Donny Schatz Wins Final Feature of 2004 WoO Season Las Vegas, NV (November 6, 2004) Donny Schatz hit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway jackpot Saturday night, passing Daryn Pittman with 22 circuits remaining in the 30 lap A-feature for the World ...
Donny Schatz Wins Final Feature of 2004 WoO Season
Las Vegas, NV (November 6, 2004) Donny Schatz hit the Las Vegas Motor Speedway jackpot Saturday night, passing Daryn Pittman with 22 circuits remaining in the 30 lap A-feature for the World of Outlaws 2004 Season Finale.
Dennis Moore, Jr. broke a rear end in warm-ups and was unable to take a time trial lap
Kraig Kinser had mechanical problems on his first qualifying lap, and was forced to take one lap at the end.
Danny Lasoski changed engines after warm-ups
Joey Saldana was running 5th in the first heat race when he lost an engine
Kraig Kinser was running 5th in the first heat race when he pulled out with mechanical problems
Paul McMahan was running 2nd in the first heat race when he dropped out.
Tim Kaeding scratched for the night after qualifying.
Jesse Whitney scratched from the 4th heat race.
Danny Lasoski was leading the dash when he lost an engine on the last lap. Lasoski was unable to replace the engine in time for the A-main, and was forced to use a provisional to be credited with last in the A-main.
Jac Haudenschild was running 4th in the B-main when he hit an infield tire marker and broke the front end.
Sean Becker made the A-main as the first alternate when Lasoski scratched after the dash.
Dale Blaney used a provisional for the A-main
Lap 1--Donny Schatz and Shane Stewart raced side by side out of turn 4, with Schatz getting the lead low in 1&2. Before the field could complete the first lap, Ronnie Day got into the wall and upside down in turn 4. Red flag. Complete restart.
Lap 1--Donny Schatz and Shane Stewart raced sided by side out of turn 4, with Stewart taking the lead on the top exiting turn 2
Lap 3--Steve Kinser passed Erin Crocker for 5th low in 3&4
Lap 7--Both Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz passed leader Shane Stewart low on the backstretch, with Pittman taking the lead.
Lap 8--Donny Schatz took the lead from Daryn Pittman low on the backstretch. With 8 laps complete, caution for Sean Becker, who stopped in turn 3, and Brian Paulus, who stopped in turn 2. Only Becker was able to restart.
Lap 10--Steve Kinser went low exiting turn 2, passing Craig Dollansky for 4th. Terry McCarl (8th at the time) hit the wall in turn 4, fell to the rear of the field, then dropped out.
Lap 11--Traffic. Donny Schatz's lead a half straightaway over Daryn Pittman
Lap 14--Heavy traffic. Schatz's lead 10 carlengths.
Lap 15--Craig Dollansky took 4th back from Steve Kinser on the top in 1&2
Lap 16--Steve Kinser passed Craig Dollansky for 4th low in 3&4
Lap 18--Steve Kinser got 3rd from Shane Stewart low in 1&2
Lap 29--Brooke Tatnell passed Jason Sides low in 1&2
Lap 30--Donny Schatz won by more than a straightaway.
"I hope we've gotten things turned around, but I've thought so before and it can all get away. This Parker Stores team kept digging and digging all year long. My guys and everyone who gives us what we need to keep going give us 110%, and you can't ask for anything more than that, and that's what it takes to have a good team. (Shane Stewart and Daryn Pittman) had softer tires on than us, and I think it showed at the beginning. I guess I'm the type of driver who uses the tire a little more than others, so I need a little harder compound, but I knew as soon as the heat built up we'd be able to drive back to the front. I had a misfire there at one point--it would go away for a little bit, then come back. I think it was blowing some water out and onto the spark plug wires, but that may have even helped us here as slick as the track got tonight. I knew it was water because I could feel it on my arm. We're just lucky to get here (to victory lane.) We'll take the way we finished this year and go back home and get ready for 2005, and hopefully we can come back and do this every night. I just want to thank the World of Outlaws for putting on these races, and bringing us to premiere facilities like Las Vegas Motor Speedway. We do out best to put on good races, and sometimes it doesn't work out that way, but there's always a victor, and tonight that's us. I'm really looking forward to going to Australia--I've been going over there for so long now it just seems like old hat, but our confidence is up, and we have a good race team. Our chassis and engine programs with Jack Elam and Ronnie Shaver are the best in the country, and anytime you can get a lethal combination like that, it's fun to go racing. I haven't been to the (gaming) tables here this week, but maybe we'll go tonight."