World of Outlaws Season Final at Charlotte

Schatz sweeps Charlotte as Chevy drivers finish 2-3 in points

For the fifth consecutive season, the World of Outlaws (WoO) Sprint Car Series concluded its season at The Dirt Track @ Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday and Saturday nights, Nov. 4 and 5. Tony Stewart Racing’s (TSR) Donny Schatz closed his 15th WoO campaign in style by racing the TSR No. 15 STP/Armor All/Chevrolet J&J to victory both nights in the Lowes Foods World Finals presented by Tom’s Snacks, Coca-Cola and Natures Own.

TSR’s Steve Kinser came home second behind the wheel of the TSR No. 11 Bass Pro Shops/J.D. Byrider/Chevrolet Maxim in Saturday night’s season-ending 30-lap A-Feature, marking the fifth time in 2011 that TSR cars have swept the top two positions.

“We didn’t have the season that we wanted to, but we finished strong,” admitted Schatz, who finished second in the 2011 WoO championship chase. “We finished second at Talladega (Oct. 22) and came in here and won both races. It’s a great way to end the season for our STP team. These guys on this team and everyone involved with TSR make this possible. Winning the last two races of the year is a great way to head into the offseason and hopefully give us an advantage to start 2012.”

The World Finals opened Thursday with Kellogg’s Qualifying Night. The format called for two rounds of qualifying, which would set the field for Friday and Saturday nights. In the first session, Kinser turned the second-fastest lap around the high-banked, 4/10-mile clay oval while Schatz was seventh in the field of 55 cars. As cars were making qualifying laps for Saturday’s program, rain showers moved in and forced officials to postpone Saturday’s qualifying round until Friday evening.

When action resumed on Friday, Schatz was the fifth car to make a qualifying lap for Saturday’s program and ended up sixth on the grid. Kinser went out midway through the pack and turned the eighth-fastest lap. WoO heat races followed Friday’s qualifying session. Both Schatz and Kinser were in the second heat and, by finishing second and third, respectively, they transferred to the dash. Schatz led all six laps of the dash to earn his seventh pole of the season, and Kinser raced from seventh to fifth.