Schatz Charges To No. 21 At Fremont


Sebetto, Blaney and Haudenschild finished the race strong running 3-4-5 with Haudenschild and Blaney both making runs at Sebetto.

Donny Schatz Saturday night at Fremont Speedway. (Frank Smith photo)
Donny Schatz Saturday night at Fremont Speedway. (Frank Smith photo)

The A-main drivers certainly were aggressive. It took three tries to get the feature started as the race included 12 cautions.

Not only is the victory Schatz’s 21st of the season — he had never won more than 19 before this year — but it also is the 145th win of his career, moving him to within eight victories of tying Mark Kinser (153) for third all-time.

Schatz picked up 18 points in the championship battle, slicing Pittman’s lead to 52 points as the series enters Williams Grove Speedway on Friday for the National Open weekend. The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars have completed two events this season at Williams Grove and Schatz has won both of them despite leading only a total of five laps.

“These guys keep building great race cars,” said Schatz. “I started sixth and kept picking them off, I had to kind of wait for the right time. People were kind of aggressive early and bouncing off of each other. The way my car was working it felt like it got more drive if I got the wheels spinning. It sure was a long race. I was a bit nervous with all the yellows and the red with the stop and start and stop and start just waiting for something to go, but it didn’’t.”

Griffith, a former track champion who was fifth in Fremont points this year, represented the locals well with his runner-up finish.

“Donny certainly had a better car and has a ton more experience than me,” said Griffith. “So to get beat by him here, I’m not too worried about it. We’ll take it and feel pretty good about it. If he would have got himself jammed up in traffic was the only way we could have caught him, but he’s smart enough he’s not going to let that happen as the cautions fell the way he needed them to.”

Sebetto brought home a strong finish in what was his final run in the No. 24h Hammer car.

“We’ve had a pretty rough year this year and to get a top three with these guys means a lot,” said Sebetto. “It means a lot to me parting ways with these guys next year. There are a lot of eyes here tonight and maybe it will lead into something next year.”