CHICO, Calif. — Donny Schatz scored his third win of the season Saturday night in Silver Dollar Speedway’s Mini Gold Cup, but his competition did not make it easy for him.
Schatz led the field through the opening laps in his No. 15 Bad Boy Buggies car and held off Daryn Pittman as a series of caution flags waved. The first caution came on lap four, followed by one on lap nine and then on the subsequent restart attempt. After Rico Abreu got off track and brought out the caution on lap 11, Kerry Madsen was able to battle past Pittman to take second. Terry McCarl brought out a pivotal caution on lap 18 as he spun into the infield off of turn two.
As the field returned to green, Kerry Madsen got his opportunity to take on Schatz.
“I figured I’d go to the top because there was rubber, but there wasn’t really rubber at that spot and I thought I’ve actually got a really good shot here and got a really good restart,” Madsen said.
“I know my crew was probably calling me every name in the book on that restart but it started to lay a little rubber there and you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t,” Schatz said. “And I figured if I could get a run off the top. Kerry just got a really good start.””
When the field came around to take lap 18, Madsen led Schatz in his No. 29 American Racing Custom Wheels car. Farther back, 18-year-old Tanner Thorson, who started the night in 13th, had been slowly progressing through the field. On lap 18, as Madsen battled past Schatz, Thorson took eighth.