Schatz has strong performances as Outlaws return to Volusia during Bike Week
FARGO, N.D. (March 8, 2023) – The World of Outlaws returned to Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday and Monday to cap off their swing in the Sunshine State.
Three feature events were on tap over the course of the two-day event with one of them being the make-up from the DIRTcar Nationals finale.
It looked as though things were getting off to a rocky start for the Tony Stewart / Curb-Agajanian Racing No. 15 team on Sunday evening as Schatz broke in his heat race, relegating him to a 21st starting position in the feature, but the 10-time series champion never gave up.
Mired in the starting order for the 30-lapper, Schatz drove from 21st to 13th in the first handful of laps. The driver of the Advance Auto Parts / Ford Performance machine kept working his way up the running order to take the checkers in seventh and earn the race’s KSE Hard Charger award.
Later that evening, the DIRTcar Nationals make-up was held in which Schatz started seventh and finished in fifth for his first top-five of the season.
Racing at the World’s Fastest Half-Mile continued on Monday and Schatz came out of the gate strong. After setting Quick Time in qualifying by just one-thousandth of a second over David Gravel, Schatz cruised to a heat race win.
Schatz drew the dreaded six pill for the redraw but moved up one spot in the dash.
The Fargo driver fell back to seventh early, but eventually found his groove and began picking off positions. After some great battles, Schatz came home in the fourth position.
The three solid finishes elevated Schatz from 18th to eighth in the point standings with five races completed.
The World of Outlaws were scheduled to compete at Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA this weekend, but wintery weather has canceled the entire weekend.
Next up, the Outlaws will head to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, PA on March 17th and 18th.
Schatz and the entire Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing team would like to thank all of their great partners for their continued support!
Carquest Auto Parts, Advance Auto Parts, Curb Records, Ford Performance, Sage Fruit,Mobil 1, Absolute Automation & Security, Nivel Parts & Manufacturing, Hunt Brothers Pizza, J&J Auto Racing, Elliott’s Custom Trailers & Carts
2023 World of Outlaws Stats:
Top Fives: 2
Top Tens: 3