Photo Credit: Michael Fry
FARGO, N.D. (May 23, 2019) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series was able to get four shows in this past week. However, Mother Nature still had her way over the weekend, washing out Sunday’s scheduled event at Weedsport Speedway.
The Outlaws made their first visit to New Jersey’s Bridgeport Speedway in 16 years on Tuesday evening. In the past, they have ran on the five-eighths mile, but on Tuesday the “Greatest Show on Dirt” competed on the three-eighths mile configuration.
Schatz started third on the grid for the 35-lap feature but fell back to eighth in the opening laps. Schatz battled back throughout the race to track down the top three in the final 10 laps and challenge for the lead.
The 10-time champion took the point from Danny Dietrich with three laps to go, but Dietrich battled back to regain the lead on the following circuit. At the checkers, Schatz was forced to settle for second.
“I went down into the corner and couldn’t tell where the edge of the track was. I didn’t even know I was off the track,” said Schatz with a chuckle after the race about the mishap that sent him back to eighth. “My Tony Stewart Racing guys have done an awesome job. The race car was solid all night.”
The World of Outlaws made their first appearance of the season to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Penn. on Friday and Saturday night for the Morgan Cup. Following an eighth-place effort on Friday, Schatz came out on Saturday by running second quick in his qualifying flight.
Schatz rolled off on the outside of the front row for the 30-lap main event and grabbed the early lead over local favorite, Lance Dewease. Schatz looked strong in the opening laps but lapped traffic played into the hands of Dewease. The driver of the Don Kreitz No. 69K was able to track down Schatz and make the pass for the lead amid lapped traffic.
Schatz remained within striking distance for the remainder of the event, but wasn’t close enough to capitalize in the closing laps. At the checkers, Schatz came home second.
“He’s pretty damn good,” said Schatz of Dewease after the race. “You can’t take anything away from those guys. They did a great job tonight. I’m happy to roll around here as good as we did. It’s been a while since we’ve been this good here.”
Schatz was also in action on Wednesday, May 15th at Lincoln Speedway. After taking a rare provisional, the Fargo, N.D. wheeled his way from the 25th starting position to 11th, picking up the night’s KSE Hard Charger award.
Next up, the Outlaws head to the Dirt Track at Charlotte for the two-night Patriot Nationals.
Schatz now holds a 34 point lead over Brad Sweet in the standings.
Schatz and the entire Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team would like to thank Toco Warranty, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Absolute Automation & Security and J&J Auto Racing for their continued support.
2019 Stats (World of Outlaws):
Top Fives: 12
Top Tens: 17