Schatz Jumps to Number One in National Speed Sport News Power Rankings Donny Schatz had one of the best seasons in any form of motorsports in 2006, as he claimed his first World of Outlaws championship and he is on pace to do the exact same...
Schatz Jumps to Number One in National Speed Sport News Power Rankings
Donny Schatz had one of the best seasons in any form of motorsports in 2006, as he claimed his first World of Outlaws championship and he is on pace to do the exact same thing this season. He currently has a 68 point lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings.
The reigning Knoxville Nationals winner has been one of the most consistent drivers in the world in 2007, and recently vaulted into the Number One position in the weekly National Speed Sport News "Power Rankings."
This is the second time since the rankings began last year that Schatz has held the top spot. After his win in the Knoxville Nationals last season, he earned the same honor and held the top position for three consecutive weeks.
The week of racing in which the rankings were calculated for the most recent period ran from May 30-June 5. Schatz earned the top spot in a week that also consisted of the Indianapolis 500, the Coca-Cola 600, and the Monaco Grand Prix. Behind the native of Fargo, North Dakota in the rankings were Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon from NASCAR, Sebastien Bourdais from the Champ Car World Series, and Lewis Hamilton from Formula One.
"It is great to be in good standing with the media across the country," said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. "We've been on top of our game for a long time. We had a great week, and I can't ask for anything much better than that. That is what a driver thrives on."
In the week leading up to the rankings, Schatz finished second at Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania, followed by a win in the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, and he capped off the trio of races with a third-place finish at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park in New York on Memorial Day.
"Anytime you can get association with grassroots sprint car racing, especially with the World of Outlaws is great," he said. "To be associated with NASCAR and Indy Car, and especially drag racing is huge. It's good for myself and my sponsors, as well as the confidence of my race team, and everyone who stands behind it. We're glad to be up there and we will try our best to stay up there."
This past weekend, Schatz finished fifth at Sharon Speedway in Ohio after staring 13th, and he backed that up with a sixth-place finish at Eldora Speedway after lining up for the A-Feature in the 17th position.
Schatz leads the World of Outlaws with seven A-Feature wins. He also has a Crane Cams Dash four times, to earn the same number of pole positions, as well as stopping the clock first in time trials twice. He leads the series with 25 Top-10 finishes in the 28 events that have been contested, with 19 of those finishes in the Top-Five. He also leads the series in money earned, with $126,900.
Since National Speed Sport News began the "Power Rankings" last season, Schatz has been in the Top-10 in each of the weekly polls.
Schatz and the rest of the World of Outlaws competitors return to action on Tuesday, June 5 in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway in Indiana.