TSR's Donny Schatz finished sixth in Saturday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) feature event at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. Schatz began the evening by earning his series-leading 11th fast qualifier award behind the wheel of the No. 15...
TSR's Donny Schatz finished sixth in Saturday night's World of Outlaws (WoO) feature event at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas. Schatz began the evening by earning his series-leading 11th fast qualifier award behind the wheel of the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J. His sixth place finish in the feature event was his 52nd top-10 finish of the 2009 season.
TSR's Kraig Kinser qualified the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim third in the field and finished 10th in the 30-lap feature event.
Schatz added one point to his lead in the WoO championship standings and will take a 19-point advantage into the season-ending World Finals event next week.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams will take this weekend off before concluding the 2009 WoO campaign at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway on Nov. 5-7. Last season, the TSR teams concluded the year by finishing first and second in the World Finals.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"After finishing second at Lone Star Speedway in April, we felt pretty good about our chances on Saturday. The night started well as we were able to set fast time in qualifying. The Armor All crew (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) gave me a fast racecar and we turned a pretty good lap. We were able to drive forward to second in the heat and that got us into the dash.
"The luck of the draw has been pretty important, lately, and we ended up with the sixth starting spot. The track was fast and still pretty narrow for the feature event. At the start of the race, one of the guys in front of me got bottled up on and it dropped us back a couple of spots. We were able to get back to sixth but, after that, it was pretty much a follow-the-leader race.
"Now we'll turn the attention to ending the year on the right note. We've had some success in Charlotte before and, hopefully, we'll be able to contend for a couple of victories. If we can do that, the championship battle will take care of itself."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"It was good to be back at the track after having a rare weekend off. The Bass Pro Shops car was fast all night. The guys (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson, and Bob Curtis) put a lot of work in and it paid off as we were strong from the start. We qualified third and, in our heat race, we moved up to third to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash.
"Lone Star is a big momentum track and starting up front in the feature was going to be important. Luck wasn't on our side as we drew the 10th starting spot for the dash. After finishing eighth in the dash, we knew we had our work cut out for us. We never really got into traffic during the race, so you just had to hit your marks and hope the guys in front of you made a mistake.
"We've got another weekend off and then we'll finish the year in Charlotte. Last year, we had a really good final night with the TSR cars finishing first and second. Hopefully, we can do that again next weekend."