Donny Schatz highlights DIRTcar Nationals campaign with All Star podium
2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Standings: 17th | 232 points
Dates: Tuesday through Saturday, March 7th-11th
Event: DIRTcar Nationals
Series: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series & All Star Circuit of Champions
Track: Volusia Speedway Park (De Leon Springs, Florida)
Donny Schatz A-Main Finishes (Start):
Tuesday: Did Not Start A-Main
Wednesday: All Stars | 2nd (3rd)
Thursday: WoO | 14th (17th)
Friday: WoO | 20th (15th)
Saturday: WoO | Postponed
BROWNSBURG, Ind. (February 13, 2023) – It was an up and down week for Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing hot rod, but despite some minor hiccups and distractions, the ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion performed at a high level and ultimately highlighted Volusia Speedway Park’s annual DIRTcar Nationals with a podium run against the All Star Circuit of Champions on Wednesday, February 8.
A near victory in his podium pursuit, Schatz, ace of the Advance Auto Parts, Carquest, Ford Motor Company, Ford Performance, Nivel Parts & Manufacturing, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Absolute Automation and Security, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts, No. 15 sprint car, found himself in a battle for the lead with Lemoore, California’s Carson Macedo on lap 20. Unfortunately, early-race nose wing damage ultimately created havoc for the former All Star Volusia winner; it flipped over completely just as Schatz dived into turn one on lap 21.
Needless to say, Macedo would secure the top spot, forcing Schatz back to second.
“Just the way it goes sometimes…it is what it is,” Schatz said on Wednesday, referring to frustration created after early race contact damaged his nose wing. “It didn’t hurt me too bad until it flipped over completely. The wing post eventually gave out. Hats off to this Tony Stewart Racing/Advance Auto Parts team. They put it all together here tonight.”
In addition to his podium performance, Schatz recorded 14th and 20th-place performances against the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in its season opening programs on Thursday and Friday, February 9-10. Saturday’s DIRTcar Nationals finale dash and feature were ultimately moved to early March for when the Series returns, Mother Nature being the culprit.
Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing will continue their 2023 campaign with another round of World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series competition in the Sunshine State, resetting the compass for Volusia Speedway Park in De Leon Springs, Florida, for the Spring Showdown on Sunday and Monday, March 5-6.
Donny Schatz and Tony Stewat/Curb-Agajanian Racing would like to thank all of their marketing partners: Advance Auto Parts, Carquest, Ford Motor Company, Ford Performance, Nivel Parts & Manufacturing, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Absolute Automation and Security, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts.
Watch the World of Outlaws online at www.dirtvision.com
Watch the All Star Circuit of Champions online at www.floracing.com
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2023 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing WoO Statistics:
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