Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J team scored three top-five finishes in the three-night World of Outlaws "Duel in the Dakotas" swing, including a feature event win at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., on Friday ...
Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J team scored three top-five finishes in the three-night World of Outlaws "Duel in the Dakotas" swing, including a feature event win at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., on Friday night.
Kraig Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim had a consistent weekend by qualifying in the top-five all three races, finishing seventh on Saturday night at Red River Valley Speedway, in W. Fargo, N.D., and bringing home his sixth top-five finish by finishing fourth on Sunday night at Nodak Speedway in Minot, N.D.
Friday's victory was Outlaw win number eight on the season for Schatz, who also continues to lead the WoO Sprint Series season championship standings. Kinser's consistency allowed him to maintain the ninth position.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams will return to action this weekend with two single-night programs, first on Friday night at U.S. 36 Raceway in Osborn, Mo. and then Saturday night, when they compete at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"Our weekend at home started great but didn't end up exactly how we'd hoped. We felt like this was a good opportunity for the Armor All team to put a string of wins together. The guys on this Tony Stewart Racing team (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) proved once again that they are one of the best teams out here.
"We were the fast qualifier the first two nights and third-quick on Sunday. Wins are what drive us, and starting the weekend by winning at River Cities Speedway was a great way to get us going. On Saturday and Sunday, we drew a little deeper starting position and needed a few things to happen differently in the feature races.
"Overall, it was a consistent weekend. We'll just keeping plugging along and try to get better each night. Summer is here and this is usually when we are really able to put some wins together. The focus now turns to next week to another couple of races at drastically different places."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"I felt like we made some progress this weekend. After the cut tire on Friday, we kept improving every time we hit the track. We qualified in the top-five all three nights and got in the dash, which is really important. The competition is so close, you can't spot anyone too much track position. We were able to hang in there both Saturday and Sunday night and get solid finishes.
The Bass Pro Shops guys (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson and Bob Curtis) did a good job all weekend. These are the weekends where having a good team keeps you ahead of the competition. Three races at three tracks can be a big challenge, but they proved they were up to it.
"We definitely feel like we have some momentum right now. Hopefully we can keep it going next week at U.S. 36 Raceway and Knoxville (Raceway)."