Eldora results 2008-05-31

Buckeye Blitz: Schatz Wins Second Consecutive Race in Ohio with Triumph at Eldora Rossburg, OH-- May 31, 2008-- Donny Schatz was hired by Tony Stewart to win races with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and he did ...

Buckeye Blitz: Schatz Wins Second Consecutive Race in Ohio with Triumph at Eldora

Rossburg, OH-- May 31, 2008-- Donny Schatz was hired by Tony Stewart to win races with the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series and he did exactly that this weekend, sweeping both events in the state of Ohio, capped off by a win at his car owner's track, the famed Eldora Speedway on Saturday night.

Schatz, who took the lead from Jason Meyers on the 26th lap of the 30-lap event, also took over the series championship point lead, after earning his third A-Feature win of the season. He remains the only Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series driver that has finished in the Top-10 in all 14 events this season.

"I'm glad to get two wins this weekend," said Schatz. "We had a team 'Pow-wow' the other day and it really seems to have helped. We're excited to head into the big money events this summer."

Schatz aboard the Armor All J&J chased Meyers down in traffic to take the lead with four laps remaining, with a move on the bottom of the track exiting the fourth turn. Meyers charged back down the front straightaway and into the first and second turns, before stopping on the backstretch after his right rear tired exploded, ending his night.

Schatz, the two-time defending series champion, led on the restart and pulled away at the end to pick up the 73rd A-Feature win of his Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series career, with Joey Saldana in second and Shane Stewart in third.

"Any time you take the points lead you are excited," noted Schatz. "We have been there the last few years and are excited to be back there. The other guys have been working very hard and it's unfortunate to see them have bad luck tonight. The hand of the matter was that we needed to get our car better. We passed him in open race track and we were operating."

The race began with Meyers leading down the front straightaway, with Terry McCarl diving low into the first turn to snare the lead from Meyers and Stewart, who both started on the front row. Meyers kept pace with McCarl and dove under him exiting the fourth turn on the second lap to take the lead. At the same time, Schatz went from fourth to second, as he used the low side of the track to get around both McCarl and Saldana.

Meyers was in lapped traffic just seven laps into the race. He continued to extend his lead in traffic, while Schatz had Saldana battling him for the runner-up position. On the 10th lap, Meyers, Schatz and Saldana all were within a couple of car lengths, with Meyers holding on to the lead through heavy traffic. At one point, Meyers and Schatz split a lapped machine while running side-by-side.

"There job is to keep going as fast as they can," said Schatz of the lapped cars. "Nobody ever expects a lapped car or anyone to pull over. When guys starting driving just to keep you back there, then it gets a little frustrating. I just didn't get frustrated. You have to use lapped traffic to your advantage. I did it all last year and must have forgotten how to do it, but tonight I must have remembered and I used it to my advantage."

With five laps remaining, Meyers jumped the cushion in turn two, giving Schatz the opening he needed to inch ahead on the back straightaway, but Meyers charged back exiting the third turn and was officially scored the leader at the line. On the very next lap, Schatz went under Meyers coming off the fourth turn to take the lead. After the only caution of the A-Feature flew for Meyers shredded tire, Schatz used a strong restart to pick up the win.

"We try to win every night out," Schatz pointed out. "Tony (Stewart) has put forth the world's greatest effort to build me a good team, and to build a team that was capable of where I was last year, which was on top of the world. If you ask me, right now, this race team is on top of the world and then some, from where it was. We really want to do what we can get him victories. First and foremost we want to see the (No.) 20 car getting wins. It would be ideal for us to be racing each other for wins. We're excited to be on top again."

Joey Saldana finished second in the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI to earn his eighth Top-Five finish of the season. He got around Stewart on the opening lap and then shadowed Schatz for the remainder of the race, as the pair chased Meyers for the majority of the event.

"We had a very good car," said Saldana. "I think we had the best car actually. I ran them down, but it's hard to get a run on a guy, when everyone is using the whole race track up, because they watered it so much. We came home second and can't be too disappointed."

Stewart picked up his fourth Top-Five finish in the last five nights after a solid third-place performance at Eldora driving a Steve Kent built machine for the Roth Motorsports team. He also moved into the Top-10 in the series championship standings.

"It was another good night," Stewart said. "The crew did a great job on the car. Paul Kistler really hustled this week to get us our motor back. That is our best motor so I have to thank him for working hard. We just have to keep it going. Hopefully we can get ourselves back up in the points, where this car belongs."

Jac Haudenschild picked up his fourth Top-Five finish in the last fives races, all of which have been fourth-place runs. He started 10th in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim and steadily worked his way to the front.

Daryn Pittman returned to action on Saturday night after taking a precautionary trip to the hospital on Friday night after an accident. The native of Owasso, Oklahoma finished a very solid fifth in the Titan Garages Maxim.

After leading the opening lap, McCarl ran strong all night and wound up sixth in the Big Game Treestands Eagle, with Kerry Madsen in the TK Concrete Maxim just behind him in seventh. Sam Hafertepe Jr. was eighth in the G.H. Plumbing J&J, with Craig Dollansky in the Auto Value Parts Stores Maxim in ninth. Chad Kemenah earned the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award, coming from the 23rd starting spot to finish 10th in the Kantor Oil Company Maxim.

Saldana tried several times to get around Schatz during the middle stages of the race, as they tried to track down Meyers, while also battling a very challenging track surface at Eldora. The second generation driver began the night by setting the fastest lap in time trials of the 37 cars that were in attendance.

"It was pretty tricky everywhere," explained the native of Brownsburg, Indiana. "I was running the top in (turns) three and four and was actually running them down and then they would go back up top in (turn) one. We had the speed tonight. We just didn't get the job done."

Stewart also found the track to be very demanding on Saturday night, as he tried a couple of different lines to see where his car would work best. After losing a couple of spots on the opening two laps, he worked on McCarl for a number of laps before moving into fourth.

"It was really sticky getting in (the corners) and then it was really dry," said the 2005 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "You would get in the rut and it would try to turn you back to the right. When it does that, you obviously have to turn away from the wall and that is what makes you loose. This track has been like that from time to time in the last three years. Before you could run up against the wall and you really didn't have to fight that big curb, but tonight it was back. We just have to get our car a little bit better in the slick, so I don't have to rely on that part of the track."

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7 at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Joey Saldana paced the 37 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/2-mile oval at 13.471 seconds at 133.620 mph. For his qualifying effort, Saldana earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Jason Meyers (4), Shane Stewart (3), Terry McCarl (2), and Jac Haudenschild (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Daryn Pittman, Dean Jacobs, Kerry Madsen and Paul McMahan won heat races... Jason Meyers won the Crane Cams Dash... Rob Chaney won the B-Main.

* UP NEXT: Two full nights of racing at the famed Knoxville Raceway on Friday, June 6 and Saturday, June 7, which will be taped by SPEED for future broadcast.

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Eldora Speedway; Rossburg, OH; May 31, 2008

1) 9-Joey Saldana 13.471
2) 14-Jason Meyers 13.514
3) 83-Shane Stewart 13.578
4) 24-Terry McCarl 13.580
5) R19-Jac Haudenschild 13.583
6) 15-Donny Schatz 13.607
7) 5C-Chad Hillier 13.638
8) 83G-Phil Gressman 13.643
9) 21-Daryn Pittman 13.669
10) 7K-Dean Jacobs 13.687
11) 55-Kerry Madsen 13.687
12) O-Paul McMahan 13.698
13) 2-Craig Dollansky 13.706
14) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 13.715
15) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr. 13.751
16) 1X-Randy Hannagan 13.762
17) 24H-Rob Chaney 13.781
18) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 13.800
19) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 13.814
20) 11-Steve Kinser 13.819
21) 20-Kraig Kinser 13.872
22) 6-Tim Shaffer 13.880
23) 28-Brian Paulus 13.881
24) B20-Butch Schroeder 13.890
25) 8K-Chad Kemenah 13.892
26) W20-Greg Wilson 13.899
27) 2B-Dale Blaney 13.908
28) 2H-Tim Hunter 13.913
29) 71M-Paul May 13.929
30) 7S-Jason Sides 13.940
31) 11B-Brock Mayes 13.972
32) 5B-Chad Blonde 13.992
33) 92V-Matthew Reed 14.000
34) 16-Lee Stark 14.127
35) 9X-Kevin Huntley 14.148
36) 75-Jeremy Campbell 14.164
37) 28X-Hud Horton 15.005

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 21-Daryn Pittman
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 2-Craig Dollansky
4) R19-Jac Haudenschild
5) 20-Kraig Kinser
6) 24H-Rob Chaney
7) 71M-Paul May
8) 8K-Chad Kemenah
9) 92V-Matthew Reed
10) 28X-Hud Horton

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7K-Dean Jacobs
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
4) 15-Donny Schatz
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
6) 7S-Jason Sides
7) 6-Tim Shaffer
8) W20-Greg Wilson
9) 16-Lee Stark

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 55-Kerry Madsen
2) 83-Shane Stewart
3) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.
4) 5C-Chad Hillier
5) 28-Brian Paulus
6) 2B-Dale Blaney
7) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
8) 11B-Brock Mayes
9) 9X-Kevin Huntley

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) O-Paul McMahan
2) 24-Terry McCarl
3) 1X-Randy Hannagan
4) 11-Steve Kinser
5) 83G-Phil Gressman
6) 5B-Chad Blonde
7) 2H-Tim Hunter
8) 75-Jeremy Campbell
9) B20-Butch Schroeder

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 14-Jason Meyers
2) 83-Shane Stewart
3) 24-Terry McCarl
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) 15-Donny Schatz
6) O-Paul McMahan
7) 21-Daryn Pittman
8) 7K-Dean Jacobs
9) 55-Kerry Madsen
10) R19-Jac Haudenschild

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 24H-Rob Chaney
2) 8K-Chad Kemenah
3) 2B-Dale Blaney
4) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
5) 7S-Jason Sides [$200]
6) B20-Butch Schroeder [$180]
7) 11B-Brock Mayes [$175]
8) 71M-Paul May [$160]
9) 2H-Tim Hunter [$150]
10) 9X-Kevin Huntley [$150]
11) W20-Greg Wilson [$150]
12) 16-Lee Stark [$150]
13) 92V-Matthew Reed [$150]
14) 5B-Chad Blonde [$150]
15) 6-Tim Shaffer [$150]
16) 28X-Hud Horton [$150]
17) 75-Jeremy Campbell [$150]

A-main (30 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[5] [$10,000]
2) 9-Joey Saldana[4] [$5,500]
3) 83-Shane Stewart[2] [$3,200]
4) R19-Jac Haudenschild[10] [$2,800]
5) 21-Daryn Pittman[7] [$2,500]
6) 24-Terry McCarl[3] [$2,300]
7) 55-Kerry Madsen[9] [$2,200]
8) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[18] [$2,100]
9) 2-Craig Dollansky[13] [$2,050]
10) 8K-Chad Kemenah[23] [$2,000]
11) O-Paul McMahan[6] [$1,500]
12) 11-Steve Kinser[20] [$1,200]
13) 83G-Phil Gressman[12] [$1,100]
14) 7S-Jason Sides[25] [$1,050]
15) 2B-Dale Blaney[24] [$1,000]
16) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[14] [$900]
17) 20-Kraig Kinser[21] [$800]
18) 28-Brian Paulus[22] [$800]
19) 2L-Ed Lynch Jr.[15] [$800]
20) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[19] [$800]
21) 1X-Randy Hannagan[16] [$800]
22) 5C-Chad Hillier[11] [$800]
23) 24H-Rob Chaney[17] [$800]
24) 14-Jason Meyers[1] [$800]
25) 7K-Dean Jacobs[8] [$800]

Note: Jason Sides used a World of Outlaws provisional to start the A-Feature.

Lap Leaders: Terry McCarl 1, Jason Meyers 2-25, Donny Schatz 26-30

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Terry McCarl
Penske Power Position Award: Shane Stewart
KSE Hard Charger Award: Chad Kemenah

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Brian Paulus , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Shane Stewart , Lucas Wolfe , Greg Wil , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr. , Paul May