TSR's Donny Schatz finished second in Saturday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) event at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, NY. Schatz qualified the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J third in the field of 43 cars to start the evening and had an ...
TSR's Donny Schatz finished second in Saturday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) event at Rolling Wheels Raceway in Elbridge, NY. Schatz qualified the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J third in the field of 43 cars to start the evening and had an entertaining battle for the victory with eventual winner Tim Shaffer. The runner-up finish was his WoO series-leading 38th top-five finish of the 2009 campaign.
TSR's Kraig Kinser qualified the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim seventh in the field of 43 cars and raced to an 11th-place finish in the 25-lap feature event.
Schatz pushed his lead in the WoO championship standings to 18 markers with only three races remaining, while Kinser holds the eighth position in the standings.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams will take this weekend off and return to action on Oct. 24 at Lonestar Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. Earlier this season, both Schatz and Kinser raced at the half-mile dirt oval in Texas and finished second and 10th respectively.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"We had a decent night, but not something we're completely satisfied with. Any time you have a chance to win and don't, it's disappointing. Wins are what we are focused on. There are only three more races left this year and our goal is to win all three.
"There was a great crowd on hand Saturday night, and I felt bad the show took so long to get it. The track crew had to spend a little extra time and that pushed us a little later into the night. We started the night by qualifying in the top-three, and that gave us a good chance. The dash pill draw went our way and we ended up starting the feature race on the front row. The Armor All crew (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) worked hard all night and, by feature time, we all felt pretty good about our chances.
"The track was fast and we knew that lapped traffic was what we needed. Tim (Shaffer) took off at the start and we stayed patient. When we came to lapped traffic, things worked out the way we hoped. The yellow flag was something we didn't need and that pretty much cost us. On the restart, the Armor All car was locked down. I never spun the tires, and he was able to drive by us. That's pretty puzzling that he was able to do it, but we'll just have to head down the road with a second-place finish.
"The crew will head back to the shop in Indiana and work on a few things before we race again in a couple of weeks in Texas. We finished second at Lonestar earlier this year, and we'll go back and see if we can get over the hump down there. We've had a number of second-place finishes lately, and we'd sure like to get another win before the World Finals."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"I always like going to New York and we headed to Rolling Wheels hoping for a good night.
"We talked about trying to qualify in the right spot and get ourselves in the dash. We drew a late number for qualifying and weren't sure what to expect. The track stayed pretty good throughout and the Bass Pro Shops car was really good. We were able to turn a pretty good lap and ended up seventh out of 43 cars. We had our work cut out for us in the heat race and did everything we could to get to second. Jac (Haudenschild) was in second and we got next to him a few times, but I just couldn't get in front of him. That was the difference from us making the dash and having a top-10 starting spot and starting 12th. In the feature race, we ended up starting in the sixth row and the track stayed pretty fast. We were hoping to work our way forward, but ended up finishing 11th.
"We've got a weekend off before we get back at in Texas. Kilgore (Lonestar Speedway) has been a pretty good place for us in the past and, hopefully, we can have a good night."