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Donny Schatz Continues Dominance at River Cities

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GRAND FORKS, ND – June 15, 2018 – North Dakota’s own Donny Schatz continued his dominance at River Cities Speedway, passing race-long leader Kerry Madsen on Lap 25 to win his 11th World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series Feature of 2018. It was Schatz’s sixth win in his last seven starts at the bullring. Brad Sweet came forward to finish second with Madsen settling for third.

Schatz capitalized on Kerry Madsen’s inability to clear a slower car on the backstretch, powering around the No.2M off of turn four to lead Lap 25. Schatz used the same line to clear the lapped car before getting back to the bottom to protect the lead.

Brad Sweet followed Schatz on the cushion around Madsen as well and would line up next to Schatz with eight laps remaining after the caution flew for Jason Johnson. Schatz motored away on the restart and did the same thing on the final restart with four laps to go to win his 11th Feature of the 2018 campaign and extend his lead atop the Point Standings.

Sweet would finish 2.369 seconds behind the Fargo, ND native with Madsen settling for third.

“I kept trying that top and I knew if we got into traffic I might be able to make it work,” Schatz said in Victory Lane. When asked about the multitude of cautions, Schatz simply cited that they are part of racing, but the early cautions had him wondering how the track would change as the race would go on. The North Dakota native savored the emotion of the hometown victory saying, “You never know when your last win is going to be.”

Brad Sweet was upbeat about his runner-up finish.

“We were fast, I had a couple of lines working in one and two. I would have liked to give Donny a better run for his money, but he never missed a mark out front. Eventually, we’ll figure out how to beat him here,” Sweet added with a smile.

Kerry Madsen led the first 24 laps but settled for third after losing the lead in lapped traffic. “I didn’t do a good enough job. I became immobile in traffic. I tried to play a patient game and I should have been more aggressive,” Madsen said honestly before thanking his team for giving him a great car.

Shane Stewart had a strong run coming from 11th to finish fourth with Daryn Pittman completing the top five. Dominic Scelzi charged from 21st to sixth, but Mark Dobmeier grabbed KSE Hard Charger honors coming from a provisional starting 25th to finish ninth. The massive crowd at River Cities was engaged all evening, especially when track regular Thomas Kennedy set Quick Time and won his Heat Race.

The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series continues its 40th Anniversary Season Sunday at Nodak Speedway in Minot, ND. More information is available at

Feature (40 Laps, car number, driver, starting position, money won): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$5,500]; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen [1][$3,200]; 4. 2-Shane Stewart [11][$2,800]; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman [9][$2,500]; 6. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [21][$2,300]; 7. 18-Ian Madsen [16][$2,200]; 8. 19-Brent Marks [13][$2,100]; 9. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier [25][$1,250]; 10. 5-David Gravel [10][$2,000]; 11. 83-Cory Eliason [4][$1,500]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [14][$1,200]; 13. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,100]; 14. W20-Greg Wilson [24][$1,050]; 15. 21K-Thomas Kennedy [8][$1,000]; 16. 1S-Logan Schuchart [17][$900]; 17. 19L-R.J. Johnson [22][$800]; 18. 17A-Austin McCarl [3][$800]; 19. 8H-Jade Hastings [18][$800]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$800]; 21. 27-Chris Ranten [23][$800]; 22. 41-Jason Johnson [15][$800]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [7][$800]; 24. 9N-Wade Nygaard [26][$]; 25. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg [19][$800]; 26. 2A-Austin Pierce [12][$800]

Qualifying: 1. 21K-Thomas Kennedy, 10.367; 2. 17A-Austin McCarl, 10.434; 3. 2M-Kerry Madsen, 10.444; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 10.482; 5. 15-Donny Schatz, 10.502; 6. 49-Brad Sweet, 10.509; 7. 27-Chris Ranten, 10.519; 8. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 10.537; 9. 9-Daryn Pittman, 10.544; 10. 5-David Gravel, 10.567; 11. 83-Cory Eliason, 10.58; 12. 19L-R.J. Johnson, 10.639; 13. 19-Brent Marks, 10.669; 14. 8H-Jade Hastings, 10.671; 15. 2-Shane Stewart, 10.724; 16. 18-Ian Madsen, 10.75; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 10.755; 18. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 10.779; 19. 41-Jason Johnson, 10.799; 20. W20-Greg Wilson, 10.799; 21. 6N-Greg Nikitenko, 10.804; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 10.807; 23. 97G-Hunter Schuerenberg, 10.81; 24. 2A-Austin Pierce, 10.835; 25. 10TRB-Bob Martin, 10.896; 26. 13JT-Mark Dobmeier, 10.897; 27. 20A-Jordan Adams, 10.976; 28. 26-Blake Egeland, 10.998; 29. 13-Clyde Knipp, 11.098; 30. 9N-Wade Nygaard, 11.103; 31. 55-Nick Ranten, 11.226; 32. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.339; 33. 8-Jack Croaker, 11.429; 34. 1AJ-Trevor Mell, 11.578; 35. 14-Tom Egeland, NT
For full results from River Cities Speedway – June 15, 2018, click here.




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