Photo Credit: Dave Biro
FARGO, N.D. (July 18, 2018) – There’s no better time to be firing on all eight cylinders than when the “Month of Money” rolls around for the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series. Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 team are doing just that.
Schatz raced his way to three wins in the five World of Outlaws events held in the past eight days. In the two races he didn’t win, the nine-time and defending champion came home third.
Schatz began the week by picking up the Brad Doty Classic win on Tuesday, July 10th at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio. The Fargo, N.D. driver took the lead from Joey Saldana on a lap 21 restart before holding off a hard-charging Kyle Larson.
The series then invaded Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio on Thursday, July 12th for the first of three consecutive events leading up to the Kings Royal on Saturday. Schatz brought the Textron Off Road machine home in third on night one at the Big E. Schatz went unbeaten the rest of the weekend as he picked up the $12,000 Knight before the Kings Royal on Friday and backed that up with the $50,000 Kings Royal victory on Saturday.
After a less than ideal qualifying time to start the night on Saturday, Schatz came back out and raced to a heat race win. Schatz rolled off fourth on the grid for the 40-lap feature and grabbed the lead from Trey Starks on lap 15. While Schatz went on to lead the final 25 circuits around the high-banked half mile, he felt heavy pressure from Brad Sweet in the closing stages. The hard-charging Sweet came up just a car length shy of stealing the win from Schatz at the checkers.
The win was Schatz’s third consecutive Kings Royal victory and fifth overall.
Schatz was back in action Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania for the $20,000 Don Martin Memorial. After missing out on the Sears Craftsman Dash, Schatz started ninth for the 40-lap feature. Coming in as the defending champion of the event, Schatz was looking to return to victory lane, but had to settle for a podium finish after taking the checkers in third.
The Month of Money continues this weekend for the World of Outlaws with the rescheduled Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, Pennsylvania on Thursday, July 19th. The two-night, $20,000-to-win Summer Nationals at Williamsgroove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania follows on July 20th-21st.
Schatz currently holds a 156 point lead over Brad Sweet atop the World of Outlaws point standings.
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 30
Top Tens: 36