SCHATZ TOUGHS IT OUT IN CORNWALL
CORNWALL, Ontario – (July 29) One night after flipping violently in World of Outlaws action, four-time WoO champion Donny Schatz bounced back the only way you’d expect him to: by winning. Schatz dominated the Outlaws debut at the quarter-mile Cornwall (Ontario) Motor Speedway and picked up his fourth victory of the season.
“The guys did a really good job giving me a good car tonight,” said Schatz, following his 117 career WoO A-Feature triumph. “We love racing in lapped traffic and hopefully the fans enjoyed the show. Everything kind of went our way tonight and we took advantage of it.”
Less than 24 hours after a crash at Autodromme Drummond with his TSR teammate Steve Kinser, Schatz was back in action. In front of standing-room-only crowd, the North Dakota racer qualified eighth in the field of 22 cars. From there, he led every lap of every race he started. He scored flag-to-flag wins in the second heat (10 laps), dash (eight laps) and A-Feature (40-laps).
The victory snapped a 33-race winless streak and allowed to at least gain a couple of points on 2012 WoO championship leader Craig Dollansky. Schatz ranks fifth, but is only 49 points behind Dollansky with 24 events remaining.
Schatz returns to action on Tuesday at Ohsweken Speedway, where he’ll look to score his second career victory at the 4/10-mile dirt oval. In August 2010, he led all 30 laps on his way to his second career Canadian WoO triumph. His first came in Edmonton in August 2007. Following Tuesday’s race in Ohsweken, Schatz will return home before heading to back to the short tracks: Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway, Friday, and I-55 Raceway (Pevely, Mo.) on Saturday.