The 20-time WoO champion qualified the TSR No. 11 Bad Boy Buggies/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Performance Maxim 24th in the 40-car field, finished sixth in the fourth heat, third in the Last Chance Showdown, and raced from 22nd to 18th in the 30-lap A-Feature.
For the third consecutive week, Schatz showed up as the series’ most recent winner. He came into Saturday’s race at Port Royal on a two-event winning streak and won the Outlaws’ previous race there in 2004. The five-time WoO STP champion posted the fourth-fastest lap during qualifying and finished third in both heat two and the dash. In the 30-lap A-Feature, he started inside of row two and ran fourth in the early going of the race, fending off challenges from Paul McMahan. As the race reached its midpoint, Schatz was closing in on the lead trio and passed Kerry Madsen and Lucas Wolfe to grab second. The final seven laps provided Schatz the chance to close the gap on leader Smith. He closed the gap at one point but a lapped car slowed his momentum and allowed Smith to pull away for the win. Schatz would follow Smith across the finish line and earned his 14th second-place finish of the season.
Only the World Finals in Charlotte remain on the 2014 schedule. And as long as Schatz makes it there, he can’t be surpassed in the standings by second-place Daryn Pittman. He has a 316-point lead over Pittman and his result at Port Royal added to his series-leading numbers of 62 top-fives and 79 top-10s. Kinser remains in eighth position with one victory, 11 top-fives and 40 top-10s.
The TSR teams will take a weekend off for the first time since February before returning to action the following week at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway. The World Finals include a night of qualifying Thursday and two complete race programs Friday and Saturday. The WoO awards banquet is scheduled for Sunday.