Edmonton finale results 2007-08-19

Schatz Wins Finale of Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway There are not too many things that have been able to slow Donny Schatz down this season. A severe cold tried to derail him this week, but could not. Also, Mother Nature tried her best as the...

Schatz Wins Finale of Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway

There are not too many things that have been able to slow Donny Schatz down this season. A severe cold tried to derail him this week, but could not. Also, Mother Nature tried her best as the finale of the inaugural Oil City Cup for the World of Outlaws at Castrol Raceway was postponed one day due to heavy rain.

The reigning World of Outlaws champion overcame all of these obstacles to earn a hard fought win on Sunday night in the World of Outlaws final event of the season in Canada . The victory was his series leading 14th of the season and the 62nd of his World of Outlaws career.

"It was a great night," said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. "We had an awesome lap qualifying and it was quite a bit faster than everyone else, setting a new track record. We were good in the heat race and good in the dash. We were stuck on lucky win No. 13 for quite a while, so this one feels good to get."

The race started with Joey Saldana leading into the first turn, but the caution flag flew before a full lap was completed, thus resulting in a complete restart with Steve Kinser on the pole. On the second start Saldana again jumped to the lead, with Craig Dollansky getting around Kinser for the second position. Saldana continued to open a sizeable advantage before the caution flag flew again on the fourth lap.

On the restart, Saldana used the high side of the track to charge into the first turn and again began to pull away. Heavy lapped traffic allowed Schatz to close the gap on Saldana as the midpoint of the raced neared. The caution flew on the 16th lap, followed by a red flag two laps later.

The ensuing restart saw Schatz look low for the lead in the first and second turns. On the 21st lap, he looked low for the lead exiting the fourth turn. The next lap saw him dive low yet again in the first and second turns and in traffic, was able to get around Saldana on the back straightaway. From there he weaved his way through traffic to earn the $10,000 win, despite being visibly under the weather all weekend.

"I felt decent yesterday," said the winner. "It was the first time in about three or four days that I good. I had been sick since Minot (Nodak Speedway, last week). I'm still a little bit under (the weather), but I feel 100 percent better than I did."

Saldana led the first 21 laps of the race and turned the fastest lap of the race on the fourth circuit. Early in the race he opened a number of big leads that were negated by cautions. His second place finish was his 30th Top-Five of the season, as he continues to chase Schatz in the championship standings.

"We had a good enough car to win," said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist JEI. "It's a shame for my guys. We have been working hard and have been very close, but have not gotten that win. We had a good car and maybe if lapped traffic had gone a little different we could have got it."

Craig Dollansky started fourth and ran in the Top-three all night long, finishing in the third spot. He got around Kinser on the opening lap to take the second spot, before setting his sights on Saldana. He also battled Kinser late in the race after falling back to fourth and he got around Friday night's winner to earn the final podium position.

"It was a good night," said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim. "We were running second for a while and had some bleeders give us trouble and we weren't able to correct that until the red flag came out. We got our car better towards the end of the race."

Kinser who won on Friday night finished fourth in the Q Oil Maxim, after winning the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole position. After finishing second in the second heat, his team changed engines prior to the dash.

Jason Meyers was fifth in the Primerica Financial Maxim. He battled Kinser for a number of laps for the fourth position, at one point moving into fourth, though the caution flag flew before a full lap was completed, thus negating the pass. It was his 36th Top-10 finish of the season.

Tim Shaffer was sixth in the Casey's General Store Maxim, with Jason Solwold earning the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award, as he came from 18th to finish seventh in the City Wide Insulation Maxim. Justin Henderson was eighth in the Jolt Energy Gum Rocket, with Daryn Pittman in ninth in the Titan Garages Maxim and Sam Hafertepe Jr. rounded out the Top-10 in the G.H. Plumbing J&J.

Lapped traffic played a significant outcome in the race, as the leaders weaved their way through it most of the race on the semi-banked 3/8-mile. Schatz had to get on the brakes a number of times and also got sideways a couple of times, catching the car each time and retaining the lead.

"I touched a couple of guys," said the native of Fargo , North Dakota . "You have to do that sometimes, it's just hard racing. They slow down sometimes when you don't expect it and misjudge it. I put myself in a couple of situations that I was glad to get out of."

After rain blanketed the area on Saturday and forced the postponement of the event until Sunday, significant work was done on the track all day. With another threat of rain looming, World of Outlaws officials pushed the show through at a brisk pace, with the checkered flag flying before 8:30 p.m., with the sun still out in Edmonton .

"The track was awesome," noted the current championship point leader. "They did a great job with it today. We got done early and we got in a good show for the fans. It was a great event for us and a good race track. It was fun racing out there with a middle, bottom and top and that is all you can ask for as a racer."

While he was leading, Saldana endured four caution periods and an open red flag. His crew made some minor adjustments during that period and it took him a couple of laps after the restart to get the feel for the car back.

"On that red (flag) we had a really good car," said Saldana. "We could run the top or the bottom. On that restart, my car really went down on the rear. All I can think is that we filled the car with fuel and it cost us a couple of laps. Once we got going and got the tires going the car felt like it did before."

With a pair of races on deck at Skagit Speedway in his team's home state of Washington , where he has won in the past, Saldana is excited to return to action next weekend. He greatly enjoyed his first trip to Castrol Raceway, recording Top-Five finishes on both night and looks to keep that momentum this coming weekend.

"Kasey Kahne Racing is from Enumclaw , Washington and we are looking forward to getting back there," said the second generation driver. "The guys on the team have a lot of family there and are ready to see them. The crew gets to get back to reality and see more of the people that they appreciate at home."

Dollansky charged into second on the initial start that was negated by the caution. It took him one lap on the second start to move around Kinser, as he looked to reel in Saldana. His 34th Top-10 finish of the season allowed him to move back into the seventh spot in the championship standings.

"The race track was in great shape and you had plenty of room to move around to get by the lapped cars," said the native of Elk River , Minnesota . "They held me up once or twice, but that depended on the timing. Coming home third tonight was a good run for the team."

With a record crowd of over 8,000 people in attendance on Friday night and another very large crowd on Sunday, Dollansky was pleased that the World of Outlaws were able to thrill the fans, who rarely get to see 410-sprint car racing.

"There are a lot of great fans out here in Canada ," said Dollansky. "It's a great country to come and race in. We've enjoyed our stay here. SLS (Promotions) worked very hard to get this in today on Sunday and it affected everyone, but everyone worked together and we got it in. It was a good race for the fans and it was enjoyable to come here."

The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 at Skagit Speedway in Washington .

CASTROL RACEWAY NIGHT #2 NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Donny Schatz paced the 33 cars that took time with a record setting AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked 3/8-mile oval in 12.693 seconds at 106.538. For his qualifying effort, Schatz earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Paul McMahan (4), Joey Saldana (3), Jason Meyers (2) and Sam Hafertepe Jr. (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Kerry Madsen, Justin Henderson, Craig Dollansky and Jac Haudenschild won heat races-- Brooke Tatnell won the B-Main-- Steve Kinser won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: A pair of events at Skagit Speedway in Washington on August 24-25.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Castrol Raceway; Edmonton , AB ; Aug. 19, 2007

Qualifying
1) 15-Donny Schatz 12.693
2) 20-Paul McMahan 13.012
3) 9-Joey Saldana 13.039
4) 14-Jason Meyers 13.085
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.098
6) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.106
7) 2-Brooke Tatnell 13.147
8) 6-Tim Shaffer 13.150
9) 11H-Kerry Madsen 13.161
10) 11-Steve Kinser 13.168
11) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.181
12) 35-Jac Haudenschild 13.211
13) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 13.213
14) D1-Justin Henderson 13.228
15) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.232
16) 21-Daryn Pittman 13.234
17) 39C-Travis Rutz 13.243
18) R19-Jason Solwold 13.329
19) 24-Terry McCarl 13.341
20) 83-Danny Lasoski 13.453
21) 4-Tim Gee 13.638
22) 7S-Jason Sides 13.692
23) V8-Jeff Hodgson 13.789
24) 15K-Gord Kynoch 13.976
25) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 14.093
26) 11EH-Marc Duperron 14.162
27) 57C-Chris Schmelzle 14.273
28) 7X-Wade Fleming 14.335
29) 3-Brad Milne 14.803
30) 6M-Sean Moran 14.808
31) 6T6-Austin Boychuck 14.845
32) 12-Casey Adams 15.168
33) 14A-Cody Adams 15.281

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11H-Kerry Madsen
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
4) 4-Tim Gee
5) 39C-Travis Rutz
6) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
7) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
8) 3-Brad Milne
9) 14A-Cody Adams

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) D1-Justin Henderson
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) R19-Jason Solwold
4) 7S-Jason Sides
5) 5C-Chad Hillier
6) 20-Paul McMahan
7) 11EH-Marc Duperron
8) 6M-Sean Moran

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7-Craig Dollansky
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 1X-Randy Hannagan
4) 24-Terry McCarl
5) V8-Jeff Hodgson
6) 57C-Chris Schmelzle
7) 6T6-Austin Boychuck
8) 2-Brooke Tatnell

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 35-Jac Haudenschild
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 21-Daryn Pittman
4) 83-Danny Lasoski
5) 6-Tim Shaffer
6) 15K-Gord Kynoch
7) 7X-Wade Fleming
8) 12-Casey Adams

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 7-Craig Dollansky
5) D1-Justin Henderson
6) 35-Jac Haudenschild
7) 14-Jason Meyers
8) 11H-Kerry Madsen
9) 6-Tim Shaffer
10) 5C-Chad Hillier

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 2-Brooke Tatnell
2) 20-Paul McMahan
3) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
4) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
5) 11EH-Marc Duperron [$200]
6) 57C-Chris Schmelzle [$180]
7) 6M-Sean Moran [$175]
8) 15K-Gord Kynoch [$160]
9) 14A-Cody Adams [$150]
10) 6T6-Austin Boychuck [$150]
11) 3-Brad Milne [$150]
12) 7X-Wade Fleming [$150]
13) 12-Casey Adams [$150]

A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[2] [$5,000]
3) 7-Craig Dollansky[4] [$3,000]
4) 11-Steve Kinser[1] [$2,700]
5) 14-Jason Meyers[7] [$2,500]
6) 6-Tim Shaffer[9] [$2,200]
7) R19-Jason Solwold[18] [$2,000]
8) D1-Justin Henderson [5] [$1,800]
9) 21-Daryn Pittman[16] [$1,600]
10) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[12] [$1,450]
11) 83-Danny Lasoski[20] [$1,300]
12) 11H-Kerry Madsen[8] [$1,200]
13) 2-Brooke Tatnell[13] [$1,100]
14) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [15] [$1,000]
15) 1X-Randy Hannagan[14] [$950]
16) 24-Terry McCarl[19] [$900]
17) 5C-Chad Hillier[10] [$850]
18) 20-Paul McMahan[11] [$750]
19) 7S-Jason Sides[22] [$725]
20) 39C-Travis Rutz[17] [$700]
21) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[24] [$700]
22) V8-Jeff Hodgson[23] [$700]
23) 4-Tim Gee[21] [$700]
24) 35-Jac Haudenschild[6] [$700]

Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-21, Donny Schatz 22-35
KSE Hard Charger Award: Jason Solwold

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Casey Adams , Marc Duperron , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.