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August 13, 2013

Schatz captures seventh nationals title

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The caution came out after 24 laps had been completed and Schatz had already worked his way into fifth place. Brian Brown of Grain Valley, Missouri, had led the first 24 laps and appeared to be on his way to his first Nationals win.

The teams had five minutes to make the changes and then they were pushed back out onto the track. Brown drove to a good lead at the drop of the green flag while Schatz worked his way into second.

Brown had built up a three-second lead when Schatz finally made his way into second and started chopping away at the lead. Schatz caught Brown and passed into the lead on lap 41.

Brown made a valiant effort to try to regain the lead but Schatz pulled away for the victory and $150,000. All of this was done on Schatzs’ birthday and with his car owner, NASCAR driver, Tony Stewart, still in the hospital recovering from his wreck at Oskaloosa on Monday, August 5.

Stewart did have a second operation Thursday morning to insert a metal rod in one of the bones in his right leg. Everything went well and he was released from the hospital Sunday. Schatz won the race from the deepest starting position in the Nationals history. Brown finished in second place to Schatz for the second consecutive year with Justin Henderson of Tea, South Dakota, in third place.

Brown took home $75,000 for his second place finish. Schatz has been racing a Late Model the past few summers which has helped him learn how to drive a race car without depending on the wing as much and he credited that Late Model racing to making him a better driver.

“We just wanted to get into the A Main field," said Schatz. “It was a 50-lap race and I told the team that we needed to be in the top five at the half-way point. Once we got there we felt good about making our way to the win.” The 'King of the Outlaws,' Steve Kinser of Bloomington, Indiana, finished in ninth place while Danny Dietrich of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, was awarded the 'Rookie-of-the-Nationals' award. Kevin Swindell of Bartlett, Tennessee, earned the Jesse Hockett 'Mr. Sprint Car' title by amassing the most points during the ten straight nights of racing between The Knoxville Raceway and The Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa.

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