For Hodnett, the finish was somewhat similar to the way Schatz won the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series race in May at Williams Grove, where Hodnett also finished second after Schatz made a last-lap pass for the win.
“It was a very tight race, it was a very good race, and Donny as always did a great job and that’s why he’s a World of Outlaws champion,” said Hodnett, of Thomasville, Pa. “At one point it was five-wide down the back stretch with lapped cars and it was pretty intense.”
Dewease was forced to settle for a third-place finish to round out the podium after leading the first 16 laps.
“We haven’t fixed our car issue all year, late in races we slow down and these tires have thrown us for a loop,” said Dewease, of Fayetteville, Pa. “Donny and Greg are both really good here right now, I think they both ran one and two here earlier this year. We’ve got some work to do and we’ll take a third and be happy with it. The lapped cars here tonight were very disrespectful, there were one or two that I passed and they would drive back into the car like they were racing me for position.”
Fred Rahmer finished fourth while Craig Dollansky completed the top five. Alan Krimes was the KSE Hard Charger after starting 24th in the feature event and finishing 13th.
As is to be expected, the strong field of 44 cars presented a significant challenge. Points-leader Daryn Pittman and three-time champion Sammy Swindell made the A-main through the Last Chance Showdown while Paul McMahan and David Gravel used provisional to make the feature event. For only the first time this year Steve Kinser was unable to make the A-main.
For Schatz, who not only won but also set quick time to earn an additional five points in the season-long championship battle, it was a huge gain in points. He now trails Pittman by 105 points heading as the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars invade Lebanon Valley Speedway on Sunday night in West Lebanon, N.Y.