ALGER, Wash. — On the way to winning his fifth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature in a row, Donny Schatz has had easier nights than Saturday’s Monster Energy Meltdown at Skagit Speedway.
After first fighting his way past Joey Saldana, he had to battle through lapped traffic and then hold off a hard-charging Brad Sweet.
In the end though the result was the same as it had been 18 other times this season – Schatz stood in victory lane.
“I’m just very fortunate to be around great people from my race team to my family, car owner, everyone that’s surrounding us, our marketing partners with STP and Armor All,” Schatz said. “It just fits all together. It’s pretty amazing what these guys all do. They give me an awesome racecar every night and I get to do a lot of fun things and I got to do another fun one tonight.”
Schatz started the feature on the pole but it was Saldana who led the first lap and the 11 that followed. Through early cautions and battles farther back, including one between Schatz and Paul McMahan for second, Schatz kept his sights on the lead.
On lap 11, as the Outlaws were just four laps back from a caution, Schatz made his move on Saldana. After a battle down the front stretch, he cleared Saldana coming out of turn two.
“The race track changed a lot during that feature I was kind of surprised,” Schatz said. “I thought it would be around the top but it got pretty good on the bottom, too. So that’s when having a great STP race team comes in and those guys just had a flawless race car.”