EAGLE, NE (June 16) -- Donny Schatz set a personal record for "A" Feature victories in a season last September 20th at Eagle Raceway when he led all 40 laps to win the 14th Annual 1/3-Mile Short-Track Nationals. The $12,000 victory was Schatz's ...
EAGLE, NE (June 16) -- Donny Schatz set a personal record for "A" Feature victories in a season last September 20th at Eagle Raceway when he led all 40 laps to win the 14th Annual 1/3-Mile Short-Track Nationals. The $12,000 victory was Schatz's seventh in a World of Outlaws Sprint Series main event during its 25th Anniversary Season.
Schatz, the most consistent member of the series' "Mean 15" in the last 2½ weeks, will be among the drivers to beat this weekend when the World of Outlaws Sprint Series returns to the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval for the 21st Annual Eagle Nationals. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has driven his family's #15 Parker Store J&J into the top 12 in each of the last seven main events, including his first victory of the season June 2nd at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
"We would have liked to have finished this stretch a little better," said Schatz, whose 12th-place run at Eldora Speedway was the only blemish in a string of single-digit finishes. "Winning at Rolling Wheels was a good motivator to keep working hard."
The Outdoor Channel will capture all the action and pageantry from the Eagle Nationals for its July 7th "Wednesday Night Horsepower" telecast scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Defending Eagle Nationals champion Steve Kinser has won 13 main events at Eagle Raceway. The leader in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings increased his advantage over Danny Lasoski to 125 points with a hard-fought victory at The Raceway at Powercom Park last Saturday.
Mark Kinser, Steve's second cousin, will make his debut in the #83 Beef Packers Maxim at the Eagle Nationals. The series' two-time champion has won seven main events at Eagle Raceway. Mark, who won the Spring Classic at Knoxville Raceway in only his second 2004 World of Outlaws Sprint Series event, has recorded six top-10 finishes -- four in the top three -- in nine events.
Lasoski, who won successive main events at Sharon Speedway, Eldora Speedway and LaSalle Speedway recently, drove 2002 NASCAR Nextel Cup champion Tony Stewart's #20 J.D. Byrider into third place in the Eagle Nationals championship feature a year ago.
Jason Meyers, who raced past nine cars to finish eighth at Eagle Raceway last September, moved into fourth place in the point standings with a runner-up run at Powercom Park.
Craig Dollansky also improved one position in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings last weekend with his fourth top-six run in the last five events.
Paul McMahan, who drove the #11H Selma Shell Maxim into second place at Eagle Raceway last September, paced the qualifying session at The Raceway at Powercom Park.
Kraig Kinser, the leader in the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year race, recorded his best finish in the last five events with a seventh-place run in the #11K Delco Remy International Maxim.
Joey Saldana, last year's Eagle Nationals runner-up, closed to within seven points of Kraig Kinser for seventh place in the standings by racing into the top four for the fourth time in the last six events.
Tim Shaffer, driving the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim in only his second event, led the first 19 laps at Powercom Park. A 19th-lap crash notwithstanding, "The Steel City Outlaw" raced through the field during the second half of the race to finish fifth.
Daryn Pittman, a top-10 finisher in both World of Outlaws Sprint Series main events at Eagle Raceway in 2003, drove the #21 Hop & Sack CMC ahead of the field at Powercom Park until Steve Kinser passed him following a 32nd-lap restart. Neither a mid-race crash nor a late spin could keep Jason Sides from driving the #7S Sides Motorsports Maxim into 11th place at The Raceway at Powercom Park. Sides raced into the top 12 in each "A" Feature at Eagle Raceway during his Rookie of the Year season.
Brian Paulus closed to within seven points of Sides in their battle for 11th place in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series standings with a ninth-place run from outside the ninth row at Powercom Park.
Jonathan Allard, who ranks second in the Rookie of the Year standings, drove the #35 PRT Travel Maxim into the top 10 in his third straight main event at Powercom Park.
Erin Crocker, another Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate, steered the #16 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Maxim around five cars to finish in 12th place, tying the best "A" Feature finish of her World of Outlaws Sprint Series career.
Tickets for the 2004 Eagle Nationals cost $30 for adults, $10 for youngsters 6-13, and children five and younger will be admitted free with each adult ticket purchased (additional childrens tickets cost $10 each). Fans buying tickets before Friday can take advantage of a two-day package deal of $53 for adults, youngsters 6-13 for $15, children five and younger free with each adult ticket package purchased.
Good seats are still available. Fans can purchase tickets in advance by calling the Eagle Raceway office in Lincoln between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Fans can also visit the Eagle Raceway office at 6101 S. 58th Street, Suite B, in Lincoln between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Only cash or credit cards will be accepted. There is a one-time, $5 handling fee for phone credit card orders. After Thursday at 4 p.m., tickets can be purchased at the racetrack beginning Friday at noon.