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Donny Schatz Takes Advantage in Traffic for 10th World of Outlaws Triumph

Saturday September 15, 2012

 

The 6th annual Arnold Motor Supply Shootout win gives him a 101-point title lead

Sometimes a little luck goes a long way.

For Donny Schatz, everything is going the right way. Schatz overcame a poor qualifying performance to capitalize in traffic on Friday at Clay County Fair Speedway, where he claimed his third trophy at the 6th annual Arnold Motor Supply Shootout.

It was his 10th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature victory of the season and eighth consecutive top five, which helped extend his championship points advantage to a season-high 101 points.

“I hope it’s not the peak,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of racing left this year. There’s a long way to go. There’s a lot of season left and we’re doing really good right now, so we want to keep ourself on a roll.”

Schatz, who won the event in 2007 and 2008, began the night by qualifying 18th. He missed the inversion in the heat race, but caught a couple of breaks after starting on the inside of the third row.

Terry McCarl, who started one row in front of Schatz, was involved in an opening-lap crash. That moved Schatz up one row and after polesitter Scott Winters was called for starting too early, Schatz again advanced one row to take the green flag on the pole.

He finished second in his heat race, which gave him a spot in the dash. Schatz passed three cars in the dash and continued to move forward at the start of the feature.

Schatz quickly advanced into the top five while Lucas Wolfe jumped to the early lead from the pole. Craig Dollansky, who entered the event 72 points behind Schatz in the championship chase, had the quickest car early and he rode the cushion to the lead as he exited turn four on the sixth lap.

Traffic came into the equation two laps later and Wolfe was able to maneuver to the lead while Dollansky was slowed on the bottom in turn four. However, Dollansky regained the top spot on the ensuing lap and was in control until traffic claimed its first victim.

Jody Rosenboom spun in turn four on lap 17 as Dollansky was about to put him a lap down. Dollansky swerved to the top and tried to sneak between Rosenboom’s stalling car and the wall, but he ended up smashed between.

Dollansky gave up the lead during the caution as he headed to the work area to fix the damage. Wolfe inherited the lead and following a failed restart when Kerry Madsen flipped off the track in turn two, Schatz advanced past Jason Sides for the runner-up position on lap 19.

Wolfe reached traffic on lap 25 and while Schatz closed the gap, Wolfe maintained the lead as he picked off a handful of cars. But on lap 29, traffic took its second victim. Wolfe was trapped on the bottom behind Chuck McGillivray and Davey Heskin, who were both already a lap down and were battling for 19 th place.

“I just made a mistake going to the bottom and followed two lapped cars that were having their own race,” Wolfe said. “They both kind of missed the bottom and slowed down just enough that I had to wait on them in the corner.

“It was disappointing to lose so close to the end. Obviously it’s hard enough to get in that position and make it the whole night there, to lose it on the last two laps. But it’s hard to complain when Schatz beats you. They’ve been on a roll lately.”

Schatz took advantage and pulled even as they exited turn two. His momentum carried him into the lead in turn three and Wolfe was unable to close within a car length on the final lap.

“He got caught in the wrong part of the race track and I was in the right,” said Schatz, who has recorded seven wins and 17 top fives in the last 19 points races. “I managed to squeak on by there and didn’t have much race left from there.”

Steve Kinser made a late rally to round out the podium, earning his 25th top five of the season.

“I found me a little different spot than everybody else was running,” he said. “Actually it was just through the middle. I just started momentuming the middle and got pretty fast actually.”

Sides finished fourth and Cody Darrah drove from 11th to fifth. Joey Saldana charged from 14th to sixth, Jac Haudenschild placed seventh and Chad Kemenah earned the KSE Hard Charger Award for advancing from 20th to eighth. Justin Henderson ended ninth and Kaley Gharst rounded out the top 10.

6th annual Arnold Motor Supply Shootout Notebook

NOTES World of Outlaws driver Craig Dollansky’s company, CDR Promotions, promoted the event. … Dollansky set quick time for the ninth race this season. … Jac Haudenschild claimed his third heat race win, Steve Kinser his series-leading 17th, Kaley Gharst his first and Mark Dobmeier his third of the year. … Lucas Wolfe won his second dash. … Brian Brown earned his second Last Chance Showdown victory. … Donny Schatz has won three races on a 3/8-mile track this season, which is tied for most in the series.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Mark Dobmeier; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Lucas Wolfe; Armor All (case of product): Jason Sides; STP ($50 cash): Lucas Wolfe; UNOH ($50 cash): Cody Darrah; Gravely Tractors ($50 cash): Jac Haudenschild; VP Racing Fuel ($50 cash): Terry McCarl; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Terry McCarl; JE Pistons (set of rings): Terry McCarl; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Terry McCarl; Wix Filters ($50 cash): Dusty Zomer; Superflow ($50 cash): Dusty Zomer; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jody Rosenboom; JE Pistons (set of rings): Mark Dobmeier; MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Mark Dobmeier; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Jody Rosenboom.

WINNERS Sammy Swindell – 11 (Grays Harbor Raceway on Aug. 29, Castrol Raceway on Aug. 25, River Cities Speedway on Aug. 17, Autodrome Granby on July 27, Eldora Speedway on July 14, Lakeside Speedway on June 30, Red River Valley Speedway on June 16, Eldora Speedway on May 5, Knoxville Raceway on April 28, Missouri State Fair Speedway on April 20 and Merced Speedway on March 30); Donny Schatz – 10 (Clay County Fair Speedway on Sept. 14, Calistoga Speedway on Sept. 9, Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 6, Nodak Speedway on Aug. 19, Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 14, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 11, Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 29, Farmer City Raceway on April 25, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 23 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Craig Dollansky – 7 (Castrol Raceway on Aug. 24, Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 22, Lernerville Speedway on July 17, I-96 Speedway on June 2, Hagerstown Speedway on May 20, Tri-State Speedway on April 21 and Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19); Kerry Madsen – 5 (Willamette Speedway on Sept. 3, Skagit Speedway on Aug. 31, Limaland Motorsports Park on July 11, Belleville High Banks on June 29 and Knoxville Raceway on June 9); Joey Saldana – 5 (Autodrome Drummond on July 28, Eldora Speedway on July 13, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 25, Paducah International Raceway on April 13 and Perris Auto Speedway on March 10); Tim Kaeding – 4 (Antioch Speedway on Sept. 10, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 6, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 16 and The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 8); Kraig Kinser – 4 (Beaver Dam Raceway on July 7, Dodge City Raceway Park on June 23, River Cities Speedway on June 15 and Kokomo Speedway on June 5); Steve Kinser – 3 (Dodge City Raceway Park on June 22, Orange County Fair Speedway on May 19 and Williams Grove Speedway on May 12); Chad Kemenah – 2 (Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 28 and Eldora Speedway on May 4); Tony Stewart – 2 (Ohsweken Speedway on July 31 and Lernerville Speedway on July 17); Sean Becker – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 7); Cody Darrah – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21); Danny Dietrich – 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 10); Mark Dobmeier – 1 (Huset’s Speedway on July 3); Travis Jacobson – 1 (Skagit Speedway on Sept. 1); Kyle Larson – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on Sept. 8); Danny Lasoski – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 18); Paul McMahan – 1 (Rolling Wheels Raceway Park on May 16); Fred Rahmer – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 11); Brad Sweet – 1 (Clay County Fair Speedway on June 8) and Lucas Wolfe – 1 (Bloomington Speedway on Aug. 3).

TIME TRIALS Craig Dollansky was the fastest qualifier around the 3/8-mile oval with a time of 13.232 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Sammy Swindell (4 points), Jason Sides (3), Cody Darrah (2) and Brian Brown (1).

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6th annual Arnold Motor Supply Shootout Statistical Report; Clay County Fair Speedway: Spencer, Iowa; Sept. 14, 2012

A-Main – (30 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [7] [$10,000]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1] [$5,500]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [5] [$3,200]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [3] [$2,800]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [11] [$2,500]; 6. 9-Joey Saldana [14] [$2,300]; 7. 59-Jac Haudenschild [6] [$2,200]; 8. 63-Chad Kemenah [20] [$2,100]; 9. 82-Justin Henderson [15] [$2,050]; 10. 6X-Kaley Gharst [8] [$2,000]; 11. 21-Brian Brown [12] [$1,500]; 12. 24-Terry McCarl [13] [$1,200]; 13. 23W-Scott Winters [17] [$1,100]; 14. 91-Dusty Zomer [22] [$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [18] [$1,000]; 16. 1-Sammy Swindell [4] [$900]; 17. 7-Craig Dollansky [2] [$800]; 18. 97G-Jody Rosenboom [19] [$800]; 19. 56-David Heskin [21] [$800]; 20. 101-Chuck McGillivray [24] [$800]; 21. 35-Skylar Prochaska [10] [$800]; 22. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [23] [$800]; 23. 29-Kerry Madsen [16] [$800]; 24. 13-Mark Dobmeier [9] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Lucas Wolfe 1-5, 8, 18-28; Craig Dollansky 6-7, 9-17; Donny Schatz 29-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 63-Chad Kemenah [+12].

Qualifying – 1. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.232; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.256; 3. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.264; 4. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.274; 5. 21-Brian Brown, 13.301; 6. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.346; 7. 9-Joey Saldana, 13.351; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.376; 9. 35-Skylar Prochaska, 13.389; 10. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.457; 11. 82-Justin Henderson, 13.460; 12. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.461; 13. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 13.485; 14. 23W-Scott Winters, 13.488; 15. 6X-Kaley Gharst, 13.495; 16. 13-Mark Dobmeier, 13.501; 17. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.523; 18. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.552; 19. 97G-Jody Rosenboom, 13.568; 20. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.593; 21. 56-David Heskin, 13.620; 22. 16-Robbie Wolfgang, 13.707; 23. 91-Dusty Zomer, 13.730; 24. 7K-Ian Madsen, 13.900; 25. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 13.930; 26. 4W-Matt Wasmund, 14.273; 27. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 14.305; 28. 19-Ryan Wilson, 14.338; 29. 71-Robert Bell, 14.490; 30. 101-Chuck McGillivray, 14.522; 31. O-Branden Stevenson, 14.563.

Heat 1 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 59-Jac Haudenschild [1]; 2. 35-Skylar Prochaska [2]; 3. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 4. 56-David Heskin [6]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [5]; 6. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [7]; 7. 71-Robert Bell [8]; 8. 21-Brian Brown [3].

Heat 2 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 11-Steve Kinser [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [4]; 4. 24-Terry McCarl [3]; 5. 23W-Scott Winters [1]; 6. 101-Chuck McGillivray [8]; 7. 4W-Matt Wasmund [7]; 8. 16-Robbie Wolfgang [6].

Heat 3 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 6X-Kaley Gharst [1]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 3. 9-Joey Saldana [3]; 4. 91-Dusty Zomer [6]; 5. 97G-Jody Rosenboom [5]; 6. 2K-Kevin Ingle [7]; 7. O-Branden Stevenson [8]; 8. 82-Justin Henderson [2].

Heat 4 – (8 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 13-Mark Dobmeier [1]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [3]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 4. 4-Cody Darrah [4]; 5. 63-Chad Kemenah [5]; 6. 19-Ryan Wilson [7]; 7. 7K-Ian Madsen [6].

Dash – (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [1]; 2. 7-Craig Dollansky [4]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [2]; 4. 1-Sammy Swindell [3]; 5. 11-Steve Kinser [6]; 6. 59-Jac Haudenschild [7]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [10]; 8. 6X-Kaley Gharst [8]; 9. 13-Mark Dobmeier [9]; 10. 35-Skylar Prochaska [5].

B-Main – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) /strong> 1. 21-Brian Brown [1] []; 2. 82-Justin Henderson [2] ]; 3. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [4] [; 4. 101-Chuck McGillivray [8] [-]; 5. 19-Ryan Wilson [6] [$200]; 6. 71-Robert Bell [7] [$180]; 7. O-Branden Stevenson [9] [$175]; 8. 2K-Kevin Ingle [5] [$160]; 9. 7K-Ian Madsen [3] [$150]; 10. 16-Robbie Wolfgang [10] [$150]; 11. 4W-Matt Wasmund [11] [$150].

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Top 20 Championship Standings

Pos. Driver Total Diff Wins T5 T10 QT

1 Donny Schatz 8506 0 10 32 52 3
2 Craig Dollansky 8405 -101 7 31 46 9
3 Sammy Swindell 8393 -113 11 28 42 14
4 Joey Saldana 8374 -132 5 22 48 9
5 Steve Kinser 8319 -187 3 25 44 0
6 Kraig Kinser 8086 -420 4 18 38 5
7 Cody Darrah 7912 -594 1 20 33 2
8 Kerry Madsen 7836 -670 5 13 33 1
9 Chad Kemenah 7687 -819 2 9 29 2
10 Lucas Wolfe 7494 -1012 1 9 23 1
11 Bill Rose 6741 -1765 0 0 10 0
12 Jason Sides 5357 -3149 0 16 26 1
13 Jac Haudenschild 3605 -4901 0 2 9 0
14 Tim Kaeding 3524 -4982 4 10 17 0
15 Daryn Pittman 2537 -5969 0 6 13 1
16 Sam Hafertepe Jr. 2454 -6052 0 3 7 0
17 Danny Lasoski 2431 -6075 1 5 8 0
18 David Gravel 2385 -6121 0 7 9 4
19 Paul McMahan 2296 -6210 1 2 3 0
20 Stevie Smith 2276 -6230 0 3 11 1

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