BROWNSBURG, IND – Donny Schatz’ visit to the Music City for the inaugural Music City Outlaw Nationals proved to be a complete success, not only earning back-to-back top-five finishes during his two-day visit to the dirt-configured Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, but the ten-time and defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion kicked off the weekend with a $15,000 victory on Friday, May 31.
The victory, the product of an inside-second row starting position, bumped Schatz’ win total to three in 2019, still on top of the World of Outlaws championship standings by a 48-point margin. Impressive enough, the high-dollar win took finesse, utilizing patience to maneuver under race-long leader, Bill Balog, as the pair drag raced off of turn four with just eight circuits remaining.
Although unable to go back-to-back in the Music City, Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing/Toco Warranty/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/Absolute Automation & Security/J&J Auto Racing/No. 15 sprint car, capped his weekend in Nashville with a rally from 13th to finish fifth on Saturday, June 1. The Fargo, North Dakota-native picked his way through the field by utilizing each of the top and bottom grooves, eventually forced to do battle with owner and teammate, Tony Stewart, who finished one position ahead of the familiar No. 15 at the final checkers.
Schatz’ Nashville visit ultimately increased his 2019 top-five total to 15, now with 21 top-ten finishes in 23 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series starts.
“Anytime you go anywhere new it’s always good to get a win,” said Donny Schatz in Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway victory lane. “We’re in an awesome market that we’ve never been to before. My guys gave me a great race car. It’s incredible what they do. It’s great to win the inaugural race here.”
Donny Schatz will continue his 2019 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series campaign with a Tuesday night stop at Fairbury Speedway in Fairbury, Ill., followed by a two-day trek through North Dakota and Minnesota on Friday and Saturday, June 7 & 8. The Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing entry will visit River Cities Speedway and Granite City Speedway, respectively, during his trip to the upper-Midwest.
On a side note, Schatz swept action at River Cities Speedway in 2018, winning World of Outlaws events in mid-June, as well as in mid-August.
Fans are encouraged to follow the progress of Donny Schatz, Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing and the No. 15 Toco Warranty/Ford Performance/Curb Records/Sage Fruit/Absolute Automation & Security/J&J Auto Racing motorsports team on the Web and on social media. More information can be found at www.tonystewartracing.com, as well as at www.donnyschatzmotorsports.com.
Tony Stewart Racing: Facebook at www.facebook.com/TonyStewartRacing or on Twitter and Instagram @TonyStewart_Rcg.
Donny Schatz: Facebook at www.facebook.com/DonnySchatz or on Twitter and Instagram @DonnySchatz.
Watch Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart Racing live during each and every World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series event of 2019 at www.dirtvision.com.
|2019 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing Statistics: (thru June 3, 2019)|
|World of Outlaws Races: 23|
|World of Outlaws Wins: 3|
|World of Outlaws Top-5s: 15|
|World of Outlaws Top-10s: 21|