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Schatz Wins Fog Shortened Mediacom Shootout at Knoxville Raceway - The win is the 12th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series victory of the season for the Fargo, N.D. native

 

KNOXVILLE, Iowa - June 13, 2015 - In an event that no one will soon forget, Donny Schatz scored his 12th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series feature win of the season Saturday night after heavy fog forced officials to call Knoxville Raceway's Mediacom Shootout early.

 

The weather played foe to the series throughout the night. After getting through qualifying, the heat races and the Dash, the skies opened up over the historic track. Intermittent rain showers continued for about an hour. It took two more hours for the track prep crew to get the track back in race condition.

 

As the green flag finally fell on the feature shortly before 2 a.m., fog began to roll in over the race track. Schatz and Justin Henderson battled side-by-side through the first two laps. As Schatz got some distance from Henderson, he caught the back of the field by lap seven. A caution flag flew the next time by. The field returned to green with Schatz leading Henderson and Kerry Madsen. He quickly built up a lead but again caught the back of the field a few laps later.

 

As the top three drivers stayed bunched up, the caution flag flew again with 15 laps complete. By this point, the fog, now heavy, had enveloped the track. Past the halfway point, and with visibility too bad to continue, the call was made to throw the checkered flag on the field as they made the final circuit under caution. 1980 was the last time Knoxville Raceway saw an event postponed because of fog.

 

"I don't know what happened there with the fog," said Schatz. "It wasn't bad until you got to turn three when you rolled down into the turn… that's a tough call."

 

Schatz, an eight time Knoxville Nationals champion, expanded his championship points lead over second place Shane Stewart to 177. He said the diversity of track conditions throughout the night gave his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies team good information heading into Nationals.

 

Henderson, a Sioux Falls, South Dakota native, drove his No. 1 Eagle Power Equipment car to a second place finish.

 

"I'm proud of this team," Henderson said. "Donny did a good job keeping his momentum up there. I should have move up when I got by him but I lost that race and he did a really good job of taking it like a champ would."

 

It was the second night in a row Madsen, who calls Knoxville home along with his Keneric Racing team, stood on the podium.

 

"What do you do?" Madsen said of the weather. "Thanks to everyone that put in a bloody sterling effort to get the track in; the fans for sticking around… I really wanted to go on the last ten laps, but I couldn't even see the cone on the restart."

 

The World of Outlaws closes out a three-in-a-row swing tomorrow night at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D. For more information on the event and to learn how to purchase tickets, visit http://woosprint.com/huset-s-speedway.

 

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Knoxville Raceway Notebook

 

RACE NOTES: Donny Schatz won his 12th race of the season Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway… The Mediacom Shootout featured a 3 hour rain delay and fog shortened feature… Tim Kaeding was the night's KSE Racing Hard Charger, advancing nine positions to finish in 17th… Kerry Madsen scored the night's quick time award. It was his fifth quick time of the year, tying him with Joey Saldana for the most, so far, in 2015.

 

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 12 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21, Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Placerville Speedway on April 8, Calistoga Speedway on April 12, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 26, Eldora Speedway on May 8, Eldora Speedway on May 9, Williams Grove Speedway on May 15, Weedsport Speedway on May 17, The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 22, Knoxville Raceway on June 14); Shane Stewart - 4 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5, Keller Auto Speedway on April 17, Salina Highbanks Speedway on May 1, Crawford County Speedway on June 12); Daryn Pittman - 3 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Antioch Speedway on March 29, New Egypt Speedway on May 19); Rico Abreu - 2 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 22); Paul McMahan - 2 (Perris Auto Speedway on April 18, Tri-State Speedway on May 3);Brad Sweet - 2 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15, Calistoga Speedway on April 11); Christopher Bell - 1 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on May 2); Dale Blaney - 1 (Attica Raceway Park on May 29); Brian Brown - 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Greg Hodnett - 1 (Lincoln Speedway on May 13); Tim Kaeding - 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Danny Lasoski - 1 (I-80 Speedway on June 5); Terry McCarl - 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Joey Saldana - 1 (Kokomo Speedway on June 3).

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Knoxville Raceway; Knoxville, Iowa.; June 13, 2015

 

A-Main - (15 Laps-shortened due to fog) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000]; 2. 1-Justin Henderson [2] [$5,500]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [4] [$3,200]; 4. 21-Brian Brown [5] [$2,800]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [3] [$2,500]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [10] [$2,300]; 7. 41-Sammy Swindell [7] [$2,200]; 8. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [6] [$2,100]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [12] [$2,050]; 10. 49-Brad Sweet [14] [$2,000]; 11. 24-Terry McCarl [8] [$1,500]; 12. 51-Paul McMahan [16] [$1,200]; 13. 2L-Danny Lasoski [9] [$1,100]; 14. 19M-Brent Marks [13] [$1,050]; 15. 35AU-Jamie Veal [17] [$1,000]; 16. 82-Dusty Zomer [18] [$900]; 17. 3-Tim Kaeding [26] [$]; 18. 1S-Logan Schuchart [11] [$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [22] [$800]; 20. 2-Shane Stewart [25] [$]; 21. 7-David Gravel [21] [$800]; 22. 11-Steve Kinser [19] [$800]; 23. 96-Bronson Maeschen [20] [$800]; 24. 56-David Heskin [24] [$800]; 25. 55-Brooke Tatnell [15] [$800]; 26. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [23] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-15. KSE Hard Charger Award: 3-Tim Kaeding [+9]

 

Qualifying - 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 15.388; 2. 1-Justin Henderson, 15.499; 3. 2L-Danny Lasoski, 15.618; 4. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 15.694; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 15.705; 6. 21-Brian Brown, 15.736; 7. 19M-Brent Marks, 15.806; 8. 55-Brooke Tatnell, 15.821; 9. 35AU-Jamie Veal, 15.845; 10. 11-Steve Kinser, 15.848; 11. 7-David Gravel, 15.957; 12. 49J-Josh Schneiderman, 15.996; 13. 17A-Austin McCarl, 16.057; 14. 1A-Jacob Allen, 16.073; 15. 7D-Dustin Selvage, 16.083; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 16.104; 17. 75-Glen Saville, 16.275; 18. 20-A.J. Moeller, 16.497; 19. 7R-Ryan Bunton, 16.523; 20. 71A-R.J. Johnson, 16.782; 21. 1P-Curtis Evans, 19.000; 22. 71M-Joey Saldana, 15.591; 23. 9-Daryn Pittman, 15.711; 24. 12-Lynton Jeffrey, 15.743; 25. 41-Sammy Swindell, 15.778; 26. 49-Brad Sweet, 15.796; 27. 51-Paul McMahan, 15.827; 28. 18-Ian Madsen, 15.864; 29. 24-Terry McCarl, 15.928; 30. 2-Shane Stewart, 15.929; 31. 82-Dusty Zomer, 15.964; 32. 96-Bronson Maeschen, 15.978; 33. 7S-Jason Sides, 16.010; 34. 56-David Heskin, 16.029; 35. 3-Tim Kaeding, 16.148; 36. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips, 16.260; 37. 2KS-Don Droud Jr, 16.410; 38. 4-Dakota Hendrickson, 16.508; 39. 44-Chris Martin, 17.173; 40. 44D-Andy Snider, 17.462; 41. 19-Bob Weuve, 17.537; 42. 45-Mark Johnson, 18.119 shortened

 

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 3. 2L-Danny Lasoski [3]; 4. 7-David Gravel [6]; 5. 19M-Brent Marks [1]; 6. 35AU-Jamie Veal [5]; 7. 7D-Dustin Selvage [8]; 8. 75-Glen Saville [9]; 9. 7R-Ryan Bunton [10]; 10. 17A-Austin McCarl [7]; 11. 1P-Curtis Evans [11]

 

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 55-Brooke Tatnell [1]; 3. 1-Justin Henderson [4]; 4. 11-Steve Kinser [5]; 5. 49J-Josh Schneiderman [6]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [8]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 8. 20-A.J. Moeller [9]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [7]; 10. 71A-R.J. Johnson [10]

 

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 18-Ian Madsen [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [3]; 4. 96-Bronson Maeschen [6]; 5. 56-David Heskin [7]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 8. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [8]; 9. 4-Dakota Hendrickson [9]; 10. 44D-Andy Snider [10]; 11. 45-Mark Johnson [11]

 

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 24-Terry McCarl [1]; 2. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 3. 41-Sammy Swindell [3]; 4. 82-Dusty Zomer [5]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 7. 3-Tim Kaeding [7]; 8. 2KS-Don Droud Jr [8]; 9. 44-Chris Martin [9]; 10. 19-Bob Weuve [10]

 

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 2. 1-Justin Henderson [2]; 3. 18-Ian Madsen [7]; 4. 29-Kerry Madsen [1]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [5]; 6. 12-Lynton Jeffrey [-]; 7. 41-Sammy Swindell [-]; 8. 24-Terry McCarl [8]

 

Last Chance Showdown #1 - (12 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1] [-]; 2. 35AU-Jamie Veal [2] [-]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6] [$150]; 4. 75-Glen Saville [7] [$150]; 5. 7R-Ryan Bunton [9] [$150]; 6. 71A-R.J. Johnson [10] [$125]; 7. 1A-Jacob Allen [4] [$125]; 8. 7D-Dustin Selvage [5] [$125]; 9. 17A-Austin McCarl [3] [$125]; 10. 20-A.J. Moeller [8] [$125]; 11. 1P-Curtis Evans [11] [$125]

 

Last Chance Showdown #2 - (12 Laps - Top 2 finishers transfer to the A-feature) - 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [1] [-]; 2. 9-Daryn Pittman [2] [-]; 3. 3-Tim Kaeding [4] [$300]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [3] [$250]; 5. 2KS-Don Droud Jr [6] [$225]; 6. 7TAZ-Tasker Phillips [5] [$200]; 7. 19-Bob Weuve [10] [$200]; 8. 44D-Andy Snider [9] [$200]; 9. 4-Dakota Hendrickson [7] [$200]; 10. 44-Chris Martin [8] [$200]; 11. 45-Mark Johnson [11] [$200]

 

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

 

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