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Schatz Captures Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Title

Schatz Captures Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Title at Lernerville

SARVER, Pa. - July 16, 2013 - Donny Schatz passed Jac Haudenschild with 10 go on Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway to capture the first of two A-mains in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twins, with Daryn Pittman earning the victory in the second A-main after moving in front with 1 to go and surviving a green-white-checkered finish over hard-charging Kyle Larson, who started in the 26th and final position.

Schatz was the overall Silver Cup champion based on his victory and a seventh-place finish in the second A-main as compared to Pittman's win and 14th-place run in the first A-main. Schatz and Pittman each collected $10,000 for their victories, with Schatz earning an additional $5,000 bonus as the overall event champ.

Schatz took the money, the glory and some crucial points by winning the first A-main, which counted toward the season-long championship. Chad Kemenah started second in the opening feature and led early. Following a restart on lap 10, Kemenah couldn't hold off Haudenschild, who led until a lap-20 caution caused by a scary-looking Stevie Smith flip. Smith walked away from the incident and on the ensuing restart Schatz charged ahead of Haudenschild and into the lead in the Tony Stewart Racing STP/Armor All car.

Haudenschild mounted several attempts to take the lead back, but to no avail, and finished a close second to Schatz at the completion of the first 30-lap A-main. Sam Hafertepe Jr. finished third with Kemenah and Joey Saldana rounding out the top five and setting the stage for the second A-main.

"It was a good run for us, the first feature was great and we got the win," said Schatz, the five-time and defending series champion from Fargo, N.D., who now has a series-high 10 wins this season. "To come through the second one and we had to go a long ways, wish we could've gotten up a little further, but it is what it is, it's over with and we won the Silver Cup again. We've been decent everywhere we go, and we've had a decent car that's been competitive and that's all you can ask for."

While the first A-main of the night featured great action, including several tight races for the lead, the second A-main stole the show. All 19 lead-lap cars from the first A-main were inverted for the second race, moving Schatz to the 19th-starting position and putting Jason Sides on the pole.

Sides jumped out to a quick lead, but a series of quick cautions gave fourth-starting Cody Darrah a chance to sweep into the lead on lap 4. Darrah powered ahead and led the majority of the event while the action everywhere throughout the field.

After pulling off the track with ignition problems in the first feature, Kyle Larson started the second event 26th. He worked his way up the field, following Schatz a large portion of the race.

With 25 laps complete and coming off of a restart, Larson was already running in fifth when plunged into turn one and the car pushed up and over the banking in turn two and he lost several positions. He got a huge break when the night's top qualifier, local hero Ed Lynch Jr., tumbled into turn two and brought out a red flag. Lynch was okay and the field was reset with Larson in fifth because a lap had not been completed.

On the next restart, Darrah was still in the lead and faced his right rear tire losing air. Darrah was able to stay on the throttle hard enough to keep enough air in the tire to restart the race, but another caution on the next restart because of contact between Larson and Dollansky created concern in the Darrah pits. Darrah again kept enough air in the tire to restart the race in single-file because there were fewer than five laps remaining. Just as Darrah was coming to the white flag, his right rear tire finally let go, allowing his Kasey Kahne Racing teammate and points leader Pittman around and into the top spot as the caution waved, setting up the green-white-checkered finish.

Pittman led Sammy Swindell and Larson to line when Larson charged around Swindell and began gaining quickly on Pittman as the crowd cheered wildly. Larson, though, ran out of laps to complete the last-to-first run as Pittman crossed the stripe in his Kasey Kahne Racing Great Clips car to win for the seventh time this season.

"We struggled in the first one and the best part about twin feature is we were able to try some stuff and make some changes from the first one and get a lot better," said Pittman, a native of Owasso, Okla. "It's a pretty cool format to go out there and get two chances to go out on the same race track and Kale did a great job getting the car better. We'll definitely go to Williams Grove with a little momentum."

When asked about seeing Larson's nose wing late in the race, and knowing he started last, Pittman replied, "He's Kyle Larson, he's always got a chance."

Larson still passed 24 cars, generally a full-feature field for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series, to earn the second KSE Hard Charger award for the night.

"The first feature I thought I was blowing up," said Larson, a native of Elk Grove, Calif., who competes regularly in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. "It was making funny noises and slowing down, I pulled off hoping we could change the motor for the second feature, but they didn't find anything, just changed the spark plugs and ran great second feature. We started dead last and got moving pretty quick early in the race, but then we wasted a lot of time behind Tim [Kaeding]. Once I got by him we got our momentum going and I could get a car or two a lap. We came up just a lap short of the win, but it's pretty nice getting all these podiums."

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series heads to Williams Grove Speedway for the two-night Summer Nationals on Friday and Saturday this weekend.


NOTES - Ed Lynch Jr. was the fastest qualifier around high-banked, 4/10-mile oval with a time of 12.778 seconds to earn five championship points. Also earning points were Joey Saldana (4 points), Donny Schatz (3), Greg Hodnett (2) and Daryn Pittman (1). ... Jac Haudenschild, Stevie Smith, Brent Marks, and Sammy Swindell won heat races. ... The dash draw was a 6 for the 26th time this year. ... Chad Kemenah won the dash for the second time this year.

CONTINGENCY WINNERS - MSD Ignitions ($25 cash): Steve Kinser, Stevie Smith; MSD Ignitions ($50 cash): Sammy Swindell, Donny Schatz; STP ($50 cash): Chad Kemenah, Jason Sides; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($50 cash): Jason Sides, Chad Kemenah; JE Pistons ($50 cash): Joey Saldana, David Gravel; UNOH ($50 cash): Paul McMahan, Kerry Madsen; American Racing Custom Wheels ($50 cash): Donny Schatz, Kerry Madsen; VP Racing Fuels ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen; Edelbrock ($50 cash): Kerry Madsen, Ed Lynch Jr.;Comp Cams ($50 cash): Craig Dollansky, Daryn Pittman ; Cometic Gasket ($50 cash): Daryn Pittman, Craig Dollansky;Superflow ($50 cash): Stevie Smith, Daryn Pittman; Klotz Synthetic Lubricants ($50 cash): Ed Lynch Jr, Craig Dollansky; KSE Racing Products ($100 certificate): Kyle Larson, Kerry Madsen; Penske Shocks ($100 certificate): Joey Saldana, David Gravel; Armor All (case of product): Jac Haudenschild, Ed Lynch Jr.; Comp Cams ($50 certificate): Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman; Bruce High Performance Transporters ($200 certificates): Donny Schatz, Chad Kemenah, Paul Mcmahan, Daryn Pittman, Jason Sides, Joey Saldana; JE Pistons (set of rings): Craig Dollansky, Bill Rose, Ed Lynch Jr..

World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Statistical Report; Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Twins; Lernerville Speedway; Sarver, Pa.; July 16, 2013

A-Main 1 - (30 Laps): 1. 15-Donny Schatz [3] [$10,000]; 2. 59-Jac Haudenschild [4] [$5,500]; 3. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [1] [$3,200]; 4. 63-Chad Kemenah [2] [$2,800]; 5. 71M-Joey Saldana [6] [$2,500]; 6. 19M-Brent Marks [8] [$2,300]; 7. 45-Danny Holtgraver [14] [$2,200]; 8. 29-Kerry Madsen [17] [$2,100]; 9. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr [5] [$2,050]; 10. 2-Dale Blaney [10] [$2,000]; 11. 1-Sammy Swindell [7] [$1,500]; 12. 83X-Tim Shaffer [12] [$1,200]; 13. 83-Tim Kaeding [19] [$1,100]; 14. 9-Daryn Pittman [11] [$1,050]; 15. 51-Paul McMahan [21] [$1,000]; 16. 4-Cody Darrah [16] [$900]; 17. 7-Craig Dollansky [25] [$]; 18. 6-David Gravel [26] [$]; 19. 7S-Jason Sides [15] [$800]; 20. 11-Steve Kinser [24] [$800]; 21. 6R-Bill Rose [22] [$800]; 22. 27-Lance Dewease [20] [$800]; 23. 19-Stevie Smith [9] [$800]; 24. 49-Brad Sweet [13] [$800]; 25. 94-Jack Sodeman [18] [$800]; 26. 1K-Kyle Larson [23] [$800]. Lap Leaders: Chad Kemenah 1-10, Jac Haudenschild 11-20, Donny Schatz 21-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 29-Kerry Madsen [+9].

A-Main 2 - (31 Laps-due to green white checkered finish): 1. 9-Daryn Pittman [6]; 2. 1K-Kyle Larson [26]; 3. 1-Sammy Swindell [9]; 4. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 5. 6-David Gravel [2]; 6. 51-Paul McMahan [5]; 7. 15-Donny Schatz [19]; 8. 59-Jac Haudenschild [18]; 9. 29-Kerry Madsen [12]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [17]; 11. 83-Tim Kaeding [7]; 12. 7-Craig Dollansky [3]; 13. 71M-Joey Saldana [15]; 14. 19-Stevie Smith [23]; 15. 63-Chad Kemenah [16]; 16. 4-Cody Darrah [4]; 17. 45-Danny Holtgraver [13]; 18. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr [11]; 19. 6R-Bill Rose [21]; 20. 83X-Tim Shaffer [8]; 21. 2-Dale Blaney [10]; 22. 19M-Brent Marks [14]; 23. 11-Steve Kinser [20]; 24. 27-Lance Dewease [22]; 25. 94-Jack Sodeman [25]. Lap Leaders: Jason Sides 1-3, Cody Darrah 4-29, Daryn Pittman 30-31. KSE Hard Charger Award: 1K-Kyle Larson [+24].

Qualifying: 1. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr, 12.778; 2. 71M-Joey Saldana, 12.893; 3. 15-Donny Schatz, 12.899; 4. 39-Greg Hodnett, 12.936; 5. 9-Daryn Pittman, 13.002; 6. 83X-Tim Shaffer, 13.017; 7. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.025; 8. 45-Danny Holtgraver, 13.032; 9. 59-Jac Haudenschild, 13.038; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr, 13.093; 11. 63-Chad Kemenah, 13.095; 12. 1-Sammy Swindell, 13.110; 13. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.161; 14. 19-Stevie Smith, 13.167; 15. 19M-Brent Marks, 13.168; 16. 2-Dale Blaney, 13.182; 17. 4-Cody Darrah, 13.193; 18. 10-Dave Blaney, 13.217; 19. 29-Kerry Madsen, 13.220; 20. 94-Jack Sodeman, 13.225; 21. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.233; 22. 83-Tim Kaeding, 13.242; 23. 27-Lance Dewease, 13.244; 24. 51-Paul McMahan, 13.253; 25. 6R-Bill Rose, 13.270; 26. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.283; 27. 21N-Andrew Priest, 13.290; 28. 1K-Kyle Larson, 13.325; 29. 7-Craig Dollansky, 13.343; 30. 11-Steve Kinser, 13.380; 31. 6-David Gravel, 13.445; 32. 10X-Carl Bowser, 13.482; 33. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.525; 34. 38-Dennis Wagner, 13.558; 35. 33-Brent Matus, 13.591; 36. 20E-Brian Ellenberger, 13.671; 37. 4S-Danny Smith, 13.695; 38. 13-Brandon Matus, 13.721; 39. 1A-Jacob Allen, 13.734; 40. 1R-Gale Ruth, 14.405; 41. 22-Brandon Spithaler, nt; 42. 4K-William Kiley, nt 43. 55X-James McFadden nt.

Heat 1 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 59-Jac Haudenschild [2]; 2. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr [4]; 3. 7S-Jason Sides [1]; 4. 9-Daryn Pittman [3]; 5. 4-Cody Darrah [5]; 6. 11K-Kraig Kinser [6]; 7. 7-Craig Dollansky [8]; 8. 6R-Bill Rose [7]; 9. 48-Danny Dietrich [9]; 10. 4S-Danny Smith [10]; 11. 22-Brandon Spithaler [11].

Heat 2 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 19-Stevie Smith [1]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [2]; 3. 71M-Joey Saldana [4]; 4. 83X-Tim Shaffer [3]; 5. 83-Tim Kaeding [6]; 6. 11-Steve Kinser [8]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 8. 13-Brandon Matus [10]; 9. 38-Dennis Wagner [9]; 10. 10-Dave Blaney [5]; 11. 4K-William Kiley [11].

Heat 3 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 19M-Brent Marks [1]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [2]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 49-Brad Sweet [3]; 5. 29-Kerry Madsen [5]; 6. 6-David Gravel [8]; 7. 27-Lance Dewease [6]; 8. 21N-Andrew Priest [7]; 9. 1A-Jacob Allen [10]; 10. 33-Brent Matus [9].

Heat 4 - (8 Laps - Top 5 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 1-Sammy Swindell [2]; 2. 2-Dale Blaney [1]; 3. 51-Paul McMahan [6]; 4. 45-Danny Holtgraver [3]; 5. 1K-Kyle Larson [7]; 6. 94-Jack Sodeman [5]; 7. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [9]; 8. 1R-Gale Ruth [10]; 9. 10X-Carl Bowser [8]; 10. 39-Greg Hodnett [4].

Dash - (6 Laps, finishing order determined first 10 starting positions of A-main #1): 1. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr [2]; 2. 63-Chad Kemenah [1]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz [4]; 4. 59-Jac Haudenschild [3]; 5. 2L-Ed Lynch Jr [6]; 6. 71M-Joey Saldana [5]; 7. 1-Sammy Swindell [7]; 8. 19M-Brent Marks [9]; 9. 19-Stevie Smith [8]; 10. 2-Dale Blaney [10].

Last Chance Showdown - (12 Laps - Top 4 finishers transfer to the A-feature): 1. 27-Lance Dewease [4] [-]; 2. 6R-Bill Rose [5] [-]; 3. 11-Steve Kinser [9] [-]; 4. 94-Jack Sodeman [2] [-]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [6] [$200]; 6. 21N-Andrew Priest [7] [$180]; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich [12] [$175]; 8. 38-Dennis Wagner [13] [$160]; 9. 7-Craig Dollansky [8] [$150]; 10. 1A-Jacob Allen [18] [$150]; 11. 11K-Kraig Kinser [3] [$150]; 12. 20E-Brian Ellenberger [15] [$150]; 13. 33-Brent Matus [14] [$150]; 14. 22-Brandon Spithaler [20] [$150]; 15. 39-Greg Hodnett [21] [$150]; 16. 6-David Gravel [10] [$150]; 17. 4S-Danny Smith [16] [$150]; 18. 1R-Gale Ruth [19] [$150]; 19. 10-Dave Blaney [1] [$150]; 20. 13-Brandon Matus [17] [$150]; 21. 10X-Carl Bowser [11] [$150].

The World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Hoosier Racing Tire (Official Tire), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), University of Northwestern Ohio, VP Racing Fuels (Official Racing Fuel), Vicci (Official Apparel); in addition to contingency sponsors, including: Bruce High Performance Transporters, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Edelbrock, JE Pistons, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, KSE Racing Products, MSD Ignitions, Penske Shocks and Superflow Dynos; along with manufacturer sponsors, including: ButlerBuilt, Fuel Safe, Intercomp, J&J Auto Racing, Jake's Carts, Racing Electronics, S&S Volvo, TNT Rescue and Winters Performance.

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