SCHATZ CONTINUES MONTH OF MONEY SILVER CUP IS THE NEXT BIG RACE FOR SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM SARVER, PA (July 16) - Just hours after claiming his first career Kings Royal triumph on Saturday night, Donny Schatz shifted his focus to Tuesday's ...
SCHATZ CONTINUES MONTH OF MONEY
SILVER CUP IS THE NEXT BIG RACE FOR SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM
SARVER, PA (July 16) - Just hours after claiming his first career Kings Royal triumph on Saturday night, Donny Schatz shifted his focus to Tuesday's Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway. Such is the mindset when racing at the highest level with the World of Outlaws. Schatz will be back in action tonight driving the Global ParkerStore sponsored No. 15 J&J with Shaver power in the 16th annual Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, a race he claimed last year en route to winning his first WoO championship.
"This is the time of the year to be at your best," said Schatz, following Saturday night's $50,000 victory in the Kings Royal presented by Crown Royal at Eldora Speedway. "You have to succeed in these big events to make it all work. We had an awesome car on Saturday night, but that's behind us. We've got to be on our game the moment we unload to have a chance at repeating last year's win."
In the 2006 event, Schatz was strong from the onset pacing the field of 39 cars in qualifying. He raced from sixth to fourth in the first heat race and started the 40-lap feature event in sixth. After working his way into second by lap 10, the Fargo, ND racer patiently followed race leader Ed Lynch, Jr., as the two raced through lapped traffic. He took the lead coming out of turn two on the 33rd lap and led the final six laps to pick up the $30,000 first place prize.
"You aren't going to win many races on the first lap, so we always try to have our car the best for the last ten laps," said Schatz, who has won 29 World of Outlaws features since the beginning of the 2006 season. "The competition is probably as good as it has ever been, so you can't start too far back. My guys do a great job of giving me a car that is capable of winning races. Our expectations are to win every night, so there is a lot of hard work going on by everyone involved."
Tuesday's event will follow the regular World of Outlaws format emphasizing qualifying and heat race finishes. Consistency in those areas has allowed Schatz to score a series best seven Crane Cams Dash wins and seven pole positions. His 10 victories leads the series and he has 40 top ten finishes in the first 44 races of the season.
"There is some luck involved whether it's the pill draw for qualifying or even the dash spots," continued Schatz, who has a 90 point advantage over Joey Saldana in the championship standings. "We were fortunate on Saturday to be in the right spot qualifying. It's a tough deal, because the track slowed way down and we just made the best of late draw. If you look at it, Steve Kinser missed starting on the front row next to us by one spot, so its that close. We ended up in the last heat, won it and got the pole in the dash because of the format. Tonight, we'll have to have some luck too, but it really comes down to the guy with the best car will likely win the race."
The Silver Cup is the sixth of eight races making up the SuperClean Summer of Money on ESPN2. Tuesday's race will be taped and air on the worldwide leader in sports on Sunday at 12 noon (et).
Following Tuesday's event, the ParkerStore team will travel to Central Pennsylvania for the annual Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway. Schatz picked up career wins number 10 and 11 at "the Grove" in May when he swept the Spring Nationals. The program begins with two preliminary programs on Thursday and Friday and will offer $20,000 to the winner on Saturday night.
"They call this the 'Month of Money' and our goal is to win $100,000 in eight days," said Schatz. "Winning big races makes you want the next one even more. We've still got a long way to go in the season, so right now it's all about winning as many races as we can."