Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz resumed his quest for a sixth World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series championship on Midwest soil at a pair of races last weekend while his TSR teammate Steve Kinser continued the WoO “Salute to the King Tour.” Schatz improved his string of consecutive top-10s behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J to 25 by finishing sixth Friday at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa and coming home seventh Saturday at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minnesota.
Kinser raced the TSR No. 11 Bad Boy Buggies/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Performance Maxim to finishes of 18th at Clay County and 14th at Deer Creek.
Cool temperatures welcomed the Outlaws back to the Midwest following their four-week western swing that included stops in North Dakota, Alberta, Washington, Oregon and California. Schatz was looking to make it three consecutive wins at Clay County Fair Speedway and five wins in nine WoO appearances at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. The Fargo, North Dakota racer qualified seventh in the field of 32 cars and finished second in heat three. The finish transferred him directly into the 30-lap A-Feature. Kinser qualified 24th and finished fourth in heat four to earn his spot in the A-Feature. Schatz was able to advance five positions and reach sixth, which earned him his series-leading 13th KSE Hard Charger Award, while Kinser raced his way from 21st to 18th.
The TSR teams traveled northeast into Minnesota Saturday for their annual visit to Deer Creek Speedway. Schatz qualified fifth overall but wasn’t able to grab one of the coveted eight positions in the dash. He finished fourth in the opening heat and started the 35-lap feature inside of row five. Passing was at a premium during the A-Feature and Schatz made his way to seventh. Kinser qualified 17th, finished fifth in the first heat and raced from 17th to 14th in the A-Feature.
Kraig Kinser came out on top after a thrilling three-car battle for the top spot in Friday’s A-Feature, while Paul McMahan earned Saturday’s A-Feature triumph.
The results of the weekend enabled Schatz to add to his lead in the 2014 WoO STP Sprint Car Series championship standings. He holds a 201-point advantage over Daryn Pittman with 13 races remaining. Schatz continues to lead the series in several categories, including: wins with 20, top-fives with 53 and top-10s with 69. Kinser ranks eighth in the standings.
Schatz and Kinser will be busy this week with four races in five nights. The week starts with a race Tuesday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, followed by a stop Wednesday at the Terre Haute Action Track. The weekend begins with Friday’s stop at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio as part of the 33rd annual Four Crown Nationals and concludes with Saturday’s race at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania.