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

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Jason Johnson lined up eighth and used a late-race charge to finish second. A strong restart on lap 10, moved him up a couple of spots and pit him in a torrid battle with David Gravel for third. Johnson was able to take third on lap-15 and began to work on Schuchart for second. Another strong restart propelled Johnson to second as he set his sights on Schatz.

“We started a little bit further back, so we gambled with set-up,” said Johnson of his Priority Aviation team. “We’ve been searching a little bit and the guys definitely hit it right tonight. We had a really fast Maxim race car. Once we got to second, I was definitely wanting a restart. Donny (Schatz) is one of the best in the industry right now and he’s tough. He definitely makes us step up our game each night.”

On the green-white-checkered restart, Johnson was able to look under Schatz in turns one and two, as he about pulled even with the leader, but could quite get enough of a run to attempt a pass.

The second-place finish for Johnson was his 13th top-five finish of the season.

“I needed to get to him and I couldn’t quite clear him,” shared the 2016 Knoxville Nationals winner. “One thing about Donny is that he’ll race you clean, so I wanted to race him clean. Once we came down the back straightaway he had a little more momentum and our only chance was maybe if he would have bobbled, but that doesn’t happen very often.”

Daryn Pittman, who fell back to seventh at one point, during the 35-lap race, also made a late-race charge to finish third in the Great Clips No. 9. Pittman started sixth and over the second half of the race was able to pick up a number of positions on his way to his 36th top-five finish of the season.

“That was a fun race tonight,” said Pittman. “It was great track prep. From the driver’s seat it was pretty exciting and a lot of fun to drive. It took me too long to run the top in (turns) one and two. Once I was able to do that, I was making a lot of speed and down the back straight with a lot more mile an hour.”

Schuchart continued his strong season by finishing fourth, which was his 10th top-five finish of the season. David Gravel crossed the line fifth.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to action on Sept. 2-3 with the Outlaw Energy Showdown at Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington.

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