Princeton results 2008-10-04

Two in a Row for Schatz at Princeton: Earns 15th Win of 2008 Princeton, MN-- October 4, 2008--With the success that Donny Schatz has had at Princeton Speedway, it's hard to believe that the first time he competed at the high-banked ¼-mile ...

Two in a Row for Schatz at Princeton: Earns 15th Win of 2008

Princeton, MN-- October 4, 2008--With the success that Donny Schatz has had at Princeton Speedway, it's hard to believe that the first time he competed at the high-banked ¼-mile located in Minnesota was in 2004, when the Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series made their debut at the track. After all, the two-time defending World of Outlaws champion cut his teeth racing in the Upper Midwest, including at a number of tracks in the state of Minnesota, where he now has nine victories.

A dominating performance on Saturday night in the PolyDome Princeton National that saw him lead all 40 laps, earned Schatz his second consecutive victory at the track, becoming the first driver to claim two A-Feature wins at the high-banked bullring with the series. Schatz's 15th A-Feature win of the season was worth $10,000 and was the 85th of his career with the World of Outlaws, as he closes in on his third consecutive series title.

"Princeton has been good to me," he said after the win. "We've had a lot of fun here. I'm glad to get to Victory Lane again. It's always good. These guys have definitely worked hard. They eat, sleep, breath and drink this race team and this race car. They definitely deserved it. They have been busting their tails."

Schatz lined up second and beat pole sitter Sam Hafertepe Jr. into the first turn using the high side of the track to take the lead. He quickly pulled away and a lap four caution came just before he was going to enter lapped traffic. On the restart, he again charged to a comfortable lead and four laps later he was in traffic. Schatz sliced his way through traffic, extending his lead as he weaved his way through the slower machines, while the rest of the front runner lost ground in lapped traffic.

"That was one bad piece there in traffic," he said with a smile as he pointed to his car. "It could run the top, the middle and the bottom at the same speed. That's what its Achilles heel was. It's good to have that and that is how my cars always are. Ricky (Warner) keeps tuning these things and fine tuning little things and finding things to make it better. We're in test mode for next year and it's good to get a win in test mode."

Just as Schatz was about to take the white flag in the Armor All J&J, the final caution of the night flew, setting up a two-lap shootout for the win, as Terry McCarl and Jac Haudenschild lined up behind him. On the restart, Schatz easily pulled away en route to winning by nearly two seconds.

"I just had to do my job and not worry about who was back there and what they are going to do," shared the winner of his plan on the final restart. "I made a wing adjustment on the last yellow and maybe should have made one a little earlier. We were good. We just had to keep the tires underneath us and keep the speed up."

With the win, Schatz extended his lead in the World of Outlaws championship standings to 123 points over Jason Meyers with seven events remaining on the 2008 schedule. Schatz leads the series with 54 Top-10 finishes in the 57 A-Feature events that have been contested this season.

"We're trying to win a championship here, but we are also testing for next year," explained the North Dakota native. "We're doing some different things, package-wise. Maybe that is something that has hurt us in the last couple of weeks and maybe it's what helped us win here tonight. That's all part of the game. We're finishing this year, but also looking ahead to next year. That's the fun part."

Terry McCarl, who won his first race of the season on September 24 at Orange County Fair Speedway in New York, finished second on Saturday night in the Big Game Treestands Maxim to pick up his third consecutive Top-Five finish and seventh consecutive Top-10. He started fourth and charged around both Sam Hafertepe Jr. and Tony Bruce Jr. in turns one and two on the opening lap.

"You never like to finish second, but we have been getting very consistent with our runs and that's the key to racing a 100 nights a year out here," noted McCarl. "Our team is really coming together. I can't say enough about how hard they have been working. I'm excited. We're getting better and better and my confidence is growing each night."

McCarl lined up right behind Schatz on the final restart and had his hands full with a hard charging Jac Haudenschild behind him, who was using the high line as the pair battled for the second spot. McCarl fended off Haudenschild's challenge to earn his four career Top-10 finish at Princeton Speedway.

"I couldn't do much in (turns) one and two," he stated. "I was just too loose in one and two from the word go. We were really good in three and four. You needed to move up, especially in traffic. I didn't have a whole lot for him unless he made a mistake and Donny doesn't make too many mistakes. On the second to last yellow we stayed with him really good."

McCarl, who has been one of the most consistent drivers over the last three weeks with the World of Outlaws, is excited for the final seven races of this season and is already gearing up for next season. Since Tod Quiring assumed ownership of McCarl's team, the six-time Knoxville Raceway and Huset's Speedway track champion has been in contention for a number of wins.

"Tod and Lisa Quiring my car owners were here this weekend, so it's great to run good in front of them," McCarl said. "Tod is such a great organizer. Now that he has taken over, I can't be happier. I look for bigger and better things for the rest of the season."

Jac Haudenschild used the high side of the track for a majority of the race to charge from the eighth starting spot to finish third in the Owens-Corning Fiberglass Maxim. He had a spirited battled late in the race with 2001 World of Outlaws champion Danny Lasoski, trading the third spot with him a number of times. He began the night by setting fast time in qualifying for the third time this season.

"The car was good tonight," said the veteran driver. "Leonard (Lee) has it running fast. We were pretty close again tonight. We were fast all night."

On the final restart, with two laps to go, Haudenschild again looked to the high side of the track as he looked for a way around McCarl. He got even with him coming off the second turn but could not quite make a pass. He then held off a last lap challenge from Lasoski for the third spot.

"I wanted to be up top on the restart," he said. "The bottom went away at the end. I tried everything I could to catch those guys. It was a good run for the team. I'm glad to be driving this R19 car this year."

Lasoski finished fourth in his own Todd Creason Pipeline Construction JEI. He started sixth and lost a couple of spots early in the race before working his way back into the Top-Five. Just past the halfway point of the 40-lap event he got around Jason Meyers to move into third. He would end up battling Haudenschild for most of the remainder of the contest.

Meyers finished fifth in the GLR Investments KPC to earn his series best 44th Top-Five finish of the season, as he continues to chase his first World of Outlaws championship.

Steve Kinser, the 20-time World of Outlaws champion turned in a masterful performance on Saturday night coming all the way from the 20th starting spot to finish sixth in the Q Oil Maxim, to earn the KSE Race Products Hard Charger Award.

Joey Saldana was seventh in the Budweiser/Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI, with Paul McMahan in eighth driving the Casey's General Stores Maxim. Daryn Pittman worked his way from 18th to ninth aboard the Titan Garages Maxim, with Chad Kemenah rounding out the Top-10 in the Kantor Oil Company Maxim.

The Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series returns to action on Saturday, October 11 and Sunday, October 12 at Hollywood Hills Speedway in New Mexico.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Jac Haudenschild paced the 30 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the high-banked 1/4-mile oval at 10.214 seconds at 88.114 mph. For his qualifying effort, Haudenschild earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Chad Hillier (4), Jason Sides (3), Brooke Tatnell (2), and Sam Hafertepe Jr. (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Donny Schatz, Tony Bruce Jr. and Danny Lasoski won heat races... Sam Hafertepe Jr. won the Crane Cams Dash... Kraig Kinser won the B-Main.

* UP NEXT: A return to Hollywood Hills Speedway in New Mexico on October 11 and 12.

Advance Auto Parts World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Princeton Speedway; Princeton, MN; October 4, 2008

1) R19-Jac Haudenschild 10.214
2) 5C-Chad Hillier 10.232
3) 7S-Jason Sides 10.242
4) 2-Brooke Tatnell 10.250
5) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 10.331
6) 8K-Chad Kemenah 10.335
7) 15-Donny Schatz 10.352
8) 6-Paul McMahan 10.364
9) 24-Terry McCarl 10.370
10) 14-Jason Meyers 10.389
11) 18-Tony Bruce Jr. 10.391
12) 33-Danny Lasoski 10.425
13) 9-Joey Saldana 10.442
14) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 10.443
15) 55-Kerry Madsen 10.444
16) 20-Kraig Kinser 10.480
17) 56-Davey Heskin 10.522
18) 17B-Bill Balog 10.531
19) 21-Daryn Pittman 10.547
20) 13-Mark Dobmeier 10.548
21) 11-Steve Kinser 10.557
22) 5Z-Dusty Zomer 10.654
23) 23W-Scott Winters 10.657
24) 4W-Matt Wasmund 10.704
25) 8-Casey Mack 10.869
26) 29-Leigh Thomas 10.877
27) K9-Troy Manteufel 11.057
28) 5B-Chad Blonde 11.237
29) 71-Robert Bell 11.264
30) 3TK-Tony Kaus 11.473
31) 67X-Justin Berg -.---

Heat 1 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 14-Jason Meyers
3) 2-Brooke Tatnell
4) R19-Jac Haudenschild
5) 9-Joey Saldana
6) 5Z-Dusty Zomer
7) 21-Daryn Pittman
8) 20-Kraig Kinser
9) 8-Casey Mack
10) 67X-Justin Berg
11) 5B-Chad Blonde

Heat 2 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
2) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
3) 6-Paul McMahan
4) 13-Mark Dobmeier
5) 23W-Scott Winters
6) 5C-Chad Hillier
7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
8) 71-Robert Bell
9) 29-Leigh Thomas
10) 56-Davey Heskin

Heat 3 (10 Laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 33-Danny Lasoski
2) 24-Terry McCarl
3) 8K-Chad Kemenah
4) 55-Kerry Madsen
5) 7S-Jason Sides
6) 11-Steve Kinser
7) 17B-Bill Balog
8) K9-Troy Manteufel
9) 4W-Matt Wasmund
10) 3TK-Tony Kaus

Crane Cams Dash (8 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.
4) 24-Terry McCarl
5) 14-Jason Meyers
6) 33-Danny Lasoski
7) 5C-Chad Hillier
8) R19-Jac Haudenschild
9) 7S-Jason Sides
10) 2-Brooke Tatnell

B-main (12 laps, top 6 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Kraig Kinser
2) 21-Daryn Pittman
3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
4) 17B-Bill Balog
5) 4W-Matt Wasmund
6) 8-Casey Mack
7) K9-Troy Manteufel [$200]
8) 71-Robert Bell [$180]
9) 3TK-Tony Kaus [$175]
10) 67X-Justin Berg [$160]
11) 29-Leigh Thomas [$150]
12) 56-Davey Heskin [$150]
13) 5B-Chad Blonde [$150]

A-main (40 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[2] [$10,000]
2) 24-Terry McCarl[4] [$5,500]
3) R19-Jac Haudenschild[8] [$3,200]
4) 33-Danny Lasoski[6] [$2,800]
5) 14-Jason Meyers[5] [$2,500]
6) 11-Steve Kinser[20] [$2,300]
7) 9-Joey Saldana[13] [$2,200]
8) 6-Paul McMahan[12] [$2,100]
9) 21-Daryn Pittman[18] [$2,050]
10) 8K-Chad Kemenah[11] [$2,000]
11) 5C-Chad Hillier[7] [$1,500]
12) 18-Tony Bruce Jr.[3] [$1,200]
13) 55-Kerry Madsen[15] [$1,100]
14) 7S-Jason Sides[9] [$1,050]
15) 20-Kraig Kinser[16] [$1,000]
16) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[1] [$900]
17) 17B-Bill Balog[17] [$800]
18) 5Z-Dusty Zomer[21] [$800]
19) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[14] [$800]
20) 4W-Matt Wasmund[23] [$800]
21) 8-Casey Mack[24] [$800]
22) 13-Mark Dobmeier[19] [$800]
23) 23W-Scott Winters[22] [$800]
24) 2-Brooke Tatnell[10] [$800]

Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-40

Chicken Hawk Hot Lap Award: Donny Schatz
Penske Power Position Award: Jac Haudenschild
SuperClean Start of the Night Award: Terry McCarl
KSE Hard Charger Award: Steve Kinser

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Kraig Kinser , Paul McMahan , Lucas Wolf , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.