INDIANAPOLIS (May 6, 2014) – The month of May for the World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series is filled with a schedule of races that challenge even the most accomplished Winged Sprint car superstars. After opening with a doubleheader on the extremely fast high-banks of Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz will shift gears this week and return to the short tracks with three stops in four nights. The slate opens with the Outlaws’ debut at Jacksonville (Ill.) Speedway Wednesday, continues Friday with their third-ever appearance at Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway and concludes Saturday with the series’ annual stop at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Indiana.
All three tracks pose different challenges for Schatz. For the Fargo, N.D., racer, the week provides the driver of the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J an opportunity to add to his growing list of venues where he’s been victorious. He does have previous wins in Illinois at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago, Tri-City Speedway near St. Louis and a central Illinois triumph at Farmer City Speedway. The five-time WoO champion has competed in both previous WoO races at Wilmot. He finished sixth in the fall of 2006 and was runner-up to Daryn Pittman in 2008. A fourth-place finish at Tri-State in the fall of 2010 has been the best result Schatz has recorded at the southwest Indiana bullring. He led the first 21 laps of the 40-lap main event that night en route to his 11th career top-10 finish there. Last spring, he started 24th and raced his way forward to finish 11th.
The TSR driver enters the week with six consecutive top-10s and continues to be in the thick of the championship battle. He’s currently fourth in the standings with 2,943 points and trails leader Joey Saldana by 22 markers. Schatz is tied with Brad Sweet and Pittman for most wins at three, and has the second-most top-fives with 18.
Wednesday at Jacksonville, the pit gates open at noon CDT and the grandstands will open at 3 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more details, call the track at (888) 959-1432 or visit www.jacksonvillespeedway.com.
Friday at Wilmot, the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. CDT and the grandstands will open at 4 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For more details, call the track at (815) 344-2023 or visit www.wilmotraceway.com.
Saturday at Tri-State, the grandstands will open at 4 p.m. CDT. Qualifying is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For more details, contact Tri-State Speedway by calling (812) 768-5995, or visit the track’s official Web site at www.tristatespeedway.com.
Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s races can catch all of the action on DIRTVision.com. Fans can listen live as Johnny Gibson, “Voice of the Outlaws,” calls the action as he does at all WoO Sprint Series events on the DIRTVision.com cybercast, as well as on the DIRT Radio Network. Go to www.DIRTVision.com for more information on all the site features, including updated results from each night of racing, as well as a chat room to interact with other race fans.
Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR/STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J:
The journey of a World of Outlaws season takes you to all kinds of different tracks and oftentimes to new places. How will you approach Wednesday’s race at Jacksonville, knowing that you haven’t been there before?
“One of the beautiful things about the World of Outlaws is you get to experience new tracks and seeing who can adapt quickest. As a team, we really like those kinds of challenges. The STP guys (Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Eric Prutzman) and I have talked about a game plan and we’ll start with it but, honestly, in dirt track racing, you never know for sure what’s going to happen. There are so many variables that factor into how your night goes. We’re looking forward to it.”
The schedule has picked up some steam with 12 more races over the next four weeks. How important is it for you and your team to continue improving and winning races at this point in the campaign?
“You are always looking to win races no matter if it’s February, August or November. They all count and they are what you are out here for. We got a couple of wins early and then finally won again a few weeks back in Devil’s Bowl, but we’re not at the level we want to be at. We’re looking for more consistent nights where we are battling for wins. Everyone at TSR is working hard to get us there. This week gives us the opportunity to race three times and get better every time we hit the track. You start at a track not many teams have been to and then head to Wilmot, where we finished second the last time we were there, and then finish at Tri-State, where our results haven’t been that great. Like I said, we’re looking at this week as a great opportunity to get some results that will give us momentum heading toward Pennsylvania.”