LEBANON, N.Y. – July 21, 2013 – Donny Schatz drove around Joey Saldana on a restart six laps into Sunday night’s feature at Lebanon Valley Speedway then held off Daryn Pittman on a green-white-checkered finish to earn his 12th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

Saldana jumped out to the early lead but when Cody Darrah slowed on the front stretch bringing out a caution, it gave Schatz the chance he needed. Schatz darted to the lead on the ensuing restart pulling points-leader Daryn Pittman with him.

Schatz, who won the Silver Cup on Tuesday at Lernerville and the Summer Nationals title on Saturday at Williams Grove, tried to run away to the checkered flag but a late caution for Saldana’s blown tire set up a green-white-checkered finish.

Schatz again jumped out fast in his STP/Armor All J&J and powered around the half-mile oval to the checkered flag for his fifth victory in July and series-leading 12th overall.

“These STP guys did a phenomenal job, this is as good as we have been at Lebanon in a long time,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. “The car felt so good throughout the mid-part of the race, barring a flat tire we just had to make good laps. I started the race on bottom and with the green-white-checkered you just have to go as hard as you can for two laps and we did.”

Pittman held on to finish second in the Great Clips GF1, but thanks to a track-record qualifying lap he gained five bonus points that led him to actually gain a point in the overall championship over Schatz, who has quickly closed a large gap in the standings due to his recent run of wins.

“We got a good start and Joey surprisingly chose the bottom (on the lap 6 restart), especially after winning the first start on the outside,” said championship leader Pittman, a native of Owasso, Okla. “We were running fourth and Sammy and Joey moved up and we just got around them on the bottom. Honestly I never did find a spot on the track where I was really feeling good and making time.”

Paul McMahan charged from eighth to finish third in the CJB Motorsports GF1, giving him a solid podium finish.

“I got up to third and we kind of settled in right there, we weren’t as good as the other two on the restarts,” said McMahan, of Nashville, Tenn. “Our motors really didn’t take off very well so we lost a little bit on the starts. This isn’t one of my (better) places so to get on the podium is great, especially here. We’re coming off of a few bad races so to come back here to Lebanon Valley and get on the podium is awesome.”

Kerry Madsen crossed the line fourth while Sammy Swindell finished fifth. Steve Kinser collected the KSE Hard Charger bonus by gaining nine positions from his 16th-starting position.

For the second consecutive night, Tony Stewart was competing against the Outlaws. He started sixth but wound up going to the pits with mechanical trouble on the same late caution as when Saldana’s tire went down. He was credited with a 20th-place finish.

Pittman holds onto the championship point lead by 106 points over Schatz. McMahan sits in third 54 points behind Schatz. The Big Game Treestands teammates of Swindell and Craig Dollansky are fourth and fifth in the points, trailing Pittman by 412 and 450 points.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series invades central New York on Tuesday at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in Elbridge, just west of Syracuse, before heading north of the boarder for a three-race swing in Canada.

 

LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

NOTES – Daryn Pittman was the fastest qualifier around 5/8-mile oval with a time of 16.179 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Craig Dollansky (4 points), Sammy Swindell (3), Tony Stewart (2) and Kerry Madsen (1). … Logan Schuchart, Donny Schatz, and Joey Saldana won heat races. … The dash draw was a 6 for the 27th time this year. … Donny Schatz won the dash for the sixth time this year.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Curtis Bradshaw; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; STP ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): David Gravel; UNOH ($50 cash): David Gravel; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Edelbrock ($50 cash): James McFadden; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Superflow ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Jason Sides; KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Steve Kinser; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): David Gravel; Armor All (case of product): James McFadden.; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Donny Schatz; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Lucas Wolf, Paul McMahan, Curtis Bradshaw; JE Pistons (set of rings): Jason Sides, Mark Cole.

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Lebanon Valley Speedway; West Lebanon, N.Y.; July 21, 2013

A-Main – (25 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [5] [$5,500]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [8] [$3,200]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [11] [$2,800]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [3] [$2,500]; 6. 6-David Gravel [7] [$2,300]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [16] [$2,200]; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky [4] [$2,100]; 9. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [12] [$2,050]; 10. 55X-James McFadden [13] [$2,000]; 11. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10] [$1,500]; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah [15] [$1,200]; 13. O7-Lucas Wolfe [14] [$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser [17] [$1,050]; 15. 71M-Joey Saldana [2] [$1,000]; 16. 4-Cody Darrah [9] [$900]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [19] [$800]; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen [21] [$800]; 19. 5-Justin Barger [20] [$800]; 20. 14-Tony Stewart [6] [$800]; 21. 6X-Mark Cole [22] [$800]; 22. 4S-Danny Smith [18] [$800]; 23. 29S-Dick Spadaro [24] [$800]; 24. X2-Curtis Bradshaw [23] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-6, Donny Schatz 7-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 11-Steve Kinser [+9].

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.179; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky, 16.213; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell, 16.221; 4. 14-Tony Stewart, 16.240; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen, 16.242; 6. 1Z-Jessica Zemken, 16.282; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana, 16.295; 8. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.312; 9. 6-David Gravel, 16.338; 10. 51-Paul McMahan, 16.364; 11. 4-Cody Darrah, 16.385; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 16.396; 13. 55X-James McFadden, 16.513; 14. O7-Lucas Wolfe, 16.515; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah, 16.534; 16. 11-Steve Kinser, 16.565; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.600; 18. 4S-Danny Smith, 16.764; 19. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.927; 20. 5-Justin Barger, 17.111; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.221; 22. 6X-Mark Cole, 18.311; 23. X2-Curtis Bradshaw, 19.369; 24. 29S-Dick Spadaro, 19.661; 25. OO-Randy Snider, nt

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [1]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [6]; 5. 14-Tony Stewart [3]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 7. 6X-Mark Cole [8]; 8. 55X-James McFadden [5]; 9. OO-Randy Snider [9].

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [1]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 5. O7-Lucas Wolfe [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 5-Justin Barger [7]; 8. X2-Curtis Bradshaw [8].

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 6-David Gravel [2]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 5. 1Z-Jessica Zemken [3]; 6. 4S-Danny Smith [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 8. 29S-Dick Spadaro [8].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky [5]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 6. 14-Tony Stewart [3]; 7. 6-David Gravel [7]; 8. 51-Paul McMahan [8]; 9. 4-Cody Darrah [9]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10].

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 55X-James McFadden [1] [-]; 2. 5-Justin Barger [2] [-]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [3] [-]; 4. 6X-Mark Cole [4] [-]; 5. X2-Curtis Bradshaw [5] [-]; 6. 29S-Dick Spadaro [6] [-]; 7. OO-Randy Snider [7] [$200].

 

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

6546

0

7

32

38

10

2

Donny Schatz

6440

-106

12

26

39

1

3

Paul McMahan

6386

-160

3

23

35

11

4

Craig Dollansky

6134

-412

5

14

27

1

5

Sammy Swindell

6096

-450

2

13

29

4

6

Joey Saldana

6043

-503

0

10

24

3

7

David Gravel

5903

-643

1

7

22

1

8

Cody Darrah

5878

-668

1

7

18

1

9

Steve Kinser

5773

-773

1

4

19

0

10

Chad Kemenah

5705

-841

0

10

14

2

11

Kerry Madsen

5674

-872

2

7

21

1

12

Kraig Kinser

5666

-880

1

7

22

0

13

Jason Sides

5644

-902

0

8

21

1

14

Tim Kaeding

5053

-1493

7

20

25

0

15

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

3135

-3411

0

1

6

1

16

Brian Brown

2935

-3611

0

4

11

0

17

Bill Rose

2861

-3685

0

0

1

0

18

Wayne Johnson

2430

-4116

0

0

2

0

19

Jac Haudenschild

2418

-4128

0

7

9

0

20

Greg Wilson

2358

-4188

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.