ATTICA, Ohio — In a battle between the All-Star Circuit of Champions and World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series, Donny Schatz charged forward to score his 14th Outlaws victory of the season during Tuesday night’s Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park.
It was Schatz’s first win at Attica since 2011.
“I just had to be calm and cool through that race,” Schatz said. “Early on those guys were going at it pretty hard. 40 laps, you’ve got to be smart at the beginning. A lot of guys passed a lot of cars tonight. I’m just happier than hell that we won the Brad Doty Classic.”
The 53-car field at the third-mile oval was the largest of the season for a World of Outlaws event.
Through qualifying and Heat races, six series regulars missed the feature, including Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb teammates Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman.
Sweet made a strong run through the C main and the Last Chance Showdown to earn his position in the main event, while Pittman, who faced engine trouble during qualifying and finished fifth in the D-Main, opted to take a provisional. Byron Reed received the Attica track provisional.
Meanwhile, Shane Stewart, Greg Wilson, Clyde Knipp, David Gravel and recent winner Logan Schuchart all failed to make the feature — none of them transferring any further than the C-Main, with Schuchart falling in the D after coming up one spot short.
The green flag waved on the 40-lap Brad Doty Classic with Aussie James McFadden leading Danny Holtgraver. Sheldon Haudenschild made the early charge and was fighting McFadden for the lead in his No. 93 Southern Pacific Farms/Wintermeyer Auto Salvage car when a caution flew.
On the restart, Joey Saldana charged forward but had his hands full with Holtgraver and reigning All Star Circuit of Champions champion, Dale Blaney. Blaney, who started in 10th, settled into third.
Haudenschild, from Wooster, Ohio, finally found a way around McFadden. As the two worked to complete lap 13, Haudenschild took the spot off of turn four.
By the midway point, Haudenschild was pulling away as Blaney worked to run down McFadden and Schatz and Pittman continued their charges through the field. A three-way battle for second ensued between Blaney, Schatz and McFadden. After a multi-lap battle, McFadden held on but it was short-lived.
With just 12 laps to go, Haudenschild pulled out to a three and a half second lead when McFadden brought out the caution. When the race returned to green, Haudenschild led Schatz, Blaney and Saldana. Schatz quickly took over the top spot, with Blaney settling into second and Haudenschild fighting with first Saldana, and then Pittman, for fourth.