Late Race Pass Gives Donny Schatz Win at River Cities Speedway

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The Win is the 24th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for Schatz

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Aug. 21, 2015 – With a late race pass of Paul McMahan at Friday night’s Second Leg of the Northern Tour at River Cities Speedway, Donny Schatz picked up his 24th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

With the hard fought win, Schatz also scored the sweep of series events at the track in 2015. He stood in victory lane when the Outlaws were in Grand Forks on June 19.

“These three guys working on the racecar, they are the ones you should be talking to,” Schatz said. “They’re just incredible. (Driving the late model tonight) kind of threw me off a little because I didn’t get a lot of time to talk to them in between races. They made great calls to try to make things better for me. We finally got our racecar back to where it’s better late in the race and they’ve worked hard to make that happen.”

Schatz picked up quick time to start the night in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies/Chevrolet Performance car with a lap of 10.398.

McMahan battled past Schatz in the night’s Dash and took the top starting spot in the 40-lap feature. When the green flag fell, Schatz tried hard to get around McMahan but the CJB Motorsports driver held the position.

Through several cautions in the early going, a bunched up field and restarts provided opportunities for several drivers not least of which was Schatz and Mark Dobmeier, the winningest driver in River Cities’ history.

Joey Saldana had taken over the second position from Schatz in his No. 71m Motter Equipment car on an early restart. When the field came to green following a caution on lap 17, the second, third and fourth place running cars of Saldana, Schatz and Dobmeier bunched up and set up a three-way battle for position. Schatz and Saldana battled side-by-side on the restart and through the succeeding lap. Advantage to Schatz as Dobmeier rode the cushion at the top around Saldana.

“We had a really good car and I gave it away on that restart there,” Saldana said. “I don’t know what I was thinking. Running the bottom and no, I’m going to try sliding to the top. That was a total mistake on my part.”

As McMahan worked his way through lapped traffic, Schatz closed on the leader. McMahan beat Schatz down the front into turns one and two but Schatz ran down McMahan in turn three, lap after lap, McMahan blocked the line and held Schatz off.

The final stoppage of the night occurred on lap 27 as Jason Sides, Dusty Zomer, Austen Wheatley and Mitch Mack were caught up in a crash on the exit of turn four. All drivers were OK.

On the restart a new face emerged. Jason Johnson, who started the feature in 16th had steadily worked his way to sixth and when green flag again flew, Johnson moved from that position to third in one lap.

The pitched battle for the lead once again returned as McMahan worked to hold off Schatz. Lap after lap, with Schatz on the bottom of turns one and two and McMahan on the top, McMahan held off the No. 15. One bobble though was all it took for Schatz to get around McMahan off of turn two. As Saldana fought back in to the top three for his position, Schatz did not look back in the final eight laps.

For Saldana, the third place finish was a solid run for his team but a missed opportunity.

“I had to work my way back up there and had a shot at second and just didn’t run a smart race the whole 40 laps,” Saldana said. “But it was definitely a good solid effort by the whole team. Anytime you can be on the front straightaway after a World of Outlaws race, you’ve accomplished something.”

McMahan, who finished second to Schatz after leading the first 32 laps of the feature, said his team has been making strides to get better after a rough middle part of the season. Ultimately though, he said every Outlaws team is chasing Schatz.

“I thought I had a shot tonight,” McMahan said. “You always have a shot on the front row. You just always know that that 15 car is up there chasing you down. We started to get a little free. We took a big rock to the wing and knocked the right front corner in on it a little bit. No excuses. We just flat got beat, got outdriven tonight.”

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action Sunday night at Nodak Speedway in Minot, N.D. for the Gerdau Magic City Showdown. To find out more information and to learn how to buy tickets, visithttp://woosprint.com/nodak-speedway.

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River Cities Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz picked up his fourth quick time award of the season Friday night after a lap of 10.398 seconds… With his win tonight, Donny Schatz not only scored his 24th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season, but he swept the series events at River Cities Speedway this season… Brad Sweet was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 18 positions to finish in sixth… The battle for the third through sixth positions in the championship standings continues to be heated as less than 100 points separate the four drivers.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Casey Mack; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): N/A; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Mobil 1($50 cash): Logan Schuchart;JE Pistons ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman;Super Flow ($50 cash): Chris Shirek; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Paul McMahan;KSE Racing Products($100 product certificate): Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1(20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Mitch Mack; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Mitch Mack; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Casey Mack.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 24 (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); Shane Stewart – 7 (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); Daryn Pittman – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Brad Sweet – 3 (Volusia Speedway Park onFeb. 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 on March 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; River Cities Speedway; Grand Forks, N.D.; Aug. 21, 2015

A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [$5,500]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4] [$3,200]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [16] [$2,800]; 5. 13-Mark Dobmeier [8] [$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [24] [$2,300]; 7. 7-David Gravel [7] [$2,200]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [5] [$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10] [$2,050]; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser [11] [$2,000]; 11. 2-Shane Stewart [6] [$1,500]; 12. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] [$1,200]; 13. 7S-Jason Sides [13] [$1,100]; 14. 9N-Wade Nygaard [20] [$1,050]; 15. 1K-Chris Shirek [9] [$1,000]; 16. 99-Jordan Graham [21] [$900]; 17. 5-Dave Glennon [14] [$800]; 18. O-Nick Omdahl [23] [$800]; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen [18] [$800]; 20. 82-Dusty Zomer [17] [$800]; 21. 92-Mitch Mack [19] [$800]; 22. 44W-Austen Wheatley [15] [$800]; 23. 2A-Austin Pierce [12] [$800]; 24. 8-Casey Mack [22] [$800].Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-32, Donny Schatz 33-40. KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet [+18]

Qualifying – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.398; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 10.401; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana, 10.402; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.452; 5. 7-David Gravel, 10.485; 6. 1K-Chris Shirek, 10.556; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.611; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.618; 9. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.654; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 10.675; 11. 25-Cory Mack, 10.686; 12. 2A-Austin Pierce, 10.698; 13. 8H-Jade Hastings, 10.719; 14. 7S-Jason Sides, 10.776; 15. 29-Kerry Madsen, 10.793; 16. 20A-Jordon Adams, 10.799; 17. 5-Dave Glennon, 10.812; 18. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 10.821; 19. 41-Jason Johnson, 10.878; 20. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 10.886; 21. 82-Dusty Zomer, 10.891; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.920; 23. 92-Mitch Mack, 10.982; 24. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 11.115; 25. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 11.117; 26. 19-Donovan Peterson, 11.133; 27. 99-Jordan Graham, 11.142; 28. 8-Casey Mack, 11.182; 29. O-Nick Omdahl, 11.227; 30. 6-Zach Wilde, 11.534; 31. 91M-Jackson Moffett, 11.594; 32. 99T-Skylar Gee, 11.834

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 2. 82-Dusty Zomer [6]; 3. 7-David Gravel [3]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2]; 5. 5-Dave Glennon [5]; 6. 8H-Jade Hastings [1]; 7. O-Nick Omdahl [8]; 8. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [7]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 5. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5]; 6. 1K-Chris Shirek [3]; 7. 6-Zach Wilde [8]; 8. 19-Donovan Peterson [7]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [5]; 5. 99-Jordan Graham [7]; 6. 91M-Jackson Moffett [8]; 7. 25-Cory Mack [2]; 8. 92-Mitch Mack [6]

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 13-Mark Dobmeier [4]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 8-Casey Mack [6]; 5. 9N-Wade Nygaard [5]; 6. 20A-Jordon Adams [1]; 7. 99T-Skylar Gee [7]; 8. 2A-Austin Pierce [2]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [3]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [7]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 7. 7-David Gravel [5]; 8. 13-Mark Dobmeier [8]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2A-Austin Pierce [3] [-]; 2. 1K-Chris Shirek [1] [-]; 3. 92-Mitch Mack [6] [-]; 4. O-Nick Omdahl [9] [-]; 5. 19-Donovan Peterson [8] [$300]; 6. 8H-Jade Hastings [4] [$250]; 7. 6-Zach Wilde [10] [$225]; 8. 25-Cory Mack [2] [$200]; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee [12] [$200]; 10. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [7] [$200]; 11. 91M-Jackson Moffett [11] [$200]; 12. 20A-Jordon Adams [5] [$200]

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

7956

0

24

45

53

4

2

2

Shane Stewart

7562

-394

7

28

43

4

3

29

Kerry Madsen

7459

-497

1

21

47

7

4

71M

Joey Saldana

7441

-515

2

29

43

13

5

49

Brad Sweet

7422

-534

3

21

44

2

6

51

Paul McMahan

7370

-586

2

23

40

4

7

9

Daryn Pittman

7303

-653

3

20

39

1

8

7s

Jason Sides

7066

-890

1

10

26

2

9

7

David Gravel

6910

-1046

0

6

21

1

10

1S

Logan Schuchart

6670

-1286

0

3

20

1

11

11k

Kraig Kinser

6613

-1343

0

3

11

1

12

41

Jason Johnson

5796

-2160

0

5

10

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

5649

-2307

0

0

0

0

14

24

Rico Abreu

2708

-5248

2

6

10

3

15

83

Craig Dollansky

2671

-5285

0

1

5

0

16

35AU

Jamie Veal

2567

-5389

0

2

5

1

17

1

Sammy Swindell

2364

-5592

0

5

9

2

18

3

Tim Kaeding

2149

-5807

1

2

9

0

19

24

Terry McCarl

2050

-5906

1

3

6

0

20

2L

Danny Lasoski

1992

-5964

1

8

12

1

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