Schatz, Garner Earn Knoxville Nationals Pages
(Photo Credit: Tony Stewart Racing)
McKENZIE, Tenn. (August 16, 2017) – One has a storied past at the legendary Knoxville (IA) Raceway, the other a love-hate relationship with the fabled half-mile. When the checkered flag dropped on the 360 and 410 fields on Aug. 5 and Aug. 12, Clint Garner and Donny Schatz shared one thing in common – their names were now in the history books as Knoxville Nationals champions.
Garner had won many races at Knoxville Raceway, but the 360 Knoxville Nationals title had eluded him to this point in his career. Taking the lead on the opening lap of the 25-lap A-main, Garner hit lapped traffic by lap 10. The final caution flag flew on lap 13, in which Garner was able to hold off a challenge at the restart and extend his lead. The victory was Garner’s 33rd triumph at Knoxville Raceway, putting him second on the all-time 360ci Sprint Car win list at the Iowa track.
Schatz’s victory was his 10th career Knoxville Nationals triumph, giving him a perfect 10. The North Dakota native stayed close to early leader, David Gravel, keeping him within reach as the duo battled through early traffic. Gravel’s engine expired on lap 22, with Schatz inheriting the lead. Battling through traffic and fending off challenges from Kyle Larson, Kerry Madsen and Brian Brown, Schatz pulled away from Larson following a final lap charge to cross the line solidly in front to earn his 10th Knoxville Nationals title.
In addition to sweeping the 2017 Knoxville Nationals, J&J Auto Racing teams continued to set a blistering pace of victories in late July and through the mid-part of August. Scoring 21 (total of 23) other wins in just over two weeks, J&J Auto Racing drivers and teams earned triumphs in 305ci, 360ci and 410ci sprint car racing divisions across the east coast, upper Midwest, south central region, Midwest and southern regions. Team J&J posted wins in Iowa, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.For a complete summary of J&J Auto Racing team victories for July 28 – August 13, please see below.
DATE DRIVER TRACK/STATE SERIES
7/28/17 Wade Nygaard River Cities Speedway/ND NOSA
7/29/17 Rob Chaney Fremont Speedway/OH 410ci Division
7/29/17 Jared Horstman Montpeiler Motor Spwy/IN GLSS/NRA
7/29/17 Steve Surniak Mountain View Speedway/NC CNBS
7/29/17 Doug Zimmerman Butler Motor Speedway/MI 410ci Division
7/29/17 Terry McCarl Knoxville Raceway/IA 410ci Division
8/4/17 David Hoiness Gallatin Speedway/MT ASCS Frontier
8/4/17 Casey Mack River Cities Speedway/ND NOSA
8/5/17 Danny Holtgraver Mercer Raceway Park/PA 410ci Division
8/5/17 Cody Bova Mercer Raceway Park/PA 305ci Division
8/5/17 Clint Garner Knoxville Raceway/IA 360 Knoxville Nationals
8/5/17 Jake McLain Friendship Motor Spwy/NC CNBS
8/5/17 Brayden Gaylord 34 Raceway/IA 305ci Division
8/5/17 Martin Edwards Devil’s Bowl Speedway/TX 305ci Division
8/5/17 Doug Zimmerman Butler Speedway/MI 410ci Division
8/5/17 Chris Graf Arlington Raceway/MN IMCA Racesaver
8/12/17 Danny Holtgraver Sharon Speedway/OH 410ci Division
8/12/17 Donny Schatz Knoxville Raceway/IA 410 Knoxville Nationals
8/12/17 Caleb Saiz Sandia Speedway/NM NMMRA
8/12/17 Dustin Stroup Mansfield Speedway/OH FAST 305 Division
8/13/17 Brandon McMullen Angell Park Speedway/WI MSA
Mark Swanson was selected as the winner of the July #WinWithJ&J Twitter photo contest this week, as J&J Auto Racing selected his tagged photo from the collection. Earlier this season, J&J Auto Racing announced a Twitter contest open to both race teams competing under the brand’s banner as well as the public. For a chance to win a free J&J Auto Racing T-shirt, entrants must follow the brand on Twitter @JJ_Auto_Racing and post an appropriate racing-related image with J&J Auto Racing’s Twitter account tagged and using the hashtag #WinWithJ&J within the post.
A winner from tagged photos will be selected monthly and announced via J&J Auto Racing’s social media pages. All those submitting photos agree to allow J&J Auto Racing usage rights with photo credit. The contest will run through December 31, 2017. Monthly winners will be selected the last day of each month and announced accordingly.
To see a complete list of J&J Auto Racing race winners to-date, visit http://jandjautoracing.com/About/?Page=Winners
About J&J Auto Racing
For more than 40 years, J&J Auto Racing has been a leader in racecar chassis manufacturing. With intricate attention to detail and a willingness to provide chassis to the consumer’s specifications, J&J has taken its place as a leader in Sprint car racing innovation and safety. Founded and headed by Jack and Bonnie Elam, J&J Auto Racing is based in McKenzie, Tenn. For more information regarding J&J Auto Racing, please visit www.jandjautoracing.com or follow the brand on Twitter @JJ_Auto_Racing and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JJAutoRacing/.
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