HEATING UP AT THE RIGHT TIME Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz Looks to Continue WoO Winning Streak in South Dakota, Arkansas and Indiana INDIANAPOLIS (July 2, 2008) -- With the calendar turning to July and the temperatures rising, Tony ...
HEATING UP AT THE RIGHT TIME
Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz Looks to Continue WoO Winning Streak in South Dakota, Arkansas and Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS (July 2, 2008) -- With the calendar turning to July and the temperatures rising, Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Donny Schatz has turned up the heat on the competition. After winning seven of his 11 starts during the month June behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J, Schatz heads into the season's busiest month on a three-race winning streak.
Following last weekend's sweep of Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series events at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D., and at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wis., the two-time-defending WoO champion marches on with three races during the Independence Day weekend beginning Thursday at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D., continuing Saturday at Riverside International Speedway (RIS) in West Memphis, Ark., and concluding on Sunday at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.
The upcoming events this weekend are the first of 17 nights that the TSR No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J will be on the track during July. Schatz, who has 79 career WoO feature wins, will look to continue his current winning streak on Thursday night at Huset's Speedway. He has 19 career starts at the track, winning twice, including last season's race on July 3, and he finished second earlier this year on June 13.
In each of his last three victories, the Fargo, N.D., resident was a first-time WoO winner at each track. It started at Dodge City (Kan.) Raceway Park on June 21, continued at River Cities Speedway last Friday and at Cedar Lake Speedway Sunday night. This week, he'll be looking to add two more tracks to the list of 45 facilities where he has already scored a WoO triumph. He's never won at RIS, where he will be racing for the second time, or Tri-State Speedway, where he has 10 career starts.
Schatz continues to lead the way in the 2008 WoO campaign through 24 nights of racing. He is on top of the WoO standings with 3,510 points, 96 ahead of Jason Meyers, and has nine victories, 18 top-fives, and 24 consecutive top-10 finishes.
Thursday night at Huset's, pit gates will be open at all day and the grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. CDT. Hot laps are tentatively scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The pit and grandstand gates will open at 2 p.m. CDT Saturday at Riverside International Speedway. Hot laps are tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday at Tri-State, pit gates open at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday and grandstand gates open at 4 p.m. Qualifying is tentatively scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for the Huset's Speedway event can be purchased by calling (605) 582-3536, or by visiting the track's Web site,
www.husets-speedway.com. Race tickets for Saturday's event at RIS can be purchased by calling (901) 840-1970 or visiting the track's Web site, riversideinternationalspeedway.com. Tri-State Speedway tickets can be purchased by calling (812) 768-6025, or by visiting the track's Web site, www.tristatespeedway.com.
Race fans can also listen to all the action this week on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Visit www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other fans listening to the action.
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 TSR/Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J:
For the second time this season, the Armor All team has a three-race winning streak. What's been the key?
"The biggest thing is that we keep working as hard as we can every night. There is no substitute for hard work and Ricky Warner, Shane Bowers, Kyle Sundby and Evan Funk keep doing everything they can to give me a great race car. That's a testament to Tony Stewart Racing. They've put this team out here to win races and right now, that's what we are doing.
"Each of the last three wins has come in different ways. In Dodge City, we found the rubber first and then had to be willing to risk it all to find a way around Daryn (Pittman) to get the job done. We fought through some adversity at Grand Forks after setting fast time in qualifications and crashing in the heat race. To come from 11th to win a feature against these guys is really something. And at Cedar Lake, we just had some things go our way. We qualified on the front row of the heat and won it, drew the pole for the dash, won it, started on the pole for the feature, and won it.
"We understand that we've got things going good right now, and we're trying to do whatever it takes to keep them going that way."
July kicks off with three races and a lot of miles between them. Is this where experience pays off?
"I've always said, to be successful with the World of Outlaws, you have to put in a few years on the road, go through the hard times and learn from your mistakes and understand that every night is a new one. This week, we're going to three small tracks, where anything can happen and things happen quickly.
"Fortunately, we've got a great organization in place here and the people involved know what it takes to be at their best every night. We're hoping for three more good nights at the track for Armor All, Chevy, ParkerStore and everyone involved with Tony Stewart Racing. And then we'll look forward to starting the "Month of Money" next week at Eldora Speedway."
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.