"This just feels so good," said a smiling Schatz, of Fargo, N.D. "We wanted to win here really bad last time and I had no idea we'd have to wait this long to come back and do it. Ricky (Warner) and the crew really gave me a great piece tonight. It was good everywhere on the track."
Schatz's STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J was the fastest race car in clean air on the quarter-mile oval but lapped traffic made things interesting for the four-time champion as he had to fend off two challengers in Jason Sides and Lucas Wolfe.
Schatz started from the pole position and led 30 of the 40 laps in the feature. Sides challenged early on but went out with a broken U-joint near the mid-point of the race. Sides' misfortune opened the door for Wolfe, a native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., who is closing in on his first World of Outlaws win in his No. 5w Allebach car.
"We had a great car tonight and we keep having good runs here as of late," said Wolfe, the 2008 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year. "We're looking forward to the Ironman since we ran really well there last year and then of course, Knoxville. We had a good setup there in the spring and hopefully we'll get another great result."
Paul McMahan, who won last weekend in Canada, surged through the pack to claim the third position. Had it not been for a called back start during the dash, McMahan felt like he could have contended for the win.
"The officials and I just saw the call differently, that's all," said McMahan, driver of the #83 Roth Motorsports/H.R. Cattle Maxim. "We probably could have gotten up there and raced Donny a bit had we not had that call in the dash. We'll take a third though and we are looking forward to the Ironman."
Ohio native Chad Kemenah was fourth with the night's fastest qualifier and - new track record holder - Jason Meyers, rounding out the Top 5. Hometown hero Steve Kinser raced his way to a 6th-place finish in front of a standing room only crowd.
World of Outlaw
Sprint car feature
A-Main - (40 Laps) - 1. 15-Donny Schatz  [$10,000]; 2. 5W-Lucas Wolfe  [$5,500]; 3. 83-Paul McMahan  [$3,200]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah  [$2,800]; 5. 14-Jason Meyers  [$2,500]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser  [$2,300]; 7. 9-Brad Sweet  [$2,200]; 8. 4-Danny Smith  [$2,100]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky  [$2,050]; 10. 6-Kraig Kinser  [$2,000]; 11. 91-Cody Darrah  [$1,500]; 12. 92-Kerry Madsen  [$1,200]; 13. 6R-Bill Rose  [$1,100]; 14. 48-Ty Deckard  [$1,050]; 15. 44W-Austen Wheatley  [$1,000]; 16. 71M-Paul May  [$900]; 17. 22T-Miranda Throckmorton  [$800]; 18. 7S-Jason Sides  [$800]; 19. 4K-Kody Kinser  [$800]; 20. 66-Tommy Worley Jr  [$800]; 21. 22-Cole Duncan  [$800]; 22. 41-Jimmy Stinson  [$800]; 23. 32-Chase Stockon  [$800]; 24. 4M-Alex Pettas  [$800]. Lap Leaders: Donny Schatz 1-12, 14-40, Jason Sides 13. KSE Hard Charger Award: 92-Kerry Madsen [+10].