Donny Schatz battles Shane Stewart to win third in a row at Ohsweken Speedway
Schatz's 12th win of the season gives him the most wins of any driver so far this season
Neither cautions nor a fierce battle with Shane Stewart could stop Donny Schatz on his way to a sweep of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series' three-race Canada swing and 12th win of the season at Ohsweken Speedway Tuesday night.
Schatz won the Six Nations Showdown after winning the two previous events at Cornwall Motor Speedway and Autodrome Drummond.
"I just did everything I could," Schatz said. "A lot of it comes down to [crew members] Rick Warner, [Steve 'Scuba' Swanson], Eric [Prutzman], Bill Klingbeil - these guys do a phenomenal job working on this racecar and making STP look good."
In addition to winning the feature at Ohsweken, Schatz was third quickest in hot laps, took home the quick time - his sixth of the season - won his heat race and finished second in the dash.
"The [STP/Armor All] car was fun to drive all night long, right from the word go," Schatz said. "Hot laps, qualifying, heat race. Shane got out front there pretty early. I expected the track to slow down and slick off there a little bit more than it did but it was fast. It was an awful fast race. Hats off to the whole STP team, they did a great job getting me what I needed."
"I enjoyed being in Canada. It's been great to me. O Canada!"
Cautions plagued the early part of the race. Just after the drop of the green flag, an incident left Paul McMahan on his roof in the middle of turns one and two and Jason Sides and Kraig Kinser with damaged racecars. Sides and McMahan were able to return to the track while Kinser had his night ended.
Two more cautions followed in quick succession for Sides and Logan Schuchart. With Stewart leading, James McFadden in second and Schatz in third another caution came out with eight complete after a mechanical issue led to a fire on the No. 52 of Jesse Costa. Costa was OK.
On the restart, Schatz fought his way around McFadden for second. What commenced was a ten lap battle for the lead between Schatz and Stewart. On laps 10, 11 and 12 Schatz looked low and in the middle to get around Stewart but couldn't make it work. With a decent lead built up, Stewart hit lapped traffic on lap 15. As he worked his way through it, Schatz began reeling him back in.
By lap 18, Schatz was again on Stewart's rear bumper bar, challenging him for the lead. After a hiccup for Stewart, Schatz got around and led lap 19. Stewart however was able to use lapped traffic as a pick, sliding Schatz through turns one and two. He led lap 20.
Schatz was not done though, on the next lap he too was able to use lapped traffic as a pick, getting back around Stewart to lead lap 21. Though Stewart tried to reel Schatz back in, Schatz took the checkered flag for his third win in a row. His current streak is the second longest of the season.
Schatz extended his points lead over Daryn Pittman to 106. After a difficult night that saw him finish in 18th, third place Paul McMahan fell to 178 points back.
Stewart, who has one World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series win this season, complimented his Townline Variety team, a temporary home for the driver who normally competes with Larson Marks Racing.
"All these guys behind me, they worked really hard for me all week," Stewart said. "They're all part-timers. They don't get paid to work on this car and they all do it because they love it. It was a joy working with them… We had a really solid week. I think if a couple of things had played out a little differently I think we maybe could have gotten a win here or there. It was a good week for us."
McFadden said he was disappointed his All-Star Performance/Gaerte Engines/XYZ Machining team was so close to the front, but unable to compete with Stewart and Schatz for the lead.
"It's good for our confidence leading into these next few races," McFadden said. "It just sucks we couldn't race with them there. I could see them - I just couldn't get close enough. Hats off to the boys with this 3G team - we've had a pretty solid summer since I've been here, so it's been great."
The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series returns to action at the Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. for the Prelude to the Ironman and the Ironman 55 on August 1 and 2. After that, the Outlaws head to Knoxville, Iowa to compete for one of the most coveted prizes in all of motorsports - the Knoxville Nationals.
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