Schatz Continues Hot Streak at New Egypt NEW EGYPT, NJ (July 30) - Donny Schatz hasn't won the most races during the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' "month of money," but he has been the most consistent driver. "The Minot Missile" recorded...
Schatz Continues Hot Streak at New Egypt
NEW EGYPT, NJ (July 30) - Donny Schatz hasn't won the most races during the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series' "month of money," but he has been the most consistent driver.
"The Minot Missile" recorded his eighth straight top-10 finish Monday, passing pole-sitter Paul McMahan midway through the 30-lap race and winning the "A" Feature before the largest crowd in the history of New Egypt Speedway. It was the series' first visit to New Jersey in almost six years.
"I feel pretty good," Schatz said following his second victory in the last four main events. "We've been running awesome lately, so I guess we're doing something right on the track. I haven't been doing some things right off the track lately. I've been neglecting some loved ones, but maybe I can work on that too. I try to do the same thing every night no matter where we are.
"It's nice to see all the fans come out to see us here. This is an awesome facility -- it's just a lot different than we're used to. It's a big 'D,' but maybe tonight the 'D' stands for Donny. Paul (McMahan) looked awesome in the (CHANNELLOCK) dash, but we went with a little harder tire than most everybody else. Goodyear's been doing a great job lately -- giving us a super product -- and when we were able to stay with Paul at the start of the race, I knew we had a shot. I hope we can keep it up - it is the 'month of money.'"
The highest-paying races of the year, both of which pay $100,000 to the winner, are looming on the horizon. Eldora Speedway hosts the Ninth Annual Historical Big One Saturday and the 41st Annual Amoco Ultimate Knoxville Nationals is scheduled for August 8-11 at Knoxville Raceway.
Schatz, the 10th-fastest qualifier in the 28-car field, won the Third O'Reilly Heat Race and earned the privilege of starting the "A" Feature outside the front row by following McMahan across the finish line in the CHANNELLOCK Dash.
McMahan drove Warren Johnson's #U2 United Expressline Maxim into the lead as the green flag fell in the main event. Schatz lined up behind McMahan after Len Thompson's turn-two flip brought out the red flag late in the second lap.
Joey Saldana, who paced the qualifying session with a track record time of 13.828 seconds, took the low line through the second corner to pass Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Jeff Shepard for sixth place two laps after the race resumed.
McMahan was eight car-lengths ahead of Schatz when they entered lapped traffic during the eighth lap. Schatz caught McMahan within two laps, however, and almost took the lead with an inside move between turns one and two.
Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ, raced past five cars during the first 10 laps. He took the high line through the fourth corner to pass Saldana for sixth place late in lap 11.
Danny Lasoski challenged Steve Kinser for third place late in the 13th lap, only to have Shepard steer Guy Forbrook's #5 Wirtgen Maxim to the rim between turns three and four to pass him the next time around.
Schatz used a similar move in the fourth corner, driving his family's #15 Parker Stores J&J past McMahan for the lead late in the 15th lap.
Shepard continued his run toward the front five laps later, passing "The King of the Outlaws" in the high groove between turns one and two. He took the high line through the second corner to pass McMahan for the runner-up spot early in lap 22.
Pauch passed defending World of Outlaws Gumout Series champion Craig Dollansky for sixth place with an inside move into the second corner the next time around. Lasoski steered NASCAR Winston Cup star Tony Stewart's #20L J.D. Byrider Eagle into the low groove between turns three and four to pass Kinser for fourth place late in the 24th lap.
Dollansky chased Pauch for three laps before regaining sixth place high in the second corner.
McMahan was racing into turn three when Schatz took the checkered flag for his fifth "A" Feature victory of the season.
'It's the crew guys out here who have the tough jobs," Schatz said. "Kenny Woodruff and my crew have been giving me a great car to drive. Tonight, I could drive it high, low and right through the middle. Ron Shaver has supplied us with some powerful engines, and Jack Elam builds a great race car."
Shepard's fourth second-place finish of the season pushed him past Tim Shaffer into eighth place in the point standings. McMahan moved into a 10th-place tie with Saldana by finishing third.
"The Dude" held off Kinser for fourth place. Dollansky finished sixth, ahead of Pauch, Saldana, Randy Hanngan and Dale Blaney.
Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Mark Kinser, only the 19th-fastest qualifier, won the "B" Feature and raced into 12th place from outside the ninth row in the main event. "Mopar Mark" leads Lasoski by 40 points after 43 events in their battle for the series championship.