Another Track, Another Schatz Victory
ELMA, Wash. — Different track, same Donny Schatz.
The hottest driver in sprint car racing brought his game to Grays Harbor Raceway on Monday night and earned his 19th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season, tying his single-season mark as the series’ Gold Rush Tour continues down the Pacific Coast for six more nights in a row.
Since winning the Knoxville Nationals in mid-August, five-time series champion Schatz has won five of eight World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series A-mains and closed to within 20 points of the series’ overall championship points leader, Daryn Pittman. From a historical perspective, Schatz has 143 victories in his career, 10 away from tying Mark Kinser for third all-time.
Pittman started alongside Schatz on the front row Monday night and stole the lead from Schatz on lap 13 with an incredible slide job that took all of turns three and four to complete as Schatz was tied up trying to pass a lapped car. Pittman led until a caution flag with 17 of 30 laps complete forced a restart. Pittman’s car bobbled just a bit but it was enough for Schatz to reclaim the top spot, a lead Schatz would not relinquish despite four more cautions.
Steve Kinser pushed up from the ninth position to round out the podium while Tim Kaeding earned a fourth-place finish and Kerry Madsen’s streak of top-five finishes reached its fifth consecutive race.
Back up front, Schatz continued an incredible streak in his STP/Armor All J&J that has seen him finish outside the top three only once since the Kings Royal in mid-July.
“We are just trying to do the best we can,” said Schatz, who also had 19 wins in 2007. “We may not have been the best car tonight, but we got the win. Daryn made a mistake on the restart and I made a mistake in lapped traffic so it was just a tricky place tonight. We were both making mistakes. A lot of racing left this week and we’re just going to keep rolling and doing what we can.”