Cottage Grove results 2008-09-02

Schatz Slides to Win at Cottage Grove Speedway Cottage Grove, OR-- September 2, 2008-- Donny Schatz only gets to race at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon once a year, but it's always an event that he looks forward to. After all, he earned his...

Schatz Slides to Win at Cottage Grove Speedway

Cottage Grove, OR-- September 2, 2008-- Donny Schatz only gets to race at Cottage Grove Speedway in Oregon once a year, but it's always an event that he looks forward to. After all, he earned his first Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series A-Feature win at the track in 1998. Since that race, he has added 82 more A-Feature victories, including on Tuesday night at the high-banked ¼-mile, as he took home the $10,000 top prize.

The two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion took the lead from Jason Meyers on the 28th lap and then held off Craig Dollansky down the stretch to earn his 13 A-Feature win of the season.

"It was a good night," said Schatz. "We went out in the middle of qualifying and were able to get a good lap. We got rolling in the heat race. We had to play a little bit of catch-up because we didn't know what the track was going to do. They worked on it a few times and they did a great job."

The race took two starts to get going, after a caution on the initial green flag. Both times, Lucas Wolfe who started on the pole led the field into turn one using the low side of the track, with Meyers charging around him exiting the second turn to take the lead. Wolfe fought back and powered his way around Meyers off the fourth turn to officially be credited with leading the first lap, with Meyers again taking the lead on the high side of turn two.

By just the fourth lap, the leaders were in traffic, with Schatz looking to the high side of turns three and four as he looked for a way around Meyers. The next lap Meyers cleared some of the lapped car to pull away, before a red flag on the fifth lap halted the field.

Meyers used another strong restart to maintain his lead, when the caution flag flew on the seventh lap. Then next drop of the green saw him jump to a few car length lead. As the halfway point of the 40-lap contest neared, Meyer retained his lead over Schatz.

A caution for Daryn Pittman who had trouble while running third on the 18th lap, led to a fuel stop. On the ensuing restart, Schatz kept pace with Meyers and began to pressure him for the lead.

"I was actually running a little bit lower from the start of the race," Schatz noted. "I thought we would be in a good position to be leading a little bit earlier. We got to lapped traffic and he (Meyers) just didn't keep coming down enough and we got down there before he did. That's where we were able to get underneath him off (turns) three and four and get a run on him."

Schatz dove under Meyers exiting the fourth turn on the 28th lap to take the lead. As he fought back, Meyers slipped out of the low groove and up the track, getting into the wall, which ended his night.

Schatz aboard the Armor All J&J led Craig Dollansky on the restart, and held off the veteran driver to pick up his second win of the season on a ¼-mile track, as he chases his consecutive series title.

"It was hard to get off that bottom," shared the winner. "I kept trying to squeeze out a little bit when I was behind a lapped car and I couldn't do it, so I got back in line. The guys behind me were all over me and I was all over the guys ahead of me, but we couldn't really pass, but that's the way it goes."

Craig Dollansky lined up fifth and fell back to seventh on the opening lap, before working his way back to the front aboard the Snap-on Tools Maxim. He has three consecutive Top-Five finished at Cottage Grove.

"It was a good run on a track like this that was tough to pass on," said Dollansky. "You could make a few passes early on and once the rubber came in that made it more difficult. To start where we did and to finish second was a good performance for this Larry Woodward team."

Jared Ridge finished third on Tuesday night to earn his best career finish with the World of Outlaws. The Washington native started eighth and picked up three spots on the opening lap. He had a late battle with Roger Crockett for the third spot, trading the lead several times with the fellow native of the Pacific Northwest, before taking third for the final time with just two laps to go.

"I am very happy with how tonight went," said Ridge. "It's almost a dream come true and the time of my life. We now get to go to Chico (Silver Dollar Speedway) and if we keep doing well, we can keep going south and running with these guys. I love running with them."

Dollansky was able to stay with Schatz on all of the late restarts and closed to within a couple car lengths of him as the laps wound down and the leaders encountered heavy lapped traffic. For Dollansky, the runner-up performance was his 30th Top-Five performance of the season.

"A couple of times Donny (Schatz) slid and it opened the door a little bit, but not quite enough where we could get in there and make a pass without getting into him," explained the second-place finisher. "You are worried about your tire wear and are not sure how much tire you have left and you have to get to the end of the race as well. I tried to take a few shots there at the end, but had to also make sure we had enough tire to make it to the end of the race."

Dollansky has 12 Top-10 finishes in the last 14 World of Outlaws events and head into the 55th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions this weekend with momentum on his side. He has won seven times this season and is solidly in the third spot in points.

"We've been running strong lately," said the native of Elk River, Minnesota. "We had some bad luck and some things out of our control at Skagit (Speedway). Other than that, we are up there most nights. We'll head into the Gold Cup prepared and see what we can do."

Ridge, who was competing for the first time in his career in a World of Outlaws A-Feature event on Tuesday night, was one of a few drivers that were able to take advantage of heavy lapped traffic on the high-baked ¼-mile aboard the Mystique Metals & Engineering JEI.

"Traffic was very important for me," he noted. "Everyone was on the bottom groove and the lapped cars slowed those guys up, because they were all running the same groove. It definitely helped me out and allowed me to close up on the guys ahead of me."

Ridge, who began racing sprint cars in 2005, spent most of last season on the road working as a crew member for Joey Saldana's Kasey Kahne Racing team. He has had a very strong 2008 campaign, picking up 12 Top-Five finishes.

"I would owe about 50 percent of this to Joey (Saldana) and those guys and all the hard work that I did," explained the Washington native. "They taught me so much and I don't think I would be here without them. They were so good about teaching me stuff. I have a whole lot more confidence driving now that I had before."

After having his streak of consecutive Top-10 finishes broken on Labor Day at Grays Harbor Raceway, Schatz and his team quickly rebounded, with the 55th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions just around the corner at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.

"We've always been pretty confident," said the current series point leader. "We have been testing some stuff and playing around. We have been on some race tracks that really weren't to our liking and our favor. That's just the way that racing is. We've been good there in the past, and were going their gangbusters. We're going there to try to win that thing. This car is rolling around pretty and we're excited."

Roger Crockett picked up his second Top-Five finish in the last four days with the World of Outlaws aboard the Omlid & Swinney Fire Protection KPC.

Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws champion finished fifth at Cottage Grove in the Doyle's Harley-Davidson Eagle. Lucas Wolfe, who won the Crane Cams Dash to earn his first pole of the season, was sixth in the Allebach Racing Maxim.

Chad Kemenah, who began the night by turning the fastest lap in time trials, was seventh in the Kantor Oil Company Maxim, with Monday night's winner Kraig Kinser just behind him in the Bass Pro Shops Maxim. Jac Haudenschild was ninth in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim, with Paul McMahan rounding out the Top-10 aboard the Casey's General Store Maxim.

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action September 4-6 in the 55th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California.

COTTAGE GROVE SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Chad Kemenah paced the 34 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/4-mile oval at 10.076 seconds at 89.321 mph. For his qualifying effort, Kemenah earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Craig Dollansky (4), Kraig Kinser (3), Danny Lasoski (2), and Paul McMahan (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Sammy Swindell, Jason Meyers, Donny Schatz and Danny Lasoski won heat races...Lucas Wolfe won the Crane Cams Dash... Jac Haudenschild won the B-Main.

* UP NEXT: The 55th Annual Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California from September 4-6.

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Cottage Grove Speedway; Cottage Grove, OR; September 2, 2008

Qualifying
1) 8K-Chad Kemenah 10.076
2) 2-Craig Dollansky 10.107
3) 20-Kraig Kinser 10.233
4) 1-Danny Lasoski 10.250
5) 6-Paul McMahan 10.257
6) R19-Jac Haudenschild 10.325
7) 9-Joey Saldana 10.327
8) 7-Robbie Farr 10.357
9) 21-Daryn Pittman 10.416
10) 83-Shane Stewart 10.520
11) 15-Donny Schatz 10.562
12) 5C-Chad Hillier 10.564
13) 10-Sammy Swindell 10.602
14) 14-Jason Meyers 10.623
15) O-Jonathan Allard 10.641
16) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 10.650
17) 39C-Jason Solwold 10.678
18) 7N-Roger Crockett 10.827
19) 24-Terry McCarl 10.834
20) 11-Steve Kinser 10.838
21) 55-Kerry Madsen 10.924
22) 13-Chad Noland 11.026
23) 12-Jared Ridge 11.037
24) 70-Colton Heath 11.098
25) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 11.104
26) 8S-Destiny Hays 11.117
27) 24T-Tyler Walker 11.121
28) 26F-Shane Forte 11.349
29) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 11.372
30) 25C-Chad Groves 11.431
31) 4-Brock Lemley 11.617
32) 45-Jeffrey Rivers 11.700
33) 4S-Dan Simpson 12.008
34) 21X-Michael Griffith 13.002
35) 26-Travis Rutz -.---
36) 7S-Jason Sides -.---

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 10-Sammy Swindell
2) 21-Daryn Pittman
3) 8K-Chad Kemenah
4) 6-Paul McMahan
5) 55-Kerry Madsen
6) 39C-Jason Solwold
7) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
8) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
9) 4S-Dan Simpson

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 14-Jason Meyers
2) 7N-Roger Crockett
3) 83-Shane Stewart
4) 2-Craig Dollansky
5) 13-Chad Noland
6) R19-Jac Haudenschild
7) 25C-Chad Groves
8) 8S-Destiny Hays
9) 21X-Michael Griffith

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 12-Jared Ridge
3) 9-Joey Saldana
4) O-Jonathan Allard
5) 20-Kraig Kinser
6) 24-Terry McCarl
7) 4-Brock Lemley
8) 7S-Jason Sides
9) 24T-Tyler Walker

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 1-Danny Lasoski
2) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
3) 11-Steve Kinser
4) 5C-Chad Hillier
5) 70-Colton Heath
6) 26F-Shane Forte
7) 7-Robbie Farr
8) 45-Jeffrey Rivers

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 21-Daryn Pittman
5) 2-Craig Dollansky
6) 12-Jared Ridge
7) 10-Sammy Swindell
8) 7N-Roger Crockett
9) 1-Danny Lasoski
10) 8K-Chad Kemenah

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) R19-Jac Haudenschild
2) 24-Terry McCarl
3) 24T-Tyler Walker
4) 39C-Jason Solwold
5) 7-Robbie Farr [$200]
6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$180]
7) 7S-Jason Sides [$175]
8) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. [$160]
9) 25C-Chad Groves [$150]
10) 4-Brock Lemley [$150]
11) 26F-Shane Forte [$150]
12) 4S-Dan Simpson [$150]
13) 21X-Michael Griffith [$150]
14) 45-Jeffrey Rivers [$150]
15) 8S-Destiny Hays [$150]
16) 26-Travis Rutz [$150]

A-main (40 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$10,000]
2) 2-Craig Dollansky[5] [$5,500]
3) 12-Jared Ridge[6] [$3,200]
4) 7N-Roger Crockett[8] [$2,800]
5) 1-Danny Lasoski[9] [$2,500]
6) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[1] [$2,300]
7) 8K-Chad Kemenah[10] [$2,200]
8) 20-Kraig Kinser[11] [$2,100]
9) R19-Jac Haudenschild[13] [$2,050]
10) 6-Paul McMahan[12] [$2,000]
11) 5C-Chad Hillier[16] [$1,500]
12) 9-Joey Saldana[14] [$1,200]
13) 55-Kerry Madsen[21] [$1,100]
14) 7S-Jason Sides[25] [$250]
15) 24-Terry McCarl[19] [$1,000]
16) 11-Steve Kinser[20] [$900]
17) 39C-Jason Solwold[18] [$800]
18) O-Jonathan Allard[17] [$800]
19) 70-Colton Heath[23] [$800]
20) 13-Chad Noland[22] [$800]
21) 83-Shane Stewart[15] [$800]
22) 14-Jason Meyers[2] [$800]
23) 21-Daryn Pittman[4] [$800]
24) 10-Sammy Swindell[7] [$800]
25) 24T-Tyler Walker[24] [$800]

Note- Jason Sides used a World of Outlaws provisional to start the A-Feature.

Lap Leaders: Lucas Wolfe 1, Jason Meyers 2-27, Donny Schatz 28-40

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Lucas Wolfe
Penske Power Position Award: Jared Ridge
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Jason Solwold
KSE Hard Charger Award: Jason Sides

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Tyler Walker , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Jonathan Allard , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolf , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Roger Crockett , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.