MCCOOL JUNCTION, Neb. — Tuesday night at Junction Motor Speedway Donny Schatz proved once again why he is the man to beat in the race for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series championship as he notched his 14th win this season.
Schatz, who came into Junction Motor Speedway after his eighth career Knoxville Nationals victory days earlier, has won five of the last seven Outlaws events with his STP/Armor All team.
“Yeah it’s been good lately, kind of like living in a dream,” Schatz said after leading 20 of 30 laps in the feature. “It happens, so I’m enjoying it.”
Schatz started Tuesday night’s feature in fifth place, as Paul McMahan and Kraig Kinser led the field to the green flag. As Kinser fell back by lap five, Schatz had moved into third.
“We just kind of had to pick them off there one-by-one,” Schatz said. “And the track changed a little bit and it’s easy to slip the tires so that’s something that these guys have always been good at — getting the car underneath me.”
Schatz caught McMahan, the leader, by lap eight and began putting pressure on the driver and his CJB Motorsports car. Schatz got his opportunity the next lap as he slid McMahan through turns three and four and was able to make it stick as the drivers exited onto the frontstretch.
As the two drivers worked their way through lapped traffic during the middle part of the race, McMahan worked to close the gap between he and Schatz.
“It’s your job to push it to the extremes and sometimes you have to push it to be able to get by lapped cars,” Schatz said. “You can’t sit back and wait. You’ve got to go and if there’s an opportunity, you better take it. Racing with the best guys in the country, there’s no question you’ve got to be on your game.”