Champion Racing Oil National Open
Williams Grove Speedway | Mechanicsburg, PA
Saturday, October 03, 2020
Event Info

Champion Racing Oil National Open
October 2, 2020 to October 3, 2020
Williams Grove Speedway
1 Speedway Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Sprint Car Track Record
16.111 seconds by Shane Stewart on 10/2/20

Late Model Track Record
19.500 seconds by Jason Covert

To Win Amount
$75,000.00

Sponsors
Champion Racing Oil

Frequently Asked Questions
To Win Amount
$75,000.00

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Stadium Seating
Not Allowed

Handicapped Seating
Front Stretch

Handicapped Parking
In front of main Gate

Pit Age Limit
NO children under 14 allowed in the Pit area. 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent/ guardian.

Pit Gate Location
North side of the track. NOTE: Will Call is located next to the office on the front stretch off of Park Place and Speedway Dr.

Personal Coolers
Coolers no larger that 18" are allowed.

Credit Card Use
Office

Alcohol Sales
No alcohol sold on site.

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the Grandstands

Family Section
n/a

Parking Cost
free

Camping Availability
onsite

Closest Airport
Harrisburg Int

Other Airport
BWI

Track Info

Williams Grove Speedway
1 Speedway Drive
Mechanicsburg, PA 

Track Phone
(717) 697-5000

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size & Type
0.500; Semi-banked

Sprint Car Track Record
16.111 seconds by Shane Stewart on 10/2/20

Competitor Info
DIRTVision Highlights
Race Recap

JUST WHAT HE NEEDED: Donny Schatz claims sixth National Open title, $75K top prize

Ten-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz doesn’t need extra motivation to win.

But when given, especially if given in a callous manor, get ready to write the check. And Williams Grove Speedway did. A big one. The biggest check they’ve even written and the biggest one awarded to a Sprint Car driver this year.

Schatz, of Fargo, ND, won his sixth Champion Racing Oil National Open at this historic half-mile and claimed the $75,000 top prize awarded with it Saturday night.

However, before doing so, he got a little rambunctious with his victory lap and put his CARQUEST #15 into the wall in Turn 3, knocking the steering out of it. All in good fun, though.

Donny Schatz / Trent Gower photo

“I was probably pretty excited,” Schatz said. “I was trying to wave at them guys in the infield in Turn 3. They told me that I suck before the race started, so I figured that I would remind them that before that race I was the only five-time National Open champion. Now it’s six. Thank you, guys, for the motivation in Turn 3. That’s just what I needed.”

The win is his fifth of the season and 299th of his career.

Getting to it took patience and aggression. Especially with Kyle Larson lurking behind him in the closing laps.

Schatz won his Drydene Heat Race and then finished fourth in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, which was won by David Gravel, who won Friday’s race at Williams Grove in dominating fashion.

Gravel, of Watertown, CT, led every lap Friday night and won my more than two seconds. That made him a favor to earn his three National Open title on Saturday. However, when the green flag unraveled in the air, Logan Schuchart stole the spotlight.

From the outside pole, Schuchart darted ahead of Gravel off Turn 4 and had the Mesillva Valley Transportation #41 cleared before they entered the first corner. Schatz pulled a similar move on Schuchart’s teammate, Jacob Allen, and stole third before the leaders crossed the starting line.

Schuchart, of Hanover, PA, held command out front for the first 11 laps before a caution dampened his chances of winning a National Open title. Gravel kept pace with the Drydene #1S on the restart and stayed close enough down the back stretch to throw a slider underneath it into Turn 3. He cleared Schuchart off the corner and set course for a weekend sweep. Behind him, Schatz took advantage of Schuchart’s wide exit off Turn 4 to sneak by into the runner-up spot.

“I feel like we made the right decision, starting on the outside there (on the restart),” Schuchart said. “There was a little bit more grip in the middle of the racetrack. I felt like if I could hold David (Gravel) down a bit I could get the jump. He kept getting better and better at it (restarts). The more times he got a shot at it we were even out of (Turn) four.”

Gravel was unable to run away with the lead like he had Friday night. Schatz had a rope hooked to the #41 car and pulled himself closer to it every lap. With 19 laps to go, Schatz snuck underneath Gravel into Turn 1 and pulled ahead of him off Turn 2.

From then on, Schatz made it his race to lose. Gravel faded and Schuchart couldn’t make up ground once he got back to second.

Larson was on the hunt, though. With 15 laps to go, he moved into third. With 14 laps to go, he was second. Initially, Larson was unable to cut into the two second gap Schatz had on him. But with five laps to go, he found a surge. The gap between he and Schatz shrunk each corner. He threw everything he had at the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing machine after passing the white flag.

He looked low in Turn 1. Wasn’t enough. He tried going high in Turn 3, nearly pulling even with Schatz through the corner, but the wall and his right rear didn’t get along. Schatz pulled away with the big win, while Larson had to settle for his second runner-up finish in a row at the track.

Donny Schatz (left), David Gravel (middle) and Logan Schuchart (right) race at Williams Grove Speedway / Trent Gower photo

“I knew Donny (Schatz) was getting to traffic and he’d went to the top in Turns 1 and 2 to get around somebody there earlier and made it work,” Larson said. “I knew he would do that again. I was just hoping that I would be close enough off Turn 4 to be there to get to his inside when he went to the top. Just wasn’t quite close enough and tried just running the top there to do what I could, even though I knew a miracle was going to have to happen.”

Schuchart rounded out the podium, which helped him cut a few points off of Sweet’s championship lead. Sweet, who finished 10th, now leads the driver championship by 38 points over Schuchart in second and by 70 points over Schatz in third.

With Gravel finishing fourth, that moved Jason Johnson Racing to the points lead for the team championship. JJR is currently eight points ahead of Sweet’s Kasey Kahne Racing team with seven races to go.

Schatz admitted 2020 has been one of his worst seasons, coming off an eight season stretch of winning 11 or more races. However, winning the biggest Sprint Car event of 2020 has been a welcomed boost.

“Feels good to win that race,” Schatz said. “We tried something in the Dash. Wasn’t all that great but rebounded. “Scuba” (Crew Chief Steve Swenson) changed the car back. He made the right call and did a great job. We’re standing here.”

UP NEXT

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Oct. 9-10, returns to Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA for the Nittany Showdown. Click here for tickets.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

RESULTS

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$75,000]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson [5][$12,000]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2][$7,500]; 4. 41-David Gravel [1][$4,000]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [6][$3,500]; 6. 72-Daryn Pittman [8][$3,000]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$2,700]; 8. 39M-Anthony Macri [13][$2,500]; 9. 5-Brent Marks [17][$2,200]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$2,100]; 11. 69K-Lance Dewease [23][$2,000]; 12. 51-Freddie Rahmer [19][$1,650]; 13. 9-James McFadden [7][$1,550]; 14. 71-Shane Stewart [21][$1,200]; 15. 26-Cory Eliason [10][$1,100]; 16. 2-Carson Macedo [25][$50]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [24][$1,000]; 18. 48-Danny Dietrich [14][$1,000]; 19. 5C-Dylan Cisney [20][$1,000]; 20. 2M-Kerry Madsen [15][$1,000]; 21. 11-T.J. Stutts [26][$]; 22. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [11][$1,000]; 23. 24-Lucas Wolfe [28][$]; 24. 14-Parker Price-Miller [18][$1,000]; 25. 6-Bill Rose [29][$]; 26. O7-Bill Balog [22][$1,000]; 27. 83-Spencer Bayston [27][$]; 28. 87-Aaron Reutzel [16][$1,000]; 29. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [9][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-11, David Gravel 12-21, Donny Schatz 22-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 69K-Lance Dewease[+12]

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 16.685; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.807; 3. 57-Kyle Larson, 16.851; 4. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 16.953; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 16.989; 6. 9-James McFadden, 16.998; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 17.018; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 17.069; 9. 21-Brian Brown, 17.122; 10. 24-Lucas Wolfe, 17.125; 11. 13-Paul McMahan, 17.161; 12. 51-Freddie Rahmer, 17.178; 13. 83-Spencer Bayston, 17.186; 14. 39-Justin Peck, 17.254; 15. 39M-Anthony Macri, 17.275; 16. 11Z-Zeb Wise, 17.285; 17. 5-Brent Marks, 17.302; 18. 1-Logan Wagner, 17.308; 19. 11-T.J. Stutts, 17.324; 20. 3-Jac Haudenschild, 17.338; 21. 1X-Chad Trout, 17.355; 22. 33M-Mason Daniel, 17.515; 23. 12-Brent Shearer, 17.523; 24. 55K-Robbie Kendall, 17.563; 25. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.688; 26. 73B-Brett Michalski, 17.765; 27. 6-Bill Rose, 17.962

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 71-Shane Stewart, 17.103; 2. 41-David Gravel, 17.156; 3. 17X-Ian Madsen, 17.176; 4. 72-Daryn Pittman, 17.227; 5. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 17.316; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 17.351; 7. 26-Cory Eliason, 17.355; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 17.379; 9. 15-Donny Schatz, 17.389; 10. 5C-Dylan Cisney, 17.391; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.464; 12. 69K-Lance Dewease, 17.488; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.507; 14. 2-Carson Macedo, 17.51; 15. O7-Bill Balog, 17.602; 16. 18-Gio Scelzi, 17.691; 17. 35-Zach Hampton, 17.703; 18. 19M-Landon Myers, 17.708; 19. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.741; 20. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.768; 21. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 17.932; 22. 54-Zach Newlin, 17.966; 23. 21P-Brian Montieth, 18.031; 24. 49H-Bradley Howard, 18.262; 25. 75-Nicole Bower, 18.297; 26. 19-Troy Wagaman, 18.392; 27. 12W-Troy Fraker, 18.875

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