SCHATZ AIMS TO KEEP WINNING STREAK ALIVE ParkerStore team returns to California for Dave Helm Memorial FARGO, N.D. (October 11) - Defending World of Outlaws (WoO) champion Donny Schatz is all about winning and his 2007 results have shown it.
SCHATZ AIMS TO KEEP WINNING STREAK ALIVE
ParkerStore team returns to California for Dave Helm Memorial
FARGO, N.D. (October 11) - Defending World of Outlaws (WoO) champion Donny Schatz is all about winning and his 2007 results have shown it. On Saturday, the Fargo, N.D. resident will return to California and compete in the inaugural Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA.
Schatz, the current WoO points leader, enters the event with a two-race winning streak that started with his dominating performance in the Williams Grove National Open on September 29 driving his GlobalParkerStore/Tom Johnson Camping Center sponsored No. 15 J&J with Shaver-built Chevrolet power. He followed that $50,000 victory up with a win last Saturday night in Princeton, MN giving him a series leading 18 wins in 2007.
"We've only got a few races left, and we want to win as many as we can," said Schatz, who has won 35 "A" features in the last two seasons. "When we had 10 races to go, we wanted to go on a 10-race winning streak. Thatdidn't quite happen, but we've got a chance to make it a three-race winning streak on Saturday."
On five different occasions this season, Schatz has put together back-to-back wins. His longest win streak came in July when he won three straight starting with the Kings Royal, and included the $30,000 Silver Cup and Summer Nationals opener at Williams Grove Speedway.
The ParkerStore team is looking for their first victory in California since October 14, 2005 when Schatz was victorious at the Thunderbowl Raceway. In their last race in the "Golden State", Schatz charged from his 16th starting position and finished fifth in the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Sliver Dollar Speedway on September 8.
"We'd like to add Tulare to our win list this year," admitted Schatz, who has won at 14 tracks in 11 states in 2007. "We struggled there back in February the first night, but came back to finish third the next night. We had a really good weekend in October 2005 when we set quick time and won the preliminary feature and then came back and finished third in the finale."
"It's all about getting your car the best you can. We tested some things during the Gold Rush tour in August and September and have benefited from that. Our short track program needed a boost, and last weekend's win in Princeton was just that. We've got a great combination of cars and motors with these J&J's and Shavers."
Saturday's event will honor the late Dave Helm, who was a car-owner with the World of Outlaws and had a car on tour since 1997 when Schatz was a rookie.
"Dave was a good guy and you hate to lose people like him," continued Schatz. "I know he loved racing and always enjoyed being out here on the road. (Crew Chief) Sonny (Kratzer) and all the drivers that he had in his No. 11h over the years are always right there. Hopefully, we can put on a good show for everyone."
Only five races remain on the 2007 WoO schedule and Schatz continues to lead the standings. He holds a 90-point advantage over Joey Saldana as he looks to secure his second consecutive WoO championship. Schatz has won races this season at two of the three tracks that remain on the schedule (Manzanita Speedway and The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway) and is a previous winner in Tulare.
STILL ON TOP
Last week's victory in the Snap-on schemed No. 15 at Princeton kept Schatz on top in the National Speedsport News Power Rankings. It marks the sixth time this season that he has been voted the top driver by the motorsports publication. Schatz is the only driver to be ranked inside the top ten in every ranking this year.