SCHATZ BLAZES ANOTHER TRAIL WITH SILVER CUP TRIUMPH SARVER, PA (July 18) - Champions have a knack for knowing when to show the competition just how strong they can be. As sprint car racing's "Month of Money" continues, defending World of...
SCHATZ BLAZES ANOTHER TRAIL WITH SILVER CUP TRIUMPH
SARVER, PA (July 18) - Champions have a knack for knowing when to show the competition just how strong they can be. As sprint car racing's "Month of Money" continues, defending World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz and his ParkerStore team keep flexing their muscle showing their best with the big prizes on the line. On Wednesday night, Schatz scored his second consecutive Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway earning $30,000 for the triumph just four days after his $50,000 victory in Saturday's 24th annual Kings Royal by Crown Royal.
"This is what its all about," said Schatz, following his 11th victory of the season. "It's always about winning races, but when you can string a couple of really big ones together that really keeps a team motivated. Now we're just thinking about heading down the road and focusing on getting the next one."
Schatz and his ParkerStore team were forced to wait an extra day for this year's Don Martin Memorial race. Mother Nature washed out the program that was originally scheduled for Tuesday night. The Outlaw officials and track crew at Lerneville Speedway worked hard to make sure the show would get it in despite the possibility of more weather delays.
The night didn't begin the best for the Fargo, ND racer who qualified 23rd in the field of 46 cars. Things did get better in his heat race as worked from his sixth place starting position and into the coveted second place position to qualify for the Crane Cams Dash. He started third and finished second in the five-lap race to earn a front row starting spot in the 40-lap "A" feature event.
The feature win was very similar to Saturday's Kings Royal race as Craig Dollansky shot out to an early lead with Schatz chasing him down before the race reached lap 10. Once he got in front, Schatz worked his way through lapped traffic to perfection in the non-stop race that took less than 11 minutes to complete.
"We knew Craig was going to get a quick start," said Schatz, who now has three career wins at the half-mile track in Western Pennsylvania. "He was working the cushion pretty good and we just stayed patient and made the bottom work. I knew I was going to have to be able to race all over the place. When you are getting through traffic, you have to go where the guys in front of you aren't so we had to get a feeling in different lines. I wasn't sure if anyone was close at the end, so we just kept charging forward."
The victory came with a comfortable margin for Schatz. He was taking the checkered flag as Dollansky was entering turn three.
"Everyone that's part of this race team keeps making this possible," said Schatz, who picked up his second consecutive SuperClean Summer of Money race on ESPN2. "My parents have built a great team. Our sponsors ParkerStore, Bellerud Transport, Snap-on Tools and Tom Johnson Camping Centers. My crew (Dave Lawrence, Shane Bowers, David Nisbet and Dwayne Lawrence) and Ricky Warner from Tony Stewart Racing all did a great job."
Schatz saw some familiar faces in victory lane as this year's Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup included sponsorship from Cleveland Brothers Caterpillar. The CAT dealer has been involved with the World of Outlaws events at Williams Grove for several years. Schatz has won a number of those races including sweeping two shows at the track earlier this year.
"We're excited Cleveland Brothers CAT got on board over here at Lernerville," continued Schatz. "We've been able to win a lot of races at Williams Grove they're involved with and we hope that continues."
The wait won't be long for Schatz thanks to Mother Nature delaying the Silver Cup until Wednesday. On Thursday night, the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals begin at Williams Grove Speedway and run through Saturday night. The finale on Saturday night will offer $20,000 to the winner and with the way he's performed at the last two 'big money' races, Schatz will definitely have something to say about who comes out on top.
The ESPN2 crew taped Wednesday night's Silver Cup program, and it will air on Sunday at 12 noon (et).