SCHATZ FINALLY TOPS OUTLAW BADGER 40; RAIDART WINS THIRD WINGLESS; NEAU SECOND LIGHTNING JULY 13

(Wilmot, Wis., Saturday, July 13, 2019)–Donny Schatz of Fargo, ND finally scored a NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws (WO) Sprint Badger 40 victory at historic Wilmot Raceway Saturday, July 13. Schatz lead every official lap before the full house crowd to finally score a victory at Wisconsin’s original home of sprint car racing.

David Gravel of Watertown, CT, a 3-time Wilmot WO winner, came across second. Brad Sweet of Grass Valley, CA finished on the podium for the third consecutive year, with each time being third.

Schatz could not hold back the emotion any longer. With his arms raised and cheeks pushed up by a grin, Schatz yelled with a childlike giggle “Hell yeah, I won at Wilmot! That’s off the books.”

The 10-time World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series champion and now 287-time Series winner claimed his first victory at Wilmot Raceway, his fourth win of the season.

“The older you get, you probably put more of a fine-tooth comb on places you haven’t won at and this was one of them,” Schatz said.

Schatz and his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team unloaded with the finest comb they could build. Schatz set the pace in Hot Laps and then Qualified second behind Series points leader Brad Sweet.

In his Drydene Heat race, Schatz won by 1.4 seconds. He backed that performance up by winning the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash with a 2.7 second lead at the finish.

Dominating the night was not enough to convince Schatz he would excel in the Feature, though. He admitted he didn’t know what to expect from the 1/3-mile track, anticipating lap times to drop during the Feature.

On the initial start, outside polesitter Daryn Pittman made a charge at Schatz for the lead. He kept pace with the reigning champion down the back stretch and dove underneath him in turn three. The two entered turn four side-by-side – the closest anyone came all night to passing Schatz. But the Fargo, N.D.-native had the better run off the corner and cleared Pittman down the front stretch.

For the remaining 39 laps, the only time drivers got close enough to see the bumper of Schatz’s Toco Warranty No. 15 car was during a caution on Lap 13 for a car going off track in turn two. After that, Schatz spent his night methodically navigating lap traffic.

However, Friday night’s Feature winner at Hartford Speedway, David Gravel, was not going to let Schatz cruised to the victory. Gravel, Sweet and Pittman traded positions in the top-four all night. After battling side-by-side for several laps, having to be gentle on the throttle through the tight slick corners, Sweet eventually passed Pittman for second on Lap 16. Gravel did the same a lap later, moving past the Roth Motorsports No. 83 car for third. With 10 laps to go, Gravel finally put together a strong enough lap to work his way by Sweet and try to track down Schatz.

At that point there was about a two second gap between Schatz and second-place. Gravel slowly closed it lap by lap. Every lap car that halted Schatz’s momentum was a few more tenths of a second gained by Gravel. By the time the white flag came out, Gravel had made up close to a second on Schatz. It wasn’t enough, though. He ran out of time.

“I couldn’t get by Daryn very quick and then couldn’t get by Brad,” Gravel said. “Then it was just a little too late to make a charge a Donny.”

Gravel and his Jason Johnson Racing team were happy with the run, though, leaving the weekend with a win at Hartford Speedway in Michigan on Friday, July 12 and runner-up finish at Wilmot.

By taking the win Schatz finally broke his winless streak he’s had since the end of May when he won at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.

“I’m sure somebody was coming there at the end,” Schatz said. “I was kind of hanging. We could get through a few lap cars, but then when I had to move around in (turns) one and two I wasn’t as good. But glad to get a win. It’s been a while. Always feels good to get the win, especially here in Wisconsin.”

Schatz’s win put a small dent in Sweet’s point lead over him – he’s now 38 points behind the Kasey Kahne Racing driver.

Sweet still leads the Series as the winningest driver with nine wins, so far. Schatz’s fourth victory of the year ties him with Gravel as the third winningest driver, behind Logan Schuchart, who has five wins. For the past four years, Schatz has had double digit wins at this point in the season. He’s also amassed 20 or more wins in a year since 2013. After winning at Wilmot, he acknowledged the level of competition in the World of Outlaws right now makes those statistics hard to live up to.

“I don’t know how many guys there are capable of winning 20 races in a year,” Schatz said. “There’s some. But it’s hard to live up to them standards and there’s a lot of fast race cars out here right now. The parity in this sport is pretty crazy and to keep up with it is even more so.”

That hasn’t stopped he and his team from striving to do so, though. They continue to make changes and try new things with the car, he said.

At the moment, they’ve found a feel Schatz likes. He’s now eager to carry his winning momentum into the upcoming weeks of prestigious and big paying races. And with another grin and a chuckle, Schatz said he’s even looking forward to going to Tri-State Speedway in October – another track he hasn’t one at. UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series on Tuesday, July 16 will venture to Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio for the Ohio Logistics Brad Doty Classic. Get tickets and more information. As always, you can catch all World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series action on DIRTVision.com.

Zach Raidart of Antioch, IL chalked up his third 20-lap AutoMeter Wisconsin WingLess Sprint feature at Wilmot this season. “Taters(Allen Hafford) was tough to get around,” said Raidart. “It was fun racing him. I hope the fans enjoyed it as much as I did.”

Raidart overtook early race leader Allen Hafford of Beach Park, IL at the midway point. Raidart was followed at the finish by Derek Crane of Waukegan, IL second. Hafford third. Tim Cox of Park City, IL fourth and Trevor’s Chris Dodd fifth.

Kenosha’s Mike Neau won his second 20-lap Interstate Racing Assn. (IRA) Lightning Sprints at Wilmot this season. “I owe it all to my dad (Larry Neau),” said an emotional Neau after a bear hug of the elder Neau in victory lane. “Thanks to all of the fans and everyone.”

Racine’s Derek Fortier jumped in front from the pole starting spot. At the halfway point, Neau took over the lead going on to the win. C.J. Maleug of Johnsburg, IL ended up runner-up after starting eighth. Slinger’s Jeff Schmidt was third. Fortier fourth. Ron Brannam of Barrington, IL fifth. Next up for Wilmot Raceway is Family and Military Appreciation Night highlighted by the Street Stock Dennis Carlton Tribute presented by Don’s Garage of Trevor Saturday, July 20. AutoMeter WingLess Sprints, Modifieds, Lightning Sprints and Bandit 4-Cylinder Stock Cars join the Street Stocks on the program.

Active Military and Veterans presented IDs at the ticket office will be admitted free to the grandstands as guests of Wilmot Raceway and Kenosha County Fair. Grandstand admission is $15.00 for everyone ages 12 and over, while ages 11 and under will be admitted free. CK Contractors of Bristol is providing complimentary checkered flags for the youngsters. Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) are providing complimentary pins for veterans and active military.

Grandstands open at 5:00 p.m. with Meet The Driver from 5:00-5:30 p.m., followed by on track activity getting underway at 5:45 with racing to follow. Wilmot Raceway is located on the Kenosha County Fairgrounds. For updates phone the track side race line 262-862-2090, check the official web site wilmotraceway.com or the Raceway Facebook page.

SUMMARY – WILMOT RACEWAY, WILMOT, WISCONSIN – SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019: NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 15-Donny Schatz, Fargo, ND [1][$10,000]; 2. 41-David Gravel, Watertown, CT [4][$5,500]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet, Grass Valley, CA [3][$3,200]; 4. 83-Daryn Pittman, Owasso, OK [2][$2,800]; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding, San Jose, CA [5][$2,500]; 6. 2-Carson Macedo, Lemoore, CA [9][$2,300]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH [7][$2,200]; 8. 1S-Logan Schuchart, Hanover, PA [14][$2,100]; 9. 18-Ian Madsen, St. Marys, New South Wales, Australia [6][$2,050]; 10. 19-Brent Marks, Meyerstown, PA [13][$2,000]; 11. 9-James McFadden, Warmambool, VIC [8][$1,500]; 12. 5-Shane Stewart, Bixby, OK [11][$1,200]; 13. 17B-Bill Balog, Hartland, WI [12][$1,100]; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, Bloomington, IN [17][$1,050]; 15. 7-Jason Sides, Bartlett, TN [10][$1,000]; 16. 7TW-Brandon Wimmer, Fairmount, IN [16][$900]; 17. 68-Dave Uttech, Kenosha, WI [18][$800]; 18. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, Oak Creek, WI [19][$800]; 19. 19T-Todd Daun, Pleasant Prairie, WI [21][$800]; 20. 43-Jereme Schroeder, Lake Villa, IL [20][$800]; 21. 23-Russel Borland, Kewaskum, WI [15][$800]; 22. 1A-Jacob Allen, Hanover, PA[22][$800]; 23. 17BX-Jordan Paulsen, Trevor, WI [23][$800]; Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-40; KSE Hard Charger Award: 1S-Logan Schuchart[+6] Qualifying – 1. 49-Brad Sweet, 12.563 seconds; 2. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.587; 3. 41-David Gravel, 12.595; 4. 18-Ian Madsen, 12.602; 5. 7S-Tim Kaeding, 12.604; 6. 83-Daryn Pittman, 12.637; 7. 7-Jason Sides, 12.671; 8. 9-James McFadden, 12.746; 9. 17B-Bill Balog, 12.75; 10. 19-Brent Marks, 12.791; 11. 5-Shane Stewart, 12.817; 12. 23-Russel Borland, 12.824; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.827; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 12.827; 15. 2-Carson Macedo, 12.844; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.861; 17. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 12.982; 18. 68-Dave Uttech, 12.982; 19. 7TW-Brandon Wimmer, 13.131; 20. 43-Jereme Schroeder, 13.49; 21. 19T-Todd Daun, 13.491; 22. 14AJ-Wayne Modjeski, 14.626; 23. 17BX-Jordan Paulsen, NT DRYDENE

10-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Sweet; Schatz; Gravel. DIRT VISION

8-LAP DASH: Schatz. AUTOMETER WISCONSIN WINGLESS SPRINTS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Zach Raidart, Antioch, IL; 2. Derek Crane, Waukegan, IL; 3. Allen Hafford, Beach Park, IL; 4. Tim Cox, Park City, IL; 5. Chris Dodd, Trevor; 6. Jimmy Sivia, Winthrop Harbor, IL; 7. Dennis Spitz, Lewisburg, KY; 8. Ryan Zielski, Oconomowoc; 9. Chris Klemko, Bristol; 10. Jordan Paulsen, Trevor; 11. Rusty Egan, Burlington; 12. Greg Olsen, Round Lake Heights, IL; 13. Vince Bartolotta, Muskego; 14. George Gaertner, Salem; 15. Charles Spoonmore, Somonauk, IL; 16. Nick Petska, Spring Grove, IL; 17. Natalie Klemko, Bristol; 18. Shawn Swim, Winthrop Harbor; 19. Tommy Colburn, New Berlin; 20. Paul Shaffer, Milwaukee; 21. Randy Stanford, Kenosha; 22. James Wehrman, Kansasville; 23. Tom Eller, Zion, IL; 24. James Walldan, Kenosha.

10-LAP “B” MAIN: 1. Gaertner; 2. Colburn; 3. Eller; 4. Wehrman; 5. William Huck, Mukwonago; 6. Greg Alt, Delavan; 7. Scott Uttech, New Berlin; 8. Zach Hansen, New Berlin.

10-LAP QUALIFIER WINNERS: Spitz; Paulsen. IRA LIGHTNING SPRINTS: 20-LAP FEATURE: 1. Mike Neau, Kenosha; 2. C.J. Maleug, Johnsburg, IL; 3. Jeff Schmidt, Slinger; 4. Derek Fortier, Racine; 5. Ron Brannam, Barrington, IL; 6. John Smith, St. Charles, IL; 7. Mark Heinert, Waukesha; 8. Josh Rehberg, Franklin; 9. Kevin Frederiksen, Hales Corners; 10. Shawn McGill, Johnsburg; 11. Michael Ungar, Milwaukee; 12. Jeremy Douglas, McFarland; 13. Tim Brannam, Holiday Hills, IL; 14. Bob Jeziorski, Milwaukee; 15. Jonathan Smith, Spring Grove; 16. Kevin Douglas, Sun Prairie; 17. Max Brannam, Holiday Hills; 18. Nick Sheridan, Fox Lake, IL; 19. Tim Christensen, Winthrop Harbor; 20. Ion Stear, Hebron, IL; 21. John Kirk, Johsburg(Did Not Start). 8-LAP HEAT WINNERS: Heinert; Stear.

FAST QUALIFIER: Maleug(:15.029 seconds). Submitted By Michael H. Babicz & Nick Graziano

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2019 Points Standings

WingLESS Sprints

7.13.19Car #Driver NameTotal Points
140Tim Cox998
21Chris Dodd995
391Jimmy Sivia984
423zZach Raidart945
521Ryan Zielski944
638Allen Hafford917
718Nick Petska861
819kDerek Crane860
99Greg Olsen824
1070Chris Klemko787
1129Randy Stanford762
1250Rusty Egan762
134Jordan Paulson758
1441Dennis Spitz735
1551Charles Spoonmore733
1677James Walldan718
176Vince Bartolotta698
1812Shawn Swim680
1920Natalie Klemko680
2022Greg Alt665
2129ogTom Eller649
22OOPaul Shaffer622
2339William Huck619
2489George Gaertner599
250Johnny Fahl565
2611Lance Walldan522
277sCraig Campton521
2871sDoug Schenck468
292Tommy Colburn466
3061Zach Hansen438
3194James Wehrman420
325hPatrick Haynes406
337Steve Clott379
344tjBrian Kristan379
3554Scott Grissom275
3693Travis Mahoney267
371Rod Colburn226
3866Kevin Frederikson216
39K9Andrew Kiedrowski214
4038vMatt Vandervere195
4114ajBG Wood190
429aAndy Hunt146
4314ajDavey Ray95
4410Mitchell Davis90
451Scott Uttech74
4666Denny Smith72
4722wBruce Waterworth70
5Garrett Deieso60

Modifieds

7.6.19Car # Total Points
133jJoe Huenefeld962
225Mike Simons876
319Mike Wittenburg869
424Nick Simons820
530John Dost757
6c12Chris Carlson754
76wDavid Wirth731
85Terry Kiedrowski685
910cMike Conn663
102mSteve Mueller641
1140Jack Williams608
129wJason Wirth574
1303TLee Tibbits537
144Morgan Sheppard438
1557Tim Hamburg403
1622Tony Izzo332
178Zeke Bischofberger328
1815wDan Walter301
1957hAndrew Hamburg290
2017bScott Barnharst277
2174Jimmy Vandervere226
229Ryan Marshall197
23b1Jeff Larsen148
2431Mike Knurr147
25O9Jared Spalding127
2695Jeff Bodendorfer124
2744Andy Sherley118
2828cJoel Crowbridge112
2955Mike Cougan103
3028sScott Crowbridge91
3113Donnie Paskiewicz91
324sJoel Seegert91
333zAustin Zdroik87
3425sLee Sohns76
3588jJeremy Johnson73
36290Doyle Buzzell60
3718Ronnie Mink60
38492Trent Wysdbrod60

Street Stocks

7.6.19Car #NameTotal Points
199Rob Maule648
219Craig Kreuser635
346ACourtney Atkinson620
412Brandon Mertes600
52Nick Smalley551
657Cody Potter550
779David Jones546
865Mark Baker518
977Jason Jones478
10J8James Jaime475
1145Kevin Domrose388
1210Josh Gehrig361
1350Terry Hilgendorf324
1405sSarah Jasinski300
1575Dirk Aissen292
167Carl Sturt279
17316Joe Suhfras274
1874tTrent Anderson267
1946Cody Erickson207
2011Adam Crapser148
2151Landry Potter142
2240Alex Crapser126

Sprints

6.15.19Car #Driver NameTotal Points
117bBill Balog264
264Scotty Thiel256
373afJoey Moughan250
410wJeremy Schultz238
519Todd Daun234
625Jake Blackhurst233
723Russel Borland227
82wScotty Neitzel224
968Dave Uttech211
104bScott Biertzer208
1173Ben Schmidt207
1214ajWayne Modjeski194
1385mSteve Meyer193
1443Jereme Schroeder187
1514Jim Fifield185
164kKris Spitz184
1765Austin Deblauw173
1829Hunter Custer162
1963Nick Matuszewski159
2045Matt Wiese157
2118Keith Fellner137
2224Rico Abreu129
239xPaul Nienhiser125
24O2Mike Reinke113
257twBrandon Wimmer97
2629LBrayton Lynch92
2710vMatt Vandervere90
2820IKelsey Ivy89
295HPatrick Haynes77
3022sBrian Strane74

IRA Lightning Sprints

7.13.19Car #Driver NameTotal Points
113CJ Malueg496
216Mike Neau461
374Tim Brannam380
46Jeff Schmidt370
51Ron Brannam364
65KKevin Douglas-r348
767Kevin Frederiksen342
819Ion Stear331
973Jeremy Douglas-r330
1055HMark Heinert316
1187RJosh Rehberg-r311
129John Kirk298
136BDerek Fortier266
1474MMax Brannam-r260
1565Jon Smith-r259
1676Mike Unger245
1751Shaun McGill224
1834Tim Christenson-r187
1959John Smith92
2088SNick Sheridan69
217JBob Jeziorski-r65
2232Darren Ihrke64

Bandit 4’s

7.6.19Car #Driver NameTotal Points
19BTony Barron672
238Ryan Johnson658
323Robin Wachsmuth568
492John Cole554
529sScott Quarnstrom516
65dTerry Davis473
77Sam VanPatten410
8696Louie Toutant381
936Scott Luedtke369
103Ryan Andrews346
1125sSteve Ellis342
1293Dave Ehleiter259
1388mBranden Walters216
144Kody Molitor203
1523sScott Ellis203
16b18David Rudzinski195
1753John Tuttle151
1846Brody Rivest143
19O1Carl Benn132
203srBrad Becker115
21O2Brody Childers96
2212bDavid McKellips89
2359Peter Tuttle71
247Jacob Dallago70
2514xScott Schmiese60