WOO POINT LEADER SCHATZ LEADS OUTLAWS TO LAWRENCEBURG FARGO, ND (April 20) -- Donny Schatz returns to action on Friday night as the 2006 World of Outlaws points leader and will be joined by the rest of the MEAN 15 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in ...
WOO POINT LEADER SCHATZ LEADS OUTLAWS TO LAWRENCEBURG
FARGO, ND (April 20) -- Donny Schatz returns to action on Friday night as the 2006 World of Outlaws points leader and will be joined by the rest of the MEAN 15 at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, IN. The WoO veteran, who calls Fargo, ND home, will be driving his familiar #15 ParkerStore J&J with Shaver power in search of his fourth feature win of the season and first career win at the unique racetrack.
"Lawrenceburg definitely is a place that takes some getting used to, but I feel like we got the team in place to put us in a good position on Friday night," said Schatz, who finished third at the track in 2004. "We've been there three times and been either really good or really bad. It's a racy place with no walls so you've got to be careful not to drive over the edge. Guys get going good on the bottom, middle and top. We're looking forward to it and hoping this is one of those times where we're really good."
Friday's race at Lawrenceburg will mark the second consecutive race on quarter-mile following last Saturday's race at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, IN. In that event, Schatz qualified third, won his heat and looked poised to be a threat in the 40-lap feature before giving up fourth position with only three laps in the books.
The #15 ParkerStore J&J had a right rear wheel packed with mud and while the crew was fixing the situation another problem developed that made the final 37 laps a handful. Schatz had no rear brakes yet still charged from the back of the pack to finish 10th, scoring his eighth consecutive top ten finish.
The key to the early season success has been Schatz's ability to qualify strong. The ParkerStore team made up of Ricky Warner, Shane Bowers, Dillon Pendleton and Adam Alexander have given Schatz a fast racecar on most nights putting Schatz in great position for solid finishes in each of the first 11 races. Schatz will head to Lawrenceburg with the same plan he's had all season.
"Our goal to start the night is be the fastest qualifier," said Schatz, who has earned two fast time awards and qualified in the top ten nine out of ten times in 2006. "If you can make the best lap, it's a pretty good indication that you've got your car where you need it. I think this is the best group of guys that I've had as unit and they are all committed to doing whatever it takes for us to be the best each night."
Following Friday's race the team's next scheduled World of Outlaws race is at Knoxville Raceway, next Saturday (April 28). Schatz will return to the legendary half-mile dirt oval where he's been very strong in the past, most notably at the Knoxville Nationals where he's finished second four times including last year's event. The following night Schatz and his ParkerStore team will take on another bull-ring as they head to Huset's Speedway near Sioux Falls, SD, a track where Schatz raced weekly as a teenager. Huset's is also the site of one of his more memorable World of Outlaws feature wins as he charged from his 11th place starting position to win the "A" feature on April 29, 2001.