Tony Stewart Racing Tandem Chase Outlaw Victories in Iowa, Minnesota
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INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 14, 2011) – When a team gets on a roll, it wants to compete as much as it can. Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Steve Kinser closed the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series annual Gold Rush tour with his eighth win of year on Monday night at Antioch (Calif.) Speedway, and he can’t wait to return to action this weekend and continue his pursuit of a 21st WoO championship.

 

On Friday night, the Outlaws will make their fifth appearance at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa, and the following night, the WoO competitors will make their third appearance at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. With only a dozen races remaining in 2011, both Kinser and his TSR teammate Donny Schatz know every race matters if they are going finish the season on top.

 

Kinser, who has scored three wins and finished on the podium eight times in his last 11 starts, trails leader Jason Meyers in the WoO championship standings by 75 markers. “The King of the Outlaws” resumes his championship charge behind the wheel of the TSR No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim this weekend with a pair of Midwestern events. Monday’s 569th career WoO A-Feature victory for Kinser was his first at Antioch and he’s looking to add Clay County and Deer Creek to the list of tracks where he’s been victorious.

Schatz, driver of the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J, won the first two Outlaw races at Clay County in the fall of 2007 and 2008. The four-time WoO champion currently resides in third place in the championship standings and is looking to put a difficult Gold Rush Tour behind him and his STP crew. Following his fifth Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals triumph on August 13, Schatz was within 46 points of Meyers, but a pair of DNFs (did not finish) and some bad luck while leading the A-Feature at Castrol Speedway in Edmonton, Alberta, has pushed the gap to 132 points.

 

Last September at Clay County, Kinser led the first 22 laps of the 30-lap A-Feature before ultimately finishing second. It was his best finish in four career starts at the 3/8-mile clay oval. The 2007 and 2008 Clay County victories allowed Schatz to build momentum and, in each of those seasons, he won WoO championships. Last season, the Fargo, N.D., resident started the A-Feature fourth and finished third.

On Saturday night, there will be a new WoO winner at Deer Creek. Joey Saldana won both WoO programs the past two seasons, but he is currently recovering from injuries sustained in July’s Kings Royal at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Kinser has a pair of top-five finishes at Deer Creek, including his third-place finish last year after starting 14th. Schatz, who claimed one of his six 2011 WoO A-Features in the state of Minnesota at Princeton Speedway in June, finished second in 2009 and fourth in 2010 at the 3/8-mile, high-banked dirt oval.

 

Friday at Clay County, the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. CDT with the grandstands opening at 4:30 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For more details and ticket information, call the track at (763) 389-9717 or visit www.claycountyfair.com.

On Saturday at Deer Creek, the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. CDT with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more details and ticket information, call the track at (507) 754-6107 or visit www.deercreekspeedway.com.

 

Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Fans can listen live as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action. Go to www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the site features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other race fans.

 

Tony Stewart Racing’s Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz: Career Results at Deer Creek Speedway

 

 

Year

Date

Steve Kinser

Qualifying

Start

Finish

Donny Schatz

Qualifying

Start

Finish

2010

9/18

World of Outlaws

14

14

3

World of Outlaws

5

4

4

2009

9/19

World of Outlaws

7

9

5

World of Outlaws

11

1

2

 

 

Tony Stewart Racing’s Steve Kinser and Donny Schatz: Career Results at Clay County Fair Speedway

 

 

Year

Date

Steve Kinser

Qualifying

Start

Finish

Donny Schatz

Qualifying

Start

Finish

2010

9/17

World of Outlaws

11

1

2

World of Outlaws

9

4

3

2009

9/16

World of Outlaws

22

21

11

World of Outlaws

9

8

6

2008

9/10

World of Outlaws

14

14

15

World of Outlaws

9

3

1

2007

9/12

World of Outlaws

13

5

20

World of Outlaws

5

6

1

 

 

 

Steve Kinser, Driver of the No. 11 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim:

 

Monday’s victory closed out a really strong three weeks of racing. Do you have enough time to make things interesting in the final races of the year?

 

“I don’t know right now. I do know these guys on this Bass Pro Shops team (Scott Gerkin, Gary DuBois and Mikey Kuemper) are really working hard every night to give me a fast car. We’ve been trying to win races and that’s been all we’ve talked about. It’s hard to look back at some of the races earlier in the year where we had trouble. Crashes. I broke my arm. Just things that now you wish wouldn’t have happened. I guess we still have a chance, but Jason (Meyers) and his team do a really good job of finishing races. You never know. If we can keep winning, maybe things will get a little closer.”

After a month of races and travel, you come full circle by returning back to Iowa and the Midwest. The goal has to be to keep the momentum with several races coming in the next three weeks?

 

“Yes, this is kind of our last big push. These next three weeks, I think we have seven races and then, after that, we only have five left the rest of the year. If we are going to do something, now is the time. We left Iowa after the (Knoxville) Nationals really searching for something to make us better. We went back home for a few days and since then have been competitive just about every night. This team is feeling really good right now, and we’re going to give it everything we have from here on out.”

 

Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR/STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J:

 

The annual Gold Rush Tour didn’t provide the results you and the STP team were hoping for. Is getting back to the Midwest an opportunity for fresh start?

 

“Saying things didn’t go our way out there would be an understatement, but that’s racing. This team is committed to winning and doing everything we can to be a factor in this championship chase down the stretch. Everyone gets on a roll, it seems like, so we’re shooting to be the team that finishes the year on a big surge. We’ve got some tracks coming up where we’ve won races in the past and that’s our goal. Win races. We’ve been pretty good at Deer Creek and maybe this is our year to end the night in the top spot.”

 

The last time you raced in Iowa, you won the biggest race of the year. On two occasions, you’ve won the Knoxville Nationals and the Outlaws event at Clay County. Is there something special about the dirt in Iowa?

“Well, they have some really good racetracks in Iowa. We not only won the Nationals and Outlaw race in Spencer in 2007 and 2008, but we also went on to win the championship. The deck is pretty stacked against us right now, but it was stacked when we started the Nationals 13th. With this STP crew and all the people at Tony Stewart Racing, anything is possible. We’ve been really good at Spencer and, if a win there can propel us into bigger things, then I’m all for it. We have a lot of great fans in Iowa and the places close to Clay County. We’d like nothing more than to go get a win and celebrate a little with all of them.”

 

 

About Armored AutoGroup

 

Armored AutoGroup Inc., headquartered in Danbury, CT, is primarily comprised of the Armor All® and STP® brands. Armor All’s® current product line of protectants, wipes, tire and wheel care products, glass cleaners, leather care products and washes is designed to clean, shine and protect interior and exterior automobile surfaces. STP’s® offering of oil and fuel additives, functional fluids and automotive appearance products has a broad customer base ranging from professional racers to car enthusiasts and ‘‘Do-it-Yourselfers’’. The company has a diversified geographic footprint with direct operations in the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. and distributor relationships in approximately 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.armorall.com and www.stp.com.

 

About Bass Pro Shops Group

 

Bass Pro Shops – 56 retail stores in 26 states and Canada visited by over 109 million people annually, international catalog and internet retailing, American Rod & Gun wholesale division selling to over 7,000 independently owned retail stores worldwide, Outdoor World Incentives also selling Bass Pro Shops gift cards through over 132,000 retail outlets across America and a restaurant division with 26 locations. For more information regarding Bass Pro Shops store locations, products or special events, please visit www.basspro.com. To request a free catalog call 1-800-BASS PRO.

Tracker Marine Group – Manufactures and sells Tracker, Nitro, SunTracker, Tahoe, Grizzly and Mako boats through Bass Pro Shops retail stores and over 400 dealers worldwide.
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