092416 SCS LernervillePOST

Schatz Settles the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville

Schuchart records second consecutive runner-up performance

SARVER, Pa. – Sept. 24, 2016 – Donny Schatz continued his historic season Saturday night, claiming his 23rd World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series win at Lernerville Speedway. The series had not competed in the track’s Commonwealth Clash presented by Classic Ink since 2014, and thousands of fans rallied behind its drivers as if they never left.

“This was a fun car to drive,” Schatz said. “The racetrack changed, and I didn’t know whether or not that top groove was going to come in. But it did. It was pretty decent all over. [Turns] One and two stayed really good around the bottom, and in some spots you could run through the middle. It’s a great racetrack. We didn’t get the win at Silver Cup, and I felt like we had a great chance. But, we got the job done tonight. I wish [my crew] was standing here instead of me.”

The 26-car feature lineup was set to endure 35 laps on the famed 4/10-mile oval for a $10,000-to-win purse. Logan Schuchart, who finished second the previous night, led the field into the green flag. But similar to the night before, the opening lap was plagued by a caution that escalated into a red flag entering turn one.

Within the opening lap of the feature, a red put the race on standby. Notably, Paul McMahan’s No. 7 Destiny Motorsports Maxim car somersaulted off the cushion of the first lap along with another car. However, when the red flag was upgraded to yellow, several World of Outlaws teams pitched-in to get his car back on the track. Repairing both wings and an axle, McMahan found his way back on the track. The crowd erupted and applauded the collective effort in the pits.

On the restart Schatz, who started fourth in the feature, undertook Tim Shaffer for third in turn three. Early into the next lap, another caution regrouped the field. Yet another strong restart from Schatz boosted his No. 15 Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing J&J car passed Brad Sweet for second position before another red flag. On lap 10, an “open red” allowed drivers to repair and ready their cars for the next 25 laps.

“A little bit of weight here and there but nothing major,” said Schatz, when asked if he made any adjustments during the open red. “Anytime you give this race team the opportunity to change something, it’s always for the better. We just had to bide our time there. Everyone put so much emphasis on the starts, but they never pay a race off the starts. You have to make sure you’re good at the end. That’s something these guys do an awesome job at.”

Though his team made adjustments, Schatz’s pursuit to the lead did not change. He used the restarts to his advantage. He was able to come within one-second of Schuchart’s No. 1S Bobby Allen Triple X car on the restart. Schuhart, also using the cushion, fended-off Schatz’s advances momentarily. That is, until Schatz used heavy lapped traffic to get by the race leader on lap 13.

Schatz never looked back. With 10 laps remaining, Schatz increased his lead to 3.523 seconds. In the next seven laps, he nearly doubled his lead to 6.313 seconds. The seven-time Series Champion took the checkers with by a 7.620 margin. He lapped up to eighth position.

Schuchart recorded his second consecutive runner-up performance in two nights, while Sweet’s No. 49 Kasey Kahne Racing GF1 car rounded-out the podium. Schuchart recorded his best performance at Lernerville Speedway. He finished ninth in his first Commonwealth Clash as a Platinum driver in 2014.

“We got second last night and second tonight,” Schuchart said. “It’s hard to complain when you’re running podium finishes up front. It’s hard to beat the [No.] 15. I mean, I felt pretty good at times and there were other times when I didn’t. Obviously, he pulled away when he passed me, and those guys are pretty good. We have a little bit to work on, but we’re fast and we don’t have anything to complain about. We’re happy and proud of our guys, and everyone who’s here.”

Sweet finished the night recording his 41st top five performance of the season. He currently ranks fourth in the points race. Though Sweet has consistently finished on the podium this season, he has not won since July 2.

“Anytime you can get up here in the World of Outlaws it’s good,” Sweet said. “We would’ve liked to win one of these every now and then. It seems like we’ve been on the podium, but [we] haven’t been able to win in a long time. We’re really trying hard.”

Schatz changed his paint scheme for the past couple races to pink for breast cancer awareness. Schatz’s Tony Stewart Racing Bad Boy Off Road/Chevrolet Performance team has continued this three-year tradition with the emphasis of “it takes a team to make the dream.”

“It’s neat when you get to do these different paint schemes,” Schatz said. “Breast Cancer Awareness Month is coming up, and we brought this car out a little early because we’re all for it. To be able to get it in victory lane, it means a lot to me.”

Lernerville Speedway Notebook

RACE NOTES:  Donny Schatz used a series of restarts in Saturday night’s victory to claim the No. 1 spot from a fourth place start. Schatz picked-off those in front of him one by one, ultimately claiming the lead on lap 13. Thereon, he began to pull away from pole-sitter Logan Schuchart and Brad Sweet, and won by more than a seven-second margin.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS:MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Sye Lynch; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Donny Schatz; Penske Shocks ($50 cash): Logan Schuchart; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Shane Stewart; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Tim Shaffer; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Travis Philo; Comp Cams ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Morton Buildings ($50 cash): Jason Sides; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Jason Johnson; Super Flow ($50 cash): Greg Wilson; Craftsman Club Fast Five ($100 cash): Logan Schuchart, Brad Sweet, Shane Stewart, Daryn Pittman, Joey Saldana Craftsman/Sears: Tim Shaffer; KSE Hard Charger: Carl Bowser; Comp Cams ($50 product certificate): Donny Schatz; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Jacob Allen; JE Pistons (Set of Rings): Paul McMahan.

SEASON WINNERS: Donny Schatz - 23 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 4, Stockton Dirt Track on March 18, Stockton Dirt Track on March 19, Silver Dollar Speedway on April 2, Lincoln Speedway on May 19, Weedsport Speedway on May 22, Lincoln Park Speedway on June 8, Knoxville Raceway on June 11, River Cities Speedway on June 17, Rockford Speedway on June 29, Badlands Motor Speedway on July 3, Cedar Lake Speedway on July 9, Attica Raceway Park on July 12, Eldora Speedway on July 16, Ohsweken Speedway on July 26, Junction Motor Speedway on August 16, Angell Park Speedway on August 21, River Cities Speedway on August 26, Nodak Speedway on August 28, Willamette Speedway on September 7, Clay County Fair Speedway on September 16, Lernerville Speedway on September 24); David Gravel - 9 (Thunderbowl Raceway on March 12, Tri-State Speedway on May 14, I-96 Speedway on June 6, Eldora Speedway on July 14, Lernerville Speedway on July 19, Wilmot Raceway on July 30, Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 5, Skagit Speedway on Sept 2 and 3); Shane Stewart - 8 (Arizona Speedway on March 6, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 23, Lawrenceburg Speedway on May 30, Granite City Speedway on June 15, Brown County Speedway on June 19, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 9; Hartford Speedway on September 22; Eldora Speedway on September 24); Daryn Pittman - 7 (Royal Purple Raceway on Feb. 27, Perris Auto Speedway on April 16, USA Raceway on April 18, New Egypt Speedway on May 24, Jackson Motorplex on June 24, Eldora Speedway on July 15, Williams Grove Speedway on July 22); Brad Sweet - 7 (Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 13, Volusia Speedway Park on Feb. 14, Cotton Bowl Speedway on Feb. 26, Ocean Speedway on April 1, Bakersfield Speedway on April 15, Plymouth Speedway on May 13, Badlands Motor Speedway on July 2); Joey Saldana - 5 (The Dirt Track at Las Vegas on March 3, Devil's Bowl Speedway on April 22, Jacksonville Speedway on May 4, I-80 Speedway on June 22, U.S. 36 Raceway on September 17); Jason Johnson - 3 (Placerville Speedway on March 24, Knoxville Nationals on August 13, El Paso County Raceway on September 14); Lance Dewease - 2 (Williams Grove Speedway on May 20, Williams Grove Speedway on July 23); Kerry Madsen - 2 (Eldora Speedway on May 6 and 7); Rico Abreu - 2 (Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 on Aug. 6, Silver Dollar Speedway on September 10); Bill Balog - 1 (Beaver Dam Raceway on June 25); Chad Kemenah - 1 (Fremont Speedway on June 3); Terry McCarl - 1 (Knoxville Raceway on June 10); Logan Schuchart - 1 (Cedar Lake Speedway on July 9); Jason Sides - 1 (I-30 Speedway on April 26); Greg Wilson - 1 (The Dirt Track at Charlotte on May 27).

World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Lernerville Speedway, Pa.; Sept 24, 2016

Feature - (35 Laps)- 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4] [$10,000]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1] [$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [2] [$3,200]; 4. 5-David Gravel [9] [$2,800]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [5] [$2,500]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [6] [$2,300]; 7. 83-Joey Saldana [8] [$2,200]; 8. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3] [$2,100]; 9. 5T-Travis Philo [15] [$2,050]; 10. 10-Carl Bowser [17] [$2,000]; 11. 7S-Jason Sides [18] [$1,500]; 12. 41-Jason Johnson [16] [$1,200]; 13. O7-Doug Esh [14] [$1,100]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [13] [$1,050]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [12] [$1,000]; 16. 7W-Logan Wagner [20] [$900]; 17. 7-Paul McMahan [11] [$800]; 18. 23JR-Jack Sodeman [21] [$800]; 19. 7K-Dan Shetler [19] [$800]; 20. O8-Dan Kuriger [23] [$800]; 21. 33M-Brent Matus [26] [$]; 22. 19JK-Joe Kubiniec [24] [$800]; 23. 51-John Garvin [25] [$]; 24. 2F-A.J. Flick [22] [$800]; 25. 58-Jimmy Seger [10] [$800]; 26. 24X-Sye Lynch [7] [$800];Lap Leaders:Logan Schuchart 1-13, Donny Schatz 14-35;KSE Hard Charger Award:10-Carl Bowser [+7]

Qualifying- 1. 9-Daryn Pittman, 12.787; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.818; 3. 24X-Sye Lynch, 12.819; 4. 83-Joey Saldana, 12.826; 5. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.831; 6. 2-Shane Stewart, 12.895; 7. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.896; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.905; 9. 5-David Gravel, 12.907; 10. 7S-Jason Sides, 12.911; 11. 7-Paul McMahan, 12.984; 12. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.021; 13. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.022; 14. 58-Jimmy Seger, 13.028; 15. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.045; 16. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.056; 17. 23JR-Jack Sodeman, 13.067; 18. O7-Doug Esh, 13.097; 19. 7K-Dan Shetler, 13.167; 20. 19JK-Joe Kubiniec, 13.245; 21. 10-Carl Bowser, 13.276; 22. 13-Clyde Knipp, 13.302; 23. 2F-A.J. Flick, 13.303; 24. 7W-Logan Wagner, 13.334; 25. 13X-Brandon Matus, 13.470; 26. O8-Dan Kuriger, 13.475; 27. 56-Ralph Spithaler, 13.494; 28. 40-George Hobaugh, 13.617; 29. 55W-Michael Wagner II, 13.741; 30. 51-John Garvin, 13.741; 31. 33M-Brent Matus, 13.900; 32. 23-Darren Pifer, 14.201; 33. 4K-William Kiley, 14.851; 34. 1R-Gale Ruth, nt; 35. 76-David Jones, nt; 36. 22S-Brandon Spithaler, nt

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)- 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 5-David Gravel [3]; 4. W20-Greg Wilson [4]; 5. 10-Carl Bowser [6]; 6. 23JR-Jack Sodeman [5]; 7. 55W-Michael Wagner II [8]; 8. 4K-William Kiley [9]; 9. 13X-Brandon Matus [7]

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)- 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 3. 58-Jimmy Seger [4]; 4. O7-Doug Esh [5]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [3]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [6]; 7. O8-Dan Kuriger [7]; 8. 51-John Garvin [8]

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)- 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 24X-Sye Lynch [1]; 3. 7-Paul McMahan [3]; 4. 5T-Travis Philo [4]; 5. 7K-Dan Shetler [5]; 6. 2F-A.J. Flick [6]; 7. 33M-Brent Matus [8]; 8. 56-Ralph Spithaler [7]; 9. 76-David Jones [9]

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature)- 1. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 2. 83-Joey Saldana [1]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [4]; 5. 7W-Logan Wagner [6]; 6. 19JK-Joe Kubiniec [5]; 7. 23-Darren Pifer [8]; 8. 40-George Hobaugh [7]; 9. 22S-Brandon Spithaler [9]

Craftsman Club Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 8 starting positions of A-feature)- 1. 1S-Logan Schuchart [1]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [2]; 3. 49X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [5]; 6. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 7. 24X-Sye Lynch [7]; 8. 83-Joey Saldana [8]

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature)- 1. 23JR-Jack Sodeman [1] [-]; 2. 2F-A.J. Flick [4] [-]; 3. O8-Dan Kuriger [6] [-]; 4. 19JK-Joe Kubiniec [2] [-]; 5. 40-George Hobaugh [8] [$300]; 6. 13-Clyde Knipp [3] [$250]; 7. 55W-Michael Wagner II [9] [$225]; 8. 23-Darren Pifer [12] [$200]; 9. 51-John Garvin [10] [$200]; 10. 33M-Brent Matus [11] [$200]; 11. 4K-William Kiley [13] [$200]; 12. 13X-Brandon Matus [5] [$200]; 13. 56-Ralph Spithaler [7] [$200]; 14. 1R-Gale Ruth [14] [$200]; 15. 76-David Jones [15] [$200]; 16. 22S-Brandon Spithaler [16] [$200]

Unofficial World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series Championship Standings

Pos.

Car

Driver

Total

Diff

Wins

Top 5's

Top 10's

QT

1

15

Donny Schatz

10317

0

23

55

70

5

2

9

Daryn Pittman

10033

-284

7

42

61

7

3

5

David Gravel

10032

-285

9

43

62

6

4

49

Brad Sweet

10021

-296

7

42

59

13

5

83

Joey Saldana

9842

-475

5

28

55

10

6

2

Shane Stewart

9842

-475

8

36

61

4

7

41

Jason Johnson

9338

-979

3

17

43

4

8

1S

Logan Schuchart

9216

-1101

1

16

34

2

9

7s

Jason Sides

9006

-1311

1

5

26

2

10

7

Paul McMahan

8700

-1617

0

1

18

0

11

W20

Greg Wilson

8338

-1979

1

4

12

0

12

1A

Jacob Allen

8088

-2229

0

2

10

0

13

29

Kerry Madsen

6037

-4280

2

12

29

2

14

13

Clyde Knipp

5348

-4969

0

0

0

0

15

11k

Kraig Kinser

3264

-7053

0

3

8

0

16

24

Terry McCarl

3226

-7091

1

1

5

0

17

41

Dominic Scelzi

3076

-7241

0

1

5

0

18

1

Sammy Swindell

2947

-7370

0

2

5

1

19

18

Ian Madsen

2941

-7376

0

0

11

1

20

49X

Tim Shaffer

2556

-7761

0

2

5

0

 

The World of Outlaws Craftsman® Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: Bad Boy Off Road (Official Side-by-Side Vehicle), Craftsman (Official Tool), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), Morton Buildings (Official Building), Sears (Official Home Store), The Kenny Wallace Dirt Racing Experience (Official Racing Experience) and VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, KSE Racing Products, MSD, Penske Shocks, and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: Impact Racing Products, Intercomp, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo and TNT Rescue.



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