Rolling Wheels race notes 2006-05-30

Donny Schatz Rolls At Rolling Wheels, Earning Fifth World of Outlaws Victory Elbridge, NY -- May 30, 2006 -- Most racers on a streak of top-five finishes would be thrilled, but Donny Schatz is determined to turn those seconds and thirds into ...

Donny Schatz Rolls At Rolling Wheels, Earning Fifth World of Outlaws Victory

Elbridge, NY -- May 30, 2006 -- Most racers on a streak of top-five finishes would be thrilled, but Donny Schatz is determined to turn those seconds and thirds into victories. That's just the competitive nature inside the current World of Outlaws Sprint Series points leader, and on Tuesday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park he wouldn't be denied a victory.

Schatz was fast from the time the car was unloaded and then setting the second fastest lap in qualifying. A native of Fargo, N.D., Schatz was coming off a track-record performance Monday night at Orange County Fair Speedway.

On Tuesday, he started the ParkerStore J&J fourth in the grid and worked his way into second on the ninth lap with a power move to the high side of Craig Dollansky's Karavan Trailers Maxim. From there, Schatz reeled in leader Daryn Pittman's Titan Garages & Carports Maxim.

After quickly cutting into Pittman's lead, Schatz made the winning pass on the 12th lap of the 25-lap feature as he slid by Pittman on the low side in Turn 4. He then held off Pittman through a couple of cautions to go to the RacinSoles Victory Lane for a series-leading fifth time.

Joey Saldana in the Mopar-powered Dodge/Curb Records JEI surged from 12th to third. Craig Dollansky in the Karavan Trailers Maxim and Stevie Smith in the Race Against Abuse of Children Everywhere J&J rounded out the top five. With the win, Schatz now has 39 career World of Outlaws feature wins, ranking him 10th in series history.

Dollansky had a steady run and came home in the fourth position, with Stevie Smith in the Race Against the Abuse of Children Everywhere J&J rounding out the top-five. Danny Lasoski was sixth in the Roth Motorsports Eagle, followed by Jason Solwold's City Wide Insulation Maxim.

Jason Martin had the best finish of his World of Outlaws career by driving the NOS Energy Drink/Mafia Motorsports Maxim to an eighth-place finish, with Chad Kemenah in the Underground Utilities Inc. Eagle and Jac Haudenschild in the Wright One Construction Maxim completing the top 10.

Dean Jacobs, who is filling in for injured Terry McCarl in the Big Game Treestands Eagle, was running in the top-five throughout the feature, but a problem on the final lap left him in 17th position at the checkered flag.

In addition to his five victories, Schatz has finished in the top-five 11 times, helping him strengthen his lead in the championship standings.

"Consistency helps, when you can't win, to be up as far to the front as you can," Schatz said. "Monday night I felt like we probably had a better chance on the last lap. It's over. Now tonight's over. We have to go on and try get another victory on Wednesday. We have to go to Lernerville and qualify well and try to put ourselves in a position to win."

The track was very fast and smooth throughout the night, and that played well into Schatz's strategy after he finished fourth in the dash. The team, led by crew chief Ricky Warner, was banking on a smooth feature with few cautions, and they got it.

"The tires we were running, we needed the long runs," Schatz said. "We needed to get the fuel load off the car as well, just like any other night. The longer we go the better the car gets. That's the part about driving these race cars, they're good at the end and not at the beginning."

With temperatures around 90 degrees all afternoon and into the early evening, Schatz was just happy to get out of the car in the RacinSoles Victory Lane. Though pleased after the win, Schatz knows there still is four events in the next five days.

"We wish they were all victories, but we won't get too greedy," Schatz said. "As long as we are racing for wins, we are happy. If we're not there, we don't want to do anything silly. We'll just see what happens. My team is tired after one night, and I'm tired after one night, but tonight's done. Maybe the adrenaline will carry us into tomorrow pretty well, and the day after that. It's a pretty rough stretch here the next couple days."

Pittman was the fastest car on the track early in the race. A native of Owasso, Okla., Pittman captured up another top-five finish, his eighth of the year, as he kept Schatz in view in the point standings.

"We were good," Pittman said. "The car was good and has been for the last month. There's a lot of good competition out here. The No. 15 is definitely on their game. I am sick and tired of running second to them, it feels like we have done that way too much. He's the car to beat, and they guy that everyone is striving to beat right now. Somebody has to step up and do it, and hopefully we can."

Pittman knows it not only takes being fast to win races, but to have the entire team clicking on all cylinders. With the hot summer days coming up, he believes his team is ready for it and will show how strong and consistent they are.

"Our crew is doing a great job," Pittman said. "They're fighting through the hot weather. I think we are still fresh and hopefully we can keep plugging away and we'll get one eventually."

Joey Saldana was the fastest car on the track during the feature, turning the only lap under 18 seconds. After winning the B-main, the native of Brownsburg, Ind., powered his way through the field from his 12th starting spot to finish third. He sliced high and low, in and out of traffic, and used every inch of the racetrack to thrill the fans and bring home his eighth top-five of the year.

"I don't know if we could have caught Schatz or not, he was pretty fast," Saldana said. "We definitely had a second-place car. It was a good effort for us and we definitely needed it. Hopefully we can build on this and get better as the week goes on. I have great guys behind me and great equipment."

Craig Dollansky was running in the third before Saldana caught him on a late restart. For Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn., it was a solid night to build on.

"We were pretty good early," Dollansky said. "As the race wore on, we started getting looser and looser. We're looking at things here and I think we know what we need to do there. All in all, it was a pretty descent run for the Karavan team. I was looking for the cautions early. That's how I got past [Dean Jacobs] on a restart and thought I could get by [Pittman] with the same type of deal. We were pretty lucky to hang onto fourth there."

Stevie Smith thought he had a top-five finish on Monday night at Orange County, but he came up a couple pounds light on the scales and was dropped to the back of the field. On Tuesday night he more than made up for it, first setting fast time in qualifying then working his way to a fifth-place finish on a track where he has had plenty of experience.

"To come back tonight and finish fifth, we're happy," Smith said. "We'll take it. We always want to win, but we have to get a little faster. The track was excellent. There were two lanes and you could pass. It was fast, and it was a great racetrack."

For Jason Martin, of Liberal, Kan., it was a very rewarding night at the track. He missed the first couple months of the season after suffering a neck injury in Florida the day before the World of Outlaws season began. He came to Rolling Wheels for the first time in his career on Tuesday night and walked away with an eighth-place finish.

"We had the car working pretty good," Martin said. "My guys did a great job getting the car going. We've had some bad luck the last few weeks, and hopefully this gets things turned around. This is definitely a kickstart for the next few nights, and the rest of the season."

After finishing the feature event before 10 p.m., the cars and stars of the Mean 15 hit the road for for the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway, which was postponed by weather on May 16. It will mark the series third consecutive night of racing, with the series return to Wayne County Speedway in Orrivlle, Ohio, awaiting them on Thursday before events on Saturday at Eldora Speedway and Sunday at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Series is brought to the fans across the country by several sponsors and partners, including series sponsors Hoosier Racing Tire and The Outdoor Channel. Promotional Partners include AMB i.t. and The University of Northwestern Ohio. Associate sponsors are ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Maxim Racing, RacinSoles and Snap-on. Contingency sponsors include DART Machinery, MSD Ignitions and Wrisco Industries.

ROLLING WHEELS RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

* FAST QUALIFIER: Stevie Smith paced the 32-cars that took time with an AMB i.t.-timed lap around the 5/8-mile oval 16.771 seconds at 133.175 mph. For his qualifying effort, Smith earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including Jac Haudenschild (4), Donny Schatz (3), Becca Anderson (2), and Dean Jacobs (1). Rolling Wheels Raceway is a semi-banked 5/8-mile oval, and Craig Dollansky holds the track record at 15.952 seconds.

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Dion Hindi, Justin Henderson, Brooke Tatnell and Ryan Coniam won the four heat races. ... Daryn Pittman rolled his way to victory in the dash. ... Joey Saldana captured the B-main.

* MAIN-EVENT WINNERS: Donny Schatz's win Tuesday night at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park was his fifth World of Outlaws A-feature victory of the season. There have been 11 different winners in 20 race nights to visit the RacinSoles Victory Lane with the World of Outlaws this season. The win list includes: Donny Schatz (March 9 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 31 at Batesville Speedway, April 1 at I-55 Raceway, May 16 at Grandview Speedway and May 30 at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park), Jac Haudenschild (May 6 at U.S. 36 Raceway and May 20 at Sharon Speedway), Sammy Swindell (April 8 at Eldora Speedway and March 10 at the Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, as well as a preliminary victory April 7 at Eldora), Brooke Tatnell (May 7 at Huset's Speedway and May 29 at Orange County Fair Speedway), Fred Rahmer (May 27 at Williams Grove, as well as a preliminary victory May 26 at Williams Grove), Craig Dollansky (April 15 at Tri-State Speedway), Paul McMahan (March 4 at USA Race Park), Danny Lasoski (March 3 at Manzanita), Joey Saldana (Feb. 10 at Volusia), Chad Kemenah (Feb. 9 at Volusia) and Kevin Swindell (May 24 at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway).

* PRELIMINARY FEATURE WINNERS: Fred Rahmer's win on May 26 was his first preliminary feature win of the World of Outlaws season, joining Sammy Swindell, who won the preliminary feature on April 7 at Eldora Speedway.

* 5/8-MILE WINNERS: Rolling Wheels Raceway Park is a semi-banked 5/8-mile oval. This is the second time World of Outlaws Sprint Series has raced on a 5/8-mile track this season. Winners include: Donny Schatz at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on May 30 and Brooke Tatnell at Orange County Fair Speedway on May 29.

* SUPER SUBS: Rob Chaney of Wooster, Ohio, was again behind the wheel of the No. 1X Terry Hannagan Racing Maxim filling in for Randy Hannagan, who is tending to family matters. Chaney filled in earlier this season for Jason Martin and recorded his best World of Outlaws finish with a third at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. ... Also, Dean Jacobs was back in the saddle of the No. 24 Big Game Treestands Eagle for the second consecutive race filling in for Terry McCarl, who is recovering from a broken left leg.

* ON TELEVISION: The Outdoor Channel will air at 8 p.m. (ET) on May 31 the Eckerd Outlaw Showdown from The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway. The Outdoor Channel is available nationwide through the DISH Network (Channel 153) and DIRECTV (Channel 606).

* UP NEXT: The cars and stars of the Mean 15 will spend the final day of the month at Lernerville Speedway making up the Commonwealth Clash, which was postponed by rain on May 19. June opens with a return on Thursday night to Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio, marking the series return after a 20-year absence. The World of Outlaws then thunders into the legendary Eldora Speedway on June 3, before heading west to the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track on June 4.

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Kevin Swindell , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Sammy Swindell , Craig Dollansky , Brooke Tatnell , Daryn Pittman , Dean Jacobs , Joey Saldana , Paul McMahan , Becca Anderson , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah
Teams Williams