Donny Schatz, Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart already got the hardest task of the season out of the way – earning the first win of the year.
Now they’ll try to ride that momentum into the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Texas doubleheader this weekend: Friday at Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, and on Saturday at Lone Star Speedway in Kilgore.
Lone Star is located at 3131 FM 1252 East, just off Interstate 20, and is visible from I-20. Tickets and will-call open at 4 p.m. Saturday. Pit gates open at 2 p.m., and grandstands at 4.
Hot laps begin at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, and qualifying at 6:45. Opening ceremonies will start at 7:30.
For tickets, call (844) 347-8849, go online to lonestarspeedway.com, or simply purchase them at the speedway. Reserved seats are $39 each. General admission tickets are $35. Kids 12 and under are admitted free. Pit passes are $40.
Schatz will be going for his first win at Cotton Bowl Speedway and second at Lone Star Speedway. The 10-time Series champion won the first World of Outlaws race at Lone Star in 2017. He is also currently the only full-time Series driver to have a win at the 3/8-mile track.
“It’s a fun place, I’ve always enjoyed going” Schatz said about Lone Star Speedway. “Anytime you get to go to the great state of Texas it always has a different vibe in the air. Lone Star is one of them places that has changed over the years. They’ve done a lot of great things to improve it and it’s awful fast and races really well. We’ve had great success there and naturally anybody looks forward to that one when you go to a racetrack you’ve had success at.”
The reigning champion has picked up where he left of in 2019 as the current point leader – earning three podium finishes in a row at the season opening DIRTcar Nationals, including his 51st career win. Those results also earned him his second Big Gator championship.
Cotton Bowl Speedway could be another successful stop for the Grass Valley, CA driver in his pursuit for back-to-back championships. He won the Series’ first race at the speedway in 2016 and finished second at the second race in 2018 – won by David Gravel.
Schatz won the first race of the 2020 season, his 295th career World of Outlaws victory. He brought Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian Racing its 300th career World of Outlaws win last year and now he’s on the path to hitting that milestone himself.
Schuchart has yet to finish inside the top-five at either track, but his performance in Florida demonstrated that his previous statistics hold little weight.
Before this year, Schuchart had never finished inside the top-five at Volusia Speedway Park or led a lap at the track. He left Florida this year with one win, three top-five finishes and 50 laps led.