Schatz 12th In Thunderbowl Opener; Merced & Ocean To Continue WoO West Coast Swing

Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / TONY STEWART RACING – BROWNSBURG, IN – It was a tough weekend in Tulare for ten-time World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion, Donny Schatz, but despite the hardship and frustrating results, the Fargo, North Dakota, native is already looking ahead, setting his eyes on another California double this Friday and Saturday, March 18-19.

Rounds three and four of the Outlaws’ six-race California adventure, Schatz, driver of Tony Stewat/Curb-Agajanian Racing (TSR), Advance Auto Parts, Carquest, Ford Motor Company, Ford Performance, Curb Records, Sage Fruit, Digital Ally, Absolute Automation and Security, Hunt Brothers Pizza, Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts, No. 15 sprint car, will visit Merced Speedway and Ocean Speedway, respectively, during the coming weekend, each awarding the standard $10,000 top prize.

Although a tough outing in Tulare all together, there were some shining moments for Schatz and TSR. The team finished fourth in Friday’s heat race to qualify for the main event, ultimately securing the 14th starting position. Schatz would go on to climb two spots and finish 12th, and until Saturday’s feature hiccup, Friday’s result was the first and only time this season that Schatz finished outside of the top-ten.

Saturday’s eventual DNF, ending the night upside-down with 24 laps remaining, was the product of poor luck throughout the entire evening, beginning with a “nowhere to go” scenario at the start of his respective heat race that left Schatz in the work area. Schatz would eventually return to heat race action, but he missed a transfer position. The ten-time champ would go on to transfer through the evening’s Last Chance Showdown, only to be involved in another accident in the main event.


Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing will continue their 2022 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series campaign with another California double on Friday and Saturday, March 18-19. The Greatest Show On Dirt will kick things off with a visit to Merced Speedway in Merced, California, followed by a stop at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, California. The six-race California swing will then conclude with visits to Bakersfield and Perris the following weekend.

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