FARGO, N.D. (November 8, 2021) – Donny Schatz’s 25th full-time season with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series has come to a close with the conclusion of the World Finals at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday evening. Schatz ended the 2021 season with one of the most thrilling drives of the year.
After having to take a rare provisional to start the 25-lap main event and rolling off from the 25th position, Schatz flew through the field during the second half of the race to take over a position inside the top 10.
The 10-time series champion wasn’t done yet.
With under 10 to go, Schatz moved to the extreme low side of the speedway and continued to pick off positions lap after lap. Schatz raced into the top five on lap 17 before working past both David Gravel and Brock Zearfoss in the final laps to take over a podium position.
Schatz brought the Carquest / Ford Performance / Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 home in the third position, collecting his 47th top five finish in 77 events.
“We had a good night. It didn’t start off that way,” said Schatz after the race. “We kind of found ourselves in every bad position… we started on the bottom in the heat and were in the same position in the B-main. We didn’t change enough stuff on the car. Scuba and all the guys did a great job all night. They changed everything except for the seat, the steering wheel, and the driver for the feature. That allowed us to get up through the field and have a respectable finish to end the year.”
The track surface kept the crew guessing on what to do on the setup all night long.
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said Schatz of the track conditions for the feature. “The track rubbered up earlier in the night and they said they were going to do some track prep, but they didn’t really do anything in the middle groove so I kind of expected that rubber to come back. The race was shortened by five laps and that was a good call because the tires looked good and that gave us an opportunity to get up to the front.”
Despite the incredible run on Saturday night, Schatz finished fourth in the final point standings, just two markers behind Carson Macedo for third.
Night one of the World Finals on Friday night yielded a fifth-place finish for Schatz after starting 11th on the grid.
Schatz and the entire Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team would like to thank all of their great partners for their continued support!
2021 World of Outlaws Results:
Top Fives: 47
Top Tens: 62
Photo by Trent Gower.