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Schatz Sweeps World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Weekend

Donny Schatz, the five-time and defending series champion, charged to the lead and drove off to victory at Knoxville Raceway.


Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

KNOXVILLE , Iowa - June 15, 2013 - Donny Schatz swept the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series weekend by capitalizing on leader Brian Brown's slip Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway.

Schatz, the five-time and defending series champion who won on Friday night at Jackson Speedway, was running second mid-way through Saturday night's 30-lap Mediacom Shootout when Brown tried to get through lapped traffic. Brown bounced his car off the wall, damaging the front suspension and nearly stalling it, but he was able to keep the car going without bringing out a caution.

Schatz charged ahead into the lead in his STP/Armor All J&J and drove off to victory, becoming the second driver in the past two weeks to sweep the weekend events after Craig Dollansky accomplished the feat last weekend.

“We're just doing our job right now, we're having fun and that's important and we're making changes for the better,” said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. “I'm glad to be heading near home next weekend and running good, that's always good because we would like to get a win at home, that's for sure.”

Even with a few restarts, Brown would neither gain nor lose much ground to Schatz, but would still settle for second in the Casey's General Stores/FVP Maxim. Brown has finished second or third to Schatz in each of the past three World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series races at Knoxville, including last year's Knoxville Nationals.

“We got in there behind those lapped cars and they were racing hard for position and I just got tight,” said Brown, of Grain Valley, Mo. “I couldn't get it off the cushion and got into the fence and nearly crashed. It bent the front axle back. It sounds familiar, wins the heat, wins the dash, leads the feature and runs second. I think we're closing on him. I don't think Donny was as good as he was last time here, or that we got better.”

Late in the race Paul McMahan would return to his starting spot of third, but the podium position did not come easily. Bronson Maeschen, the fast qualifier for the event, held the position for much of the race. Maeschen held off charges by fellow Knoxville regular Ian Madsen and World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship contender McMahan. Just before the mid-race point Maeschen's motor was audibly hurt, but he still held the spot over Madsen and McMahan.

As the race went on, McMahan made the top of the track work in his CJB Motorsports GF1 and he would capture the position and hold on to the spot.

“The top kind of went away and I was super tight from the center out, the thing would stand up on the left rear,” said McMahan, of Nashville, Tenn. “When it did finally clean off I was actually able to get the car down and drive off half-way decent. I had my hands full there for the 25 laps, but it was a good run for us tonight.”

Maeschen's motor let go with just one lap to go and he was forced to pull off, finishing a disappointing 17 after starting the event so strong. Ian Madsen finished fourth while championship leader, Daryn Pittman, who started 12th, moved up seven spots to round out the top five.

Tim Kaeding was able to finish 8th after starting a dismal 21st in the feature event and earn the event's KSE Hard Charger honors.

Schatz and McMahan are still nearly deadlocked in the championship standings after both drivers picked up podium finishes Saturday. Schatz trails Pittman by 137 points, while McMahan trails Schatz by just four points.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is back on track next weekend. First the series heads to Grand Forks, N.D., to race at River Cities Speedway on Friday night. On Saturday the series heads back to Minnesota to race at I-94 Speedway in Fergus Falls, Minn.

KNOXVILLE RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

 

NOTES - Bronson Maeschen was the fastest qualifier around semi-banked, 1/2-mile oval with a time of 15.018 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were David Heskin (4 points), David Gravel (3), Daryn Pittman (2) and Craig Dollansky (1). … Paul McMahan, Steve Kinser, Brian Brown and Jason Sides won heat races. … The dash draw was a 6 for the 20th time this year. … Brian Brown won the dash for the third time this year.

 

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CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Mark Dobmeier; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; STP ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): David Gravel; UNOH ($50 cash): David Gravel; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): David Gravel; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Tim Kaeding; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Superflow ($50 cash): Steve Kinser; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Dusty Zomer;KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Tim Kaeding; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Danny Lasoski;Armor All (case of product): Ian Madsen; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Donny Schatz; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Paul McMahan, Chad Kemenah, Kraig Kinser; JE Pistons (set of rings): Brooke Tatnell and Mark Dobmeier.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway; June 15, 2013

A-Main - (25 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1] [$5,500]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [3] [$3,200]; 4. 18-Ian Madsen [5] [$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [12] [$2,500]; 6. 33-Danny Lasoski [18] [$2,300]; 7. 6-David Gravel [11] [$2,200]; 8. 83-Tim Kaeding [21] [$2,100]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [13] [$2,050]; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell [15] [$2,000]; 11. 29-Kerry Madsen [14] [$1,500]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [10] [$1,200]; 13. 63-Chad Kemenah [16] [$1,100]; 14. 11-Steve Kinser [8] [$1,050]; 15. 71M-Joey Saldana [7] [$1,000]; 16. 56-David Heskin [6] [$900]; 17. 96-Bronson Maeschen [4] [$800]; 18. 55-Brooke Tatnell [23] [$800]; 19. 82-Jason Solwold [19] [$800]; 20. 91-Dusty Zomer [26] [$]; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser [20] [$800]; 22. 47-Don Droud Jr [24] [$800]; 23. 4-Cody Darrah [25] [$]; 24. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [9] [$800]; 25. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [17] [$800]; 26. 13-Mark Dobmeier [22] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1, 15-30; Brian Brown 2-14. KSE Hard Charger Award: 83-Tim Kaeding [+13]

Qualifying: 1. 96-Bronson Maeschen, 15.018; 2. 56-David Heskin, 15.127; 3. 6-David Gravel, 15.172; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.191; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky, 15.212; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen, 15.260; 7. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.290; 8. 1-Sammy Swindell, 15.298; 9. 51-Paul McMahan, 15.318; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.332; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 15.357; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana, 15.373; 13. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 15.412; 14. 11-Steve Kinser, 15.418; 15. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.466; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.467; 17. 91-Dusty Zomer, 15.481; 18. 63-Chad Kemenah, 15.603; 19. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.620; 20. 33-Danny Lasoski, 15.650; 21. 82-Jason Solwold, 15.651; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.664; 23. 83-Tim Kaeding, 15.734; 24. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 15.750; 25. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 15.751; 26. 23K-Rob Kubli, 15.772; 27. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.781; 28. 2-Garrett Dollansky, 15.785; 29. 4-Cody Darrah, 15.798; 30. 49-Josh Schneiderman, 15.818; 31. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.872; 32. 10-Rager Phillips, 15.888; 33. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 15.901; 34. 6RX-Ryan Bunton, 16.102; 35. 20-A.J. Moeller, 16.113; 36. 47-Don Droud Jr, 16.345; 37. 16-Dustin Clark, 16.486; 38. 10V-Glen Saville, 16.578; 39. 71X-Robert Bell, 17.399; 40. 69-Mike Moore, 17.423; 41. 12P-T.J. Peterson, nt; 42. 7K-Dustin Selvage, nt

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [1]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]; 4. 96-Bronson Maeschen [4]; 5. 82-Jason Solwold [6]; 6. 91-Dusty Zomer [5]; 7. 4-Cody Darrah [8]; 8. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [7]; 9. 16-Dustin Clark [10]; 10. 77X-Wayne Johnson [9]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [3]; 4. 56-David Heskin [4]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 6. 49-Josh Schneiderman [8]; 7. 6RX-Ryan Bunton [9]; 8. 23K-Rob Kubli [7]; 9. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 10. 10V-Glen Saville [10]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 3. 6-David Gravel [4]; 4. 83-Tim Kaeding [6]; 5. 55-Brooke Tatnell [7]; 6. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [5]; 7. 17A-Austin McCarl [8]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [1]; 9. 71X-Robert Bell [10]; 10. 20-A.J. Moeller [9].

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 13-Mark Dobmeier [6]; 5. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 6. 33-Danny Lasoski [5]; 7. 47-Don Droud Jr [9]; 8. 69-Mike Moore [10]; 9. 10-Rager Phillips [8]; 10. 2-Garrett Dollansky [7].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. 96-Bronson Maeschen [6]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [4]; 6. 56-David Heskin [5]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [7]; 8. 11-Steve Kinser [9]; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [8]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [10].

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 33-Danny Lasoski [5] [-]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [3] [-]; 3. 47-Don Droud Jr [15] [-]; 4. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [4] [-]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [9] [$200]; 6. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [6] [$180]; 7. 77X-Wayne Johnson [13] [$175]; 8. 10-Rager Phillips [12] [$160]; 9. 69-Mike Moore [19] [$150]; 10. 6RX-Ryan Bunton [14] [$150]; 11. 23K-Rob Kubli [7] [$150]; 12. 2-Garrett Dollansky [8] [$150]; 13. 16-Dustin Clark [16] [$150]; 14. 71X-Robert Bell [18] [$150]; 15. 91-Dusty Zomer [2] [$150]; 16. 49-Josh Schneiderman [10] [$150]; 17. 10V-Glen Saville [17] [$150]; 18. 24-Terry McCarl [1] [$150]; 19. 17A-Austin McCarl [11] [$150]; 20. 12P-T.J. Peterson [20] [$150]; 21. 7K-Dustin Selvage [21] [$150]; 22. 20-A.J. Moeller [22] [$150].

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings; Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway; June 15, 2013

 

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

4662

0

5

22

28

7

2

Donny Schatz

4525

-137

7

17

26

0

3

Paul McMahan

4518

-144

3

16

23

8

4

Craig Dollansky

4343

-319

4

10

20

1

5

Sammy Swindell

4325

-337

1

9

21

3

6

Joey Saldana

4283

-379

0

7

18

3

7

David Gravel

4191

-471

0

4

13

1

8

Cody Darrah

4138

-524

0

4

13

1

9

Chad Kemenah

4075

-587

0

8

10

2

10

Steve Kinser

4072

-590

1

2

10

0

11

Kerry Madsen

3964

-698

1

5

13

0

12

Kraig Kinser

3959

-703

1

4

14

0

13

Jason Sides

3902

-760

0

5

12

0

14

Tim Kaeding

3509

-1153

5

14

19

0

15

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2654

-2008

0

0

4

1

16

Brian Brown

2370

-2292

0

4

9

0

17

Bill Rose

2186

-2476

0

0

1

0

18

Greg Wilson

2096

-2566

0

1

2

0

19

Jac Haudenschild

1980

-2682

0

4

5

0

20

Wayne Johnson

1861

-2801

0

0

2

0


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