SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM TAKE WIN NUMBER 14 Edmonton, AB (Aug. 19) - Defending World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz was starting to think about being stuck on WoO win number 13 a little bit lately. Even though the Global ParkerStore sponsored...
SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM TAKE WIN NUMBER 14
Edmonton, AB (Aug. 19) - Defending World of Outlaws champion Donny Schatz was starting to think about being stuck on WoO win number 13 a little bit lately. Even though the Global ParkerStore sponsored driver swept sprint car racing's four "Month of Money" races, he was more concerned that he hadn't won a World of Outlaws feature since taking the Summer Nationals finale on July 21st.
On Sunday night, the Fargo, ND, native raced his No. 15 ParkerStore J&J with Shaver power past Joey Saldana on lap 21 and maintained the lead during the final 14 laps to score WoO victory number 14 in 2007.
"I was starting to get worried about us sitting on 13 wins," said Schatz, whose win last Saturday night at the Knoxville Nationals didn't count in his WoO total for the season. "I'm here to win every race and had some trouble doing that here the past few weeks. After the Nationals, we felt like we had a good chance on Tuesday at Minot, but things didn't go our way."
"I can't say enough about this team. Dave Lawrence, Shane Bowers and David Nisbet all worked hard while we were up here in Canada. They kept working on getting me a better car and it feels great to get a win up here."
Schatz admitted that the foundation for Sunday's victory, his 82nd career WoO win (65th "A" Feature, 17 preliminary wins) was put down in Friday's feature event when he raced from 11th to third. He started Sunday's program by establishing a new track record at the 3/8-mile dirt oval. It was the second time in three races that he had set a new record in qualifying (Minot, 8/14).
"We tried some things and really went to school on Friday night," continued Schatz. "We qualified good Friday (third), but started a little far back. We made some good notes and after the rain last night, the track was really good on top, in the middle and around the bottom."
After racing to second in the first heat race, Schatz came home third in the Crane Cams Dash. He followed early leaders Joey Saldana, Craig Dollansky and Steve Kinser for the first few circuits of the 35-lap race. Dollanksy, Kinser and Schatz put on thrilling show with Schatz ultimately grabbing the runner-up position with ten laps in the books.
A yellow flag on lap 15 put Schatz on the back bumper of Saldana and a red flag halted the action just after the halfway point. The ParkerStore team made minor adjustments on the No. 15 and a couple laps following the restart, he took the lead by sticking his car around the bottom while Saldana tried to make the cushion work.
Once in front, Schatz masterfully worked his way through lapped traffic en route to the victory. With the finish, Schatz added a couple of points to his lead in the series standings over Saldana heading into next weekend's action in Washington.
"Everyone up here did a great job and the fans were great," admitted Schatz, following the Outlaws first visit to Edmonton. "We're excited about coming back next year and hopefully defending our win."
The ParkerStore team will continue the Gold Rush Tour next weekend with a pair of races near Seattle at Skagit Speedway. Last season, Schatz won the opener and finished second in two races at the track.