At the start of the evening, cars hit the 3/8-mile dirt oval to qualify under sunny conditions. During the first two heats numerous rocks on the track were cutting tires and doing damage to the race cars. The track surface was reworked.
Schatz started the evening by qualifying ninth in a field of 36 cars. The Fargo, North Dakota racer made a strong move at the start jumping from fourth into second and spent lap after lap following Madsen.
“I had to conserve my right rear tire,” said Schatz. “We got to traffic and I was hoping Kerry would make a mistake, but he didn’t. Then I saw the white flag and figured it was now or never and we made it work.”
Schatz returns to action on Friday night when the World of Outlaws makes its first appearance at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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