Schatz started the evening by qualifying eighth in the field. He won the second heat race and drew the number four starting position in the Crane Cams Dash. In the eight-lap dash, Schatz finished second to Tim Shaffer earning an outside front row starting position for the 35-lap race.
“I haven’t had a car jump out of gear for several years,” said Schatz. “The cables kind of pull out and lock. I could feel it earlier in the night, but you never expect it will bite you. We were bouncing through a few holes and that started to jar it. It popped out, but I got it back in sync.”
On the restart, Schatz chased Shaffer back into traffic. When Shaffer made a high move trying to lap a car, Schatz seized the moment on lap 27 and led the rest of the way for his 67th career WoO A-Feature.
“It’s hard to pass people in open track,” said Schatz. “I don’t think anyone has that good of a race car, especially with a full load of fuel. We need to hit lapped traffic and force him to make a mistake. All of the yellow were kind of hurting him and kind of hurting us. He made a mistake in lapped traffic and I was there to capitalize on it. I’ve said it before, that when you are running second, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.”
The consecutive wins follow the annual God Rush Tour. It marks the fifth time in the last six years that Schatz has multiple wins following the west coast swing. “We are fortunate to work with such great product sponsors like K&N Filters,” said Schatz. “Without K&N we wouldn’t be here.” Last season, Schatz won five races following the Gold Cup through the season finale. Schatz is aiming for at least that many wins this year.
“We’re still shooting for 20 and maybe more,” said Schatz, who won a career high of 19 last year. “We have a few races left and we just have to make sure to capitalize on as many as we can. Every year we try and do better. We want to win another championship.”
Schatz and the ParkerStore Team hope to make it three straight on Sunday night at Charter Raceway Park.
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