Donny Schatz – The King Of Knoxville?

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa — Donny Schatz is arguably the most successful driver in the history of the Knoxville Nationals.

Schatz enters this year’s 57th annual 5-hour Energy Knoxville Nationals at Iowa’s Knoxville Raceway having won sprint car racing’s most prestigious race nine times in the past 11 runnings of the $150,000-to-win event.

The only blemishes on that record were second-place finishes to Jason Johnson last year and Tim Shaffer in 2010.

The North Dakota native has finished second in the Knoxville Nationals five times.

The eight-time World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series champion won his first two Nationals features in his family- owned No. 15, but the last seven victories have come since he joined the Tony Stewart Racing operation.

His 2013 victory saw him become the first driver to win the Knoxville Nationals after transferring from the B main, as he raced from 21st starting spot to victory.

Can anyone defeat Schatz during this year’s Nationals?

Schatz has 15 World of Outlaws victories already this season, including a win at Knoxville Raceway in June and the $50,000-to-win Kings Royal at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway.

With 12 victories, Steve Kinser is the only driver to have won the Nationals more times than Schatz. Kinser has 35 Nationals feature starts, while Schatz has taken the green flag in 19 main events.

To see photos of Schatz’s nine Knoxville victories, click below.