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Donny Schatz Outduels the Competition for World of Outlaws Boot Hill Showdown Win

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series logo. (Courtesy of WoO)
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series logo. (Courtesy of WoO)

Courtesy: WoO Sprint Car Media Relations

DODGE CITY, Kan. - July 4, 2015 - After coming just short of a win the night before, Donny Schatz dominated night two of the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park on Saturday night and scored his 19th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season.

"It feels good to get back to victory lane," Schatz said. "This race track was completely different tonight. I didn't know what was going to happen. It got so fast on the bottom last night and I didn't know if it was going to hold up there or not. But wow, it was lightning fast around the top."

Schatz started on the front row with Jason Sides, the previous night's winner. Schatz had the lead in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies car by the time the two drivers hit turn one. A caution flag flew early as Joey Saldana was forced up the track. When the race returned to green Schatz maintained his lead.

Over the next ten laps, Schatz worked his way through traffic as Sides worked to hold off Paul McMahan and McMahan worked to hold off Kerry Madsen. The yellow flag flew again on lap 16 as Logan Schuchart slowed on track.

The restart proved pivotal as Sides stumbled and held up the bottom line while Schatz and those behind him surged forward. When the field came back around, Schatz led McMahan and Jason Johnson. As Schatz worked his way through traffic in the closing laps, McMahan tried to run him down but was unsuccessful.

"Starting on the outside really helped tonight getting the jump on (Jason Sides)," Schatz said. "Had a really good car. It was awful tight there most of the race but that's a good thing for me. I try to do my best and tonight it got us a win."

After a season so far that has been up and down, McMahan said the second place finish felt good for he and his CJB Motorsports team. He credited his crew chief Barry Jackson and his team members for working hard night in and night out to overcome bad luck and find their stride.

"We've been working every day and Barry has been working every day trying to figure out what it is and I think we found some things on our CJB racecar tonight," McMahan said. "Our pill draw hasn't been the greatest, we've been qualifying just outside that front row or not in that good spot to make the dash and then you've got to start so far back. And then you've got to chase guys like Donny down. I'm just happy to actually be in the same race he was tonight. He didn't get away from us - lap traffic was pretty tricky."

After a nearly three month hiatus from the series following an injury at Placerville Speedway in April, Jason Johnson proved yet again tonight that he is back in old form. The reigning American Sprint Car Series champion, who is making his first full campaign with the Outlaws this season, started on the pole and finished in the top five on night one of the Boot Hill Showdown and then closed out the weekend on Saturday with a podium finish in third.

Johnson said the finish means a lot for his No. 41 Priority Aviation/Mesilla Valley Transportation team.

"Even though I was out, my guys worked their tails off and using the different drivers throughout the time I was out, they capitalized on the good things that we learned from each guy," Johnson said. "I'm still the same driver I was three months ago but these guys have advanced really far. I can't say enough about Phillip Dietz our crew chief and (crew members) Cole and Blaine, they're doing a good job. The team is gelling and we're surrounded by great people… I want to thank everybody for their support while I was out and I'm happy to be back."

Kevin Swindell was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing six positions to finish in 14th.

The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series return to action next weekend, July 11 and 12 at Cedar Lake Speedway for the two-day Cedar Lake Outlaw Sprint Car Showdown.

Dodge City Raceway Park Notebook

RACE NOTES: Joey Saldana was the night's fast qualifier after a lap of 12.480. It was the ninth quick time of the season for Saldana who is the leading qualifier… Last night's winner Jason Sides won the Dash and started on the feature pole… Kevin Swindell was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing six positions to finish in 14th… Donny Schatz's win tonight was his 19th of the season and third career win at Dodge City.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Brian Herbert; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Sweet Manufacturing ($100 cash): Joey Saldana; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Brad Loyet; Mobil 1 ($50 cash): Shane Stewart;JE Pistons ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Edelbrock ($50 cash): David Gravel; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Danny Jennings;Super Flow ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Paul McMahan;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Kevin Swindell; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz;Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Jacob Allen; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Danny Jennings; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Brian Herbert.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 19 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 13, Huset's Speedway on June 14, Granite City Speedway on June 17, River Cities Speedway on June 19, Dakota State Fair Speedway on June 20, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 27, Lakeside Speedway on July 1, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4); Shane Stewart - 4 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12); Daryn Pittman - 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Brad Sweet - 3(Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11, I-96 Speedway on June 25); Rico Abreu - 2(Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Paul McMahan - 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3);Christopher Bell - 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2);Dale Blaney - 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29); Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7);Greg Hodnett - 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13);Danny Lasoski - 1(I-80 Speedway on June 5);Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Joey Saldana - 1 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3);Jason Sides - 1 (Dodge City Raceway Park on July 3).

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Dodge City Raceway Park; Dodge City, Kan.; July 4, 2015

A-Main - (30 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2] [$10,000]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$5,000]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [3] [$3,000]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [1] [$2,700]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [6] [$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [11] [$2,200]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [7] [$2,000]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [10] [$1,800]; 9. 7-David Gravel [8] [$1,600]; 10. 71M-Joey Saldana [5] [$1,450]; 11. O5-Brad Loyet [14] [$1,300]; 12. 11-Steve Kinser [9] [$1,200]; 13. O3-Joe Wood [16] [$1,100]; 14. 31B-Kevin Swindell [20] [$1,000]; 15. 1X-Don Droud Jr [12] [$950]; 16. 1J-Danny Jennings [19] [$900]; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart [18] [$850]; 18. 51A-Andy Anderson [22] [$750]; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser [13] [$725]; 20. 1A-Jacob Allen [15] [$700]; 21. 17-Mikey Kuemper [17] [$700]; 22. 97-Brian Herbert [21] [$700]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-30. KSE Hard Charger Award:31B-Kevin Swindell [+6]

Qualifying - 1. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.480; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen, 12.557; 3. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.693; 4. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.872; 5. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.877; 6. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.925; 7. 11-Steve Kinser, 12.953; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.994; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.000; 10. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.012; 11. 7-David Gravel, 13.015; 12. 1X-Don Droud Jr, 13.080; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.100; 14. O5-Brad Loyet, 13.256; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.261; 16. O3-Joe Wood, 13.327; 17. 17-Mikey Kuemper, 13.346; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.489; 19. 1J-Danny Jennings, 13.644; 20. 31B-Kevin Swindell, 13.644; 21. 97-Brian Herbert, 14.021; 22. 51A-Andy Anderson, 14.293

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 2-Shane Stewart [1]; 2. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 6. 1J-Danny Jennings [7]; 7. O3-Joe Wood [6]; 8. 51A-Andy Anderson [8]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7-David Gravel [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [3]; 5. O5-Brad Loyet [5]; 6. 31B-Kevin Swindell [7]; 7. 17-Mikey Kuemper [6]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2]; 3. 1X-Don Droud Jr [1]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6]; 7. 97-Brian Herbert [7]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [6]; 6. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [7]; 8. 7-David Gravel [8]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5's

Top 10's

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

6020

0

19

32

39

2

2

2

Shane Stewart

5766

-254

4

23

32

4

3

29

Kerry Madsen

5693

-327

0

16

36

5

4

49

Brad Sweet

5638

-382

3

15

32

2

5

71M

Joey Saldana

5613

-407

1

17

31

9

6

51

Paul McMahan

5590

-430

2

19

30

4

7

9

Daryn Pittman

5543

-477

3

14

30

1

8

7s

Jason Sides

5380

-640

1

10

20

2

9

7

David Gravel

5317

-703

0

5

18

1

10

11k

Kraig Kinser

5047

-973

0

3

8

1

11

1S

Logan Schuchart

4992

-1028

0

2

13

1

12

41

Jason Johnson

4198

-1822

0

3

7

0

13

1A

Jacob Allen

4181

-1839

0

0

0

0

14

83

Craig Dollansky

2332

-3688

0

1

4

0

15

24

Rico Abreu

2241

-3779

2

4

8

3

16

24

Terry McCarl

1965

-4055

1

3

6

0

17

3

Tim Kaeding

1940

-4080

1

2

9

0

18

35AU

Jamie Veal

1732

-4288

0

0

2

0

19

21

Brian Brown

1680

-4340

1

4

5

0

20

41

Sammy Swindell

1643

-4377

0

1

5

1

 



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