Schatz Is Still The Man At Knoxville


“Just a hard fought battle with the Eyecon Trail Cameras car and we came up one spot short,” said Dollansky. “We came home second tonight, but we’ll keep working hard at things and keep plugging away.”

Dollansky’s team seems to be hitting its groove, earning a third-place finish on Friday night at Elko Speedway to go with his runner-up finish on Saturday. Brown’s team also appears to be on the right track with the Casey’s General Stores/FVP Maxim, clearly using Saturday’s night performance as a measuring stick for where it believes it needs to be in August during the Nationals.

“We just got a little free as the race went on and could never do anything with him,” said Brown, of Grain Valley, Mo. “Schatz is always good here and a good top three is nothing to hang your head about, but we definitely want to win.”

Overall it was a busy night on the track. Kyle Larson earned the 24th position in the A-main after advancing 13 positions in the Last Chance Showdown. In the A-main, he continued to work his way forward, eventually finishing in the eighth position to earn the KSE Hard Charger Award.

Sammy Swindell, who won last season at Knoxville, posted quick time in qualifying and was on the move in the A-main, but damage to his Big Game Treestands car sustained on a restart forced him to the back of the field.

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series point leader Daryn Pittman won the Last Chance Showdown then picked up his 18th top-10 finish in 21 races this season after finishing seventh, one spot behind his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate Cody Darrah.

Tony Shilling won the 360 sprint car feature.