World of Outlaws Donny Schatz Wins Cactus Classic

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Donny Schatz and the ParkerStore Team were victorious Saturday night in the Cactus Classic at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix. Schatz was in the mix for a total of two victories this past weekend in Arizona, but finished third in Friday night’s event at USA Race Park near Tucson.
Donny Schatz wins Cactus Classic in Arizona Donny Schatz wins Cactus Classic in Arizona

“Everyone can look at the results and say we’ve been consistent, but we need to win races, period,” said Schatz. “Winning races is the key to having a successful season. We were right there on Friday night before we had a problem with the motor, and ended up finishing third. We weren’t going to be happy unless we won on Saturday night, and the entire team did a great job to help us get the job done.”
Donny Schatz's ParkerStore J&J uses K&N ProductsDonny Schatz's ParkerStore J&J uses K&N Products

The Fargo, North Dakota racer began the weekend at USA Race Park by timing the third fastest in a 41-car field. During the 30-lap feature Craig Dollansky was involved in a crash just in front of the No.15 ParkerStore J&J. Schatz was able to avoid that accident.

When the feature restarted Schatz tracked down leaders Jason Sides and Steve Kinser. He was in second on lap 9 and focused on Kinser. He pulled even on one occasion, but wouldn’t be able to make another run at the lead. Schatz developed a problem with his engine and came home third behind Kinser and Joey Saldana.

The feature event on Saturday night was a duel of speed. Schatz chased starters Justin Henderson and Paul McMahan in the early stages. He worked his way around the bottom groove and top line to jump into second just before the ten lap mark. By lap 13, he drove past Henderson and began to pull away. Saldana put on a lot of pressure but Schatz maneuvered lapped traffic faster the final 12 laps of the race. The ParkerStore car was too quick and Schatz won the race.

“That was a tough race and those kind sure take a lot out of you, but I’m proud to get the win,” he said. “We were really good around the bottom in turns three and four, but I also had to run high to deal with the traffic. It feels great to get back to victory lane.”

In the 2007 World of Outlaws Season, Schatz has six finishes in the top three. He leads the series standings. Schatz and the ParkerStore Team use K&N Engineering products. “We know from our extensive research that K&N makes the best products to provide the maximum amount of airflow to our engines,” said Schatz. “The K&N Filters Carbon Sprint Airbox fits perfectly and gets the job done.”

Schatz and the ParkerStore Team return to the track on March 16 at Houston Race Park in Baytown, Texas.

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