WSS/WOO: Donny Schatz wins Australian Classic

WSS/WOO: Donny Schatz wins Australian Classic

Post by pr.. » Tue, 29 Jan 2002 14:12:37

Schatz repeats Classic victory to close Australian Tour

WARRNAMBOOL, VIC (JANUARY 27) - Donny Schatz wanted to leave Australia on a
high note. On Sunday night,  the 24 year-old North Dakota native claimed
Australia's biggest sprint car race, The Standard Grand Annual Sprintcar
Classic for the second year in a row.

"It's been a great three days," Schatz said, following two wins in
Warrnambool and Friday's victory at Mt. Gambier's King's Challenge. "It was a
lot of hard work and a lot of luck. I can't go home on a better note. It's
been a hell of a year."

The World of Outlaws star concluded his fourth Australian Tour of Duty with
Sunday's victory.

After sharing the front row with fellow American Jeff Shepard, the two put on
a spirited duel during the feature's first 20 laps. Schatz took the lead for
good with 16 laps remaining and continued working through lapped traffic
during the latter stages of the race. His final challenge came from Max

Dumesny and Schatz had a terrific battle throughout the season in the World
Series Sprintcars campaign and in the final ten laps Sunday, Dumesny tried
everything he could to pass Schatz.  A late yellow flag may have sealed the
win for Schatz.

"I saw the numbers on the board that Max was giving me problems," continued
Schatz, who became the first repeat winner in the Classic since 1989 when
Danny Smith won three straight. " I was probably a little cautious out in
front and my crew chief (Keith Giles) said I had to start getting the car up
a bit."

The victory concluded a 23-race campaign for Schatz and the Monte Motorsports
team, which included 11 wins. Schatz finished second in the World Series
Sprintcars chase to Dumesny, but defeated all comers in the #15 Chantec /
Wattleup Tractors / Western Ag J&J including Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski
at the two biggest events claiming the $50,000 Parts Plus Summer Slam and the
$20,000-to-win Classic.

"To win here again is awesome," explained Schatz following the victory. "This
is the Knoxville Nationals of Australia."

Schatz will return to the United States and prepare for the upcoming Pennzoil
World of Outlaws series that kicks off on February 22nd at King's Speedway in
Hanford, CA.

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