March 29, 2009. Kraig Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim team scored a fourth place finish in Saturday's World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series event at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz. Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor...
March 29, 2009. Kraig Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim team scored a fourth place finish in Saturday's World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Series event at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix, Ariz.
Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J team earned top honors in qualifying and finished 15th in the 30-lap feature event.
Schatz continues to lead the WoO Sprint Series standings, while Kinser ranks ninth in the championship standings.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams will resume action on April 10 at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore, Texas.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"I guess this whole month of racing out west has been a bit of a roller coaster. We started well by winning in Las Vegas, but ended it this weekend with our worst finish of the season. It's a long season and we're determined to get this Tony Stewart Racing team back to victory lane soon.
"Things started well at Manzanita on Saturday night, as we were able to make the fastest lap in qualifying. The track took a little while to come in. During our heat race and the Crane Cams dash, we pretty much got in line and made laps. We started the feature in sixth and made it to fifth on the first lap. Most guys were running the bottom in (turns) three and four. On the third lap, I tried to make the high groove work. The move didn't work and I ended up spinning out. I restarted and just tried to get the Armor All car up as far as I could, but when the track started rubbering up, everyone just got in line like a freight train.
"It was a frustrating finish to the night and not the kind of way I wanted to run our last race at Manzanita. It's behind us, now, and we'll regroup and come back in a couple of weeks and see if we can return to competing for wins in Texas."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"We ended up having a pretty solid night at Manzanita but, for most of the night, I just didn't know what to expect. We qualified for the front row of a heat race, which was a good first step. We were in the first heat and just weren't sure of what the track was going to do. We got a good start and won the heat race to make the dash. I was the first driver to draw for the starting spot and pulled a 10, so our work was cut out for us, again.
"In the feature, we gambled and went with a little harder (compound) tire. About halfway through the race, rubber started building up on the track and the tire really came on. We were able to get up to fourth at the end, so I'm proud of the effort of all the guys on this Bass Pro Shops team (crew chief Mike Cool, crewmen Steve Swensen and Bob Curtis).
"This is something to build on and, after a rare weekend off coming up, we'll be in action just about every weekend until October. We've had about a dozen races this year and, hopefully, have some things organized where we can continue to keep this Tony Stewart Racing No. 20 consistently in the mix all season."