Princeton results 2007-10-06

Schatz Wins PolyDome Princeton National One of the main goals that Donny Schatz had for the 2007 season was to win more races than he did in 2006. In earning his first World of Outlaws championship last season, he earned 17 A-Feature wins. He ...

Schatz Wins PolyDome Princeton National

One of the main goals that Donny Schatz had for the 2007 season was to win more races than he did in 2006. In earning his first World of Outlaws championship last season, he earned 17 A-Feature wins. He surpassed that mark on Saturday night, after being victorious in the PolyDome Princeton National at Princeton Speedway in Minnesota to claim his 18th A-Feature win of the season and the 69th of his career.

Schatz led the final 13 laps of the event in the Snap-On Tools J&J, despite not having any brakes on the high-banked ¼-mile. It was his first career win at Princeton Speedway and his second win on a ¼-mile track this season.

"It was a good night for us," said Schatz. "We had an awesome car at the end of the feature. We had a little bit of luck as well. We lost our brakes at the beginning of the race. I was able to drive a smart race and stay out of trouble."

In 10 starts this season in the specially painted red and black Snap-on Tools J&J, Schatz picked up four wins. He debuted the car on April 28 at Knoxville Raceway and won the first race out in it and put a bookend on the car by winning on Saturday night in the last scheduled event for the machine. In addition to the win, his team welcomed over 400 guests from Snap-on to Princeton Speedway on Saturday afternoon for a meet and greet.

"It's been a couple of different cars, with the same body," Schatz noted. "It's an awesome promotion with those guys and we had a lot of fun with it. It's great when you grow up with something and get to use what you believe in. We have always used Snap-on Tools and they are the best. To be able to promote them was an absolute pleasure. This will be one of my favorite cars."

The only hiccup on the night for Schatz was that he lost his brakes in the A-Feature. With the first 21 laps of the event running caution free, he found himself in heavy lapped traffic early in the race as he chased Chad Blonde who was setting a blistering pace on the cushion of the track.

"It was a big worry, not so much is open track, where I could roll my car without using brakes, but when you get to lapped traffic you don't know if someone is guarding the front of you and you just drive over them," explained the native of Fargo, North Dakota. "I was a lot better early and didn't want to press the issue because I had no brakes."

The race began with Justin Henderson jumping to the lead from the outside front row starting position. He would pace the first five laps before the pole sitter Chad Blonde would dive under him exiting the fourth turn on the sixth lap in heavy lapped traffic.

Blonde would quickly open a comfortable lead as Henderson was bottled up in lapped traffic. As he began to pull away, Schatz closed on Henderson to battle for the second spot. After working on him for several laps, Schatz was able to get around Henderson on the 19th lap and set his sights on Blonde.

A number of caution and red flags followed. Prior to a caution on the lap 22 lap, Schatz charged to the lead off the second turn, as Blonde went very low on the track and got loose. A full lap was not completed and thus Blonde lined up in the lead on the restart.

He endured four restarts on that same lap before a lap 25 caution led to a fuel stop. Blonde again used a strong restart to quickly jump to a sizeable lead, but just three laps later he would encounter heavy lapped traffic. While exiting the fourth turn on the 28th lap, he jumped the cushion and tagged the wall very hard on the front straightaway nearly getting upside and handing the lead to Schatz. A broken front end would end Blonde's night after leading 22 laps.

With 12 laps to go, Schatz led on the restart, with Joey Saldana chasing him. A couple more yellow flags put Saldana right on Schatz's bumper. With five laps to go, Schatz hit lapped traffic and masterfully weaved his way through it to win by nearly a second.

Saldana finished second to earn his 41st Top-Five finish of the season. He started sixth and patiently worked his way into contention for the win. He got around Kerry Madsen on the opening lap of the event before battling with Schatz for the fourth spot and eventually the win.

"We tightened the car up a little too much for the feature," said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist JEI. "On the long runs we were going pretty good because we could move around. At the end, I thought I could get a run on the outside, but the harder I ran the tighter I got. It was a good solid run for us. We qualified well and ran strong in our heat. We just came up one spot short."

Kerry Madsen set fast time with a very solid field of 37 cars on hand. That earned him a spot in the Crane Cams Dash, where he finished fifth to earn the same starting position in the 40-lap A-Feature, where he would finish third.

"It was a good night," said Madsen, driver of the Selma Shell Maxim. "We had quick time and a Top-Three finish so that is a great night for us. We've been in a lot of good positions this season and had things get us off track. To bring it home in the Top-Three is great."

Tim Shaffer was the fourth quickest car in time trials and after racing his way into the A-Feature by way of the B-Main, he lined up 12th for the PolyDome Princeton National. He gained a couple of positions on the opening lap to move into the Top-10. After tracking down Danny Lasoski and then Jac Haudenschild, Shaffer found himself in the Top-Five by the 28th lap. He would win up fourth in the Casey's General Store Maxim.

"We struggled early in the night and found a bad torsion bar," said Shaffer. "We didn't really think we would be too good in the feature. My guys never quit and they put new stuff on that thing. It was night and day difference in the feature, it surprised us all."

Justin Henderson wound up fifth in the Dan Dan the Sonic Man Rocket, while leading the opening five laps of the event.

Steve Kinser was sixth in the Q Oil Maxim, with Craig Dollansky coming from 20th to finish seventh to earn the KSE Racing Products Hard Charger Award in the Karavan Trailers Maxim. Daryn Pittman with eighth in the Titan Garages Maxim, with Danny Lasoski ninth in the Roth Motorsports JEI. Jac Haudenschild recovered from a late race spin to finish 10th aboard the Wright One Construction Maxim.

During the 40-lap event, the caution flag flew seven times, including the one caution that became a red flag for the fuel stop.

"I felt like I was out there for two hours," Schatz said. "It was a long time. When you get on these little tracks and there is a lot of running off the track and a lot happening, you're going to have that. That's just the nature of the beast."

Saldana had one of the fastest cars during the last 15 laps of the race when the leaders were negotiating lapped traffic. A couple of late cautions gave the leaders open race track and Saldana tried everything he could to track down Schatz.

"The race was getting really good in lapped traffic and everyone was dicing," said the native of Brownsburg, Indiana. "There was good close racing and that is what the fans came to see. This place is always really racy."

After the opening night of the PolyDome Princeton National was cancelled on Friday night due to heavy rain, Saldana was glad to be able to put on a great show for the fans that packed the high-banked ¼-mile on an unseasonably warm evening on Saturday.

"They did a great job," he said. "To come back after all the rain, they had the track in nice shape. Racing-wise, I think the fans saw a great race. Craig and Julie (Dollansky) did a great job with this. My hat is off to them. It's definitely a scary situation to try to promote a race when it rains and we're glad to get it in."

Madsen lost a spot to Saldana on the opening lap and 11 laps later retook the spot as the pair waged a spirited battle early in the 40-lap event. Next he began to work on rookie Chad Hillier, before getting around Justin Henderson.

"We probably had an early race set up in it," lamented the native of St. Mary's, NSW, Australia. "We were free and not as good at the end. Maybe I could have done something with some more traffic at the end, but maybe I would have gotten passed."

Shaffer was one of a few drivers that was happy to see all of the yellow flags. After lining up 12th on the ¼-mile, he knew that he would need a few stoppages to help him continue his charge to the front. He used a number of strong restarts to put himself in a spot to gain positions.

"When you are coming from the back you like to see them (cautions)," he smiled. "It's when you are running up front you don't want to see them. In our situation tonight, those were very good for us."

The World of Outlaws return to action on Saturday, October 13 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California for the Dave Helm Memorial.

POLYDOME PRINCETON NATIONAL NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Kerry Madsen paced the 37 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/4-mile oval in 10.197 seconds at 88.261 mph. For his qualifying effort, Madsen earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Joey Saldana (4), Chad Kemenah (3), Tim Shaffer (2) and Justin Henderson (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Steve Kinser, Donny Schatz, Jason Sides and Danny Lasoski won heat races... Chad Kemenah won the B-Main ... Chad Blonde won the Crane Cams Dash.

* UP NEXT: A trip west to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, California on October 13 for the Dave Helm Memorial.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; PolyDome Princeton National; Princeton, MN; Oct. 6, 2007

Qualifying
1) 11H-Kerry Madsen 10.197
2) 9-Joey Saldana 10.217
3) 8K-Chad Kemenah 10.225
4) 6-Tim Shaffer 10.232
5) D1-Justin Henderson 10.240
6) 5-Brooke Tatnell 10.248
7) 5B-Chad Blonde 10.276
8) 5C-Chad Hillier 10.276
9) 11-Steve Kinser 10.294
10) 15-Donny Schatz 10.296
11) 20-Paul McMahan 10.306
12) 83-Danny Lasoski 10.332
13) 35-Jac Haudenschild 10.340
14) 21-Daryn Pittman 10.343
15) 7S-Jason Sides 10.352
16) 1X-Randy Hannagan 10.391
17) R19-Jason Solwold 10.406
18) 24-Terry McCarl 10.421
19) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 10.436
20) 7-Craig Dollansky 10.450
21) R9-Scott Winters 10.467
22) 2-Mark Dobmeier 10.474
23) 9T-Travis Whitney 10.498
24) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 10.505
25) 9K-Brent Kronfuss 10.534
26) 56-Davey Heskin 10.617
27) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 10.622
28) 14-Jason Meyers 10.693
29) 9N-Wade Nygaard 10.749
30) 91-John Sernett 10.772
31) 45-Tony Norem 10.822
32) K9-Tim Sernett 10.881
33) 4W-Matt Wasmund 10.981
34) 29-Leigh Thomas 11.067
35) 31-Shane Romeling 11.335
36) 71-Robert Bell 11.406
37) 63-Jesse Cripe 12.548

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) D1-Justin Henderson
3) 35-Jac Haudenschild
4) R19-Jason Solwold
5) 11H-Kerry Madsen
6) 9N-Wade Nygaard
7) R9-Scott Winters
8) 9K-Brent Kronfuss
9) 4W-Matt Wasmund

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 21-Daryn Pittman
4) 5-Brooke Tatnell
5) 24-Terry McCarl
6) 56-Davey Heskin
7) 2-Mark Dobmeier
8) 91-John Sernett
9) 29-Leigh Thomas

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7S-Jason Sides
2) 5B-Chad Blonde
3) 20-Paul McMahan
4) 9T-Travis Whitney
5) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
6) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
7) 8K-Chad Kemenah
8) 45-Tony Norem
9) 31-Shane Romeling

Heat 4 (10 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 83-Danny Lasoski
2) 5C-Chad Hillier
3) 1X-Randy Hannagan
4) 7-Craig Dollansky
5) 14-Jason Meyers
6) 6-Tim Shaffer
7) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
8) K9-Tim Sernett

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 5B-Chad Blonde
2) D1-Justin Henderson
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 5C-Chad Hillier
5) 11H-Kerry Madsen
6) 9-Joey Saldana
7) 5-Brooke Tatnell
8) 83-Danny Lasoski
9) 11-Steve Kinser
10) 7S-Jason Sides

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 8K-Chad Kemenah
2) 6-Tim Shaffer
3) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
4) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
5) 9K-Brent Kronfuss [$200]
6) R9-Scott Winters [$180]
7) 2-Mark Dobmeier [$175]
8) 56-Davey Heskin [$160]
9) 9N-Wade Nygaard [$150]
10) 91-John Sernett [$150]
11) 4W-Matt Wasmund [$150]
12) 31-Shane Romeling [$150]
13) K9-Tim Sernett [$150]
14) 45-Tony Norem [$150]
15) 29-Leigh Thomas [$150]
16) 63-Jesse Cripe [$150]
17) 71-Robert Bell [$150]

A-main (40 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[6] [$5,500]
3) 11H-Kerry Madsen[5] [$3,200]
4) 6-Tim Shaffer[12] [$2,800]
5) D1-Justin Henderson[2] [$2,500]
6) 11-Steve Kinser[9] [$2,300]
7) 7-Craig Dollansky[20] [$2,200]
8) 21-Daryn Pittman[15] [$2,100]
9) 83-Danny Lasoski[8] [$2,050]
10) 35-Jac Haudenschild[14] [$2,000]
11) 5C-Chad Hillier[4] [$1,500]
12) 5-Brooke Tatnell[7] [$1,200]
13) 7S-Jason Sides[10] [$1,100]
14) 20-Paul McMahan[13] [$1,050]
15) 8K-Chad Kemenah[11] [$1,000]
16) 14-Jason Meyers[24] [$900]
17) 24-Terry McCarl[18] [$800]
18) 1X-Randy Hannagan[16] [$800]
19) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[19] [$800]
20) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[23] [$800]
21) R19-Jason Solwold[17] [$800]
22) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[22] [$800]
23) 5B-Chad Blonde[1] [$800]
24) 9T-Travis Whitney[21] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Justin Henderson 1-5, Chad Blonde 6-27, Donny Schatz 28-40
KSE Hard Charger Award: Craig Dollansky

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