Donny Schatz Australia news 2007-01-21

Schatz Takes Another Australian Triumph In Outlaws Down Under Finale GRANVILLE, NSW (January 21) - Donny Schatz has set a pretty high standard for himself at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway (TPCR) near Sydney. The 2006 World of Outlaws ...

Schatz Takes Another Australian Triumph In Outlaws Down Under Finale

GRANVILLE, NSW (January 21) - Donny Schatz has set a pretty high standard for himself at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway (TPCR) near Sydney. The 2006 World of Outlaws champion started this year's venture at TPCR by winning his first five starts including his sixth Bevelite Glass $50,000-to-win Sprintcar International.

The Fargo, ND racer knew he likely wouldn't be able to continue that torrid pace, which saw him win 13 of 14 races at the track going back to last year's visit, but he also didn't think he'd go four races without a win.

On Saturday night, he returned to victory lane by dominating the Outlaws Down Under IV finale racing the Rush Racing No. 15 Pick 'N Payless J&J to victory in his final race at TPCR this year.

"It is great to get into the winners circle and repay my team for our slump in form," remarked an excited Schatz following the win.

"Everything came together for us tonight in regards to the car setup, and it's wonderful to take back-to-back Outlaws Down Under events not only for my own personal satisfaction, but most of all for my team and the faith they have shown in me."

Schatz, who had finished seventh and fourth in the two Outlaws Down Under IV preliminary programs, tallied the third most qualifying points locking his No. 15 J&J into the finale. A fourth place finish in the dash pushed him to the outside second row starting position for the 40-lap race.

Steve Kinser took the early lead while Schatz worked past Australian racers Robbie Farr and Max Dumesny. On lap 10, Schatz was in second when he took the lead from Kinser. Once in front Schatz was able to open up a comfortable margin, but numerous cautions kept the pressure on the defending Knoxville Nationals champion. Each time Schatz was able to race away and when the checkered flag waived he again was the first man to the finish line.

The victory concluded his nine race schedule at TPCR, but he will remain in Australia for three more nights of racing. On Thursday, he'll race in the King's Challenge at Borderline Raceway and then on Friday and Saturday compete in the prestigious "Classic" at Premier Speedway in Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, an event he's won twice before.

Schatz will return to the United States next Monday when he'll work with his ParkerStore team on the final preparations before heading to Florida to begin defending his World of Outlaws championship at Volusia Speedway Park on February 9 in the No. 15 Parkerstore sponsored J&J.

-credit: dsr

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser