SCHATZ RACES SNAP-ON SPRINTER TO ANOTHER WIN PRINCETON, MN (October 6) - Donny Schatz began a new relationship in 2007 with Snap-on Tools and Saturday, he put an exclamation point on the partnership by picking up the World of Outlaws feature win...
SCHATZ RACES SNAP-ON SPRINTER TO ANOTHER WIN
PRINCETON, MN (October 6) - Donny Schatz began a new relationship in 2007 with Snap-on Tools and Saturday, he put an exclamation point on the partnership by picking up the World of Outlaws feature win in the Snap-0n Tools No. 15 J&J at the Polydome Princeton National.
"What a great way to put a cap on our Snap-on program," said Schatz, following his 18th WoO win of the season. "We started with a win in the Snap-on car at Knoxville back in April and tonight was our last night in it and we finished here in victory lane.
"They've been great marketing partners. Their tools are second to none. Paul Johnson is here tonight and he really helped make this deal happen. I know we had more than 400 Snap-on representatives, franchisees and customers here tonight, and this was the best way we could thank them... by winning the race."
Schatz opened the program by qualifying the red and black Snap-on Tools schemed No. 15 J&J with Shaver-built Chevrolet power 10th in the field of 38 cars. A second heat race victory put him in the Crane Cams Dash where he started sixth. In the eight-lap Dash, Schatz moved up to third, which is where he started the 40-lap "A" feature.
During the early going of the feature, Schatz patiently worked his way around the high-banked, quarter-mile dirt oval. He followed Chad Blonde and Justin Henderson for the opening 15 laps before taking second from Henderson.
A caution flag stopped the action on lap 21 and several more restart attempts where made before Schatz had his opportunity to catch Blonde. Finally on lap 28, Blonde jumped the cushion, giving Schatz the opening he needed to take the lead. Not long after Blonde ultimately stopped to once again slow the action. Following the restart with 12 laps remaining, Schatz rolled on and withstood a few more restarts to score the win.
"The race was a pretty tough struggle," admitted Schatz, who won four races in nine starts behind the wheel of the Snap-on schemed car. "Chad Blonde was setting a pretty good pace, but I knew we just had to keep working on him. He had a problem and we took advantage of it. We lost our brakes early in the race and I really had to finesse the car. The guys gave me a great car tonight and we just hope to continue winning races from here on out."
The victory was his 69th career World of Outlaws "A" feature moving him to within one of current NASCAR racer Dave Blaney, who ranks sixth on the all-time win list.