SCHATZ MAKES LAST LAP PASS TO CLAIM BLACK HILLS VICTORY RAPID CITY, SD (June 25) - Defending World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz used as much patience as he could on Monday night during the World of Outlaws feature event at Black Hills...
SCHATZ MAKES LAST LAP PASS TO CLAIM BLACK HILLS VICTORY
RAPID CITY, SD (June 25) - Defending World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz used as much patience as he could on Monday night during the World of Outlaws feature event at Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, SD. Schatz waited until the final lap to move his No. 15 Snap-on Tools sponsored J&J with Shaver power past race leader Kerry Madsen and into the lead heading into the final corners of the race. The victory was his eighth "A" feature win of the 2007 season and second consecutive at Black Hills.
"Winning races is the key to having a successful season, but putting on a good show is what keeps fans coming back," said Schatz. "Shane Leibig and the track crew here did an excellent job of getting the track into racing condition after some unfortunate accidents early in the night. They never gave up nor did the fans. It was a long night, but hopefully we gave them something to remember and we'll see them again next year."
The evening started with cars hitting the 3/8-mile dirt oval for qualifications in plenty of sunshine on the racing surface. After a hot and windy day in western South Dakota, the track needed some reworking in order to have a quality racing program. After the track crew reworked the racing surface, the first two heats were completed, but numerous rocks on the track were cutting tires and doing damage to the race cars. The track crew returned to the track and got it back to where the program could continue.
Schatz started the evening by qualifying ninth in the field of 36 cars. He won the first heat race and finished fourth in the Crane Cams Dash. The Fargo, ND racer made a strong move at the start jumping from fourth into second and spent lap after lap following Madsen.
Midway through the race cars began racing single file as rubber took to the racing surface. Schatz had a softer right rear tire on so rubber management was an important part of him finishing the race. On two occasions the leaders caught traffic, but Schatz wasn't able to move his Snap-on sprinter into the lead. With the white flag waving, he made his final effort heading into to turn one and pulled inside Madsen coming out of turn two and raced back to the flag stand to see the checkered flag first.
"I had to conserve my right rear tire, because we had a (SC) 12 (Hoosier) on," Schatz said, following the victory. "I wasn't sure we could make it the distance. "We got to traffic and I was hoping he would make a mistake, but he didn't. Then I saw the white flag and figured it was now or never and we made it work."
"We had a lot of people from Snap-on at the race, so it was good to get a win for them. My crew (Dave Lawrence, Shane Bowers and Dave Nisbet) have been working hard all season and to break our streak of not winning feels good. They'll get to enjoy this one on the way back to Fargo and then our focus turns to winning in Grand Forks."
Schatz and the team were joined in victory lane by some of the 200 Snap-on guests that came in from as far as Wyoming to see the current World of Outlaws points leader extended his lead in the standings to more than 100 points.
The team will return to action on Friday night when the World of Outlaws will make their first ever appearance at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, ND. The following night, Schatz will return to his home track in Fargo (Red River Vallley Speedway) where he won both WoO features last year.