Schatz Snaps Up Wins at Husets Speedway
Brandon, SDJuly 3, 2007--By: Tony Veneziano, World of Outlaws PR Director
Husets Speedway may be 249 miles from Fargo, North Dakota, where he lives, but Donny Schatz considers the high-banked 3/8-mile to be a home track.
He raced at the track many times when he was cutting his teeth and climbing the sprint car racing ladder. Schatz won with the World of Outlaws at the track in 2001. On Tuesday night, he returned to the winners circle at the track just outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, earning his ninth A-Feature win of the season. The win left him undefeated for the season in the state of South Dakota, having won last Monday at Black Hills Speedway.
Husets is one of the places that I grew up racing at, said Schatz, driver of the Snap-on Tools J&J. It has been near and dear to my heart for a long time. I feel liked it has robbed me a few times, so tonight was a great night to get back to victory lane. These guys worked hard for it tonight. We are definitely looking forward to Saturday.
The race began with a false start that moved Terry McCarl to the outside of the front row beside Schatz. A second start was negated by an accident. On the third state, Schatz led into turn one on the low side of the track, with McCarl running high and taking the lead entering the third turn on the opening circuit and officially being scored the leader.
The six-time Husets Speedway champion would lead the first six laps, before Schatz would catch him in heavy lapped traffic. On the seventh lap, Schatz dove low in turn three to take the lead, which he would not relinquish. During the first 10 laps of the race, McCarl closed on Schatz and looked under him a couple of times, but could not make a pass.
Craig Dollansky took the second spot from McCarl on the 13th lap and made several runs at Schatz, including on the 18th lap when the pair ran side-by-side down the back straightaway. A late caution and then a red flag gave Dollansky a couple of chances to get a run on Schatz. He did so on the high side of the track numerous times during the last five laps of the event, but each time Schatz fended him off and retained the lead.
For Schatz, it was his third win in eight starts in a specially painted red and black Snap-on Tools car. The car will now be put on the shelf until October at Princeton Speedway in Minnesota. Schatz won in the cars debut at Knoxville on April 28, as well as at Black Hills Speedway. After contact at Eagle Raceway on June 9, Schatz noted that the car never felt the same.
I honestly think that is all for that car, said the winner. We are going to build us a new one tomorrow at the shop. It has been to victory lane a few times, but tonight being up front definitely helped.
While he was disappointed that he did not win, Dollansky knew his team gave it all they had and was extremely proud of them. He continues to mesh with new crew chief Mike Woodring and has made several changes to the teams program over the last few weeks.
We felt like we had a pretty good line working out there, said Dollansky, driver of the Karavan Trailers Maxim. The (No.) 15 car has been strong all year. Our team has been working to get a few things sorted out with our cars and our motors. Its a good run for us, though we dont like coming home second. We had a shot at the win a couple of times. If he would have bobbled we definitely had a run on him on that one restart.
Terry McCarl who is the winningest driver in Husets Speedway history finished third on Tuesday night at the track. After leading the first six laps of the event, he patiently followed Schatz doing everything he could to make a couple more runs on the current championship point leader.
We had a good car out in the open, but when we hit traffic I was tight, said McCarl, driver of the Big Game Treestands Eagle. Usually when we race here it gets a lot slicker than what it did. They did a great job of giving us a great race track. The track kind of tricked me a little bit. I thought it would blow off a little bit more than it did and it ledged up. No excuses though, the car was great.
An open red flag with four laps to go gave all the teams a chance to adjust upon their machines for the final sprint to the finish. As is the case most time when there is an open red flag, Schatz and his team did not make any changes, just a couple of tiny adjustments.
I dont like to change my driving style, explained Schatz. I know what I have to do, and I keep my head on straight and hit my marks. We never really changed anything. We checked the air pressure on the tires and made sure nothing was going to fall off the car and went.
Schatz ran a majority of the race in the middle of the track and a fair portion of it on the bottom, but also utilized the top when he needed to. Being in traffic for a large part of the race, he maneuvered his car through multiple lines.
We were glad the track got somewhat slick, he noted. There were guys all over, and we were able to run all over as well.
With his runner-up finish, Dollansky earned his 26th Top-10 finish of the season. He drew even with Schatz on the back straightaway a couple of times in the late going, showing the power under the hood from his Fisher engine.
We are getting to where we need to be, he said. We have a lot of work to do, but we are gaining on it.
Dollansky always enjoys racing at Husets, especially when the grandstand is packed like on Tuesday night. He noted that the track surface was prepared impeccably and led to great racing throughout the field, despite it being a very hot and humid day on Tuesday.
This track is one of the most fun we go to in all of the country, said the runner-up. You could run the top here tonight and you could run the bottom. I dont know what else you could ask for. Hopefully it was a good show for the fans and its always enjoyable coming here.
McCarl and his team made a number of changes during the red flag with four laps to go, but with clean race track facing the leaders, he knew it would be tough to catch Schatz, let alone pass him.
The only chance I had at Donny was in traffic, said McCarl. You dont want to see any reds, but it would have helped us if that was earlier. We had a chance to dial the car in at the end and were better at the end.
After winning at Husets a few weeks back in weekly competition, McCarl was confident heading into action on Tuesday night. He has six Top-10 finishes in the last eight World of Outlaws events, a streak that started with his win at Knoxville Raceway on June 16.
It always feels good to come back to these tracks that we know, smiled McCarl. To roll out of here with a Top-Three is a good accomplishment.
Kerry Madsen earned his second straight Top-Five finish and his third in the last four events, as he came home fourth in the Selma Shell Maxim after starting ninth.
Jac Haudenschild finished fifth in the Wright One Construction Maxim, with Jason Meyers sixth in the Primerica Financial Maxim. Daryn Pittman seventh in the Titan Garages Maxim, Justin Henderson eighth in the Jolt Energy Gum Rocket, Joey Saldana was ninth in the Open Joist Mopar-powered JEI and Jason Solwold was 10th in the City Wide Insulation Maxim.
World of Outlaws Sprint Series
Qualifying: 1) 20-Paul McMahan 10.675 2) 24-Terry McCarl 10.772 3) 1Z-Dusty Zomer 10.830 4) 14-Jason Meyers 10.862 5) 9-Joey Saldana 10.888 6) 83-Danny Lasoski 10.900 7) 7S-Jason Sides 10.907 8) 15-Donny Schatz 10.926 9) 11H-Kerry Madsen 10.936 10) R19-Jason Solwold 10.949 11) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 10.962 12) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 10.982 13) D1-Justin Henderson 10.983 14) 1X-Randy Hannagan 10.994 15) 35-Jac Haudenschild 11.015 16) 7-Craig Dollansky 11.045 17) R9-Scott Winters 11.054 18) 21-Daryn Pittman 11.056 19) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 11.061 20) 6-Tim Shaffer 11.079 21) 2-Brooke Tatnell 11.081 22) 5C-Chad Hillier 11.084 23) 53-Jack Dover 11.091 24) 11-Steve Kinser 11.093 25) 18-Brian Carlson 11.114 26) 3X-Chad Kemenah 11.148 27) 11D-Dion Hindi 11.156 28) 13-Mark Dobmeier 11.181 29) 55-Billy Alley 11.222 30) 11X-Gregg Bakker 11.239 31) 4-Micah Schliemann 11.255 32) 36-Jason Martin 11.311 33) 9N-Wade Nygaard 11.313 34) 28-Mitch Runge 11.394 35) 15X-Joe Riedel 11.969 36) 101-Chuck McGillivray 12.258 37) 71-Robert Bell 12.471
Heat 1 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) 11H-Kerry Madsen 2) D1-Justin Henderson 3) 9-Joey Saldana 4) 20-Paul McMahan 5) R9-Scott Winters 6) 2-Brooke Tatnell 7) 9N-Wade Nygaard 8) 18-Brian Carlson 9) 55-Billy Alley 10) 71-Robert Bell
Heat 2 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) 1X-Randy Hannagan 2) 24-Terry McCarl 3) 83-Danny Lasoski 4) 21-Daryn Pittman 5) R19-Jason Solwold 6) 3X-Chad Kemenah 7) 5C-Chad Hillier 8) 28-Mitch Runge 9) 11X-Gregg Bakker
Heat 3 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) 35-Jac Haudenschild 2) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 3) 7S-Jason Sides 4) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. 5) 53-Jack Dover 6) 11D-Dion Hindi 7) 15X-Joe Riedel 8) 4-Micah Schliemann 9) 1Z-Dusty Zomer
Heat 4 (8 Laps, top 5 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) 7-Craig Dollansky 2) 15-Donny Schatz 3) 10C-Jeremy Campbell 4) 14-Jason Meyers 5) 13-Mark Dobmeier 6) 11-Steve Kinser 7) 36-Jason Martin 8) 6-Tim Shaffer 9) 101-Chuck McGillivray
Crane Cams Dash (6 laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-feature): 1) 15-Donny Schatz 2) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. 3) 7-Craig Dollansky 4) 24-Terry McCarl 5) 1X-Randy Hannagan 6) 35-Jac Haudenschild 7) D1-Justin Henderson 8) 14-Jason Meyers 9) 11H-Kerry Madsen 10) 20-Paul McMahan
C-main (8 laps, top 2 finishers transferred to B-main): 1) 4-Micah Schliemann  2) 9N-Wade Nygaard  3) 28-Mitch Runge [$125] 4) 15X-Joe Riedel [$125] 5) 71-Robert Bell [$125] 6) 36-Jason Martin [$100] 7) 101-Chuck McGillivray [$100]
B-main (12 laps, top 4 finishers transferred to A-feature): 1) 1Z-Dusty Zomer  2) 6-Tim Shaffer  3) 2-Brooke Tatnell  4) 11-Steve Kinser  5) 5C-Chad Hillier [$200] 6) 11D-Dion Hindi [$180] 7) 3X-Chad Kemenah [$175] 8) 55-Billy Alley [$160] 9) 9N-Wade Nygaard [$150] 10) 18-Brian Carlson [$150] 11) 11X-Gregg Bakker [$150] 12) 4-Micah Schliemann [$150]
A-main (35 laps) - Starting Position [#]: 1) 15-Donny Schatz [$10,000] 2) 7-Craig Dollansky [$5,500] 3) 24-Terry McCarl [$3,200] 4) 11H-Kerry Madsen [$2,800] 5) 35-Jac Haudenschild [$2,500] 6) 14-Jason Meyers [$2,300] 7) 21-Daryn Pittman [$2,200] 8) D1-Justin Henderson [$2,100] 9) 9-Joey Saldana [$2,050] 10) R19-Jason Solwold [$2,000] 11) 18T-Tony Bruce Jr. [$1,500] 12) 1Z-Dusty Zomer [$1,200] 13) 6-Tim Shaffer [$1,100] 14) 1X-Randy Hannagan [$1,050] 15) 3X-Chad Kemenah [$200] 16) 83-Danny Lasoski [$900] 17) 10C-Jeremy Campbell [$800] 18) 13-Mark Dobmeier [$800] 19) 7S-Jason Sides [$800] 20) 11D-Dion Hindi [$] 21) 53-Jack Dover [$800] 22) 20-Paul McMahan [$800] 23) 2-Brooke Tatnell [$800] 24) 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr. [$800] 25) R9-Scott Winters [$800] 26) 11-Steve Kinser [$800]
Lap Leaders: Terry McCarl 1-6, Donny Schatz 7-35
KSE Hard Charger Award: Daryn Pittman
USRA Hobby Stocks
Heat #1: 1. David Beman Jr., Sioux Falls; 2. Corey Kremer, Sioux Falls; 3. Doug Folkens, Sioux Falls; 4. Shane Klaassen, Little Rock, Iowa; 5. Eric Taylor, Sioux Falls; 6. Tommy Barber, Brandon.
Heat #2: 1. Shaun Taylor, Sioux Falls; 2. DJ Jones, Sioux Falls; 3. Jared Nytroe, Brandon; 4. Dereck VanDerBrink, Rock Rapids, Iowa; 5. Jim Ross, Sioux Falls; 6. Denny Lottman, Canton.
Heat #3: 1. Justin Arends, Little Rock, Iowa; 2. Chad Graves, Sioux Falls; 3. Travis Christensen, Sioux Falls; 4. Brock Hess, Renner; 5. Tyler Nelson, Madison.
A Feature: 1. Travis Christensen, Sioux Falls; 2. Chad Graves, Sioux Falls; 3. Shaun Taylor, Sioux Falls; 4. Justin Arends, Little Rock, Iowa; 5. Doug Folkens, Sioux Falls; 6. Jared Nytroe, Brandon; 7. Brock Hess, Renner; 8. Eric Taylor, Sioux Falls; 9. Tommy Barber, Brandon; 10. DJ Jones, Sioux Falls; 11. Denny Lottman, Canton; 12. Corey Kremer, Sioux Falls; 13. Jim Ross, Sioux Falls; 14. Shane Klaassen, Little Rock, Iowa; 15. Tyler Nelson, Madison; 16. Dereck VanDerBrink, Rock Rapids, Iowa; 17. David Beman Jr., Sioux Falls.