Schatz Dominates National Open Final Mechanicsburg, PA October 2, 2004 - Donny Schatz waited out a three hour rain delay, then dominated the World of Outlaws 40 lap A-feature to take home the $30,000 first prize in the Cleveland Brothers...
Schatz Dominates National Open Final
Mechanicsburg, PA October 2, 2004 - Donny Schatz waited out a three hour rain delay, then dominated the World of Outlaws 40 lap A-feature to take home the $30,000 first prize in the Cleveland Brothers National Open Saturday night at Williams Grove Speedway. Schatz's second career National Open win came at 3am Sunday morning.
Jimmy Weller, III was running 2nd in the B-main when he pitted under caution on lap 3. Weller was unable to restart.
Aaron Berryhill was running 3rd in the B-main when he stopped on the front stretch with a blown engine
Daryn Pittman had just passed Mike Erdley for 4th in the B-main when he slowed on the backstretch and dropped out of the event.
Lap 1--Mark Smith got the jump off of turn 4 to take the lead. Donny Schatz passed Fred Rahmer for 3rd on the top exiting turn 4
Lap 2--Donny Schatz got 2nd from Steve Kinser low in 1&2
Lap 4--Donny Schatz took the lead from Mark Smith low exiting turn 2
Lap 7--Fred Rahmer took 4th from Danny Lasoski low in 1&2
Lap 8--Traffic. Donny Schatz's lead 20 car lengths over Mark Smith
Lap 11--Danny Lasoski got 4th from Fred Rahmer low exiting turn 4
Lap 14--Heavy traffic. Donny Schatz's lead 5 car lengths over Mark Smith. Brian Paulus took 6th from Kraig Kinser low in 1&2
Lap 20--Kraig Kinser passed Brian Paulus for 6th low in 3&4
Lap 24--Greg Hodnett (started 18th) passed Brian Paulus for 7th on the top exiting turn 4
Lap 27--Steve Kinser took 2nd from Mark Smith low in 1&2
Lap 29--Greg Hodnett passed Kraig Kinser for 6th on the top in the backstretch
Lap 30--Danny Lasoski passed Mark Smith for 3rd low in 1&2
Lap 31--Fred Rahmer took 4th from Mark Smith low in 3&4
Lap 32--Fred Rahmer passed Danny Lasoski for 3rd low in 3&4
Lap 33--Caution for debris in turn 3
Lap 38--Mark Smith took 4th from Danny Lasoski low in 1&2
Lap 40--Donny Schatz won by nearly half a lap.
"Normally my guys are telling me to get my ass in gear under the cautions, but this time they gave me an okay signal, so I figured we were pretty good. This car was just awesome all night long--it's a new car and Jack Elam and the guys at J&J have done their homework and I just hope we can get a bunch more like it and keep it going. It's getting pretty late in the year to do anything in the points, but we'd like to keep winning races. It's great to run good out here. This is an awesome place to race, and when you win here against the competition they have you really feel like you've accomplished something. It's always fun to do those slide jobs like we were doing at the start of the race. When you pass Steve Kinser you know you're doing something good, and then we got by the Zemco car, and tried to not make any mistakes. It can get to be a handful out there when the fuel load goes out of the car late in the race. I had a couple of hairy moments out there--when you're running the cushion like that, it just wants to pull you over into the wall, but it's my job to keep it out of the wall. For the most part, though, it was a pretty clean drive. I have to thank this Parker Stores team: They're the ones that work their butts off. I have the fun job, and they deserve to be standing here just as much as I do. My mom and dad are the ones that make all the sacrifices so that I can go out and do this, and I want to thank them as well, and all the fans for coming out and watching us race."