Donny Schatz earns ninth Outlaw win at Charlotte and runner-up finish at Lawrenceburg to continue championship lead

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Dates: Friday, May 25th
Event: Outlaw Showdown
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Charlotte, N.C.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 1st (1st)


Date: Monday, May 28th
Event: Memorial Day Spectacular presented by KOI Auto Parts
Series: World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series
Track: Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, Ind.)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 2nd (3rd)


World of Outlaws Championship Standings (as of 5/29): 1st – 3028 points (108-point margin over second place, Brad Sweet)


BROWNSBURG, Ind. (May 29, 2018) – Two World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series starts resulted in two podium finishes for nine-time and defending Series champion, Donny Schatz, kicking-off the long, holiday weekend with a victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (N.C.) on Friday evening, May 25. For Schatz, the WoO triumph raised his season win total to nine, 11 overall, now with an impressive 20 top-ten finishes in 21 World of Outlaws starts.


Donny Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/No. 15 sprint car, earned his victory at The Dirt Track at Charlotte from the pole position. Although earning the evening’s pole by way of dash victory, Schatz did not lead the entire feature distance. Fellow front row starter, Shane Stewart, earned the early advantage and led up until the 23rd circuit with Schatz in tow. As Stewart attempted to negotiate the lapped car of Jason Sides on lap 24, Schatz was able to slide by, immediately extending his lead to an eventual 1.6 seconds at the final checkers.


“We’ve been short a [crew] guy all year. I can’t take credit for this, I just drive the thing. These guys have dug and dug through all the adversity this season. We seem to get better through adversity though. I can’t wait for the next time we race,” Schatz said regarding his Charlotte victory.


Schatz concluded his holiday weekend campaign with a runner-up finish at Lawrenceburg Speedway in Lawrenceburg, Ind., on Monday, May 28. The Fargo, N.D., native faded as far back as fourth during the Memorial Day Spectacular before recovering for the runner-up finish, actually leading laps 10-25 before giving up the top spot to eventual winner, Brad Sweet. David Gravel was also able to apply pressure on Schatz late, ultimately working around the Tony Stewart Racing entry to push Schatz back to third with less than ten circuits to go. Fortunately, a caution with three laps remaining gave Schatz an opportunity to work back by Gravel, eventually succeeding. Schatz secured his spot in the evening’s main event by winning his respective heat race.


Up next on the schedule, Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing will enter three World of Outlaws programs in four days, ready to invade Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, respectively. Schatz’s busy week and weekend will commence tomorrow evening – Wednesday, May 30 – with an appearance at Fairbury (Ill.) American Legion Speedway, followed by stops at I-96 Speedway in Lake Odessa, Mich, on Friday, June 1, and Wilmot (Wis.) Raceway on Saturday, June 2.


Schatz will enter the three-race stretch on top of the current World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series standings by 108 markers over Kasey Kahne Racing’s Brad Sweet.


Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart Racing and the No. 15 Textron Off Road/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at, as well as at


Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.


Donny Schatz: Facebook at or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.


Watch Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing live on during each and every World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series event of 2018.


2018 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru May 29, 2018)

Total Races: 23

Total Wins: 11

Total Top-5s: 19

Total Top-10s: 22


World of Outlaws Races: 21

World of Outlaws Wins: 9

World of Outlaws Top-5s: 17

World of Outlaws Top-10s: 20




Tyler Altmeyer
Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises
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