At A Glance: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Joins Super DIRT Week at Rolling Wheels
The series returns as Donny Schatz clinches the 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title
CONCORD, N.C. - Oct. 6, 2015 - The 44th Annual NAPA Auto Parts Super DIRT Week kicks off this week in Upstate New York with the Super DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds taking center stage on Sunday. Before the Syracuse 200 hits the track at the historic Moody Mile though, the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series joins the week's festivities on Saturday at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
Last year's Rolling Wheels winner Donny Schatz comes into the event with the wind at his back after clinching the 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship title at Williams Grove Speedway on Sunday. Schatz clinches his seventh career series championship, second only to 20-time champion Steve Kinser, after a history making season that has seen the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver in victory lane 30 times.
Stevie Smith Scores First National Open Win in 24 Years
Donny Schatz clinches 2015 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship title
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Oct. 4, 2015 - After having his hopes dashed in a controversial finish one year ago, Stevie Smith roared back Sunday night and scored his third-career Champion Racing Oil National Open victory at Williams Grove Speedway.
The win, Smith's second World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season, is his first National Open title since 1991 and comes one year after contact between he and David Gravel in the closing laps of the 2014 National Open ended his run.
Tonight, the memory of last year was a distant one as Smith had 50,000 reasons to smile.
Donny Schatz Scores History-Making 30th Win of the Season on Final Lap of NAPA Auto Parts Berlin Brawl
Becomes the first driver since 1992 to win 30 races in a single season
MARNE, Mich. - Sept. 26, 2015 - The NAPA Auto Parts Berlin Brawl looked like it was Daryn Pittman's for the taking on Saturday night at Berlin Raceway as his 1.6 second lead with three laps to go appeared nearly insurmountable. Then Donny Schatz began moving. Schatz closed the gap with two to go and on the final lap, as Pittman worked the top in turns three and four, Schatz went to the bottom and drag raced the No. 9 to the checkered flag.
By .138 seconds Schatz scored his history-making 30th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature win of the season. He is the first driver to win 30 features in a single-season since Steve Kinser achieved the feat in 1992 - Kinser ended that season with 31 wins. Kinser also did it in 1987 (46 wins) and 1991 (36 wins).
"It feels really good," Schatz said of the win. "Daryn had a good car. He was going through traffic so well but the last laps there, the track started changing. I don't know if it cleaned off or it felt like there was a little bit of rubber. My car started getting a little bit better and we kind of expected a little bit of that. I honestly didn't think we were going to get him. The last couple of laps I just drove it as hard as I could without trying to get myself in too much trouble."