Schatz was in firm control during the entire race, even when it slowed on lap 32 for a caution. Schatz nearly had a half-track advantage on the second place runner at that time. When the race resumed for the final eight circuits, the Fargo, North Dakota resident regained a comfortable advantage and picked up his second $50,000 pay check of the season. It was the sixth time in 2007 Schatz won a race paying more than $20,000 to win.
Schatz has now joined sprint car legend Steve Kinser as the only drivers to win the prestigious National Open four times during its 45-year history. “It’s an honor to hear your name mentioned with Steve Kinser,” said Schatz. “No one will ever be as good as he is. We are fortunate to have the chance to chase his records and be part of the World of Outlaws.”
Schatz is the also the first sprint car racer to ever win the Kings Royal, Silver Cup, Summer Nationals, Knoxville Nationals and National Open in the same season. Schatz holds a 90-point advantage in the 2007 standings and will be back in action on Friday and Saturday night in Princeton, Minnesota. The Polydome Princeton Nationals are two of the final seven nights remaining in this year’s schedule.
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