TSR's Donny Schatz raced to a sixth place finish in Friday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) portion of Chevy Weekend at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Schatz drove the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J from the 22nd-starting position in the...
TSR's Donny Schatz raced to a sixth place finish in Friday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) portion of Chevy Weekend at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Schatz drove the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J from the 22nd-starting position in the 30-lap feature event.
TSR's Kraig Kinser passed 12 cars behind the wheel of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim in Friday's feature event. He earned a 13th- place finish at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway.
Mother Nature forced WoO officials to postpone Saturday's scheduled event at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Penn. The race is now set to take place on Saturday, Oct. 31.
Schatz leads the WoO championship standings with eight races remaining, while Kinser holds the eighth position in the standings.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams continue action this weekend with three races at historic Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. On Friday night, a complete program will be held along with the completion of the $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals. Saturday's 48th annual Williams Grove National Open will pay $50,000 to the winner and air live on SPEED beginning at 8 p.m. (ET).
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"Mother Nature wasn't a big race fan this weekend, but we made the best out of. I was really looking forward to heading back to Eldora for the Chevy Weekend race. It's been a place in the past few years where we've really been able to have a lot of success.
"There was a lot of precipitation in the air on Friday and the track officials did everything they could to give us a good surface. We drew an early qualifying number, so the rain shower before hot laps wasn't what we wanted to see. When the program got started, we knew the track was only going to get faster as qualifying went on. After the field of 44 cars made their lap for qualifying, we ended up 22nd.
"The track was still fast during the heat races and we were fortunate to finish fifth and make it into the A-Feature. We knew we were going to start in the back and had to find a way to come forward. The Armor All crew (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) changed up the car and I was determined to get up front. We had a good start and I just kept going wherever the guys in front of me weren't. We had a few yellows and, by the halfway point, I worked my way inside the top-10. When the race was over, we had made it up to sixth. I know it was frustrating not to be challenging for the win but, in some ways, making it up to sixth was a positive.
"With Saturday's show at Lernerville being rained out, the focus now turns to Williams Grove. The Williams Grove National Open is one of the biggest races we have and winning it is always one of our goals. It's a big weekend for us. Three feature races and a chance to make some history."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"We had a crazy night at Eldora and, in the end, we found a way to drive forward. It just seemed like anything that could happen did. We had some rain before we could get on the track. Then we had a little more, so the racetrack was really fast. Eldora is always fast, but when the track is wet, it becomes lightning fast.
"We turned a couple of really good laps in warm-ups, but the track kept getting faster. We ended up deep in the field in qualifying and that put us behind for most of the night. I started 10th in the third heat and all the heats were pretty much just one lane, as fast as you could go. The qualifying time put us in the C-Main and that gave us some extra time on the track. Fortunately, we finished that race and found out we had a mechanical problem.
"The Bass Pro Shops crew (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson, and Bob Curtis) was able to make the changes we needed and got us ready for the 30-lap feature. We started 25th and actually made our way up to finish 13th. We were hoping to put on a good show for all the Chevy people who were at the track for the weekend. It felt good to come that far forward. You always wonder, after a race like that - if you would have started a little closer, maybe instead of racing to 13th, maybe we are racing for the win.
"We're going to take that momentum with us to Williams Grove this weekend and see if we can build on it. It's a great opportunity for us. The National Open is a big race, and having it live on SPEED is something we always get excited about."