Donny Schatz Dodge City preview

DEFENDING WOO CHAMP SCHATZ EYES OLD FASHIONED SHOOTOUT IN DODGE CITY DODGE CITY, KS (June 22) - The history of the World of Outlaws (WoO) sprint car series parallels the cowboys of the Old West rolling into town and staking their claim. Donny...

DEFENDING WOO CHAMP SCHATZ EYES OLD FASHIONED SHOOTOUT IN DODGE CITY

DODGE CITY, KS (June 22) - The history of the World of Outlaws (WoO) sprint car series parallels the cowboys of the Old West rolling into town and staking their claim. Donny Schatz will lead the current band of Outlaws into Dodge City for the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park on Friday and Saturday night.

The defending WoO champion and current points leader will be behind the wheel of his No. 15 Snap-on Tools sponsored J&J with Shaver power as he shoots to claim $10,000 each night.

"It's fun to have a two night show here in the Old West," said Schatz, who grew up in Minot, ND and now calls Fargo, ND home. "Our schedule is made up mostly of one night shows in one town and down the road for another one. This is what the Outlaws did for years...rolling into to one track and racing a couple of nights and then heading to the next one."

"It gives us a chance to work at getting the car better every time we hit the track. From qualifying through the heats and the feature and then come back on Saturday and try to tweak things even more. My crew (Dave Lawrence, Shane Bowers, and Dave Nisbet) has been doing a great job and this will help us really get focused on this track."

The 3/8-mile dirt oval has been good to Schatz as he has three top five finishes in four career starts. He holds the track record of 12.277 seconds, which he set on October 7, 2005. In last summer's visit, he charged from seventh to finish third one night after winning a feature event in Wichita.

"They've got a really nice facility here," continued Schatz. "The track's layout makes for some good racing and the other features are really nice. Paved parking in the pit and nice seating for the fans add to the enjoyment level. We've got a large group of Snap-on people coming both nights so we're hoping to give them something to get excited about."

Saturday's portion of the Boot Hill Showdown will be the second leg of the eight-race SuperClean Summer of Money series on ESPN2. Last week, Schatz finished fifth in the first race televised by ESPN2 after winning consecutive TV races on SPEED at Williams Grove and Charlotte.

"The ESPN2 deal is big for us and this weekend we're excited about having the Snap-on colors," continued Schatz. "The fans will have to look for the red and black No. 15 this week instead of the regular ParkerStore yellow one. Snap-on has been a great partner and we're excited about the relationship we're building. They'll have a lot of customers at the race and hopefully a lot of tool users watching the telecast."

In true Wyatt Earp style, Schatz has one goal for the weekend...to come out on top in this Old West gunfight.

"Winning is the only thing we are going to be happy with," said Schatz, who has seven wins in 33 starts this season. "We've been stuck on seven wins since Charlotte and the key for us is to get the next one. Steve (Kinser) won the other night and now he has seven wins and Joey (Saldana) has seven wins too. We want to win the most races and getting a couple here in Dodge City would be a big boost."

Schatz finished second on Wednesday night in Sedalia, MO giving him 20 finishes in the top three and 30 top ten finishes. That consistency has helped him build a 69-point lead in the series standings.

-credit: donnyschatz.com

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Donny Schatz
Teams Williams