THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz Looks for More Victories as Outlaws Return to Minnesota INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 30, 2008) -- The finish line for the 2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series season...
THE FINAL COUNTDOWN
Tony Stewart Racing's Donny Schatz Looks for More Victories as Outlaws Return to Minnesota
INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 30, 2008) -- The finish line for the 2008 Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series season is in sight, and for Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) driver Donny Schatz, the chance to add a heap of victories before season's end is very much a reality. The two-time defending WoO champion still has winning on his mind. And he'll look to continue that this weekend when he competes on Friday evening at North Central Speedway (NCS) in Brainerd, Minn., and the following night at Princeton (Minn.) Speedway.
The Fargo, N.D., resident only has nine races remaining this season behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J beginning with Friday's race at NCS. Schatz will lead the Outlaw stars in their debut at the track looking to capture his 15th "A" feature of the season. He has been strong on 3/8-mile tracks this season already, scoring five main event wins, including his most recent on Sept. 10 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa.
Saturday night's return to Princeton Speedway takes Schatz to some familiar territory. He won last year's race at the quarter-mile track by leading the final 13 of 40 laps. It was his seventh career WoO start at the track and the fifth time he finished inside the top-four.
Last weekend, rain slowed Schatz and the rest of the WoO drivers as the 47th annual National Open at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., was washed out by Mother Nature. Schatz scored his 41st top-five finish last Wednesday night at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y.
With 56 races in the books in the 2008 WoO campaign, Schatz continues to lead the season-long championship standings with 7,891 points, 116 more than second-place Jason Meyers. Schatz leads the series with 14 WoO wins and has 52 top-10 finishes this year.
Race fans unable to attend this weekend's action in Minnesota can catch all of the action 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.
On Friday, the pit gates at NCS will open at 4 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For more details, contact NCS at (218) 828-1545. The official Web site of NCS is www.racencs.net.
For Saturday's event, the pit gates at Princeton Speedway will open at 2 p.m. CDT with the grandstands opening at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more information, contact CDR Promotions at (763) 389-3135 or visit the official Web site of Princeton Speedway at www.princetonspeedway.com.
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 TSR/Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J:
The number of nights left this season continues to go down. There are still quite of few things you would like to accomplish this year. Does that make it harder with only a few races left?
"Every year you set goals on what you'd like to accomplish. One of them for me was to keep improving and I think we've done that. You always want to win races, so maybe we don't feel like we've done that enough this year. The only thing we can do is go out and try our best these last nine shows. There's still time to get a few more things done this year and hopefully we continue making progress with our program."
Both nights this weekend are on smaller tracks. Those types of tracks typically make for excellent racing. What's the key to succeeding in those races?
"You have to be able to race through traffic. There are a lot of things that help you do that effectively, but the main thing is having your car work all over the track. On the cushion. Through the middle and around the bottom. You have to be able to go where the guys in front of you aren't. The TSR team has done a great job with that this year. My Armor All car has been really strong and we're hoping that continues.
"Princeton has always been really a racy place. A couple of years ago, I was running up front and spun out and then charged all the way back to second. I know the fans always seem to see a great show and hopefully we'll be able to have another great run there with a chance to win at the end."
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.