Photo Credit: John Clifford
FARGO, N.D. (October 8, 2018) – Just one World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event was on tap for Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15 team over the weekend at Fulton Speedway in New York, which was a part of the 47th Super DIRT Week.
Schatz charged to a third-place finish, marking his third consecutive podium at the high-banked one-third mile oval, and extended his World of Outlaws points lead to 244 markers over Brad Sweet.
A fourth-place effort in the Sears Craftsman Dash put the nine-time and defending World of Outlaws champion on the outside of row two for the 30-lap main event. Schatz rode in the third position for nearly the entire first half of the race before making a charge to the front. Schatz found his way by Kraig Kinser for second on lap 12 and set his sights on Logan Schuchart for the lead.
The Fargo, N.D. driver was able to close in on Schuchart in lapped traffic, but in the waning laps, the hard-charging Sheldon Haudenschild reeled in and passed Schatz.
Schatz hung on to take the checkers in third, recording his 46th top-five finish of the season.
“With the finishes we’ve had lately, third is like a win. We had a decent run and traffic made it fun. The younger guys are getting their game on and making us old guys look silly,” Schatz said with a smile.
The World of Outlaws schedule ramps back up this weekend with three consecutive nights of action, starting at Jacksonville Speedway in Jacksonville, Ill. on Friday. In two previous starts at Jacksonville, Schatz has recorded a third and fourth place finish and owns the track record, which was established in the series’ first visit to the high-banked quarter-mile in 2014.
On Saturday, the Greatest Show on Dirt heads to the hallowed grounds of Indiana’s Terre Haute Action Track. The event will mark the series’ first visit to the half-mile oval in three years and just the second stop in the last 12 years. Schatz is the most recent winner at Terre Haute with his lone victory at the speedway in 2014.
The weekend will wrap up on Sunday at the “Big E,” Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Schatz has been the odds-on favorite at Eldora all season long. Schatz has won four of the six World of Outlaws races held at Eldora this season, including the $50,000 Kings Royal. The Outlaws last visited Elora on September 21st, where, after a rough start to the night, Schatz rebounded to drive from 25th to 13th in the A-main.
10/6/18 – Fulton Speedway:
Qualifying: 5th; Heat: 2nd; Dash: 4th; A-Main Start/Finish: 4th/3rd
2018 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 46
Top Tens: 59