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In the Groove, Issue #006 -- Donny's Dollars
October 04, 2007
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Donny’s Dollars

Donny Schatz continued his amazing record at the big dollar shows in 2007 by capturing yet another $50k payday when he won the “National Open” at Williams Grove Speedway on September 29. Victories at the $50k to Win, Don Martin Memorial ($30k), Summer Nationals ($20k), Kings Royal ($50k) & Knoxville Nationals ($150k), combine to make 2007 a nice little earner for Donny Schatz Motorpsorts.

Poirier wins Canadian Sprint Car Nationals

Steve Poirier, of St. Mathieu de Beloeil, Quebec, successfully defended his Canadian Sprint Car Nationals title at Ohsweken Speedway on September 15. Poirier led all 30 laps of Canada’s most prestigious Sprint Car event, to win ahead of Jason Barney and Kevin Job.

World of Outlaws update

With only 9 nights of racing left in the World of Outlaws Championship, Donny Schatz (9630) still holds a 90 point lead over Joey Saldana (9540). Saldana managed to close the gap early in September only for Schatz to open it up again with wins at Heartland Park Topeka (9/14), Charter Raceway Park (9/16) and Williams Grove (9/29). Schatz has now bagged 17 A feature wins compared to Saldana’s 12. Holding down third place in the Championship is Danny Lasoski (9106), with Daryn Pittman (9076) fourth and Jason Meyers (9048) in fifth. The Outlaws next make their way to the state of Minnesota on October 5-6, for the PolyDome Princeton Nationals at Princeton Speedway.

Click here to view the full 2007 WoO schedule and to keep up-to-date with the winners of each round

Wright scores win number 13

Gary Wright captured his 13th American Sprint Cars on Tour (ASCoT) A-feature win of the year at West Plains Motor Speedway on September 29. With his 119th career ASCS National win, "The Texan" moved one step closer to a fourth consecutive series title by extending his points lead to 68 over Wayne Johnson (3922) with just two weekends of action, including the Devil's Bowl Speedway Winter Nationals on October 12-13 and I-30 Speedway's Short Track Nationals on October 25-27, remaining on the 2007 schedule. Sitting third in the championship is Jason Johnson (3876), with Travis Rilat fourth (3712) and Foster Landon fifth (3280).

Click here to view the full 2007 ASCoT schedule and to keep up-to-date with the winners of each round

Schatz in, McMahan out!

Tony Stewart recently announced that World of Outlaws Sprint Series star and defending champion Donny Schatz will join Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) beginning with the 2008 season. Schatz was to compete alongside current TSR driver Paul McMahan, however another release by TSR on September 26 announced that McMahan will leave the team at the conclusion of the 2007 racing season. TSR is currently exploring its options for a new driver and has stated that an announcement will be made in the near future.

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Wilson snatches All Star Championship

Greg Wilson has won the 2007 O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Championship (ASCoC) by just 2 points after a thrilling showdown with Danny Smith at the season finale on September 15. Wilson and Smith entered the Lawrenceburg Speedway pits in a tie for the $50,000 championship after Smith cut Wilson’s three point lead to zero on the preliminary night. Wilson started the A-main event from the front row and looked as though he would win the title over 10th place starting Smith. An early spin by Smith all but sealed his fate as Wilson lead the race early on, but then Wilson nearly brought it all undone after his nose wing was knocked loose. Dropping several spots, Wilson was falling into the clutches of Smith, who continued to climb through the field. Smith fought for position after position until there was only one car between him and Wilson when he ran out of laps in the 50 lap event. Wilson finishing the championship with 5633 points to Smith's 5631. Third was Brian Paulus (5322), Brandon Martin (5244)was fourth and Paul May (5138) rounded out the top 5.

Click here to view the full 2007 All Star Circuit of Champions schedule and to keep up-to-date with the winners of each round

One season ends, another begins

As the US Sprint Car season draws to a close the Aussie season is set to take off. 2007/2008 will be a historic season, which sees the introduction of 410ci engines, and new promoters running World Series Sprintcars (WSS). The first major event on the calendar is the Australian Sprintcar Masters which will be held on November 3 at Adelaide’s Speedway City. WSS then takes off on November 9 at the Perth Motorplex.

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