SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM LOOK CONTINUE "BIG MONEY" STREAK ALGER, WA (August 21) - Defending World of Outlaws (WoO) champion Donny Schatz continues to set goals during this 2007 racing season as he chases his second consecutive WoO title. The ...
SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM LOOK CONTINUE "BIG MONEY" STREAK
ALGER, WA (August 21) - Defending World of Outlaws (WoO) champion Donny Schatz continues to set goals during this 2007 racing season as he chases his second consecutive WoO title. The season's mantra has been to 'win every race they can', and through 56 nights of racing, he's leading the way with 14 wins driving his No. 15 Global ParkerStore sponsored J&J with Shaver power.
One of the more remarkable accomplishments for Schatz and his ParkerStore team in 2007 has been their ability to dominate the higher paying races. With his victory on August 11th at the 47th annual Super Clean Knoxville Nationals, Schatz completed a four-race sweep of the "Month of Money" events. He was victorious in the Kings Royal ($50,000), Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup ($30,000), Williams Grove Summer Nationals ($20,000) and the Knoxville Nationals ($150,000).
After winning the Nationals, the team vowed to do everything they could to sweep all the big money races in 2007. This weekend's N C Machinery/Caterpillar Clash at Skagit Speedway offers $25,000 to Saturday night's winner and is next on their checklist.
"We've got a little extra motivation this weekend because we kind of let the race at Skagit get away from us last year," said Schatz, who finished second in 2006. "We won the opening night and tried some new things on the second night that ended up hurting us. (Event winner) Brooke (Tatnell) did a good job and we got beat, but we learned some things that helped us later on.
"This year, we're not going to be satisfied with anything but two wins at Skagit. That's the mindset of this race team. Win everything we can. We want to be greedy. Not just in the high paying races, but all of them. The only way we can win the championship is by continuing to win races."
Schatz has won 14 WoO races to date this season including the last event on Sunday at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta. He raced past Joey Saldana on lap 22 and went on to pick up the win and the inaugural Oli City Championship Cup hardware.
"My guys have really done a great job all year," commented Schatz regarding the ParkerStore crew made up of Dave Lawrence, Shane Bowers and David Nisbet. "These last few weeks with Knoxville, Minot and the trip to Edmonton have been pretty demanding. They've stayed on top of things and continue to give me a fast race car. My parents have built a great team and this entire operation is a total team effort."
Friday's race will be the fourth time Schatz has raced on the 1/3-mile banked dirt oval and he has a first, second and third place finish in his previous starts. In August of 2002, he charged from 12th starting spot to a third place finish. Last year, he led 29 of 30 laps in the opening night feature event before finishing second in Saturday's finale.
"We've had a pretty good handle on Skagit in the past," said Schatz. "Obviously, we hope that continues. It's really a racy place and there's always a lot of working through lapped traffic."
Both races from Skagit will be taped and air on SPEED. Friday's opener will air on Sunday, September 2nd at 12 noon (et). Saturday's $25,000-to-win finale will be shown on Sunday, September 9 at 2 p.m. (et).
That's good news for Schatz, who recently earned the Super Clean Summer of Money series on ESPN crown. He won two of the eight races on ESPN2 and won two of the first three races on SPEED (Williams Grove and Charlotte). His recent win at the Knoxville Nationals also aired live on SPEED.
"We don't do anything different when the TV cameras are around," continued Schatz. "Again, we're out to win every race. We know the importance of running up front at those events. We've got great marketing partners in ParkerStore, Snap-on Tools and Tom Johnson Camping Center, and getting them added exposure on TV helps all of us."
GOLD RUSH TOUR CONTINUES
Following the two nights of action at Skagit, the ParkerStore team will travel to Elma, Washington for a single night program at Grays Harbor Raceway Park. Schatz didn't compete at the track in 2006, but put on an amazing show in 2005 when he charged from ninth starting position and passed Steve Kinser for the lead with three laps remaining to score the feature win.
Following Monday's race, they'll continue down the coast to Cottage Grove, Oregon for an event on Wednesday (August 29). Cottage Grove is a special place for Schatz as it's the location of his first career WoO triumph on August 24, 1998.
Prior to this weekend's race, the Schatz Motorsports team will make two appearances in the Seattle area at ParkerStore facilities. On Thursday, Schatz, his crew Dave Lawrence, Shane Bowers and Davie Nisbet and their transporter will be at American Hose & Fittings, Inc. (19830 68th Ave. St., Kent, WA) and on Friday, they'll be at Western Fluid Components (4125 Bakerview Spur #A, Bellingham, WA). The team will be at both locations from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.