SCHATZ RETURNS TO GLORY DAYS WITH OUTLAW WIN AT HUSET'S BRANDON, SD -- (July 3, 2007) Saturday night's Duel in the Dakotas finale in Fargo may have left current World of Outlaws points leader Donny Schatz feeling like he didn't give his hometown...
SCHATZ RETURNS TO GLORY DAYS WITH OUTLAW WIN AT HUSET'S
BRANDON, SD -- (July 3, 2007) Saturday night's Duel in the Dakotas finale in Fargo may have left current World of Outlaws points leader Donny Schatz feeling like he didn't give his hometown fans what they wanted to see. On Tuesday night, Schatz showed the fans at his other weekly racing venue from way back something to remember.
Schatz raced the Snap-on Tools schemed No. 15 J&J with Shaver power to a World of Outlaws victory at Huset's Speedway near Sioux Falls, SD, a track he raced weekly throughout the early 1990's just as he did at Red River Valley Speedway in Fargo.
"Winning here is like winning at home," said the defending WoO champion. "We spent a lot of Sunday nights down here getting things figured out. To come back and win at this place is an awesome feeling. There are lot of people here that use to see us race every week, and we're proud to come back and get another win."
"This whole ParkerStore/Snap-on team did a great job tonight. Things worked our way after getting second in the heat race. That was really our night because we got the two spot in the dash and took advantage of it from there."
Schatz was the second car to qualify in the field of 39 cars and he ended up eighth fastest around the high-banked 3/8-mile dirt oval. With the track holding moisture, passing was at a premium during the first three heat races meaning if Schatz wanted to start inside the top 14 he would need to get from his third starting spot and finish at least in second.J He used a strong start to get inside Jeremy Campbell on the opening lap of the fourth heat race and chased Craig Dollansky throughout the 10-lap race to secure his spot in the Crane Cams Dash. By finishing second in the fourth heat, Schatz didn't get to choose a number to determine his starting position instead he would get the only spot remaining.
As luck would have it, the outside front row was where he would begin the Crane Cams Dash. He got the jump on Tony Bruce, Jr. and earned his series leading sixth pole position by winning the race.
In the 35-lap feature event, Schatz followed Terry McCarl for the first six circuits before taking command. His Snap-on Tools sprinter worked well all over the track. He held off a couple of mid-race challenges by Craig Dollansky to score his 61st career WoO "A" feature win and second WoO triumph at the track.
"The car was really good. I could run the top, bottom and even the middle," continued Schatz, who increased his lead in the series standings to 87 points with the win. "You have to be able to do that here, because traffic is everywhere. We had a late red and didn't change a thing on the car other than adding some fuel and checking tire pressure. My guys told me that we setting a pretty good pace and just keeping doing what I was doing."
"We're really excited about the win tonight. We're building a great relationship with Snap-on Tools and to win three times in their colors is pretty cool. We won't run the car again until October, so we wanted to make sure we put it away the way we started with it...by winning."
Schatz won the first time he raced the car on April 28th at Knoxville Raceway. He scored the other victory last week at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD. The team will race the red and black car at the Princeton Nationals in Minnesota on October 5-6.
Fans will see Schatz return to his familiar yellow and black ParkerStore sponsored No. 15 J&J on Saturday night at I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO. Schatz won at the track last April and nearly duplicated that win last July before losing a steering gear while racing in the lead.
Saturday's race will be covered by ESPN2 and air on the worldwide leader in sports Sunday morning at 11:30 a.m. (et).