Patient Schatz Cashes Dividends
DRUMMONDVILLE, Quebec — Donny Schatz charged past lapped cars and his competition Saturday night at Autodrome Drummond on the way to his 10th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season.
Schatz, who spent much of the race in his fifth-place starting position, had his patience pay off as his STP/Armor All car and the track came around.
“You need traffic, you need your race car to change,” Schatz said. “You put 30 gallons of fuel in these things, they’re not as fun to drive as they are at the end. We had to wait for the race car to change a little bit — the track was going to change a little bit. This STP team did a phenomenal job making the right changes for the feature.”
As Schatz got around Cody Darrah and then Kerry Madsen he said he didn’t focus on what was behind him.
“If I do my job right and get (my) car stuck, you don’t have to worry about what’s going on behind you,” Schatz said. “And my car was very good, very stuck – I could go around the racetrack. I just had to pick the right line to get through those guys and I did… like I said, it was a fun race.”
In addition to picking up his 10th win of the season, Schatz improved his points lead over second place Daryn Pittman to 63. Third place Paul McMahan is 121 points out of the lead.
In front of a full house at Autodrome Drummond, Cody Darrah led the field to the green flag in his Ollie’s Bargain Outlet car with Paul McMahan on the outside front row. Darrah led the first lap as McMahan worked to hold back Daryn Pittman.
Kraig Kinser brought out the only caution of the race on lap three after coming to a stop in the back shoot. After a brief stop in the work area, Kinser returned to the track. Darrah maintained his lead on the restart as McMahan and Madsen advanced their positions, getting around Pittman, who had a bad restart.