Donny Schatz Wins National Open Preliminary

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MECHANICSBURG, PA (October 3) – Donny Schatz took a big step toward his second Cleveland Brothers National Open championship Friday by winning the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series Preliminary Feature at Williams Grove Speedway.

Schatz, who won the 2000 National Open and the Summer Nationals in July, led all 25 laps from the pole to claim the pole position in Saturday’s Dash Race. The 1997 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year has won five Preliminary Features during the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series’ 25th Anniversary Season.

"We’re really glad to be locked into Saturday’s Dash Race,” Schatz said. "We have always liked Williams Grove and have done well here in the past. We just picked up where we left off in July.

“My car was perfect. (Crew chief) Tyler (Swank) made all the right choices. He and Chad (Lambert) worked hard to give me a great car. This is the toughest competition we face all year long.

“Getting a great starting position really helped. It’s really important to get out front here early. Luckily, lapped traffic wasn’t much of an issue tonight.”

Schatz, the seventh-fastest qualifier in the 49-car field, earned the privilege of starting the feature on the pole by winning his 11th Dash Race of the year. Donny drove his #15 Parker Stores J&J into the lead as the green flag fell and immediately started building a comfortable advantage.

Sammy Swindell, who has won eight “A” Features at Williams Grove Speedway, passed Joey Saldana and fellow Tennesseean Jason Sides during the second and third laps to take over fifth place.

Schatz was approaching lapped traffic late in the sixth lap when Adrian Shaffer spun in turn three. Saldana steered his family’s #17 Eagle Raceway Maxim into the low groove in the second corner to pass Sides for sixth place as the green flag replaced the yellow.

Keith Kauffman passed O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series points leader Steve Kinser for third place with a high move through turn two early in lap eight.

Schatz was four car-lengths ahead of outside pole-sitter Greg Hodnett when he entered lapped traffic early in the 13th lap. Hodnett, the series’ 1993 Rookie of the Year, raced wheel-to-wheel with Schatz through the first and second corners three laps later, but was unable to surge ahead.

Jason Meyers, who won Thursday’s main event at Port Royal Speedway, collided with Fourth Heat Race winner Len Thompson in turn three late in lap 18. First Heat Race winner Tim Shaffer hit Meyers and Thompson, flipped and collected Hodnett.

Saldana, Sides and defending National Open champion Lance Dewease raced past Swindell for the fourth, fifth and sixth positions during the 20th, 21st and 22nd laps. Sides was trying to complete a slide move on Saldana during lap 23 when Dewease passed him on the back stretch for the fifth position.

Schatz was 12 car-lengths ahead of Kauffman when he took the checkered flag. Dewease claimed the final automatic qualifying position in Saturday’s Dash Race by pulling off a last-lap pass of Saldana in the fourth corner.

Kinser’s third-place finish increased his O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series points lead to 88 points over Danny Lasoski, who finished 13th. Lasoski paced the qualifying session with a 107.598-M.P.H. lap around the legendary ½-mile oval, but was forced to qualify for the evening’s main event through the “B” Feature when he finished eighth in the First Heat Race.

Dewease finished the Preliminary Feature in fourth place, ahead of Saldana, Sides, Paul McMahan, 13th-starting Daryn Pittman, Swindell and Fred Rahmer.

Mark Kinser, racing with the O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series for the first time since the Ford Dealers of Iowa Knoxville Nationals, passed eight cars to finish 15th. Don Kreitz, Jr., the 1993 National Open champion, raced into 16th place from outside the 12th row.

2003 O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series
41st Annual Cleveland Brothers National Open
Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA
Friday, October 3, Preliminary Program

Qualifying: 1. Danny Lasoski, Stewart 20, 16.729; 2. Steve Kinser, Kinser 11, 16.782; 3. Lance Dewease, Hamilton 77, 16.843; 4. Tyler Walker, C&W Motorsports 35, 16.845; 5. Keith Kauffman, Middlesworth 7K, 16.848; 6. Erin Crocker, Woodring 16, 16.917; 7. Donny Schatz, Schatz 15, 16.920; 8. Greg Hodnett, Apple Motorsports 12, 16.937; 9. Jason Sides, Sides Motorsports 7S, 16.994; 10. Brooke Weibley, Shalada 32, 17.014; 11. Sammy Swindell, Roth 1, 17.022; 12. Kraig Kinser, Kinser 11K, 17.026; 13. Joey Saldana, Saldana 17, 17.051; 14. Fred Rahmer, Harz 88H, 17.068; 15. Adrian Shaffer, Postupack 25, 17.073; 16. Johnny Herrera, Frey 2K, 17.098; 17. Mark Smith, Zematis 1Z, 17.129; 18. Paul McMahan, Helm 11H, 17.139; 19. Daryn Pittman, Woodburn 21, 17.146; 20. Jac Haudenschild, Woodward 4, 17.154; 21. Len Thompson, Crawford C3, 17.158; 22. Chad Layton, Wholesale Auto U1, 17.160; 23. Jonathan Allard, Wright 35W, 17.162; 24. Tim Shaffer, Roth 83, 17.181; 25. Jason Meyers, Karavan Motorsports 7, 17.186; 26. Mark Kinser, Kinser 5M, 17.196; 27. Lucas Wolfe, Allebach 5W, 17.201; 28. Doug Esh, Leach 30, 17.279; 29. Don Kreitz Jr., Kreitz 69, 17.296; 30. Brian Paulus, P and P Motorsports 28, 17.361; 31. Cris Eash, Eash 17E, 17.379; 32. Sean Michael, Jackson 8, 17.416; 33. Mike Walter, Walter 49, 17.423; 34. Ron Kramer, Ritter 17B, 17.423; 35. Niki Young, Neiderer 10N, 17.438; 36. Darren Eash, Kline 22, 17.441; 37. Bob Bennett, Acme Trailers 3, 17.443; 38. Brian Carlson, Carlson 18, 17.462; 39. Mike Erdley, Lisi Racing 11E, 17.510; 40. Rick Lafferty, Lafferty 0, 17.537; 41. Stevie Smith, Smith 19, 17.549; 42. Craig Keel, Potorff 9, 17.591; 43. Kyle Pruitt, Pruitt 21K, 18.015; 44. Chad Jumper, Jumper 28J, 18.178; 45. Jimmy Segar, Seger 2, 18.612; 46. Mike Rabold, Rabold 1R, 18.935; 47. Keith Anderson, Anderson 17C , 20.611; 48. Bill Kiley, Kiley 4K, 21.753; 49. Todd Hestor, Middlesworth 7M, no time.

First Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Tim Shaffer, 2. Greg Hodnett, 3. Johnny Herrera, 4. Jason Sides, 5. Jason Meyers, 6. Mark Smith, 7. Don Kreitz, Jr., 8. Danny Lasoski, 9. Stevie Smith, 10. Mike Walter, 11. Bob Bennett, 12. Jimmy Segar. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature)
Second Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Steve Kinser, 2. Paul McMahan, 3. Jonathan Allard, 4. Donny Schatz, 5. Mark Kinser, 6. Brooke Weibley, 7. Brian Paulus, 8. Craig Keel, 9. Adrian Shaffer, 10. Ron Kramer, 11. Brian Carlson, 12. Mike Rabold. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature)
Third Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Daryn Pittman, 2. Sammy Swindell, 3. Fred Rahmer, 4. Lance Dewease, 5. Chad Layton, 6. Cris Eash, 7. Niki Young, 8. Erin Crocker, 9. Lucas Wolfe, 10. Mike Erdley, 11. Kyle Pruitt, 12. Keith Anderson. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature)
Fourth Heat Race (eight laps): 1. Len Thompson, 2. Jac Haudenschild, 3. Joey Saldana, 4. Keith Kauffman, 5. Tyler Walker, 6. Kraig Kinser, 7. Doug Esh, 8. Darren Eash, 9. Sean Michael, 10. Chad Jumper, 11. Rick Lafferty, 12. Bill Kiley. (first five qualified for the Preliminary Feature)

First Dash Race (five laps): 1. Donny Schatz, 2. Steve Kinser, 3. Jason Sides, 4. Tyler Walker, 5. Joey Saldana, 6. Johnny Herrera, 7. Daryn Pittman, 8. Len Thompson. (finish determined the inside starting positions in the first eight rows in the Preliminary Feature lineup)
Second Dash Race (five laps): 1. Greg Hodnett, 2. Keith Kauffman, 3. Sammy Swindell, 4. Lance Dewease, 5. Paul McMahan, 6. Fred Rahmer, 7. Jac Haudenschild, 8. Chad Layton. (finish determined the outside starting positions in the first eight rows in the Preliminary Feature lineup)

C Feature (10 laps): 1. Niki Young, 2. Darren Eash, 3. Stevie Smith ($100); 4. Mike Erdley ($80); 5. Craig Keel ($60); 6. Brian Carlson ($50); 7. Jimmy Segar ($40); 8. Chad Jumper ($30); 9. Mike Rabold ($25); 10. Kyle Pruitt ($25); 11. Bob Bennett ($25); 12. Bill Kiley ($25); 13. Keith Anderson ($25); 14. Rick Lafferty ($25). (first two qualified for the “B” Feature)

B Feature (12 laps): 1. Danny Lasoski, 2. Brooke Weibley, 3. Don Kreitz, Jr., 4. Adrian Shaffer, 5. Doug Esh ($150); 6. Cris Eash ($125); 7. Erin Crocker ($100); 8. Brian Paulus ($75); 9. Kraig Kinser ($60); 10. Mark Smith ($50); 11. Sean Michael ($40); 12. Niki Young ($60); 13. Lucas Wolfe ($40); 14. Darren Eash ($60); 15. Ron Kramer ($40); 16. Mike Walter ($40). (first four qualified for the Preliminary Feature)

Preliminary Feature (25 laps): 1. Donny Schatz [1] ($5,000); 2. Keith Kauffman [4] ($3,000); 3. Steve Kinser [3] ($2,500); 4. Lance Dewease [8] ($2,200); 5. Joey Saldana [9] ($2,100); 6. Jason Sides [5] ($2,000); 7. Paul McMahan [10] ($1,800); 8. Daryn Pittman [13] ($1,600); 9. Sammy Swindell [6] ($1,500); 10. Fred Rahmer [12] ($1,300); 11. Jac Haudenschild [14] ($1,200); 12. Johnny Herrera [11] ($1,100); 13. Danny Lasoski [17] ($1,020); 14. Tyler Walker [7] ($700); 15. Mark Kinser [23] ($600); 16. Don Kreitz, Jr. [24] ($620); 17. Chad Layton [16] ($600); 18. Greg Hodnett [2] ($600); 19. Brooke Weibley [18] ($620); 20. Len Thompson [15] ($600); 21. Jonathan Allard [20] ($600); 22. Adrian Shaffer [19] ($620); 23. Jason Meyers [22] ($600); 24. Tim Shaffer [21] ($600).
Lap leader: Donny Schatz 1-25

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