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Donny Schatz Wins Hard Fought Mini Gold Cup Victory

From Aaron Fielder

Chico, CA – (March 28, 2015) – Donny Schatz scored his third win of the season Saturday night at Silver Dollar Speedway’s Mini Gold Cup, but his competition did not make it easy for him.

Schatz led the field through the opening laps in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies car and held off Daryn Pittman as a series of cautions flew. The first caution came on lap four, followed by one on lap nine and then on the subsequent restart attempt. After Rico Abreu got off track and brought out the caution on lap 11, Kerry Madsen was able to battle past Pittman to take over the second position. Terry McCarl brought out a pivotal caution on lap 18 as he spun into the infield off of turn two.

As the field returned to green, Kerry Madsen got his opportunity to take on Schatz.

“I figured I’d go to the top because there was rubber, but there wasn’t really rubber at that spot and I thought I’ve actually got a really good shot here and got a really good restart,” Madsen said.

“I know my crew was probably calling me every name in the book on that restart but it started to lay a little rubber there and you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t,” Schatz said. “And I figured if I could get a run off the top. Kerry just got a really good start.”

When the field came around to take lap 18, Madsen led Schatz in his No. 29 American Racing Custom Wheels car. Farther back, 18-year-old Tanner Thorson, who started the night in 13th, had been slowly progressing through the field. On lap 18, as Madsen battled past Schatz, Thorson took over the eighth spot.

Schatz began to catch Madsen again on lap 23. Schatz worked the track looking for the right line and almost had it as the two drivers came off of turn four headed to the start finish line. They battled side by side, but Madsen held the lead. The battle continued on laps 24 and 25. As they looked to complete lap 26, Schatz finally found a way around Madsen.

“I pushed pretty hard for a while but it got the rubber down in the middle and we were just a little too tough for the rubber,” Madsen said. “Obviously Donny was way better.”

By lap 27, Thorson moved his Richie Rich Motorsports car into the sixth position. One lap later, Schatz, the leader, caught lapped traffic and begin to work his way through. This closed the gap for Madsen, who tried to use the traffic as a pick around Schatz. Schatz was able to maintain the lead though.

Over the course of four laps, Thorson swiftly moved forward to the third position. In traffic, he found a way around Madsen on lap 36 to take over the second position. He set his sights on Schatz. While Schatz had built up a strong lead, Thorson cut into it lap by lap.

“Towards the end you could feel the tires were going and you were sliding around,” Schatz said. “We ran the hardest thing we could. Racing with Kerry we probably used them up more than we should have but it got us the win so that’s what’s important.”

In the end, Thorson ran out of time to catch Schatz.

“We were really good there in the beginning all the way throughout the race and I feel like a few more laps and I probably could have given Donny a run for his money,” said Thorson, who finished the night in second. “Good job to him.”

The career best World of Outlaws finish came in Thorson’s fourth ever series start.

Schatz’s win was the second in a week. Prior to his win last weekend, the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing driver had not won in California since 2012. He credited his team for trying new things and adapting.

“We haven’t been very good on the short track stuff the last several years,” Schatz said. “They’ve worked hard and tried things outside the box trying to get better. It’s worked. Half the battle is getting qualified. And they’ve definitely got it qualifying better.”

After leading eight laps, Madsen finished the night in third – his best finish so far this season

“We’re extremely happy to come home with a podium,” he said. “Chico has never been my best track so it’s been a fantastic night for us.”

The St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia native also took home his fourth quick time of the year – the most of any driver.

Jason Johnson was the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger award after advancing 16 positions to finish in eighth.

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Silver Dollar Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES: Prior to last weekend’s win at the Stockton Dirt Track, Donny Schatz had not won a race in California since Sept. 9, 2012…. This was the second win in a week for Donny Schatz who scored a close victory at Stockton… Donny Schatz is the only three-time winner so far this season… Second place finisher Tanner Thorson scored his first ever World of Outlaws podium finish tonight in just his fourth series start… Jason Johnson took home the night’s KSE Racing Hard Charger award after advancing 16 positions to finish in 8th… Kerry Madsen scored his fourth quick time award of the season – the most of anyone.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS – MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Terry McCarl; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz;Sweet Manufacturing ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Tanner Thorson;Mobil 1 ($50 cash): David Gravel; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Lincoln Welders ($50 cash): Brad Sweet; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Edelbrock ($50 cash): David Gravel; Comp Cams ($50 cash): David Gravel; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Joey Saldana;Superflow ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; Sweet Manufacturing ($50 product certificate): Tanner Thorson;KSE Racing Products ($100 product certificate): Jason Johnson; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; Mobil 1 (20% off Mobil1RacingStore.com): Justyn Cox; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Paul McMahan; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jason Sides.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz – 3 (Silver Dollar Speedway on March 28, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Stockton Dirt Track on March 21); Rico Abreu – 2 (Stockton Dirt Track on March 22, Thunderbowl Raceway on March 14);Brian Brown – 1 (USA Raceway on March 7); Tim Kaeding – 1 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 13); Terry McCarl – 1(The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Daryn Pittman – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13);Shane Stewart – 1 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on March 5); Brad Sweet – 1 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 15)

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Silver Dollar Speedway; Chico, Calif.; March 28, 2015

A-Main – (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [1] [$10,000]; 2. 88X-Tanner Thorson [13] [$5,500]; 3. 29-Kerry Madsen [5] [$3,200]; 4. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [2] [$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [3] [$2,500]; 6. 49-Brad Sweet [4] [$2,300]; 7. 92-Andy Forsberg [11] [$2,200]; 8. 41-Jason Johnson [24] [$2,100]; 9. 22K-Shane Golobic [17] [$2,050]; 10. 83-David Gravel [12] [$2,000]; 11. 75-Sean Becker [21] [$1,500]; 12. 71M-Joey Saldana [25] [$400]; 13. 5V-Colby Copeland [23] [$1,100]; 14. 2-Shane Stewart [10] [$1,050]; 15. 21X-Carson Macedo [19] [$1,000]; 16. 11K-Kraig Kinser [26] [$100]; 17. 21-Brian Brown [20] [$800]; 18. 3C-Jonathan Allard [22] [$800]; 19. 51-Paul McMahan [6] [$800]; 20. 31C-Justyn Cox [16] [$800]; 21. 7S-Jason Sides [18] [$800]; 22. 24-Rico Abreu [9] [$800]; 23. 44W-Austen Wheatley [7] [$800]; 24. 88N-DJ Netto [8] [$800]; 25. 88-Terry McCarl [15] [$800]; 26. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [14] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-17, 26-40; Kerry Madsen 18-25. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Jason Johnson [+16]

Qualifying – 1. 29-Kerry Madsen, 11.804; 2. 24-Rico Abreu, 11.948; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.027; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.136; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.233; 6. 35M-Kyle Hirst, 12.252; 7. 83JR-Tim Kaeding, 12.259; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.289; 9. 44W-Austen Wheatley, 12.291; 10. 51-Paul McMahan, 12.308; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.318; 12. 92-Andy Forsberg, 12.335; 13. 83-David Gravel, 12.355; 14. 88X-Tanner Thorson, 12.386; 15. 88N-DJ Netto, 12.401; 16. 41X-Dominic Scelzi, 12.420; 17. 22-Mason Moore, 12.430; 18. 88-Terry McCarl, 12.455; 19. 31C-Justyn Cox, 12.458; 20. 22K-Shane Golobic, 12.461; 21. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.496; 22. 21X-Carson Macedo, 12.511; 23. 21-Brian Brown, 12.539; 24. 75-Sean Becker, 12.544; 25. 7-Craig Dollansky, 12.576; 26. 3C-Jonathan Allard, 12.621; 27. 1s-Logan Schuchart, 12.649; 28. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.680; 29. O-Bud Kaeding, 12.699; 30. 17W-Bryan Clauson, 12.723; 31. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.725; 32. 5V-Colby Copeland, 12.732; 33. 7H-Jojo Helberg, 12.770; 34. 41-Jason Johnson, 12.880; 35. 99T-Skylar Gee, 12.880; 36. OO-Jason Statler, 12.930; 37. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.002; 38. 19-Keith Bloom, 13.048; 39. 68-Chase Johnson, 13.464; 40. 89-Branden Mansfield, 13.927; 41. 13-Rowdy McLenon, 14.001; 42. 15H-Pat Harvey Jr., 14.018; 43. 98-Sean Watts, 14.116; 44. 57-Billy Butler, 14.553

Heat 1 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 44W-Austen Wheatley [2]; 2. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [3]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 5. 83-David Gravel [1]; 6. O-Bud Kaeding [8]; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky [7]; 8. 22-Mason Moore [5]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen [10]; 10. 7H-Jojo Helberg [9]; 11. 13-Rowdy McLenon [11]

Heat 2 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 51-Paul McMahan [2]; 2. 88-Terry McCarl [5]; 3. 88X-Tanner Thorson [1]; 4. 3C-Jonathan Allard [7]; 5. 41-Jason Johnson [9]; 6. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 7. 19-Keith Bloom [10]; 8. 17W-Bryan Clauson [8]; 9. 15H-Pat Harvey Jr. [11]; 10. 35M-Kyle Hirst [3]; 11. 21X-Carson Macedo [6]

Heat 3 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 88N-DJ Netto [1]; 2. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [3]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [4]; 4. 31C-Justyn Cox [5]; 5. 21-Brian Brown [6]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [8]; 7. 1s-Logan Schuchart [7]; 8. 68-Chase Johnson [10]; 9. 99T-Skylar Gee [9]; 10. 98-Sean Watts [11]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]

Heat 4 – (10 Laps – Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 2. 22K-Shane Golobic [5]; 3. 92-Andy Forsberg [2]; 4. 41X-Dominic Scelzi [1]; 5. 5V-Colby Copeland [8]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 7. 2-Shane Stewart [4]; 8. 57-Billy Butler [11]; 9. 75-Sean Becker [6]; 10. OO-Jason Statler [9]; 11. 89-Branden Mansfield [10]

Dash – (8 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 83JR-Tim Kaeding [1]; 3. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [4]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [7]; 7. 44W-Austen Wheatley [6]; 8. 88N-DJ Netto [8]

C-Main – (10 Laps – Top 2 finishers transfer to the Last Chance Showdown) – 1. 71M-Joey Saldana [1] [-]; 2. 19-Keith Bloom [6] [-]; 3. OO-Jason Statler [4] [$150]; 4. 99T-Skylar Gee [3] [$150]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [5] [$150]; 6. 68-Chase Johnson [7] [$125]; 7. 7H-Jojo Helberg [2] [$125]; 8. 98-Sean Watts [11] [$125]; 9. 13-Rowdy McLenon [9] [$125]; 10. 57-Billy Butler [12] [$125]; 11. 15H-Pat Harvey Jr. [10] [$125]; 12. 89-Branden Mansfield [8] [$125]

Last Chance Showdown – (12 Laps – Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature) – 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2] [-]; 2. 21X-Carson Macedo [6] [-]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [1] [-]; 4. 75-Sean Becker [7] [-]; 5. 35M-Kyle Hirst [3] [$300]; 6. 22-Mason Moore [5] [$250]; 7. 71M-Joey Saldana [13] [$225]; 8. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10] [$200]; 9. O-Bud Kaeding [11] [$200]; 10. 17W-Bryan Clauson [12] [$200]; 11. 1A-Jacob Allen [4] [$200]; 12. 7-Craig Dollansky [8] [$200]; 13. 19-Keith Bloom [14] [$200]; 14. 1s-Logan Schuchart [9] [$200]

World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5’s

Top 10’s

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

1531

0

3

6

10

1

2

2

Shane Stewart

1521

-10

1

5

9

1

3

49

Brad Sweet

1495

-36

1

5

8

1

4

51

Paul McMahan

1487

-44

0

6

8

1

5

9

Daryn Pittman

1474

-57

1

5

8

0

6

29

Kerry Madsen

1468

-63

0

3

9

4

7

71M

Joey Saldana

1465

-66

0

4

8

1

8

83

David Gravel

1428

-103

0

1

6

0

9

7s

Jason Sides

1386

-145

0

2

3

0

10

24

Terry McCarl

1377

-154

1

3

6

0

11

41

Jason Johnson

1342

-189

0

1

4

0

12

11k

Kraig Kinser

1330

-201

0

0

2

0

13

1S

Logan Schuchart

1231

-300

0

0

1

0

14

7

Craig Dollansky

1159

-372

0

0

1

0

15

1A

Jacob Allen

1043

-488

0

0

0

0

16

24

Rico Abreu

1037

-494

2

3

4

1

17

21

Brian Brown

927

-604

1

2

2

0

18

18

Ian Madsen

847

-684

0

0

1

0

19

21X

Carson Macedo

801

-730

0

0

0

0

20

2L

Danny Lasoski

789

-742

0

3

4

1