TSR's Donny Schatz scored a pair of top-six finishes in Saturday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) action at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Schatz raced the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J in the 48th annual Williams Grove National...
TSR's Donny Schatz scored a pair of top-six finishes in Saturday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) action at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Schatz raced the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J in the 48th annual Williams Grove National Open. He was looking for a record-setting fifth National Open crown, but he came up one position short of victory in the prestigious 40-lap race. Following that finish, Schatz started 22nd in the 30-lap Summer Nationals feature event that was originally scheduled for July 25. He charged to a sixth place finish, extending his top-10 streak to nine consecutive races.
TSR's Kraig Kinser bounced back following a flat left rear tire on the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim during the opening lap of the National Open. He restarted at the tail of the field and passed 12 cars to finish 12th in the 40-lap race.
Schatz pushed his lead in the WoO championship standings to 14 markers with only four races remaining, while Kinser holds the eighth position in the standings.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams resume action on Saturday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, N.Y. In the series' last appearance at the track in May 2008, Schatz and Kinser finished third and fifth respectively.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"We came into the weekend hoping to make some history and win our fifth National Open, so we're a little disappointed. That being said, I feel like the things we've been working on the last of couple of months are starting to take shape. We brought out a new car this weekend and I felt better than I ever have at Williams Grove.
"We were scheduled to have two complete shows and a make-up feature, but the rain on Friday night cost us one. Saturday's National Open was the focus for us and we timed in 12th and that put us up front in the heat race. We finished second and had a good draw for the dash. We knew going in the race wasn't going to be decided on the first lap, so starting fourth was just about right. I got to second and, just about every time we were close to getting into lapped traffic, a caution would come out. The track was fast and I tried everything possible. The Armor All crew did a good job and we learned a lot about the new car.
"After finishing second in the Open, we made some changes for the make-up Summer Nationals feature and I was able to race from the back of the field up to sixth. It was ironic that in the first race, when we didn't need cautions, there were a bunch, and then in the second, when it would have helped us come forward faster, we didn't get a stop until after halfway. That's racing, I guess."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"It's been a while since we've had any success at Williams Grove Speedway, so I'd say making both features was a move in the right direction. There were 60 of the best Sprint car racers at the track Saturday and we put the Bass Pro Shops car solidly in the field and made a good charge in the feature race.
"With the number of cars on hand, it was crucial that we timed in well. We ended up 23rd and that gave us a chance. In the heat race, we challenged for third and ended up transferring into the main event. We had some bad luck in the feature when Craig Dollansky drove over my left-rear tire and put a hole in it. The Bass Pro Shops crew changed the tire and we restarted at the back. The car was really strong, and we were able to pass a lot of cars and finish 12th.
"We've got four more opportunities to pick up a win this year and that's the mindset we'll take up to New York next week.