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World of Outlaw Win at Knoxville Raceway for Donny Schatz

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Donny Schatz won the World of Outlaws (WoO) feature program at Knoxville Raceway, aka the Sprintcar Capital of the World.

Donny Schatz and the ParkerStore Team use K&N Products
Donny Schatz and the ParkerStore Team uses K&N Products
Schatz has special Snap On car with K&N Products
Schatz has special Snap On car with K&N Products
Schatz’s win in the 25 lap feature added to his points lead. This was the 4th victory in the series for the defending World of Outlaws Champion.
Donny Schatz races to victory at Knoxville
Donny Schatz races to victory at Knoxville

“How much cooler can that be,” said Schatz. “You take the best tools and build this brand new race car, and it’s just been a lot of fun. We are just excited to take a car out the first night and be as decent as we were.”

Schatz qualified fourth fastest in a field of 57 cars. He went from fourth place to second place in the fourth heat. In the dash he started on the pole.

The Fargo, North Dakota racer swapped the lead with Kerry Madsen during the first three laps before pulling out and setting the pace. Once the leaders reached lapped traffic the top four cars were nose to tail by lap ten. On lap 13, Joey Saldana took the lead. Schatz continued his charge and regained the lead with seven laps remaining. He went on to pick up his 56th career WoO A-Feature win.

Coming into Saturday’s race, Schatz had 14 top six finishes in 15 starts, but had not been to victory lane in over a month.

“We have a lot of fun racing with class guys like Joey Saldana,” said Schatz. “It’s great to be running with the fastest guys out here night in and night out. Other guys will win their share and we’re going to win ours, but it feels good to be back in victory lane.”

Racing at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa is special for the 29-year-old champion. Its close enough for a number of his family members to come to the track and see him race. This is also the first of eight races for Schatz in a new Snap-on designed car. “I walked past my car earlier, because I’m used to seeing yellow,” he said.

The victory was a total team effort. “My father does a great job with this race team,” said Schatz. “He’s got a lot of pride and has put together an awesome group. We’re looking forward to having a lot of fun and getting a lot of trophies.”

Schatz and the ParkerStore Team use K&N Engineering products. “K&N builds a superior product,” he said. “The K&N Airbox works flawlessly and we are able to attain maximum horsepower.

The ParkerStore Team is preparing for a grueling schedule that includes 13 races over four consecutive weeks.

They’ll be back in the familiar ParkerStore No.15 J&J on Friday at Tri-City Speedway near St. Louis. On Saturday, the team will travel south to the Memphis area and compete at Riverside International Speedway.

Follow the Donny Schatz and the  progress of the ParkerStore Team throughout the racing season at the K&N news site. Find K&N products for your vehicle using the K&N application search then use the K&N dealer search to find a K&N dealer in your part of the world.

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