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Schatz Reaches 20-Win Plateau for Fifth Straight Year with Win at Textron Off Road World Finals

Donny Schatz – Jim Denhamer photo

Ian Madsen and Dave Blaney complete podium in stacked 53-car field

CHARLOTTE, NC – November 3, 2017 – No matter who is in the pits, it’s tough to bet against Donny Schatz. That proved true on Night Two of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as Schatz bested a stout field of 53 cars from across the world to win his 20th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2017. Ian Madsen and 10th-starting Dave Blaney completed the podium.

The 2017 IRA Champion, Bill Balog, grabbed the early lead from fellow front row starter, Ian Madsen. Balog, a one-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Winner in his career, led the first nine laps of the Feature before extremely heavy lapped traffic slowed his torrid pace. Balog was stalked by the Madsen Brothers in the early going, but it was Donny Schatz that made a three-wide pass for the lead down the backstretch to lead lap 10.

As Balog went high to navigate the lapped cars, Schatz made a jaw-dropping move. The, now nine-time, Series Champion glued his car to the bottom to work by Balog, Kerry Madsen and the lapped car of Parker Price-Miller off of turn two for the lead.

Lap 11 saw a pair of World of Outlaws young guns, Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel, succumb to flat right rear tires. Gravel was running third at the time of the misfortune.

The ensuing restart saw Ian Madsen maneuver his way back into the runner-up position. The Australian actually closed significantly on Schatz for the lead, coming as close as a car-length back of the Tony Stewart Racing No. 15.

With six laps remaining, Daryn Pittman’s top five run came to an end due to a flat tire. This set up a double-file restart with Ian to the outside of Schatz. Schatz got a brilliant restart and paced the field comfortably the final six circuits to score the victory.

The first thing Schatz mentioned in Victory Lane was the outstanding World of Outlaws Craftsman Late Model Feature that was held beforehand. “That [Feature] was pretty cool to watch. It got me motivated to get it done as well,” Schatz, who is doing double-duty this weekend, said.

“My team has worked awful hard lately. We’ve been stuck on 19 wins for a long time, so it was great to finally reach 20. It sucks the season is over, because we are rolling right now,” Schatz added. Tonight’s win marked the fifth consecutive season that Schatz has won at least 20 Features.

Ian Madsen, the 2017 Knoxville Raceway Track Champion, finished second with 1995 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Champion, Dave Blaney coming from 10th to complete the podium.

“It’s pretty cool to be able to run up front with these guys. I thought we had a shot for the lead a couple of times. It was a lot of fun out there,” Madsen said. Schatz echoed Madsen’s statement about the track conditions, “I thought the track would rubber up, but it really cleaned off and made it a lot of fun as a driver.”

Blaney cited restarts being a focal point to his success on the evening. “The car really took off on the starts and restarts. Going forward in the Heat Races is very important with this format,” the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame Member said.

Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana completed the top five. Balog, 20th-starting Logan Schuchart, Jason Johnson, 25th-starting Brad Sweet and Tim Shaffer completed the top ten. Sweet’s effort was good enough to earn KSE Hard Charger Honors.

The 2017 World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series concludes tomorrow with the finale of the Textron Off Road World of Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway. If you can’t make it to the track, be sure to tune in to DIRTVision.com for LIVE VIDEO of all the action!

 

 Results from The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway – November 3, 2017

 

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3][$12,000]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [1][$5,500]; 3. 71M-Dave Blaney [10][$3,200]; 4. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][$2,800]; 5. 71-Joey Saldana [5][$2,500]; 6. 17B-Bill Balog [2][$2,300]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [20][$2,200]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [12][$2,100]; 9. 49-Brad Sweet [25][$1,050]; 10. 49X-Tim Shaffer [9][$2,000]; 11. 13M-Paul McMahan [11][$1,500]; 12. 21-Brian Brown [19][$1,200]; 13. 12N-Cole Duncan [23][$1,100]; 14. 2-Shane Stewart [15][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [28][$]; 16. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [26][$]; 17. 5-David Gravel [7][$1,000]; 18. 3-Sammy Swindell [16][$1,000]; 19. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [6][$1,000]; 20. 17-Jac Haudenschild [29][$]; 21. 14-Tony Stewart [18][$1,000]; 22. 9-Daryn Pittman [8][$1,000]; 23. 44-Trey Starks [13][$1,000]; 24. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$1,000]; 25. 24-Terry McCarl [14][$1,000]; 26. 19-Brent Marks [27][$]; 27. 59-Ryan Smith [22][$1,000]; 28. 4-Parker Price-Miller [30][$]; 29. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [21][$1,000]; 30. W20-Greg Wilson [17][$1,000]; Lap Leaders: Bill Balog 1-9, Donny Schatz 10-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 49-Brad Sweet[+16]

Qualifying Flight-A: 1. 5-David Gravel, 12.53; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.584; 3. 71-Joey Saldana, 12.592; 4. 44-Trey Starks, 12.597; 5. 13M-Paul McMahan, 12.605; 6. W20-Greg Wilson, 12.663; 7. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 12.681; 8. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.681; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.694; 10. 19P-Paige Polyak, 12.707; 11. 21-Brian Brown, 12.714; 12. 59-Ryan Smith, 12.72; 13. 12N-Cole Duncan, 12.767; 14. 17-Jac Haudenschild, 12.768; 15. 39-Spencer Bayston, 12.812; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.841; 17. 19-Brent Marks, 12.874; 18. 27-Greg Hodnett, 12.881; 19. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.889; 20. 49K-Scott Kreutter, 12.923; 21. 3G-Carson Macedo, 12.927; 22. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 13.053; 23. 5B-Justin Barger, 13.175; 24. 7KX-Dan Shetler, 13.176; 25. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.619; 26. 27G-Jay Galloway, 13.707

Qualifying Flight-B: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.551; 2. 71M-Dave Blaney, 12.558; 3. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.646; 4. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.649; 5. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 12.67; 6. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.671; 7. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 12.696; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.728; 9. 13D-Danny Dietrich, 12.752; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.774; 11. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.789; 12. 14-Tony Stewart, 12.826; 13. 7K-Cale Conley, 12.856; 14. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.867; 15. 7J-Chad Kemenah, 12.87; 16. 24-Terry McCarl, 12.873; 17. 17X-Josh Baughman, 12.89; 18. 13-Clyde Knipp, 12.946; 19. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 12.977; 20. 3-Sammy Swindell, 12.978; 21. 17C-Caleb Helms, 12.984; 22. 14X-Coleman Gulick, 13.081; 23. 9X-Paul Nienhiser, 13.115; 24. 47-Eric Riggins, 13.366; 25. 12W-Troy Fraker, 13.717; 26. 91-Sadie Siegel, 13.914; 27. 822-John Price, NT

Heat #1 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 5-David Gravel [1]; 2. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 3. 44-Trey Starks [2]; 4. 12N-Cole Duncan [5]; 5. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 8. 19P-Paige Polyak [4]; 9. OO-Dane Lorenc [9]

Heat #2 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 13M-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [1]; 3. 2-Shane Stewart [3]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [4]; 5. 17-Jac Haudenschild [5]; 6. 19-Brent Marks [6]; 7. 5B-Justin Barger [8]; 8. 27G-Jay Galloway [9]; 9. 49K-Scott Kreutter [7]

Heat #3 – Flight (A) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 71-Joey Saldana [1]; 2. 18-Ian Madsen [3]; 3. W20-Greg Wilson [2]; 4. 3G-Carson Macedo [7]; 5. 27-Greg Hodnett [6]; 6. 39-Spencer Bayston [5]; 7. 59-Ryan Smith [4]; 8. 7KX-Dan Shetler [8]

Heat #4 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [2]; 3. 24-Terry McCarl [6]; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [3]; 5. 7K-Cale Conley [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [4]; 7. 4-Parker Price-Miller [7]; 8. 14X-Coleman Gulick [8]; 9. 12W-Troy Fraker [9]

Heat #5 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 71M-Dave Blaney [1]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 3-Sammy Swindell [7]; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 5. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 7. 17X-Josh Baughman [6]; 8. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [8]; 9. 91-Sadie Siegel [9]

Heat #6 – Flight (B) (8 Laps) – Top 3 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [2]; 2. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 3. 14-Tony Stewart [4]; 4. 13D-Danny Dietrich [3]; 5. 7J-Chad Kemenah [5]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [6]; 7. 47-Eric Riggins [8]; 8. 822-John Price [9]; 9. 17C-Caleb Helms [7]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 71-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 5-David Gravel [6]; 5. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 6. 13M-Paul McMahan [5]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 17B-Bill Balog [1]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [3]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 5. 71M-Dave Blaney [5]; 6. 41-Jason Johnson [4]

C-Main (10 Laps) – Top 2 Transfer: 1. 27-Greg Hodnett [1][-]; 2. 49D-Shawn Dancer [9][-]; 3. 4-Parker Price-Miller [6][$150]; 4. 3G-Carson Macedo [7][$150]; 5. 17X-Josh Baughman [2][$150]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [4][$125]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [3][$125]; 8. 47-Eric Riggins [14][$125]; 9. OO-Dane Lorenc [15][$125]; 10. 7KX-Dan Shetler [13][$125]; 11. 27G-Jay Galloway [17][$125]; 12. 822-John Price [19][$125]; 13. 14X-Coleman Gulick [10][$125]; 14. 9X-Paul Nienhiser [12][$125]; 15. 17C-Caleb Helms [8][$125]; 16. 49K-Scott Kreutter [5][$125]; 17. 5B-Justin Barger [11][$125]; 18. 12W-Troy Fraker [16][$125]; 19. 91-Sadie Siegel [18][$125]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 6 Transfer: 1. 21-Brian Brown [3][-]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [4][-]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [2][-]; 4. 59-Ryan Smith [5][-]; 5. 12N-Cole Duncan [7][-]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8][-]; 7. 7S-Jason Sides [13][$300]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [14][$250]; 9. 17-Jac Haudenschild [9][$225]; 10. 93-Sheldon Haudenschild [10][$200]; 11. 13D-Danny Dietrich [6][$200]; 12. 7J-Chad Kemenah [16][$200]; 13. 39-Spencer Bayston [11][$200]; 14. 19-Brent Marks [15][$200]; 15. 49D-Shawn Dancer [18][$200]; 16. 7K-Cale Conley [12][$200]; 17. 19P-Paige Polyak [1][$200]; 18. 27-Greg Hodnett [17][$200]

CONTINGENCY WINNERS: MSD Ignition ($25 cash): Kraig Kinser; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Extended Stay America ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Brian Brown; Super Flow ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Craftsman Club ($100 cash): David Gravel, Jason Johnson, Daryn Pittman; Sears ($100): Ian Madsen; KSE Hard Charger: Brad Sweet; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate: Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Sheldon Haudneschild and Daryn Pittman

Season Winners:

  • Donny Schatz – 20 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 19, LoneStar Speedway on March 3, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 9, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 10, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 18, Missouri State Fair Speedway on May 5, 81 Speedway on May 6, Eldora Speedway May 13, Knoxville Raceway on June 10, Granite City on June 20, Dirt Oval at Route 66 on June 27, Dakota State Fair Speedway on July 1, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Lernerville Speedway on July 18, Knoxville Raceway on August 12 (NP), River Cities Speedway on August 18, Calistoga Speedway on September 16, Port Royal Speedway on October 14, The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway on November 3)
  • David Gravel – 17 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 17, Placerville Speedway on March 29, Perris Auto Speedway on April 1, Gator Motorplex on April 13, Plymouth Speedway on April 28, Lincoln Speedway on May 17, Williams Grove on May 19, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, River Cities Speedway on June 16, Attica Raceway Park on July 11, Hartford Speedway on July 28, Wilmot Raceway on July 29, August 20 at Nodak Speedway, Lernerville Speedway on September 23, Williams Grove Speedway on September 28, Williams Grove Speedway on September 30, Fulton Speedway on October 8)
  • Shane Stewart – 8 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 29, West Liberty Raceway on June 23, Beaver Dam Raceway on June 24, Black Hills Speedway on August 25, Skagit Speedway on September 1, Grays Harbor on September 4, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9)
  • Brad Sweet – 5 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 25, Devil’s Bowl on April 15, Jackson Motorplex on June 3, Knoxville Raceway on June 9, Calistoga Speedway on September 15)
  • Kerry Madsen – 5 (Jackson Motorplex on June 2, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 7, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 8, Eldora Speedway on July 13, Salina Highbanks on October 21)
  • Logan Schuchart – 4 (Keller Auto Speedway on March 31, Eldora Speedway on May 12, Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 26, Ohsweken Speedway on July 25)
  • Jason Johnson – 4 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 17, Devil’s Bowl on April 14, Red River Valley Speedway on August 19, Willamette Speedway on September 6)
  • Daryn Pittman – 3 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on August 4, Billings Motorsports Park on August 26, Skagit Speedway on September 2nd)
  • Tim Shaffer – 2 (Eldora Speedway on September 22, Ransomville Speedway on October 16)
  • Brian Brown – 2 (Cocopah Speedway on April 7, Lakeside Speedway on October 20)
  • Rico Abreu – 1 (Arizona Speedway on April 8)
  • Parker Price-Miller – 1 (Tri-State Speedway on May 14)
  • Ian Madsen – 1 (Jackson Motorplex on June 1)
  • Kyle Larson – 1 (Eagle Raceway on June 13)
  • Kraig Kinser – 1 (Deer Creek Speedway on July 6)
  • Christopher Bell – 1 (Eldora Speedway on July 14)
  • Brock Zearfoss – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on July 21)
  • Kyle Hirst – 1 (Silver Dollar Speedway on September 8)
  • Greg Hodnett – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 28 – makeup from 7/22)
  • James McFadden – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on September 29, 2017)

 

 

Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings:

Pos. Car Driver Total Diff Wins Top 5’s Top 10’s
1 15 Donny Schatz 11264 0 20 65 73
2 49 Brad Sweet 11072 -192 5 56 72
3 5 David Gravel 10932 -332 17 42 67
4 9 Daryn Pittman 10582 -682 3 28 55
5 2 Shane Stewart 10580 -684 8 30 56
6 41 Jason Johnson 10394 -870 4 27 51
7 93 Sheldon Haudenschild 10014 -1250 0 12 41
8 11k Kraig Kinser 9840 -1424 1 7 28
9 1S Logan Schuchart 9716 -1548 4 11 31
10 7S Jason Sides 9626 -1638 0 8 23
11 19 Brent Marks 9612 -1652 0 1 22
12 W20 Greg Wilson 9052 -2212 0 6 19
13 13M Paul McMahan 8236 -3028 0 3 18
14 1A Jacob Allen 8126 -3138 0 0 3
15 13 Clyde Knipp 7698 -3566 0 0 1
16 18 Ian Madsen 5670 -5594 1 6 21
17 71 Joey Saldana 5330 -5934 0 6 13
18 17 Jac Haudenschild 5002 -6262 0 2 12
19 4 Parker Price-Miller 4408 -6856 1 1 4
20 21 Brian Brown 4226 -7038 2 12 17

 

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