Series drivers Australia notes 2008-01-12

Schatz Wins $20,000 in World Series Finale Less than a week after claiming a $50,000 triumph in Australia, two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz was back in Victory Lane in a big money...

Schatz Wins $20,000 in World Series Finale

Less than a week after claiming a $50,000 triumph in Australia, two-time defending Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz was back in Victory Lane in a big money event down under. He was victorious in the season finale for the Wanless World Series Sprintcars on Saturday night at Titan Garages Brisbane International Speedway to take home $20,000.

Schatz lined up ninth for the special 50-lap A-Feature and quickly started his charge to the front. He picked up three spots in the first three laps, before chasing down Brooke Tatnell to move into the Top-Five on the sixth circuit.

A red flag on the eighth lap that ended the night for a number of the front runners moved Schatz into the third spot. At the drop of the green, he began to track down Andrew Scheuerle, who was running second to leader Daryn Pittman.

Pittman, who finished fifth on Friday night in the preliminary feature, took the lead on the fifth lap after starting on the outside of the front row. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma, who won six times with the World of Outlaws in 2007, was victorious at Brisbane International Speedway on December 26.

It took Schatz just two laps to work his way around Scheuerle and set his sights on Pittman. After running side-by-side for a couple of laps, Schatz powered his way around Pittman on the 18th lap and opened a commanding lead, that he would not relinquish the rest of the way. When the checkered flag waved, the native of North Dakota was over three seconds ahead of Pittman who wound up second.

Schatz has won five of his last seven starts in Australia over the last three weeks.

Tatnell, who won with the World of Outlaws at Skagit Speedway in Washington in 2007, finished fifth on Saturday night to wrap up his sixth World Series title.

In preliminary action on Saturday night, Schatz finished fifth in the first heat race, while Pittman was sixth in the third heat. In the first dash, Schatz was fifth to earn the ninth starting spot in the A-Feature, with Pittman winning the second dash to earn the outside front row starting position for the 50-lap event.

Schatz will return to action in Australia on Thursday night at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway against a number of fellow World of Outlaws drivers, while Pittman will return to the United States to make final preparations for the 2008 World of Outlaws season.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman