Donny Schatz Slides to Lawrenceburg Speedway victory

Series champion picks up fifth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of season

LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. – May 27, 2013 – Chad Kemenah. Donny Schatz. Chad Kemenah. Donny Schatz. Those two waged a back-and-forth battle before Schatz finally secured the lead with eight laps to go on Monday night at Lawrenceburg Speedway for his fifth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

Kemenah led the first six laps, Schatz countered to lead the next five, Kemenah went back in front for 16 laps before Schatz slid to the top to lead the final eight laps as Kemenah with sealed-up tires wound up settling for third behind eventual runner-up Shane Stewart.

“We’ve been trying to find that little thing that just hasn’t put us in the game and finally tonight we found it,” said Schatz, the Fargo, N.D., driver of the Tony Stewart Racing STP/Armor All J&J. “The more patient I was the better the car was and the fuel load coming off definitely helped, too. The championship is a long ways out and if we can just stay consistent and find little problems that keep us from winning races, if we make as many improvements as we did tonight, it’ll be alright.”

 

 

Kemenah appeared to have a lock on the second position, but a late race charge by Stewart brought the fans to their feet. Stewart and Kemenah battled through turns three and four, and were still deadlocked. The two were hammerdown to the checkered flag and in a photo finish Stewart earned the position.

 

“I had a really good car and was able to gain a couple of positions in the dash, which is very, very important with these guys,” said Stewart, a native of Bixby, Okla., who was driving the Indy Race Parts Maxim. “I don’t get to race with the (World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series) so anytime I can have a good showing it’s very important to me.”

Kemenah was pleased to be on the podium, but disappointed at the same time as he came so close to picking up his first victory of the season.

“We just sealed up the tires, we haven’t been very good when the track’s been slick this year,” said Kemenah, of Alvada, Ohio. “Once your tires are sealed up you are kind of just a sitting duck. I hate to say it, but you almost make your car as wide as you can. We’re not going to complain, third is better than fourth, but when you lead that many laps you want to win.”

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader, Daryn Pittman, scored another top-five finish by coming home fourth. Sammy Swindell rounded out the top five in a truly astounding show. Swindell’s front wing collapsed early in the race and he fought the car to remain in the top five.

A night after racing in the Coca-Cola 600, Tony Stewart returned to compete with the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars. He kicked off the night with a strong top-10 qualifying effort, but a wild heat race relegated him to the Last Chance Showdown. Pittman won the heat from the fourth starting spot, with Darrah falling from the pole to finish second. Jason Sides and Steve Kinser weaved through their way through the field. Sides started the heat seventh and finished third while Kinser started ninth and moved up to fourth to advance. That left Stewart outside the inversion, forcing him to come through the Last Chance Showdown, which he won. Stewart eventually finished 10th, his sixth top-10 of the season.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday night at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park on Friday, May 31 then shifts to Lake Odessa, Mich., on Saturday to race in the NAPA Auto Parts Outlaw Showdown at I-96 Raceway.

LAWRENCEBURG SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

NOTES – Daryn Pittman set quick time in qualifying at the high-banked oval in 12.173 seconds. … Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Shane Stewart and Chad Kemenah won heat races. … The dash draw was an eight for the 8th time this year. … Donny Schatz won the dash for the third time this year.

QUALIFYING – Daryn Pittman was the fastest qualifier around 3/8-mile oval with a time of 12.173 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Sammy Swindell (4 points), Cole Duncan (3), Kraig Kinser (2) and Craig Dollansky (1).

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

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway; May 27, 2013

A-Main – (35 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000]; 2. 71-Shane Stewart [5] [$5,500]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [3] [$3,200]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$2,800]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [7] [$2,500]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [4] [$2,300]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11] [$2,200]; 8. 6-David Gravel [19] [$2,100]; 9. 83-Tim Kaeding [13] [$2,050]; 10. 14-Tony Stewart [14] [$2,000]; 11. 7-Craig Dollansky [12] [$1,500]; 12. W20-Greg Wilson [18] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [22] [$1,100]; 14. 59-Jac Haudenschild [21] [$1,050]; 15. 45-Danny Holtgraver [16] [$1,000]; 16. 7K-Cole Duncan [8] [$900]; 17. 11-Steve Kinser [24] [$800]; 18. 99-Brady Bacon [10] [$800]; 19. 4S-Danny Smith [23] [$800]; 20. 71M-Joey Saldana [20] [$800]; 21. 9W-Brandon Wimmer [17] [$800]; 22. 51-Paul McMahan [15] [$800]; 23. 4-Cody Darrah [2] [$800]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [9] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Chad Kemenah 1-6, 12-27; Donny Schatz 7-11, 28-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 6-David Gravel [+11].

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.173; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.285; 3. 7K-Cole Duncan, 12.355; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.376; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.388; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.450; 7. 99-Brady Bacon, 12.479; 8. 83-Tim Kaeding, 12.497; 9. 14-Tony Stewart, 12.578; 10. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.578; 11. 45-Danny Holtgraver, 12.585; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah, 12.614; 13. 4-Cody Darrah, 12.617; 14. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.628; 15. 71-Shane Stewart, 12.628; 16. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 12.644; 17. 9W-Brandon Wimmer, 12.658; 18. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.782; 19. 6-David Gravel, 12.791; 20. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.831; 21. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 12.838; 22. 4M-Kody Kinser, 12.897; 23. 80-Trey Gustin, 12.952; 24. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.969; 25. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.998; 26. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.009; 27. 23-Jimmy Light, 13.098; 28. 9P-Parker Price-Miller, 13.169; 29. 6R-Bill Rose, 13.214; 30. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.243; 31. 83M-Wes McIntyre, 13.248; 32. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.319; 33. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.350; 34. 12-Robert Ballou, 13.484; 35. 22T-Miranda Throckmorton, 14.027; 36. 2S-Nathan Skaggs, 14.379; 37. 2-Dale Blaney, nt.

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [1]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [9]; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]; 6. 9W-Brandon Wimmer [5]; 7. 14-Tony Stewart [2]; 8. 59-Jac Haudenschild [6]; 9. 6R-Bill Rose [8].

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 5. W20-Greg Wilson [5]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7]; 7. 4M-Kody Kinser [6]; 8. 4S-Danny Smith [8]; 9. 12-Robert Ballou [9].

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 71-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 99-Brady Bacon [3]; 3. 45-Danny Holtgraver [2]; 4. 7K-Cole Duncan [4]; 5. 6-David Gravel [5]; 6. 83M-Wes McIntyre [8]; 7. 80-Trey Gustin [6]; 8. 23-Jimmy Light [7]; 9. 22T-Miranda Throckmorton [9].

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [1]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [5]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 5. 83-Tim Kaeding [3]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 8. 2S-Nathan Skaggs [9]; 9. 9P-Parker Price-Miller [7].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah [3]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 5. 71-Shane Stewart [9]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [8]; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell [7]; 8. 7K-Cole Duncan [6]; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [10]; 10. 99-Brady Bacon [4].

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 14-Tony Stewart [1] [-]; 2. 9W-Brandon Wimmer [2] [-]; 3. 59-Jac Haudenschild [3] [-]; 4. 4S-Danny Smith [11] [-]; 5. 4M-Kody Kinser [4] [$200]; 6. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [7] [$180]; 7. 9P-Parker Price-Miller [9] [$175]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6] [$160]; 9. 80-Trey Gustin [5] [$150]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [13] [$150]; 11. 6R-Bill Rose [10] [$150]; 12. 2S-Nathan Skaggs [16] [$150]; 13. 23-Jimmy Light [8] [$150]; 14. 12-Robert Ballou [14] [$150]; 15. 83M-Wes McIntyre [12] [$150]; 16. 22T-Miranda Throckmorton [15] [$150]; 17. 2-Dale Blaney [17] [$150].

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

3850

0

5

18

24

6

2

Donny Schatz

3672

-178

5

13

20

0

3

Paul McMahan

3659

-191

2

13

18

5

4

Sammy Swindell

3554

-296

1

7

16

2

5

Joey Saldana

3519

-331

0

5

15

3

6

Craig Dollansky

3492

-358

2

6

14

1

7

David Gravel

3437

-413

0

4

11

1

8

Cody Darrah

3384

-466

0

2

10

1

9

Chad Kemenah

3362

-488

0

8

10

2

10

Steve Kinser

3334

-516

1

2

8

0

11

Kraig Kinser

3231

-619

1

4

12

0

12

Kerry Madsen

3214

-636

1

5

11

0

13

Jason Sides

3098

-752

0

3

9

0

14

Tim Kaeding

2681

-1169

4

11

14

0

15

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2253

-1597

0

0

4

1

16

Greg Wilson

1952

-1898

0

0

1

0

17

Brian Brown

1852

-1998

0

3

6

0

18

Bill Rose

1772

-2078

0

0

1

0

19

Jac Haudenschild

1770

-2080

0

4

5

0

20

Terry McCarl

1436

-2414

1

1

1

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.