WOO: Schatz Edges Pittman in Cedar Lake Thriller; Scores 20th Outlaws Win of the Season

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NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — official series release — Tony Stewart Racing photo —

Daryn Pittman went high. Donny Schatz went through the middle. The pair slid each other at least three times for the lead with less than five laps to go in Saturday night’s opener of the Cedar Lake Speedway Outlaw Sprint Car Showdown.

But, after the side-by-side race to the checkered flag, it was Schatz standing in victory lane with his 20th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series win of the year.

Schatz’s season of domination in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies ride continued, but it was far from easy on Saturday night at the three-eighths-mile dirt oval. Pittman earned his fourth pole of the season by winning the Dash and started alongside Jamie Veal. Schatz quickly worked his way to third in the first few laps, before grabbing second 15 circuits into the 35-lapper.

Pittman’s No. 9 Great Clips car pulled away from Schatz on a restart with 19 laps complete, but Schatz reeled him and the two put on a show in traffic for the huge crowd. Veal hung onto third for his best finish with the Outlaws while Kerry Madsen held off Joey Saldana for fourth.

Historically speaking, the victory is No. 192 in Schatz’s career, moving him even closer to the coveted 200-win mark. Also, in Steve Kinser’s record-setting 1987 46-win season, the King of the Outlaws earned his 22nd victory of the season on July 11 of that year.

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Schatz is now only eight victories away from his record 200th career World of Outlaws win. (TSR photo)

“I didn’t feel all that good, I just couldn’t seem to get locked down like I wanted to,” said Schatz, the six-time and defending World of Outlaws champion from Fargo, N.D., who won his fourth Outlaw race at Cedar Lake. “I don’t know if there just wasn’t enough racetrack there in the middle or what. You could hit it one lap and the next lap you couldn’t so I guess we have a little bit of work to do for Sunday.”

“We just got Daryn in traffic. That’s what it all boils down to. You win them or lose them in traffic. I was able to get by him. He must have been right there with us because I was about half sideways from somebody at the end. I’m just glad to get the victory.”

After leading the first 30 laps, Pittman was disappointed to narrowly miss out on a victory, especially after he and his team battled all night, including changing engines and the rear end.

“We had a great car all night, a car good enough to win,” said Pittman, the 2013 series champion from Owasso, Okla. “The driver just didn’t get the job done. Lapped traffic is what wins and loses these races. It was my race to give up and I did a good job of giving it away.”

Veal, on the other hand, was pleased to earn a podium finish, showing steady improvement since he first came over from Australia in the spring to fill in for Jason Johnson.

“It was a solid night from when we hit the track in hot laps to when we rolled out for the feature,” Veal said. “I’m real happy with tonight. It’s like a win for us the way we’ve been running.”

The Outlaws are back at Cedar Lake on Sunday for the conclusion of the two-day event.

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Cedar Lake Speedway; New Richmond, Wis.; July 11, 2015

A-Main – (35 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4] [$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [1] [$5,000]; 3. 35AU-Jamie Veal [2] [$3,000]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [3] [$2,700]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [7] [$2,500]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [21] [$2,200]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [6] [$2,000]; 8. 2-Shane Stewart [13] [$1,800]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [20] [$1,600]; 10. 17B-Bill Balog [5] [$1,450]; 11. 24-Rico Abreu [14] [$1,300]; 12. 51-Paul McMahan [12] [$1,200]; 13. 3-Tim Kaeding [17] [$1,100]; 14. 13-Mark Dobmeier [10] [$1,000]; 15. 2KS-Craig Dollansky [9] [$950]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8] [$900]; 17. O5-Brad Loyet [22] [$850]; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25] [$50]; 19. 7-David Gravel [11] [$725]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [23] [$700]; 21. 16-Travis Whitney [15] [$700]; 22. 41-Jason Johnson [19] [$700]; 23. 55-Brooke Tatnell [16] [$700]; 24. 21-Brian Brown [18] [$700]; 25. 19-Paige Polyak [24] [$700].

Lap leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-30, Donny Schatz 31-35.

KSE Hard Charger Award: 7S-Jason Sides [+15]

Qualifying – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 11.457; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.479; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, 11.589; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.608; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 11.650; 6. 35AU-Jamie Veal, 11.653; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.688; 8. 2KS-Craig Dollansky, 11.691; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, 11.718; 10. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 11.726; 11. 7-David Gravel, 11.755; 12. 51-Paul McMahan, 11.760; 13. 2-Shane Stewart, 11.761; 14. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.779; 15. 16-Travis Whitney, 11.816; 16. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 11.875; 17. 3-Tim Kaeding, 11.916; 18. 19-Paige Polyak, 11.923; 19. 21-Brian Brown, 11.932; 20. 41-Jason Johnson, 11.943; 21. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.952; 22. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.961; 23. O5-Brad Loyet, 12.024; 24. 5J-Jeremy Schultz, 12.062; 25. 5-Dave Glennon, 12.121; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.139; 27. 19L-John Sernett, 12.140; 28. 9Z-Jared Goerges, 12.237; 29. 94-Brandon Thone, 12.360; 30. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.361; 31. 23-Russell Borland, 12.480

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 13-Mark Dobmeier [1]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 6. 21-Brian Brown [7]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [8]; 8. 9Z-Jared Goerges [10]; 9. 55-Brooke Tatnell [6]; 10. 5-Dave Glennon [9]; 11. 23-Russell Borland [11]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 2. 7-David Gravel [1]; 3. 3-Tim Kaeding [6]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu [5]; 6. O5-Brad Loyet [8]; 7. 41-Jason Johnson [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [9]; 9. 2KS-Craig Dollansky [2]; 10. 94-Brandon Thone [10]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 18-Ian Madsen [2]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [1]; 3. 35AU-Jamie Veal [3]; 4. 16-Travis Whitney [5]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [7]; 7. 19-Paige Polyak [6]; 8. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [8]; 9. 19L-John Sernett [9]; 10. 1S-Logan Schuchart [10]

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 2. 35AU-Jamie Veal [1]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [7]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 6. 18-Ian Madsen [8]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [6]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2KS-Craig Dollansky [1] [-]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [5] [-]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [4] [-]; 4. 55-Brooke Tatnell [2] [-]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [8] [-]; 6. 19-Paige Polyak [3] [-]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12] [$300]; 8. 9Z-Jared Goerges [10] [$250]; 9. 5J-Jeremy Schultz [6] [$225]; 10. 23-Russell Borland [13] [$200]; 11. 5-Dave Glennon [7] [$200]; 12. 94-Brandon Thone [11] [$200]; 13. 19L-John Sernett [9] [$200].

CREDIT: World of Outlaws

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