KOKOMO, IND – When you are trying to get back on track, sometimes it’s little things that make a difference. After admiringly struggling during the month of May, four-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz is taking solace in a few bright spots these first couple of races in June that may turn into some bigger as the season wears on.

Tuesday it was a return to the tight, quarter-mile dirt oval of Kokomo Speedway, which is roughly an hour north of Indianapolis. Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) team returned to the track for the first time since the summer of 2007.

Schatz turned the 12th-fastest lap in the field of 31 cars and followed that up by finishing second in heat three. In the six-car dash, the four-time WoO champion advanced from 10th to eighth and started the 40-lap A-Feature outside of row four.

He had a pair of strong starts, but both were negated because of yellows. Once the race got going, Schatz jumped into to sixth and fought throughout the race to crack the top-five. He worked the high side, the low groove and switched it up in both corners. The high side ultimately rubbered up and Schatz finished sixth.