Donny Schatz Sweeps Duel in Dakotas

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Sprint car points leader Donny Schatz entered the weekend’s World of Outlaws Duel in the Dakotas knowing it was his only chance to race in front of the fans at Red River Valley Speedway.

Schatz uses a K&N Carbon Fiber Air Box
Schatz uses a K&N Carbon Fiber Air Box
Since he first competed with Outlaws at the half-mile high banked dirt oval in his home state of North Dakota, Schatz had twice ended his evening in victory lane (the 2002 finale and 2003 prelim). This weekend, Schatz put his No. 15 ParkerStore J&J with Shaver power there two more times, sweeping the World of Outlaws only 2006 visit.

“To get in victory lane here at home, there is nothing more exciting,” said Schatz after leading all 30 laps of Saturday’s “A” Feature Program. “This team has worked hard and I can’t thank the people that have been supporting our program over the years enough. A lot of people have stood behind us for a lot of years and they’re finally starting to reap the rewards. We just try to win everything we can and there’s nothing better than coming home to Fargo and winning.”

On Friday, Schatz chased down Joey Saldana with five laps remaining to pick up his first preliminary feature of the season. On Saturday, Schatz followed Tyler Walker past the checkered flag in the six-lap dash to earn the outside front row staring position.

“Red River Valley is a high-speed race track and our K&N Carbon Fiber Air Box helped us achieve maximum horsepower in dirty air,” said Schatz.

Donny Schatz Sprint Car with K&N Sprint Car Airbox
Donny Schatz Sprint Car with K&N Sprint Car Airbox
When the green flag flew, No.15 motored into the lead as Schatz worked the top groove flawlessly during the early stages of the race. Two cautions slowed the action in the first ten laps, but what followed was Schatz using all parts of the race track to extend his lead to nearly a straightaway.

“We knew in the dash the track was going to come to us,” said Schatz. “We’ve got a lot of races ahead of us, but we only get to race here once. We just hope to build on this momentum.”

The ParkerStore team will travel to Knoxville, Iowa on Friday for two nights of action at the famed Knoxville Raceway half-mile oval. This will be their second visit to the track in 2006.

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