AUDIO/RECAP: Show-Stopper; Schatz Uses Last-Turn Pass to Take 30th Outlaws Win of 2015 at Berlin

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MARNE, Mich. — Recap and audio by Race Chaser Online Midwest Correspondent Juston Rosenow — Tom DeVette photo —

Donny Schatz has been a man possessed in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, and continued his phenomenal run by winning a thrilling NAPA Auto Parts Berlin Brawl on the last corner of the last lap Saturday night.

Schatz, who in putting up the incredible performance scored his 30th race of the season, joins elite company as just the second driver to have a 30 win season. Steve Kinser has the other three seasons, 1987 (46 wins, all-time record), 1991 (36 wins) and 1992 (31 wins).

Jason Johnson and Logan Schuchart led the field to green for the 30-lap A-main from the front row (by virtue of finishing first and second in the Dash), and at the drop of the green it was Schuchart who sprinted away to lead the first six laps.

Just as Schuchart began to get comfortable out front, Daryn Pittman put a slide job on Schuchart to take the lead and proceeded to build a solid race slowed by just two incidents.

The first caution came on lap seven when Johnson had a flat left rear tire. Pittman chose the outside for the restart and proved that the high side was the place to be, roaring off from the rest of the snarling pack. The race was slowed once again on lap 20 after the No. 1A of Jacob Allen clipped the infield tire marker, but would go green to the finish after that.

On the ensuing restart, Pittman chose the high lane once again and proceeded to make his best attempt at stopping Schatz’s hot streak. Over the last five laps, the bottom looked to be rubbered up and Schatz had to make up 2.3 seconds to have any shot at getting around Pittman — cruising towards a win.

Schatz recognized the rubbered bottom quicker than Pittman, however, and quickly closed the gap coming to the white flag. It all came down to the last corner, as Pittman made an uncharacteristic mistake by leaving the bottom open that Schatz capitalized.

In all, Schatz led roughly the last 50 yards, but he got to the finish line first for his 203rd career World of Outlaws victory and second straight at the Berlin Raceway.

Schatz credited his recognition of the rubber on the bottom as being important to his victory.

“The bottom wasn’t the preferred line for taking off well,” Schatz explained. “I was able to hang with him (Pittman), and we hit traffic and I tried my best to get through there. The track on the last couple of laps really sped up, because it laid a little bit of rubber. When you’re out front, you don’t know that’s going on unless you’re seeing what lapped cars are doing.”

Schatz also added that he drove it like he stole it, saying: “I gave it all it was worth, and fried the tires as hard as I could, it was coming down the end and I had one shot and he (Pittman) needed to make a mistake, and he made that mistake.”

Pittman was extremely dejected after the race, seeing his sixth Outlaws win of the year slip away into the night.

“I just didn’t realize that the track was laying rubber down on the bottom in turns three and four,” Pittman admitted. “I ran the top the whole race. It’s where I felt the best.” Pittman, a little haunted by his mistake, said “I told myself going down the backstretch, to go to the bottom, to block it, but I changed my mind at the last second to keep doing what I was doing the whole race and left the door wide open. 100% driver error.”

Hanover, Pa. native Logan Schuchart looked strong all race long after his early stint out front, coming home third and crediting his crew for giving him a car capable of winning.

“We had a good race car, it was fast,” Schuchart smiled. “Our guys did a great job. I have to thank Aaron (crew member), my uncle Gary, and my grandpa (Bobby Allen) — they all work really hard. I messed up a little bit at the beginning and Pittman got around me, and restarts hurt me a little bit too. Once we got going, I had a good car, and was in the right position at the right time.”

“I thought I was catching Donny a little bit. The last couple of laps, he kinda zoomed away from us and got by Daryn.”

In preliminary action, it was Pittman claiming quick time with a World of Outlaws track record of 14.391 seconds (109.568 mph). Pittman, Schatz, and Brad Sweet collected heat race victories, with Jason Johnson’s Dash victory handing him the pole for the main event. Schuchart’s Shark Racing teammate Jacob Allen triumphed in the 12-lap Last Chance Showdown.

Up next on the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule is the Champion Racing Oil National Open at Williams Grove Speedway, Oct. 1-3.


Audio with race winner Donny Schatz:

Audio with runner-up Daryn Pittman:

Audio with third-place Logan Schuchart:


World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; NAPA Auto Parts Berlin Brawl; Berlin Raceway; September 26, 2015

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$10,000]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [4] [$5,500]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [2] [$3,200]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [6] [$2,800]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [7] [$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [9] [$2,300]; 7. 1ST-Gary Taylor [5] [$2,200]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [10] [$2,100]; 9. 7-David Gravel [14] [$2,050]; 10. 16X-Ryan Ruhl [17] [$2,000]; 11. 71M-Joey Saldana [12] [$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [19] [$1,200]; 13. 2M-Dustin Daggett [16] [$1,100]; 14. 51-Paul McMahan [11] [$1,050]; 15. 11N-Randy Hannagan [15] [$1,000]; 16. 9P-Parker Price-Miller [18] [$900]; 17. 41-Jason Johnson [1] [$800]; 18. 19-Paige Polyak [24] [$800]; 19. O7-Jacob Wilson [20] [$800]; 20. 19K-Joe Kubiniec [8] [$800]; 21. 71A-R.J. Johnson [22] [$800]; 22. 27-Brad Lamberson [21] [$800]; 23. 38-Jared Horstmen [23] [$800]; 24. 1A-Jacob Allen [13] [$800].

Lap Leaders: Logan Schuchart 1-5, Daryn Pittman 6-29, Donny Schatz 30.

KSE Hard Charger Award: 16X-Ryan Ruhl [+7]

Qualifying – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.391; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 14.455; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 14.470; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen, 14.513; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 14.569; 6. 1ST-Gary Taylor, 14.590; 7. 19K-Joe Kubiniec, 14.596; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 14.648; 9. 49-Brad Sweet, 14.652; 10. 11-Steve Kinser, 14.673; 11. 51-Paul McMahan, 14.809; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana, 14.828; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen, 14.918; 14. 7-David Gravel, 14.919; 15. 11N-Randy Hannagan, 14.928; 16. 2M-Dustin Daggett, 14.983; 17. 16X-Ryan Ruhl, 15.045; 18. 9P-Parker Price-Miller, 15.084; 19. 38-Jared Horstmen, 15.169; 20. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.217; 21. 19-Paige Polyak, 15.289; 22. O7-Jacob Wilson, 15.336; 23. 27-Brad Lamberson, 15.515; 24. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 15.655; 25. 11K-Mikey Kuemper, 15.927; 26. 11R-Chase Ridenour, 16.067; 27. 5QB-Quentin Blonde, 16.195; 28. 35-Mark Strpko, 17.040

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 2M-Dustin Daggett [6]; 5. 19K-Joe Kubiniec [2]; 6. O7-Jacob Wilson [8]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 8. 11K-Mikey Kuemper [9]; 9. 35-Mark Strpko [10]; 10. 38-Jared Horstmen [7]

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 2. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [1]; 5. 16X-Ryan Ruhl [6]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 7. 7-David Gravel [5]; 8. 27-Brad Lamberson [8]; 9. 11R-Chase Ridenour [9]

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 3. 1ST-Gary Taylor [3]; 4. 9P-Parker Price-Miller [6]; 5. 11N-Randy Hannagan [5]; 6. 71A-R.J. Johnson [8]; 7. 19-Paige Polyak [7]; 8. 5QB-Quentin Blonde [9]; 9. 71M-Joey Saldana [1]

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 5. 1ST-Gary Taylor [1]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [8]; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 8. 19K-Joe Kubiniec [7]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 1A-Jacob Allen [2] [-]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [1] [-]; 3. 7-David Gravel [3] [-]; 4. 27-Brad Lamberson [6] [-]; 5. 38-Jared Horstmen [4] [-]; 6. 19-Paige Polyak [5] [-]; 7. 11K-Mikey Kuemper [7] [$300]; 8. 11R-Chase Ridenour [8] [$250]; 9. 5QB-Quentin Blonde [9] [$225]; 10. 35-Mark Strpko [10] [$200].

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