Donny Schatz Earns Seventh Win As 2006 World of Outlaws Racers Triumph Again Chillicothe, OH -- Sept. 27, 2005 -- Score another one for the 2006 Outlaws. Donny Schatz slid past Kraig Kinser to swipe the lead 15 laps into a World of Outlaws...
Donny Schatz Earns Seventh Win As 2006 World of Outlaws Racers Triumph Again
Chillicothe, OH -- Sept. 27, 2005 -- Score another one for the 2006 Outlaws. Donny Schatz slid past Kraig Kinser to swipe the lead 15 laps into a World of Outlaws Sprint Series feature on Tuesday night at K-C Raceway. He then weaved through traffic and outlasted five cautions to earn his seventh A-feature victory of the season and the third consecutive win for the '06 Outlaws.
While Schatz was wheeling his ParkerStore J&J around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval in the 40-lap feature, Terry McCarl worked his way from sixth to second in the Big Game Treestands Eagle to give the '06 Outlaws a sweep of the top two positions for the second time in the past three races.
Jason Meyers powered the Elite Landscaping Maxim to a third-place run with Randy Hannagan turning in an impressive fourth-place finish in the Terry Hannagan Racing Maxim. Brandon Wimmer earned his second pole of the season in the Astro Titanium/Abbylou.org Maxim and drove to the checkered flag in fifth for the best A-feature finish of his career.
Danny Lasoski moved from 10th to sixth in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle as Steve Kinser jumped from 21st to seventh in the Quaker State Maxim. Craig Dollansky, another of the '06 Outlaws, motored the VMAC/Karavan J&J to his fifth top-10 in the past five races as Tim Shaffer in the Casey's General Store Maxim and Joey Saldana in the Volcano Joe's/Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series rounded out the top 10.
With Schatz's victory, five of the past seven World of Outlaws Sprint Series events have been won by 2006 Outlaws. Aside from Schatz's win and McCarl's and Dollansky's performances on Tuesday night, Brooke Tatnell narrowly missed out on a top 10 in the Castrol/Steel Dreams Eagle after coming back from a scary crash in his heat when several cars got together just under the flag stand, and Daryn Pittman, who was seeking his third consecutive win, was running third behind McCarl and Schatz when he caught the infield tire barrier in Turn 4, spinning out his Titan Garages & Carports Maxim as he was trying to make a move on McCarl.
As the green flag waved to start the event, Kraig Kinser quickly grabbed the lead from the outside of the front row and was setting the pace with Schatz trying to chase him down when the leaders hit heavy traffic after only six laps. Schatz repeatedly tried to slip past Kinser on the bottom in Turns 1 and 2 before finally pulling off the pass with 14 laps down.
Once in front, Schatz started to pull away as McCarl took his shots at Kinser and Pittman watched and waited in third. Then, after a 20-lap green-flag run, a caution came out, as it would four more times before Schatz could take the checkered flag. Kinser missed the sideways car of Greg Hodnett sitting at the top of Turn 2, but a wheel packed with mud on his Remy Maxim slowed him on the restart as he wasn't able to take off, moving McCarl and Pittman to second and third.
Schatz took off again and with clear track opened a huge lead. Then the cautions began to fall, seemingly every couple of laps. Each time, Schatz was strong off of Turn 4 as McCarl needed about two laps before he could start reeling him in. Finally, after the final caution with 10 to go, Schatz again darted out with McCarl in tow as Hannagan and Meyers swapped spots back and forth in front of Wimmer, with Meyers eventually getting the edge.
"It's a big run for the World of Outlaws," said Schatz, a Mean 15 racer from Fargo, N.D. "We're awful excited to be in Victory Lane tonight. I was kind of worried about starting up front there. I thought maybe we'd be able to win the Dash, but I'm kind of glad we didn't because I'm better from anywhere off the front row. When I start on the front row I struggle to find a place to race. Starting fourth really benefited us tonight.
"We've got a new race car here and I think it's something that will be pretty good for the future of this team."
McCarl's impressive second-place run moved him to ninth in points, meaning all 2006 Outlaws are in the top 10 in the current World of Outlaws championship standings.
"We were good, but the yellows were killing me because my tire was sealing up," said McCarl, a six-time Knoxville Raceway champion from Altoona, Iowa, who equaled his season-best finish. "[Donny] was a little bit better on the yellow runs but after two laps I would get a little heat in my right rear and I could run him down.
"I had just driven by Kraig when that first yellow came out in Turns 1 and 2. I was feeling real good traffic. I could move all over the racetrack, but after the yellows it would take me about two laps to get going. -- I'm real happy with this. Donny winning and Daryn was running third when he caught the tire. We had a great car tonight and on the long runs we were way better so the yellows were really hurting me. We're going to pick off one of these wins one of these days."
A third-place run kept Meyers rolling as the season winds down to only nine race nights remaining. He has finished outside the top 10 in an A-feature only once since the Knoxville Nationals in mid-August.
"It was a hard track to pass on tonight," said Meyers, a Mean 15 racer from Clovis, Calif. who has four victories this season. "The preferred groove was on the cushion. It was kind of hard to get across the middle. You might be able to run the guy down in front of you, but as far as getting past him and sliding him, it was kind of hard to do. A couple of guys were better across the middle than we were. Pittman was able to get by me there before he had an incident with the infield tire.
"It was a good run for us. We were trying something tonight that I don't think was perfect for this scenario so we'll definitely get that off for Williams Grove this weekend. I'm real happy with the way the whole car is running and how the team is doing. I just look forward to going to the Grove and coming out of there with a good showing."
Hannagan, who has raced 27 times this season with the Outlaws, earned his best result with a fourth-place run. It was his second top-five finish after he ran fifth in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup in July at Lernerville.
"You've got to finish off this year good to start next year good," said Hannagan, a native of San Jose, Calif. "That's what we're trying to do right now, get all of our ducks in a row for next year.
"It was a good run. I was good on the restarts but my car kind of went away at the end. I couldn't run the lines I needed to run because it was too hard on the left rear. If I could have got it off the left rear I would have been okay."
Wimmer, who posted a second-place finish in a preliminary feature earlier this month at Calistoga Speedway, earned the best finish of his World of Outlaws career with his fifth-place run.
"It feels great," said Wimmer, a Mean 15 racer from Fairmount, Ind., who graduated from high school in June. "We've struggled so much this year. It was a lot harder than what I thought it would be coming into this year. Tonight we had Scott Benic helping, which is a huge help. I grew up around him when he used to be the crew chief for my grandfather's team for years back when I was a little kid. It was great to have him here helping us tonight.
"Your self esteem just gets up so high every time we finish good. We've been doing really good the past month and I hate to see the season coming to an end."
The Outlaws roll Friday and Saturday to Williams Grove Speedway for the National Open in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and back across the Midwest for a two-night event Oct. 7-8 at Dodge City Raceway in Dodge City, Kan. From there the series drops Oct. 11 into Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix to complete the Cactus Classic that was rain-delayed after the preliminary feature in March. The Outlaws close out the year with a two-day show Oct. 14-15 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., and a two-day show Oct. 21-22 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
K-C RACEWAY NOTEBOOK
* Brock Mayes paced the 40 cars that went through time trials with a record-breaking AMB i.t.-timed lap around the 3/8-mile oval in 10.915 seconds at 123.683 mph. For breaking Kenny Jacobs' record of 11.174 seconds that has stood since 1998, Mayes received a $500 bonus.
Greg Wilson timed in second quick at 11.053 seconds at 122.139 mph. The fastest Outlaws were 2006 touring members Brooke Tatnell, who was third quick at 11.063 seconds at 122.098 mph, and Craig Dollansky, who was fourth quick at 11.072 seconds at 121.929 mph.
* With wicked fast speeds all night, heat races played a major role in the outcome of the race as none of the three fastest qualifiers in time trials were able to transfer through to either of the Dashes. With all six drivers being inverted for the Dashes, it meant the 16th-fastest qualifier in time trials, Brandon Wimmer, started on the pole for the Stacker 2® Dash and the 17th-fastest driver in time trials, Kraig Kinser, started on the pole in the second Dash. Wimmer made the most of his opportunity by winning the pole for the feature and finishing in the top five.
* Donny Schatz's victory Tuesday night at K-C Raceway was his seventh of the season, second-most this year with the Outlaws. -- Steve Kinser has a series-leading 19 A-feature victories and six preliminary feature wins this season. -- There have been 17 different A-feature winners this season. Including preliminary features, 22 different drivers have visited Victory Lane this season with the Outlaws. -- Kraig Kinser captured the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 14 for his sixth A-feature victory of the season. He also has a preliminary feature win at Las Vegas. -- Daryn Pittman's victory on Sept. 24 at The Raceway at Powercom Park was his fifth of the season. -- Jason Meyers earned his fourth win of the season July 2 at Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo, N.D. -- Tim Shaffer's victory July 19 in the Silver Cup was his third of the season, going with wins Lake Ozark Speedway and Thunderbowl Raceway. -- Craig Dollansky has two A-feature victories and three preliminary feature wins. -- Brian Paulus won June 28 at Huset's Speedway for his second victory of the season, and picked up a preliminary feature win in the following race at Red River Valley Speedway. -- Brooke Tatnell has two A-feature victories, winning at Cedar Lake and Fulton speedways, as well as a preliminary feature win at Princeton Speedway. -- Sammy Swindell won his second A-feature of the season June 4 at Eldora Speedway. Swindell also has a preliminary feature win April 8 at Eldora and Aug. 14 at Knoxville Raceway in the Nationals' non-qualifiers event. -- Danny Lasoski won Aug. 30 at Cottage Grove Speedway and has three preliminary feature wins. -- Fred Rahmer won the Summer Nationals crown July 23 and picked up a preliminary feature win in the Knoxville Nationals on Aug. 10. -- Single-event winners include Jac Haudenschild on Aug. 5 at Eldora Speedway, Stevie Smith July 13 at Attica Raceway Park, Tim Kaeding June 11 at Sheboygan County Fair Park, Chad Kemenah July 9 at I-55 Raceway, and Jeff Shepard Feb. 11 at Volusia Speedway Park. -- In preliminary features, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, Jason Johnson and Shane Stewart have each won once.
* K-C Raceway is a high-banked 3/8-mile oval. Including preliminaries, the series has raced 15 times this season on tracks that length, at Pike County Speedway, Houston Raceway Park, Batesville Speedway, Outlaw Motor Speedway, 81 Speedway, Huset's Speedway, Cedar Lake Speedway, Attica Raceway Park, Fulton Speedway, BMP Speedway, Grays Harbor Raceway, Rocky Mountain and now K-C Raceway. Steve Kinser held off Brooke Tatnell to win at Pike County, Donny Schatz edged Steve Kinser at Houston, Kraig Kinser dominated at Batesville, Steve Kinser snuck past Jason Meyers late at Outlaw, Daryn Pittman cruised to victory at 81 Speedway, Jason Meyers outlasted the field at Sharon, Brian Paulus started on the pole and won at Huset's, Brooke Tatnell picked up his first win of the year at Cedar Lake and his second at Fulton, Stevie Smith won at Attica, Daryn Pittman won the feature and Steve Kinser won the preliminary at BMP Speedway, Donny Schatz won the feature and Steve Kinser won the preliminary at Grays Harbor, Daryn Pittman won at Rocky Mountain, and Donny Schatz won at K-C Raceway.
* Drivers who have raced to victory in preliminary features this season include (in alphabetical order) Craig Dollansky three times (Manzanita/Williams Grove/Silver Dollar), Jason Johnson once (Williams Grove), Kraig Kinser once (Las Vegas), Steve Kinser six times (Eagle twice/Billings/Elma/Calistoga/Silver Dollar), Danny Lasoski three times (Australia/Knoxville/Calistoga), Kerry Madsen once (Australia), Paul McMahan once (Williams Grove), Brian Paulus once (Red River Valley), Fred Rahmer once (Knoxville), Joey Saldana once (Lernerville), Shane Stewart once (Knoxville), Brooke Tatnell once (Princeton), Sammy Swindell twice (Eldora/Knoxville).
* In the Stacker 2® Dash and the second Dash that set the top six rows for the main event, Brandon Wimmer and Kraig Kinser each led all six laps and earned starting spots on the front row for the feature.
* In the B-main, Greg Wilson charged to the front as '06 Outlaw Brooke Tatnell tried to sneak by. Wilson held off Tatnell on two restarts and pulled away to win as Tatnell, Ryan Coniam and Jason Sides earned the other transfer spots.
* In the first heat race, Kraig Kinser shot to the top in the first corner and pulled away to win by 2.225 seconds. Tim Hunter, Jason Meyers, Brandon Wimmer and Steve Kinser also transferred.
* In the second heat race, Greg Hodnett grabbed the quick lead and led flag to flag as Donny Schatz slid frome third to second on the first lap in Turn 4. Schatz held his ground and transferred along with Paul McMahan, Tim Shaffer and Brian Paulus.
* Two red flags before a lap could be completed in the third heat left only six cars to take the green flag. Chad Kemenah eventually motored to victory with Dean Jacobs, Daryn Pittman, Randy Hannagan and Jason Solwold earning the remaining transfer spots.
* In the fourth heat race, Joey Saldana charged to the front and earned the victory after a couple of cautions. Jeremy Campbell, Terry McCarl, Danny Lasoski and Craig Dollansky, who held off Tim Kaeding, picked up the final transfer spots.
* The Outlaws roll Friday and Saturday to Williams Grove Speedway for the National Open in Mechanicsburg, Pa., and back across the Midwest for a two-night event Oct. 7-8 at Dodge City Raceway in Dodge City, Kan. From there the series drops Oct. 11 into Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix to complete the Cactus Classic that was rain-delayed after the preliminary feature in March. The Outlaws close out the year with a two-day show Oct. 14-15 at Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, Calif., and a two-day show Oct. 21-22 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
* The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. Eastern on Sept. 28 the 1/3-mile Short Track Nationals from O'Reilly Auto Parts Eagle Raceway and on Oct. 5 the event from The Raceway at Powercom Park.