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FARGO, N.D. (September 26, 2019) – Donny Schatz raced to his ninth victory of the season last Friday night, September 20th at Dodge City (KS) Raceway Park to kick off the two-night Outlaw Boot Hill Showdown.
The win was Schatz’s fifth at the three-eighths mile oval, which broke a tie with Daryn Pittman for the most World of Outlaws wins at the speedway.
“Hats off to my guys,” Schatz said in victory lane. “They’re hitting on all cylinders. They always have. Sometimes the drivers falter and that’d be me. Tonight, we didn’t have any of those faults.”
After winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Schatz took the green flag for the 25-lap feature from the pole position. David Gravel narrowly led the opening lap, but Schatz came storming back to take the point on lap two.
Once out front, Schatz built up a lead he would not relinquish as he cruised to his 292nd career win.
“When they threw the green, I thought it was going to take a while for it (the bottom of the track) to go away,” said Schatz. “I think as David went down there, we were able to get back by him right away. It went away real quick. I didn’t expect it to do that, either. I like it when it does that.”
The following night, Schatz picked up his 41st top-five finish of the season with a third-place finish.
On Wednesday, September 25th, the Greatest Show on Dirt returned to Jacksonville Speedway to make up an event that was postponed due to rain earlier this year.
Schatz lined up 17th on the grid for the 40-lap main event, but didn’t stay back there long. The 10-time and defending series champion marched his way forward to finish fourth and earn the night’s KSE Hard Charger award.
Schatz currently has an 18 point lead in the standings over Brad Sweet heading into this weekend’s doubleheader.
“It’s not the year you’ve had when you’ve won 20-plus a year, but, hey, it’s a very competitive deal at the moment,” Schatz said. “I mean, look at all of the cars that have run well. We’re in a position to try and run for a championship and that’s all you can ask for when you start the year.”
On Friday, the Outlaws return to Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio for the final time this season before heading to Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania on Saturday.
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: 42
Top Tens: 58