SCHATZ WINS THRILLING BEVELITE GLASS $50,000 CLASSIC OPENER GRANVILLE, NSW (January 4) - Donny Schatz has won a lot of features at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway (TPCR), but on Friday night it looked like second was going to be where the ...
SCHATZ WINS THRILLING BEVELITE GLASS $50,000 CLASSIC OPENER
GRANVILLE, NSW (January 4) - Donny Schatz has won a lot of features at Tyrepower Parramatta City Raceway (TPCR), but on Friday night it looked like second was going to be where the two-time Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Series champion would finish. Schatz never gave up behind the wheel of the Rush Racing No. 15 J&J with Shaver-built Chevrolet power and made a final lap pass of leader Garry Brazier in turn four to take home his third victory this year at TPCR.
"Garry was in the wrong place at the wrong time in the traffic," Schatz said. "But that can happen in lapped traffic and it's just one of those things that can catch you out. I am pleased to win tonight, but the job's not finished, just yet," Schatz added.
"The job" the Fargo, N.D. native referred to is Saturday night's Bevelite Glass $50,000 Classic. A race that Schatz has won an amazing six times over the last seven years that it has been held. He has won the last four in a row and with Friday night's win, it marked the third year in a row that he's won the opening night 30-lap feature event.
Schatz began the evening a little disappointed with his qualifying effort of 17th in the field of 63 cars. He won the second heat race allowing the Rush Racing crew a chance to get his No. 15 Pick N Payless sponsored J&J dialed in for later in the evening.J A fifth place finish in the first Dash event earned Schatz the fifth starting spot in the feature where early on he had a good view of Brazier and Steve Kinser's battle for the lead. As the intensity of the race picked up Schatz joined the fight on lap 21 when Brazier took the lead from Kinser. When Kinser made contact with Brazier, Schatz grabbed second and kept his sights set on the leader.
A yellow flag following Kinser's spin gave Brazier and open track which looked to seal the deal, but lapped traffic came into play in the final stages. Brazier had been running the high line while Schatz was perfecting the bottom groove and with the white flag waving, traffic bottled up the highside in turns three and four. Brazier slid high in turns three and four and Schatz seized the moment taking the lead in the final corner to pick up the win.
"You always want to get better," admitted Schatz. "We got a break tonight, but those things don't happen all the time. We'll have to be better on Saturday. This team will do everything they can to make sure I've got a good car under me and we'll give it our best shot."