Donny Schatz Wins in Australia
Donny Schatz has always run strong at Parramatta City Raceway in Australia and he continued this prowess on Wednesday night, winning the 30-lap Boxing Day event at the track.
Schatz lined up fourth for the main event and patiently let the race come to him during the opening laps, as he chased down 20-time Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Steve Kinser.
Schatz, the two-time defending World of Outlaws champion took the lead on the 10th lap, as he went low in traffic, while Kinser ran the high side.
Kerry Madsen, the reigning Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year with the World of Outlaws was running second on the white flag lap, when he got upside, leading to a two lap shootout between Kinser and Schatz.
Schatz used a strong restart to pull away and pick up the win in the first race of his second stint Down Under this off-season.
Kinser led early in the event, taking the point from Ian Loudoun on the fifth lap and he would run in the Top-Three all night long, to record a second-place finish in his first event of the International season.
The native of Bloomington, Indiana turned the fastest lap in time trials of the 51 cars that took to the track, with Madsen fifth and Schatz seventh.
In preliminary action, Kinser finished third in the second heat, while Schatz won the third heat and Madsen won the fourth heat. In the second dash Kinser picked up the win to earn the outside front row starting spot in the A-Feature, with Schatz second and Madsen third.
Schatz, Kinser and Madsen will return to action at Parramatta City Raceway on Saturday night.