SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM FOCUSED ON IMPROVEMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA FARGO, ND (May 18) - Donny Schatz has been anxious to return to action with the World of Outlaws. By the time Schatz and his ParkerStore team hit the dirt in Friday's opener of The...
SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM FOCUSED ON IMPROVEMENT IN PENNSYLVANIA
FARGO, ND (May 18) - Donny Schatz has been anxious to return to action with the World of Outlaws. By the time Schatz and his ParkerStore team hit the dirt in Friday's opener of The Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway, it will have been nearly two weeks since he was on the track. Through scheduling and a bout with Mother Nature, Schatz has been patiently waiting to get back in the seat of his #15 ParkerStore J&J.
"We felt really good at Granite City the last time out, and it's disappointing that we haven't been back on the track since," remarked Schatz, regarding what most likely will be the longest layoff of the season. "I know the guys are ready and we're excited to be going to places like Lernerville and Williams Grove in the next couple of weeks."
After a sizzling beginning to the season where he won three "A" features in the first ten races, Schatz has been struggling through a tough stretch. His charge from 10th to sixth on May 7 at Tri-City Speedway near St. Louis has provided a feeling of hope for the team as they look forward to a stretch of six races in nine nights beginning with Friday's race in Sarver, Pennsylvania.
"We're looking at these next couple of weeks as a big opportunity," continued Schatz, who ranks fifth in the 2005 WoO standings, 253 points behind leader Steve Kinser. "We can make up for a terrible month of April in one week. That's what we want to do."
"We're not going to sit back and try to hold onto where we're at. We came out this year to win the championship. Steve's won a lot of races already, but there are a lot of races left, so we're by no means out of the picture."
The Fargo, ND racer has proven in the past that he can put a sting of wins together as evidenced last fall by his streak of four consecutive wins and seven victories in 12 races, which included the $25,000 Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway and his second $30,000 triumph in the Williams Grove National Open. Schatz is hoping to his recent string of finishes outside the top ten is behind him and better finishes are to come.
"We know we can still win races," continued Schatz. "We just struggled for a while and that happens in racing. I really feel like we're back to square one with everything and we're optimistic about what's ahead. We're excited to get back on the track, and it helps to be heading to places where we've been fast and won races before."
For the first time since Schatz joined the Outlaws tour in 1997, the series will hold a two-night program at Lernerville. The 1997 Rookie of the Year has been very good at the track in May the past two years winning the Outlaws only race at the track in 2003 and earning the fast qualifier award last May.
"Lernerville is one of those tracks that really suits my driving style," explained Schatz, who will pilot his #15 ParkerStore/Bellerud Transport/ Hoosier/ K&N Filters sponsored sprinter,. "There aren't too many places we race at where you can come from deep in the field up to the front and still have a shot to win."
"We're hoping we get some nice weather and just concentrate on racing, so we can get the 15 car back where belongs and that's up front."
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