Clay County results 2007-09-12

Schatz Wins Inaugural Event at Clay County Fair Speedway Donny Schatz didn't recognize Clay County Fair Speedway when he walked through the pit gates on Wednesday afternoon. The last time he had raced at the track located in Spencer, Iowa was...

Schatz Wins Inaugural Event at Clay County Fair Speedway

Donny Schatz didn't recognize Clay County Fair Speedway when he walked through the pit gates on Wednesday afternoon. The last time he had raced at the track located in Spencer, Iowa was over 10 years ago, when the then sprawling half-mile was predominately used for horse racing. He took a quick liking to the new 3/8-mile high-banked surface on Wednesday night as he claimed his 15th A-Feature win of the season in the World of Outlaws inaugural visit to the track before a crowd of well over 7,000 spectators.

Schatz took the lead on the 12th lap from Tim Shaffer and went on to win by nearly four seconds, as he a lead by a whole straightaway at one point in the ParkerStore J&J. After a quick yellow flag on the third lap, the remainder of the 30-lap event went caution free, with Schatz working his way through heavy lapped traffic for the majority of the last 15 laps of the race.

"It was a good night for us," said the winner. "I'm glad to get to get the victory. We're trying to get every win that we can. We had to pass some cars to get up there, starting sixth. We had a great car. We just had to do things right and we had to move around on the track."

Schatz was able to maneuver almost anywhere he wanted on Wednesday night, as was evident on the 11th lap, when he dove low to get around Joey Saldana and then worked the high side of the track to nearly get around Tim Shaffer and then make the pass for the lead and ultimately the win on the following lap up high on the track.

"You have to be able to move around and not be married to one spot and that is what won us the race," explained Schatz. "Our car would go all over. That is a credit to this race team. These guys bust their tails and we are one guy short right now. Shane (Bowers), Ricky (Warner) and Dave (Lawrence) are doing an awesome job."

The race began with Joey Saldana, the pole sitter leading into the first turn, with Tim Shaffer charging by him on the high side exiting the second turn to take the lead. Shaffer would go on to lead the first 11 laps.

The only caution of the night flew on the third lap.

"Anytime you can go start to finish that is good for the fans," said Schatz, a native of Fargo, North Dakota. "We got to be in lapped traffic and that is what you like as a driver. That can make or break your race. We got into lots of lapped traffic tonight and that was very good for us."

Early in the race, Saldana shadowed Shaffer and looked low a number of times for the lead, but could not quite get even with the leader. Schatz nearly took the lead on the 11th lap as he dove to the inside of Joey Saldana exiting the first turn and then went high into turn two and almost got around Shaffer. On the next lap, Schatz used lapped traffic to his advantage to take the lead from Shaffer.

Saldana aboard the Open Joist JEI had a spirited battle with Dollansky for most of the second half of the race, taking the runner-up spot with just three laps remaining. Each time one would pull away, lapped traffic would close the gap between them. He finished second to earn his 37th Top-Five finish of the season.

"It was a good race and a solid run for us," said Saldana. "We fell back to I think fourth and worked our way back to second. We had a good car all night. Hopefully we can go to Topeka (Heartland Park on Friday) and have another good run."

Dollansky started fourth and gained a spot on the opening lap, before setting his sights on Saldana. The pair battled for the final 16 laps of the race and traded the runner-up spot three times. Dollansky wound up third to earn his 40th Top-10 finish of the season.

"I felt like we had a good car," said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim. "We were a little loose on top, but we were definitely in the hunt. Donny (Schatz) did a good job. There was a lot of passing and it was a great race for the fans. We were in the mix and came home third. It would have been great to have won the race, but ultimately I wanted the fans to see a good race and I think it all went pretty well."

Shaffer, who led the first 11 laps of the event finished fourth to earn his 20th Top-Five finish of the season.

"It was a good night," said Shaffer, driver of the Casey's General Stores Maxim. "We're running in the Top-Four so I can't complain about that. I just want to get the guys a win, because they have been working their tails off. We'll just keep at it."

Paul McMahan finished fifth in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle after starting seventh. Randy Hannagan was sixth in the Penthouse Magazine Maxim, with Terry McCarl in the Big Games Treestands Eagle in seventh. Kerry Madsen finished eighth after starting 20th in the Selma Shell Maxim to earn the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award. Jason Solwold who began the night by setting a new track record in time trials was ninth in the City Wide Insulation Maxim, with Brooke Tatnell rounding out the Top-10 in the Wirtgen Maxim.

After a nearly 1,800 mile trip from Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California where the World of Outlaws competed last Saturday, Schatz was glad to reward his team with a victory, knowing the long hours they put in on the road to make it to the track. He was also thrilled that the record crowd at Clay County was able to see an exciting race with plenty of passing.

"What they have done with the place is great," he noted. "For the first time out everything went well. It was a long way over here from California and it will be a long trip to Topeka, but other than that everyone had a good night. I was glad to see all the fans come out and glad to win here."

Saldana earned his 19th consecutive Top-10 finish, as he continues to keep pace with Schatz in the championship standings, with 13 events left on the schedule. He pondered what may have been if the A-Feature on Wednesday night had been 40 laps.

"We thought the track would free up a little more and we tightened our car up," explained Saldana. "On a 30-lap race we paid the price. On a 40-lap race we probably would have been right there. My car was getting better, but in a 30-lap race, things happen so fast that you will pay the price."

A couple of times, Saldana got bottled up trying to clear lap traffic as he was chasing Shaffer, as well as when he was working his way back from fourth after loosing a couple of spots in traffic. He used the high side of the track predominately to make his passes.

"I had to check up one time trying to get around a lapped car and went from going for the lead to fourth," said the runner-up. "That's how tough and close everyone is. If you make one little mistake you will get it. I worked my way back up, but the race was over. We can roll it into the trailer and go on to the next race."

Saldana was thrilled with how receptive and accommodating everyone at Clay County Speedway and the entire Clay County Fair was to the World of Outlaws in their inaugural visit.

"They did a great job tonight," smiled the native of Brownsburg, Indiana. "The facility is awesome and that track was very good. My hat is off to Julie and Craig (Dollansky). I know she has been out here working hard and not on the road. I'm glad that it paid off for them."

Craig and Julie Dollansky were instrumental in bringing the World of Outlaws to Clay County Speedway. Julie is a native of Spencer, Iowa and the couple worked tirelessly to make sure every detail was taken care of and that everything was in place on Wednesday night.

"My wife and Brian Schroeder who works for us did a great job on this entire project," said the native of Elk River, Minnesota. "I can't thank him enough. The whole Fair Board as well, they really dug in and did what they said they would do. To come in here and have the facility prepared liked it was, was great. There were some people that didn't think it would get done because of how big of an undertaking it was. A lot of people dug in and there were a lot of people behind the scenes working and it was great to see it all pay off tonight."

Shaffer also was very impressed with his first visit to the recently reconfigured high-banked 3/8-mile.

"They did an awesome job on the track," he said. "The lighting was great and the track was good. There was a top and a bottom and you can't ask for anything better."

The World of Outlaws return to action on Friday, September 14 at Heartland Park Topeka in Kansas for the first time since 2002.


FAST QUALIFIER: Jason Solwold paced the 32 cars that took time with a record setting AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 3/8-mile oval in 13.659 seconds at 98.836 mph. For his qualifying effort, Solwold earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Meyers (4), Wayne Johnson (3), Tim Shaffer (2) and Donny Schatz (1).

QUALIFYING WINNERS: Steve Kinser, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan and Tim Shaffer won heat races-- Joey Saldana won the Crane Cams Dash-- Sam Hafertepe Jr. won the B-Main.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws return to Heartland Park Topeka on Friday, August 14.

UPCOMING EVENTS: A trip Charter Raceway Park in Wisconsin on Sunday, September, 16 for an event that was postponed by rain last month. The final visit of the season to Eldora Speedway in Ohio on Friday, September 21.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Clay County Speedway; Spencer, IA; Sept. 12, 2007

1) R19-Jason Solwold 13.659
2) 14-Jason Meyers 13.683
3) 14AJ-Wayne Johnson 13.729
4) 6-Tim Shaffer 13.733
5) 15-Donny Schatz 13.780
6) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.785
7) 24-Terry McCarl 13.814
8) 7S-Jason Sides 13.819
9) 1Z-Dusty Zomer 13.820
10) 9-Joey Saldana 13.834
11) 20-Paul McMahan 13.862
12) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 13.896
13) 11-Steve Kinser 13.898
14) 5-Brooke Tatnell 13.915
15) 2-Mark Dobmeier 13.927
16) 7-Craig Dollansky 13.936
17) 8K-Chad Kemenah 13.939
18) 83-Danny Lasoski 13.953
19) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.959
20) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 13.964
21) 4W-Matt Wasmund 14.013
22) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 14.016
23) 11H-Kerry Madsen 14.031
24) 35-Jac Haudenschild 14.059
25) D1-Justin Henderson 14.101
26) R9-Scott Winters 14.102 27)
27) 3*-Kaley Gharst 14.119 28)
28) 21-Daryn Pittman 14.141
29) O5-Billy Boles 14.233
30) 9N-Wade Nygaard 14.388
31) 33-Gordy Vogelaar 14.671
32) 71-Robert Bell 15.201

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 11-Steve Kinser
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) R19-Jason Solwold
4) 1Z-Dusty Zomer
5) 8K-Chad Kemenah
6) D1-Justin Henderson
7) O5-Billy Boles
8) 4W-Matt Wasmund

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 5-Brooke Tatnell
3) 1X-Randy Hannagan
4) 14-Jason Meyers
5) 83-Danny Lasoski
6) R9-Scott Winters
7) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
8) 9N-Wade Nygaard

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Paul McMahan
2) 24-Terry McCarl
3) 14AJ-Wayne Johnson
4) 11H-Kerry Madsen
5) 5C-Chad Hillier
6) 2-Mark Dobmeier
7) 3*-Kaley Gharst
8) 33-Gordy Vogelaar

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 6-Tim Shaffer
2) 7-Craig Dollansky
3) 7S-Jason Sides
4) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
5) 21-Daryn Pittman
6) 35-Jac Haudenschild
7) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
8) 71-Robert Bell

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 6-Tim Shaffer
3) 24-Terry McCarl
4) 7-Craig Dollansky
5) 11-Steve Kinser
6) 15-Donny Schatz
7) 20-Paul McMahan
8) R19-Jason Solwold
9) 14-Jason Meyers
10) 5-Brooke Tatnell

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2) D1-Justin Henderson
3) 35-Jac Haudenschild
4) 3*-Kaley Gharst
5) 2-Mark Dobmeier [$300]
6) R9-Scott Winters [$280]
7) O5-Billy Boles [$275]
8) 9N-Wade Nygaard [$260]
9) 4W-Matt Wasmund [$250]
10) 33-Gordy Vogelaar [$250]
11) 71-Robert Bell [$250]
12) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$250]

A-main (30 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[6] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[1] [$5,500]
3) 7-Craig Dollansky[4] [$3,200]
4) 6-Tim Shaffer[2] [$2,800]
5) 20-Paul McMahan[7] [$2,500]
6) 1X-Randy Hannagan[12] [$2,300]
7) 24-Terry McCarl[3] [$2,200]
8) 11H-Kerry Madsen[20] [$2,100]
9) R19-Jason Solwold[8] [$2,050]
10) 5-Brooke Tatnell[10] [$2,000]
11) 7S-Jason Sides[13] [$1,500]
12) 83-Danny Lasoski[17] [$1,200]
13) 14AJ-Wayne Johnson[11] [$1,100]
14) 14-Jason Meyers[9] [$1,050]
15) 8K-Chad Kemenah[16] [$1,000]
16) 10C-Jeremy Campbell[15] [$900]
17) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[19] [$800]
18) 1Z-Dusty Zomer[14] [$800]
19) 21-Daryn Pittman[24] [$800]
20) 11-Steve Kinser[5] [$800]
21) 35-Jac Haudenschild[21] [$800]
22) 3*-Kaley Gharst[23] [$800]
23) D1-Justin Henderson[22] [$800]
24) 5C-Chad Hillier[18] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Tim Shaffer 1-11, Donny Schatz 12-30

KSE Hard Charger: Kerry Madsen

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Jac Haudenschild , Wayne Johnson , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.