Schatz, Parkerstore Team Try to Keep Up With "The King" at Sharon SHARON, OH -- Donny Schatz has been one of the most consistent drivers in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series in the 2004 season. One problem. Steve Kinser, sprint car...
Schatz, Parkerstore Team Try to Keep Up With "The King" at Sharon
SHARON, OH -- Donny Schatz has been one of the most consistent drivers in the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series in the 2004 season. One problem. Steve Kinser, sprint car racing's living legend, has been even more consistent. Schatz, who won Wednesday's WoO race at Rolling Wheels Raceway in New York, will lead the rest of the Outlaws "Mean 15" to Sharon Speedway for Friday's World of Outlaws event.
"Donny Schatz is one of the best sprint car drivers to come along," said Steve Kinser following Wednesday's race. "When the car's right, there's no one that drives it in harder than he does."
Kinser's compliment won't go unnoticed by Schatz, who has spent the past eight seasons chasing Kinser and the rest of the Outlaws racing sprint cars across the country. Schatz and his ParkerStore team will head to Sharon Speedway will a lot of momentum after the Fargo, ND native made a late race pass of Kinser to claim Wednesday night's win. The win added to an already superb season for the team.
"We wanted to be a lot more consistent this year and for the most part we've accomplished that goal," said Schatz, who has driven the #15 ParkerStore J&J to 22 top ten finishes in 27 starts. "It seemed like we chased that first win forever, but I've always said that the first one is the hardest to get. My team has been working their butts off all year. We've just had a couple of DNF's that have killed us in the points. Steve's having another Steve Kinser year and we've got a long road ahead of us to catch him."
Schatz trails the 18-time World of Outlaws champion by 134 points entering Friday's event and is currently third in the standings only nine points behind Danny Lasoski.
This will be the third season the Outlaws visit the New Sharon Speedway. The races at the 3/8-mile dirt oval have become an important stop on the schedule for Schatz because of Sharon's proximity to Cleveland, where Parker Hannifin Corporation is based. The company's relationship with Schatz began in 1998, and this will mark the second time this season a strong contingent of Parker representatives will be on hand to watch Schatz and the ParkerStore team firsthand.
"The people at Parker have been really good to us, so getting to race close to their corporate headquarters is big deal," continued Schatz. "John Strand is out in Minneapolis and he got to come see us finish second at Princeton and we're hoping Brad Fischer and the rest of the people from the corporate office will get to see us finish one spot better. There's no way we could be out here racing with the World of Outlaws without their help, and we want to show them how much we appreciate their involvement in our racing program."
Schatz and the ParkerStore team will make an appearance prior to racing Friday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Mega Fluidline Products, a ParkerStore distributor, located at 5305 W. 137th Street in Brook Park, OH. Schatz and his team of Tyler Swank (Crew Chief), Brian Bloomfield (crewman) and John Cressman (crewm an) will be onsite with the team's transporter and will meet and greet fans.