NEW RICHMOND, Wis. — Donny Schatz is on a roll, scoring his second World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win in three nights, fifth win in 12 races and his eighth win of the season Sunday night at the FVP Outlaws at Cedar Lake Speedway.
For Schatz, Cedar Lake is the site of one of his earliest sprint car wins. He has won eight times at the track.
“This is like coming home, really,” said Schatz, a 155-time Outlaws winner. “I spent a lot of Saturday nights coming here — crashing, wrecking, going fast, going slow — we did a little bit of everything here.”
In his STP/Armor All car, Schatz battled for much of the night with 22-year-old David Gravel. Gravel searched all night for a way around Schatz, even leading lap 24.
“It was pretty fun racing with David there,” Schatz said. “He was going to go on the top – I learned 20 years ago you ain’t going to move that wall, so I wasn’t going to mess with it… My car was very good through the middle and the bottom. I just kind of had to play it cautious, pick my way through traffic and just kind of be as smart as I could. He had a good run with us, stayed with us on the restart and made a good race out of it. He was quite a handful.”
“This STP team did a great job, just kept adjusting on the car. We finally got a balance on this racecar where we can fine tune little things and do a lot of learning and that’s how you get ahead. So, I feel good right now.”
Schatz left Cedar Lake with a 93-point lead over Daryn Pittman in the fight for the championship. In scoring his eighth win of the season, Schatz also became the winningest driver on the season, surpassing Pittman.