TSR's Donny Schatz scored a historic World of Outlaws (WoO) win on Saturday night as he drove the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J to victory at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, N.D. The victory was his 100th WoO "A" Feature triumph of his career....
TSR's Donny Schatz scored a historic World of Outlaws (WoO) win on Saturday night as he drove the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J to victory at Dacotah Speedway in Mandan, N.D. The victory was his 100th WoO "A" Feature triumph of his career. Schatz became only the fifth driver in the Outlaws' 31-year history to reach the milestone. He joins Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell, Mark Kinser and Doug Wolfgang in the exclusive group.
Kraig Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim finished sixth on Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, N.D.
Saturday's victory followed a fourth place finish on Friday night for Schatz. The results allowed him to build his lead in the WoO Sprint Series season championship standings to 92 points over Jason Meyers. Kinser continues to hold the ninth position in the standings.
TSR's WoO Sprint Series teams will return to action on Friday night for the first of two nights of racing at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton. The Outlaws' "Gold Rush Tour", which began last weekend in North Dakota, will continue through Edmonton, Washington, Oregon and California during the upcoming three weeks.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"This was a pretty big weekend for all of us. Coming off Knoxville, you start trying to enjoy the ride of the season as it seems to be downhill following the Nationals. For me, I couldn't quite relax and enjoy things too much with that 100th Outlaw win still out there. Coming home to North Dakota was a perfect place to reach that milestone. I'm really happy we were able to do it on Saturday night.
"When I started racing, I wasn't sure that I'd ever win an Outlaw race, let alone 100. I've been blessed to have some great people around me. First it was my family, and now all the people at Tony Stewart Racing.
"The Armor All crew (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) keeps working hard. Even though we finished fourth on Friday at Grand Forks, we felt like it was win. The track was super fast, and to get out of there with a top-five was a positive. On Saturday night, the car was phenomenal and we just worked our way to the front.
"With the 100-win milestone behind us, we really need to keep the pace up and try to win as many races as we can. There are only so many races left this year and, to reach some of our goals, we need to keep winning.
"Last year, we finished second in Edmonton, so we've got some motivation to go back up there and keep this winning streak going."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"We were heading into this past weekend looking to build on a strong Knoxville Nationals. Last year, we went out west and started having the kind of consistency we had hoped for. That is still something we want to repeat this year.
"This weekend we were scheduled to run three races in four nights and, unfortunately, weather made things difficult for us. Wednesday's race in Minnesota (Deer Creek Speedway, Spring Valley, Minn.) was rained out and all the rain from the week made racing Friday night at River Cities Speedway a little more difficult.
"The track was lightning fast and the Bass Pro Shops crew (Mike Cool, Steve Swenson and Bob Curtis) gave me a really good car. In the feature, the track was still really tacky and most guys were locked down. We were able to come from 12th and get to sixth. I think we actually were a little faster than Dad (Steve Kinser), but I couldn't get by him.
"On Saturday night, we timed in third and just got a bad start in the dash. We ended up starting the feature race seventh and had some pretty good battles early on. I know Joey (Saldana) and I were going at it pretty good for sixth place for a long time. The only problem was that something cut my right-rear tire during the race. We had a yellow with 10 laps to go so I pitted, hoping to get it fixed. We didn't get enough time to change it and ended up 23rd.
"Both nights, we had a fast racecar, but now we need some breaks to go our way. This week, it's back to Canada and, hopefully, our luck will change when we get there."