Keeping Pace

Schatz Continues Mastery of World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series at Knoxville

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In a field of 51 cars, it was Brian Brown, Craig Dollansky and Tim Kaeding who tried to prevent Donny Schatz from returning to Knoxville's victory lane, a place Schatz practically calls home. Brown earned his second pole of the season and jumped out to a quick lead before Dollansky was able to slide into the top spot on lap 9. Meanwhile, Schatz reeled in Kaeding, then Brown and set his sights on Dollansky

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa - May 11, 2013 - If it wasn't obvious before, Donny Schatz made it clear on Saturday night: The path to winning at Knoxville Raceway goes through him.

Schatz charged from seventh to victory in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Mediacom Shootout at the famous half-mile, where he has won five of the past six Knoxville Nationals crowns in addition to winning six additional series races there since 2006.

In a field of 51 cars, it was Brian Brown, Craig Dollansky and Tim Kaeding who tried to prevent Schatz from returning to Knoxville's victory lane, a place Schatz practically calls home. Brown earned his second pole of the season and jumped out to a quick lead before Dollansky was able to slide into the top spot on lap 9. Meanwhile, Schatz reeled in Kaeding, then Brown and set his sights on Dollansky.

On lap 18, Schatz stalked Dollansky through lapped traffic in his STP/Armor All J&J, finally making his move on the exit of turn two as they headed down the backstretch. A red flag for Rager Phillips in turn four forced a restart, and a multi-car crash on the frontstretch led to another, helping Schatz secure his advantage. Schatz then pulled away over the waning laps, leaving Dollansky and Brown to battle for second, which Dollansky took in the Eyecon Trail Cameras Maxim. Kerry Madsen and Paul McMahan went side-by-side in a race for fourth, which Madsen earned in the Keneric Racing KPC.

"This place is just unique, and we've come here so many times in the past and were so terrible and then one day figured it out," said Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. "These guys on this STP team do a phenomenal job and when it works it seems like it works at a lot of places."

Schatz made the pass for the lead on the top side of the track, and then extended his advantage by working the bottom groove. The victory was Schatz's third of the season, one behind points leader Daryn Pittman and Friday night winner Tim Kaeding.

"Just a hard fought battle with the Eyecon Trail Cameras car and we came up one spot short," said Dollansky, of Elk River, Minn. "We came home second tonight, but we'll keep working hard at things and keep plugging away."

Dollansky's team seems to be hitting its groove, earning a third-place finish on Friday night at Elko Speedway to go with his runner-up finish on Saturday. Brown's team also appears to be on the right track with the Casey's General Stores/FVP Maxim, clearly using Saturday's night performance as a measuring stick for where it believes it needs to be in August during the Nationals.

"We just got a little free as the race went on and could never do anything with him," said Brown, of Grain Valley, Mo. "Schatz is always good here and a good top three is nothing to hang your head about, but we definitely want to win."

Overall it was a busy night on the track. Kyle Larson earned the 24th position in the A-main after advancing 13 positions in the Last Chance Showdown. In the A-main, he continued to work his way forward, eventually finishing in the eighth position to earn the KSE Hard Charger Award.

Sammy Swindell, who won last season at Knoxville, posted quick time in qualifying and was on the move in the A-main, but damage to his Big Game Treestands car sustained on a restart forced him to the back of the field.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series points leader Daryn Pittman won the Last Chance Showdown then picked up his 18th top-10 finish in 21 races this season after finishing seventh, one spot behind his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Cody Darrah.


Pittman owns a 130-point lead over Paul McMahan as the Outlaws head east for the Gettysburg Clash on Wednesday, May 15, at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pa., and Friday-Saturday, May 17-18 at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

KNOXVILLE RACEWAY NOTEBOOK

NOTES - There were 51 cars signed in to race on Saturday night. ... Sammy Swindell set quick time in qualifying at the half-mile in 14.699 seconds. ... Brad Sweet, Chad Kemenah, Brian Brown, Lucas Wolfe and Donny Schatz won heat races, the first time this season a five-heat format was used. ... The dash draw was a 6 for the 13th time this year. ... Brian Brown won the dash for the second time this year.

WINNERS - Daryn Pittman - 4 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 13, Tucson International Raceway on March 9, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15 and Eldora Speedway on May 4); Tim Kaeding - 4 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 7, Tri-State Speedway on April 20 and Elko Speedway on May 10); Donny Schatz - 3 (Kings Speedway on April 12, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6, and Knoxville Raceway on May 11); Craig Dollansky - 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and Salina Highbanks Speedway on April 27); Shane Golobic - 1 (Antioch Speedway on April 5); Kyle Larson - 1 (Stockton 99 Dirt Track on March 22); Danny Lasoski - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17); Paul McMahan - 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23); Terry McCarl - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16), Sammy Swindell - 1 (Merced Speedway on March 29), Steve Kinser - 1 (El Paso Speedway Park on April 16) Kerry Madsen - 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 3).

 

QUALIFYING - Sammy Swindell was the fastest qualifier around the historic half-mile oval with a time of 14.699 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Paul McMahan (4 points), Brian Brown (3), Joey Saldana (2) and Craig Dollansky (1).

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CONTINGENCY WINNERS - Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Joey Saldana; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Joey Saldana;STP ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; UNOH ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Dusty Zomer; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Dusty Zomer;Comp Cams ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Kerry Madsen, Terry McCarl, Wayne Johnson; Superflow ($50 cash): Terry McCarl; JE Pistons (set of rings): Mark Dobmeier and Tim Kaeding; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Wayne Johnson; Armor All (case of product): Dusty Zomer; KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Kyle Larson.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Mediacom Shootout; Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway; May 11, 2013

A-Main - (25 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [7] [$10,000]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [4] [$5,500]; 3. 21-Brian Brown [1] [$3,200]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [10] [$2,800]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [5] [$2,500]; 6. 4-Cody Darrah [3] [$2,300]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [14] [$2,200]; 8. 1K-Kyle Larson [24] [$2,100]; 9. 91-Dusty Zomer [23] [$2,050]; 10. 71M-Joey Saldana [13] [$2,000]; 11. 6-David Gravel [25] [$700]; 12. 7S-Jason Sides [20] [$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [21] [$1,100]; 14. 24-Terry McCarl [15] [$1,050]; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah [12] [$1,000]; 16. 49-Brad Sweet [8] [$900]; 17. 11-Steve Kinser [27] [$]; 18. 1-Sammy Swindell [6] [$800]; 19. 13-Mark Dobmeier [28] [$]; 20. 18-Ian Madsen [26] [$]; 21. 83-Tim Kaeding [2] [$800]; 22. 82-Lucas Wolfe [9] [$800]; 23. 56-David Heskin [17] [$800]; 24. 10-Rager Phillips [19] [$800]; 25. 41-Jason Johnson [22] [$800]; 26. 77X-Wayne Johnson [11] [$800]; 27. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [16] [$800]; 28. 1M-Danny Lasoski [18] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Brian Brown 1-8, Craig Dollansky 9-17, Donny Schatz 18-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1K-Kyle Larson [+16]

Qualifying: 1. 1-Sammy Swindell, 14.699; 2. 51-Paul McMahan, 14.839; 3. 21-Brian Brown, 14.885; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana, 14.887; 5. 7-Craig Dollansky, 14.890; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman, 14.896; 7. 24-Terry McCarl, 14.968; 8. 96-Bronson Maeschen, 14.978; 9. 4-Cody Darrah, 15.001; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 15.017; 11. 83-Tim Kaeding, 15.037; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah, 15.044; 13. 56-David Heskin, 15.097; 14. 1M-Danny Lasoski, 15.123; 15. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.155; 16. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.167; 17. 29-Kerry Madsen, 15.208; 18. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 15.212; 19. 82-Lucas Wolfe, 15.227; 20. 10-Rager Phillips, 15.323; 21. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.339; 22. 47-Don Droud Jr., 15.358; 23. 7S-Jason Sides, 15.409; 24. 6-David Gravel, 15.414; 25. 7M-Geoff Dodge, 15.428; 26. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 15.429; 27. 41-Jason Johnson, 15.467; 28. 17A-Austin McCarl, 15.469; 29. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 15.480; 30. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.481; 31. 6R-Ryan Bunton, 15.484; 32. 7K-Dustin Selvage, 15.495; 33. 2-Garrett Dollansky, 15.509; 34. 91-Dusty Zomer, 15.542; 35. 1D-David Hesmer, 15.559; 36. 23K-Rob Kubli, 15.560; 37. 10V-Glen Saville, 15.567; 38. 81-Austin Johnson, 15.571; 39. 1K-Kyle Larson, 15.575; 40. 17B-Bill Balog, 15.621; 41. 11-Steve Kinser, 15.621; 42. 88-Jarrod Schniederman, 15.636; 43. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.668; 44. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 15.699; 45. 20-A.J. Moeller, 15.702; 46. 69-Mike Moore, 15.788; 47. 71X-Robert Bell, 16.067; 48. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 16.696; 49. 4X-Dakota Hendrickson, 19.198; 50. 12P-T.J. Peterson, nt; 51. 45-Mark Johnson, nt

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 83-Tim Kaeding [2]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [9]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [5]; 8. 6R-Ryan Bunton [7]; 9. 23K-Rob Kubli [8]; 10. 45-Mark Johnson [11]; 11. 69-Mike Moore [10].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 3. 24-Terry McCarl [3]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 47-Don Droud Jr. [5]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [6]; 7. 7K-Dustin Selvage [7]; 8. 10V-Glen Saville [8]; 9. 88-Jarrod Schniederman [9]; 10. 71X-Robert Bell [10].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 2. 77X-Wayne Johnson [1]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [5]; 4. 56-David Heskin [2]; 5. 96-Bronson Maeschen [3]; 6. 17A-Austin McCarl [6]; 7. 55-Brooke Tatnell [9]; 8. 2-Garrett Dollansky [7].

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 82-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [3]; 3. 1M-Danny Lasoski [2]; 4. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 5. 6-David Gravel [5]; 6. 91-Dusty Zomer [7]; 7. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [6]; 8. 1K-Kyle Larson [8]; 9. 13-Mark Dobmeier [9].

Heat 5 - (8 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 3. 10-Rager Phillips [1]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [3]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [8]; 6. 7M-Geoff Dodge [5]; 7. 1D-David Hesmer [7]; 8. 12P-T.J. Peterson [10].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 12 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 2. 83-Tim Kaeding [1]; 3. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 4. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [5]; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell [6]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [8]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [9]; 9. 82-Lucas Wolfe [12]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen [10]; 11. 77X-Wayne Johnson [11]; 12. 63-Chad Kemenah [7].

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1] [-]; 2. 41-Jason Johnson [6] [-]; 3. 1K-Kyle Larson [16] [-]; 4. 91-Dusty Zomer [12] [-]; 5. 96-Bronson Maeschen [2] [$200]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [18] [$180]; 7. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [8] [$175]; 8. 13-Mark Dobmeier [21] [$160]; 9. 7K-Dustin Selvage [10] [$150]; 10. 55-Brooke Tatnell [20] [$150]; 11. 2-Garrett Dollansky [11] [$150]; 12. 10V-Glen Saville [15] [$150]; 13. 6R-Ryan Bunton [9] [$150]; 14. 45-Mark Johnson [23] [$150]; 15. 17B-Bill Balog [17] [$150]; 16. 17A-Austin McCarl [7] [$150]; 17. 1D-David Hesmer [13] [$150]; 18. 69-Mike Moore [22] [$150]; 19. 88-Jarrod Schniederman [19] [$150]; 20. 6-David Gravel [4] [$150]; 21. 7M-Geoff Dodge [5] [$150]; 22. 12P-T.J. Peterson [31] [$150]; 23. 18-Ian Madsen [3] [$150]; 24. 23K-Rob Kubli [14] [$150]; 25. 47-Don Droud Jr. [24] [$150]; 26. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [25] [$150]; 27. 81-Austin Johnson [26] [$150]; 28. 20-A.J. Moeller [27] [$150]; 29. 71X-Robert Bell [28] [$150]; 30. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [29] [$150]; 31. 4X-Dakota Hendrickson [30] [$150].

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings

 

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

T-5

T-10

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

2980

0

4

14

18

3

2

Paul McMahan

2850

-130

1

10

14

5

3

Donny Schatz

2815

-165

3

8

15

0

4

Joey Saldana

2785

-195

0

5

13

3

5

Craig Dollansky

2761

-219

2

6

12

1

6

Sammy Swindell

2743

-237

1

4

11

1

7

David Gravel

2717

-263

0

4

10

1

8

Cody Darrah

2674

-306

0

2

9

1

9

Chad Kemenah

2615

-365

0

6

8

2

10

Steve Kinser

2590

-390

1

1

7

0

11

Kerry Madsen

2555

-425

1

5

10

0

12

Kraig Kinser

2490

-490

0

3

8

0

13

Jason Sides

2414

-566

0

2

7

0

14

Tim Kaeding

2185

-795

4

10

12

0

15

Brian Brown

1852

-1128

0

3

6

0

16

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

1764

-1216

0

0

2

1

17

Greg Wilson

1714

-1266

0

0

1

0

18

Terry McCarl

1436

-1544

1

1

1

0

19

Lucas Wolfe

1403

-1577

0

1

6

2

20

Jac Haudenschild

1396

-1584

0

4

5

0




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