KOKOMO, Ind – You can add Kokomo Speedway in north central Indiana to the list of tracks where five-time World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz has won an A-Feature event. The high-banked, quarter-mile track became the 67th different track when Schatz led the final 35 laps of the 40-lap main event behind the wheel of the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J Tuesday night.
“The STP guys did a great job tonight,” Schatz said. “They finally got back to the shop, slept in their own beds for a few nights and really showed us tonight that they got this thing tuned up. Our car is really rotating well. Well, this is about as close to home for the guys in the shop as it’s going to get. It’s great. We’ve got everyone from the shop here. This is like a hometown win for this race team. It’s always great to have that. Everything was great tonight. I’m just happy to be standing in victory lane.”
Schatz qualified fourth, won the fourth heat and raced from sixth to fourth in the dash. The Fargo, North Dakota racer jumped into second early in the 40-lap A-Feature and then took the lead on a restart six laps into the race. He withstood several cautions and raced away to score his 21st victory of the season.
The victory continued a 26-race streak of top-10 finishes and pushed his lead in the championship standings to 222 points with 13 races remaining in the 2014 campaign. Following Wednesday’s race at the Terre Haute Action Track, Schatz will return to Eldora Speedway for a single night of racing Friday. Following the Four Crown, the STP team travels to western Pennsylvania for Saturday’s event at Lernerville Speedway. Schatz finished second in the Kings Royal and won the Don Martin Memorial earlier in July.