LAKE ODESSA, Mich. — For the fifth time this season Donny Schatz found himself in victory lane after powering through traffic Saturday night to win the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars’ NAPA Auto Parts Rumble at I-96 Speedway.
Schatz, who started fifth, fell back to seventh at the start of the race. Through the next 20 laps he progressed his STP/Armor All car through the field, catching leader Brad Sweet. On lap 21, after a restart two laps earlier, Schatz found the opportunity he needed.
“It just feels good to have a car that good,” Schatz said. “The track’s tricky… You’re always learning, always trying to find new ways around it. I’ve wanted to win here for a long time.”
This was Schatz’s first win at I-96 Speedway, his fifth win on the season and his 152nd career win. He is now just one win away from tying Mark Kinser for third on the Outlaws all-time win list.
In his quest for a sixth World of Outlaws STP Sprint Cars championship, the win also gave Schatz an eight-point lead over second place Daryn Pittman.
The green flag waved on the three-eighths mile I-96 Speedway with Sweet and Cody Darrah in the first row. Joey Saldana and Sammy Swindell rounded out the top four. Sweet jumped out to an early lead as the cars behind him battled for position.
By lap 10, Schatz was already beginning to make his move through the field, battling Paul McMahan, Pittman and Swindell.
The caution flag flew for the first time on lap 17 after Swindell had a tire cut down.