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Schatz Charges Through Field for First World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Win of 2014

Tony Stewart Racing driver pushes from 11th to win at DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment                                                                                                                                                          

BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 15, 2014 — Donny Schatz , a 23-time event winner in 2013, has picked up where he left off, driving from 11th to victory Saturday in just the second night of the 2014 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series season.

Schatz powered past leader Cody Darrah on lap 23 and pulled away over the final eight laps to capture victory during the DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment at Volusia Speedway Park.

 

Kasey Kahne Racing teammates, Darrah and Daryn Pittman, battled for the lead early in the race, with Pittman out front for the opening 11 laps and Darrah the next 11. Darrah held on for second with Pittman taking the final spot on the podium. Paul McMahan registered his third consecutive top-five finish at the DIRTcar Nationals going back to Thursday night.

The front row featuring Pittman and Darrah were glued together for the opening lap of the main event with Pittman on the bottom in one and two then to the top in three and four. At the start-finish line it was Pittman to lead the opening lap. Pittman held off charges from Darrah.

Schatz started 11th but wasted little time moving forward. In two laps he already was seventh and looking for more. He stalked his way through the field, taking sixth on lap seven before a caution flew on lap 11 for a spinning Rico Abreu.

On the restart, Darrah stuck the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet to the middle of turns one and two to power around Pittman for the lead. Meanwhile Schatz picked up a pair of spots to get to the fourth position. Darrah put a healthy lead on Pittman early, while Schatz continued to work the bottom.

Schatz worked into the top three on lap 17, passing McMahan, and began to close on Pittman. Schatz eliminated the gap by lap 20 and on lap 22 took the position. The next lap, the STP Armor All machine of Schatz stole the lead from Darrah and cruised to the win and earned the KSE Hard Charger award in the process.

“It was a lot of fun and you kind of had to pass everywhere,” said Fargo, N.D., resident Schatz. “We didn’t have the greatest night last night, but you’ll have that in racing. It’s how quick you rebound. Every time we made changes we went in the right direction. It was a fun race, it was awesome fast and sometimes I didn’t know where I was going to end up.”

Darrah sat on the outside of the front row in the Kasey Kahne Racing #4, and after running second to teammate Pittman, took the lead before succumbing to the charging Schatz.

“I was a little unsure if I could get the lead after the first start did not really go my way,” said the Red Lion, Pa., native Darrah. “Then we had the caution and I was confident about the top. I had a good start and we went to the middle of one and two. They were running the bottom real hard and it left a lot of dirt out there and gave us enough grip to get by Daryn on the start to get clean air.”

A minor miscalculation by the young driver gave him an uphill battle late, “We got into lap traffic and I had my wing back a little too much which made us a little too tight.”

2013 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Champion, Daryn Pittman, led the event early in the Great Clips #9, and would finish the night in third place.

“I just didn’t get a good enough corner in one and two,” said the Owasso, Okla., native Pittman about the lap 11 restart. “I knew the bottom was faster than top, but I just did not expect Darrah to sail through the middle and stick like that.

Pittman knows it will take more to repeat his championship success of last year, “One of my main goals this year is we have to win more races when we put ourselves in position and start in the first couple rows. To start on the pole and finish third tonight does not sit real well right now.”

Through two nights of racing McMahan leads the World of Outlaws Championship with 193 points. Sweet and Pittman run second and third early in the season.

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series wraps up their portion of the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment tomorrow night. Grandstands open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:30. For more information on the DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment click www.DIRTcarNationals.com.

THE DIRTcar NATIONALS PRESENTED BY SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT

NOTES – Paul McMahan was the fastest qualifier around the semi-banked, half-mile of Volusia Speedway Park with a time of 12.890 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Sammy Swindell (4 points), Joey Saldana (3), Lucas Wolfe (2) and Donny Schatz(1). Cody Darrah, Holtgraver, Brad Sweet and Terry McCarl won heat races. ... The dash draw was a 6 for the 1st time this year... Daryn Pittman won the dash for the first time this year...  

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Volusia Speedway Park; Barberville, Fla.; Feb. 15, 2014

A-Main - (30 Laps) 1. 15-Donny Schatz[11][$10,000]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah[2][$5,500]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman[1][$3,200]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan[4][$2,800]; 5. 24-Terry McCarl[7][$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet[5][$2,300]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser[13][$2,200]; 8. 71M-Joey Saldana[3][$2,100]; 9. 1-Sammy Swindell[6][$2,050]; 10. 29-Kerry Madsen[18][$2,000]; 11. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[8][$1,500]; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett[14][$1,200]; 13. 83-Tim Kaeding[20][$1,100]; 14. 96-Bronson Maeschen[12][$1,050]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser[19][$1,000]; 16. 24A-Rico Abreu[15][$900]; 17. 98H-Dave Blaney[10][$800]; 18. 19M-Brent Marks[24][$800]; 19. HO7-Justin Henderson[21][$800]; 20. W20-Greg Wilson[23][$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides[17][$800]; 22. 33-Danny Lasoski[22][$800]; 23. 63-Chad Kemenah[16][$800]; 24. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe[9][$800] Lap Leaders: Daryn Pittman 1-11, Cody Darrah 12-22, Donny Schatz 23-30 KSE Hard Charger Award: 15-Donny Schatz[+10]

Qualifying - 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.890; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell, 12.957; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.961; 4. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe, 13.004; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.054; 6. 96-Bronson Maeschen, 13.068; 7. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.092; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.095; 9. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.148; 10. 10H-Danny Holtgraver, 13.171; 11. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.171; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.182; 13. 98H-Dave Blaney, 13.195; 14. 24A-Rico Abreu, 13.205; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.212; 16. 24-Terry McCarl, 13.212; 17. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.220; 18. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 13.231; 19. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.236; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.252; 21. 80-Trey Gustin, 13.255; 22. 83-Tim Kaeding, 13.284; 23. HO7-Justin Henderson, 13.288; 24. 17B-Steve Buckwalter, 13.306; 25. 33-Danny Lasoski, 13.315; 26. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.320; 27. 9W-Jac Haudenschild, 13.326; 28. 1A-Rodney Westhafer, 13.327; 29. 45-Tim Shaffer, 13.345; 30. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.359; 31. 59-David Gravel, 13.364; 32. 6-Bill Rose, 13.377; 33. 83X-Christopher Bell, 13.422; 34. 77X-Wayne Johnson, 13.437; 35. 19-Klint Angelette, 13.466; 36. 1S-Logan Schuchart, nt

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 4-Cody Darrah[2] ; 2. 98H-Dave Blaney[1] ; 3. 51-Paul McMahan[4] ; 4. 7S-Jason Sides[5] ; 5. 15-Donny Schatz[3] ; 6. 33-Danny Lasoski[7] ; 7. 83X-Christopher Bell[9] ; 8. 80-Trey Gustin[6] ; 9. 45-Tim Shaffer[8]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[2] ; 2. 1-Sammy Swindell[4] ; 3. 83-Tim Kaeding[6] ; 4. 24A-Rico Abreu[1] ; 5. 96-Bronson Maeschen[3] ; 6. 19M-Brent Marks[8] ; 7. 77X-Wayne Johnson[9] ; 8. W20-Greg Wilson[7] ; 9. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[5]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 49-Brad Sweet[2] ; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana[4] ; 3. 63-Chad Kemenah[1] ; 4. 11-Steve Kinser[3] ; 5. HO7-Justin Henderson[6] ; 6. 59-David Gravel[8] ; 7. 29-Kerry Madsen[5] ; 8. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[7] ; 9. 19-Klint Angelette[9]

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 24-Terry McCarl[1] ; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman[3] ; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett[2] ; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser[5] ; 5. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe[4] ; 6. 17B-Steve Buckwalter[6] ; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[9] ; 8. 6-Bill Rose[8]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature 1. 9-Daryn Pittman[2] ; 2. 4-Cody Darrah[1] ; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana[4] ; 4. 51-Paul McMahan[6] ; 5. 49-Brad Sweet[8] ; 6. 1-Sammy Swindell[5] ; 7. 24-Terry McCarl[10] ; 8. 10H-Danny Holtgraver[7] ; 9. 1Z-Lucas Wolfe[3] ; 10. 98H-Dave Blaney[9]

B-Main - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) 1. 29-Kerry Madsen[1] [-]; 2. 33-Danny Lasoski[4] [-]; 3. 19M-Brent Marks[8] [-]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson[5] [-]; 5. 77X-Wayne Johnson[12] [$200]; 6. 59-David Gravel[9] [$180]; 7. 83X-Christopher Bell[11] [$175]; 8. 9W-Jac Haudenschild[6] [$160]; 9. 17B-Steve Buckwalter[3] [$150]; 10. 45-Tim Shaffer[7] [$150]; 11. 19-Klint Angelette[13] [$150]; 12. 80-Trey Gustin[2] [$150]; 13. 6-Bill Rose[10] [$150]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart[14] [$150]; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[15] [$150]; 16. 1A-Rodney Westhafer[16] [$150].

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Championship Standings, through Feb. 15

Pos.

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5's

Top 10's

QT

1

Paul McMahan

293

0

0

2

2

1

2

Brad Sweet

290

-3

1

1

2

0

3

Daryn Pittman

285

-8

0

1

2

1

4

Donny Schatz

279

-14

1

1

1

0

5

Kerry Madsen

278

-15

0

1

2

0

6

Cody Darrah

276

-17

0

1

2

0

7

Terry McCarl

274

-19

0

1

2

0

8

Steve Kinser

264

-29

0

0

1

0

9

Tim Kaeding

263

-30

0

0

1

0

10

Joey Saldana

261

-32

0

0

1

0

11

Danny Holtgraver

248

-45

0

0

0

0

12

Sammy Swindell

244

-49

0

0

1

0

13

Jason Sides

240

-53

0

0

1

0

14

Kraig Kinser

236

-57

0

0

0

0

15

Dave Blaney

230

-63

0

0

0

0

16

Danny Lasoski

228

-65

0

0

0

0

17

Rico Abreu

226

-67

0

0

0

0

18

Bronson Maeschen

226

-67

0

0

0

0

19

Justin Henderson

224

-69

0

0

0

0

20

Chad Kemenah

222

-71

0

0

0

0

 

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Lincoln Welders (Official Welder), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Sweet Manufacturing, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.

 

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