SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM END STRONG WEEK WITH LEBANON VALLEY VICTORY W. LEBANON, NY (July 23) - Donny Schatz was really looking forward to Sunday's journey from central Pennsylvania to upstate New York for the World of Outlaws annual visit to...
SCHATZ, PARKERSTORE TEAM END STRONG WEEK WITH LEBANON VALLEY VICTORY
W. LEBANON, NY (July 23) - Donny Schatz was really looking forward to Sunday's journey from central Pennsylvania to upstate New York for the World of Outlaws annual visit to the unique Lebanon Valley Speedway located east of Albany. After the current World of Outlaws points leader and his ParkerStore team put on a clinic with the No. 15 ParkerStore J&J leading every lap of the 30-lap main event to claimed their ninth win of the season, he may be even more excited about his next trip to Lebanon Valley.
"I told my guys yesterday that I was really looking forward to coming here," said Schatz, following his second career WoO victory at the track. His first came on May 28, 2001 when he also led the race flag-to-flag. "I'm not sure the other drivers were as excited as I was, but I feel like I got a good handle on this track last year when we came from 12th to finish second."
The victory took away some of the bitter taste of Saturday night's runner-up finish in the $20,000-to-win Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals finale at Williams Grove Speedway. The consistency this team has shown all season is the biggest factor that has helped them build a solid lead in the World of Outlaws points chase. Saturday's second place finish was the 11th runner-up finish in WoO action this season for the Fargo, ND racer. Sunday's win marked the seventh time this year that he has followed a second place run with a victory.
"We work hard as a team to be one of the guys to beat every night," continued Schatz, who began the week by winning Tuesday night's Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XV and finishing fourth, fifth and second at Williams Grove. "(Crew Chief) Ricky Warner, Shane Bowers and James Zartman are doing a great job of giving me a strong car every night. Our car was really good in the dash, so when the feature came around I knew we had a great shot at winning. We were really strong in the beginning of the race, and it sure does feel good to end the night here back in victory lane at Lebanon Valley."
Schatz began the evening by turning the fourth fastest lap in qualifications and then finished third in the third heat race. The heat finish earned him a position in the dash event, which set the first five rows of the feature event. Schatz raced from his third starting position in the six-lap race and went on to win his fourth dash event of the season.
After a first lap spin by outside front row starter Jason Martin, Schatz seized control of the race on the second start and built a commanding three-second lead by lap six and continued to add to his advantage increasing his lead to more than six seconds before a lap 18 caution slowed the action. Schatz pulled away during the final 12 laps and went on to win his 60th career World of Outlaws feature (44th "A"feature win).