Outlaws to engage in Midwestern Melee in North Dakota
CONCORD, NC- August 23, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Current points leader and season-standout Donny Schatz is headed home for a tour through North Dakota. Schatz, a Grand Forks, N.D. native, will lead the charge as the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series invades River Cities Speedway on Friday, August 26 and Nodak Speedway on Sunday, August 28.
During Schatz’s 2015 31-win season, three of his wins came from his home state. Schatz swept the board, winning River Cities Speedway twice and capping-off the Outlaws’ tour through North Dakota with a trip down victory lane at Nodak Speedway. From there, Schatz extended his winning streak to four.
Though Schatz has been victorious in one-third of the trips to River Cities since 2007, five other drivers have beaten the pack to the checkers. Schatz is seeking his fifth consecutive win at Nodak since 2012.
Schatz is streaking in 2016, having won more than one-quarter of the events. Finding himself in a similar situation, Schatz will seek to extend his two-race win streak in the Midwest’s weekend swing. Despite being in familiar territory, Schatz does not see these races as any more important than the rest.
“There’s not any [race] that stands out to win,” Schatz said. “You have to have the attitude that you can win them all. Reality says you can’t win them all, but you never tell yourself that before you walk out of the gate at the end of the night.”
Fellow Platinum driver Joey Saldana was one of the last drivers to win at Nodak before Schatz’s four-year streak, and he sees the defending series champion as the man to beat. Saldana is currently in the top five in points, but has his eyes locked-in on a top three performance in 2016.
“Everyone’s main competition has to be Donny Schatz because he is the class of the field,” Saldana said. “But you can’t focus on one driver or one car. You just have to race your own car every night.”
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ABOUT THE TRACK:
RIVER CITIES SPEEDWAY is a high-banked, 3/10-mile oval. The track record of 9.269 seconds was established by Jason Meyers on October, 21, 2009.
Previous A-Feature winners:
2015 – Donny Schatz on June 29
2014 – Daryn Pittman on August 15
2013 – Cody Darrah on June 21
2012 – Kraig Kinser on June 15
2011 – Craig Dollansky on June15, Craig Dollansky on June16; Steve Kinser on August19
2010 – Steve Kinser on June 19, Joey Saldana on June 20
2009 – Donny Schatz on June 19, Craig Dollansky on August 21
2008 – Donny Schatz on June 27
2007 – Joey Saldana on June 29
NODAK SPEEDWAY is a high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. The track record of 12.991seconds was established By Paul McMahan on August 18, 2014.
Previous A-Feature winners:
2015 – Donny Schatz on June 23
2014 – Donny Schatz on August 17
2013 – Donny Schatz on August 18
2012 – Donny Schatz on August 19
2010 – Joey Saldana on August 20, Craig Dollansky on August 21
2009 – Danny Lasoski on June 21
2008 – Jason Meyerson August 17
The following World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series drivers maintain websites:
Jacob Allen – Shark1s1a.com
David Gravel – DavidGravel89.com
Jason Johnson – JasonJohnsonRacing.com
Paul McMahan – PaulMcMahanRacing.com
Daryn Pittman – DarynPittman.com
Joey Saldana – JoeySaldanaRacing.com
Donny Schatz – DonnySchatz.com
Logan Schuchart – Shark1s1a.com
Jason Sides – SidesMotorsports.com
Shane Stewart – ShaneStewart.com
Brad Sweet – Bradsweetracing.com
Greg Wilson – GregWilsonRacing.com
For more driver information, visit: WoOsprint.com
SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 18 (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, Eldora Speedway on July 16, Ohsweken Speedway on July 26, Junction Motor Speedway on August 16, Angell Park Speedway on August 21);David Gravel – 7 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 12, Tri-State Speedway on May 14, I-96 Speedway on June 6, Eldora Speedway on July 14, Lernerville Speedway on July 19, Wilmot Raceway on July 30, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 5); Daryn Pittman – 7 (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, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Williams Grove Speedway on July 22); 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); 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); Lance Dewease – 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Williams Grove Speedway on July 23); Kerry Madsen – 2 (Eldora Speedway on May 6 and 7);Rico Abreu – 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 6); Bill Balog – 1 (Beaver Dam Raceway on June 25); Chad Kemenah – 1 (Fremont Speedway on June 3); Jason Johnson – 2 (Placerville Speedway on March 24, Knoxville Raceway on August 13);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).
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