Australia news 2006-12-26

Schatz wins in Australia Concord, NC--Dec. 26, 2006 -- Though the calendar reads 2006 for a couple more days, Donny Schatz is readily preparing for the 2007 season, along with a number of other World of Outlaws drivers that have made the trek to...

Schatz wins in Australia

Concord, NC--Dec. 26, 2006 -- Though the calendar reads 2006 for a couple more days, Donny Schatz is readily preparing for the 2007 season, along with a number of other World of Outlaws drivers that have made the trek to Australia to turn some extra laps.

For Schatz, this is his second trip of the year Down Under, as he picked up three Top-three finishes in World Series Sprintcar action in early November.

After returning home, Schatz received two more accolades for his 2006 World of Outlaws title. He was named to the First-Team of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association All-American Auto Racing Team for the first time in his career, and then he was honored as the Driver of the Year, by the North American 410-Sprint Car Poll. On North American soil, he won 21 total races, including the Knoxville Nationals.

This past week, Schatz, who calls Fargo, North Dakota home returned to The Land Down Under, as he will embark on ten nights of racing over the next three weeks.

Schatz driving the Pick N' Payless J&J owned by Gary Rush Racing, returned to Victory Lane at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway (PCR) near Sydney on Tuesday night in the Valvoline Australian Grand Prix on Boxing Day.

Schatz was not alone, as fellow World of Outlaws competitors Steve Kinser and Joey Saldana were also on-hand as they all gear up for the $50,000-to win Sprintcar International and the three-night Outlaws Down Under IV program.

Before a very large and enthusiastic crowd, Schatz showed right off the bat that he would be the man to beat. He set fast time, following by Kinser. Schatz then proceeded to win his heat race and dash, to earn the pole position for the Feature race.

Schatz led the opening lap, before Kinser got around him on the second lap. Kinser was out front for the next two circuits, before Schatz made the pass for the lead and ultimately the win on the fourth lap. Schatz would lead the rest of the way to make it a clean sweep on the evening.

Kinser, finished second after heat and dash wins, while Saldana charged to a fourth-place finish after starting in the middle of the field. World of Outlaws drivers earned three of the Top-four spots in the final rundown.

Schatz, who won eight of the first nine races last season at Parramatta City Raceway, will return to action this Saturday at PCR, as NASCAR star and World of Outlaws car owner Kasey Kahne will compete, along with Kinser and Saldana.

The 2007 World of Outlaws season opens on February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park with the DIRTcar Nationals.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Joey Saldana