Donny Schatz

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Schatz at the 2007 Kings Royal

Donny Schatz (born August 10, 1977 in Minot, North Dakota) is a World of Outlaws sprint car driver. Schatz started his racing career at 11 in go karts and moved to 410 sprints as a 15 year old at Red River Valley Speedway. Schatz moved to 358 sprints and The World of Outlaws series three seasons later as an 18 year old. He won his the 1997 World of Outlaws rookie of the year, and picked up his first A-feature win in 1998. He was a 1995 graduate of Minot High School and currently resides in Fargo, North Dakota.

Career[edit]

World of Outlaws[edit]

Since winning the 1997 WoO Rookie of The Year Award, Schatz has gone on to win 5 driver points championships.[1] Prestigious wins include the Knoxville Nationals seven times, (2006–09, 2011–13), the 2007 and 2009 King's Royal at Eldora Speedway,[2] the 2006 and 2007 Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup, the 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2007 National Open at William's Grove Speedway, and the inaugural World of Outlaws World Finals at the Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in 2008. He also holds the record for farthest in the field a winner of the Knoxville Nationals has started, when he won from the 21st starting position in 2013. He became only the second driver to win the points championship four years in a row, with the other being Steve Kinser.[1] Since 2006 he has recorded a top two points finish, with three second places to go along with the five championships. In 2008 he moved to Tony Stewart Racing, and continues to drive for that team today. Donny currently has 154 WoO wins passing Mark Kinser for 3rd all-time on June 27, 2014 at 34 Speedway in Burlington, Iowa.

Donny's 2013 sprint car at Beaver Dam Raceway.

Australia[edit]

Schatz has spent time racing in Australia during his career. He won the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at the Premier Speedway in Warrnambool, Victoria in 2002, and was runner up in the 1999/2000 and 2001/02 World Series Sprintcars series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World of Outlaws History" at worldofoutlaws.com
  2. ^ "List of King's Royal Winners" at coracingworld.com

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Steve Kinser
World of Outlaws Champion
2006-2009
Succeeded by
Jason Meyers
Preceded by
Jason Meyers
World of Outlaws Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Daryn Pittman
Achievements
Preceded by
Joey Saldana
World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Dale Blaney
Preceded by
Kraig Kinser
Tim Shaffer
Knoxville Nationals Winner
2006-2009
2011-2013
Succeeded by
Tim Shaffer
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joey Saldana
Daryn Pittman
Kings Royal Winner
2007
2009
Succeeded by
Daryn Pittman
Steve Kinser