NUMBER CRUNCHING Two-Time WoO Champion Donny Schatz Looking To Build Victory Total in Return to Canada INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 21, 2008) -- Winning is all that matters for Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Donny Schatz. The two-time Advance...
Two-Time WoO Champion Donny Schatz Looking To Build Victory Total in Return to Canada
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 21, 2008) -- Winning is all that matters for Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Donny Schatz. The two-time Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series champion continues to lead the way this season with a series-best 12 wins. He'll look to add to that total this weekend with a pair of races north of the border on Friday and Saturday at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton.
Following three top-10 finishes in his home state of North Dakota and a runner-up finish Tuesday night at Billings (Mont.) Motorsports Park (BMP), Schatz returns to action behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J on Friday looking to stop his WoO winless streak at eight. Even though he won the prestigious Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 9 and has finished inside the top-five in 19 of his last 22 WoO starts, the Fargo, N.D., resident is adamant about returning to a WoO victory lane for the first time since July 26, when he won at K-C Raceway in Chillicothe, Ohio.
Friday night, Schatz and the TSR Armor All team return to Canada for the second annual Oil City Cup at Edmonton's Castrol Raceway. Schatz will be looking to repeat his performance from last year at Castrol, where he established a new track record in qualifying, finished third in the opening-night feature event, and won the finale to earn the inaugural Oil City Cup. The victory in Edmonton was his 14th WoO triumph in 2007 and broke a seven-race winless drought.
Tuesday's second place finish at BMP gave Schatz 32 top-five finishes to date in 2008 WoO competition. The current WoO championship leader continues to lead the standings with 6,198 points, 119 ahead of Jason Meyers. He's finished in the top-10 in all 43 nights of action this season.
Race fans unable to attend this weekend's events at Castrol Raceway can follow along online on DIRTVision.com. Fans can listen live as Johnny Gibson, "Voice of the Outlaws," calls the action as he does at all WoO Sprint Series events on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Go to www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the site features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other race fans.
For both Friday and Saturday's events at Castrol Raceway, pit gates will open at 2 p.m. MDT and the grandstands will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. The official track Web site is www.castrolraceway.com. For ticket information, call (815) 344-2023, or visit www.slspromotions.com.
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 TSR/Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J:
You base your success on wins, and wins only. You've been stuck on 12 since July 26. How much attention do you pay to the time between wins?
"I try to forget the last race as soon as it's over and start thinking about the next one. Experience tells me that your next race is always the most important one. But, yeah, we think about the wins and why we haven't been winning in-between them. The only way you get better is by staying ahead of the competition, and we're trying to do that.
"Last week, we found ourselves at three tracks where track position was everything. We qualified well all three nights in North Dakota, and in two cases didn't make the draw positions for the dash and that really hurt our chances. Tuesday night we put ourselves in a good position to break through by winning our heat and drawing the pole for the dash, but traffic didn't go our way in the feature. So we'll have to keep fighting out there. We seem to be streaky at times, as far as getting wins in bunches. We're hoping to start another streak in Edmonton Friday night."
This weekend, you return to Castrol Raceway. Does previous success at the track add to your confidence?
"We're always pretty confident, but going to places where you've been good before helps. The thing you can't do is be overconfident because things in this sport are always changing. Something that worked before may not work now, and what we did at Castrol last year may not be good this year. That's where having a good crew comes into play. This TSR crew (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers, and Kyle Sundby) is the best out here and I know we'll all be paying attention to details so that we can get the Armor All, Chevy, ParkerStore No. 15 back where we want to be -- in victory lane."
For complete Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series results, log on to www.worldofoutlaws.com. For information regarding TSR, Schatz, Armor All, Chevy, or ParkerStore, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com, www.donnyschatz.com, www.aa-ownercenter.com, www.chevrolet.com, or www.parkerstore.com.