With just races remaining, things are tight atop the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car standings. In fact, the battle between Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz is ultra-tight. Grass Valley, California’s Sweet holds a mere eight-point advantage over Schatz for the top spot.
For the first time since 2013, the WoO championship won’t be decided until the checkered flag flies for the final time this season.
Sweet is pursuing his first-career WoO title, while North Dakota’s Schatz is going for No. 11.
“It’s great that we’re in a position to win the points,” Sweet said. “We’ve never been in that situation. Obviously, we’re going to go in there and do what we’ve been doing all season, try to win each night. Hopefully, at the end of the night, it goes our way and be crowned the champions.”
There was a point in the season Schatz wasn’t sure if he would be in contention for another champion, he said. But now that he is, he knows exactly what needs to be done.
“It’s going to take us getting to victory lane to have an opportunity to win it,” Schatz said. “It’s not putting too much emphasis on it (the points). We’ve had a great year, win or lose. We’re going to finish it the best we can. We’re really building toward the future. To be able to be in this position at the end of the year… at one point in the year, we thought we wouldn’t be. We’re excited. We’re happy with it. We’ll continue on what’s got us ten championships in the past and hopefully it works for number eleven.”
Sweet and Schatz have been the most consistent drivers on the tour this year. Both have finished outside the top-10 only seven times in 70 races. They also both have more than 40 top-five finishes – Sweet, 45, and Schatz, 46 – with the majority of them being podium finishes.
This weekend’s Can-Am World Finals roars to life on Thursday, November 7 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, North Carolina) with qualifying for both Friday and Saturday’s programs. A complete program will then follow on November 8 and November 9 with the champion being crowned immediately following Saturday night’s finale.