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Schatz Wins Summer Nationals at Williams Grove In the last week, Donny Schatz has accomplished what countless drivers spend an entire career trying to do. He began by winning the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway last Saturday night, earning ...

Schatz Wins Summer Nationals at Williams Grove

In the last week, Donny Schatz has accomplished what countless drivers spend an entire career trying to do. He began by winning the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway last Saturday night, earning $50,000 and followed that up with a win in the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway on Wednesday to pocket $30,000.

He extended his win streak to three in the opener of the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts at Williams Grove Speedway on Thursday. On Friday night, he finished sixth, but learned a number of valuable things that helped him cap off the week with a win in the finale of the Summer Nationals, which paid $20,000.

"It was a great win," said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. "The last two nights are what got us here and helped us be up front. We had to run the heat race tonight and do a little playing around. We learned a lot about our race car tonight. We learned a lot about tires and that is what we want to do, because the next time we come back here there is even more money on the line. Hopefully we can take that and learn from it and come back next time and be even better."

Schatz took the lead on the opening lap, after lining up on the outside of the front row. He won a drag race with Paul McMahan down the long front straightaway at the famed half-mile. He dove to the bottom of the track in the first turn and quickly put a few car lengths between him and McMahan.

Steve Kinser shadowed Schatz for the last 20 laps of the event. With the laps winding down he was able to track Schatz down in traffic and made a couple of attempts to pass him. On the 24th lap he looked low on the back straightaway but could not quite clear the leader. As he exited the fourth turn he tried the same move again on the front straightaway. At the line, the margin of victory was just 0.789 seconds with Kinser finishing in the runner-up spot.

"I was faster than everybody tonight," said Kinser, driver of the Q Oil Maxim. "I ran him (Schatz) down but there wasn't anywhere to go but the bottom. I tried the middle early. I had one time where I got down under him but there was so much loose stuff down the straightaway that I couldn't get a hold of it. I had to settle in and follow him."

McMahan won the Crane Cams Dash to earn the pole for the finale of the Summer Nationals. He fell back to third early in the race and then dropped to fourth after Kinser got around him. He moved back into third on the 12th lap as he got around Joey Saldana. He then chased Kinser for the remainder of the event, getting close to making a pass for the spot several times and finishing third.

"Anytime you can run in the top-three here is great," said McMahan, driver of the Bass Pro Shops Eagle. "I am getting more comfortable at this place and we are getting more comfortable with the race car day in and day out. It is showing in the results. We came in here and had three Top10's and two Top-Five's of those three. The guys are giving me great race cars and it is fun to drive when you have that."

Joey Saldana quickly moved into the runner-up spot on the second lap of the race in the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI, and closed to within a few car lengths of Schatz. He would wind up fourth in the final rundown.

Danny Lasoski finished fifth in the finale of the Summer Nationals aboard the Roth Motorsports JEI. He fell back to seventh early, before getting around local favorites Doug Esh and Lucas Wolfe.

Esh finished sixth in the Kinard Trucking J&J, with Wolfe in seventh in the Allebach Racing Maxim. Jeff Shepard was eighth in the Zemco Tool & Die Maxim, with Tim Shaffer ninth, in the Casey's General Store Maxim. Daryn Pittman was 10th in the Titan Garages Maxim.

Schatz and his team had one little hiccup on the night, as they had to change engines after a problem in the dash. With just the B-Main and a short break following the dash, they changed the engine, got it fired and had just enough time to make the changes needed on the car for the 30-lap event.

"We didn't have much time to change it," said Schatz. "We had an issue with that engine last night and it went away, but tonight it did not go away. We had to get it out and that put us a little bit behind the eight ball."

With the finale of the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts being the fourth straight night of racing for the World of Outlaws, Schatz was quick to credit his crew for helping him earn the win on Saturday night. After celebrating in victory lane, they quickly began their post-race maintenance routine as they prepared for a five-plus hour drive northeast to Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York for an event on Sunday.

"They are working extremely hard," said the winner of his team, led by crew chief Dave Lawrence. "They are the best guys out here. It's an honor to have them working on this car. They are pretty motivated and pumped up right because they are doing the right things. That's good for them and I get to reap a little benefit off it as well."

For the third time in the last four events, the race went green-to-checkers with no cautions, and took just over 10-and-a-half minutes. This allowed the front runners to stay close to Schatz as he tried to weave his way through traffic.

"It's the way we like to see racing," noted the reigning World of Outlaws champion. "The cream rises to the top. We got down to the rubber first and he (Steve Kinser) pushed us pretty hard. We were good enough to stay in front of him. If it would have been a 40-lap race, I don't know what would have happened. We tried everything we could and did the best we could and got away with a victory."

Kinser lined up sixth for the event and after a three-wide battle with Lucas Wolfe and Doug Eash on the back straightaway on the opening lap, he moved into the third spot. After following Joey Saldana for a number of laps, Kinser passed the fellow Indiana driver exiting the fourth turn to move into second. He was a little surprised that with 28 starters in the event that the caution flag did not fly.

"There are definitely good enough drives and good enough cars to do it here," noted Kinser. "Usually when you are racing that hard and that close together somebody gets into someone. Sometimes it happens where you have no cautions."

McMahan battled Kinser for second late in the race and inched ahead of him on the backstraightaway, before Kinser battled back on the high side of the track in turns three and four.

"I got a run on Steve (Kinser) and thought I may be able to get second," said McMahan. "I got to the inside of him, but it's so dusty down the back straightaway and I lit the tires up and he got back in front of me."

The World of Outlaws return to action on Sunday, July 22 at Lebanon Valley Speedway in West Lebanon, New York.


* ACCUMLATED POINTS: The heat line-ups for the finale of the Summer Nationals at Williams Grove were determined by accumulated points earned during the first two nights of the three-day event.

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Joey Saldana, Donny Schatz, Paul McMahan, and Lucas Wolfe won heat races... Jac Haudenschild won the C-Main... Jason Meyers won the B-Main... Paul McMahan won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: A stop at Lebanon Valley Speedway in New York on Sunday, July 22.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Cleveland Brothers Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts; Mechanicsburg, PA; July 21, 2007

Qualifying Points (accumulated over first two nights of racing):
1) 7S-Jason Sides 1037
2) 15-Donny Schatz 1034
3) 20-Paul McMahan 1028
4) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 981
5) 9-Joey Saldana 971
6) 29-Kenny Jacobs 967
7) 6-Tim Shaffer 965
8) 71-Brian Leppo 958
9) 83-Danny Lasoski 935
10) 30-Doug Esh 895
11) 11H-Kerry Madsen 894
12) 1-Jeff Shepard 894
13) 7-Craig Dollansky 883
14) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 874
15) 11-Steve Kinser 870
16) 21P-Brian Montieth 865
17) 17B-Steven Buckwalter 863
18) R19-Jason Solwold 827
19) 25-Lance Dewease 818
20) 14-Jason Meyers 816
21) 21-Daryn Pittman 799
22) 36-Jason Martin 787
23) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 782
24) 22-Greg Hodnett 779
25) 24-Terry McCarl 752
26) 19-Stevie Smith 751
27) 11E-Mike Erdley 744
28) 7K-Keith Kauffman 736
29) 39-TJ Stutts 736
30) 87-Alan Krimes 735
31) 51-Fred Rahmer 729
32) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr. 697
33) 88-Todd Shaffer 688
34) D1-Justin Henderson 682
35) 35-Jac Haudenschild 681
36) U1-Chad Layton 677
37) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 666
38) 1X-Randy Hannagan 646
39) 5C-Chad Hillier 612
40) 9K-Craig Keel 608
41) 59-Jim Siegel 585
42) 8M-Chris Meleason 578
43) 28-Brian Paulus 577
44) 3-Bob Bennett 567
45) 18X-Ryan Bohkle 540
46) 8K-Chad Kemenah 522
47) 93-Jonathan Eriksen 494
48) 18-Brian Carlson 480
49) O7-Mark Smith 452
50) 6W-Josh Wells 452
51) 30S-Steve Clabaugh 323
52) 30C-Michael Carber 263
53) 10N-Niki Young 258
54) 8-Rich Eichelberger 205
55) 35A-Alan Cole 204

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 9-Joey Saldana
2) 83-Danny Lasoski
3) 21-Daryn Pittman
4) 7-Craig Dollansky
5) 24-Terry McCarl
6) 17B-Steven Buckwalter
7) 1X-Randy Hannagan
8) 87-Alan Krimes
9) 28-Brian Paulus
10) 7S-Jason Sides
11) D1-Justin Henderson

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 15-Donny Schatz
2) 29-Kenny Jacobs
3) 30-Doug Esh
4) 19-Stevie Smith
5) 51-Fred Rahmer
6) R19-Jason Solwold
7) 35-Jac Haudenschild
8) 8K-Chad Kemenah
9) 36-Jason Martin
10) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
11) 5C-Chad Hillier

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 20-Paul McMahan
2) 11-Steve Kinser
3) 6-Tim Shaffer
4) U1-Chad Layton
5) 11H-Kerry Madsen
6) 25-Lance Dewease
7) 10C-Jeremy Campbell
8) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr.
9) 9K-Craig Keel
10) 93-Jonathan Eriksen
11) 11E-Mike Erdley

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
2) 71-Brian Leppo
3) 1-Jeff Shepard
4) 21P-Brian Montieth
5) 22-Greg Hodnett
6) 88-Todd Shaffer
7) 14-Jason Meyers
8) 39-TJ Stutts
9) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
10) 59-Jim Siegel
11) 18-Brian Carlson

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 20-Paul McMahan
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
4) 9-Joey Saldana
5) 83-Danny Lasoski
6) 11-Steve Kinser
7) 29-Kenny Jacobs
8) 30-Doug Esh
9) 6-Tim Shaffer
10) 71-Brian Leppo

C-main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)
1) 35-Jac Haudenschild
2) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
3) 5C-Chad Hillier [$125]
4) 1X-Randy Hannagan [$125]
5) 59-Jim Siegel [$125]
6) 9K-Craig Keel [$100]
7) 28-Brian Paulus [$100]
8) 8K-Chad Kemenah [$100]
9) 93-Jonathan Eriksen [$100]
10) 18-Brian Carlson [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 14-Jason Meyers
2) 7S-Jason Sides
3) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
4) 87-Alan Krimes
5) 25-Lance Dewease [$200]
6) R19-Jason Solwold [$180]
7) 88-Todd Shaffer [$175]
8) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr. [$160]
9) 35-Jac Haudenschild [$150]
10) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$150]
11) D1-Justin Henderson [$150]
12) 17B-Steven Buckwalter [$150]
13) 39-TJ Stutts [$150]
14) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$150]
15) 36-Jason Martin [$150]
16) 11E-Mike Erdley [$150]

A-main (30 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[2] [$20,000]
2) 11-Steve Kinser[6] [$12,000]
3) 20-Paul McMahan[1] [$6,000]
4) 9-Joey Saldana[4] [$5,250]
5) 83-Danny Lasoski[5] [$4,500]
6) 30-Doug Esh[8] [$4,000]
7) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[3] [$3,500]
8) 1-Jeff Shepard[13] [$3,000]
9) 6-Tim Shaffer[9] [$2,750]
10) 21-Daryn Pittman[18] [$2,500]
11) 24-Terry McCarl[20] [$2,300]
12) 14-Jason Meyers[17] [$2,250]
13) U1-Chad Layton[24] [$2,000]
14) 51-Fred Rahmer[23] [$1,600]
15) 11H-Kerry Madsen[12] [$1,500]
16) 87-Alan Krimes[22] [$1,300]
17) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[15] [$1,250]
18) 7-Craig Dollansky[14] [$1,050]
19) 19-Stevie Smith[21] [$1,050]
20) 22-Greg Hodnett[19] [$1,050]
21) 29-Kenny Jacobs[7] [$1,000]
22) 35-Jac Haudenschild[27] [$100]
23) 88-Todd Shaffer[26] [$0]
24) R19-Jason Solwold[25] [$0]
25) 7S-Jason Sides[11] [$900]
26) 21P-Brian Montieth[16] [$900]
27) 25-Lance Dewease[28] [$0]
28) 71-Brian Leppo[10] [$900]

Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-30
KSE Hard Charger Award: Terry McCarl

Note: Jason Solwold and Jac Haudenschild used World of Outlaws provisionals to start the A-Feature. Todd Shaffer and Lance Dewease used Williams Grove Speedway track provisionals to start the A-Feature.

-credit: woo

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Tim Shaffer , Chris Meleason , Danny Lasoski , Donny Schatz , Steve Kinser , Craig Dollansky , Kenny Jacobs , Brian Carlson , Brian Paulus , Daryn Pittman , Jason Meyers , Jason Sides , Joey Saldana , Kerry Madsen , Paul McMahan , Randy Hannagan , Lucas Wolfe , Steve Buckwalter , Jac Haudenschild , Chad Kemenah , Sam Hafertepe Jr. , Tony Bruce Jr.
Teams Williams