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Donny Schatz Wins Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown In Charlotte

Donny Schatz Wins Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown In Charlotte

by May 23, 2015 0 comments

CONCORD, N.C. – Celebrating its 15th season, The Dirt Track at Charlotte hosted the Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown on Friday night.

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series point leader, Donny Schatz continued his dominance and claimed his 11th win of the 2015 season and his eighth career victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte.

It was Schatz who started on the pole, but Kraig Kinser started alongside and jumped to a commanding lead once the 30-lap A-Main got underway.

The first caution of the night came out on lap 10 when Mark Cole slowed on the track. Two laps later, the second caution was displayed after Jamie Veal spun in Turn 3. While trying to avoid the spinning car of Veal, Kory Crabtree spun around, as well. Both drivers continued.

On the restart, Schatz powered his way past Kinser on the high side to take the lead. Schatz continued the consistency, but it was David Gravel who chased him down and challenged for the race lead in the closing laps.

In the end, Schatz just barely held on, and the all-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series winner at The Dirt Track at Charlotte claimed one more victory. The last time Schatz went to victory at the track was back in November of 2013. He has been claiming victory in Charlotte since its inaugural season back in 2000.

“I couldn’t hear him (Gravel) but I figured somebody had to be (behind me),” Schatz said. “We got to traffic and there were guys running the bottom and guys ripping around the top and I just couldn’t seem to make anything happen to get through. If you’re leading the race and you’re backpedaling you’ve got to know somebody is coming. I just couldn’t find a spot to get through there. They were running two wide, and they were both doing a good job of racing hard, so that’s what they’re supposed to do. My car was pretty decent. But like I said, I just couldn’t find a hole to get through there. Sometimes you win them that way and sometimes you lose them that way.”

David Gravel finished second. Daryn Pittman and Shane Stewart who both have three wins this season finished third and fourth respectively. Paul McMahan rounded out the top-five.

“We had a couple of shots at him (Schatz),” Gravel said. “It just didn’t work out. I wish I had maybe five more laps, and I could have maybe got him. Donny is a smart racer, the best there is in the business, and he doesn’t give wins away. I just needed him to slip up just a little bit, but he didn’t.”

On Monday, May 25, the series will compete at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Indiana. Rounding out the month of May, the series will make its way to Attica Raceway Park in Ohio for the Kistler Engine Classic on Friday, May 29 and then to I-96 Speedway in Michigan on Saturday, May 30 for the NAPA Auto Parts Rumble in Michigan.

Trent Ivey captured his first career victory in the South Eastern Crate Association (SECA) Late Model Series on Friday night at The Dirt Track at Charlotte. The 20-year old started from the pole and was able to hold off Rambo Franklin for the win in the series’ inaugural visit to the track.

Ricky Weeks who led throughout the night rounded out the top-three. Zack Mitchell finished fourth, and Corey Gordon finished fifth.

Up next on the schedule, SECA will compete at Harris Speedway on Sunday, May 24.

Circle K NOS Energy Outlaw Showdown Results:
1.) #15 Donny Schatz
2.) #7 David Gravel
3.) #9 Daryn Pittman
4.) #2 Shane Stewart
5.) #51 Paul McMahan
6.) #11K Kraig Kinser
7.) #49 Brad Sweet
8.) #1S Logan Schuchart
9.) #98H Dave Blaney
10.) #29 Kerry Madsen
11.) #7S Jason Sides
12.) #71M Joey Saldana
13.) #19M Brent Marks
14.) #41 Jamie Veal
15.) #49X Cole Duncan
16.) #1A Jacob Allen
17.) #36D Wayne Dadetto
18.) #60 Kory Crabtree
19.) #23 Lance Moss
20.) #47 Eric Riggins Jr.
21.) #6W Brad Wickham
22.) #6X Mark Cole

SECA Late Model Series Results:
1.) #88 Trent Ivey
2.) #2 Rambo Franklin
3.) #1W Ricky Weeks
4.) #57 Zack Mitchell
5.) #23 Corey Gordon
6.) #9 Ryan Atkins
7.) #444 Teddy Musgrave Jr.
8.) #85 Matt Lawson
9.) #1 Mark Parks
10.) #07 Larry Timms
11.) #99C Chris Cheek
12.) #22 Nick Deitz
13.) #51 Brandon Haley
14.) #10 Spencer Apple
15.) #2C Joey Coulter
16.) #7X Justin Williams
17.) #78 Thomas Robinson
18.) #11 Cole Apple
19.) #28 Banjo Duke
20.) #29M Dale Moore
21.) #19C Wesley Cadwallader
22.) #29 Steve Hendren
23.) #J1 Chris Jackson
24.) #14C Cale Conley
25.) #7M Brian Moody

Photo Credit: Wayne Thomas

Hunter Thomas
Hunter Thomas is a journalist who grew up in Darlington, S.C. His first motorsports-based endeavor was working as the Public Relations Director at Dillon Motor Speedway in Dillon, S.C., and his journalism start came while he was freelancing at his hometown newspaper, the News & Press while in college.

Hunter has been working within the NASCAR industry since 2010, and throughout the years, he has done everything from PR/Marketing for drivers and teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, to working at Rockingham Speedway. As a journalist, Hunter has covered everything from regional short tracks to NASCAR, ARCA Racing Series, World of Outlaws, Red Bull Global Rallycross, NHRA and much more.

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