SCHATZ SECOND IN SKAGIT FINALE
ALGER, WA (SEPT. 1) – Donny Schatz bounced back from a frustrating Friday night at Skagit Speedway with a second-place finish in the 35-lap A-Feature at Skagit Speedway. Schatz raced the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J from eighth to second and capped off the two nights of racing at the 1/3-mile dirt oval.
“These guys have been do a great job on this STP team,” said Schatz. “We’ve had a fast car for quite some time. It’s fun to start eighth and get up there and have a chance to win. Travis (Jacobson) did a great job and I’m happy to finish second tonight.”
Schatz started the evening by turing the second-fastest lap in the 29-car field and raced to a third-place finish in heat two. The dash pill draw turned up an eight, so Schatz was forced to start in the fourth row of the dash. He finished eighth and would come from the outside of row four in the A-Feature.
The four-time WoO champion wasted little time moving forward. He was quickly in the top-five and continued his charge forward. By the half-way mark, he was inside the top-three and began stalking leader Travis Jacobson through traffic. A caution on lap 26 took them out of traffic and Jacobson didn’t make any mistakes the final nine laps and scored his first career World of Outlaws win.
The finish followed Friday’s 11th-place run. Schatz led the first 10 laps of Friday’s 25-lap race, but was contacted by Kerry Madsen on a restart which broke his left rear wheel. The STP crew replaced the tire, but he was forced to come from 20th during the final dozen laps of the race.
Schatz will return to action on Monday in Lebanon, Ore., where the Outlaws will make their debut at Wilamette Speedway.