Williams Grove results 2007-05-17

Schatz Wins at Williams Grove Donny Schatz could have easily written himself off after qualifying 35th of the 55 cars that were on hand at Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday night, but he did not. The reigning World of Outlaws champions put ...

Schatz Wins at Williams Grove

Donny Schatz could have easily written himself off after qualifying 35th of the 55 cars that were on hand at Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday night, but he did not. The reigning World of Outlaws champions put his head down and drove as hard as he could each and every lap and by the end of the night, found himself in the winner's circle for the fifth time this season.

Schatz started the A-Feature in the third position and patiently followed Greg Hodnett and Jeff Shepard in the early stages of the race. On the 16th lap, he shot around Shepard to move into the runner-up spot. He continued to chase Hodnett as the pair got into lapped traffic with the laps winding down. With just three laps remaining, Schatz used the low side of the track to take the lead from Hodnett.

Joey Saldana made a late charge, also getting around Hodnett and closing in on Schatz as the checkered flag flew, to finish second.

Hodnett, the 1993 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year held on to finish third ahead of Jason Meyers, with Kenny Jacobs rounding out the Top-Five.

"We're glad to get back to victory lane and get everyone's confidence back up on the team," said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. "Hopefully we can keep this going and win some more races this weekend."

Schatz started his march to victory in the third heat as he lined up in the ninth position, needing to get to at least fifth to transfer to the A-Feature. An early red flag moved him up a couple spots on a restart, and he wound up racing his way into the second position to earn a spot in the Crane Cams dash, where he finished third.

"That is good racing that the fans want to see, with cars coming from the back," Schatz said in Victory Lane. "If we wouldn't have made it through the heat race, we would have been in the C-main or in the back of the B-Main. It was a great feeling to get through that heat race and into the dash. We passed some good cars to do it. That made our night a little easier, starting toward the front."

While he could have said the car was not working right or the crew made a mistake, Schatz himself squarely took the blame for the slow start to the night in time trials, and more than made up for it as he won for the 10th time overall at Williams Grove.

"I made a big mistake qualifying and I needed to push harder," said the winner. "Usually Williams Grove does not have that big of a curb and it is not that fast early in the night. I think you saw that the guys that were super fast in qualifying on the ledge, did not make it that far later in the night. The harder you pound that ledge the more trouble you get into later in the night. I can't run 25 laps on a cushion like that, so I don't do it. Smarts is probably the biggest key here. Knowing that I cannot run the cushion is probably a benefit. That helps me to move around in traffic and be there at the end of the race."

Schatz is excited to return to the track on Friday for another full night of racing, when the event will be 30 laps and pay $12,000-to win. He now has led 217 laps at the half-mile, and has finished in the Top-Five in nine of the last ten events he has competed in at the track.

"The cars are getting better the longer they go, and that is good to see," said the defending Knoxville Nationals winner. "I'm glad they get faster as they go. I assume the track will be slower tomorrow, and I look forward to that. Hopefully we can come back and get ourselves in a position to qualify at the front of the feature and win another race. It's all about winning races."

Saldana made a valiant charge late, after falling back to ninth on the second lap of the 25-lap event, after staring in the seventh spot. He gained five spots over the last nine laps of the race. He passed several strong cars late in the race, including: Meyers, Hodnett, Shepard, and Jacobs.

"We were good," said Saldana, driver of the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI. "I haven't really been that good here in the past. The car was really good. The yellows hurt me a little bit. I needed some longer green flag runs. I just could not get going. Once we got going we were good. We ran a little short. It was a very good run and the team is working well."

The native of Brownsburg, Indiana had one of the fastest cars on the track as the laps wound down. The runner-up finish was his 14th Top-Five finish of the season as he continues to be locked in a classic dual with Schatz for the championship points.

"I wish we had the five extra laps tonight," lamented Saldana. "For me, I think we have the car to run the five more laps. The car just keeps getting better and better. The five laps would have helped us tonight, but then again the other guys will learn from what they did tonight and will probably get better as well. It will be a tough deal and you have to qualify well to get into the dash to give yourself a shot."

Early in the race Hodnett looked like he was well on his way to his eighth World of Outlaws victory, but he lost ground in heavy traffic late in the race, giving Schatz the opening he needed to take the lead. The native of Thomasville, Pennsylvania started on the pole in the A-Feature after winning the Crane Cams Dash.

"The guys did a good job tonight, and I feel like I kind of let them down in traffic," said Hodnett, driver of the J&S Fabrication J&J. "I was not very good around other cars, and good air helped me, bad air was a hindrance. We would have been better if there would have been a couple more cautions."

Hodnett, who has finished in the Top-10 in World of Outlaws points four times in his career, now calls Williams Grove Speedway home. Having 30 career wins at the track, he is usually one of the cars to beat when the World of Outlaws come to town.

"We run here every week so that is not a whole lot we learn," said Hodnett. "The big thing is that we have to stay on top of the situation, and whatever that may be tomorrow. If it rains the track will be heavy, or if they may pack it hard because they think it may rain it may be really slick. We have to be ready for anything."

Jason Meyers continued his streak of Top-10 finishes coming home in the fourth spot. He has 10 straight Top-10 finishes, including wins at Eldora Speedway and U.S. 36 Raceway. In the process he gained another spot in the World of Outlaws championship standings, as he is now up to the fourth position.

"You have to be happy anytime you come here and run in the Top-Five," said Meyers, driver of the Primerica Financial Maxim. "With the (Pennsylvania) Posse and some of the Outlaws that run good here every time, we are definitely happy with our finish. We had a good consistent night."

Kenny Jacobs started the A-Feature in the 10th spot after Lucas Wolfe had trouble in the Crane Cams Dash. The veteran aboard the Weikerts Livestock JEI steadily worked his way to the front, finishing in the fifth spot.

The rest of the Top-10 was Daryn Pittman in sixth in the Titan Garages Maxim, Jason Sides in seventh in the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim, Fred Rahmer in eight in the C&S Lawn J&J, Danny Lasoski in ninth in the Roth Motorsports Eagle, and Doug Esh in 10th in the Kinard Trucking J&J.

The World of Outlaws are back in action at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, in a 30-lap $12,000-to win event.

WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Lucas Wolfe paced the 55 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked half-mile oval in 16.863 seconds at 106.326 mph. For his qualifying effort, Wolfe eared five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Brian Leppo (4) Kenny Jacobs (3), Todd Shaffer (2) and Jeff Shepard (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Jason Sides, Alan Krimes, Joey Saldana, and Tim Kaeding won heat races... Dion Hindi won the C-Main... Steve Kinser won the B-Main... Greg Hodnett won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: Another full night of racing at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 18.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, PA.; May 17, 2007

Qualifying
1) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 16.863
2) 71-Brian Leppo 16.929
3) 29-Kenny Jacobs 16.986
4) 88-Todd Shaffer 17.012
5) 1-Jeff Shepard 17.035
6) 14-Jason Meyers 17.039
7) 20-Paul McMahan 17.052
8) 22-Greg Hodnett 17.060
9) 83-Danny Lasoski 17.079
10) 30-Doug Esh 17.091
11) 9-Joey Saldana 17.108
12) 25-Lance Dewease 17.128
13) 7S-Jason Sides 17.129
14) 87-Alan Krimes 17.136
15) 12-Kevin Nouse 17.179
16) 2-Tim Kaeding 17.192
17) 21-Daryn Pittman 17.199
18) 8K-Zach Chappell 17.206
19) 51-Fred Rahmer 17.231
20) 39-TJ Stutts 17.243
21) R19-Jason Solwold 17.257
22) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 17.258
23) 21P-Brian Montieth 17.287
24) 8M-Chris Meleason 17.290
25) 11-Steve Kinser 17.297
26) 6-Tim Shaffer 17.323
27) 18X-Ryan Bohkle 17.326
28) 17B-Steven Buckwalter 17.331
29) 35-Jac Haudenschild 17.335
30) 19-Stevie Smith 17.345
31) 36-Jason Martin 17.354
32) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 17.361
33) 35A-Alan Cole 17.375
34) 7-Craig Dollansky 17.376
35) 15-Donny Schatz 17.377
36) 11D-Dion Hindi 17.384
37) 1X-Randy Hannagan 17.401
38) 22Z-Michael Carber 17.402
39) 7K-Keith Kauffman 17.415
40) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr. 17.426
41) 3X-Chad Kemenah 17.437
42) 24-Terry McCarl 17.457
43) 89-Cody Darrah 17.458
44) U1-Chad Layton 17.460
45) D1-Justin Henderson 17.463
46) 9K-Craig Keel 17.487
47) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 17.505
48) 11E-Mike Erdley 17.507
49) O7-Mark Smith 17.517
50) 11H-Kerry Madsen 17.524
51) 30C-Steve Claybaugh 17.528
52) 5C-Chad Hillier 17.705
53) 47-Billy Kimmel 17.830
54) 3-Bob Bennett 17.912
55) 45-AJ Michael 18.173

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7S-Jason Sides
2) 1-Jeff Shepard
3) 83-Danny Lasoski
4) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
5) 21-Daryn Pittman
6) R19-Jason Solwold
7) 35-Jac Haudenschild
8) 3X-Chad Kemenah
9) 35A-Alan Cole
10) 1X-Randy Hannagan
11) 11-Steve Kinser

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 87-Alan Krimes
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 71-Brian Leppo
4) 30-Doug Esh
5) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
6) 6-Tim Shaffer
7) 19-Stevie Smith
8) 7-Craig Dollansky
9) 24-Terry McCarl
10) 22Z-Michael Carber
11) 8K-Zach Chappell

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 51-Fred Rahmer
4) 18X-Ryan Bohkle
5) 7K-Keith Kauffman
6) 36-Jason Martin
7) 89-Cody Darrah
8) 12-Kevin Nouse
9) 20-Paul McMahan
10) 29-Kenny Jacobs
11) 21P-Brian Montieth

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 2-Tim Kaeding
2) 22-Greg Hodnett
3) 25-Lance Dewease
4) 88-Todd Shaffer
5) 39-TJ Stutts
6) 17B-Steven Buckwalter
7) U1-Chad Layton
8) 8M-Chris Meleason
9) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
10) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr.
11) 11D-Dion Hindi

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 22-Greg Hodnett
2) 1-Jeff Shepard
3) 15-Donny Schatz
4) 14-Jason Meyers
5) 87-Alan Krimes
6) 7S-Jason Sides
7) 9-Joey Saldana
8) 71-Brian Leppo
9) 2-Tim Kaeding
10) 5W-Lucas Wolfe

D-main (8 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to C-main)
1) 9K-Craig Keel
2) D1-Justin Henderson
3) 11H-Kerry Madsen [$100]
4) 5C-Chad Hillier [$100]
5) 30C-Steve Claybaugh [$100]
6) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$100]
7) 47-Billy Kimmel [$100]
8) 45-AJ Michael [$100]
9) 11E-Mike Erdley [$100]
10) O7-Mark Smith [$100]
11) 3-Bob Bennett [$100]

C-main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)
1) 11D-Dion Hindi
2) 1X-Randy Hannagan
3) U1-Chad Layton [$125]
4) 24-Terry McCarl [$125]
5) D1-Justin Henderson [$125]
6) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr. [$100]
7) 22Z-Michael Carber [$100]
8) 3X-Chad Kemenah [$100]
9) 89-Cody Darrah [$100]
10) 9K-Craig Keel [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 20-Paul McMahan
3) 29-Kenny Jacobs
4) R19-Jason Solwold
5) 35-Jac Haudenschild
6) 6-Tim Shaffer [$180]
7) 19-Stevie Smith [$175]
8) 8M-Chris Meleason [$160]
9) 7-Craig Dollansky [$150]
10) 36-Jason Martin [$150]
11) 17B-Steven Buckwalter [$150]
12) 35A-Alan Cole [$150]
13) 1X-Randy Hannagan [$150]
14) 8K-Zach Chappell [$150]
15) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$150]
16) 12-Kevin Nouse [$150]
17) 21P-Brian Montieth [$150]
18) 11D-Dion Hindi [$150]

A-main (25 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[3] [$8,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[7] [$4,000]
3) 22-Greg Hodnett[1] [$2,500]
4) 14-Jason Meyers[4] [$2,200]
5) 29-Kenny Jacobs[10] [$2,100]
6) 21-Daryn Pittman[16] [$2,000]
7) 7S-Jason Sides[6] [$1,800]
8) 51-Fred Rahmer[17] [$1,600]
9) 83-Danny Lasoski[13] [$1,500]
10) 30-Doug Esh[14] [$1,300]
11) 2-Tim Kaeding[9] [$1,200]
12) 11-Steve Kinser[21] [$1,100]
13) 35-Jac Haudenschild[24] [$1,000]
14) 88-Todd Shaffer[11] [$700]
15) R19-Jason Solwold[19] [$600]
16) 11E-Mike Erdley[26] [$0]
17) 7K-Kieth Kauffman[23] [$600]
18) 39-TJ Stutts[18] [$600]
19) 18X-Ryan Bohkle[22] [$600]
20) 20-Paul McMahan[12] [$600]
21) 71-Brian Leppo[8] [$600]
22) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[20] [$600]
23) 11H-Kerry Madsen[25] [$0]
24) 1-Jeff Shepard[2] [$600]
25) 87-Alan Krimes[5] [$600]
26) 25-Lance Dewease[15] [$600]
27) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[27] [$200] (Did Not Start)

Lap Leaders: Greg Hodnett, 1-22; Donny Schatz. 23-25

Notes: Kerry Madsen started the A-Feature by using a World of Outlaws provisional. Mike Erdley used a Williams Grove Speedway track provisional to start the A-Feature. Jac Haudenschild was the first alternate and started the A-Feature, due to Lucas Wolfe having an accident in the Crane Cams Dash.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Chris Meleason , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Lucas Wolf , Steven Buckwalter , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Cody Darrah , Tim Kaeding , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.
Teams Williams