Schatz Banks $40,000 Jackson Nationals

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Donny Schatz in victory lane at Jackson Motorplex. (Ken Berry photo)

JACKSON, Minn. — Donny Schatz maneuvered through the field en route to winning the 40th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals presented by ASI Contracting Saturday night at Jackson Motorplex.

Schatz rallied from seventh to pocket the $40,000 top prize for claiming the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature and the emotion of the moment wasn’t lost in victory lane.

“Hot damn, we just won the Jackson Nationals,” he exclaimed.

Jason Johnson, who won the two preliminary rounds on Friday and Saturday afternoon, led the first 17 laps of the 40-lap race. Schatz advanced into fourth place on lap two and he was running second on lap four.

Johnson entered traffic on lap eight and Schatz stayed within striking distance before using the bottom groove to his advantage in turns three and four just before the midpoint.

Schatz took over the top spot on lap 18. He survived one final restart with 15 laps remaining and a late rally from Johnson in traffic.

“The car was awesome,” Schatz said. “We had a really good balance. It was fun to get by (Johnson). He’s been pretty good the last couple of races.”

Johnson finished second by less than seven tenths of a second.

“It was a solid weekend,” he said. “When (Schatz) got by was when the rubber started coming in.”

Brian Brown rounded out the podium after having a great battle with fourth-place finisher David Gravel throughout the race.

“Hats off to Gregg (Bakker) and everybody who works on the track,” Brown said. “It’s an honor to finish on the podium.”

Logan Schuchart earned a fifth-place result.

Caleb Johnson won the RaceSaver sprint car feature.

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