Schatz Races to Battleground Victory From Fourth Row By Richard Day HIGHLAND, TX (March 20) - When Donny Schatz won his first Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature last August 24th at ...
Schatz Races to Battleground Victory From Fourth Row By Richard Day
HIGHLAND, TX (March 20) - When Donny Schatz won his first Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature last August 24th at Riverside Speedway, he couldn't wait to call his father to tell him the good news.
Danny Schatz, owner of the #15 Parker Stores Maxim, was one of the first to congratulate his son when Donny won the second main event of his career Saturday at Battleground Speedway.
"I'm glad I could win one in front of my dad," Donny said. "He missed the one we got last year.
"The Parker Stores crew chased the car all night, but they told me 'no worries' when we went out for the 'A.' I hope it feels this good every time we win. I'm just trying to keep my thoughts together and make a run for the championship."
The $8,000 victory pushed Schatz into fourth place in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings, only 57 points out of the lead.
Schatz, the third-fastest qualifier in the 32-car field, finished third in the Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race and earned the right to start the main event outside the fourth row by finishing eighth in the Channellock Dash.
Polesitter Mark Kinser burst into the lead as the green flag fell. Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner Frankie Kerr passed outside polesitter for second place late in the opening lap.
Schatz passed Tim Shaffer, Jimmy Carr and Tyler Walker during the first two laps, then took the high line around Joe Gaerte in turn one for third place early in lap three. He rode the rim around the high- banked, 3/8-mile oval early while most of the other 23 cars in the field raced in the low groove. A high move around Kerr in the second corner early in the fifth lap gave Schatz second place.
Kinser entered lapped traffic with a 10-car-length advantage during the ninth lap. Schatz narrowed the gap to five car-lengths within a lap, then passed Kinser for the lead high between turns one and two the next time around.
Schatz was racing away from the field when Carr stopped the #21 PC Joey J&J on the back straightway with a flat left front tire late in lap 12. Kinser threatened to regain the lead as the green flag replaced the yellow, but Schatz was not to be denied.
Gaerte kept the #8H Energy Release Eagle in the low groove and took over second place by passing Kinser and Shaffer in the first and second corners early in lap 14. Kinser came back with a high move around Gaerte to regain the runner-up spot midway through the race.
Schatz was 10 car-lengths ahead of Kinser when he caught the backmarkers early in the 19th lap. Shaffer steered the #11H Vivarin Maxim into the high groove in turn two and took third place from Gaerte a split-second later.
Gaerte pulled off another fourth-to-second move past Kinser and Shaffer late in lap 20. Kinser, Shaffer and Gaerte raced three-abreast through turn three a lap later before Mark surged ahead in the fourth corner. Shaffer came back to claim the runner-up spot with a high move around Kinser between turns three and four with four laps remaining.
Schatz opened a comfortable advantage as the battle for second place raged, and was eight car-lengths ahead of Shaffer when he took the checkered flag.
"The top worked good for me," Donny said. "I must have shown everyone, because when I caught traffic they were all running up there. I just had to work the pedal (accelerator) and keep the wheels from spinning on me."
Mark, the 1997 Fall Nationals champion at Battleground, finished third, ahead of 12th-starting Dale Blaney, Gaerte, Tyler Walker, Jeff Swindell, Kerr, "B" Feature winner Stevie Smith and Steve Kinser.
Steve's seventh top-10 finish in as many races pushed him back into the lead in the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series point standings. Defending Fall Nationals champion Danny Lasoski dropped into second place by finishing 13th.
Kerr received his second Vivarin Fast-Time Award of the season for pacing the qualifying session with a 13.292-second, 101.565-m.p.h., lap.
The Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' next stop will be Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, TX, for the 26th Annual Spring Nationals. The $78,720 event is scheduled for Friday and Saturday.
1998 Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series Battleground Speedway, Highland, TX Saturday, March 20, Feature Program #7
Qualifications: 1. Frankie Kerr, Shoff 23S, 13.292; 2. Tyler Walker, Walker 35, 13.383; 3. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 13.531; 4. Tim Shaffer, Helm 11H, 13.556; 5. Danny Lasoski, Roth 83, 13.575; 6. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 13.596; 7. Terry McCarl, McCarl 24, 13.607; 8. Dale Blaney, Hylton/Blaney 93, 13.633; 9. Jimmy Carr, Blevins 21, 13.645; 10. Joe Gaerte, Holbrook 8H, 13.650; 11. Travis Whitney, Whitney 7S, 13.680; 12. Daryn Pittman, Sonner 47, 13.694; 13. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 13.737; 14. Ronald Laney, Laney 52, 13.766; 15. Jeff Swindell, Two Winners 104+, 13.779; 16. Johnny Herrera, DOCC Motorsports 1BK, 13.809; 17. Donnie Crawford, Hillenburg 1H, 13.886; 18. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 13.985; 19. David Chappell, Chappell 50, 14.041; 20. John Bankston, Bankston 8, 14.048; 21. Andy Hillenburg, Hillenburg 2, 14.052; 22. Sammy Swindell, Swindell 1, 14.054; 23. Brooke Tatnell, Tatnell 7K, 14.059; 24. Paul McMahan, Johnson U2, 14.251; 25. Steve McMackin, Row 41, 14.377; 26. Craig Dollansky, Dollansky 7, 14.440; 27. Brandon Corn, Corn 74, 14.474; 28. Mike Goodman, Ledford 3, 14.500; 29. Dan Oswalt, Oswalt D1, 14.564; 30. Danny Jennings, Woodburn 61J, 14.609; 31. Beau Smith, Smith 51, 14.971; 32. Larry Hartwell, Hartwell 10, 15.170.
First NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Jimmy Carr, 2. Frankie Kerr, 3. Dale Blaney, 4. Johnny Herrera, 5. Andy Hillenburg, 6. Donnie Crawford, 7. Steve McMackin, 8. Dan Oswalt. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Second NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Joe Gaerte, 2. Terry McCarl, 3. Jeff Swindell, 4. Sammy Swindell, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Stevie Smith, 7. Craig Dollansky, 8. Danny Jennings. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Third NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Ronald Laney, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Donny Schatz, 4. Brooke Tatnell, 5. Travis Whitney, 6. David Chappell, 7. Brandon Corn, 8. Beau Smith. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Fourth NAPA Auto Parts Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Danny Lasoski, 3. Daryn Pittman, 4. Tim Shaffer, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Mike Goodman, 7. John Bankston, 8. Larry Hartwell. (first five qualified for the "A" Feature)
Channellock Dash (five laps): 1. Mark Kinser, 2. Ronald Laney, 3. Joe Gaerte, 4. Frankie Kerr, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Jimmy Carr, 7. Tim Shaffer, 8. Donny Schatz. (finish determined the first eight starting positions in the "A" Feature)
B Feature (12 laps): 1. Stevie Smith, 2. Craig Dollansky, 3. John Bankston, 4. Donnie Crawford, 5. Mike Goodman ($200); 6. Steve McMackin ($180); 7. Brandon Corn ($150); 8. Danny Jennings ($110); 9. Dan Oswalt ($90); 10. David Chappell ($80); 11. Larry Hartwell ($60); 12. Beau Smith ($50). (first four qualified for the "A" Feature)
A Feature (30 laps): 1. Donny Schatz ($8,000); 2. Tim Shaffer ($4,000); 3. Mark Kinser ($3,000); 4. Dale Blaney ($2,500); 5. Joe Gaerte ($2,300); 6. Tyler Walker ($2,200); 7. Jeff Swindell ($2,100); 8. Frankie Kerr ($2,000); 9. Stevie Smith ($1,820); 10. Steve Kinser ($1,700); 11. Ronald Laney ($1,400); 12. Andy Hillenburg ($1,200); 13. Danny Lasoski ($1,100); 14. Sammy Swindell ($1,050); 15. Daryn Pittman ($1,000); 16. Craig Dollansky ($920); 17. Johnny Herrera ($700); 18. Brooke Tatnell ($550); 19. Paul McMahan ($550); 20. Terry McCarl ($550); 21. Jimmy Carr ($550); 22. Travis Whitney ($550); 23. Donnie Crawford ($570); 24. John Bankston ($570). Lap leaders: Mark Kinser 1-10, Donny Schatz 11-30 Vivarin Fast-Time Award winner: Frankie Kerr WoO