|BURLINGTON, Iowa June 27, 2014 Only two other drivers have done what five-time WoO STP Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz did at 34 Raceway Friday night. The driver of the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) No. 15 STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J won his 154th career WoO A-Feature. In scoring his seventh win of the season, Schatz surpassed two-time champion Mark Kinser and one of his early mentors on the road for third on the all-time wins list.
”It’s something you can’t really ever set your sights on it’s something you just accomplish,” admitted Schatz, after making 34 Raceway the 65th track where he’s won a won A-Feature. “I’m pretty lucky to be in this position and Mark Kinser is definitely a very good friend and a mentor to me. To be able to pass him on the list is something that means a lot.”
Only 20-time champion Steve Kinser and three-time champion Sammy Swindell have more wins than Schatz. Kinser has 577 wins while Swindell has 293.
”The two guys in front of me, I don’t know that Im ever going to catch either one of them,” Schatz said. ”But realistically I didn’t try to get to this point on the list. I’m just going out and having a good time and racing and enjoying myself. When you’re enjoying yourself, things just happen. We’re kind of over that milestone and now we can just enjoy the rest of it.”
Schatz scored the victory after a tenth place starting position. Through the 30-lap A Main, he methodically worked his through the crowd ahead, eventually taking the lead on lap 21.
”We qualified well where we went out,” Schatz said. ”We just missed the Dash there and we had a great run in the heats. We had a good car in the heat we just tried to fine tune it and make it a little better and that they did, they got a better race car for me. We tried to stay out of trouble early, some guys were real aggressive, and going a lot harder and being kind of silly so I tried to stay away from that and stay out of trouble and use my car when we needed it. We had an awesome machine.”
The win was his seventh of the season and Daryn Pittman for most on the year. Schatz also extended his points lead over Pittman to 61 points.