INDIANAPOLIS (July 26, 2014) – The long road to a World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series title stretches all across the United States and twice into Canada. A three-race tour through eastern Canada beginning in Quebec tonight and concluding with two races in Ontario closes out a busy July slate of action for Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz.
Schatz leads the Outlaws north of the border with races tonight at Autodromme Drummond in Drummondville, Quebec, Sunday at Cornwall (Ontario) Motor Speedway, and at Ohsweken (Ontario) Speedway Tuesday.
Schatz, the five-time WoO STP Sprint Car Series champion and current point leader, finished second last year at Autodromme and won the 2013 stop at Ohsweken in dominating fashion for his second career win at the track. His 2012 flag-to-flag victory in the 40-lap race at Cornwall kicked started his run to a fifth WoO championship. The driver of the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J has scored eight top-10s in his last 10 starts.
The 2014 season has been a memorable one so far for Schatz, who has nine WoO A-Feature wins. In April, he earned his 150th career triumph, winning at historic Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. In early June, he won his 154th career A-Feature to move into third place all-time on the WoO win list trailing only Kinser (577) and Sammy Swindell (293) in victories. The historic victory came at Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wisconsin, a track where the North Dakota native spent a number of Saturday nights racing early in his career.
Following Wednesday’s WoO race at Fulton (New York) Speedway, the Outlaws have contested 54 of the 92 scheduled race nights in the 2014 WoO STP campaign. Schatz leads the series championship with 7,602 points and has a 55-point lead over Daryn Pittman. Schatz leads the series with 34 top-five finishes and a second-best 48 top-10s. Kinser currently ranks eighth and has posted eight top-five and 26 top-10 finishes.
Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR/STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J:
Consistency over the past few weeks has been a staple for you. How frustrating has it been to come up one position short in three of the last eight races?
“I guess you can look at it both ways. We’ve finished first or second in half of them, so that’s good, but we’re trying to win races. The STP team car has been good, but we haven’t been great. We’re looking forward to these next three races to see if we can break this string of second-place finishes. The guys have been tweaking things and we just need to get on some tracks where we can race a little bit. We’ve been close at Drummondville and we’d like to get one there. I’m excited to get back to Cornwall for the second time, and we always enjoy racing at Ohsweken.”