KEEPING IT GOING World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz Looks To Continue Winning Ways at Williams Grove in Tony Stewart Racing's Armor All J&J INDIANAPOLIS (May 13, 2009) -- Every performer wants to do his best when the lights are the ...
KEEPING IT GOING
World of Outlaws Champion Donny Schatz Looks To Continue Winning Ways at Williams Grove in Tony Stewart Racing's Armor All J&J
INDIANAPOLIS (May 13, 2009) -- Every performer wants to do his best when the lights are the brightest. In the world of Sprint car racing, succeeding at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway, Tony Stewart's Eldora Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway is the goal of every World of Outlaws (WoO) team. For three-time and defending WoO champion Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 Armor All team, success at those tracks led to winning the WoO championship in 2008.
This week, Schatz will look to conclude an early season sweep at the three venues when he returns to action at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa., on Thursday night. In the past two weeks, Schatz has raced the TSR No. 15 Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J to victory at Knoxville (May 2) and Eldora (May 9). Those victories pushed him into the lead position of the WoO series standings in advance of the Thursday-Friday doubleheader at "The Grove".
Victories are what motivate Schatz in his quest for a fourth consecutive championship. Williams Grove Speedway has been the scene for many of his memorable performances. Thursday's race will be the 74th career appearance and first of six 2009 races at the track for Schatz. He's won six of his last nine starts at the half-mile dirt oval, including his last race at the track in July 2008.
Schatz, who ranks 24th all-time at the historic track with 17 career wins, is a three-time winner of the track's Summer Nationals (2003, 2007, 2008) and a four-time winner of the prestigious Morgan Hughes National Open (2000, 2004, 2005, 2007).
The Armor All team has completed 17 feature events to date in the 2009 WoO season. Schatz has five victories, nine top-five finishes and 11 top-10s. He has 2,342 points as he sits atop the WoO standings.
On Thursday and Friday at Williams Grove Speedway, the pit gates will open at 4 p.m. EDT with the grandstands opening at 5:45 p.m. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m. For more details, contact Williams Grove Speedway at (717) 697-5000. The official Web site of Williams Grove Speedway is www.williamsgrove.com.
Race fans unable to attend this weekend's races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Fans can listen live as Johnny Gibson, "Voice of the Outlaws," calls the action as he does at all WoO Sprint Series events on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Go to www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the site features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other race fans.
Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR/Armor All/Chevy/ParkerStore J&J:
The past two weeks, you've won at Knoxville and Eldora. Those are places where big races are held later in the year. Williams Grove also has big money races later in the year. How important is it for you to do well at those tracks early in the year?
"It's always good to win or be really competitive at those tracks. You're always gearing up for the Knoxville Nationals and the Kings Royal, so to win at those places is something that helps us. Knoxville has been a place where we've had a lot of success, and it was good to continue that. At Eldora, we've been a top-five car, but not a consistent winner. With the way the Armor All team (Rick Warner, Shane Bowers and Eric Prutzman) had the car working on Saturday night, I've really got a lot of confidence for when we come back to Eldora later in the year.
"So, this week, we'll try to do that same thing at Williams Grove. I love racing there, and it still bugs me that the National Open was rained out last year. That's one of the biggest races of the year and to not get it in was really disappointing. We've got two nights to race there this week for wins, but we'll also continue working toward finding the perfect combination for the big races later in the year."
The headlines in the Outlaws lately have been that you and Steve Kinser are fighting it out for the championship. You've both won races, recently, and also have a great deal of success at Williams Grove. Do you expect to be fighting it out with him this week and beyond?
"I'm excited with the way the season has started. It's fun racing with "The King" every night and trying to beat him. No one will ever match the records that he has in this sport. All we are trying to do is get our name close to his in some of them.
"Oh, I certainly expect Steve Kinser to be a major player the rest of the year. You don't win 20 championships and more than 500 Outlaw features by not being the ultimate competitor. We've both won races when the other has had trouble to swap the points lead during the past few weeks. Right now, I'd say that his team is really going well and it's keeping my Armor All guys keyed in.
"Honestly, we can only worry about our team right now. There are so many capable teams racing with the Outlaws that can get hot and reel off a few wins. Every time we go to Williams Grove, there are a bunch of the local guys who have won Outlaw features before, so you really have to be at your best.
For complete WoO Sprint Car Series results, go to www.worldofoutlaws.com. For information regarding TSR, Schatz, Armor All, Chevy, or ParkerStore, visit www.tonystewartracing.com, www.donnyschatz.com, www.aa-ownercenter.com, www.chevrolet.com, or www.parkerstore.com.