FARGO, N.D. (July 13, 2022) – The month of money has arrived for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. As he has done so many times throughout his career, Donny Schatz looks as though he is beginning to peak as the money and prestige are on the line.
Four consecutive races at Eldora Speedway are on tap this week, kicking off tonight with the Jokers Wild. Tomorrow night is the return of the $100,000-to-win Historical Big One, followed by the Knight Before the Kings Royal and the 39th annual, $175,000-to-win Kings Royal.
Schatz comes into the week arguably running the best he has all season. The 10-time series champion is coming off of a pair of podium finishes last night at Attica Raceway Park and Wilmot Raceway on Saturday.
Schatz picked up the hard charger award during last night’s running of the Brad Doty Classic at Attica and he nearly collected the win as well. Starting ninth, Schatz worked his way forward to crack the top five on lap 13 of 40. On lap 21, he moved by Kerry Madsen to claim a spot on the podium before setting his sights on front runners Kyle Larson and Brad Sweet.
After getting by Sweet with 13 to go, Schatz reeled in Larson for the lead. With under five to go, Schatz pulled to the inside of Larson in lapped traffic but wasn’t able to clear him for the lead. Larson then moved to the low side to take Schatz’s line away. Schatz went on to finish a close second at the checkers.
“These guys have found a lot of things to get us better lately,” said Schatz after the race. “The folks at Ford have worked extra hard to keep this thing on the edge of my foot to control it better. Racing for the win again feels good, but we’d like to be up there in Victory Lane. I had to go where Kyle wasn’t and my car was actually decent everywhere, but he countered me quite well. I never felt like I was fading or anything, so that’s a good feeling. It’s great to start a big week off like this.”
On Saturday night at Wisconsin’s Wilmot Raceway, Schatz led the feature early from his front row starting position. On lap three, Carson Macedo stole the point with a slide job in turns three and four. Schatz then spent the remainder of the race battling for a podium position with James McFadden. Schatz crossed the line third to mark his seventh podium of the season to the point.
Schatz enters the big weekend at the Big E sixth in the series standings, 156 points out of the lead.
Schatz is a previous winner of both crown jewel events this week. He is a 2002 winner of the Historial Big One, Sprint Car racing’s original $100,000-to-win race, which ran from 1993 to 2003. Schatz’s five King’s Royal crowns are second to the King himself, Steve Kinser, who has seven. Schatz’s most recent King’s Royal win came in 2018 with a $50,000 check. If he could win this year, the $175,000 payday would be the largest of his illustrious career.
Schatz and the entire Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team would like to thank all of their great partners for their continued support!
2022 World of Outlaws Results:
Top Fives: 12
Top Tens: 26
Photo by Frank Smith.