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Schatz Reclaims Sprint Car Racing’s Crown Jewel

Posted: Monday, August 14th, 2017 at 6:00 am

Donny Schatz has taken back his top spot in the sprint car world. Schatz won the 57th Annual Five Hour Energy Knoxville Nationals Saturday night leading the final 27 laps after David Gravel, who was blowing everyone away broke a drive line while leading on lap 22. Schatz assumed the lead and looked to be sailing through lapped traffic, however a slight bobble allowed Kyle Larson to quickly close the gap and had one final chance out of turn four on the final lap, but could not make it stick on the bottom. Kerry Madsen challenged early but settled for third with Shane Stewart and Brad Sweet completing the top five.

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1. 15, Donny Schatz
2. 57, Kyle Larson
3. 2M, Kerry Madsen
4. 2, Shane Stewart
5. 49, Brad Sweet
6. 21, Brian Brown
7. 87, Aaron Reutzel
8. 24R, Rico Abreu
9. 9, Daryn Pittman
10. 18, Ian Madsen
11. 41, Jason Johnson
12. 13JT, Mark Dobmeier
13. 4, Paul McMahan
14. 55, Brooke Tatnell
15. 24, Terry McCarl
16. 7S, Jason Sides
17. 5H, Cory Eliason
18. 44, Trey Starks
19. 27, Greg Hodnett
20. 1S, Logan Schuchart
21. 5, David Gravel
22. 2KS, Austin McCarl
23. 2C, Wayne Johnson
24. 49X, Tim Shaffer
Lap Leaders: Gravel 1-22, Schatz 23-50; Hard Charger: Reutzel