Five-time Outlaw champ Schatz focused on wins

Tony Stewart Racing driver begins STP Sprint Car campaign in Florida

The quest to become a six-time World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series champion begins for Donny Schatz this weekend at the 43rd Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla.

The Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) driver and his STP team have spent the last 90 days building an arsenal of equipment to back up their 23-win campaign in 2013 and position themselves to be fighting for that coveted title when the dust settles in November. After finishing second in the championship standings by 14 points, Schatz is determined to keep the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J in contention for wins during a season that includes 85 nights of racing at 54 tracks in 24 states and three Canadian provinces.

Donny Schatz
Donny Schatz

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The Fargo, N.D. racer has been busy racing since the end of last season, winning six times in 10 starts. He was victorious in New Zealand and Australia and also competed in a handful of Dirt Late Model races in Arizona. He’ll make his first Sprint car start of the season on American soil at Volusia, a fast, half-mile dirt oval where speed is vital. Success at Volusia hasn’t been a problem for Schatz during the last nine season-opening weekends. He won five of the 25 WoO events held at the track and finished inside the top-five 15 times. Last season, he raced from 22nd to eighth in the opener, drove from eighth to third before being involved in an accident with his TSR teammate Steve Kinser in race two, and charged from 14th to fourth in the finale. He’ll be looking for his 148th career WoO A-Feature triumph when action begins Friday.

Schatz also has five career All-Star wins at Volusia, including his first career All-Star victory in 2006 and a memorable run from last to first to begin the 2009 season. The TSR No. 15 will be in action Wednesday and Thursday with the DIRTcar Nationals beginning with a pair of All-Star Circuit of Champions-sanctioned races prior to three complete WoO events Friday through Sunday.

TSR’s STP/Armor All crew is once again led by crew chief Rick Warner, who begins his ninth season working with Schatz. Car chief Steve Swenson, who has been with TSR since 2006, starts his fifth season working on the No. 15. Eric Prutzman, a TSR crewman since 2009, will assist with general maintenance duties.

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