Schatz Will Race Late Model & Sprint Car June 21st at The Legendary Bullring River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks NDDonny Schatz New Late Model | Photo Courtesy: Shawn Peterson - North Dakota Race Photos
The Fargo resident will be piloting Tony Stewart Racing's No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet Performance J&J in competition with the Outlaws as he chases his sixth WoO championship. Schatz, who currently ranks third and trails leader Daryn Pittman by 146 points, is tied with Pittman and Tim Kaeding for most wins on the tour this year with five. Schatz is a two-time winner at the 3/10-mile dirt oval winning twice - in 2008, he set quick time and then raced from 11th to win the 40-lap A-Feature, and in June of 2009, he started second and led 39 of the 40 laps - and has finished inside the top seven in all 11 WoO A-Feature events at the track. Last season, he raced from 11th to fourth in June and finished second to Sammy Swindell in August.
He'll also be driving his No. 15 Fargo Petro/Fastlane Car Wash backed dirt late model in competition at the track for the first time. Schatz, who made his debut in a dirt late model last June in Tony Stewart's charity event - The Prelude to the Dream at Eldora Speedway - has competed twice this season in North Dakota in the late model. He won the feature event at Williston Basin Speedway on May 25 and made it two wins in two starts the following night with a thrilling last lap pass at Nodak Speedway in his hometown of Minot.
"We're excited about the opportunity to give the fans a chance to see someone compete in both classes," admitted Schatz. "The World of Outlaws race is the focus and we really need to get our STP car back to victory lane at River Cities. We've had some good runs up there, but it's been a few years since we've won one. There are so many great fans that support the racing in Grand Forks and we're going to do everything we can to win that World of Outlaws feature. Running the dirt late model has been a lot of fun and it's just something to remind me of what it's like to race for fun. It's been a big learning, curve and I know it's going to be tough up there. Those guys are really good. I'm just learning as much as I can every time I get into the car. It should be a great night of racing. I know my STP guys are really looking forward to us getting up there and having a chance to win that Sprint car feature. We'll go out and do our best."
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