Donny Schatz Nominated for AARWBA All-American Team Concord, NC--Nov. 27, 2006 -- The 2006 season was an unforgettable one for Donny Schatz. He racked up an impressive list of accolades over the course of the year. First and foremost, he claimed...
Donny Schatz Nominated for AARWBA All-American Team
Concord, NC--Nov. 27, 2006 -- The 2006 season was an unforgettable one for Donny Schatz. He racked up an impressive list of accolades over the course of the year. First and foremost, he claimed the World of Outlaws Sprint Series championship on the strength of 17 A-Feature wins. In addition to this, he also won the famed Knoxville Nationals for the first time in his career.
After claiming his first World of Outlaws title, Schatz has earned a nomination for the prestigious Jerry Titus Award, presented annually by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. The nomination also puts him in the running to earn a spot on one of the AARWBA All-American Auto Racing Teams. The Titus Award is voted on by the 300-plus members of the organization that consists of the motorsports press. The Award honors the All-American team's top driver, the one earning the most votes in the balloting, regardless of category.
Schatz, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, earned a nomination in the "Short Track" category. Two drivers from this group that consists of six nominees will be named to the First Team All-American Team.
The balloting will also determine a Second Team of All-American's, which will consist of the drivers placing third and fourth in each respective category, and honorable mentions will go to all other drivers receiving at least 5 percent of the vote. AARWBA members have annually chosen an All-America Auto Racing Team since 1970.
After starting the season in Australia, where he claimed eight wins, including seven in a row, Schatz had plenty of momentum as he embarked on the always grueling World of Outlaws schedule. After a very consistent start to the season, he visited the winners circle for the first time at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, the same day he took the championship points leads, and he never looked back.
When the final checkered flag of the season flew in late October, Schatz has accumulated an impressive 42 Top-Five finishes en route to claiming the $200,000 winner's share of the point fund, along with the championship trophy and ring.
Schatz aboard the Parker Store J&J, led the series in most statistical categories. He racked up over $372,000 in season earnings. He led 441 laps, over 150 more circuits than the next closest driver. In time trials, he stopped the clock first nine times, to lead all drivers, while setting new track records at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York, as well as Southern Oregon Speedway. Schatz was also tied for the series lead with eight dash wins that earned him the same number of pole positions.
Also earning a nomination in the "Short Track" category is Danny Lasoski, the 2001 World of Outlaws Champion, who scored two A-Feature victories with the series in 2006, along with a preliminary feature win. The native of Dover, Missouri also earned the National Sprint Tour title this season, on the strength of 10 wins. Lasoski, who will contend for the 2007 World of Outlaws title, is a former First Team All-American, and has also earned Second Team honors twice.
Tim McCreadie, who won the World of Outlaws Late Model Series title on the strength of two wins and 11 Top-Five finishes, also is among the drivers in contention in the "Short Track" category.
Voting is currently under way and will conclude on December 3. The All-American Auto Racing Team along with the winner of the Jerry Titus Award will be announced on December 13 at the AARWBA Banquet in Indianapolis.