SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM HOPE TO KEEP STREAK ALIVE AT EAGLE LINCOLN, NE (June 17) - For anyone that loves sprint car racing, it doesn't get much better than the action on the high-banked one-third mile dirt oval located in eastern Nebraska....
SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM HOPE TO KEEP STREAK ALIVE AT EAGLE
LINCOLN, NE (June 17) - For anyone that loves sprint car racing, it doesn't get much better than the action on the high-banked one-third mile dirt oval located in eastern Nebraska. Eagle Raceway provides some of the best wheel-to-wheel action on the rugged World of Outlaws sprint series tour, and this weekend, Donny Schatz and his ParkerStore team will join the Mean 15 in the 22nd annual Eagle Nationals on Friday and Saturday night.
The return to Eagle may be just what the doctor ordered for Schatz as well, since the Fargo, ND racer swept the WoO's One-Third Mile Nationals at Eagle last fall and won the "A" feature in September 2003 at Eagle also.
"I hope we can be as good as we've been there the past couple of years," said Schatz, who will be in his familiar #15 ParkerStore J&J. "We're trying to work our way back into contention. We started well enough to pick up a few wins, but really never got going the way we hoped to. Some things needed to be adjusted with the team for us to get better and we're working through them."
"When you change things around, some times it gets worse before it gets better. Last weekend at Plymouth and Tuesday at Kokomo, we actually got back to being a little more consistent."
Schatz started the 2005 campaign with three "A" feature victories in the first seven events, but hasn't returned to victory lane since March. The team recently has changed crew personnel following a difficult run during the months of April and May. Since the changes, Schatz has managed to put together a fifth (at Plymouth) and sixth place finish (at Kokomo) in the Outlaws last two events.
The ParkerStore team arrived in Lincoln last fall on a roll after Schatz claimed the Gold Cup Race of Champions $25,000 victory in Chico, CA. The team's momentum continued at Eagle as they won both the preliminary feature and 40-lap finale. Following the victories at Eagle, the team continued their late-season surge and went on to win the Williams Grove National Open and season-ending feature at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
This weekend, Schatz, who has assumed more of the mechanic-related responsibilities and his crew are hoping to build momentum that will carry them through the end of June and towards the Outlaws stop at his home track in Fargo, two weeks from now.
"We weren't as competitive as we need to be and we're striving to get back in contention every night," continued Schatz, who holds down sixth in the WoO standings. "We'd like nothing more than to get a win, but realistically we just need to be good enough in the feature to have a chance. I know a good weekend at Eagle would really help all of us as he look ahead to Knoxville next week and Fargo right after that."