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FARGO, N.D. (October 1, 2019) – The grueling World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series schedule is down to its final 10 events. Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart / Curb-Agajanian No. 15 team currently ride second in the point standings, 40 markers behind Brad Sweet.
This weekend, Schatz will head to Mechanicsburg, Pa. for the $65,000-to-win National Open at Williams Grove Speedway. Schatz is a five-time winner of the National Open, most recently claiming the title in 2012.
The World of Outlaws has visited Williams Grove four times to date in 2019. Schatz has collected one win and has only had one finish outside of the podium, which was an eighth-place effort on May 17th.
In three starts at the historic semi-banked half-mile oval last year, Schatz recorded two top 10 finishes with a best result of second on July 20th after leading 17 laps.
Over his past 10 races at Williams Grove, which is home to some of the toughest local competition in the country, Schatz has an incredible average finish of 5.9.
The 10-time and defending series champion has 20 career World of Outlaws wins at Williams Grove Speedway in 121 starts. That is second to Steve Kinser’s benchmark of 38 wins and two more than Mark Kinser’s 18 career triumphs at the speedway.
Schatz’s five National Open titles are the most in the 56 years of the crown jewel event. His other National Open wins came in 2007, 2005, 2004, 2000.
The two-night National Open kicks off on Friday, Oct. 4 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 5.
Last weekend’s doubleheader yielded two uncharacteristic finishes outside of the top 10 for Schatz. On Friday night at Eldora Speedway, Schatz came from 24th to finish 17th. Following a two-and-a-half hour rain delay to start the night, the high-banked half-mile was very fast and tacky, making passing more difficult than usual.
On Saturday night at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pa., Schatz was in contention for the win with fellow championship contender, Brad Sweet. Schatz ran second to the Kasey Kahne Racing No. 49 until a mechanical issue forced Schatz into the work area. The Toco Warranty crew got Schatz back out on the track before the restart, but he was not able to continue and retired from the event.
“After having a tough weekend, I’m looking forward to trying to rebound this weekend,” said Schatz. ”With that said, Williams Grove is a tough place to do just that, but I’m confident in this Tony Stewart Racing team. We’ve had some success and good runs at Williams Grove lately so hopefully we can keep that going. We’ve let a few of the big races slip away from us this year. This weekend we have a chance to claim a crown jewel race before the season is over.”
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
Previous 10 Results at Williams Grove Speedway:
2019 – 8th on May 17 (started 12th); 2nd on May 18 (started 2nd, led 12 laps); 3rd on July 26 (started 3rd); 1st on July 27 (started 3rd, led 21 laps);
2018 – 2nd on July 20 (started 2nd; lead 17 laps); 10th on Sept. 28 (started 22nd); 14th on Sept. 29 (started 6th)
2017 – 2nd on May 19 (started 5th); 14th on May 20 (started 16th); 3rd on July 21 (started 3rd);