SCHATZ MAKES LATE PASS TO SCORE WOO GRANDVIEW VICTORY Bechtelsville, PA (May 16) - Donny Schatz loves racing in Pennsylvania. The state known to have the toughest contingent of sprint car competitors has recently been a personal stomping ground...
SCHATZ MAKES LATE PASS TO SCORE WOO GRANDVIEW VICTORY
Bechtelsville, PA (May 16) - Donny Schatz loves racing in Pennsylvania. The state known to have the toughest contingent of sprint car competitors has recently been a personal stomping ground for the current World of Outlaws points leader. On Tuesday night at Grandview Speedway, Schatz proved once again that he was up for the "Pennsylvania Posse" challenge in his #15 ParkerStore J&J with Shaver power by making a late-race pass of Daryn Pittman to score his fourth World of Outlaws feature victory of the 2006 season.
"I can't my thank my team enough for working as hard as they do," said Schatz, following the victory. "We had a little problem in the dash with the motor and never really found anything. (Crew chief) Ricky (Warner) and the guys have been itching to go racing with all of these rain outs and we just wanted to put on a good show. The last time we raced we weren't really impressive and this is more like how we expect race night in and night out."
Schatz was the pace setter early in the night claiming his third Fast Qualifier Award of the season by turning the fastest qualifying lap around the 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval of the 33 car field. After finishing third in the first heat race and fourth in the first dash event, Schatz started the feature event in the seventh slot.
Brooke Tatnell took the early lead while Schatz tried to work his way forward. With Tatnell and Daryn Pittman setting the pace, Schatz raced his way into the top five by charging past Jason Martin. During the next few laps, Schatz, Craig Dollansky and Jac Haudenschild raced three wide all vying for the third position. On lap six, Tatnell slowed and pulled off the track leaving Pittman out front and the three-car battle then became a race for second. Dollansky took the position while Schatz continued to battle "the Wild Child" for third.
After working past Haudenschild, Schatz set his sights on Dollansky and Pittman. Once the race reached lap 20, Schatz was again on the move working his way into the runner-up position. Lapped traffic was a factor during the final ten laps with Schatz making several attempts to take the lead. He finally got in front late in lap 32 when Pittman was caught behind two lapped cars giving Schatz his chance. The ParkerStore racer took advantage of the opening and led the final three laps to pick up the win.
"Daryn did a good job and set a pretty good pace," continued Schatz, following the feature that took only eight minutes to complete. "I'm glad I was in second place at the point. We've all lost races that way. My dad always taught me to race where the other guys aren't. That's helped me more than it's hurt me during the years. I really appreciate all the fans coming out tonight and hope we can make it two in a row on Friday night in Lernerville."
Schatz and his ParkerStore team will try to keep their Pennsylvania winning streak alive in Friday's Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway. Last October, Schatz won his second consecutive National Open at Williams Grove Speedway and tonight's victory was his 12th WoO feature win in the Keystone state and 54th overall (39 "A" features and 15 preliminary wins).