RydellCars.com Preview: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Cars
By Mike Spieker | SpiekerPromotions@gmail.com
GRAND FORKS, ND (August 25) - This Friday night the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series (WoO) will invade River Cities Speedway for the second and final time of 2016. Looking to sweep the season series at River Cities will be Fargo, ND driver, Donny Schatz.
Since coming up a car length shy of winning his sixth consecutive Knoxville Nationals title on August 13th, Schatz has been simply dominating the WoO trail. Schatz led the feature wire-to-wire at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, NE on Tuesday, Aug. 16th before picking up the win at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI last Sunday evening. The win was Schatz’s 18th of the year and extended his point lead over David Gravel to 250 markers.
Coming into Friday night’s program, Schatz has a three-race WoO win streak to defend at River Cities. After sweeping both races in 2015, the seven-time and defending WoO champion drove from seventh to claim the victory when the series last visited the high-banked three-tenths mile bullring on June 17th.
Early on it looked as though Hanover, PA driver, Logan Schuchart was destined to score his first WoO victory, but Schatz reeled in the Shark Racing #1S in lapped traffic and stole the lead on lap 17 of 40. Schatz then held off threats from Gravel and Schuchart to pick up his seventh WoO victory at his home track. What may be even more impressive is the fact that in the 18 visits made by the World of Outlaws to River Cities, Schatz has finished inside the top 10 in all of them with a worst finish of seventh on two occasions.
Tickets for the Second Leg of the 2016 Northern Tour for the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series events at River Cities Speedway can be purchased in advance online or by calling 815-344-2023, as well at the River Cities Speedway track office and ticket outlets around the Grand Forks area and at the track on race day.
All-time WoO Winners at River Cities:
Donny Schatz: 7
Steve Kinser: 2
Joey Saldana: 2
Craig Dollansky: 2
Sammy Swindell: 1
Kraig Kinser: 1
Cody Darrah: 1
Daryn Pittman: 1