AND ANOTHER ONE: Donny Schatz wire-to-wire for sixth Kings Royal Crown, $175,000 payday

2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series Standings: 6th | 5076 points

Date: Tuesday, July 11th
Event: Brad Doty Classic
Series: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Track: Attica Raceway Park | Attica, Ohio
Donny Schatz A-Main Finish (Start): 4th (14th)

Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, July 12th-13th
Event: Eldora Million
Series: Open Event
Track: Eldora Speedway |Rossburg, Ohio
Donny Schatz A-Main Finishes (Start):
Wednesday: 7th (4th)
Thursday: 8th (11th)

Dates: Friday and Saturday, July 14th-15th
Event: 40th Kings Royal
Series: World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series
Track: Eldora Speedway | Rossburg, Ohio
Donny Schatz A-Main Finishes (Start):
Friday: 16th (16th)
Saturday: 1st (1st)

BROWNSBURG, Ind. (July 17, 2023) – When big money is on the line, Fargo, North Dakota’s Donny Schatz is a tough one to beat, and that certainly proved to be the case yet again during the recent weekend, eventually concluding Eldora Speedway’s 40th Kings Royal on Saturday, July 15, with another title, and a $175,000 payday. The victory, accomplished in fantastic fashion by leading all 40 circuits from the pole position, bumped Schatz’ Kings Royal tally to six total, trailing only “The King” himself, Steve Kinser, who owns seven Kings Royal championships. To add extra luster to Schatz’ ever-growing racing resume, the ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion now owns 13 victories with totals surpassing the six-digit mark; the most of anyone to ever wheel a sprint car.

Schatz, ace of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, Advance Auto Parts, Carquest, Ford Motor Company, Ford Performance, MadJax XSeries, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Absolute Automation and Security, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts, No. 15 sprint car, started from the pole by way of heat race victory.

Rain throughout much of the day Saturday left for an ultra-quick surface at the World’s Greatest Dirt Track. Schatz still managed to race unchallenged.

“I don’t remember a race even being that pace,” Schatz said of Eldora’s quick surface. “That was wide open for 40 laps. I just told Scuba (crew chief, Steve Swenson) I don’t know if there’s much left there. I used every bit of it. Normally that’s not the case here, but we got that rain, and it’s been a little bit choppy in spots all week. I don’t think it was as bad as it is, but when you get behind someone in dirty air, and you hit that stuff, I mean I did it last night. That’s why I wasn’t going to try to tear the car up. You don’t want to try to do that. We want to race for championships. Tonight doesn’t really count for that, but it sure does count for a $175,000 payday and this pretty damn cool crown.”

Donny Schatz opened his Kings Royal effort with a 16th-place score in Friday’s Knight Before The Kings Royal. Although a not-so-stellar output, it was Schatz’ Eldora Million tempo earlier in the week that helped propel the ten-time WoO champ into the Kings Royal throne.

Schatz finished seventh in his respective Eldora Million preliminary feature, racing on to finish eighth in the $1,002,023-to-win Eldora Million main event on Thursday evening.

“When we hot lapped tonight and qualified tonight, I could tell there was a little something there that we hadn’t had in the car that made the car roll around there differently,” Schatz added in Kings Royal victory lane. “This is my 28th Kings Royal, so I’ve got a little bit of experience. You kind of feel like you know what you’re doing.”

Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing will continue their 2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series campaign with another invasion of the Keystone State, set to takeover BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven on Wednesday, July 19, followed by Williams Grove Speedway’s annual Summer Nationals on Friday and Saturday, July 21-22. Friday’s 25-lap main event will pay $10,000, plus another $5,000 to be Morgan Cup champion. Saturday’s 30-lap Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals finale posts $20,000 to the winner.

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, MadJax XSeries, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Absolute Automation and Security, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts.

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2023 Donny Schatz / Tony Stewart Racing WoO Statistics:
Races: 39
Wins: 3
Top-5s: 14
Top-10s: 21


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