Schatz qualified fifth in the field of 27 entries and raced his way into the dash by driving from fourth into second on the opening lap of heat two. The dash inversion was six and put Schatz on the outside of the front row for the six-lap race. The Fargo, N.D., racer beat Paul McMahan to the first corner and stormed away to earn his 10th pole position of the season. The start of the A-Feature was reminiscent of the dash as Schatz raced away from McMahan and built a sizeable advantage. Lapped traffic late in the race was the only thing that slowed Schatz down, but he was able to maneuver through the backmarkers en route to his third career victory at the 5/8-mile dirt oval.
“The car was a rocket right from the start,” Schatz said. “I tried to play lapped traffic smart and get around them as quickly as I could without jeopardizing anything. I never heard anyone close to me and figured we were in pretty good shape. We came here with the goal of winning the race and we accomplished that.”
The victory kept Schatz’s chances alive for the 2013 WoO STP Sprint Car Series championship. Schatz trails leader Daryn Pittman by 52 points with two races remaining.
TSR’s Steve Kinser headed to Rolling Wheels looking to continue his dominance at the Central New York track. The 20-time WoO champion is a 12-time winner at Rolling Wheels and had finished in the top-10 31 times in 32 previous races there. He started the evening strong by posting the best practice lap time and followed that by qualifying sixth overall. A third-place finish in heat three transferred Kinser into the A-Feature. Unfortunately, “The King of the Outlaws” wasn’t able to charge forward in the main event and finished 11th.
The TSR teams will conclude the 2013 WoO season in just over three weeks with the World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. The World Finals open with a qualifying-night program Thursday, Nov. 7. Two complete shows follow Friday and Saturday. Kinser won the finale of the inaugural World Finals in 2007 while Schatz was the 2008 finale winner and also swept the two-night program in 2011.