ELMA, Wash. — After winning Monday night’s Lucky Eagle Casino Outlaw Invasion at Grays Harbor Raceway, Donny Schatz has entered territory few other World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series drivers before him have ever been in.
With his 20th win this season now in the books, the Tony Stewart Racing driver is the first since Steve Kinser’s 2002 and 2003 seasons to have consecutive 20-win seasons and his six-race winning streak moves Schatz closer to legendary seasons had by three-time champion Sammy Swindell and Kinser.
“Well, it feels great,” Schatz said. “It’s kind of overwhelming really. You come here every day wanting to win. The reality of it is most days you’re not going to. It’s been a great year. It’s not over yet. We’ve got a lot of races left and we’ll just keep working hard.
“There’s no way you could ever dream of being in this position but I’m here. I’m living it — I’m loving it.”
Kinser led the field to the green on the three-tenths-mile oval after winning his heat and the dash. The 20-time champion built up a healthy lead as Schatz battled with Cody Darrah for second.
With lapped traffic in play, Schatz found his way around Darrah on lap nine and then he drove his STP / Armor All car around Kinser on the same lap as the two came out of turn four.
Darrah then set his sights on Kinser’s Bad Boy Buggies car in the second position. After working on Kinser for several laps, Darrah took the second spot back over on lap 17. The move however was short lived as the caution flag flew on lap 22.