Makin’ Tracks – Donny Schatz and Much More – DTD Exclusive

By BILL FOLEY

World of Outlaw fans witnessed something that seldom happens on Sunday night.

Nine-time World of Outlaw champion Donny Schatz went into the first turn in time trials, bounced hard off the wall and had to be towed from the pits.

Things like that just don’t happen.

Afterwards, while signing autographs and having his photo taken with fans, Schatz spoke with Dirt Track Digest.

He had a tough night and it was obvious that he wasn’t happy, but he took time for fans and to answer questions that I’m certain were painful for him.

Addressing the crash he said, “I bit off more than I could chew and carried too much speed into the turn. I tried to drive it out, but it was greasy. It was my own fault.”

The car was heavily damaged and he explained, “The rear end, drive line, front axle and more weren’t even on the car. I think I bent it up more than we thought as the right rear was off and the car simply didn’t handle right. We’ll get to work on it this week and have it ready for Peavley on Friday.”

When asked about salvaging the night he said, “We finished sixth. I passed a lot of cars out there, but really needed a yellow. I thought the top would stay better and didn’t expect it to do what it did, but it is what it is and we’ll regroup.”

Marks Wins It

A year ago I had the opportunity to talk with winner Brent Marks as he unloaded at Volusia Speedway Park for his first race of his rookie year chasing the World of Outlaws.

After winning on Sunday night he said, “It was a roller coaster last year. It was fun and we learned a lot. Last year I went to 45 new tracks and this year we’ve come back and I’ve improved a lot. I just wanted to work hard and never give up.”

Continuing he said, “It means the world winning a World of Outlaw event. It is simply an unbelievable feeling. It’s cool to win in New York before a crowd like that.”

Local Mod Guys

Larry Wight and Mike Mahaney are regular CNY Mod runners and both supported the Weedsport show.

Wight qualified ninth overall, but the track threw him a slight curve as he said, “I thought we should have done better in time trials as I didn’t expect the track to be hard and slick. We watched the video from last night and thought it would be different.”

Larry and his team chased a leak in his right rear tire and they had to find it as the Outlaws don’t allow a tire change from time trials to racing. He noted, “There was a right rear leak and we changed the rim and hopefully we caught it. I hope we can finish in the top ten tonight. He started ninth on the field, but settled for 15th.

Meanwhile, Mahaney, in the Doug Emery 33, took just one lap in time trials. When asked if there was a problem, Emery said, “We’re saving tires and fuels. We just take one lap.”

Mike started 18th and finished in 14th in the non stop green to checker feature event.

In heat action Larry was third and Mike sixth.

Outlaw Pit Stops

14 Outlaw regulars were in the pits…

Chuck Hebing, with his 360, was the lone non-outlaw in the top 12…

Marks picked up $10,000 for the win…

Great late race three car battle for the lead between Marks, Sheldon Haudenschild and Jacob Allen. They started in the top three positions, but the action was heated…

Haudenschild, at one time, was a straightaway behind second place Allen, but he made it up…

Darryn Pitmann, finished 12th, was fast time on the night with a 14.388…

Outlaw heats won by Shane Stewart, Brad Sweet and Jacob Allen…

Marks, Allen and Hebing finished one-two-three in dash…

Sportsman Pit Stops

There were 45 Sportsman.  They ran five heats…

Solid battle between Dave Marcuccilli and Kevin Root and a mid-race restart provided the impetus for the M1 to gain the win…

Sportsman heats won by Jackson Gill, Connor Cleveland, Marcuccilli, Root and Nick Krause…

Runner ups, and also in the draw were Jessica Powers, Bobby Henry, Nick Guererri, Kyle Inman and Wil Shields…

Keith Stevenson solidly hit the wall in turn one in a consi…

Steve Gray was in a qualifying spot in the B when he caught the wall on the frontstetch and spun to the infield as he came off four…

Gill suffered a flat in the feature…

Krause got the wall in the back stretch and was a DNF…

Following the top two were Inman, Guererri, Henry, Cleveland, Zach Sobotka, Power, Shields and Dylan Zacharias…

Henry running top three when he rode the wall late in the race and settled for fifth…

I haven’t been writing in about a month and many thanks goes out to Dave MacDonald who took my computer and went to work on it. He got me back in business. I don’t think I was really missed as no one mentioned that I hadn’t had a story lately.

To those of you who take the time to read my stuff. Thanks.

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