WOO: Donny Does It Again; Sweeps North Dakota For 20th Outlaws Win Of The Year

RaceChaser Staff 0 Comments

Donny Schatz won his 20th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series A-Feature of the season Sunday night at Nodak Speedway.

Donny Schatz won his 20th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series A-Feature of the season Sunday night at Nodak Speedway.

MINOT, N.D. — It took Donny Schatz until his seventh start to win at his home track of Nodak Speedway with the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series.

Since that victory in 2012, he is undefeated in the Gerdau Magic City Showdown.

Schatz extended his win streak at Nodak Speedway to five after leading flag-to-flag on Sunday night at the three-eighths-mile.

Schatz started second and on the initial start ran second to polesitter Logan Schuchart, but the first caution flag of the night flew before the lap was complete. That led to a complete restart and on the second start, Schatz dove under Schuchart on the front straightaway to officially lead the first lap.

Schatz was in traffic just five laps into the race and like his win on Friday night at River Cities Speedway, he masterfully weaved his way through the lapped machines.

“They are all special and they are all good,” said Schatz of his five wins at Nodak Speedway. “The trophies here are awesome and so are the people. Everything about this place is great. I’ll tell you what’s really great and that is this race team. These guys (on my crew) deserve to be standing here. The race car they prepare each day is incredible. I’m the lucky guy that gets to drive it and looks good. Their hard work is what pays off and gets us to victory lane.”

With just two laps remaining in the 35-lap contest, a red flag waved, setting up a green-white-checkered restart to determine the outcome. Schatz would use a strong restart to stay out front and opened a bit of a lead on the final circuit.

“I was thinking, ‘Air don’t go out of these tires,’” said Schatz, of the red flag. “We run bleeders and when you get heat in the tires it lets the air down and the tires then cool down. They get a little wormy after that. They were a little wormy after that red flag, but they were able to get us a win anyway.”

The win for Schatz helped him complete a sweep of the three races for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series in his home state of North Dakota for the second straight year. Schatz now has won 18 times overall with the series in North Dakota. The win was the 20th of the season for the seven-time and defending series champion, who has now won at least 20 races in four consecutive years.

“It doesn’t get any better than that,” said Schatz of winning in North Dakota. “When you are a kid, like these kids here in the crowd and you dream of doing something, that’s me. I’m standing here living my dream. Everybody all the times asks me how I am doing and I’m living my dream. Thank you fans for being part of it.”

Continued on the next page…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.