Schatz takes World of Outlaws feature at Skagit Speedway


ALGER — Donny Schatz made sure there would be no last-minute theatrics in the World of Outlaws feature race Saturday at Skagit Speedway.

Meanwhile , Zach McCabe provided some of his own in the final race of the Sportsman Sprint Showdown.

Schatz grabbed the lead about midway through the Outlaws main, built up a sizable lead, then refused to give it up during a green-white-checkered finish for his 18th win of the season on the World of Outlaws circuit.

Schatz started on the second row of the race, but passed Kerry Madsen into the lead with 17 laps down in the feature race.

With the race in what seemed to be in the final of its 35 laps, the drivers behind Schatz seemed to get a gift when a crash at the rear of the field brought out the yellow flag — meaning there would be a restart and perhaps a chance to catch Schatz.

Nobody did, and he opened up a lead again for a victory in 36 laps. Coming into the two-day event at Skagit Speedway, Schatz trailed Daryn Pittman for the circuit points lead. Kerry Madsen, Paul McMahan, Cody Darrah and Joey Saldana rounded out the top five. Shane Stewart, Jason Sides and Craig Dollansky won the heat races. Madsen won the trophy dash. While the World of Outlaws put on a good show in their classification, Zach McCabe put on one of his own in the Sportsman Sprint Showdown, grabbing the lead to win the feature race.

Devin Barnes led the scheduled 25-lap race for the first 23, but McCabe pulled off a slide to take the lead in the final few laps. Barnes spun out after making contact with McCabe trying to take the lead back, putting him into a 16th-place finish.

Kenny Rutz, Steve Parker, Ben Gunderson and Kyle Evans rounded out the top five.

Colton Heath, who was driving Tyler Fox’s No. 0 car for the night, was disqualified for jumping the initial start.

Rick Young won the outlaw tuner feature race. Young and Gunderson were co-champions of the Outlaw Tuner Combat Series.