Williams Grove I results 2007-07-19

Schatz Wins Night ...

Schatz Wins Night #1 of Summer Nationals at Williams Grove

Donny Schatz battled Danny Lasoski for the win in the World of Outlaws last visit to Williams Grove Speedway in May. The last five laps of the opening night of the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Thursday was a mirror image of that event, with Lasoski closing on Schatz as the laps wound down.

Schatz sailed under the checkered flag first for the third straight time at Williams Grove Speedway and for the third straight time in World of Outlaws competition dating back to last Saturday in the Kings Royal.

"It was a good night," said Schatz, driver of the ParkerStore J&J. "The car was good. We are glad to get this one in the books and return to victory lane."

The 25-lap event went non-stop, with pole sitter Jason Sides leading the first 17 circuits before Schatz took the point. Early in the race, Sides opened about a 10-car length advantage over Jeff Shepard, as he sought his first win of the season.

On the 15th lap, Sides entered traffic with Schatz just behind him. Schatz looked low off the second turn for the lead, but could not quite make the pass. On the next lap, Schatz passed Sides on the low side of the first to take the lead, but Sides battled right back in the second turn to regain the point and officially be scored the leader at the line.

Schatz made the pass for the lead and ultimately the win on the 18th lap as he dove under Sides exiting the second turn and quickly began to pull away in traffic. Schatz worked a couple of distinct lines on the track as he negotiated his way through traffic late in the race, while fending off a hard charging Danny Lasoski.

"We had a little wing problem and could not get it back enough," noted the winner. "We should have been a little better, but we found the race track first and we got there first and that is what counts. We know what we have to do for tomorrow night and we'll come back and try again."

Lasoski started the A-Feature in the fourth position, after losing an engine on the last lap of the Crane Cams Dash. His crew quickly changed the engine in time to make sure the former series champion was ready when the A-Feature hit the track. Lasoski ran in the Top-Five all race long and took the third spot from Jeff Shepard on the 17th lap before setting his sights on Sides, who he would pass to earn the runner-up finish.

"I didn't get to really look at the race track, after we blew an engine on the last lap of the dash," said Lasoski, driver of the Roth Motorsports JEI. "We just made a guess at it and we weren't even close. I kept working with the race car and getting the wing back, to get it balanced. By the time I got the thing all adjusted, Donny (Schatz) had passed us. We ran with him there for the last few laps, but he is on a roll right now."

Jason Sides led the first 17 laps of the race before giving way to Schatz. The native of Bartlett, Tennessee had a left rear tire going down as the laps wound down and drove the last couple of laps with very little air in the tire to finish third.

"It was a good run," said Sides, driver of the Wetherington Tractor Service Maxim. "Anytime we can qualify well and make the feature at this place, it's a good night for us. The last couple of weeks we have not had much luck. To come here and qualify well and win a heat and win the dash is a good night. We drew a one in the dash and got a good start."

Jeff Shepard finished fourth in the Zemko Tool & Die Maxim. He ran second early in the event to Sides and closed to within a couple of car lengths a number of times.

Joey Saldana was fifth in the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI, after starting the A-Feature in the ninth spot, as he remains second in the World of Outlaws championship standings.

The event was the second straight race that has gone non-stop green-to-checkers for the World of Outlaws. Schatz was not sure on the ultra-fast half-mile if he would have a chance to move up from fifth to battle for the lead without a caution. With how fast his car was, he put on a quite a display of driving in both traffic and clean race track.

"That's when the racing is the most fun and guys can come through there," explained Schatz. "Guys were passing and going all over, and it's great to do that. You can put some harder tires on and the longer you go, the better you get."

Schatz began the night by setting fast time with a solid field of 50-plus cars signed in, which along with his win in the feature and second place finish in his heat race. He parlayed that into a second-place finish in the first heat to earn a spot in the Crane Cams Dash, where he finished fifth. For the first five laps of the A-Feature he bided his time waiting for his car and the track to come to him.

"I needed to get a little heat in my tires," he said. "I watched what they were doing a little bit. I had nothing to lose by moving around and I started to gain ground by moving around. Tomorrow night I am sure will be way different and what we did tonight will not work tomorrow night. We just have to come in with our basic deal and start over from scratch and do a little testing."

Schatz points to a full team effort and continual preparation for his success at Williams Grove Speedway. In his career, he has visited the winner's circle the famed half-mile 12 times.

"It doesn't matter where you go, you just have to keep on pushing and pushing," said the reigning World of Outlaws champion. "I seem to like the car control and the car feel here no matter what we do. We're glad to have that feel and to have that success here, winning three in-a-row. Hopefully we can come back tomorrow and add to it. "

While Lasoski was disappointed he was not in the winner' circle, he knew his team gave it everything they had, after quickly changing an engine after the Crane Cams Dash to be ready in for the A-Feature, which was less than 15 minutes after the completion of the dash. Veteran World of Outlaws crew member Rob Hart recently joined the team and has been working closely with Dave Whitworth to make the team one of the strongest in the pit area.

"The guys worked their tails off to get that engine changed before the feature," said Lasoski. "I am very proud of them and this entire team. Rob (Hart) is an asset to this team. Three heads working together is a lot better than one. We'll just keep working hard and plugging away at it."

Sides entered lapped traffic around the 14th lap and pondered after the race what may have been if a caution flag had flown providing clear race track ahead of the leaders.

"It was a surprise not having any cautions," admitted Sides. "I really thought there would be some, especially as slick as the bottom got. I thought some guys might run there and hit the bottom and spin. It was a great race for the spectators."

Brian Montieth was sixth in the Premiere Auto Works Maxim, with Daryn Pittman seventh in the Titan Garages Maxim, Tim Shaffer was eighth in the Casey's General Store Maxim, Paul McMahan was ninth in the Bass Pro Shops Eagle and Greg Hodnett was 10th in the J&J Fabrication J&J.

The second night of the Cleveland Brother Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts is set for Friday, July 20 at Williams Grove Speedway.


* FAST QUALIFIER: Donny Schatz paced the 50 cars that took time with an AMB i.t. timed lap around the semi-banked half-mile oval in 17.084 seconds at 105.362 mph. For his qualifying effort, Schatz earned five bonus points. The next four fastest qualifiers also earned bonus points, including: Danny Lasoski (4), Paul McMahan (3), Sam Hafertepe Jr. (2) and Brian Leppo (1).

* QUALIFYING WINNERS: Jason Sides, Tim Shaffer, Brian Montieth and Lance Dewease won heat races... Jason Martin won the C-Main... TJ Stutts won the B-Main... Jason Sides won the Crane Cams dash.

* UP NEXT: The Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts from Williams Grove Speedway continues on Friday, July 20.

World of Outlaws Statistical Report; Cleveland Brothers Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals Presented by Advance Auto Parts; Mechanicsburg, PA; July 19, 2007

1) 15-Donny Schatz 17.084
2) 83-Danny Lasoski 17.096
3) 20-Paul McMahan 17.100
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 17.116
5) 71-Brian Leppo 17.135
6) 29-Kenny Jacobs 17.140
7) 1-Jeff Shepard 17.154
8) 9-Joey Saldana 17.164
9) 7S-Jason Sides 17.210
10) 22-Greg Hodnett 17.223
11) 21P-Brian Montieth 17.224
12) 21-Daryn Pittman 17.233
13) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 17.245
14) 6-Tim Shaffer 17.258
15) 17B-Steven Buckwalter 17.260
16) 25-Lance Dewease 17.266
17) 39-TJ Stutts 17.302
18) U1-Chad Layton 17.317
19) 19-Stevie Smith 17.319
20) 28-Brian Paulus 17.321
21) 5W-Lucas Wolfe 17.329
22) 51-Fred Rahmer 17.334
23) 30-Doug Esh 17.336
24) 8M-Chris Meleason 17.338
25) 14-Jason Meyers 17.344
26) D1-Justin Henderson 17.345
27) 88-Todd Shaffer 17.354
28) 11H-Kerry Madsen 17.366
29) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 17.366
30) 87-Alan Krimes 17.369
31) 1X-Randy Hannagan 17.375
32) 7-Craig Dollansky 17.409
33) 11-Steve Kinser 17.429
34) 24-Terry McCarl 17.447
35) 7K-Keith Kauffman 17.449
36) R19-Jason Solwold 17.452
37) 11E-Mike Erdley 17.536
38) 36-Jason Martin 17.543
39) 18-Brian Carlson 17.544
40) 9K-Craig Keel 17.592
41) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr. 17.598
42) 8K-Chad Kemenah 17.627
43) 30C-Michael Carber 17.704
44) 5C-Chad Hillier 17.800
45) 59-Jim Siegel 17.819
46) 18X-Ryan Bohkle 17.824
47) 6W-Josh Wells 17.830
48) 3-Bob Bennett 17.934
49) 35-Jac Haudenschild 17.985
50) 93-Jonathan Eriksen 18.185

Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 7S-Jason Sides
2) 15-Donny Schatz
3) 5W-Lucas Wolfe
4) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.
5) 14-Jason Meyers
6) 71-Brian Leppo
7) 11-Steve Kinser
8) 39-TJ Stutts
9) 11E-Mike Erdley
10) 35-Jac Haudenschild
11) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr.
12) 59-Jim Siegel
13) 10C-Jeremy Campbell

Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 6-Tim Shaffer
2) 83-Danny Lasoski
3) 22-Greg Hodnett
4) 51-Fred Rahmer
5) 29-Kenny Jacobs
6) U1-Chad Layton
7) D1-Justin Henderson
8) 36-Jason Martin
9) 87-Alan Krimes
10) 8K-Chad Kemenah
11) 93-Jonathan Eriksen
12) 18X-Ryan Bohkle
13) 24-Terry McCarl

Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 21P-Brian Montieth
2) 1-Jeff Shepard
3) 20-Paul McMahan
4) 88-Todd Shaffer
5) 30-Doug Esh
6) 19-Stevie Smith
7) 7K-Keith Kauffman
8) 17B-Steven Buckwalter
9) 1X-Randy Hannagan
10) 30C-Michael Carber
11) 6W-Josh Wells
12) 18-Brian Carlson

Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 25-Lance Dewease
2) 9-Joey Saldana
3) 21-Daryn Pittman
4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.
5) 11H-Kerry Madsen
6) R19-Jason Solwold
7) 7-Craig Dollansky
8) 9K-Craig Keel
9) 8M-Chris Meleason
10) 5C-Chad Hillier
11) 3-Bob Bennett
12) 28-Brian Paulus

Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature)
1) 7S-Jason Sides
2) 1-Jeff Shepard
3) 21P-Brian Montieth
4) 83-Danny Lasoski
5) 15-Donny Schatz
6) 6-Tim Shaffer
7) 25-Lance Dewease
8) 20-Paul McMahan
9) 9-Joey Saldana
10) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.

C-main (10 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main)
1) 36-Jason Martin
2) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr.
3) 35-Jac Haudenschild [$125]
4) 11E-Mike Erdley [$125]
5) 93-Jonathan Eriksen [$125]
6) 59-Jim Siegel [$100]
7) 8K-Chad Kemenah [$100]
8) 30C-Michael Carber [$100]
9) 18-Brian Carlson [$100]
10) 9K-Craig Keel [$100]
11) 5C-Chad Hillier [$100]
12) 3-Bob Bennett [$100]
13) 18X-Ryan Bohkle [$100]
14) 6W-Josh Wells [$100]

B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature)
1) 39-TJ Stutts
2) 17B-Steven Buckwalter
3) U1-Chad Layton
4) 19-Stevie Smith
5) 28-Brian Paulus [$200]
6) 71-Brian Leppo [$180]
7) 7-Craig Dollansky [$175]
8) R19-Jason Solwold [$160]
9) D1-Justin Henderson [$150]
10) 11-Steve Kinser [$150]
11) 87-Alan Krimes [$150]
12) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$150]
13) 8M-Chris Meleason [$150]
14) 1X-Randy Hannagan [$150]
15) 24-Terry McCarl [$150]
16) 7K-Keith Kauffman [$150]
17) 69K-Donnie Kreitz Jr. [$150]
18) 36-Jason Martin [$150]

A-main (25 laps) - Starting Position [#]
1) 15-Donny Schatz[5] [$5,000]
2) 83-Danny Lasoski[4] [$3,250]
3) 7S-Jason Sides[1] [$2,750]
4) 1-Jeff Shepard[2] [$2,500]
5) 9-Joey Saldana[9] [$2,250]
6) 21P-Brian Montieth[3] [$2,100]
7) 21-Daryn Pittman[13] [$2,000]
8) 6-Tim Shaffer[6] [$1,750]
9) 20-Paul McMahan[8] [$1,600]
10) 22-Greg Hodnett[12] [$1,500]
11) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr.[10] [$1,300]
12) 51-Fred Rahmer[20] [$1,200]
13) 5W-Lucas Wolfe[19] [$1,100]
14) 39-TJ Stutts[16] [$900]
15) 88-Todd Shaffer[23] [$800]
16) 14-Jason Meyers[22] [$700]
17) U1-Chad Layton[17] [$700]
18) 11H-Kerry Madsen[24] [$600]
19) 29-Kenny Jacobs[11] [$600]
20) 30-Doug Esh[21] [$600]
21) 25-Lance Dewease[7] [$600]
22) 19-Stevie Smith[18] [$600]
23) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr.[14] [$600]
24) 17B-Steven Buckwalter[15] [$600]

Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-16, Donny Schatz 17-25
KSE Hard Charger Award: Todd Shaffer

-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