Donny Schatz will begin Chili Bowl run with Friday night preliminary effort

Schatz and Tony Stewart to be featured in Q&A at Ford Performance display within Chili Bowl trade show

BROWNSBURG, IN – January 13, 2020 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) –  For the third time in his career, ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion and Fargo, North Dakota-native Donny Schatz will enter the prestigious Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The six-day program, which will feature roughly 350 competitors derived from all disciplines of auto racing, will kick-off, officially, with preliminary competition today – Monday, January 13.

Helping narrow the field to Saturday’s A-main lineup, preliminary competition will extend through Friday, January 17, as each competitor will enter one of the five designated preliminary programs, each of which allotting positions for Saturday’s 55-lap finale. Schatz, who will pilot the Sage Fruit/No. 15 entry for Mark Cooper of Spike Chassis and Mike Curb of Curb-Agajanian Racing during his 2020 Chili Bowl attempt, will be a part of Friday’s preliminary display, attempting to earn a spot in Saturday’s showstopper for the first time in his career.

The top-two A-main finishers from each of the respective qualifying nights will solidify themselves into Saturday’s main event. All competitors who do not finish in the top-two will be forced to compete in one of the respective consolation mains scheduled for Saturday morning, afternoon and evening. The final four qualifiers, with the first 20 locked-in after five nights of preliminary action, will come from Saturday’s B-mains.

Schatz made his first Chili Bowl Midget Nationals start in 2017 under the command of a Clauson-Marshall Racing (CMR) entry, finishing seventh in the first B-main on the final night, just one spot short of transferring into the 55-lap finale. In 2018, Schatz returned to Tulsa where he was relegated to a seventh-place finish in the second D-main on Saturday night following a disappointing DNF in his preliminary A-main.

Prior to his Chili Bowl attempt, Donny Schatz, along with three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team owner, Tony Stewart, will participate in a live Q&A at the Ford Performance display within the Chili Bowl vendor area on Friday, January 17 at 2 p.m. Immediately following the live Q&A, Tony Stewart will take part in an autograph session at his personal apparel trailer.

Those seeking additional news and notes pertaining to the 34th running of the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on January 13-18 should visit the event live on the Web at

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