SCHATZ CONTINUES TO SIZZLE ON AUSTRALIAN SOIL
GRANVILLE, NSW (December 29) - After opening this year's Australian Assault at at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway (TPCR) near Sydney on Tuesday night with a victory, Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz made it two straight with a wire-to-wire triumph in Saturday night's Sprintcar International Track Championship Round 10 event.
Schatz started on the outside of the front row and controlled the 30-lap feature from the outset behind the wheel of the Rush Racing No. 15 Pick 'N Payless sponsored J&J with Shaver-built Chevrolet power.
"I owe everything to Garry Rush and his team," admitted Schatz following his 16th win at the track over the past three years. "They again gave me a race winning car and the guys put in a lot of hard work to give me such a good race car. I owe it all to them."
Schatz qualified sixth in the field of 54 cars and raced from fifth to third place in the Valvoline Heat 2 race. A victory in the Valvoline Dash 2 event earned the Fargo, N.D. racer the outside front row starting position. In the feature, Schatz took command from the start setting a blistering pace.
Schatz blazed through lapped traffic while fellow Outlaw racers Daryn Pittman and Steve Kinser battled for the runner-up spot. A few stoppages slowed the action, but Schatz was in command throughout and was followed to the checkered flag by Kinser and Pittman.
"We're off to a good start," continued Schatz, who recorded his 26th sprint car victory in 2007. "The wins help all the guys keep digging. Next week is a big week for us and we're still trying to get better every time we hit the track."
Schatz will return to action at TPCR on New Years Day looking to make it three in a row, when he competes in the Sprintcar International Track Championship Round 11. The week will continue with the $50,000 Sprintcar International being contested on Friday and Saturday night.