TSR's Donny Schatz finished second in Saturday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) debut at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. Schatz led 28 laps of the 35-lap feature event driving the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J and came up just .273 ...
TSR's Donny Schatz finished second in Saturday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) debut at Deer Creek Speedway in Spring Valley, Minn. Schatz led 28 laps of the 35-lap feature event driving the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J and came up just .273 seconds short of claiming the victory. Earlier in the week, Schatz finished sixth at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer, Iowa.
TSR's Kraig Kinser led the first five laps of the WoO feature race at Deer Creek Speedway behind the wheel of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim. Unfortunately, a flat tire forced him to relinquish the second position a few laps later. Kinser returned to the race and charged back to finish 13th on Saturday night following a 14th- place finish at Clay County Fair Speedway.
Schatz continues to lead the WoO championship standings, while Kinser holds the eighth position in the standings with nine races remaining in 2009.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams resume their schedule this weekend with two nights of racing beginning Friday night as they open Chevy Weekend at Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. On Saturday night, the teams make their second and final appearance of the season at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Penn.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"We want to win races and, to win them, you have to lead them. The positive way to look at the week is that we were able to get back to the front and actually have a shot at winning. That's what we're used to doing.
"We just got beat Saturday. It's part of racing. The key for us now is to find a way every night to be in that position. I know the Armor All crew (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) is giving it everything it's got. My guys did a great job. Hopefully, we can go on and carry a little momentum and get back in the winner's circle.
"We've got a big week ahead of us with races at Eldora and Lernerville. We've been good at Eldora this year (two wins and a second-place finish in three starts), and we need to be that good again on Friday. We weren't quite up to par at Lernerville in July so, hopefully, we'll be a little better this time and be in a position to challenge for wins at both places this weekend."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"The week was another one on the frustrating side as we finally had some luck go our way but, in the end, more bad luck than good found us. The finishes of 13th and 14th don't really tell the whole story.
"We've been trying all year to put complete nights together. Qualify well, transfer through the heat race, start up front in the dash and make 30 good laps in the feature. We've done some of them well, but not enough."
"On Wednesday, we had a good qualifying lap but, with the format we have, it was almost too good. We ended up starting third in the heat race and the track was still really fast.
"At Deer Creek, we won our heat and actually drew the pole for the dash. (TSR teammate) Donny (Schatz) and I shared the front row in the feature and I felt like we had a great chance. I was able to lead the first five laps and then the left rear started losing air and, ultimately, went flat. It was pretty frustrating that we had put ourselves in a position to challenge for the win and, that quickly, it's gone.
"All we can do is try to bounce back this week. We've got races at Eldora Friday and Lernerville on Saturday. Any time we race at Eldora, it's a big deal, and I've wanted to win a race there ever since I started driving a Sprint car. We've got a lot of great sponsors at TSR and to win on Chevy Weekend would be really cool."