Donny Schatz Holds Tough at Rockford Speedway
Holds off David Gravel on the final lap to win 11th of the season
ROCKFORD, Ill. - June 29, 2016 - As the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series feature field rounded the final lap of the inaugural Outlaw Clay Classic at Rockford Speedway on Wednesday night, Donny Schatz looked poised to win. But David Gravel was charging and as Schatz rounded the final turns, maneuvering through traffic, Gravel dove low as Schatz hugged the cushion. Side-by-side off the corner, Schatz edged Gravel to score his 11th win of the season.
The history-making victory as the sprint cars kicked off the Outlaw Clay Classic on the normally-paved quarter-mile oval was the 215th victory of Schatz's career.
"Catching someone on that is one thing - getting by them is completely different," Schatz said of Gravel catching him in the final laps. "I don't know if I had a tire going down… but I started getting tight and rolled up and just couldn't turn the corner… we at least got the win."
Lakeside Speedway Added to 2016 World of Outlaws Schedule
Lakeside joins rescheduled Salina Highbanks weekend in October
CONCORD, N.C. - June 29, 2016 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series has added Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas to help close out the regular season on Friday, Oct. 21.
The O'Reilly Auto Parts Rumble on the River is a special addition to the 2016 season as it joins the previously rescheduled event at Salina (Okla.) Highbanks Speedway the following day on Saturday, Oct. 22. Those two events are the last ones on the schedule before the Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals, Oct. 27 to 29.
At a Glance: Outlaws Roll Into a Blockbuster Week
The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series makes history this week as the series takes on Rockford Speedway for the Outlaw Clay Classic on Wednesday and then heads to Badlands Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. - June 28, 2016 - The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series kicks off a blockbuster week of racing with the Outlaw Clay Classic at Rockford (Ill.) Speedway on Wednesday, July 29 and then rolls into Badlands Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3 for a Fourth of July weekend spectacular.
The 'Dirt Takeover' at the 69-year-old, paved Rockford Speedway will be a historic first for the series and the track. Eight inches of Illinois river clay has been spread on the high banks at Rockford in preparation for the Outlaws. The two day show pairs the sprint cars with the World of Outlaws Craftsman® Late Model Series.
"I always like going to new places, and new places for everybody because the veterans have been coming to tracks for years. Because it's a new track for everybody it's an even playing field," said CJB Motorsports driver David Gravel. "Whoever can adapt and put together the best package unloading typically has the advantage. It's always a fun challenge."