ALGER, WA (August 28) - The 2006 World of Outlaws season continues to unfold with one thing being a constant. That constant is the consistency Donny Schatz and his ParkerStore No. 15 J&J with Shaver power has shown throughout the campaign.
The results from this weekend's two-night program in the Northwest were right in line with what the team has been doing all season: contend for victories. Schatz leads the WoO series in a several categories including the point standings, victories, and second place finishes.
The Fargo, ND racer claimed Friday's preliminary feature and finished second in Saturday's $25,000-to-win finale at Skagit Speedway. The results helped continue the team's assault on the 2006 crown.
"We had a good weekend, but we would have liked to win both nights," said Schatz, who has a series best 14 victories (12 "A" features and two prelims). "The big picture looks good, but we honestly just worry about the next race. We're disappointed things didn't go a little differently in the feature Saturday, but it will keep all of us focused on getting back to victory lane on Wednesday night."
On Friday night, Schatz earned the pole position and led the final 29 laps of the 30-lap race. That finish locked the ParkerStore No. 15 into Saturday's Dash event, which set the first five rows of Saturday's feature event. Schatz roared to victory in the Dash event and led the 24 cars to the green flag for the feature event.
Outside front row starter Brooke Tatnell raced out to the early lead and Schatz was poised to challenge him when they reached traffic. Several cautions and a red flag stoppage kept the front runners and out of lapped traffic for most of the race. Schatz battled Craig Dollansky for the second position during most of the race and made a final lap pass of Dollansky to score his 14th second place finish of the season.
The good news is that a second place finish usually means good things for the 15 team in the next race. Nine times this season, Schatz has followed up a runner-up finish with a victory in the following feature event.
The week ahead includes a one-night program at Southern Oregon Speedway near Medford, OR. Schatz has raced at the track three times in his career with his best finish of seventh coming on August 26, 1998, just two nights after he won his first career WoO feature event.
"We always enjoy this swing racing in Washington and Oregon before heading to Calistoga," continued Schatz. "The stress level of everyone seems to come down a little bit and we can get back to racing and having some fun."
Following Wednesday's race, the team will travel to the beautiful wine country of California for the annual Harvest Classic at Calistoga Speedway. Last year, Schatz won the Harvest Classic finale in thrilling fashion charging past Steve Kinser to claim the win after a his dad, Danny, plugged a hole in his right rear tire during a late red flag.