SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM CONTINUE WINNING WAYS AT KNOXVILLE KNOXVILLE, IA - In this remarkable World of Outlaws season, Donny Schatz continues to add new chapters to a career-best season. On Saturday night, the ParkerStore sponsored racer...
SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM CONTINUE WINNING WAYS AT KNOXVILLE
KNOXVILLE, IA - In this remarkable World of Outlaws season, Donny Schatz continues to add new chapters to a career-best season. On Saturday night, the ParkerStore sponsored racer picked up his first career WoO "A" Feature at famous Knoxville Raceway, the same track where he captured the sports biggest race, the Super Clean Knoxville Nationals, just six weeks ago.
Schatz raced his No. 15 ParkerStore J&J with Shaver power into the lead on the 16th lap around the famous half-mile oval and went on to capture his 15th "A" feature victory of the season and 17th Outlaws triumph in 2006.
"I'm happy to get back to victory lane," said Schatz, following his second consecutive win at Knoxville Raceway. "It doesn't matter if it's win five or fifteen. We try to win as many as we can and get this championship locked up."
All season Schatz and his ParkerStore team focused on winning as many races as they could and if all went as planned the points standings would take care of itself. That indeed has been the case as Schatz has 8 more wins than the next highest winner in 2006 (Joey Saldana with 8) and has a 311 point lead with only five nights of races remaining.
"We've been greedy all season trying to win as much as we could," continued Schatz. "This team felt like we might have had a chance for $50 grand last weekend and the rain came and ended the race 14 laps short of 40. These guys (Ricky Warner, Shane Bowers and James Zartman) have been working hard all season and winning tonight was a testament to their efforts."
Schatz and most of the other competitors had a difficult time figuring out what the surface was going to do in the 25-lap feature. The event was a make-up race originally scheduled for April and also included the Knoxville Raceway season championship feature. With the number of races that took place, most felt the track would take rubber and primarily be a one-lane groove.
The crew bolted on a pair of tires that were harder compounds anticipating the rubber-down surface. Schatz started third and held the spot for much of the early laps. He closed in on leaders Craig Dollansky and Randy Hannagan, and he could either continue following them or try something different.
All of the competitors were hugging the bottom so Schatz tried to make the high line work. In turns one and two, he lost ground, but in three and four the cushion worked to his advantage. He used the high line around turns three and four to pass both Hannagan and Dollansky on lap 16 to take the lead.
Once in front, Schatz mastered his way through lapped traffic and picked up his 50th career World of Outlaws "A" feature.
"I didn't really expect that. We figured it would be a rubber down deal on the bottom. When you get out of line you are taking too many chances in a deal like that. I don't know if the rubber started to go away or what, but we are able to get around the top in (turns) three and four. I tried it in one and two and lost a lot of ground, but the other end was great. That's what won us the race. I got past Randy (Hannagan) and Craig (Dollansky) in one corner. I got back down there in the rubber and was able to keep going up there and get passed some lapped cars. It was good for us."
The team turns its focus to next week's feature event at Wilmot Speedway in Wilmot, WI just north of Chicago. Following Saturday's race, they will journey west in advance of two races in Arizona and then the final two nights of the year in Las Vegas.