Donny Schatz Returns To WoO Victory Lane At Plymouth Speedway

Schatz celebrates. Photos by Jim DenHamer

Working on an 18-race winless streak in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car series, Donny Schatz found his way back to victory lane on September 24, 2020, at Plymouth Speedway in Indiana.

Qualifying sixth in the time trials, Schatz then won the second heat race over NASCAR star Christopher Bell and veterans Kraig Kinser and Daryn Pittman. 

Schatz then finished second in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash – behind winner Gio Scelzi – to line up on the outside front row for the 35-lap Feature.

Gio Scelzi (18) and James McFadden (9) fight for position.

Feature Race

The main event got underway with Sheldon Haudenschild leading Gio Scelzi briefly. The front two traded positions on lap two with Scelzi holding the front spot for the next 16 laps. Haudenshild regained the lead on lap 18, holding off Schatz for three laps.

On the final restart of the night, Schatz took control and powered to the lead, maintaining that position for the remainder of the race. Points leader Brad Sweet moved by the front runners for a second-place finish. James McFadden rounded out the podium.

Christopher Bell (21) and Brad Sweet (49)

Up Next

The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, on Fri., Sept. 25, returns to Wayne County Speedway for a $15,000-to-win event presented by Slick Woody’s Cornhole Co.

If you can’t make it to the track, you can watch all of the action live on DIRTVision.

Parker Price-Miller (14) and Tyler Courtney (7BC) battle it out.

Race Results: World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, Plymouth Speedway, Plymouth, Indiana. September 24, 2020.

Qualifying

Qualifying  – 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 11.195; 2. 21-Christopher Bell, 11.361; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, 11.37; 4. 9-James McFadden, 11.388; 5. 14-Parker Price-Miller, 11.392; 6. 15-Donny Schatz, 11.417; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 11.467; 8. 18-Gio Scelzi, 11.493; 9. 87-Aaron Reutzel, 11.52; 10. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 11.579; 11. 41-David Gravel, 11.59; 12. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 11.607; 13. 83-Spencer Bayston, 11.625; 14. 72-Daryn Pittman, 11.643; 15. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 11.657; 16. 7S-Jason Sides, 11.713; 17. 1A-Jacob Allen, 11.716; 18. 39-Tyler Rankin, 11.754; 19. 97-Max Stambaugh, 11.76; 20. 41S-Dominic Scelzi, 11.78; 21. 2-Carson Macedo, 11.785; 22. 16A-Justin Sanders, 11.815; 23. 21X-Brinton Marvel, 11.838; 24. 33M-Mason Daniel, 11.849; 25. 99-Skylar Gee, 11.952; 26. 27Z-Zane Devault, 11.969; 27. 64-Scotty Thiel, 11.987; 28. 16C-Chase Ridenour, 12.007; 29. 23-Cole Macedo, 12.035; 30. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 12.16; 31. 49D-Shawn Dancer, 12.19; 32. 5R-Ryan Ruhl, 12.216; 33. 6-Bill Rose, 12.409.

Wayne Johnson (2C) and Skylar Gee (99).

Heat Races

DRYDENE Heat #1 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [1]; 2. 14-Parker Price-Miller [2]; 3. 1A-Jacob Allen [5]; 4. 83-Spencer Bayston [4]; 5. 99-Skylar Gee [7]; 6. 23-Cole Macedo [8]; 7. 2-Carson Macedo [6]; 8. 87-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 9. 6-Bill Rose [9].

Jacob Allen (1A) and Daryn Pittman (72).

DRYDENE Heat #2 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 2. 21-Christopher Bell [1]; 3. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3]; 4. 72-Daryn Pittman [4]; 5. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8]; 6. 27Z-Zane Devault [7]; 7. 16A-Justin Sanders [6]; 8. 39-Tyler Rankin [5].

Dominic Scelzi (41S) and David Gravel (41).

DRYDENE Heat #3 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 49-Brad Sweet [1]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [4]; 3. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [2]; 4. 41-David Gravel [3]; 5. 21X-Brinton Marvel [6]; 6. 64-Scotty Thiel [7]; 7. 97-Max Stambaugh [5]; 8. 49D-Shawn Dancer [8].

Tyler Courtney (7BC) and James McFadden (9).

DRYDENE Heat #4 (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer: 1. 9-James McFadden [1]; 2. 18-Gio Scelzi [2]; 3. 1S-Logan Schuchart [3]; 4. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [5]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [4]; 6. 33M-Mason Daniel [6]; 7. 5R-Ryan Ruhl [8]; 8. 16C-Chase Ridenour [7].

Dash And Last Chance Showdown

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps): 1. 18-Gio Scelzi [1]; 2. 15-Donny Schatz [2]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [4]; 4. 21-Christopher Bell [3]; 5. 49-Brad Sweet [5]; 6. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [6]; 7. 14-Parker Price-Miller [7]; 8. 9-James McFadden [8].

Gio Scelzi (18) and Donny Schatz (15).

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer: 1. 87-Aaron Reutzel [1][-]; 2. 2-Carson Macedo [7][-]; 3. 27Z-Zane Devault [4][-]; 4. 64-Scotty Thiel [5][-]; 5. 16A-Justin Sanders [8][$300]; 6. 97-Max Stambaugh [9][$250]; 7. 23-Cole Macedo [3][$225]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [6][$200]; 9. 6-Bill Rose [13][$200]; 10. 5R-Ryan Ruhl [10][$200]; 11. 49D-Shawn Dancer [11][$200]; 12. 16C-Chase Ridenour [12][$200]; 13. 39-Tyler Rankin [2][$200].

Donny Schatz returns to the WoO victory lane.

Feature Race

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [5][$5,500]; 3. 9-James McFadden [8][$3,200]; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen [9][$2,800]; 5. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [6][$2,500]; 6. 18-Gio Scelzi [1][$2,300]; 7. 21-Christopher Bell [4][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart [12][$2,100]; 9. 2-Carson Macedo [22][$2,050]; 10. 14-Parker Price-Miller [7][$2,000]; 11. 41-David Gravel [15][$1,500]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi [16][$1,200]; 13. 11K-Kraig Kinser [10][$1,100]; 14. 72-Daryn Pittman [14][$1,050]; 15. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 16. 83-Spencer Bayston [13][$900]; 17. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [11][$800]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [18][$800]; 19. 99-Skylar Gee [17][$800]; 20. 27Z-Zane Devault [23][$800]; 21. 21X-Brinton Marvel [19][$800]; 22. 87-Aaron Reutzel [21][$800]; 23. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [3][$800]; 24. 64-Scotty Thiel [24][$800].

Lap Leaders: Sheldon Haudenschild 1, 18-20; Gio Scelzi 2-17; Donny Schatz 21-35.

KSE Hard Charger Award: 2-Carson Macedo[+13].

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