Schatz looks to extend hot streak at Lakeside Speedway

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June 30, 2015  |  by Tony Veneziano, SSL Promotions

Entering a trio of races this week with the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, beginning with O’Reilly Auto Parts Presents the Outlaws at Lakeside on Wednesday, July 1 at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Donny Schatz has quite a hot streak going. The six-time and defending World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series champion has finished first or second in 12 of the last 14 races for the series, including a recent five race win streak.

Schatz, who has won 17 total races with the World of Outlaws thus far in 2015, began his win streak on June 13 in Iowa, though that race was completed in the wee hours of the morning June 14, after a rain delay. He won later that evening in South Dakota, to become just the second driver in series history to win two main events on the same day.

The third win of the streak for Schatz came in Minnesota on June 17, following a late-race battle with Shane Stewart. Schatz followed that up with a win in his home state of North Dakota on June 19 and one in South Dakota on June 20. He finished second on June 24 in Michigan to snap the win streak. Schatz returned to the winner’s circle on June 27 in Wisconsin, in a thrilling race that saw a total of four drivers lead laps. The six-time and defending series champion started 10th and took the lead on lap-34 of the 40 lap contest to score the win.

“This race team, you don’t count them out,” Schatz said after his most recent win. “It doesn’t matter if we start 10th or 20th. They’ve got their game face on, they're really motivated right now, and they’re really on top of things. The more people mess with them, the more they work hard so that obviously showed tonight.”

Schatz’s five wins in a row matched a streak he had last year in late August and early September. In the last three seasons, he has won over 60 races and is currently third on the series all-time win list, behind Hall of Famers Steve Kinser and Sammy Swindell. Schatz leads the series point standings by nearly 200 markers as he chases his seventh series title. He also tops the leaderboard in top-five finishes, top-10s and laps led.

Tickets for O’Reilly Auto Parts Presents the Outlaws at Lakeside on Wednesday, July 1, can be purchased at the track on raceday. Very few tickets remain, so get your tickets as soon as possible.

All tickets purchased in advance for the originally scheduled race that was set for June 6 will be honored on July 1.

Fans can also take advantage of the O’Reilly Auto Parts $5 off special and receive $5 off when purchasing a general admission ticket at participating local O’Reilly Auto Parts stores. The ticket buyer will exchange their O’Reilly receipt for a ticket at the main grandstand ticket booth on race day.

Pits open at 2 p.m., spectator gates open at 4, hot laps start at 6:30, time trials begin at 6:30 and racing starts at 7:30.