BURLINGTON, IOWA – Donny Schatz will return to 34 Raceway in Burlington, Iowa Friday as the series opens a three-race weekend. Schatz continues to gain consistency in Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet Performance J&J scoring 11 top-10 finishes in his last 12 races. The weekend also includes stops at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City and I-80 Speedway near Greenwood, Nebraska.
After winning his fifth A-Feature event of the year on Memorial Day, Schatz led 23 laps of the 30-lap main event at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich., before finishing second. He finished ninth Wednesday at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway after starting 11th. The five-time and reigning World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series champion is looking to close in on current points leader Daryn Pittman, who has a 165 point advantage over Schatz with 28 races in the books.
Friday’s stop in Burlington will be the Outlaws’ third race at the 3/8-mile, dirt oval located on the eastern edge of Iowa at the Illinois state line. Schatz finished sixth in the Outlaws debut at the track in 2008 and in 2009, he raced from seventh and led from laps 12 through 31 of the A-Feature before finishing second to Joey Saldana.
Schatz has three consecutive top-10 finishes at Lakeside Speedway where the Outlaws’ have raced 11 times, and the weekend concludes with their first stop at I-80 since 2003. A fourth-place finish in September 2002 was the best finish at the half-mile for Schatz.