Schatz raced his No. 15 ParkerStore J&J with Shaver power into the lead on the 16th lap to capture his 15th “A” Feature victory of the season and 17th Outlaws triumph in 2006.
“I’m happy to get back to victory lane,” said Schatz. “It doesn’t matter if we win five or fifteen. We try to win as many as we can and get this championship locked up.” Schatz has 8 more wins than the next highest winner in 2006, and has a 311 point lead with only five nights of races remaining.
“We’ve been greedy all season trying to win as much as we could,” he said. “This team felt like we might have had a chance for $50,000 at the last race but the rain came and ended it 14 laps short of 40. The ParkerStore Team has been working hard all season and winning this race was a testament to their efforts.”
Schatz and most of the other competitors had a difficult time figuring out what the surface was going to do in the 25-lap feature. The event was a make-up race originally scheduled for April. It also included the Knoxville Raceway Season Championship Feature.
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.
All of the competitors were hugging the bottom so Schatz tried to make the high line work. In turns one and two, he lost ground, but in three and four the cushion worked to his advantage. He used the high line to pass both Randy Hannagan and Craig Dollansky on lap 16 to take the lead. Once in front, Schatz worked his way through lapped traffic and picked up his 50th career World of Outlaws “A” Feature.
“I didn’t really expect that. When you get out of line you are taking too many chances. I don’t know if the rubber started to go away or what, but we were able to get around the top in turns three and four. I tried it in one and two and lost a lot of ground, but the other end was great. That’s what won us the race. I got back down there in the rubber and was able to keep going up there and get passed some lapped cars. It was good for us.”
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