Story By: TYLER ALTMEYER / TONY STEWART RACING – BROWNSBURG, IN – Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing have been on a tear since leaving the Golden State and have now secured podium finishes in their last two starts, most recently finishing second at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas, on Saturday, April 2.
Schatz earned his way into the $20,000-to-win Texas Outlaw Nationals main event by way of runner-up finish during his respective heat race. The Fargo, North Dakota, native would go on to start third, sneaking by Brian Brown for second at the midpoint of the non-stop 30-lapper.
Pennsylvania invader and former Outlaw traveler, Brent Marks, went on to win the $20,000 payday. Despite all attempts to catch the “Myerstown Missile,” Marks’ ability to navigate traffic proved to be too strong for the ten-time World of Outlaws champion.
“I was super tight, so getting out around somebody was kinda sketchy,” Schatz said of his Devil’s Bowl performance. “Brown kept slowing down more and more, so I kinda had no choice but to just go and hope that I didn’t get too balled-up and someone goes by on the bottom.
“Brent (Marks) was so far out there, it was hard to get caught back up,” Schatz added. “We obviously didn’t have any yellows, so it might’ve been a different story if we had a yellow. But that’s the way it goes.”
Prior to his Texas Outlaw Nationals finish, Schatz, driver of the Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing, 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, finished third during a midweek visit to the state-of-the-art Vado Speedway Park in Vado, New Mexico, on Tuesday, March 29. Eventually finishing exactly where he started, Schatz pressured for second early, but was ultimately unable to get by.