TSR's Donny Schatz closed the World of Outlaws (WoO) annual Gold Rush Tour by driving the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J to a sixth place finish in Saturday night's 56th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions finale at Silver Dollar Speedway in...
TSR's Donny Schatz closed the World of Outlaws (WoO) annual Gold Rush Tour by driving the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J to a sixth place finish in Saturday night's 56th annual Gold Cup Race of Champions finale at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, Calif. Earlier in the week, Schatz raced from 20th to finish third at Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway.
TSR's Kraig Kinser twice qualified the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim second during WoO action last week at Cottage Grove (Ore.) Speedway and Silver Dollar Speedway. Kinser finished 16th in the feature event at Cottage Grove and 20th at Silver Dollar Speedway on Thursday night.
Schatz continues to lead the WoO championship standings, while Kinser holds the eighth position in the standings with 11 events remaining in 2009.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams will return to action on Wednesday night with an event at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa. The Outlaws' will conclude the week with an event at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. on Saturday night.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"The swing after the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals always seems to be tough on us and, this year, it was no different. I don't think we can pinpoint one reason why, but we just haven't had the results we feel we should.
"Qualifying was something we struggled with the week before in Washington and it continued Tuesday night in Cottage Grove (Ore.). We timed in 20th and had to work really hard just to avoid the B- Main. The track was wet and fast all night, so coming from 20th didn't look real promising. Actually, once the race started, we really came forward. The Armor All crew (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) gave me a really good racecar and, lap after lap, we were able to gain ground. We got up to third, but ran of laps to catch the guys who finished first and second. They both started on the front row, so we know we made a lot of progress.
"After watching Thursday night's Gold Cup opener, I really felt like we were going to win the event. The track was just a bit different for us on Friday and we just couldn't move forward. I qualified eighth and finished the feature eighth. That pretty much put us deep in the starting lineup for Saturday's Gold Cup finale.
"The track was still pretty fast for Saturday's 40-lap finale and, after dropping back to about 20th, we started picking cars a lap at time. I'm not sure we were as fast as the cars up front at the end, but we were getting around there pretty well.
"With the Gold Cup over, now it's time to get back to business at Spencer (Clay County Fairgrounds Speedway) on Wednesday. Just as we've struggled on the swing after Knoxville the last three years, we've also been able to come back east and get back to our winning ways. We've won the last two years at Spencer and we really would like to continue that streak."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"The way we finished last week wasn't the way we wanted to end our run out west, that's for sure. The Bass Pro Shops car was fast early in the night, but we had a couple of things bite us at the end of the night. We're working toward being fast all night, including the feature.
"On Tuesday at Cottage Grove, we got off to a rough start. The Bass Pro Shops crew (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson and Bob Curtis) worked through a mechanical problem and we went out and qualified second-fastest without even getting any practice laps. We made it through our heat and finally got a decent draw for the dash. We started the feature third and had a great chance. Unfortunately, everybody got bottled up on the start heading into turn one and I ended up getting hit. There was a crash and, although we were able to keep going, the damage was done. We had a left-rear flat tire and broken shock and were forced to pit. The guys fixed the car and we went back out, but instead of being in the second row, we were in the back.
"The Gold Cup is always one of those special races during the year and we were pretty confident coming into it. Once again, we qualified really strong (second) and were able to get through our heat race. Our luck with the dash draw didn't change and we started the feature eighth. In the feature, we were hanging in there inside the top-10 until we had a part failure, which ended the race for us on lap 20.
"The Gold Cup is similar to the (Knoxville) Nationals as you earn points for qualifying, heat and feature finishes. Not being able to finish the feature really hurt us and we ended up 28th overall. On Saturday night, we started eighth in the B-Main and did everything we could to get to fourth. We made it to fifth and continued racing hard, trying to get into fourth so that we could transfer. We couldn't make it, and now the focus turns toward racing at Spencer on Wednesday."