Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J team scored their 11th World of Outlaws (WoO) triumph of 2009 on Saturday night at K-C Raceway in Waverly, Ohio. The victory followed a pair of second place finishes earlier in the week at ...
Donny Schatz and the No. 15 Armor All/ParkerStore/J&J team scored their 11th World of Outlaws (WoO) triumph of 2009 on Saturday night at K-C Raceway in Waverly, Ohio. The victory followed a pair of second place finishes earlier in the week at Ohsweken (Ontario) Speedway.
Kraig Kinser and the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Maxim finished eighth at K-C Raceway after finishing ninth in Wednesday night's race at Ohsweken.
Saturday's victory for Schatz allowed him to maintain his lead the WoO Sprint Series season championship standings. 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 I-55 Raceway in the St. Louis area. This weekend, I-55 Raceway will host the inaugural Iron Man 55 that will pay Saturday night's winner $20,000. Both Schatz and Kinser are previous WoO winners at the track, which is co-owned by Kenny Schrader and Ray Marler.
POST-RACE QUOTES & NOTES:
Donny Schatz, driver of the No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore/J&J for TSR:
"Any time you win, the week feels a little bit better, especially if you win the last race of the week. For us to run three races and finish second twice and win the other one, it's something for us to build on. The Armor All team (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers, and Eric Prutzman) continued to show why it's the best in the business. It wasn't just about racing this past week. There were travel logistics crossing the border, sponsor appearances and three nights of competition.
"We started off the week racing in Canada following a fourth-place finish last Sunday in New York. We qualified third and won our heat race, but drew a 10 for the Crane Cams Dash. I was a bit surprised that I was able to get from 10th to third in six laps, but we did and all of us felt pretty confident for the feature event. The feature played out about how we thought, but I simply waited too long to make my move for the lead. I thought I had a little more time and came up just a bit short on the final lap.
"The following night, the track was quite a bit different following a pretty persistent rain shower. We didn't time in as well the second night, but won our heat and drew a better starting spot in the dash. With the track being pretty wet and sticky, maneuvering past cars was a challenge. We had a stoppage about halfway through the feature event. Ricky (Warner) and the guys made some changes and I just decided I was going to either drive to the front or junk the car. Fortunately, the changes they made really helped and we got all the way to second. Second place on Wednesday felt a lot better than it did the night before.
"On Saturday night, we were back at K-C Raceway and the track was just what we needed. The surface was slick and everything seemed to work our way. We had to go out late in qualifying and only managed fifth-fastest. By winning the first heat, we drew first for the dash starting positions and ended up with the four. When we won the dash, I felt pretty good about our chances. The car was super fast at the start of the feature race - almost too good. I knew it probably was going to be a handful at the end. The race went without any late stops and everything worked out. It was a good way to end the week for Tony Stewart Racing and all the people involved with the team."
Kraig Kinser, driver of the No. 20 Bass Pro Shops/Chevy/J.D. Byrider/Maxim for TSR:
"Another week of action and some more top-10s, but we are still searching for that complete night. I had never been to Ohsweken before and was pretty impressed with the facility they have up there.
"Racing with the Outlaws is about taking advantage of every situation. Once again, we were able to qualify inside the heat race inversion and then race our way into the Crane Cams Dash all three nights. One of these nights, our luck with the pill draw just has to turn around. Both nights in Canada, we drew the back row and had to start from there.
"In Tuesday night's feature, we had worked our way up to sixth but, after a yellow halfway through the race, we couldn't drive forward. The next night, we were hanging in there, riding through the holes and a piece of mud broke one of our spark plugs. After that, we just did the best we could and finished ninth.
"Finally, on Saturday night, we were able to draw the sixth starting spot in the dash, which was better than eighth, ninth or 10th. We ran a consistent feature and ended up coming home eighth. Consistency is what we are trying to find and, hopefully, we can improve to where we are consistently running closer to the front."