Rolls out of Attica Raceway Park with his 14th win of the season
ATTICA, OH – July 13, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – It was a battle between the All-Star Circuit of Champions regulars and World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series regulars in Tuesday night’s Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic at Attica Raceway Park as Donny Schatz charged forward and persevered to score his 14th series win of the season.
It was Schatz’s first win at Attica since 2011.
“I just had to be calm and cool through that race,” Schatz said. “Early on those guys were going at it pretty hard. 40 laps, you’ve got to be smart at the beginning. A lot of guys passed a lot of cars tonight.”
“I’m just happier than hell that we won the Brad Doty Classic!”
A stout field of 53 cars made the trip to Attica for the Brad Doty Classic – the largest field so far for a World of Outlaws event in 2016.
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Through qualifying and Heat races, six series regulars missed the feature. Brad Sweet made a strong run through the C main and the Last Chance Showdown to earn his position in the main event. Daryn Pittman, who faced engine trouble during qualifying and failed to make the feature, opted to take a provisional. Byron Reed received the Attica track provisional.
The green flag dropped on the 40-lap Brad Doty Classic with Aussie James McFadden leading Danny Holtgraver. Sheldon Haudenschild made the early charge and was fighting McFadden for the lead in his No. 93 Southern Pacific Farms/Wintermeyer Auto Salvage car when a caution flew.
On the restart, Joey Saldana charged forward but had his hands full with Holtgraver and reigning All-Star Circuit of Champions champion, Dale Blaney. Blaney, who started in 10th, settled into the third spot.
Haudenschild, from Wooster, Ohio, finally found a way around McFadden. As the two worked to complete lap 13, Haudenschild took the spot off of turn four.
By the midway point, Haudenschild was pulling away as Blaney worked to run down McFadden and Schatz and Pittman continued their charges through the field. A three-way battle for second ensued between Blaney, Schatz and McFadden. After a multi-lap battle, McFadden held on but it was short-lived.
With just 12 laps to go, Haudenschild pulled out to a three and a half second lead when McFadden brought out the caution. When the race returned to green, Haudenschild led Schatz, Blaney and Saldana. Schatz quickly took over the top spot with Blaney settling into second and Haudenschild fighting with Saldana and then Pittman for the fourth spot.
Through the closing laps, Schatz and Blaney maintained a consistent gap between them as Pittman battled side-by-side with Haudenschild for third. When the checkered flag flew, it was Schatz, who started 15th, Blaney, who started in 10th and Pittman, who started in 25th, on the night’s podium.
“This whole Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance team, we didn’t start the year off the way we wanted,” Schatz said. “When people kept asking us what we thought of our season, we said average. But when you look at what we did last year, anything is going to be average.
“These guys are digging. I’m digging. I’m doing everything I can. I hate running the cushion but I just run the cushion. That’s what you’ve got to do to be able to win races, you’ve got to be able to move around the race track. These guys are getting the job done and I’m just the lucky guy who gets to drive it.”
Blaney, the most recent winner of an Outlaws feature at Attica said the track conditions allowed for the push through the field with workable lanes across the turns.
Blaney said the good run was what he and his team needed.
“We haven’t really been struggling, we’ve been running decent, but we haven’t been getting the finishes that we deserve,” Blaney said. “Great night for all of us – Muddy and Big Game, CH Motorsports and everybody who is involved with this team.”
“Proud to run second at this race.”
Pittman came away from the event as the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger. After advancing 22 positions through the field, Pittman said he was disappointed at missing the feature but was confident in his team as they prepare for the Kings Royal this weekend.
“It just shows the attitude of this Great Clips team – they didn’t quit,” Pittman said. “Things go bad for you and it was just the perfect storm to have a disastrous night.”
“I’ve never missed a race in this No. 9 car, so that’s three-and-a-half years that, honestly, I’m pretty sad of losing that streak… my confidence is high going into this weekend that our car is still good and no matter where we start, hopefully we can get up there and finish respectable.”
The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series rolls to Eldora Speedway for newly expanded, three-day Kings Royal on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. For more information and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit WoOSprint.com/The-Kings-Royal.
Attica Raceway Park Notebook
RACE NOTES: Tonight’s top-three finishers at Attica Raceway Park all started outside the top-ten… Donny Schatz is the only Outlaws regular to win at Attica since Joey Saldana did it in 2007… Daryn Pittman, who finished in third after taking a provisional, was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing 22 positions… Shawn Dancer picked up his first career series quick time with a lap around Attica of 12.709.
CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Jacob Allen; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Joey Saldana; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Paul McMahan; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Travis Philo; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Super Flow ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah; Craftsman/Sears ($100 cash):; KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Daryn Pittman; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Chad Kemenah; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jacob Allen.
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 14 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Stockton Dirt Track on March 18, Stockton Dirt Track on March 19, Silver Dollar Speedway on April 2, Lincoln Speedway on May 19, Weedsport Speedway on May 22, Lincoln Park Speedway on June 8, Knoxville Raceway on June 11, River Cities Speedway on June 17, Rockford Speedway on June 29, Badlands Motor Speedway on July 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 9, Attica Raceway Park on July 12); Brad Sweet – 7 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Cotton Bowl Speedway on Feb. 26, Ocean Speedway on April 1, Bakersfield Speedway on April 15, Plymouth Speedway on May 13, Badlands Motor Speedway on July 2); Daryn Pittman – 5 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 27, Perris Auto Speedway on April 16, USA Raceway on April 18, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, Jackson Motorplex on June 24); Shane Stewart – 5 (Arizona Speedway on March 6, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 23, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 30, Granite City Speedway on June 15, Brown County Speedway on June 19); Joey Saldana – 4 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 3, Devil’s Bowl Speedway on April 22, Jacksonville Speedway on May 4, I-80 Speedway on June 22); David Gravel – 3 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 12, Tri-State Speedway on May 14, I-96 Speedway on June 6); Kerry Madsen – 2 (Eldora Speedway on May 6 and 7); Bill Balog – 1 (Beaver Dam Raceway on June 25); Lance Dewease – 1 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20); Chad Kemenah – 1 (Fremont Speedway on June 3); Jason Johnson – 1 (Placerville Speedway on March 24); Terry McCarl – 1 (Knoxville Raceway on June 10);Logan Schuchart – 1 (Cedar Lake Speedway on July 9); Jason Sides – 1 (I-30 Speedway on April 26); Greg Wilson – 1 (The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 27).
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Bad Boy Off Road (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), Craftsman (Official Tool), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Penske Shocks, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.