Schatz still paces the field in sprints
FARGO -- Just when you think Donny Schatz has done everything, he finds another level of success. Schatz hits West Fargo's Red River Valley Speedway for tonight's World of Outlaws sprint car show fresh off his third win in a row at the Knoxville ...
FARGO -- Just when you think Donny Schatz has done everything, he finds another level of success.
Schatz hits West Fargo's Red River Valley Speedway for tonight's World of Outlaws sprint car show fresh off his third win in a row at the Knoxville (Iowa) Nationals.
Only Steve Kinser had three wins in a row at the Knoxville Nationals' before Schatz's three-peat on Saturday.
"They all mean everything to me," said Schatz of his three wins at Sprint car racing's most prestigious event. "To win the biggest race in Sprint cars is always awesome."
Racing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. tonight at the West Fargo track.
The show at the Red River Valley Speedway was originally scheduled for June 28, but was wiped out because of rain.
Schatz was on a hot streak before that rainout, notching seven wins in the 11 races leading up to the event -- including the race at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks the night before.
The Knoxville Nationals is considered to be the Daytona 500 of Sprint car racing. Schatz had taken second at the event four times before he finally reached the winner's circle.
His third win took some late heroics, as Jason Meyers led the first 25 laps. Then a caution flag tightened the field, and Schatz slipped under Meyers on the restart and darted to the win.
"That yellow gave us an opportunity," Schatz said. "You can't give up on second, and when we got over the hump it made it that much better.
"The third one means just as much as the first one."
Three of the next four World of Outlaws shows will be in North Dakota. After going to Gillette, Wyo., on Thursday, the series will run at Mandan's Dacotah Speedway on Saturday and Minot's Nodak Speedway on Sunday.
"It is cool to have that many shows in North Dakota, but it's also disappointing not having the big show in Fargo," Schatz said. "They used to have that one big show (at RRVS), and it was great.
"Grand Forks runs a good show, and Mandan and Minot do a good job, too. It's spread around a little bit."