Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / TONY STEWART RACING – BROWNSBURG, IN – For a third consecutive season, ten-time and defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz, is a Series winner at the Port Royal Speedway ‘Speed Palace’ in Port Royal, Pennsylvania.
The victory, an $8,000 share, raised Schatz’ season win total to 11, now within eight points of the 2019 World of Outlaws championship, which comes to a close with World Finals action at The Dirt Track at Charlotte on Thursday through Saturday, November 7-9.
Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Toco Warranty/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/Absolute Automation & Security/No. 15 sprint car, was practically invincible during his Friday night visit to the Juniata County Fairgrounds with his only ‘defeat’ occurring during qualifying time trials; timing fifth overall in the first of two qualifying groups.
Before conquering all 30 laps during feature competition, Schatz earned victories during his respective heat race and dash.
Unfortunately, Schatz was unable to work for a Nittany Showdown sweep, as Mother Nature stepped in and forced Saturday’s World of Outlaws program to be cancelled.
“We just got to focus on what we do,” a modest Schatz said in Victory Lane at Port Royal Speedway. “There isn’t anything I can do to affect what he does. We never won a championship worrying about who we’re racing against or what they were doing. Obviously, what these (Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing) guys are doing is working. They made all the right changes to the car.”
Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing will conclude their quest toward Schatz’ 11th World of Outlaws championship on Thursday through Saturday, November 7-9, at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, North Carolina. The annual World Finals will cap the 2019 Series schedule headlined with a pair of $12,000-to-win programs.
With only eight markers separating Donny Schatz from championship leader, Brad Sweet, the Fargo, North Dakota-native will not only need to finish ahead of Sweet during each of the World Finals programs, but he will certainly need to distance himself from the Kasey Kahne Racing entry in the final feature rundowns.
World Finals action will commence with two rounds of qualifying on Thursday, November 7, followed by back-to-back World of Outlaws programs on Friday and Saturday, November 8 & 9.