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Native Son Schatz Returns to Gerdau 1st Leg of the Northern Tour on June 21

Donny Schatz. - T.J. Buffenbarger Photo

Donny Schatz. – T.J. Buffenbarger Photo

From Inside Line Promotions


Grand Forks, N.D. — (June 10, 2013) — There is always something special for a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series driver when he returns to compete in his home state.


For Minot, N.D., native Donny Schatz – a five-time series champion who is currently second in the championship standings – the first opportunity in his home state is Friday, June 21, at River Cities Speedway for the Gerdau 1st Leg of the Northern Tour.


“It’s been exciting since the day I started,” he said of the high-banked track. “There’s always been a lot of action.”


In addition to the sprint car event, Schatz will pull double duty and compete in the NLRA late model feature.


Schatz picked up a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series victory at River Cities Speedway in 2008 and 2009. Last season he charged from 11th to fourth in the first appearance at the 3/10-mile oval and finished a close second in the final visit.


“It’s a pretty demanding track,” he said. “It’s kind of nail-biting for a driver. There’s zero room for error. That’s something you look at when you’re racing for championships and wins.”


Schatz has excelled despite the challenging conditions. He’s recorded three runner-up finishes in the last five races and his worst result in the 11 World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series features at River Cities Speedway is seventh.


“There’s just a lot of excitement there,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of fun racing there.”




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Also, spectators can upgrade any ticket to a pit pass for only $10 on race day