Gold Cup a Tale of Two Parts as Schatz Picks up His 29th Win of the Season

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Powers past Joey Saldana to score his first Gold Cup win in 11 years

CHICO, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2015 – The finale of the 62nd Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions on Saturdaynight at Silver Dollar Speedway was a tale of two parts – one belonged to Joey Saldana and the other to Donny Schatz.

It was Schatz’s part that counted most though as he led the field across the finish.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve been to victory lane here at the Gold Cup,” said Schatz who won his first and, until tonight, only Gold Cup championship on Sept. 11, 2004. “I know we won here in the spring but you eye that Gold Cup when you come to this place. Damn proud to win it tonight.”

Saldana, who came into the night after a second place run in Friday night’s feature at Silver Dollar, led the field to the green flag and held off challenges early. As Schatz quickly battled from sixth to second in just the first five laps, Saldana maintained his lead.

A caution flag waved for the first time on lap 10. When the race restarted he and Schatz engaged in a tight battle for the lead that lasted four laps – Saldana maintained. He quickly caught traffic and that bunched up the top three drivers who, at that point, were Saldana, Schatz and Madsen. As Schatz looked poised to take the lead, another caution flew.

With open track ahead of him, Saldana quickly built up a lead over Schatz on the restart and soon caught traffic. By lap 20, Saldana had his hands full as he worked every line on the track to keep Schatz contained behind him. The two were even side-by-side, wheel-to-wheel for two straight laps as they came off of turn two, but Saldana held the lead.

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“He was kind of doing what he had to,” Schatz said of Saldana. “I was kind of doing the same thing. If I could hang with him and still try to find another line to run in I knew I was going to eventually get him.”

When Saldana again caught traffic, Schatz found his opportunity. As the two worked to complete lap 29, the No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car got around the 71M as they exited turn four.

“Last night we had a good car and I felt like I probably drove too easy just to conserve and get a good finish,” Saldana said. “Tonight, I gave it everything I had. I was trying. I was top, middle, bottom trying to make his life miserable. Obviously, he’s just waiting for you to make a mistake. He just chomps on you and see you later.”

For his portion of the race, Schatz, a five-time winner at Silver Dollar, pulled away from the rest of the field and built a healthy lead. As the battles continued behind him, he cruised across the finishline to score his first Gold Cup win in 11 years.

“It’s been a phenomenal year – hats off to this whole Bad Boy Buggies, Chevrolet Performance team,” Schatz said. “I honestly think I’m getting too old to drive like a nut and that’s what I needed to do there. I had a lot of fun but I’m not in as good a shape as I think I am. I’m played out right now.”

“I had a lot of fun. Racing with (Joey Saldana), he’s a world class racer. It’s fun to be able to race with him and not have somebody turn on you and do all sorts of weird stuff. We were just very glad to get by him.”

The win was 29th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for Schatz. The six-time and reigning series champion has a 428 point lead over second place Shane Stewart in the championship standings.

Saldana, who continues to make up ground on Kerry Madsen for the third place position in the championship standings, credited Schatz and complimented his Motter Motorsports team on another good run.

“If you can be on the front straightaway with the World of Outlaws at the end of the night it’s a great accomplishment,” Saldana said. “You did a lot as a team. This weekend we were really solid every single night – qualifying, heat race, dash, feature. Definitely very positive for the whole Motter team – looking forward to finishing out the year.”

If Saldana had his hands full for the first 29 laps of the feature, Kerry Madsen had his full for the full 40 as he worked hold off Brad Sweet and Stewart for his podium perch.

After starting in third, he briefly slipped back to fourth as Schatz moved forward and Sweet slipped back. He retook the spot on lap 11 and briefly made a run at second on lap 16. It was Stewart though who gave Madsen his biggest challenge of the night.

As the two worked through the final 10 laps, Stewart was all over Madsen. On the last lap the two drivers were side-by-side off of turn two, with the edge to Madsen in three and four. With a slider, big contact was made between the two as they exited turn four, but Madsen maintained his position and the third place finish.

Emotions ran high as the cars filed into the pits following the feature. Stewart drove up next to Madsen and expressed his frustration with the end of the race.

“I was around the bottom there and I didn’t think I had time to get to the top and go past Joey so I decided to hold my line,” Madsen said. “(Stewart) got beside me going down the backstretch and made a normal slide job and he was mad, but that’s just racing. Glad to get a podium with the American Racing Custom Wheels car.

“It was a great run. I thought we had something for (Donny) there and it just didn’t work out our way. But I had a great racecar and really enjoyed the race and we’ll take that and move on.”

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Silver Dollar Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz’s win at tonight’s Gold Cup was the 29th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for him… The win was Schatz’s fifth at Silver Dollar Speedway and second Gold win. He picked up his first Gold Cup win 11 years ago on Sept. 11, 2004… Kyle Hirst was the KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 10 positions to finish 13th… Kerry Madsen took home the quick time tonight with a lap of 11.190 seconds. It was his 10th quick time of the season.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jason Sides; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): David Gravel;Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Bud Kaeding; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Paul McMahan;Comp Cams ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Cometic Gasket($50 cash): Sean Becker;Super Flow ($50 cash): David Gravel; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Shane Stewart;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Kyle Hirst; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz;Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): D.J. Netto; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Statler; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 29 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track onMarch 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway onApril 12, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte onMay 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset’s Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 27, Lakeside Speedway on July 1, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 11, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 26, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 15, River Cities Speedway on Aug. 21, Nodak Speedway on Aug. 23, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 28, Grays Harbor Raceway on Sept. 7, Cottage Grove Speedway on Sept. 9, Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 12); Shane Stewart – 9 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12, Eldora Speedway on July 17, Eldora Speedway on July 18, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 8, Skagit Speedway on Sept. 5, Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 11); Daryn Pittman – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 29); Brad Sweet – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25); Rico Abreu – 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Dale Blaney – 2 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 21);Paul McMahan – 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3); Joey Saldana – 2 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 12);Christopher Bell – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7);Cody Darrah – 1 (Lernerville Speedway on July 21); Danny Dietrich – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 25);Stewart Friesen – 1(Ohsweken Speedway on July 28); Greg Hodnett – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13);Tim Kaeding – 1(Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Danny Lasoski – 1(I-80 Speedway on June 5); Kerry Madsen – 1(Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 18); Terry McCarl – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway onMarch 5); Jason Sides – 1 (Dodge City Raceway Park on July 3); Stevie Smith – 1(Williams Grove Speedway on July 25).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Silver Dollar Speedway; Chico, Calif.; Sept. 12, 2015

A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [6]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [1]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12]; 7. 14R-Andy Gregg [11]; 8. O-Bud Kaeding [8]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [7]; 10. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 11. 9-Daryn Pittman [18]; 12. 75-Sean Becker [10]; 13. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [23]; 14. 7-David Gravel [9]; 15. 41-Jason Johnson [24]; 16. 17-Justin Sanders [21]; 17. OO-Jason Statler [22]; 18. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [14]; 19. 3C-Jonathan Allard [13]; 20. 29W-Willie Croft [19]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [20]; 22. 88N-DJ Netto [17]; 23. 5V-Colby Copeland [15]; 24. 2L-Logan Forler [16]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-28, Donny Schatz 29-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83JR-Kyle Hirst [+10]

Qualifying Flight 1 – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.190; 2. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.295; 3. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.361; 4. 7-David Gravel, 11.365; 5. 14R-Andy Gregg, 11.406; 6. 3C-Jonathan Allard, 11.471; 7. O-Bud Kaeding, 11.501; 8. 5V-Colby Copeland, 11.523; 9. 88N-DJ Netto, 11.544; 10. 31C-Justyn Cox, 11.582; 11. OOJR-Cory Eliason, 11.596; 12. 29W-Willie Croft, 11.633; 13. 17-Justin Sanders, 11.680; 14. 83JR-Kyle Hirst, 11.689; 15. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.708; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.781; 17. 22K-Shane Golobic, 11.834; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 11.835; 19. 98-Sean Watts, 12.061; 20. 13-Rowdy McClenon, 12.227;

Qualifying Flight 2 – 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 11.322; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana, 11.338; 3. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.352; 4. 75-Sean Becker, 11.503; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.509; 6. 21X-Carson Macedo, 11.525; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.546; 8. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 11.549; 9. 2L-Logan Forler, 11.585; 10. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.652; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.661; 12. 92-Andy Forsberg, 11.790; 13. 22-Mason Moore, 11.833; 14. 11AU-Toby Bellbowen, 11.862; 15. 25-Bobby McMahan, 12.007; 16. OO-Jason Statler, 12.115; 17. 11K-Mikey Kuemper, 12.771; 18. 18-Brayden McMahan, 13.220; 19. 99T-Skylar Gee, nt; 20. 88-Tyler Walker, 12.970; 21. 12-Scott Parker, nt

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. O-Bud Kaeding [1]; 2. 14R-Andy Gregg [2]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 5. 88N-DJ Netto [5]; 6. 17-Justin Sanders [7]; 7. 22K-Shane Golobic [9]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [8]; 9. 98-Sean Watts [10]; 10. OOJR-Cory Eliason [6]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 2. 3C-Jonathan Allard [2]; 3. 5V-Colby Copeland [1]; 4. 7-David Gravel [3]; 5. 83JR-Kyle Hirst [7]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley [9]; 7. 29W-Willie Croft [6]; 8. 13-Rowdy McClenon [10]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]; 10. 31C-Justyn Cox [5]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 24-Rico Abreu [3]; 5. 2L-Logan Forler [5]; 6. 25-Bobby McMahan [8]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 8. 22-Mason Moore [7]; 9. 11K-Mikey Kuemper [9]; 10. 99T-Skylar Gee [10]; 11. 12-Scott Parker [11]

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 2. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [1]; 3. OO-Jason Statler [8]; 4. 75-Sean Becker [3]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 6. 11AU-Toby Bellbowen [7]; 7. 18-Brayden McMahan [9]; 8. 21X-Carson Macedo [2]; 9. 92-Andy Forsberg [6]; 10. 88-Tyler Walker [10]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [3]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 7. 24-Rico Abreu [6]; 8. O-Bud Kaeding [7]

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) – 1. 22K-Shane Golobic [1]; 2. 98-Sean Watts [5]; 3. 11K-Mikey Kuemper [2]; 4. 13-Rowdy McClenon [6]; 5. 18-Brayden McMahan [4]; 6. 44W-Austen Wheatley [3]; 7. 99T-Skylar Gee [7]; 8. 88-Tyler Walker [8]; 9. 12-Scott Parker [9]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 41-Jason Johnson [9]; 2. 17-Justin Sanders [7]; 3. 29W-Willie Croft [5]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 5. 22-Mason Moore [8]; 6. 25-Bobby McMahan [12]; 7. 22K-Shane Golobic [13]; 8. OOJR-Cory Eliason [3]; 9. 11AU-Toby Bellbowen [10]; 10. 98-Sean Watts [14]; 11. 21X-Carson Macedo [2]; 12. 31C-Justyn Cox [1]; 13. 92-Andy Forsberg [6]; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen [11]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

9140

0

29

53

61

4

2

2

Shane Stewart

8712

-428

9

35

51

4

3

29

Kerry Madsen

8570

-570

1

24

55

10

4

71M

Joey Saldana

8530

-610

2

34

49

16

5

49

Brad Sweet

8508

-632

3

25

51

2

6

51

Paul McMahan

8420

-720

2

25

46

4

7

9

Daryn Pittman

8406

-734

4

23

45

2

8

7s

Jason Sides

8021

-1119

1

12

28

2

9

7

David Gravel

7943

-1197

0

7

26

2

10

1S

Logan Schuchart

7676

-1464

0

4

24

1

11

11k

Kraig Kinser

7559

-1581

0

4

14

1

12

41

Jason Johnson

6684

-2456

0

6

14

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

6503

-2637

0

0

0

0

14

24

Rico Abreu

2925

-6215

2

6

11

3

15

83

Craig Dollansky

2671

-6469

0

1

5

0

16

35AU

Jamie Veal

2567

-6573

0

2

5

1

17

1

Sammy Swindell

2364

-6776

0

5

9

2

18

44W

Austen Wheatley

2184

-6956

0

0

1

0

19

3

Tim Kaeding

2149

-6991

1

2

9

0

20

24

Terry McCarl

2050

-7090

1

3

6

0


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