Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J team concluded a strong weekend with a World of Outlaws feature event win at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on Saturday night. Kraig Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim made...
Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J team concluded a strong weekend with a World of Outlaws feature event win at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway on Saturday night.
Kraig Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim made it four straight top-10 finishes on Friday night with a fifth place finish at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.
The victory for Schatz was his seventh WoO triumph of the 2009 season and allowed him to extend his lead in the WoO Sprint Series standings to a 68-point margin. Kinser continues maintain the ninth position in the championship standings.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams will return to action this weekend with a two-night program on Friday and Saturday at Dodge City (Kan.) Raceway Park.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"This weekend was a good way to bounce back and get us heading in the right direction. These guys on this Tony Stewart Racing team (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) do an awesome job with this racecar. Our short-track program hasn't been that great so far this year, but I think we made some progress.
"On Friday, the track was really fast and everyone ended up racing right up against the wall. When a place gets that fast, all you can do is keep making good laps and hope the guy in front of you makes a mistake. That's how we got third. Jason (Sides) was making some good laps, but I just kept at it and we were able to pass him for third. I was also working through a steering problem, so to come home with a podium finish was a good result.
"With everything we learned on Friday night, I think we had a good game plan for the Armor All car. It started off well with a good qualifying lap and we just kept getting better. In the feature, I was kind of happy Jason (Meyers) and Joey (Saldana) got to racing with each other for the lead. It gave me a chance to search the track and see where I could get going the best. About 10 laps into the race, I started coming forward and was able to pass them both in traffic.
"We like winning races, and this is a good one to have. This gives all the guys at TSR something to keep them pumped up all week until we get back on the track in Dodge City (Kan.) next weekend."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"The Bass Pro Shops car just keeps getting better. I know the final finish on Saturday doesn't show the progress, but we were on track for another top-10 finish before we got run over late in the race. That's frustrating, but we know we're heading in the right direction.
"The track was quite a bit different from when I was there (before). Instead of tight quarter-mile, it's now a high-banked, high-speed track. Friday night, we were able to qualify in the right spot and worked our way into the dash. The fast groove was about halfway up the track early in the night and it just kept moving up.
"The only bad part was that the track stayed really fast all night, so passing was really tough. Any time you start in the top couple of rows, you hope that you get a chance to race for the win. We were able to get another top-five and those are important.
"The Bass Pro Shops guys (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson, and Bob Curtis) gave me a fast car on Saturday night and we ended up fourth in qualifying. Our luck didn't get any better in the dash draw and we ended up starting in the back of that race. In the feature, we were a solid top-10 car again when, with about 10 laps to go, I got hit by another car. The guy thought he could get under me but, instead, drove over my left-rear tire. The crew got it changed, but we were only to get back to 15th.
"We were hoping to make it five top-10s in a row, but we'll have to start a new streak in Kansas next weekend at Dodge City."