Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J team kicked off Sprint car racing's "Month of Money" with a World of Outlaws (WoO) victory in Saturday's 26th annual Kings Royal at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Kraig ...
Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J team kicked off Sprint car racing's "Month of Money" with a World of Outlaws (WoO) victory in Saturday's 26th annual Kings Royal at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
Kraig Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim finished ninth in the Kings Royal Saturday. Earlier in the week, Kinser posted a fourth place finish in the Brad Doty Classic at Limaland Motorsports Park in Lima, Ohio.
The Kings Royal victory for Schatz pushed his 2009 WoO win total to 10, and he continues to lead the WoO Sprint Series season championship standings. With his consistency, Kinser maintained the ninth position in the standings.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams return to action on Tuesday night with the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway, in Sarver, Pa. This schedule continues on Friday and Saturday with the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. The busy weekend concludes with Sunday's event at Lebanon (N.Y.) Valley Speedway.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"Winning the Kings Royal is big for all of us at Tony Stewart Racing and having Tony there made it even more special. It was an awesome night for everyone involved with this race team. We were a little nervous after qualifying until we got an all important heat win. That's what did it for us. Starting up front was key and probably the most important factor was that my guys (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) made all the right decisions. They kept plugging away and did a great job all week."
"We knew coming into Saturday's race that we would have a pretty good chance after finishing second on Friday night. I knew I had to be smart in the feature race. I tried not to look at it as a 40- lap race, but instead a 30-lap race and a 10-lap race. With the way the track went, winning those first 30 laps was really important. We did that and then finished it up. I'm really happy for everyone at TSR. This is their first Kings Royal and I hope there are many more to come.
"This is the time that you want to be at your best. Winning the first big one is a great start for us and now we can turn our focus to the next one."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"The Bass Pro Shop team had a consistent week of action, and I feel like we are getting closer to where we want to be. We just had one race where didn't go forward. The guys (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson, Bob Curtis) worked really hard, so getting a top-five and top-10 finish is a positive.
"We started seventh at the Brad Doty Classic last Wednesday and were moving forward. I really felt like we had something for the leaders. We moved into third about halfway through the race, but we had a mechanical problem, and I just kind of hung on to finish fourth. We followed that up at Eldora on Friday night by qualifying second in the field of 47 cars, so that gave all of us a lot of confidence about the car, and the Chevy horsepower that Paul Kistler built for us.
"The Kings Royal got off to a crazy start with us going out kind of late in qualifying and the track really slowing down. We timed in 24th and were fortunate to hold the final spot in the heat inversion. That gave us a chance to start the sixth heat from the pole and with the format you had to finish up front in the heat. We finished second and a top-12 starting spot. The Bass Pro Shops car was good in the feature, but everyone was really fast, so passing was tough. We moved up a few spots and might have gotten one or two more on the late restart, but it wasn't to be.
"Now we'll head to Lernerville and see if we can build on this week and continue getting ourselves in a better position each night."