Date: Friday, August 16th
Event: Second Leg of Northern Tour
Series: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Track: River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, North Dakota)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 1st (6th)
2019 World of Outlaws Championship Standings: 1st – 6652 points (24-point lead over Brad Sweet)
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (August 19, 2019) – Despite entering the weekend behind in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series championship chase, ten-time and defending Series champion, Donny Schatz, ended his two-race turned one-race campaign into a triumph, ultimately retaking control of the World of Outlaws championship standings over season rival, Brad Sweet.
The victory, taking shape at the always-exciting River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Friday, August 16, not only allowed Schatz the opportunity to win in his home state, but it also bumped his season total to eight; a perfect momentum boost as the Series looks west toward a multi-race West Coast Swing.
Schatz, who started sixth on the feature grid, took command from recent Knoxville Nationals champion, David Gravel, with a diving move on lap 17, ultimately driving under the Connecticut-native as the duo battled through turns three and four to complete the circuit.
“Unreal,” said Schatz in River Cities victory lane after claiming his ninth win in the last 11 races at the speedway. “We had a plan from the word go to be good at the end. The track kind of came around to us. Not bad for a North Dakota boy and a South Dakota boy (Schatz’s crew chief Steve Swenson). I think that was an ass whooping there.”
Action scheduled for Saturday, August 17, at Red River Valley Speedway was halted due to Mother Nature.
Donny Schatz will continue his quest toward an 11th World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series title this Friday and Saturday with a doubleheader weekend headlined in South Dakota and Montana. The Fargo, North Dakota-native will visit Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, South Dakota, on Friday, August 23, followed by a stop at Big Sky Speedway in Shepherd, Montana, on Saturday, August 24.
Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and the No. 15 Toco Warranty/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/Absolute Automation & Security/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at www.tonystewartracing.com, as well as at www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.
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Watch Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing live during each and every World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event of 2019 at www.dirtvision.com.
2019 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru August 19, 2019)
World of Outlaws Races: 48
World of Outlaws Wins: 8
World of Outlaws Top-5s: 32
World of Outlaws Top-10s: 44
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