INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 4, 2014) – Tony Stewart Racing’s Donny Schatz is racking an impressive win list of winning Sprint car racing’s most prestigious events. The one marquee event on the World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series schedule that has eluded him since 2004 is the crown jewel of the West – the Gold Cup Race of Champions at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, California. Schatz is looking to win his second Gold Cup when the Outlaws return to Northern California for the 61st running of the event Friday and Saturday.Schatz comes into the event hungry to end a Gold Cup finale winless streak that’s reached 10 seasons. The pilot of the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J has won three races in Chico since dominating the 2004 Gold Cup, where he led all 30 laps of his preliminary feature and all 40 of the finale. In 2010, he won the Friday-night feature and, in March 2011, he won the Mini Gold Cup. In 2012, he won the opening-night feature, finished fourth Friday and second in the 40-lap finale. Last year, Schatz was forced to use a provisional starting positing and charged from 25th to 11th.
Following the Gold Cup in Chico, the TSR teams will travel to the Bay Area for the final appearance in California for 2014 at Antioch Speedway. Kinser won the Outlaws’ debut at the 3/8-mile clay oval in 2011 and has posted top-10 finishes in each of the three fall stops at Antioch. Schatz finished 13th in 2011, came home second in 2012 and finished 11th last September.
Schatz leads the series to California for the final West Coast appearance of 2014 on a tear. The five-time WoO STP Sprint Car Series champion has finished fourth or better in 19 consecutive races. He recently had a six-race winning streak that included sweeps of races at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta and Skagit Speedway in Alger, Washington. The consistency has enabled the STP team to create a sizeable advantage in the standings as Schatz chases a sixth WoO title. His win Monday at Grays Harbor Raceway Park in Elma, Washington was his 20th of the season, and he became the first driver since Kinser in 2004 and 2005 to win 20 races in consecutive seasons.
Following Wednesday’s WoO race at Southern Oregon Speedway in Medford, the Outlaws have contested 74 of the 92 scheduled race nights of the 2014 WoO STP campaign. Schatz leads the series championship with 9,954 points and has a 210-point lead over Daryn Pittman. Schatz leads the series with 20 victories, 51 top-five finishes and 64 top-10s.
For both races at Silver Dollar Speedway, the pit gates will open at 2 p.m. PDT with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. For more details and ticket information, call Silver Dollar Speedway at (916) 969-7484 or visit www.silverdollarspeedway.com.
On Sunday at Antioch Speedway, the pit gates will open at 1 p.m. PDT with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. For more details and ticket information, call the track at (925) 779-9220 or visit www.antiochspeedway.com.
Race fans unable to attend this weekend’s events 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 STP Sprint Car 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 live results from the track.
Donny Schatz, Driver of the No. 15 TSR/STP/Armor All/Crimsafe J&J:
August was a great month for you and the STP team. How can you follow that up in September?
“The biggest thing is we have a lot of races in front us and what’s happened already doesn’t affect that. We’re trying to win every night, and we know that realistically it’s not possible, but that’s our goal. Last year, we were able to end the season with a lot of wins and our goal is to do better than we did last year. We’ve had a really good run through Edmonton and Washington and we’ve got three races in California. We haven’t won the Gold Cup finale in quite a few years and that would be a good one to add to the win list. The STP guys (Rick Warner, Steve Swenson and Eric Prutzman) have worked extremely hard and the results are coming because of that. We have a lot of things to accomplish during this next month, starting this weekend in Chico.”