Alma K-C Raceway results 2008-07-26

An Even Dozen: Schatz Picks up 12th Win of Season at K-C Raceway Alma, OH-- July 26, 2008-- Donny Schatz was just 0.091 second from winning his third consecutive Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at K-C Raceway in...

An Even Dozen: Schatz Picks up 12th Win of Season at K-C Raceway

Alma, OH-- July 26, 2008-- Donny Schatz was just 0.091 second from winning his third consecutive Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at K-C Raceway in Ohio last season, as he finished second after leading a number of laps. He made up for that near miss on Saturday night as he picked up his third win in his last four starts at the track.

Schatz's series leading 12th A-Feature win of the season was worth $10,000, as he passed early leader Chad Kemenah on the 24th lap in heavy lapped traffic and would lead the remainder of the 40-lap contest. In five starts at the track with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, he has finished fourth or better in each and every one.

"It's been a good place for me," said Schatz. "We qualified well and got ourselves in the right spot. We had a great race car tonight. We had to borrow our time a little bit and get to halfway to burn some of the fuel off that thing to get it to drive forward."

The race began with Kemenah who started on the pole charging down the front straightaway and powering his way through turns one and two on the high side of the track. Schatz aboard the Armor All J&J, kept pace as he looked to the low side of turns one and two and then three and four several different laps as Kemenah utilized the high side of the track while leading.

The first caution of the night came out on the fourth lap, bunching the field up. On the restart Kemenah again used the high side of the track, leaving the bottom open in turns one and two for Schatz to take a look, though he was able to pull even a couple of times, he was not able to get around Kemenah.

Near the 10th lap, Kemenah found himself in traffic, which gave Schatz a couple of opportunities to make a pass for the lead. The caution flag waved twice more in the next few laps, with Schatz closing in on the leader.

Kemenah continued to work the high side of the track after the halfway point. Schatz got even with him a couple of times on the straightaways, before diving under Kemenah exiting the third and fourth turns on the 24th lap.

"You have to go where he is not and he was not going to get off that middle and top," explained the winner. "It was good up there, though when the track slows down you aren't going to run 40-laps up there. We had to bide our time and try to get my tires set in there on the bottom and let the race track get cleaned off a little bit and it worked. It didn't work as soon as I would have liked, but I'm glad to get back to Victory Lane again."

For the last 15 laps of the event, Schatz had to negotiate very heavy traffic, as well as hold off Dale Blaney and Jason Meyers. With his win, Schatz remains the only driver that has finished in the Top-10 in every event this season.

"We got Chad (Kemenah) there," Schatz noted of lapped traffic. "He got to traffic and tried moving around before that and his race car wouldn't let him really move around. I scraped the whole race trying to figure out how to get my car better and how to get my car on the bottom. It took me a while to get going. Traffic is always fun, and that is where these races are won and lost and that's what the people come here to see."

The win for Schatz was the 82nd of his Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series career, which place him in sole possession of the fifth spot on the all-time win list, ahead of the 2001 series champion Danny Lasoski.

"Just liked when we tied Danny (Lasoski) it's bittersweet," noted the North Dakota native. "When you are a competitive person like I am, we don't look at the number of wins. We do what we do here today and we worry about tomorrow and it's obviously all about winning races. He is a person that I have always looked up to and he is definitely a true champion. It's fun to put your name ahead of his, but it's also bittersweet, but that's how racing is."

Blaney lined up fourth and gained a spot on the opening lap, getting around Jason Sides, before battling with Schatz. He would later get around Chad Kemenah to move into second and tried several times at the end to gain ground on Schatz.

"I think we finished in that same spot in 2006 to (Donny) Schatz," shared Blaney, who pilots the Berlin Bakery Maxim. "We've always been pretty good here and always good against the Outlaws here. We felt like we had a good chance."

Jason Meyers continues his string of Top-Fives, racking up his eighth consecutive Top-Five finish. The California native lined up fifth and lost a spot on the opening lap. He then battled with Jason Sides and Terry McCarl for the fifth spot. McCarl was running fourth on the 14th lap when he was caught up in an accident, which forced him to the work area and the back of the field on the restart.

"We had another good night," said Meyers. "I think it was one of the slickest race tracks that we have been on all year long. We just weren't quite good enough. I don't know if we didn't have the right tire on or what. It was still a good run."

Kemenah led the first 23 laps of the contest at the high-banked 3/8-mile where he has nine career wins and wound up fourth. The Ohio native has eight Top-Five finishes on the season, including three in the last four races.

"I feel like we are getting closer," commented Kemenah, who drivers the Kantor Oil Company Maxim. "My crew is doing a great job. I am really happy. We are trying to do our best for Jon Kantor (car owner), because he has given us everything to come out here and compete every night. We are proving right now that we can run in the Top-10 and we have had some Top-Fives here lately. That is my goal, to run in the Top-10 every night and if I am there, the wins will come."

Joey Saldana was fifth aboard the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. Kerry Madsen came all the way from the 20th starting spot to finish sixth in the TK Concrete Maxim. Jac Haudenschild was seventh in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim. Steve Kinser was eighth in the Q Oil Maxim, with Butch Schroeder ninth in the All Star Plumbing & Heating Maxim. The pair got into a hard crash after the checkered flag flew. Tim Shaffer rounded out the Top-10.

Blaney ran third for most of the race, after snagging that position on the opening lap. He began the night by turning the fastest lap in time trials of the 42 cars that took to the track. He also used a strong run in the Crane Cams Dash, where he started 10th and ran fourth to earn a second row starting spot in the A-Feature.

"I didn't want to see a whole lot of yellows," said the Ohio native. "We had a 15 (compound) on (the right rear) and I wanted to run a lot of green flag laps and maybe that would get us going a bit. I wouldn't say the cautions hurt us. We were hanging around there. It was a really good run. We have been knocking on the door the last few weeks when we run with these guys. We feel like we are going pretty good right now."

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Monday, July 28 at Paducah International Speedway in Kentucky for an event which was postponed by rain earlier this season.

K-C RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Dale Blaney paced the 42 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval at 11.829 seconds at 101.344 mph. For his qualifying effort, Blaney earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Donny Schatz (4), Jimmy Stinson (3), Craig Dollansky (2), and Todd Kane (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Shane Stewart, Donny Schatz, Jason Meyers and Chad Kemenah won heat races... Chad Kemenah won the Crane Cams Dash.... won the B-Main... Adam Strausser won the C-Main.

* UP NEXT: An event at Paducah International Raceway in Kentucky on Monday, July 28 which was postponed by rain earlier this season.

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; K-C Raceway; Alma, OH; July 26, 2008

Qualifying
1) 2B-Dale Blaney 11.829
2) 15-Donny Schatz 11.885
3) 84-Jimmy Stinson 11.922
4) 2-Craig Dollansky 11.933
5) 6X-Todd Kane 11.939
6) 21-Daryn Pittman 11.946
7) 14-Jason Meyers 11.968
8) 9-Joey Saldana 12.005
9) 83-Shane Stewart 12.008
10) B20-Butch Schroeder 12.070
11) 83A-Tim Shaffer 12.075
12) 8K-Chad Kemenah 12.078
13) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 12.083
14) 24-Terry McCarl 12.092
15) 7S-Jason Sides 12.093
16) 6-Paul McMahan 12.104
17) R19-Jac Haudenschild 12.116
18) 24H-Rob Chaney 12.142
19) 7K-Blake Feese 12.177
20) 11-Steve Kinser 12.179
21) 55-Kerry Madsen 12.217
22) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 12.227
23) W20-Greg Wilson 12.248
24) 80-Spud Gustin 12.260
25) 12-Caleb Griffith 12.272
26) OO-James Nier 12.297
27) 51-Aaron Higgins 12.344
28) 20-Kraig Kinser 12.405
29) 5C-Chad Hillier 12.453
30) 8-Dean Jacobs 12.538
31) 22-Brandon Martin 12.545
32) 40-Mark Imler 12.721
33) 65-Adam Strausser 12.754
34) O6-Brandy Bower 12.948
35) 3C-Cale Conley 13.063
36) 22D-Josh Davis 13.082
37) 59J-Kirk Jeffries 13.106
38) 7A-Dave Dickson 13.302
39) 28X-Hud Horton 13.313
40) 4-Danny Smith 13.497
41) 41-Randy Fink 13.948
42) 33S-Keith Baxter 14.091

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 83-Shane Stewart
2) R19-Jac Haudenschild
3) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
4) 2B-Dale Blaney
5) 55-Kerry Madsen
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 65-Adam Strausser
8) 12-Caleb Griffith
9) 59J-Kirk Jeffries
10) 41-Randy Fink
11) 6X-Todd Kane

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 24-Terry McCarl
3) 21-Daryn Pittman
4) OO-James Nier
5) B20-Butch Schroeder
6) 24H-Rob Chaney
7) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
8) 8-Dean Jacobs
9) 7A-Dave Dickson
10) O6-Brandy Bower
11) 33S-Keith Baxter

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 14-Jason Meyers
2) 7S-Jason Sides
3) 84-Jimmy Stinson
4) 83A-Tim Shaffer
5) W20-Greg Wilson
6) 7K-Blake Feese
7) 22-Brandon Martin
8) 3C-Cale Conley
9) 28X-Hud Horton
10) 51-Aaron Higgins

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 8K-Chad Kemenah
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 2-Craig Dollansky
4) 11-Steve Kinser
5) 4-Danny Smith
6) 40-Mark Imler
7) 20-Kraig Kinser
8) 22D-Josh Davis
9) 6-Paul McMahan
10) 80-Spud Gustin

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 8K-Chad Kemenah
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 7S-Jason Sides
4) 2B-Dale Blaney
5) 14-Jason Meyers
6) 24-Terry McCarl
7) R19-Jac Haudenschild
8) 84-Jimmy Stinson
9) 83-Shane Stewart
10) 9-Joey Saldana

C-main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)
1) 65-Adam Strausser
2) 3C-Cale Conley
3) 22D-Josh Davis [$125]
4) O6-Brandy Bower [$125]
5) 7A-Dave Dickson [$125]
6) 40-Mark Imler [$100]
7) 41-Randy Fink [$100]
8) 59J-Kirk Jeffries [$100]
9) 28X-Hud Horton [$100]
10) 33S-Keith Baxter [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 6X-Todd Kane
2) 6-Paul McMahan
3) 24H-Rob Chaney
4) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
5) 20-Kraig Kinser [$200]
6) 7K-Blake Feese [$180]
7) 12-Caleb Griffith [$175]
8) 80-Spud Gustin [$160]
9) 5C-Chad Hillier [$150]
10) 8-Dean Jacobs [$150]
11) 51-Aaron Higgins [$150]
12) 22-Brandon Martin [$150]
13) 3C-Cale Conley [$150]
14) 65-Adam Strausser [$150]

A-main (40 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[2] [$10,000]
2) 2B-Dale Blaney[4] [$5,500]
3) 14-Jason Meyers[5] [$3,200]
4) 8K-Chad Kemenah[1] [$2,800]
5) 9-Joey Saldana[10] [$2,500]
6) 55-Kerry Madsen[20] [$2,300]
7) R19-Jac Haudenschild[7] [$2,200]
8) 11-Steve Kinser[19] [$2,100]
9) B20-Butch Schroeder[14] [$2,050]
10) 83A-Tim Shaffer[15] [$2,000]
11) 20-Kraig Kinser[25] [$700]
12) 6-Paul McMahan[17] [$1,200]
13) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[16] [$1,100]
14) 7S-Jason Sides[3] [$1,050]
15) 24H-Rob Chaney[18] [$1,000]
16) 4-Danny Smith[24] [$900]
17) 21-Daryn Pittman[13] [$800]
18) W20-Greg Wilson[22] [$800]
19) 2-Craig Dollansky[11] [$800]
20) 83-Shane Stewart[9] [$800]
21) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[21] [$800]
22) 6X-Todd Kane[12] [$800]
23) 24-Terry McCarl[6] [$800]
24) OO-James Nier[23] [$800]
25) 84-Jimmy Stinson[8] [$800]

Note- Kraig Kinser used a World of Outlaws provisional to start the A-Feature.

Lap Leaders: Chad Kemenah 1-23, Donny Schatz 24-40

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Chad Kemenah
Penske Power Position Award: Jason Meyers
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Cale Conley
KSE Hard Charger Award: Kraig Kinser

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Blake Feese , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Greg Wil , Cale Conley , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.