Schatz Wins Eighth Knoxville Nationals

Donny Schatz

Schatz celebrates in Knoxville's Victory Lane for the eighth time in the last nine years. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa - Donny Schatz continued his domination in the FVP Knoxville Nationals on Saturday night by taking his eighth win in the last nine years.

After recording the most points in his qualifying night, Schatz started from the pole and led all but one lap in the 50-lap feature for his fourth straight win in the $150,000-to-win race.

"I still can’t believe that I won the Knoxville Nationals regardless if it’s eight times or not," Schatz said. "It’s kind of like a dream come true that you don’t feel is a reality. It hasn’t sunk in yet. Now it’s being able to get with my race team and focus on Tuesday when we go to McCool Junction, Nebraska."

Brian Brown was the only other driver to lead a lap, challenging Schatz in the end and getting out front - to the loud cheers of the crowd - on lap 44. But in the end, Brown was forced to settle for second to Schatz for the third consecutive season in the Nationals.

Knoxville"I felt like all night long my best position was for me to be chasing Donny Schatz not him chasing me," said Brown, winner of the Jesse Hockett “Mr. Sprint Car Title." "I got a run there and I thought, 'gosh, I better go.' When I went I was able to get by him and I think he grabbed another gear. It's tough. I would love to get up here and tell you guys I'm so happy, but I am happy. To be that close to winning the Knoxville Nationals is frustrating, but we'll come back next year. Our Knoxville Nationals starts tomorrow and we are going to work twice as hard and we are going to get it one of these years."

Kerry Madsen continued his streak of good finishes in the last month, which included wins in the Kings Royal and Ironman 55, by posting his best career run in the Nationals, in third.

"It’s fantastic to be on the podium for the Knoxville Nationals," Madsen said. "The last month has just been running this wave of consistency."

Craig Dollansky and Justin Henderson, who won best appearing car for the second straight year, rounded out the top five.

KnoxvilleFriday winner Shane Stewart was running third behind Schatz and Brown at the fuel stop on lap 25. But when the field went back to green, Stewart found himself in a battle with Madsen before ultimately exiting the race on lap 40 with a broken U-Joint.

Coming into the night the top 20 drivers in qualifying points were locked into the show. Brooke Tatnell won the B-Main to transfer in along with Clint Garner, Brad Sweet and Lee Jacobs. Tim Kaeding started 25th after transferring based on his second-place finish in the World Challenge, which ran Saturday afternoon when it was rescheduled from Friday due to rain on Wednesday.

Sweet started 23rd and finished 13th to take home the Hard Charger Award.

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