BARBERVILLE, FL – February 11, 2018 – Donny Schatz is starting 2018 firing on all cylinders and that is bad news for the rest of the completion. Schatz fought off a pesky Brian Brown early in the race and held off charges from Sheldon Haudenschild and Brad Sweet late to capture his fourth win in five nights at Volusia Speedway Park. Schatz, who has won just about everything to win in Sprint Car racing, captured his first ever DIRTcar Nationals Big Gator Championship.

Feature (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [4][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [9][$5,500]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [13][$3,200]; 4. 41-Jason Johnson [3][$2,800]; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [15][$2,500]; 6. 2-Shane Stewart [5][$2,300]; 7. 21-Brian Brown [1][$2,200]; 8. 13X-Paul McMahan [6][$2,100]; 9. 5-David Gravel [18][$2,050]; 10. 4-Parker Price-Miller [2][$2,000]; 11. 49X-Tim Shaffer [16][$1,500]; 12. 27-Greg Hodnett [8][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [22][$1,100]; 14. 18-Ian Madsen [14][$1,050]; 15. 26-Joey Saldana [11][$1,000]; 16. 2M-Kerry Madsen [20][$900]; 17. 9-Daryn Pittman [25][$]; 18. 1K-Kyle Larson [10][$800]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [17][$800]; 20. 1S-Logan Schuchart [21][$800]; 21. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [24][$800]; 22. 70-Dave Blaney [12][$800]; 23. W20-Greg Wilson [26][$]; 24. 44-Trey Starks [19][$800]; 25. 24-Rico Abreu [7][$800]; 26. 1A-Jacob Allen [23][$800]; 27. 13-Clyde Knipp [27][$] Lap Leaders Brian Brown 1, 7-8  Donny Schatz 2-6, 9-30; KSE Hard Charger Award: 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[+10]

Qualifying: 1. 13X-Paul McMahan, 13.058; 2. 21-Brian Brown, 13.083; 3. 41-Jason Johnson, 13.198; 4. 2-Shane Stewart, 13.22; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.238; 6. 4-Parker Price-Miller, 13.268; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 13.29; 8. 27-Greg Hodnett, 13.348; 9. 10H-Chad Kemenah, 13.349; 10. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.367; 11. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.428; 12. 70-Dave Blaney, 13.44; 13. 44-Trey Starks, 13.458; 14. 26-Joey Saldana, 13.471; 15. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.529; 16. 1K-Kyle Larson, 13.577; 17. 18-Ian Madsen, 13.598; 18. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.635; 19. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.638; 20. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 13.644; 21. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.648; 22. 49X-Tim Shaffer, 13.664; 23. 5W-Lucas Wolfe, 13.681; 24. 5-David Gravel, 13.698; 25. 19-Brent Marks, 13.749; 26. OO-Dane Lorenc, 13.799; 27. 83-Cory Eliason, 13.815; 28. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.84; 29. 30-CJ Leary, 13.965; 30. W20-Greg Wilson, 14.093; 31. 13-Clyde Knipp, 14.220

Heat #1 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 2-Shane Stewart [2]; 2. 13X-Paul McMahan [1]; 3. 24-Rico Abreu [4]; 4. 1K-Kyle Larson [6]; 5. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3]; 6. 49X-Tim Shaffer [8]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [9]; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman [10]; 10. 44-Trey Starks [5]; 11. 13-Clyde Knipp [11]

Heat #2 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 21-Brian Brown [1]; 3. 27-Greg Hodnett [3]; 4. 26-Joey Saldana [5]; 5. 18-Ian Madsen [6]; 6. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 7. 2M-Kerry Madsen [7]; 8. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [8]; 9. 30-CJ Leary [10]; 10. OO-Dane Lorenc [9]

Heat #3 (8 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 41-Jason Johnson [1]; 2. 4-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 4. 70-Dave Blaney [4]; 5. 10H-Chad Kemenah [3]; 6. 5-David Gravel [8]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 8. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 9. 83-Cory Eliason [9]; 10. W20-Greg Wilson [10]

Craftsman Club Dash (6 Laps): 1. 21-Brian Brown [2]; 2. 4-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 3. 41-Jason Johnson [4]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 5. 2-Shane Stewart [6]; 6. 13X-Paul McMahan [3]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) - Top 6 Transfer: 1. 44-Trey Starks [1][-]; 2. 2M-Kerry Madsen [4][-]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][-]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3][-]; 5. 1A-Jacob Allen [2][-]; 6. 5W-Lucas Wolfe [6][-]; 7. 9-Daryn Pittman [10][$300]; 8. 83-Cory Eliason [9][$250]; 9. W20-Greg Wilson [12][$225]; 10. 13-Clyde Knipp [13][$200]; 11. OO-Dane Lorenc [8][$200]; 12. 30-CJ Leary [11][$200]; 13. 19-Brent Marks [7][$200]



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