Attica results 2008-05-30

Schatz Sizzles at Attica: Picks up Second Win of 2008 Attica, OH-- May 30, 2008-- Donny Schatz not only had 23 other drivers chasing him on Friday night, but he also had Mother Nature knocking at his door, as she tried her best to derail the...

Schatz Sizzles at Attica: Picks up Second Win of 2008

Attica, OH-- May 30, 2008-- Donny Schatz not only had 23 other drivers chasing him on Friday night, but he also had Mother Nature knocking at his door, as she tried her best to derail the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. Schatz would not be outdone, as he bested the field and the weather at the high-banked 1/3-mile to score his second A-Feature win of the season and the 72nd of his World of Outlaws career.

Schatz took the lead from Paul McMahan on the high side of the track on the 11th lap, exiting the fourth turn as he charged down the front straightaway and quickly began to pull away. He would endure a couple of cautions over the course of the 40-lap contest, but strong restarts each time kept him handily in front of the field aboard the Armor All J&J for Tony Stewart Racing.. With the win, Schatz remained the only Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 13 events this season.

"It was a good night for us," said Schatz. "We keep working hard to get that feel I like back and each day we keep making big strides. I think we have our hand on what it is, and I am very excited about that."

Schatz lined up third and ran there for the first four laps of the race before getting around Jac Haudenschild to move into the runner-up position. He then began to reel in Paul McMahan who led from the drop of the green flag. The race took two starts to get going, after the caution flag flew on the initial start before a full lap was complete. After another caution on the second lap, McMahan began to pull away before Schatz chased him down in lapped traffic.

"I knew we would be good when we got to traffic," Schatz noted. "We just had to wait through our car a little bit. We had a really good car, but had to wait for the fuel load to come off. That's something we have been working on all year, to get our car better late in the race, like it's been the last couple of years, and we got it tonight."

The race began with a light mist, which intensified throughout the event, though with 24 cars running all over the surface on the high-banked 1/3-mile, there was not much room for the rain to actually hit the track. The checkered flag flew just around 9:30 p.m. as officials did everything they could to make sure the capacity crowd was able see the full 40 lap event.

"You could see it a little, but it wasn't coming down real bad," said the winner of the rain late in the event. "My car was stuck so good through the middle and the top that it didn't really affect me. I know there are some people that probably would have wished it would have rained halfway through while they were leading, but not me. Every lap I do, I get better and I need every lap I can get. I'm glad to run all 40 laps and get away with a victory."

Schatz is currently second in World of Outlaws points, as he chases his third consecutive title. He is in his first season behind the wheel for two-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart. Schatz was looking forward to calling his boss after picking up the win on Friday night, before heading to Eldora Speedway tomorrow, which Stewart also owns.

"He is pushing us, as he should be and that's no different than my dad would," said the second generation driver of his car owner. "My dad is pushing us too. I'm glad to have that. That says a lot when you get pushed. That's what we need. That's what these guys need and that's what I need. We're going there tomorrow and will try to get out of there with a victory."

Joey Saldana earned his seventh Top-Five finish of the season on Friday night aboard the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. After lining up fourth, he was engaged in a number of battles over the course of the 40-lap event, including with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser, Jac Haudenschild and then Chad Kemenah in the late going.

"It was a good run for us," said Saldana. "We had a driver error in qualifying and I had to redeem myself in the heat race. We got up through there in the (Crane Cams) Dash. In the feature, we kind of fell back and stuck with it and got going. I thought I was catching him with five to go. I was catching him off of (turn) two, but catching him is one thing and passing him is another. It was definitely a good run for us."

Shane Stewart finished third at Attica, to earn his third Top-Five finish in the last four events, driving a Steve Kent-built machine for the Roth Motorsports team. He also wrapped up the title in the Qwik Liner Cup, after turning the second fastest lap in time trials, to take the crown over Craig Dollansky by a single point. He will be awarded the Qwik Liner Cup at Knoxville Raceway next weekend.

"It was a great race," Stewart said. "We don't get to see that many tracks that are slick from the top to the bottom like that. Generally when they get that slick they take rubber, but the guys here at Attica did a great job. We were steady all night. We weren't spectacular but we were good enough to get up there. It was another strong finish and I'm happy with it."

Chad Kemenah turned in his sixth Top-10 run of the year as he finished fourth at his home track. The native of nearby Findlay, Ohio lined up seventh for the A-Feature and moved into the Top-Five on the third lap in the Kantor Oil Company Maxim. He ran as high as second during the middle stages of the race.

Jason Meyers, the current World of Outlaws championship point leader picked up his series leading 11th Top-Five finish of the season on Friday night, driving the GLR Investments KPC. The native of Clovis, California started 11th and after losing a spot on the opening lap steadily worked his way to the front, with the aid of a couple of cautions, to wind up fifth.

Jac Haudenschild finished sixth aboard the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim to rack up his seventh Top-10 finish of the 2008 campaign. Kerry Madsen was seventh in the TK Concrete Maxim to earn his ninth Top-10 finish of the season. Tim Shaffer earned the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award after using a provisional to start 25th and finishing in the eighth spot, aboard the Casey's General Store Maxim. Dale Blaney was ninth in the Berlin Bakery Maxim, with Craig Dollansky rounding out the Top-10 in the Auto Value Parts Stores Maxim.

Steve Kinser was running fourth when he had mechanical trouble with 13 laps to go, ending his right. McMahan, who led the first 10 laps of the race also had trouble in the late going which ended his night.

As is usually the case at a high-banked bullring like Attica Raceway Park, the leaders were in traffic for a majority of the race. This allowed several drivers to make up ground late in the race. Saldana was able to close in a little bit on Schatz in the late going, but also had some trouble getting around a few of the lapped machines.

"We were running a different line than they were," noted the native of Brownsburg, Indiana. "The biggest problem for me was that my car was so tight that I had to run the top and the guys that I was trying to pass were sliding across the top. Every time I would get a run on them it was hard for me to get underneath them. It was a tough race for us as tight as we were."

Shane Stewart used restarts on the 27th and 29th laps to gain a number of positions on Friday night. He first got around Jason Meyers on a restart, and then on the final restart he charged past Jac Haudenschild and Chad Kemenah both exiting the second turn.

"I found a little bit of moisture coming off of (turn) two," Stewart shared. "You had to go in there so slow and it was a restart thing. I was fortunate enough to get a few cars on each restarts. I just inched my way up to the front. I think once I got to third that was about as far as I was going to do. I don't think I had anything for (Donny) Schatz or (Joey) Saldana."

After an accident in the second heat race, Daryn Pittman was taken to a local hospital for precautionary reasons after having pain in his back. After observation, he released and will return to action on Saturday night.

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday, May 31 at Eldora Speedway.

ATTICA RACEWAY PARK NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Rob Chaney paced the 46 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/3-oval at 12.414 seconds at 96.664 mph. For his qualifying effort, Chaney earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Shane Stewart (4), Jason Meyers (3), Jac Haudenschild (2), and Paul McMahan (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Kraig Kinser, Donny Schatz, Steve Kinser and Chad Kemenah won heat races... Jac Haudenschild won the Crane Cams Dash... Chris Andrews won the B-Main... Mike Linder won the C-Main.

* UP NEXT: The second visit of the season to the famed Eldora Speedway on Saturday, May 31.

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Attica Raceway Park; Attica, OH; May 30, 2008

Qualifying
1) 24H-Rob Chaney 12.414
2) 83-Shane Stewart 12.419
3) 14-Jason Meyers 12.511
4) R19-Jac Haudenschild 12.533
5) O-Paul McMahan 12.649
6) 2-Craig Dollansky 12.651
7) 55-Kerry Madsen 12.676
8) 15C-Chris Andrews 12.692
9) 20-Kraig Kinser 12.695
10) 15-Donny Schatz 12.695
11) 9X-Kevin Huntley 12.696
12) 8K-Chad Kemenah 12.720
13) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 12.736
14) 10-David Harrison 12.772
15) 9-Joey Saldana 12.785
16) 48S-Andy Shammo 12.826
17) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 12.889
18) 21-Daryn Pittman 12.890
19) 11-Steve Kinser 12.906
20) 5B-Chad Blonde 13.005
21) 2B-Dale Blaney 13.016
22) 83X-Phil Gressman 13.041
23) 11M-Brandon Martin 13.056
24) 16-Lee Jacobs 13.088
25) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.103
26) 98-Bruce Robenalt 13.104
27) W20-Greg Wilson 13.105
28) 7S-Jason Sides 13.115
29) X-Mark Keegan 13.167
30) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.200
31) 12-Caleb Griffith 13.206
32) 11B-Brock Mayes 13.214
33) 69-Scott Curren 13.245
34) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.265
35) 312-Mike Linder 13.299
36) 27-Scott Euler 13.334
37) O4-Cap Henry 13.429
38) 6-Tim Shaffer 13.447
39) 6X-Mike Dussel 13.466
40) 5-Byron Reed 13.552
41) 75-Jeremy Campbell 13.612
42) 75H-Mike Hogan 13.717
43) 91-Aaron Middaugh 13.934
44) 24-Terry McCarl 14.330
45) 51M-Roger Campbell 15.998
46) 63-Roddy Bellbowen 18.357

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Kraig Kinser
2) O-Paul McMahan
3) 2B-Dale Blaney
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
5) 24H-Rob Chaney
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
8) O4-Cap Henry
9) X-Mark Keegan
10) 75-Jeremy Campbell
11) 69-Scott Curren
12) 51M-Roger Campbell

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 2-Craig Dollansky
3) 10-David Harrison
4) 83-Shane Stewart
5) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
6) 1X-Randy Hannagan
7) 83X-Phil Gressman
8) 98-Bruce Robenalt
9) 75H-Mike Hogan
10) 6-Tim Shaffer
11) 63-Roddy Bellbowen
12) 21-Daryn Pittman

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 9X-Kevin Huntley
4) 55-Kerry Madsen
5) 14-Jason Meyers
6) 11M-Brandon Martin
7) 312-Mike Linder
8) 12-Caleb Griffith
9) W20-Greg Wilson
10) 6X-Mike Dussel
11) 91-Aaron Middaugh

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 8K-Chad Kemenah
2) R19-Jac Haudenschild
3) 48S-Andy Shammo
4) 5B-Chad Blonde
5) 5-Byron Reed
6) 7S-Jason Sides
7) 16-Lee Jacobs
8) 15C-Chris Andrews
9) 11B-Brock Mayes
10) 27-Scott Euler
11) 24-Terry McCarl

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) R19-Jac Haudenschild
2) O-Paul McMahan
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) 11-Steve Kinser
6) 83-Shane Stewart
7) 8K-Chad Kemenah
8) 2-Craig Dollansky
9) 20-Kraig Kinser
10) 24H-Rob Chaney

C-main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)
1) 312-Mike Linder
2) 1X-Randy Hannagan
3) 6-Tim Shaffer [$125]
4) 75-Jeremy Campbell [$125]
5) 75H-Mike Hogan [$125]
6) 51M-Roger Campbell [$100]
7) 63-Roddy Bellbowen [$100]
8) 27-Scott Euler [$100]
9) 91-Aaron Middaugh [$100]
10) 6X-Mike Dussel [$100]
11) 24-Terry McCarl [$100]
12) O4-Cap Henry [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15C-Chris Andrews
2) 11M-Brandon Martin
3) 16-Lee Jacobs
4) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
5) 11B-Brock Mayes [$200]
6) 312-Mike Linder [$180]
7) X-Mark Keegan [$175]
8) 5C-Chad Hillier [$160]
9) W20-Greg Wilson [$150]
10) 98-Bruce Robenalt [$150]
11) 1X-Randy Hannagan [$150]
12) 12-Caleb Griffith [$150]
13) 7S-Jason Sides [$150]
14) 69-Scott Curren [$150]
15) 83X-Phil Gressman [$150]
16) 21-Daryn Pittman [$150]

A-main (40 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[4] [$5,500]
3) 83-Shane Stewart[6] [$3,200]
4) 8K-Chad Kemenah[7] [$2,800]
5) 14-Jason Meyers[11] [$2,500]
6) R19-Jac Haudenschild[1] [$2,300]
7) 55-Kerry Madsen[12] [$2,200]
8) 6-Tim Shaffer[25] [$1,300]
9) 2B-Dale Blaney[20] [$2,050]
10) 2-Craig Dollansky[8] [$2,000]
11) 20-Kraig Kinser[9] [$1,500]
12) 10-David Harrison[16] [$1,200]
13) 5-Byron Reed[24] [$1,100]
14) 11M-Brandon Martin[21] [$1,050]
15) 15C-Chris Andrews[13] [$1,000]
16) 48S-Andy Shammo[17] [$900]
17) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[18] [$800]
18) 16-Lee Jacobs[22] [$800]
19) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[23] [$800]
20) 7S-Jason Sides[26] [$0]
21) O-Paul McMahan[2] [$800]
22) 11-Steve Kinser[5] [$800]
23) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[15] [$800]
24) 5B-Chad Blonde[19] [$800]
25) 9X-Kevin Huntley[14] [$800]
26) 24H-Rob Chaney[10] [$800]

Note- Tim Shaffer and Jason Sides used World of Outlaws provisionals to start the A-Feature.

Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-10, Donny Schatz 11-40

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Paul McMahan
Penske Power Position: Shane Stewart
KSE Hard Charger Award: Tim Shaffer

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tim Shaffer , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolf , Greg Wil , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.