Donny Schatz Wins WoO One-Third Mile Preliminary EAGLE, NE - (September 17) When things are rolling the right way, you just keep going with it. Donny Schatz and his ParkerStore team continued their World of Outlaws Sprint Series winning streak...
Donny Schatz Wins WoO One-Third Mile Preliminary
EAGLE, NE - (September 17) When things are rolling the right way, you just keep going with it. Donny Schatz and his ParkerStore team continued their World of Outlaws Sprint Series winning streak on Friday night winning the 30-lap preliminary feature on the opening night of the One-Third Mile Short Track Nationals Friday at Eagle Raceway.
"It feels good to keep winning races," said Schatz following his third consecutive victory and fourth win in his last five starts behind the wheel of the #15 ParkerStore J&J. "We have been consistent all year, but hadn't led many laps or won races. The past two weeks we've been starting close to the front and that's been a big plus. The guys on this team have worked really hard all year and to get a run like we are on right now makes all the hard work worth it. I hope we can come back on Saturday night and do it again."
Schatz, who last weekend won both his preliminary night feature and the $25,000 Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway, took the lead at the drop of the green flag in Friday's 30-lap affair on the high-banked Eagle Raceway dirt oval. He and 2004 King's Royal winner, Jason Sides, sliced and diced early in the race with Sides taking the lead on lap three and Schatz getting it back on lap six only have Sides return to the front on lap seven.
On lap 11, the Fargo, ND racer took the lead for good with a low move through turns one and two. From there the battle was for second place as Schatz worked his way around the track while Sides, Shane Stewart and Danny Lasoski duked it out for second. A pair of cautions slowed the action in the final ten laps, but Schatz was not to be denied his third preliminary feature win of the year.
With the victory, Schatz, who won last year's One-Third Mile Short Track Nationals, is locked into Saturday night's Dash, which sets the first four rows of the starting grind for the 40-lap finale.
"Getting the four inversion for the dash tonight really helped us," said Schatz, who qualified ninth in the field of 38 cars and won the first heat race. "We were running pretty good on the bottom, and Jason (Sides) was trying to make the top work, and I guess he did - he told me he fell back to 5th and came back to 2nd."
"We had to stay on the bottom," continued Schatz. "We tried something a little different with the car tonight, and it wasn't as good as we wanted, but it got us locked in for tomorrow. We'll make our notes and keep an eye on the track tomorrow night and hopefully be ready to make it four in a row."
Keep up with Donny's progress in the One-Third Mile Short Track Nationals finale on Saturday night by logging onto the Sprint Car Network (www.sprintcarnet.com), where you can hear Saturday's race live. Follow Donny's progress throughout the rest of the season at www.donnyschatz.com.