Dates: Friday and Saturday, May 7th-8th
Series: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Track: Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, Ohio)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finishes (Start):
Friday: 3rd (17th)
Saturday: 3rd (7th)
2021 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Championship Standings: Sixth | 2682 points [160 points behind championship leader, Brad Sweet]
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 10, 2021) – Donny Schatz’ Eldora Speedway stat sheet runs long and deep, and although the Fargo, North Dakota-native was unable to further his Eldora win list and score a victory during the recent #LetsRaceTwo doubleheader, the ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion did manage to cash in for a pair of podium performances, highlighting the weekend with an impressive rally from 17th to finish third during the Friday segment of the weekend blockbuster. Friday’s segment was actually conducted on Saturday afternoon, as poor weather ultimately forced Friday’s portion to be postponed after qualifying.
Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Carquest Auto Parts/Curb Records/Ford Performance/Sage Fruit/Digital Ally/Advance Auto Parts/Rush Truck Centers/Absolute Automation and Security/Hunt Brothers Pizza/J&J Auto Racing/No. 15 sprint car, did most of his rally during the first 18 circuits, eventually utilizing a three-car pass to earn his way into the top-five. A slick move to get by David Gravel with nine to go propelled Schatz to fourth in the running order, eventually gifted one more position after Sheldon Haudenschild failed to meet the minimum weight requirement at the conclusion of the 30-lap program.
Just a few hours later, Schatz was able to match his “Friday” feature performance with another third-place finish, this time climbing ahead from row four and leading the majority of Saturday’s $10,000-to-win, 30-lap contest.
Schatz wasted little time, working his way from seventh to second in just two laps before driving by Sheldon Haudenschild for the race lead on lap eight. The #LetsRaceTwo finale remained in Schatz’ control until lap 27, quickly becoming reacquainted with Haudenschild as the WoO contender chopped Schatz’ command to a car length. Working hard to keep the Buckeye at bay, Haudenschild proved to be too much for Schatz to fight back, eventually losing the point just as the white flag was shown. Logan Schuchart also slipped by Schatz forcing the ten-time champ to settle with third.
“He just had everything to gain by moving around the race track,” Schatz said of Haudenschild at Eldora. “We were solid out front, but kept fading there at the end. We were better in the middle and lower early on, but sometimes you get to see what’s going on if you’re bak there. I couldn’t move around, it’s just the way it goes. Would’ve been nice to win, but we didn’t. We’ll get another chance on Wednesday.”
Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing will continue their 2021 campaign with a three-race week in the Keystone State, set to invade Pennsylvania Posse Country for the first time this year beginning Wednesday with the Gettysburg Clash at Lincoln Speedway. The four-day, three-race campaign will hit high gear on Friday and Saturday, May 14-15, with the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway. Schatz will enter Pennsylvania sixth in the current World of Outlaws championship standings on the strength of 12 top-five finishes in 20 feature starts.
The “Madman” Kerry Madsen joined Donny Schatz and the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing stable at Eldora Speedway, eventually powering the Rush Truck Centers/Advance Auto Parts/Curb Records/Ford Performance/Digital Ally/Sage Fruit/FloRacing/Absolute Automation and Security/Hunt Brothers Pizza/Mobil 1/Carquest Auto Parts/J&J Auto Racing/No. 14 sprint car to one top-ten finish.
Filling in for three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion and NASCAR Hall of Famer, Tony Stewart, Madsen’s top-ten resulted in a seventh-place finish during Friday’s portion of #LetsRaceTwo. Madsen started 13th on the A-Main grid, earning his way into the big dance with a fourth-place run during his respective heat race.
Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and the No. 15/Carquest Auto Parts/Curb Records/Ford Performance/Sage Fruit/Digital Ally/Advance Auto Parts/Rush Truck Centers/Absolute Automation and Security/Hunt Brothers Pizza/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media.
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Tony Stewart Racing:
2021 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Overall Statistics:
**Numbers reflect overall statistics
2021 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing WoO Statistics:
World of Outlaws Races: 20
World of Outlaws Wins: 0
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 12
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 13
**Numbers reflect WoO statistics, only
Photo Credit: Trent Gower Photography
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