Schatz Hoping For Strong Start To WoO Season

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Schatz Hoping For Strong
Donny Schatz (15) races Paige Polyak during World of Outlaws World Finals action. (Frank Smith photo)

CONCORD, N.C. – The calendar hasn’t yet turned, but one thing is already clear: 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion Donny Schatz will be on a mission in 2020.

Not only will Schatz be on the hunt for his 11th Outlaw championship, he’s also only six wins away from his 300th career win with the series.

The Fargo, N.D., driver’s hunt to achieve both will start Feb. 7-9 during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Schatz has 12 wins overall at the half-mile speedway and won the Big Gator in 2018.

In addition to his dozen victories, Schatz has 10 top fives and 12 top 10s at Volusia, with 79 laps led and an average finish of fifth across his Outlaw career at the Florida facility.

Last year was the first time in five years Schatz didn’t win during the season-opening event. However, he finished fifth and third, respectively, while Daryn Pittman took home both Gator trophies and the Big Gator as well.

Prior to Pittman and Schatz, David Gravel (2017), reigning Outlaw champion Brad Sweet (2016), Paul McMahan (2014) and Sammy Swindell (2012) also won Big Gators at Volusia.

Pittman is the all-time Big Gator championship leader, with three DIRTcar Nationals overall sprint car titles to his name in 2013, 2015 and 2019.

But with a year-end sizzler of a stretch that saw Schatz and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing score two wins, four podiums and five top 10s in the final five races, it’s clear that the duo – backed by the Ford FPS 410 – will be poised for a strong start to 2020.

And if that comes to pass, that 300th Outlaw victory might not be very far off at all.

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