Schatz Romps To No. 23 At World Finals
CONCORD, N.C. — Donny Schatz grabbed his 23rd World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory of the season Friday night during the seventh annual World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.
Still, Schatz trails point leader Daryn Pittman by 32 points heading into Saturday night’s season finale at the four-tenths-mile dirt track. Schatz entered the weekend 50 points behind Pittman, who finished sixth Friday.
“All I can come do what I do,” said Schatz, who won for the seventh time at The Dirt Track. “It is a fun spot to be in right now. We’re not racing for points right now. I’ve never been a pencil racer. I was taught not to. All I can do is come and do what I do.
“We’re in a good place heading into tomorrow night and we’ll come back and do the best that we can and see if we can come out with a championship,” the five-time series champion continued. “If not, we’ve done our jobs as good as we can and we have nothing to hang our heads about.”
Brown, who finished second to Schatz in two consecutive runnings of the prestigious Knoxville Nationals, started on the pole and led the first 12 laps of the race. Schatz snookered Brown around the high side on a lap-13 restart and led the remainder of the distance in his Tony Stewart Racing No. 15.
“It seems like a broken record there. We keep running second in these races,” Brown said. “It’s nothing to be ashamed of, though, we have a great team. Donny is a five-time champion for a reason and he outsmarted us there on that restart and got the best of it. We just got beat.”
Joey Saldana finished third with Shane Stewart and Jason Sides rounding out the top five. Pittman, who has led the standings all season based on consistency while Schatz has racked up a career best 23 wins.
“I’m kind of sad to see the season end, but it has to end so the next season can start again next year,” Schatz said.
Donny Schatz, Brian Brown, Joey Saldana, Shane Stewart, Jason Sides, Daryn Pittman, Cody Darrah, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Jason Meyers, Paul McMahan, Greg Wilson, Tim Shaffer, Bill Rose, Jac Haudenschild, Steve Kinser, Caleb Helms, Travis Philo, Craig Dollansky, Chad Kemenah, Adam Wilt, Dale Blaney, Kerry Madsen, Kraig Kinser, Randy Hannagan, Ryan Smith, Cole Duncan.