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Schatz Slips Past Hodnett in Final Corner, Wins Williams Grove Thriller

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Donny Schatz worked every lap of the 25 scheduled to earn the victory over Greg Hodnett.

Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Series Media Relations

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - May 17, 2013 - Donny Schatz caught and passed Greg Hodnett in the final corner on Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway to win his fourth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series event of the season in thrilling fashion.

Schatz, who started 12th, picked off series points leader Daryn Pittman and two of Pennsylvania's fiercest competitors, Fred Rahmer and Hodnett, over the final three laps to win at the historic central Pennsylvania venue for the 17th time in his career.

The lead was never safe in the 25-lap feature event. Paul McMahan started on the pole and led the first 10 laps before Hodnett worked his way to the front to complete Lap 11 just as caution came out. Hodnett tried to pull away on the restart but McMahan, Rahmer and Pittman stayed in close pursuit. It looked as if the vaunted PA Posse with Hodnett and Rahmer was going to deal the Outlaws their second consecutive defeat in as many nights before Schatz ran them both down on the last lap, surprising Rahmer by going to the outside in turns 1 and 2, then setting up Hodnett in turn 3, passing under him in turn 4 and charging down the long front stretch to absolutely stun the huge crowd.

"Man to lead the last lap is important and I got Greg at just the right time, he went to the bottom to protect it and I wasn't about to lose that way," said Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart Racing STP/Armor All J&J. "I gave it everything I had tonight, it worked. A lot of nights it doesn't."

It definitely was working for Schatz, who has now finished first or second in each of the past three World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series events as he chases his sixth series championship.

"When my tires were cold I thought I could keep momentum around the top, then those guys showed me the bottom," said Hodnett, driver of the Trone Outdoor Maxim. "I knew I needed to slow down and put the right rear back under the wing and hopefully it rotated and got a decent shot off. Donny was just able to run way harder than we were so, you know, just chalk it up to experience."

Rahmer, the legendary leader of the PA Posse who is experiencing a bit of a resurgence on the Pennsylvania dirt tracks this season, looked at times as if he was going to be the man to beat, but Pittman, Hodnett and eventually Schatz were able to do just enough to hold him back.

"Our car wasn't as good as it needed to be, you can't drop the ball at all with these guys," said Rahmer, driver of the Truline Contractors XXX machine. "We came home third and hopefully we can come back and just make the show [on Saturday] to start and just get a little better, I've got to drive a little better, the guys did a good job on the car, just a little off and you can't do that on a show like this."

Pittman, the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship leader, etched his 15th top-five finish this season with his fourth-place run after setting quick time.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns Saturday night to Williams Grove Speedway where the feature event will determine where the Morgan Cup trophy will reside the remainder of 2013. The traveling trophy goes to the organization represented by the highest finishing Outlaw or PA Posse racer in Saturday's A-main. The past two seasons, a dash determined the Morgan Cup winner, with Jason Sides and Steve Kinser earning victories that let the trophy find a home in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series office in North Carolina.

 

WILLIAMS GROVE SPEEDWAY NOTEBOOK

 

NOTES - Daryn Pittman set quick time in qualifying at the paper clip shaped 1/2-mile in 16.534 seconds. ... Craig Dollansky, Kraig Kinser, Kyle Larson, and Brent Marks won heat races. ... The dash draw was a 6 for the 13th time this year. ... Paul McMahan 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 - 4 (Kings Speedway on April 12, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6, Knoxville Raceway on May 11, and Williams Grove on May 17); 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) Danny Dietrich - 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 16).

 

QUALIFYING - Daryn Pittman was the fastest qualifier around the paperclip half-mile with a time of 16.534 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Joey Saldana (4 points), Sammy Swindell (3), Donny Schatz (2) and Sam Hafertepe Jr. (1).

 

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CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Tim Kaeding; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; STP ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; UNOH ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Kraig Kinser; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brent Marks; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Superflow ($50 cash): David Gravel; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): David Gravel;KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Joey Saldana;Armor All (case of product): Brent Marks; Comp Cams ($50 certificate); Donny Schatz; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Paul McMahan, David Gravel, Tim Kaeding; JE Pistons (set of rings): David Gravel and Tim Kaeding.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Williams Grove Speedway; Mechanicsburg, Pa.; May 17, 2013

A-Main - (25 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [12] [$8,000]; 2. 39-Greg Hodnett [3] [$4,000]; 3. 20S-Fred Rahmer [2] [$2,500]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [4] [$2,200]; 5. 51-Paul McMahan [1] [$2,100]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5] [$2,000]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7] [$1,800]; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky [8] [$1,600]; 9. 19M-Brent Marks [10] [$1,500]; 10. 1-Sammy Swindell [11] [$1,300]; 11. 1K-Kyle Larson [9] [$1,200]; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana [6] [$1,100]; 13. 11-Steve Kinser [24] [$1,000]; 14. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [13] [$700]; 15. 21-Brian Montieth [14] [$600]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21] [$600]; 17. 6-David Gravel [19] [$600]; 18. 4-Cody Darrah [25] [$]; 19. 7M-Chad Layton [16] [$600]; 20. 19-Stevie Smith [23] [$600]; 21. 48-Danny Dietrich [26] [$]; 22. 3-Pat Cannon [22] [$600]; 23. 69-Ryan Smith [20] [$600]; 24. 83-Tim Kaeding [15] [$600]; 25. 63-Chad Kemenah [18] [$600]; 26. 14M-Gerard McIntyre [17] [$600]; 27. 747-Davey Sammons [28] [$]; 28. 29-Kerry Madsen [27] [$0]. Lap Leaders: Paul McMahan 1-10, Greg Hodnett 11-24, Donny Schatz 25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz [+11].

Qualifying: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 16.534; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana, 16.565; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell, 16.643; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 16.714; 5. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 16.774; 6. 21-Brian Montieth, 16.792; 7. 83-Tim Kaeding, 16.799; 8. 39-Greg Hodnett, 16.847; 9. 51-Paul McMahan, 16.871; 10. 20S-Fred Rahmer, 16.906; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 16.920; 12. 7M-Chad Layton, 16.953; 13. 7-Craig Dollansky, 16.966; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.977; 15. 1K-Kyle Larson, 16.978; 16. 19M-Brent Marks, 17.000; 17. 14M-Gerard McIntyre, 17.024; 18. 63-Chad Kemenah, 17.044; 19. 87-Alan Krimes, 17.064; 20. 6-David Gravel, 17.098; 21. 69-Ryan Smith, 17.102; 22. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 17.106; 23. 747-Davey Sammons, 17.122; 24. 27H-Mark Smith, 17.129; 25. 3-Pat Cannon, 17.133; 26. 19-Stevie Smith, 17.145; 27. 11C-Cory Haas, 17.162; 28. 7S-Jason Sides, 17.164; 29. 15A-Adam Wilt, 17.165; 30. 4-Cody Darrah, 17.170; 31. 11-Steve Kinser, 17.232; 32. 48-Danny Dietrich, 17.242; 33. 29-Kerry Madsen, 17.244; 34. 27-Lance Dewease, 17.285; 35. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr, 17.312; 36. 2-Jim Siegel, 17.313; 37. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 17.334; 38. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 17.337; 39. 1Z-Danny Lasoski, 17.362; 40. 6R-Bill Rose, 17.433; 41. 75-Nicole Bower, 17.458; 42. 99M-Kyle Moody, 17.482; 43. 13-Jason Leffler, 17.601; 44. 20-Ryan Taylor, 17.606; 45. 1A-Jacob Allen, 17.697; 46. 12W-Troy Fraker, 17.881.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 7-Craig Dollansky [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [3]; 5. 3-Pat Cannon [7]; 6. 14M-Gerard McIntyre [5]; 7. 69-Ryan Smith [6]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [9]; 9. 59-Jac Haudenschild [10]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [12]; 11. 75-Nicole Bower [11]; 12. 15A-Adam Wilt [8].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 2. 20S-Fred Rahmer [2]; 3. 21-Brian Montieth [3]; 4. 19-Stevie Smith [7]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 6. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 7. 27-Lance Dewease [9]; 8. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [10]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 10. 12W-Troy Fraker [12]; 11. 4-Cody Darrah [8]; 12. 99M-Kyle Moody [11].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1K-Kyle Larson [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [8]; 5. 83-Tim Kaeding [3]; 6. 747-Davey Sammons [6]; 7. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [9]; 8. 11C-Cory Haas [7]; 9. 87-Alan Krimes [5]; 10. 13-Jason Leffler [11]; 11. 1Z-Danny Lasoski [10].

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 19M-Brent Marks [1]; 2. 39-Greg Hodnett [3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 7M-Chad Layton [2]; 5. 6-David Gravel [5]; 6. 27H-Mark Smith [6]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [7]; 8. 48-Danny Dietrich [8]; 9. 20-Ryan Taylor [11]; 10. 2-Jim Siegel [9]; 11. 6R-Bill Rose [10].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1. 51-Paul McMahan [3]; 2. 20S-Fred Rahmer [2]; 3. 39-Greg Hodnett [4]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [5]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 8. 7-Craig Dollansky [7]; 9. 1K-Kyle Larson [9]; 10. 19M-Brent Marks [10].

C-Main - (10 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the B-feature): 1. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [1] [-]; 2. 59-Jac Haudenschild [3] [-]; 3. 17B-Steve Buckwalter [4] [$125]; 4. 2-Jim Siegel [2] [$125]; 5. 20-Ryan Taylor [8] [$125]; 6. 12W-Troy Fraker [10] [$100]; 7. 75-Nicole Bower [7] [$100]; 8. 6R-Bill Rose [6] [$100]; 9. 1Z-Danny Lasoski [5] [$100]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [9] [$100]; 11. 99M-Kyle Moody [11] [$100]; 12. 13-Jason Leffler [12] [$100].

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 63-Chad Kemenah [2] [-]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5] [-]; 3. 14M-Gerard McIntyre [1] [-]; 4. 69-Ryan Smith [4] [-]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [11] [$200]; 6. 27H-Mark Smith [7] [$180]; 7. 747-Davey Sammons [6] [$175]; 8. 69K-Don Kreitz Jr [15] [$160]; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich [12] [$150]; 10. 15A-Adam Wilt [10] [$150]; 11. 11C-Cory Haas [8] [$150]; 12. 27-Lance Dewease [14] [$150]; 13. 29-Kerry Madsen [13] [$150]; 14. 59-Jac Haudenschild [16] [$150]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [9] [$150]; 16. 87-Alan Krimes [3] [$150].

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings

 

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5's

Top 10's

QT

1

Daryn Pittman

3263

0

4

15

20

4

2

Paul McMahan

3118

-145

1

11

15

5

3

Donny Schatz

3113

-150

4

10

17

0

4

Sammy Swindell

3025

-238

1

5

13

2

5

Joey Saldana

3018

-245

0

5

13

3

6

Craig Dollansky

2999

-264

2

6

13

1

7

David Gravel

2949

-314

0

4

10

1

8

Cody Darrah

2914

-349

0

2

9

1

9

Chad Kemenah

2843

-420

0

6

8

2

10

Steve Kinser

2826

-437

1

1

7

0

11

Kerry Madsen

2775

-488

1

5

10

0

12

Kraig Kinser

2701

-562

0

3

9

0

13

Jason Sides

2564

-699

0

2

7

0

14

Tim Kaeding

2429

-834

4

11

13

0

15

Sam Hafertepe Jr.

2019

-1244

0

0

3

1

16

Brian Brown

1852

-1411

0

3

6

0

17

Greg Wilson

1714

-1549

0

0

1

0

18

Jac Haudenschild

1546

-1717

0

4

5

0

19

Terry McCarl

1436

-1827

1

1

1

0

20

Lucas Wolfe

1403

-1860

0

1

6

2




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