Schatz Wins Again in Australia Concord, NC--Jan. 5, 2007--The date of January 6 has been circled on Donny Schatz's calendar since his Championship winning World of Outlaws season wrapped up in late October, because that is the day of the ...
Schatz Wins Again in Australia
Concord, NC--Jan. 5, 2007--The date of January 6 has been circled on Donny Schatz's calendar since his Championship winning World of Outlaws season wrapped up in late October, because that is the day of the annual $50,000-to win Classic at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway (PCR) in Australia.
Schatz, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, has won the event five of the six years it has been contested, including three in a row. He took a big step on Friday toward making it four in a row and six overall by winning the first night of the Bevelite Glass $50,000 Sprintcar International.
Schatz aboard the Pick N Payless J&J for Gary Rush Racing, has now won four events in a row at PCR this season and 13 of the last 14 he has competed in dating back to last year.
Schatz started on the pole for the 30-lap preliminary feature on Friday and led wire-to-wire. He was pressured early by Kerry Madsen who started on the outside of the front row, as well as by 20-time World of Outlaws Champion Steve Kinser, who started on the outside of the second row, and closed in on Schatz in heavy lapped traffic. With an open track ahead of him as the laps wound down, Schatz was able to pull away.
In the end, Schatz was too strong for the 68 cars that signed in and found himself standing on top of the podium again at PCR.
Kinser, who hails from Bloomington, Indiana, came home in the runner-up spot after starting fourth, with Madsen earning the final podium position.
In fifth it was Joey Saldana, the 1996 World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year, driving for NASCAR star Kasey Kahne. Saldana lined up on the outside of the fourth row for the event. The native of Brownsburg, Indiana looks for his second win in the event on Saturday night, having won it back in 2003.
Paul McMahan came home sixth driving the Titan Racing machine after starting ninth, with fellow California native and World of Outlaws driver Jason Meyers in the eighth position in his first race of the year on Australian soil. Meyers, who was under the weather, started 20th in the 24-car field before charging into the Top-10.
In preliminary action, Schatz powered his way from the fifth starting spot in the first heat to earn the win. In the second heat, McMahan finished in the third spot. Saldana picked up the win in a very tough fourth heat, with Meyers coming home third and Kinser fourth.
In the first dash, Schatz lined up on the pole and took the win to earn the pole position for the preliminary feature, with McMahan finishing fifth. In the second dash, Kinser finished second with Saldana fourth.
Schatz, Kinser, Saldana, McMahan, and Meyers will be in action again at Parramatta City Raceway on Saturday night in the finale of the $50,000-to win Sprintcar International.
The 2007 World of Outlaws season opens on February 9 at Volusia Speedway Park with the 36th Annual DIRTcar Nationals Presented By Mopar Speedshop.