I hope everyone is ready for the most exciting racing ever to hit the dirt. March 8th at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas kicks off the Western Swing. We are pumped. Today was a bone crushing day at Shelby/Goodyear Racing. Our first shipment of 200 left rears and 500 right rears came in today. You might say it’s only 700 tires but they are the biggest, floppiest, hard to stack, non-rolling tires in the catalog.
First we unload the floppy, hard to stack….. tires.
Second we un-fold and mark sizes on the tires.
Third we re-fold and palletize the tires.
Fourth we stage the tires to load the truck.
There are no complaints here. We do all of this for this…
Schatz Victorious Under Sunny Skies at Volusia Speedway Park
Four-time champ leads all 20 laps of UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit feature
BARBERVILLE, Fla. — Feb. 19, 2012 — After a week of frustration, Donny Schatz finally caught a break.
The four-time World of Outlaws champion capitalized en route to winning Friday’s rain-delayed event, which began early Sunday afternoon at Volusia Speedway Park. Windy conditions and sunny skies presented unique challenges to teams more accustomed to racing under the lights.
Schatz struggled during the first two nights of the UNOH DIRTcar Nationals Presented by Summit Racing Equipment as the veteran failed to advance to the feature both nights. That all changed on Sunday when he won a heat race, the dash and main event.
Schatz’s first break came in qualifying when he timed in 16th quickest. It provided him the final position in the invert for the heat races, which placed him on the pole of the fourth-and-final heat. Schatz led all eight laps to advance to the dash, where he caught another break.
“They drew the right number, but we had to have a good car, too,” Schatz said.
The random draw was an eight to invert the top eight for the dash. It put Schatz on the pole and he led all six laps on the tricky track to claim the dash victory. That gave Schatz the pole position for the feature, which was trimmed to 20 laps.
“The conditions were about as bad as you could get with the wind, sun and heat,” he said. “You just have to be smart. Sometimes you have to go slow to go fast.”
Sammy Swindell challenged Schatz for the lead on the start and closed to his rear bumper in lapped traffic on lap 16. However, Schatz never bobbled and maneuvered through traffic perfectly to regain a several car length advantage. Because of track conditions, the restarts were single file and a caution with two laps remaining provided Swindell with one last chance at Schatz.
“You never really know how hard to run,” Swindell said after finishing second. “It was hard for anybody to pass. You had to make a big mistake for somebody to pass you.”
Several cars sustained tire issues in the closing laps, including fourth-running Jason Meyers with two laps to go.
“We just started getting cords,” said Jason Sides, who finished third. “I’d say we maybe had another two or three laps.”
Joey Saldana finished fourth and Craig Dollansky, who started 15th, was fifth. Fred Rahmer, Brad Sweet, 21st-starting Kraig Kinser, Sam Hafertepe Jr. and 18th-starting Dale Blaney rounded out the top 10, respectively. Kinser earned the Hard Charger Award.
Meyers was the fast qualifier with a top lap of 14.634 and Kerry Madsen, Cap Henry, Saldana and Schatz claimed victories in the heat races. Jac Haudenschild won the Last Chance Showdown.