Two In a Row for Schatz in Australia

Donny Schatz led a sweep of the Top-Three positions by Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series drivers on Saturday night at Parramatta City Raceway in Australia.

Schatz, the two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion earned his second consecutive win at the track, with 20-time series champion Steve Kinser second and Daryn Pittman third.

The native of North Dakota took the lead from Sam Walsh at the drop of the green flag and never looked back, leading flag-to-flag and winning in convincing fashion. A couple of caution periods bunched field, but Schatz used strong restarts each time to stay in control.

Daryn Pittman, who was fourth in World of Outlaws points in 2007, worked his way up to third early in the race and battled Walsh for a number of laps, eventually taking the second spot in lapped traffic. This set up an exciting battle between Pittman and Kinser who had moved into third. Kinser took the runner-up position from Pittman, who won on Wednesday at Brisbane International Speedway.

In time trials, Kinser was second fastest of the 50 cars that turned a lap, with reigning World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Kerry Madsen fourth, Schatz was sixth and Pittman 12th.

In preliminary action, Kinser won the second heat race, with Schatz finishing third, while Pittman was third in the fourth heat race. Schatz won the second dash to earn the outside front row starting spot in the A-Feature, with Pittman third in the first dash and Kinser fourth in the second dash.

The next event at Parramatta City Raceway is set for Wednesday, January 1, with a New Years Day event.

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