SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM RETURN TO VICTORY LANE SPENCER, IA (Sept. 12) - "Winning races is what we are trying to do every night and it feels good to be back in victory lane tonight," said Donny Schatz. Those words came with extra emotion ...
SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM RETURN TO VICTORY LANE
SPENCER, IA (Sept. 12) - "Winning races is what we are trying to do every night and it feels good to be back in victory lane tonight," said Donny Schatz.
Those words came with extra emotion following Wednesday's night inaugural World of Outlaws program at Clay County Fairgrounds in Spencer, IA. Defending WoO champion and current points leader Donny Schatz put on a dominant performance driving his Global ParkerStore sponsored No. 15 J&J with Shaver power on the newly configured 3/8-mile dirt oval located in northwest Iowa.
"This racecar was awesome tonight, and my team showed why they are the best in the business," continued Schatz, following his 15th WoO triumph in 2007. "We've been doing a lot of testing in the last few weeks and tonight, here we are."
Back in victory lane in deed as the Fargo, North Dakota resident broke his win drought of eight races by storming to a convincing win taking the checkered flag 3.93 seconds ahead of runner-up Joey Saldana. His last win came on August 19th when he charged past Saldana in Edmonton, AL, but since the ParkerStore driver has managed eight straight top tens and only one top three finish.
"For most of the year, we were on the podium nearly every night," continued Schatz, who has 41 top five finishes in 64 WoO starts this year. "This is the kind of night we're shooting for from here on out. We qualified decent, got in the dash and kept getting the car better."
Schatz, who raced at the fairgrounds early in his racing career, qualified fifth in the field of 32 cars and made a strong surge in the first heat race. He started third, but had to pass fast qualifier Jason Solwold and Dusty Zomer to earn his spot in the Crane Cams Dash. The luck of the draw didn't go in the ParkerStore team's favor as they drew the seventh starting position in the six-lap race, which set the first ten spots in the 30-lap feature.
Schatz avoided disaster early in the dash and ultimately came home sixth to earn the outside third row starting position. He didn't waste any time in the feature working his way forward quickly jumping into fourth on the opening lap.
Following an early restart two laps later, he made his way into third and then began chasing leaders Tim Shaffer and Saldana. As the top two came onto thick traffic, Schatz waited for the perfect moment to take advantage. That chance came on lap 11 when the leaders went three wide and Schatz ultimately racing into the lead. He led lap 12 and went onto pace the field during the final 18 laps making a number of strong moves through traffic to collect his 66th career "A" WoO feature (84th overall).