Powercom Park: Race report

Schatz wins as Outlaws return to Powercom Park. BEAVER DAM, WI (July 10)-- Donny Schatz and his crew searched for the speed to put them in victory lane throughout the first half of the season. Since they found it, it's been almost impossible to...

Schatz wins as Outlaws return to Powercom Park.

BEAVER DAM, WI (July 10)-- Donny Schatz and his crew searched for the speed to put them in victory lane throughout the first half of the season. Since they found it, it's been almost impossible to slow the #15 Parker Stores J&J down.

Schatz won his second Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series "A" Feature in the last three events Wednesday, leading all 40 laps from outside the front row as the series returned to The Raceway at Powercom Park. The facility formerly known as Beaver Dam Raceway hosted its first "greatest show on dirt" event since June 17, 1998.

What made the 13th "A" Feature victory of Schatz' career even more impressive was that he raced without the benefit of his brakes during the final 34 laps.

"I really didn't think we were going to win this race tonight," Schatz said. "I stepped on the brakes after that (sixth-lap) red flag and the pedal went straight to the floor. With the track as slick as it was and as much traffic as there was here, I didn't think I'd be able to hang on to the lead for 36 laps without brakes.

"My crew has worked really hard this year, but we just haven't gotten the results we've wanted. They never hung their heads and I never hung my head, and it's great to see things starting to turn around, especially at this time of year. The' month of money' is coming up, and it's great to have this kind of momentum carrying us into the big races."

Schatz and his crew-- Kenny Woodruff, Shane Anderson and Bill Klingbeil-- visited the Ritter Technology Parker Store near Milwaukee on behalf of Parker Stores earlier in the day.

Schatz, the fifth-fastest qualifier in the 44-car field, earned the right to start the main event outside the front row by winning the Second O'Reilly Auto Parts Dash. He and pole-sitter Daryn Pittman battled early in the opening lap, but a collision involving Sammy Swindell, Joey Saldana and Todd Hepfner sent Swindell and Saldana flipping, nullifying the original start.

Schatz and Pittman raced wheel-to-wheel down the front straightaway as the green flag replaced the red, with Schatz taking the lead with a high move in turn one.

Schatz was five car-lengths ahead of Pittman when the leaders entered lapped traffic six laps into the race. Pittman was trying to drive the #21 Hop & Sac J&J between a pair of lapped cars in the fourth corner when he crashed with Bob Bennett and spun. A collision with Hepfner cost fast-qualifier Tim Shaffer fourth place.

Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser qualified second quick, but finishing sixth in the Second Heat Race forced to qualify for the main event through the "B" Feature for the first time this year. "The King of the Outlaws" started inside the ninth row and drove his #11 Quaker State Maxim past nine cars during the first seven laps.

Mark Kinser, only the 25th-fastest qualifier, raced into ninth place from inside the 12th row before he and his second cousin started following each other through traffic. Steve and Mark passed P.J. Chesson during the 10th and 11th laps, then raced past Fourth Heat Race winner Randy Hannagan during laps 21 and 23. Mark drove the #5M Mopar Maxim past Steve in the low groove between the first and second corners to claim sixth place early in lap 26.

Brad Furr, who was five car-lengths behind Schatz with 15 laps remaining, caught the leader in dense lapped traffic during the 28th lap.

Raymond Hensley spun in the fourth corner three laps later, but the race continued as he turned completely around and headed down the front straightaway. The Kinser cousins swerved to avoid crashing into Hensley, allowing Hannagan to pass them both.

Ignition problems in the #11H Vivarin Maxim caused Stevie Smith to stop in turn four late in lap 38, setting up a two-lap dash to the checkered flag. Schatz controlled the restart and took the checkered flag as Furr raced through the fourth corner.

"I figured someone would be right behind me there at the end," Schatz said. "I was having trouble getting by the #4x car (Toni Lutar), and I didn't want to take a chance and crash either of us out of the race. Nobody really pushed me hard, so I just tried to stay smooth and keep out of trouble."

Craig Dollansky finished in third place, ahead of Danny Lasoski, Hannagan, Mark Kinser, Steve Kinser, Shaffer, Brandon Wimmer and 18th-starting John Haeni.

Shaffer set quick time for the fifth time this season, circling the high-banked, 1/3-mile oval in 12.128 seconds, an average speed of 98.945 M.P.H.

Danny Wood was lining up for the main event when mechanical problems caused the #6 Casey's General Stores Maxim to stop on the track. Bennett replaced Wood in the lineup and flipped after colliding with Pittman late in the sixth lap.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Brad Furr , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Toni Lutar , P.J. Chesson