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Schatz Captures His 15th Win of the Season at Nodak Speedway - Extends World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series points lead to 154 over second place Daryn Pittman


MINOT, N.D. - Aug. 17, 2014 - Joey Saldana and Donny Schatz fought a pitched battle through much of the feature Sunday night at the Gerdau Magic City Showdown at Nodak Speedway presented by Schatz Crossroads Truckstop, but it was Schatz who came out on top, scoring his 15th World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win of the season.


Schatz, a North Dakota native, said it meant a lot to him to get a win in front of a hometown crowd.


"It's great. Nothing feels better than that," Schatz said. "Thank you everybody here for 20 years of great support. What a race. These guys are unbelievable. Slick, sticky, cushion, no cushion, they got one hell of a racecar. It's a pleasure to drive it. It's fun to be here."


Schatz started the feature in third and quickly took over the second spot after the green flag flew. For the next 25 laps Schatz adapted to a changing racetrack, attempting different lines and making more than one abortive attempt to get around Saldana.


"(Saldana) was on the top and he got underneath us and he seen us and he started moving down," Schatz said. On lap 26, Schatz, who had been driving on the bottom of turns three and four moved to the top line. As the two drivers exited turn four, side-by-side, Schatz took the lead from Saldana and kept it through the remaining nine laps.


"You've just got to go where they're not," Schatz said. "Sometimes you're at a disadvantage leading these races when the track starts to change. The rain definitely changed the racing surface. I didn't expect it to be that quick. I thought it would blow off a lot quicker than it did. It stayed really good, you just had to get up and pound the cushion and do the best we could."


Since July 18 - the first night of Summer Nationals at Williams Grove Speedway - Schatz has finished no worse than third. After tonight's win, the Tony Stewart Racing driver has 12 straight podium finishes. Schatz has won six of the last nine races.


Second place finisher Saldana started the feature in his Motter Equipment car on the pole. He led the first lap and through early restarts for cautions, held off Schatz. On lap 14, as Schatz and Saldana worked their way through lapped traffic, Schatz looked low in three and four, and got side-by-side with Saldana as the two hit the front stretch. Saldana held the position and the lead.


Schatz again challenged for the lead on lap 17 and lap 19. Finally, on lap 26, Schatz went high instead of going low and found his way around. Saldana said he was not expecting the move.


"He's a great racecar driver, and you make a mistake and he makes you pay," Saldana said. "I saw him down there in lapped traffic running on the bottom and it was getting better down there but then it started cleaning off and the top got better. It was just the wrong place at the wrong time."


Saldana said his Motter Equipment team has been struggling lately and that this second place finish gives them good momentum heading into Edmonton.


David Gravel, who drove his Roth Motorsports car to a third place finish, fell back to sixth at the start of the feature. He battled back throughout the 35 lap A main.


"The restarts definitely helped me," Gravel said. "(Daryn Pittman) got by me on the start but starting sixth on one of those double file restarts I got up to fourth and then we had another restart and I got a good run off of four on (Paul McMahan) and passed him. It's definitely great."


Gravel thanked his team and car owners Dennis and Teresa Roth.


"It's been an up and down year. We've got some wins, but to get on the podium is good. Hopefully we can continue that on for this next swing."


In the race for the championship, Schatz extended his points lead to 154 over second place Pittman. McMahan is in third, 199 points out of the lead. Saldana and Kerry Madsen have the same number of points, 8519, and wins, but Madsen has more top-five finishes, giving him the tie-breaker and the fourth position in the points.


Earlier in the night, McMahan broke the old Nodak Speedway track record held by Sammy Swindell since 2012 (13.217) with his qualifying quick time of 12.991.


The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to action on Aug. 22 and 23 at the Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The Outlaws then head west making stops in Washington, Oregon and California.


NODAK SPEEDWAY NOTES: Donny Schatz scored his 15th win of the season… Donny Schatz extended his points lead to 154 over Daryn Pittman… Paul McMahan got his ninth quick time of the season… Donny Schatz has 44 top-five finishes - 10 more than the nearest driver… Kerry Madsen and Joey Saldana are tied for fourth in the points with the tie-breaker going to Madsen… Trent Stengl was the KSE Hard Charger of the night, advancing seven positions to finish in 14th… Brad Sweet, Steve Kinser and David Gravel all won their heat races tonight.


SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 15 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 6, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 19, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 27, I-96 Speedway on May 31, River Cities Speedway on June 20, 34 Raceway on June 27, Cedar Lake Speedway on June 29, Lernerville Speedway on July 15, Autodrome Drummond on July 26, Cornwall Motor Speedway on July 27, Ohsweken Speedway on July 29, Knoxville Raceway on Aug. 9 and Junction Motor Speedway on Aug. 12); Daryn Pittman - 12 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Calistoga Speedway on April 6, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 19, Williams Grove Speedway on May 16 and May 17, Orange County Fair Speedway, May 18, New Egypt Speedway, May 20, Dodge City Raceway Park on July 4 and 5, Lincoln Speedway on July 17, Fulton Speedway on July 23 and River Cities Speedway on Aug. 15); Kerry Madsen - 5 (Stockton Dirt track on March 22, El Paso Speedway Park on April 15, Lakeside Speedway on June 7, Eldora Speedway on July 12 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 3); Joey Saldana - 5 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 12, Salina Highbanks on April 25, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 23, I-80 Speedway on June 6 and Jackson Speedway on June 13); Brad Sweet - 5 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Tucson International Raceway on March 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 5, Knoxville Raceway on June 14 and Beaver Dam Raceway on June 28); David Gravel - 4 (Merced Speedway on March 28, Eldora Speedway on May 3, Wilmot Raceway on May 9 and Lebanon Valley Speedway on July 20); Paul McMahan - 4 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 5, Tri-State Speedway on May 10, Limaland Motorsports Park on July 9 and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 1); Cody Darrah - 2 (Kings Speedway on April 11 and Lernerville Speedway on July 15); Sammy Swindell - 2 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on April 26 and Eldora Speedway on July 11); Rico Abreu - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 15);Christopher Bell - 1 (Jacksonville Speedway on May 7); Dale Blaney - 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 30); Lance Dewease - 1 (July 20 at Williams Grove Speedway); Greg Hodnett - 1 (July 18 at Williams Grove Speedway); Roger Crockett - 1 (I-94 Speedway on June 21); Mark Dobmeier - 1 (Huset's Speedway on July 2); Steve Kinser - 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 16); Stevie Smith - 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 14); Shane Stewart - 1 (Eldora Speedway on May 2).


World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Nodak Speedway; Minot, N.D.; Aug. 17, 2014

A-Main - (35 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$10,000]; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana [1] [$5,500]; 3. 83-David Gravel [5] [$3,200]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4] [$2,800]; 5. 11K-Kraig Kinser [2] [$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [8] [$2,300]; 7. 4-Cody Darrah [9] [$2,200]; 8. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$2,100]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [10] [$2,050]; 10. 7S-Jason Sides [11] [$2,000]; 11. 1s-Logan Schuchart [14] [$1,500]; 12. 44W-Austen Wheatley [13] [$1,200]; 13. 1K-Chris Shirek [15] [$1,100]; 14. 7-Trent Stengl [21] [$1,050]; 15. 20A-Jordon Adams [18] [$1,000]; 16. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [17] [$900]; 17. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [16] [$800]; 18. 21-Ryder Olson [22] [$800]; 19. 5-Dave Glennon [19] [$800]; 20. 8-Casey Mack [12] [$800]; 21. 2K-Kevin Ingle [20] [$800]; 22. 11-Steve Kinser [7] [$800]; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen [23] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Joey Saldana 1-26, Donny Schatz 27-35. KSE Hard Charger Award: 7-Trent Stengl [+7]


Qualifying - 1. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.991; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.995; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana, 13.034; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.053; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.063; 6. 83-David Gravel, 13.078; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.087; 8. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.101; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.101; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.143; 11. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.157; 12. 8-Casey Mack, 13.159; 13. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 13.186; 14. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 13.303; 15. 1K-Chris Shirek, 13.328; 16. 91K-Kyle Fedyk, 13.487; 17. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 13.550; 18. 20A-Jordon Adams, 13.553; 19. 5-Dave Glennon, 13.630; 20. 2K-Kevin Ingle, 14.165; 21. 7-Trent Stengl, 14.276; 22. 21-Ryder Olson, 14.694; 23. 1A-Jacob Allen, nt


Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 2. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 5. 44W-Austen Wheatley [5]; 6. 5-Dave Glennon [7]; 7. 91K-Kyle Fedyk [6]; 8. 21-Ryder Olson [8]


Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 11-Steve Kinser [1]; 2. 4-Cody Darrah [2]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [6]; 6. 2K-Kevin Ingle [7]; 7. 1s-Logan Schuchart [5]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [8]


Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 6 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 83-David Gravel [3]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [2]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 8-Casey Mack [1]; 5. 1K-Chris Shirek [5]; 6. 7-Trent Stengl [7]; 7. 20A-Jordon Adams [6]

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [2]; 2. 11K-Kraig Kinser [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 51-Paul McMahan [4]; 5. 83-David Gravel [6]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [5]; 7. 11-Steve Kinser [8]; 8. 49-Brad Sweet [7]

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