Donny Schatz

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Donny Schatz
2007 Kings Royal Champ - Donny Schatz.jpg
Schatz at the 2007 Kings Royal
Nationality  American
Born (1977-08-10) August 10, 1977 (age 40)
Minot, North Dakota
World of Outlaws career
Debut season 1997
Current team Tony Stewart Racing
Car no. 15
Engine A4MP
Championships 9
Wins 251
Championship titles
2006–2009, 2012, 2014-2017 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Donny Schatz (born August 10, 1977 in Minot, North Dakota) is a World of Outlaws sprint car driver.

Career[edit]

Schatz started his racing career at 11 in go karts and moved to 358 sprints as a 15-year-old at Red River Valley Speedway. Schatz moved to 410 sprints and The World of Outlaws series three seasons later as an 18-year-old.

World of Outlaws[edit]

Schatz won the 1997 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year award, and picked up his first A-feature win in 1998.[citation needed].

Schatz has gone on to win nine championships in 2006–2009, 2012, and 2014-2017.[1] 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 nine championships.

As of June 30, 2018, Schatz has 273 WoO wins, third most all-time behind Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell. Prestigious wins include the Knoxville Nationals ten times, (2006–09, 2011–15, 2017),[2] the 2007, 2009, 2016, and 2017 King's Royal at Eldora Speedway,[3] 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 Charlotte 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.

In 2008 he moved to Tony Stewart Racing, and continues to drive for that team today.

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.

Personal life[edit]

He was a 1995 graduate of Minot High School. He currently lives in Fargo, North Dakota. He and his wife, Erica, have a daughter, Savanna. Among Schatz's hobbies includes hunting.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World of Outlaws History" Archived December 7, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. at worldofoutlaws.com
  2. ^ "Knoxville Nationals All-Time Winners" at coracingworld.com
  3. ^ "Kings Royal All-Time 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
Preceded by
Daryn Pittman
World of Outlaws Champion
2014-2017
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Achievements
Preceded by
Joey Saldana
World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Dale Blaney
Preceded by
Kraig Kinser
Tim Shaffer
Jason Johnson
Knoxville Nationals Winner
2006-2009
2011-2015
2017
Succeeded by
Tim Shaffer
Jason Johnson
Incumbent
Preceded by
Joey Saldana
Daryn Pittman
Kings Royal Winner
2007
2009
Succeeded by
Daryn Pittman
Steve Kinser